Summary of The Day: When you arrive on day one of your trip, you should find some local information at the hotel lobby. Your tour leader will be staying in the hotel and should have put up a welcome note to let you know what room they are in. A pre-departure meeting is usually held in the afternoon or early evening of day one.
If you arrive early and have free time, feel free to explore the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik.
- Museum of the Orthodox Church
- 14th century Dominican Monastery
- Rector’s Palace
- Lokrum Island
- Half day kayaking
- Scuba diving
- Dubrovnik 24 hour City Card
- Cable car
Summary of The Day: Heading now out to the islands of Croatia, we'll venture to Marco Polo’s birthplace, sunny Korcula which offers numerous secluded beaches and bays with stunning views over the Adriatic. The main town on the island is also called Korcula, featuring medieval walls and forts as well as many fine museums housing priceless works of art. If you’re visiting the island in July or August you may have the chance to see a Moreska dance, a spectacular combat dance performed with swords.
- Korcula Moreska Sword Dance
- Marco Polo House
Summary of The Day: Boasting more sunshine hours than any of the other sun-soaked Dalmatian islands, Hvar Island offers fairytale Venetian architecture, a waterfront promenade fringed by palm trees and centuries old walls. With all of this and an historic fortress overlooking it all, it’s no wonder picturesque Hvar Town is considered a chic destination for the rich and famous, and you may be lucky enough to see one or two familiar faces here.
One of the simplest pleasures on the island is to take part in the evening stroll around the town and take in the views - don’t forget to buy an ice cream from a local slasticarna, the Croatian equivalent of the Italian gelateria. You may also enjoy a stroll around the harbor, which is often filled with multi-million dollar yachts, a reflection of the lavish lifestyles of the wealthy visitors to the island. You will have time to explore smaller villages of Stari Grad, Jelsa, taking in lavender fields, Vrboska and Brusje, wineries, eco villages and experiencing the local culture.
Summary of The Day: Your exploration of Hvar Island continues.
- Franciscan Monastery Museum
- Return bus to Stari Grad
- Municipal Theatre and Art Gallery
- Scuba diving (for certified divers only)
Summary of The Day: Today we'll take the ferry and arrive in the late morning at the coastal city of Split, built around the remains of the Diocletian Palace which dates back to the Roman era.
Wander inside and take in Peristil Square where you can see an original Egyptian sphinx which was brought from Egypt by Roman emperor Diocletian. Another sphinx can be found near St John’s Church, which was originally a Roman temple.
We'll take an included tour of the Diocletian Palace or climb the campanile bell tower next to the palace’s mausoleum for spectacular views from the top.
If you want to relax there are plenty of al fresco bars and restaurants to choose from along the seafront, as well as gelati bars and cheaper pizzerias off the main roads. There is plenty of delicious Italian-influenced local cuisine to choose from, often at very reasonable prices. If you want to hang out with the locals, head for the beach at Bacvice. There are many cafes and places to eat ice cream and it’s a great place to get a feeling of 'real' Croatia as the vast majority of people who go there are from Split.
- The City Museum of Split
- Split tour
- Bus to Trogir
- Cathedral of St Lovro in Trogir
- Church of St John the Baptist in Trogir
Summary of The Day: Continuing our diverse journey through Croatia, we'll explore Plitvice National Park, a beautiful reserve featuring 16 spectacular blue lakes surrounded by forest.
The lakes are linked by natural dams which create beautiful low level waterfalls joining one lake to another. Due to the varying mixtures of minerals in the water, each lake has a distinctive color ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The surrounding forest features a mix of beech, spruce, and fir trees and is home to 126 species of birds and a number of rare animals including European brown bears, wolves, eagles, wild cats and eagles. Due to its natural beauty and significance, the park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979. The entire park can be seen in about 4 hours and you can get beautiful views from almost any vantage point. Don’t miss the Veliki Slap, 50 meter wide waterfall surrounded by boulders - a great place for photos.
Summary of The Day: After our time exploring the national park we continue to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, a vibrant cultural center with a long history, located on the crossroads of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe.
In your free time you can explore Ban Jelacic Square surrounded by grand buildings or visit the Zagreb Cathedral with its fountain of Madonna surrounded by golden angels. You can visit colorful open-air markets such as Dolac Market and discover the historic Upper Town with its palaces, monasteries and churches from the 17th and 18th centuries.
There are also dozens of museums, theaters, galleries and art collections to visit, or take a tram to the medieval fortress of Medvedgrad on the southern side of nearby Mount Medvednica for beautiful views over the city including Museum Mimara. Another interesting museum to see is the City of Zagreb Museum covering every facet of its long history. You could take a picnic to Maksimir Park about 3 kilometers from the city center.
- Lotrscak Tower
- Museum of the city of Zagreb
- Ethnographical Museum
- Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters
- Archaeological Museum
- Budget Walking Tour
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
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* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
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