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Pearls of Dalmatia

With Dubrovnik & the Island of Hvar

From $5,184
total price from Boston, New York
$4,495 air & land inclusive plus $689 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
15 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

Tour Details

Pearls of Dalmatia

With Dubrovnik & the Island of Hvar

From $5,184

total price from Boston, New York
$4,495 air & land inclusive plus $689 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
15 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
15 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

Small Group Highlights

  • Historic Zagreb
  • Scenic Lake Bled excursion
  • Vibrant Ljubljana
  • Visit to Postojna Cave
  • Istrian Peninsula touring
  • Visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Dramatic Dalmatian coastline
  • Diocletian’s Palace, UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Charming Opatija
  • Two-night stay on island of Hvar
  • Three-night stay in Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik touring, including Old City walls

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Zagreb, Croatia
Depart U.S. for Zagreb, Croatia
2
Arrive Zagreb
Arrive Zagreb

After a connecting flight in Europe, we arrive in Zagreb and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.

After a connecting flight in Europe, we arrive in Zagreb and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned for today.

3
Zagreb
B
D
B
D
Zagreb

This morning’s tour of the Croatian capital by coach and on foot reveals a gracious city of culture and hospitality. We stroll through Old Town with a visit to the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, showcasing the work of naïve artists of the 20th century; and taste traditional Štrukle pastry. After calling on the colorful Dolac open-air market, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner.

This morning’s tour of the Croatian capital by coach and on foot reveals a gracious city of culture and hospitality. We stroll through Old Town with a visit to the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, showcasing the work of naïve artists of the 20th century; and taste traditional Štrukle pastry. After calling on the colorful Dolac open-air market, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner.

4
Zagreb/Lake Bled, Slovenia/Ljubljana
B
D
B
D
Zagreb/Lake Bled, Slovenia/Ljubljana

This morning, we set off for Bled, Slovenia’s popular resort town whose namesake lake is the stuff of fairytales. Nestled in the foothills of the Julian Alps with a medieval castle perched above its emerald-green waters, Lake Bled draws visitors and locals alike. We tour the castle then enjoy a leisurely boat ride around the placid mile-wide lake. After this relaxing interlude, we travel on to Ljubljana, capital city and cultural center of Slovenia, where we dine tonight at a local restaurant.

This morning, we set off for Bled, Slovenia’s popular resort town whose namesake lake is the stuff of fairytales. Nestled in the foothills of the Julian Alps with a medieval castle perched above its emerald-green waters, Lake Bled draws visitors and locals alike. We tour the castle then enjoy a leisurely boat ride around the placid mile-wide lake. After this relaxing interlude, we travel on to Ljubljana, capital city and cultural center of Slovenia, where we dine tonight at a local restaurant.

5
Ljubljana
B
B
Ljubljana

We embark on a morning walking tour that reveals the charming heart of this friendly, mid-sized city. We see ornate façades, romantic bridges, the historic city center, and abundant parkland, all presided over by 11th-century Ljubljana Castle. Then the remainder of the day is free to enjoy Ljubljana as we wish, with lunch and dinner on our own.

We embark on a morning walking tour that reveals the charming heart of this friendly, mid-sized city. We see ornate façades, romantic bridges, the historic city center, and abundant parkland, all presided over by 11th-century Ljubljana Castle. Then the remainder of the day is free to enjoy Ljubljana as we wish, with lunch and dinner on our own.

6
Ljubljana/Postojna/Opatija, Croatia
B
D
B
D
Ljubljana/Postojna/Opatija, Croatia

En route to Opatija today, we stop to explore Postojna Cave, the almost 13-mile-long karst cave system where an electric train takes us deeper than is possible in any other cave in the world. Then after free time here for lunch on our own, we continue on to Opatija, the seaside resort where Habsburg princes once vacationed. Upon arrival, we explore the “Opatija Riviera” on a walking tour of this modern-day resort town nestled between green forested hills and the cobalt Adriatic. We dine together tonight.

En route to Opatija today, we stop to explore Postojna Cave, the almost 13-mile-long karst cave system where an electric train takes us deeper than is possible in any other cave in the world. Then after free time here for lunch on our own, we continue on to Opatija, the seaside resort where Habsburg princes once vacationed. Upon arrival, we explore the “Opatija Riviera” on a walking tour of this modern-day resort town nestled between green forested hills and the cobalt Adriatic. We dine together tonight.

