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Best of Croatia luxury tour

Essence of Croatia: A Captivating 12-Day Guided Trip

Embark on the "Essence of Croatia: A Captivating 12-Day Odyssey," a meticulously crafted luxury tour designed to enchant and inspire. From the vibrant capital of Zagreb to the stunning walled city of Dubrovnik, this journey weaves a path through Croatia's most awe-inspiring sights and experiences. Revel in the breathtaking beauty of the Plitvice Lakes, indulge in the gastronomic wonders of Istria, and lose yourself in the historic charm of Trogir, Split, and Korčula. With a blend of exclusive cultural encounters, serene nature walks, and moments of leisure by the Adriatic Sea, each day is an invitation to immerse yourself in Croatia's rich history, stunning landscapes, and enduring traditions. This odyssey is not just a tour but a passage to the heart of Croatia's soul, offering intimate insights and unforgettable moments against the backdrop of unparalleled beauty.

Day 1 - Welcome to Croatia: Arrival in Zagreb

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Croatia, starting in the vibrant capital city of Zagreb. Upon your arrival, experience the warmth of Croatian hospitality as our local travel expert greets you at the airport. A private transfer will take you to your carefully chosen hotel, where comfort and elegance await.

Zagreb, a city where history whispers from the cobblestones, offers a delightful blend of the ancient and the contemporary. Spend your first evening exploring at your leisure; wander through the lively streets and squares that pulse with life, cafes, and art. From the Gothic grandeur of the Zagreb Cathedral to the charming secrets of the Upper Town, every step in Zagreb is a step through time. This serene evening sets the tone for your luxury tour, providing a glimpse into the cultural richness that Croatia offers.

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Zagreb Art Pavilion

Experience Zagreb

Day 2 - Experience Zagreb with a local guide
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Zagreb Art Pavilion
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Your second day in Croatia dawns with the promise of discovery as you delve into the heart of Zagreb on a private tour guided by a local expert. This journey through the city is a captivating exploration of its most iconic landmarks and the hidden gems that lie just off the beaten path. From the historic charm of the St. Mark's Church, with its colorful tiled roof depicting the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, to the bustling energy of Ban Jelačić Square, each site tells a part of Zagreb's rich story.

As you wander through the cobbled streets of the Upper Town (Gornji Grad), your guide will reveal the tales and traditions that have shaped Zagreb over the centuries. Visit the Lotrščak Tower, where a cannon fires a blank shot every day at noon, a tradition that dates back to the 19th century. Explore the Museum of Broken Relationships, a unique institution that showcases personal items from failed relationships and the stories behind them, offering a poignant glimpse into human emotions and cultural differences.

The afternoon offers you the freedom to explore Zagreb at your own pace. You might choose to relax in one of the city's lush parks, such as Zrinjevac or the Botanical Garden, or continue your exploration of the city's museums and galleries. The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, with its impressive collection of works by self-taught artists, and the impressive Croatian National Theatre, an architectural masterpiece, are both well worth a visit.

As the day draws to a close, Zagreb's vibrant café culture invites you to unwind and reflect on your discoveries. Enjoy another overnight stay in Zagreb, resting in anticipation of the adventures that await as your journey through Croatia continues.

Truffle hunting experience

Day 3 - Journey to Opatija via Istria's Hills

As you leave the vibrant city of Zagreb behind, your journey takes you to the picturesque hills of Istria, a region celebrated for its lush landscapes and culinary delights. The drive itself is a scenic adventure, winding through verdant forests and charming hilltop villages that epitomize the beauty of Croatia's countryside.

Truffle Hunting Adventure in Istria Istria is renowned for its truffles, a prized delicacy that grows hidden beneath the earth in the region's rich soil. Here, you'll experience the unique thrill of truffle hunting alongside trained dogs, whose keen senses uncover these culinary treasures. This immersive experience not only connects you with the natural splendor of Istria but also introduces you to the local traditions and skills passed down through generations.

After the hunt, savor the flavors of your find with a meal centered around truffles. This delightful dining experience highlights the versatility of truffles, enhancing dishes with their distinctive taste and showcasing Istria's culinary excellence.

