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CROATIA DELIGHTS (9 DAYS)

CROATIA DELIGHTS (9 DAYS)

DAY  01:  ZAGREB
Arrival to Zagreb. Meet & greet followed by a transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Zagreb.

DAY 02: ZAGREB
The morning is reserved for the Lower Town guided walking tour. We will observe Zrinjevac park together with lots of buildings representing the typical Central Europen architecture from the 19th and 20th century. Buildings of the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts and the neighbouring Art Pavilion are two of its finest examples. We will continue our way along the Botanical Gardens and Marulic Square towards the Marsal Tito Square with another three important landmarks of Zagreb: The Mimara Museum, the Croatian National Theatre and Zagreb University. The afternoon will start with a short funicular ride to the Upper Town – enchanting Zagreb returning us back to 15th and 16th century. The Lotrscak Tower signalizes the time to Zagreb citizens with a cannon shot every day. St. Catherine's Square with its baroque church, St. Mark's Square with the Houses of Parliament and the Government and St. Mark's Church with its picturesque roof, The Stone Gate – another remnant of the strong city walls are impressive sights fit for creating your own postcard of Zagreb. Overnight stay at the hotel in Zagreb.

DAY 03: ZAGREB–PLITVICE LAKES–ZADAR  
We will start the day with a departure towards the Plitvice lakes, with a stop at the village Rastoke, the historic centre of the Croatian municipality of Slunj. This old part of Slunj is known for its well-preserved mills and the picturesque little waterfalls along the Slunjcica river, which flows into the river Korana. This location is often being referred to as "the Small Lakes of Plitvice". Rastoke is a place of autochthonous ecological and ethnographic significance due to its symbiosis of natural and civilizational features. Plitvice Lakes National Park – one of the greatest natural wonders and phenomena in the world. Connected to each other by a series of foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls, the lakes are fed by many rivers and streams. Plitvice Lakes were declared a National Park in 1949, and since 1979 they have been on UNESCO’s list of the World's Natural Heritage. We will continue our trip to Zadar. Overnight stay in Zadar.

DAY 04: ZADAR–STON–DUBROVNIK
Breakfast will be followed by sightseeing of Zadar. A walking tour of this ancient Croatian city, which inherited its architectural sights from a long and turbulent history. We will see the church of St. Donat, originally built in 9th century in a Byzantine style. The main city street – The Wide Street – or Kalelarga and the modern architectural solutions of the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun are unique in the world. We will continue towards Dubrovnik with an en-route stop in the town of Ston. It was build in the 14th century in the form of a two-fold fortification system with the Large and Small Ston, aiming to protect the salt plants, one of its major economic resources. A 12 kilometre long wall connects two fortified cities: the first was built in order to protect the salt plants and the second as the salt export harbour. Drive to Dubrovnik. Accommodation at hotel and an overnight stay.

DAY 05: DUBROVNIK
Dubrovnik is one of Europe's most beautiful coastal settlements (an UNESCO World Heritage Site). Located at the tip of the Croatian South coast, the city has been welcoming visitors for decades. Our walking tour will show you around the historical parts of the city, through the old Town to Onofrio's Fountain and up Prijeko Street to the Old Port - the key to Dubrovnik's trading and maritime success. Along the way you will pay a visit to St. Saviour's, the grandiose Franciscan and Dominican church, and see wine producing vines believed to be more than 100 years old. Ships from Dubrovnik were renowned throughout the Mediterranean and galleons from the Republic could be found in navies across Europe and beyond. These ships were built and loaded in the legendary Arsenal, which is another stop on the tour. Once in the Old Port, your guide will relate the stories of the famous Quarantine and the nearby fortresses of St. Luke and St. John as well as legends about the Church of St. Blaise, the Cathedral, the Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace, and Orlando's Column. Overnight stay.

DAY 06: DUBROVNIK-SPLIT
Morning at leisure. Transfer to Split. Upon arrival in Split, we'll continue our sightseeing with a walking tour. Split is the largest and most important town in Dalmatia. We'll walk through historical centre and theremains of Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO World Heritage List), built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries AD. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area. Overnight stay at the hotel in Split.

DAY 07: SPLIT–HVAR–SPLIT
There will be an early morning departure from the Split port on a ferry boat. Transfer to the town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. We will continue our tour tour of the city Hvar, a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature and a rich cultural and historical heritage. Hvar gained its glory and power during the Middle Ages being an important port within the Venetian naval empire. Today, it is the centre of the island’s tourism and one of the favourite turist destinations on the Dalmatian Riviera. We will also be able to see Pjaca – the largest square in Dalmatia, the first public European theatre and the renaissance Cathedral of St. Stephen. We will also visit the Fortress “Espanjola” built in the 16th century. From this point the whole town and the Pakleni Archipelago can be seen which consists of eleven islets that guard the access to the town port. On the way back to Split, we will take a short walking tour of Stari Grad Plain (UNESCO World Heritage List since 2009), a cultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks from Pharos in the 4th century BC. We will return to Split by ferry boat, fairly late. Overnight stay at the hotel in Split.

DAY 08: SPLIT-TROGIR–ZAGREB
Check out and a drive to Trogir, a town museum. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity to learn about its manifold and complex heritage - from the Romanesque yards to modern interiors. The unique historical core, Radovan’s portal, has been arousing excitement among visitors and travellers for centuries. Arrival to Zagreb and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 09 ZAGREB
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. Optional transfer to the airport/end of services.

 

 

 

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