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Croatian Rhapsody
9 Days

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9 Days: Zagreb, Opatija -Plitvice, Zadar, Split -Ston, Dubrovnik

Tour Overview:
This 9-day land tour offers the best that Croatia has to offer. You will start in the capital, Zagreb with a walking tour. Visits will include Plitvice Lakes National Park with its lakes and waterfalls, the UNESCO town of Trogir with its palaces, churches, and towers and on to the walled city of Dubrovnik. Food and wine lovers will love the included Croatian tapas, ine and truffle tastings.

Day 1 – Zagreb

Individual or group arrival in Zagreb, transfer to the hotel (driving time 20 to 45 min). Welcome drink and group get together. Acquaint yourself with your tour manager and others over a plate of Strukli, a local specialty in the Zagreb area. (D)


Day 2 – Zagreb – Opatija

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Zagreb with an English speaking guide. In the fortified, medieval Upper Town, you will visit St. Mark’s church, with its multicolor tiled roof, Parliament, the government palace, and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing we proceed to Opatija (driving time 2:30h), situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, which used to be the favorite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy including famous personalities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Dinner and overnight in Opatija. (B, D)


Day 3 – Istria Excursion

Today it’s time to get to know the Istrian peninsula and visit the 2000 year old roman Colosseum located in Pula. Afterwards we will relax in Rovinj, perhaps the most beautiful city in Istria and the inspiration of many artists. Time at leisure in Rovinj and departure towards Motovun for a sample of one the Istrian tastiest treasures, the truffle. Overnight in Opatija. (departure at 9:00h, return around 18:00h) (B, T)


Day 4 – Opatija – Plitvice Lakes

The most beautiful and oldest national park in Croatia under UNESCO protection – consisted of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls. The park is located in
Lika mountain region and visited mostly on foot – however the entrance includes a boat ride across the Emerald Green Lake “Kozjak” and a train ride back to the main entrance. The visit of the park grounds takes approx. 3 hours. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight in Plitvice area. (Driving time approx.. 3:00h) (B, D)


Day 5 – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar – Split

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive down from the mountain region of Lika via the coast towards the city of Zadar. The historic town of Zadar is rich in cultural
and historical monuments. Here you can see The Roman forum dated to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dated to the 9th century AD. Of special interest are the famous Zadar Sea Organs, one of a kind in the world. From Zadar we continue to the Bibich Winery for a gourmet experience that is more than a simple wine tasting. The winery burnt to the ground during the war is now producing rewarded wines and exporting 80% of their production to USA & Scandinavia. We will taste the Dalmatian Debit white wine and Cuvee of Shiraz & Merlot, accompanied with delicious Croatian style Tapas. Departure towards Split for overnight. (total driving time 4 to 5h) (B, T)


Day 6 – Split & Trogir Sightseeing

Today’s Split is the handiwork of seventeen centuries of men and women building and remodeling, adding, tearing down and touching up, so that 18th century houses intersect with ancient Roman walls and fourth century chambers house twentieth century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace the Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Today’s lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish – Pasticada which we will taste at the Tragos restaurant in Trogir. The town of Trogir, a UNESCO site, has a fascinating 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its rich culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortresses on a small island. Sometimes referred to as the floating museum town. (B, L)


Day 7 – Split – Ston – Dubrovnik

On our way to Dubrovnik we will stop near the town of Ston, where we visit a local winery and taste the famous “Plavac Mali” wine, a very close relative to the Zinfandel. In this winery the traditional wine making business has been passed on for generations, offering a unique story everyone wants to hear. The wine tasting includes a wine presentation on all the specifics of the wine-making process, wine tasting and snack. Arrival in Dubrovnik and overnight. (driving time 5 hours) (B, T)


Day 8 – Dubrovnik

Completed in the thirteen century, the old city Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since. Its medieval ramparts encircle the city which pedestrians can enter through one of two gates – either way, they cross a stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint Blaise (Vlaho), to find themselves joining the evening promenade down the broad, stone-paved avenue known as Stradun. After the sightseeing free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik (B, D)


Day 9 – Dubrovnik

After Breakfast end of the roundtrip. Individual transfers to the airport are included, or a choice of optional excursions, cruises and hotel stay. (B)

B – breakfast; L – lunch; D – dinner; T – tasting


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2020
Departure/ Return Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Trpl Occ.
May 01 - 09, 2020. 2175 2750 1920
May 15 - 23, 2020. 2220 2825 1960
May 29 - Jun 06, 2020. 2295 2915 2030
Aug 28 - Sep 05, 2020. 2370 3090 2095
Sep 04 - 12, 2020. 2370 3090 2095
Sep 11 - 19, 2020. 2325 3030 2055
Sep 18 - 26, 2020. 2250 2885 1985
Sep 25 – Oct 03, 2020 2145 2745 1890
Oct 09 - 17, 2020 2025 2580 1785
Oct 30 - Nov 07, 2020 1845 2280 1620
*Triple Occ on request only
*Max. 25 pax per group (Zagreb to Dubrovnik)
Hotels:
Zagreb:
Hotel Dubrovnik, Hotel Palace or similar
Opatija:
Remisens Hotel Admiral, Remisens Hotel Palace-Bellevue,
Remisens Hotel Kvarner, Hotel Bristol or similar
Plitvice:
Hotel Degenija, Hotel Jezero or similar
Split:
Hotel Cornarro, Hotel Luxe, Hotel Radisson Blu or similar
Dubrovnik:
Hotel Valamar Lacroma Resort, Hotel Argosy,
Hotel Kompas, Hotel Lapad, Hotel Adria or similar

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions :

  • All transfers as per itinerary in modern motor-coach / van with
  • A/C as well as local airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 9
  • Qualified and licensed tour manager during the entire trip
  • Welcome drink and info meeting on Day 1
  • 8 x BB in **** Hotels, except 3* on Plitvice lakes
  • 4 x dinner in hotel restaurants
  • 4 x high quality gastronomical experiences in wineries and
  • local restaurants as per itinerary (Truffle tasting / Bibich winery /restaurant Tragos / Pelješac winery)
  • Local guides in Zagreb, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Split
  • Entrances: Pula Colosseum, Diocletian Palace Split,
  • Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes
  • Porterage & city taxes

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