DUBROVNIK, KORČULA, HVAR & SPLIT by Annette Ross

DUBROVNIK, KORČULA, HVAR, SPLIT FAM TRIP  29 SEPT 2018 – 3 OCTOBER

In September I was invited by Cyplon Holidays to Croatia for a short break. With a very early start from Gatwick I stayed at the Hilton South Terminal and was able to take a 10 minute walk through to the South Terminal on the morning of departure….such a saving on time and effort!

We flew with Norwegian Air to Dubrovnik and I was impressed with the leg room offered (not that I am very tall…but others in the party were and they thought the same.

CAVTAT

A picture postcard destination with easy access to Dubrovnik which is steeped in history.. described as QUAINT AND TRADITIONAL.

On arrival we visited a couple of hotels in Cavtat on our way to the Hotel Croatia where we spent the next 2 nights. The first hotel was in a good position on the seafront with nice views and is a family friendly hotel. Dubrovnik is a short distance away (about 14 miles) as were all the hotels we saw in Cavtat . I felt it could do with a splash of colour in it’s décor and furnishings. We were shown a family room with 2 bedrooms which could sleep up to 5 (2 adults and 3 children).

Hotel Cavtat, the next hotel visited, whilst only 3 star did appeal to me more and evidently has a strong following. Centrally located in the town of Cavtat with its own private beach area.

We then checked in to the Hotel Croatia. An large impressive 5 star hotel on the clifftops above Cavtat – a 10 to 15 minute walk away. There is a shuttle bus to and from the town for those who might struggle with the hill (especially going back uphill!) We were given a short tour of the hotel the next day. Good sized rooms, good facilities and nice views from the balconies. If eating at this hotel I would suggest going for B & B and trying out the A la carte restaurants rather than the Buffet Restaurant. However the half board supplement is very low at this hotel.

After our short stroll, downhill in to the town we had lunch at the Posat Restaurant on the waterfront. Magical spot! The town itself is very pretty and quaint with a few stalls and shops to entice you in to buying a souvenir or two.

DUBROVNIK

The next day we went by coach (about 20 minutes) in to the city of Dubrovnik to visit a few more hotels,  and then had a guided tour of the city which I would highly recommend doing.

We saw some lovely hotels – including the Valamar Dubrovnik President a 5 star beach front hotel (pebble/shingle beach) – with an indoor and outdoor pool and an onsite diving centre. Plenty to do here besides visiting the City, although this is a short drive away either by bus (bus stop nearby) or by taxi.

The Grand Villa Argentina is a very impressive looking hotel right on the beach and with a mixture of old joined together with new (2 sides of the building) with a lot of balcony rooms. Clear balconies in the new building and stone traditional looking balconies. We were not able to see inside the rooms at this hotel as it was full. We did visit the sister hotel across the road – Villa Glavic which has just 21 rooms with its antique furnishings and décor. Guests here are able to use the Grand Villa Argentina’s facilities.

The Hilton Imperial, a deluxe quality hotel in a very central location.  A really lovely looking hotel.

That evening we had dinner at the Hotel Croatia in their buffet restaurant.

Our 3rd day – an early start …15 minutes by transfer bus to Dubrovnik and then the ferry to Korcula (1 hour 45 minutes).  (Journey time is between 1 hour 40 minutes and 2 hours 35 minutes depending on the route).

KORCULA

Korcula – An attractive harbour town and with its interesting history. Marco Polo was born here at the time the island was part of the Venetian Empire. One of the largest islands in the Adriatic, with peaceful coves, vineyards and olive groves.

We visited the Liburna and the Marko Polo Hotels and enjoyed a nice lunch at the Hotel Korcula. Nicely situated on the waterfront.

I would highly recommend a guided tour of this quaint harbour town. Our guide was so full of enthusiasm you could not fail to be impressed.

Our stay in Korcula was a brief one, but it seemed to me to be a quiet and pleasant place to holiday. As you would expect Watersports are available at all the resorts we visited.

HVAR

 

A stylish, trendy, picture postcard destination with some lovely hotels and places to eat out. Plenty to do here.

The late afternoon ferry/Catamaran from Korcula to Hvar (about 1 hour). We arrived in the evening and transferred to the Pharos Hvar hotel. The hotel is a 15 minute walk uphill from the town/harbour… and no lifts up to rooms (3 floors high). It had a fun Pop Art theme. Would say this hotel is  more suited to young age group!

We enjoyed a fun evening at the ‘Mizarola’ restaurant – Pizzas huge! Also dined here on our second night – this time pasta dishes. A thunderstorm broke out whilst at the restaurant and caused a power cut, but they coped well as had generator…

Night life in Hvar seemed to have a good choice of venues. Hvar has a nice atmosphere… during day and night with its stone paved, narrow streets with beautiful old buildings and its very pretty harbour.

