THE BEST OF CROATIA
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Undoubtedly the best kept secret in the Adriatic, Croatia is a captivating European country that revels in a year-round mild Mediterranean climate, rich cultural heritage, and stylishly cosmopolitan appeal. Along the Dalmatian Coast you will find exquisite towns and villages…from Dubrovnik to Split and beyond. Its capital city, Zagreb, is justly known as the “city of museums,” encompassing more museums per square foot than any other city across the globe. Old Dubrovnik is considered one of the best preserved medieval walled cities in the world. Here you can walk along the city’s walls, delve into its resonant cultural heritage, savor the flavors of the Mediterranean tasting the area’s food and wine, and make new friends as the warmth of the locals draw you into their world. Shop the open-air markets of Split and experience the area’s trendy restaurants. On average this sun-soaked land basks in a splendid 2,600 hours of sunlight each year, earning it acclaim as one of Europe’s sunniest seaside settings. With 1,778 kilometers of coastline, plus more than one thousand offshore islands, Croatia is an alluring and attractive beach destination that has become a popular vacation spot waiting to be explored by jet-setters, yachting enthusiasts, and travelers seeking exploration, culture, sun and fun from all over the world.
Day 1 - Depart USA
Depart New York for Dubrovnik, Croatia. Meals and refreshments served on board.

Day 2 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Upon arrival proceed to baggage claim. After clearing customs, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in Dubrovnik. The over one thousand year old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of this city. The city is a living museum and a live stage, and has an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern day. It is surrounded by medieval walls that are 1940 meters long and are preserved in their original form. Mediterranean climate, cobblestone streets, medieval city walls, baroque buildings, fresh local seafood dishes, trendy seaside villages, and the sparkling Adriatic Sea set the scene for your storybook vacation in Croatia. Enjoy an exquisite welcome dinner in this Dalmatian gem of a city. (D)

Day 3 - Dubrovnik

Get ready to discover the treasures of Dubrovnik on your morning walking tour of Old Dubrovnik, considered one of the best preserved medieval walled-cities in the world. Highlights of your tour include the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Column, Bell Tower Clock, Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its pharmacy-one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore this magical place. Here you can walk along the city’s walls, delve into its resonant cultural heritage, savor the flavors of the Mediterranean tasting the area’s food and wine, and make new friends as the warmth of the locals draw you into their part of the world. (B)

Day 4 - Dubrovnik - Optional

Tour to Montenegro Full day at leisure to relax or to join the optional tour to Montenegro. The Republic of Montenegro beckons, boasting what was once thought to be Southern Europe’s longest and deepest fjord, the Bay of Kotor. In fact it is actually a submerged river canyon or Ria. This amazing and expansive bay is made up of 4 smaller gulfs surrounded by mountains plunging into the Adriatic. Drive past the picturesque towns of Risan and Kotor on your way to the republic’s historic capital of Cetinje, the one-time seat of Montenegrin rulers. After a sightseeing tour of Cetinje, you’ll head back to the coast to gaze upon the beautiful resort village of Sveti Stefan with its traditional buildings, stone houses, and narrow streets. Budva is the next coastal town you will discover as your upcoming stop reveals this coastal town’s enchanting Mediterranean architecture, sandy beaches, and expansive history dating back 3,500 years. Return to your hotel in Dubrovnik. (B,D)

Day 5 - Dubrovnik - Optional Tour to Mostar & Medjugorje
Full day at leisure to relax or to take an optional tour to Mostar & Medjugorje. The day’s exciting activities commence with an early morning breakfast and drive through the Gorge of Neretva River, passing the border of Bosnia and arriving in Mostar. The cultural capital of Herzegovina, Mostar is the fifth largest city in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, named after the bridge keepers that would guard the old bridge over the Neretva in medieval times. On your walking tour of the city you will visit the 16th century stone bridge, explore the remnants of its Turkish quarter, and discover the old city center. Savor the area’s regional cuisine at lunch in a renowned local restaurant. Then venture on to one of the Catholic world’s most famous religious pilgrimage destinations, Medjugorje. In this mystifying place, it is believed that the Virgin Mary has been appearing to faithful pilgrims since 1981, drawing millions of visitors each year. Return to your hotel in Dubrovnik. (B)

