Croatia – Culture and Cuisine

9 days / 8 nights

From 1.695,– €
From 1.695,– €

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Zagreb (-/-/D)

Arrival in Zagreb, meet your tour escort and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

Day 2: Zagreb (B/-/D)

We start our city tour with a ride on one of the most beautiful and smallest funiculars in the world, followed by a walking tour of Zagreb’s historic centre. We see the capital city’s different architectural styles, the stunning cathedral on Kaptol and the Dolac open-air market, where we find colourful traditional stalls selling fresh produce and local specialities. See the shrine to the Virgin Mary, one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in Zagreb, and emerge in St. Mark’s Square, site of the grand Parliament Building and the iconic church with its multi-coloured roof tiles representing the city’s coat of arms. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

Day 3: Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes (B/L/D)

Today we bid farewell to Zagreb. Along the way we pass some picturesque villages, but one of the most interesting and popular one's, is at the Rastoke area, where you’ll be able to see a small replica of the Plitvice waterfalls. Enjoy tasty food at a local restaurant in this area. After finishing lunch we will continue the short distance to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. We enter a stunning wonderland of forested hills surrounding the famed, UNESCO-listed Plitviče Lakes. This is one of the most beautiful phenomena in the world: 16 lakes connected by 92 waterfalls. Enjoy the tour through the park by train and boat, while creating memories that will last a lifetime. Dinner and overnight in the area of Plitvice.

Day 4: Plitvice – Trogir – Split (B/-/D)

Morning departure to Trogir, designated as a Unesco World Heritage in 1997 and home to a number of fascinating historic sights. We will visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, one of the finest architectural works in Croatia. Part of the city walls, built between the 13th and 14th centuries, are visible today on the southern side of the city. In the middle of the city wall is the city gate, which was built in 1593. Ample time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants. Drive further to Split and visit the Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Roman emperor Diocletian. The city of Split later grew bigger around the palace. Our walking tour of the vast palace complex includes the palace cellars. In the evening dinner will be served at a popular restaurant, accompanied by a private performance of traditional Croatian a capella "klapa" singing. Overnight in Split.

Day 5: Split – Hvar – Split (B/L/D)

Today is one of the highlights of this tour – a full day excursion by speed boat to the island of Hvar, the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been famous since the antique because of its important strategic and nautical position. Our guided walking tour includes a visit of the Benedictine monastery, an UNESCO cultural heritage. To get closer to nature we will stop at a small inn (Hvar "konoba") and taste real local food and home-made wine, and forget the monotony of the everyday routine. Some free time to enjoy the nature on your own. Return journey by speed boat to Split in the later afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Split.

Day 6: Split – Peljesac – Mali Ston – Dubrovnik (B/L/-)

We leave Split this morning and are heading to Peljesac. The largest peninsula in Dalmatia retains a thriving agricultural business especially in winemaking. Enjoy lunch in the Antunović farm and tavern, where all food is home-made: pancetta, sausages, lamb grilled or prepared under a cooking bell, peka. You can taste age-old, traditional meals. Liquors and grappas are also products of the house, the wine from surrounding Pelješac – where else? Mali Ston is an escape from the standard southern Dalmatia tourist route. About 59km northwest of Dubrovnik, there is great eating, great scenery, old stone houses and the longest fortifications in Europe. Our unique oyster tasting experience will guide you through the history of oyster farming in Mali Ston bay, where oysters were grown since Roman times. It is the only place where Ostrea Edulis – the European oyster – is farmed today. You will learn all about the history of oyster farming since the Dubrovnik republic and witness the oyster growing process. Oysters are paired with fantastic local wine grown in the vicinity. Late afternoon, drive to Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 7: Dubrovnik (B/-/D)

After breakfast meet our local guide and explore landmarks including the Franciscan Monastery, Stradun, Cathedral of the Assumption and more. You will gain insight into the city’s far-reaching heritage and culture and hear stories about the architecture – Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque – and the history behind the palaces, fountains, monasteries and churches. Walk the high walls and get a different perspective of the city. Afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 8: Dubrovnik – Lokrum – Dubrovnik (B/-/D)

Free morning. In the afternoon we will visit Lokrum, conveniently located on a short ferry ride from Dubrovnik old town. Spending a half-day there is a really refreshing experience, as the island has plenty of pine, cypress and olive trees as well as some other subtropical vegetation which offers tranquillity and shade, especially during the hot summer days. Farewell dinner with music and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 9: Dubrovnik (B/-/-)

Transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

Services

Our prices include:

  • Deluxe spacious motor coach throughout as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour escort throughout
  • Welcome drink during the arrival transfer
  • Accommodation in centrally located 4★sup or 5★ hotels in double/twin room
  • 2 nights with half board in Zagreb
  • 1 night with half board in Plitvice area
  • 2 nights in Split (1 x bed & breakfast, 1 x half board) “Klapa” performance
  • 3 nights in Dubrovnik (1 x bed & breakfast, 2 x half board)
  • Choice to take “half board” dinner either in the hotel or in a local restaurant
  • Coffee/tea and beverages included with dinner
  • Lunch in Rastoke area
  • Lunch at traditional inn in Hvar
  • Lunch in Peljesac
  • Oyster and wine tasting in Mali Ston
  • Speed boat to/from Hvar
  • Short cruise to the Lokrum Island
  • Guided visits: Zagreb, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik
  • Admission to the following sights:
    • Plitvice National Park including train and boat ride
    • Diocletian’s Palace
    • St. Lawrence Cathedral Trogir
    • Benedictine monastery Hvar
  • Personal radio headsets
  • Porterage at airport and hotels in / out
  • All taxes and charges

Travel Europe Pula / Travel Europe Dubrovnik

Our local teams in Croatia are looking forward to welcoming you and taking care of your clients on spot.

Travel Europe Pula
Poslovnica Pula - Flanaticka 25
HR-52100 Pula
Tel: +385 (0)52 37 78 90
Fax: +385 (0)52 37 78 99
office.pula@traveleurope.cc

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HR-20000 Dubrovnik
Tel: +385 (0)20 32 28 80
Fax: +385 (0)20 32 28 99
office.dubrovnik@traveleurope.cc

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