Up for a long week of indulgence on the glistening Adriatic? Look no further: we have the snip of the century. Our travel experts have scoured the length and breadth of the Mediterranean but there are two spots we just can’t stay away from. Far from the bright lights of Nice and the crowds of Amalfi, the Adriatic plays host to an altogether more natural beauty and an atmosphere of blissful escapism. Step into our world as you head to Croatia for a spot of island hopping, history and local cuisine before retreating to the untouched beauty of Boka Bay in Montenegro. Surrounded by striking landscapes every step of the way, this is eight nights of Adriatic elegance that is too good to pass up on.
Step Back in Time in Split
A hotbed of history and culture, your Adriatic adventure begins in the charming town of Split. A town with a past that spans over one and a half millennia and made up of influences drawn from countless invaders, head out to the countryside to get a glimpse of local traditions handed down through the generations. In Sinj, you’ll step back to medieval times as you encounter the knightly tournament of Sinjska Alka; a celebration of victory over the Ottomans, it’s an experience unique to the region and cherished fiercely by locals. Get behind the scenes with a visit to the stables before saddling up for a private horseriding lesson in the prestigious hippodrome.
From Sinj, wind your way onto Gata. A former so-called ‘peasants republic’, here you’ll get a taste of local rural life as you join a local family at their home to prepare the traditional speciality of soparnik. A lunch filled with tales of past and present and opening up to views of the Cetina River Canyon, it beats any restaurant recommendation in a big city. Come afternoon, return to Split for a private walking tour, taking in the beautiful views from atop St Duje’s Cathedral.
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Island Hop to Korcula
Leaving Split behind, you’ll then spend the day privately sailing between Croatia’s beautiful islands, strewn like emeralds across the Adriatic. Your first port of call is the Pakleni Islands where you can drift across the shimmering waters stopping off for a swim and a sunbathe at whichever cove takes your fancy. You’ll then drop anchor in Hvar for a wander along its cobbled streets and a bite to eat amid its laidback island attitude. You’ll then finally pull into the harbour at Korcula, where you’ll spend the next few days staying in the lap of luxury at Lesic Dimitri Palace.
In the morning, head out on a private tour of the island taking in the old world charm of the birthplace of Marco Polo and the alleged origin of the Silk Road. Make your way along the ramparts to the San Marko Cathedral and Museum of Icons before heading out to Zrnovo, one of the oldest settlements on the island, to meet the charming Marovic family in a visit to their unique eco-farm. After you’ve had your fill of homemade jam, olive oil and grappa, continue on through the villages, vineyards and olive groves to Lumbarda. Here, you can either flop down on what is considered to be the island’s most beautiful beach or pay a visit to the Bire family winery for a private wine tasting of their signature Grk grape. Or why not do both? You’re on holiday after all.
Delve into Dubrovnik
Your final stop in Croatia is its most iconic city; Dubrovnik. But before you rush there, stop off for a scenic tour of Peljesac Penisula, one of Croatia’s most famous wine growing regions. Here, you can visit the small family run winery of Frano Milos to sample some of the country’s finest organic wines, still made according to traditional methods. To complement the wine, you’ll then stop off at the famous bay of Ston for a private oyster farm tour with a local farmer. Sailing out to his own private island, you’ll set up camp for a few hours as he prepares the traditional dish of mussels alla buzzara. Deliciously simple and served in a spot you simply cannot beat, it certainly makes for a meal to remember.
In Dubrovnik, we’ll set you up with a private walking tour through the cobbled Old Town streets and along the iconic ramparts that ring the city and keep it back from the endless blues of the waters below. For the best views in town though, catch the funicular up to Srdj Hill and simply stop and stare. In the evening, tuck into some of the country’s freshest seafood overlooking the melting sun as it falls behind the Adriatic, before resting your weary head in your five-star boutique hotel.
A Montenegrin Oasis
After a few nights in Dubrovnik, you’ll then be whisked off to your final stop across the border in Montenegro. Pull up amid the beauty of Boka Bay, where mountains fall away to the sea and check in at the sophisticated One&Only Portonovi. Sitting elegantly on Adriatic shores, it makes for a flawless finish to your time away. Time here is ripe for exploration, so tomorrow we’ll take you on a boat ride out to the islet of Our Lady of the Rock, where you’ll soon see a whole other side to Adriatic life. Sit back in the gently rocking boat as your private guide regales you with local legends before returning to land to explore the UNESCO wonder of the Bay of Kotor.
The rest of your time is yours to spend as your please, perhaps in the innovative Chenot Espace Spa or lounged by one of the resort’s six pools. With world class dining courtesy of Giorgio Locatelli, you’ll never want to leave.