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Northern Gems, Istria, Kvarner & Dalmatia from Zagreb

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Make sure you pack as much fun, pleasure and sight-seeing as possible when you’re in wonderful Croatia – by letting us take the stress and planning out your trip.

That way all you have to do is sit back and be guided through medieval towns, stunning national parks and gorgeous little ancient seaside ports.

You will spend two nights in the vibrant city of Zagreb, two nights in the health spa town of Opatija, a night in the city of Zadar, three nights in Split and two in beautiful Dubrovnik.

We will organise accommodation and dinner for you, with a plan of where you’ll be staying and details of forthcoming attractions and guided tours.

And you don’t always have to stick tour itinerary either!

We offer choices of locations in several instances and you can, always, go for wander round these medieval towns and cities yourself, of course, if you feel the need to be alone for a bit.

The important thing is, by getting local experts to help us plan your holiday for you we’ll make sure you don’t miss out on any of the breath-taking, ancient and sheer beauty of any of these Croatian locations.

 

DEPARTURE DATE (start in Zagreb, end in Dubrovnik)RATE PER PERSON in double/twin room with half-boardDiscounted From
13/5/2020 – 23/5/202022652550
27/5/2020 – 6/6/202022652550
21/6/2020 – 1/7/202023752660
9/9/2020 – 19/9/202024852775
23/9/2020 – 3/10/202022652550

Airport(s)

Fly into Zagreb & out of Dubrovnik. Please note flights need to be self-booked and are not included in this package. 

Important Information

This tour is conducted in English. A minimum of 14 passengers (equivalent of one minibus with driver included) is required for the tour to run.

Price Includes

  • Tourist air-conditioned minibus with driver at group's disposal as per itinerary
  • Experienced tour leader at group's disposal as per itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation on half board basis (breakfast & dinner) as per itinerary
  • Lunches on days 2 and 4; light on-the-go lunch on day 9
  • Entrance fees (Trakošćan Castle, Plitvice Lakes, Krka Waterfalls)
  • Zagreb sightseeing tour
  • Opatija sightseeing tour
  • Trakošćan Castle sightseeing tour
  • Istria Highlights sightseeing tour
  • Zadar sightseeing tour
  • Split sightseeing tour
  • Dubrovnik sightseeing tour
  • Travel pack delivery to your home address
  • Complimentary Dubrovnik city cards for all passengers (valid for 24 hours) - free entry to Dubrovnik attractions & free use of public transport

Optional Excursions (To Be Purchased 1 Month Before Departure)

  • Half day trip to Trogir on day 7
  • Full day trip to Hvar or Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina) on day 8
  • Full day trip to Korčula & Pelješac or Kotor (Montenegro) on day 10

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Telephone charges
  • Incidentals
  • Any meals not included in the package
What to Expect

Join this exciting small group tour, starting in Zagreb and finishing in Dubrovnik. You’ll be accompanied by our experienced English-speaking tour leader and driver. Arrival and departure transfers will be arranged for you. The tour starts with a short meet & greet where you’ll get to know your fellow travellers and your tour leader. Your tour leader will make sure the trip goes smoothly and introduce you to this wonderful country, answering any questions you might have.

Medieval fortress-clad hill-top towns, fairy-tale style castles amid lush green forests, and vibrantly colourful piazzas – Croatia is a beautiful country that we guarantee you will remember for years after you have walked its streets and viewed its natural wonders.

From the vibrant streets of Zagreb Downtown to the stunning Gothic, Baroque and Romantic architecture of Dubrovnik you will see breath-taking beauty and get to understand the culture and way of life of the proud and friendly Croatians.

You will see a Croatia where centuries old parts of a town or city mingles seamlessly with its contemporary make-up of busy city shopping squares and modern architecture.

But it’s true that the heart of Croatian cities and towns is always wrapped up in its brave and often turbulent past. Today’s Croatia is certainly worth exploring.

And not always for its history. Fine wines can be found in Istria where you’ll visit romantic Motovun, Pula and Rovinj. First-class restaurants can be found everywhere in Croatia – from extraordinary grilled meat dishes and cheesy štrukli in the Zagreb region to mouthwatering seafood in Dalmatia.

Artisan craftsmen can be found pedalling their wares in many market squares while the singing and music of this melodic country can be heard down many of its cobbled narrow streets and pretty piazzas.

Highlights
  • Zagreb and its Medieval Upper Town
  • Fairy-tale like Trakošćan Castle & Baroque Varaždin
  • Unforgettable Diocletian’s Palace in the city of Split
  • Beautiful Dubrovnik Old Town and its vast City Walls
  • Stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Wonderful Krka Waterfalls National Park and is bathing opportunities
  • Zadar Old Town and the modern, artistic Sea Organ and Sun Salutation installations
  • Opatija – the old lady of the Adratic with its startling promenade
  • Istria highlights – the towns and villages of Motovun, Pula and coastal Rovinj
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Northern Gems, Istria, Kvarner & Dalmatia from Zagreb Itinerary

Day 1ZAGREB; D

Welcome to Zagreb!

