DAY 1: Discover Zagreb
First of all, Welcome to Croatia. Upon arrival at the Zagreb airport arrivals hall, You'll be welcomed by a meet & greet service, and a private driver will take You to Your hotel in Zagreb.
After check-in and some time to refresh, meet with a local licensed guide in the hotel lobby at the pre-arranged time and head for a 2-h long walking tour of Zagreb.
Zagreb is Croatia’s capital and the largest city with a history dating back to Roman times. The city grew up on two neighboring hills: Kaptol - the center of the spiritual and religious life of north-western Croatia and Gradec - the commercial center of skillful tradesmen and craftsmen. Take a walk among the loveliest parts of Zagreb. Ride a funicular built in 1890 to reach the charming Upper Town and walk to St. Mark’s Square, where you’ll view the Parliament Building and the charming St. Mark's Church. Continue the walk to Kaptol for visit to the Cathedral of Assumption, a Catholic church, not only the tallest building in Croatia but also one of the most monumental Gothic churches in this part of Europe. Walk to Ban Jelic Square which divides the old and new regions of the city and continue to a regional specialty restaurant for the sampling of food and wine.
DAY 2: Day-tour to Trakošćan Castle, Kumrovec & Samobor
After the breakfast in Your hotel, You'll embark on the excursion to Hrvatsko Zagorje, before hitting the road, You'll make a quick stop at “Dolac”, an open-air market, a must-see for all visitors.
Zagreb has several open-air markets, but Dolac is the biggest and most popular market where locals still prefer to buy products, sold by local farmers.
The next stop will be Trakoscan castle, the most visited and best-preserved castle in the country. Built back in the 14th century as a small fortress, the castle has been rebuilt and renovated several times until the 19th century.
Proceed towards Kumrovec- the unique ethno-village is reminiscent of the ancient way of life in this whole region. Visitors can see old houses and barns displaying the old crafts and the way of life almost forgotten.
Entering the village feels like stepping into the past. The village is the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav president, and one of the 5 founding members (others were Nehru, Sukarno, Nasser, Knrumah) of the Non-Aligned Movement. Although the houses are part of the museum, surrounding residents give the home village the vibrancy and a sense of the past in the present.
Continue to Samobor, a small town, nowadays attracting many
day-visitors looking for great hiking paths.
About a 15-minute drive above the town is a small village of Rude, where you will meet with a local family at their vineyard for a barbeque with stunning vistas. Afterward, you’ll stop in Samobor for the taste of Kremsnita, (custard cake) which originated here.
DAY 3: Zagreb to Zadar via Rastoke, Barać Caves & Plitvice Lakes National Park
After breakfast in Your hotel, You'll head to the coast of Croatia while visiting Rastoke, Barač Caves, and Plitvice Lakes National Park on the route.
Rastoke, are a watermill village situated where the blue-green water of river Slunjčica flows into the Korana river. Most of the houses were built at the end of the 19 and the beginning of the 20th century. Because of its extraordinary natural beauties and historical tradition, in 1962 Rastoke village fell under the protection of the State Directorate for cultural and historical heritage. Many ancient civilizations, as well as contemporary urban environments witness that the water has always attracted people to come to its banks and settle there.
Transfer from Rastoke to Barać Caves (approx. 30 mins)
The Caves of Barać, located very close to Plitvice and Rastoke, are just another very fine example of Croatia’s splendid geological blessings. These caves were an important place of habitation for prehistoric humans, and they continue to this day as places of great cultural interest, exploration, and recreation.
Transfer from Barać Caves to Plitvice National Park (duration approx. 15 mins).
Tour Plitvice National Park with a local guide (duration approx. 2 hrs)
Plitvice National Park is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved national parks in the country. This is why the entire lakes and surrounding area were declared a national park in 1949 and are now Unesco World Heritage Site.
In a valley between high forested mountains is a string of sixteen beautiful lakes of crystal blue and green waters fed by small streams and brooks, forming a spill into each other and forming 92 foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls.
The Plitvice lakes` scenery will simply delight you regardless of whether you are walking the paths and wooden bridges, taking a boat ride or just snapping photos.
Enjoy lunch at Licka Kuca and delight in local specialties…
Transfer continues from Plitvice to Zadar (duration approx. 2-h).
The Zadar peninsula still preserves a very old network of narrow and charming city streets, as well as a Roman forum dating back to the first century AD. The pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donat dates back to the ninth century, and it is certainly Zadar's most famous spot.
The town is fortified with medieval walls, distinguished for their pretty and impressive ports – entries in the city all dating back to the sixteenth century.
Countless buildings and monuments attest to the rich intellectual and cultural heritage of the city.
At the end of the Western Quay is Zadar's newest feature, the Sea Organ. This unusual organ is powered by the wind and the sea. When the sea pushes air through the whistles, a series of melancholy chords are played, with the sound emerging through the perforated stone stairs. Next to the Sea Organ is the Sun Salutation also designed by Nikola Basic.
This circle of glass collects the sun's rays by day, stores the energy, and emits it as a flickering light show after dark. Extra energy is used to power the lights along the waterfront.
You may want to take a stroll on the seafront, watch the sunset then walk along the seafront to one of the casual dining venues for dinner.
Krka National Park & Wine & Olive oil tasting
DAY 4: Zadar to Split via Krka NP & Primošten
After breakfast in Your hotel, You'll head more South, to Split while visiting Krka National Park & Primošten on the route.
Visit Krka National Park with a local guide (duration approx. 2,5hrs)
Krka surprises and enchants visitors with the force and blue color of its waters, the noise of its cascades, the freshness of its scent, the numerous perennials - though not always visible springs, its rude existence and legends. In a wonderful natural setting, water forms beautiful waterfalls that cascade over 17 natural barriers and precipitate 45 meters. Skradinski Buk is the largest of the Krka’s systems of cascades and the richest in water. Two medieval fortresses stand guard over the river on the northern border of the park: Trosenj and Necven.
