Come join our travel group as we explore the fascinating country of Croatia. We have put together an amazing itinerary and we’ll be leading a small group (no more than 15) to explore the best of Croatia. We will travel from September 22nd, 2018 and return on October 1st. We will visit Zagreb, Opatja, Split and Dubrovnik over 10 days. See the full details below in the itinerary and contact us if you are interested in traveling with us. Also, we can assist with booking flights if needed!
Itinerary Outline – Explore the Best of Croatia
DAY 1 : September 22nd
Arrival to Zagreb, more than a 1000-year-old City, a capital of Croatia that will impress you with its historic charm. Zagreb is global and cosmopolitan city with a rich history dating from Roman times to the present days. For centuries it has been a focal point of culture and science and now of commerce and industry as well. It is located in the northwest of the country, on the southern slopes of Medvednica mountain along the Sava river and also on the intersection of important routes between Adriatic coast and Central Europe. Transfer to your hotel and free time to relax. Hotel amenities will help you to relax and rejuvenate.
Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 2 : September 23rd
Your day will start with magnificent cup of coffee in the oldest coffee shop in Zagreb situated on the main square overlooking the statue of Ban Jelačić. Croatians are very sensitive about the coffee and coffee drinking in local coffee shops and it is part of the culture.
After morning relaxation, you will continue your tour with your local guide and start exploring Zagreb. Walking is one of the best ways to explore all of Zagreb’s picturesque historical sites, hidden alleys & lanes and especially the main square in the city. The Centre of Zagreb is divided into two parts: Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town). Because of its historical structures, churches and religious monuments, Gornji Grad has great historic value attached to it and is literally a tourist’s paradise. Donji Grad, on the other hand, mostly contains shops, cafes, museums, and parks. You will visit numerous of parks, Ban Jelacic Square, Zagreb Cathedral, Dolac Market, and St Mark’s Church, Stone Gate, Zagreb Eye and many other monuments.
Finish your day with a dinner in a traditional local restaurant where food is prepared according to original recipes from 16 century. The owner is very passionate about food & wine pairing, so you are in good hands to have the best food & wine experience there is.
Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 3 : September 24th
After breakfast departure to National park Plitvice lakes.
One of the top tourist attractions and an absolute must see destination in Croatia is Plitvice Lakes National Park-it’s Mother Nature at her best. Meeting with the local guide and NP Plitvice Lakes sightseeing. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Take a walk through this heaven on earth. Enjoy scenery of beautiful waterfalls and untouched nature. And don’t forget to make a wish under the largest waterfall as it is supposedly making your wishes come true.
In the afternoon continue to Opatija, the small tourist city where Croatian tourism started.
Hotel check in and overnight in Opatija.
DAY 4 : September 25th
After breakfast departure to Pula, the largest town on the Istrian peninsula, and a city where you can find sixth largest amphitheater in the world. Meeting with the local guide who will take you on a walking tour of Pula, and offer a unique insight into the 3,000-year-old history of one of the oldest towns in Europe. The city is best known for its many surviving ancient Roman buildings, the most famous of which is its 1st-century amphitheatre. Locally-known as the ‘Arena’, it is the sixth-largest amphitheatre in the world. This ancient structure’s appearance belies its age and it is still used today for summer film festivals.
After sightseeing free time to explore city on your own.
The highlight of the day will be exclusive truffle dinner in Motovun, a city-monument, an ancient Istrian acropolis city situated on the top of a 277-meter-high hill whose current appearance originates from the Middle Ages, the 12th and 13th century and very famous region for truffle hunting. Motovun is a little charm city with spectacular landscape including the Motovun Forest, a prime locale for truffle-hunting. We will proceed to a local authentic restaurant for the most famous truffle specialties. Locals will pair best Istrian wine with truffles specialties for most delicious experience.
Overnight in Opatija.
DAY 5: September 26th
After breakfast departure to Split. On the way to Split stop in Zadar for sightseeing.
Built on Roman urban principles, where there are several major longitudinal streets traversed by a greater number of latitudinal streets, give the city a rectangular shape. The old town is a treasure trove of archaeological treasures and monuments to the ancient, medieval and Renaissance periods. This is visible by many sacral and architectural monuments – the church of sv. Donat [St. Donatus] where every summer the sounds of Zadar’s musical evenings echo, the Roman Forum near the main square, Kalelarga – the longest and widest street, the Cathedral of sv. Stošije [St. Anastasia], an Archaeological Museum with its exceptional treasures and many other monuments of cultural and historical heritage.
After sightseeing continue to Split.
Overnight in Split.
DAY 6: September 27th
After breakfast meeting with the local guide and morning sightseeing of Split. Our journey through ancient history starts with the fact that the Roman emperor Diocletian was born in nearby important Illyrian center and the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia – Salona. He ordered to build one of today’s most preserved palaces of that time in the nearby town Split.
