Croatia Delights

Zagreb - Zagreb, 9 days & 8 nights

Group’s maximum size – 15 people

Day 01 ZAGREB arrival (-,-,D)
Arrival at Zagreb airport. Meet & greet followed by a private transfer to your hotel. Early dinner at the hotel and overnight in Zagreb.

Day 02 ZAGREB (B,-,D)
Morning is reserved for Lower Town guided walking tour. Zrinjevac park together with a lot of buildings representing the typical architecture of Central Europe from the edge of 19th and 20th century. Buildings of The Croatian Academy of Science and Arts and neighboring Art Pavilion are two finest examples. Continue by the Botanical Gardens and Marulic Square towards the Marsal Tito Square with another three important landmarks of Zagreb: The Mimara Museum, Croatian National Theatre and Zagreb University. Coffee break with piece of traditional cake. Afternoon starts with a short funicular ride to Upper Town – totally different, enchanting Zagreb and the story returns back to 15th and 16th century. The Lotrscak Tower signalizes the high noon to Zagreb citizens with the cannon shot every day. St. Catherine's Square with baroque church, St. Mark's Square with Houses of Parliament and Government and St. Mark's Church with its picturesque roof, The Stone Gate – another remaining of strong city walls are impressive sights for your own postcard of Zagreb. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Zagreb.

Breakfast buffet at the hotel followed by check out and departure towards Plitvice lakes, with stop in village Rastoke, the historic center of the Croatian municipality of Slunj. This old part of Slunj is known for its well-preserved mills and the picturesque little waterfalls along the Slunjcica river, which flows into the river Korana at this place. This location is often being referred to as "the Small Lakes of Plitvice". Rastoke is a place of autochthonous ecologic and ethnographic significance due to its symbiosis of natural and civilizational features. Plitvice Lakes National Park – one of the greatest natural wonders and phenomena in the world. Connected to each other by a series of foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls, the lakes are fed by many rivers and streams. Plitvice Lakes were declared a National Park in 1949, and since 1979 they have been on UNESCO’s list of World Natural Heritage. After lunch at local restaurant, continue to Zadar. Accommodation at the hotel and overnight in Zadar.

Day 04 ZADAR – STON – DUBROVNIK (B,L,-) 360 km
Breakfast buffet followed by check out and sightseeing of Zadar. Walking tour of this ancient Croatian city which inherited architectural sights from long and turbulent history as a church of St Donat, originally built in 9th century in Byzantine style. The main city street – The Wide Street – or Kalelarga, together with modern architectural solutions of Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun are unique in the world. Departure towards Dubrovnik with en-route stop in the town of Ston built in the 14th century in the form of a two-fold fortification system with Large and Small Ston, aiming to protect the salt plants, one of its major economic resources. A 12 - kilometer long wall – the world’s second longest wall after the Wall of China – connects two fortified cities: the first was built in order to protect the salt plants and the second as the salt export harbor. The oldest in Europe, the Ston salt plants are still in use, and the salt producing technology has not changed for centuries. Your visit to Ston and its salt plants will be a journey through history. In Croatian Gastronomy – the Ston Bay is the cradle of farming of mussels and oysters.  Lunch and oyster tasting at local restaurant. Arrival Dubrovnik. Accommodation at the hotel and overnight.

Guided half-day tour of the Old City included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list (since 1979). This ancient city surrounded by ramparts and fortresses abounds in architectural and cultural masterpieces carefully preserved for centuries. A pleasant walk will take you to the Rector’s Palace, the Dominican Monastery housing a rich collection of medieval paintings. Following the central city street – Stradun – you will have a chance to visit the Franciscan Monastery and other intriguing sites. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik.

Day 06 DUBROVNIK - SPLIT (B,L,-) 230 km
Morning at leisure. Transfer to Split,  with en-route stop for lunch and tasting of local specialties. Upon arrival in Split, check in and  meet with your guide for walking tour. Split is the largest and most important town in Dalmatia. Walking tour of historical center and remains of Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979), built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th -century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area. Overnight at the hotel in Split.

Day 07 SPLIT – HVAR – SPLIT (B,L,-) 70 km
Early morning departure from the Split port for a ferry boat transfer to the town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Upon arrival to island Hvar, transfer to town Hvar. Walking tour of the city of Hvar, a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich cultural and historical heritage. Hvar gained glory and power during Middle Ages being an important port within the Venetian naval empire. Today, it is the center of the island’s tourism and one of the favorite destinations in the Dalmatian Riviera. Go to Pjaca – the largest square in Dalmatia, explore the first public European theater and the renaissance Cathedral of St. Stephen. Visit also the Fortress “Espanjola” built in 16th century situated 88 meters above the town. From this point the whole town and the Pakleni Archipelago can be seen which consists eleven islets that guard access to the town port. Lunch at local restaurant. On the way back to Split, a short walking tour of Stari Grad Plain (UNESCO World Heritage List since 2009), a cultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks from Pharos in the 4th century BC. The original agricultural activity of this fertile plain, mainly focusing on grapes and olives, has been maintained since Greek times to the present. The landscape features ancient stone walls and trims & small stone shelters. Back to Split by ferry boat, late arrival to Split. Overnight at the hotel in Split.

410 km
Breakfast followed by check out and visit of Trogir, a town museum. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity to learn about manifold and complex heritage - from Romanesque yard to the modern interiors. The unique historical core, Radovan’s portal, has been arousing excitement among visitors and travelers for centuries. On the way back to Zagreb, stop at one of the beautiful spots for lunch. Arrival to Zagreb and overnight at the hotel in Zagreb.

Day 09 ZAGREB departure (B,-,-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure, followed by check out and transfer to Zagreb airport for outbound flight.