Experience the magnificent beauty of some of Croatia’s most alluring islands with a full day out on the sparkling azure waters of the Adriatic with an expert local guide. You’ll visit pristine secluded beaches, hidden bays and charming old towns filled with fascinating historic sites, soaking up the scenery while learning about the stories behind them. This tour highlights some of the country’s most popular places along with hidden treasures. Look forward to plenty of opportunities to swim in the crystal-clear sea. Warm and enticing, it ranges in shades from brilliant turquoise to dark blue. You’ll have time to relax on some of the Mediterranean’s very best beaches too.
Explore three enchanting islands: Hvar, Brac and Paklinski, in a single day. This exciting tour will bring you to what’s been named one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, the captivating small towns of Milna and Bol, and Hvar’s old town with its rich centuries-old history that once provided shelter for ancient Greeks and Romans.
The three-island tour includes time to swim and snorkel in some of the most pristine crystal-clear blue waters, enjoy Dalmatia’s best beaches, go sightseeing through fascinating historical centres and indulge in mouth-watering local food and wine.
Enjoy a comfortable ride on a small-group tour for a more personal, intimate experience in one of our brand-new speedboats. Each one includes two English-speaking crew members, the professional skipper/driver and a hostess/guide.
Includes and Excludes
All fees and charges
Use of snorkel equipment
Skipper(driver) & hostess(guide)
MEETUP & DEPARTURE
08:15h - 08:30h
Split to Hvar day trip meeting point.
We’ll meet up early in the morning to avoid the crowds so that you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Croatian islands in a more tranquil environment. Before we depart, you’ll have the opportunity to meet your travel guides who will tell you more about what you can expect on the tour. You’ll also be given a brief presentation on how to use the safety equipment and the proper way to get on and off the boat.
Bol (Brac island)
09:30h - 11:00h
Gaze out at the endless views as we make our way to Brač island. Our first stop, we’ll arrive in about an hour, anchoring on its southern side to visit the hilly town of Bol. It’s home to some impressive historic buildings that include Venetian homes and an ancient monastery. While there are postcard-perfect views at nearly every turn, it’s most renowned for Zlatni Rat beach, also known as the Golden Horn. This fine, pebbly stretch is unique in that its shape, which changes with the winds and the waves, juts out like a tongue about 500 meters into the sea. Surrounded by brilliant aquamarine waters, it’s been named among Europe’s most beautiful beaches. You’ll have more than an hour here to enjoy snorkelling, swimming and simply relaxing among the striking natural beauty.
Hvar town (Hvar island)
12:00h - 14:30h
Our second stop will be on the sunny island of Hvar. We’ll dock near Hvar town where you’ll notice the yacht-filled harbour – Hvar attracts jetsetters from across the globe who come to enjoy its glamorous nightclubs and eateries, including plenty of VIPs and celebrities. Beyond the glitz, the town has a long, rich history as a hub of trade and culture in the Adriatic. It’s been inhabited by everyone from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the French Empire during the time of Napoleon. As part of the Venetian Empire, it was an important naval base with a defensive fortress known as the ‘Spanjola,’ or Hvar fortress. You’ll be able to visit this majestic elevated fortress which offers a panoramic view over Hvar town and beyond, ideal for photo-ops.
Look forward to exploring the historic centre’s sites like one of Europe’s oldest theatres, which opened its doors in 1612, and the Arsenal, built in 1611 and described in Venetian documents as ‘the most beautiful and the most useful building’ in all of Dalmatia. Hvar Cathedral and the 15th-century Franciscan monastery with its elegant bell tower are just two of the many other highlights. For those who aren’t interested in exploring history and architecture, there are lots of lively beach clubs, bars and outstanding restaurants to sample.
14:45h - 16:30h
Next we’ll journey to the Paklinski Islands which sit just off Hvar’s southwest coast. A 15-minute boat ride will bring us to these emerald gems that are surrounded by the intense blue waters of the Adriatic, resulting in a breath-taking contrast. Get your camera ready to capture photos of Hvar as it fades away before we reach one of the idyllic secluded beaches where you’ll have about 90 minutes to enjoy swimming and snorkelling. If you’d like a cold drink or a bite to eat, you’ll have access to a number of beach bars and restaurants with tasty offerings too.
MILNA (BRAC ISLAND)
17:00h - 18:00h
Our final stop is Milna, a small, picturesque fishing village on the west coast of the island of Brač. It’s long been a favourite spot among sailors thanks to its natural shelter, set in a deep bay. It boasts a beautiful harbour, with small stone homes along its long stretch of magnificent coastline, showcasing the quintessential charms of the Mediterranean. You’ll have about an hour to explore, perhaps doing some sightseeing with the buildings and fishermen’s houses along the shore linked by footpaths to surrounding olive groves, vineyards and farms. Wine tasting here will quickly reveal why Croatian wines are rising among the international scene. Many of the 130 different indigenous wines produced in the country can be tried here.
RETURN TO SPLIT
18:30h - 19:00h
After you’ve enjoyed your time in Milna we’ll meet up back in front of the boat. From here, we’ll make our return to where it all began, Split, which is about a 45-minute ride away. Take time to share your photos, tagging each other on social media and perhaps exchanging contact information with new friends made, as it’s time to say goodbye. We hope to see you again soon on some of our other day tours, the possibilities are practically endless!
