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My Beautiful Croatia

Enchanting Croatia: From Zagreb to Dubrovnik Luxury Tour

Embark on "The Best of Croatia" with Julia's Travels, a signature 10-day luxury tour designed to showcase the unparalleled beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture of Croatia. From the historic streets of Zagreb to the stunning Adriatic coast in Dubrovnik, journey through majestic Plitvice Lakes, the enchanting island of Hvar, and the timeless city of Split. Indulge in exclusive wine tastings, savor traditional Croatian cuisine, and explore ancient ruins and pristine landscapes. Experience the magic of Croatia through tailor-made itineraries that promise an intimate exploration of this breathtaking country. Join us for an unforgettable adventure where luxury meets discovery.

DAY 1: Discover Zagreb

Welcome to the enchanting lands of Croatia! Your journey begins upon landing at Zagreb's airport, where our meet & greet service awaits to ensure a warm welcome. A private driver will escort you to your hotel in Zagreb, setting the stage for an experience of comfort and ease.

Once settled and refreshed, join our local licensed guide in the hotel lobby for an immersive 2-hour walking tour of Zagreb, the heart and soul of Croatia. This historic city, which boasts a rich tapestry dating back to Roman times, unfolds across two iconic hills: Kaptol, the epicenter of spiritual and religious life, and Gradec, once a bustling hub for tradesmen and craftsmen.

Your exploration of Zagreb's most captivating sights includes a ride on the charming funicular, one of the city's historic treasures dating back to 1890. As you ascend to the Upper Town, prepare to be enchanted by the picturesque St. Mark’s Square, home to the iconic Parliament Building and the beautiful St. Mark's Church.

Your journey continues to Kaptol, where you will visit the majestic Cathedral of Assumption, not only the tallest structure in Croatia but also a stunning example of Gothic architecture in this part of Europe.

The adventure culminates in Ban Jelic Square, the boundary between Zagreb's old and new districts, leading you to a regional specialty restaurant. Here, indulge in a delightful tasting of local food and wine, a perfect introduction to Croatia's culinary delights.

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Zagreb Art Pavilion

Hrvatsko Zagorje

DAY 2: Day-tour to Trakošćan Castle, Kumrovec & Samobor
Trakošćan Castle

Day 2 of your Croatian adventure begins with a delightful breakfast at your hotel, energizing you for the day’s explorations.

 

Your journey today takes you to the enchanting Hrvatsko Zagorje, a region known for its idyllic landscapes and historical treasures. Before venturing into the heart of Zagorje, you'll make a brief stop at “Dolac,” Zagreb’s most renowned open-air market. This vibrant marketplace, beloved by locals for sourcing fresh produce directly from farmers, offers a colorful glimpse into the daily life of the city.

 

The first highlight of your excursion is Trakošćan Castle, Croatia’s most visited and impeccably preserved fortress. Dating back to the 14th century, this castle has evolved from a modest stronghold to a majestic residence through various reconstructions, with its current romantic appearance finalized in the 19th century. Wander through its halls and gardens, each telling tales of a bygone era.

Next, you'll journey to Kumrovec, an ethno-village that serves as a time capsule of regional traditions and lifestyles. Here, in this meticulously preserved village, you will encounter ancient crafts and a way of life that has all but vanished. The village also holds historical significance as the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, the former Yugoslav president and a notable figure in the Non-Aligned Movement. Despite its museum-like tranquility, the vitality of the surrounding community breathes life into the village, offering a vivid snapshot of history intertwined with the present.

Your exploration continues to Samobor, a charming town sought after for its scenic hiking trails and inviting atmosphere. A short drive away lies the village of Rude, perched above Samobor, where you’ll be welcomed by a local family at their vineyard. Here, enjoy a memorable barbeque accompanied by breathtaking views, an experience that marries culinary delights with natural beauty.

Concluding your day in Samobor, indulge in the local specialty, Kremsnita—a delectable custard cake known far and wide for its creamy texture and sweet taste, a perfect treat to savor the flavors of Croatia.

 

This day promises not just a journey through the picturesque landscapes of Zagorje but an immersion into the culture, history, and culinary heritage of this captivating region.

Plitvice Lakes

DAY 3: Zagreb to Zadar via Rastoke, Barać Caves & Plitvice Lakes National Park

On Day 3 of your Croatian adventure, after enjoying breakfast at your Zagreb hotel, you'll embark towards the breathtaking Croatian coast, with stops at Rastoke, Barać Caves, and the iconic Plitvice Lakes National Park en route. 

