Dare to discover the captivating nature of Croatia and travel through the incredibly turbulent history of the coastal cities. Enjoy this complete 12-day itinerary covering the Best of Croatia from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. We will take you through magical Zagreb before you continue to the cobblestone streets, Roman ruins, medieval churches in the charming cities of the Dalmatian coast. One of the greatest gifts of nature in Croatia must be the numerous islands, scattered along the crystal water of the Adriatic with their endless beaches and pristine nature.
Arrival to Zagreb Airport. Transfer to hotel in Zagreb. After checking in to hotel, go to city centar to meet with your guide for a walking tour of Zagreb old town. This involves walking from Ban Jelačić, the main square, to Zagreb’s Upper Town and passing through local markets before reaching St. Mark’s Square. Alternatively, you can visit one of the many museums and art galleries, like the Homeland War Museum, the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, or the ever-popular Museum of Broken Hearts. Or stroll through the city centre, enjoying 17th-century neo-baroque architecture found at Zagreb’s Art Pavilion and Croatian National Theater. Overnight in hotel. (B)
After breakfast, check out from hotel. Your driver will pick you up at agreed time. You are heading to cascading waterfalls (2,30 hours drive) , clear turquoise lakes and cathedral-like forest canopies weave together to form Plitvice Lakes National Park. A must-visit for any traveller to Croatia, the UNESCO-protected park is comprised of an exquisite collection of 16 glassy emerald green and blue travertine lakes, more than 90 cascading waterfalls that seemingly cover every corner of the park, and numerous caves. The terraced lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. After settling in, your driver will take you to Enterence 1 in park, and you will meet with expert local guide to lead you throughout the park along the wooden paths and bridges to show you the most impressive points of interest and explain the significance of its history and natural features. Tour last 3-4 hours. After your tour, you will have free time to continue exploring, have lunch, or you may wish to bring a bought lunch (and a bottle of wine!) with you to enjoy a picnic. Overnight in hotel. (B)
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up and drive you down from the mountain region of Lika via the coast towards the city of Zadar. (duration: 2,30 hours). After settling in hotel, meet with your local guide for a walking tour of Zadar. The historic town of Zadar is rich in cultural and historical monuments. Here you can see The Roman forum dated to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dated to the 9th century AD. Simultaneously with the „most beautiful sunset in the world” the lighting elements installed in a circle turn on, and, following a particularly programmed scenario, they produce a marvellous, exceptionally impressive show of light in the rhythm of the waves and the sounds of the Sea organs. This site is a blend of human ideas and skills and the energy of the sea, waves, tide and flood, a place for relaxation, contemplation, and conversation while listening to an endless concert of mystic harmonies of the “Orchestra of Nature”. Our tip: Do not miss the symphony of the Sea Organ and magical urban light installation – Greeting the Sun. Overnight in hotel. (B)
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up for a day trip to Šibenik & Krka, a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. First, we head to National Park Krka. We bord on the boats in Skradin and drive until Skradinski buk. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several parts of this natural wonder with Skradinski buk and Roški slap waterfalls, on your own. Skradinski buk is a set of 17 waterfalls whose height ranges over 45 meters. It is the longest and most visited waterfall on the Krka River, one of the most famous natural beauties of Croatia. The waterfall is formed by travertine barriers, islands and lakes. They can be viewed throughout the year thanks to a network of paths and bridges that allow for a pleasant and safe walk. Upon arrival, enjoy a walk through a network of pathways and wooden bridges. We board on boats to return to Skradin. You will have lunch in the park at Rural Household Christian in Skradinski Buk or in Skradin on the way back in Restaurant Zlatne školjke. After Krka we will visit Šibenik old town for an hour. You will see the central church in Šibenik, the Cathedral of St. James, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Return in hotel In Zadar at afternoon. Overnight in hotel. (B)
After breakfast, we drive down from the mountain region Split and Trogir – a treasury of cultural and historical monuments dating as far back as the 4th Century BC. In Trogir you will have 1 and a half hour guided tour with local expert. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Town Trogir is surrounded by a fortress wall with two gates and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. On the sea-side of the island, you may see the Sea Gate, which was built in the 16th Century, and the nearby old fish market, located in an open loggia, surrounded by a colonnade. After guided sightings tour we recommend you to have lunch in local restaurant called Tragos. Enjoy some time at your leisure to browse the small shops and cafes in Trogir, before heading to Split. Overnight in hotel. (B)