Arrival in Opatija The afternoon heralds your arrival in Opatija, a coastal town known for its historic charm and elegant seaside promenade. Framed by the rolling hills on one side and the tranquil blue of the Adriatic on the other, Opatija is a haven of leisure and beauty. Spend your first evening strolling along the Lungomare, Opatija's famed coastal walk, or relaxing in one of the town's beautifully maintained gardens.

Opatija, Croatia

Overnight: Opatija, Hotel TBA

Gems of Istria tour

Day 4 - Gems of Istria: Pula, Rovinj, and Motovun
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Overnight: Opatija, Hotel TBA

Day 4 of your Croatian adventure takes you on a captivating journey through Istria's most cherished towns: Pula, Rovinj, and Motovun, all expertly woven into a day trip by our boutique travel agency.

Pula: A Dive into Ancient History Your exploration begins in Pula, where ancient Roman architecture meets the vibrant pulse of modern life. A private tour with a knowledgeable guide unveils the city's crown jewel, the Pula Arena, one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. Wander through the old town's winding streets, where history echoes off the walls, and discover hidden gems that tell tales of Pula's storied past.

Rovinj: The Jewel of the Adriatic Next, your journey takes you to Rovinj, a picturesque town perched on the Adriatic Sea. Known for its narrow cobblestone streets, pastel-colored houses, and the striking St. Euphemia Church that dominates its skyline, Rovinj enchants at every turn. With your private guide, explore the bustling harbor, vibrant markets, and art galleries that capture the essence of this Adriatic jewel.

Motovun: A Hilltop Haven After soaking in the coastal charm of Rovinj, venture inland to Motovun, a captivating hilltop town that offers panoramic views of the Istrian countryside. Renowned for its wine and truffles, Motovun is a haven for gastronomy enthusiasts. Stroll through its ancient streets, surrounded by medieval walls, and feel the town's rich history and culture come alive. The visit to Motovun adds a rustic touch to your Istrian exploration, showcasing the diversity and beauty of the region's landscape.

Return to Opatija As the day draws to a close, return to the tranquil elegance of Opatija for another overnight stay. Reflect on the day's discoveries, from Pula's ancient amphitheater to Rovinj's Adriatic charm and Motovun's hilltop serenity, each experience adding a distinctive flavor to your Private Tour of Croatia.

Magical Plitvice Lakes National Park

Day 5 - Plitvice Lakes: A Natural Wonder

Day 5 of your Croatian odyssey brings you to the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrated for its stunning natural beauty and ecological diversity. This day promises an unforgettable journey through one of Croatia's most iconic natural wonders, meticulously planned to ensure a deep connection with the serene grandeur of the landscape.

Exploring Plitvice Lakes With your private guide leading the way, explore the interconnected series of emerald lakes and cascading waterfalls that make Plitvice Lakes a must-visit destination. Wooden walkways and hiking trails meander through the park, allowing you to witness the dynamic interplay of water, rock, and forest up close. Your guide will share insights into the unique geological processes that have shaped this landscape over millennia, as well as the rich flora and fauna that call it home.

A Culinary Delight Amidst Nature Amidst the exploration of Plitvice's natural splendor, take a moment to indulge in the flavors of the region with a local culinary delight. This carefully curated experience combines the beauty of the park with the tastes of Croatian cuisine, offering a unique opportunity to savor the local fare in a setting unlike any other.

Journey to Šibenik After a day immersed in the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes, your journey continues with a transfer to Šibenik, a historic city on the Adriatic coast known for its medieval heart and beautiful stone architecture. The scenic drive from Opatija to Šibenik via Plitvice Lakes showcases the diverse landscapes of Croatia, from lush forests and sparkling lakes to the coastal charm of the Adriatic.

Overnight in Šibenik Arrive in Šibenik and settle in for the night, reflecting on the day's adventures and the mesmerizing beauty of Plitvice Lakes. Your stay in Šibenik offers a chance to experience another facet of Croatia's rich cultural and historical tapestry, preparing you for further discoveries in the days to come.

Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes in Autumn
Plitvice Lakes - Veliki Prštavac

Overnight: Sibenik, Hotel TBA

Day at sea - Experience Kornati National Park

Day 6 - Kornati National Park Adventure
Kornati National Park
Kornati - Adriatic Sea

Overnight: Sibenik, Hotel TBA

Day 6 of your luxury tour in Croatia introduces you to the spellbinding beauty of Kornati National Park, an exquisite archipelago in the Adriatic Sea, renowned for its untouched natural beauty and mesmerizing marine landscapes. Prepare for an exhilarating day as you embark on a speedboat journey that promises to be one of the highlights of your Croatian adventure.

