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Magic of the Adriatic - Venice to Dubrovnik


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Join us on our original tour from Venice to Dubrovnik. Thirteen amazing days along the beautiful coast of Adriatic. You will have the chance to explore and discover all the beauty of the Adriatic jewels like Venice - The floating City; Rovinj and Istria - the Terra Magica; Opatija - The Queen of Adriatic; old Croatian towns Zadar, Šibenik and Trogir; Split - the most beautiful city in the World; the Islands of wine and sun - Hvar and Korčula; the ancient Kotor and Boka Bay and the famous Dubrovnik - The Pearl of the Adriatic.

The tour price includes:

  • 13 days
  • 12 overnights - breakfast incl.: Venice, Rovinj, Opatija, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik
  • 4 and 5 star hotels
  • A/C car or minivan transportation
  • Experienced English speaking guide/driver
  • Entrance tickets: Šibenik and Trogir Cathedral, Plitvice lakes, The Walls of Dubrovnik
  • Sightseeing: Venice, Piran, Rovinj, Motovun, Hum, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Kotor and Boka Bay
  • Traditional Istrian lunch in Motovun Tavern
  • Lunch in Trogir Tavern
  • Wine tasting on Pelješac and seafood lunch in Ston
  • Lunch in one of Dubrovnik Taverns

 

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  • Price: from 4440 €
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
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  • Activities:
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing
    • Walking

Day 1 VENICE (Italy) - Arrival

Our Magical Tour starts in Venice, Italy. Your personal ZagrebTours guide will welcome you there and take you to your Hotel where you will spend the first two nights. Overnight in Venice.

Day 2 VENICE

This morning we will explore this splendid city discovering its iconic sites and monuments. You will soon feel the romance of Venice by visiting places like St. Mark's Square and the Basilica, the Dodges Palace or the Campanile. We will also enjoy its labyrinth of canals crossed by beautiful bridges, including the famous Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge. This afternoon is free for you to little bit more in this beautiful city. Overnight in Venice.

Day 3 VENICE - PIRAN (Slovenia) - ROVINJ (Croatia)

Today we are driving from Venice across Slovenia to Croatia and we will end our day in Rovinj. On the way there we will stop in Piran, a picturesque cultural monument of Slovenian part of Adriatic coast. After we check into our hotel in Rovinj, we will take you for a walk along the labyrinth of cobblestone streets in Istria’s most charming coastal town. The afternoon will be at your leisure to explore small art shops and galleries or just to enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the Adriatic. Overnight in Rovinj.

Day 4 ROVINJ - ISTRIAN Tour - OPATIJA

After breakfast we are taking you on a journey across the Istrian peninsula, exploring Istrian medieval towns, villages and breathtaking landscapes. From Poreč and its Byzantine Euphrasius Basilica across the hill town Motovun to the tiny Hum you will enjoy every step of the way. We will also have the opportunity to try some of the specialties of the delicious regional cuisine like truffles, olive oils and wines.
We are ending this day in Opatija - the Queen of Adriatic. After we check in, take the opportunity to walk along the famous promenade with many old villas, splendid parks and gardens. Overnight in Opatija.

Day 5 OPATIJA - PLITVICE LAKES - ZADAR

We are leaving Opatija in the morning and just for a bit taking you the continental part of Croatia to discover you one of the best kept secrets of Croatia - the Plitvice Lakes National Park. For some famous yet for some still undiscovered world natural heritage but we promise you that this open gallery of crystal clear water and waterfalls and this green oasis made of sixteen lakes will definitely thrill you. In the afternoon, we are coming back to the Adriatic coastline and we will spend a night in an old Croatian town Zadar.
Before we head for a good night sleep, we will show you the amazing sunset by the famous city monument - the Sea Organ. Overnight in Zadar.

Day 6 ZADAR - ŠIBENIK - TROGIR - SPLIT

Today we head south, down the Adriatic coast line and our first stops will be again couple of  old Croatian towns Šibenik and Trogir. In Šibenik, we will see the unique monument of European sacral architecture – St. Jacobs Cathedral, which has been listed as UNESCO's World Cultural Monument. The Šibenik Cathedral, adorned with 72 stone heads, is the most significant architectural creation in Croatia from 15th and 16th century.
Trogir, an old Croatian town first inhabited by Greeks and Romans, is famous for its Romanic and gothic old core with famous Cathedral. We will also stop for a lunch at the traditional Dalmatian Tavern in Trogir.
In the afternoon we are arriving to Split. After you check in, we suggest that you spend your evening by taking a walk through the heart of Split – the famous Split waterfront or Riva where you will feel the friendly and cozy atmosphere of this vibrant city. Overnight in Split.

