CROATIA ISLAND HOPPING – Dalmatian Odyssey 2019 - from Dubrovnik

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DAY 1 DUBROVNIK
Arrival to Dubrovnik airport. Transfer to hotel in Dubrovnik and overnight.
DAY 2 DUBROVNIK
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel followed by a day to discover Croatia’s southernmost town on your own. Wander around Dubrovnik Old Town, the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Medieval times still linger around the corners of its stone streets while baroque plays a symphony on its palace facades. From the Franciscan Monastery to the Church of St. Blaise and the Rector’s Palace, a stroll around Dubrovnik is filled with jaw-dropping sights. Don’t miss a round on the city walls for a fresh perspective and then top it all off with a ride on the cable car and the breathtaking panoramas from the Srđ hill. Stay the night in a Dubrovnik hotel.
DAY 3 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 4 DUBROVNIK - KORČULA
Following breakfast, get ready to start travelling up the Croatian coast. With over a 1000 islands, the Adriatic is an adventure of fantastic imagery stringed together by the mesmerizing shades of blue sea, green pines and rugged rocks. As you make your way to the island of Korčula, enjoy the sights of the Elaphiti Archipelago and of lovely seaside villages and resorts lining the coast. The sixth largest island in Croatia, Korčula, stands out amid its own archipelago, especially popular for fantastic winds which draw the attention of windsurfers and sailors from all around the world. Enjoy an overnight stay in Korčula.
DAY 5 KORČULA
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. Enjoy some time for exploring on your own and an overnight stay in a hotel.
DAY 6 KORČULA - HVAR
Enjoy a breakfast at your Korčula hotel before setting sail to the island of Hvar. Known for great diversity and lavender-hued landscapes, the island charms with the bustling squares and Venetian palaces of its glitzy Hvar town just like it does with the serene waterfront of Jelsa, the bridges of Vrboska and vineyards at Ivan Dolac. Featuring more UNESCO heritage than any other island in the world, Hvar was also the home of organized tourism in Croatia, so plan your leisure time well to get the most of it! Spend the night in a hotel in Hvar.
DAY 7 HVAR - SPLIT
After breakfast at the hotel, cruise back to the mainland, to 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! Overnight stay in Split.
DAY 8 SPLIT
After breakfast, enjoy a transfer to Split airport (or other hotel/accommodation in Split). End of program.

CROATIA ISLAND HOPPING – BEST OF DALMATIA 2019 - from Split

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DAY 1 SPLIT
Arrive at Split Airport and transfer to hotel in Split for an overnight stay.
DAY 2 SPLIT - VIS
After breakfast at the hotel, take the late-morning catamaran over to the island of Vis, the furthest-flung inhabited island on the Croatian side of the Adriatic. The home of regattas, fishermen and sailors, Vis is untouched, having been off public limits for the better part of the 20th century, when it served as a military base. Wander to find your own secluded beach in one of the picturesque bays surrounding the town of Vis, and spend the rest of the day under the sun and by the sea. Overnight stay in a hotel.
DAY 3 VIS
On the neighboring island of Biševo, the Blue Cave is a beautiful natural phenomenon where blue light fills in the entire cave at a certain time of day. It is one of those unique places where you have to take a small boat and enter inside to find yourself fully immersed in a completely stunning moment of nature! Choose our optional excursion to Biševo Island to enjoy the Blue Cave and the surrounding crystal clear Adriatic, or stick around the island of Vis, discovering its Yugoslav military heritage, fisherman towns like Komiža, unique wines or the stunningly preserved nature. Overnight in the hotel.
DAY 4 VIS - SPLIT
After breakfast, lounge around the town of Vis. Have another swim or perhaps pop into the town’s Archeological museum and delve deeper into the island’s history, stretching back well over 2000 years to the times when the Greek colony Issa was established here, the first in the region. Early in the afternoon, hop on the catamaran and return to Split. Enjoy a late-day glass of wine somewhere along the famed waterfront of Split, called Riva, where locals flock all day long to see and be seen. Spend overnight in a hotel in Split.
DAY 5 SPLIT - BRAC
Enjoy breakfast and then a morning at leisure to explore the lively town of Split on your own. 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. Its city center, the Diocletian’s Palace, was once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today houses 3,000 people! Later in the day, take the ferry from Split to Supetar on the neighboring Brač Island. Stay overnight in one of beautiful Brač villages, whether Bol, Supertar or Postira.
DAY 6 BRAC - HVAR
One of the main trademarks of the stunning Brač Island is the golden-hued beach of Zlatni Rat (the Golden Horn). Featured in every brochure of Croatia, this heavenly patch of sand and pebbles dances to the winds, stirring its shape to the continuous play of waves and currents. Super-popular, Zlatni Rat is known for great beach time, whether you’re into sunbathing and swimming, or adrenaline-ridden activities like windsurfing. Enjoy the beach and the morning to yourself, then stroll around the adjacent town of Bol, the oldest settlement on Brač. In the afternoon, hop on a catamaran to Jelsa on the island of Hvar. Transfer to your hotel in the town of Hvar for overnight stay.
DAY 7 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 8 HVAR - KORCULA
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, either to its Vela Luka or to Korčula Old Town. Either way, enjoy your overnight stay in a hotel in Korčula Old Town.
DAY 9 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 10 DUBROVNIK
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel followed by a day to discover Croatia’s southernmost town on your own. Wander around Dubrovnik Old Town, the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Medieval times still linger around the corners of its stone streets while baroque plays a symphony on its palace facades. From the Franciscan Monastery to the Church of St. Blaise and the Rector’s Palace, a stroll around Dubrovnik is filled with jaw-dropping sights. Don’t miss a round on the city walls for a fresh perspective and then top it all off with a ride on the cable car and the breathtaking panoramas from the Srđ hill. Stay the night in a Dubrovnik hotel.  
DAY 11 DUBROVNIK
Following breakfast, bid farewell to Dubrovnik and enjoy a scenic transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik). End of program.

CROATIA ISLAND HOPPING – SOUTH ADRIATIC 2019 - from Split

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DAY 1 SPLIT
Arrive at Split Airport and transfer to hotel in Split for an overnight stay.
DAY 2 SPLIT - BRAC
Enjoy breakfast and then a morning at leisure to explore the lively town of Split on your own. 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. Its city center, the Diocletian’s Palace, was once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today houses 3,000 people! Later in the day, take the ferry from Split to Supetar on the neighboring Brač Island. Stay overnight in one of beautiful Brač villages, whether Bol, Supertar or Postira.
DAY 3 BRAC - HVAR
One of the main trademarks of the stunning Brač Island is the golden-hued beach of Zlatni Rat (the Golden Horn). Featured in every brochure of Croatia, this heavenly patch of sand and pebbles dances to the winds, stirring its shape to the continuous play of waves and currents. Super-popular, Zlatni Rat is known for great beach time, whether you’re into sunbathing and swimming, or adrenaline-ridden activities like windsurfing. Enjoy the beach and the morning to yourself, then stroll around the adjacent town of Bol, the oldest settlement on Brač. In the afternoon, hop on a catamaran to Jelsa on the island of Hvar. Transfer to your hotel in the town of Hvar for overnight stay.
DAY 4 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 5 HVAR - KORCULA
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, either to Vela Luka or to the town of Korčula. Spend the night in a hotel in the town of Korčula.
DAY 6 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 7 DUBROVNIK
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel followed by a day to discover Croatia’s southernmost town on your own. Wander around Dubrovnik Old Town, the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Medieval times still linger around the corners of its stone streets while baroque plays a symphony on its palace facades. From the Franciscan Monastery to the Church of St. Blaise and the Rector’s Palace, a stroll around Dubrovnik is filled with jaw-dropping sights. Don’t miss a round on the city walls for a fresh perspective and then top it all off with a ride on the cable car and the breathtaking panoramas from the Srđ hill. Stay the night in a Dubrovnik 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.

