DAY 1 ZAGREB
Arrival at Zagreb airport and a transfer to your hotel are followed by a free evening and an overnight stay in Zagreb.
DAY 2 ZAGREB; WALKING TOUR AND EXCLUSIVE WINE TASTING
Bringing history, culture and brimming nightlife together around green parks, serene courtyards and quirky corners, Zagreb charms with a lively city vibe. Explore its historic Upper Town in a walking tour, passing by Kamenita Vrata (Stone Gates), the tower of Lotrščak, the church of St. Mark, and several present-day government buildings; then savor a lunch in a popular restaurant. The afternoon is reserved for an introduction to the rest of the country, and through nothing other but one of Croatia’s beloved products: wine. In an exclusive wine tasting, enjoy the journey through Croatian regions as you sip the signature reds and whites. Spend the remainder of the evening discovering Zagreb on your own. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 3 ZAGREB; TOWN OF VARAŽDIN AND TRAKOŠĆAN CASTLE; TRADITIONAL DINNER
As the dreamy sceneries of vineyards and rural landscapes replace the image of the bustling capital city, travel to Varaždin, the northern region’s center. Known for the distinct Baroque air, Varaždin sits on the bank of river Drava and weaves its green parks and flat lands around the Baroque and rococo architectural fabric. From Varaždin, make your way to one of the most beautiful Croatian castles, Trakošćan, with a known history dating back to the 14th century. See if you would like to have lunch, as the evening promises a feast of continental specialties prepared by one of Croatia’s favorite chefs and served in one of acclaimed local restaurants. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 4 ZAGREB ; NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES
After breakfast, depart to Croatia’s most popular national park, situated south of Zagreb. As you drive away from the bustling city landscapes, relax as they turn into rural imagery embraced in green forests. You are headed to 16 cascading lakes which overflow in a spectacular play of over 90 waterfalls, creating the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Your guide will explain the inspiring works of nature behind the beauty of Plitvice and you will have a chance to not only walk around, but enjoy panoramic boat and train rides. After some time on your own, head back to Zagreb for a relaxing evening on your own and an overnight stay.
DAY 5 DEPARTURE
Following breakfast at hotel, take a transfer to Zagreb airport. End of the tour.
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)
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 DEPARTURE; B
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport or hotels in Dubrovnik.
Enjoy a promenade through 1700 years of fascinating history which turned Split from a one man’s palace to the present day bustling city.
The historic core of Split, its stunning Diocletian’s Palace, was originally built as the Roman Emperor’s retirement venue at the turn of the 4th century AD. But when the Slavs ransacked Roman Salona in the 7th century, the entire town fled to the palace, setting foundation for the wondrous city Split is today. Flourishing, creative, and with a distinct Dalmatian spirit, the heart of Split enthralls with sites like its Peristyle, the Golden and Silver Gates, the Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple. Starting underground, in the Palace Cellars, make your way to the daylight, and witness local living happen as you stroll past.
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, the Peristyle, Roman temples (today Christian ones), the Cathedral and the Baptistry, 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 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 made by the well-known local master Radovan, the City Loggia from the 15th century, the Ćipiko Palace, the Town Hall and the Benedictine monastery from the year 1064 where a Greek relief representing Kairos (the God of the auspicious moment) is kept.
Starting with a walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town and ending with a stroll around its City Walls, this guided visit of Dubrovnik leaves no stone unturned.
The medieval walled town of Dubrovnik was built to be shut down for an extended period of time in case of an attack or an epidemic. In order to survive if the need arose, very early on Dubrovnik had a sewer, running water, a pharmacy, granary and other epitomes of advanced civilizations. After meeting your guide at Pile gate, you will explore this UNESCO World heritage site before climbing the city walls. An unparalleled vantage point, the walls deliver a unique perspective onto the treasures so worth protecting.
“.... those who seek paradise on Earth
should come to Dubrovnik”
(George Bernard Shaw)
Let our guided city tour of Dubrovnik Old Town weave the story of its history and its present into the splendid fabric of fine architecture and magnificent city walls. Starting from Pile square on the eastern side of Dubrovnik Old Town, embark on a walking tour through the maze of narrow streets, lively piazzas, and stunning palaces like Sponza and churches like St. Blaise. Enjoy the moderate tempo of your walk as you stroll down the main thoroughfare of Stradun, all the way to the Cathedral and the Rector’s Palace, where you will discover a fine synergy between governance and faith which kept Dubrovnik afloat as the independent Republic of Ragusa for 450 years.
City of Dubrovnik from a different angle. Depart from Pile Square on foot towards the Cable Car Station situated just above the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Enjoy the spectacular bird’s – eye view of the entire city and its surroundings. It’s a view you will certainly never forget. Upon returning back down your tour guide will lead you on foot to the Old Town of Dubrovnik for the walking tour. The walking tour will reveal the finest sites situated in the narrow streets of the Old Town, as well as it’s history and culture.