HIGHLIGHTS OF CROATIA 9D/8N
HIGHLIGHTS OF CROATIA 9D/8N
DAY 1: ZAGREB AIRPORT – ZAGREB
Your Croatia private tour start with an included transfers from Zagreb airport to Zagreb hotel followed by an 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 – OPATIJA
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 Opatija.
Opatija, a magnificent coastal town on the Adriatic Sea and a well-known 19th-century health resort. A mild and pleasant climate makes Opatija a perfect destination all year long. The town is surrounded by stunning nature. It is located at the foot of Mount Učka, a popular destination for hikers and excursionists and a boundary between the green Istrian peninsula and the littoral region which features a perfect harmony of varied landscapes. The town of Opatija offers a beautiful view of the sea and the nearby islands of Krk and Cres. Opatija is surrounded by charming small towns characterised by narrow streets and a rich history. Opatija boasts numerous places of interest. The town’s streets are filled with houses distinguished by a specific architecture and with villas from the Habsburg period. Our lodging is the GH 4 Opatijska Cvijeta 4*or similar for two nights. Tonight enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant.(B,D)
Day 4: OPATIJA – PULA – ROVINJ – GROŽNJAN -OPATIJA
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 Opatija. (B)
Day 5: OPATIJA – ZADAR – SPLIT
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 transfer to the city of Split on the Adriatic Sea. We’ll be staying two nights at Hotel Luxe 4* or similar in the heart of historic district. Included dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.(B,D)
Day 6: SPLIT
Split is 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. Free afternoon and evening.(B)
DAY 7: SPLIT – MAKARSKA – STON – DUBROVNIK
Be stunned by more of the Croatian costline this morning as you drive towards Makarska for a photo stop 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. In the afternoon transfer to fabulous Dubrovnik where we’ll spend two nights in GH Villa Argentina 5* or similar. Free evening.(B)
DAY 8: 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 morning begins with a walk along these walls, followed by local guide tour of the city and a visit to the Rector’s Palace. Free afternoon. Farrawell dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)
Tour price in 4*or 5* hotels:
- 5000 euro/person for a group of two
- 3700 euro/person for a group of four
- 3100 euro/person for a group of six
- 2800 euro/person for a group of eight
Single room supplement: 750 euro
Tour price in 3*or 4* hotels:
- 3950 euro/person for a group of two
- 3300 euro/person for a group of four
- 2800 euro/person for a group of six
- 2600 euro/person for a group of eight
Single room supplement: 550 euro
- 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 9
- 8 nights hotel accomodation based in twin/double bed in centrally located 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, Plitvice Lakes and Zadar.
- All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 1 lunch,..
- Entrance fees to Diocletian Palace Cellars in Split, Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik, Pula Amphiteater, Dubrovnik walls, ston Walls and Plitvice National park.
- Organization, basic insurance and VAT.