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Zagreb to Dubrovnik - Example 14 Day Tour
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Visit Croatia on this 14-day Croatia tour to learn about the history and culture, admire the pristine blue waters of the Adriatic Sea and stunning archipelagos. Stroll past the city's historical sites, find hidden gems, and take in Zagreb's vibrant culture. The next stop is Plitvice Lakes National Park to explore the splendor of its 16 magnificent lakes and stunning waterfalls. Swim in the Adriatic Sea, explore historical sites and take in Split's breathtaking coastline. Sail to Hvar and Korcula, two of the Dalmatian Riviera's most popular destinations, while on a private yacht. Your last stop will be in Dubrovnik, a stunningly beautiful city with a rich history and culture, surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea and home to one of the most impressive medieval walls in Europe. 
Admiring the view of Hvar, CroatiaEnjoying time together in Croatia!Stone streets of Stari Grad on Hvar islandKayaking the clear waters of the MediterraneanSoft evening light falls over SplitRelax on the beaches of Croatia's Dalmatian coastAdmire the distinctive red roofs of the cities of the Dalmatian coastExplore beautiful KorculaWander through the preserved structures of DubrovnikRelax in beautiful Split
Highlights
  • Explore the vibrant culture of Zagreb with your guide
  • Visit lakes and stunning waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Admire the spectacular coastline of Split
  • Visit Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover and learn about Dubrovnik's most significant historical landmarks.
  • Embark on a boat and visit an oyster farm in the medieval town of Ston
  • Discover Hvar, Best known as a summer escape in Adriatic
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Zagreb

Today, arrive to the heart of Croatia, as you arrive at the Zagreb airport, where your private transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel.  The drive from the airport to the city usually takes around 30-45 minutes, giving you ample time to take in the beautiful views and get a glimpse of the city's culture. Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is a city that effortlessly blends the best of the continental and Mediterranean spirit. As the center for cultural, scientific, economic, political, and administrative activities, Zagreb has been the epicenter of Croatia's growth and development over the years. The city has a rich history, and its streets and squares are filled with stories from different eras. Whether you're looking to explore the museums, indulge in the local cuisine, or just soak in the vibrant atmosphere, Zagreb is the perfect launchpad for your Croatian adventure.
 
 

Day 2: Zagreb | City Exploration

Meet your guide in the lobby after breakfast for an immersive 2.5-3 hour exploration of Zagreb. Experience the city's past, present, and future as you discover hidden gems and lesser-known neighborhoods. Enjoy the scenic hills of Zagreb and discover the secrets of the magnificent Zagreb Cathedral, before venturing off the beaten path to discover the city's hidden treasures. When you're done exploring the Upper Town on foot, take a ride on the world's shortest funicular for a unique perspective on the city down to the Lower Town. 

Take your time to savor the sights and sounds of Zagreb before heading back to your hotel or talk to a Trip Planner about adding an afternoon hike or afternoon wine tasting in the Samobar HIghlands if you would like to add a bit more activity to your day. 
 

Day 3: Plitvice National Park

Start your day with a delicious breakfast before meeting your driver in the hotel lobby. Be prepared for an action packed day as you depart for Plitvice National Park, boasting spectacular lakes and stunning scenery that's hard to beat. The journey may take around 2.5 hours, depending on traffic, but will stop along the way for a unique village experience.
Your first stop is at a charming rural village where you'll have the opportunity to visit a local family for a traditional cheese tasting. This family produces eight different types of organic cheeses, collectively known as "Koran cheese." Each cheese is made using unpasteurized milk and traditional techniques to preserve the unique flavors of the cheese. You'll sample everything from pulp to smoked, feta to fresh cheese, all while learning about the cheese-making process and the family's history.

After the cheese tasting, you'll continue to the National Park and Lakes area. Here, you'll meet your local guide and spend several hours exploring the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park. This park is the oldest and largest national park in Croatia, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's primarily covered by forest vegetation, but the real highlights are the stunning lakes, which cover just under 1% of the park. The lake system is composed of 16 named and several smaller unnamed lakes, cascading one into the next. Due to the geological substrate and specific hydrogeological conditions, the lake system has been divided into Upper and Lower lakes, all of which you will explore.

