Country Roads Of Croatia

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Country Roads of Croatia (Summer 2019)

Duration: 14 days Visiting: Croatia, Slovenia

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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

    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.

  2. Day 2 - 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 the medieval Upper Town, Gornji Grad. 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?

  3. Day 3

    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 five-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.

  4. Day 4

    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.

  5. Day 5

    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.

  6. Day 6

    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 3rd century 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.

  7. Day 7 - 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.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring the Island of Hvar.

    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.

  9. Day 9

    On the Trail of Marco Polo to Korčula.

    Cruise back to the mainland and continue your journey to the island of Korčula, known for its grace, history and rich culture. The perfect place for relaxing, the island is filled with quiet coves and small beaches that dot the southern coastline. 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?

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Captivating Korčula.

    In the morning, join a knowledgeable Local Expert for a walking tour of the Old Town. Marvel at spectacular views of the mainland 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.

  11. Day 11

    Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic.

    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 Sea-to-Table tasting of the fresh shellfish, 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.

  12. Day 12 - Relaxed Start

    Optional Montenegro Experience.

    Spend the day at your leisure or enjoy an optional visit to Montenegro, 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?

  13. Day 13 - 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. Gaze out at views of the glistening Adriatic and the mighty city walls rising straight from the cliffs before your cruise moors in the Old Town Harbour. Start your Celebration Dinner with the national favourite drink, a glass of grappa. Savour authentic flavours of local specialties washed down with locally produced wine.

  14. Day 14

    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

  • Zagreb: Your Local Expert guides you this two-tiered capital. Explore Donji Grad, the Lower Town, and see the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square, Ban Josip Jelacic Square and the cathedral.
  • Zagreb: Ride the funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town, to view the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.
  • 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.
  • Trogir: During your orientation, see the Čipiko Palace and Romanesque cathedral.
  • 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.
  • Split: Sightseeing with your Local Expert continues through the old town. Walk through the Jewish Quarter to reach Narodni Trg, the centre of Old Split. Continue to Trg Braće Radić, translated as the Square of the Radić brothers, but better known to the locals as Voćni Trg, or the Fruit Square.
  • Split: Cruise to the sunniest island of the country, Hvar, your home for the next two nights.
  • Hvar: Explore the coves and hidden beaches and ascend the lofty peaks from where there are magnificent views over this beautiful island.
  • Hvar: Cruise back to the mainland to continue your journey.
  • Korčula: Discover this fascinating island during your walking exploration of the Old Town with a Local Expert. See the main square, cathedral, Town Museum, Bishop's Palace and Town Hall. 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.
  • Dubrovnik: Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Expert. Walk the stone-paved streets of the Old Town to see Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and the medieval city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
  • Dubrovnik: As the sun descends and should the weather be favourable, enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik.
  • Scenic Drives: Admire the stunning scenery of the Adriatic Coast, the Dalmatian Coast, Plitvice Lakes National Park and Pelješac Peninsula.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Mali Ston: Meet a local oyster farmer and learn about the cultivation of oysters, before enjoying a delicious Sea-to-Table tasting of fresh shellfish and local wine.
  • Dubrovnik: Toast the culmination of your journey with a typical Dalmatian Coast Celebration Dinner, accompanied with wine and grappa.
  • Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (B), 1 Morning tea (MT) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Opatija: Located just steps away from beautiful Slatina beach and its sweeping golden sand and emerald water, this newly renovated luxury hotel is the perfect getaway for those looking for a tranquil beach stay. Its art nouveau style dates back to 1885 and provides a grand, regal ambiance, with its high ceilings and antique furniture.
  • Opatija: A striking neo-baroque property that offers an idyllic location overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Remisens Premium Grand Hotel Palace is just a five-minute walk from the beach. With its own wellness and spa centre, this polished hotel is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate.
  • Dubrovnik: The Hotel Dubrovnik Palace offers spectacular sea views and excellent facilities.

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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are 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 (Traditional) - Croatia

Conveniently located in Zagreb's historic Old Town, the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel is perfectly situated for your stay. Spacious rooms are comfortable and traditionally-decorated, while the hotel's Piano Bar offers a trendy atmosphere, where you can enjoy a drink and reflect on your day of sightseeing.

Reminsens Premium Grand Hotel Palace/Remisens Premium Heritage Hotel Imperial, Opatija.

