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From Split: Blue Cave and Hvar Full-Day Tour

1. From Split: Blue Cave and Hvar Full-Day Tour

Meet the group near Riva promenade and board a speedboat for an adventure. Ride 1 hour and 15 minutes to the Blue Cave on the island of Biševo. The early morning is perfect for spotting groups of dolphins. Once near Biševo, the boat will anchor 200 meters from the Blue Cave. Entry tickets allow access to the swimming area and a chance to explore the Blue Cave in a small boat. Marvel at the flickering blue lights and glowing water. Before leaving, grab a drink at a local café.  Next, visit Stiniva Cove, located in the southern part of Vis – the furthest inhabited island in Croatia. Known for its high limestone cliffs and pebble beach, Stiniva is the perfect place to swim and snorkel. Admire the clear turquoise sea, ranging from 10-15 meters.  Continue to Budikovac, a small and almost uninhabited island. Meet its only permanent resident, Mr. Andro, an ex-ship captain who runs a small restaurant on the island that serves the best traditional Dalmatian cuisine. Savor local produce fresh from his vegetable fields and visit the donkeys and chickens on the farm.  Admire Mr. Andro's Dalmatian-style stone house and take a break to check out the island. Then, it’s time to head to the Pakleni Islands where you can delve further into the local food by choosing from several restaurants overlooking the sea. Have a cocktail at a beach bar and relax on the sandy beach. Your next stop, Hvar Island, is just 15 away. Once in the port town, walk the old-town streets and pass by souvenir shops. Visit historical sites such as the Arsenal, one of the oldest theaters in Europe, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Franciscan Monastery, and the Bishop’s Palace. To catch some panoramic views of Hvar and the Pakleni islands, you can go up to the Spanjola fortress. After a tour of Hvar, begin the return journey to Split.

Dubrovnik Full-Day Tour from Split or Trogir

2. Dubrovnik Full-Day Tour from Split or Trogir

Explore the walled Old Town of Dubrovnik and learn about the maritime Republic of Ragusa on a guided tour of the monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire Renaissance and Baroque architecture within the 2-kilometer long defensive walls and stroll down the central Stradun. See one of the oldest pharmacies in the world at the Franciscan Church and Monastery and visit the Rector's Palace and Fort Lovrijenac. Get ample photo opportunities on the pedestrianized streets, and use your free time to take the cable car to the top of Srđ Hill. Take in the magnificent views of Dubrovnik and the archipelago, or stroll around the Old Town at leisure. 

From Split: ATV Quad Bike Mountain Tour

3. From Split: ATV Quad Bike Mountain Tour

Your experienced guides will help you discover trails, some of which even the locals would have trouble leading you through, and provide you with a more demanding terrain whilst at the same time taking care of your absolute safety. Enjoy this unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty of the Dalmatian Zagora you cannot find in any of the tourist guidebooks! At the end of your exciting adventure you will enjoy a picnic lunch in a scenic spot next to a river.

Split: Klis Fortress GOT and Olive Museum Entry Tickets

4. Split: Klis Fortress GOT and Olive Museum Entry Tickets

Take a walk through the marvelous Klis fortress, full of history, a filming site for Game of Thrones, and learn more about why so many different nations wanted to conquer it. Watch a video in the Interpretation Center, explore all the hidden parts of the Fortress, and take some amazing selfies. With the same ticket head over to Stella Croatica to immerse into the tradition of the area. Get the chance to witness the natural, cultural and gastronomic heritage of Dalmatia. Witness the hand-preparation of traditional delicacies before learning how essential oils are extracted out of typical Mediterranean herbs and then used in natural cosmetics. Stroll through the fragrant gardens and visit the Olive Museum, where one can compare the traditional and modern ways of producing olive oil. Sample the traditional products in the Concept store and take the opportunity to have an authentic meal paired with local wine in the Tavern.

Brač: Island Exploration Tour by Four-Wheel Drive Jeep

5. Brač: Island Exploration Tour by Four-Wheel Drive Jeep

In the morning you will be picked up at the location of your choice. Be ready for 9 hours long adventure beginning with old Roman harbour now known as charming bay of Splitska. Enjoy the view of olive fields on your way to the oldest island settlement called Škrip. While there, see the two beautiful castles and family run Olive Oil Museum where you will taste their products, hear the story about the tradition of olive making and the production process. The historical road from the 19th century is your main pathway to the highest point of the island, called Vidova Gora where you can see the beautiful view of the various surrounding islands. Roll down on off road surrounded by forest and cross to the south side to the famous beach of Golden Horn (Zlatni rat). Bring your swimming suits and take refreshing swim in the beautiful Adriatic sea. Going further, a few kilometers away, on the hill above Bol you will have organized lunch, which surely will not leave you indifferent once you taste domestic grilled fish (or meat), vegetables, local wine, and liqueurs, in an easy-going atmosphere, surrounded by vineyards and stunning view on the sea underneath. For the next 45 minutes, you can relax and enjoy the view on the way to the heart of the island with big blue panorama on your left side. Near Donji Humac you will visit famous stone quarry. An amazing spot with huge pieces of cut stone and huge flat surfaces which are the leftovers of the stone cutting. Please pay attention to the crazy echo around there. By the end of the tour, you will be completely tired and full of information and memories. 

