Zagreb - PLITVICE LAKES, national park – ZADAR – ŠIBENIK - SPLIT – island HVAR - PELJEŠAC, peninsula & DUBROVNIK
9 d / 8 n
This is the journey that smoothly blends your experience of the past and present. It will be easy to relive the ancient ages right in front of your eyes. The long history and tradition that lie here continue to live in the facades, imprinted in each stone and every curve, like a silent witness of Time. If you stop for a moment you can hear a beat. This is the pulsation of the native’s hearts that have kept strength, endurance, faith and pride and go on doing so. Maybe therefore Croats are so good in sport. And not just only in sports, for they have generously given their contribution to the world through the inventions of Nikola Tesla (electricity) who was born in Croatia, Faust Vrančić (parachute), Marco Polo, Rudolf Steiner (anthroposophy, eurythmy, biodynamic agriculture, Waldorf education). And so much, much more…
So, let us start this beautiful journey…
… by landing in Dubrovnik.
Meals: B (breakfast) – L (lunch) – D (dinner)
Day 1 (Sunday) - DUBROVNIK, arrival day
… a city so very well known in the world that people, instead of Zagreb, often wrongly assume Dubrovnik as the capital city of Croatia. Why? The ancient Spirit of the city is ever present in the beautifully preserved old town while every street whispers the story from the old days. The walls that protected the city through the centuries were there even during the period when Dubrovnik was known as the Republic of Ragusa, the only city-state at that time. The peak of Dubrovnik’s glory days were reached in 15th and 16th century with its profound skills in diplomacy and wealth they gained in trading and investing in culture. Dubrovnik was one of the centers of the development of Croatian language and literature. Many important Croatian poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians, physicists and others were inspired and supported while their stay in Dubrovnik.
Since 1979 it is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. It has achieved more popularity since its walls have been one of the most important sights in Game of thrones HBO TV show (location for King’s Landing)
Must see and experience: Cablecar, Lovrijenac Fort, Orlando’s Column, City Walls, Church of the Holy Annunciation, Revelin Fort, Dubrovnik Synagogue, Sponza Palace, Onofrio’s Great Fountain, Dominican Monastery, Maritime Museum, Trsteno Arboretum, Rector’s Palace, Dubrovnik Cathedral, and Franciscan Monastery along with the oldest pharmacies in the world
Upon arriving from airport, you will have a late lunch in the hotel. You will be able to spend the afternoon and explore the city as you wish. If you take a cable car and drive to the top of the Srdj hill you will enjoy a panoramic scene over the city and Elaphiti islands. Dinner will be in the hotel where you will also overnight.
Meals, prepaid: L - D
Accommodation, Dubrovnik: hotel 3* or 4*
Day 2 (Monday) - DUBROVNIK
You will be able to discover Dubrovnik’s famous Wall during your visit. You can spend the afternoon relaxing or pick one of the optional half day excursions “on the country side”. This should be booked in advance.
You will dine and overnight at the hotel.
Meals, prepaid: B - D
Accommodation, Dubrovnik: hotel 3* or 4*
Optional activity (to be pre-booked while booking your journey):
Half day excursion: INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE
The Konavle valley is a fascinating region in the hinterland of Dubrovnik. Known for its traditional way of living, pure olive oil, green honey, sweet-smelling herbs and embroidery it is a real ethnographic, gastronomic and agrarian pride and joy of Croatia. You will visit a Middle age fortress called Sokol kula from where you can take pleasure in a fascinating panoramic view of the Konavle valley. Don't miss the opportunity to see the old mills on the Ljuta river, that used was once to grind corn and produce flour. Enjoy the demonstration of fine processing of clothes, followed by a welcome drink and snacks. Once an ancient Roman town, Cavtat is nowadays one of the most beautiful small settlements along the Adriatic coast. Join your guide for a short orientational sightseeing tour and later enjoy some time on your own to discover this charming town.
Duration: 6 hours
Price per person: 70 euros
The price includes: a private transfer, tour guide, local guide, a welcome drink, snacks, a demonstration of the mills for corn grinding and fine processing of clothes and lunch.
Day 3 (Tuesday) - DUBROVNIK –PELJEŠAC PENINSULA – SPLIT
… Welcome to Dalmatia’s longest peninsula. It is well known for its extraordinary wines and oysters. But these aren't the only things that make it magical. In truth, it is the complete picture of the peninsula that that turns fantasy into reality: vineyards covering of half the island, plump ripe grapes lost in the colors of the sky that varies from blue to red, depending on the time of day. Mali Ston is located at the top of the peninsula, which is connected to Ston through the longest preserved stone wall in Europe (5.5 km). Its value is measured in the salt. The salt works have remained true to the tradition and a natural method of production, which hasn't changed since the classical period. The bay of Mali Ston is known for its cultivation of shellfish, especially oysters and mussels.
