Tour Inland Croatia & Slovenia & Istria & Dalmatian Coast & Islands

16 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 excursion to Slovenia – Bled and Bohinj lakes, early evening arrival to the Hotel, free time for dinner
DAY 4 – 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 5 – after breakfast whole day excursion to Istria Region-sightseeing of the cities Opatija and Rovinj, early evening arrival to the Hotel, free time for dinner
DAY 6 – after breakfast departure towards the city of Zadar and later, arrival to the Hotel, after lunch afternoon sightseeing of the old city, free time for dinner
DAY 7 – after breakfast whole day excursion to the National Park Plitvice Lakes, early evening arrival to the Hotel, free time for dinner
DAY 8 – after breakfast whole day boat excursion to the National Park Kornati with lunch included, early evening arrival to the Hotel, free time for dinner
DAY 9 – after breakfast whole day excursion to the National Park Krka Waterfalls and the city of Šibenik, early evening arrival to the Hotel, free time for dinner
DAY 10 – after breakfast departure towards the city of Split and later, arrival to the Hotel, after lunch afternoon sightseeing of the old city, free time for dinner
DAY 11 – after breakfast half day excursion to the archeological site Salona and the city of Trogir, rest of the afternoon and evening free time in the city of Split
DAY 12 – after breakfast whole day excursion to the island of Hvar-old city of Hvar, early evening arrival to the Hotel, free time for dinner
DAY 13 – after breakfast departure towards the city of Dubrovnik with few hours stop for visiting city of Makarska, later afernoon arrival to the Hotel in Dubrovnik, free time for dinner
DAY 14 – after breakfast sightseeing of the old city of Dubrovnik, free time for lunch, shorter boat trip to nearby island of Lokrum, free time for dinner
DAY 15 – after breakfast whole day tour Peninsula Pelješac Wine Tour and island of Korčula-city of Korčula, early evening arrival to the Hotel, free time for dinner
DAY 16 – after breakfast transfer from the Hotel to Dubrovnik airport. End of the tour.

SERVICES INCLUDED :

ACCOMMODATION : 15 bed and brekfast services in the 3-4* Hotels in Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik.
BUS SERVICES : Transfers between the cities, all loco transfers.
GUIDE SERVICES : Services of professional tour guide(s).
TICKETS : ZAGREB – Technical Museum, SAMOBOR – City Museum, 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, ROVINJ – ST.Eufemia Church, ZADAR – the museum in Zadar, National Park Plitvice, NP KORNATI – full package ticket ( boat, lunch, ticket for National Park ), cathedrale in Å ibenik and National Park Krka Waterfalls, SPLIT – Diocletian Palace substructure, Cathedrale and Jupiters Temple, archeological roman site ”Salona”, cathedrale in Trogir, benedictine monastery in Trogir, catamaran Split-Hvar-Split, benedictine monastery in Hvar, fortress in Hvar, DUBROVNIK – museum in Dubrovnik, boat trip to Lokrum, ferry to Korčula, Cathedrale and museum in Korčula, Wine tasting and Dalmatian snack – PeljeÅ¡ac. 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.

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.

ZADAR

ZADAR

Boasting an historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums set on a small peninsula, Zadar is an intriguing city. It’s not too crowded, it’s not overrun with tourists and its two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation – need to be seen and heard to be believed. While it’s not a picture-postcard kind of place, the mix of ancient relics, Habsburg elegance, coastal setting and unsightly tower blocks is what gives Zadar so much character. It’s no Dubrovnik, but it’s not a museum town either – this is a living, vibrant city, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

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!

NATIONAL PARK KORNATI ISLANDS

NATIONAL PARK KORNATI ISLANDS

The Kornati National Park is often mentioned as “nautical paradise” in tourist publications. And really, in “slalom” sailing through the 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs in the Kornati National Park, you will test all of your nautical skills, particularly if the weather puts in some effort…
The Kornat Islands are the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean. Nowhere else in this large sea is such a great number of islands crammed in so little space. Because of ambiguous criteria of the definition of an island in general, there is no general agreement about their number. The area pf the sea in which they are located is about 320 square kilometres.

Å IBENIK-KRKA

Å IBENIK & NATIONAL PARK ”KRKA”

Å ibenik is in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic Coast, in the picturesque and indented bay where the Krka River, one of the most beautiful karst rivers in Croatia enters the sea. Å ibenik today is the administrative, political, economic, social and cultural centre of the County of Å ibenik and Knin which extends along the 100 kilometre long coastline between the Zadar and Split Rivieras, extending up to 45 kilometres into the hinterland area, at the bottom of Dinara mountain.

