COUNTRIES: Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina | CITIES: (CRO) Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split; (BIH) Mostar, Blagaj, Pocitelj | ISLANDS: Korcula, Hvar, Pakleni Islands | UNESCO SITES: Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Dubrovnik Old Town, Mostar Old Bridge | EXPERIENCES: Yachting, Swimming, Snorkeling, Island Exploring, Fortress Discovering, Meeting with Small Communities & Local Producers, Wine Tasting, Canyoning, Swimming at the Waterfalls, Travelling Responsibly.
The 8D7N Sail Croatia and Explore Herzegovina Package trip is created to finally provide you a holiday you have always dreamed of.
Spend 4 nights at the boat with only 25-30 guests per voyage and feel like being on your own private yacht. This trip will take you into the very heart of the Adriatic sea with Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Pakleni Islands and Split. Enjoy the sounds, smells and tastes of Mediterranean while discovering amazing cities, small ports, hidden beaches and completely losing yourself embraced by the wondrous traces of ancient civilisations.
This package is conveniently created to bring the best of Croatia but also show you in depth the amazing region of Herzegovina with an overnight in Mostar. Spend two full days chasing the rivers and waterfalls, UNESCO sites and treat your taste buds with the indigenous wines of Herzegovina Wine Route.
Any trip lets you see the world, we will bring it so close you can actually live it.
Destination: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel 4*
>Enjoy your first day in Dubrovnik while exploring the city like a local.
Arrival Note: Depending on your arrival time and hotel check-in policy, you might not be able to check into your room immediately upon the arrival. Of course, you are welcome to store your luggage at the reception desk of your hotel and enjoy the bar services ideal for refreshment while discussing the rest of the day’s activities with your Funky Tours host.
Morning/Afternoon: We will pick you up at the airport at the time of your arrival and take you to your hotel. After you settle in your room, your Funky Tours local guide will pick you up and will take you for the afternoon walking tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most popular destinations in the whole of Croatia. We will take a stroll through the centuries and enjoy the treasure trove of endless layers of history and architecture.
> Dubrovnik Old Town
We will walk the white limestone streets and admire the crowning walls, medieval houses and in depth discover the 1400 year history of the city.
During a nice and easy stroll we will have a chance to see the best of Dubrovnik Old Town with Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace and the fascinating baroque Cathedral of the Assumption, Onofrio’s Fountain built in 1438 as an aqueduct for city water supply, Prijeko Street and Old Port, St. Saviour’s Franciscan and Dominican church.
> After the walking tour, we will let you soak up the vibrant city’s atmosphere on your own and enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own.
Destination: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Meals Included: B – L
> Dubrovnik screams hedonism and will please even the most demanding world traveller.
Breakfast: Our beautiful 4* hotel in Dubrovnik will serve us buffet breakfast from 7 to 10 AM featuring Dalmatian and International options.
Morning: Morning will be reserved for some free time to enjoy the amazing sceneries either from your room or by taking some nice and easy walks in the city. After the check out hours, we will will head to the port and jump on board to leave our luggage. The official check in hours start from 5 PM but we will leave our luggage and discuss how would you like to spend the rest of a day.
> Dubrovnik Cable Car and views from Mt. Srdj
Afternoon: Before we jump onboard, you will have time to choose some of the optional activities we have prepared for you, or simply take a stroll and enjoy the city on your own. One thing is for sure, whether you decide to take the cable car to the Mt. Srdj, visit the remote Kupari beach, do a jeep or canoe safari, kayaking or snorkelling, Dubrovnik will definitely full-fill every one of your holiday wishes.
We shall meet our captain, the crew and shipmates around 5 PM during the official check in. You are welcome to enjoy the atmosphere, amazing views and drinks until the dinner which starts around 6.30 PM.
Dinner: Tasty dinner with an abundance of local specialities with an accent on fresh fish will be served onboard at 6.30pm. During the dinner, we will be welcomed and introduced by the crew and everybody else on board. The evening is yours to enjoy in the Old City.
