CHARMING MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE
9 DAY LAND TOUR OF CROATIA FROM ZAGREB TO DUBROVNIK – CROATIAN RHAPSODY
Day 1: ZAGREB (D)
Individual or group arrival in Zagreb, transfer to the hotel (driving time 20 to 45 min). Welcome drink and group get together.
Day 2: ZAGREB – OPATIJA (B, D)
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Zagreb with an English speaking guide. In the fortified, medieval Upper Town, you will visit St. Mark’s church, with its multicoloured tiled roof, Parliament, the government palace and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing we proceed to Opatija (driving time 2:30h), situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, which used to be the favourite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy including famous personalities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Dinner and overnight in Opatija.
Day 3: ISTRIA EXCURSION (B, T)
Today it’s time to get to know the Istrian peninsula and visit the 2000 year old roman Colosseum located in Pula. Afterwards we will relax in Rovinj, perhaps the most beautiful city in Istria and the inspiration of many artists. Time at leisure in Rovinj and departure towards Livade for a sample of one the Istrian tastiest treasures, the truffle. Overnight in Opatija. (departure at 9h00, return around 18h00).
Day 4: OPATIJA – PLITVICE LAKES (B, D)
The most beautiful and oldest national park in Croatia under UNESCO protection – consisted of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls. The park is located in Lika mountain region and visited mostly on foot – however the entrance includes a boat ride across the Emerald Green Lake “Kozjak” and a train ride back to the main entrance. The visit of the park grounds takes approximately 3 hours. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight in Plitvice area. (Driving time approx.. 3:00h)
Day 5: PLITVICE LAKES – ZADAR– SPLIT (B, T)
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive down from the mountain region of Lika via the coast towards the city of Zadar. The historic town of Zadar is rich in cultural and historical monuments. Here you can see The Roman forum dated to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dated to the 9th century AD. Of special interest are the famous Zadar Sea Organs, one of a kind in the world. From Zadar we continue to the Bibich Winery for a gourmet experience that is more than a simple wine tasting. The winery burnt to the ground during the war is now producing rewarded wines and exporting 80% of their production to USA & Scandinavia. We will taste the Dalmatian Debit white wine and Cuvee of Shiraz & Merlot, accompanied with delicious Croatian style Tapas. Departure towards Split for overnight. (total driving time 4 to 5h)
Day 6: SPLIT & TROGIR Sightseeing (B, L)
Today’s Split is the handiwork of seventeen centuries of men and women building and remodelling, adding, tearing down and touching up so that 18th century houses intersect with ancient Roman walls and fourth century chambers house twentieth century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace the Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Today’s lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish – Pašticada which we will taste at the Tragos restaurant in Trogir. The town of Trogir, a UNESCO site, has a fascinating 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its rich culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortresses on a small island. Sometimes referred to as the floating museum town.
Day 7: SPLIT – STON – DUBROVNIK (B, T, D)
On our way to Dubrovnik we will stop near the town of Ston, where we visit a local winery and taste the famous “Plavac Mali” wine, a very close relative to the Zinfandel. In this winery the traditional wine making business has been passed on for generations, offering a unique story everyone wants to hear. The wine tasting includes a wine presentation on all the specifics of the wine-making process, wine tasting and snack. Arrival in Dubrovnik and overnight. (driving time 5 hours)
Day 8: DUBROVNIK (B)
Completed in the thirteen century, the old city Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since. Its medieval ramparts encircle the city which pedestrians can enter through one of two gates – either way, they cross a stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint Blaise (Vlaho), to find themselves joining the evening promenade down the broad, stone-paved avenue known as Stradun. After the sightseeing free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 9: DUBROVNIK (B)
After Breakfast end of the roundtrip. Individual transfers to the airport are included, or a choice of optional excursions, cruises and hotel stay
* Legend: B – breakfast; L – lunch; D – dinner; T – tasting
Price per person sharing EUR1540 in September down to EUR1310 in October 2019
- All transfers as per itinerary in modern motor coach/van with A/C as well as local airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 9
- Qualified and licensed tour manager during the entire trip
- Welcome drink and info meeting on Day 1
- 8 x BB in 4* Hotels, except 3* on Plitvice lakes
- 4 x dinner in hotel restaurants
- 4 x high quality gastronomical experiences in wineries and local restaurants as per itinerary (Truffle tasting / Bibich winery /restaurant Tragos / Pelješac winery)
- Local guides in Zagreb, Šibenik, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Split
- Entrances: Pula Colosseum, Diocletian Palace Split, Cathedral in Šibenik, Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes
- Porterage & city taxes
- Zagreb: Hotel Dubrovnik, Hotel Palace or similar
- Opatija: Remisens Hotel Admiral, Remisens Hotel Palace-Bellevue, Remisens Hotel Kvarner, Hotel Bristol or similar
- Plitvice: Hotel Degenija, Hotel Jezero or similar
- Split: Hotel Cornarro, Hotel Luxe, Hotel Radisson Blu or similar
- Dubrovnik: Hotel Valamar Lacroma Resort, Hotel Argosy, Hotel Kompas, Hotel Lapad, Hotel Adria or similar
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