This is the journey that blends your experience smoothly along past and present. It is so easy to feel it and make that ancient past days fully alive in front of open eyes. Long history and tradition are still there and continue living on facades, silent witnesses of the Time, it is imprinted in each stone, ley line and if you stop for a moment you can hear a beat. This is a pulsation of native’s heart that kept strength, endurance, faith and pride till nowadays. Maybe this is why Croats are so good in sport. But they gave generously their contribution to the World by inventions of Nikola Tesla (electricity) who was born in Croatia, Faust Vrančić (parachute), Marco Polo, Rudolf Steiner (anthroposophy, eurythmy, biodynamic agriculture, Waldorf education). And there is so much, much more…
So, let us start this beautiful journey…
… by landing in Zagreb.
Meals: B (breakfast) – L (lunch) – D (dinner)
Day 1 - ZAGREB, arrival day
… 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 and down town, Museum of Broken Relationships, shop at Dolac Zagreb's farmers' market, explore Zagreb parks and forests, sip a coffee, the Lotrščak tower, Stone gate (Kamenita vrata), St. Marc Church, learn about Secrets of Grič, Jelačić Square, Tkaličićeva street, Meštrović Atelier, Nikola Tesla - Technical Museum, Museum of Illusions, Visit Zagreb Cathedral, Zagreb 360° Eye observation deck, Funicular, Zrinjevac park, Mirogoj cemetery
After being transferred from the airport to the hotel, you will have a tour of the city in the afternoon. You will have the evening to yourselves, dinner at hotel, overnight.
Meals, prepaid: D
Accommodation, Zagreb: hotel
Day 2 - ZAGREB – TRAKOŠĆAN CASTLE – VARAŽDIN – SVETI MARTIN
… is one of the most romantic and best-preserved castles in Croatia. Visiting a castle surrounded by a lavish forest and placed on a top of a small hill, will leave all history, nature or romance lovers in awe. It was built in 13th century, rebuilt and renovated as time passed on through numerous owners.
Must see and experience: experience Trakošćan castle, walk around the grounds of the castle, enjoy the boat ride on the lake
City of Varaždin
… is a city of living history and is the center of all economics and culture in north-east region of Croatia. Its structured streets that are filled with baroque palaces and churches keep the spirit of that period alive. On the other hand, it is also a modern city following the momentum of innovation, supporting entrepreneurs and is a symbol of one of most recognized festivals with an international character, Špancirfest. It takes place in August. Besides the evening concerts, it offers a variety of interesting activities and unique souvenirs for adults and children during the day.
Must see and experience: the spectacular old town of Varaždin, Varaždin Castle, the Book of Installation, a city of angels – Museum of Angels, one of the oldest jukeboxes in Europe, Museum of unique metal art, World of insects, investigate the complex history of Varaždin’s cathedral, change your luck with a rebellious bishop Gregory of Nin
In the morning you will drive to the northern part of Croatia. You will visit the Trakošćan castle and the city of Varaždin. You will have the beautiful and valuable opportunity to get familiar with the work of Rudolf Steiner, the father of Biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophy, eurythmy and the Waldorf pedagogy. He was born in a Croatian village called Donji Kraljevec. You will have a free evening and have the time to relax in healing thermo-mineral water that contains many elements good for your health in a modern swimming pool complex with anthroposophical elements of dr. Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy. Dinner will be at the hotel and overnight.
Meals, prepaid: B – L - D
Accommodation, Sveti Martin: hotel
Day 3 - SVETI MARTIN – LJUBLJANA – BLED
… is the capital of the Republic of Slovenia. Both residents and numerous visitors perceive Ljubljana as a city made to the measure of man. Ljubljana is classified as a mid-sized European city, but it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a unique city dotted with pleasant picture-perfect places where you can expect all kinds of nice little surprises. During the winter, its dreamy central European character pre
Must see and experience: Ljubljana Castle, Plečnik’s Ljubljana, Zmajski most (Dragon Bridge), Central Market, Prešernov Square with the Franciscan Church, the City Museum of Ljubljana, the Cathedral (Church Tivoli Park of St Nicholas), National Gallery of Slovenia, town hall, stay in a Prison
… with its immense natural beauty, the lake Bled ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal waters. The beauty of the mountains reflects on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air arouse pleasant feelings in visitors throughout the year, guaranteeing an ideal base for a relaxing break or an active holiday.