After the tour, your driver will transfer you to your accommodation in Plitvice National Park. Here, you'll have the evening at leisure to  enjoy the stunning surroundings and relax after a big day. 

Day 4: Plitvice National Park | Split City Tour

Meet with your driver at the hotel lobby and depart on the transfer from Plitvice National Park to Split. The direct transfer takes about 2.5–3 hours.

Upon arrival, you'll meet your local city guide and set off to explore the oldest city in Croatia, which dates back more than 1700 years. No trip to Split is complete without visiting the most significant landmark, the heart of the city – Diocletian's Palace. Your tour will commence with a visit to this UNESCO-protected structure, which has served as the home of people from the 3rd century BC to the present day. Discover ancient history and other historical landmarks at the palace, making this visit an unforgettable experience.

Day 5: Split | Truffle Hunting

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, meet your driver and depart on a new adventure in the mountains not far from Split city. Join in an exciting journey that you will remember for the rest of your lives, not only as a nature and adrenaline lover but also as a true foodie.

This morning, meet with your driver at the lobby and depart on a truffle hunting experience, which will take you throughout natural sights in the Split hinterland area. Join professional truffle hunters and the first family who started a truffle hunting experience to find truffles hidden throughout the Dalmatian forests. Experience the excitement of truffle hunting amidst the beautiful natural resources in the heart of Dalmatia! With your hosts and their specially-trained truffle-hunting dogs, you will join the hunt and uncover your first truffle! When you reach these secret and coveted locations, they will teach you everything you need to know about truffles and how to hunt them, and you will hear the story of their lovely, specially-trained dogs.
 
Depending on the season of your visit, you’ll find the black truffle, Tuber aestivum, Tuber uncinatum, Tuber brumal, Tuber melanosporum, and the white truffle Tuber bronchi-fianchetto, Tuber Magnatum Pico, etc. To celebrate your successful hunt, relax in the beautiful forest setting while they prepare a gourmet meal featuring local wine, truffle brandy, and, of course, the truffles! Lunch is three courses, and you can join the chef to learn how to cook with truffles.
 After the day's activity, enjoy the rest of the  afternoon at leisure back in Split.

Day 6: Split | Day at Leisure

Split is a stunning 1700-year-old city home to unique historical monuments like the Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Peristil, St. Doimus's Cathedral, and the Piazza. The City of Split has something for everyone, whether you prefer culture, fine arts, songs, music, or sports and recreation. Split also has its wild, natural side, which enchants many visitors. The Marjan Forest Park, known as the “lungs of the city”, proudly guards the urban center. The Marjan Peninsula is dotted with black pine trees, Mediterranean plants and herbs, centuries-old churches, and some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. 

Enjoy your day at leisure, exploring the area at your own pace.

Optional Day Tour: If you would like to add more action to your time in Split, chat with our Trip Planners about adding in a visit the Ancient Salona and Klis Fortress on your free day. 

Day 7: Split | Hvar | At Sea

Today, meet with your driver and staff at the lobby of your hotel to assist you from the hotel to the boat in the marina. Here you will embark on your private chartered yacht for the next three nights, while exploring the Islands off the coast!

After you check in at the marina and settle on board your home away from home, you will sail from Split towards your next destination, Hvar, where you will spend the night onboard. The lavender island of Hvar is one of the most popular destinations along the Croatian coast. You will also sail to the stunning Pakleni Islands archipelago, just off Hvar, where you will enjoy the sun and beautiful Adriatic sea.

Let go and enjoy the music of the winds, waves, and the dance of dolphins passing by if you're lucky! After swimming and taking lunch, continue towards Hvar, the only Croatian island listed among the top 10 islands in the world. The crew will decide on the most suitable location for docking and swimming along the route, depending on weather conditions, the season, and your desired itinerary.

Tonight, enjoy your night at sea on board your yacht.