Day 6 - Dubrovnik/Split

After breakfast, depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to Split. Welcome to Split. This eternally young city with around 200 thousand inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian's palace at its heart, which is also the historical center of the city and a UNESCO world heritage site. Split on average basks in a splendid 2,600 hours of sunlight each year, earning it acclaim as one of Europe’s sunniest seaside settings. Experience all that Split has to offer on an insightful tour of the historic city center that takes you to delve into the city’s Roman heritage. Discover the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then explore remnants of the city’s past including its Renaissance and Gothic structures, the Peristyle, Cathedral, and Jupiter’s Temple. Enjoy the rest of the day to get to know Split at leisure. (B)

Day 7 - Split - Optional Tour to Trogir
A full day at leisure to relax and to experience the glittering splendors of Split. Enjoy the day at your own pace shopping in open-air markets, savoring local recipes at trendy restaurants, and taking in her coastal allure, or take an optional tour to Trogir. Trogir is a harmonious stone town on a small island that is connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. The old town, under UNESCO protection, is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, Romanesque churches... It is called the town-museum which is visible in the famous portal of Trogir cathedral by the craftsman Radovan in 1240, a Renaissance city lodge, the thousand year old Monastery of Sveti Nikola [St. Nicholas] which has the ancient famous relief of Kairos preserved in it from the 4th century BC. The small, narrow streets and small village squares, numerous restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and galleries, give this town a special atmosphere of the Mediterranean. Return to your hotel in Split. (B)

Day 8 - Split/Plitvice Lakes/Zagreb
Today we venture northbound to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Here you can explore the breath-taking terraced lakes. Plitvice Lakes, a natural phenomenon, is a jewel of inestimable value. Between the town of Mala Kapela and Plje?ivica, in the area where the river Korana has its source, there are 16 large and a lot of small lakes which are connected by small, medium and large waterfalls after which the River Korana continues its journey to Karlovac. Due to the natural beauty of the waterfalls, cascades, caves and rocks, which offer a beautiful mosaic of colors, sounds and shapes surrounded by high mountain forest terrain, Plitvice Lakes and its surroundings were, in 1949, declared a National Park, and since 1979 have been under the UNESCO protection. After your outdoor adventure, the capital city of Croatia, Zagreb, welcomes you this evening for you farewell dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)

Day 9 – Zagreb to USA or extend your stay with an optional Zagreb extension
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

OPTIONAL ZAGREB EXTENSION
Day 9 - Zagreb
Zagreb is justly known as the “city of museums,” encompassing more museums per square foot than any other city across the globe. From its main square you will discover the storied history and modern pulse of this enigmatic place as you stroll through its pedestrian center or sit for a spell at an open air café. Your included city tour showcases Zagreb’s historic center, featuring the opportunity to take-in its acclaimed churches and cathedral, Parliament, and Governor’s Palace. This afternoon and evening, you have the opportunity to experience Zagreb like a local as you explore the city at your own pace. (B)

Day 10 - Zagreb
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on a short drive to the village of Kumrovec, situated along the Sutla River and on Croatia’s boarder with Slovenia. Best known as the birthplace of Yugoslavia's former president, Josip Broz Tito, travelers will have the opportunity to visit the birth house turned museum of this popular Yugoslavian leader. The town’s premier attraction is its old village known as the Ethnological Museum Staro Selo that showcases approximately 40 extremely well preserved houses and farms from the turn of the century (19th to 20th). A drive through the Zajorge Hills takes you to experience the regional gastronomy at Gresna Gorica, which translates to mean The Hill of Sin. This rustic and rural setting, boasting spectacular views of Castle Veliki Tabor, offers the ideal ambiance to savor a delicious dinner with wine, featuring Zagorje specials made with local ingredients including locally sourced cheeses, produce, and meats as well as homemade sausages and smoked ham. (B,D)

Day 11 - Zagreb to USA

Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 10 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM- Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: a city tour of Dubrovnik, including the old walled town, a city tour of Split, including the Diocletian’s Palace, and a tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Optional tours available.
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS– Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
  • LOCAL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES - Hotel & City taxes and service charges
     
OPTIONAL ZAGREB EXTENSION TOUR FEATURES
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - First-class hotel for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 3 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Half day tour of Zagreb and a tour of Kumrovec – birthplace of Marshal Tito
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS – Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
  • LOCAL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES - Hotel & City taxes and service charges
     

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