CROATIA ISLAND HOPPING – DALMATIA 2019 - from Split

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DAY 1 SPLIT
Arrive at Split Airport and transfer to the hotel in Split for an overnight stay.
DAY 2 SPLIT - HVAR
After breakfast at the hotel, set out for 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 in a hotel in the glitzy town of Hvar.
DAY 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 DUBROVNIK
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel followed by a day to discover Croatia’s southernmost town on your own. Wander around Dubrovnik Old Town, the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Medieval times still linger around the corners of its stone streets while baroque plays a symphony on its palace facades. From the Franciscan Monastery to the Church of St. Blaise and the Rector’s Palace, a stroll around Dubrovnik is filled with jaw-dropping sights. Don’t miss a round on the city walls for a fresh perspective and then top it all off with a ride on the cable car and the breathtaking panoramas from the Srđ hill. Stay the night in a Dubrovnik hotel.
DAY 7 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 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.

CROATIA COUNTRYSIDE AND ISLAND HOPPING 2019 - 8 days, 7 nights – from Zagreb

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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.

CROATIA COUNTRYSIDE AND ISLAND HOPPING 2019 - 10 days, 9 nights – from Zagreb

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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. 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.

CROATIAN HIGHLIGHTS 2019 - 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. 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.

DISCOVER THE WESTERN BALKANS + HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH ADRIATIC CRUISE by Adriatic Pearl or similar - Combo 2019 - from Zagreb

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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)

- Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar; Zadar (2017)

Capital cities:

- Zagreb (Croatia)

- Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Natural sites:

- Lake Bled

National Parks:

- Mljet

Islands:

- Hvar

- Korčula

- Mljet

- Brač

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 - OMIS; B, D

Morning departure towards Zadar, where upon arrival we'll be taking you for a guided walking tour through the Roman Forum from the 2nd century BC, passing by the 9th century pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus as well as St. Anastasia church. Departure to Omis. Embark on Highlights of South Adriatic Cruise. Dinner and overnight Split/Omiš. 

DAY 5 Sunday OMIS - PUCISCA - SPLIT; B, L

Morning after breakfast you can join optional boat excursion up the canyon of the river Cetina before setting sails towards Pučišća on the island of Brač. After docking at Pucisca, your cruise manager will take you for a short visit* to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brac limestone and their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use. In the afternoon you will continue sailing to Split, your port of call for the day. Upon arrival you are free to enjoy the Old Town and introduce yourself with the monumental Diocletian Palace built over 1700 years ago or you can join on guided walking tour*. Because of its historical and architectural importance, the whole Old Town is part of the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. Later you can just join the locals enjoying a cup of coffee on their much beloved seaside promenade. Overnight in Split.

*Split Walking tour – 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

After breakfast you will join our excursion to Trogir and Skradin. Leaving Split first stop will be Trogir, small Dalmatian town listed on UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage, situated on an island and squeezed in between the mainland and the larger island of Ciovo. Except for the green parks the entire island is occupied by spectacular constructions of stone-houses, palaces, churches, monasteries, towers, walls etc. You will have free time to pay a visit to the main attraction in Trogir – the Cathedral of St. Lawrence which is probably the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia. Continuing by coach through the karst of Sibenik hinterland we will stop in Skradin. Skradin is situated on the upper end of Krka estuary at the entrance to National Park, you will have free time for exploration. Final destination of the day will be Sibenik, where you can take optional walking tour*. Stroll with your guide through the narrow and steep streets; pass by the most important monument, the Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. James located in the main town square. By its beauty, construction particularities and style characteristics, it represents not only the major and the most valuable monument of the town’s architectural heritage, but it is also a unique monument of the European sacral architecture, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2001. Dinner and overnight Sibenik.

*Sibenik Walking tour – optional walking tour package

DAY 7 Tuesday SIBENIK - VIS; B, L

After breakfast departure to Vis. Stop will be made for swimming and relaxing (weather dependable). Afternoon arrival to Vis – island famous for sandy beaches and beautiful bays. Vis is untouched by the modern development and tourism for many years so one can experience the tradition and the way of life of the Mediterranean as it once was. Dinner is taken on board for full board option. Overnight in Vis.

**Optional excursion: Island of Vis

DAY 8 Wednesday VIS - HVAR - KORCULA (Captains dinner); B, D

Breakfast on board and early departure to Hvar - famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns. Your destination is the town of Hvar, a town of immense beauty that buzzes with vibrant energy in the summer sun. Upon arrival, our expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar. After the guided walking tour* of Hvar we will set sail to Korcula Island. Arrival to Korčula in the afternoon is followed by optional walking tour*. Dinner and overnight in Korcula

*Hvar Walking tour – optional walking tour package

*Korčula Walking tour – optional walking tour package

DAY 9 Thursday KORČULA - MLJET - SLANO; B, L

Breakfast on board and departure to Pomena (Mljet island). Island of Mljet on its western side houses the National Park Mljet, known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise salty lakes surrounded by thick forest. Upon arrival you will have plenty of free time to explore the park individually, for example, by renting bikes and cycling or jogging on the numerous paths around the lakes or in the forests or take our optional trip to the Lakes. Lunch and swimming break are followed by early afternoon departure to Slano. After arrival you are free to take optional guided tour Taste of Dalmatia – you will visit Ston a small town famous of its 5 km long city walls (the longest one in Europe) and visit local vinery where you will have opportunity to taste some finest Dalmatian wines. Overnight in Slano.

**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park 

**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia

DAY 10 Friday SLANO - DUBROVNIK; B, L

After breakfast we set sail to Dubrovnik and cruise beneath The City Walls. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, for those who purchased Walking Tour package transfer is organized to the Old Town, Pile gate where you will be joining a guided tour* of Dubrovnik. Our local expert will show you around this fascinating world-known landmark, an ancient town protected by 13th century fortifications. Dubrovnik was for centuries a standalone Republic and the only power able to compete with the Venetians. After the tour you will have free time to explore Dubrovnik on your own. You can take the cable-car to the top of the hill overlooking Dubrovnik for wonderful photo opportunities, make the tour of the walls or just enjoy a scoop of ice cream as you stroll through its narrow streets paved with ancient stones. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package 

DAY 11 Saturday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B

Disembarkation after breakfast by 9:00 AM

 

DISCOVER THE WESTERN BALKANS + HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH ADRIATIC CRUISE by Agape Rose - Combo 2019 - from Zagreb

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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)

- Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar; Zadar (2017)

Capital cities:

- Zagreb (Croatia)

- Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Natural sites:

- Lake Bled

National Parks:

- Mljet

Islands:

- Hvar

- Korčula

- Mljet

- Brač

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 - OMIS; B, D

Morning departure towards Zadar, where upon arrival we'll be taking you for a guided walking tour through the Roman Forum from the 2nd century BC, passing by the 9th century pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus as well as St. Anastasia church. Departure to Omis. Embark on Highlights of South Adriatic Cruise. Dinner and overnight Split/Omiš. 

