Scents of Croatia

DESCRIPTION

DAY 1 ZAGREB 4*
Arrival to Zagreb Airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred to hotel where you will stay for 2 nights. Welcome meeting at the hotel at 19:00. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 2 ZAGREB – TRAKOSCAN CASTLE – VELIKI TABOR CASTLE – ZAGREB 4*
Breakfast at hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatian capital city, during which you will have the opportunity to see the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical center, St Mark’s church with its multi-colored roof, the Cathedral, Croatian National Theatre and the University. Afterwards we are heading to Trakoscan castle - one of the most attractive castles in Croatia. Built on the visible foundations of simple Romanic citadels from the XII and XIII centuries. Later we will enjoy typical Zagorje meal on The Hill of Sin (Grešna Gorica) and visit Veliki Tabor castle – a 15th century castle, offering a visitor an atmosphere of genuine Zagorje scenery and making him feel a part of the romantic and dramatic past of Hrvatsko Zagorje. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 3 ZAGREB – FUŽINE – OPATIJA 4*
Breakfast at hotel. Early departure to Fužine – a municipality situated 730m above sea level, in the southwest part of Gorski Kotar, surrounded by picturesque mountains, by the silence of centenary evergreen woods and by the beauty of its lakes. We will have time to visit the cave Vrelo and take a boat ride on the Lake Bajer. The lunch will take place in famous local restaurant Bitoraj famous for its venison meals that we shall have the opportunity to taste. Afternoon departure from Fužine to Opatija. Enjoy a free evening and dinner on your own in Opatija. Overnight in Opatija.
DAY 4 OPATIJA – MOTOVUN – BUJE – ROVINJ – OPATIJA 4*
Breakfast at hotel. First stop will be made at Buzet to taste some local brandies along with homemade Istrian salami at distillery Aura. After Buzet we will visit another small picturesque town of Motovun, famous for its history and culture. First part of the day will end at Buje with a typical beer house meal in a local beer house San Servolo. In the afternoon stop will be made for sightseeing tour of the beautiful romantic town of Rovinj before going to back to Opatija. Overnight in Opatija.
DAY 5 OPATIJA – PAG – ZADAR 4*
Breakfast at hotel. Departure from Opatija to port of Prizna for a ferry ride to the island of Pag. First stop of the day at Sirana Gligora will give us opportunity to taste some of the famous cheeses from Pag Island. Town of Pag will be our next stop for lunch and free time. You’ll enjoy seafood meal for the first time in Croatia. In late afternoon we will arrive to Zadar. Overnight in Zadar.
DAY 6 ZADAR – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – SPLIT 4*
After breakfast at hotel we are heading to Krka National Park. This morning we will explore the park's extensive waterways and complex history dating back to late 10th century and first Croatian kings. We will visit Skradinski Buk waterfall, the place where the second hydro plant in the world was built, just a few years after the one on Niagara Falls. A boat will take there from Skradin. Early afternoon will be reserved for a traditional Dalmatian lunch in a local konoba. Before ending our day in Split visit of the charming town of Trogir will enrich our afternoon. Overnight in Split.
DAY 7 SPLIT 4*
Breakfast at hotel. Morning walking tour of Split. Enjoy the magnificent town of Split with it’s numerous archaeological, historical and cultural sites. After this tour we will visit Uje Oil Bar for oil and wine tasting. Afternoon at leisure. Enjoy the wonderful energy of this town, that’s full of life 24/7. Have a taste of some of the excellent local food in the typical “konoba” restaurants. Overnight in Split.
DAY 8 SPLIT – STON – DUBROVNIK 4*
Breakfast at hotel. Early departure to Dubrovnik. On our way from Split to Dubrovnik and after wine tasting at one of the small wineries of Peljesac peninsula we will have a fish/seafood lunch in Ston, famous for its oysters and mussels. This medieval little town whose history reaches back as far as the 14th century. It is a small town with the longest stone wall in Europe (5,5km), with narrow quiet streets, noble ancient houses and with traces of ancient cultures. Its former value as a „salt city“gets confirmed even today in the plants of the oldest active salt-works in the world. These salt works have remained faithful to the tradition and to the natural way of salt production which has not changed since remote ages. Enjoy a free evening in Dubrovnik and dinner on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 9 DUBROVNIK 4*
Breakfast at hotel. Morning walking tour of Dubrovnik. Our expert guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the Old Town introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city along with the main sights like: the Orlando Column, Rector’s Palace, St Blaise church, the Cathedral, Sponza Palace and many others. After this walking tour we are going to Konavle region for a visit of the countryside and honey tasting in one of the local households. 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 natural jewel of Croatia. We shall and our day with a typical Dalmatian PEKA meal in one of the local konobas. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 10 DUBROVNIK 4*
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel / accommodation unit in Dubrovnik)

INCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

9 nights accommodation (4* and 5*) on BB basis
Ground transportation
English speaking tour leader and assistance
Meals stated in itinerary
Truffle hunting trip
Demonstration of corn grinding at old mill complex in Konavle
Entrances to Trakoscan castle and Veliki Tabor castle
Entrance to cave Vrelo
Ticket for boat ride on the Lake Bajer
National Parks entrance fees (Plitivice Lakes and Krka)
Guided city walking tour of Zagreb, Rovinj, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik
Arrival transfer from Zagreb airport, bus station or train station
Departure transfer to Dubrovnik airport, bus station or harbour

NOT INCLUDED

Visa fees and requirements
Travel insurance
Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
Optional gratuities/tipping
Optional activities/tours
Personal expenses

ADDITIONAL INFO

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Unesco heritage sites:
Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979)
Old City of Dubrovnik (1979)
Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979)
Natural sites:
Cave Vrelo
Lake Bajer
Krka National Park
Small towns and castles:
Traskoscan Castle
Veliki Tabor Castle
Buje
Ston

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