Alps, Central and Eastern Europe

Alps, Central & Eastern Europe

Country Roads

Country Roads of Croatia (Summer 2018)

Duration: 15 days Visiting: Croatia

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Discover the pristine landscapes, idyllic islands and sun-dappled seas of Croatia, where fortified towns of cobblestone and terracotta echo a time when Venice ruled the waves.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Zagreb.

    Transfers to your hotel depart from Zagreb airport at 11:30 and 14:00. Relax and settle in or perhaps head for the romantic chestnut-lined Stross Promenade for your first views over the city. At 17:30, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening with wine.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Zagreb’s Twin Towns.

    Join your Local Expert to explore the two-tiered capital of Croatia. Drive through the squares of the Lower Town, Donji Grad, designed to give a sense of grandeur. See the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square and continue to Ban Josip Jelacic Square en route to the cathedral. Board the city's funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town. It's a network of little streets, stretching between the Kaptol and Gradec hills. View the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower. The afternoon is at leisure. Relax and enjoy your hotel's amenities or perhaps take an Optional Experience to the Zagorje region to learn about the local traditions and visit the house of Marshall Tito?

  4. Day 4

    The Postojna Caves and on to Belle-Epoque Opatija.

    Venture into Slovenia to visit the world-famous Postojna Caves. Step aboard the cave train and descend into a subterranean world of stunning stalactites, stalagmites, columns and curtains. Marvel at the 5-metre tall Brilliant, the cave's most beautiful stalagmite, and come face-to-face with the eyeless, dragon-like human fish. Return to Croatia where your hotel is in the Belle Époque seaside-resort town of Opatija, nestled at the foot of Mount Učka. Take time to stroll by the luxurious villas along the tree-lined seafront promenade.

  5. Day 5

    Discover the Jewels of Istria.

    Cross the heart-shaped peninsula to explore the Jewels of Istria with your Local Expert. Visit the well-preserved first-century arena at Pula, scene of brutal gladiatorial battles in Roman times. Continue to the charming old town of Rovinj, rising directly from the sea. Wander through the cobbled streets lined with tempting shops, pastel-coloured bars and sidewalk cafes.

  6. Day 6

    Pristine Plitvice National Park.

    Enjoy the scenery of the Adriatic coast in the morning - journey past sparkling deep blue seas, studded with rocky islands, before heading inland to visit one of Europe’s great natural wonders. Zig-zagging timber footbridges will lead you through the blue-green beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnected lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. With your Local Expert, visit Korana Canyon to see the 70-metre-high falls and enjoy panoramic vistas of the park. Spend the evening at Jezero Hotel, situated in a stunning location at the heart of the National Park and close to the lakes.

  7. Day 7

    The Dalmatian Coast to Split.

    The green forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters. Witness a dramatic change in landscape, as you travel through Mediterranean olive groves on your way to Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400 B.C. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Čipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1,700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the Old Town. A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's - originally Diocletian's Mausoleum - and the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate. Continue your venture underground, to explore the cellars. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity of dinner in a traditional Konoba.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Island Hopping to Hvar.

    Your island-hopping adventure begins here. Cross the azure waters of the Adriatic to spend two nights on Hvar, famed for being the sunniest island in the country and boasting an interior dotted with lofty mountain peaks and aromatic fields of lavender.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring the Island of Hvar.

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a full day at leisure, as you explore the hidden coves, secluded beaches, old monasteries and villages of Hvar. Perhaps stroll around seaside Stari Grad, known for being one of Europe’s oldest towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Maybe visit the local museum with its impressive collection of archeological finds dating back to Greek antiquity or enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant? You could even see the glitz and glamour of Hvar Town with its yacht-lined marinas, famous for being the trendy playground of the rich and famous.

  10. Day 10

    On the Trail of Marco Polo to Korčula.

    Journey to the island of Korčula, known for its grace, history and rich culture. Enjoy leisure time, perhaps exploring the medieval towers and fortifying walls of the Old Town or sunbathing on one of the island’s many lovely beaches?

  11. Day 11 - Relaxed Start

    Captivating Korčula.

