Discover Croatia (Zagreb-Zagreb)

JAN - DEC
Croatia | Zagreb - Zagreb

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 Zagreb.

Meals: B (breakfast) – L (lunch) – D (dinner)

 

Day 1 (Sunday) - ZAGREB, arrival day

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

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The transfer from the airport to the hotel will be followed by a guided city tour in the afternoon. You will have a free evening to yourself, dinner at the hotel and sleeping overnight.

Meals, prepaid:

Accommodation, Zagreb: hotel

 

Day 2 (Monday) - ZAGREB - PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK

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

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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

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The arrival to the National Park Plitvice Lakes, will lead to a tour of the upper lakes (the duration is approximately 3 hours). Lunch will be served in a traditional restaurant and afterwards you will continue towards Zadar. During the evening you will have guided sightseeing, dinner at hotel and an overnight stay.

Meals, prepaid: B – L - D

Accommodation, Zadar: hotel

 

Day 3 (Tuesday) - ZADAR – KRKA NATIONAL PARK– SPLIT

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

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In the morning you will visit the National park Krka and have lunch. Later on, you will drive towards Split. You will have a free evening to yourselves, dinner at the hotel and sleepover.

Meals, prepaid: B – L - D

Accommodation, Split: hotel

 

Day 4 (Wednesday) - SPLIT – DUBROVNIK

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 in Split: 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, Mestrovic Gallery, Vocni Trg (Fruit Square), Four Gates of Diocletian’s Palace, The Best Children Split Attraction, Marjan hill attractions

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In the morning you will have a guided sightseeing of Split followed by a panoramic drive along the Adriatic coast towards Dubrovnik. Lunch will be on the route. After arriving to Dubrovnik you will have free time for a walk. You will be offered an optional cable car drive to the top of hill Srdj with a fantastic view of the city and Elaphiti islands. Dinner will be at the hotel as well as sleeping over.

Meals, prepaid: B – L - D

Accommodation, Dubrovnik: hotel

 

Day 5 (Thursday) - DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik
… 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

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You will have a day to discover Dubrovnik’s old town and the famous Walls during a guided sight-seeing, a free afternoon and evening. Dinner will be at the hotel and an overnight stay.

Meals, prepaid: B – D

Accommodation, Dubrovnik: hotel

 

Day 6 (Friday) - DUBROVNIK

Half or full day excursion - optional activity
(to be pre-booked while booking your journey):

A) 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.

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B) Full day excursion: ISLAND CRUISE

Just like the streets of Dubrovnik were not built to be seen by carriage but by foot it is certain that the best views of the Dubrovnik region are by the sea. The historical Galleon is certainly the best stage for such a view. During this cruise you will see the three most beautiful islands of the Dubrovnik archipelago – Koločep. Lopud and Šipan are commonly known as the Elafiti islands. The old legend of the islands is hidden in their name. The name holds the tale of the Greeks hunting for deer and subsequently naming the islands the Deer islands. The green islands are blessed with gardens full of oranges and lemons, lovely seashore landscapes, charming villages with tranquil designs, old seamen’s houses and little humble churches.
Visit all the three Elaphite islands and enjoy some grilled fish for lunch and wine while being entertained by our local musicians.

NOTE: sportswear is recommended

Duration: 9 hours

Price per person: 55 euros

The price includes: a transfer, a boat ride, a tour guide, live music, lunch, wine

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You will have a free day to enjoy a relaxing day in Dubrovnik or book one of the offered optional excursions. Dinner will be at the hotel and you will spend the night there.

Meals, prepaid: B - D

Accommodation, Dubrovnik: hotel

 

Day 7 (Saturday) - DUBROVNIK – OMIŠ – ŠIBENIK - VODICE

Omiš
… The landscapes surrounding the city of Omiš are marvelous. It is placed along the coast and protected by high cliffs in the back, behind which the crystal clear river Cetina flows. The river Cetina canyon is shaped like a serpent’s mouth that raises the river whilst passing through the city and entering the sea. This city’s pirates were ruling the sea for over two centuries (the 12th and 13th). They were a threat to trading ships of rich cities, such as Split, Dubrovnik and Venice and even to the papal galleons that were sailing across the Adriatic Sea on their way to the Palestine.

Must see and experience: Visit the Old Town & St. Michael’s Square, Rafting on the Cetina River, Climbing to Mirabella Fortress, Visit Fortica Fortress, Radmanove Mlinice & Kaštil Slanica Fortress, Visit Mosor & Try Poljički Soparnik, if possible visite and experience the Pirate Battle & Dalmatian Klapa Singing Festival

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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

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You will be leaving Dubrovnik after breakfast. Lunch will be at Radmanove Mlinice, a restaurant with a picnic area located in the heart of the Cetina River canyon, just 6 km away from Omiš. Traditional food will be prepared and served in a gorgeous environment. The next destination is Šibenik, with a guided sightseeing and a ride towards the hotel in Vodice. You will have a free evening, dinner and will be able to rest at the hotel.

Meals, prepaid: B – L - D

Accommodation, Split: hotel

 

Day 8 (Sunday) - VODICE – ZAGREB

Must see and experience: Churche of the Lady of Carmel, Church of St. Cross, Coric Tower, Church of St. Cross, Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, Aquarium and Muceum of Maritime Tradition, go for fishing, scuba diving, cycling, kayaking, windsurfing or sailing

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After breakfast, you will drive towards Zagreb, check in and lunch at th

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