• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Zagreb
  • Location: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija
  • Duration: 4 days (Wed-Sat)
  • Availability: WEDNESDAYS, weekly departures


  • Ideal to meet up with cruises departing from Split!
  • Wednesday departures guaranteed
  • Sunday departures upon request
  • Guided sightseeing of Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes and Opatija included
  • Recommended for culture and history lovers!
  • Includes 3 nights accommodation, breakfast and sightseeing
  • Book as a stand-alone tour, or as a 3night pre- or post-cruise extension
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4 days from Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes (excursion) and to Opatija

This tour is ideal for the more independent traveller to combine with other tours or cruises in Croatia.
Great to combine with a cruise that starts in Opatija so you get the best of land and sea!
See the best of Zagreb, Opatija and Plitvice Lakes, or combine with a cruise and build your own Cruise/Tour combo!
Wednesday departures guaranteed.
Sunday departures upon request


Now with weekly Wednesday and Sunday departures!

Open-age Independent Tour. There is no Tour Escort and you may or may not be travelling with others. Minimum 2 people. Double/twin rooms available. Solo travellers must book a room for solo use. Most triple rooms are a double bed with a single sofa-bed.

Our Independent Tour includes private vehicle transfers, hotels, breakfast and sightseeing tours with local guides. A great option to meet up with all cruises that depart from Opatija. Group size ranges from 2 to 20 passengers, but departures are guaranteed for all group sizes. Please note this 'independent tour' has no Tour Escort, it is a series of transfers and local guides so that all departures can be guaranteed even if there's just 2 passengers. Transfers and hotels are all booked for you as a package, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy your time in each city. Bed and breakfast included.

Ideal to combine with a cruise from Opatija:

Also available from Venice:

4 days from Zagreb, to Plitvice Lakes, and to Opatija

Hotel list:
Zagreb: Hotel Dubrovnik 4star or similar
Opatija: Hotel Astoria, Bellevue or similar 4star

• 3 overnights at 4star hotels in Zagreb and Opatija
• 3 x hotel breakfast
• Visitor's taxes
• Entrance ticket to Plitvice Lakes
• All transfers as stated in the itinerary
• Guided walking tours of Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes and Opatija
• Arrival Airport transfer in Zagreb

• Gratuities / tips
• Anything else not listed
• Departure transfer

Arrival in Zagreb anytime and transfer to hotel. Check-in to your room from 14.00hrs. Passengers who arrive earlier can leave their bags at Reception until their room is ready. Late arrivals are possible.

Day 1 ZAGREB - Arrival
Transfer from your Zagreb arriving point to a hotel in Zagreb. Remainder of day at leisure. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 2 ZAGREB (B)
A morning walking tour of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, takes you through the historic Lower and Upper towns, visiting their main attractions such as the St. Mark’s Church, the Government Palace, the Lotrscak tower, The Cathedral and Stone Gate. Feel the city centre vibrance when walking through the colourful Dolac market in the morning or enjoy a rich gourmet offer of local pubs and restaurants. Overnight in Zagreb.
# Included: Walking tour of Zagreb

Morning departure towards the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. The oldest Croatian national park consists of 16 lakes connected by cascading waterfalls. Enjoy a 3-4 hours walking tour strolling the wooden paths and nature trails surrounded by lush greenery and turquoise waters (minimum fitness level required). Drive to Opatija, vernight in the hotel.
# Included: Walking tour of Plitvice Lakes

Morning guided walking tour of Opatija, a coastal town situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay and a cradle of Croatian tourism. It used to be the favourite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy as well as the 19th-century elite Gustav Mahler and Isadora Duncan. Walking through the colourful Angiolina park and along the Lungomare sea promenade surrounded by charming Austro-Hungarian villas and residences, you can still feel the unique glamour of Opatija.
# Included: Walking tour of Opatija


Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

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

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

Croatia Island Hopping Tour FAQ - 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://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: +612-9212-1507
Email us: [email protected]



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  • Day 1 ZAGREB - Arrival
  • Day 2 ZAGREB (B)
  • Day 4 OPATIJA (B)