Must see and experience: Enjoy the views from Bled Castle, Swim in Lake Bled, Explore Bled Island, Row your boat!, Ring the wishing bell, Take a ride on a pletna, Indulge in the famous Bled cream cake, Stroll the boardwalk at Lake Bled, Take a hike, Watch the sunrise over the lake, Enjoy a Bled sunset, Get an adrenaline rush at Straza Bled,
At the beginning of your day you will ride towards Slovenia. Upon the arrival to Ljubljana you will have a tour by a boat ride along the Ljubljanica river. You will have time to enjoy in a short stroll in the city. You will precede onto visiting the lake Bled where a local guide will share a few fascinating stories about the lake as well some historical trivia. You will have some time afterwards, dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
Meals, prepaid: B – L - D
Accommodation, Bled: hotel
Day 4 - BLED - BALE – ROVINJ
… Is indeed a feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys and gullies which bring an image to the mind’s eye of the old local myths about the giants. The cascading hills overlook valleys full of little towns that are perched on the peaks, remind some old paintings. The view is splendid: white-topped mountains, lush wheat fields, vineyards and olive groves on the sides, and last but surely not the least; the sea. There are plenty more enchanting details: church facades and portals, tiny village alleyways with their specific architectural touches, the babble of a stream, the blossoming cherries. Everything is warm–hearted and friendly here: nature, the towns and people.
… Situated on the west coast of Istria, Rovinj is one of the most popular and most developed tourist resorts in Croatia. It is known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns on Mediterranean. The unique atmosphere one can experience just by taking a walk around the old town's cobbled narrow streets, looking at the 22 islands and islets, the mild Mediterranean climate, carefully designed parks, the friendliness of the local population or the numerous and varied town events. The city is at the foot of the Church of St. Euphemia, which is the favourite gathering place of artists from around the world. As walk down its streets, you'll bump into many art galleries and studios.
Must see and experience: take a stroll around the Old Town, St. Euphemia Cathedral, Rovinj Port, Monkodonja, Balbi’s Arch, Rovinj Heritage Museum, Rovinj Town Clock, Dvigrad, Browse Trg Valdibora, Go the whole seven courses at Monte, Sip champagne at Valentino, Sail over to Sveta Katarina
You’ll leave Slovenia in the morning and turn back to Croatia. Every country has its own healing plants. They can be used in different ways to support our health (in many levels). The first stop is an eco-farm filled with healing and aromatic herbs. You’ll walk through the plantation fields and gardens and introduce yourself to the power of smell, aromatherapy and essential oils. Next you will explore Rovinj.
Meals, prepaid: B – L - D
Accommodation, Rovinj: hotel
Day 5 - ROVINJ - OPATIJA – PLITVICE LAKES
… proudly carries the nicknames of the “Croatian Monte Carlo” and 'the lady of Mediterranean''. Due to the mild Mediterranean climate, it is the city with the oldest tourism tradition in Croatia placed on a magnificent pathway that is 12 km long called Lungo Mare. It is simple to organize a half or a full day excursion to explore the Istrian Peninsula or to visit one of the nearest islands.
Must see and experience: Stroll down the Walk of Fame, Girl with the Seagull, Museum of Croatian Tourism, Take a romantic stroplitvill on the promenade “Lungomare”, the church of St. James-the saint patron of Opatija, the parish church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Protestant church, the church of St. Ana, the parish church of St. Marc, landmarks such as old Austrian villas, villa Angiolina , St. James park, fountains Helios and Selena
You’ll visit Opatija, have a guided sightseeing followed by lunch and then you’ll drive to Plitvice Lakes. You’ll arrive in the evening, have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.
