Tour Overview:Discover this incredibly beautiful and diverse country. Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split and Zadar are among the fabulous cities reflecting its rich culture with many UNESCO World Heritage sites. You will be transported back in time when strolling through winding stone-paved streets and squares. Enjoy one or more of the 8 national parks. Forests rich in vegetation, cascading lakes and beautiful travertine waterfalls create a masterpiece of nature. Also visit the fabulous Croatian Islands caressed by the sun, gentle breezes and aromas of pine and lavender filling the air. Enjoy the fabulous beaches with their crystal clear blue sea should not be missed!
Day 1: Depart U.S. for ZagrebDepart US for Zagreb
Day 2: ZagrebPrivate transfer to your hotel.
Day 3: ZagrebZagreb is the capital of Croatia. Enjoy a private walking tour of lower Zabreb. Take a short funicular ride to the Upper Town, totally different and enchanting compared to lower Zagreb! See the Lotrscak Tower, St. Catherine's Square and St. Mark's Square. Walk through the Stone Gate down to the Radićeva Street and to Dolac, a picturesque open air market. Continue towards Tkalciceva Street, a charming pedestrian walkway. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 4: Zagreb / Plitvice / ZadarYour rented car will be dropped off at the hotel. Drive towards the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO site. Embraced by mountains, one beneath another, 16 beautiful lakes of crystal blue-green waters are connected to each other by a series of foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls. En route, visit the enchanting village of Rastoke, known for its picturesque waterfalls. Drive to Zadar for overnight.
Day 5: ZadarEnjoy a private walking tour of the highlights of Zadar. Visit the Church of Saint Donat, the symbol of the city, and the Cathedral of St. Anastasia. Proceed to the main city street, Wide Street or Kalelarga, for a surprise! Hear the unique Sea Organ, an organ built into the esplanade by the sea through which the wind blows and music is created, and the Greeting to the Sun. Enjoy a spectacular view of the sea and the city! Afternoon at leisure to explore Zadar.
Day 6: ZadarA day of leisure. Take an optional boat ride to Kornati National Park consisting of 147 islands, islets and reefs!
Day 7: Zadar / Sibenik / Trogir / SplitDrive to Split. We suggest a stop in Sibenik to visit the Cathedral of St James, a UNESCO site. The historic centre of Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Trogir has 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its culture was created under the influence of the ancient Greeks, and then the Romans, and Venetians. Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortress on a small island. Split is the most important town in Dalmatia. You can visit the Diocletians’s Palace (UNESCO site), built between the late 3rd and early 4th centuries A.D. You can walk among the Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications and Gothic palaces. Split is a city with rich history, not only within the walls of its museums, palaces, and churches but in the city itself. Overnight in Split.
Day 8: SplitEnjoy a private walking tour of the historic center of Split, the most important town in Dalmatia. Visit the Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO site), built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D. Walk among the Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications and Gothic palaces. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 9: Split / Mostar / DubrovnikDrive to Dubrovnik. A possible stop is in Mostar, located on the Neretva River. It is known for its Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva built in the 16th century. Arrive in Dubrovnik for overnight. Dubrovnik is considered the pearl of the Adriatic Sea and is a UNESCO city. Once, it rivaled Venice, as a maritime power. Thanks to its geographical position, it was considered an important city of commerce in Europe for thousands of years. This ancient city, surrounded by ramparts and fortresses, is full of architectural and cultural masterpieces. The old city walls are 6,364 feet long. Wonder amid the maze of narrow cobbled streets, wide squares with fountains, palaces, magnificent churches, markets, bazaars and restaurants and step into an age long gone and forgotten!
Day 10: DubrovnikYour car will be picked up in the AM. Afterwards, enjoy a private walking tour of historic Dubrovnik. This ancient city, surrounded by ramparts and fortresses, is full of architectural and cultural masterpieces. See the Rector’s Palace and the Dominican Monastery. Walk down the central city street, Stradun, and visit the Franciscan Monastery as well as other intriguing sites. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 11: DubrovnikDay at leisure to explore Dubrovnik or take an optional tour to Montenegro or a cruise to the Elafiti Islands. Or, take a tour to the small villages of Orasac and Ston. Taste homemade cheese, smoked ham and wine and enjoy the famous “oysters” of Ston (not included in price).
Day 12: Dubrovnik / HomeTransfer to airport for your flight home.
Two nights in Zagreb, three nights in Zadar, two nights in Split and three nights in Dubrovnik at a selected hotels
All inclusive 6 day manual car rental with pick up/drop off at hotel
Schedule small group tour to the Plitvice Lakes National Park
Private 3 hour walking tour in Zagreb (funicular), Zadar, Split (Diocletian’s Palace) & Dubrovnik (Rector’s Palace a Franciscan Monastery) including entrance fees
Hotel stays include daily breakfast, service fees and taxes
Private transfers Zagreb Airport/Hotel & Dubrovnik Hotel/Airport
OPTIONAL: Transatlantic contracted air fare available from USA gateways.