We’ll pick you up from Zagreb Airport and drive you to your hotel in Zagreb city centre.

A meet and greet will be organised at the hotel, including a meal.

Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

Day 2ZAGREB CITY TOUR & HALF DAY VISIT TO TRAKOŠĆAN CASTLE; B, L, D

Join the morning guided tour of this lovely city and its two distinct areas – the medieval Upper Town and sophisticated Lower Town.

Zagreb’s wonderful medieval old town with its cobbled streets and numerous spires is well worth having a lengthy wander around in order to soak up the atmosphere. On this walking tour, you’ll see the Zagreb Cathedral, the Ban Jelačić Square (also known as the Zagreb Main Square), the Zrinjevac Park, the Croatian National Theatre, the medieval Upper Town and much more.

There are also many intriguing sights to see, especially if you’re a fan of colourful murals, pop-up food stalls and art deco buildings (the latter are in the Lower Town but better spied from the Upper Town area).

After lunch at a restaurant in the centre of Zagreb we’ll then make our way towards the fairy-tale like Trakošćan Castle.

This beautiful 13th century former fortress with its wide turrets, central tower and picturesque princess balconies, is a Croatian national treasure.

It belongs to the state and today also holds many museum pieces.

We will return to Zagreb in the evening, at which point we’ll have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 3ZAGREB – OPATIJA (with OPATIJA CITY TOUR) B, D

Morning departure to Opatija from Zagreb and arrival in the early afternoon.

Once the favourite hang-out for upmarket Austro-Hungarians, Opatija is today currying favour with the elite again thanks to the splendour of its spa hotels and excellent year-round climate.

A guided walking tour of the city – once referred to as the Old Lady of the Adriatic – will take in beautiful forests and the sparkling turquoise sea (the latter admired from the long, grand promenade).

Spend the late afternoon and early evening strolling round the town’s streets and admiring the lovely old villas.

Dinner and an overnight stay completes the visit.

Day 4DAY TRIP TO ISTRIA; B, L, D

Day trip to Motovun, Pula & Rovinj from Opatija (lunch included).

These three Istrian locations each show a different side of Croatia. Explore this wonderful region, often called “The Croatian Tuscany” and enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants.

The ancient hilltop City of Motovun, for instance, boasts stunning views of the countryside from its city walls, as well as striking Venetian architecture.

Pula has its incredible amphitheatre and other ancient Roman ruins.

The hilly, coastal town of Rovinj meanwhile boasts a wonderful assortment of shops and galleries to stroll around at your leisure.

Dinner and an overnight stay in Opatija /Opatija area.

Day 5OPATIJA – PLITVICE LAKES - ZADAR; B, D

Our morning departure will be to Plitvice Lakes National Park, This is Croatia’s most popular natural attraction and a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage site.

And no wonder! We’ll embark on a guided walk around the park where you’ll see for yourself its 16 lakes and numerous waterfalls (the largest at 70 metres high).

On dry land it plays host to some 300 square kilometres of woodland and wildlife such as bears, wolves and wild boar.

Arrival in Zadar & free time to explore the city’s medieval old town, cosmopolitan new town and the many museums.

Or just soak up the atmosphere.

Dinner and overnight in Zadar/Zadar.

Check out the Sun Salutation’s colourful light display.

Day 6ZADAR CITY TOUR – KRKA WATERFALLS – SPLIT; B, D

Morning guided tour of Zadar where you’ll encounter the intriguing sounds of the coastal Sea Organ.

You’ll also take in many of this vibrant and exciting city’s grand historical architecture.

Afterwards there will be free time for coffee/ice cream.

Departure to Krka National Park where you’ll join a guided walk.

Named after – and including – most of the River Krka, the Park measures 142 sq km.

Highlights include its many waterfalls, including the legendary Skradinski Buk.

It’s possible to swim in the park’s translucent waters and indeed there will be free time to do just that and have lunch afterwards.

Departure to Split & free time to explore around the city.

Dinner and overnight in Split/Split area.

Day 7SPLIT CITY TOUR & free time; B, D

In the morning we’ll take a guided tour of Split, including a visit to Diocletian’s palace.

The massive Roman ruins here – comprising limestone and marble – take up 30,000 square km of the city and is referred to as the Old Town.

A ship once sailed through the lower level of the Palace.

The site – which includes former soldier garrisons – is still lively and in use today with around 3000 people currently living and working there.

Optional: half day trip to the pretty island town of Trogir.

Surrounded by medieval walls, spend the morning marvelling at its many beautiful Renaissance buildings.

Do so and you won’t be surprised to learn that the town is now a World Heritage site.

The promenade here is particularly lively; popular with tourists and locals alike.

Dinner and overnight in the city of Split/Split area.

