“Essence of Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 8 Unforgettable Days” invites you to experience the very soul of this Mediterranean gem. From the dynamic capital of Zagreb to the coastal allure of Dubrovnik, this 8-day journey showcases the country’s diverse landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. Immerse yourself in the historic charm of Zagreb’s Upper Town, traverse the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, and explore the ancient treasures of Split. Bask in the allure of Dubrovnik’s “Pearl of the Adriatic” status, walking its city walls and absorbing the breathtaking views. Join us for a remarkable exploration that encapsulates the essence of Croatia in just 8 unforgettable days.
Arrival to Zagreb Airport. Transfer to hotel in Zagreb. After checking in to hotel (from 15:00), Meet your guide and head out on a guided walking tour of the historic heart of the city for 2 hours. 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. 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. Your hotel is centrally located so all tour members can reach the main square, museums, or restaurants easily on foot. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (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 the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. 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.Listen to the power of the rushing waterfalls in the Plitvice Lakes during your visit and enjoy the breathtaking view. You will also find out some very interesting stories about this unique gem. 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.
Afterwards 2,5h bus transfer from Plitvice to Zadar. Arrival at hotel, check in Your hotel is centrally located so all tour members can reach the main square, and restaurants easily on foot. Afternoon walking tour of Zadar city with experienced local guide. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
Following breakfast, meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. Afterwards 3,5 hours transfer toward Split, stopping in Šibenik for 1 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. On the way to split we will stop in most famous winery in Šibenik to have a lunch and to taste best wines. 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. Your hotel is centrally located so all tour members can reach the main square, and restaurants easily on foot. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (B, T)
After breakfast your driver and guide will take you a short distance outside of Split to Trogir – a treasury of cultural and historical monuments dating as far back as the 4th Century BC. Set on a small island just off the mainland, Trogir was first settled by the ancient Greeks, before falling under the Romans and later the Byzantines. Destroyed by the Saracens and abandoned in the 12th Century, thanks to its strategic location the town was soon revived and became an artistic and cultural center under the Austro-Hungarians and later the Venetians. 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.
Your guide will show you the Gradska loza (the Old City Hall) from the 15th Century, the city walls, and the Kamerlengo Castle, which was once the residence of the Venetian governor. 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 sightings we are moving forward for lunch in local restaurant. After lunch we are going on wine tasting tour in Enjoy some time at your leisure to browse the small shops and cafes in Trogir, before heading to Split. Rest of the day is leisure to explore Split on your own. Overnight in the hotel in Split. (B,L, T)
After breakfast, your driver will take you to Split center where you’ll meet your captain and start an island-hopping group tour by boat. Spend time admiring the naturally green-tinted water of the natural phenomenon before heading to Stiniva Beach. Enjoy free time to swim in Stiniva’s crystal-clear waters or admire the huge cliffs of the bay. Head to the mesmerizing Blue Cave on Bisevo Island. Let your breath be taken away as you admire the blue lighting effect of the cave created by the reflection of the sun on the sandy seafloor. Next, head to Budikovac Island for snorkeling or sunbathing at the Blue Lagoon. Finally, visit the most popular Pakleni Islands, Palmizana. Break for lunch at one of the beach’s many restaurants, relax at a beach bar or enjoy one last swim before the journey back to Split. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
Today, we are starting with Photo safari through the Neretva Valley, one and a half hour 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 100 years old) for a leisurely cruise through the surrounding wetlands (with local snacks). Enjoy the spirit of Bacina lakes in authentic cargo boats called “lađa”. Travel across 6 out of 7 lakes and enjoy the Teuta experience. The ride starts with degustation of homemade schnapps called travarica and seasonal fruits. The tour starts and ends at our beach bar. The estimated time of this tour is 1 hour. End up at a beautiful local restaurant overlooking the water for local dishes. Late afternoon arrival Dubrovnik and the remainder of your evening is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
Following breakfast, meet our driver at hotel lobby. Check out and transfer to main gate of Dubrovnik central area (old part of the town – Pile gate). Start 2h walking tour with our local English-speaking guide. You will meet your local English-speaking guide at Dubrovnik main gate to the old town to Dubrovnik – a UNESCO site. 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 “.Your hotel is centrally located so all tour members can reach the main square, and restaurants easily on foot. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your 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.