Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:59

SCENTS OF CROATIA 2018 – departure Zagreb

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DAY 1 ZAGREB 4*
Enjoy a welcome at the Zagreb airport and a transfer to the hotel in town where you will stay for the next two nights. Refresh and relax before your welcome meeting at the hotel at 7pm. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 2 ZAGREB – TRAKOSCAN CASTLE – VELIKI TABOR CASTLE – ZAGREB 4*
Start your day with a guided stroll around Croatia’s largest city, wandering its historic Upper town and the modern Lower town. Zagreb charms with green parks and open-air terraces, quiet courtyards and bustling streets, and landmarks like the Church of St. Mark with the colorful roof, the Cathedral and the National Theatre. After the walking tour, enjoy watching the dreamy rural sceneries replace the image of the bustling capital as you travel to Zagorje. This bucolic landscape of slopes dressed in vineyards is home to many castles. Trakošćan, one of the best known and most attractive ones, is an estate with roots dating back to the 13th century while your second stop, Veliki Tabor, showcases Renaissance at its best. In between, enjoy a typical lunch at a traditional restaurant. Feeing royal, return to Zagreb for an overnight stay.
DAY 3 ZAGREB – FUŽINE – OPATIJA 4*
After breakfast, head southwest from Zagreb to a Croatian gem still hidden off-the-beaten-path. Gorski Kotar, the region backing Kvarner Bay, is a pristine mountainous jewel, with evergreen woods and beautiful lakes setting scene for lovely outings in untouched nature. You will travel to Fužine, a small lakeside village where you will peek in the cave Vrelo and stretch your legs in a stroll around the lovely Lake Bajer. Delve into the local specialties like venison at the famed restaurant Bitoraj, and then continue to the seaside Opatija. The grand dame of Kvarner is your destination for the night. 
DAY 4 OPATIJA – MOTOVUN – BUJE – ROVINJ – 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, olive oils and such. Start in Buzet with Istrian salami and homemade brandies, then make your way to Motovun, the mystic home of the truffle. In Buje, enjoy a fantastic meal accompanying the local craft beer San Servolo. For the grand finale, venture out to the colorful Rovinj and as you admire its narrow streets, romantic seaside, and sky-high tower of St. Euphemia church, walk it all off. Return to the graceful Opatija for the night.
DAY 5 OPATIJA – PAG – ZADAR 4*
After breakfast, it’s discovering one of Croatia’s most special foodie islands, Pag. Stretching parallel to the coast, Pag is a rather rocky landscape known for winds and salt which nuance its every flavor. Thanks to the combination, even the grazing grass tastes different here, translating to remarkable dairy products, and especially the cheese. Savor the best of it at Sirana Gligora, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning cheese factory. Then head back to the mainland to the town of Zadar, your final destination for the day. As the sunset colors the horizon, savor your first seafood dinner on this foodie escapade and spend overnight in Zadar.
DAY 6 ZADAR – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – SPLIT 4*
One of the most memorable moments on your journey from Zadar to Split is stopping to visit the Krka River National Park. Sometimes called ‘the little Plitvice’, Krka is nothing short of stunning. As you stroll around the forested paths, explore the history of the region dating back to the first Croatian kings. Take a boat to Skradinski Buk, a mighty waterfall which thunders so loud that for a moment, you will not hear your thoughts. Early in the afternoon, refresh with a typical local lunch in a traditional konoba restaurant and then continuing the drive. Take one more break to visit the charming Trogir. Split’s petite neighbor is also UNESCO-listed for its fortified maze of stone alleys which holds some of the most impressive Renaissance landmarks in the country. Stay overnight in the largest coastal city in Croatia, Split.
DAY 7, SPLIT 4*
All about its seafront promenades, long coffees and white stone from the neighboring island of Brač, Split’s urbanity developed from its present day historic core, the immense palace intended for the retirement of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The theatrical open-air Peristyle, the immense temple of Jupiter, the Cathedral of St. Domnius, each one of these is a chapter in the story of Split. Your guide will tell you everything about this centuries-long journey from a palace to a town, leaving you ample time to explore the vibrant café and shopping scene of Split on your own. Complete the day with an afternoon tasting of olive oils and wines, two essential ingredients of every meal on the coast. Enjoy an evening at leisure and an overnight stay in Split.
