9 Days History tour itinerary for croatia: Discover Cultural Richness And Natural Beauty Of Croatia
Dubrovnik, Istria, Motovun, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Pula, Rovinj, Split, Zadar, Zagreb
Get to know the best of Croatia, a country built on the legacy of ancient Romans. Discover its iconic cultural and natural heritage, activate your senses, get captivated by the stunning turquoise Adriatic and see why it looks co much like various locations of Game of Thrones series.
Arrival in Zagreb - the capital city of Croatia. Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
After your check-in, you will be invited for a welcome drink with the tour guide.
Overnight stay in Zagreb.
Walking and Talking Tour
After breakfast, meet the tour guide and start with an exciting 'walking and talking' tour of Zagreb. The city tour will give us an insight into two different cities: the modern, urban and vibrant capital and the historic and cultural Zagreb that grew side by side with its counterpart Vienna.
We will also get to enjoy a funicular in Zagreb, which is the shortest cable car in the world and has only 66 meters in length, connecting downtown Zagreb with the Upper (old) Town.
After the ride to the Upper Town, we will enjoy the walk through its historic alleys, palaces, and monuments.
We will also visit the famous Museum of Broken Relationships that is one of a kind and unique in the world being dedicated to failed love relationships. Its exhibits consist of personal objects left from former lovers.
From the Upper Town, we go downtown, passing by the Zagreb’s Cathedral and walking through Croatia’s biggest Farmers Market Dolac. Unlike most markets, Dolac is a permanent installation open seven days a week and located in the very heart of Zagreb, right next to the main square, thus adding to the Zagreb’s vibrant and pulsating atmosphere. It is a market where Croatia’s diversity meets at one place. Here, we will find that we are surrounded by an infinite pool of colors, scents and gastronomic temptations.
The city tour ends with lunch in one of Zagreb’s traditional restaurants where we will have a chance to try some of the local specialties.
Following the lunch, we will have a free evening and overnight stay in Zagreb.
Opatija - Motovun - Rovinj
After breakfast, we continue our tour and head towards the Istria region where continental Croatia meets the Adriatic Sea. It is the heart-shaped peninsula surrounded by three countries: Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. However, throughout its past, it has been best known as the region of the royal mushroom – the truffle.
On our way to Istria, we shall stop and have a coffee with a nice sea view in the town of Opatija, the town with the oldest history of tourism. Developed during the Austrian-Hungarian Empire with its 12-kilometer coastal Promenade; Opatija was well known as the “Austrian Nice”. Nowadays, it is a very popular health and wellness destination that takes pride in its rich traditions and vast cultural heritage.
After having coffee in Opatija, we continue towards Istria where we are going to have lunch at one of the most scenic towns of the region, the hilltop medieval town of Motovun. Its location overlooking the vast Motovun forest rich in truffles and hillside vineyards make it one of the most beautiful medieval towns of the Mediterranean.
After exploring the old medieval fortification of Motovun, we will get to relish the true taste explosion because now we are going to have true Istrian truffle lunch and try some of their best delicacies.
After lunch, we continue our drive along the beautiful Istrian landscape towards the town of Rovinj. It is very colourful and photogenic Istrian coastal town whose charm lays in its narrow stone-paved alleyways and squares full of medieval, gothic, renaissance and baroque buildings and terraces. Walking down the old alleys is a very special experience; it will feel like as if time has stopped and we have returned to an ancient era.
Free evening and overnight stay in the Rovinj old town.
Pula - Plitvice National Park
After breakfast, we leave Rovinj and set off to the city of Pula where we will visit the famous Roman Amphitheater.
After Pula, we proceed towards the Plitvice Lakes National Park which is one of the most known UNESCO World Heritage sites in Croatia. Situated in the mountainous karst area of the central Croatia, the Plitvice region represents an important north-south road connection linking the Croatian inland with the coastal region. We will be able to see 16 green and blue colored lakes arranged in cascades and connected to each other by a series of beautiful waterfalls surrounded by captivating forests and vegetation. It shows a unique harmony of natural beauty.
The tour of the National Park will take approximately 3 hours and afterwards, we are going to have a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants.
After the lunch, check in and overnight stay in the hotel in the Plitvice area.
Zadar - Split
In the morning, continue with the tour and head towards Dalmatia, the southern Adriatic coast, off to the next destination - Split.
On our way to Split, we will stop twice, in two of the second largest Dalmatian cities; Zadar and Šibenik.
