Day 1: Zagreb
Individual arrival in Zagreb, transfer to the hotel (driving time 20 to 45 minutes). Enjoy a welcome drink as you get to know your tour manager and other passengers on the tour.
Day 2: Zagreb - Opatija
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 multicoloured tiled roof, Parliament, the government palace and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing, we proceed to Opatija (driving time 2hr 30min), situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, which used to be the favourite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy including famous personalities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Dinner and overnight stay in Opatija.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Istria Excursion
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 Motovun for a sample of one the Istrian tastiest treasures, the truffle. Dinner and overnight stay in Opatija. (departure at 9:00 am, return around 6:00 pm)
Meals: Breakfast, Tasting
Day 4: Opatija - Plitvice Lakes
The most beautiful and oldest national park in Croatia under UNESCO protection consisted of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls. Enjoy a 3-4 hours walking tour strolling the wooden paths and nature trails surrounded by lush greenery and turquoise waters. The visit to the park grounds takes approx. 3 hours. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight in the Plitvice area. (Driving time approx. 3 hrs)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Plitvice Lakes - Zadar - Split
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 and Merlot, accompanied with delicious Croatian style Tapas. Departure towards Split where you'll stay overnight. (total driving time 4 to 5 hrs)
Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting with Croatian Tapas
Day 6: Split & Trogir Sightseeing
Today s Split is the handiwork of seventeen centuries of men and women building and remodelling, adding, tearing down and touching up, so that 18th century houses intersect with ancient Roman walls and fourth century chambers house and 20th century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the Palace of Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Today's lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish, Pasticada 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 fortress on a small island. Sometimes referred to as the floating museum town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Split - Ston - Dubrovnik
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 winemaking 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. Arrive in Dubrovnik where you'll stay overnight stay. (driving time 5 hours)
Meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting
Day 8: Dubrovnik
Completed in the thirteen century, the old city Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since. Its medieval ramparts encircle the city which pedestrians can entre 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 stay in Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Dubrovnik
After breakfast end of the roundtrip. Individual transfers to the airport are included, or a choice of optional excursions, cruises and hotel stay.