DAY 8 SPLIT – STON – DUBROVNIK 4*
After breakfast, head down the coast to Croatia’s southernmost gem - Dubrovnik. Enjoy the rhythm of the Adriatic islands lining up against the horizon as you drive by. Half way, divert to Pelješac peninsula, the wine empire of the south. Delve into the essence of the region in a wine tasting in one of the small, family-run local wineries, then stop in the tiny town of Ston. At the very entrance to the peninsula, sitting beneath a dramatic curtain of very long walls, Ston is the kingdom of delights: potent wines, salt from the historical salt pans and freshly harvested oysters are everyday treats here. An ideal place for a seafood lunch, Ston is a stop foodies will long remember! Reminisce during the remaining drive to Dubrovnik and then enjoy a dinner and the evening on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 9 DUBROVNIK 4*
Whether you know it as the Pearl of the Adriatic or the King’s Landing, Dubrovnik is sure to enchant as soon as you pass its immense stone gates. Between the medieval walls and baroque facades of its Old Town, turn corners to find stunning palaces, longstanding monasteries and revered churches interwoven with glorified movie sets and lively piazzas. The stories of your expert local guide will bring to life the town’s glorious history as a merchant force and an independent Republic. After the tour, head out to the Konavle region that has fed Dubrovnik throughout all these centuries. This serene fertile land surrounded in rugged hills is today a heaven of rural households which still upkeep their ancient traditions. At one such place, you will enjoy a honey tasting. Then, the grand finale: the traditional peka dinner, an ancient way of preparing meat and potatoes still favored today in many Croatian households! Dobar tek! Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 10 DUBROVNIK 4*
After breakfast at the hotel, take a transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or another hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik).


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DAY 1 DELNICE or FUŽINE (arrival)
Wedged between the continent and the coast, the mountainous Gorski Kotar is still largely off the tourist radar, thus preserving an atmospheric ambiance amidst intact landscapes of green hills, river creeks and mountain peaks. On the first day of your journey, meet your tour leader and fellow travelers and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in Delnice/Fužine.
DAY 2 VISIT TO HONEY MAKERS – HIKING TO SPECIAL NATURE RESERVE VRAŽJI PROLAZ AND ZELENI VIR
Start the day sweetly, with a visit to honey makers in Delnice and a honey tasting to power the rest of your day. It will come in handy during the hike which starts in Ložac. In the Special Nature Reserve Zeleni Vir and Vražji prolaz, where the nature is all-encompassing, you will embark on lushly green paths to discover the gems of this region. Zeleni vir (The Green Whirl) is a powerful spring bubbling beneath a shallow cave, towered by a jaw-dropping white, vertical rock, 70-meters-tall. You will continue through Vražji Prolaz (the Devil’s Pass), a narrow canyon meandering between 100-meters-tall cliffs, as the creek beneath it murmurs and splashes. Using a system of wooden walkways and platforms, reach Muževa Hižica, a cave you can briefly explore. Reminisce of your day over dinner and spend overnight in Delnice/Fužine.
DAY 3 HIKING IN NATIONAL PARK RISNJAK (INCLUDING THE SPRING OF THE KUPA RIVER)
Spread around Risnjak and Snježnik mountains, the Risnjak National Park is home to the three great beasts of the European wildlife: the wolf, the bear and the lynx, which immediately tells you how well-preserved this area is. From Razloge, hike some 30 minutes down bucolic slopes to arrive to the spring of Kupa River. An area protected as a natural treasure since 1963, the spring is a mystery of karst landscapes, sitting at over 300 meters above the sea and dissolving into an emerald green lake, an ode to serenity. Its beauty and favorable microclimate are home to such a variety of flora and fauna that the area is lovingly called ‘the valley of butterflies’. Through the valley, to the tiny village of Kupari and then, time-permitting, over Leska Educational Path, you will make your way back to the hotel and enjoy another evening feeling relaxed and fulfilled. Dinner and overnight in Delnice/Fužine.