Krka National Park lies about 10km inland from Sibenik in this part of Dalmatia. Named after the Krka River, the Park covers an area of just over 142 square km and includes two thirds of the river itself. The top attraction of the Park are its magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk falls which are one of Croatia’s most famous sights. There’s a wide variety of both flora and fauna in the Park. Over 800 species of plantlife have been identified as being present in the National Park. Much of the animal life lives, unsurprisingly, in and around the waters of the Krka River which is home to different amphibian and reptile creatures. The tiny island of Visovac in the Krka river was settled by Franciscan monks in 1445, who originally built a monastery in that year (later demolished, then rebuilt in the 18th century) and a church in 1576. The monastery contains a number of well-preserved artefacts and a library.
Roski Slap (slap being Croatian for waterfall) is another famous sight within Krka National Park. A series of 12 waterfalls in a space of 450 metres, the largest is just over 22 metres in height and 60 metres in width. Undoubtedly the best way of seeing the sights of the Park is with a boat excursion – a number of these leave from Skradin. Not only will you be able to see the beauty of the Park up close (and in a relaxed manner) but these excursions include a chance to stop off and wander on footpaths along the water, as well as presentations and talks and other items of interest.

SPLIT

SPLIT

The history of Split is over-flowingly rich and turbulent to fit in just a couple of sentences. Although the Split area was earlier inhabited by the Greek colonies, Emperor Diocletian should be considered its first citizen and founder, starting his lavish villa of around 300 square meters near the great city of Salona in 293 AD, only to retire from the Roman throne within its walls after building it for ten years. Turbulent centuries that followed turned the villa into a city, conceived by the fugitive inhabitants of Salona who fled from the Avars and Slavs. Many authorities changed hands in the city which, in the years to come, grew beyond the Palace walls, from the Croatian Kings in the 10th century, through the Hungarian and Venetian administration, to the French rulers and the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Tumultuous history leaves its trace in the everyday life of the city that always moved steadily forward, remaining the centre of this part of the coast to this day. In those mixtures of history layers, clumsiness was inevitable, sometimes even rashness in development, but today it is all a part of its originality. Great city beats today with the silent whisper of history, the lively spirit of youth and charm of the Mediterranean yet in every way also Croatian warmth…

SALONA-TROGIR

SALONA & TROGIR

Salona was an ancient city and capital of Roman province on the Dalmatian coast located in modern-day Croatia. The name Salona preserves the language of the early inhabitants of this area whom the Romans called Dalmatae, and considered to be part of a larger group called Illyrians. Salona is situated near today’s town of Solin, about 5 km from Split.

Trogir is a town-museum in the very meaning of the word. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, original architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity in Trogir to learn about the manifold and complex heritage – from the Romanesque yard to the modern interiors. The unique historical core, Radovan’s portal, the art collections which have been arousing excitement among visitors and travellers for centuries offer a tourist beauty, personified in the relief of Kairos as an appropriate souvenir. Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period.

HVAR TOWN

HVAR TOWN

The city of Hvar is a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich cultural and historical heritage, and mundane, tourist present. It is situated in picturesque nature, facing the southern, side of the world that has given it all Mediterranean attraction and cheerfulness; facing sea, that gave it splendid and repeatable history, Hvar is an inexhaustible treasury of the scenery, atmosphere and adventure. Its name derives from the Greek name for island and town, that stood where today Stari Grad (Hvar became an island’s centre in 13th century) stands – PHAROS. Hvar gained glory and power during middle ages being an important port within the Venetian, naval empire. Today, it is centre of island’s tourism and one of the favourite destinations in Dalmatian riviera – a town of smiling and courteous people, who are almost only dedicated to tourism.

DUBROVNIK-LOKRUM

DUBROVNIK

This town is a unique monument of culture and history and as such under UNESCO’s protection, and together with its huge walls it represents the witness of a rich and vivacious past of the people in this region. We will tell you one part of the history, during the sightseeing of the older part of the town, the other part we will leave up to you, so that you can explore it by yourself strolling through the narrow alleys, stairs, squares…This old city, surrounded my mighty walls and towers, looks like a precious jewel reflected in the clear sea. Its historical core is a marvel and a treasure trove of beautifull architecture and works of art, which have been carefully kept and preserved over the centuries. Stone-paved streets and squares lead to its beautiful palaces, old monasteries, churches, libraries and treasuries, being just a part of what you can see and experience from rich past of the city.

LOKRUM ISLAND

Southeast of Dubrovnik, just breath away, like a guardian angel stands Lokrum island. Its beauty unshaded by the magnificent city. The rivalry of The City and Lokrum lasts for centuries as they compete in their undying dance of harmony only to break even as they are a perfect match.

PELJEÅ AC - KORÄŒULA

PELJEÅ AC – KORÄŒULA
Peljesac is a peninsula in southern Croatia, in the Dubrovnik -Neretva county, just about an hour and a half drive from Dubrovnik. It is around 70 km long and is connected with Croatian Mainland at Ston. The Peljesac Channel divides the peninsula from the island of Korcula. Scattered like breadcrumbs across the foothills of the dolomites, the hamlets and villages of southern Peljesac evoke an ancient past. The rocks, the vegetation, the groves of pine and cypress – everywhere a sense of timelessness prevails. On the hills above the sea, abandoned villas and gardens, stone walls and columns lie crumbling in the sun. Lemon, fig and almond trees, herbs and wildflowers surround the villages gardens and fields.

Korčula is a historic fortified town on the protected east coast of the island of Korčula. The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds. The town’s historic sites include the central Gothic and Renaissance Cathedral of St Mark, the Town Hall and the massive city fortifications. The 15th-century Franciscan monastery with a beautiful cloister is situated on the islet of Badija, near Korčula Town.

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