Split: Small Group City Walking Tour with Marjan Hill

6. Split: Small Group City Walking Tour with Marjan Hill

Visit the historic Diocletian’s Palace with a guide on this 1.5-hour tour of Split. Take in the churches, cathedrals, city walls, gates and bustling squares, noting the diverse architectural influences. Once you’ve seen the many sights in the city, walk up Marjan Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city and the Adriatic. Head back to the old town of Split and your guide will point out a jazz bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine or the best Guinness in town. Tours operate in the morning and evening when it's cooler, unless you’d rather see the changing of the guard ceremony that occurs around mid-day in high season.

Split: Historic Center Gourmet Gastro Walking Tour & Lunch

7. Split: Historic Center Gourmet Gastro Walking Tour & Lunch

Taste the best local dishes from Dalmatian cuisine, with a unique and memorable experience through the historical center of Split. The first page of our “food story” is the Fishmarket – placed in the heart of the town, known as a 'must visit' experience in Split, where you will choose ingredients from a large variety of fresh fish and seafood sold by local fishermen. Our next stop is the Greenmarket, where you can buy some additional groceries, try some of the famous traditional Croatian delicacies, buy homemade honey, cheese, or extra virgin olive oil. Afterward, we will meet a professional chef, who will cook for you out of the groceries bought, while you are on a 90-minute walking tour through the famous UNESCO listed Diocletian’s palace with our guide. After the walking tour, your guide is going to take you to the famous local restaurant, where you will enjoy a traditional local meal, prepared out of the groceries you have chosen. Feel like local, eat like local, enjoy your day like local.

Split: Old Town and Marjan Park Bike Tour

8. Split: Old Town and Marjan Park Bike Tour

Feel like a local and explore Split's top highlights, its verdant Marjan Park, and hidden spots on a 3-hour guided tour riding a bike.  See Split differently as you cruise around the labyrinthine streets of its Varoš neighborhood - one of the oldest parts of the city. Cycle along cobblestone streets in the Old Town and enjoy the city center's architecture from the comfort of your two wheels. Visit many famous sights like the Meštrović’s Kaštelet, a 16th-century villa-turned-chapel which features one of the greatest works of the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, and discover architecture marvels that are not on the front pages of tourist magazines. Then, admire the nearby Marjan Park's verdant greenery, its hidden sights, and end your tour with a stunning view of the Croatian coast and its islands from the the top of the park's hill.

Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

9. Split: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour and Diocletian's Palace

Explore the old town of Split on a guided walking tour and marvel at the ancient Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century AD. Wander the maze of streets in the historical city center to discover a mix of architectural styles, from the last remaining Egyptian sphinx in the black granite Peristyle to more recent buildings from the 20th century. Experience the Mediterranean lifestyle of the locals and learn the history of the magical city as you stroll around the palace grounds from the South Gate to the cellars and main palace square. Admire the North Gate and West Gate, and discover the site of the old fruit market on Voćni Trg (Fruit Square). Go down to the Riva waterfront and get panoramic views of Marjan Hill from the promenade. See the oldest Catholic church in the world at the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, formed from an Imperial Roman mausoleum.

Split: Stella Croatica Guided Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

10. Split: Stella Croatica Guided Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

Meeting your host and get ready for the guided tour. Start by witnessing how local ladies produce and pack traditional products made from figs, almonds, oranges and lavender in the factory. Continue the tour by learning how essential oils are extracted out of typical Dalmatian herbs and then used in the production of natural cosmetics. Walk through the botanical collection, consisting of 500 species and learn what some of them can be used for. Enter the Olive Oil Museum in order to learn about "The Liquid Gold" growing in Croatia. Then taste delicious handmade products in the concept store, with the possibility of purchasing them under factory prices. Follow your host to the tasting room, where you will be educated on how to recognize extra virgin olive oil through an interactive experience. Upon learning the basics, taste two different olive oils, all labeled as extra virgin. After the experience, have some free time to explore the park or have lunch in the authentic setting of a traditional Dalmatian village.

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Insanely beautiful destinations and pleasant, young guides! Really great! Especially Carpe diem Bech - GEIL!

Excellent visit with non-nagging explanations and advice according to needs.

Our guide was knowledgeable and efficient in showing us the highlights.

A great tour in a perfect time to jump the heat and sun

Very good Darko, explaining the history of the city.