DAY 1 OSIJEK
Transfer from Osijek airport to your hotel. (on request - transfers from Zagreb and Beograd).
Enjoy a free evening and an overnight stay in Osijek.
DAY 2 OSIJEK; WALKING TOUR AND TRADITIONAL DINNER
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a guided tour of Osijek, the fourth largest city in Croatia. Flat as a strap, Osijek is as if made for walking, stretching along the bank of the dreamy river Drava. Heavily scarred during the conflict of the 1990s, Osijek is now enjoying a renaissance, especially because of its student town status, infusing its impressive Secessionist castles, red brick church of St. Peter and Paul and the immense Tvrđa fort with a fresh, lively vibe. As the day draws to a close, head out to enjoy a hearty traditional dinner featuring specialties like the fish stew and Slavonia’s foodie superstar, the spicy sausage kulen. Overnight in Osijek.
DAY 3 OSIJEK; VISIT VUKOVAR AND THE OLD WINE CELLARS OF ILOK
Sprawled on the crossroads of Vuka and Danube rivers, Vukovar attracted the ancient Romans with its potential for agriculture and viniculture. Its draw remained strong for centuries to follow, bringing in many from Slaves to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. However, the town’s recent history was tumultuous and filled with pain, and while its baroque facades are all pretty much renewed, the suffering of the 1990s conflict is still tangible here. After discovering Croatia’s hero city Vukovar, head out to Ilok wine cellars nearby and raise a glass to the future of this beautiful region. This wine tasting is also a grand overture to a lovely traditional lunch. Upon return to Osijek, enjoy an evening on your own and an overnight stay.
DAY 4 OSIJEK; NATURE PARK KOPACKI RIT
After breakfast at your hotel, venture out to discover an area sometimes referred to as the European Amazon. Nestled between the Drava and Danube Rivers, the Park of Nature Kopački Rit is a romantic crisscross of shallow river branches, muddy river islands, dreamy meadows and patches of forest and a home to over 2000 species of flora and fauna. This unique wetlands reserve is one of the largest fish spawning grounds in Central Europe, and a very valuable ornithological zone, and has, since 2012, been a part of the Mura-Drava-Danube biosphere reserve protected by the UNESCO. Enjoy immersing in its beauties and a lunch in a local restaurant. Back in Osijek, relax on your own during the last evening and overnight stay of your Osijek city break.
DAY 5 DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
Unesco heritage sites:
• Historic City of Trogir (1997)
• Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979)
• Old City of Dubrovnik (1979)
• Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979)
• Zagreb (Croatia)
• Ljubljana (Slovenia)
• Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
• Beograd (Serbia)
• Lake Bled
DAY 1 Wednesday ZAGREB; D
On the first day of the tour, an organized transfer will bring you to your hotel from the airport or your accommodation in Zagreb. Enjoy a day of leisure, followed by a dinner and overnight stay in Zagreb/Zagreb area.
DAY 2 Thursday ZAGREB – BLED B, D
In the morning, enjoy a guided encounter with Croatia’s largest city. With an air of a true European capital, Zagreb charms with its baroque facades and spiffy towers, green parks and open-air terraces, quiet courtyards and bustling streets. Between its historic Upper town and urban lower town, spot landmarks like the Church of St. Mark with its colorful roof, the Cathedral and the National Theatre. As the morning sets into the afternoon, head out to the contrasting, tiny, fairy-tale like Bled in Slovenia. Surrounded in lushly forested Julian Alps, Bled graces the shores of the glacial lake Bled, an idyllic corner of the world accentuated by a graceful castle perched high up on the rocks and a serene island topped with a church steeple floating in the lake’s center. Dinner and overnight in Bled/Bled area.
DAY 3 Friday BLED – LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE; B, D
New morning, another capital city. Today, visit Ljubljana, the petite, charming and quaint heart of Slovenia. Life here revolves around the river Ljubljanica, crisscrossed by romantic bridges and loomed over by the medieval Ljubljana castle perched high up above the town’s cozy center. After sightseeing with an expert local guide, enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside of Slovenia and hills Croatia to the region’s most popular natural gem, the Plitvice Lakes. A guided walk around the wooden pathways unveils an amazing world of 16 cascading lakes interlaced with over 90 stunning waterfalls, bound to mesmerize you in any season. Enjoy a dinner and overnight stay in Plitvice area.
DAY 4 Saturday PLITVICE – ZADAR – SPLIT; B, D
As the rugged hinterland sceneries slowly melt into the spectacular blue of the Adriatic Sea, you will be travelling to Zadar, Croatia’s up-and-coming coastal gem. In a guided walking tour, explore its Roman roots, pre-Romanesque highlights and tumultuous WWII period, before continuing to Croatia’s second largest city, Split. All about its seafront promenades, long coffees and white stone from the neighboring island of Brač, Split’s urbanity developed from its present day historic core, the immense palace intended for the retirement of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Your guide will tell you everything about this centuries-long journey from a palace to a town, leaving you ample time to explore the vibrant café and shopping scenes of Split on your own. Dinner and overnight in Split/Split area/.