Opatija (Historic) - Croatia

The Reminsens Premium Grand Hotel Palace is one of the oldest hotels in Opatija and a landmark of the historic city centre. With it's imperial architecture and neo-Baroque style, it's old-world charm reflects the Austro-Hungarian atmosphere of the Riviera at the end of the 19th century. Traditional design with modern features are perfectly combined to make your two night stay very comfortable.
Originally built in 1885 and honouring the Succession-style of the time, the Remisens Premium Heritage Hotel Imperial has undergone recent renovations, bringing this historic building into the modern age. Guest rooms feature the hotel's original architecture combined with comfortable, modern furnishings and facilities. Its central location is convenient for you to explore this seaside city at leisure during your two night stay.

Hotel Lyra, Ličko Petrovo Selo, Plitvice Lakes.

Plitvice (Resort) - Croatia

Hotel President Solin

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/Adriana, Hvar Spa Hotel.

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, Korčula.

Korčula (Traditional) - Crotia

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 (Resort) - 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
11478 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 12 November, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was well planned to cover many attractions. We like the spacious tour bus. It was most comfortable . We were given advice on good restaurants at reasonable prices.

    Service: Both my wife and myself considered the service was of top quality. The Director remembered our names and tendered caring attention to see that we enjoyed every moment of the vacation.

  • 11 November, 2018

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    Trip: I love Croatia! What a beautiful country with a good looking race! Will definitely go back again

    Service: 2 hotels , can remember what their names , the one night stay ones - the carpets was filthy, had to clean my feet before getting to bed with wet towels! Seriously, 40 persons in a group tour is too big . Frankly I’m looking for alternative tour packages after luxury gold to Egypt in January; Nepal and Bhutan in February and insight vacation to Scandinavia in May . Your tour guides are good and very happy with the people I meet, lovely people but 40 persons is just too big . Can’t remember which hotels

  • 11 November, 2018

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    Trip: Quite comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable.

    Service: We dealt directly with our Travel Agents, Flight Centre. No back office dealings. Our Tour Director, Danni Hinson, a sheer delight, highly committed, organised and demonstrated a contagious passion for Croatia and it's peoples. Danni could improve in her conflict management skills. When challenged by some travellers, her attempts to explain tended to come across as defensive as if she took the criticism personally rather than saying she'd take it up with Insight. Hr responses in most instances was 'it is what it is'. Not quite satisfactory. Insight need to explain clearly that dinner with wine means two small glasses at Insight group dinners (not optional dinners). This is an issue that caused Danni most angst in trying to explain the difference and rationale.

  • 11 November, 2018

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    Trip: 14 days just in Croatia. Perfect. 2 island stays and enjoyed every place we visited

    Service: Our guide Dani was excellent. A great tour of Croatia

  • 11 November, 2018

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    Trip: The whole itinerary was just perfect. Every place was wonderful

    Service: I love our tour guide and driver. I felt safe with them and well taken care of. Even though it was a big group, I did get individual attention and noticed that everyone got the same.

  • 05 November, 2018

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    Trip: Greg the Tour Director was great. He was knowledgeable and provided informed commentary throughout the tour. He provided information handouts on each country we entered which provided interesting facts and figures. He played a video series throughout the tour (longer travel days) which gave insight to the demise of former Yugoslavia. The itinerary, locations and experiences were well planned and worthwhile. The flourishes were a regular treat and included sample Brandy bottles and a lunch provided. Follow up group email with recommended readings and documentary viewing was a nice afterthought.

    Service: Overall service was good.

  • 04 November, 2018

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    Trip: I love itineraries that take you to multiple regions of a country to get a good flavor of them all. We visited large cities, seaside resorts and visited local winery, sea to table oyster farm, farm to table restaurants.

    Service: Tour Directors are very competent, organized and friendly. They help the travel group - strangers at the beginning of the tour- bond as the tour enfolds.

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    Trip: like going to smaller towns and seeing the old towns in these historic areas

    Service: would recommend this company to friends. Customer service from tour director and driver were great. Connection in Frankfurt was too tight. Almost missed the connecting flight to SFO.

  • 02 November, 2018

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    Trip: to see the country the tour was most apropriate

    Service: the tour director, the bus and driver, the local guides and most hotels

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    Trip: Great tour and some amazing pit stops

    Service: Provided another very memorable tour

  • 02 November, 2018

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    Trip: Traveling through the coast was a very relaxing experience

    Service: The itinerary, the hotels and most of all our Tour Director, Karin was amazing. From the start of my booking the Guest Relations was outstanding. They took care of my special requests promptly.

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