Must see and experience: Visit a history-making winery and sip wine from below the waves, slurp oysters in Ston, scale Sveti Ilija, visit the Franciscan Monastery outside the village of Podgorje, work down a salt mine, explore a ghost village, walk the Walls of Ston
After breakfast, you’ll journey towards the peninsula Peljesac, a world famous wine destination. You’ll visit a donkey farm and lunch at a local restaurant. You have wine tasting at one of the largest cellars and later on go to Split. Dinner will be served at the hotel; you’ll have a free evening and overnight.
Meals, prepaid: B-L-D
Accommodation, Split: hotel 3* or 4*
Day 4 (Wednesday) - SPLIT – HVAR - SPLIT
… the story of Split is already 17 centuries old, dating to the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona, where he wanted to spend the last years of his life. During these 1700 years the Palace slowly turned into a city, which to this day lures with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its natural and cultural heritage. Diocletian Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list ever since 1979, and not only because of the extraordinary preservation of the Palace, but also due to the Palace and its city continues to live a full life. All historical layers from the ancient Rome, middle ages and up to today are still visible and alive in the structure.
Must see and experience: Diocletian Palace and Peristyle along the museums within it, Split Croatia National Theater, Cathedral of St. Duje (Saint Domnius), Jupiter’s temple, Statue of Grgur Ninski, Prokurativa – Republic Square, Riva – Split waterfront, Piazza – People’s Square, Bacvice beach and Picigin Game, Varos – Old Split’s suburb, Cindro Palace, Meštrović Gallery, Voćni Trg (Fruit Square), Four Gates of Diocletian’s Palace, The Best Children Split Attraction, Marjan hill attractions
The island Hvar
… has a unique position among all, 1246 islands in the Adriatic Sea. It is unique because it has the most amounts of hours of sun in Europe (2726 in average in one year). This creates the opportunity to taste the omnipresent sweetness of life… Sense it in your mouth while tasting an enticing red wine, the bitterness accumulated in branches of olive trees few hundred years old, smell it among the endless violet fields of lavender…This city offers unforgettable sunsets, age-old villages and the most popular harbor for world celebrities and their yachts.
Must see and experience: Hvar Cathedral (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), Spanjola Fortress (Španjola), Hvar theater (and Arsenal), The Franciscan Monastery, Benedictine Monastery, Benedictine Monastery, St. Stepjen’s Square, Venetian Loggia and Clock Tower, Boat trip to the Blue and Green Caves, Jelsa, pick up a lavender souvenir
After breakfast, you’ll have a guided sight-seeing of Split, followed by a ferry ride to the island of Hvar. You’ll tour the central area of the city and have some alone time to enjoy in the city or swim. You’ll return back to Split in the evening.
Meals, prepaid: B-D
Accommodation, Split: Hotel 3* or 4*
Day 5 (Thursday) - SPLIT – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – ŠIBENIK - VODICE
Krka National Park
… if you ever tried imagining a land from a fairytale or an ideal place to live while being surrounded by the peaceful sounds of birds and water, you might have imagined something like this. But this is reality!
The river Krka is 72,5 km long in total. The spring is on the foothills of the Dinara mountain and flows into the Adriatic Sea. The flora and fauna in such brackish waters (a mix of fresh and salty water) is very lush. Many different species have found their home in and around the river: 860 plants, 20 different species of fish and among them 10 are endemic, 221 birds, 18 bats. It possesses seven waterfalls and a total drop in altitude of 242 m, the Krka is truly one of nature’s phenomenon...
Must see and experience: Town of Skradin, Skradinski Buk, Roški Slap, Bilušića buk, Brljan, Manojlovac Slap, Rošnjak, Miljacka Slap, Visovac and Visovac Monastery, Krka Monastery, Burnum Amphitheatre
The city of Šibenik
… is a city that has remained unharmed from the strong influences of the consumerism mentality brought by modern society. Maybe the reason is the spirit of St. Michael who has been protecting it with the city fortress since the 11th century. There are 3 more fortress’s in and around the city, which helped throughout the centuries. One of them is the St. Nichola's fortress which is on the UNESCO heritage list. As well as the Cathedral of St. James, which is the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in Croatia.
Many natural treasures can be found here. Two national parks, Krka and Kornati and 249 islands, and only six of those are inhabited, yet provide plenty to discover. The locals are welcoming and friendly. You can still see neighbors talking to each other and with tourists just because they want to.
Must see and experience: Cathedral of St. James, Šibenik the old core, Four fortress, St. Nichola's Fortress, St. Michael's Fortress, St. John's Fortress, Dolac, Canal of St. Anthony – fantastic walking path, Šibenik’s Aquarium Terrarium, Learn medieval falconry, Sip wine with a sea view, Faust Vrančić - discover the inventor of the parachute, St Lawrence Monastery - Medieval Mediterranean Gardens, The Dalmatian Ethno Village
You will leave Split after breakfast to visit the Krka National Park. Lunch will be provided in the park. You will travel to Šibenik, another pearl of the Mediterranean. You’ll have some free time and shortly after ride towards Vodice for accommodation. Dinner and an overnight will be at the hotel.
