From private luxury villas and cruising on yachts to adventure outdoor activities, party beach clubs and cultural happenings, the Dalmatian Coast has it all. Venture with our team as they take you on a journey through Croatia and Montenegro.
This Mediterranean exploration is perfect for any traveler who is looking for seaside scenery, incredible gastronomy and warm local hospitality. The hotels have a boutique feel, so it's great for travelers seeking a more intimate adventure.
This itinerary is fairly active with a new hotel every few days as you venture from one hotspot to the next.
The food is top notch, the local wines pair perfectly, the water is the most unbelievable of blues, the scenery is gorgeous, and the people are so very welcoming.
A majestic hotel with a boutique feel, Boutique Hotel Alhambra is full of charms. On one level you’ll find a classical mansion house with a fine dining restaurant and terrace. On the next level is Alhambra Cube Spa, designed to restore balance and harmony between the mind and body. Guests are invited to enjoy the spa area and indoor seawater pool or indulge in a treatment using locally infused oils. Just a few steps down from the promenade leads you to the hotel’s private beach, with stylish sun loungers and parasols.
Arrival to this superb property build in Istrian white stone is just a clue to guests of the delights of the country stay to com. From the singing of the crickets to the tranquil beauty of the vines and olive trees to the gentle caress of the sea breeze and an entrancing Mediterranean atmosphere, you will feel at peace here. Merely a handful of guest rooms are available in this heavenly setting guaranteeing a secluded stay at Wine Hotel. This intimacy gives guests a total peace and quiet to soak up the sun beside the pool, stroll through the grounds, or sample the restaurant’s delights: healthy, fragrant Mediterranean cuisine which showcases local ingredients (including home-produced olive oil) served with the property’s own wine.
Sleek and striking D-Resort Šibenik has brought 21st-century edge to one of Croatia’s oldest port towns. Sweeping lines reflect the curve of D-Marin Mandalina below. The dramatic concrete and timber design breaks the boundary between exterior and interior. It all adds up to a boutique hotel that draws the eye before capturing the heart. With glass walls for spellbinding Adriatic views, and hardwood floors that merge seamlessly with the balconies, light and space flow through every aspect of D-Resort Šibenik. When it’s time for dinner, choose from Croatian cuisine at Art Restaurant, or saintly meals and sinful cocktails overlooking the marina at the Yacht Club.
With several vetted private rental options through Journey2Croatia in Hvar, we particularly love the Villa Art Hvar. Built in 1612 and having went an extensive renovation from 2007 to 2009, it's now under the protection of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments. The complex has 5 bedrooms with bathrooms, a large living room with a library and fireplace, kitchen and dining room. The lowest floor houses wellness facilities (sauna, Jacuzzi, a massage room) and a wine cellar. Beside the house, there is a large garden with Mediterranean vegetation including lemons, oranges, figs and lavender. In the old Gothic house, which is an integral part of the garden, there is a heated pool that can be transformed from an indoor to an outdoor pool by opening the roof. The house is staffed with a housekeeper and superintendent.
Located on the cliffs above the Dubrovnik's prestigious St. Jacob precinct and just a few minutes away from the fortified beauty of cultural landmarks, the newly rebuilt Villa Dubrovnik welcomes guests with luxurious accommodations and offers spectacular views of the Old City of Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum. Soothe yourself with the personalized treatments of the Villa Spa wellness club, discover the gastronomical miracles of the Chef de cuisine, or simply enjoy the privacy and comfort of your stay. The most elegant 5-star Villa Dubrovnik invites you to share its unique, romantic experience.
A fortified village dating back to the 15th century, the island of Sveti Stefan is a uniquely atmospheric setting of cobbled lanes, handsome courtyards and serene sea views. Whilst Villa Milocer was once the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadjordjevic, Villa Milocer overlooks the Adriatic Sea from its position on the mainland, and is embraced on three sides by dense forests of cedar, pine and olive trees.