DAY 4 FREE DAY (OPTIONAL TRIPS)
After two action-packed days, today is a day you can craft to your liking. Sit back and take in the nature, visit the nearby parks or choose another optional tour to keep the adrenaline going. Rafting on Kupa River rapids will deliver just that, while choose hiking an alternative route in the Risnjak National park could be a more relaxed option. Your experienced tour leader can suggest a range of options in accordance with your wishes. Dine at the hotel and stay overnight in Delnice/Fužine.
DAY 5 VISIT TO POPOVIĆ MILL – BIKING IN FUŽINE – VISIT TO CAVE VRELO
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before venturing out to see how flour used to be made around here. You will visit the Popović mill, the first building in Delnice to have electricity, and also the oldest electric mill in Europe. Today, set around a rustic building is a lovely display of historic machinery used over a century ago. Next, travel to Fužine, a picturesque lakeside town surrounded in lush coniferous forests. Bike an easy asphalt and gravel route (approximately 22 km) around the lake, travelling down the wonderful lakeside to the cave Vrelo (the Spring). Hidden until the formation of the accumulation lake, the cave is quite deep, some 300 meters, and sits upon potent underground streams which echo mystically against the cave walls. With lungs full of fresh air, return to Delnice/Fužine for a dinner at the hotel and an overnight stay.
DAY 6 HIKING IN FOREST PARK GOLUBINJAK – HERB LIQUEURS TASTING – HIKING AROUND LOKVARSKO LAKE
Following breakfast, forget the world as you know it and venture into the dense woods of Golubinjak Park Forest, an exquisite gift of nature and a landscape from a fairy tale. Relax your body and soul as you breathe in the fresh air, scented with the cool of the centuries-old forest. Find the Queen of the Forest, a gigantic fir tree with rings witnessing over 250 years of existence, then explore the caves, Ledena (Icy) and Golubinja (Dove’s cave). Wander away to a local farm to taste the labor of love of this stunning region - authentic liqueurs made from the fruits and herbs. With a newly found force, enjoy a stroll around the fir-lined Lokvarsko Lake and then return to your hotel for dinner. Overnight in Delnice/Fužine.
DAY 7 DELNICE or FUŽINE
Following breakfast, bid farewell to your group and get ready to return to reality. Or, join us for an 8-day island hopping trip in the south Adriatic region of Croatia.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:18

ZAGREB ADVENTURE CITY BREAK 2018

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DAY 1 ZAGREB
Arrival at Zagreb airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an evening on your own and an overnight stay in Zagreb.
DAY 2 ZAGREB; EXPLORE ZAGREB BY BIKE AND TRADITIONAL DINNER
Get a good breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a biking adventure. Taking you around the known and the less-known corners of Croatia’s capital, the tour starts from the most central spot in the town, Ban Josip Jelacic square. Snaking your way through green parks, secret courtyards and hidden alleyways, witness a different face of Zagreb, often unseen by its visitors. Bikes are a popular way of getting around here, and the route traverse the city, hence the length of tour can be adapted to between 10 and 15km (6-9 miles). At the end of the day, reward your pedaling efforts with a fabulous dinner feast featuring continental specialties prepared by one of Croatia’s favorite chefs and served in one of acclaimed local restaurants. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 3 ZAGREB; BEAR MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURE AND PUB CRAWLING
Today, explore the green city outskirts and the mountain which the locals adore year-round. After breakfast, drive out to Mount Medvednica, a unique example of intact nature sitting at the doorstep of a large city. On its highest peak, Sljeme (1033m), hop on your mountain bikes and glide down paths embraced in lush forests, headed for the outskirts of Croatia’s expansive capital city. Pedal to Maksimir Park, one of Zagreb’s favorites and one of the oldest public parks in Europe. Green, with idyllic lakes and ponds, recreation ops and a zoo, it might appeal to you to hang out here for a while. In the evening, come out to party like a local at our guided Zagreb pub crawl. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 4 ZAGREB; BIKE AND CANOE URBAN ADVENTURE
Who says you miss out on something if you don’t go to the seaside? The diversity in Zagreb is splendid and today proves it! After breakfast, hop onto bikes to pedal along the river Sava, local jogger’s favorite route. Ultimately, you will reach Lake Jarun, the continental Sea. Jarun is one of the town’s favorite outdoors, whether you’re into land or water-based activities. Here, enjoy an easy hour of canoeing around the lake, or perhaps just sit back and have a drink or a swim. After riding back, enjoy your last evening in Zagreb on your own, revisiting your favorite spots or discovering new ones. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 5 ZAGREB – DEPARTURE
After the breakfast at hotel, transfer to Zagreb airport. End of the tour.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:46

ZAGREB EXCLUSIVE CITY BREAK 2018

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DAY 1 ZAGREB
Arrival at Zagreb airport and a transfer to your hotel are followed by a free evening and an overnight stay in Zagreb.