DAY 5 Sunday OMIS - PUCISCA - SPLIT; B, L

Morning after breakfast you can join optional boat excursion up the canyon of the river Cetina before setting sails towards Pučišća on the island of Brač. After docking at Pucisca, your cruise manager will take you for a short visit* to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brac limestone and their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use. In the afternoon you will continue sailing to Split, your port of call for the day. Upon arrival you are free to enjoy the Old Town and introduce yourself with the monumental Diocletian Palace built over 1700 years ago or you can join on guided walking tour*. Because of its historical and architectural importance, the whole Old Town is part of the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. Later you can just join the locals enjoying a cup of coffee on their much beloved seaside promenade. Overnight in Split.

*Split Walking tour – 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

After breakfast you will join our excursion to Trogir and Skradin. Leaving Split first stop will be Trogir, small Dalmatian town listed on UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage, situated on an island and squeezed in between the mainland and the larger island of Ciovo. Except for the green parks the entire island is occupied by spectacular constructions of stone-houses, palaces, churches, monasteries, towers, walls etc. You will have free time to pay a visit to the main attraction in Trogir – the Cathedral of St. Lawrence which is probably the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia. Continuing by coach through the karst of Sibenik hinterland we will stop in Skradin. Skradin is situated on the upper end of Krka estuary at the entrance to National Park, you will have free time for exploration. Final destination of the day will be Sibenik, where you can take optional walking tour*. Stroll with your guide through the narrow and steep streets; pass by the most important monument, the Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. James located in the main town square. By its beauty, construction particularities and style characteristics, it represents not only the major and the most valuable monument of the town’s architectural heritage, but it is also a unique monument of the European sacral architecture, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2001. Dinner and overnight Sibenik.

*Sibenik Walking tour – optional walking tour package

DAY 7 Tuesday SIBENIK - VIS; B, L

After breakfast departure to Vis. Stop will be made for swimming and relaxing (weather dependable). Afternoon arrival to Vis – island famous for sandy beaches and beautiful bays. Vis is untouched by the modern development and tourism for many years so one can experience the tradition and the way of life of the Mediterranean as it once was. Dinner is taken on board for full board option. Overnight in Vis.

**Optional excursion: Island of Vis

DAY 8 Wednesday VIS - HVAR - KORCULA (Captains dinner); B, D

Breakfast on board and early departure to Hvar - famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns. Your destination is the town of Hvar, a town of immense beauty that buzzes with vibrant energy in the summer sun. Upon arrival, our expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar. After the guided walking tour* of Hvar we will set sail to Korcula Island. Arrival to Korčula in the afternoon is followed by optional walking tour*. Dinner and overnight in Korcula

*Hvar Walking tour – optional walking tour package

*Korčula Walking tour – optional walking tour package

DAY 9 Thursday KORČULA - MLJET - SLANO; B, L

Breakfast on board and departure to Pomena (Mljet island). Island of Mljet on its western side houses the National Park Mljet, known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise salty lakes surrounded by thick forest. Upon arrival you will have plenty of free time to explore the park individually, for example, by renting bikes and cycling or jogging on the numerous paths around the lakes or in the forests or take our optional trip to the Lakes. Lunch and swimming break are followed by early afternoon departure to Slano. After arrival you are free to take optional guided tour Taste of Dalmatia – you will visit Ston a small town famous of its 5 km long city walls (the longest one in Europe) and visit local vinery where you will have opportunity to taste some finest Dalmatian wines. Overnight in Slano.

**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park 

**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia

DAY 10 Friday SLANO - DUBROVNIK; B, L

After breakfast we set sail to Dubrovnik and cruise beneath The City Walls. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, for those who purchased Walking Tour package transfer is organized to the Old Town, Pile gate where you will be joining a guided tour* of Dubrovnik. Our local expert will show you around this fascinating world-known landmark, an ancient town protected by 13th century fortifications. Dubrovnik was for centuries a standalone Republic and the only power able to compete with the Venetians. After the tour you will have free time to explore Dubrovnik on your own. You can take the cable-car to the top of the hill overlooking Dubrovnik for wonderful photo opportunities, make the tour of the walls or just enjoy a scoop of ice cream as you stroll through its narrow streets paved with ancient stones. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package 

DAY 11 Saturday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B

Disembarkation after breakfast by 9:00 AM

 

CROATIAN HIGHLAND ADVENTURE - 2019 from Zagreb or Rijeka

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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.

ZAGREB ADVENTURE CITY BREAK

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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.

ZAGREB EXCLUSIVE CITY BREAK

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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.

DUBROVNIK EXCLUSIVE CITY BREAK 2019

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DAY 1 DUBROVNIK
Arrive at Dubrovnik airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an evening one-on-one with Dubrovnik and an overnight stay.
DAY 2 DUBROVNIK; CITY WALLS WALKING TOUR AND EXCLUSIVE DINNER
Today, get up-close-and-personal with the fabulous Dubrovnik and the revered, UNESCO-listed Old Town. After breakfast, the guided stroll around the medieval city walls and through the maze of atmospheric alleyways reveals all the splendor which makes Dubrovnik a world-class destination, from the intricate stonework of the palace façades, like Sponza and the Rector’s Palace, to the lively open-air markets and potable water at the Onofrio’s Fountain. Pick your personal favorites before rounding off your day with a bang – a fine-dining showcase of Adriatic specialties at a longstanding exclusive Dubrovnik restaurant. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 3 DUBROVNIK; CAVTAT TOUR AND COOKING CLASS
Set east and explore important threads of Dubrovnik’s existence, its origins and the relevance of food in keeping the communities together. After breakfast, drive to Cavtat, once a Roman colony named Epidaurus that preceded Dubrovnik and partook in its making. Today, Cavtat is like the serene version of Dubrovnik, where your time is best spent enjoying the idyllic waterfront – whether by taking a pine-shaded seaside walk or by immersing into the local custom of sipping coffee and gazing away at the sea. Rejoin your guide to head out to the countryside to a family household where you will learn by doing and master the importance of food in the everyday life of a local family. After your cooking class, savor the excellent fruits of your labor before returning to Dubrovnik and enjoying an evening on your own to wander around Dubrovnik some more.
DAY 4 DUBROVNIK; KORCULA ISLAND BY PRIVATE MOTORBOAT
The town of Korčula on the island of the same name was supposedly the birthplace of Marco Polo, the famous world explorer. Thus, when in vicinity – it only makes sense to head out to Korčula and explore it! Power up with a breakfast at the hotel, and after a short transfer to the port, hop onto a private motorboat for an exciting and scenic ride to this beautiful island. As soon as you set foot into its ring of historic walls, the Old Town of Korčula envelops you in medieval times still lurking from its towers and corners of its curving stone alleys hiding away stunning churches, buildings and palaces. After sightseeing, find a place to refresh with a dip or a lunch, as you prefer. Upon return, enjoy an evening on your own drawing parallels between the two old towns, the one of Korčula and the one of Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 5 DEPARTURE
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel and then take a transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

