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About Hvar

It's easy to see why Hvar is such a popular town on this beautiful Dalmatian Riviera island, where terracotta tiled houses cling to the lush hillside rising from the pretty yacht-filled harbour.

The area is rich in history and known for its medieval architecture. Take in the incredible views over Hvar and the surrounding islands from the 16th century Fortica Fortress. Or visit the cathedral dedicated to St Stephen and the Bishop's Palace, which forms one side of St Stephen's square. The Franciscan monastery, founded in 1461, is home to an intriguing museum and also well worth investigating.

The area benefits from the Mediterranean climate known as 'the climate of the olive tree'. As a result it enjoys a characteristic clear blue sky for the majority of the year, so you may just want to watch the world go by from one of Hvar's many open-air cafés.

 

Shore excursions in Hvar

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Archipelago Cruise

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Cruise the most beautiful and unforgettable part of the Hvar Riviera discovering the many islets and coves it has to offer.

Set sail for a cruise bound for the Hvar archipelago, which is a labyrinth of inhabited islands and rocky islets.

Pakleni Islands are a group of islands located just off Hvar town which offer lush vegetation, rocky and sandy beaches surrounded by clear blue sea. This beautiful area is a big favourite with visiting yachts from all over the world. Sit and back relax with a glass of locally-made brandy or a soft drink as you coast past the breathtaking sights of the hidden coves and bays of the archipelago. A stop will be made to visit the jewel of Hvar Archipelago, the island of St Clement, the largest of the islets. The marina is concealed in a dense pine forest surrounded by tropical vegetation. On arrival at the island you’ll have approximately 2 hours to explore, visit the cove, swim in the crystal blue sea or relax in the shade of a café: one thing is for sure you will be sad to leave this hidden treasure!

Upon your return to Hvar, you will have the option to explore the charming town, before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. There is an optional walk of around 25 minutes over uneven ground from the pier to the rocky beach on St Clement Island. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Croatian Wine Tasting

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit 2 family-owned wineries to taste some of the wonderful wines of Croatia.

Your tour begins with a leisurely guided walk through the picturesque streets of Hvar Town. Step back in time as your knowledgeable guide brings to life the history of this charming port town.

Afterwards, embark your coach for a scenic drive to the town of Jelsa. Idyllically situated in a bay in the middle of the northern coast of Hvar Island, Jelsa is the only place on the island with an abundance of fresh water, and as a result, boasts more luxuriant vegetation than the surrounding areas.

Your guide will lead you on a short walking tour of the town, pausing to view the Church of St Mary, before continuing to Tomic Winery. The owner Andro Tomic comes from a 150 year old generation of family wine making. Born in Hvar, Andro has dedicated his whole life to wines and oenology, and after 20 years of professional training in France, he returned to Hvar to produce his own wines. Enjoy a tour of the cellars before sampling 2 of the wines they produce.

Continue to the family-owned winery Konoba Pinjata, located in Vrboska. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome from a member of the family, who together with your guide will explain the production process of their wines. Indulge in a tasting of 3 different wines before the return journey to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking included on this tour, as well as around 100 steps to negotiate. Parts of the route travelled on this tour involve winding roads.

Hiking Adventure

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the surrounding beauty of Hvar on this hiking adventure.

A short transfer takes you from the town of Hvar to the village of Velo Grablje, to begin your hiking adventure.

After a safety briefing, your guide will lead you on a hike through many picturesque villages, during which you’ll experience the beauty of traditional architecture and learn about the local way of life. There may also be the opportunity to sample some homemade wine, prosek or grappa in a few of the local estates along the way.

You’ll start your walk to the beautiful village of Malo Grablje following the old trail, which in medieval times was the main road connecting Hvar with Stari Grad on the north side of the island.

Upon arrival in the picturesque, hidden village of Malo Grablje, you’ll have some free time to rest, before continuing your walk to Milna, where you’ll meet your transportation for the return journey to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Children and pregnant women are not permitted to participate. There is approximately 2¼ hours of walking on this tour. The sampling of local products is not included in the tour but may be offered by a few local estates that you visit along the route. It is essential to wear footwear suitable for hiking over rough and uneven ground. Passengers without suitable footwear will not be permitted to participate on the tour. Please take a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a bottle of water.

Hvar by Bike

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Experience the breathtaking views of the Stari Grad area by bike.

A short coach transfer will take you to the town of Stari Grad, situated on the northern side of Hvar where, after a safety briefing, your cycling adventure will begin.

Follow your guide as you make your way to the impressive former house of the Renaissance poet, Peter Hektorovic, for a photo stop.

Continue your bike ride to Vrbovska, otherwise known as ‘Little Venice’, to enjoy the peace far away from the city crowds and surrender yourself to the charming, peaceful beauty.

Cycle through the towns of Jelsa, Pitve and Vrbanj, before coming back to Stari Grad plain. Also known as Hora or Ager, the plain is one of 4 UNESCO heritages on Hvar, and is the largest cultivated field on a Mediterranean island, with traditional methods of cultivation introduced by the Ancient Greeks some 2,400 years ago, that are still practiced today.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bike and on foot. Pregnant women and children are not permitted to participate on this tour. The cycle ride is around 3 hours over varying terrain, and includes some hills and steep inclines. Participants must be in good physical condition and some cycling experience is required. Helmets are provided and must be worn. Please wear clothing suitable for bike riding and take sunscreen. Passengers are also advised to take a bottle of water with them.

Hvar Walking Tour

Activity high

Duration: 2 hours

This informative walking tour takes you through the highlights of historical Hvar.

Join your knowledgeable guide as they lead you on a guided walking tour through the narrow, characteristic streets of Hvar. Your first stop is the 15th century Franciscan monastery where you’ll visit the impressive Renaissance cloister, the old refectory that today houses a collection of lace, manuscripts and books, and the church with its remarkable collection of paintings.

Your tour continues on foot to the main square where you’ll visit the most impressive building in Hvar, the Cathedral of St Stephen which shows the distinguishing mark of the Venetian rule. The Cathedral dominates the town square with its superbly decorated 4 storey bell tower. In 1612 Europe’s oldest community theatre was established in the imposing building called the Arsenal. It has been under reconstruction for the last 2 years and currently can only be viewed from the outside.

For the last 100 years, the production of lace has been one of the traditional crafts that local inhabitants have perfected. Take a look at the lace on display that is manufactured from threads of agava leaves at the Benedictine monastery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. The majority of walking will be over paved ground, however please be aware that there are several steps to reach the Benedictine monastery.

 

A selection of cruises to Hvar

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