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Croatian Rhapsody Zagreb to Dubrovnik Touring

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 1,530

Commencing from Croatia’s fascinating capital, Zagreb, visit the wonders of Croatia including the Roman sites in Opatija, Plitvice Lakes with their magnificent waterfalls, Split with its Roman walls, historical Trogir and Dubrovnik with its excellent beaches and medieval old town.


This 9-day group tour, on set departure dates and staying in 3 and 4 star accommodations travels through one of the most beautiful countries in the Balkan region starts in Zagreb, and passes through ancient port cities on its way to Dubrovnik.

As the capital city, Zagreb is Croatia’s centre of culture, innovation, and opportunity. Yet despite comparisons to picturesque neighbours such as Ljubljana, Budapest, or even Vienna, it’s often bypassed by travellers making a beeline for the coast. A city tour shows you what they’re missing before you depart for Kvarner Bay. A luxurious soak in the local spas will transport you back to the age of the Habsburgs, and ready you for a day exploring the Istrian Peninsula. A 2000 year old Roman Colosseum immerses you in history at Pula. Then take some time to roam Livade, and Rovinj, the Peninsula’s most beautiful town.

After overnighting in Opatija, go on to the Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage site where 16 lakes are connected by glorious waterfalls. You’ll have half a day to explore the park, including a boat ride across Kozjak Lake. After a day exploring these natural wonders, your adventure continues in Sibenik, which contains a magnificent medieval cathedral and is close to Bibich Winery. You will of course enjoy a tasting before reaching Split, another World Heritage Site and one of the most popular destinations in on the Adriatic coast.

Split’s architecture dates back to the Roman era, so this coastal gem has much to be proud of. The centrepiece however is the Diocletian Palace. The ancient city of Trogir will be another highlight of your day. Showing off Roman, Venetian, and Greek influences, it’s sometimes referred to as the floating museum town.

You’ve almost reached the fabled city of Dubrovnik, but before you do, the town of Ston will enchant anyone who’s acquired a taste for Croatian wine. Plavac Mali is a close relative of Zinfandel, with a history dating back centuries. Arriving at your final destination, few ancient cities on the Mediterranean are as well preserved as Dubrovnik. Take a full day to explore. This renowned walled city is known for its delightful, labyrinthine old town, which contains a highly appetising restaurant and bar scene.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,530

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Day 1

Zagreb

Upon arrival in Zagreb, you will be met at the airport and transfer to the hotel (driving time 20 to 45 min). You will have a welcome drink and group get together. Take time to acquaint yourself with your tour manager and others over a plate of Strukli, a local specialty in the Zagreb area.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Dubrovnik

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    Hotel Dubrovnik



    The four star Hotel Dubrovnik has been welcoming guests since 1929 and has won a number of awards for its facilities and services. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Zagreb, surrounded by all the city's top business, cultural and entertainment attractions as ...

    The four star Hotel Dubrovnik has been welcoming guests since 1929 and has won a number of awards for its facilities and services. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Zagreb, surrounded by all the city's top business, cultural and entertainment attractions as well as parks and colorful cafes. The Hotel Dubrovnik's facade on Ban Jelacic square is a distinctive part of the city's architectural heritage. To fulfill growing demand, the hotel added a tastefully designed modern wing in 1982 with an additional 150 rooms. Today, the Hotel Dubrovnik has 214 rooms and 8 suites and offers perfect balance of tradition, classic beauty, excellent service and modern facilities in the heart of Zagreb.

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Day 2

Zagreb to 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 multicolor tiled roof, Parliament, the government palace, and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing we proceed to Opatija (driving time 2.5hrs), situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay. This used to be the favorite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy, including famous personalities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Dinner and overnight in Opatija.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Sveti Jakov

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    Hotel Sveti Jakov



    The hotel is located in a luxury villa in Opatija's most beautiful park alongside the Church of St. James and the famous Helios and Selene fountain by the Austrian sculptor Hans Rathausky. The villa was built in 1886 and is known as the long-time residence ...

    The hotel is located in a luxury villa in Opatija's most beautiful park alongside the Church of St. James and the famous Helios and Selene fountain by the Austrian sculptor Hans Rathausky. The villa was built in 1886 and is known as the long-time residence of the Viennese physician and scientist Julius Glax, who loved Opatija so much that he stayed here until the end of his life. The Cantinetta Sveti Jakov is situated in the pleasant ambience beneath the grand arcades. This is a unique type of restaurant in the region that is best described as a combination of Italian trattoria and wine bar. The restaurant offers top-quality dry-cured prsut ham, a selection of cheeses, freshly baked bread, fresh homemade pasta and daily fresh fish. These specialities are best accompanied by a glass of quality wine: the wine list includes more than 100 wines and sparkling wines from Croatia and abroad.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 3

Istria Excursion

Today it is time to get to know the Istrian peninsula and visit the 2000 year old roman Colosseum located in Pula. Afterwards we will 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 (touring from 9am to 6pm). Dinner and overnight in Opatija.

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Day 4

Opatija to Plitvice Lakes

The Plitvice Lakes is one of 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 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 approximately 3 hours. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight in Plitvice area. (total driving time approx. 3hr)

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Degenija

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    Hotel Degenija



    Degenija Hotel is a recently renovated Rakovica, Croatian accommodation, unique to experience peace and relaxation in an idyllic setting during your Croatian holiday. Close to the towns of Plitvicka Jezera and Korenica, Degenija Hotel is just 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Plitvice Lakes National Park, ...