Destination: Korcula, Croatia
Meals Included: B – D
> Today we will dock into Korcula which is considered to be the birthplace of Marco Polo
Breakfast: You will have a chance to enjoy some tasty local delicacies typical for Croatian homes and families over the buffet breakfast. Supporting the small local communities is one thing sustainable tourism should strive to so rest assured that all of the products will be brought to you from the small farms and producers.
Morning: Just imagine waking up with the sounds of seagulls and strong Adriatic sea splashing gently against the ship making it the best possible alarm clock. Enjoy the sounds and views while we are setting sail and saying goodbye to Dubrovnik for now. Today we are docking in to Korcula.
Afternoon: Before we arrive to Korcula we will make sure to make few amazing stops and let you experience an absolute joy while jumping into the calm and infinite blue waters of captivating Adriatic sea.
> Name of the island comes from the Greek word, Korchira, which means ‘palace through the rocks.
Welcome to Korcula, the island of Parco Polo, Posip wine, Moreska dance and incredible sandy-pebble beaches of unprecedented beauty. After the swimming fun at the nearby beach, we will dock in to the old town of Korcula and let you enjoy exploring the place either on your own, or with a help from the locals.
The old town of Korcula is one of the best preserved fortified medieval towns in the Mediterranean which is currently on the tentative UNESCO list. Another interesting thing to know is that one of the most famous people of Korčula is the legendary adventurer Marco Polo, whose birthplace can be found in the heart of the old town, just next to the cathedral.
> Korcula old town. It is believed that the Trojan warrior Antenor founded the Korcula in the 11th century BC.
Either with a guide, or on your own and wonder the old town embraced by an amazing layout of stone streets in the shape of herringbone which Korcula is known for. Take a moment to admire the timeless beauty of the old cathedrals and palaces that wear the marks of the past times as a crown in their stone that speak. You might spend hours feeling like you have just began.
Dinner: Dinner will be served in a cheerful atmosphere with our shipmates and crew onboard. Over the local specialities, amazing views and captivating sounds, you are free to spend the rest of your evening at the boat, or enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Korcula.
Destination: Hvar, Croatia
Meals Included: B – L
>Hvar gets the most sunny days per year in the whole of Croatia.
Breakfast: Another morning to activate all of your senses. You will have a chance to enjoy some tasty local delicacies typical for Croatian homes and families over the buffet breakfast. Over the breakfast, enjoy the beautiful, unpretentious and relaxed ambiance onboard feeling like you were on your own yacht while getting closer to our next destination, Hvar.
Morning: Along the way, we will take a much needed swimming break. You will understand that swimming at the open Adriatic sea brings a whole new dimension of sense of freedom and surrendering yourself to the moment rather than focusing on a final destination.
>The amazing view over the Hvar and Pakleni Islands from the Hvar Fort.
Lunch:Lunch will be served onboard and this is the time when you will be able to enjoy locally sourced culinary experiences and some of the tastiest food made from the fresh products we picked this morning.
During a lunch we will have a chance to enjoy the views of Hvar and hundreds of shades of turquoise Adriatic sea embraced by astounding green colours of the surrounding hills. As we get close to the island, the waterfront promenade will open its palm trees and centuries old walls from the grandiose Fortress protecting the city.
Afternoon: It is after lunch we will be able to dock in Hvar, one of the highlights of this trip and the island which is considered to be the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. Due to its highly important strategic and nautical position, Hvar’s history, culture, architecture and art are carrying so many amazing marks of the ancient civilisations.
> City of Hvar is Home to the Oldest Public Theatre in Europe established back in 1612.
We can either arrange a walking tour, or let you soak up the lavish coastal atmosphere of the Hvar town on your own. One thing is for sure, you will love this open air museum, a city so full with the monuments that it should be a monument itself. Take a walk through its streets and delve into discovering centuries old history that shaped the appearance of this remarkable city.
On top of everything you know about it so far, the island of Hvar is the sunniest place in Croatia. Its beaches and vibrant nightlife were one of the first choices of Prince Harry during his party years and, nowadays, you will be able to catch a glimpse of expensive yachts and world famous celebrities. Maybe you end up partying hard with Beyonce, who knows!
