Hidden treasures of Croatia 10d/9n
Hidden treasures of Croatia 10d/9n
DAY 1 ZAGREB AIRPORT – ZAGREB
Included transfers from Zagreb airport to Zagreb hotel followed orientational walk of Zagreb old town, a welcome drink and a welcome dinner. Your Hotel Esplanade 5* or similar is just minutes walking from the old town.(D)
DAY 2 ZAGREB – KUMROVEC – ZAGREB
Zagreb is the largest city of Croatia. The city boasts a charming medieval ‘old city’ with the architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central-European capitals.Zagreb can offer its visitors the Barroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facilities, an abundant selection of crafts and a choice of traditional cuisine. Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks, with many places to visit. Enjoy an included city tour of Zagreb, that covers all the main attractions of Zagreb. Starting at Ban Jelačić Square (the main Zagreb square), it includes St. Stephen‘s Cathedral (the biggest church in Croatia), farmers market Dolac, Stone Gate, Parliament and Government House, St. Mark‘s Church, St. Catherine‘s Church, Lotrščak Tower and Zagreb Funicular.
After an included city tour have some free time for lunch and shoping. In the afternoon we will drive to Kumrovec where we will see the ethno village, that very clearly outlines the spirit of the time and life of farmers a few centuries ago. In Kumrovec you can find the museum «Staro selo» (Old village), a unique museum in the open air, with preserved original country houses stemming from a transitional period between 19th/20th century. Visitors can visit permanent ethnological collections of a traditional way of life such as Wedding feast of Zagorje, Life of young married couple, From hemp to linen, Blacksmith’s handicraft, Cart-wright’s craft, Pottery, From a grain to bread, and other.. Don´t miss the native house of Josip Broz Marshal Tito, former President of Yugoslavia.(B)
DAY 3 ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES – LOVRAN
Travel south today to visit the country’s best-known national park — Plitvice Lakes. Plitvice lakes are the world’s natural heritage site that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. The beauty of the National Park of Plitvice lakes lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated with diferent animal species. Timeless beauty of waterfalls thrills in every season in a different way, leaving you breathless. Our guide will walk you through the national park. After Plitvice discovery head towards stunning Croatian coast and coastal town of Lovran. Lovran is a luscious town and resort on the eastern coast of the Istrian peninsula. Lovran has a mild climate, protected by the Ucka mountains, and a rich architectural heritage. In addition to several Baroque houses on the town square and a medieval tower, the 14th-century church of St George has a spectacular series of wall paintings. Lovran is lush with flowering gardens and plenty of greenery. Named for the laurel (lovor) trees that are abundant everywhere, Lovran is also known for the cherries and chestnuts that grow in its hinterlands. The Lungomare promenade is a lovely seaside walk that connects Lovran with Opatija and other points on the « Liburnian riviera ». Our lodging is Hotel Park 4*or similar for two nights. Tonight enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant.(B,D)
DAY 4 LOVRAN – PULA – ROVINJ- LOVRAN
Start a wonderful day out by exploring one of the most picturesque regions of Croatia Istria. We visit the town of Pula with its Roman Amphiteater, Rovinj – The Pearl of the Adriatic and Hill-top towns of Istria. First stop is in town of Pula. The Pula Arena is the name of the amphitheatre located in southern part of Istrian Peninsula. The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It was constructed in 27 BC – 68 AD and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. A rare example among the 200 surviving Roman amphitheatres, it is also the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia. Afterwards scenic road through Lim Fjord will take you to Rovinj. Our guide will walk you through the town of Rovinj; a city of romance and art, that still remains one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports. Your Istrian day will finish in a charming little Art colony town of Grožnjan, a must see destination when in Istria. Groznjan is among the best preserved Istrian medieval towns and is also known as the »town of artists«. Free evening in Lovran. (B)
DAY 5 LOVRAN – PAG ISLAND
After breakfast you head more south on the scenic Adriatic Highway to embark on a ferry to one of the Croatian best islands – The island of Pag. You’ll be stunned by the beauty. It is the fifth-largest island of the Croatian coast, and the one with the longest coastline. The island is renowned for its cheese and lace. it’s barren, rocky, and sepia coloured, with vast empty landscapes. The Adriatic is a steely blue around it and, when the sky is stormy, the island is the most dramatic-looking place in the whole of Croatia. Its karstic rock forms a moonscape defined by two mountain ridges, patches of shrubs and a dozen or so villages and hamlets.
Once on the island our first stop will be the local chees farm for tasting.
Delightfully tasty, capturing the strong character of the dry winter wind, creamy yellowish Paski Sir produced on the Croatian island Pag has been described as one of the ten best cheeses in the world. Overnight in Hotel Boškinac 4* or similar for one night. Tonight enjoy island local specialities in a local restaurant. (B,D)
DAY 6 PAG ISLAND – ZADAR-OMIŠ
After breakfast departure for the coastal town of Zadar. Once reached Zadar you’ll be first taken to walking tour to see the Old town and famous Sea Organ. Zadar is the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city and with abundance of Roman sights it makes a great stop. Your walking tour ends at the Sea Organ where you’ll hear unique sounds of the Sea Organ that always plays as the sea tells it to – and the sea is a conductor that never repeats itself. Afterwards free time and lunch will follow. Afternoon coffee stop in a UNESCO site- town of Trogir. Trogir is a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast in Split-Dalmatia County. The historic city of Trogir is situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Čiovo. Since 1997, the historic centre of Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites for its Venetian architecture.
