Discover Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik- 9 Days

Discover Croatia: 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 journey through Croatia, spanning from the vibrant capital of Zagreb to the enchanting coastal gem of Dubrovnik, encapsulating the essence of the Adriatic in just 9 captivating days.

Commence your adventure in Zagreb, where history seamlessly blends with modernity. Stroll through the cobbled streets of the Upper Town, discovering architectural marvels such as St. Mark’s Church and the iconic Zagreb Cathedral.

Next, immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its cascading waterfalls and azure lakes. Traverse wooden walkways amidst lush foliage, marveling at the ethereal beauty that surrounds you.

Continue your odyssey to Zadar, a coastal gem boasting Roman ruins and medieval churches. Witness the enchanting Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, innovative installations harnessing the power of the Adriatic.

In Šibenik, uncover the architectural splendor of St. James Cathedral, a UNESCO masterpiece adorned with intricate sculptural details.

Journey onward to the historic town of Trogir, a UNESCO gem brimming with Venetian architecture and ancient fortifications. Cruise through the idyllic islands dotting the Adriatic, each offering its own distinct charm and allure.

Explore the rugged beauty of the Neretva Valley, a region renowned for its picturesque landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Experience the traditional way of life as you traverse the fertile plains and meandering river, dotted with ancient villages and historic landmarks.

Conclude your expedition in Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” where medieval walls encircle a treasure trove of Baroque churches and Renaissance palaces. Lose yourself in the maze-like streets of the Old Town before ascending the city walls for panoramic views of the shimmering coastline.

 

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  • All transportation in destination location as explaind in itinerary 
  • Stella Croatica experience
  • Hotel Accommodation in 4*  with breakfast
  • Return Catamaran tickets for Hvar island
  • Photo safari with authentic boat through the Neretva Valley 
  • Entrance Fees to NP Plitvice Lakes, Klis fortress, NP Mljet
  • Sightseeing tours included: Zagreb, Plitvice, Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split, & Islands, Dubrovnik,
  • Flight tickets
  • Lunch, Dinner, drinks at meal time, extra services and costs which are not in the program as well as any personal expenses.
  • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory)

Itinerary

Aerial view of the Cathedral in Zagreb at sunrise. Croatia

Arrival to Zagreb Airport. Transfer to hotel in Zagreb. Consider heading out on a guided walking tour of the historic heart of the city. 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 at your hotel. (B)

After the breakfast we are heading to cascading waterfalls, clear turquoise lakes and cathedral-like forest canopies weave together to form Plitvice Lakes National Park. A must-visit for any traveler 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.

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

Expert local guide will 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. After your tour (up to 3 hours), 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. Departure towards Zadar for overnight.

Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik, Croatia. UNESCO World Heritage Site

Following breakfast, transfer toward Split, stopping in Šibenik for 2 hour guided tour. On this tour you will get a chance to learn about St. James Cathedral, our most popular attraction and beautiful monument from Renaissance pe­riod. Cathedral has been on UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000. Come mid-afternoon, travel further south to Split, settling into your hotel before taking the rest of the afternoon to wander its historic center on your own.  Overnight at your hotel. (B)

After a leisurely morning in Split, your driver will pick you and you’ll catch the ferry to the island of Hvar and settle into your hotel. Hvar is a popular destination with tourists due to its natural setting, mild climate, and its historic port town of the same name. Highlights of Hvar Town include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress, and the main square anchored by the Renaissance-era cathedral. or some of the best views of the island, Hvar Town, and the nearby Pakleni Islands, take a short walk up to the 16th-century Španjola Fortress. Or, join a kayaking tour and head out on the Adriatic to discover the many secluded coves that outline the islands. You can also opt for organized tours of lavender plantations, olive groves, vineyards, and pine woods, which can include wine tastings, cycling, or hiking. Scooters are available for rent in Hvar Town and are a much faster option if you want to see more of the local scenery.After the day’s adventures, treat yourself to a drink in the ancient piazza of Hvar, overlooking the Venetian loggia, 7th-century fortification walls, and the oldest municipal theater in Europe. Return to Split late afternoon. Overnight at your hotel. (B) 

Following breakfast, your driver will take you to main gate of Split central area (old part of the town). Start 2h walking tour with our local English-speaking guide.  In the afternoon transfer to one of the popular Game of thrones filming location – Klis fortress.

After Klis, you will visit Ethno village Stella Croatica for unforgettable experience, where for generations, the Dabelić family has been growing olives, figs, vineyards and producing olive oil, wine and traditional delicacies. There you will see the botanical garden and see how they produce all of that, and you can even buy something from their array of nature based products. Late afternoon return transfer back to hotel. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Today, we are starting with Photo safari through the Neretva Valley, one hour and a half ride with the car from Split. 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 120 years old) for a leisurely cruise through the surrounding wetlands.

