Experience Croatia – North to South

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The unspoiled culture, natural beauty and complex history.

 

Whether it’s discovering an idyllic island, or raving as sunrise comes up over the Adriatic, Croatia offers the kind of adventures that nowhere else can. Throw in treasures from Ancient Egypt, a bizarre grotto bathed in blue and films projected around a pristine Roman colosseum and you have something quite simply unique among Europe’s destinations. Croatia’s year round sun and 1,100 miles of Adriatic coastline make it one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. It’s dazzling architecture, deep cultural roots, unfalteringly hospitable people, and enticing cuisine solidify its status as a must-visit location for any traveler. In this 8-day itinerary, you will discover Croatia from North to South. You will visit Zagreb, Hrvatsko Zagorje, Rastoke, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Hvar Island, Mostar and Dubrovnik making this trip a memory for life!

Day by Day itinerary

 

 

DAY 1

Arrive into Zaghreb

Arrival to Zagreb airport and private transfer to your hotel in Zagreb area for check in. With our local guide, we will start with a Zagreb walking city sightseeing 2hrs tour with local guide. Zagreb grew up on two neighboring hills: Kaptol - the centre of spiritual and religious life of north-western Croatia and Gradec - the commercial centre of skillful tradesmen and craftsmen. Visit the Upper Town with its Gothic Cathedral, the beautiful and ornate St. Catherine’s church or the massive St. Mark’s church with its famous colour-tiled roof. Visit the Museum of Broken Relationships, a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions. the Museum offers the chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creativity. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Zagreb

 

 

DAY 2

Zaghreb - Hrvatsko Zagorje - Zaghreb

We will be heading to Hrvatsko Zagorje with our local guide, the duration of the tour is 5 hrs. We drive from Zagorje to Trakoscan castle, most visited and best-preserved castle in the country, built in the 14th century as a small fortress. Proceed towards Kumrovec the unique ethno-village of Kumrovec is a reminiscent of the ancient way of life in this whole region. You can see old houses and barns displaying the old crafts and the way of life almost forgotten. Part of the village is also the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavian president, one of the leaders of the NonAligned Movement. We Continue to Samobor, a small town, nowadays attracting many day-trippers keen to explore the woods above the town or sample the local delicacy “samoborska kremšnita”. Return to Zagreb. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Zagreb.

 

 

DAY 3                                                                                                                   

Zaghreb - Rastoke - Plitvice Lakes - Zadar

Transfer from Zagreb to Rastoke. Visit of Rastoke on your own. This place is a watermill village situated where the blue-green water of river Slunjčica flows into the Korana river. Many ancient civilizations, as well as contemporary urban environments witness that the water has always attracted people to come to its banks and settle there. OPTIONAL: Visit of Plitvice National Park with local guide for a duration of approx. 2 hrs. Plitvice National Park is one of the most beautiful and best preserved national parks in the country. It was declared a national park in 1949 and listed on the UNESCO`s list of World Heritage Sites. It is a valley situated between high forested mountains in which lie, one below another, a string of sixteen beautiful lakes of crystal blue and green waters. Transfer continues from Plitvice to Zadar. Overnight at your hotel in Zadar.

 

 

DAY 4

Zadar - Primosten - Split

We will be heading with our local guide for a Zadar sightseeing tour, duration is approx. 1,5 hrs. The Zadar peninsula still preserves very old network of narrow and charming city streets, as well as a Roman forum dating back to the first century AD. The pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donat dates back to the ninth century, and it is certainly Zadar's most famous spot. The town is fortified with medieval walls, distinguished for their pretty and impressive ports. Countless buildings and monuments attest to the rich intellectual and cultural heritage of the city. At the end of the Western Quay is Zadar's newest feature, the Sea Organ. This unusual organ is powered by the wind and the sea. When the sea pushes air through the whistles, a series of melancholy chords are played, with the sound emerging through the perforated stone stairs.

