Spend more than a week experiencing the beauty and charm of the Mediterranean on this 9-day Croatian Rhapsody. Start your journey from Zagreb, enjoying your walking tour. Then you will visit the 2000-year-old roman Colosseum located in Pula. You will also explore the most beautiful and the oldest national park in Croatia under UNESCO protection and you will take a stop in the town of Ston to visit a local winery and taste the famous “Plavac Mali“. Your journey will be concluded in Dubrovnik.
Visit St. Mark’s church and its multicolor tiled roof in Zagreb
Discover the oldest national park in Croatia, a UNESCO site
Enjoy the historic town of Zadar, rich in cultural and historical monuments
Discover Trogir, a UNESCO site with a 2300-year-long urban tradition
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Zagreb with an English-speaking guide. In the fortified, medieval Upper Town, you will see its most prominent sights such as St. Mark’s church with its multicolor tiled roof, Parliament, the government palace, and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing, we proceed to the picturesque Kvarner Bay, more precisely to Opatija, the cradle of Croatian tourism and the city 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. (Driving time 2:30h)
Today it's time to get to know the Istrian peninsula and visit the 2000-year-old roman Colosseum 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 9:00h, return around 18:00h).
The most beautiful and the oldest national park in Croatia under UNESCO protection consists of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls. The park is located in the mountainous region of Lika and is visited mainly on foot. – however, the entrance includes a boat ride across the Emerald Green Lake “Kozjak”. The visit to the park grounds takes approximately 3 hours and reveals special turquoise magic—dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight in the Plitvice area. (Driving time approx. 3:00h)
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive 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, and the church of St. Donatus dated to the 9th century AD. Of particular interest are the famous Zadar Sea Organs, one of a kind worldwide. From Zadar, we continue to a local winery in the Dalmatian hinterland. We will taste the authentic Dalmatian wines and international Cuvees accompanied by delicious Croatian-style Tapas. Departure towards Split overnight. (Total driving time 4 to 5h)
Day 6: Split | Trogir
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
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 fourth-century chambers now house the twentieth-century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace the emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Today's lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish prepared for us 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. With the high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortress on a small island, Trogir is sometimes referred to as the floating museum town.
On your way to Dubrovnik, you will stop near the town of Ston to visit a local winery and taste the famous “Plavac Mali“ wine, a very close relative to the Zinfandel. In this winery the traditional wine-making 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 a snack. Arrival in Dubrovnik, dinner, and overnight.
Completed in the thirteenth century; the old city Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since. Its medieval ramparts encircle the Old Town which can be entered through one of the two gates. Once you cross a stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint Blaise (Vlaho), you will find yourself joining the walk down the broad, stone-paved promenade known as Stradun. After the sightseeing, you have free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 9: Dubrovnik
After breakfast, the land tour ends and with everlasting memories of Croatian highlights, we will transfer you to Dubrovnik Airport or to your Croatia cruise by Katarina Line.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!