On Your way discover the places where once the ancient Illyrians, Greeks, Romans sailed, and the pirates of Neretva planned their raids of enemy galleys.

Discover the allure of one of the last swamps on the European continent, its flora and fauna, the diversity of wild birds and the traditional lifestyle of the Neretva people. End up at a beautiful local restaurant overlooking the water for Peka lamb and other local dishes.Late afternoon arrival into Dubrovnik and the remainder of your evening is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Following breakfast, transfer to main gate of Dubrovnik central area (old part of the town).  You will meet your local English-speaking guide at Dubrovnik main gate to the old town to Dubrovnik – a UNESCO site. 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 “. The rest of the day is at leisure. Do not miss to walk city walls! It is magical.  Overnight at your hotel. (B)

After breakfast, it’s time to explore one of the 8 national parks in Croatia. National park Mljet is situated on the island of Mljet. Since the national park is on the island the only possible way to get there is by boat. We recommend to buy tickets on line for catamaran boat. Once you are there, ask for tour guide and start with a private tour of national park if you like. If you love unspoiled nature, woods and crytal clear sea this is place to be.  Relax at a beach bar or enjoy one last swim before the journey back to Dubrovnik.

Afternoon and evening is at leisure. Enjoy tasting local food in a local restaurant and the best days of summer in this beautiful town. Overnight in the hotel.(B)

Depending on when you depart, you may have time to visit one of Dubrovnik’s museums, like the Franciscan Monastery and Museum. This large complex houses many treasures, including the world’s third oldest pharmacy dating from 1317.

Alternatively, for a collection of 15,000 pieces of interesting works, visit the Rector’s Palace and Cultural Historical Museum. Wander this well-preserved palace-turned-museum and explore its exhibits, some detailing life in the Republic of Ragusa during medieval times.The drive to the airport from Dubrovnik takes around 45 minutes with normal traffic.

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Tour Locations

Kornati National Park

Nacionalni park Kornati is an archipelago of 89 gorgeous islands, islets, and reefs in the northern part of Dalmatia, near Dugi Otok, Murter, Zadar, and Šibenik.

Ston

Visiting Ston on the Peljesac Peninsula, near Dubrovnik, in Croatia – an area famous for its town walls, the saltworks and oysters!

Opatija

Often called the Nice of Croatia, Vienna by the Sea, the Pearl of the Adriatic or the Old Lady, Opatija already bears countless affectionate nicknames.

Rovinj

Rovinj is a stunning little city in Croatia filling every inch of a peninsula bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea.

Omiš

This small Dalmatian town at the mouth of the Cetina river, some 25 km south of Split, offers a unique blend of the river, the sea and mountains.  

Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi is recognizable by the abundance of mimosa trees and its numerous flights of stairs. It’s often called ‘The City of the sun’.

Tour Locations

Klis

Magnificent Klis Fortress, once home to several Croatian Kings is an easy trip from Split. If you are a Game of Thrones fan this is a must

The Neretva Valley

Neretva Valley spreads over a large area some 90 minutes’ drive north of Dubrovnik or Split. The Neretva Valley is a real paradise for many visitors.

Šibenik 

Šibenik, one of the oldest Croatian towns on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, is home to two UNESCO Heritage Sites — Sv. Nikola Fort and St. Jacob’s Cathedral.

Zadar

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

Island of Brac

The sea paints with 50 shades of blue in Bol, while the golden sands covering one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Island of Mljet

Taking up half of the island of the same name, Mljet National Park is the most important protected area of Southern Dalmatia.

Hvar Island

The town of Hvar is a unique blend of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage, and a contemporary world known tourist destination.

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.

Split

Croatia’s second-largest city, Split is a vibrant destination with the opportunity to get to know authentic daily life and spend time on beautiful beaches.

Zagreb

The capital and biggest city in Croatia, Zagreb is the cultural and economic hub of the country. Take a stroll through Ilica, ride the funicular to the Upper Town.

Klis

Magnificent Klis Fortress, once home to several Croatian Kings is an easy trip from Split. If you are a Game of Thrones fan this is a must

The Neretva Valley

Neretva Valley spreads over a large area some 90 minutes’ drive north of Dubrovnik or Split. The Neretva Valley is a real paradise for many visitors.

Šibenik 

Šibenik, one of the oldest Croatian towns on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, is home to two UNESCO Heritage Sites — Sv. Nikola Fort and St. Jacob’s Cathedral.

Zadar

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

Island of Brac

The sea paints with 50 shades of blue in Bol, while the golden sands covering one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Island of Mljet

Taking up half of the island of the same name, Mljet National Park is the most important protected area of Southern Dalmatia.