This morning meet your local guide and driver at the port for full day tour of the beautiful island of Korcula. This secluded part of the world is known as the hometown of Marco Polo – the first world traveler. This is where his silk road began. But the visitors often joke that it can’t be true – after all, if the famous explorer has indeed been born here, he would have never left!
Through the beautiful island’s landscape of vineyards, olives fields and old villages with typical Dalmatian’s stone houses, you will come to the town of Vela Luka where you will have a private olive oil tasting at the special ambiance of olive oil private museum. In the village of Blato you will see old traditional houses before you continue to the small town of Lumbarda for a private wine tasting at the Bire Winery. Your hosts will also serve you a light snack consisted of their homemade domestic products.
Once you are in the town of Korcula enjoy a walking tour with your guide. With more than 2000 years of history, the former Greek colony of the “Black Korčula” (Korkyra Melaina) resisted the sieges of centuries and remained a living monument that is now yours to discover… Wander through the narrow cobblestone streets to the Cathedral of St. Marko, an architectural masterpiece in Gothic and Renaissance style. Its construction is an admirable testimony of the artistry of the local stonemasons and the excellent adamant stone of the island. Right across from the Cathedral, you will find the charming Museum of Icons with the unique collection of Byzantine Icons and ceremonial pieces. The exhibits were primarily collected by 17th and 18th century Korcula sailors on their journeys around the world. Your stroll will finally take you to Marko Polo’s childhood home – a modest mediaeval house where this great Venetian merchant, writer and traveler was allegedly born.
Should you wish you can enjoy some time at your own before you return to your ship.