Day Trips for friends of Sightseeing Croatia
Special day trips from Split
for friends of sightseeingcroatia!
(a professional, licensed local guide accompanies Robert on every program)
#1. Discover the sights and taste of the Palace!
Why settle for a group tour of the highlights when you can have a unique, private Palace Tour with a special, chef-prepared Dalmatian lunch! We start our tour in the bustling fish market, joined by a waiter from one of Split’s most authentic restaurants. You’ll learn about the different Adriatic fish and then he will help you pick the catch of the day. While he returns to have the chef prepare your meal personally, we’re off for a unique Palace Tour that takes you behind closed doors that most tourists never see; maybe meet a local artist or the owner of the city's best bakery and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at an authentic local café. Then to the restaurant to enjoy your specially prepared meal. Every day, minimum, 2 people. $80 each for adults, $50 for children. Includes professionally guided private tour, lunch with salad and a glass of wine, all admissions--we can also offer vegetarian or meat cuisine if fish is not your fancy!
#2. Discover Solta, the island of olives, honey and wine!
Solta, the closest island to Split, is just a 45 minute ferry from Split and a world away! With just 1500 year round residents, Solta has remained one of the most unspoiled islands in the Adriatic. A favorite of sailors, who enjoy its 22 bays, Solta is also the island of olives, honey and wine. You'll be met by the island's third generation bee keeper, Goran Tvrdic who will take you to his family estate overlooking the ocean. After learning about the island's world famous rosemary honey (and even get a chance to make your own) you'll be treated to a fabulous home-cooked lunch by Natasha Tvrdic, complete with the island's legendary Dobricic wine! Time to taste and purchase different honey products all made right here by Goran and his family. After lunch it’s off to the groves of one of Croatia’s most award olive growers, Olynthia Natura, to learn about the oldest cultivated tree in the world. Some of the trees you will see are more than 1,000 years old! Then you'll visit the island's newest mill for a tour and an olive tasting with time to pick up some great olive oil at the mill shop. Time enough to swim before the ferry or catamaran back to Split. A marvelous day in nature spent with local Croatians who are preserving a way of life that has gone on here for over 1,500 years! Minimum 2 people, $65 each, children under 12 ½ price; includes ferry tickets, transfers, lunch with wine home cooked by Natasha Tvrdic. One day notice required. Ask about our Special Olive Harvest Tours, late Oct.-early November, where you can pick olives and watch them be processed later and even take home a bottle!
#3. Palace Art Walk—a champagne evening of art!
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, we’ll go to the new Gallery of Fine Arts to enjoy a vibrant array of wonderful Croatian contemporary art as well as carefully selected pieces dating back to Medieval times. Then it’s off to visit three local galleries/studios to see (and meet!) some of Split’s best—from graphic design to oil on canvas. We’ll end our outing with a glass or two of champagne at one of Split’s most stylish new café’s. A wonderful evening of art! 17:30PM (5:30PM) inside the Tourist Office, one day notice required! $25 per person, $50 per couple, including museum admission, personal escort to the artist galleries and champagne!
#4. Discover Klis Fortress and Vranjaca Cave!
Only 12,000 people a year visit amazing Klis Fortress, perched impossibly high on a rocky butte less than 30 minutes from Split. During the Roman era it was the most important fortification protecting Salona, the Roman capital of Dalmatia. But it was the constant struggle with the Ottoman Empire in the 16thC that cemented Klis' reputation in Croatian history. It took the Turks more than 25 years to capture Klis, but when they did in 1537 the immediate area around Klis became the de-facto boundary between Turkish-controlled Dalmatia and Venetian-occupied land (which included Split). Climbing around this marvelous fort with spectacular views to Split is a rare treat. Afterwards we’ll go spelunking at the Vranjaca cave just a few minutes away in Kotlenica!. Discovered in 1903, the actual cave is 65 meters deep and was created by an underground river millions of years ago. Blissfully cool, the interior is marvelous—you’ll feel like a real explorer! After enjoying the heights of Klis and depths of Vranjaca, off to a great lunch at a local Split konoba, with wine. Every day from June 1 to October, minimum two people, $125 each, children under 10 ½ price. Includes private transfer, admissions, lunch in Split with a glass of wine and guided tour of the cave. We can do this tour without Vranajaca Cave for $115 each.
#5. Trogir Walking Tour and “peka” lunch at Café Idro!!
Trogir, another UNESCO site, is just an hour by water taxi or bus from Split. Smaller, Greek, Medieval, Renaissance, Trogir is an astonishing architectural treasure that probably would attract millions if it was in Italy. It’s a fascinating bookend to Roman Split. The walking tour takes about an hour and a half and then we go for a rare culinary treat—“peka”! In Dalmatia peka is an art. An ancient way of slow cooking meat, chicken and vegetables inside an iron dome covered under and OVER it with wood coals and let to roast for 4 or 5 hours. The flavor is fabulous and with home made peka bread, wine from the owner’s uncle’s vineyard, sitting in the courtyard of a 13thC house you’ll be in heaven. $110 each including RT transfer to Trogir (water taxi or private car), professionally guided private walking tour, all adminssions, peka lunch with wine Min. 4 adults for “peka” lunch, min. 2 for fresh fish or other lunch with wine, $85ea. This program can also be done for people coming in by ship for the day, because we can get you back by 4PM.
#6 Perfect for cruise ship guests! Trogir AND Split, with lunch!
We can pick you up when your tender arrives and whisk you off to Trogir for our walking tour and then come back to Split for a great lunch at one of our favorite konobas before finishing the afternoon with a walking tour of Split. Plenty of time to get you back to your tender to make the 4PM or later “last call”. It is $135 each with lunch and wine, and if there are four or more of you, we can do “peka” at Idro $125 each. Six or more, $110.
NEW!! Wine Tasting in Split with Dalmatian delicacies!
Up a wonderful old neighborhood street, just near the Green Market, is an old konoba (tavern) that has been carefully restored to offer guests a fabulous array of Croatia’s best wines. As you enjoy great whites and reds, you'll also get to taste delicious Dalmatian cheeses and other delicacies. Allow at least two hours for this unique experience. It is $40 per person, minimum 2 people with at least three different quality wines. Tastings can be arranged with one day notice; afternoons or evenings!
What people say about our trips!
"We're home from our amazing vacation and I have finally downloaded our pictures! Attached are a few that I thought you and Sonja might enjoy. Thanks again to both of you for such a great day in Split! My son and I had a blast -- seeing the sights and eating the food (love those fresh figs...or, better yet...frogs and ostrich)! Most of all, we really enjoyed meeting you and Sonja, our new friends in Croatia! You guys are both awesome! Thanks again for everything and hopefully we'll see y'all again soon...maybe on our next trip to Croatia!"
Aug 17, 2011
"In our search for a unique day of touring, we found Sightseeing Croatia, Robert Aronson and our guide for the day, Sonja. We wanted to get away from the daily bus tours that were offered by our cruise line, and treat ourselves to something special. Robert worked with me for an itinerary that included a visit to beautiful Trogir, a lunch of Peka, a local speciality, coastal viewing and an interesting afternoon in Split. We were even treated to Iced coffee and an incredible dark chocolate gelato. Sweet memories of Split!!!
A professional, licensed guide accompanies Robert on every program
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