A scenic half-day trip to the countryside of Dalmatia, through the villages of Zadvarje and Zagvozd. Discover the beauty of natural phenomena, the Red and the Blue Lake, and the old part of Imotski. Driving along the Imotski fields, covered with beautiful vineyards, take a look at the Green Cathedral and a wonderful historic mill on the Vrljika River, an unforgettable scenery of this region.
The inhabitants of Imotski are very friendly and hospitable.
Visit an old cottage with a beautiful wine cellar - an ideal setting to enjoy a glass of wine. Wine tasting with snacks of local specialties is specific for this region.
DAY 1 ZAGREB 4*
Enjoy a welcome at the Zagreb airport and a transfer to the hotel in town where you will stay for the next two nights. Refresh and relax before your welcome meeting at the hotel at 7pm. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 2 ZAGREB – TRAKOSCAN CASTLE – VELIKI TABOR CASTLE – ZAGREB 4*
Start your day with a guided stroll around Croatia’s largest city, wandering its historic Upper town and the modern Lower town. Zagreb charms with green parks and open-air terraces, quiet courtyards and bustling streets, and landmarks like the Church of St. Mark with the colorful roof, the Cathedral and the National Theatre. After the walking tour, enjoy watching the dreamy rural sceneries replace the image of the bustling capital as you travel to Zagorje. This bucolic landscape of slopes dressed in vineyards is home to many castles. Trakošćan, one of the best known and most attractive ones, is an estate with roots dating back to the 13th century while your second stop, Veliki Tabor, showcases Renaissance at its best. In between, enjoy a typical lunch at a traditional restaurant. Feeing royal, return to Zagreb for an overnight stay.
DAY 3 ZAGREB – FUŽINE – OPATIJA 4*
After breakfast, head southwest from Zagreb to a Croatian gem still hidden off-the-beaten-path. Gorski Kotar, the region backing Kvarner Bay, is a pristine mountainous jewel, with evergreen woods and beautiful lakes setting scene for lovely outings in untouched nature. You will travel to Fužine, a small lakeside village where you will peek in the cave Vrelo and stretch your legs in a stroll around the lovely Lake Bajer. Delve into the local specialties like venison at the famed restaurant Bitoraj, and then continue to the seaside Opatija. The grand dame of Kvarner is your destination for the night.
DAY 4 OPATIJA – MOTOVUN – BUJE – ROVINJ – OPATIJA 4*
Sitting like a gateway to the Istrian peninsula, Opatija is an ideal starting point for a day of discovering Croatia’s largest peninsula. Sometimes referred to as the Croatian Tuscany, along with its heritage, Istria is famed for tasty bits like truffles, wines, olive oils and such. Start in Buzet with Istrian salami and homemade brandies, then make your way to Motovun, the mystic home of the truffle. In Buje, enjoy a fantastic meal accompanying the local craft beer San Servolo. For the grand finale, venture out to the colorful Rovinj and as you admire its narrow streets, romantic seaside, and sky-high tower of St. Euphemia church, walk it all off. Return to the graceful Opatija for the night.
DAY 5 OPATIJA – PAG – ZADAR 4*
After breakfast, it’s discovering one of Croatia’s most special foodie islands, Pag. Stretching parallel to the coast, Pag is a rather rocky landscape known for winds and salt which nuance its every flavor. Thanks to the combination, even the grazing grass tastes different here, translating to remarkable dairy products, and especially the cheese. Savor the best of it at Sirana Gligora, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning cheese factory. Then head back to the mainland to the town of Zadar, your final destination for the day. As the sunset colors the horizon, savor your first seafood dinner on this foodie escapade and spend overnight in Zadar.