Private jet arrival to Lošinj to begin your adventure Day 1
Boat through the small islands + beaches around Lošinj Day 2
Take the scenic route through Istra, a mecca of food + wine Day 3
Soak up the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park Day 4
Taste the freshest oysters paired with local wines while out to sea Day 8
PJ Arrival to Lošinj
Begin your adventure with a unique arrival to the island as you start off with a panoramic flight via private jet. Once you arrive to the island of Lošinj, you’ll be greeted by trusted ground operator, Journey 2 Croatia, whose team will be taking care of you throughout your stay. A driver will assist you and bring you to check in at Boutique Hotel Alhambra in Cikat Bay, Lošinj Island.
Once you’ve had some time to relax, venture out for the iconic Lošinj sunset experience. The lookout point, Providenca, is situated on top of Mount Umpiljak. Hardly any other vantage point will offer you a richer panoramic view of the island of Lošinj, an ancient mythical archipelago. Relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Return to the hotel for dinner at Alfred Keller, an à la carte restaurant sure to deliver a memorable gastronomic experience. Each course is accompanied by sommelier-selected wines from an extensive cellar and after dining here, it’s not hard to see why this spot has been listed as one of the best restaurants in the country and has been honored with several notable awards.
Boat Through Lošinj's Small Islands + Beaches
After a morning at leisure, you’ll be met by your guide and driver to explore both Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj. If you’re interested in a museum dedicated to ancient Greek history, visit Museum of Apoxiomenos. Tour the garden of fine scents, try traditional herb brandy and teas and to get acquainted with the herbs growing on the island.
The islands and its coves with clear seas and warm mistral winds invite you to experience the archipelago in a different way.
Following lunch at Borik Mediterian Bar, take a boat trip to the nearby small islands and beaches around Lošinj. The islands and its coves with clear seas and warm mistral winds invite you to experience the archipelago in a different way. By boat, you can even explore some interesting sites that are not included in the typical tourist itineraries, such as secluded coves and beaches of Lošinj. Finish the day with dinner at the restaurant Matsunoki, a fusion spot that combines indigenous Japanese foods with Mediterranean ingredients from local organic farming.
Scenic Drive to Istra
Begin the day with breakfast and check-out from the Alhambra Hotel. Take a private transfer from Lošinj island to Istra with stop in Lubenice, a unique village located on an imposing cliff with a stunning view of the open sea. Enjoy the scenic ride through Cres island and take a quick ferry ride to the mainland. The region of Istra is known as a mecca of wine, food and medieval hilltop towns. Your scenic route will have you with a stop in Motovun, an ancient little Istrian town located atop a massive hill.
…enjoy learning about their production of wine and olive oil, with plenty of tastings along the way.
Continue to Rovinj, the Blue Pearl of the Adriatic, the city of romance and art, one of the most picturesque towns in the Mediterranean. During the late afternoon, check-in Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery in Bale. After refreshments and an introduction to property, settle in for a wine and dine experience in Meneghetti. Here, you’ll enjoy learning about their production of wine and olive oil, with plenty of tastings along the way.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
After enjoying breakfast and checking out from Meneghetti Wine Hotel, hop in for a transfer to Sibenik. Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO site with 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. Depending on your activity level, you can take up to four hours to hike through the park and explore the lakes and waterfalls. Finish the day by checking in to Hotel D Resort in Sibenik, just a 10-minute drive from old town.
Tour Šibenik + Split's Old Town En Route to Hvar
This morning, you’ll be heading our for a tour of Šibenik, old Croatia’s hidden gem. The town is surrounded by four huge fortresses and has been fortified to protect it from barbarians, pirates and Turks through the medieval ages. The cathedral of St. James is the main attraction and the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in the entire country. After a leisurely lunch, you’ll meet your driver and start heading towards Split.
After arriving to Split’s Old Town, You’ll visit the Diocletian Palace, built as a residential palace seventeen hundred years ago by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Your guide will also be sure to show you the Cathedral of St Dominius, another priceless monument included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage, before hopping your boat transfer to Hvar town.
Spend some time exploring the archipelago best known for its crystal clear seas, hidden bays, beaches and popular bays full of bars and restaurants. Specifically, Palmižana Bay is the most popular location to enjoy at the beach, have a cocktail in great lounge bars or have a snack in some of the top restaurants. After a long day of exploring, check into your Hvar luxury villa and residence. Enjoy a late dinner in Restaurant Gariful downtown.
