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Croatian Rhapsody

ITINERARY

Visit: Zagreb, Opatija, Istria, Plitvice Lakes, Sibenik, Split, Trogir, Ston, Dubrovnik

Day 1: Zagreb

Individual arrival in Zagreb, transfer to the hotel (driving time 20 to 45min). Welcome drink and group get together. Acquaint yourself with your tour manager and others over a plate of Strukli, a local speciality in the Zagreb area.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Zagreb - Opatija

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 multicolour tiled roof, Parliament, the government palace, and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing, we proceed to Opatija (driving time 2hr 30min), situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, which used to be the favourite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy including famous personalities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Dinner and overnight stay in Opatija.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Istria Excursion

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 Livade for a sample of one the Istrian tastiest treasures, the truffle. Dinner and overnight stay in Opatija. (departure at 09:00am, return around 18:00pm)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Opatija - Plitvice Lakes

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 stay in Plitvice area.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Plitvice Lakes - Zadar - Split

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. (total driving time 4 to 5hrs)

Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting with Croatian Tapas

Day 6: Split & Trogir Sightseeing

Today’s Split is the handiwork of seventeen centuries of men and women building and remodelling, adding, tearing down and touching up, so that 18th-century houses intersect with ancient Roman walls and fourth century chambers house 20th century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace of Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Today's lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish, Pasticada 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 fortress on a small island. Sometimes referred to as the floating museum town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Split - Ston - Dubrovnik

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 winemaking 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 stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting 

Day 8: Dubrovnik

Completed in the thirteen century, the old city Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since. Its medieval ramparts encircle the city which pedestrians can enter through one of two gates - either way, they cross a stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint Blaise (Vlaho), to find themselves joining the evening promenade down the broad, stone-paved avenue known as Stradun. After the sightseeing free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Dubrovnik

After Breakfast end of the roundtrip. Individual transfers to the airport are included, or a choice of optional excursions, cruises and hotel stay.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes:

  • All transfers as per itinerary in modern motor-coach / van with A/C 
  • Airport transfers 
  • Qualified and licensed tour manager during the entire trip
  • Welcome drink and info meeting on day 1
  • 8 x BB in 4* Hotels, except 3* on Plitvice lakes 
  • 4 x dinner in hotel restaurants
  • 4 x high-quality gastronomical experiences in wineries and local restaurants as per itinerary
  • Local guides in Zagreb, Sibenik, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Split
  • Entrances: Pula Colosseum, Diocletian Palace Split, Cathedral in Sibenik, Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes
  • Porterage & city taxes

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Zagreb: Hotel Dubrovnik / Hotel Palace 
  • Opatija: Remisens Hotel Admiral / Remisens Hotel Palace Bellevue / Remisens Hotel Kvarner / Hotel Bristol
  • Plitvice Region: Hotel Degenija / Hotel Jezero 
  • Split: Hotel Cornarro / Hotel Luxe / Hotel Radisson Blu 
  • Dubrovnik: Hotel Valamar Lacroma Resort / Hotel Argosy / Hotel Kompas / Hotel Lapad / Hotel Adrina

 

Optional excursions:
  • Montenegro Excursion
  • Game of Thrones walking tour
  • Private visit of the Crvik winery
  • Sea kayaking around Dubrovnik walls

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (kl)

Package Information

  • Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
  • Type: Coach Tour/Small Groups
  • Departures: March - October 2019
  • Cities Visited: Zagreb, Opatija, Istria, Plitvice Lakes, Sibenik, Split, Trogir, Ston, Dubrovnik
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