Tour inland Croatia & Istria & Slovenia

10 DAYS TOUR

DAY 1 – Arrival at Zagreb airport – transfer to the Hotel, free time for dinner.

DAY 2 – sightseeing of the city of Zagreb after breakfast, afternoon trip to the baroque city of Samobor near Zagreb, sightseeing of the city, transfer to the Hotel, free time for dinner.

DAY 3 – after breakfast whole day trip to the Nacional Park ”Plitvice”. Early evening arrival to Zagreb. Free time for dinnner.

DAY 4 – after breakfast whole day excursion to Slovenia – Bled and Bohinj lakes, early evening arrival to the Hotel, free time for dinner.

DAY 5 – after breakfast whole day excursion to Slovenia – sightseeing of the City of Ljubljana and Postojna caves , early evening arrival to the Hotel, free time for dinner.

DAY 6 – after breakfast departure towards city of Pula. On the way few hours visit of the Opatija. Accommodation in the Hotel in Pula. Free time for dinner .

DAY 7 – after breakfast sightseeing of the Pula, and boat trip to Brijuni islands. Free time for dinner.

DAY 8 – after breakfast whole day ”Istrian west coast” tour, visiting cities of Rovinj, Poreč, Umag. Early evening arrival to Pula. Free time for dinner.

DAY 9 – after breakfast whole day ”Green Istria” tour, visiting cities of Hum, Motovun, Buzet, Grožnjan. Great locat food – Lunch at the house of agrotourism. Early evening arrival to Pula.

DAY 10 – after breakfast transfer from Pula to Zagreb Airport. End of tour.

SERVICES INCLUDED :

ACCOMMODATION : 9 bed and brekfast services in the 3-4* Hotels in Zagreb and Pula.
BUS SERVICES : Transfers between the cities, all loco transfers.
GUIDE SERVICES : Services of professional tour guide(s).
TICKETS : ZAGREB – Technical Museum, SAMOBOR – City Museum, National Park Plitvice, BLED – Entrance to the city for visiting all the sites, boat ticket to the Bled Island ; BOHINJ – Waterfalls ”Savica”, Cable Car to the Alps mountain’s peak Vogel ; LJUBLJANA – Ethnical museum of Slovenia, Funicular to the Castle ads Tower ; POSTOJNA – full package ticket for Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, EXPO Postojna Cave Karst, OPATIJA – Villa Angiolina, PULA – Amfiteatar, Archaeological Museum, boat trip to Brijuni Islands, ROVINJ – ST.Eufemia Church, POREČ – Euphrasian Basilica, UMAG – City Museum, ”Green Istria” – Lunch at the house of agrotourism. Visitors Tax.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES :

Organizing lunches in tipiacal restaurants and tasting local food. Air Plane Ticket Reservation.

INFORMATION :

According to your wishes we can change schedule. We will advise you and recommend best possible tour program. Possible dates – during April, May, June, September and October.

ZAGREB

ZAGREB

The city of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, on the historic and political threshold between East and West, illustrates both the continental and Mediterranean spirit of the nation it spearheads. Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative centre of the Republic of Croatia, and is home to the Croatian Parliament, Government and President. Its favourable location between the Pannonian plain, the edge of the Alps and the Dinaric range has allowed it to become a crossing point for mass international communication.
The city is protected from the cold northern winds by the mountain of Medvednica and opens up to the rest of the world thanks to a spacious plain and the Sava river. Zagreb, with a population of nearly one million, contains almost a quarter of the entire population of Croatia. Over the centuries, the city was inhabited by people coming from all over Europe; and, in recent years, by people coming from different parts of Croatia, ensuring a rich cultural life. Zagreb is a safe city whose doors are always open; a city with a tumultuous history teeming with interesting personalities; a city that warmly invites all those who wish to get to know it, and a city that will surely fulfill your expectations. In this city, you can easily meet remarkable people, make new friends and enjoy special moments. The façades of Zagreb’s buildings reflect the ebb and flow of history, while its streets and squares bear witness to the coming together of the many cultures that have shaped the identity of this laid-back capital. The best thing to do is when you first arrive is to take in Zagreb’s wonderful atmosphere, which, as many claim, is only surpassed by the legendary beauty of the local womenfolk.

SAMOBOR

SAMOBOR

Welcome to Samobor, city where history meets the culture, influencing the way of living in an unique way, still, within easy reach and just 20 kilometers from Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. The connection with capital city is crucial for the characteristics of today’s Samobor – a modern, developed, financially stable city, desirable for new investments.
However, Samobor never became only the suburb of the capital, but has preserved identity, natural beauties, culture, heritage and tradition. So many artists, famous poets and painters, sculptors and composers fell in love with Samobor. They came here to create, but also, to celebrate the beauties of this warm city in their works and creations. They would usually come back, because there is so much to find out about Samobor, interesting stories, places, people, hidden beauties, tastes and scents. Slowly, but surely, Samobor has gained the reputation of an important Croatian and regional gourmet destination, with a perfect balance of traditional and modern recepies, food and wine. There are many reasons to fall in love with Samobor – beautiful mountains ideal for hiking, sledging or running, green meadows and floral gardens, cozy restaurants and mountain lodges. This vision was the leading idea as we were creating the official web site of the City of Samobor. We tried to create a site where You can easily find all the information within the City administration, but at the same time, enjoy the beauties of Samobor, which we want to develop as important tourist destination in continental Croatia. We hope that we will succeed in this intention, and all of Your questions, advice and well-intentioned criticism will encourage us to work even better, more modern and transparent, and as a result, closer to our citizens and visitors.

