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  • Franciscan Monastery
  • Hotel Astarea, Croatia
  • The lush Isle of Lokrum
Special Interest - Gardens

Croatia's Ancient Gardens and Forgotten Islands QQQ+

Mlini, Dubrovnik Riviera, Croatia

Croatia's Ancient Gardens and Forgotten Islands

Mlini, Dubrovnik Riviera, Croatia

  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Discover Dubrovnik’s ancient gardens, and the island flora of Lokrum and Sipan

Discover Dubrovnik, its historic gardens and the island flora of Lockrum and Sipan. Your host will give you a real insight into their significance and identify the different plants on five full-day excursions.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plateAll breakfasts, lunches and dinners

PersonLocal expert guide

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day

ChairVIP Club Lounge


  • Expert host talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Return flights and transfers
  • 20kg checked-in luggage
  • Hotel porterage

MapIncluded excursions and visits:

  • Dubrovnik and its Monastery Gardens (full day)
  • Isle of Lockrum (full day)
  • Sipan Island (full day)
  • Clipi and Cavtat (full day)
  • Villa Sorkocevic and Villa Gucetic (full day)


Hotel Astarea, Setaliste Marka Marojce 40, Mlini 20207, Croatia


The 3-star Hotel Astarea (3Q+) is an ideal destination for a relaxing holiday, and is within easy reach of the many attractions of Dubrovnik.


There are 217 small-to-medium sized, air-conditioned bedrooms. Bathrooms have showers only. Room and laundry service are available (extra cost).

Air conditioning
Satellite Television
Laundry service
Room service

Food and Drink

Your stay at the Hotel Astarea is on an all-inclusive basis. Buffet-style meals are served in the traditional surroundings of the hotel’s restaurant. Take in the sea views from the private terrace of the VIP Club Lounge, a spacious room where you can enjoy local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the free self-serve bar, open from 11am to 11pm.

Free drinks can only be consumed while you're in the VIP Club Lounge – if you want to enjoy drinks elsewhere in the hotel, these can be purchased from one of the other bars. A glass of wine is included with dinner.


During your stay, you can enjoy a number of activities including:

  • Croatian lessons
  • Talk on Croatia
  • Live music several evenings a week (twice weekly during the winter season)

Activities may change from time to time and some activities may be at an extra charge.

The VIP Club Lounge terrace
The hotel is backed by rugged mountains
A standard twin room


Dubrovnik and its Monastery Gardens

Visit Dubrovnik's Franciscan Monastery and Cloister, which dates from 1317. The cloister garden has a wide central walk with stone benches and an ornamental well at one end. Following this you'll explore the Dominican Priory, built in 1456. The cloisters are still planted with oranges and other citrus fruit as they would have been originally, but now there are also old roses, such as ‘La France’ (1867), the first hybrid tea rose and ‘Paul Neyron’ (1869), a hybrid perpetual. You will also visit the little market, the Rector’s Palace and the cathedral.

Full Day
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  • Included on 7 nights itinerary

Isle of Lockrum

Travel back to the old city of Dubrovnik to walk the northern section of the 14th-century walled fortifications, where you can get a bird's eye view of the narrow cobbled streets below, all hung with bougainvillea. Descending the walls near the Dominican Priory you'll arrive at the old harbour where you'll take the ferry to the Isle of Lockrum. Here you'll visit to a small arboretum, which is set amongst the native woodland of myrtle, strawberry trees, bay, juniper and Pistacia lentiscus.

Full Day
Dubrovnik fortifications
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  • Included on 7 nights itinerary

Clipi and Cavtat

A morning tour of the countryside takes you to the traditional village of Cilipi, where you can either join the locals in the service at the Roman Catholic church or browse the stalls selling local crafts in the square. Following the morning service, beautifully dressed local performers entertain with music and dance. After visiting a small, traditional market garden you continue to Cavtat, a small medieval town in a picturesque bay.

Full Day
Folk Dancers in Clipi
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  • Included on 7 nights itinerary

Island of Sipan

Travel by ferry to Sipan, the largest of the Elafiti islands. You'll take the island’s only bus to the charming fishing village of Sipanska Luka. From here you'll walk across the island, through fields of olive groves, vines and figs and meadows dotted with wild flowers and butterflies. The road will take you to the fishing village of Sudjuradj, overlooked by the recently refurbished Villa Skocibuha. At this former palace, built between 1529-77, you'll see the formal walled gardens with their paths, pergolas, vine-covered loggias and pavilions.

Full Day
Sipanska Luka Port Sipan Elaphiti Islands Croatia Europe
  • Included on 7 nights itinerary

Villa Sorkocevic and Villa Gucetic

Enjoy a short visit to the gardens of Villa Sorkocevic, awaiting planting renovation, to see the paths and pergolas of its formal garden. Aterwards, you'll travel north along the coast via Gruz, Dubrovnik's main port, where there'll be the opportunity to explore the market. Then continue along the coast to visit Trsteno, which has two of the biggest Oriental plane trees in Europe – over 500 years old, 196 feet high and with trunks 16 feet in diameter! A path here leads to the Renaissance garden of Villa Gucetic, which is delightfully simple with a great long level pergola walk and octagonal stone columns.

Full Day
  • Included on 7 nights itinerary

Croatia's Ancient Gardens and Forgotten Islands

Mlini, Dubrovnik Riviera, Croatia

Croatia's Ancient Gardens and Forgotten Islands QQQ+

Mlini, Dubrovnik Riviera, Croatia