Best of Croatia – Leisure

Best of Croatia – Leisure

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Need a break from everything and just relax? Visualise yourself chilling on a beach, enjoying the sun and sipping fresh lemonade? We’ve got you covered! Combining sightseeing with staying in two of the most charming and popular towns on Croatia’s spectacular Dalmatian Coast, this tour is perfect for your long-awaited, well-deserved retreat.

With its striking coastline, clear waters and rich cultural heritage, Croatia is one of the most popular Mediterranean destinations. Its historical towns with scenic alleyways, striking views and delicious local food are the best place to get lost, making you wish you would never have to return.

Our multi-day tour package Best of Croatia – Leisure includes visiting Croatia’s greatest attractions with local professionals, combined with ultimate relaxation. Do you feel like you need to take some time off and recharge your batteries? Discover Croatia’s natural beauty and intriguing history, let your mind wander on a pebbly beach by the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, and find your inner self empowered with new strength to face all challenges life may throw at you!

Highlights: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Kornati Islands, Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Pakleni Islands

Tour details

Day 1: Arrival, Zagreb

Our agent will welcome you at the Zagreb Airport and take you to your hotel for check-in (after 14:00). You will have time for unpacking and lunch, which will be followed by a light walk downtown with a panoramic city tour. We will see Donji grad, the Kaptol with the Zagreb Cathedral, the largest church in Croatia, Gornji Grad, Bloody Bridge, Stone Gate and St. Mark’s Square. Overnight stay in Zagreb.

Day 2: Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast, the road will lead us through the town of Karlovac, which is named after its founder, the Austrian archduke Charles II Habsburg. We will continue along the valley of the Korana River to Slunj and towards the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This natural beauty presents sixteen lakes in beautiful blue-green pastel colours, which reflect the surrounding forests. The water in the waterfalls flows from lake to lake, creating a unique landscape. Plitvice Lakes National Park is listed as one of the natural heritage sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Our journey will continue towards the Adriatic Sea and along its shores to Zadar. Overnight stay near Zadar.

Day 3: Zadar

We will go on a panoramic city tour to get to know this lovely town. Zadar may not be as famous as other coastal towns, but it should have been. It is a city with exceptional history, rich cultural heritage and innovative modern architecture and tourist attractions, such as the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun, Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi, Zadar Cathedral and Archaeological Museum. The marble-clad, traffic-free old town follows the old Roman street plan, complete with ruins which dazzle, and you can feel the might of the circular Church of St. Donatus when standing in its shadow. A lively café scene and bustling market bring this little town to life. Overnight stay near Zadar.

Day 4: Kornati Islands

After breakfast, we will drive to an excellent starting point for a whole-day trip to Kornati islands by boat to discover the Kornati National Park (if the weather works in our favour). The Kornati National Park is often mentioned as “nautical paradise” in tourist publications. And really, in “slalom” sailing through the 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs in the Kornati National Park, you will test all of your nautical skills, particularly if the weather is favourable. Overnight stay near Zadar.

Day 5: Split

After breakfast, we will drive along the Adriatic Sea to Šibenik (short panoramic tour). We can make a detour to visit the Krka National Park (optional). In the afternoon, we will arrive in Croatia’s second largest city Split. Overnight stay in Split.

Day 6: Split

After breakfast, we can visit the Klis Fortress, where the Game of Thrones was filmed (optional). We will descend to the ancient amphitheatre ruins in Solin, followed by a sightseeing tour of Split and visiting Diocletian’s Palace, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. At the beginning of the 3rd century, it was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian, born in the town of Solin near Split. A walk around the 1700-year-old palace is actually a walk through the heart of today’s Split. On the central square called the Peristil, we are actually standing on the original cobbled almost two thousand years old Roman street. We will also see the Temple of Jupiter, Cathedral of Split, St. Domnius Liberty Square or Prokurative and much more. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore the city by yourself. Overnight stay in Split.

Day 7: Hvar, Pakleni Islands

If the weather is nice, we will take a day trip to the island of Hvar, the queen of Croatian Dalmatian islands, and Pakleni Islands. Overnight stay in Split.

Day 8: Dubrovnik

In the morning, we will head towards the coastal town of Neum, where we will pass the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina for 5 km, and then return to Croatia. We will continue on the scenic coastal road along the Pelješac peninsula and pass through the Elaphiti Islands to Dubrovnik. We will explore the city, which is the pearl of southern Dalmatia, an old town listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We will experience the charm of the remaining buildings from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic, enjoy the view of the Renaissance architecture with some traces of Gothic, see the Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, the central street Stradun, the Sponza Palace and the church of St. Blasius, a majestic cathedral. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
*Optional: ascending to the Fort Imperial (cable car), which offers the most stunning view of Dubrovnik and its surroundings.

