CROATIA | 4.5 ★
This tour to Croatia is sure to impress! From jagged mountains to turquoise sea, if relaxing by sapphire waters in the shade of ancient wall towns entice you or discovering mesmerizing coastal towns, medieval hilltops and delicious food and wine, then Croatia is the place to turn your dreams into reality.
Start in Zagreb, the Croatian capital, a landlocked city with stunning architecture. Then stay in Rovinj and enjoy meeting locals and tasting wine and truffles! Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and experience one of Croatia’s most scenic landscapes. Then journey along the dramatic coastlines of Split, and continue to the well preserved 11th century city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmation Coast.
Dubrovnik has been made famous recently after it was chosen as a filming location for the Game of Thrones and served as the setting of King’s Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms. You will be fascinated with all the discoveries on this spectacular journey!
Includes breakfast daily!
Zagreb – Varazdin – Rovinj-Wine Tasting; Local Truffle experience – Opatija-Plitvice; Lakes – Split-Mostar-Dubrovnik
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass†
• Airport transfers in country
• Daily breakfast, five lunches and two dinners
• Zagreb: four nights at the 5-star Esplanade Hotel and welcome drink
• Rovinj: three nights at the 4-star Eden Hotel
• Opatija: three nights at the 4* Design Hotel Narcis
• Plitvice Lakes: one night at the 4-star Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo
• Split: three nights at the 4-star Cornaro Hotel
• Mostar: two nights at the 5-star Mepas Hotel
• Dubrovnik: three nights at the 4-star Kompas Hotel
• All excursions as per the itinerary
• Private English-speaking guides and drivers
• Private motor coach transportation
• Local tourist taxes and gratuities
• Merit Travel tour host**
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Day 1 - Feb. 28, 2020 | DEPART TORONTO – ZAGREB, CROATIA
Board your overnight flight. Lufthansa flight 471 departs Toronto 6:00 p.m. arrives Frankfurt 7:45 a.m. (the following day). Then connects with Lufthansa flight 6000 departs Frankfurt 9:30 a.m. arrives Zagreb 10:55 a.m.
Day 2 - Feb. 29, 2020 | ARRIVE IN ZAGREB
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in and receive a welcome drink.
Accommodation: Esplanade Hotel (four nights)
Day 3 - Mar. 1, 2020 | ZAGREB (B)
After breakfast depart at 10:00 a.m. and meet your tour guide for a sightseeing tour of Zagreb. Today you will discover the historical city centre, enjoy a ride in a funicular and explore all the famous sights and beautiful buildings built in the Austro Hungarian period. You will visit the most significant places and sights in the Croatian capital such as Upper and Lower Town, the Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church and the House of Parliament, Stone Doors, the Croatian National Theatre, Zrinjevac Park and of course, Ban Jelacic Square, the heart of the city. Then take a break from the sightseeing and visit Zagreb Eye for tea or coffee.
Day 4 - Mar. 2, 2020 | ZAGREB (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, before a day at leisure to explore the city on your own.
Day 5 - Mar. 3, 2020 | ZAGREB – ROVINJ (B,L)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. At 9:00 a.m. meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel for a full-day sightseeing tour from Trakoscan Castle to Varazdin. You will begin the tour by visiting Trakoscan Castle. This beautiful castle is also a museum with a permanent exhibition of furniture of the past. It is owned by the Republic of Croatia. You will get to see collections of ancient weapons, furniture, old books, photographs and paintings.
After visiting the Trakoscan Castle, continue to Varazdin. The city of Varazdin is one of the oldest in Croatia, also known as a Baroque city. You will also stop for a traditional lunch at Zlatna Gorica.
Day 6 - Mar. 4, 2020 | ZAGREB – ROVINJ (B)
Breakfast at your hotel and check-out. Morning transfer from Zagreb to Rovinj, arrive at your hotel and check-in. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation: Eden Hotel (three nights)
Day 7 - Mar. 5, 2020 | ROVINJ – PULA (B)
After breakfast meet your tour guide at 10:00 a.m. for a full-day sightseeing tour. The tour will start in Pula, where you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture. Then continue to Rovinj with visits to all the most important historic sites such as Bridge Square, the Balbi Arch, and the church of Saint Euphemia. After the tour you will continue to the winery of San Tommaso for wine tasting with light snacks.