DAY 2 ZAGREB; WALKING TOUR AND EXCLUSIVE WINE TASTING
Bringing history, culture and brimming nightlife together around green parks, serene courtyards and quirky corners, Zagreb charms with a lively city vibe. Explore its historic Upper Town in a walking tour, passing by Kamenita Vrata (Stone Gates), the tower of Lotrščak, the church of St. Mark, and several present-day government buildings; then savor a lunch in a popular restaurant. The afternoon is reserved for an introduction to the rest of the country, and through nothing other but one of Croatia’s beloved products: wine. In an exclusive wine tasting, enjoy the journey through Croatian regions as you sip the signature reds and whites. Spend the remainder of the evening discovering Zagreb on your own. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 3 ZAGREB; TOWN OF VARAŽDIN AND TRAKOŠĆAN CASTLE; TRADITIONAL DINNER
As the dreamy sceneries of vineyards and rural landscapes replace the image of the bustling capital city, travel to Varaždin, the northern region’s center. Known for the distinct Baroque air, Varaždin sits on the bank of river Drava and weaves its green parks and flat lands around the Baroque and rococo architectural fabric. From Varaždin, make your way to one of the most beautiful Croatian castles, Trakošćan, with a known history dating back to the 14th century. See if you would like to have lunch, as the evening promises a feast of continental specialties prepared by one of Croatia’s favorite chefs and served in one of acclaimed local restaurants. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 4 ZAGREB ; NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES
After breakfast, depart to Croatia’s most popular national park, situated south of Zagreb. As you drive away from the bustling city landscapes, relax as they turn into rural imagery embraced in green forests. You are headed to 16 cascading lakes which overflow in a spectacular play of over 90 waterfalls, creating the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Your guide will explain the inspiring works of nature behind the beauty of Plitvice and you will have a chance to not only walk around, but enjoy panoramic boat and train rides. After some time on your own, head back to Zagreb for a relaxing evening on your own and an overnight stay.
DAY 5 DEPARTURE
Following breakfast at hotel, take a transfer to Zagreb airport. End of the tour.

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DAY 1 ZAGREB
Arrive at Zagreb Airport and transfer to a hotel in Zagreb for an overnight stay.
DAY 2 ZAGREB
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. Continue exploring on your own in the afternoon and spend another night in Zagreb.
DAY 3 SPLIT
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 4 SPLIT – HVAR
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 5 HVAR
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 6 HVAR – KORČULA
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 7 KORČULA – DUBROVNIK
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 8 DUBROVNIK
Following breakfast, bid farewell to Dubrovnik and enjoy a scenic transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik). End of program.

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DAY 1 ZAGREB
Arrive at Zagreb Airport and transfer to the hotel in Zagreb where you will stay overnight.
DAY 2 ZAGREB
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. Continue exploring on your own in the afternoon and spend another night in Zagreb.
DAY 3 SPLIT
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. A bundle of narrow atmospheric streets which twist and bend between houses, palaces and churches, the heritage of Trogir is rooted in the greatness of 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 stay overnight in Split/Split area.
DAY 4 SPLIT – HVAR
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 5 HVAR
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 6 HVAR – KORČULA
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 7 KORČULA – DUBROVNIK
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 8 DUBROVNIK
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 9 DUBROVNIK
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 10 DUBROVNIK
Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik). End of program.

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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.