    Degenija Hotel is a recently renovated Rakovica, Croatian accommodation, unique to experience peace and relaxation in an idyllic setting during your Croatian holiday. Close to the towns of Plitvicka Jezera and Korenica, Degenija Hotel is just 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which draws thousands of visitors each year with its gorgeous walking paths, lakes, and waterfalls. The watermills in the village of Rastoke and the natural beauties in the town of Bihac are also nearby. The Degenija Hotel is surrounded by a large garden and offers gorgeous al fresco dining areas. Featuring a welcoming atmosphere, the in-house cafeteria is the perfect place to relax and surf on the complimentary wireless Internet while enjoying a refreshing drink.

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    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lobby
    • Parking
    • Reception

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Day 5

Plitvice Lakes to Sibenik to Split

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive down from the mountain region of Lika via the coast towards the city of Sibenik. The historic town of Sibenik is rich in cultural and historical monuments. The most representative among them is the famous Cathedral of Sibenik (St. Jacobs), one of the most original architectural projects of the late Middle Ages, primarily linked to the local master Juraj Matejev Dalmatinac (George of Dalmatia). From Sibenik we 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 and Scandinavia. We will taste the Dalmatian Debit white wine and Cuvee of Shiraz and Merlot, accompanied with delicious Croatian style Tapas. Departure towards Split for overnight. (total driving time 4-5hr)

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Luxe

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    Hotel Luxe



    It is hard to imagine that in the same place where a factory was built almost 100 years ago today stands Dalmatia's most exciting and fashionable boutique hotel. The hotel is located within steps from ancient and cultural monuments, including the 1700 year-old historic core ...

    It is hard to imagine that in the same place where a factory was built almost 100 years ago today stands Dalmatia's most exciting and fashionable boutique hotel. The hotel is located within steps from ancient and cultural monuments, including the 1700 year-old historic core of the city, which is protected by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site. The hotel's ideal location guarantees easy access to all important parts of the city. The hotel is also just a short walk from the city's most popular sandy beach, Bacvice and it's transparent clear sea. Hotel Luxe features comfortable and modern rooms, a cozy wellness area, dining room and lobby bar with a view of the city life of Split.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Coffee/Tea in Lobby
    • Designated Smoking Area
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Sauna
    • TV lounge
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Split and Trogir

Today's Split is the handiwork of seventeen centuries of men and women building and remodeling, adding, tearing down and touching up, so that 18th century houses 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 built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Today's lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish - Pasticada which we will taste at the Tragos restaurant in Trogir. The town of Trogir, a UNESCO site, has a fascinating 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its rich culture was 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.

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Day 7

Split to Ston to Dubrovnik

On our way to Dubrovnik we will stop near the town of Ston, where we visit a local winery and taste the famous "Plavac Mali" wine, a very close relative to the Zinfandel. In this winery the traditional wine making business has been passed on for generations, offering a unique story everyone wants to hear. 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. (total driving time approx 5hr)

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Duration2 Nights
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Valamar Argosy Hotel

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    Valamar Argosy Hotel



    Set in the picturesque and peaceful Babin Kuk peninsula, the Valamar Argosy Hotel now welcomes you as a newly refurbished hotel. Its stunning landscaped gardens, stylish rooms, brand new infinity pool and one more great novelty - wellbeing area, all set the scene for an ...

    Set in the picturesque and peaceful Babin Kuk peninsula, the Valamar Argosy Hotel now welcomes you as a newly refurbished hotel. Its stunning landscaped gardens, stylish rooms, brand new infinity pool and one more great novelty - wellbeing area, all set the scene for an ideal relaxing and romantic getaway. With the old town of Dubrovnik just minutes away and a selection of beaches at your fingertips, you can mix and match the activities you love to create your own unforgettable Croatian holiday.

    Facilities

    • Children's Activities
    • Childrens Pool
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Swimming Pool
    • Swimming Pool - Outdoor

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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.

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Day 9

Departure

After breakfast your trip ends. Individual transfers to the airport are included, or you have the choice of optional excursions, cruises and hotel stay.

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DEPARTURES:

2017:  25 Mar; 15 Apr; 6, 20 May; 3 Jun; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Sep..

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All transfers as per itinerary in modern motor-coach / van with A/C.
  • Qualified and licensed tour manager during the entire trip.
  • Welcome drink and info meeting on day 1.
  • 8 nights' in 4 star hotels (3 star hotel in the Plitvice Lakes) and city taxes.
  • 4 dinners in hotel restaurants.
  • 4 high quality gastronomical experiences in wineries and local restaurants as per itinerary (Zigante Truffels, Bibich winery, restaurant Tragos and Peljesac winery).
  • Local guides in Zagreb, Sibenik, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Split.
  • Entrance Fees: Pula Colosseum, Diocletian Palace Split, Cathedral in Sibenik, Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, and Plitvice lakes.
  • Porterage.

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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Example Hotels:

  • Zagreb: Hotel Dubrovnik, Hotel As or similar
  • Opatija: Remisens Premium Hotel Kvarner, Hotel Admiral, Hotel Camelia or similar
  • Plitvice: Hotel Degenija, Hotel Jezero or similar
  • Split: Luxury Hotel Jupiter, Hotel Luxe, Hotel President or similar
  • Dubrovnik: Hotel Valamar Lacroma Resort, Hotel Argosy or similar

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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30 Sep 2017
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