This 9-day tour offers the “must see” highlights of Croatia which includes Zagreb, the Plitvice Lakes national Park, Split, the island and town of Hvar, Dubrovnik; Croatia’s “Jewel in the Crown”. As well as Kotor in neighbouring Montenegro.
On arrival in Zagreb you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until your welcome dinner at night (D).
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour visiting the Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament, the Government Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding city streets, browse through the shops, or take an optional excursion to see the countryside. (B)
Day 3Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes - Split
Head to the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes, enjoying the breathtaking scenery of terraced lakes, thickly wooded mountains, and lush vegetation. After your visit you will continue to the port city of Split. Your evening is free to begin exploring on your own. (B, D)
Day 4Split - Island Hvar
Today begins with a walking tour of the historic inner city, built around Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Then on to see the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral of St. Duje. There’s some time free before you board the ferry and set sail to Hvar Island. (B,D)
Day 5Island Hvar
The town of Hvar has a unique cultural and historical heritage, plus a centuries-old tradition in tourism. A morning walking tour features views of the Fortress, Franciscan Monastery and more. The afternoon is free to kick back and relax, and enjoy this charming island, listed as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine. (B)
Day 6Hvar - Dubrovnik
Leave the island life behind as you return to the mainland and continue to the ‘Pearl of Adriatic’, Dubrovnik. A drive along the picturesque Croatian coast reveals the world famous natural beauty of the area. After dinner your time is free to discover the city by night. (B, D)
This morning, a walking tour shows you old Dubrovnik. See the Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower clock, Orlando’s Column, Sponza Palace, Dominican Monastery, and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the city your way, browse through the shops, stroll along the coast or simply relax. (B)
Day 8Dubrovnik - excursion to Montenegro
Travel to the Republic of Montenegro. Head to the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Visit the city of Kotor and proceed with a boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks, one of two islets off the coast of Perast. The Roman Catholic Church is the largest building on the islet, with a museum attached to it. Upon return to the coast, we will stop in Perast, an old charming coastal town. Visit the city of Kotor before returning to Dubrovnik. Your evening is free to enjoy the local restaurants and nightlife. (B)
Day 9Depart Dubrovnik
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight . (B)