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 star hotel.
Day 2: ZAGREB – LONJA FIELD NATURE PARK — ZAGREB
On the second day of our tour we will take you on a half-day trip to Lonja Field, the largest protected wetland in both Croatia and the entire Danube basin. According to the criteria of the Birds Directive of the European Union, the park is an important habitat for birds. This is a true paradise for those who enjoy true nature, traditional wooden architecture and bird-watching. After the 3 hour tour, we will have lunch at a nearby agrotourism restaurant and taste some of the local specialties. Free time in Zagreb in the evening.
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 star hotel.
Day 4: PULA — BRIJUNI NATIONAL PARK — PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK
National Park Brijuni is an archipelago of 14 islands and islets near Pula. Because of its indented coastline, diverse flora and fauna, Brijuni are sometimes referred to as heaven on Earth. During its interesting history it was visited by the elite of Austrian, Hungarian and German aristocracy when Istria was part of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy speaks of its beauty and charm. In more recent history almost every major statesman visited the islands as Brijuni were residence of late President Tito of Yugoslavia. After the whole day trip to Brijuni we drive towards the Plitvice lakes NP where you will spend the night at a 4 star hotel.
Day 5: PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK – ZADAR
The Plitvice lakes are the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest and most beautiful national park in Croatia and because of its rare natural and cultural value the park is famous not only throughout Croatia, but also worldwide; earning a coveted place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. The National Park contains a series of 16 lakes, many undreground caves and countless waterfalls. The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. These geological processes continue today. The forests in the park are home to some wild animals such as bears, wolves and many rare bird species. In the afternoon we take a pleasant drive towards Zadar where you will spend the following 2 nights in a 4 star hotel.
Day 6: ZADAR
Boasting a historic old town of Roman ruins and medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums, Zadar is an extraordinary city. It is 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. Free time in the evening in Zadar.
Day 7: ZADAR – DUBROVNIK
Dubrovnik, also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” is a standout attraction and a perfectly preserved baroque city-state. Our 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. Starting at Onofrio’s Fountain, which for centuries has brought fresh drinking water into the city; our route leads us along Prijeko Street to the Old Port, once the key of Dubrovnik’s trading and maritime success. We will visit St. Saviour’s church (Crkva sv. Spasa), a fine example of the town’s Renaissance architecture that withstood the disastrous 1667 earthquake. We will pass through the Old Port and the nearby fortresses of St. Luke and St. John. After that, the route takes us to the church of St Blaise, Dubrovnik’s patron saint, the Cathedral, the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace and Orlando’s Column to give you an overview of the city to better understand and further explore its multi-layered past. 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. Two nights at a 4 star hotel.
Day 8: DUBROVNIK – WINE REGION KONAVLE – CAVTAT
Day trip to Konavle, the rural Dubrovnik inland for wine tasting, and a pleasant tourist train ride through the vineyard sites. Lunch at a local rural tourism estate. In the afternoon a one hour walking tour of the nearby delightful town of Cavtat. Free time in the evening in Dubrovnik.
Day 9: DUBROVNIK – DUBROVNIK AIRPORT, DEPARTURE
Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel before you are transferred to Dubrovnik airport, marking the end of our Grand tour!
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) Zagreb, Pula, Plitvice lakes, Zadar, Dubrovnik
- 4 star 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