SPLIT ADVENTURE CITY BREAK - from Split

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DAY 1 SPLIT - ARRIVAL AND WELCOME MEETING
Following arrival at Split airport and a transfer to your hotel, relax before your welcome meeting at 19:00. Enjoy an evening to yourself and overnight stay in Split.
DAY 2 SEA KAYAKING
Seen from the sea, the largest city on the Adriatic coast is quite something. You’ll witness this yourself when you set off kayaking after breakfast. Paddling along the shores of Split, admire the 1700-years-old Diocletian’s Palace, the lively heart of Split. As you pass by and the landmarks slowly disappear behind you, take in the pristine beauty of Marjan hill’s southern shores and enjoy the landscapes dotted with remarkable sites: the gallery of Ivan Meštrović, Croatia’s famous sculptor, and Villa Dalmatia, formerly the villa of the Yugoslav president Tito. Round off your kayak tour with a drink by the Maritime Research Institute and a visit to the attractive Bay of Bene before returning to Split for one last memorable glimpse of its stunning Roman Palace. Spend the rest of the day discovering the hidden corners of Split. Overnight stay in Split.
DAY 3 CETINA RIVER RAFTING
After a 100-kilometers-long run through the barren hinterland of Dalmatia, Cetina River ultimately becomes a gorge and flows into the Adriatic Sea in an idyllic spot by the petite town of Omiš. The most abundant in water of all the rivers around here, Cetina is loved both for its dreamy, wavering bits and its exciting rapids. Starting from Split, travel to the village of Čikotina Lađa for an introduction to rafting and safety before getting onto the real thing. Put on a helmet, grab a paddle and go with the flow! The three hours of excitement end in Blato on Cetina, a scenic spot where you will have some time to sort out your impressions and decide this was the best thing ever! After returning to Split, relax on your own and get a good night’s sleep for another active day ahead.
DAY 4 ZIPLINE
Without a doubt, the emerald Cetina River and its stunning landscapes are a divine playground all adrenaline lovers, so you’ll be returning for the second time in a row. Today, see the gorgeous Cetina gorge swooshing above it! You’ll meet up with your expert zip-lining instructor in Omiš, following a short transfer from Split. Before you know it, you’ll be completely propped up with gear and educated on what to do! Building up your skill, expect to build up an adrenaline rush too, knowing that you will soon fly at a speed of 60 km/h. Once you finally face the 700-meters-long wire, stretched over a stunning gorge, you’ll know that this experience will for sure be the highlight of your trip to Croatia! After zip-lining, return to Split and enjoy your overnight stay.
DAY 5 SPLIT - DEPARTURE
Goodbyes are never easy, but rest assured you will return home feeling invigorated! Say goodbye to the town of Split before heading to the airport.

SPLIT EXCLUSIVE CITY BREAK

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DAY 1 SPLIT; OLIVE OIL AND WINE TASTING
Upon arrival at Split airport, take a transfer to your hotel. Freshen up and then enjoy a true introduction to the region: wine and olive oil tasting. The heritage of the ancient Greeks, the two are today essential ingredients of any Croatian meal, and you will savor them with a dash of modern zest, slowly catching on in this otherwise quite traditional area. Enjoy Split in the evening and stay overnight.
DAY 2 SPLIT; SPLIT AND TROGIR WALKING TOUR, EXCLUSIVE DINNER
After breakfast, set out to explore the shorelines surrounding Split. The towns you will visit, Split and Trogir, have both seen the Greeks, the Romans, Venetians, Napoleon, the Habsburgs, yet have, each in their own way, managed to sustain an easy-going seaside mindset. Still, over time, Split flourished into Croatia’s second largest city, while Trogir retained its small-scale charms. Learn about the stunning heritage in their UNESCO-listed historic centers, and visit their Cathedrals, St. Domnius in Split and St. Lawrence in Trogir. Round off your day with a rhapsody of the Mediterranean freshness and flavors at one Split’s favorite fine-dining venues. Overnight in Split.
DAY 3 SPLIT; HVAR ISLAND BY PRIVATE MOTOROBAT; LUNCH ON PAKLENI ISLANDS
A visit to Split would never be complete without hopping over to one of the islands which bulge on its horizon line. After breakfast at the hotel, get on a private motorboat for a transfer to the stunning island of Hvar and its glitzy hotspot, the town of Hvar. Frequented by jet-setters, European royalty and international superstars, Hvar is the birthplace of organized tourism in Croatia and also the home of the oldest European public theater, but outside the town premises, the island still upkeeps its traditions, sloping vineyards and endless lavender groves. Enjoy a lunch in one of the bays over at the neighboring Pakleni islands, and then a well-deserved dip in the crystal clear sea. Heaven on Earth! Return to Split, enjoy you last evening as you please and spend overnight in Split.
DAY 4 DEPARTURE
After enjoying a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

SOUTH ADRIATIC COASTLINE 2019. - from Dubrovnik

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Unesco heritage sites:

Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979)

Historic City of Trogir (1997)

Old City of Dubrovnik (1979)

Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (1979)

Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar (2005)

Cities:

Korčula (Croatia)

Perast (Montenegro)

DAY 1 Sunday DUBROVNIK area; D

Transfer from Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik harbor or another hotel in Dubrovnik to the designated tour hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area/.

DAY 2 Monday DUBROVNIK area; Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car; B, D

Start your south Adriatic coach tour by getting a bird’s-eye perspective onto things. In the company of a local guide, enjoy a swift cable car ride to the hill Srđ, towering directly above Dubrovnik. From the top, get an understanding of the intricate position of this remarkable town, but also unforgettable glimpses of its terracotta roofs and neatly arranged Old Town streets. Then, explore them on foot, learning of the local cultural treasures and historic pathways. As you delve into the harmony, simplicity and beauty of this remarkable town, you’ll definitely get a sense of your journey beginning with a grand opening! Return to your hotel early in the afternoon, and enjoy a dinner and overnight Dubrovnik area.

DAY 3 Tuesday DUBROVNIK area; Ancient 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 4 Wednesday DUBROVNIK – MAKARSKA RIVIERA; B, D

En route to the leisurely Makarska, divert across another border into Bosnia and Herzegovina. Discover Mostar, the crossroads of the east and the west, where urban style, religion, culture and food all embrace the clash. As you explore its sights like the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques, your guide will bring the town’s contrasts and lessons in focus and then allow you to explore on your own, visit the old craft shops, and savor some traditional fare like čevapći or baklava (sweets). Arrive to Makarska later in the afternoon and enjoy a dinner and overnight stay at Makarska Riviera.

DAY 5 Thursday MAKARSKA RIVIERA; Split and Trogir; B, D

Today, contrast two Croatian UNESCO-listed sites in vicinity of the resort town of Makarska. Split, the 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. Take note of the historic core of Split, the Diocletian’s Palace, and compare it to a maze of atmospheric streets and alleyways in your next stop, the petite Trogir. Rooted in the greatness of Greek and Roman times, Trogir showcases some of the finest architectural works in Croatia, including the incredibly intricate portal of its Cathedral, the Town Loggia and the Cipiko palace. After a day of culture and heritage, head back to Makarska/Makarska area for a dinner and overnight stay. 

