Day 1: ZAGREB
Welcome to Zagreb, the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. Our guide will pick you up at the Zagreb Airport and transfer you to your accommodation. Once you’ve settled down, we are taking you on a tour of the city center 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. You will spend the following 2 nights in a 4* hotel.
Day 2: ZAGREB — CROATIAN ZAGORJE — ZAGREB
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* hotel.
Day 3: ZAGREB — ISTRIAN VINEYARDS AND OLIVE GROVES — PULA
Istria is a beautiful Adriatic peninsula known for its numerous cultural sights and unforgettable panoramas. The region has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism. It is also famous for gastronomic delights. Paradise for wine and truffles lovers. Pula, the largest town of the Istrian region and its administrative center since ancient times. The city is renowned for its rich Roman Empire heritage and exceptionally well preserved monuments, especially the marvelous amphitheater. Ending the tour of the Pula historical town center, we are going for an evening stroll on the seafront to admire the view of the Lighting giants, the famous audio-visual art installation made with shipyard cranes. Overnight stay in a 4* hotel.
Day 4: PULA — ROVINJ — HUM — GROŽNJAN — OPATIJA
Today we are heading to Rovinj, situated on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. After lunch we are going for a pleasant walk through the picturesque old town streets, famous for its Venetian architecture, including Grisia, known as the street of artists and the St. Eufemia church tower. After that, we head to nearby Grožnjan, known as the “town of artists”. With the guidance of our experienced tour guide, you can truly enjoy this hidden Istrian gem and its perfectly preserved streets, squares, churches, forts and walls. Stroll throught the streets of Grožnjan, take a peak in some of the many galleries or, if you enjoy fine food, taste the famous Istrian truffle. We are heading to Hum – the smallest city in the world with only 20 inhabitants. After exploring central Istria, we are going to our hotel in Opatija – the oldest tourist destination from the Austrian – Hungarian times. Overnight.
Day 5: OPATIJA — PLITVICE LAKES — ZADAR — SPLIT
Today we will take a pleasant drive from Opatija 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 cre-ated 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. 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. We are heading to Split. Overnight.
Day 6: SPLIT — HVAR — SPLIT
After breakfast we are going on an early boat which will take us tho 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. 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* hotel.
Day 7: SPLIT — MOSTAR — DUBROVNIK
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, we are heading back to Croatia in Dubrovnik, also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” is a stand-out attraction and a perfectly preserved baroque city-state. Overnight in your accommodation.
Day 8: DUBROVNIK
We are saving the best for the end so you will spend the day in the one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Our 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.
Day 9: DUBROVNIK, departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport.
PRICES (per person):
|2 persons||2.850 €|
|3 – 4 persons||2.390 €|
|5 – 6 persons||2.150 €|
|7 – 8 persons||1.900 €|
The price includes:
- 8 overnights (breakfast included) in Zagreb, Pula, Plitvice lakes, Zadar, Dubrovnik
- 4* hotels
- A/C car or minivan transportation
- airport transfer
- licensed English speaking guide/driver
- all entrance tickets mentioned in the itinerary
- traditional dinner in each city
- all taxes and VAT
*Note: all tours can be customized by changing the accommodation type and city of departure