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, join a knowledgeable Local Expert for a walking tour of the island. Marvel at spectacular views of the mainland and smaller islands, as you stroll towards the main square of Korčula where the Cathedral of St. Marc dominates the ancient skyline. Hear about local legends and history from your Local Expert, stopping by the Town Museum, the Bishop’s Palace with its treasury collection and the Town Hall. Visit the ruins of the house where - according to local legend - Marco Polo was born. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces of this charming medieval town.

  12. Day 12 - Relaxed Start

    Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic.

    (Relaxed Start) Journey to the beautiful southern slopes of the Pelješac Peninsula. Should weather permit, cruise the tranquil waters of the bay of Mali Ston and admire the surrounding untouched natural beauty, as you enjoy a glass of traditional Croatian brandy. Stop at a shellfish farm and meet Tomislav, a local oyster farmer, to learn about the cultivation and harvest of oysters. Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table shellfish tasting of the freshest produce, accompanied with a glass of wine. Continue to the walled town of Dubrovnik, 'paradise on earth' according to George Bernard Shaw. Join a walking exploration of the city, guided by a Local Expert. Get a glimpse into local life, as you explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the Old Town. Walk past Onofrio's Fountain, see the Old Jewish Quarter and the synagogue, and marvel at the grandeur of the cathedral and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. With the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps enjoy the luxuries of the five-star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, your home for the next three nights. Located moments away from the Adriatic with spectacular views of the Elafiti Islands, your hotel provides exclusive access to a private beach. In the evening, there is the option to enjoy dinner at a family home in a local small village. Meet the family who will explain how they make olive oil using an antique olive oil press, before savouring a freshly prepared meal served with wine.

  13. Day 13 - Relaxed Start

    Optional Montenegro Experience.

    Spend the day at your leisure or enjoy an optional visit to Montenegro. Your chosen excursion sees you journeying along the coast to the pretty port town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A photographer's dream, capture one of the most beautiful parts of the bay and learn about some of the compelling history of this area. Return to Dubrovnik and enjoy an evening at your leisure. Perhaps start at a trendy wine bar, followed by dinner at a romantic sidewalk cafe?

  14. Day 14 - Relaxed Start

    Dubrovnik at Leisure.

    Make the most of a day at leisure in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Relax by the pool, shop in the markets or perhaps take the opportunity to visit Cavtat, one of the most enchanting seaside resorts in Croatia? This evening, should weather permit, you're invited to embark on a dazzling cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik for your Celebration Dinner. With a glass of grappa in hand, gaze out at views of the glistening Adriatic and the mighty city walls rising straight from the cliffs as you savour authentic flavours of local specialties washed down with locally-produced wine or grappa, a national favourite after-dinner drink. Appreciate final views of Dubrovnik at night, as your cruise moors in the Old Town Harbour.

  15. Day 15

    Dubrovnik Airport.

    Your journey draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik airport at 05:00, 09:00 and 11:30.

Highlights

 

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Korčula: Discover this fascinating island during your walking exploration with a Local Expert. Hear about local legends and visit the ruins of the supposed birthplace of Marco Polo.
  • Ston: Cruise to this quaint coastal village by private boat.
  • Zagreb: Your Local Expert will show you Roosevelt Square, the attractive facades of Ban Josip Jelačić Square and the cathedral. Ride the funicular to the medieval Upper Town to see the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Church and the Tower of Lotrščak.
  • Postojna Caves: Enter by mini-train into these world-famous cave systems, before walking through an illuminated fairyland of stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Opatija: Led by your Local Expert, spend a day discovering the Jewels of Istria, including the sparkling seas of Rovinj and the gleaming white stone of the Roman arena at Pula.
  • Plitvice Lakes: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, guided by your Local Expert.
  • Split: Explore above and below the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace. A Local Expert guides you through labyrinthine streets to see St. Duje's, the Temple of Jupiter, the Golden Gate and the Cellars.
  • Hvar: Explore the coves and hidden beaches of the beautiful island.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Ston: Meet a local oyster farmer and learn about the cultivation of oysters, before enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table shellfish tasting of the freshest produce, accompanied with a glass of wine.
  • Dubrovnik: As the sun descends and should the weather be favourable, enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik, with a glass of grappa. Toast the culmination of your journey with a typical Dalmatian Coast Celebration Dinner, accompanied with local wine.
  • Dining Summary: 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Kumrovec & Lunch/Dinner

Journey through beautiful rolling countryside of the Zagorje region to the charming village of Kumrovec. Visit the simple peasant house of the late Marshal Tito for a local perspective into this region's complicated and bloody history. The surrounding properties have been restored to represent village life of some 100 years ago. Later, enjoy a home-made meal with drinks in a picturesque restaurant much favoured by the locals. Magnificent views of the rolling, vine-clad hills and Veliki Tabor Castle come as a bonus!