Day 8: Exploring by Sea

Enjoy another fantastic day on board while sailing the Adriatic. Take some time to unwind, enjoy the calm of sailing, and refuel yourself after a busy week. Croatia is a fantastic destination for sailing, offering numerous islands, small coastal towns, villages, and bays to explore. Depending on your preferences and the weather, you and your captain will adjust your route today to ensure you see the highlights of the area. Enjoy the water lulling you to sleep this evening on the yacht as you spend the night at sea.

Optional Day Tours in Hvar to add to your day today: If you would like to get off the boat on Hvar today, your trip planner can add a number of day activities for you including Cycling in the UNESCO Lavender Fields and Hvar Island, a Sea Kayaking & Olive Grove visit, or Hiking the Lost Villages of Hvar
 

Day 9: Hvar | Korcula

Today you will sail from Hvar to Korcula Island. Take pleasure in sailing and make the most of a day off from all activities to rest up and get ready for upcoming adventures.

Enjoy your night at sea on board your yacht.

Day 10: Orebic | Dubrovnik | Wine & Oysters

This morning you will check out from the boat in Orebic, on the Peljesac peninsula, just a short boat ride from Korcula.

Meet your driver and guide at the port and depart on a day trip on the Peljesac peninsula, which includes wine tasting, visiting an oyster farm, and exploring Ston, famous for the longest city walls in Europe. Your tour starts with a picturesque drive through the vineyard areas of Peljesac. You will visit a local winemaker and learn the history of wine and winemaking here. After tasting local varieties of wine, you will drive to Mali Ston, a small town in the bay, where you will embark on a boat to sail to the oyster beds just off the coast and taste oysters, mussels, local wine, and grappa. 

After savoring these local delicacies, continue your journey to Dubrovnik, arriving in the late afternoon.

Day 11: Dubrovnik | City Exploration

Dubrovnik is a city of exceptional beauty, referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic. It used to be the seat of the Republic of Dubrovnik. It is a world-renowned city that everybody falls in love with at first sight. The majestic city walls, the Minceta, Lovrijenac, and Revelin fortresses, Onofrio's fountain, St. Vlaho's Church, and Stradun, the main street, are inevitable photo stops that you can explore.

In the morning, meet your guide at the hotel and stretch your legs  with a two-hour guided tour of Dubrovnik. Soak up the Old Town after the crowds of the day have depleted and learn the rich history this spectacular city hides within its walls. 

Optional Tour in the afternoon: Let your trip planner know if you would like to add a day of sea kayaking to Locrum Island or perhaps venture out onto some of Dubrovnik's historic hiking routes and panoramic trails with a guide. 

Day 12-13: Dubrovnik

Explore this magnificent town at your own pace on this free day to explore. Enjoy its small streets, stairs, and shops, or maybe hop on a cable car ride to Mount Srd for breathtaking views of the city. Visit Lokrum Island to take in the scenery or spend the day enjoying the beautiful beaches. If you would like a more active day, your trip planner can assist with arranging additional tours today as well.

Optional Day Tour: Let your trip planner know if you would like to add a day of Cycling and cooking lessons in Konavle or possibly explore the Dubrovnik hinterlands while sampling local wines. 

    Day 14: Return Home

    • 1 Breakfast
    After breakfast, check out from the hotel and depart towards your next destination.
     

    Accommodations

    Hotel Dubrovnik - Zagreb

    Hotel Dubrovnik
    Hotel Dubrovnik
    Hotel Lobby

    Hotel Peristil

    Hotel Peristil
    Hotel Peristil
    Hotel Bar

    Hotel Lapad Dubrovnik

    Hotel Lapad Dubrovnik
    Hotel Lapad Dubrovnik
    Hotel Lobby

    Plitvice Lakes Etno Garden

    Plitvice Lakes Etno Garden
    Plitvice Lakes Etno Garden
    Plitvice Lakes Etno Garden

    Salona 42

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    • 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
    • 13 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
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    • Ground transportation as listed
    • Activities as listed
    • Meals as listed
    • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
    • English Speaking Guide
    • 24/7 On-Call Support
    • Food Tastings During City Tour
    • A Private 42 feet sailing yacht charter with skipper and fuel
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    • Additional excursions during free time
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