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Split-Dalmatia County Hidden gems

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Split: Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full-Day Trip by Speedboat

1. Split: Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full-Day Trip by Speedboat

Get an ultimate snapshot of central Dalmatia on a full-day speedboat tour. Depart from Split and visit the spectacular Blue Cave, the picturesque Pakleni Island, and the charming town of Hvar. Set off from Split and head first to one of Croatia’s most stunning natural wonders; the Blue Cave on Biševo Island. Watch the rays of the sun turn the grotto blue. The next stop is Seal Monk Cave, another beautiful natural landmark. Soak up the sun in Stiniva Cove on Vis Island. Marvel at the beauty of the pebble beach enclosed by vertical cliffs.  Explore its beauty from the speedboat and take a picture of this unspoiled attraction. Then, submerge yourself in Budikovac’s turquoise lagoon, or let curiosity guide you past the extended pebble beach of Dalmatia’s only island with a single inhabitant. Explore the Pakleni Islands, a collection of 14 untouched islets. Go to one of the cocktail bars with great music, or swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Continue to Hvar Town in style and visit the charming seaside town with 8 centuries of architecture waiting to be explored. Climb the stairs to the ancient Fortica Fortress, wedged into the landscape above the town. Breathe in the pine-scented breeze as you admire the vistas of the old town below and the Pakleni archipelago in the distance. See one of the first public theaters in Europe, and keep this as your point of reference before entering the labyrinthine backstreets of town to pop into craft shops and cafés, tucked into old Venetian palaces. Finally, return to Split in the early evening.

Cetina River Canyoning from Split or Zadvarje

2. Cetina River Canyoning from Split or Zadvarje

Depart Split and journey by shuttle bus to the village of Zadvarje on the Cetina River to take part in an exciting canyoning adventure amongst the rocks and waterfalls of a 200-meter deep canyon. Meet your licensed guides on arrival and collect all the necessary equipment to help you navigate the canyon in safety. Listen to the safety instructions, and then take a short drive to the starting point to make your way through the crystal clear waters of the river using different techniques. Swim through natural pools, hike from rock to rock and rappel down the exciting rapids. Get an adrenaline rush as you encounter subterranean tunnels on the way to the mighty cascades of Gubavica waterfall. Catch your breath and find yourself in the middle of unspoiled nature before the hike back. Arrive at an easily accessible rock mouth, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Split.

From Split or Trogir: Mostar & Kravica Waterfall Group Tour

3. From Split or Trogir: Mostar & Kravica Waterfall Group Tour

Leave Croatia for the day and enjoy a group tour to Mostar and Kravica Waterfall, 2 of Bosnia's most rewarding destinations. First, visit the beautiful Ottoman town of Mostar. Your guide will help you explore the town's rich history and Islamic heritage. Learn about Mostar's transition from centuries of Ottoman rule to a stint under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Visit Mostar's historic bazaar and famous mosque. Then head to the 16th-century Old Bridge of Stari Most; a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. The tour will be guided, but you will also have the chance to explore Bosnia's most charming towns on your own.  Feel free to shop at your leisure. You can also enjoy a traditional lunch in a cafe or restaurant. After lunch, head towards the beautiful Kravica Waterfall, an oasis in stone where you can admire nature and have a swim if the time permits before you return to Split.

Split: Historical & Gastro Treasures Tour with Green Market

4. Split: Historical & Gastro Treasures Tour with Green Market

Upon finding your guide at the intersection of Riva Promenade and Hrvojeva Street, you will begin a 3-hour guided tour that includes generous tastings of traditional Croatian delicacies and wines. Your food and history adventure will begin in the Green Market where you will have a traditional inland brunch made of prosciutto, pancetta, cheese, and "peka" bread.  From here, enter the ancient Diocletian's Palace where you will experience a ''konoba'' tavern-style restaurant and have seafood, handmade macaroni pasta (brought to Croatia by the Croatian Marco Polo), olive oil pies, and south Croatian red and white wines. In the medieval part of Old Town, you'll have the opportunity to visit the oldest pastry shop in Split (their hundred-year-old recipes are top secret). Here, you will have traditional sweets and gelato, of course. Rest assured, you will enjoy this history and gourmet tour with the best of Split and its delights.