Day 9: Dubrovnik

After breakfast, you will either take an excursion to the Elaphite Islands or go on a sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik (depending on the weather and your preference). Overnight stay near Dubrovnik.

Day 10: Dubrovnik

Day at leisure in Dubrovnik, chance to take an excursion to the Elaphite Islands or explore the town on a sightseeing tour.

Day 11: Departure

Check-out, transfer to the Dubrovnik Airport.

Our tour package includes:

  • Pick-up at the Zagreb Airport,
  • Drop-off at the Dubrovnik Airport,
  • All transportation as per program,
  • Sightseeing as per program,
  • Entrance fees to: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Diocletian’s Palace, Dubrovnik City Walls,
  • Private vehicle with driver,
  • English speaking guide,
  • 10 breakfasts,
  • 10 overnight stays on twin/double sharing basis with tourist tax in 3* or 4* hotels:
  • 1 night in Zagreb, 3 nights in Zadar or near, 3 nights in Split, 3 nights in Dubrovnik or near.

PLEASE NOTE:

In the case of unexpected events (traffic conditions, weather conditions or other inconveniences that we cannot influence), we can change the order of trips and sometimes the contents to make the tour as logistically convenient as possible.

 

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What to see in Zagreb

Must-see attractions in Zagreb are Donji grad, Kaptol with the Zagreb Cathedral (the largest church in Croatia), Gornji Grad, Bloody Bridge, Stone Gate and St. Mark’s Square. As Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb has a lively urban, cultural and art scene full of lovely cafés, events, gallery and other exhibitions.

What to see in/near Zadar

Zadar is not excessively flooded with tourists, which makes it easier to access and enjoy its main tourist attractions: Sea Organ, the Greeting to the Sun, Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi, Zadar Cathedral, Church of St. Donatus, Archaeological Museum and the Forum. Nearby islands and isles nicely complement the lovely scenery.

What to see in/near Split

Split’s main attractions are the famous Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman building heritage in the world), Temple of Jupiter, Cathedral of Split, Klis Fortress, Galerija Meštrović, St. Domnius Liberty Square or “Prokurative”, Fruit’s Square and the central square “Peristil”.

What to see in/near Hvar

The Island of Hvar is Croatia’s most vibrant island and one of the most favoured destinations for domestic, as well as foreign travellers seeking both luxury and wilderness. Its greatest attraction is Hvar Town, followed by the main port Stari Grad (the oldest town in Croatia), Tvrdalj, Grapčeva špilja, tiny islets such as Zečevo, crystal clean bays and secluded beaches.

What to see in/near Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is an old town listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with remaining buildings from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic and Renaissance architecture with traces of Gothic. A must-see are the Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, the central street Stradun, Sponza Palace, Church of St. Blasius, Lovrijenac Fort and the famous Walls of Dubrovnik.

What to do in Zagreb

For the best cultural experience of Zagreb, you must visit its colourful markets, starting with “Britanski trg” (British Square), the oldest open-air market only 10 min walking distance from the main square. If you wish to escape from the city rush, you can stroll through the Maksimir Park, visit the Botanical Gardens or take a trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

What to do in/near Zadar

When visiting Zadar, take some time to stroll through the city market, chill in cosy cafés, experience the mind-boggling Museum of Illusions, or even take a biking trip around the town. You can take a boat trip to Kornati Islands or a panoramic tour of the Kornati National Park, while this area is also a great sailing spot.

What to do in/near Split

Split is a 17-centuries-old Croatian town of great history and cultural heritage that you can discover on a sightseeing city tour. You can visit Trogir, a small island near Split (UNESCO World Heritage Site), nearby wineries and vineyards, forests, jogging trails, recreational terrains and beaches with extraordinarily clean sea.

What to do in/near Hvar

To truly experience Hvar, you must try its signature dish “gregada”, taste Croatia’s best wines in the “Tri pršuta” bar, party in après-beach clubs with one of the exquisite cocktails that are served there, go diving and uncover sea wrecks, sail the Pakleni Islands and make a bouquet of fresh lavender growing all around the island.
What to do in/near Dubrovnik

What to do in/near Dubrovnik

When in Dubrovnik, there are numerous attractions you can discover. If you are interested in historical heritage, you can visit the Museum of Croatian War of Independence or Gornji Ugao Tower. For nature lovers and leisure tourists, you can take a trip to the Island of Lokrum or Korčula Island, Mount Srd or relax on the Sveti Jakov Beach.