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DAY 1 Wednesday ZAGREB; D
Transfer on the day of the tour from Zagreb airport, or another hotel in Zagreb to the tour hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb/Zagreb area/.
DAY 2 Thursday ZAGREB – BLED; B, D
Morning sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatian capital city, gives you 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. Through the carved facades of buildings and baroque churches, we see many green spaces and terraces of cafes where the locals like to gather. Early afternoon departure to Bled, small town in the Julian Alps which could be a setting for a classic fairy tale: immense natural beauty with mountains and forest surrounding an emerald glacial lake, an island in the middle of the lake with a church steeple and its wishing bell, a cliff top castle with picturesque views, and a well-known sweet treat. Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts and is renowned also for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. Dinner and overnight in Bled/Bled area/.
DAY 3 Friday BLED – LJUBLJANA - PLITVICE; B, D
Morning departure to Ljubljana, Slovenian capital where you will have a guided tour of the most significant sights of its old center: the picturesque Central open-air Market and the Three Bridges, the Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain. After Ljubljana we are continuing our journey to Plitvice lakes, well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site, natural beauty of the 16 crystal - blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Walk on the wooden promenades with magnificent views on the waters where every turn leads to a breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense woods, Plitvice lakes are a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice area.
DAY 4 Saturday PLITVICE – ZADAR – OMIŠ; B, D
As the rugged hinterland sceneries slowly melt into the spectacular blue of the Adriatic Sea, you will be travelling to Zadar, Croatia’s up-and-coming coastal gem. In a guided walking tour, explore its Roman roots, pre-Romanesque highlights and tumultuous WWII period, before continuing the drive down the Croatian coast. Past Dalmatia’s largest city of Split, arrive to the petite and charming Omiš. Here, you will embark your cruise. Dinner and overnight in Split/Omiš.
DAY 5 Sunday OMIS – PUCISCA – SPLIT; B, L
Waking up to the dramatic backdrop of the charming town of Omiš will probably entice you to travel up the river Cetina and through its canyon in our optional tour.* Later, you will be able to compare this bit of hinterland with the lovely island of Brač, the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’. You’ve probably seen this ultra-quality limestone already, perhaps on the front of the White House in Washington DC or Bundestag in Berlin, but the optional tour* to the still-operating stonemasonry school in Pučišća brings a chance to learn more about shaping this stone for eternity. Once back on the mainland, stop in Split. Whether you explore on your own or join our optional walking tour*, don’t miss the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian. Originally planned as his retirement estate, today it is the lively city center of Croatia’s second largest city. Whatever you do, make sure to take it easy in Split, as after all, that is the true highlight of local living here. Overnight in Split.
*Split Walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina River
DAY 6 Monday SPLIT – SIBENIK – excursion Skradin and Trogir; B, D
When sailing along the Croatian coast, surpassing the beauty around you may seem like an impossible task. Perhaps so, but there are sites on the Croatian mainland which surely parallel it, such as the Krka River and its stunning estuary. Your coach excursion will first stop in the seaside town of Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir is protected by UNESCO. Next, stop at Skradin, the guardian of the mouth of Krka River and the gateway to its National park. There will be free time for you to explore this place where wild waterfalls inspire serene lakes. Finally, reach Šibenik. Rolling down hillslopes and towered by the immense fortress of St. Michael, Šibenik is a sight to behold from every perspective. An optional walking tour* will introduce you to Šibenik’s great claim to Renaissance – both the one centuries ago, when the town’s Cathedral of St. James was built, and the one happening now, when the town is known as one of Croatia’s upcoming gems. Dinner and overnight in Šibenik.
*Sibenik Walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 7 Tuesday SIBENIK – VIS; B, L
Enjoy the stunning waterfront of Šibenik as you navigate down the narrow channel of St. Anthony out to the open seas. Today you will sail to the island of Vis. You’ll recognize its main settlement, the town of Vis, by numerous masts crisscrossed over the image of its seafront facades. Comprised of the newer, 19th-century harbor area, and the historic, medieval corner, the past of Vis spans two millennia, hence the colorful array of heritage in this small settlement ranges from a Greek cemetery and Roman baths to an English fort and Yugoslav militia tributes. Join an optional guided tour* to get insight into the tumultuous history of Vis and getting some ideas on what to do that very evening. Overnight in Vis.