7
Opatija/Istrian Peninsula
B
D
B
D
Opatija/Istrian Peninsula

Today’s tour of the Istrian Peninsula reveals the multicultural roots of this alluring spit of land jutting into the Adriatic. At various times a vassal of Venice, the first Austro-Hungarian Empire, Fascist Italy, the Yugoslav Federation, and finally, Croatia, Istra, as it is known, boasts an interesting history, mild Mediterranean climate, lovely scenery, and good wines. Our first stop is in the port of Pula, where we visit the well-preserved remains of a Roman amphitheater (c. 177 BCE). Next is Rovinj, a charming old Venetian port where we are free to explore on our own and perhaps enjoy lunch at an outdoor café. After returning to Opatija late this afternoon, we dine together tonight at a local restaurant.

Today’s tour of the Istrian Peninsula reveals the multicultural roots of this alluring spit of land jutting into the Adriatic. At various times a vassal of Venice, the first Austro-Hungarian Empire, Fascist Italy, the Yugoslav Federation, and finally, Croatia, Istra, as it is known, boasts an interesting history, mild Mediterranean climate, lovely scenery, and good wines. Our first stop is in the port of Pula, where we visit the well-preserved remains of a Roman amphitheater (c. 177 BCE). Next is Rovinj, a charming old Venetian port where we are free to explore on our own and perhaps enjoy lunch at an outdoor café. After returning to Opatija late this afternoon, we dine together tonight at a local restaurant.

8
Opatija
B
L
B
L
Opatija

Today we visit nearby Moscenicka, a one-time fishing village that now draws visitors to its tranquil port and beautiful pebble beaches. After lunch together, we return to Opatija where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Today we visit nearby Moscenicka, a one-time fishing village that now draws visitors to its tranquil port and beautiful pebble beaches. After lunch together, we return to Opatija where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

9
Opatija/Plitvice Lakes/Trogir
B
L
D
B
L
D
Opatija/Plitvice Lakes/Trogir

We travel south this morning for an excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Famed for its string of 16 turquoise-colored lakes connected by a series of waterfalls and cascades, separated by distinctive travertine deposits, and surrounded by dense forests, Plitvice counts as one of UNESCO’s first natural sites and Croatia’s largest national park. Late afternoon we depart for Trogir, arriving early this evening in time for dinner at our hotel.

We travel south this morning for an excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Famed for its string of 16 turquoise-colored lakes connected by a series of waterfalls and cascades, separated by distinctive travertine deposits, and surrounded by dense forests, Plitvice counts as one of UNESCO’s first natural sites and Croatia’s largest national park. Late afternoon we depart for Trogir, arriving early this evening in time for dinner at our hotel.

10
Trogir/Split/Hvar
B
D
B
D
Trogir/Split/Hvar

This morning we travel to Split, the main city of the central Dalmatian Coast and home of 3rd-century Diocletian’s Palace. As we see on our guided tour, the palace, and eventually its ruins, formed the historic heart of picturesque Split. After time for lunch on our own, we board a ferry for the two-hour cruise to Hvar, “queen” of the Dalmatian islands. Upon arrival we travel by coach to lively Hvar Town, where we spend the next two nights. We dine tonight at a local restaurant just a short walk from our hotel.

This morning we travel to Split, the main city of the central Dalmatian Coast and home of 3rd-century Diocletian’s Palace. As we see on our guided tour, the palace, and eventually its ruins, formed the historic heart of picturesque Split. After time for lunch on our own, we board a ferry for the two-hour cruise to Hvar, “queen” of the Dalmatian islands. Upon arrival we travel by coach to lively Hvar Town, where we spend the next two nights. We dine tonight at a local restaurant just a short walk from our hotel.

11
Hvar
B
L
B
L
Hvar

With captivating natural beauty and a strategic Adriatic location, Hvar has prospered since antiquity. We discover some of its charms this morning, first with a walking tour of Venetian-tinged Hvar Town then with a walking tour of nearby Stari Grad, one of Croatia’s oldest cities and where we also have time to wander on our own. Then we visit a local winery for a tasting and lunch.

With captivating natural beauty and a strategic Adriatic location, Hvar has prospered since antiquity. We discover some of its charms this morning, first with a walking tour of Venetian-tinged Hvar Town then with a walking tour of nearby Stari Grad, one of Croatia’s oldest cities and where we also have time to wander on our own. Then we visit a local winery for a tasting and lunch.

12
Hvar/Dubrovnik
B
L
D
B
L
D
Hvar/Dubrovnik

We continue our journey south today, leaving Hvar for the mainland then traveling along the scenic Dalmatian coast to popular and beloved Dubrovnik. We stop along the way for lunch before reaching our hotel late this afternoon. Tonight we enjoy dinner together.

We continue our journey south today, leaving Hvar for the mainland then traveling along the scenic Dalmatian coast to popular and beloved Dubrovnik. We stop along the way for lunch before reaching our hotel late this afternoon. Tonight we enjoy dinner together.