A Speedboat Journey Through Paradise As the speedboat slices through the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic, witness the magical colors and breathtaking scenery that make Kornati National Park a jewel of the Croatian coast. The park encompasses over 140 islands, islets, and reefs, each boasting its unique charm, from stark, sun-drenched rock faces to lush Mediterranean vegetation.

Discover the Beauty of the Adriatic Your speedboat adventure allows for an intimate exploration of the park’s most beautiful spots, inaccessible by larger vessels. Glide past dramatic cliffs that plunge into the azure sea, navigate serene bays perfect for swimming, and discover hidden coves that offer tranquility away from the world. The Kornati archipelago is also a paradise for snorkelers, with its clear waters revealing a vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life.

Immersing in the Coastal Splendor The journey through Kornati National Park is not just an exploration of its natural wonders but also an immersion into the tranquil beauty of the Croatian coast. The islands' stark, natural beauty, combined with the serene expanse of the sea, provides a backdrop for reflection and connection with nature.

Overnight in Šibenik After a day filled with adventure and natural beauty, return to the historic city of Šibenik for another overnight stay. The evening offers a chance to relax and reminisce about the day’s experiences, from the exhilaration of speeding across the Adriatic to the serene beauty of Kornati’s islands, marking another unforgettable day on your Croatian journey.

Experience Trogir & Split

Day 7 - Trogir & Split: A Journey Through History

On Day 7, your Croatian adventure continues as you depart Šibenik for a day trip to the UNESCO-listed town of Trogir, followed by a visit to the vibrant city of Split. This day promises a deep dive into the rich tapestry of Dalmatian history and architecture, guided by experts who will bring to life the stories and splendors of these ancient cities.

Discovering Trogir's Timeless Beauty Your first stop is Trogir, a small, island town connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. Renowned for its preserved medieval core, encased within fortress-like walls, Trogir's charm lies in its narrow streets, elegant courtyards, and remarkable architectural heritage. With your private guide, explore the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, with its famous Radovan's Portal, and marvel at the intricate blend of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles that define this historic gem.

Exploring the Dynamic City of Split Next, journey to Split, where ancient history and modern life meet amidst the walls of Diocletian's Palace, a Roman emperor's retirement residence that has evolved into the heart of the city. As you wander through the palace's ancient cellars, peristyle, and temples, you'll gain insights into Roman engineering and the subsequent layers of history that have shaped Split. Beyond the palace, discover the vibrant Riva waterfront, the bustling markets, and the majestic Cathedral of Saint Domnius, all of which contribute to Split's lively atmosphere and cultural depth.

A Rich Tapestry of History and Culture Both Trogir and Split offer unique windows into the past, from Trogir's meticulously preserved medieval town to Split's living monument of Diocletian's Palace. These cities not only showcase the architectural marvels of their times but also tell the stories of the people who have lived within their walls, from Roman emperors to medieval merchants and modern-day Croatians.

Return to Šibenik

Your journey through Trogir and Split has added another layer of understanding and appreciation for Croatia's historical and cultural landscapes, enriching your overall experience of this beautiful country.

Split, Croatia

Overnight: Sibenik, Hotel TBA

Gems of Peljesac peninsula

Day 8 - Ston, Pelješac & Korčula Island: A Culinary and Cultural Voyage
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Wine Tasting

Overnight Korcula, Hotel TBA

Day 8 marks a transition from the historic allure of Šibenik to the captivating beauty of Korčula Island, with memorable stops in Ston and the Pelješac Peninsula along the way. This day is a celebration of the Adriatic's culinary and vinicultural treasures, set against the backdrop of Croatia's stunning coastal landscapes.

A Seafood Delight in Mali Ston Bay Your journey begins with a visit to Ston, famous for its lengthy medieval walls and historic salt pans. However, it's the pristine waters of Mali Ston Bay that steal the spotlight, offering some of the finest oysters in the world. Here, indulge in a seafood experience that tantalizes the taste buds, savoring fresh oysters and other delicacies harvested from the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. This gastronomic adventure provides a unique insight into the region's rich maritime heritage and its bounty.

