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9 day tour of Croatia from Zagreb to Dubrovnik including a Skradin Wine Experience and tours of Dubrovnik and the Plitvice lakes, plus a Truffle tasting experience. Recommended for food and wine lovers!

Day 1:  Zagreb

Individual or group arrival in Zagreb, transfer to the hotel (driving time 20 to 45 min). Welcome drink and group get together. Acquaint yourself with your tour manager and others over a plate of Štrukli, a local specialty in the Zagreb area.

Day 2: Zagreb - Opatija

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 multicolour tiled roof, Parliament, the government palace, and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing proceed to Opatija (driving time 2:30h), situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, which used to be the favourite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy including famous personalities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Dinner and overnight in Opatija.

Day 3: Istrian Excursion

Today it's time to get to know the Istrian peninsula and visit the 2000 year old Roman Colosseum located in Pula. Afterwards relax in Rovinj, perhaps the most beautiful city in Istria and the inspiration of many artists. Time at leisure in Rovinj and departure towards Livade for a sample of one the Istrian tastiest treasures, the truffle. Overnight in Opatija.

Day 4: Opatija - Plitvice Lakes

The most beautiful and  oldest national park in Croatia under UNESCO protection - consisted of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls. The park is located in the Lika mountain region and visited mostly on foot - however the entrance includes a boat ride across the Emerald Green Lake "Kozjak" and a train ride back to the main entrance. The visit of the park grounds takes approx. 3 hours. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight in Plitvice area.

Day 5: Plitvice Lakes  - Zadar

Drive down from the mountain region of Lika via the coast towards the city of Zadar, 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. 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 USA & Scandinavia. Taste the Dalmatian Debit white wine and Cuvee of Shiraz & Merlot, accompanied with delicious Croatian style Tapas. Departure towards Split for overnight.

Day 6:  Split & Trogir Sightseeing

Visit Split showcasing fine examples of 18th century houses which intersect with ancient Roman walls and fourth century chambers house twentieth century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace the Emperor Diocletian. Lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish - Pašticada which you will taste at the Tragos restaurant in Trogir, a UNESCO site rich in culture and created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortresses on a small island. Sometimes referred to as the floating museum town.

Day 7:  Split - Ston - Dubrovnik

En-route to Dubrovnik stop near the town of Ston, where you will visit a local winery and taste the famous "Plavac Mali" wine, a very close relative to the Zinfandel. 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.

Day 8: Dubrovnik

Completed in the thirteen century, the old city Dubrovnik has remained basically 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.

Day 9: Dubrovnik

After breakfast end of the tour. Individual transfers to the airport are included, or a choice of optional excursions, cruises and hotel stay.

Includes:

  • All transfers as per itinerary in modern motor-coach / van with A/C as well as local airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 9
  • Qualified and licensed tour manager during the entire trip
  • Welcome drink and info meeting  on Day 1
  • 8 x BB in 4* Hotels, except 3* on Plitvice lakes
  • 4 x dinner in hotel restaurants
  • 4 x high quality gastronomical experiences  in wineries and local restaurants as per itinerary (Truffle tasting / Bibich winery /restaurant Tragos / Pelješac winery)
  • Local guides in Zagreb, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Split
  • Entrances: Pula Colosseum, Diocletian Palace Split, Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes
    Porterage & city taxes

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