12 Day Private Tour Croatia & Montenegro – Dates Upon Request
DAY 1 Zagreb Airport – Zagreb
Upon arrival at Zagreb airport private transfer to the Hotel in Zagreb. In the afternoon Zagreb sightseeing tour with local guide and free time. You will have the possibility to visit the “Upper city” historical center, the church of St. Mark with its full-coloured roof. The local guide will show you the building of the Croatian Parliament, the popular Square of Ban Jelacic. You will also see the building of the Croatian National Theatre and a University in Zagreb. Overnight in hotel in Zagreb. Zagreb, a city of Art, Culture, Parks, Ballet, Classical Music, Jazz and Rock…and GREAT coffee and cakes! Zagreb airport – Hotel in Zagreb – 40 minutes
DAY 2 Zagreb – Opatija – Zagreb The Lungomare walkway by the seaside in Opatija……
After breakfast departure for Opatija, favourite holiday destination for the Viennese aristocracy during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of WW2. Upon arrival in Opatija sightseeing tour of this delightful town, with local guide. You will see the highlights of Opatija, enjoy a stroll along the ‘Lungomare’ walkway by the seaside, and then enjoy free time and an optional coffee and a luscious cake at Cafe Mozart. Drive back to Zagreb. Overnight in hotel in Zagreb. Zagreb-Opatija 2 hours one way.
The gracious and always elegant ambiance at Cafe Mozart in Opatija…….
DAY 3 Zagreb – National Park Plitvice Lakes – Zagreb
After breakfast transfer from Zagreb to National Park Plitvice Lakes. Plitvice Lakes are a unique natural phenomenon – 16 picturesque lakes which are connected by a number of cascading waterfalls. Travertine barriers, which are made in the period of about ten thousand years, are one of the fundamental features of the park. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue, depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
The National Park covers an area of 29482 hectares. High forests, which in some places seem almost primeval, contain a wealth and variety of animal and plant life. There are deer, bears, wolves, wild boar, wild cats, small game and many kinds of birds. About eight km of pathways and wooden walking trails around lakes are accessible to visitors and they have a possibility to see all of the 16 lakes and waterfalls by boat, train or on foot.
The cascading falls at Plitvice Lakes……
After sightseeing tour with your guide, you will have leisure time. Transfer to Zagreb. Overnight in the hotel in Zagreb. Zagreb – National Park Plitvice Lakes (one way) – 2 hours and 30 minute
DAY 4 Zagreb – Varazdin – Zagreb After breakfast, drive to Varazdin. Varazdin is one of the most important tourist centers of northern Croatia. The old town fortification, the central part of the town, numerous museums, galleries and collections as well as the Varazdin cemetery, protected as a horticultural monument, represent the main tourist attractions of this Central European Baroque town and ancient Croatian capital. Varazdin is located on the right bank of the Drava river in north-western Croatia
The Baroque Castle of Varazdin……
Sightseeing tour of this interesting town and free time. Transfer to Zagreb. Overnight in the hotel in Zagreb. Zagreb – Varazdin (one way) – 1 hour and 15 minutes
DAY 5 Zagreb – Zadar – Split After breakfast transfer to Zadar. Upon arrival in Zadar, walking tour with a local guide. You will have the possibility to visit the Roman Forum, St. Donatus Church and the Zadar Sea Organ. They are typical for the fact that they receive the energy from the sea, actually waves. After sightseeing tour you have free time. Transfer to Split. Overnight in hotel in Split. Zagreb-Zadar 3 hours
St Donatus 9th century Church in Zadar…….
DAY 6 Split After breakfast Split sightseeing with local guide. You will have a possibility to visit Peristil within Diocletian’s Palace , inscribed in the UNESCO World heritage List, Jupiter’s Temple, Cathedral, The Prokurative, Silver and Golden Gate and Ivan Mestrovic’s famous Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski) monument. Free time in the afternoon time for leisure. Overnight in the hotel in Split.
‘The Peristil’ within Diocletian’s Palace, Split……325 AD
DAY 7 Split – Trogir – Sibenik – Split After breakfast departure for Trogir. Upon arrival sightseeing tour of Trogir. Trogir is picturesque medieval town. After walking tour of the old part and the Cathedral of St. Lawrence in Trogir you have free time. Drive to Sibenik. Upon arrival sightseeing tour of Sibenik with a local guide. In Sibenik you will see a city core and the St. Jacobs Cathedral. After that you have free time.
