At the gateway to Europe, Croatia is a country full of contrasts with an impressive cultural heritage. Culturally close to Central Europe to the north and to the Mediterranean world on its coastline, it is a popular destination for tourists looking for a varied holiday. The Croatian riviera, with more than 5,800 km of beaches and more than 1,000 islands lapped by the blue water of the Adriatic, is breathtakingly beautiful.
Bordered by crystalline waters, the Makarska Riviera to the south of Split is the promise of dream holidays for all the family, water sports fans and nature lovers alike. Escape daily life and enjoy Blue Flag pebble beaches, lined with pine trees and complete with views of the stunning Biokovo massif.
Welcome to Braç, the third-largest island in the Adriatic and one of the most beautiful in the whole of Croatia. Explore its breathtaking landscapes and the charming seaside resort of Bol, home to the Zlatni Rat beach. Located on the southern coast of the ‘Golden Cape’, this superb location – whose horn shape stretches out into the sea – has long figured on the list of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Explore the ‘Game of Thrones’ filming locations such as Klis Fortress, 20 minutes north of Split, which was used as the exterior shot location for the city of Meereen. It also offers magnificent views over the towns of Split and Solin, forts, and the islands of Brač, Šolta, Hvar and Vis.
Zip-lining, rafting and canoeing on or across the Cetina river: at the foot of the highest mountain in Croatia, the Cetina flows for 105 km through the villages of Vrlika, Sinj, Trilj and Omiš.
Scale Mount Biokovo: in Central Dalmatia’s unique Biokovo Nature Park, the mere sight of the sheer rock face rising up out of the earth is enough to make you dizzy. The cool shade of the rocky walls is delightful, and fans of the outdoors are sure to love the fantastic cycling and hiking routes, along with all the other natural wonders that the area has to offer. The park is easy to access from a well-maintained road running from the Makarska Riviera.
Medieval Split is home to Diocletian’s Palace, with 12th- and 13th-century Roman churches, medieval fortresses, and Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque palaces also contained within its Roman walls, all combining to form a harmonious whole.
Trogir’s historic town centre: this old town’s orthogonal street plan dates back to the Hellenistic period. Visitors will be blown away by the stunning Roman churches and the town’s Renaissance and Baroque buildings. The gateway in the western wall of Trogir Cathedral is the most prominent example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture in all of Croatia, and is well worth a visit.
One of the earliest sleek seaside resorts, Brela is tucked away in the heart of a shaded coniferous forest, with plenty of hiking trails, 6 km of white pebble beach, hidden bays, and waters that in places are exceptionally deep (there is a local diving school). It is an ideal starting point for easy mountain hikes. Split Airport is approximately 95 km away.
Golden beaches, lush green pines, stunning vineyards and olive groves, not to mention the azure sea make Tucepi a fabulous holiday destination, particularly for those seeking a bit of peace and nature. Hiking trails lead up towards the village’s historical centre. The gently sloping pebble beach is 4 km long. Split Airport is approximately 102 km away.
With a wide range of land-based and water sports on offer, this charming seaside resort is particularly popular with active holidaymakers. It is located in the centre of the Makarska Riviera. Visitors will be hard-pressed to resist the temptation to stroll and wander through the winding streets, marina and lively promenade. The Biokovo mountains soar in the background. Sunbathing and swimming lovers will be in heaven on the 2 km of superb pebble beach. Split Airport is approximately 100 km away.
A charming seaside village combining all the amenities of modern tourism with regional traditions. The Bora winds which blow in from Biokovo to the village below guarantee beautiful summer days, even when temperatures are high. The long boardwalk along the (pebble) beach is the perfect place to watch sunsets that never fail to take visitors’ breaths away. Split Airport is approximately 106 km away.
This idyllic fishing village on the west coast is approx. 61 km from Split Airport. It has a lovely marina surrounded by taverns and coffee shops with a casual, laid-back atmosphere. There are plenty of charming bays to be found in the surrounding area, including Lučice and Bobovišća.
The seaside resort of Bol on the south coast is home to the island’s biggest tourist attraction: the postcard-perfect Zlatni Rat beach. This horn-shaped sandbank is surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. Bol’s little harbour is lined with shops, restaurants and bars, and is the beating heart of the small town. Split Airport is approx. 77 km away.
Supetar’s harbour is a mooring point for many boats. Ferries making their way out of Split regularly stop there, and it is also the starting point for full-day excursions to all the island’s top spots. Supetar is the economic, touristic and cultural hub of the island. Its pebble beaches slope gently towards the sea and are lined with pine trees. Split Airport is approx. 42 km away.
All-day excursion (departing Makarska at 8:30 a.m.)
Visit both towns – each of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites – in a single day’s outing!
After a relaxing bus journey through the charming coastline of Makarska and Omiš, with a brief stop at Stella Croatica to sample a few traditional local delicacies (included), you will arrive at Trogir. This town is built upon the remnants of the ancient Greek village of Tragurion, and is surrounded by medieval ramparts. It is home to a number of buildings which bear witness to its rich history.
