• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Zagreb
  • Location: Zagreb, Istria, Plitvice and the Dalmatian Coast
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Availability: FRIDAYS, March / April / May / Aug / September / Oct
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Highlights

  • Zagreb
  • Istria - Opatija, Pula, Rovinj
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Zadar
  • Split
  • Trogir
  • Ston
  • Dubrovnik
  • 4 high quality gastronomical experiences in wineries and local restaurants as per itinerary (Truffle tasting / Bibich winery / Restaurant Tragos / Pelješac winery)
  • BY BUS - with an English speaking tour manager and maximum 25 passengers
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9 days from Zagreb, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Trogir, Ston and to Dubrovnik

Comprehensive 8 nights escorted Tour. Small group tour with maximum 25 passengers, with guaranteed departures. Includes accommodation, meals and sightseeing.

This tour is ideal for the more independent traveller to combine with other tours in Europe. Recommended for food and wine lovers!

Can combine with a cruise from Dubrovnik on Saturday or Sunday.

2021 dates available! March / April / May / Aug / September / Oct

Itinerary


9 days from Zagreb, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Trogir, Ston and to Dubrovnik

Recommended for food and wine lovers. Open age small group tour. (maximum 25 passengers). Double bed or twin bed rooms available. Most triple rooms are a double bed with a single bed. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.

Maximum 25 people per tour. 2021 dates available!



CROATIA FAQ: https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-you-go/


Ideal to combine with a Cruise from Dubrovnik: https://discovercroatia.com.au/cruises/?departs=Dubrovnik
Similar tour Zagreb to Dubrovnik: http://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/38/zagreb-plitvice-and-the-dalmatian-coast-tour-8nts/
Similar tour: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/110/zagreb-to-dubrovnik-small-group-escorted-tour-8nts/


INCLUDED:
• All transfers as per itinerary in modern motor-coach / van with A/C as well as local airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 9
• Qualified and English-speaking licensed tour manager during the entire trip
• Welcome drink and info meeting on Day 1
• 8 nights bed and breakfast in 4star Hotels, except 3star at Plitvice lakes
• 4 dinners in hotel restaurants
• 4 high quality gastronomical experiences in wineries and local restaurants as per itinerary (Zigante Truffle tasting / Bibich winery / Restaurant Tragos / Pelješac winery)
• Local guides in Zagreb, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Split
• Entrances: Pula Colosseum, Diocletian Palace Split, Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes
• Porterage & city taxes


Hotel list:
• Zagreb: Hotel Dubrovnik, Hotel Palace or similar
• Opatija: Remisens Hotel Admiral, Remisens Hotel Palace-Bellevue, Remisens Hotel Kvarner, Hotel Bristol or similar
• Plitvice: Hotel Degenija, Hotel Jezero or similar
• Split: Hotel Cornaro, Hotel Luxe, Hotel Radisson Blu or similar
• Dubrovnik: Hotel Valamar Lacroma Resort, Hotel Argosy, Hotel Kompas, Hotel Lapad, Hotel Adria or similar


NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips/gratuities
• Meals/drinks not listed



ITINERARY:

DAY 1 ZAGREB (D)
Individual arrival in Zagreb, transfer to the hotel (driving time 20 to 45 min). Welcome drink and group get together. Acquaint yourself with your tour manager and others over a plate of Štrukli, a local specialty in the Zagreb area. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

DAY 2 ZAGREB – OPATIJA (B,D)
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Zagreb with an English speaking guide. In the fortified, medieval Upper Town, you will visit St. Mark’s church, with its multicolor tiled roof, Parliament, the government palace, and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing we proceed to Opatija (driving time 2:30h), situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, which used to be the favorite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy including famous personalities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Dinner and overnight in Opatija.

