The Best Of Croatia
The best of Croatia will bring you through the charming Mediterranean Experience. Stay 8 nights/9 days while creating dreams of a lifetime by touring the "real" Croatia from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.
This tour can ideally be combined with other tours in Europe and we highly Recommend it for food and wine lovers!
B-breakfast; L-lunch; D-dinner; T–tasting
Arrival in Zagreb, transfer to the hotel (driving time 20 to 45 min). Welcome drink and group get together.
ZAGREB – OPATIJA (B, D)
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 multicolor tiled roof, Parliament, the government palace, and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing we proceed to Opatija (driving time 2:30h), situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, which used to be the favorite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy including famous personalities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Dinner and overnight in Opatija.
ISTRIA EXCURSION (B, T)
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. Time at leisure in Rovinj and departure towards Motovun for a sample of one the Istrian
tastiest treasures, the truffle. Overnight in Opatija.
OPATIJA - PLITVICE LAKES (B, D)
The most beautiful and oldest national park in Croatia under UNESCO protection; consisted of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls. The park is located in 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 in Plitvice area.
PLITVICE LAKES – ZADAR – SPLIT (B, T)
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.
SPLIT & TROGIR (B, L)
Today’s Split is the handiwork of seventeen centuries of men and women building and remodeling, adding, tearing down and touching up, so that 18th century houses intersect with ancient Roman walls and fourth century chambers house twentieth century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace the Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Today's lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish; Pašticada 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 fortresses on a small island. Sometimes referred to as the floating museum town.
SPLIT – STON – DUBROVNIK (B, T)
On our way to Dubrovnik we will stop near the town of Ston, where we visit a local winery and taste the famous “Plavac Mali” wine, a very close relative to the Zinfandel. In this winery the traditional wine making 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 snack. Arrival in Dubrovnik and overnight.
DUBROVNIK (B, D)
Completed in the thirteenth century, the old city Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since. Its medieval ramparts encircle the Old Town which can be entered through one of the two gates. Once you cross a stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint Blaise (Vlaho), you will find yourself joining the evening walk down the broad, stone paved promenade known as Stradun. After the sightseeing, you have free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast, the end of the roundtrip. Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.