DAY 6 Friday MAKARSKA RIVIERA; B, D

A day of leisure brings your vacation close to its grand finale. Relax on the long pebbly beaches in Makarska or join an optional excursion to the Krka National Park and the town of Šibenik. Krka waterfalls are often referred to as ‘the little Plitvice Lakes’, as they somewhat resemble Croatia’s favorite national park. Close to where the river Krka kisses the Adriatic Sea, you’ll also find the town of Šibenik, somewhat of a late tourism bloomer – which gives it a special charm. With a seductive Renaissance core, a superbly attractive waterfront and an immense fort guarding the town, its success does not surprise, especially knowing that its centerpiece, the Renaissance Cathedral of St. James, is UNESCO-listed and considered one of the most beautiful examples of sacral architecture in Croatia. Return to Makarska Riviera for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7 Saturday MAKARSKA RIVIERA - DUBROVNIK; B, D

Depart Makarska Riviera in the morning and head to Ploče for a lovely ferry boat ride to Trpanj on Pelješac peninsula. A short bus and a boat transfer later, and you’ll be in Korčula island and its beautiful Old Town, charming and entertaining at the same time. The fishbone pattern of its streets, superb stone work all over its facades, Korčula stuns around each corner. After a brisk walking tour, wander the former Venetian stronghold on your own, before returning to Orebić. A break from the scenic ride through Pelješac peninsula takes place in Ston, the town of salt and oysters. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon. Dinner in the hotel and overnight in Dubrovnik area.

DAY 8 Sunday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B

Transfer on the day of the tour to Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik port &hotels in Dubrovnik.

 

 

DISCOVER THE WESTERN BALKANS 2019. (Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia) - from Zagreb

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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)

- Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar; Zadar (2017)

Capital cities:

- Zagreb (Croatia)

- Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Natural sites:

- Lake Bled

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 cream cake. 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 – SPLIT; B, D

Morning departure towards Zadar, where upon arrival we'll be taking you for a guided walking tour through the Roman Forum from the 2nd century BC, passing by the 9th century pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus as well as St. Anastasia church. Departure to Split. This afternoon our guide will uncover for you the secrets of the UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace and its cellars. This Roman emperor spared no expense for the construction of a sumptuous residence, importing best quality marble, sphinx and columns. The original palace was modified by its new inhabitants during the middle Ages, but making it even more beautiful and what it is today: the city's living heart. Its narrow streets hide passageways and courtyards, some deserted and eerie, others lively and animated by the music from bars and cafes, or by the everyday life of its residents. Dinner and overnight in Split/Split area/. 

DAY 5 Sunday SPLIT – DUBROVNIK; B, D

After breakfast, departure to Dubrovnik. Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, there's that sense of awe when you set eyes on the beauty of this old town. Immerse yourselves into the symphony of the city’s marble streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic. Upon arrival, city tour of this UNESCO protected Pearl of the Adriatic and its Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/ Dubrovnik area/.

DAY 6 Monday DUBROVNIK; B, D

Day at leisure. Optional excursions to the island of Korčula.

Korčula holds indisputable a privileged position among the Croatian islands. Here we find more legends, tales and monuments than anywhere else. Being famous stonemasons, shipbuilders and seafarers the people of Korčula left their marks all over the world, but they saved their best works for their own city. Experience the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved Medieval towns in the Mediterranean. After sightseeing free time for lunch or even swimming. On the return a stop will be made in one of the well-known wine cellars of the Pelješac peninsula to sample some of the excellent local wine. Dinner & overnight in Dubrovnik/ Dubrovnik area/.

DAY 7 Tuesday DEPARTURE; B

Transfer on the day of the tour to Dubrovnik airport or hotels in Dubrovnik.

ONE JOURNEY FOUR (5) COUNTRIES 2019. (Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Slovenia) - from Zagreb

DESCRIPTION

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)

- Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar; Zadar (2017)

Capital cities:

- Zagreb (Croatia)

- Ljubljana (Slovenia)

- Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

- Beograd (Serbia)

Natural sites:

- Lake Bled

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 cream cake. 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 – SPLIT; B, D

Morning departure towards Zadar, where upon arrival we'll be taking you for a guided walking tour through the Roman Forum from the 2nd century BC, passing by the 9th century pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus as well as St. Anastasia church. Departure to Split. This afternoon our guide will uncover for you the secrets of the UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace and its cellars. This Roman emperor spared no expense for the construction of a sumptuous residence, importing best quality marble, sphinx and columns. The original palace was modified by its new inhabitants during the middle Ages, but making it even more beautiful and what it is today: the city's living heart. Its narrow streets hide passageways and courtyards, some deserted and eerie, others lively and animated by the music from bars and cafes, or by the everyday life of its residents. Dinner and overnight in Split/Split area/. 

DAY 5 Sunday SPLIT – DUBROVNIK; B, D

After breakfast, departure to Dubrovnik. Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, there's that sense of awe when you set eyes on the beauty of this old town. Immerse yourselves into the symphony of the city’s marble streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic. Upon arrival, city tour of this UNESCO protected Pearl of the Adriatic and it’s Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/ Dubrovnik area/.

DAY 6 Monday DUBROVNIK; B, D 

Day at leisure. Optional excursions to the island of Korčula. Korčula holds indisputable a privileged position among the Croatian islands. Here we find more legends, tales and monuments than anywhere else. Being famous stonemasons, shipbuilders and seafarers the people of Korčula left their marks all over the world, but they saved their best works for their own city. Experience the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved Medieval towns in the Mediterranean. After sightseeing free time for lunch or even swimming. On the return a stop will be made in one of the well-known wine cellars of the Pelješac peninsula to sample some of the excellent local wine. Dinner & overnight in Dubrovnik/ Dubrovnik area/.

DAY 7 Tuesday DUBROVNIK – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO; B, D 

Morning departure to Mostar, city of bridges, where the traveler from the south gets the first glimpse of the continent beyond. Orientational walk with your tour leader in Mostar and free time for lunch. Departure to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is one of the historically most interesting cities in Europe. It is the place where the Western & the Eastern Roman Empire split and where the people of the Orthodox East, the Ottoman South and the Roman Catholic West met, both an example of the clash of civilizations and of historical turbulences and a beacon of hope for peace and tolerance, reached through multi-cultural integration. City tour of Sarajevo upon arrival. Dinner and overnight in Sarajevo/Sarajevo area/.

DAY 8 Wednesday SARAJEVO – BELGRADE; B, D

Morning departure to Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Short break will be made in Zvornik, charming little town in the northeastern Bosnia on Drina river. Belgrade is situated at the place where Sava joins the Danube River. There are spots in Belgrade you must definitely see and feel. Streets, squares, monuments, parks, fountains, archeological sites. Many of them have been given the status of cultural assets. Upon arrival a guided tour of this beautiful city between two rivers famous by its sunsets. Dinner and overnight in Belgrade.

DAY 9 Thursday BELGRADE – NOVI SAD – OSIJEK/VUKOVAR; B, L

Morning departure to Novi Sad (Serbia's second largest city), located on Danube river.

