Day 1: Zagreb
Individual arrival in Zagreb, transfer to the hotel (driving time 20 to 45 min). Welcome drink and group get together. Acquaint yourself with your tour manager and others over a plate of Strukli, a local speciality in the Zagreb area.
Day 2: Zagreb - Opatija
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 multicolour tiled roof, Parliament, the Government Palace and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing tour, we proceed to Opatija (driving time 2hrs 30min), 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 stay in Opatija.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Istria Excursion
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. After some free time in Rovinj, depart towards Livade for a sample of one of Istria's tastiest treasures, the truffle. Dinner and overnight stay in Opatija (departure at 9:00am, return around 18:00pm).
Day 4: Opatija - Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes National Park, consisting of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls, is the most beautiful and oldest national park in Croatia and is under UNESCO protection. The park is located in the 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 approx. 3 hours. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight stay in Plitvice area (Driving time approx. 3 hrs).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Plitvice Lakes - Zadar - Split
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 5 hrs).
Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting with Croatian Tapas
Day 6: Split & Trogir Sightseeing
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 4th Century Chambers house 20th Century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace of Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the 4th Century. Today's lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish, Pasticada 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 fortress on a small island. Sometimes referred to as the floating museum town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Split - Ston - Dubrovnik
On our way to Dubrovnik, we will stop near the town of Ston, where we will visit a local winery and taste the famous “Plavac Mali” wine, a very close relative to the Zinfandel. In this winery the traditional winemaking 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 a snack. Arrival in Dubrovnik and overnight stay (driving time 5 hrs).
Meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting
Day 8: Dubrovnik
Completed in the 13th Century, the Old City of 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 siteseeing free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Dubrovnik
After Breakfast end of the roundtrip. Individual transfers to the airport are included or a choice of optional excursions, cruises and hotel stay.
Escorted Package Includes:
- All transfers as per itinerary in modern motor-coach / van with A/C
- Airport transfers
- 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 dinners in hotel restaurants
- 4 x high-quality gastronomical experiences in wineries and local restaurants as per itinerary
- Local guides in Zagreb, Sibenik, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Split
- Entrances: Pula Colosseum, Diocletian Palace Split, Cathedral in Sibenik, Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes
- Porterage & city taxes
Hotels (or similar):
- Zagreb: Hotel Dubrovnik / Hotel Palace or similar
- Opatija: Remisens Hotel Admiral / Remisens Hotel Palace Bellevue / Remisens Hotel Kvarner / Hotel Dristol or similar
- Plitvice Region: 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 Adrina or similar
Optional (post tour services) Croatian Island Cruise:
- 7 night cruise starting on Sunday from Dubrovnik (KL5 route)
- Visit of the most beautiful Adriatic Islands: Korcula, Brac, Hvar, Mljet...
- Half board and accommodation on A, A+ or Deluxe category ships
- Montenegro excursion
- Game of Thrones walking tour
- Private visit of the Crvik winery
- Sea kayaking around Dubrovnik walls
Cruise Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (al)