With a professional city guide we are continuing our journey and sightseeing the 1700 year old Diocletian`s palace in Split, imagining how the life of Diocletian was like, within the walls of the palace. During the tour we stop by to see the Cathedral of St Duje, one of the most beautiful cultural wonders on the Adriatic coast but also the ancient cellars, Peristyle in center of the palace, Roman temples (today Christian ones), the famous Golden Gate and the big statue of Grgur Ninski. On this walking tour you will get to know Split and its history in an interesting way.
The rest of day in leisure.
Overnight in Split.
DAY 7: September 28th
After breakfast embark on a private boat and start your boat ride to Hvar, the sunniest island in Croatia. Hvar is a visual feast for lovers of architecture and it looks like “an open air gallery” for every style which is waiting to be discovered.
The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been famous since the antique because of its important strategic and nautical position, the rich of the various historical periods, the culture and natural monuments and the literature.
Thanks to the mild climate, the warm winters and pleasant summers Hvar receives many guests, scientists and travelers, who are attracted by the dense Mediterranean nature, rich tradition and architecture, and nightlife.
Enjoy in the Hvar town sightseeing with a local guide. After sightseeing, free time to enjoy the old town for lunch and shopping. After lunch, return back to Split and overnight.
DAY 8: September 29th
After breakfast departure to Dubrovnik and on the way stop in Mali Ston. Locals from area are known for cultivation of oysters and mussels since roman times. Oysters from this region are known as natural aphrodisiac. You will be taken on a boat ride and enjoy the untouched natural beauty of the protected eco system of Mali Ston bay, along with the sun and the sea in which many small islets ‘are bathing’. The entire experience also has an educational character since we gladly share our knowledge and experience about the process of cultivating oysters with our guests. Learn how to gather oyster sand open them in the midst of an oyster farm and enjoy tasting it with a glass of local wine. Boat ride takes approximate 60 min after which you will be brought back to in lands and continue your drive to Dubrovnik full of new experiences and knowledge.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 9: September 30th
After breakfast proceed to Dubrovnik sightseeing.
Explore the wonders of Dubrovnik’s Old City Centre, a UNESCO heritage site and one of the most important living historical monuments in this part of Europe. Your expert guide will take you around this magical medieval town full of legends and give you a glimpse of the incredible history that makes Dubrovnik such a unique city. Explore Dubrovnik City Walls and enjoy a unique view of the Old Town of Dubrovnik including its narrow streets and small squares.
For those wanting to truly experience the best of Dubrovnik, this tour combines two enjoyable walks. The first walk takes you through Dubrovnik’s beautiful Old Town, where you can discover how the city became one of the most prosperous and advanced of all the historic maritime republics. As you step through the gates of Dubrovnik’s old city walls, you will be taking a step back in time, losing yourself in the grandeur and beauty of this culturally influential city. Slowly walk around the walls, getting magnificent views of the Old Town and the shimmering blue Adriatic Sea.
After Dubrovnik city tour free time to explore the city on your own.
In the evening enjoy supper dinner in traditional Dalmatian restaurant.
***This itinerary is subject to change dependent on group abilities and preferences, weather and special events. Our guides and Tour Leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience without compromising safety. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional heat or cold, stormy weather, heavy traffic or other reasons beyond our control.
All transfers with professional English speaking drivers
Airport pick up and drop off (please arrive on September 22nd)
Transfer to and from the tours
Transfers between destinations
Tour leader for 10 days
Accommodation for 9 nights
9 breakfasts in hotel restaurant
City tour with hand-picked English-speaking guide in Zagreb (2h)
Coffee and cake in Zagreb
Welcome dinner in traditional Zagreb restaurant
Entrance fee for National park Plitvice lakes
Tour with hand-picked English-speaking guide in National park Plitvice lakes (4h)
City tour with hand-picked English-speaking guide in Pula (2h)
Truffle dinner in traditional Istrian restaurant
City tour with hand-picked English-speaking guide in Zadar (2h)
City tour with hand-picked English-speaking guide in Split (2h)
Boat tour with English-speaking skipper on Hvar island
City tour with hand-picked English-speaking guide in Hvar (1h)
Boat ride and oyster tasting in Mali Ston
City tour with hand-picked English-speaking guide in Dubrovnik (3h)
Entrance fee on Dubrovnik city walls
Dinner in traditional dalmatian restaurant
All local taxes
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International flights (possible to provide)
Any suggested add-ons
Meals not indicated in the itinerary
Any other items not mentioned above
Interested in joining the group for this amazing journey? Simply fill out the form below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.