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CROATIA WITH HIGHLIGHTS OF ISTRIA (7 DAYS)

CROATIA WITH HIGHLIGHTS OF ISTRIA (7 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 European architecture from the 19th and 20th century, the 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 a hotel in Zagreb.

DAY 03: ZAGREB–CASTLE TOUR–ZAGREB
Day followed by an excursion to the rural and wine growing area in Zagreb's outskirts. You will visit the Trakoscan Castle, one of the best preserved medieval castles dating back to the 13th century. This is a unique opportunity to see how Croatian aristocracy lived in the medieval ages through the remarkable collection of swords, spears, and firearms of the period. Continue to the delightful baroque city of Varazdin, once the capital of Croatia. In a short walking tour you will visit the Varazdin castle. Return to Zagreb and overnight stay.

DAY 04: ZAGREB–OPATIJA
Free time in the morning followed by a departure from Zagreb towards Opatija. The city owes its' name to the Benedictine Abbey which was built in the 15th century on the undisturbed sea shore. Known as the pearl of the Austro-Hungarian Riviera at the end of the 19th century, it gained its recognition as a tourist destination by the European high society, emperors, famous artists and celebrities such as Wilhelm II, Franz Joseph, Empress Sissy, Gustav Mahler, Isidora Duncan, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov and many others. Overnight stay at a hotel in Opatija.

DAY 05: OPATIJA–ISTRIA TOUR–OPATIJA
Full day Istrian Peninsula Tour. The first stop is in Hum – officially the smallest town in the world with only 22 inhabitants. Following the Mirna river valley we will reach the villages of Livade and Motovun, the towns lie between a dream and reality, located on the peak of a hill offering a magnificent view of the valley and surrounding hills. The Groznjan and Motovun regions are most famous for their truffles, as well as for one of the best white wines Croatia has to offer. The road will lead us further to Porec for a walking tour where we will visit the ancient Euphrasius basilica - the sine qua non of religious architecture with outstanding Byzantine mosaics from the 5th century and further to Rovinj, the Jewel of Istria. The town has a long history and was a settlement of Venetian or Illyrian tribes before being conquered by the Romans. We will stroll around the old town visiting St. Euphemia's church and some lovely narrow streets. We will then return to Opatija for an overnight stay.

DAY 06: OPATIJA–PLITVICE LAKES–ZAGREB
Breakfast will be followed by a departure towards Plitvice Lakes National Park – one of the greatest natural wonders and phenomena in the world. Embraced by high wooded mountains, one beneath another lie sixteen beautiful lakes of crystal blue-green water. Connected to each other by a series of foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls, the lakes are fed by many rivers and streams. Over the millennia, the waters of these lakes have dissolved the limestone rock and carved out the valley in which they now lie. Plitvice Lakes were declared a National Park, since 1979 they have been on UNESCO’s list of World Natural Heritage. Driving to Zagreb. Accomodation in a hotel. Overnight stay.

DAY 07: ZAGREB
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport/end of services.

 

 

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