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CroatiaRoad trip along the Adriatic Sea

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Experience all that this world famous destination has to offer. You may have seen the quirky streets of Croatia, the breath-taking walls of Dubrovnik or the sapphire blue waters of its coastline on your screens, but it will be nothing compared to seeing them in person. Taste delicious food and wine, meet welcoming and friendly people and have the time of your life in Croatia. 
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Day 1: Zagreb – Arrival & city tour

Welcome to Croatia! Upon arrival at Zagreb airport, private transfer to your hotel. Zagreb is the city of green parks, lovely fountains, blooming flowers and artisans performing on every street corner. Explore the historical core of the city of Zagreb with your local guide. Visit the Cathedral, the medieval Stone gate, St. Mark’s church, the Upper town, Flower market square, Dolac Fruit & Grocery Market, the Central Square, and Tkalčićeva Street with its numerous charming cafés and restaurants. Free time to enjoy the city and its galleries, or its exhibitions such as the one of a kind, Museum of Broken Relationships.

Day 2: Zagreb – Zagorje & Trakošćan Castle day trip

Drive with your local guide to Zagorje region to the north of Zagreb. It is an area of traditional farms, gentle hills and medieval castles. Visit the old 19th century village, an open museum of life in the past. Traditional Zagorje lunch in a local restaurant. Visit medieval Trakošćan castle displaying fabulous architecture, original contemporary furniture and a baroque period park with a lake. Continue down the baroque and rococo lane, in to the lovely town Varaždin, the best-preserved Croatian example of these lively periods and a historical nucleus of Croatia. Lunch in a local restaurant. Stroll through the old town seeing baroque facades, parks and palaces, along the way, as well as a particular highlight – Old Castle – an old feudal fort. Return to Zagreb for the night. (BB, L)

Day 3: Zagreb to Ljubljana - Exploring Slovenian capital Ljubljana

Pick up your rental car in front of your hotel and head to Slovenia’s capital; the beautiful Ljubljana, which maintains the relaxed atmosphere of a small, central European university city. Do some sightseeing of the city with a local guide: Dragon’s, Triple, Shoemaker’s bridges, and an old medieval castle on the hill above the city center, colorful Baroque façades, and St. Nicolas’ Cathedral. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day before relaxing for the night. (BB)

Day 4: Ljubljana - Alpine fairytale - Bled & Bohinj lakes exploration

Drive to Bled lake where you will visit the Bled castle. With a thousand-year-long history, the castle stands on a steep cliff above the lake. The magnificent views stretch across the Julian Alps and Bled lake. Return to the lake and ride across on a special Bled boat (called Pletna) to the island where you can visit the church of St. Mary (optional). Its bell is a symbol of fulfilled wishes. In the afternoon drive toward another glacial lake – Bohinj, stretching into Triglav National park. Enjoy the wonderful nature and fresh alpine air. Return to Ljubljana for the night. (BB)

Day 5: Ljubljana to Opatija (Croatia) – Exploring the underground world of Postojna Caves  

On your way back to Croatia visit the Postojna cave – one of the world’s largest karst monuments. A tour through the amazing passages and an incredibly diverse cave landscape by train and on foot. Lunch in the local restaurant. Return to Croatia and beautiful coastal city of Opatija, the first resort in Croatia dating from a second half of 19th century. There is an interesting blend of Austrian influenced architecture and elaborate gardens. Even though some of its marvelous villas could use a facelift, a unique old glamour is still present here. Return to your hotel for the evening. (BB)

Day 6: Opatija – Highlights of Istrian peninsula

Drive through the Istrian interior and see its charming hilltop villages. You stop in and visit Grožnjan and Motovun, the most famous Istrian medieval hilltop towns. In the afternoon reach the central part of the Istrian peninsula where a local family, a third generation of local truffle hunters will meet you, and show you the amazing skill of truffle hunting using their specially trained dogs. Taste homemade specialties prepared with fresh truffles. The whole truffle experience lasts roughly 2-3 hours, including the truffle tasting lunch. Finally, you will arrive at the enchanting coastal town of Rovinj. Guided tour of Rovinj, an enchanting fisherman's town with its narrow medieval streets lined with art galleries. The main Church of St. Euphemia is one of the most beautiful Baroque sites in Istria. From the church there is a wonderful view of the open sea and numerous small islands in the distance. Return to Opatija for the evening. (BB, L)

Day 7: Opatija to Plitvice lakes – Plitvice lakes National Park 

From Opatija there is a picturesque scenic road along the Adriatic coast to reach the inland coast of Croatia. In a matter of minutes, the scenery changes rapidly from a Mediterranean climate and architecture to mountain style huts & farmer's villages. Beautiful lakes listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites cascade into spectacular waterfalls. Enjoy the exceptional beauty of these lakes and waterfalls, and the pure mountain air before relaxing for the night at your hotel. (BB)

Day 8: Plitvice lakes to Zadar to Split– History & culture of ancient Zadar

Continue to Zadar where you will together with the local guide, visit one of its newer sights, the Sea Organ. The Sea Organ is a vast musical art installation played by the rhythmic movement of sea waves. It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite sunset. Continue to Split where you will spend the night.    (BB)

Day 9: Split– Explore Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace in Split

Meet with the local expert guide who will take you on a city tour, a town listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Split was formed after the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian was built in 305 AD. The Cathedral of St. Domnios, the patron saint of Split, is in the actual mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many religious visitors and tourists. Various cultural monuments are located inside and outside the Diocletian’s Palace walls, such as the Renaissance Prokurative Square, several noble families’ palaces, churches, galleries and museums. (BB)

Day 10: Split to Dubrovnik – Medieval city walls of Ston & Dubrovnik

On the way to Dubrovnik you'll stop in Ston for a one-hour boat trip to the oyster farm to taste some fresh out of the sea oysters & mussels. Pelješac peninsula is known for its fine local wines, so you will have a chance to taste some.

Next, you will arrive to the most spectacular of all Adriatic medieval cities - Dubrovnik. Drop off your rental car in front of your hotel and go enjoy the city on your own for the day. We recommend a cable car ride in the evening to mountain Srđ where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the town and the rest of island. (BB, L)

Day 11: Dubrovnik – Art & History of Dubrovnik

Private transfer to the old city and meeting with a local guide. See its main street Stradun, the city gates and old harbor, steep & narrow cobble-stone streets, churches, squares & town palaces. We suggest you take a walk on Dubrovnik’s circular stone walls, which date from the 12th century. Rest of the day free to enjoy yourself.  (BB)

Day 12: Dubrovnik – Departure

Transfer to Dubrovnik airport. (BB)

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