DAY 3 ISTRIA EXCURSION (B,T)
Today it's time to get to know the Istrian peninsula and visit the 2000 year old roman Colosseum located in Pula. Afterwards we will relax in Rovinj, perhaps the most beautiful city in Istria and the inspiration of many artists. Time at leisure in Rovinj and departure towards Livade for a sample of one the Istrian tastiest treasures, the truffle. Overnight in Opatija. (departure at 9:00h, return around 18:00h)

DAY 4 OPATIJA – PLITVICE LAKES (B,D)
The most beautiful and oldest national park in Croatia under UNESCO protection – consisted of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls. The park is located in Lika mountain region and visited mostly on foot – however the entrance includes a boat ride across the Emerald Green Lake “Kozjak” and a train ride back to the main entrance. The visit of the park grounds takes approx. 3 hours. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight in Plitvice area. (Driving time approx.. 3:00h)

DAY 5 PLITVICE LAKES – ZADAR – SPLIT (B,T)
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive down from the mountain region of Lika via the coast towards the city of Zadar. The historic town of Zadar is rich in cultural and historical monuments. Here you can see The Roman forum dated to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dated to the 9th century AD. Of special interest are the famous Zadar Sea Organs, one of a kind in the world. From Zadar we continue to the Bibich Winery for a gourmet experience that is more than a simple wine tasting. The winery burnt to the ground during the war is now producing rewarded wines and exporting 80% of their production to USA & Scandinavia. We will taste the Dalmatian Debit white wine and Cuvee of Shiraz & Merlot, accompanied with delicious Croatian style Tapas. Departure towards Split for overnight. (total driving time 4 to 5h)

DAY 6 SPLIT & TROGIR (B,L)
Today’s Split is the handiwork of seventeen centuries of men and women building and remodeling, adding, tearing down and touching up, so that 18th century houses intersect with ancient Roman walls and fourth century chambers house twentieth century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace the Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Today's lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish – Pašticada which we will taste at the Tragos restaurant in Trogir. The town of Trogir, a UNESCO site, has a fascinating 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its rich culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortresses on a small island. Sometimes referred to as the floating museum town.

DAY 7 SPLIT – STON – DUBROVNIK (B,T)
On our way to Dubrovnik we will stop near the town of Ston, where we visit a local winery and taste the famous “Plavac Mali” wine, a very close relative to the Zinfandel. In this winery the traditional wine making business has been passed on for generations, offering a unique story everyone wants to hear. The wine tasting includes a wine presentation on all the specifics of the wine-making process, wine tasting and snack. Arrival in Dubrovnik and overnight. (driving time 5 hours)

DAY 8 DUBROVNIK (B,D)
Completed in the thirteen century, the old city Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since. Its medieval ramparts encircle the city which pedestrians can enter through one of two gates - either way, they cross a stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint Blaise (Vlaho), to find themselves joining the evening promenade down the broad, stone-paved avenue known as Stradun. After the sightseeing free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik

DAY 9 DUBROVNIK (B)
After Breakfast end of the tour. Individual transfers to the airport are included, or a choice of optional excursions, cruises and hotels to extend your stay.

B - breakfast; L - lunch; D - dinner; T - tasting



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Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • All transfers as per itinerary in modern motor-coach / van with A/C as well as local airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 9
  • • Qualified and English-speaking licensed tour manager during the entire trip
  • • Welcome drink and info meeting on Day 1
  • • 8 nights bed and breakfast in 4star Hotels, except 3star at Plitvice lakes
  • • 4 dinners in hotel restaurants
  • • 4 high quality gastronomical experiences in wineries and local restaurants as per itinerary (Zigante Truffle tasting / Bibich winery / Restaurant Tragos / Pelješac winery)
  • • Local guides in Zagreb, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Split
  • • Entrances: Pula Colosseum, Diocletian Palace Split, Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, Plitvice lakes
  • • Porterage & city taxes

Exclusions

NOT INCLUDED: • Tips/gratuities • Meals/drinks not listed

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour - General Info (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://www.discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions.

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +61 2 9212 1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • DAY 1 ZAGREB (D)
  • DAY 2 ZAGREB – OPATIJA (B,D)
  • DAY 3 ISTRIA EXCURSION (B,T)
  • DAY 4 OPATIJA – PLITVICE LAKES (B,D)
  • DAY 5 PLITVICE LAKES – ZADAR – SPLIT (B,T)
  • DAY 6 SPLIT & TROGIR (B,L)
  • DAY 7 SPLIT – STON – DUBROVNIK (B,T)
  • DAY 8 DUBROVNIK (B,D)
  • DAY 9 DUBROVNIK (B)