 

Start your journey with a visit to Rastoke, a charming village known for its picturesque watermills and harmonious blend of natural beauty and history. Next, dive into the depths of the Barać Caves, marvelling at the awe-inspiring limestone formations and the site's prehistoric significance.

 

The highlight of the day is Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its cascading lakes and vibrant waterfalls set against lush forests. Enjoy a guided tour that showcases the ethereal beauty of this natural wonder, followed by a delightful lunch at Licka Kuca, offering a taste of local Croatian cuisine.

 

Conclude your day with a scenic drive to Zadar, a city that perfectly encapsulates Croatia's rich historical tapestry and innovative spirit. Explore the ancient Roman Forum, the Church of St. Donat, and the medieval city walls. Don't miss the modern marvels of the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation on Zadar's waterfront, where natural forces create mesmerizing melodies and light shows. 

 

This day promises a seamless blend of natural wonders, historical exploration, and culinary delights, setting the stage for an unforgettable Croatian journey.

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Zadar

Krka National Park & Wine & Olive oil tasting

DAY 4: Zadar to Split via Krka NP & Primošten
Krka NP
Wine Tasting

Day 4 of your luxurious Croatian exploration begins with a delightful breakfast at your hotel, setting the stage for a day filled with natural beauty and cultural immersion as you journey south towards Split. Along the way, you'll visit the breathtaking Krka National Park and the picturesque town of Primošten.

 

Krka National Park: A Natural Masterpiece

Your adventure continues with a guided visit to Krka National Park, lasting approximately 2.5 hours. Here, you'll be mesmerized by the park's vibrant waters, cascading waterfalls, and the lush scent of its surrounding flora. Krka is famed for its stunning waterfalls that tumble over 17 natural barriers, with Skradinski Buk standing out as the largest and most water-rich cascade. The park is also home to two medieval fortresses, Trosenj and Necven, which watch over the river and add a touch of historical mystery to the landscape.

 

Primošten: Tradition and Taste

The journey progresses with a transfer to Primošten, a gem on the Adriatic coast, where you'll enjoy a picturesque picnic lunch with breathtaking views. Following lunch, delve into the rich tradition of wine and olive oil production in the region with a wine tasting at Jurlinovi Dvori. This area, renowned for the "Babic" wine variety—a top-quality wine that is a pride of Croatia—offers an authentic taste of Dalmatian heritage. Jurlinovi Dvori, a Dalmatian household dating back more than 300 years and protected as "Croatia's cultural heritage,” welcomes you to its vineyard. Here, amidst the karst landscapes, you'll sample the exquisite Babić wine, a true testament to the area's winemaking prowess.

 

Arrival in Split: A Prelude to Exploration

The day's journey concludes with a transfer to your hotel in Split, approximately 1.5 hours away. As you settle into this historic city, known for its vibrant streets and rich history, anticipate the adventures that await in one of Croatia's most illustrious destinations.

 

This day promises a seamless blend of Croatia's natural beauty, historical depth, and the rich flavors of its traditional wines, setting a perfect prelude to your continued exploration of this magnificent country.

Discover Split & Trogir

DAY 5: Tour of Split & Trogir

Day 5 of your Croatian voyage begins with a delightful breakfast at your hotel in Split, setting the stage for a day immersed in history, culture, and the breathtaking beauty of Dalmatia.

Split: A Walk Through History

Your morning unfolds with a 2-hour guided tour of Split, exploring the ancient marvels of this historic city. At the heart of your journey is the awe-inspiring Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the 4th century by Emperor Diocletian. Your exploration starts in the palace's well-preserved cellars, offering insights into ancient Roman life. As you wander through the old town, the melodic strains of traditional Dalmatian Klapa music enhance the ambiance, making history come alive. Notable highlights include the Peristyle, the Cathedral, and the vibrant Riva seafront. The tour culminates with a visit to Marjan Hill's Vidilica, offering panoramic views of Split that are nothing short of magnificent.

Trogir: A Timeless Treasure

The journey continues to Trogir, a historic island city known for its urban continuity and rich architectural heritage. With a local guide, delve into Trogir's Hellenistic street plan, adorned over centuries with Romanesque churches and Venetian Renaissance and Baroque buildings. This 1-hour tour through Trogir reveals a tapestry of history, from ancient Greece to Venetian rule.