PLITVIÄŒKA JEZERA

NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES

With a surface area of 294.82 km2, Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest of Croatia’s eight national parks. Plitvice lakes was proclaimed a National park in 1949, also making it the oldest national park in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was included in the UNESCO list of World Natural Heritage sites. The park represents a phenomenon of karst hydrography. The lakes are known for their cascades and the ongoing biodynamic process of tufa formation under specific ecological and hydrological conditions. Tufa or travertine is a porous carbonate rock formed by the sedimentation of calcium carbonate from water. It builds barriers, sills and other forms in karst rivers and streams. The travertine formation process is especially prominent in the Plitvice Lakes waterfalls and is constant, happening even while visitors are enjoying their walk through the park. With this travertine development, numerous magnificent waterfalls are created. The broader zone of the national park hides rich forest and meadow habitats with many diverse species of plants and animals. The forest communities are predominantly made up of beech and fir. Of particular note is ”ÄŒorkova uvala” a virgin beech – fir forest, one of the most beautiful virgin forests in Europe. To date, 1267 different species of plants, including 75 endemic plants and 55 different species of orchids, have been recorded in the park, gives a good overall picture of the richness of the flora. Studies to date in the park area have recorded 321 species of butterflies, 161 species of birds and 21 species of bats, indicating the richness of the animal world here. Of the carnivores, the most attractive inhabitant of the Plitvice forests is the brown bear (Ursus arctos). One of the first researchers of this natural phenomenon was Academic Ivo Pevalek. In 1937, he said: »There are water, lakes, waterfalls and forest elsewhere, but Plitvice Lakes are unique. They simply must be seen!

BOHINJ

BOHINJ LAKE

Lake Bohinj is the largest, permanent, natural lake in Slovenia, covering an area of 318ha. This stunning lake is at its finest in all seasons. Used as the starting point for various day trips and hikes, the Lake has been a popular tourist destination for many years. A forested walking path takes you around the entire lake, providing the opportunity to appreciate its beauty from many angles. Swimmers take to its depths in summer along with fisherman and tourist boats. Whilst in winter, skaters take to its icy surface. Meanwhile sightseers, skiers and snowboarders go aloft to Vogel Ski Resort. It’s natural, unspoilt beauty is quite breathtaking.

BLED

BLED LAKE

Slovenia has only one island but its uniqueness makes it more attractive than many an archipelago. Sheltered by picturesque mountains, the island reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which guests from all over the world love to return. This town, which has already existed for a thousand years, is BLED.
On the island in the middle of the lake, the ancient Slavs worshipped Živa, goddess of love and fertility. Pilgrims later came to the church of St Mary on the island. A thousand years ago, on 10 April 1004, the town of Bled was mentioned for the first time when the Holy German emperor, Henry II, gifted it to the Bishop of Brixen. At that distant time, a Roman tower already stood at the top of the cliff rising vertically 100 m above the lake, and it still forms part of the mighty castle that now houses a museum collection. The town flourished in the Middle Ages due to pilgrims, and these were replaced in the 19th century by the first tourists. The Swiss hydropathist, Arnold Rikli, discovered that the gentle climate and the lake and thermal waters are a source of good health and well-being. The local people supplemented the health spa offer with guest houses and hotels. The town, already famous at the beginning of the 20th century as the most beautiful health spa of the then Austrian empire, attracted the European aristocratic elite. After WWII, one of the most attractive state residences of the former regime was located in Bled. Many of the world’s most important people thus enjoyed the beauties of Bled. And now, for decades already, the pilgrims of the new age have been discovering this town. Cosmopolitan seekers of diversity and beauty, of relaxation and inspiration, tranquillity and the challenges of sport will find here a multitude of opportunities. Walking and coaching trails around the lake, traditional boats, ringing the island’s wishing bell, the castle treasures, the nearby ski pistes, mountain trails, golf courses, hunting, fishing, the casino, congress facilities – all these are but fragments of Bled’s attraction, which is truly worth experiencing. And those who experience it, long for it again and again….