Destination: Split, Croatia
Meals Included: B – L
> Located in a vicinity of Hvar, Pakleni Islands are all that speaks a green paradise surrounded by mesmerising turquoise Adriatic Sea.
Breakfast: You will have a chance to enjoy some tasty local delicacies typical for Croatian homes and families over the buffet breakfast.
Morning: We will leave Hvar during the breakfast and, before we reach our final destination of a day-Split, we will make a stop at the amazing Pakleni islands located off the southwest coast of the island of Hvar. Pakleni islands are protected and preserved part of the Adriatic coast and its deep bays along with the smaller islets contribute to the exotic beauty which became world-wide known and popular.
We will enjoy some time swimming and relaxing while enjoying the captivating views at Pakleni Islands and head towards Split.
Lunch: In a cosy and relaxed atmosphere, over the buffet lunch which will be served onboard, enjoy the amazing variety of local and international meals.
Afternoon: We will dock in to Split in the early afternoon which will give us just enough time to soak up the atmosphere of one of the most popular destinations in the whole of Mediterranean. Your Funky Tours host will pick you up and take you on deep into this city’s stories and landmarks. We will take a stroll through the centuries, starting from Roman times and enjoy the treasure trove of endless layers of history and architecture and urban spirit.
> Split is a home to the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure – The Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Just the fact that the essence of the city’s urban life is the grandiose 4th century Diocletian’s Palace which, along with the historic centre are UNESCO protected and maintained by the United Nation’s agency for education, science and culture is a small hint on all of the possible whirlwinds of emotions you will be experiencing while walking the paths of the ancient civilisations and enjoying the mesmerising colours of Adriatic sea.
After the walking tour, we will let you soak up the vibrant city’s atmosphere on your own and enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own.
Destination: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals Included: B – L
>Herzegovina region with Mostar being its “capital” is known as Bosnian California.
Activity Note: Today we will be crossing the border and are heading towards Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Breakfast: Our last onboard morning and breakfast. We will enjoy some freshly cooked breakfast meals and say goodbye to our Captain and shipmates.
Morning: After the breakfast, we will head towards the Bosnia and Herzegovina with our first stop being the absolutely enchanting Kravica Waterfall. From the Country with most beautiful sea settings to the country which proudly stands on the top of the world’s strongest, cleanest and most beautiful rivers, waterfalls and mountains. Don’t pack your swimming suits yet, you will need it today as are going to chase the waterfalls.
The Kravica is a truly remarkable cascade on the Trebižat River nested in a very heartland of Herzegovina karst. We will do some nice and easy walks and admire the massiveness of the captivating waterfalls trapped in lush greenery. Remember watching the postcards and wishing “you were here”? The paradisiacal setting of Kravice waterfalls will make you feel you have finally discovered your hidden paradise.
> Kravica Waterfall on Trebizat River in Herzegovina.
Lunch: We will reach Blagaj, place known for its stunningly beautiful karst spring of Buna just on time for lunch. Blagaj is known for its home grown trout which is surely a speciality not to be missed but you will be offered plethora other traditional Bosnian meals to choose from.
Afternoon: Once we bless our eyes and take some amazing photos of Buna river spring, we will climb to the base of a cliff, next to the source and visit the Tekke from the inside. Blagaj Tekke is a Dervish House enclosing unique series of picturesque rooms and chambers. Both, from the inside and outside, this small architectural wonder is a truly unique sacral-residential example of Islamic architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina where we shall learn about mystical Sufi life in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
>The mystical Blagaj dervish house and Buna river as one of the strongest river springs in Europe.
After Blagaj, in less than a 20 min, we are going to reach the captivating Mostar where we will do the hotel check in and let you have some rest before we head for exploring the city.
Plucked from the pages of fairy tale, Mostar is a city that screams for the recognition and offering above and beyond an ordinary tourist place. We will spend an afternoon walking through the glittering streets of pastel rainbow cobblestones densely packed with wide open shops, preserved houses and verandas, and domes of mosques and minarets and guide you through the entrance to a whole new world of contrasts and a lifetime journey of Mostar and Mostarians.