**Optional excursion: Island of Vis
DAY 8 Wednesday VIS – HVAR – KORCULA (Captains dinner); B, D
Enjoy a breakfast with a view and a morning sail to Hvar, officially the sunniest of 1200 Croatian islands. This jet-set fav is also the island with the most UNESCO-listed heritage in the entire world, so consider joining our optional guided tour*. Then, hop over to Korčula Island, one of the largest islands in the Adriatic, known for its signature lush dark forests. 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. The alleged home of the world renowned traveler Marco Polo is bound to charm you whether you explore it on your own or in an optional walking tour*. Overnight in Korčula.
*Hvar Walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Korčula Walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 9 Thursday KORČULA – MLJET – SLANO; B, L
Continue to another green island, this time Mljet. The national park on the island is the home of two salty lakes connected to the sea via a narrow canal. Nature lovers will get a thrill from hiking or cycling here, possibly even kayaking to the small inlet in the center of the lake, charming with its 12th-century Monastery of St. Mary. Alternatively, join our optional excursion – but whatever you do, do not pass on setting foot on Mljet! Enjoy a lunch on board followed by a refreshing dip before setting sail back to the mainland and the small settlement of Slano. In vicinity of Slano, the petite town of Ston claims its fame for many things gourmand: potent wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels. Our optional tour the Taste of Dalmatia* highlights all these treasures, but you can also just relax in Slano, where we are docked overnight.
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 10 Friday SLANO – DUBROVNIK; B, L
Take in the last of the Slano cool over breakfast. Just thereafter, you will set sail to Croatia’s southernmost gem and the renowned hotspot, Dubrovnik. Glimpse at its beauty sailing beneath the mighty City Walls, much in the same way its enemies and allies used to, before dropping anchor in the port of Gruž. The optional walking tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town takes you by the world-famous landmarks, strolling down the same streets that the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood walked. Whatever you might consider to be the town’s main drawcard, Dubrovnik’s city walls and its courteous spirit will swiftly transport you back in time to when this was an independent republic which successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you will be staying in Dubrovnik overnight.
* Dubrovnik old tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port of Gruz to the Old town – optional walking tour package
DAY 11 Saturday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B
Enjoy your breakfast before disembarking the ship by noon.

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DAY 1 Wednesday ZAGREB; D
On the first day of the tour, an organized transfer will bring you to your hotel from the airport or your accommodation in Zagreb. Enjoy a day of leisure, followed by a dinner and overnight stay in Zagreb/Zagreb area.
DAY 2 Thursday ZAGREB – BLED B, D
In the morning, 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. As the morning sets into the afternoon, head out to the contrasting, tiny, fairy-tale like Bled in Slovenia. Surrounded in lushly forested Julian Alps, Bled graces the shores of the glacial lake Bled, an idyllic corner of the world accentuated by a graceful castle perched high up on the rocks and a serene island topped with a church steeple floating in the lake’s center. Dinner and overnight in Bled/Bled area.
DAY 3 Friday BLED – LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE; B, D
New morning, another capital city. Today, visit Ljubljana, the petite, charming and quaint heart of Slovenia. Life here revolves around the river Ljubljanica, crisscrossed by romantic bridges and loomed over by the medieval Ljubljana castle perched high up above the town’s cozy center. After sightseeing with an expert local guide, enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside of Slovenia and hills Croatia to the region’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. Enjoy a dinner and overnight stay in Plitvice area.
DAY 4 Saturday PLITVICE – ZADAR – SPLIT; B, D
As the rugged hinterland sceneries slowly melt into the spectacular blue of the Adriatic Sea, you will be travelling to Zadar, Croatia’s up-and-coming coastal gem. In a guided walking tour, explore its Roman roots, pre-Romanesque highlights and tumultuous WWII period, before continuing to Croatia’s second largest city, Split. All about its seafront promenades, long coffees and white stone from the neighboring island of Brač, Split’s urbanity developed from its present day historic core, the immense palace intended for the retirement of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Your guide will tell you everything about this centuries-long journey from a palace to a town, leaving you ample time to explore the vibrant café and shopping scenes of Split before embarking on the Adriatic Paradise Cruise. Dinner and overnight Split.
