Best of Croatia - Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split & Dubrovnik

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Day 1: Arrival in Zagreb

On arrival in Zagreb, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals to take you to your central located hotel. After checking in, you may wish to head directly for Zagreb's Old Town to begin your explorations of this cultural capital city. In the afternoon, take a private guided city walking tour and visit some of the main sights of Zagreb. Hear the stories and legends as told by your guide as you walk through the old town's cobbled streets.

Day 2: Plitvice Lakes

In the morning leave Zagreb and travel by private shuttle to Plitvice, one of Croatia's most visited natural attractions. On arrival take a 4 hour private guided tour of the highlights of Plitvice Lakes, home to 16 lakes that cascade one into the other to create a picturesque lush landscape that has been formed over millennia.

Day 3: Journey to Split

Today you'll be collected directly from your hotel in Plitvice and driven to Split, one of the most famous coastal towns in Croatia. On arrival in the afternoon, head directly out into Split's Old Town, home to the historic Diocletian's Palace for a two hour guided walking tour where you'll discover what life was like inside the palace during Diocletian's retirement. You'll also stop by y the Cathedral of St Duje, one of the most beautiful cultural attractions on the Adriatic coast, the Roman temple of Jupiter, the fabulous Golden Gate, and the huge statue of Grgur Ninski, the medieval Croatian bishop who introduced the Croatian language in religious services.

Day 4: Day Trip to Trogir

With its collection of palaces, belfries and narrow cobbled lanes, Trogir is one of the most charming towns on the Dalmatian Coast. Hemmed in by its old stone walls, Trogir is the perfect day trip from Split, located just half an hour north and easily reached by local bus. Spend half a day exploring its historic sights before returning back to Split to discover the Marjan Peninsula, home to numerous beaches and a great hilltop café that boasts magnificent views of the city.

Day 5: Day Trip to Hvar Island

Hvar has long had a reputation as Croatian's equivalent to Ibiza, with young people often flocking there in the summer in search of non-stop parties and VIP clubs. However, there is more to this picturesque island than that. In fact, despite being one of the easiest islands to visit from Split for a day trip, it remains relatively untouched and unspoiled from mass tourism that often over shadows its coastal neighbors. Visit Hvar by boat and spend the day exploring both Stari Grad and Hvar Town, two wonderful medieval towns where you can indulge in a spot of people watching as well as discovering some of the many cafes, shops and historical sights.

Day 6: Journey to Dubrovnik via Mostar

Your own personal driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you south towards the coastal city of Dubrovnik. But before, you'll detour and head towards the beautifully reconstructed old Ottoman town of Mostar in Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Although Mostar was heavily damaged in the Balkans wars of the early 1990's, much of the historical core of Mostar has been restored to its former glory including the iconic arched bridge from which you can stand back and watch daredevil divers jump into the rather scary shallow waters below. Late afternoon you will continue on by private transfer to Dubrovnik where you are then free to head out and begin exploring the fortified old town of Dubrovnik. 

Day 7: Guided Walking Tour of Dubrovnik & Sightseeing

Enjoy a 2-hour private guided walking tour of the old town this morning, exploring not only some of the most well-known sights but also learning about the history and culture of the city through the ages that have made this fortified jewel as rich and as well preserved as it is today. In the afternoon, take a trip across the calm turquoise waters to Lokrum Island, located just offshore from Dubrovnik's walled city and if you have time, you may also wish to take a trip up to Mount Srd by cable car for stunning sunset views across Dubrovnik.

Day 8: Day Trip to Montenegro

Barely one hour from Dubrovnik, the Montenegro Littoral provides visitors with incomparable natural beauty and a dizzying array of historical sites. On this day trip visit the old town of Kotor, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in this part of the Mediterranean, as well as the coastal beach towns of Budva and Sveti Stefan, a picturesque town on a tiny island which is popular amongst celebrities as a private retreat. 

Day 9: Day Trip to the Elafiti Islands

A day trip to one of the Elafiti islands in this archipelago northwest of Dubrovnik makes an enjoyable escape from the summer crowds. The largest three islands – Koločep, Lopud and Šipan – are the ones you will aim for as it's only those that are permanently inhabited and serviced by ferries.

Choose between seeing all three in one day on a 'Three Islands & Fish Picnic' tour, or visit at least two of the islands independently using a public catamaran service. All the islands have nice beaches, attractive harbor towns and are peppered with enchanting stone churches and old fortresses. 

Day 10: Departure from Dubrovnik

Today you say goodbye to Dubrovnik and journey home. Our driver will collect you from your hotel and take your directly to the airport at your chosen departure time. Alternatively, speak to one of our travel consultants if you wish to extend your trip!

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