The story of Mostar begins with the beautifully preserved Ottoman bazaar and an abundance of millhouse restaurants, craft shops and trinket sellers twinkling across the gushing Neretva.
> Mostar UNESCO protected Old Bridge during the sunset makes the experience of visiting Mostar during the evening hours the best time to be.
Destination: Split, Croatia
Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Meals Included: B – L
>Herzegovina Region is all that speaks incredible nature accompanied with the intriguing history.
Activity Note: Last day of the package is extremely flexible. We will offer you the two options to choose from, but if you have something different in mind, our team will be happy to work on any of your ideas.
At the end of the day, this itinerary package is planned to end in Dubrovnik, so it becomes an 8 day round trip from Dubrovnik. However, the package can alternatively end in Split, Kotor or even Sarajevo, depending on what is most convenient for your further plans of Balkan explorations.
Breakfast: Our stunning 4* accommodation in Mostar will start serving buffet-style breakfast around 7 AM, featuring Herzegovinian and International options.
Morning: After a delicious breakfast, we are ready to leave Mostar and head towards Split. This day we will offer the two amazing options to choose from, depending on your preferences.
OPTION 1: Istup Waterfall River Tracing
>The Radimlja river canyon is a hidden oasis in the middle of a dry rocky area. Therefore, the feeling is like you are in some forgotten world, where nature runs the main word.
If you want to enjoy pristine nature encountering the trees, mossy stone boulders surrounding the crystal clear river basins, waterfalls and wild life at its purest form while completely renouncing the everyday stress and surrendering to so much needed inner peace, this is a perfect activity. Most importantly, it can be done by anyone, regardless on fitness level.
This adventure will take you through narrow and occasionally deep canyon of Radimlja river encountering numerous stunning basins. Being amongst the nature, sliding down the natural waterfalls into an inviting pool of refreshing water accompanied by melodies of wild life and running water, while trees and bushes rustle there is no mundane burden, email, phone call or errand to fail your complete harmony with the nature.
>Canyoning to Waterfall Istup Canyoning can take about 5 hours with resting, swimming and jumping into the canyon pools.
At the waterfall, while embraced with the lush greenery surrounding the river and waterfall we will have a well deserved lunch made of the fresh organic products we picked up this morning and, after some drinks and refreshments we will follow the river the same way back to a place where we have start.
OPTION 2: Herzegovina Wine Tasting
> Wine production in Bosnia and Herzegovina dates back to the Illyrian period and the Thracians who introduced grapevine seedlings to the Balkans.
When there is a wine there must be a culture and some good time. Did you know that the wine tradition of Herzegovina dates back to the 2000 BC? From Slavs, Bosnian Banate, Bosnian Kingdom, Ottomans and Austro-Hungarians, all until nowadays, wine manufacture of Herzegovina always stayed high quality.
This is one of the reasons European Union decided to invest in a project “Herzegovinian wine route” which collects all the best winemakers making them easily approachable for wine tasting, buying and learning about the tradition from a first hand.
> No matter if you are oneophile, wine enthusiast or a simple fan of serene but hedonistic environments, you will love the elaborate wine tastings in centuries old wine cellars
We will take your senses on a journey through array of aromas, scents and flavours of centuries old obscure Zilavka and Blatina production brought to you by the two small local producers and one larger. You will have a chance to enjoy luxuriantly growing vineyards and greenery oasis in shadows of opulently growing herbs and flowers while surrounded by incredible scents and threading your taste buds with some of the finest wines and meals.
> We will take you to the Dubrovnik airport on your last day, or spend few more days in the Balkans and make choice from our trip extension selection.
Breakfast: Our stunning 4* hotel in Dubrovnik will start serving buffet-style breakfast around 8 AM. You will have a chance to enjoy the abundance of Dalmatian and International breakfast meals and products freshly brought from the local farms and producers.
Morning/Afternoon: You will have free time before we pick you up and take you to the airport. In case of a late flight, you are welcome to leave your luggage at hotel reception and wonder the city on your own, or discuss some optional activity with your Funky Tours host.
If you’d like to extend your journey through the Balkans, please don’t hesitate to contact our team or consider some of our amazing trip extensions.
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