Following breakfast, one way transfer to Ferry port for day trip to Island of Hvar. Upon arrival in Stari Grad our guide will wait for you at dock. Then you will have transfer to Hvar town and an orientation tour of the town. The Guide will take you through the rich medieval and Venetian history of the town of Hvar, visiting Arsenal building and first public theatre, 13th century Venetian loggia and clock tower, St. Stephen Cathedral and St. Stephen square – biggest square in Dalmatia. Then a drive with a bus along the old road through the lavender fields to the family farm and wine tasting until approx. 1:00 p.m., and after the tasting a guided tour of the Old Town and a visit to Tvrdalj – the pond of the poet Petar Hektorović. Drop off location is the town of Hvar Transfer with Ferry to Split. Your bus driver will wait for you to transfer back to hotel in Split. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
After breakfast, enjoy in Split on your own. In the afternoon (17:00) we take you to food walking tour for 4 hours. We will visit only the best restaurants and local producers that have been personally vetted and taste tested. Yes, we know it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Step back in time and stroll the charming cobblestone streets in the footsteps of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Visit the amazing landmarks around his 1700 year old palace, and learn about this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will try more than 15 individual tastings spread across 6 authentic food stops, ensuring nobody leaves hungry! Our small group sizes will give you access to the establishments frequented by locals, and personal attention from your guide. Overnight in hotel. (B)
After breakfast, we drive down from the mountain region to the south – in hidden gem – Neretva Valley. We are starting with Photo safari through the Neretva Valley. The Photo safari is a unique tourist experience in which guests are driven by indigenous Neretva vessels (small wooden boats from which are some even 100 years old) for a leisurely cruise through the surrounding wetlands (with local snacks). Enjoy the spirit of untouched nature in authentic cargo boats called “lađa”. The ride starts with degustation of homemade schnapps called travarica and seasonal fruits. End up at a beautiful local restaurant overlooking the water for local dishes. The estimated time of this tour is 3 hours. Move forward to Dubrovnik. Late afternoon arrival Dubrovnik and the remainder of your evening is at leisure. Overnight in hotel. (B)
After breakfast, one way transfer to main gate of Dubrovnik central area (old part of the town-Pile gate). You will meet your local English-speaking guide at Dubrovnik main gate to the old town to Dubrovnik – a UNESCO site. Start 2h walking tour with our local English-speaking guide. We start with Dubrovnik evergreens: Onofrio’s Fountain, Prijeko Street, Old Port, Arsenal, St. John Fortress…but our tour takes you also to less touristy spots where you can admire Dubrovnik through the eyes of locals. On this 90min tour you will be educated as well as entertained! The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
Following breakfast one way transfer to Dubrovnik old town. Visit Dubrovnik city walls, no guide, on your own. The walls are the main reason why Dubrovnik is well known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. The City of Dubrovnik is completely surrounded with defensive walls and forts, including the Old Port. The walls run uninterrupted for 1940 meters (6365 feet) in length, encircling most of the City, and reach a maximum height of about 25 meters (83 feet). Like Rome is well known by Rome Colosseum, Walls of Dubrovnik are pretty much the same for Dubrovnik. They were built through the history in times when there was a danger of foreign attacks over the City and the Dubrovnik Republic. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
Following breakfast one way transfer to Dubrovnik old town. As temperatures climb in the Old Town, consider stepping out through the gates to explore the seaside in the afternoon. Search out your perfect rock shelf, where you can soak in some sun before diving into the effervescent Adriatic Sea. Or perhaps consider cable car to Srđ mountin. Other must do thing while in Dubrovnik: On the rocks high above the sea, below Dubrovnik’s south-facing walls, you’ll find two open-air bars, somewhat confusingly both called Buža: Buža I and Buža II. They’re both good, so it doesn’t matter which you choose. Better still, try both. Informal and fun, they have rock-and-concrete terraces with tables shaded by big white parasols. Return to the Old Town for the evening, perhaps staying out a little later tonight for a moonlit stroll with ice cream in hand. The rest of the day is leisure. Overnight in hotel. (B)
Check out from hotel and meet your guide at hotel depending on when you depart. Drive to the airport from Dubrovnik takes around 45 minutes with normal traffic.