CROATIA in 9 days
1st day Zagreb
Arrival to the Zagreb airport – Pleso; transfer to the hotel in the centre of Zagreb. Registration and accommodation at the hotel; city sightseing; overnight stay at the hotel.
2nd day Zagreb – Krapina – Trakoščan
Breakfast. Optional excursion to the northern regions of Croatia.
We suggest a visit to Krapina city where we’ll visit Neanderthal museum. The main museum attraction is the authentic reconstruction of a Neanderthal family of 17 people. The archaeological site on a hill called Husnjak had over eight hundred fossil remains of 75 Neanderthals along with tools and weapons, making it one of the most significant in Europe.
after museum tour we suggest a visit to the nearby Trakoščan castle one of the most attractive castles in Croatia. Accompanied by the museum curator you will visit the castle and its collection of the period furniture, paintings and arms.
After visiting the castle we suggest to continue to the baroque town of Varaždin, known also as “Little Vienna”. The Varaždin sightseeing tour includes the Old Town, one of the most interesting and well preserved examples of fortifications, the PuttarPatačić palace, the parish church of St. Nicholas, the Sermage palace, the Town Hall, the Drašković palace, the St. Trinity church and the Varaždin’s graveyard, a beautiful example of horticultural architecture.
Return to the Zagreb. Overnight.
3rd day Zagreb- National park „Plitvice lakes“- Zadar
Breakfast at the hotel. Rent a car will wait for you at the hotel, pick up is arranged at 7:30 hours. Optional departure towards National park “Plitvice lakes” the 16 magnificent lakes embroidered with hundreds of wonderful white waterfalls in the midst of forests situated in the mountainous of Lika region. The Plitvice Lakes are included in the UNESCO’s list of World natural heritage. You can take a walk along pathways and wooden bridges across the lakes and around waterfalls up to the largest Kozjak lake. After “Plitvice lakes” departure towards Zadar. Registration and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
4th day Zadar- National park „Krka“- Vodice
After breakfast, optional departure towards National park „Krka“. This National park is a hydrological and morphological phenomenon of an amazing beauty. There are several waterfalls (the famous Skradinski buk and the Roški waterfall) and several lakes. We will walk around the national park along pathways leading through the forest and around the waterfalls. There is also an ethno village with old houses made of stone, a mill, a traditional weaving looms and other exhibits that show how people lived in these regions in the past. A boat will take us along the Krka river and beautiful landscape to the islet Visovac on which is a Franciscan monastery. After National park “Krka” departing towards Vodice- registration and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
5thth day Vodice – Split
Breakfast. Departing towards Split, registration and accommodation at the hotel. Free time to explore Split. Overnight at the hotel.
6th day Split – Hvar or Brač island- Split
After breakfast optional departure with a katamaran (boat that transfers only people) or ferry boat (transfers people and cars) towards the island Hvar or Brač. Free time to explore Hvar or Brač. Departure by katamaran or ferry boat back to Split. Overnight at the hotel.
7th day Split – Dubrovnik
After breakfast departure towards Dubrovnik, registration and accommodation at the hotel. Free time to explore Dubrovnik. Overnight at the hotel.
8th day Dubrovnik – Cavtat – Konavle/or NP Mljet
After breakfast we suggest excursion that includes visit to the picturesque villages around Dubrovnik. The first destination is a small village Mihanic and a visit to the house and gallery of the only naive painter of Dubrovnik – Mijo Šiša Konavljanin. After visiting the gallery and artist’s unusual paintings, departure to Cavtat. This ancient small town is situated on the peninsula Rat covered with pine woods. Many archeological findings speak about the Hellenic town of Epidaurum which was destroyed in the 7th century. Today, Cavtat is a tourist centre with many interesting monuments like the native house and gallery of the famous painter Vlaho Bukovac, the mausoleum of the Račić family, the work of the sculptor Ivan Meštrović. Rector’s palace from the 16th century is on the embankment. Today it houses the gallery and the collection of Baltazar Bogišić, a lawyer and writer who lived in the 19th century.
We also suggest a visit to the exhibition at St. Nicholas church rectory containing a valuable collection of paintings, sculptures and church art. Lunch at the local restaurant Konavoski dvori. Free time for individual programmes and return to Dubrovnik. Overnight stay.
After breakfast we suggest a half day excursion by boat to the island of Mljet – one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic covered with thick forests, quite unusual for the Adriatic coast. We will have an opportunity to walk around the two lakes and take a boat to an islet in the middle of the Big Lake with the Romanesque church of St. Mary and the 12th century Benedictine monastery. Due to specific spiritual and cultural dimension, the monastery has become a symbol of the island and national park. Lunch at the local restaurant, free time and return to Dubrovnik. Free time for individual programmes. Overnight stay at the hotel.
9th day Dubrovnik
After breakfast free time – you have a late check out if necesery. Departure towards airport Dubrovnik. Leaving your rent a car at the airport.
After breakfast we will meet a local guide and start our tour around the Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Zagreb has more than a thousand-year long history: its development began on the two hills Kaptol and Gradec – today the Upper Town. Our stroll around the streets of Zagreb begins on the King Tomislav Square and the adjacent park, further to the Zrinjevac park with its fountains, the most valuable example of the 19th century architectural design. From the park a short Praska street leads to the main square called Trg Bana Jelacica. After a short walk we will arrive to the Cathedral and visit its interior. The sightseeing will continue on the other part of the old Upper Town – the Gradec hill. There we will visit the well-preserved Stone Gate (13th century) a part of defence walls, St. Mark church with its famed multi-colour roof, the Parliament buildings on St. Mark Square, St. Catherine church, the Lotrščak tower… Near the tower there is a Promenade with beautiful view of downtown Zagreb.
Zadar the town on the Adriatic coast is rich with cultural heritage. A local guide will take us to a sightseeing tour of Roman Forum, medieval remains and beautiful churches in Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style. Picturesque squares and stone paved streets with cafes and shops emanate the spirit of Mediterranean. Another attraction worth visiting is the Sea Organ on Petar Kresimir IV embankment and Greetings to the Sun-photo-voltage solar modules.
3.SPLIT – TROGIR: tour accompanied by a driver-guide (licensed & official) with transportation
The walk around the splendid town of Trogir reveals beautiful buildings such as small and large Cipiko palaces, southern town door, the monastery and church of St. Lawrence with the famous portal carved by master Radovan in the 13th century, fortress Kamerlengo and nearby round tower from the 15th century . After Trogir continuation toward Split, large and important coastal town with its port and ferries traveling from Split to Dalmatian islands.
On a tour around Split you can see the Dioklecian palace and its cellars, Peristil, the inner yard of antique palace with colonnades, the cathedral and its famous bell tower, Golden gate, the monument to Grgur Ninski and other.
Dubrovnik is also known as the pearl of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean, thanks to its rich cultural heritage, beautiful architecture and its tradition of free republic. It was a town-state of remarkable diplomats, skilful merchants, seamen, top artists and magnificent buildings. On our sightseeing tour we will visit the baroque church of St. Blaise from the 18th century, the main street within the walls called Stradun, the town gates, the Sponza palace, the Duke’s court with an atrium where concerts are held, the Franciscan monastery with beautiful cloister, the Dominican monastery, the Onofrian Fountain, Cathedral and other famous monuments.
When the sunset begins, we invite you to join us on a short boat trip around Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island. Relax while sun sets down and you are sailing under a star-lit sky as the moon reflects off the Adriatic. Dining on a 16th century wooden carrack (boat), listening to Dalmatian music, drinking champagne and hearing stories about the old times, is an original Dubrovnik experience.