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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.
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?
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. 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.
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.
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.
The Dalmatian Coast to Split.
The green forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters. Walk through the Roman Ruins and market to see the sea organ of Zadar before witnessing 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. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity of dinner in a traditional konoba.
Island Hopping to Hvar.
The Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the Old Town in Split. A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets 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. 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.
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.
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. This evening, delight in Croatian fare at a local restaurant.
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.
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.
Optional Montenegro Experience.
Spend the day at your leisure or enjoy an optional visit to Montenegro, travelling 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?
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.
Your journey draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik airport at 05:00, 09:00 and 11:30.
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.
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 farm-to-table 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 62.00
For the authentic Dalmatian cuisine experience, dinner in a traditional ‘konoba’, 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
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
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 67.00
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
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
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
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.
Opatija (Historic) - Croatia
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.
Plitvice (Resort) - Croatia
Having only opened in July 2018, Hotel Lyra is a brand new hotel ideally located within the stunningly gorgeous Pltivice Lakes National Park. This boutique boutique property features contemporary design and furnishings throughout and will ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay in the heart of natural beauty.
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.
Hvar (Resort) - Croatia
The stunning pool area is a highlight of Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort, with its Mediterranean gardens and cascading waterfalls. Take some time to explore as the beach is only a few minutes walk and Hvar's centre about 10 minutes away.
Korcula (Traditional) - 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.
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.