Culinary Delights and Return to Split

The day's experiences are further enriched with a cooking demonstration and lunch at a local home, offering a taste of authentic Croatian cuisine in a warm, welcoming setting. After savoring the flavors of Dalmatia, you'll return to Split, carrying with you the memories of a day filled with cultural exploration, historical discovery, and culinary adventure.

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Split, Croatia
Trogir

Hvar town

DAY 6: Day-tour to Hvar town
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Day 6 unveils the splendor of Hvar, the sun-soaked gem of the Dalmatian Riviera, starting with breakfast at your hotel in Split.

Journey to Hvar

Post-breakfast, rendezvous with your guide and take a leisurely walk to the pier, where a catamaran awaits to whisk you away to the enchanting island of Hvar. The sea journey itself sets the tone for a day of exploration and discovery.

Discovering Hvar

Upon setting foot on Hvar, embark on a 1.5-hour city sightseeing tour that unveils the island's rich tapestry of culture, art, and history. Hvar, renowned for its vibrant spirit and welcoming locals, offers a deep dive into its storied past and present. Wander through the historical heart of Hvar, known as Groda, where every cobblestone tells a story.

Your tour includes a visit to the Benedictine nunnery museum, celebrated for its exquisite agave lacework—a craft so unique it's safeguarded by UNESCO. Marvel at the bustling city square, the historic arsenal, the ancient theater, and the majestic cathedral, each site narrating its chapter of Hvar's history.

The journey ascends to the Fortica fortress, perched high above the town. Here, you're treated to panoramic views of Hvar city and the serene Pakleni Islands, a vista that captures the island's allure and the azure Adriatic's endless beauty.

Culinary Delights and Return

Savor the flavors of the island with lunch at Ko Doma, a local favorite known for its authentic Dalmatian cuisine. This culinary experience promises not just a meal but a taste of Hvar's heritage and hospitality.

The afternoon sees you boarding the catamaran once again, returning to your hotel in Split with a heart full of memories, a camera full of breathtaking photos, and a deeper appreciation for the cultural and natural beauty of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast.

Experience Mostar

DAY 7: Split to Dubrovnik via Mostar & Ston

Day 7 of your Croatian journey unfolds with an exciting transition as you set off after breakfast for your final destination, the renowned city of Dubrovnik. This day promises a blend of cultural immersion and natural beauty, featuring stops in the historic cities of Mostar and Ston.

A Visit to Mostar

Your first destination is Mostar, a city that beautifully encapsulates the confluence of Eastern and Western cultures. As you approach, remember to have your passport ready for the border crossing. In Mostar, a local guide will lead you on a 1.5-hour tour, unveiling the city's rich history and architectural marvels. Wander through the Old Bazaar, step inside a traditional Turkish House, and explore one of the city's historic mosques. The highlight is undoubtedly the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a symbol of reconciliation and coexistence. Following your exploration, delight in the flavors of Bosnia and Herzegovina with a taste of Cevapcici, a national dish that promises to satiate your appetite for cultural discovery.

En Route to Dubrovnik:

A Stop in Ston Continuing towards Dubrovnik, your journey takes you to Ston, known affectionately as the oyster capital of Croatia. This small but charming town sits on a narrow isthmus linking the Peljesac Peninsula with the mainland, famed for its salt production and exquisite seafood. In Ston, you'll have the opportunity to savor high-quality oysters and mussels, a perfect culinary pitstop that marries the town's rich history with its present-day acclaim.

Arrival in Dubrovnik As you proceed to Dubrovnik, the anticipation builds for the discovery of the 'Pearl of the Adriatic.' This leg of your journey not only connects you with the unique histories and tastes of the Balkans but also sets the stage for the exploration of Dubrovnik's timeless beauty.

This day offers a seamless blend of history, culture, and gastronomy, marking a memorable transition from Split to Dubrovnik, with enriching stops that highlight the diverse heritage of this captivating region.

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Discover Dubrovnik

Day 8: Dubrovnik Old Town tour
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Dubrovnik

Day 8 in Dubrovnik begins with breakfast at your hotel, setting the stage for a morning immersed in the splendor of this medieval city.

