Croatia Travel Course

The itinerary and travel dates are customizable.

This initial itinerary is a sample itinerary and does not reflect any academic programs. ARAMFO offers its travel courses to all fields of study. Therefore, our initial itineraries serve as a reference for the types of activities and locations available in the region. All customizations for academic programs are made on a case by case basis.

Initial Itinerary

Day

Program

Day 1

Arrival day

Transfer to Hotel

Dinner

Day 2

UNESCO Island town of Trogir & Split Half Day Tour

The tour starts with a 30 minute coastal drive to the UNESCO Island town of Trogir, where you'll walk the cobbled streets, squares, seaside promenade, and see the 13th century cathedral of St. Lawrence, the 16th century Venetian Kamerlengo fort, medieval Renaissance palaces, local limestone houses and more.

After experiencing Trogir and hearing about the local history, customs, and traditions, you'll go back to Split for a full walking tour of Diocletian's Palace and the rest of the medieval part known as the 'Old Town’.

After the tour you'll have free time to explore on your own, do some shopping, go to the beach, and indulge in the local cuisine.

Day 3

Island of Brac Tour

The third largest of Croatia's islands, with its enchanting harbor villages reminiscent of a bygone Mediterranean. The famous milk-white limestone, used for the construction of the columns of the White House, can be seen in many of the island's buildings.

Ferry departure from Split to Supetar, and Brac.

Your first destination is the oldest village called Škrip, where you'll see the ancient Roman sarcophagi, Venetian villas and centuries-old farmer homes made of limestone blocks and hear all about the Brac's history and contemporary lifestyle of the islanders. You'll continue by driving across the island to the popular seaside town of Bol, where you'll walk the local streets and promenade.

Bol is famous for it's Golden Horn beach (Zlatni rat), one of the best in Croatia.

Another option is to do a 45 min walk down the Blaca gorge to the abandoned Gogolithic monastery and where you'll have a tour hearing about it's fascinating history and seeing it original medieval artefacts, furniture, library and other artifacts. There are great places for lunch at taverns and family homesteads which offer homemade and locally grown specialties.

Day 4

Full Day Dubrovnik Tour

Departure from Split taking the Adriatic road by seaside towns and villages.

Your first stop is on the Peljesac peninsula at the medieval walled town of Ston. It's walls were built in the 16th century and at that time were the second longest defense walls in the world after the Great Wall of China! You can walk part of the walls, see the ancient Roman salt flats and stroll through the cobbled streets of the town.

Ston is the oyster and mussels capital of Croatia and the restaurants & taverns specialize in the local cuisine and predominate zinfandel wines.

Day 5

Full Day Trip to Mostar in neighboring Bosnia & Herzegovina

A must see when in this part of the world due to its mixture of Ottoman & Christian influences and a truly unique atmosphere which you'll take home.

Tour starts by taking the coastal and inland roads to Mostar in neighboring Bosnia & Herzegovina. After crossing the Croatian / Bosnia & Herzegovinian border you'll get a full run down of the country, hear all about the local history and life in the present, the breakup of Yugoslavia, and the early 1990's war.

Mostar is known for it's mix of Ottoman & Christian architecture, maze of cobbled streets, street side cafes, taverns, mosques, churches and it's famous 16th century Old Bridge which crosses the Neretva River. Mostar was directly affected in the 1993 war and many of the buildings still pay testimony to that period, although nowadays is very safe and increasingly popular. The cuisine in Mostar has a distinct oriental influence like different kebabs, finger shaped ground meat balls called Cevapi, balaclavas, Turkish coffee and more.

Day 6

Klis Fort - Cetina Canyon & Authentic Dalmatian Hinterland Tour

By seeing the fort and river canyon you'll have a cultural, historical and nature combination which few will be able to boast that they've experienced & then venture into authentic Croatia away from the tourist hustle & bustle for a true taste of the country.

The day starts with a drive up hill to the Klis Fort, which dates back to the 3rd century Hellenic period and was built up to it's current size during the Venetian period. The derivation of the word Klis in ancient Greek means 'Key', as historically whoever held the fort controlled that part of the country. The views from Klis span over the Split peninsula, coastline and nearby islands. Klis was a Game of Thrones filming site. You'll then take the local roads stopping at two vantage points which overlook the Cetina Canyon and the estuary town of Omis before taking the switchback road down to the Dalmatian Coast driving alongside the seaside villages.

The trip continues through the Biokovo massif tunnel into the Dalmatian hinterland driving alongside the Dinaric Mountain Range, seeing the hillside villages and hearing about the rural lifestyle. Your destination is the very authentic town of Imotski, where you'll see the Red & Blue Lakes.

The lakes resulted from irregular limestone where centuries of erosion and underground streams and caverns formed these karst sinkholes. The Red Lake, a subterranean lake, stands out with it's iron oxide limestone cliff faces which encompass it, while annual rainfall fills the Blue Lake. To take in the full flavour of the local ambience you can have lunch at a 300 year old mill converted into a family run tavern a short distance away.

Next to the tavern there is the village bridge over the Vrljika stream with brown trout, ducks and weather permitting meals are served besides the stream under a willow tree. All the meals are homemade as are the brandies, wines, olive oil and the organically grown seasonal vegetables are freshly picked.

The tavern is visited by locals and hidden gems like this can't be found on the internet.

The owner, in his mid-40s, is a 1990's Croatian Homeland War veteran his wife and 4 children who all work there. One of the specialties is a traditional roast known as the 'Peka' and you'll see it being made.

On the way back to Split you'll take the A1 highway seeing the villages and forts dotted along the hill sides with ample photo opportunities.

Day 7

Departure Day

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