Croatian Highlights: Zagreb to Dubrovnik – 9 days

Croatian Highlights: Zagreb to Dubrovnik – 9 days

Duration
9 Days
Group size
up to 8 persons
Arrival location
Zagreb
Departure location
Dubrovnik
Duration
9 Days
Group size
8 persons
Arrival location
Zagreb
Departure location
Dubrovnik

Overview

Embark on a mesmerizing 9-day journey through the Croatian tapestry, unraveling the country’s rich history, diverse landscapes, and captivating coastal gems. Beginning in the dynamic capital of Zagreb, explore its vibrant streets and historical landmarks that echo the fusion of modernity and tradition.

Continue to the coastal haven of Opatija, renowned for its elegant architecture and Adriatic charm. The picturesque town of Rovinj beckons with its romantic ambiance, cobbled streets, and the iconic Church of St. Euphemia overlooking the azure waters.

The enchantment continues at Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage site adorned with cascading waterfalls and lush greenery. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of this national park, a testament to Croatia’s breathtaking landscapes.

As the journey unfolds, wander through the historical treasures of Zadar, admire the ancient beauty of Split, and explore the UNESCO-listed Trogir. Venture into the captivating Neretva Valley, a region boasting stunning vistas and cultural heritage.

Culminating in the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ Dubrovnik, the tour concludes amidst the medieval charm of this UNESCO-listed city. Stroll along the iconic city walls, immerse yourself in the rich history, and absorb the enchanting beauty that defines Dubrovnik.

This 9-day expedition promises an immersive experience, blending cultural exploration with natural splendors, creating indelible memories of Croatia’s diverse and alluring highlights from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.

 

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  • All transportation with the bus in destination location
  • Hotel Accommodation in 4* with breakfast
  • English speaking Tour director
  • Local English-speaking guide while sightseeing
  • Entrances: Pula Amphitheatre, Diocletian Palace Split, City walls Dubrovnik & Fort Lawrence in Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • 3 high quality gourmet experiences in wineries and local restaurants as per itinerary
  • Photo safari & lunch with authentic boat through the Neretva Valley
  • Sightseeing tours included: Zagreb, Opatija, Rovinj, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Trogir, Neretva Valley & Dubrovnik
  • Lunch, Dinner & drinks at meal time, extra services and costs which are not in the program as well as any personal expenses.
  • Flight tickets

Itinerary

Today, as your plane descends over Croatia, you will catch your first glimpse of the quintessentially Croatian orange and red roofs. Zagreb, the country’s capital, has found itself a place in the hearts of travelers in recent years, through its historically saturated architecture and ever-welcoming cafes. Meet our tour guide at the arrival hall. Transfer to hotel in Zagreb. After you settle in hotel, enjoy a 2-hour city tour of Zagreb with a local guide that includes main highlights on Kaptol and the Upper Town such as: Ban Jelacic Square, Dolac Market, Cathedral, Tkalciceva Street, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Church, Parliament, Government, Uspinjaca Tower. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Aerial View of Mediterranean sea in Opatija, Croatia

After breakfast, we proceed to the picturesque Kvarner Bay, more precisely to Opatija, the cradle of Croatian tourism and the city which used to be the favorite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy including famous personalities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. From ugly duckling to a beautiful swan – discover how Opatija transformed itself quickly from a humble fisherman’s village to a “place to be” for the Austrian aristocracy. Walk with me through the historical parts of Opatija, find out why it’s nicknamed the Old Dame or the Queen of tourism and why people consider this town to be the real cradle of tourism for the country. In this tour we will walk on the seaside promenade pass the old mansions, through the flower gardens where it all began, and discover it’s past and present that makes Opatija one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Today it’s time to get to know the Istrian peninsula and visit the 2000-year-old roman Colosseum located in Pula. Afterwards we will relax in Rovinj, perhaps the most beautiful city in Istria and the inspiration of many artists. Time at leisure in Rovinj and departure towards Motovun for a sample of one the Istrian tastiest treasures, the truffle. Overnight in Opatija. (B)

Plitvice Lakes Natioanl Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Aerial view, colorful spring panorama of lit by sun green forest and long wooden bridge with tourists over blue lake with blue-green water.

Following breakfast, meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. Check out and transfer to national park Plitvice Lake, located approximately 2,5h drive from Zagreb. Visit of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a sightseeing 3 hour tour with your tour guide of Plitvice. Starting point is at the north entrance of the park (Entrance 1). Sightseeing is circular, and includes a walk through the limestone canyon of the “Lower Lakes”, an electric-boat ride across the largest of the Plitvice lakes – Lake “Kozjak” (please take some worm clothes cause the boat has only roof and it can get bit cold, it takes cca 15 min), a panoramic train ride, and a walk along the top of the canyon’s east side all the way back to starting point at “Entrance 1”.

The Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia's most popular tourist attraction, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status
The Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status

You will also see the impressive “Great Waterfall”  the highiest waterfall in Croatia and the “Sastavci” waterfalls, the beautiful dark blue lakes of “Novakovića Brod”, “Kaluđerovac”, “Gavanovac” and “Milanovac”, as well as the vastness of Lake Kozjak. Opportunity for lunch will be offered after the visit: either individual or prearranged for the whole group.

Afterwards 2,5h bus transfer from Plitvice to Zadar. Arrival at hotel, check in and overnight in Zadar. Your hotel is centrally located so all tour members can reach the main square, and restaurants easily on foot. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Zadar city tour
Magnificent Croatia: Zadar city tour

Following breakfast, meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. Check out and transfer to main gate of Zadar central area (old part of the town). Start 2h walking tour with our local English-speaking guide. Zadar as a town was founded about 2000 years ago, in the time when the Roman empire was on the top. We are going to see the old medieval fortifications, including  the Captain’s tower, and the famous venetian fortifications system with the Land Gate and Jelena Madijevka park. People’s square is the center of the old city and we are going to visit it, seeing the City lodge and the City guard.In the city of Zadar christianity came very early. Because of that there are a lot of things to see. The most important one of Zadar’s symbols is the church of Saint Donatus. Also, we are going to see the cathedral of Saint Anastasia, and Saint Simon church where the body of Saint Simon is preserved.Throughout this time, the main street in Zadar – Kalelarga – will accompany us. In the Zadar City Tour it is impossible not to see Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun. With us You are going to discover the story of these two modern symbols of the cit y of Zadar.

City tour Trogir
City tour Trogir

Afterwards 1,30h bus transfer from Zadar to Split. We will stop in Trogir for 1,30 hour guided tour. The masters’ signs invite you to discover and explore magnificent Trogir with us! Trogir is the City of Masters, the city which slowly but convincingly pulls us into an enchanted labyrinth of beauty, into narrow stone streets made of yellow smooth Stone. Lunch for all tour members can be prearranged in one of the local restaurants, or each tour member will have the lunch on his own. Arrival at hotel, check in and overnight in Split. Your hotel is centrally located so all tour members can reach the main square, and restaurants easily on foot. (B)

Following breakfast, meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. Check out and transfer to main gate of Split central area (old part of the town). Start 2 h walking tour of Old town of Split with our local English-speaking guide. Start at Pjaca Square for pretty views of white marble tiles, the Iron Gate (the western entrance to Diocletian’s Palace), a Romanesque clock tower with the remains of a medieval sundial, and the 15th-century Town Hall.

Photo safari through Neretva Valley
Domagoj Sever: Neretva Valley photo safari

Transfer to Dubrovnik, the most popular destination in Croatia. It is a 3h ride. We will stop at Neretva Valley for a Photo safari on authentic boat and lunch and then proceed straight to Dubrovnik. Arrival at hotel in late afternoon, check in & overnight in Dubrovnik. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Dubrovnik History Tour
Dubrovnik History Tour

Following breakfast meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. Transfer to Dubrovnik old town. You will meet your local English-speaking guide at Dubrovnik main gate to the old town to Dubrovnik – a UNESCO site. This tour lasts 2 hours. During its tumultuous history, many nations and maritime forces met and battled in this area: the Byzantines, Saracens, Croats, Normans, Venetians, small princedoms and kingdoms and the Austro-Hungarian state, as well as the Roman-Germanic Empire, Osman, Habsburg and Napoleonic empires.

 

Dubrovnik is well known as the pearl of the Adriatic a walk, famous for its 2km long impressive city walls with fortresses, which have been filming locations to an HBO worldwide highly popular serial„Game of Thrones “.Overnight. You don not want to miss this atraction! Rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Following breakfast transfer to Dubrovnik old town. You can stroll down the Stradun and walk the wall of Dubrovnik but it’s much more meaningful if you know what you’re looking at. Which is why this informative and fun walking tour is a must for any visitor to the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Learn what makes this UNESCO World Heritage site so amazing and special. Learn about the architecture — Gothic, Renaissance and baroque — and the history behind the palaces, fountains, monasteries and churches. Walk the high walls and get a different perspective of the city. Visit Dubrovnik city walls, no guide, on your own. Overnight. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Following breakfast, check out and meet our tour guide at hotel lobby.  Fly back to your destination.

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The Neretva Valley

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Zadar

Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia’s most recognisable UNESCO-listed national park, Plitvice Lakes are comprised of 16 cascading lakes and travertine waterfalls.

Dubrovnik

“The Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia.The city of Dubrovnik is a Unesco World Heritage site.

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