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Discover Korcula from Dubrovnik including Winery Visit

1. Discover Korcula from Dubrovnik including Winery Visit

Start your journey to the island of Korčula exploring a small town called Ston, one of the best fortified towns in Europe, town famous for its production of mussels and oysters. After a pleasant journey the peninsula Pelješac will surprise you with its vineyards, breathtaking views on the small bays and islands. Discover narrow streets, the unique St. Mark's Cathedral built in Venetian style, numerous well-preserved palaces and the birthplace of famous traveler Marco Polo. Finish your journey visiting a winery and tasting local wines and brandies.

Korčula: Culture and History Walking Tour

2. Korčula: Culture and History Walking Tour

Carved out of local limestone, mostly in the 15th and 16th centuries, Korčula Old Town is a harmonious example of the Gothic-Renaissance whole. This walking tour embraces the entire Old Town, goes into the secret corners, and traces little by little the history of the town pointing out the key elements of its ingenious urban construction. Starting at the Land Gate, your tour guide will lead you through narrow streets where laundry is hung out to dry, to the main square where St. Mark’s Cathedral is squeezed. As you stroll, you’ll see cats that already outnumber the inhabitants of the Old Town. You’ll learn about the strategic position of the town, and where all that limestone was hauled from. You’ll get to know that Korčula formed part of the Republic of Venice, and that Marco Polo, a celebrated Venetian, was born in Korčula. You may not believe it. But once you hear your guide's story, you’ll change your mind. Finally, you’ll visit All Saints’ Church which guards a 15th-century polyptych painted by the most respected Dalmatian artist of that time – Blaž Jurjev Trogiranin. You’ll enter the seat of All Saints’ Brotherhood where Byzantine Icons are on display, and you’ll also see the wax candles that brothers carry in their processions. On this Korčula walking tour you’ll discover that this is where you should be living.

Korčula & Pelješac: Wine & Culture Experience from Dubrovnik

3. Korčula & Pelješac: Wine & Culture Experience from Dubrovnik

When it comes to Croatian winemaking, the stunning Pelješac peninsula and the beautiful island of Korčula are two destinations not to be missed. The scenic peninsula of Pelješac stretches out like a green finger into the Adriatic Sea. Picturesque vineyards cling to rocky slopes dotted by the thick Mediterranean vegetation. A short ferry ride brings you to a beautiful island steeped in history – the island of Korčula. A trip to these jewels of the Croatian coastline makes for a magical day where you will be awestruck by the region's natural beauty while having the chance to sip exquisite local wines. The Pelješac peninsula personifies the best of the Mediterranean – a spectacular coastline and wild interior, hidden coves and beaches, vineyards, oyster bays, historic towns and villages, delicious food, and great wines. A short ferry trip brings you to the magical island of Korčula and its fairy-tale like walled town. The walled city, birthplace of Marco Polo, was first mentioned in the 10th century and every pristine stone has its own special history. This tour offers two spectacular destinations in one day all combined with exceptional cuisines and fine wines, making for a perfect day trip from Dubrovnik. And as the Croatian saying goes “A day without wine is like a day without sunshine”.

From Dubrovnik: Korcula Island Tour with Wine Tasting

4. From Dubrovnik: Korcula Island Tour with Wine Tasting

Korčula’s records of time date back to the Neolithic period. Legend says that Korčula was home to the beautiful Greek mythology hero – Korkyra. It is even said that Korčula is named after her. These days Korčula presents a combination of stunning nature and impressive history. It is known for beautiful beaches and it is even called “Croatian Santorini”. Korčula counts thousands of years of culture, history, and tradition! Hundred years old olive trees, vineyards, fruit and vegetable productions assure you that you will eat good and local food in Korčula. Memories on the great Croatian singer Oliver Dragojević, who was born in Korčula, keep lovely Dalmatian music and atmosphere on every step. Highlights of the tour: On the way from Dubrovnik first stop is Ston where you get to enjoy a cup of morning coffee. In an hour of free time in Ston you can walk the narrow streets, see the walls of Ston or meet some of the local shellfish farmers. While passing the salt pans, we continue to Orebić, where we cross the Pelješac channel to reach the island. On the way from Orebić to Korčula you get to enjoy the views on surfers and kiters! Once you get to the island, you first do a short tour of the city, followed by three hours of free time. In the free time you can enjoy the colorful, charming streets, go for a swim in the crystal clear sea or enjoy the local cuisine. On the way back, we make a stop in one of the Pelješac wine shops where you get to try excellent local wines. You can buy some souvenirs, even wine, and after all, enjoy the beautiful ride through the wine region back to Dubrovnik.

Lumbarda: Half-Day Kayaking and History Tour

5. Lumbarda: Half-Day Kayaking and History Tour

A tour to explore history and nature through a kayaking experience around the little islands in front of Lumbarda. Your stops will include some of the old quarries dating from Antiquity to later ones on Vrnik which are a testimony to the continuity and tradition of quarrying until this very day. Your next stop will be an old Franciscan monastery on island Badija which had a turbulent past but managed to maintain it's beauty throughout the years. Throughout the duration of the tour, you will be able to stop for relaxation and swimming breaks dependent on the groups wishes.

