Makarska (half day)
This pretty resort is situated on the Makarska Riviera. Makarska’s old town is characterised by its narrow stone-paved streets, a main church square (with a flower and fruit market) and a Franciscan monastery that dates back to 1614.
The basement of the monastery houses a Malacological museum that is believed to contain the largest collection of snails, seashells and mussels! Another of the main sights is the Parish Church of St Mark, which dates back to 1776. Most of the hotels in Makarska are situated just off the bay and have their own private beaches.
Old Tucepi (half day)
On this scenic tour, discover the old villages of Upper Podgora and Upper Tucepi, consisting of several hamlets spread over a large area on the slopes of the Biokovo Mountain. Rich in natural water springs, vineyards and olive groves, the villages gave shelter to locals for centuries until a major earthquake in 1962.
Glimpse the life of local people in days gone by as you visit the Church of All Saints, built in 1764, and a house restored and furnished in a traditional style. From a wonderful vantage point you can enjoy panoramic views of the coast and islands.
The area is characterised by its terraced gardens, vineyards and olive groves and the coastal slopes are dotted with villages built in traditional Mediterranean style. There are also signs of an early habitation, such as the impressive tumuli, the burial mounds of prehistoric people. An ancient stone-built hill fort overlooks the village. Tucepi’s beaches are edged by pine and olive trees and enjoy a mild climate, partly due to the shelter provided by Mount Biokovo.
Plus on holidays of 14 nights or longer
Sinj and Cetina Country (full day)
Drive through the village of Sestanovac Cista Provo to Trilj, pausing to walk along the banks of the River Cetina. Continue to Sinj, situated at the foot of the Dinaric Alps. Sinj was the capital of the administrative district of Cetina during the Middle Ages, and it recognised the sovereignty of the Croatian princes.
It fell into Turkish hands when the Ottoman Empire expanded into the Balkans, but was liberated again by the Venetians in 1699. Highlights include the Franciscan monastery, whose painting of the Mother of God of Sinj is venerated locally. Above the town and valley stands
Omiš and Saint Giorge Village (full day)
Enjoy a day in the countryside visiting the beautiful Ethno village of St Giorge where you’ll be welcomed with traditional homemade drinks and appetisers, and shown how to make a Poljica speciality called Soparnnik – a simple dish made using Swiss chard, green onions and parsley.
After lunch you’ll visit the church of St Jure at the top of Biokovo Mountain, from where you’ll have wonderful views of the canyon below, and then it’s on to the beautiful and picturesque town of Omiš located on the banks of the Cetina River.