The town of Omiš at the mouth of Cetina river is your home base for the next two days to explore Dalmatia. Omiš is a picturesque town of Mediterranean atmosphere at the mouth of the river Cetina where annual festival of Dalmatian folk songs takes place. In this history Omiš was ruled by pirates for more than 2 centuries. Situated in the heart of Dalmatia with plenty of historical monuments and rich cultural heritage worth visiting. The town of Omiš at the mouth of Cetina river is your home base for the next two days to explore Dalmatia. Your lodging is Hotel Dvor 3* or similar. Dinner in hotel.(B, D)
DAY 7 OMIŠ – SPLIT – CETINA RIVER – OMIŠ
Your first stop this morning is town of Split to visit the former home town of the Roman emperor Diocletian and his palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Diocletian was emperor of Rome from 284 – 305 AD. The only emperor to voluntarily abdicate, he had constructed a massive retirement palace covering 10 acres in his homeland of Dalmatia. Having survived centuries of refugees and squatters, core elements of the palace are still prominent today, including all of the ground floor rooms and corridors. Explore all this and more on fascinating guided tour of the palace and the historic center of Split. After free time and lunch break you head back to Omiš to embark on a boat ride up the Cetina river. It is an extraordinary experience and enjoyment in amazing scenery, passing through fields of chervil under various tree tops at the foot of the mountains, watching ducks, fish and water hens in crystal clear water. Free evening.(B)
DAY 8 OMIŠ – PELJEŠAC
Be stunned by more of the Croatian costline this morning as you drive towards Makarska for a photo stopa and explore its picturesque harbor. Midday stop in the bay of Mali Ston for lunch where best oyster’s are grown. Lunch will include oysters for starter and light lunch with wines. Afterwards we climb the section of the Great Wall of Croatia, the longest fortress system in Europe, was built from the 15th to the 17th centuries to protect its (still functioning) salt flats, a precious commodity in those times. The wall is 5 km long, has 3 forts, 7 bastions and 41 towers and for those willing we’ll walk the walls that encompass the town. Transfer to lovely Orebić on the Pelješac Peninsula waterfront where we’ll stay one night at the waterfront Hotel Adriatic 4* or similar. Evening on your own to wander this small seaside village and enjoy dining at one of the boutique restaurants. (B,L)
DAY 9 PELJEČAC – KORČULA – DUBROVNIK
In the morning a short ferry ride will take us to Korčula, one of the best preserved medieval towns of the Mediterranean. It’s long past includes Illyrians, Greeks, Romans and Venetians. After the guided tour you’ll have time to explore the narrow lanes and visit the house of Marco Polo. In the afternoon you’ll be transfered to fabulous Dubrovnik. Originally called Ragusa, Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century on the southern part of what is now the Old Town by Greco-Roman refugees from Epidaurum (modern day Cavtat). Initially subject to Byzantium, the city was long under Venetian control, then effectively became an independent city-state under the kingdom of Hungary and later the Ottoman Empire. It was one of the most powerful economic centers in the Adriatic. Dubrovnik’s magnificent walls were constructed from the 12th to the 17th centuries. Our visit begins with a walk along these walls, followed by local guide tour of the city. Your lodging is Hotel Lapad 4* or similar for one night. Farewell dinner in Dubrovnik.(B,D)
DAY 10 DUBROVNIK – DUBROVNIK AIRPORT
After breakfast transfer to Dubrovnik airport. (B)
Tour price in 4*or 5* hotels:
- 5500 euro/person for a group of two
- 4300 euro/person for a group of four
- 3700 euro/person for a group of six
- 3300 euro/person for a group of eight
Single room supplement: 800 euro
Tour price in 3*or 4* hotels:
- 4500 euro/person for a group of two
- 3800 euro/person for a group of four
- 3200 euro/person for a group of six
- 2900 euro/person for a group of eight
Single room supplement: 600 euro
What is included?
- Land transportation through the whole tour in luxury mini-van with extra leg room
- Zagreb airport transfer in on Day 1/Dubrovnik airport transfer out on Day 10
- 9 nights hotel accomodation based in twin/double bed in 4* star hotels. Sea view rooms where ever aplicable.
- Full time professional English speaking driver/guide while on the tour
- Local Guides in Zagreb,Split and Dubrovnik.
- Orientational guided walk of Kumrovec, Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, Korčula, and Zadar.
- All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 1 lunch,…
- Pag island ferry ride, Korčula boat in/out and Cetina river boat ride.
- Entrance fees to Diocletian Palace Cellars in Split, Kumrovec Etno village, Ston walls, Pula Amphiteater, Dubrovnik walls and Plitvice National park.
- Organization, Basic insurance and VAT.