12 days, 11 nights
- Tour leader in the language of the tour
- Local guides in Zagreb, Split, Trogir, Dubrovnik
- Entrances to the National parks of Brijuni and Plitvice, Pula Amphitheatre , Split Cathedral, Šibenik Cathedral, Trogir Cathedral and Dubrovnik Franciscan Monastery
- 11 overnights in hotel 4*HB
- All personal expenses
Day 1: ZAGREB
Arrival in Zagreb. Transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Zagreb, hotel 4*.
Day 2: ZAGREB
After breakfast, city tour of the capital of Croatia, featuring the Upper and the Lower Town.
The Upper Town is Zagreb’s historical centre which comprises the Church of St Mark with the famed multi-coloured roof, the parliament building, the Stone Gate and the Cathedral. The Lower Town, then, is the cultural and business centre of Zagreb, with its main square of Ban Josip Jelacic, the Croatian National Theatre and the University.
Afternoon at leisure. Optional half-day trip to Zagorje area (castle of Trakošćan with a wine-tasting) or Čigoč – the European village of storks.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Zagreb, hotel 4*.
Day 3: ZAGREB - OPATIJA - ROVINJ (300 km)
After breakfast, head to Opatija. Stroll through the poshest summer resort of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Free time for lunch. After lunch depart towards Istria, the largest peninsula in Croatia, known also as Croatia’s Tuscany, which is also the northernmost point of the coast and as such – bilingual. It nearly touches Italy.
Explore the magnificent warren of ancient streets of the town of Rovinj.
Dinner and overnight in Rovinj, hotel 4*.
Day 4: ROVINJ - BRIJUNI - PULA - ROVINJ (100 km)
After breakfast we take a boat trip to the renowned Brijuni National Park and enjoy a sightseeing of cultural and natural riches. Brijuni consists of 14 islands of exceptional natural beauty. Their beauty was recognised by Yugoslavian president Tito, who welcomed many foreign statespeople and celebrities to his residence. He received various exotic animals as presents and some of them still roam free in the park. Guests can find out more about the life of the communist leader at the “Tito on Brijuni” exhibition. On the way back we stop in Pula, a Roman city renowned for the largest and best preserved amphitheatre in Croatia. Back to Rovinj, dinner and overnight.
Day 5: ROVINJ - PLITVICE - ZADAR (400 km)
After breakfast, head to the Plitvice Lakes.
The Plitvice lakes complex has been registered on the UNESCO’s List of World Natural Heritage since 1979. Thickly wooded mountains embrace sixteen smaller and larger crystal turquoise lakes, interconnected by foaming cascades and heavenly waterfalls. Sightseeing of the National Park.
Afternoon departure for Zadar.
Dinner and overnight in Zadar, hotel 4*.
Day 6: ZADAR - ŠIBENIK - TROGIR/SPLIT (150 km)
Continue the journey to Šibenik, the most ancient Croatian town on the Adriatic, boasting the famous cathedral of St James, the most significant architectural monument of Renaissance in Croatia.
Continue the trip into the Dalmatian hinterland of Primošten, famous for its red wine Babić and olive oil.
Arrival in Primošten Burnji and visit of Jurlinovi dvori – a beautiful village farm preserved in its original shape.
Lunch consisting of typical local dishes.
Dinner and overnight in Trogir/Split, hotel 4*.
Day 7: TROGIR - SPLIT (30 km)
A morning city tour of Split. Located in the middle of the Dalmatian coast and nestled between the mountains and the sea, Split is a picturesque ancient city built by the Roman emperor Diocletian.
Visit the impressive formerly imperial palace, built in the 3rd century, its Peristyle and – the miniature Cathedral.
Next, our journey takes us to Trogir, a charming stone town under the protection of UNESCO, which takes pride in a fascinating Romanesque cathedral, churches and beautiful palaces. After a short sightseeing of this Dalmatian pearl we return to Split.
Rest of the day is free for shopping or a coffee at one of many cafés of Split waterfront.
Dinner and overnight in Trogir or Split, hotel 4*.
Day 8: SPLIT - HVAR
After breakfast, we take a ferry to the island of Hvar, the most famous Croatian island (rich with olive tree groves, vineyards and studded with lavender bushes), the island with the highest number of insolation hours per year, lately known as THE jet set island as well. Driving there we will enjoy a panoramic road and explore the hills. Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner and overnight in Hvar, hotel 4*.
Day 9: HVAR - KORČULA (200 km)
After breakfast, we do a bit of island hopping: driving across the island of Hvar we get to its easternmost tip, cross to the mainland and then carry on across the longest peninsula of Croatia, called Pelješac, to get to our destination – the town of Korčula, birthplace of Marco Polo. Walk through the warren of ancient streets and enjoy the rest of the day. Overnight in Korčula, hotel 4*.
Day 10: KORČULA - DUBROVNIK (200 km)
After breakfast, we continue our drive along the Adriatic coast towards Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful fortified cities of the Old World.
Discover Ston with its 5-kilometre long walls: Ston is a town built in the 15th century according to a plan bringing a rectangular scheme of streets and squares. Ston is renowned for its delicious oysters and mussels that you will taste in one of the local restaurants. Another landmark of Ston is its millennia-old saltworks where salt is still produced as the ancient Romans used to do it.
We continue our ride to Dubrovnik. This city-monument has been registered on UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage.
Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik, hotel 4*.
Day 11: DUBROVNIK
A morning tour of the old town, which was the centre of a miniature republic for centuries. The walls of Dubrovnik girdle a perfectly preserved complex of public and private, sacral and secular buildings, representing all the periods of Republic’s history, beginning with the town's founding in the 7th century. Particular mention should be made of the main street, Stradun, the Rector’s Palace, the church of St Vlaho, the Cathedral, three large monasteries, and the City Hall. Dubrovnik is proud of its culture, its achievements in science, literature and commerce, and especially of its freedom, preserved down so many tempestuous centuries.
Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik, hotel 4*.
Farewell dinner in a charming village of Dubrovnik, where we get an insight into a rich folklore heritage of this region.
Overnight in Dubrovnik, hotel 4*.
Day 12: DUBROVNIK
Free time till the transfer to the airport for your flight home.