Visited some lovely hotels. The Amfora Hvar Grand Beach, slightly out of the town tucked away in a private bay, a very attractive hotel with tasteful, contemporary furnishings and great facilities for families.

The Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel, on the waterfront in the centre of the town. Another lovely hotel.

The Riva Hvar Yacht Club also overlooking Hvar Yacht Club. We enjoyed having lunch outdoors, overlooking the Harbour – perfect position for lunch on a beautiful sunny day!

An early start on our last day, with Ferry/Catamaran from Hvar to Split. The hotel provided us with breakfast pack.

SPLIT


Split, known as the second largest city in Croatia… so plenty to do including shopping! Trips out to local islands, the sights and attractions. An interesting mix of beautiful architecture and buildings. A theme repeated in all the places we have visited on this trip.

At Split visited 2 hotels. The first – The Luxe Split, an absolutely lovely, boutique 30 room hotel with gorgeous interior design and warm colours. A very popular hotel with a lot of Trip Advisor Awards.  A great place to stay for a City break or to stay a few nights prior to going on a cruise out of Split.

The second hotel – Hotel Park Split, a stunning 5 star hotel with all the facilities you would expect – a 15 minute walk from the town centre, but still well situated for access to various attractions and with a Shingle Beach below it. We enjoyed a delicious, light lunch here, outdoors – overlooking the lovely pool. Then it was time to go home!

LOVED WHAT I SAW OF CROATIA AND WILL DEFINITELY GO BACK. IT EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS!  I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE NARROW STREETS WINDING THROUGH THE TOWNS, WITH THEIR TRADITIONAL BUILDINGS, ITS RICH HISTORY, WONDERFUL PICTURESQUE HARBOURS AND SPECTACULAR  SCENERY!

BELOW:

OUTLINE OF MY ITINERARY 29 SEPTEMBER TO 3 OCTOBER 2018

LONDON GATWICK TO DUBROVNIK – ARRIVING: 09:50 – DB2604

09:50 Arrive into Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) on Norwegian Airlines flight DB2604

11:15 Transfer to Cavtat

12:00 Check-in at the Hotel Croatia, Cavtat

14:00 Lunch Cavtat LEUT MENU 4 – IN THE TOWN OF CAVATA

17:00 Overnight in Croatia Hotel Cavtat

30 SEPT 2018 – DUBROVNIK – CAVTAT

09:00 Departure from Hotel Croatia – for tour of Dubrovnik

09:30 Orientation of the Grand Villa Argentina and the Hotel VILLA GLAVIC (page 33 in brochure)

10:30 Orientation of the HILTON IMPERIAL DUBROVNIK

11:15 City Tour of Dubrovnik

13:00 Lunch POSAT

16:00 Orientation of the Importanne Resort Hotels

17:00 Orientation of the Valamar Dubrovnik President

18:00 Orientation of the Valamar Argosy Hotel – did not see this one

1 OCT 2018 – DUBROVNIK – KORČULA – HVAR ISLAND

06:15 Departure from Hotel Croatia

07:00 Catamaran Dubrovnik – Korčula (Jadrolinija)

09:15 Arrival into Korčula

09:30 Orientation of the Liburna Hotel

10:30 Orientation of the Hotel Marko Polo

11:30 Orientation of the Hotel Korčula

12:00 Lunch at Hotel Korčula

13:30 City Tour of Korčula + Free Time

17:50 Catamaran to Hvar Island (Krilo)

19:15 Arrival into Hvar Island

19:30 Dinner at Mizarola – PIZZAs – fun place but not impressed with pizzas – too thick base

21:00 Transfer to the Pharos Bayhill Hvar hotel with 2 night Stay

2 OCT KORCULA TO HVAR BY FERRY ABOUT 17.30 HRS

07:00 Departure from Pharos Bayhill Hotel to Luka

3 OCT 2018 HVAR ISLAND – SPLIT

07:35 Catamaran from Hvar – Split (Krilo)

08:40 Arrival into Split

09:00 Orientation of the Hotel Luxe

10:00 Orientation of the Hotel Park, Split

11:00 Light Lunch at Hotel Park, Split

11:45 Transfer do Grada + Free Time

13:00 Catamaran to Hvar Island (Krilo)

We are staying overnight on the 02/10 then leaving early on the 3/10 via ferry to get the split where we have a few hotel visits then a flight back home .

15:45 Return flight from Split Airport on Norwegian Airlines flight D82601

3 OCT 2018 – SPLIT TO LONDON GATWICK – DEPARTING: 15:45 – D82601

Please note: All rooms are Twin Sharing. Meals will be included, however drinks are payable locally.