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Croatian Rhapsody 2022

Zagreb - Opatija - Pula - Rovinj - Motovun - Opatija - Plitvice Lakes NP - Zadar - Split - Trogir - Split - Ston - Dubrovnik

Join this leisurely paced food and wine lovers tour offering an insight into Croatian culture and culinary traditions. Travel with a small group of like-minded people through spectacular landscapes and enjoy the comforts of handpicked hotels and local restaurants.

Code: K1

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Zagreb

Individual or group arrival in Zagreb, transfer to the hotel (driving time 20-45 minutes approx). Welcome drink and group get together. (D)

Day 2
Zagreb - Opatija

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Zagreb with a local guide. In the fortified, medieval Upper Town, you will visit St Mark’s Church, with its multicolour tiled roof, Parliament, Government Palace, and many fine old buildings. After the sightseeing we proceed to Opatija (driving time 2.5 hours approx), 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 in Opatija. (B, D)

Day 3
Opatija - Pula - Rovinj - Motovun - Opatija

Departure at 0900HRS. Today it's time to get to know the Istrian Peninsula and visit the 2,000 year old Roman Amphitheatre 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 of the Istrian tastiest treasures, the truffle. Return to Opatija at approx 1800HRS. Overnight in Opatija. (B, T)

Day 4
Opatija - Plitvice Lakes

Approx 3 hour drive to Plitvice Lakes, the most beautiful and oldest National Park in Croatia under UNESCO protection consisted of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls. The park is located in Lika mountain region and visited mostly on foot; however the entrance includes a boat ride across the emerald, green Lake Kozjak and a train ride back to the main entrance. The visit of the park grounds takes approx 3 hours. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight in Plitvice area. (B, D)

Day 5
Plitvice Lakes - Zadar - Plastovo - 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 city of Zadar is rich in cultural and historical monuments. Here you can see the Roman Forum dated to the 1st century AD and Church of St Donatus dated to the 9th century AD. Of special interest are the famous Zadar Sea Organ, 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 and Scandinavia. We will taste the Dalmatian Debit white wine and cuvee of Shiraz & Merlot, accompanied with delicious Croatian style tapas. Departure towards Split for overnight. (B, T)

Day 6
Split - Trogir - Split

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 twentieth century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace the Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Today's lunch will be the traditional Dalmatian dish - Pašticada which we will taste at the Tragos restaurant in Trogir. The town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a fascinating 2,300 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 fortresses on a small island. Sometimes referred to as the floating museum town. Return to Split for overnight. (B, L)

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 wine making 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 winemaking process, wine tasting and snack. Arrival in Dubrovnik for overnight. (B, T)

Day 8
Dubrovnik

Completed in the thirteenth century, the Old Town of Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since. Its medieval ramparts encircle the Old Town which can be entered through one of the two gates. Once you cross a stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the town’s patron Saint Blaise (Vlaho), you will find yourself joining the evening walk down the broad, stone paved promenade known as ‘Stradun’. After the sightseeing, you have free time to explore the town on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, D)

Day 9
Dubrovnik

After breakfast, the end of the tour. Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport or your Croatia cruise. (B)

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers Day 1 & 9
  • 8 Nights in mainly 4* hotels
  • Welcome Drink & Info Meeting
  • 8 Breakfasts (B)
  • 4 Hotel Restaurant Dinners (D)
  • 4 Gastronomical Experiences* (L, T)
  • A/C motor coach or minivan
  • Tour Director
  • Hotel taxes
  • Porterage

*Gastronomical Experiences at Local Wineries & Restaurants

  • Truffle Tasting in Motovun
  • Wine Tasting & Tapas Lunch at Bibich Winery in Plastovo
  • Pašticada Tasting Lunch at Restaurant Tragos in Trogir
  • Wine Tasting at Pelješac Winery on Pelješac Peninsula

Sightseeing

  • Zagreb
  • Zadar
  • Split
  • Trogir
  • Dubrovnik

Entrance

  • Pula - Amphitheatre Arena
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park
  • Split - Diocletian Palace
  • Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Fri 26 Aug 22Sat 03 Sep 22
$3,240$4,060
Fri 02 Sep 22Sat 10 Sep 22
$3,240$4,060
Fri 09 Sep 22Sat 17 Sep 22
$3,240$4,060
Fri 16 Sep 22Sat 24 Sep 22
$3,240$4,060
Fri 23 Sep 22Sat 01 Oct 22
$3,081$3,829
Fri 07 Oct 22Sat 15 Oct 22
$2,908$3,554
Fri 28 Oct 22Sat 05 Nov 22
$2,802$3,347
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Included Accommodation (or similar)

Zagreb - Hotel Dubrovnik

Opatija - Hotel Paris

Plitvice Lakes NP - Hotel Degenija (Rakovica)

Split - Cornaro Hotel

Dubrovnik - Hotel Kompas

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Zagreb - Hotel Dubrovnik

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