First, we will take a halt in Zadar, the town famous for the world’s unique installation of the Sea Organs. We will take a walk along the Zadar’s waterfront listening to unique sounds of the Sea Organ and there we will see another great installation called the Greeting to the Sun.
Our second stopover will be in the town of Šibenik – the oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the Adriatic. Here, we will visit a well known St James Cathedral located in the very heart of the old city. It is an important architectural monument of the Renaissance period that was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Afterwards, we will continue towards the City of Split and have a lunch stopover at a family household in an inland village called Ruda. There, we will have the opportunity to see and experience the local way of living. It is a genuine inland village on the water spring Ruda running through a canyon and surrounded by mountainous landscape. We will try the local homemade cooking, nowadays rare to experience and quite different from what restaurants can offer: local smoked ham (pršut) with homemade cheese, popular Dalmatian Peka as well as some of the local specialties like frog legs or river crabs, depending upon the season.
After lunch we will head to Split, hotel check - in and overnight stay in the Split old town.
Split - Trogir - Split
We start with the morning city tour of Split. We will stroll through charming corners of the old city core as well as a famous “ancient walk” through the historical complex of Split with the best preserved ancient home palace in the world – Diocletian’s palace.
Spanning more than 30,000 square meters, this extraordinary complex of beautiful white limestone was built between the late 3rd and the early 4th century AD, as a retirement home for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The ruins of Diocletian’s Palace can be found throughout the city. The complex consists of some of the most valuable surviving buildings of the Roman era and ranks among the most magnificent architectural pieces on the Adriatic coast.
At the end of the city tour, we will have the opportunity to live like locals for a moment and experience the famous Split’s pastime – drinking coffee at the promenade and observing the city’s vibrant motion.
Afterwards, we head towards the town of Trogir. It will be a 40 minute drive from Split. It is a picturesque coastal town surrounded by the sea from all its sides. The town where every stone is a monument, where the octagonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period. It encompasses beautiful Romanesque churches and outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. It is truly a remarkable example of urban continuity throughout its historical development.
Free evening and overnight stay in Split
Peljesac - Ston - Dubrovnik
After breakfast, we continue our trip towards the Pearl of the Adriatic – famous Dubrovnik.
We will be driving along the coastal road giving us a chance to capture beautiful landscapes and incredible views of the Adriatic archipelago.
Our first stopover will be on the Pelješac Peninsula which is also called Croatian Empire of Wine. It is a well known region for its fine vineyards dating back to ancient times. Nowadays, Pelješac has gained worldwide fame for its excellent sorts of wine; “Dingač” and “Postup”.
Our first destination will be a well -known vinery of the Miloš family. There we shall take a jeep safari through the slopes of Miloš’s vineyards and afterwards enjoy a popular wine tasting at Miloš’s wine-cellar. After the wine - tasting we shall be heading to the Medieval town of Ston where we will see the longest stone wall in Europe (5.5 km), salt cultivation and oyster beds farming. We will have the opportunity to try them first hand and experience a local tradition by tasting fresh oysters opened right in front of us at one of the farms.
Following the tour, we shall have a traditional seafood lunch in one of the local restaurants and after that we shall continue our trip and reach Dubrovnik in the late afternoon.
Check into a hotel, free evening and overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
We will go for a morning tour of the Dubrovnik old town and the city walls where we will walk through the streets, fortresses, and squares of more than a thousand year old.
History is present in the entire old city which is a museum itself hence the fact that it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list for over 30 years. The old city is encompassed by medieval walls and fortresses which have been preserved in their original form and opened for visitors as Dubrovnik’s major attraction.However, Dubrovnik reached its world glory for the second time quite recently. It happened by being the prime filming location of the globally popular series called Game of Thrones in which Dubrovnik took the main lead by providing a shooting site for Kings Landing. We will be able to see and compare the popular show scenes with real life sites.
After the tour, we will have a free afternoon for exploring and enjoying Dubrovnik.
Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Departure from the Dubrovnik airport with complimentary transfer to the airport.
Accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels, breakfast included.
9 days/ 8 overnights.
Luxury air-conditioned vehicle.
Entrance tickets to all major sites included in the itinerary.
5 Traditional lunches.
Wine & food tasting in Motovun.
Airport pick up/drop off.
In the case of different group sizes, the price will be calculated upon request.
Tour is customizable.
Dubrovnik, Istria, Motovun, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Pula, Rovinj, Split, Zadar, Zagreb
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