Dubrovnik Full-Day Tour from Split and Trogir

5. Dubrovnik Full-Day Tour from Split and Trogir

Discover the charm and history of Dubrovnik on this guided day trip from Split or Trogir. Travel in a comfort aboard an airconditioned vehicle. Stroll on the Stradun Promenade, see the Baroque Cathedral, and spy Sponza Palace.  Start your tour of Dubrovnik with a guided tour visit to the Stradun Promenade for your first impression of one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful cities and its astonishing stone walls that extend over 1,940 meters (6,500 feet). Admire the monumental fortifications and city gates, wandering the labyrinthine streets behind the ramparts. Almost entirely pedestrianized, the medieval town is a treasure trove of architectural gems. See columned porticoes and loggias fringing Renaissance squares of marble. Marvel at the 11th-century Town Hall, and go to Sponza Palace, notable for its elaborate stone carvings. Take in views of the Baroque Cathedral, and see the magnificent Treasury. Continue to the fortress-like Dominican Monastery and Baroque Church of St Blaise. Visit the Rector’s Palace of the glorious Republic of Dubrovnik, and marvel at its harmonious blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Have 3 hours of free time where you can try delicious Mediterranean specialties in the old, town get a coffee on Stradun, and buy traditional filigree jewelry. Return to Split at the end of your day trip.

Split: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

6. Split: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

Book your entrance ticket for Split's Museum of Illusions and experience the impossible with mind-blowing exhibits and playrooms containing intriguing games and puzzles that will delight the young and the young at heart.  Defy gravity in a room where water flows uphill and see your friends grow or shrink right before your eyes. Get lost in a maze of mirrors, serve somebody`s head on a tray, or climb up onto the ceiling.  Watch each optical illusion and carefully view each installation. They are entertaining and brilliant reminders that our perception of the world is sometimes just a perception.  Be amazed by awesome tricks that will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain, and science. Learn why it easier to perceive why your eyes and see things that your brain cannot understand. 

Hvar Hidden Gems Tour with Lunch or Dinner

7. Hvar Hidden Gems Tour with Lunch or Dinner

Experience the romance and charm of Hvar on a morning or afternoon sightseeing tour, starting with a look at the French fortress built by Napoleon’s troops at the highest point of the island. Take in the scenic views of Hvar Town, the Spanish fortress and islands of Pakleni and Vis across the harbor. Drive through the rural heart of the island and see the lavender fields of Brusje in bloom, depending on the season. Continue along an old road with perfect views of the deepest bays and reach the amazing village of Velo Grablje to explore the stone houses and courtyards along the narrow streets.  Depart Velo Grablje and continue to the abandoned village of Malo Grablje. End with an authentic lunch or dinner of food typical of the Dalmatia region. Sample Menu: Appetizer: Local cheese and smoked ham with extra virgin olive oil from the island and marinated fish Main Course: Peka - A traditional meal of lamb or lamb and veal cooked in ash under an iron bell Dessert: Traditional almond dessert  Beverage: Local wine, water or grappa (local brandy)

Morning Stand Up Paddling Tour in Split

8. Morning Stand Up Paddling Tour in Split

Start your day with one of the most amazing sea adventures in Split. Jump on your sup board and explore Split from the sea. Enjoy the view of the many sights Split is know for, such as Marjan Park, Bene and Kašjuni beach, Tito's villa or the amazing cliffs of Marjan Hill. No matter if you are an experienced paddler or a beginner, in no time with the help of your guides you will be gliding on the water, relaxing and having fun. On this tour, paddle and explore some of the most beautiful beaches in Split while taking a break for swimming and snorkeling. You can even do some cliff jumping. Stand up paddle gives you the freedom to enjoy the beauty of the Adriatic sea at your own pace and rhythm. 