 

Dubrovnik Old Town: A Journey Through Time

At 9:00 AM, join your local guide for a 3-hour tour through Dubrovnik's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture and stunning stone streets. Your journey commences at the western city gate, Pile, guiding you through a labyrinth of history and beauty. Marvel at the exteriors of significant landmarks such as the Rector’s Palace, the Old Port, and the Franciscan Monastery with its famous Onofrio’s Fountain. 

 

Stroll along Stradun, Dubrovnik’s vibrant main street, to discover hidden gems like the 15th-century synagogue nestled within a narrow alley. The tour includes a visit to the Franciscan Monastery, where you'll encounter The Oldest Pharmacy of Dubrovnik. Seize the opportunity to explore its ancient remedies and perhaps purchase some of the monastery's renowned creams or other products, cherished by locals for centuries.

 

The Afternoon at Your Leisure

After delving into Dubrovnik's historic heart, the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. For an unforgettable experience, consider these suggestions:

 

Cable Car to Srdj Mountain:

Ascend to the summit of Srdj Mountain via cable car for breathtaking views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea. It’s the perfect spot to capture the sunset, offering a panoramic vista that spans the entire city and beyond.

  

Boat Trip to Lokrum Island:

Embark on a short boat journey from the Old City Harbour to Lokrum Island, a serene oasis just a stone's throw from Dubrovnik. Here, you can bask in the island's natural beauty, enjoy peaceful walks through botanical gardens, and relax in hidden coves.

 

Day 8 of your Croatian adventure invites you to experience the essence of Dubrovnik, blending historical exploration with leisurely pursuits, ensuring a day filled with discovery, relaxation, and awe-inspiring views.

Cavtat & Konavle

DAY 9: Tour to Cavtat & Konavle with Wine & Olive oil tasting

Day 9 of your journey unfolds with a blend of culinary discovery and scenic beauty, starting with breakfast at your hotel in Dubrovnik.

 

Olive Oil Production and Tasting

At 9:00 AM, set off for a local village near Dubrovnik to dive into the world of olive oil production. Here, you’ll be treated to a presentation that illuminates the meticulous process of creating olive oil, followed by a tasting session where you can savor the rich flavors of locally produced olive oil. This experience offers a unique insight into one of the region's most cherished culinary traditions.

 

Cavtat: A Glimpse into History and Beauty

The journey continues to Cavtat, a picturesque resort town known for its natural splendor and rich cultural heritage. Once the ancient Greek settlement of Epidaurum, and later a significant Roman harbor, today's Cavtat is a testament to the region's long history of navigation, shipbuilding, and cultural contributions. Enjoy an orientation tour that highlights the town's beauty and historical significance.

 

Wine Tasting in Konavle Valley

Next, venture into the Konavle Valley, the heart of Dubrovnik’s wine country, celebrated for its fertile lands and exceptional wine production. Visit a local winery where you'll indulge in a wine tasting session, discovering the unique flavors and techniques that make Konavle's wines distinct. This visit offers an authentic taste of the region's winemaking heritage, complemented by the warm hospitality of its people.

 

Leisurely Afternoon in Dubrovnik

After a day of exploring and tasting, return to Dubrovnik with the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure. Whether you choose to wander through Dubrovnik’s storied streets, relax at a café, or revisit a favorite spot in the city, the day is yours to savor the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle.

 

Day 9 invites you to immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural wonders of the Dubrovnik region, from the ancient charm of Cavtat to the lush vineyards of Konavle, culminating in an experience that delights the senses and enriches the soul.

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Cavtat

Good-bye Croatia

DAY 10: Private transfer from hotel in Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik airport
Departure

Day 10 marks the conclusion of your enchanting journey through Croatia. After enjoying a final breakfast at your hotel in Dubrovnik, and depending on your flight schedule, a private transfer will ensure a seamless journey from your hotel to Dubrovnik Airport.

 

We extend our heartfelt gratitude for choosing Croatia as your destination and for allowing us to be your guide through this beautiful country. It has been our pleasure to share with you the wonders of Croatia, from its historic cities and stunning landscapes to its rich culinary and cultural heritage.

 

As you prepare to depart, we hope that your journey with us has left you with unforgettable memories, a deeper appreciation for Croatia's beauty, and stories to share for years to come.

 

Thank you for visiting Croatia. Happy future travels, and we look forward to welcoming you back for new adventures!

 

Safe travels!

Want to know more about the tour or travel to Croatia with us?

- Reach out to our Travel Specialist. 

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