The Ultimate Croatia

 

8 days | 7 nights

Priced from $2,355

7 nights hotel accommodation

Guided walking tour of Lower Town in Zagreb visiting Zrinjevac Park, Botanical Gardens, Marulic Square, The Mimara Museum, Croatian National Theatre and Zagreb University

Enjoy a short funicular ride to Upper Town of enchanting Zagreb and its impressive sights

Visit Plitvice Lakes and Plitvice Lakes National Park – one of the greatest natural wonders and phenomena in the world

Lunch and oyster tasting at local restaurant

Walking tour of Zadar originally built in 9th century in Byzantine style

Guided half-day tour of the Old City of Dubrovnik included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list

Visit to Rector’s Palace, the Dominican Monastery housing a rich collection of medieval paintings

Walking tour of historical center of Split and remains of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Explore the museum town of Trogir – learn about manifold and complex heritage – from Romanesque yard to the modern interiors

Daily breakfast

Day 1 – Arrive Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia – upon arrival, your Jaya Travel ambassador will meet and transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to unwind.

Day 2 – Zagreb

After breakfast at your hotel, morning is reserved for Lower Town guided walking tour.  Zrinjevac park together with a lot of buildings representing the typical architecture of Central Europe -buildings of The Croatian Academy of Science and Arts and neighboring Art Pavilion are two finest examples. Continue by the Botanical Gardens and Marulic Square towards the Marsal Tito Square with another three important landmarks of Zagreb: The Mimara Museum, Croatian National Theatre and Zagreb University. Afternoon starts with a short funicular ride to Upper Town – totally different, enchanting Zagreb and the story returns back to 15th and 16th century. The Lotrscak Tower signals high noon to Zagreb citizens with the cannon shot every day. St. Catherine’s Square with baroque church, St. Mark’s Square with Houses of Parliament and Government and St. Mark’s Church with its picturesque roof, The Stone Gate – another remnant of strong city walls and impressive sights for your own postcard of Zagreb.

Day 3 – Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar 

This morning after breakfast, check out from hotel. Continue towards Plitvice lakes, with stop in the village of Rastoke, the historic center of the Croatian municipality of Slunj. This old part of Slunj is known for its well-preserved mills and the picturesque little waterfalls along the Slunjcica river, which flows into the river Korana at this place. This location is often referred to as “the Small Lakes of Plitvice”. Rastoke is a place of autochthonous ecologic and ethnographic significance due to its symbiosis of natural and civilizational features. Plitvice Lakes National Park – one of the greatest natural wonders and phenomena in the world. Connected to each other by a series of foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls, the lakes are fed by many rivers and streams. Plitvice Lakes were declared a National Park in 1949, and since 1979 they have been on UNESCO’s list of World Natural Heritage. Departure to Zadar. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel and overnight in Zadar.

Day 4 – Zadar – Ston – Dubrovnik 

Breakfast and check-out from hotel followed by sightseeing of Zadar on this walking tour with architectural sights from a long and turbulent history. One example is the church of St. Donat, originally built in the 9th century in Byzantine style. The main city street – The Wide Street – or Kalelarga, together with modern architectural solutions of Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun are unique in the world. Departure towards Dubrovnik with en-route stop in the town of Ston, built in the 14th century in the form of a two-fold fortification system with Large and Small Ston, aiming to protect the salt plants, one of its major economic resources. A 12-kilometer-long wall – the world’s second longest wall after the Wall of China – connects two fortified cities: the first was built in order to protect the salt plants and the second as the salt export harbor. The oldest in Europe, the Ston salt plants are still in use, and the salt producing technology has not changed for centuries. Your visit to Ston and its salt plants will be a journey through history. In Croatian Gastronomy – the Ston Bay is the cradle of farming of mussels and oysters. Lunch and oyster tasting at local restaurant. Arrival at Dubrovnik. Accommodation at the hotel and overnight.

Day 5 – Dubrovnik

Breakfast followed by a guided half-day tour of the Old City of Dubrovnik included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list (since 1979). This ancient city surrounded by ramparts and fortresses abounds in architectural and cultural masterpieces carefully preserved for centuries. A pleasant walk will take you to the Rector’s Palace, the Dominican Monastery housing a rich collection of medieval paintings. Following the central city street – Stradun – you will have a chance to visit the Franciscan Monastery and other intriguing sites. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik.

Day 6 – Dubrovnik – Split

Breakfast and check out from hotel your morning is at leisure. Transfer to Split, with en-route stop for lunch and tasting of local specialties. Upon arrival in Split, check in and meet with your guide for walking tour. Split is the largest and most important town in Dalmatia. Walking tour of historical center and remains of Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979), built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th -century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area. Overnight at the hotel in Split.

Day 7 – Split – Trogir – Zagreb 

Breakfast and check out from hotel. Departure for Trogir. Upon arrival, visit of Trogir, a town museum. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity to learn about manifold and complex heritage – from Romanesque yard to the modern interiors. The unique historical core, Radovan’s portal, has been arousing excitement among visitors and travelers for centuries. Departure to Zagreb. Upon arrival check in and overnight at the hotel in Zagreb.

Day 8 – Farewell Croatia

Your morning is at leisure followed by an afternoon transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

LOCATION NUMBER OF NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION
Zagreb 3 Hotel Academia or similar
Zadar 1 Hotel ZaDar or similar
Dubrovnik 2 Hotel More or similar
Split 1 Hotel Luxe or similar

Croatia, a magical land where the natural beauty of lakes, mountains and the warmth of the Mediterranean welcomes you with open arms.  A land overflowing with UNESCO World Heritage sites, historic towns, incredible Adriatic islands and warm hospitality of its locals.  From cosmopolitan Zagreb,  walled city of Dubrovnik to rich history of Split, Croatia has something for everyone. Uncover the jewels of this Balkan beauty on our handcrafted 8 day journey.

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