Split: Communism History Landmarks Tour

9. Split: Communism History Landmarks Tour

Communist Tour of Split is a personalized small group tour with a maximum of 8 participants guided by a local historian and history teacher with a Master`s degree in history. On this Communist Tour of Split, you will be guided through the communist history of the city of Split which was one of the centers of political, industrial, economic, tourist life, etc. Communist Split, as one of the fastest-growing cities in communist Yugoslavia and visited by different world leaders including over 40 visits of Yugoslav leader Tito, is full of interesting stories, facts, and legends to which you will be introduced to. Stories, naturally, will be followed by relevant sights and interesting hidden gems of the communist history of Split which you will be discovering. On this personalized 3.5 hours city tour with history, culture, architecture topics, other interesting stories and legends about communist period in Split, you will have a chance to discover a heritage of communist Yugoslavia period in Split as well as about its decay in modern times. You will be introduced to the Communist main atractions of Split such as modern socialist neighborhood Split 3 with its unique streets and buildings, first shopping mall in Yugoslavia and Yugoslavian military resort Hotel Zagreb which will give you a closer look on understanding of Yugoslavia everyday life, customs, politics, economy, education, health system, tourism and other. Special attention will be given to the some other significant architectonic symbols of the Split Communist era like buildings Krstarica and disco Titanic as well. Special attention will also be given to the some of the main characteristics of communist Yugoslavia such as dictatorship of Tito, workers Self-managment & Non-Aligned Movement which will give you insight into the rulling system of this west-east splitted ex-country. You will also have a chance to check up "Armored train", symbol of the "bloody" end of communism and death of communist Yugoslavia, and to seat inside of car called Yugo which was one of the national symbols! Join and step into this personalized communist Split experience, discover hidden heritage and find out about "life" & "death" of communist Yugoslavia!

Family Farm To Table Culinary Tour From Split

10. Family Farm To Table Culinary Tour From Split

Enjoy being picked up from your accomodations and driven directly to Koćuša Waterfalls. After seeing the scenic falls, continue on with your local tour guide to their home and farm in the village of Hardomilje. Experience a way of life which has been passed down for generations. Share a meal with your guide and his family. Taste local delicacies such as traditional pies and iron dome peka roast, accompanied by rich side dishes, salads, and homemade brandies & wines. After breakfast, take a culinary tour of Old Hardomilje. Situated on the ancient Roman trading route from Narona to Salona, this village is composed of charming limestone houses. Take a calming boat ride on the Trebižat River in a traditional wooden boat. Sip a drink as you float downstream. Take a swim in the pristine aquifer waters of the Trezbiat River, where brown trout and crabs make their home. Afterward, return to your guide’s home for a hearty homemade lunch including: • Homemade cheese • Prosciutto • Authentic peka • Cake • Seasonal fruits and vegetables • Wine tasting • Olive Oil tasting • Homemade Juice • Assorted Grappas

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based on 40 reviews

This tour was a great value for the money. Our driver was really informative along the way, sharing a ton of interesting information about Croatia. He also had multiple stops planned for breaks along the drive including a stand with local produce/goods (dried figs, sugared orange peel, etc.) and a small winery. The time in Dubrovnik is a bit short to fit everything in but it is doable as long as it isn't too crowded. I would highly recommend this experience!

This was one of the best things we did on our entire trip. First off, Olga our guide was awesome. She was so friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about food and all things Split. Secondly, you get to go to some incredible places with outstanding food and wine. We did 3 food tours in different cities throughout our entire trip and this one was by far the best. 10/10 would recommend

Our guide was amazing - very helpful and gave such a good background & history on Dubrovnik. The stop you do on the way is stunning and overall the long day was so worth it as we were made to feel so comfortable!

This was such a fun time. Christina was great and very knowledgeable on the city’s history and architecture. The food and drinks were also delicious. Overall super well organized and a memorable experience! 10/10

Fun stops, personal guidance, short city tour and free time.