Wine Tasting on the Pelješac Peninsula Continuing along the scenic Pelješac Peninsula, renowned for its vineyards and fine wines, you'll have the opportunity to taste some of Croatia's best red wines. Visit a local winery to learn about the winemaking process and sample exquisite vintages that capture the essence of the region's terroir. This wine tasting experience not only delights the palate but also highlights the Pelješac Peninsula's significant role in Croatia's vinicultural landscape.

Arrival in Korčula The final leg of the day's journey brings you to the enchanting island of Korčula, believed to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. As you arrive in this medieval town, with its well-preserved fortifications and charming old streets, the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. Korčula's rich history, combined with its vibrant cultural scene and stunning seaside setting, makes it a perfect place to unwind and explore after a day of culinary and cultural discoveries.

Overnight in Korčula Settle in for the night on this beautiful island, reflecting on a day filled with the flavors and sights of the Adriatic. From the seafood delights of Mali Ston Bay to the exquisite wines of the Pelješac Peninsula, Day 8 has offered a journey through the culinary heart of Croatia, all culminating in the timeless beauty of Korčula.

Enchanting Korčula

Day 9 - Korčula Exploration: Nature, History, and Cuisine

Day 9 invites you to fully immerse yourself in the enchanting island of Korčula, blending natural beauty with rich historical heritage and culminating in a culinary experience that captures the island's rustic charm.

Morning Nature Walk Begin your day with a refreshing nature walk, guided by our local expert who will unveil the hidden treasures and serene landscapes of Korčula. This guided exploration offers a unique opportunity to connect with the island's natural environment, discovering secluded spots and panoramic views that few visitors get to see. Pause for a leisurely coffee break in one of the scenic spots, allowing the tranquility of the island to wash over you.

Private Walking Tour of Korčula Old Town As the morning unfolds, embark on a private walking tour of Korčula Old Town. Steeped in history, the Old Town is a maze of narrow streets, designed in a fishbone pattern for protection against the wind. Marvel at the architectural beauty of the St. Mark’s Cathedral, the City Museum, and the House of Marco Polo, believed to be the birthplace of the famous explorer. Your guide will share fascinating stories and insights, bringing the rich history of Korčula to life.

A Countryside Dinner Experience The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure, whether you choose to relax on one of Korčula’s beautiful beaches, explore more of the island on your own, or partake in additional activities. As the day draws to a close, prepare for a countryside dinner experience that promises to be a highlight of your stay. Set in a charming rural setting, this dinner offers a taste of Korčula's authentic culinary traditions, featuring locally-sourced ingredients and traditional dishes that reflect the island's gastronomic heritage.

Overnight in Korčula After a day filled with the pleasures of exploration, history, and dining, enjoy another overnight stay in Korčula. Reflect on the day's adventures and the unique blend of experiences that make Korčula a jewel in Croatia's crown. This day in Korčula encapsulates the essence of your Private Tour of Croatia, offering a perfect balance of natural exploration, historical discovery, and culinary delight.

Korcula Old Town

Overnight Korcula, Hotel TBA

Trsteno and Dingač

Day 10 - Trsteno Arboretum and Journey to Dubrovnik

Day 10 offers a leisurely start, allowing you to soak in the tranquil beauty of Korčula for a few more moments before embarking on the final leg of your Croatian journey - the majestic city of Dubrovnik. Your day is filled with scenic beauty, culinary delights, and a touch of cinematic fame.

Scenic Drive to Dubrovnik At 11:00, meet with your driver and set off towards Dubrovnik, taking the scenic route through the renowned Dingač area of the Pelješac peninsula. This region is famous for its vineyards, where Croatia's most esteemed red wines are produced, offering stunning views over the Adriatic and its islands.

Lunch Break in Trstenik Your journey includes a lunch break in Trstenik, a charming coastal village known for its tranquil beauty and excellent seafood. Enjoy a leisurely meal by the water, sampling fresh dishes that capture the essence of Dalmatian cuisine, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Croatian coast.

