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Croatian Charms – Small Group Tour

Croatian Charms – Small Group Tour

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This 9-day Small Group, Guaranteed Departure tour through Croatia is ideal for Foodies and History Buffs, too. The itinerary is well thought out to give you an insight into the Croatian way of life.

Join your newfound friends on a journey from Zagreb, to Opatija, and on to Pula, Rovinj, Motovun, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Trogir, Ston, and finishing in Dubrovnik.


Skradin Wine Experience, Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes, Truffle tasting

Recommended for food and wine lovers!

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Day 1: ZAGREB (D)
Individual or group arrival in Zagreb, transfer to the hotel (driving time 20 to 45 min). Welcome drink and group get-together.
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.
Today it's time to get to know the Istrian peninsula and visit the 2000-year-old roman Colosseum located in Pula. Afterward, 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 of the Istrian tastiest treasures, the truffle. Overnight in Opatija. (departure at 9:00am, return around 6:00pm).
The most beautiful and oldest national park in Croatia under UNESCO protection – consisting of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls. Enjoy a 3-4 hours walking tour strolling the wooden paths and nature trails surrounded by lush greenery and turquoise waters. The visit to the park grounds takes approx. 3 hours. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight in the Plitvice area. (Driving time approx.. 3:00h)
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 the USA & Scandinavia. We will taste the Dalmatian Debit white wine and Cuvee of Shiraz & Merlot, accompanied by delicious Croatian-style Tapas. Departure towards Split for overnight. (total driving time 4 to 5h).
Day 6: SPLIT & TROGIR Sightseeing (B, L)
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 4th-century chambers house 20th-century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Today's lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish – Pašticada 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 fortresses on a small island. Sometimes referred to as the floating museum town.
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 winemaking 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).
Completed in the thirteen century, the old city Dubrovnik has remained 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.
After Breakfast, check out and say goodbye to your new friends. Individual transfers to the airport are included or ask about optional excursions, cruises, and hotel stays.
  • This package includes:
    • Transfers as per itinerary in modern motor-coach / van with A/C
    • Professional tour manager during the entire trip
    • Welcome drink and info meeting on arrival
    • Porterage
    • 8 breakfasts in 4* Hotels, except 3* on Plitvice lakes & city taxes
    • 4 dinners in hotel restaurants
    • 4 high-quality gourmet experiences in wineries and local restaurants as per itinerary (Zigante Truffles / Bibich winery/restaurant Tragos / Pelješac winery)
    • Sightseeing of Zagreb, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Split, entrances: Pula Colosseum, Diocletian Palace Split, the Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes
    • Local airport transfers on day 1 and day 9
    Program does not include:  
    • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
    • Airfare, Travel Insurance
    • Additional excursions and/or services not mentioned in the program
    • Personal expenses (internet, telephone, mini bar, etc.)
    • Tips
  • Available dates upon request
  • Travel between March - October
  • Double occupancy, Solo traveler with supplement
  • price starting at $1950 per person, double occupancy
  • Price and availability subject to change