LJUBLJANA

LJUBLJANA

Ljubljana is the political and cultural heart of the Slovenian nation. It is an important European commercial, business, exhibition and congressional centre as well as the transport, science and education centre of Slovenia. In Ljubljana the old meets the new; and it seems that history has spent all of the settlement’s five millennia preparing it to become the nation’s capital. It has managed to retain traces from all periods of its rich history; from the legacy of Roman Emona; through to the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods characterised in the house fronts and ornate doorways of the city centre, the romantic bridges adorning the Ljubljanica river, the lopsided rooftops and a park reaching deep into the city centre. Here eastern and western cultures met; and the Italian concept of art combined with the sculptural aesthetics of Central European cathedrals. The city owes its present appearance partly to Italian baroque and partly to Art Nouveau, which is the style of the numerous buildings erected immediately after the earthquake of 1895. In the first half of the 20th century, modern Ljubljana was shaped by the strong personal style of Jože Plečnik, a great European architect and a local of Ljubljana. The cityscape was complemented by his modernist followers as well as by creations of the “New Wave” of acknowledged young architects. All the different facets of Ljubljana blend harmoniously into a single image. Ljubljana is a city of culture. It is home to numerous theatres, museums and galleries, and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world.

OPATIJA

OPATIJA

Opatija, this elegant tourist destination, lies at the centre of the Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. The very attractive geographic position, enabling its warm seas to be quickly reached from many cities in Central Europe (only about 500 km from Milan, Vienna and Münich), lush green scenery and a pleasant climate (45° 20’ north latitude) were some of the main reasons for its beginning and the quick development of its tourism at the end of the 19th century. Built mainly at the turn of the 20th century, Opatija has remained in complete harmony with Nature right up until the present day. Well-maintained public gardens, the illuminated 12-km-long coastal promenade known as the “Lungomare”, well-kept beaches and fountains provide a stunning backdrop for the villas and hotels that cater comfortably for up to 6,000 guests. Due to a relatively constant temperature (winter average 7.0 °C, summer average 21.9 °C), high air pressure and constant circulation of air, the climate in Opatija is relaxing and refreshing. The contrasts of sea and mountains, green parks and blue ocean, old buildings and modern comforts, noisy entertainment venues and quiet destinations for excursions all combine to make Opatija and its surroundings a very attractive tourist resort at any time of the year.

BRIJUNI

BRIJUNI ISLANDS

Brijuni, a group of islands comprising of two large and twelve smaller isles, are strung along Istria�s south western coast not far from Pula. Their surface area is barely seven km2, but together with the surrounding sea the total area of the park is 34 km2. Brijuni are renowned for its indented nature and the unspoiled Mediterranean vegetation, but the islands also boast an invaluable cultural heritage dating from the Roman and Byzantine times, which alongside with the outstanding natural beauty, has made them a popular holiday destination among the world statesmen and the aristocracy. Although not inhabited, because of the numerous tourists who are ferried over from the mainland by boat, there are people on the islands all year round. The site of the first golf course in Croatia is on Brijuni. Despite the numerous visitors, the landscape has been well preserved, as proved by a large number of birds which winter on the islands.

ROVINJ POREČ UMAG

ISTRIAN WEST COAST

ROVINJ, POREČ, UMAG

These cities are located on Istrian West Coast and represent one of the best touristic places in Croatia. Hystorical cities with much to visit and explore. Rovinj is a charmingly picturesque town with yet more narrow, cobbled streets (common in Istria!), striking many visitors as being very Italianate in nature. It is famous for the St Euphemia Cathedral, the highest church tower in Istria at 61 metres high. Rovinj was originally an island, but 250 years ago the narrow channel which separated it from the mainland was filled in. It is one of our favourite destinations on the Croatian Adriatic, as it’s so delightfully pretty, and also lively with its numerous cafes and restaurants, galleries and an active fishing port. Poreč is the most popular holiday resort in Istria and is frequently named the top resort in Croatia by the Croatian National Tourist Office. The main tourist areas are two bays south of the town, called Zelena (Green) and Plava (Blue) Laguna (lagoon). Umag and its riviera (which is about 20km long) is a very popular destination in Croatia. The old town has attractive and narrow, cobbled streets whilst its coastline is full of pretty little bays. Umag is also well known for its marina and the international tennis centre which hosts the Croatian Open every July.

HUM MOTOVUN BUZET GROŽNJAN

INLAND ISTRIA

HUM, MOTOVUN, BUZET, GROŽNJAN
Northeast of Porec and perched up high on a hill (at 270m/886 ft) – and therefore viewable from a fair distance around – the village of Motovun is one of the more famous medieval hilltop towns in Istria, receiving a fair share of visitors each year. The town is also well known for its annual, ever-growing Motovun Film Festival which showcases domestic and foreign films. Hum is officially listed as the smallest town in the world (technically untrue). On its western side, the town is enclosed by walls and on the remaining sides houses are built into the defensive walls. Buzet lies in the very heart of the northern part of Croatian Istria. The old town of Buzet is situated on a 150-meter-high hill overlooking the fertile Mirna river valley, whereas the new part of the town called Fontana, spreads at the foot of the hill. Buzet is also known as the “City of Truffles”. Grožnjan, known as the city of artists, surrounded by green hills and a magical white soil is a must-see destination for those who want to discover the treasure chest of Istria. Because of its interesting history, which has been written in every nook and naturally permeates the present, it is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric finds, ancient castles, magnificent palaces and many other old buildings, whose past glory was recovered through restoration, all in order to be able to evoke the charm of the past.

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