Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:59

SCENTS OF CROATIA 2018 – departure Zagreb

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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 have nice walk around 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. Zadar will be final destination of the day. In the early evening you’ll enjoy seafood meal for the first time in Croatia. 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. In the late afternoon we will visit Uje Oil Bar for oil and wine tasting. Evening at leisure. Enjoy the wonderful energy of this town. 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 end 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)


Published in Zagreb
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:59

CROATIAN HIGHLIGHTS 2018 - from Zagreb

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DAY 1 ZAGREB 4*
Arrival to Zagreb Airport. Transfer to hotel in Zagreb and overnight.
DAY 2 ZAGREB – OPATIJA 4*
Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a guided encounter with Croatia’s largest city. With an air of a true European capital, Zagreb charms with its baroque facades and spiffy towers, green parks and open-air terraces, quiet courtyards and bustling streets. Between its historic Upper town and urban Lower town, spot landmarks like the Church of St. Mark with its colorful roof, the Cathedral and the National Theatre. In the afternoon, enjoy the scenic ride to Opatija, the seaside resort town gracing the shores of Kvarner Bay, exuding a grandeur of its 19th-century vogue. Overnight in Opatija.
DAY 3 OPATIJA 4*
Sitting like a gateway to the Istrian peninsula, Opatija is an ideal starting point for a day of discovering Croatia’s largest peninsula. Sometimes referred to as the Croatian Tuscany, along with its heritage, Istria is famed for tasty bits like truffles, wines and olive oils. From hotspot to highlight, marvel at the impressive Roman amphitheater in Pula, the outstandingly charming Rovinj and the mystic Motovun, wrapped in its medieval cloak of walls on top of a lushly green hill. Spend the evening in the graceful Opatija.
DAY 4 SPLIT 4*
The first visit of the day takes you to Croatia’s most popular natural gem, the Plitvice Lakes. A guided walk around the wooden pathways unveils an amazing world of 16 cascading lakes interlaced with over 90 stunning waterfalls, bound to mesmerize you in any season. Continuing the drive to Split, take a break in Trogir, UNESCO-listed World Heritage site. A bundle of narrow atmospheric streets which twist and bend between houses, palaces and churches, the heritage of Trogir is rooted in the Greek and Roman times and showcases some of the finest architectural works in Croatia, including the incredibly intricate portal of its Cathedral, the Town Loggia and the Cipiko palace. Arrive to Split and spend overnight in Split/Split area.
DAY 5 SPLIT – HVAR 4*
After breakfast at the hotel, set out on a late morning walking tour of Split. Dalmatia’s
largest coastal town bustles and buzzes, as it grows more and more popular among travelers for its easy-going spirit, creative food and shopping scene and of course, remarkable heritage. Learn about the Diocletian’s Palace, once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today a lively city center housing 3,000 people!
Finally, enjoy a ferry or catamaran ride from Split to the neighboring island of Hvar where you will spend the night at a hotel in the glitzy town of Hvar.
DAY 6 HVAR 4*
The island of Hvar is known for its purple lavender fields, a backdrop for oil production, potent red wines from steep vineyards especially enjoying the island’s status as Croatia’s sunniest island, and the glitzy jet-set scene along the starlit waterfronts of the town of Hvar, so often featured in national and international summer media. In your morning walking tour, explore the island’s prime gem and its most trendy destination, the town of Hvar. Home to the oldest theatre in Europe, also the home of organized tourism in Croatia, the heritage of Hvar extends far beyond the popular party scene! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and spend the night in a hotel in Hvar.
DAY 7 HVAR – KORČULA 4*
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and some time on your own. Hvar is known for diverse opportunities, from bustling squares of Hvar town to the serene waterfront of Jelsa, the bridges of Vrboska and vineyards of Ivan Dolac, so expect time to fly. In the afternoon, bid farewell to Hvar and hop on a boat to take you to the neighboring island of Korčula. Arrive in the evening and enjoy an overnight stay in Korčula.
DAY 8 KORČULA – DUBROVNIK 4*
The far south of Croatia holds many gems. You’ll know Korčula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. Stroll the narrow, curved streets, marvel at beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Early in the afternoon, cruise to Dubrovnik, which once successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Arrival to Dubrovnik and overnight stay in a hotel.
DAY 9 DUBROVNIK 4*
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and a lazy start of the day. In the late morning, embark on a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town, a.k.a. the Pearl of the Adriatic or the King’s Landing. Whatever you might consider to be the town’s main drawcard, the mighty city walls of Dubrovnik and its courteous spirit will swiftly transport you back in time to when this was an independent republic and a highly cultured Mediterranean town. After learning of its history and present, enjoy the afternoon exploring on your own. Stay overnight stay in your Dubrovnik hotel.
DAY 10 DUBROVNIK 4*
A marvelous city like Dubrovnik can only be surrounded by a marvelous region. Tailor this day to your own liking, whether you are up for just relaxing or perhaps venturing out to explore the islands nearby. Locals would suggest Lokrum Island as an easy trip from the Old Town Harbor. Promising a day of heavenly serenity, Lokrum envelops you in thick green forests of holm oak, pine and laurel, to be shared with the island’s only permanent inhabitants: peacocks and bunnies. Just a tad bit further away, the Elaphite Archipelago packs sandy beaches, remarkable heritage, fun hiking trails and good food into a day excursion. Enjoy the overnight stay in the hotel.
DAY 11 DUBROVNIK 4*
Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel/accommodation unit in Dubrovnik). End of program.

Published in Zagreb
Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:04

Croatia in green for St. Patrick's day

The Tourism Ireland's „Global Greening“ initiative is taking place at Croatian cities of Zagreb, Rijeka and Pula with the support of Embassy of Ireland in Croatia. On Friday, 17 March 2017 Zagreb and Rijeka for the first time, and Pula second consecutive year are celebrating Ireland's national day, St. Patrick's day.

In Zagreb, the City's new fountain on Croatia Fraternal Union Street will light in green. Rijeka choose to green famous Trsat Castle above the City. And at the end City of Pula will once again green the „Lightning Giants“ in the Uljanik shipyard.

The City of Rijeka will join the Irish City of Galway in 2020 as a European Capital of Culture.

With the participation of three cities, Croatia is in select company of a few countries which will take part in Tourism Ireland's 8th annual celebration of St. Patrick's Day (Empire State Buiding in New York, USA; the London Eye, UK; the Colosseum in Rome, Italy; Matuse Castle, Japan and Great Wall of China).

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