DAY 5 Sunday SPLIT – HVAR (Island of HVAR) – VELA LUKA (Island of Korcula); B, D (Captains dinner)
Following a lazy morning, set sail to the island of Hvar, known for the purple of its lavender, the red of its wines and the Venetian feel of its hotspot Hvar. Join an optional guided walking tour of the town pf Hvar* or explore it on your own before continuing to Korčula. Stop for a dip at Pakleni Islands, the wondrous neighboring archipelago famous for its blue coves and warm sea. A short cruise brings you to Vela Luka on Korčula Island, where you will arrive just in time for a relaxing late afternoon, a dinner and overnight stay.
*Hvar town – optional walking tour package
DAY 6 Monday VELA LUKA (Island of KORCULA) – POMENA (Island of MLJET) – SLANO; B, L
Your captain will choose a secluded bay to hop in the sea and start the day. Surrounded in deep green forests which earned Korčula its name and fame, meditate upon the sound of crickets and silence as you immerse yourself in the essence of this region: the crystal blue sea. Then continue to another green island, this time Mljet. The national park on the island is the home of two salty lakes connected with the sea via a narrow canal. Nature lovers will get a kick from hiking or cycling here, possibly even kayaking to the small inlet in the center of the lake, charming with its 12th-century Monastery of St. Mary. Alternatively, join our optional excursion* – but whatever you do, do not miss out on Mljet! Spend the evening in the small settlement of Slano on the mainland, once adored by Dubrovnik sea captains. The reasons become self-evident as soon as you take your first stroll along the waterfront.
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park, free time in the National park.
DAY 7 Tuesday SLANO – DUBROVNIK; B, L
In vicinity of Slano, the petite town of Ston claims its fame for many things gourmand: strong wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels. Our optional tour the Taste of Dalmatia* highlights all these treasures, but you can also just relax in Slano before sailing out to Dubrovnik. Midway, a dip on Lopud Island gets you up and ready to join an optional guided tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town. Surrounded in immense city walls, as if in a universe of its own, the world-famous facades line up as you walk the same streets like the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you will be staying in Dubrovnik overnight.
*Dubrovnik old tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port of Gruz to the Old town – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 8 Wednesday DUBROVNIK – EXCURSION TO MONTENEGRO; B, D
In the morning, venture east. Past the serene valley of Konavle, cross the border with Montenegro. The scenery turns more dramatic, with snowcapped mountains looming over the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Driving around Boka bay, its beauty entices, with settlements inhabited as early as the Illyrian and Roman times charmingly dotting the shorelines. Discover the picturesque Perast with its quaint seafront and Our Lady of the Rocks church poised on a manmade island facing the town. Next, visit the UNESCO-listed gem of Kotor. Compare it to Dubrovnik, and find distinct Venetian heritage as the main difference. After your guide introduces you to a maze of curvy alleys and sun-kissed piazzas, wander around on your own before heading back. Upon return, dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area.
DAY 9 Thursday DUBROVNIK – ELAPHITE ISLANDS – KORČULA; B, L
The far south of Croatia holds many gems. Scattered between Dubrovnik and Korčula, the Elaphite archipelago is alluring for its pristine islands which were once an oasis for local seamen to build their ships and for captains to build their estates. Today, the Elaphites are today praised for their quaint ambiance. Stop at one of the three inhabited ones for a stroll and a swim, before a lunch on board en route to Korčula. 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. The alleged home of the world renowned traveler Marco Polo is bound to charm you whether you explore it on your own or in an optional walking tour*. Overnight in Korčula.
*Korcula town walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 10 Friday KORČULA – BRAČ – OMIŠ; B, L
Breakfast is served over the stunning views of the playfully dispersed archipelago of Korčula, and followed by a scenic sail around the tips of Pelješac peninsula and Hvar Island, perhaps even a refreshing dip along the way. Stop to visit the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’, the island of Brač. You’ve probably seen this ultra-quality limestone already, perhaps on the front of the White House in Washington DC or Bundestag in Berlin, but the optional tour* to the still-operating stonemasonry school in Pučišća brings a chance to learn more about shaping this stone for eternity. Once back at the mainland, get stunned by the dramatic rocks backing the lovely settlement of Omiš right at the mouth of Cetina River. Consider exploring the Cetina River canyon in a boat excursion*. Overnight in Omiš.