Adult Price: EUR 60.00

Code: ZAG0001

Konoba Dinner

For the authentic Dalmatian cuisine experience, dinner in a traditional ‘konoba’ (stone daylight basement), is a must. Friendly staff serve a variety of seafood or meat, accompanied by good local wine and entertaining Dalmatian musicians. A night to make you fall in love with the tastes and flavours of the Adriatic.

Adult Price: EUR 51.00

Code: SPL0001

Highlights of Hvar and Lunch

Gaze at the fields of lavender as you journey to Stari Grad – one of the oldest towns in Europe and a UNESCO-Protected World Heritage Site. Visit the 16th century castle of the Croatian renaissance poet Petar Hektorović, built to defend against the Turks and the most famous building in Stari Grad. Then, relax with a locally-produced wine, while enjoying a home-cooked meal of island specialties.'

Adult Price: EUR 51.00

Code: HVA0001

Best of Korcula

Enjoy a scenic coastal cruise with our local expert as we pass the old port town of Korcula for superb photo opportunities. We'll continue past the island of Badija, known for its Franciscan monastery & stone quarries. Landing in Lumbarda, we'll enjoy picturesque views over the vineyards as we make our way to the heart of the oldest settlement on the island. Finally, we're welcomed traditional style before dining on home-made fare in our atmospheric family-run venue, built by a father and his sons in their own home! Dobar Tek!

Adult Price: EUR 59.00

Code: KOR0001

Home Hosted Dinner

Visit a household in a little village above Dubrovnik. Part of the property is also an old olive oil press, which in the old days served the needs of the entire village. Learn about olive oil production the old fashioned way and about our hosts: how they live and what they grow in their garden before enjoying a home made meal with a drink. A perfect way to get to know the locals and their lifestyle!

Adult Price: EUR 51.00

Code: DUB0015

Excursion to Kotor, Montenegro

Drive southward along the coast into Montenegro and the pretty town of Kotor, situated on the Adriatic's only fjord, listed with UNESCO world heritage sites. Visit one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of the area.

Adult Price: EUR 54.00

Code: DUB0016

Cavtat Excursion

The road to Cavtat overlooks the steep coast of the Adriatic sea and presents several opportunities for postcard perfect views. Continue to Cavtat, one of the most enchanting seaside resorts in Croatia - a Mecca for the rich and famous who come every year to moor their yachts at the entrance of Cavtat Bay.

Adult Price: EUR 23.00

Code: DUB0001

Accommodation

 

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

Zagreb (Contemporary) - Croatia

This hotel finds itself located in the city centre, all guestrooms are well appointed with modern amenities.

Bristol Hotel Opatija

Opatija (Contemporary) - Croatia

A recently-renovated hotel which glows with imperial charm, blending perfectly with the Habsburgera spirit of Opatija.

Hotel Jezero Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes (Contemporary) - Croatia

Hotel Jezero is situated in a stunning location at the heart of Plitvice Lakes National Park and close to the lakes.

Hotel President Solin Split

Split (Traditional) - Croatia

The modern Hotel President Solin is conveniently located just a few minutes from the ancient city of Split and the famous Diocletian’s Palace.

Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort

Hvar (Resort) - Croatia

Sea views are the highlight of Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort, with the beach only a few minutes walk and Hvar's centre about 10 minutes away.

Hotel Liburna Korcula

Korcula (Contemporary) - Croatia

This hotel is a significant upgrade on last year’s model. A recently-renovated, seafront hotel which is inspired by Mediterranean splendour on the outside and pure designer lines on the inside.

