This 9-day itinerary covers the highlights of Croatia, starting in the medieval city of Zagreb and ending in Gem of the Croatian south – Neretva Valley & Dubrovnik. Embark with us in the exploration of this place of sun, sand, river, and the sea. And don’t forget to stop by and explore a bit, you might find some sunken treasure – literally. Visit the incredible capital of Croatia, magnificent lakes Plitvice and other Croatian jewels under UNESCO’s heritage protection.
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)
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)
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”.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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 meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. 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.