Day 1: ZAGREB
Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Once you’ve settled down, we are taking you on a tour of the city centre where you will see the most famous sights of Zagreb. You can choose between two possible routes for your visit of the city. The first is dedicated mostly to the city’s historical landmarks and the sightseeing starts at the Main Square, from where we move on to the Zagreb Cathedral and continue through Tkalčićeva Street and the “Bloody Bridge” (Krvavi Most) to the Stone Gate and St Mark’s Church. We end our tour visiting the Lotrščak Tower and taking a pleasant ride on the Zagreb Funicular. The alternative route is a panoramic one, as we will take you for a ride on the Zagreb horseshoe: we will visit the Zrinjevac Square, the King Tomislav Square, the Botanical garden and the Croatian National Theater. Later on, we will make a short visit to Maksimir, Zagreb’s oldest public park and the Mirogoj cemetery. After the walk, it’s time for you to relax over a nice welcome dinner with specialties of the local cuisine. Overnight in a 4 star hotel.
Day 2: ZAGREB — CROATIAN ZAGORJE
After breakfast we are taking you on a beautiful day trip where you will explore the most famous Croatian castles,Trakošćan and Veliki Tabor. The region is very popular for its wine so you will have chance to try some very good wine and taste the local specialites. In the afternoon we will come back in Zagreb and you will have the rest of the day free to enjoy the capital and to have dinner. Overnight in a 4 star hotel.
Day 3: ZAGREB — PLITVICE LAKES — ZADAR
After breakfast we will take a pleasant drive from Zagreb and visit the most beautiful and famous national park in Croatia — Plitvice Lakes NP, containing a series of 16 lakes, caves and waterfalls. We’ll enjoy the breath-taking view of the waters flowing over the natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. The forests in the park are home to some wild animals such as bears, wolves and many rare bird species. We will take a 4 hour walking tour of the park and continue towards Zadar in the afternoon. After checking in to your accommodation, we’ll have a pleasant tour of the city. Zadar is an extraordinary city — not too crowded, it isn’t overrun with tourists and its two unique attractions, the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, need to be seen and heard to be believed. The mix of beautiful Roman architecture, Habsburg elegance, a wonderful seafront and some unsightly ordinary office blocks is what gives Zadar so much character. Overnight in a 4 star hotel.
Day 4: ZADAR — TROGIR — SPLIT
After breakfast we will take a very scenic drive on the Dalmatian coast where are first stop will be Trogir where your guide will take you on a walk through its narrow streets and rich history. We will visit St. Lawrence Cathedral, Radovan’s portal (the most significant medieval portal on this part of Europe), Palace of Cipico, Tower of Kamerlengo and many more. We are heading to Split, free time for dinner. Overnight in a 4 star hotel.
Day 5: SPLIT
After breakfast, your local guide will introduce you to the ancient yet thriving city of Split. The heart of Split is the city’s majestic Cathedral that rises from within the 1700 year old walls of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most significant and best preserved structures of the late ancient architecture. Our walking tour takes us to the Peristyle in centre of the palace, the Roman temples, the famous Golden Gate and the big statue of Grgur Ninski. The rest of the day is free so you can relax on the beach. Overnight in a 4 star hotel.
Day 6: SPLIT — HVAR
After breakfast we will go by boat to visit one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world, Hvar. After we dock, it’s time for our local professional guide to take you on a walking tour of this memorable town. On the tour you will discover the essence of Mediterranean hospitality and learn about the heritage and history of the entire island. Afterwords there’s time to explore more on your own — the craft and custom jewelry shopping here is excellent. Known worldwide for its exciting night life, by day, the clubs, restaurants and cafes are just as enjoyable — so have a drink, maybe some delicious grilled fresh fish, or just sit and watch life go by like Tom Cruise, Pince Harry and hundreds of other celebrities who come here do every year! Or, go for a swim, or take a hike up the winding path that takes you all the up to the Fortica fortress. Inside there’s a fine collection of old vases and other ancient and Middle-Ages excavations — and outside is a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire town of Hvar and our next destination — the Pakleni Islands. It’s just a few minutes sail to Pakleni but it’s a world away. Here you will have a plenty of free time to explore and swim in tranquil bays framed by untouched nature. After enjoying a day on these sun-kissed Croatian islands, it will be a lovely cruise back to Split.
Day 7: SPLIT — MOSTAR
After breakfast we are heading to Bosnia and Hercegovina where we will visit the famous city Mostar. The city of contrasts, where “the east and west meet”, as you will observe visiting the traditional Kujundžiluk (old bazaar) and a contemporary city centre. Mostar is famous for its magnificent stone bridge Stari Most (Old Bridge), built in 1566 over the Neretva River. The city is divided by not only the Neretva River that flows through it but also by religion and culture from one bank to the other, as Muslims and Christians live on opposite banks of the river. After a traditional bosnian dinner, overnight in a 4 star hotel.
Day 8: MOSTAR — DUBROVNIK
After breakfast we are heading back to Croatian in Dubrovnik, also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” is a standout attraction and a perfectly preserved baroque city-state. Your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour, which covers all the major sights of Dubrovnik’s Old Walled City, will introduce you to its rich history, culture and fascinating stories: Onofrio’s Fountain, Prijeko Street, St. Saviour’s church (Crkva sv. Spasa), fortresses of St. Luke and St. John, church of St Blaise (Dubrovnik’s patron saint), the Cathedral, the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace and Orlando’s Column. Later we are going to admire the amazing panoramic view of Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands from the mount Srđ, a 405-meter ascent above sea level. Overnight stay in a 4 star hotel.
Day 9: DUBROVNIK — STON — PELJEŠAC
From Dubrovnik we are taking you on the Croatia’s second longest peninsula — Pelješac — famous for its red wine Dingač and Postup, delicious oysters and mussels growing in the brackish waters of Mali Ston bay. The town of Ston itself is renowned for its city walls and its salt ponds, all that less than an hour drive from the city of Dubrovnik. Ston is a gothic medieval city, which served as a military fort during the Ragusan Republic, surrounded by 6 kilometres long defensive walls, second in length only to the Great Chinese wall. We will also be passing through the Dingač Hills — most famous Croatian wine brand where grapes grow on 60 degree inclined slopes. We will seize the opportunity to taste the local wines such as Dingač, Plavac, Postup and Posip and delicious homemade traditional liqueurs. The gastronomic tour will be followed by prosciutto, cheese, oysters and olive oil tasting to complete the experience of the local fragrances and flavours! Drive back to Dubrovnik and overnight stay at a 4 star hotel.
Day 10: KOTOR — BUDVA
Our Croatian journey ends after breakfast and we are going to Montenegro. First we will explore Kotor Bay, one of the world’s 25 most beautiful bays and protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, is undeniably most impressive when approached from the sea. Due to its unusual look, the bay is often called Europe’s southernmost fjord, but in fact it’s a submerged river canyon. At the head of the bay lies the old city of Kotor, one of the most exquisitely preserved medieval centres in the Mediterranean. We will continue our trip to Budva. Overnight in a 4 star hotel.
Day 11: BUDVA
A full day on the coastal area around Budva, called the Budvanska rivijera, is the centre of Montenegro’s tourism, and is well known for its sandy beaches, diverse nightlife, and beautiful examples of Mediterranean architecture. Overnight in a 4 star hotel.