13
Dubrovnik
B
B
Dubrovnik

Our morning walking tour of this historic city begins in the Old Town, a UNESCO site, where we visit the stately Baroque Cathedral (c. 1672). We also see the Treasury, whose gilded shelves and historic relics sit behind locked wooden doors; and the Franciscan monastery with a 14th-century pharmacy. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore as we wish, with lunch and dinner on our own. Dubrovnik offers discoveries aplenty to fill the remainder of our day, including the tiny synagogue dating to the 15th century, historic Sponza Palace, the Maritime Museum, Luza Square, and the Rector’s Palace.

Our morning walking tour of this historic city begins in the Old Town, a UNESCO site, where we visit the stately Baroque Cathedral (c. 1672). We also see the Treasury, whose gilded shelves and historic relics sit behind locked wooden doors; and the Franciscan monastery with a 14th-century pharmacy. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore as we wish, with lunch and dinner on our own. Dubrovnik offers discoveries aplenty to fill the remainder of our day, including the tiny synagogue dating to the 15th century, historic Sponza Palace, the Maritime Museum, Luza Square, and the Rector’s Palace.

14
Dubrovnik
B
D
B
D
Dubrovnik

Today is at leisure to enjoy Dubrovnik as we wish, perhaps to explore the city’s ancient walls that have withstood time and tide for hundreds of years (tickets will be provided by our tour director). The original ramparts and bastions, which completely encircled the city, date to the 12th and 13th centuries; Dubrovnik itself was founded in the 7th century. Late this afternoon, we set out on a small group highlight: a farewell dinner with a local family whose home overlooks Dubrovnik. Our menu features produce from their garden, homemade olive oil, and local wine.

Today is at leisure to enjoy Dubrovnik as we wish, perhaps to explore the city’s ancient walls that have withstood time and tide for hundreds of years (tickets will be provided by our tour director). The original ramparts and bastions, which completely encircled the city, date to the 12th and 13th centuries; Dubrovnik itself was founded in the 7th century. Late this afternoon, we set out on a small group highlight: a farewell dinner with a local family whose home overlooks Dubrovnik. Our menu features produce from their garden, homemade olive oil, and local wine.

15
Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

This morning we transfer to the airport for our return flights to the U.S.

This morning we transfer to the airport for our return flights to the U.S.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 13 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 25 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Nov
Zagreb 63 70 77 81 73 61 48
Dubrovnik 63 70 78 82 77 69 61

Average Temperature (°F )

  Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Nov
Zagreb 63 70 77 81 73 61 48
Dubrovnik 63 70 78 82 77 69 61

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

Montenegro

4 days, 3 nights
From
$1,295
+ from $395 Single Supplement

Montenegro

4 days, 3 nights
From
$1,295
+ from $395 Single Supplement

Discover this tiny nation with a stunning coastline, imposing mountains, ancient towns, and a rich culture formed from its perch straddling East and West.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • Round-trip private motorcoach transportation Dubrovnik/Tivat, Montenegro
  • 3 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights in Tivat at Regent Porto Montenegro (Deluxe); 1 night in Cavtat, Croatia, at Hotel Cavtat (Superior First Class)
  • 5 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Extensive included sightseeing: Kotor town and bay, Our Lady of the Rocks church, walled city of Budva, historic capital of Cetinje, Roman mosaics of Risan
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, hotel porters, and all drivers

Pricing: $1,295 Oct 2024; $1,495 all other 2024 dates; $1,495 Apr, Oct 2025; $1,695 all other 2025 dates. Single Supplement: $395 Oct 2024 and Apr, Oct 2025; $495 all other 2024 dates; $545 all other 2025 dates.

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Matija Radic

“Matija went above and beyond. He was always there for us and made it seem effortless (although I know he was working hard). His knowledge of and passion for his country are obvious.”

Susan Hebblewhite
Medford, OR

Thamila Rudolf

“Tam was an unbelievable tour director. Her calmness in the face of passenger concerns, her knowledge of areas visited, her genuine warmth and thoughtfulness made her a tour de force…”

Nancy Miller
Austin, TX

Ivana Kovacic

“One of the best… She was professional, knowledgeable, personable, and generous. It is clear she loves her job, and she was celebratory in sharing her country with us.”

James & Celeste Heidelberger
Lakeville, MN

Maja Kramberger

“Not only did she assist our group with every request, she somehow managed to find time to spend with individuals as we traveled. We all felt special.”

Karen Ylinen
Eden Prairie, MN

Vjerocka Loncaric

“[Vjerocka] is a treasure – she could not have been more superb. She took care of every detail, saw to our every comfort, was very knowledgeable…”

Dr. & Mrs. Martin Shargel
Potomac, MD

Valentina Buklijaš

“Valentina had a wonderful sense of humor and included the bus driver in the group so we got to know him.”