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

Dubrovnik (Contemporary) - Croatia

One of Croatia’s finest resorts, the unique architecture of the hotel ensures all guest rooms have access to private balconies and magnificent views of the Adriatic.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10664 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: Wouldn't change a thing--covered a lot of territory--and it was worth the time and effort.

    Service: We have been using Insight for over 6 years and have recommended this group to numerous friends. We are more than satisfied with the value, their itineraries, and their professionalism.

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: Beautiful country, beautifully showcased in a beautiful vacation! The minutae of every moment we’re enjoyed thoroughly by us. The natural beauty was something we did not quite expect. And the , now famous, town citadels were just magnificent.

    Service: As die hard TTC travellers, we were once again thrilled by the quality of every aspect of our back to back 24 th and 25 th vacations in Poland and Croatia with Insight this time too. The itinerary, the guides, the hotels, the co-travellers and the hospitality were what made everything so special. Just what we wished for!

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: We covered a lot of territory and feel that we truly experienced the sites, culture and flavor of Croatia. Our group was a very cohesive one and we all bonded well, respecting time schedules and individual preferences. This has also been our experience with our two previous Insight Vacations, although this was our first European trip with Insight.

    Service: Follow through was good with questions asked. We loved the option of booking business class as a special (we did so at a travel fair). Our tour director, Sharon Tooma, was outstanding. The best that we have experienced in our many years of travel.

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: The optional tours were over priced.

    Service: Very organized. Good customer service. This is my second time traveling with Insight Vacation. I will probably travel with them again. I will definitely recommend Insight Vacation to my friends.

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was varied & comprehensive, covered everything

    Service: fantastic organisation for the entire tour

  • 14 July, 2018

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    Trip: The Country Roads of Croatia itinerary exceeded our expectations. We really enjoyed visiting all the places and some of the optional experiences. There were so many ‘pinch me moments ‘.

    Service: Our tour director and driver were genuinely friendly, helpful and professional for the duration of our tour. They went out of their way to ensure that we truly experienced the essence of Croatia while maintaining a safe and friendly atmosphere. We will do another Insight tour in the future and woul certainly recommend them to our friends and family.

  • 13 July, 2018

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    Trip: We had a great experience

    Service: A very professional tour company

  • 13 July, 2018

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    Trip: Covered in previous comments

    Service: The tour was very well organised with an excellent Tour Leader Heinz who made sure everyone in our group was cared for. The Itinerary was excellent with a well judged number of nights in each destination. All excursions that we took were very interesting and value for money with very knowledgeable specialist guides. The included meals were good value overall. Hotels were in good areas and good quality apart from Hotel Bristol which was quite tired. Our coach driver Dario was professional and managed the coach in some incredible roads and at no time did we ever feel insecure. Country Roads was certainly well titled and we would highly recommend.

  • 13 July, 2018

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    Trip: The tour was so well organized by Heinz Karner.The itinerary was excellent along with the optional experiences of which we did the Konoba dinner at Split,Higlights of Hvar,korcula,Dubrovnik excursion to Kotor Montenegro,and the Cavat excursion which were all enjoyed by us both.What a beautiful place Croatia is.

    Service: The Country Roads Of Croatia bus tour was organized to perfection and would recommend it again.

  • 11 July, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was perfect we had always wanted to visit Croatia so had googled the areas as you do these days and everything was a good if not better than we thought.

    Service: We had the best Tour Director Greg Redfern we can't say enough of how he made a fantastic trip in itself just brilliant. His knowledge of the region as well going above and beyond of what he had to do always making sure that everything was perfect and without any problems. We have recommended this Tour to our friends.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: The tour was really great. A couple of days were just too long in the bus. Maybe add an extra day or take off one of the stops or readjust the tour itinerary. The long days were towards the end of the tour and perhaps that is where the problem lies. Everyone starts to tire near the end. The places we visited were spectacular.

    Service: Our tour guide and bus driver did a great job. In fairness to the tour guide, I think Insight should review their advertising of the tour. A few guests were not happy with their rooms & standard, and, this placed a lot of pressure & time on the guide, which then impacted on other guests.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: When early starts are required it would be good to have wake-up calls provided in case the person doesn't think of it.

    Service: Great tour - there's always a little extra that might be required so no 100%

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