Meals, prepaid: B – L - D
Accommodation, Plitvice Lakes: hotel
Day 6 - NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT
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: Big Waterfall and the lower lakes that are part of Plitvice Lake National Park, outside of Plitvice Lake but in vicinity of the NP is Bara cave, Rastoke, Nikola Tesla memorial in Smiljani, Kuterevo bear refuge
In the morning you’ll have a tour of the upper lakes (the duration of the tour is approximately 3-4 hours). The tour will be followed by lunch in a traditional restaurant. In the evening you’ll come to Split. You’ll have free time to unwind, have dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Meals, prepaid: B – L - D
Accommodation, Split: hotel
Day 7 - SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
… 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 Gregory of Nin - rub his toe for a good luck, 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)
At the break of day you’ll have a tour of Split and then depart to Dubrovnik.
You’ll have a free evening, dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Meals, prepaid: B – L - D
Accommodation, Dubrovnik: hotel
Day 8 - DUBROVNIK – BLAGAJ TEKKE - MOSTAR
… 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, Franciscan Monastery along with the oldest pharmacies in the world
The Tekke or Dervish monastery
… Is located in a small village named Blagaj, near Mostar where the spring of river Buna lies. This is one of the strongest springs in Europe with extremely cold water. The Dervish monastery was built on a solid rock at the right side of the spring of the river Buna. The high cliffs, up to 240 m, give protection and very mystical atmosphere. It is said that no bullet was able to do any harm to its walls. This is a place that openly welcomes all and gives a feeling of serenity.
Must see and experience: Blagaj Monastery of dervishes, watch “Zikr” The Buna spring, enjoy some refreshing drinks, tea and Turkish coffee
At the beginning of the day you’ll sightsee Dubrovnik’s Wall and drive towards Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first stop is Tekke in Blagaj. A place where you can find and feel peace, after a guided visit you’ll have dinner. You’ll sleepover in Mostar.
Meals, prepaid: B - D
Accommodation, Mostar: hotel
Day 9 - MOSTAR – SARAJEVO
Mostar... Located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mostar is one of the most important cities of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. It is truly a marvelous place which can take your breath away with its emerald colored Neretva river, passing under the old stone bridge. The city is proof of the rich and dynamic life since the Ottoman days. You’ll have a one of a kind experience because in this one point four religions meet: Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Islam and Judaism. All of them have left their mark and preserved their own signature. The old city and bridge are the famous symbols of the city and the rest should be discovered in person.
Must see and experience: Stari Most -the Old Bridge, the Old Bazaar, Never Forget, Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque, Kriva Cuprija - the Crooked Bridge, Neretva River, Watch the bridge drivers, the War Photo Exhibition, Lucki Most Bridge, Muslibegović House, the old houses of Mostar
Sarajevo... Is an absolutely amazing city. It is a rare combination of old times, rich history, habits and crafts intertwined with religious dogmas so well implemented in the modern new world. The local people suffered a lot during the last war and it seems this only enlarged their already big hearts. The city itself found a way to carry scars and wounds proudly, not hiding them, but bravely living in today’s world for its future children.
Muse see and experience: Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque, Latin Bridge, Kovači Memorial Cemetery, Sarajevo Tunnel Museum, Jewish Museum, eat some ćevapi, Sarajevo town hall, do some shopping at Baščaršija, reminders of the war, grab a coffee at Caffe Tito
You’ll have a guided sightseeing of Mostar in the morning and later you will head to Sarajevo. You will have lunch and an afternoon tour of Sarajevo. You’ll have a free evening and spend the night at the hotel.
Meals, prepaid: B - L
Accommodation, Sarajevo: hotel
Day 10 - SARAJEVO, departure day
You’ll have a free morning. You’ll be taken to the airport for your designated flight.
Meals, prepaid: B