Tuesday 19th September To Dubrovnik
The next stage of our adventure beckons today, and after breakfast at Grace Hotel we will re-join our private jet for the flight north to Croatia. Lunch designed by Mosimann’s will be taken on board as we take the short flight across the Adriatic, before touching down in Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic.
Upon arrival we will be transferred to our luxurious accommodation at Villa Dubrovnik. Without doubt the finest hotel in the region, Villa Dubrovnik is an exclusive and contemporary hideaway perched on a peaceful promontory, just a short drive from the city centre. You may choose to remain here for the rest of the afternoon, taking in the views and enjoying the pool and Villa Spa. Alternatively, a shuttle service to the Old Town is provided for those who wish to begin exploring. A local guide is on hand for those who wish to start exploring the city. Dubrovnik’s UNESCO-protected historic centre is fully pedestrianised, making it a place that lends itself beautifully to leisurely strolling, discovering some of the many secrets hidden in the narrow alleyways.
This evening you will experience Dubrovnik dining at its most picturesque. Tables are reserved for us in a prime terrace spot at Nautika, one of the city’s best positioned restaurants, located right on the water’s edge and boasting uninterrupted views of the Lovrijenac and Bokar fortresses. The restaurant’s menu is equally impressive, with seasonal highlights including succulent lobster from Vis and fresh oysters from Ston.
Overnight: Villa Dubrovnik
Wednesday 20th September Dubrovnik
Today you will once again be able to choose one of our carefully curated experiences, designed to showcase the very best of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area. These include:
• A private guided walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town and the UNESCO-protected city walls. Take in the historic centre’s Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque masterpieces and then follow the mile-long circuit around Dubrovnik’s mighty fortified walls. The tour concludes with an additional activity of your choice; a cable car journey up to Srd Hill, an art and champagne stop at the Sebastian Gallery, or a coral jewellery workshop.
• An art and cultural tour to Cavtat and Konavle. These pretty towns both have a strong heritage of craftsmanship, and a silk making presentation and traditional dance performance will be some of the cultural insights included today. You will also have the option to participate in an embroidery workshop where you can produce your own piece of lace.
• A private Dalmatian cookery class in the beautiful surroundings of the Trsteno Arboretum, recognisable to Game of Thrones aficionados as the gardens of King’s Landing.
• An oyster picnic hosted by local fisherman, Denis. Together you will harvest the freshest oysters, directly from the sea, and then join Denis for lunch on his private island.
• Wine tasting and a peka lunch on the Pelješac peninsula, hosted by a local wine maker. In an exquisite backdrop of mountains, valleys and coves, some of Croatia’s finest wines are produced. You will sample a selection of these, and then tuck in to a traditional Dalmatian peka lunch – a mouth-watering extravaganza of slow-cooked meat or fish, roasted for hours on a bed of hot coals.
• Guided kayaking along the Dubrovnik coastline. View the city from a different perspective as you venture below the city walls, paddle through Adriatic waters and make a stop at Lokrum Island to explore and recharge with a private picnic lunch.
• Big game fishing [supplement applies]. Set out with a knowledgeable local skipper in search of some of the biggest catch in the Adriatic.
• Cycling in the hinterlands of Dubrovnik [supplement applies]. Escape the bustle of Dubrovnik and venture out with an expert guide on an exhilarating cycling adventure, taking in the surrounding valleys, orchards and vineyards.
• Freediving with Lidija Lijic, one of the world’s top free-divers [supplement applies]. The Mljet Archipelago is an outstanding venue from which to explore Croatia’s marine world, and you will be guided by Lidija to some of the most intriguing sights including an underwater cave.
• Join a local guide to explore the craft shops and chic boutiques of Dubrovnik. An expert will assist you in seeking out the best places to buy authentic Croatian crafts, such as handwoven lace and linens, gold and silver jewellery from Konavle, traditional cravats and local artwork.
This afternoon is free for you to further enjoy Dubrovnik at your own pace, or to remain at the hotel and enjoy the swimming pool, spa, and relaxing drinks in the Library Lounge and terrace. For dinner this evening we have compiled a selection of the very best restaurants in Dubrovnik, and you will be able to dine independently at a time of your choosing.
Overnight: Villa Dubrovnik
Thursday 21st September Dubrovnik
No visit to Croatia would be complete without an experience of the Adriatic islands. Today we will travel by boat to Šipan, a charming island in the pretty Elafiti archipelago. Our base on the island is the sheltered bay of Vrbova where we can enjoy complete relaxation in the beachfront cabanas, refreshing swims in the sparkling blue-green waters and a delicious meal at the Bowa restaurant. Here, the freshest catch of the day is accompanied by a wealth of fine produce from the immediate surroundings.
Having had our fill of relaxation on Šipan island, we will take the short boat ride back to Dubrovnik later this afternoon. For dinner this evening you can choose another restaurant in the city, try the hotel’s highly acclaimed Pjerin restaurant, or enjoy a relaxing evening in your room taking advantage of Villa Dubrovnik’s room service and superlative views.
Overnight: Villa Dubrovnik