Day Tour

The Sunniest Place in Europe (12 Hours)

Calvados Club Luxury Travel - Croatia

Split, Croatia

Valid for Travel Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

The Sunniest Place in Europe (12 Hours )

Split, Croatia

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Islands & Beaches
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level



This morning you will meet your guide and driver in the hotel for a full day excursion to the island of Hvar – the sunniest place in Europe. Since the island of Hvar lies in the heart of all the main sea routes since the ancient times, many different cultures left their traces to the present day.

You will take a morning ferry from Split to the port of Stari Grad (Old Town), where you will start your tour. The former Greek colony of PHAROS and the first settlement of the island, Stari Grad is a town of a thousand years of history. The Town Walls of Pharos, built by the Greeks the 4th century BC, the Roman mosaics, the mediaeval streets and above all Tvrdalj - the Renaissance fortified castle – are all the signposts through a millennium long life of the town. Then, through the beautiful landscape of vineyards, olive-groves and lavender fields you will come to Jelsa, a small town with a long winemaking tradition. For as early as the 4th century BC, the Ancient Greeks brought the grape vine to this sunny island and planted it in the fertile plain of Pharos. Throughout the centuries of rich and turbulent history, people on Hvar cultivated their vineyards with great skill and care, blessed with the lushness of Mediterranean. Today you will enjoy a private wine tasting including snack at the Tomić family winery in Jelsa. Following the tradition of their ancestors, Tomić family has dedicated their life to producing high quality wines and promoting wine culture.

You will then finally come to the Old Town of Hvar – a perfect harmony of the New and Old. Your guide will take you for a stroll through the inexhaustible treasury of its cultural heritage. You will start by visiting the largest square in Dalmatia, ringed by grand palaces and beautiful historic edifices, such as the town loggia and the Gothic and Renaissance palaces. The most impressive is the Cathedral of St. Stephen, a harmonious synthesis of the Renaissance and early Baroque elements. A stroll through narrow streets of the town will reveal numerous other monuments, such as the Franciscan and Benedictine Monastery and the mighty Arsenal, a 13th century warehouse for the communal war galley that used to house Hvar theatre – the oldest theatre in Europe dating from 1612.

After the tour of the town, you may wish to visit the Hvar Fortress, a 16th century citadel built in the time of the Venetian rule. Perched on a hill above the ramparts, it dominates the town and offers spectacular views of Hvar and the Pakleni islands.

In the late afternoon, you will take the ferry back to Split.

About Us

Calvados Club is the leading Destination Management Company for luxury and experiential travel in Croatia & beyond. Our private and deluxe programs are custom-made to each client, offering best bespoke itineraries and unique experiences. Whether you are interested in exciting city breaks, private yacht charters for exploring the magical Adriatic, relaxation in high-end hotels, private transfers or a tailor-made itinerary offering highlights of the region, join us for an unforgettable journey!

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By: Willie

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2014

All guides were great.
Travel Advisor:  Meredith Broder
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Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2016

This is the only way to see Croatia! The guides and drivers were positively the best that we have ever encountered and all of the hotels were absolutely wonderful!
Travel Advisor:  Laura Bassett
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Top Notch Tours and Hotels (Mostly)

By: MB

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2016

Overall, we had a wonderful experience with this company, enjoying our hotels and tours immensely. The highlights were the Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik, Croatia; the private boat tour of the islands near Dubrovnik; the Hotel Monte Mulini in Rovinj, Croatia; and the Chef's Table dinner at Hotel Monte Mulini. Some lowlights were the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera in Punta Skala. It is very isolated and too far from the town of Zadar. In order to go to Zadar, it is a quite expensive taxi ride away, so we were not motivated to eat dinner anywhere but at the resort, and both meals were mediocre. The Falkensteiner itself felt like a Disney World resort (not in a good way) with lots of families with small children and a massive hotel that felt like a giant cruise ship. Maid service was spotty, seemingly difficult to get good service with the large quantity of rooms they had to manage.
Travel Advisor:  Nathan Cripps
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GREAT fun!

By: Moo608

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Our guide, Zrinka (sp?) was fantastic, a local professor with a great sense of humor - essential with our group of 9! We enjoyed the history of Croatia and Dubrovnik on our drive to a vineyard and wine tasting in a very nice, comfortable luxury Mercedes van. One at the vineyards we piled into trucks and drove up into the terraces with the winemaker, followed by a tasting...and purchasing..of some delicious Croatian wines. Following this we then headed to the oyster beds where we boarded a boat to a private island to enjoy fresh Croatian oysters followed by mussles, local wine and grapa. Z was very accommodating to changes to the schedule! We drove to the top of the cable car and then took the ride down, to be met by our driver. Z then accompanied us into the Old Town giving us the history and answering questions. We were so happy with our guide, she was accommodating of any changes from the original tour, she was insightful, very knowledgeable and charming. We would highly recommend.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Andersen
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By: Italy 2017

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2017

Our Tour Operator made sure we had everything we needed. I would highly reccomend them
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson
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Dubrovnik tours

By: Chantin

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Excellent. Knowledgeable and personable tour guides. Well-though-out tours with special consideration given to our limited mobility.
Travel Advisor:  Peg Aikman
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Wentworth Travel

By: Chester1

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

Absolutely fantastic, Lionel organised everything beautifully. The Hotels were great, small rooms but big enough. The Tours were excellent and you could enjoy all the tour or have shorter time if you wanted and change a tour if you were tired. I would certainly use Lionel again and will be passing on his name to our friends
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