Transfer continues from Krka to Primošten (Duration approx. 1hr) where you’ll stop for a picnic lunch with a view prior to a wine tasting at Jurlinovi Dvori.
Production of wine and olive oil in Primosten pulls the tradition from the 19th century. It is a widely known wine variety "Babic" that originates from this region and is considered one of the best in Croatia.
Wine tasting at Jurlinovi dvori, in the village of Draga, dalmatian household, more than 300 years old, protected as "Croatia's cultural heritage”. Jurlija's Court has a vineyard of about 500 grapevines in the very karst where top-quality Babić, a renowned red wine from Primošten, is produced.
Transfer from Primosten to your hotel in Split (duration approx. 1,5 hrs).
Discover Split & Trogir
DAY 5: Tour of Split & Trogir
After breakfast in Your hotel head on a morning sightseeing tour of Split with a local guide (duration approx. 2 hrs).
The Split private tour will take you along the Old City highlights.
The old town of Split is built on and around the spectacular Roman Palace erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian (born in Salona – today’s Solin) in the 4th century.
The walking tour starts with a visit to the cellars of the Palace which are still very well preserved. The cellars offer a good view of what life in the Palace was like. Other sites will be seen along the way. During the visit, enjoy traditional Dalmatian music performed by the traditional acapella band – Klapa.
Visit the Peristyle, see sights like the Cathedral, a popular seafront called Riva. Later, drive or enjoy an easy walk to Marjan Hill to Vidilica, from where we enjoy a magnificent view of Split.
Proceed to Trogir
Sightseeing of historic core of Trogir with local guide (duration approx. 1 hr)
Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity.
The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications.
Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period.
Cooking demonstration and lunch at local home before returning to Split.
DAY 6: Day-tour to Hvar town
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide at the hotel and walk to the pier and embark on the catamaran to Hvar
Upon arrival on Hvar enjoy Hvar highlights on cty sightseeing tour (duration approx. 1,5 hr)
Enjoy a tour of the culture, art, and history of Hvar, one of the principal destinations on the Dalmatian Riviera.
Hvar is home to fiercely proud, determined, and courteous people, who are eager to show off their city.
Walk around the historical center of Hvar, called Groda, and stop at the Benedictine nunnery museum to admire their agava pattern lacework that is protected by UNESCO.
You’ll also see the city square, the arsenal, the theater, and the cathedral.
Visit Hvar’s Fortica fortress, from where you delight in beautiful views of the entire city and Pakleni Islands.
Lunch at Ko Doma.
In the afternoon, embark on the catamaran to reach Your hotel in Split.
DAY 7: Split to Dubrovnik via Mostar & Ston
In the morning hours, after breakfast, embark on the journey to reach Your final destination, Dubrovnik, on the route from Split to Dubrovnik we'll make a stop in Mostar & Ston.
Have your passport handy as there will be a border crossing.
Mostar sightseeing tour with local guide (duration approx. 1,5 hrs)
In the true sense of the word, it is the city where West meets East.
Experience sights such as the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House, and one of the many old Mosques.
After the guided tour of the town, you’ll get to taste the national Bosnian dish, Cevavcici before proceeding to Dubrovnik with an en-route stop in Ston, the Oyster capital of Croatia.
Ston is a small town on a narrow isthmus connecting the peninsula of Peljesac with the mainland. The area is known for salt production and high-quality oysters/mussels.
Day 8: Dubrovnik Old Town tour
Breakfast at the hotel
At 9:00 AM, Dubrovnik sightseeing tour with local guide (duration approx. 3 hrs)
Dubrovnik Old Town highlights.
Imagine walking through a medieval city where stone streets are shining brightly, and the architecture which dates back hundreds of years will make Your jaw drop.
This tour will start from the western city gate – Pile – and will include the main landmarks of the Old Town (exteriors only) such as the Rector’s Palace, the Old Port, the Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio’s Fountain, etc., and then towards the eastern end of Stradun, the main street, a narrow alley is home to a tiny synagogue dating from the 15th century.
Peek into the Franciscan monastery, see The Oldest Pharmacy of Dubrovnik, and maybe buy some of its fancy creams or other products, made for hundreds of years for the ones who lived in this city-republic.
The rest of the afternoon at leisure
- Take a Cable Car to Srdj Mountain for a nice view and sunset.
- Take a boat from the Old City Harbour to Lokrum Island to enjoy the beautiful nature of this peaceful island
Cavtat & Konavle
DAY 9: Tour to Cavtat & Konavle with Wine & Olive oil tasting
Breakfast at the hotel.
At 9:00AM, Olive oil production presentation, Cavtat, and wine tasting in Konavle region with local guide (duration approx. 5 hrs)
Drive from Dubrovnik to a nearby local village for the production presentation and tasting of local olive oil.
Drive from Orasac to Cavtat – a resort situated south from Dubrovnik, the seat of the Konavle County, known by the natural beauty, cultural and folk tradition.
This was once Greek settlement Epidaurum, since the year 228 BC an important trade and the Roman Harbour. Cavtat is the birthplace of numerous navigators, ship builders, ship owners and cultural workers. After an orientation tour, continue to Konavle Valley.
The most fertile part of the area, known for its wine production.
Visit of local winery for wine tasting.
Return to Dubrovnik and the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
DAY 10: Private transfer from hotel in Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik airport
After breakfast in Your hotel and also according to Your flight schedule, enjoy a private transfer to Dubrovnik airport from Your hotel in Dubrovnik.
Thank You for visiting Croatia, and even more for choosing us to be Your tour provider.
Happy future travels!