DAY 6 ZADAR – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – SPLIT 4*
One of the most memorable moments on your journey from Zadar to Split is stopping to visit the Krka River National Park. Sometimes called ‘the little Plitvice’, Krka is nothing short of stunning. As you stroll around the forested paths, explore the history of the region dating back to the first Croatian kings. Take a boat to Skradinski Buk, a mighty waterfall which thunders so loud that for a moment, you will not hear your thoughts. Early in the afternoon, refresh with a typical local lunch in a traditional konoba restaurant and then continuing the drive. Take one more break to visit the charming Trogir. Split’s petite neighbor is also UNESCO-listed for its fortified maze of stone alleys which holds some of the most impressive Renaissance landmarks in the country. Stay overnight in the largest coastal city in Croatia, Split.
DAY 7, SPLIT 4*
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. The theatrical open-air Peristyle, the immense temple of Jupiter, the Cathedral of St. Domnius, each one of these is a chapter in the story of Split. 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 scene of Split on your own. Complete the day with an afternoon tasting of olive oils and wines, two essential ingredients of every meal on the coast. Enjoy an evening at leisure and an overnight stay in Split.
DAY 8 SPLIT – STON – DUBROVNIK 4*
After breakfast, head down the coast to Croatia’s southernmost gem - Dubrovnik. Enjoy the rhythm of the Adriatic islands lining up against the horizon as you drive by. Half way, divert to Pelješac peninsula, the wine empire of the south. Delve into the essence of the region in a wine tasting in one of the small, family-run local wineries, then stop in the tiny town of Ston. At the very entrance to the peninsula, sitting beneath a dramatic curtain of very long walls, Ston is the kingdom of delights: potent wines, salt from the historical salt pans and freshly harvested oysters are everyday treats here. An ideal place for a seafood lunch, Ston is a stop foodies will long remember! Reminisce during the remaining drive to Dubrovnik and then enjoy a dinner and the evening on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 9 DUBROVNIK 4*
Whether you know it as the Pearl of the Adriatic or the King’s Landing, Dubrovnik is sure to enchant as soon as you pass its immense stone gates. Between the medieval walls and baroque facades of its Old Town, turn corners to find stunning palaces, longstanding monasteries and revered churches interwoven with glorified movie sets and lively piazzas. The stories of your expert local guide will bring to life the town’s glorious history as a merchant force and an independent Republic. After the tour, head out to the Konavle region that has fed Dubrovnik throughout all these centuries. This serene fertile land surrounded in rugged hills is today a heaven of rural households which still upkeep their ancient traditions. At one such place, you will enjoy a honey tasting. Then, the grand finale: the traditional peka dinner, an ancient way of preparing meat and potatoes still favored today in many Croatian households! Dobar tek! Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 10 DUBROVNIK 4*
After breakfast at the hotel, take a transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or another hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik).
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.
DAY 1 Sunday DUBROVNIK area; D
Transfer from Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik harbor or another hotel in Dubrovnik to the tour hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area/.
DAY 2 Monday DUBROVNIK area; Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car; B, D
Morning transfer to the Pile Gate where you will join excursion Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car. Departing Pile Square on foot toward the newly open Cable Car Station situated in vicinity of the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Upon arrival to the Cable Car Station you will proceed with a cable car to a panoramic view of Dubrovnik from the surrounding Srd hill. From here you will be offered a bird’s – eye view of the greatness of the entire city and especially Dubrovnik rooftops which you will never forget. Upon return ride to the main Station your tour guide will lead you by foot to the Old Town of Dubrovnik for the walking tour. Walking tour will open the doors to you to one of the largest and most luxurious open – air museum towns in existence. The famous Croatian tourist center awaits you, encircled by its monumental stone ramparts, which have preserved and enhanced Dubrovnik’s spirit of Renaissance. You will be awed by the labyrinth of short, narrow stone streets, the market place, palaces, towers, monasteries and houses, each of which is over 300 years old! The old masters understood how to construct a miraculously harmonious stone city. This harmony, simplicity and sense of beauty have through the ages become the basic philosophy of life for the residents of Dubrovnik. Early afternoon return transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight Dubrovnik area.