Juraj Dalmatinac’s masterpiece, the Cathedral of St. James..crowning glory of the Dalmatian Coast..a world heritage site. It’s most unusual feature is the frieze of 71 heads…vivid 15th century character studies of ordinary local citizens……
Drive to Split and upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight in hotel in Split Split – Trogir – 30 minutes Trogir – Sibenik – 1 hour Sibenik – Split – 1 hour and 30 minutes
DAY 8 Split – Dubrovnik After breakfast transfer from the hotel in Split to Dubrovnik. On way to Dubrovnik it is possible to arrange a break for lunch or coffee (according to your needs and wishes).
A panoramic view from the cable car on Mt. Srdj above Dubrovnik…
Upon arrival sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik old town with local guide. Dubrovnik old town is included on the UNESCO’s List of the World Cultural Heritage (so called Pearl of the Adriatic). You will have a possibility to visit the Franciscan Monastery with one of the Europe’s oldest pharmacies, the Rector’s Palace, the Big and the Small Onofrio’s Fountain, the Church of St. Blaise, Cathedral and other city highlights.
Dubrovnik by night…so full of ambiance and romance…..
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel in Dubrovnik. Split – Dubrovnik – 3 hours and 45 minutes
DAY 9 Dubrovnik – Ston – Korcula – Dubrovnik After breakfast departure to the island of Korcula. After one-hour drive we achieve Ston – a small town on the Peljesac peninsula, the second largest peninsula in Croatia. Ston is famous for its city walls, the longest in the world after the Chinese walls. The city walls are 7000 m long. In Ston there is also a salt pan, which is also used nowadays. Free time and then departure towards Orebic – small town located at the end of Peljesac peninsula. Here we take the boat for the island of Korcula. This town is called the town of Marco Polo. Walking tour with a local guide and free time.
Korcula, a town 15th century Renaissance and beauty…
Dubrovnik – Ston – 1 hour (one way) Ston – Orebic – 1 hour 15 minutes (one way)
DAY 10 Dubrovnik – Montenegro – Dubrovnik After breakfast departure for Montenegro.
Located less than one hour from the city of Dubrovnik, the Montenegro coast offers incomparable natural beauty and a variety of historical places. After departure from Dubrovnik and a short break at stop with a scenic view of the old city of Dubrovnik and drive through the beautiful Zupa Dubrovacka and the region of Konavle. After crossing the Montenegro borders we proceed to drive along Montenegro coast. During our drive through Boka Kotorska Bay we will visit the town of Risan and Perast. Optionally, we can visit the island of Our Lady of the Rocks. During the drive, our tour escort will tell you about cultural monuments and Montenegro legends.
The town of Kotor…Montenegro…
On arrival to Kotor, sightseeing tour and free time. The Town of Kotor is famous for its nautical tradition, famous commercial fleet and imposing city walls. After sightseeing we continue driving towards the peninsula of St. Stefan. At St. Stefan we have time for panoramic sightseeing of this famous peninsula. Our tour escort will tell you the story about St. Stefan which is nowadays a luxurious resort. After sightseeing we proceed towards Budva.
Upon arrival at Budva there is a sightseeing tour and free time. Budva is famous for its old city core and beautiful clean sandy beaches. It is a tourist centre of Montenegro. We return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon including ferry drive across Boka Kotorska Bay.
DAY 11 Dubrovnik – Panorama tour – Cavtat – Dubrovnik After breakfast, Dubrovnik city and panorama tour.
Local craft souvenirs of Dubrovnik….
A visit to Cavtat and the home of Vlado Bukovac 1855-1922…one of Croatia’s most well renowned artists..Bukovac’s childhood home is a typical urban house from the turn of the eighteenth century, now a gallery and museum, exhibiting many of the artist’s masterpieces…..
Vlado Bukovac 1855- 1922, Cavtat, Croatia…………..
After that, a drive to a famous scenic point from where you can take very nice photos of the old town of Dubrovnik. Drive to Cavtat, small town close to Dubrovnik. It is famous for it’s picturesque walkway by the sea, restaurants, cafe bars and shops. Cavtat city tour and time on leisure for lunch.
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel in Dubrovnik.
DAY 12 Dubrovnik – Dubrovnik Airport After breakfast transfer to Dubrovnik Airport. Hotel in Dubrovnik – Dubrovnik Airport – 30 minutes
TOUR INCLUDES :
-arrival transfer from Zagreb Airport to hotel in Zagreb
-departure transfer from hotel in Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik Airport
-accommodation – 11 nights in 5* luxury hotels in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik
-English speaking tour leader for assistance (24 hours/day)
-Local guide for sightseeing tours in Zagreb, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Varazdin, Split, Trogir, Sibenik, Dubrovnik, Ston, Korcula, Kotor and Budva
-Entrance fees for National Park Plitvice Lakes
-Luxury Mercedes E-class or VW Passat with private driver for all transfers.