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CROATIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Destination: Croatia
  • Duration: 9 days

Seven magnificent destinations. Seven true treasures of Croatian coast and inlands. Don’t miss this unique voyage and the wonders of Croatia waiting to be discovered .One of the reasons for this wealth was Croatia’s position on the crossroads of great civilizations from and each of them left its own mark. That’s why our land has […]

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Seven magnificent destinations. Seven true treasures of Croatian coast and inlands. Don’t miss this unique voyage and the wonders of Croatia waiting to be discovered .One of the reasons for this wealth was Croatia’s position on the crossroads of great civilizations from and each of them left its own mark. That’s why our land has such an exceptional diversity of cultural heritage. On this trip you will see the monuments from ancient Greece and Roman times, early medieval monuments, the Mediterranean Renaissance, Central European Baroque and the New Age Secession heritage.

Day 1
OPATIJA

Arrival to Opatija, a town with the oldest tradition of tourism in Croatia. It was once a climate health resort where many kings, queens, czars and archdukes came to spend the winter in the mild climate by the sea. Besides the 19th century architecture the main attraction is the botanic garden rich with various plants and a 12 kilometers long seaside promenade through 5 coastal villages.

Day 2
OPATIJA – PULA

After the breakfast a guided tour of Opatija and departure to Pula where you can admire Roman amphitheater one of the 6 in the world still standing. The most famous and important monument, the starting and ending point of every sightseeing tour is the Amphitheater, popularly called the Arena of Pula, which was once the site of gladiator fights. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the magnificent Coliseum in Rome. Afterwards you may see the „Golden Gate„. It was erected between the years 29 and 27 BC by the Sergi family, in honor of three members of the family who held important positions in Pula at that time. This triumphal arch set against the city gate Porta Aurea thus called because of its richly ornamented arch or gilded elements. And finally you will see the Temple, situated in the Forum, is dedicated to goddess Roma and Emperor Augustus. In the afternoon transfer by boat to Brijuni archipelago for the visit of archeological rests from Roman period.

Day 3
ZAGREB

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental center of the Republic of Croatia. Its favorable geographic position in the southwestern part of the Pannonic Basin, which extends to the Alpine, Dinaric, Adriatic, and Pannonic regions, provides an excellent connection for traffic between Central Europe and the Adriatic Sea. The historical part of the city to the north of Ban Jelačić Square is comprised of the Upper Town and Kaptol, a medieval urban complex of churches, palaces, museums, galleries, and government buildings that are popular with tourists on sightseeing tours. The old town’s streets and squares can be reached on foot, starting from Jelačić Square, the central part and the heart of Zagreb, or by a funicular on nearby Tomićeva Street.

Day 4
PLITVICE

Departure to Plitvice lakes. Upon arrival sightseeing of National Park Plitvice that is inscribed on the List of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. While on Plitvice lakes the group will have a possibility to see 16 beautiful lakes of crystal blue-green color that lie in a valley between high forested mountains and cascade into 92 spectacular waterfalls. You will enjoy the exceptional beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, rich plant and animal life, contrasting colors, forests and the pure mountain air. An inescapable part will be a walk on the wooden promenades to view majestic waterfalls where every turn leads to breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Continuing to Opatija, dinner – hotel.

Day 5
OPATIJA – ZADAR

From Pula we will drive to Zadar. Sightseeing of Roman Forum, St Donat church built in 9th century in the early Byzantine tradition in pre-Romanesque style. The permanent exhibition „Gold and Silver of Zadar„ exhibited in a Benedictine monastery of St Mary will show you the finest examples of golden and silver sacral objects. Lunch time and afternoon visit of Nin – the oldest royal town of Croatia where „ the smallest cathedral of the world“ was founded in IX cent. Dinner / overnight in Zadar.

Day 6
ZADAR – ŠIBENIK – SPLIT

Departure from Zadar and after a short drive along the Adriatic coast visit of Šibenik and its Renaissance Cathedral dedicated to St Jacob. Just an hour further drive we stop at another Dalmatian jewel – Trogir a city on an island, famous for its lovely renaissance palace. Before arrival to Split one more archeological site will be visited – Salona – former seat of Dalmatia and a birth place of the emperor Diocletian. Dinner/overnight in Split.

Day 7
SPLIT – DUBROVNIK

This morning is dedicated to sightseeing tour of Split and its historical Centre. In III s A.C: Roman emperor Diocletian decided to spend his last days in the sunny harbor of Asphalatos where he built the palace whose walls still make the part of the City of Split. Guided city tour will include the visit of Diocletian’s palace. His mausoleum converted nowadays into the cathedral, Baptistery, statue of Gregory of Nin. Lunch in one of the city taverns and continuation to Dubrovnik. On the way to Dubrovnik visit of Narona – former Roman settlement and its archeological museum. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 8
DUBROVNIK

The Old Town of Dubrovnik, which is on UNESCO’s list of cultural heritage, surrounded by ramparts and fortresses, is a treasure of architectural and cultural masterpieces, well preserved over the centuries. Besides visits of the Franciscan Monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe as well as the Rector’s Palace many other sights of interest will make the group feel like they have been set back in time. Lunch in one of the restaurants of the old town. Afternoon visit of Cavtat – small harbor called “the cradle of Dubrovnik”. Dinner in a typical restaurant of Konavle valley. Late evening transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 9
DUBROVNIK

After breakfast start of trip home.

Services: Half board, tourist tax, welcome drink, tour guide, guided tour of Opatija, tour of Pula with entrance to the Amphitheatre, guided tour of Zagreb, a  whole day excursion to Plitvice lakes National park including electric boat and train ride, guided tours of Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik including entrance to Rector’s Palace and Franciscan monastery.