Highlights Of The Adriatic

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour

Spend time on the glittering Adriatic Sea on this laid-back, leisurely escorted tour. We’ll reveal the beauty of the Adriatic coast including Croatia’s most famous destinations – Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar – and relatively lesser-known gems like Mostar and its spellbinding bridge. Go wine tasting, walk along Dubrovnik’s city ramparts and take a scenic cable car ride over the medieval Dubrovnik and chill out by Split’s crystal-clear waters.

• Dubrovnik (Croatia): 3 nights
• Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina): 1 night
• Split (Croatia): 3 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour

Day 1: UK to Dubrovnik Depart the UK on your flight to Dubrovnik. On arrival, check in to your hotel by the sea and meet your guide and fellow guests at the welcome dinner.
Stay: Hotel More (or similar).
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Dubrovnik Meet your guide for a morning walking tour around Croatia’s best-known destination. Dubrovnik is a maze of shiny stone slabs and shaded alleyways, but your first view of it will be the tops of its burnt red roofs from Mount Srđ. Take the cable car up to the top where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the city and the deep blue Adriatic beyond. As you head back down among the medieval walls, explore the city on a walking tour and the highlights held within the city’s ramparts including the Franciscan Monastery, Rector’s Palace and Dubrovnik Cathedral. Walk along Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street set in limestone which centuries’ worth of pedestrian traffic has polished, and watch as modern local life unfolds among the romantic Renaissance-era architecture. With your free time for lunch, you can get away from the crowds in a quiet café or find a good perch for people-watching. Dubrovnik’s spot by the Adriatic means fresh seafood is easy to find on the menu, and there’s plenty of Dalmatian twists on Med dishes like pasta and black risotto to try, too Encircling the city, the ancient walls are interrupted by two main gates that are watched over by statues of the Saint Blaise, the city’s patron saint. Climb steps to the top of the ramparts and walk around part of the city walls for a bird’s-eye view of the busy streets below. The rest of your evening is at leisure – take an evening stroll in Old Town or have dinner in the comfort of your hotel by the sea.
Stay: Hotel More (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Dubrovnik & Kotor Today you’ll head for Montenegro, a long-loved retreat for European socialites. Start the drive south-east via Risan, a small town that was once a queen’s refuge, and stopping in Perast for a boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks. On this small islet that was built by sailors who dropped rocks into the water, there’s a church with ornate artwork and lovely views of water and mountains that surround it. Return to Perast and continue to Kotor, part of wider UNESCO World Heritage-listed area with pretty fjord-like scenery and shuttered, terracotta-roofed buildings. Visit the Maritime Museum to see old-world artefacts and get an idea of what life was like when Kotor was part of a strong naval power, and the Kotor Cathedral. You’ll have some time to wander independently to see what you find down the stone streets and have lunch before transferring back to Dubrovnik. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours.
Stay: Hotel More (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Dubrovnik to Mostar Leave Dubrovnik this morning and start your day with a walk around Trsteno Arboretum, a spot known most famously as one of the filming locations for TV series, Game of Thrones. Then it’s on to Ston to learn about its salt pans, which are the oldest in Europe, and have a typical seafood lunch before heading a further down the Peljesac peninsula for a wine tasting. You’ll have the chance to buy a bottle to take home with you if you find a new favourite tipple; the region is particularly famous for its reds. End your day in Mostar, a town best known for its arched bridge, Stari Most, which was entirely reconstructed after it was destroyed in the Bosnian War. AS you drive through Bosnia & Herzegovina, you’ll notice a change in the architecture as Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic styles are swapped for Islamic and Ottoman. Pass coastal town Neum and the Neretva Delta, stopping at medieval grey stone fortress-town, Počitelj, then have dinner in a local restaurant in Mostar on arrival. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours.
Stay: City Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mostar to Split Go on a tour around Mostar and learn about its blend of religions and cultures. You’ll visit Stari Most, or Old Bridge, which arches over a river and is a popular spot for weddings as well as an daring diving competition every year. See the Tabacica Mosque, also known as the Hadži-Kurt Mosque, and the old bazaar to browse and buy hand-made souvenirs. Then return to Croatia as you make your way to Split, where you’ll have free time for dinner tonight. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours.
Stay: Hotel Cvita, Split (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Split & Trogir Today begins at a relaxed pace as you head out west along the coast after breakfast to visit Trogir. Built on an ancient Greek settlement called Tragurion, this UNESCO-listed town has plenty to see including palaces, a monastery and a portal adorned with Biblical scenes. As with most days, you can make the most of some free time to look around for yourself, before returning to Split in the afternoon for the rest of the day to explore or relax on the beaches. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours.
Stay: Hotel Cvita, Split (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Split & Hvar Hop on a ferry to Hvar, an island with equal measures of historical sights and hip modern hangouts. It might be the oldest tourist centre in Dalmatia, but it’s also the most upmarket with celebrities beelining for this lavender-scented island. You’ll cover the must-see sights like the Franciscan Monastery, which houses a spectacular Last Supper painting believed to be by Venetian painter Matteo Ingoli. Have lunch at leisure, then drive to Jelsa for a wine tasting and on to Stari Grad. Lastly, see Tvrdalj Castle, the summer villa of Croatian writer, Petar Hektorović. His enchanting home was a sanctuary that welcomed travellers and the poor, and its fish pond is a photogenic highlight. Take the ferry back to Split for your last evening and share a farewell dinner with your fellow guests.
Stay: Hotel Cvita, Split (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Split Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK, or stay longer on Hvar.
Meals: Breakfast


Is this for you?

This itinerary is the perfect blend of leisure time and sightseeing, with time to relax and explore Croatia’s best-known destinations as well as lesser-known ones.

Good to know

• For guests over 16
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• No early starts or long days
• This itinerary is subject to change.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve picked hotels to ensure a balance between relaxation and a close proximity to city centres for exploring. Hotel More is in a quieter spot of Dubrovnik with direct sea access and a natural cave bar, while being conveniently close to the city. In Mostar, you’ll stay under 10 minutes’ drive from the famous Old Bridge, Stari Most.


Tour dates

2021 May 13; Jun 3; Aug 26; Sep 16
2022 May 12; Jun 2; Aug 25; Sep 15

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Handpicked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights

This tour is a blend of culture, sightseeing and plenty of relaxation time so you can get to know the destinations at your own pace. We’ve included wine tastings and more of Croatia’s must-see destinations like Hvar and Split, as well as mythical Mostar and the striking Old Bridge. If you want, you can also add on time in upmarket Hvar at the end of your tour.