Beach | History & culture | Self-drive
Beginning and ending at the incredible walled city of Dubrovnik, this week long self-drive allows you to sample the sublime Dalmatian coast, seeing not just its stars but a supporting cast of lesser-known, but just as impressive attractions.
Day by day itinerary
When it comes to "the pearl of the Adriatic", as Byron called Dubrovnik, it’s hard to imagine anyone, even the locals, becoming inured to the city’s ancient walls, marble streets and melange of cafes, museums, churches and baroque buildings. Walk the city walls and you’ll have wonderful views of the shimmering Adriatic.
Mostar & Omis
Detour from the coast into Bosnia and Hercegovina and the marvels of Mostar. Home to the Balkans’ most famous bridge, Mostar is a city of cafes and cobblestones, nestled deep in a valley and split by a turquoise river, where stalls selling hand-crafted jewellery and copper coffee sets spill out into the streets. Continue to the gorgeous coastal town of Omis.
Split & Trogir
Today you’ll reach Split and its labyrinthine heart, Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence. Spend the night in nearby Trogir, unique among Dalmatian towns for its collection of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture.
Sibenik & Krka
Continue to Sibenik and the Cathedral of St James, the most remarkable cathedral in Croatia and reputedly the world’s largest church built entirely of stone without brick or wood support. Spend the afternoon amid the turquoise lakes and waterfalls of Krka National Park.
Zadar & Plitvice
Zadar has one of Croatia’s prettiest old town centres, complete with medieval churches and marble, traffic-free streets. Plitvice is the shinning star of Croatia’s national parks, where wooded hills enclose 16 stunning lakes, staggered like terraces on the hillside and linked by a series of cascades and waterfalls.
After leaving Plitvice, make your way to Sinj by the Cetina river. Lying in the shadow of Mt. Visoka, at the foot of an impressive old for, Sinj is full of interesting buildings including the church of Our Lady of Sinj, an important Christian pilgrimage site. The town is also home to the famous annual Tilters Tournament, commemorating victory over the invading Turkish army in 1715.
Head towards Dubrovnik and spend your final night in Cavtat, an attractive town that curves around a harbour bordered by a series of beautiful beaches, the perfect place to relax on the last day of your tour.
Return your car to the airport and fly home.
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