Next, you’ll visit Split, Dalmatia’s main city and largest port, which has sat on the Marjan peninsula for the last 1,700 years. Wind your way through the narrow streets of Diocletian’s Palace, which dates all the way back to the 4th century, and visit the Temple of Jupiter in the palace’s old courtyard, the Peristyle. Nowadays, this temple is part of Split’s cathedral, and is one of the oldest buildings in the world. You will also go through the famous Golden and Silver Gates, as well as a number of other historic locations, before arriving at the city’s bustling market and the Riva. Here you’ll have an afternoon free to shop or bask in the city’s sights and sounds.
Notice: a visit to Split departing from Brač is also available (ferry ticket included).
All-day excursion (departing Makarska at 8:00 a.m.)
An excursion celebrating nature! Enjoy beautiful views as we pass through Split, Solin, Kaštela, Trogir and Primošten before arriving at Šibenik – one of the oldest cities in Dalmatia. There will be a short stop at Stella Croatica en route to taste a few traditional local delicacies (included). In Šibenik, we will make another stop in the old town to visit the superb Renaissance-style cathedral, which is believed to be one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the Adriatic. Continuing on to the Krka waterfalls.
These waterfalls, located in the stunning Krka National Park, pass over no less than 17 natural barriers. Admire the unspoiled nature that this magnificent place has to offer, visit the ethno-village and the old mills, or go and see the Skradinski Buk waterfall. We recommend light activewear. If you would like to take a swim beneath the waterfalls, don’t forget your swimsuit.
Half-day excursion (departing from Makarska at 9:00 a.m.)
A thrilling excursion! Bus journey through the Cetina River gorge from the Omiška Dinara mountains to Penšići. After a short instruction session, you will set sail with your guide (at around 10:00 a.m.) down the wild river. Your journey to Radmanove Mlinice will last approx. 3 hours, which is where we will stop for lunch. Several stops are scheduled along the way for you to cool off and take a dip. Please bring a change of clothes, non-swimmers not permitted. Return approx. 3:30 p.m.
Evening excursion (departs Makarska at 7:00 p.m.)
Spend a delightful evening tasting Dalmatian specialities in a friendly, welcoming setting!
The location for this special experience is an ancient natural stone house with a pretty panoramic view of Baška Voda and Brela, with the Brač and Hvar islands in the background. On the menu: wine and Rakia – a type of homemade brandy – tasting, followed by Dalmatian ham, cheese, salad, a range of meats, potatoes, and a glass of wine. All accompanied by traditional Dalmatian music…and if you would like to sing or dance, feel free!
Return approx. 11:00 p.m.
Half-day excursion (departing from Makarska at 9:00 a.m.)
After journeying along the coast, the bus will take a mountain route through the landscapes of Poljica towards the little town of Omiš. It is located on the banks of the Cetina River, which winds its way through several gorges before reaching the sea. There is a photo stop at a point just above the town with spectacular views of the river, then it’s time to board the cruise. A boat trip followed by a casual lunch at Radmanove Mlinice featuring local produce and wine. Free time after lunch, return around 4:30 p.m.
Full-day excursion (departs Bol and Milna at 7:15 a.m., departs Supetar at 8:45 a.m.)
Bus and ferry journey to the Krka waterfalls. These waterfalls, located in the stunning Krka National Park, pass over no less than 17 natural barriers. Admire the unspoiled nature that this magnificent place has to offer, visit the ethno-village and the old mills, or go and see the Skradinski Buk waterfall. We recommend light activewear. If you would like to take a swim beneath the waterfalls, don’t forget your swimsuit.
Next, your journey will continue on to Trogir. This town is built upon the remnants of the ancient Greek village of Tragurion, and is surrounded by medieval ramparts. It is home to a number of buildings which bear witness to its rich history. Return approx. 7:30 p.m.
Half-day excursion (departs Bol and Milna at 8:20 a.m., departs Supetar at 10:30 a.m.)
This all-day excursion to Brač island’s most iconic spots starts in Bol with a visit to the highest peak along the Adriatic Coast, Vidova Gora (778 m). It offers stunning views over Bol and the surrounding islands. After a brief stop in Supetar, the excursion continues to the ancient village of Škrip, where you will get the chance to visit the ethnographic museum’s archaeological collection. Rounding off the excursion is a visit to a stonemasonry school in Pučišća, where you will learn how Brač stone is excavated.
Included in the price: transfer, local guide, entry to the Škrip museum and Pučišća stonemasonry school. For departures from Supetar, destinations will be visited in a different order.
The excursions on offer, as well as their prices and times, may vary depending on the location of the hotel. Excursion prices are provided for information purposes only and may be subject to change. For more information and to book, please contact your local LuxairTours guide.
On the island of Brač, LuxairTours is represented by a local tour operator which will meet you at the airport (‘meet & greet’) and is always available by telephone to respond to all your questions and comments. You will find all the details of the ‘meet & greet’ service in your travel documents.