Novi Sad's position at one of the continent's true crossroads and history as a multinational commercial and transit center has left it endowed with historical and cultural sights that even much larger cities have difficulty matching. Novi Sad has much to boast about, from the imposing fortress on the opposite bank to the churches representing numerous denominations throughout the old town's exceedingly pleasant pedestrian zone to several unheralded but noteworthy museums and art galleries. Our local guide will show us all „must see“ locations. After the guided tour of Novi Sad we will continue towards Ilok. You will have opportunity to taste wines in one of the famous Croatia wine cellars “Iločki Podrumi” followed by traditional lunch.  On our way to Osijek we will stop in Vukovar which is the biggest Croatian river port located at the confluence of Vuka River in Danube, a town also known as a symbol of the Croatian war for independence, as it arose from the ashes of the '90s into the proud city that it is today. In the late afternoon hours we will end this day. Overnight in Osijek or Vukovar.

DAY 10 Friday OSIJEK/VUKOVAR – ZAGREB; B, L

You will start you morning with the city tour of Osijek. Osijek Pancake - flat, rich in rivers, Slavonia has unique natural wonders and delicious regional cuisine that will take your breath away: endless plains, the intense yellow of its corn and sunflower fields, the flavors of its cuisine  that will make all your senses travel.... Osijek, the largest city in eastern Croatia, beautifully settled on the banks of Drava River. Osijek remains a popular tourist destination for its Baroque style, open spaces and lots of recreational opportunities. Located in one of the most fertile and most certainly the biggest agricultural area of Croatia, the town is its semi-official gastronomic capital. City tour passes by the Cathedral and the Tvrdja (Old Fort). We are continuing our drive and the first thing you see when approaching Djakovo from either side is the brightness of the bricks of the two towers and cupolas of its Cathedral, beauty of which welcomes the visitors. After the visit, departure towards Zagreb followed by a visit to the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela for a lunch/no drinks included/ of the products of the Pannonia soil. 

Overnight in Zagreb/Zagreb area/.

DAY 11 Saturday DEPARTURE; B

Departure transfer from the tour hotel to Zagreb airport or hotels in Zagreb.

 

 

DISCOVER THE WESTERN BALKANS + ADRIATIC PARADISE CRUISE by Yolo - Combo 2019 - from Zagreb

DESCRIPTION

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)

- Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (1979)

- Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar; Zadar (2017)

Capital cities:

- Zagreb (Croatia)

- Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Natural sites:

- Lake Bled

National Parks:

- Mljet

Islands:

- Hvar

- Korčula

- Mljet

- Brač

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 - SPLIT; B, D

Morning departure towards Zadar, where upon arrival we'll be taking you for a guided walking tour through the Roman Forum from the 2nd century BC, passing by the 9th century pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus as well as St. Anastasia church. Departure to Split. This afternoon our guide will uncover for you the secrets of the UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace and its cellars. This Roman emperor spared no expense for the construction of a sumptuous residence, importing best quality marble, sphinx and columns. The original palace was modified by its new inhabitants during the Middle Ages, but making it even more beautiful and what it is today: the city's living heart. Its narrow streets hide passageways and courtyards, some deserted and eerie, others lively and animated by the music from bars and cafes, or by the everyday life of its residents. Embarkation on Adriatic Paradise Cruise, Dinner and overnight Split.

DAY 5 Sunday SPLIT - HVAR (Island of HVAR) - VELA LUKA (Island of Korcula); B, D (Captains dinner)

Late in the morning we will set sail towards Hvar, known as the sunniest island in Croatia, famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns. Your destination is the town of Hvar, a town of immense beauty that buzzes with vibrant energy in the summer sun. Upon arrival, our expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar. After the guided walking tour* of Hvar we will set sail to Korcula Island. Along the way we will stop for a swim near beautiful islands (Pakleni otoci), known by very warm sea. After the swimming break the Dalmatian fried fish will be served for a snack. Arrival in Vela Lula (Korcula Island) in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Vela Luka (Korcula Island).

*Hvar town – optional walking tour package

DAY 6 Monday VELA LUKA (Island of KORCULA) - POMENA (Island of MLJET) - SLANO; B, L

Monday morning after leaving the stunning beauty of Vela Luka, your Captain will hand-pick a bay for you where he will drop the anchor. You can hop into your swimsuit and have a swim in the crystal-blue Adriatic, surrounded by pine trees and the sound of crickets. After the swim break you will continue sailing to Pomena on the island of Mljet. Island of Mljet on its western side houses National Park Mljet, known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise salty lakes surrounded by thick forest. Upon arrival you will have plenty of free time to explore the park individually, for example, by renting bikes and cycling or jogging on the numerous paths around the lakes or in the forests. If you feel like just relaxing you can hop onto the small boat that will take you to a tiny island on one of the lakes, where you can discover a monastery and a church of St. Mary’s built in the 12th century and enjoy a cup of coffee with the view and the quiet. In the late afternoon we will depart towards Slano. Overnight in Slano.

**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park, free time in the National park.

DAY 7 Tuesday SLANO - DUBROVNIK; B, L 

After breakfast you are free to take optional guided tour Taste of Dalmatia –you will visit Ston small town famous of its 5 km long city walls (the longest one in Europe) and visit a local vinery where you will have opportunity to taste some finest Dalmatian wines. Later, we set sail to the Lopud island for a short swim and continue to Dubrovnik and cruise beneath Tje City Walls. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to the Old Town gate where you will be joining guided tour* of Dubrovnik. Our local expert will show you around this fascinating world-known landmark, an ancient town protected by 13th century fortifications. Dubrovnik was for centuries a standalone Republic and the only power able to compete with the Venetians. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package

**Optional excursion:  Taste of Dalmatia

DAY 8 Wednesday DUBROVNIK - EXCURSION TO MONTENEGRO; B, D

Excursion to Montenegro after breakfast. Located less than an hour's drive from Dubrovnik, Montenegro offers an unforgettable experience; exceptional natural beauty in combination with a rich history and culture. Beautiful beaches, clear waters and gorgeous mountains that plunge into the sea will greet you upon your arrival to the Gulf of Kotor. Encircled in the mountains, the innermost bays of the Gulf, Risan and Kotor, are the earliest inhabited areas with evidences of civilization dating from Illyrian, Roman and early Christian periods. This is a land where the mountains descend almost directly into the sea creating a surreal atmosphere. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 9 Thursday DUBROVNIK - ELAPHITE ISLANDS - KORČULA; B, L

Morning departure from Dubrovnik to Korčula. On our way to Korcula we will have a short stop for swimming and relaxing on one of the beautiful Elafiti Islands. Lunch will be served on board before the late afternoon arrival to Korcula, the alleged birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. After arrival guide will take you for a walk* around the town of Korcula. You will hear of its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar building layout and a legend of a great merchant traveler Marco Polo who was born and spent his childhood in the streets of Korcula. Overnight Korcula.

*Korcula town walking tour – optional walking tour package

DAY 10 Friday KORČULA - BRAČ - OMIŠ; B, L

Sail towards Brač. The Captain will  make a stop for refreshing swim in a secluded bay, after which you will continue your journey towards Pucisca. After docking at Pucisca, you can join a short visit* to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brac limestone and their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use before we continue our journey to Omiš ( a town known for two things: stunning beauty of the river Cetina canyon and its historic pirates). Upon arrival you are free to take an optional Cetina river trip. Dinner is taken on board if you have a full board option. Overnight in Omis.

*Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – optional walking tour package

**Optional excursion: Cetina river

DAY 11 Saturday OMIŠ - SPLIT; B

Early morning departure from Omis towards Split.