Day 8 - Mar. 6, 2020 | ROVINJ - PALADINI (B, L)
Today drive to Paladini where you will meet the Karlic family. Our friendly hosts will tell you all about truffles, truffle hunting and their hunting dogs. Tasting of truffle products will be prepared for you in beautiful surroundings. Afterwards you will do some truffle hunting yourself. Following sightseeing of Motovun, continue to the local restaurants in Istria, Agrotourism Tikel for a traditional lunch.
Day 9 - Mar. 7, 2020 | ROVINJ - OPATIJA (B)
Breakfast at your hotel. In the morning transfer from Rovinj to Opatija, and arrive at your hotel for check-in. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation: Design Hotel Narcis (three nights)
Day 10 - Mar. 8, 2020 | OPATIJA (B, L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy your morning at leisure. Then transfer to the Dopalavoro local restaurant where you will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with local products.
Day 11 - Mar. 9, 2020 | OPATIJA
Breakfast at your hotel. Today travel to the neighboring country Slovenija, and visit the famous Postojna cave. Let Postojna surprise you with her cave formations that will take your breath away. Return back to your hotel.
Appropriate for travellers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring by transport and by foot and do not require mobility aids.
Day 12 - Mar. 10, 2020 | PLITVICE LAKES (B)
After breakfast depart at 8:30 a.m. for the Plitvice Lakes. In the afternoon around 2 p.m., enjoy a tour of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and experience one of Croatia’s most scenic landscapes. There are 16 lakes of various sizes which are connected to waterfalls.
Accommodation: Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo (one night)
Day 13 - Mar. 11, 2020 | PLITVICE LAKES - SPLIT (B, L)
Breakfast at your hotel and check-out. At 11:00 a.m. meet your driver in the lobby and transfer to Split. During the transfer, a stop will be made in the little village called Velim for lunch at the House of Dalmatian Prosciutto.
Accommodation: Cornaro Hotel (three nights)
Day 14 - Mar. 12, 2020 | SPLIT (B)
After breakfast depart at 10:00 a.m. for a sightseeing tour of Split. Visit the most famous sights such as the Diocletian’s Palace, the Underground Halls, the Cathedral, Vestibul, Peristil and many more. Just relax and enjoy a walk-through history with your guide. As a break you will do some olive oil tasting with snacks in an olive oil bar.
Day 15 - Mar. 13, 2020 | SPLIT (B, D)
Breakfast at your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner at a local tavern.
Day 16 - Mar. 14, 2020 | SPLIT - MOSTAR
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Mostar and check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a city tour and stroll the scenic cobblestone streets. Stop by the Old Bridge and learn about its history from your local guide and visit the city’s highlights, including Old Town, Old Bazaar and the Crooked Bridge.
Accommodation: Mepas Hotel (two nights).
Day 17 Mar. 15, 2020 | MOSTAR (B, D)
Breakfast at your hotel. Free time to explore the city on your own or to enjoy the spa facilities in the hotel. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 18 Mar. 16, 2020 | MOSTAR - DUBROVNIK(B)
Depart after breakfast for your transfer to Dubrovnik. Please note: Part of the transfer will be through Bosnia and Herzegovina (approximately 15 min. by car). You will have to cross the border and you will need to show your passport.
Accommodation: Kompas Hotel (three nights).
Day 19 Mar. 17, 2020 | DUBROVNIK (B)
After breakfast depart your hotel at 10:00 a.m. and embark on a journey to the past of Dubrovnik. Get an insight of what the daily life in “Ragusa” looked like. During this tour you will understand the privileges the citizens of this magnificent city enjoyed. Walk back to the hotel after your tour.
Day 20 Mar. 18, 2020 | DUBROVNIK (B, L)
After breakfast meet your tour guide at 9 a.m. for your tour. Your first stop is on Peljesac peninsula in the lovely and charming fishing town of Ston where you will enjoy some oyster tasting and wine tasting in a traditional, rustic winery.
After the wine tasting you will continue to Korta Katarina for a food & wine pairing lunch.
Day 21 Mar. 19, 2020 – DEPART DUBROVNIK - TORONTO (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Check-out and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Croatia Airlines flight 661 departs Dubrovnik 6:40 a.m. arrives Zagreb 7:35 a.m. Then connects with Lufthansa flight 5989 departs Zagreb 8:30 a.m. arrives Munich 9:45 a.m. Then connects with Lufthansa flight 6790 departs Munich 11:50 a.m. arrives Toronto 3:45 p.m.
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