Croatia, Dubrovnik, Split & Medjugorje
7 Nights / 8 Days
10th May 2023
We are delighted to offer a tour to Croatia on the Adriatic coast. With more than 1700 kilometers of coastline, hundreds of little islands, and one of the best climates in Europe. Croatia is a perfect destination. We will stay in Makarska, which in Frank's opinion is one the most gorgeous towns on the Adriatic coast. It was founded by the ancient Greeks and has a traditional harbour which serves as the focal point for its long fishing tradition, as well as providing easy access to the beautiful islands that dot the coastline.
Nestled around a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay, dominated by dramatic mountains. It’s a gem of a town with fashionable cafes, restaurants, bars, market stalls and shops. The narrow stone paved streets and terracotta roof tops are rich in history with many historical monuments including the 16th Century Franciscan Monastery and St Mark’s Cathedral in the main square.
We depart Dublin Airport for our direct flight to Zadar. On arrival we are met by Frank Mackin who is leading the group. We then travel to our hotel in Makarska where we will be staying for the next 7 nights.
After breakfast Frank Mackin will take you on a short walking tour of Makarska and there is so much to experience. Makarska as the name suggests is the largest town in the Makarska Riviera and the region is dominated by large stretches of unspoilt beaches, crystal clear waters and small, picturesque fishing villages. Frank will point out the major attractions plus his favourite bars and restaurants, plus the best shopping area. The afternoon is free to soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful town.
After enjoying breakfast, we travel inland for a full day excursion to Medjugorje in Bosnia Herzegovina, this truly spiritual place, one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in the world attracting millions of visitors since 1981. Even if you are not religious you will enjoy the lovely drive through the Croatian countryside. Prices are very reasonable in Medjugorje, and all the businesses accept the Euro. Remember to bring your passport for this excursion.
We have another free day to soak up the atmosphere of Makarska.
After enjoying breakfast, we travel to the old walled city of Dubrovnik. It is known for its distinctive Old Town encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. It is hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by its marble streets, baroque buildings, and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic Sea. “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik” said George Bernard Shaw. The coach journey to Dubrovnik is one of the most stunning in Europe and Frank prefers it to the Almafi coast. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon giving you plenty of time to enjoy this historic city. Remember to bring your passport for this excursion.
Another day of leisure to enjoy the many delights of Makarska and its surroundings. Frank Mackin can recommend a boat trip to the neighbouring islands if you wish.
After enjoying breakfast, we take another stunning drive north along the coast passing the Dalmatian islands of Hvar and Brac and proceed to the ancient city of Split. The old part is built in and around the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diokletian who had it built in the beginning of the 4th century. We will be taking a walk through the old part of the town which is famous for its Roman remains and home to one of the oldest cathedrals in the world, the Cathedral of St Duje. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon giving you ample time for shopping and sightseeing. Split is a lot cheaper than Dubrovnik and you will enjoy the lively city market.
After breakfast we say goodbye to our hosts and travel to Zadar Airport for our return flight back to Dublin.
Croatia has a typical Mediterranean climate and the average temperature of 22c in October
Please note that this is our planned itinerary but sometimes due to circumstances outside our control we may have to alter it slightly.
Return direct flights from Dublin to Zadar
All Airport taxes and charges
7 nights Half Board in the luxurious 4 star Hotel Park, Makarska
Return airport coach transfers
Day tour to Medjugorje in Bosnia & Herzegovina
Day tour to Dubrovnik, capital of Dalmatia
Day tour to the ancient city of Split
Assistance of our tour leader Frank Mackin
Single Room Supplement €100