Day 8SPLIT free time; B, D

Optional: full day trip to sunny Hvar Town on Hvar Island (it boasts the most sun of all the Adriatic islands) as well as medieval architecture and a beautiful piazza.

Or, you could choose the full day trip to atmospheric Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Plenty of pretty, narrow, cobblestone alleyways display bright, colourful market stalls and shops.

The Stari Most bridge is famous and worth a visit (it even has its own museum!).

The Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque has stunning panoramic views of the entire city.

Dinner and overnight in Split/Split area/.

Day 9SPLIT – DUBROVNIK (with DUBROVNIK CITY TOUR); B, L, D

Morning departure towards Dubrovnik and a guided tour of the old town upon arrival. A light on-the-go lunch in Dubrovnik is included.

An optional walk along parts of the 1940-metre-long city wall and checking out its six fortresses.

You may already know that Dubrovnik is a city made famous by the incredibly popular Games of Thrones show – and you can see why this location was chosen.

Its main street alone displays a feast of stunning architecture, from Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque. On your way you’ll see the magnificent Dubrovnik Cathedral, the Rector Palace, walk the famous Stradun Promenade and more.

Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area.

Day 10DUBROVNIK free time; B, D

Optional: full day trip to romantic and atmospheric Kotor in Montenegro.

This mountain-clad town with its beautifully breath-taking bay and old Mediterranean port has a proud seafaring history – one which is retold in its town museum.

Alternatively, join us on a full day trip to Korčula & Pelješac.

Famous for its wines (especially on the Pelješac Peninsula), the island of Korcula is also the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo.

No surprise then that it was once celebrated for its shipbuilding – a heritage which survives to this day.

Dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area.

Day 11END OF THE TOUR DEPARTURE; B

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

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What food will be served on this tour?

Breakfast and dinners will be served at restaurants in or close to hotels of your stay.

Meals are buffet-style. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions so that we can inform the restaurants accordingly.

Lunches are not included and need to be purchased separately (unless stated otherwise).

Your tour leader will advise on best places to have lunch.

What is the food like in Croatia?

Breakfast varies, although it mostly includes fried or scrambled eggs, a selection of salami, sausages and cheese with bread, rolls or toast and different types of cereal.

Croatian food is heavily influenced by Austrian, Turkish and Italian cuisine.

In Dalmatia, seafood, risottos, and pasta are very popular.

In continental parts, you can expect lots of meat dishes with vegetables and salads, stews, different types of pies etc.

What are the beaches like in Croatia?

Beaches in Croatia are mostly pebbly, some are rocky and there are several sandy beaches, although rare.

If you’re traveling with small children, it might be a good idea to get the beach shoes for them.

These can be purchased at shops and stands situated by or at beaches in Croatia.

What is the currency in Croatia?

The Croatian currency is Kuna. 1 British Pound (GBP) equals about (at Nov 2019) 8.60 Kuna (HRK). (22 Nov 2019)

Is Croatia a member of the European Union?

Yes, Croatia joined the European Union in 2013.

I can see that optional day trips are available on this tour? When should I book them?

Optional day trips should be booked no later than 30 days before departure.

All you need to do is let Tour Croatia know which tours you wish to book.

Contact us anytime at [email protected] for further questions!

Are the flights included in tour price?

No, flights are not included and should be self-booked.

Please let us know how you’ll be arriving in Croatia for the start of the tour and when will you be leaving.

We will organise arrival and departure transfers for you (from/to local airport, train station, coach station or a hotel in the area).

When should I book my flights to Croatia?

We suggest that you book your flights (or train/coach tickets, depending how you’ll be arriving in Croatia to join the tour) after you’ve secured your spot on the Croatia tour.

Please send us the details of your arrival and departure as soon as you have them (no later than 30 days before departure).

What if I cannot find suitable flights?

We suggest that you check Google Flights first or contact us directly at [email protected] and we’ll help you find the best flight options.

Is there a deposit?

A minimum deposit of 30% is due at the time of booking and the remaining balance is due 60 days before your departure date.

What are the payment methods

Paypal via debit or credit card and bank transfer.

Is it possible to pay the total price of my holiday in instalments?

Yes, just let your agent know that you’d like to pay in instalments.

The full amount needs to be paid 60 days prior to your departure.

What happens after I've paid the deposit?

We’ll email the confirmation pack to you.

Three weeks before departure, we’ll send you a pack containing the final itinerary for your Croatia tour.

The pack will normally be sent to your home address.

Alternatively, we can arrange the delivery to another address or to your hotel in Europe (applicable for clients travelling from other continents).

What about Health Insurance & Travel Documents?

Please note it is your responsibility to make sure your travel documents are valid.

If you require a Visa to visit Croatia, please make sure to obtain it on time.

For more information, please see our Useful Links.

We also suggest that you purchase travel health insurance before your trip to Croatia.

You can read our full terms and conditions here.

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