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

DESCRIPTION


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

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)

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

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)

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

DESCRIPTION


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

DESCRIPTION


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.

DISCOVER THE WESTERN BALKANS 2019. (Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 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)

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.