Trsteno Arboretum: A Walk Through History and Nature Continuing towards Dubrovnik, make an optional stop at Trsteno Arboretum, one of the oldest arboretums in Europe. This botanical garden offers a lush escape, with an array of exotic plants, ancient trees, and ornate Renaissance and Baroque features. Fans of "Game of Thrones" will recognize it as a backdrop for several scenes in the series, adding an element of fantasy to its historic charm. A walk through Trsteno is a journey through time, nature, and the imagination, regardless of the season.

Arrival in Dubrovnik Concluding your visit to Trsteno, you're just a 30-minute drive from Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this UNESCO World Heritage site, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Dubrovnik's stunning architecture, historic walls, and vibrant streets await your exploration.

Overnight in Dubrovnik Settle in for the night, reflecting on the journey that has brought you from the historic streets of Zagreb to the breathtaking beauty of Dubrovnik, with each day revealing new facets of Croatia's rich heritage and natural splendor.

Pearl of the Adriatic - Dubrovnik

Day 11 - Meet the Pearl: Dubrovnik

Day 11 unveils the splendor of Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," with a day dedicated to exploring this stunning city that combines natural beauty, historical depth, and architectural wonders.

Panoramic Drive and Srđ Hill Your exploration begins at 9:00 AM with a panoramic drive around Dubrovnik, offering breathtaking views of the city and the Adriatic Sea. The highlight of this drive is a visit to Srđ Hill, where you'll enjoy unparalleled vistas of Dubrovnik's Old Town and its surroundings. Other viewpoints along the route will provide you with a unique perspective of the city's layout and the stunning Dalmatian coast.

Private Tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town At 10:00 AM, your driver will drop you off at the entrance to Dubrovnik's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you'll meet with a local licensed guide for a 2-hour private tour. Wander through the historic streets, starting with the famous Stradun, Dubrovnik's main thoroughfare. As you explore, admire the city's beautiful Baroque, Renaissance, and Gothic architecture, and learn about its rich history as a powerful and independent Republic.

Discover Dubrovnik's Treasures After the guided tour, the afternoon is yours to discover more of Dubrovnik's treasures at your own pace. Walk the ancient city walls that have protected Dubrovnik for centuries, offering stunning views of the city and sea. Visit the imposing Lovrijenac Fortress, Dubrovnik Cathedral, and the Franciscan Monastery, home to one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. Each site tells a part of Dubrovnik's storied past, from its maritime prowess to its cultural and spiritual heritage.

Afternoon at Leisure Use the free afternoon to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and atmosphere of Dubrovnik. Whether you choose to delve deeper into its historical sites, relax in one of its charming cafes, or simply stroll through its picturesque streets, Dubrovnik is sure to captivate your heart.

Overnight in Dubrovnik As the day comes to a close, another overnight stay in Dubrovnik awaits. Reflect on the wonders you've experienced, from the panoramic views of Srđ Hill to the historic marvels of the Old Town, making your visit to Dubrovnik a highlight of your Croatian tour.

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Good-bye Croatia - End of the tour

Day 12 - Good-bye Croatia

As dawn breaks on Day 12, your extraordinary journey through Croatia comes to a close. Today, you bid farewell to the stunning landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality that have defined your adventure in this Adriatic jewel.

Departure from Dubrovnik A private transfer will smoothly convey you from the heart of Dubrovnik to the airport, ensuring a seamless conclusion to your guided tour of Croatia. This final journey offers a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences you've had, from the historic streets of Zagreb and the natural wonder of Plitvice Lakes to the culinary delights of Istria and the timeless beauty of Dubrovnik.

Reflecting on Unforgettable Memories As you prepare for departure, take a moment to reminisce about the places you've visited, the people you've met, and the culture you've immersed yourself in. Croatia's enchanting cities, breathtaking natural landscapes, and the stories that weave through its history have all contributed to a tapestry of memories that will stay with you long after you leave.

A Fond Farewell Our boutique travel agency is dedicated to making every aspect of your journey memorable, including your departure. As you look back on your time in Croatia, we hope it leaves you with not only a collection of unforgettable memories but also a longing to return and explore even more of what this beautiful country has to offer.

Good-bye, Croatia As your flight takes off and Croatia's stunning coastline fades from view, know that this goodbye is not forever. The beauty, history, and spirit of Croatia will always be here, waiting for you to return and discover new treasures in this Adriatic paradise.

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