*Stonemasonry School – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina River
DAY 11 Saturday OMIŠ – SPLIT; B
Bright and early, head from Omiš to Split. Enjoy a farewell breakfast before saying goodbye your fellow travelers and crew and disembarking after breakfast.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
Unesco heritage sites:
Historic City of Trogir (1997)
Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979)
Old City of Dubrovnik (1979)
Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979)
Capital cities:
Zagreb (Croatia)
Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Natural sites:
Lake Bled
DAY 1 Wednesday ZAGREB; D
On the first day of the tour, an organized transfer will bring you to your hotel from the airport or your accommodation in Zagreb. Enjoy a day of leisure, followed by a dinner and overnight stay in Zagreb/Zagreb area.
DAY 2 Thursday ZAGREB – BLED B, D
In the morning, 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. As the morning sets into the afternoon, head out to the contrasting, tiny, fairy-tale like Bled in Slovenia. Surrounded in lushly forested Julian Alps, Bled graces the shores of the glacial lake Bled, an idyllic corner of the world accentuated by a graceful castle perched high up on the rocks and a serene island topped with a church steeple floating in the lake’s center. Dinner and overnight in Bled/Bled area.
DAY 3 Friday BLED – LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE; B, D
New morning, another capital city. Today, visit Ljubljana, the petite, charming and quaint heart of Slovenia. Life here revolves around the river Ljubljanica, crisscrossed by romantic bridges and loomed over by the medieval Ljubljana castle perched high up above the town’s cozy center. After sightseeing with an expert local guide, enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside of Slovenia and hills Croatia to the region’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. Enjoy a dinner and overnight stay in Plitvice area.
DAY 4 Saturday PLITVICE – ZADAR – SPLIT; B, D
As the rugged hinterland sceneries slowly melt into the spectacular blue of the Adriatic Sea, you will be travelling to Zadar, Croatia’s up-and-coming coastal gem. In a guided walking tour, explore its Roman roots, pre-Romanesque highlights and tumultuous WWII period, before continuing to Croatia’s second largest city, Split. All about its seafront promenades, long coffees and white stone from the neighboring island of Brač, Split’s urbanity developed from its present day historic core, the immense palace intended for the retirement of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Your guide will tell you everything about this centuries-long journey from a palace to a town, leaving you ample time to explore the vibrant café and shopping scenes of Split on your own. Dinner and overnight in Split/Split area/.
DAY 5 Sunday SPLIT – DUBROVNIK; B, D
Head down to the far south of Croatia to discover its marvelous gem - Dubrovnik. Whether you know it as the Pearl of the Adriatic or as the King’s Landing, the Old Town is known to enchant every single visitor who makes it past its immense stone gates. Between its medieval and baroque facades, you’ll spot corners, stairs and alleys today known as the set of HBO’s popular Game of Thrones. The guide of your walking tour will tell you all about the town’s glorious history as a merchant force and an independent Republic, but will also share a few present-day gossips! Continue getting to know Croatia’s marvel on your own, perhaps even enjoy a swim beneath the mighty walls. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/ Dubrovnik area/.
DAY 6 Monday DUBROVNIK; B, D
You can choose to spend a completely leisurely day or embark on an optional day excursion to the island of Korčula. A blend of lush forests, Venetian heritage and unique wine sorts, the face of Korčula Island remains its acclaimed Korčula Old Town. Get the story on its intricate design, impressive lion statues, Gothic facades and medieval dances as your guide swirls you around the cobweb of stone streets to highlight the favorite local stories and legends. Enjoy a stroll on your own and perhaps a snack before sailing back to Pelješac peninsula and visiting a local winery to sample the region’s signature jewel! After the end of your tour, enjoy a dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik/ Dubrovnik area/.
DAY 7 Tuesday DEPARTURE; B
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport or hotels in Dubrovnik.

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