Good to know
What to bring
Hat or cap
Swimsuit & sunscreen
Warm clothes for early morning or late evening
Small amount of money in local currency (HRK)
Know before you go
THE SPEEDBOAT RIDE CAN GET A BIT BUMPY AT TIMES
As the speedboat ride can sometimes get a bit bumpy when the weather creates rougher sea conditions, the tour isn’t recommended for pregnant women or for those who have neck or back problems. You can be rest assured that the skipper will provide you with the smoothest ride possible.
WHAT TO BRING FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCE ON YOUR SPLIT TO HVAR DAY TRIP
You’ll be provided with a wind jacket in case it gets cool out on the water which can happen even during the summer, in the early morning hours as we depart and in the evening while making our return. The strong Mediterranean sun means you should bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat that stays well-secured so that it won’t blow off. You’ll also want a towel, a bathing suit, some extra clothes to change into in case what you’re wearing gets wet, and a camera for snapping shots of all the incredible scenery and wildlife. To avoid getting pricey electronic equipment wet, you may want to stow it in a “dry” bag. You’ll have opportunities to enjoy local foods and beverages on the trip, but you might want to bring some snacks to soothe any hunger pangs that might arise before we stop. Carry some cash (in kuna) too as some smaller, local restaurants may not accept credit cards.
PRECAUTIONS WHEN SNORKELLING
As we want you to have the safest and most enjoyable experience possible, it’s important to be extra-cautious when snorkelling as the sea surrounding the islands is so clear that depth often seems less than it really is. Please don’t overestimate yourself as it could put you in jeopardy – we want you to return home unharmed, happy and filled with joyful memories of your time here.
There is a good chance that you’ll be able to see dolphins while you’re on this magical Croatian tour. The animals are well-known for their intelligence and curiosity, but they also have another characteristic that not many know about – they inhabit only the cleanest, most pristine waters, which is why groups of dolphins are often seen as we cruise around the islands through the crystal-clear sea that surrounds them. Be sure to keep a watchful eye out, although our skipper is especially good at spotting them. A short stop will be made so that everyone can enjoy the moment and time for capturing photos.
BRAC STONE AND WHY IT’S FAMOUS
As you’ll be visiting Brac, the island that’s become famous for its stone, you might want to know a bit more about it before you go. It’s been mined from the quarries here for centuries. The glistening white stone is indigenous to the island. It was used to build homes, grand Baroque and Renaissance palaces, and even ancient Roman palaces and some notable landmarks like the White House in Washington. Brac is also home to Croatia’s only stonemasonry school, where students who specialise in sculptures carve them from the local stone using traditional tools.
PLAN AHEAD TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME ON HVAR
As Hvar Island is one of the most popular in Croatia, and there is such a long list of things to see and do in Hvar’s old town as mentioned in our itinerary, we advise prioritizing the experiences you’d most like to enjoy. If you’d like to visit the most captivating historic sites and sample some of the delicious fare, it’s especially important to do a bit of planning ahead.
The cultivation of grapes and winemaking in Croatia began with the Illyrians followed by the Greeks. In fact, the country hosts the world’s oldest continuously planted vineyard, located on the southern slopes of Hvar Island which has been planted with wine grapes for over 2,400 years. Many wine enthusiasts join our tours – if that’s you, you should know that some of the most popular wines to try when the opportunity arises. Pošip is a white wine with an intense flavour and aroma, think figs and dried apricots. It’s elegant and well-balanced with a specific character that reflects its native terroirs. Plavac Mali is one of Croatia’s most well-known wines – plavac means ‘blue’ and mali means ‘small’ which aptly describes the small blue grapes on the vine. It’s a rich, robust red that packs a powerful punch, high in tannins and alcohol.
BOOK IN ADVANCE, ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGH SEASON
To avoid disappointment, be sure to book your unforgettable Hvar, Brac and Paklinski islands tour at least a few days in advance as there is limited availability. In the high season, this popular tour may be booked a week or more prior to the departure date which means it’s always best to secure your spot as soon as possible.
As mentioned, your safety and satisfaction are a top priority. We are fully insured, and all our boats come equipped with the latest safety equipment, enough for every individual passenger. Each boat is thoroughly cleaned every morning to ensure the comfort of all passengers as well.
SPLIT TO HVAR DAY TRIP
Two meeting points are available for this tour. Please select your meeting point during the checkout process.
Tickets can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance of your tour date and time to receive a full refund of your money. For example, if you book a tour on July 7, 2020 departing at 7:30 a.m., you will have until 7:30 a.m. on July 6, 2020 to cancel. All clients have the right to cancel their tour with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice before the tour begins, and the right to a 100% refund of the amount that was paid, although we appreciate further notice whenever possible. We monitor the weather conditions 24/7, however, Mother Nature can be unpredictable at times, occasionally causing unexpected situations that may result in cancellations within 24 hours of the start of the tour. That may include extreme weather or other extraordinary circumstances that could not have been avoided or foreseen, or incidents that occur suddenly. If such situations result in the cancellation of a scheduled tour, our valued clients have several options: Clients may accept a new departure date, replacement package/excursion of equivalent or similar itinerary, or receive a full refund of all money paid. Before all else, your experience and safety are our primary concerns.