Disembarkation after breakfast by 9:00 AM.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH ADRIATIC Cruise by Agape Rose 2019 - from Omis

DESCRIPTION

DAY 1 Saturday EMBARKATION OMIS; D
Embark at any time after 14:00. Over a welcome drink and a snack, meet your Cruise Director and the crew and get acquainted with the rules and safety measures. Your journey begins with a dinner onboard and overnight in Omiš.
DAY 2 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 to 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. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
*Split Walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
DAY 3 Monday SPLIT – SIBENIK – excursion Trogir and Skradin; 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. A coach trip brings you to the small town of Skradin, the guardian of the mouth of River Krka, and the gateway to its National park. The place where wild waterfalls inspire serene lakes, the park is definitely worth a visit. After returning to the seaside, visit Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir is protected by UNESCO, just like the Cathedral of St. James at your next stop, Šibenik. Rolling down the hillslopes 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, and the present day, when the town known as one of Croatia’s upcoming gems. Experience its stone alleys and great cuisine in an evening on own. Overnight in Šibenik.
*Sibenik Walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 4 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 over 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 5 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 fave 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 6 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 7 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 town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package
DAY 8 Saturday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B
Enjoy your breakfast before disembarking the ship by 9 AM.

DALMATIAN ISLANDS Cruise 2019 by Adriatic Pearl - from Dubrovnik

DESCRIPTION


DAY 1 Saturday EMBARKATION DUBROVNIK; D
Embark at any time after 14:00. Over a welcome drink and a snack, meet your Cruise Director and the crew and get acquainted with the rules and safety measures. Your journey begins with a dinner onboard and overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 2 Sunday DUBROVNIK – SLANO; B, L
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before joining in an optional guided tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town. Surrounded in immense city walls, as if in a universe of its own, the world-famous Gothic and baroque facades line up as you walk the same streets like the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. The merchant power equal to the one of Venetian Republic, Dubrovnik was a large seafaring force. Dubrovnik nobility and captains fancied the small town of Slano for their summer estates and you will understand why as soon as you arrive in the afternoon. Explore this quaint seaside settlement on your own or join our optional tour** to the town of Ston, known for many things gourmand: potent wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels.
*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 3 Monday MLJET – KORČULA; B, L
Breakfasts on Agape Rose are always served with a view. Enjoy the start of your day before arriving to the green island of 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! After a refreshing dip along the way, visit 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.
*Korčula walking tour – optional walking tour package
** Optional excursion: Mljet National Park
DAY 4 Tuesday KORČULA – HVAR – VIS; B, D (Captains dinner)
Enjoy a breakfast with a view and a morning sail to Hvar, officially the sunniest of 1200 Croatian islands. This jet-set fave is also the island with the most UNESCO-listed heritage in the entire world, so consider joining our optional guided tour*. In the afternoon, hop over to the island of Vis, the most distant from the coast of all inhabited islands in Croatia. Closed off to the public for the larger part of the 20th century for its role as an important Yugoslav military base, Vis and its nature remain incredibly preserved even today. Dinner onboard and overnight in Vis.
*Hvar walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 5 Wednesday VIS – ŠIBENIK; B, L
You will wake up to views of Vis town waterfront, comprised of the newer, 19th-century harbor area, and the historic, medieval corner. Spanning over two millennia, the array of heritage in this small settlement might not surprise, ranging 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 before setting sail towards the mainland. Arriving to Šibenik, snatch a spot on the deck, as its stone waterfront, nestled beneath the impressive St. Michael fort, remains a sight to behold. 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 constructed, and the present day, with the town known as one of Croatia’s upcoming gems. Experience its stone alleys and great cuisine in an evening on your own. Overnight in Šibenik.
*Walking tour of Šibenik – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Vis
DAY 6 Thursday ŠIBENIK – KRKA – SKRADIN – SPLIT; 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. A coach trip brings you to the small town of Skradin the small town of Skradin, the guardian of the mouth of River Krka, and the gateway to its National park. The place where wild waterfalls inspire serene lakes, the park is definitely worth a visit before heading back to the seaside to visit the gem of Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir has been protected by UNESCO, just like its big neighbor and your next stop, the town of Split. Explore on your own or join our optional * Split walking tour to learn about the Diocletian’s Palace, once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today a lively city center. Whatever you do, make sure to take it easy in Split, as after all, that is the true highlight of local living here. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
*Split walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 7 Friday SPLIT – PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ; B, L
As you wave Split and its easy-going spirit goodbye, you’ll be heading to one of the neighboring islands, Brač, known as 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 at the mainland, get stunned by the dramatic karst 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 in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
DAY 8 Saturday DEPARTURE
Enjoy one last sea view breakfast before disembarking the ship by 9:00 AM.

DALMATIAN ISLANDS Cruise 2019 by Agape Rose - from Dubrovnik

DESCRIPTION


DAY 1 Saturday EMBARKATION DUBROVNIK; D
Embark at any time after 14:00. Over a welcome drink and a snack, meet your Cruise Director and the crew and get acquainted with the rules and safety measures. Your journey begins with a dinner onboard and overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 2 Sunday DUBROVNIK – SLANO; B, L
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before joining in an optional guided tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town. Surrounded in immense city walls, as if in a universe of its own, the world-famous Gothic and baroque facades line up as you walk the same streets like the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. The merchant power equal to the one of Venetian Republic, Dubrovnik was a large seafaring force. Dubrovnik nobility and captains fancied the small town of Slano for their summer estates and you will understand why as soon as you arrive in the afternoon. Explore this quaint seaside settlement on your own or join our optional tour** to the town of Ston, known for many things gourmand: potent wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels.
*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 3 Monday MLJET – KORČULA; B, L
Breakfasts on Agape Rose are always served with a view. Enjoy the start of your day before arriving to the green island of 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! After a refreshing dip along the way, visit 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.
*Korčula walking tour – optional walking tour package
** Optional excursion: Mljet National Park
DAY 4 Tuesday KORČULA – HVAR – VIS; B, D (Captains dinner)
Enjoy a breakfast with a view and a morning sail to Hvar, officially the sunniest of 1200 Croatian islands. This jet-set fave is also the island with the most UNESCO-listed heritage in the entire world, so consider joining our optional guided tour*. In the afternoon, hop over to the island of Vis, the most distant from the coast of all inhabited islands in Croatia. Closed off to the public for the larger part of the 20th century for its role as an important Yugoslav military base, Vis and its nature remain incredibly preserved even today. Dinner onboard and overnight in Vis.
*Hvar walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 5 Wednesday VIS – ŠIBENIK; B, L
You will wake up to views of Vis town waterfront, comprised of the newer, 19th-century harbor area, and the historic, medieval corner. Spanning over two millennia, the array of heritage in this small settlement might not surprise, ranging 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 before setting sail towards the mainland. Arriving to Šibenik, snatch a spot on the deck, as its stone waterfront, nestled beneath the impressive St. Michael fort, remains a sight to behold. 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 constructed, and the present day, with the town known as one of Croatia’s upcoming gems. Experience its stone alleys and great cuisine in an evening on your own. Overnight in Šibenik.
*Walking tour of Šibenik – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Vis
DAY 6 Thursday ŠIBENIK – KRKA – SKRADIN – SPLIT; 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. A coach trip brings you to the small town of Skradin the small town of Skradin, the guardian of the mouth of River Krka, and the gateway to its National park. The place where wild waterfalls inspire serene lakes, the park is definitely worth a visit before heading back to the seaside to visit the gem of Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir has been protected by UNESCO, just like its big neighbor and your next stop, the town of Split. Explore on your own or join our optional * Split walking tour to learn about the Diocletian’s Palace, once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today a lively city center. Whatever you do, make sure to take it easy in Split, as after all, that is the true highlight of local living here. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
*Split walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 7 Friday SPLIT – PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ; B, L
As you wave Split and its easy-going spirit goodbye, you’ll be heading to one of the neighboring islands, Brač, known as 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 at the mainland, get stunned by the dramatic karst 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 in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
DAY 8 Saturday DEPARTURE
Enjoy one last sea view breakfast before disembarking the ship by 9:00 AM.