Biking in Ager + Wine Tasting in Jesla
Wake up in your private villa and enjoy the early morning vibe of the Hvar piazza and old town. As one of the most desired and most visited destinations on the Dalmatian Riviera, it’s characterized by a warm, pleasant climate with lots of sun and, not to mention an entirely Instagrammable setting in nature. Thanks to its position along the ancient maritime route, Hvar has one of the richest histories of than any island on the Adriatic. Representative palaces and churches, valuable paintings and statues, as well as literary and musical works of art created on the island are all at your disposal.
After lunch at Little Green Bay, get ready to work for your next wine tasting with a bike ride! You’ll venture through Stari Grad Plain, also known as Hora or Ager. Historically, the land here was extremely fertile and produced food for the settlers, who brought vines and olive trees with them from Paros.
Walking Tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town
Start the day by saying goodbye to Hvar as you take a private boat transfer from to Dubrovnik with some free time in Korcula. Stroll down the main street to see the Korcula Statute which dates from 1214. Continue to Cathedral Square where you will visit the most beautiful building on the island, the Cathedral of St. Marco. Explore the Bishop’s Palace where the Abbatial Treasury of St. Marco is housed. Marco Polo’s birthplace, the enchanting town is poised on a peninsula surrounded by 13th century honey-colored exclusively of stone in the original method of assembling stone slabs and blocks.
On the way to Dubrovnik, cruise trough Elafiti Islands and arrive in Dubrovnik in the late afternoon. Check in Hotel Villa Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik, old town walking distance After check in and refreshment. Meet your guide at the hotel reception from where you will start your Dubrovnik experience.
…is like traveling back in time to the city’s celebrated Renaissance past, with an assortment of exquisite historical landmarks at every turn.
The city of Dubrovnik ranks as one of the most important tourist and historic centers on the Adriatic. And entering the old town through the Gothic arch of the Pile Gate is like traveling back in time to the city’s celebrated Renaissance past, with an assortment of exquisite historical landmarks at every turn. A stroll over the famous Stradun, will take you past numerous palaces, churches, and various places whose lesser significance all adds up to the vast glory of Dubrovnik. The city’s name is somewhat of a synonym for Croatia in the far corners of the world, and the more you learn of Dubrovnik, the less surprised you will be to know that its population increases tenfold during the peak of the tourist season. Cap off your day of exploring with dinner in the old town.
Out to Sea for an Oyster Tasting
Kick off the day by meeting your private driver and guide at the hotel reception who will drive you to the Pelješac peninsula to experience the local gastronomy. Drive through the Peljesac peninsula, famous for producing one of the best Red wines Plavac Mali. The drive will include stops for sightseeing in Ston with longest city walls in Europe, amazing sea bays with shell farms and salt pools.
Wine and dine experience in winery. Lunch with wine paring included. Visit to oyster farm and oyster tasting in Ston. Visit to family owned Milos winery who also produce olive oil, tea and small local products. Return back to Dubrovnik in the late afternoon and relax before dinner in Pjerin restaurant, conveniently located within in Villa Dubrovnik.
Crossing into Montenegro
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and soak up some time to independently check out Dubrovnik before saying goodbye to this epic city. Later in the morning, catch your private transfer from Dubrovnik to the iconic Aman Sveti Stefan. During your transfer, you will have a chance to explore Boka bay including Kotor, Perast, Tivat Port Montenegro.
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Relax, Montenegro Style
Today is your final day to enjoy Aman Sveti Stefan. A land of rugged snow-capped mountains, ancient forests and pristine lakes, Montenegro’s meandering coast is home to a series of ancient towns and natural wonders. If you want to get off property, just north of Aman Sveti Stefan, the town of Budva is two millennia old. Farther up the coast Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, combines some of the region’s best-preserved architecture with exceptional beauty.
Or, take the day to relax. Choose to hit the spa, sleep in, explore or just read that book you’ve been carrying around with you for the entire trip. Just don’t forget to catch the sunset! They are epic at Sveti Stefan, a property known for its unique atmospheric setting of cobbled lanes, handsome courtyards and serene sea views.
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Today marks the end of your adventure! Enjoy your private airport transfer as you sift through the hundreds (if not thousands) of incredible photos you’ve taken on your trip. Say “see you later” to a destination that you’re surely return.