Matt from New York asked about private tours around Split.
Here are some ideas for private “tours”. The guides will be directed by your instructions at the time, to be sure that you get to do and see what you want. You can also rent bicycles and/or arrange hiking on any of the islands – either self guided or with a guide. You will need to make reservations about 90 days prior to your arrival to be sure you get what you want.
The prices mentioned below are estimates, they do not include transport to the islands. A day trip to Hvar from Split will cost about €750 to €1000, depending on how many people for a private sailing yacht or motor boat. There are also group tours, which go out of Split harbor and cost €50 to €90 per person. Public ferries cost about €5 per person.
Island tour of Brac with a local driver will take you to:
—- the stone masons, including the workshop, where you will see everything from start to finish – huge stone slabs, cutting of the slabs into workable size, polishing and hand carving.
—- small family winery, Senjkovic winery, to meet the owners.
—- bell towers of Brac – each village has its own beautiful bell tower, complete with local stories about their design and construction
—- Vidova Gore national park – a beautiful park in the middle of the island with spectacular views of Hvar and Vis islands
—- hike to 16 century Blaca monastery – a very interesting working monastery, hidden for centuries among the hillside.
—- you’ll drive through the olive orchards, villages and vineyards of the island and the famous “Golden Horn” beach in Bol.
Kayaking, biking and hiking tours – privately guided or self guided are also available on Hvar and Brac islands.
Island tour of Hvar with local driver will take you to:
—- Visit the small wineries, meet the owners and see the famous seaside vineyards and UNESCO plains – especially the town of Jelsa on the sea. I suggest including Dubokovic garage winery (possibly our favorite in Croatia) and Tomic, the grandad of Hvar vintners.
—- Hvar town, built in the 13th century, with its beautiful harbor, stone walls, hilltop fortress and of course St. Stephen’s square
—- Lavender fields in the hilltop villages with cobbled streets and stone farmhouses
A visit to Peljesac Wine Region with a local driver will take you to the best small and larger wineries, a tour of the famous mussel farms and Ston, where the Great Wall of Croatia is – the longest fortified wall outside China. Visit the fortress and the oyster/mussel beds in stone – great chance to try the seafood and wine.