ADRIATIC PARADISE Cruise 2019 by Yolo - from Split

DESCRIPTION


DAY 1 Saturday EMBARKATION SPLIT; D
Embark at any time after 14:00. Over a welcome drink and a snack, meet your Cruise Director and the crew and get acquainted with the rules and safety measures. Your journey begins with a dinner onboard and overnight in Split.
DAY 2 Sunday SPLIT – HVAR (Island of HVAR) – VELA LUKA (Island of Korcula); B, D (Captains dinner)
Today is the day for enjoying the highlights of the central Dalmatian coast. After breakfast, choose to explore Split on your own or join an optional walking tour* of Split’s famous Diocletian Palace. Built to house the Roman Emperor, the Palace grew into a city after Slavs ruined the nearby Roman town of Salona. With our local guide, discover the secrets of centuries past in what is today the vibrant core of Dalmatia’s largest city. Then, hop over 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 Hvar* or explore on your own before taking a refreshing swim at Pakleni, the wondrous neighboring islands. Finally, a short sail takes you to Vela Luka on Korčula Island, where you will arrive just in time for a relaxing late afternoon, a dinner and overnight stay.
*Split walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Hvar town – optional walking tour package
DAY 3 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. Why becomes 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 4 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 town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 5 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 6 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 7 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 in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
DAY 8 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 by 9:00 AM.

LJUBLJANA EXCLUSIVE CITY BREAK 2018.

DESCRIPTION

DAY 1 LJUBLJANA – ARRIVAL
Welcome to Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana! After arrival at Ljubljana airport, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a free evening and an overnight stay.
DAY 2 LJUBLJANA WALKING TOUR – POSTOJNA CAVE – PREDJAMA CASTLE
Following breakfast, get a head start on Slovenia by exploring its capital in a guided city tour of Ljubljana. With a distinct small-town feel to it, this city of rich history still today showcases traces of the Roman Emona, mimics baroque on its facades, but claims its fame for a thriving Art Nouveau period. Round off your Ljubljana walk with some aerial vistas from the Ljubljana castle towering above the historic center. Then head out of the city to Postojna Cave. A small train will take you around this maze of swirling rock tunnels and fascinating cave chambers, all magical of stalactites and stalagmites and centuries of Earth’s evolution dripping down cave walls. Nearby, visit to the dramatic Predjama castle, built into a hundred-meters-tall vertical rock! Sort out your impressions over an evening on your own and spend the night in Ljubljana.
DAY 3 BLED AND TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, drive out to the fairy-tale like Bled. 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. From sky to steeple, explore Bled with your guide, seeing both the castle and the island, and enjoying a ride on the traditional wooden gondolas locally known a pletna boats. After a piece of Bled cake called šampita continue to the larger but no less beautiful Lake Bohinj. Nestled in the Triglav National Park, this area of snow-capped mountains, alpine villages, dreamy meadows, clean-cut gorges and pure waters is completely intact by modern times. Learn of the alpine living in the Oplen House Museum and then take the cable car to the top of this world, Mount Vogel. Return to Ljubljana in the evening for an overnight stay.
DAY 4 GORIŠKA BRDA WINE COUNTRY
The amazement with the diversity of this small country is sure to set in after visiting its western bit. Goriška Brda, or the ‘Slovenian Tuscany’ as the region is affectionately referred to, is an area of rolling hills and scenic villages, orchards of apricots, peaches and cherries, and slopes covered in manicured vineyards. Throw in boutique wine production and a diverse culinary heritage, and it’s only the ambiance of undiscovered which separates Goriška Brda from its Italian counterpart. Visit the Renaissance castle Dobrovo, stroll through the medieval Šmaratno village, climb to Gonjače Tower for spectacular vistas, and taste wine and local snacks in one of the cellars. After returning to Ljubljana in the afternoon, choose an optional late night tour* instead of an evening on your own. Overnight in Ljubljana.
*late afternoon optional tours (joining small group of max 6pax)
DAY 5 LJUBLJANA – DEPARTURE
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel before a transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

OSIJEK CITY BREAK 2018

DESCRIPTION

DAY 1 OSIJEK
Transfer from Osijek airport to your hotel. (on request - transfers from Zagreb and Beograd).
Enjoy a free evening and an overnight stay in Osijek.
DAY 2 OSIJEK; WALKING TOUR AND TRADITIONAL DINNER
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a guided tour of Osijek, the fourth largest city in Croatia. Flat as a strap, Osijek is as if made for walking, stretching along the bank of the dreamy river Drava. Heavily scarred during the conflict of the 1990s, Osijek is now enjoying a renaissance, especially because of its student town status, infusing its impressive Secessionist castles, red brick church of St. Peter and Paul and the immense Tvrđa fort with a fresh, lively vibe. As the day draws to a close, head out to enjoy a hearty traditional dinner featuring specialties like the fish stew and Slavonia’s foodie superstar, the spicy sausage kulen. Overnight in Osijek.
DAY 3 OSIJEK; VISIT VUKOVAR AND THE OLD WINE CELLARS OF ILOK
Sprawled on the crossroads of Vuka and Danube rivers, Vukovar attracted the ancient Romans with its potential for agriculture and viniculture. Its draw remained strong for centuries to follow, bringing in many from Slaves to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. However, the town’s recent history was tumultuous and filled with pain, and while its baroque facades are all pretty much renewed, the suffering of the 1990s conflict is still tangible here. After discovering Croatia’s hero city Vukovar, head out to Ilok wine cellars nearby and raise a glass to the future of this beautiful region. This wine tasting is also a grand overture to a lovely traditional lunch. Upon return to Osijek, enjoy an evening on your own and an overnight stay.
DAY 4 OSIJEK; NATURE PARK KOPACKI RIT
After breakfast at your hotel, venture out to discover an area sometimes referred to as the European Amazon. Nestled between the Drava and Danube Rivers, the Park of Nature Kopački Rit is a romantic crisscross of shallow river branches, muddy river islands, dreamy meadows and patches of forest and a home to over 2000 species of flora and fauna. This unique wetlands reserve is one of the largest fish spawning grounds in Central Europe, and a very valuable ornithological zone, and has, since 2012, been a part of the Mura-Drava-Danube biosphere reserve protected by the UNESCO. Enjoy immersing in its beauties and a lunch in a local restaurant. Back in Osijek, relax on your own during the last evening and overnight stay of your Osijek city break.
DAY 5 DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.