 

Transfer from Zadar to Primosten. Stop in one of the wine cellars for wine tasting. Production of wine and olive oil in Primosten pulls the tradition from the 19th century. It is widely known wine variety "Babic" that originates from this region and which is considered one of the best in Croatia. Walking through vineyards, olive-groves and stone – paved streets of inhabited villages of Primošten Burnji and Južni, where everyday life is unthinkable without donkeys and mules, one can best experience all the attractions of rural Dalmatian hinterland, where lifestyle remained unchanged throughout centuries. Continue to Split with sightseeing tour of approx. 2 hrs. The Split private tour will take you along the Old City to visit main sights: the old town of Split is built on and around the spectacular Roman Palace erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. We start with a visit to the cellars of the Palace that are still very well preserved, offering a good view at how the life in the Palace was organized. Overnight at your hotel in Split.

 

 

DAY 5

Split - Hvar - Split

OPTIONAL: Full day excursion to Hvar with local guide. Embark the local ferry /catamaran to Hvar. Upon arrival, we will go on a Hvar sightseeing tour for approx. 1,5 hr. Enjoy a tour of the culture, art and history of Hvar, one of the principal destinations on the Dalmatian Riviera. Hvar is home to fiercely proud, determined and courteous people, who are eager to show off their city. Walk around historical centre of Hvar, called Groda, stop at the Benedictine nunnery museum to admire their agave pattern lacework that is protected by UNESCO. You’ll also see the city square, the arsenal, the theatre and the cathedral. Free time for lunch and personal exploring. Embark the local ferry / catamaran back to Split. Overnight at your hotel in Split.

 

 

DAY 6

Split - Mostar - Dubrovnik

We will be heading from Split to Mostar. Upon arrival our local guide will take you on a Mostar sightseeing tour for approx. 1,5 hrs. In the true sense of the word, it is the city where West meets East meets North meets South. Experience sights such as the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques. You will have some free time for strolling around and browsing among the many old craft shops or maybe lunch in one of the picturesque local restaurants. We continue to Dubrovnik and on the way, we will stop in a small village near Dubrovnik for the production, presentation and tasting of local olive oil. Visit this authentic family-owned olive mill and press dating back to the 18th century. Make sure to awake your senses to absorb the garden's aromas and scents - from mint, to peppers, figs and Melissa plants. Overnight at your hotel in Dubrovnik.

 

 

DAY 7

Dubrovnik

We are heading to a 2hrs. Dubrovnik sightseeing tour with. «Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik» George Bernard Shaw. This tour will reveal the finest sites of the old walled City. Our guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the Old Town introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city. Other buildings will be viewed along the way. The rest of the afternoon at leisure. Suggestion: Make your own way to Cable Car to Srđ Mountain for a nice view. Take a boat from the Old City Harbour to Lokrum Island to enjoy beautiful nature of this peaceful island. Overnight at your hotel in Dubrovnik area.

 

 

DAY 8

Dubrovnik

Transfer to the airport in Dubrovnik for your onward flight home.

 

 

Starting price for this itinerary is $2720 in 4* hotel and $3060 in 5* hotel.

This is a per person price, based on 2 people travelling and sharing a double room.

 

What’s included

 

  • 2 nights in Zagreb at Hotel Palace 4*/ Hotel Espalanade 5* or similar
  • 1 night in Zadar at Hotel Bastion 4*/ Hotel Iadera 5* or similar
  • 2 nights in Split at Hotel Luxe 4* / Hotel Park 5* or similar
  • 2 nights at Grand Hotel Park 4* / Hotel More 5* or similar
  • Private transfers with a/c vehicle throughout the itinerary
  • Entry ticket fees Trakoscan Castle, Ethno Village Kumrovec, Rastoke, Diocletian’s Palace Split, Turkish House Mostar
  • Wine tasting at Primosten area
  • Olive oil presentation and tasting, Orasac, Dubrovnik area
  • Local guide services as per itinerary

 

What’s not included

 

  • Flights (discuss your specific requirements with us)
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra meals and personal expenses
  • Any visas you may require

 

 

This is a guide price. Please enquire and we will provide a full personalized quote for you.  All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.

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