Catherine & Michael McCarthy
Homer, AK

Zoran Antonić

“Zoran was fabulous! He was a wealth of information as well as kind. We now have a friend in Croatia.”

Patricia & Raymond Coenen
Omaha, NE

Sandra Bandera

“Sandra was incredible. She could not have done more for us, both individually and as a group. Knowing she would be the tour director for a future tour, we would sign up in a heartbeat!”

Marilyn Fraktman
Wayland, MA

Irena Demsar

“Irena was very helpful, knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. She was attentive to individual needs. Overall, she went above and beyond.”

Ernie Hall & Carol Neff
Niskayuna, NY

Jasmina Viljevac

"Jasmina is a gem! You can rest assured your reputation is in good hands! She is knowledgeable, efficient, and lots of fun! We would love to travel with her again and again!"

Steven & Sharon Wheeler
Phoenix, MD

Biba Galjanic

“Biba was the most amazing tour director I have ever experienced. She provided unique personal assistance, a genuine kindness and [was] extremely knowledgeable.”

Jane Kalfus
Fair Lawn, NJ

Tour Directors

Maja Kramberger

“Not only did she assist our group with every request, she somehow managed to find time to spend with individuals as we traveled. We all felt special.”

Karen Ylinen
Eden Prairie, MN

Thamila Rudolf

“Tam was an unbelievable tour director. Her calmness in the face of passenger concerns, her knowledge of areas visited, her genuine warmth and thoughtfulness made her a tour de force…”

Nancy Miller
Austin, TX

Jasmina Viljevac

"Jasmina is a gem! You can rest assured your reputation is in good hands! She is knowledgeable, efficient, and lots of fun! We would love to travel with her again and again!"

Steven & Sharon Wheeler
Phoenix, MD

Biba Galjanic

“Biba was the most amazing tour director I have ever experienced. She provided unique personal assistance, a genuine kindness and [was] extremely knowledgeable.”

Jane Kalfus
Fair Lawn, NJ

Matija Radic

“Matija went above and beyond. He was always there for us and made it seem effortless (although I know he was working hard). His knowledge of and passion for his country are obvious.”

Susan Hebblewhite
Medford, OR

Sandra Bandera

“Sandra was incredible. She could not have done more for us, both individually and as a group. Knowing she would be the tour director for a future tour, we would sign up in a heartbeat!”

Marilyn Fraktman
Wayland, MA

Ivana Kovacic

“One of the best… She was professional, knowledgeable, personable, and generous. It is clear she loves her job, and she was celebratory in sharing her country with us.”

James & Celeste Heidelberger
Lakeville, MN

Vjerocka Loncaric

“[Vjerocka] is a treasure – she could not have been more superb. She took care of every detail, saw to our every comfort, was very knowledgeable…”

Dr. & Mrs. Martin Shargel
Potomac, MD

Zoran Antonić

“Zoran was fabulous! He was a wealth of information as well as kind. We now have a friend in Croatia.”

Patricia & Raymond Coenen
Omaha, NE

Valentina Buklijaš

“Valentina had a wonderful sense of humor and included the bus driver in the group so we got to know him.”

Catherine & Michael McCarthy
Homer, AK

Irena Demsar

“Irena was very helpful, knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. She was attentive to individual needs. Overall, she went above and beyond.”

Ernie Hall & Carol Neff
Niskayuna, NY

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

I loved tasting the local olive oil, wine, produce, and specialties of the region; the feeling of being taken care of, so that one is free to relax into the experience of a new place and really take in the information and history offered.
Veronica Martin
Portland, OR
This was our second tour with Odysseys and [we are] very impressed with how well everything is taken care of. It is a great pleasure to travel knowing every detail is taken care of.
Mark & Stephanie Natinsky
Manor, TX
Well-planned trip, hotels and restaurants were exceptional. Our guides were all so fun and knowledgeable.
Denise Burr & Kathi Skaar
Melbourne, FL
I loved tasting the local olive oil, wine, produce, and specialties of the region; the feeling of being taken care of, so that one is free to relax into the experience of a new place and really take in the information and history offered.
Veronica Martin
Portland, OR
This was our second tour with Odysseys and [we are] very impressed with how well everything is taken care of. It is a great pleasure to travel knowing every detail is taken care of.
Mark & Stephanie Natinsky
Manor, TX
Well-planned trip, hotels and restaurants were exceptional. Our guides were all so fun and knowledgeable.
Denise Burr & Kathi Skaar
Melbourne, FL
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