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.