Explore the town of Hvar while also enjoying the wines of this region.
This tour includes:
• Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
• Wine tasting
• Opportunity to purchase local wine
You will see/visit:
• Hvar highlights
• Cathedral of St. Stephen
• Ancient Arsenal
• Franciscan Monastery
• Stari Grad
We've combined two of our tours to offer visitors a full day to explore the island of Hvar.
First, you will explore Hvar by foot. Your walking tour of Hvar will open your eyes to all of the wonders of this ancient fairytale town on the island in the Croatian Adriatic Sea with the same name. One of the sites you will visit on your tour is the famous Cathedral of St. Stephen. This spectacular church stands on the far end of the main town square called Pjaca. The present cathedral, built on the site of a 6th century Christian church, is the work of local masters and is a perfect blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.
You will also visit Loggia with its seven arcades constructed in 1497, and see the slender bell tower finished in the middle of the 16th century.
Your tour continues past the ancient Arsenal, which once housed the war galley. Under the same roof is the oldest communal theatre in Europe, built in 1612. (Both the Arsenal and Theatre are closed for renovation.) Take the promenade through the old port and you will arrive in front of the Franciscan Monastery (1462). The Monastery was built in the 15th century as a retreat for sailors. The monastery collection, which is the oldest on the island, consists of paintings, manuscripts, old coins, and incunabula.
Next, you will travel to Stari Grad, the oldest town in Croatia, which is about 45 mintues from Hvar. The historical heart of the island of Hvar, Stari Grad is situated in a landscape where the blue of the deep bay touches the green of vineyards and olive groves. The town has much to offer, including a rich history, which your guide will be happy to share with you.
Moving on from Stari Grad, your day continues towards Vrboska, a settlement on the northern coast of the island. Originally a fishing village, the city now boasts vineyards and olive groves as main attractions. With the combination of the Adriatic climate, warm summers, mild winters, and a large number of sunny days, this is a favorable region for winemaking. Today, there is a growing interest in high quality domestic wines like Plavac, Drnekusa, Bogdanusa, Parc, and many others. You will have a chance to taste these popular varietals.
There are numerous new winemakers on Hvar that produce excellent wines, both red and white. You will have the opportunity to purchase your favorites to bring home.
Part of this tour is a walking tour. It is not suitable for clients with limited mobility. Walking at times will be over uneven surfaces. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Days offered: 7 days a week