Meals, prepaid: B-L-D
Accommodation, Vodice: hotel 3* or 4*
Day 6 (Friday) - VODICE – ZADAR – LIKA – NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES
The city of Zadar
…is innovative and romantic at the same time. There are many things to be seen and not missed out on while visiting this city. For instance,” the most astonishing sunset in the world” as Alfred Hitchcock himself said who was truly impressed by it. One therapeutic site for the ears to behold are the amazing sea organs which composes one of a kind melodies with the force of the waves. On the edge of the waterfront, a local architect has placed a greeting to the Sun. It is a fusion of technology and art and it invites us all to dance on it at night. The old city is charming with its narrow stone streets protected by the walls that surround them. In one of the streets you can find the Church of St. Donatus and the Zadar Cathedral.
Must see and experience: Greet the sun, Sea Organ, gaze over Zadar from a lofty belfry (St. Anastasia’s Cathedral), St. Donatus’ Church, Roman Forum, City Walls and gates, museum of Ancient Glass, St. Mary’s Church, National Museum, St. Simeon’s Church, Archeological Museum, Five Wells Square, eat best ice-cream in Dalmatia
… is one of the largest counties in Croatia. Velebit is the longest mountain range in the country (145 km long) and behaves like a bridge as it links the capital city Zagreb to Split. The mountain ranges bear huge fields, only a few houses are present there which creates a specific atmosphere where man can be easily absorbed by the forces of nature. If you pay attention to it maybe you can “download” some information offered to Human kind. This is where Nikola Tesla, the father of electricity was born. In the early stages of life, he learned and was inspired by the stillness of the mountains and whispers of the sky. In this region we have some national parks such as: Velebit, Paklenica and Plitvice lakes.
Must see and experience: Plitvice Lake National Park, Eko Etno Gacka Event, Quat Tour Near Gacka River, visit the bear Sanctuary in Kuterevo, Cerovačka caves, hiking in Northern Velebiti National Park, Velebit Botanic Garden, Zavrtnica Bay, Historic Gacka River Mills, visiti Nikola Tesla memorial in Smiljani
In the beginning of the day you’ll be on your way to Zadar for a short sight-seeing. Afterwards your journey to a completely different environment begins, through the Velebit mountain. You’ll lunch at a beautiful horse ranch and have the chance to become a real cowboy/girl. You’ll overnight at the hotel at Plitvice lakes.
Meals, prepaid: B-L-D
Accommodation, Zadar: hotel 3* or 4*
Day 7 (Saturday) - NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES - ZAGREB
The Plitvice Lakes National Park
… is one of the “must see” places in Croatia and it is on your list, as well as Dubrovnik and Split. Plitvice are one of nature’s finest jewels. The 16 lakes are linked to waterfalls, where the water is so clean that you can see all the colors of the fish and other underwater life in full detail. Plitvice Lakes have been a part of the UNESCO heritage since 1979.
Must see and experience: "Veliki slap" and The Lower Lakes, 16 cascading lakes and more than 90 waterfalls, hike to Kozjaka Bridge where you take a boat across the Kozjaka Lake
You’ll proceed to the Plitvice Lakes National Park and participate in a tour of the upper lakes (it will last approximately up to 3 hours). Lunch will be at a traditional restaurant and later on you’ll continue on to Zagreb. You’ll arrive late in the day and spend the night in Zagreb.
Meals, prepaid: B-L-D
Accommodation, Zagreb: hotel 3* or 4*
Day 8 (Sunday) - ZAGREB
… the capital city of Croatia, a home to nearly one million people. It is a charming city with beautiful parks, rich history and culture, clean and safe streets, protected by Medvednica (meaning: bear, female) mountain in the back. The busy urban life style is increasingly present, and it is slowly but surely changing the city and its streets. Now it is a fine mixture of a preserved past, which can mostly be noticed by the architecture of the buildings, and the modern needs of its habitants. You can enjoy Zagreb’s great atmosphere in any period of the year. Zagreb has won the award for being the top European Christmas destination for 3 years in a row (2015-2016-2017), so if you like winter, you will undoubtedly have a great experience.
Must see and experience: Explore Upper town, Museum of Broken Relationships, shop at Dolac Zagreb's farmers' market, Explore Zagreb parks and forests, Sip a coffee, the Lotrscak tower, Stone gate (Kamenita vrata), St. Marc Church, learn about Secrets of Gric, Explore downtown, Jelačić Square, Tkaličićeva street, Explore Zagreb parks and forests, Meštrović Atelier, Technical Museum, Museum of illusions, Visit Zagreb Cathedral, Zagreb 360° – Zagreb Eye observation deck, Funicular, Zrinjevac park, Mirogoj cemetery
You’ll have a guided city tour in the morning. You’ll have spare time in the afternoon for shopping or to explore the city. Dinner will be at the hotel as well as the overnight.
Meals, prepaid: B-D
Accommodation, Zagreb: hotel 3* or 4*
Day 9 (Monday) - ZAGREB, departure day
In the final morning, you will be free to walk and shop in the city center. You will be transferred to the airport for your designated flight.
Meals, prepaid: B