Island of Korcula Day Tour from Dubrovnik

6. Island of Korcula Day Tour from Dubrovnik

Marco Polo has a vast historical heritage traveling more than 15'000 miles and inspiring generations pioneers to discover unknown lands. Other explorers before him had changed the geography of the world – Marco Polo changed its history. Interestingly, many sources suggest that Korčula is the town, where he was born around 1254! The island of Korčula undoubtedly holds a privileged position among the Croatian islands. It is full of legends, tales and monuments - more so than any other island in the Adriatic sea. Once we arrived on the island, we will start our day trip, by discovering the picturesque old town of Korcula, the main town of the Island. It is a unique experience to walk in the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces, of what is considered to be one of the best preserved Medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Being famous stonemasons, shipbuilders and seafarers, the people of Korčula left their marks all over the world, but they saved their best works for their own city. After our sightseeing trip in the old town of Korcula, you will have some free time for lunch. After lunch, you shouldn't miss out swimming in the crystal clear water of the island's the beautiful beaches. On our way back to Dubrovnik, we will make a stop in one of the well known wine cellars of the Pelješac peninsula, in order to sample some of the excellent local wine.

From Dubrovnik: Guided Tour of Pelješac & Korčula

7. From Dubrovnik: Guided Tour of Pelješac & Korčula

Embark on a guided tour through the Croatian coastline to Ston and Orebić. Enjoy a boat ride to Korčula. Stop at the Pelješac peninsula for wine tasting. Begin your journey with a scenic drive along the coast to Pelješac peninsula. Stop for a short break in Ston, a place known for its saltworks and the second-longest city walls in the world. Make your way from Ston towards Orebić. From Orebić, set sail to Korčula. Surrounded by dark pine forests, this magnificent island was called Korkyra Melaina (Black Korčula) by ancient Greek settlers. Visit its main settlement, a stunning medieval walled town. Enjoy free time to explore the magnificent Island of Korčula. In addition to all the beautiful views, you will also enjoy the absolute best of Croatia's wines. On the way back to Dubrovnik, stop at Pelješac peninsula. Here, visit local wineries. Taste a selection of the region’s finest wines. Soak in views of rocky ridges and sweeping valleys.

Korčula: Cooking Class and Lunch

8. Korčula: Cooking Class and Lunch

This is a culinary tour comprising a hands-on cooking class, a homely lunch, and a lot of fun. You’ll learn how to prepare a traditional type of pasta – the Žrnovo macaronis, typically served with a beef sauce. We’ll show you how to make the dough and how to roll out the macaronis, and then… roll your sleeves up! You first chop the dough into small pieces and then wrap them around a wooden stick rolling a macaroni. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but if you try, you’ll be proud of yourself, and you won’t be able to stop laughing. After the cooking class, you’ll have your lunch, by which we mean, the one you have just cooked! And you will not want to leave the table.

Korcula from Dubrovnik including Winery Visit (private)

9. Korcula from Dubrovnik including Winery Visit (private)

One of the most romantic island cities in Croatia, Korcula island is one of the top destinations for tourists that cruise the Adriatic. According to legend, it was founded by the Trojan hero Antenor, and was home to the Mesolithic and Neolithic peoples who first settled on this island. Most famously known to be the birth place of traveler Marco Polo in 1254, Korcula is now the second most populous island on the Adriatic, filled with historical and cultural heritage. Ston is the first stop after departing from Dubrovnik. With well preserved city walls which once protected the town during the medieval times, Ston is a charming town with rich history. An optional visit to the ancient salt-works before continuing on the Peljesac peninsula will allow for an interesting stop on the tour. Enjoy the beautiful green scenery, vineyards and blue bays along the way before arriving to Orebic to embark on a boat ride to the magnificent island of Korcula. Once in town, visit the cathedral, city museum, and the house of Marco Polo. Followed is free time to walk through the Old Town and its abundant souvenir shops, and have lunch at a tavern of your choice serving many delicious Dalmatian specialities. After saying good-bye to this marvellous island, there is one last stop to be made on your return, as the Peljesac peninsula is known as one of the most famous Croatian wine regions. Enjoying in an extraordinary wine tasting is a delightful ending to the journey as you continue back to Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik: Day Tour to Korčula

10. Dubrovnik: Day Tour to Korčula

On this tour, experience how the past and the present become one on the magnificent island of Korčula, which has been populated since prehistoric times. After departing from Dubrovnik, make your first stop in Ston a historic fortified town surrounded by the 2nd longest wall in the world, first mentioned in the 13th century. The town layout is famous for its herringbone pattern, which allows air to circulate through the streets, but protects the town from strong winds. Learn about how building outside the city walls was forbidden until the 18th-century. Next head to the Korcula Old Town to experience an ancient culture and admire views of the crystal clear sea and sunny beaches. Take a chance to see the Cathedral of St. Mark, probably the most important building in the Korcula Old Town. It is built in Gothic-Renaissance style, completed in the 15th-century in the place of another church from the 13th-century. Find out how the church was built by local masters and craftsman of stone masonry who were well known in the Renaissance and Baroque era. During the tour, you will have the chance to taste fresh oysters from the sea, and sample some of the finest local wines at a winery. 

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Tina was fantastic. Deeply knowledgeable, able to reverse the difference between the positions of various historians, nationalistic locals, and her own opinions with ease. The tour took us into places we would never have entered on our own, and pointed out details naked to the casual passerby that we had only a fleeting suspicion was far more interesting than we could surmise without context. Would highly recommend.

It was a very pleasant trip with our friendly guide. The group itself wasn’t big, 8 people including our guide. We had a lot of free time and the winery was excellent! Tasted a lot of wines and the glasses were bigger than expected honestly.

Boris was really engaging throughout, explaining the geography, history and culture of the area. The equipment was also good. The small group size - 6 in our case - made it all very personal. We were very pleased all round.

Damir was an excellent and very knowledgeable driver, a true gentleman. My teenagers and I had a great time.

Excellent guide tom Beautiful island Thank you so much