DAY 5 Sunday SPLIT – DUBROVNIK; B, D
Head down to the far south of Croatia to discover its marvelous gem - Dubrovnik. Whether you know it as the Pearl of the Adriatic or as the King’s Landing, the Old Town is known to enchant every single visitor who makes it past its immense stone gates. Between its medieval and baroque facades, you’ll spot corners, stairs and alleys today known as the set of HBO’s popular Game of Thrones. The guide of your walking tour will tell you all about the town’s glorious history as a merchant force and an independent Republic, but will also share a few present-day gossips! Continue getting to know Croatia’s marvel on your own, perhaps even enjoy a swim beneath the mighty walls. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/ Dubrovnik area/.
DAY 6 Monday DUBROVNIK; B, D
You can choose to spend a completely leisurely day or embark on an optional day excursion to the island of Korčula. A blend of lush forests, Venetian heritage and unique wine sorts, the face of Korčula island remains its acclaimed Korčula Old Town. Get the story on its intricate design, impressive lion statues, Gothic facades and medieval dances as your guide swirls you around the cobweb of stone streets to highlight the favorite local stories and legends. Enjoy a stroll on your own and perhaps a snack before sailing back to Pelješac peninsula and visiting a local winery to sample the region’s signature jewel! After the end of your tour, enjoy a dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik/ Dubrovnik area/.
DAY 7 Tuesday DUBROVNIK – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO; B, D
Hop across the border to Bosnia and Hercegovina and delve into the region’s Ottoman heritage. Get the introduction at the town of Mostar, where the remarkable 16th-century, UNESCO-listed, stone Old Bridge spans the river Neretva and the gap between Mostar’s Catholic and Muslim communities. The maze of cobblestone streets on the shores, the sweet aftertaste of sugary Turkish desserts and the bitter power of its coffee mark each Mostar experience as thoroughly memorable. Keep the sentiment, as visiting the country’s capital of Sarajevo is bound to have a similar effect. Having thrived as the peaceful crossroads of cultures for centuries, Sarajevo endured a horrifying siege during the 1990’s conflict and is today reinventing itself. Still, the same warm hospitality of its people remains its key trademark in the present day. Explore the capital of the country in a walking tour and then enjoy a dinner and overnight stay in/around Sarajevo.
DAY 8 Wednesday SARAJEVO – BELGRADE; B, D
A new day, a new country. Today, set off to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Just short of the border, take a break in Zvornik, a charming little town on the banks of the river Drina, the natural border between the two countries. Today is the day of important river encounters, as Belgrade sits at the spot where rivers Danube and Sava come together. Belgrade thrives and pulses. Spread out beneath the immense and historic Kalemegdan fortress, the town is modern, large, lit up, and bustling. You’ll hear all about the gipsy songs of the river banks as well as the town’s role as the seat of the Yugoslav government in you walking tour and afterwards, enjoy a dinner and overnight in Belgrade.
DAY 9 Thursday BELGRADE – NOVI SAD – OSIJEK/VUKOVAR; B, L
Following the blue Danube, arrive to Novi Sad, an unexpectedly charming and charismatic town. A transit city, it weaves together eras, styles and expressions into a single, alluring projection, with a number of historical and cultural sights that even larger cities have difficulty matching. From the imposing fortress to the churches of numerous denominations throughout the old town's pedestrian zone, your guide will introduce you to all the ‘must see’ locations. Later, continuing to Ilok in Croatia, stop at the wine cellar called Iločki Podrumi (Ilok Cellars) and then for a traditional lunch. In the afternoon, en route to Osijek, visit Vukovar, Croatia’s 1990s city-hero and still a major river port. Overnight in Osijek or Vukovar.
DAY 10 Friday OSIJEK/VUKOVAR – ZAGREB; B, L
Set amid endless plains, intensely yellow corn and sunflower fields, on the bank of Drava river and inhabited by people who are not afraid of spices, Osijek is expressive and unsurprisingly, very Baroque. The city tour of Osijek explains its title as the region’s unofficial gastro capital, but also its main landmarks, the Cathedral and the Tvrdja (Old Fort). Drive a bit and then compare Osijek to another Slavonian jewel, the town of Djakovo. Just one view of its brick towers and the Cathedral dome echo welcome to each one of the visitors. As you circle back to Zagreb, round off your travels with a visit to the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela to enjoy a lunch (no drinks included) of the products from the Slavonian soil. Overnight in Zagreb/Zagreb area/.
DAY 11 Saturday DEPARTURE; B
Departure transfer from the tour hotel to Zagreb airport or hotels in Zagreb.