DAY 3 Tuesday DUBROVNIK area; Ancient Montenegro; B, D
Mild beaches, clear waters and gorgeous mountains that plunge into the sea will greet you upon your arrival to the Gulf of Kotor. Encircled in the mountains, the innermost bays of the Gulf, Risan and Kotor, are the earliest inhabited areas with evidences of civilization dating from Illyrian, Roman and early Christian periods. In our quest for traces and memories of past times, we will be visiting the baroque shore town of Perast. Short boat ride from town will take us to one of the two islets in the Bay to visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks which houses one of the finest collections of wall paintings in this part of Europe. In the UNESCO-protected town of Kotor enjoy a guided tour through one of the best preserved medieval walled cities on the Adriatic. And finally, take the opportunity to make your own memories during your free time in Kotor! Upon return dinner and overnight Dubrovnik area.
DAY 4 Wednesday DUBROVNIK – MAKARSKA RIVIERA; B, D
Morning departure to Mostar, This is a city of poetry, a city of stone and sleepy, narrow winding streets. It is a city where the traveller from the North feels the first dashes of Mediterranean air imbued with scents of citrus and sea and the traveller from the South reaches the first glimpses of the continent beyond. The town is exceptional for its dwellings and monuments assembled harmoniously over the centuries thanks to favorable geographical conditions and a sound economic climate. Experience sights such as the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques. After the guided tour of the town enjoy some free time for strolling around and browsing among the many old craft shops or maybe have lunch in one of the picturesque local restaurants. Dinner and overnight at Makarska Riviera.
DAY 5 Thursday MAKARSKA RIVIERA; Split and Trogir; B, D
Split is situated on a peninsula and surrounded by historical towns and settlements. We shall take a walk through the 4th-century Diocletian's Palace to visit its ancient Cellars, Peristyle, Roman temples (today Christian ones), Cathedral and Baptistery, and then the famous Golden Gate. After sightseeing of the town of Split and free time for individual exploring we start our bus ride towards Trogir, a small town under the cultural protection of the UNESCO. Trogir arose from the ancient Tragurion, and is full of buildings and monuments testifying to its rich history. There stands the Cathedral with its famous portal by the well-known local master Radovan, the City Loggia from the 15th century, the Cipiko palace, the town Hall, and the Benedictine monastery from the year 1064, where a Greek relief is kept representing Kairos (the God of auspicious moment). Dinner and overnight at Makarska Riviera.
DAY 6 Friday MAKARSKA RIVIERA; B, D
Today is your day for leisure. Optional excursions Krka National Park and Šibenik available on the spot. Dinner and overnight at Makarska riviera.
DAY 7 Saturday MAKARSKA RIVIERA - DUBROVNIK; B, D
In the morning we are leaving Makarska Riviera for Ploče where we will take ferry to Trpanj on Pelješac peninsula. Getting of the ferry we will continue to Orebić where we will take a short boat ride to town of Korčula, followed by orientational walking tour of town of Korčula. Experience the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved Medieval towns in the Mediterranean. After free time return boat ride to Orebić and scenic ride through Pelješac peninsula with short stop in small town of Ston, before late afternoon arrival to your hotel for dinner. Overnight Dubrovnik area.
DAY 8 Sunday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B
Transfer on the day of the tour to Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik port & hotels in Dubrovnik.
The fabulous architecture and a rich history make the Old Town of Korčula a definite highlight of Croatia’s sixth largest island, Korčula.
At first sight, the curvy alleys and stone walls, the glistening palaces and quirky churches might strike one as a replica of Dubrovnik, but it’s actually the fine stone masons of Korčula who saved their best work for their home town. After exploring the birthplace the great traveler Marco Polo with a knowledgeable guide, enjoy time on your own swimming, shopping or simply discovering the wavering alleys. On your drive back, toast to your lovely day with a glass of the region's signature red Plavac Mali at one of the wine cellars in Pelješac peninsula.