Day 7 SPLIT

After breakfast, we will take you for a walk throughout the „most beautiful town in the world“, how Split if often called by its citizens. We’ll visit the Diocletian Palace in the heart of Split, built as a residential palace seventeen hundred years ago by the Roman Emperor Diocletian and also a priceless monument included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage. We will also walk up to Marijan hill and admire some of the best viwes. After the city tour you will have the time to spend your leisure afternoon in Split. Overnight in Split.

Day 8 SPLIT - HVAR (Hvar Island)

This morning we are taking a ferry to the Hvar Island. Our next destination is the old renaissance town Hvar.  We invite you to spend the relaxation afternoon on this island of vineyards, olive groves and lavender. Enjoy the clean sea, beautiful Pakleni islands near the town Hvar and try some fresh seafood in one of many good restaurants. Overnight in Hvar resort.

Day 9 HVAR - KORUČLA (Korčula Island)

After spending some more time on the sunniest island of the Adriatic, we are leaving Hvar by taking a catamaran to Korčula Island which is one of the largest and most attractive of more than thousand Croatian islands. Korčula Island is home to Korčula town, a hometown of the famous explorer Marco Polo and smaller version of Old Dubrovnik with its fortification, narrow shaded streets and summer festivals. The beauty of the Island was always attracting different people from all over the World. Overnight in Korčula.

Day 10 KORČULA - PELJEŠAC PENINSULA - STON - DUBROVNIK

We are leaving Korčula today and heading back to mainland. Driving across the Pelješac peninsula we will enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and end for a stop in the little town called Ston on the beginning of the peninsula, known for the fortification complex dating from the 14th century and quite unique in its length of 3,5 miles. The Ston area is also known for great seafood especially oysters which are grown in the Little Ston bay. We will also enjoy the seafood lunch in one of famous Ston Taverns. In the afternoon, we will arrive to Dubrovnik and check into our Hotel. We suggest that you spend the rest of your evening getting the first impressions of Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

Day 11 DUBROVNIK

This whole day is reserved for exploring and enjoying in our Pearl of Adriatic – the old town Dubrovnik. The great George Bernard Shaw wrote: „Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik“and he was as many others overjoyed by the beauty and rich history of this old town under the UNESCO protection. Its glorious walls, with their fortresses and bastions, offer a unique walk with view of the magical Elafiti islands. From the Onofrio fountain to the City bell tower, along its main street, Stradun and in many other small and quiet cobblestone streets, every step in this town will be an experience par excellence. After our walking tour, we are taking you for a lunch in one of Dubrovnik’s taverns. In the afternoon, we invite you to collect more impressions of Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

 

Day 12 DUBROVNIK - Day trip to MONTENEGRO - DUBROVNIK

Today we are taking you for a day trip from Dubrovnik to Montenegro. We will visit Boka Bay and the old city of traders and famous sailors – Kotor. The medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor an UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site. In the afternoon we are driving back to Dubrovnik to spend our last night there. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

Day 13 DUBROVNIK - Departure

Our Magical journey is ending today. After thirteen wonderful days and exploring the Adriatic coastline the time has come to say good bye. Your host and now for sure your good Croatian friend will drive you to the Dubrovnik airport and wish you a pleasant journey and Good bye!

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  • Price: from 4440 €
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
  • Show route on map
  • Activities:
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing
    • Walking

Šibenik

Šibenik

Šibenik is Croatian town more than 1000 years old, located in the naturally protected harbor on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea and at the estuary of the Krka River.
It was founded as early Croatian fortress at the bottom of St. Michael castle which still dominates the town. Šibenik was mentioned for the first time in 1066 in the document of King Petar Kresimir IV, the most important Croatian ruler. At the entrance to the sea channel you will see the most important renaissance fortress on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea - St. Nicholas' which during the night looks as an amazing alighted island.
Šibenik St. James cathedral had been build for a hundred years at the turn of 14 to 15th century and in its architecture we can see both gothic and renaissance style.
Šibenik has also a very impressive archipelago among which Kornati are the most famous. The Kornati National Park's 150 islands can provide an unforgettable sailing experience as you anchor at any of the hidden beaches, sandy inlets and tiny ports.

Trogir

Trogir

Trogir is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex not only in the Adriatic, but in all Central Europe. This historical city and port on Adriatic Sea has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. Trogir has a fascinating 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its rich cultural heritage was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. Historical city core, with about 10 churches and numerous buildings from 13th century is something you shouldn’t miss. The city gate (17th cent.) and city walls (15th cent.) are pride of Trogir’s citizen and the touristic attractions. Best place, to see spectacular sunsets, is on the cape of small Ciovo Island connected by bridge with Trogir. While sitting on the waterfront enjoy this magic city.

Hvar

Hvar

Island Hvar is a magnificent creation of nature and human. The name of the island is without doubt Greek in origin, from Pharos which means lighthouse. Hvar is the longest and the sunniest Croatian island, and one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Town Hvar and other towns and villages on the island have numerous architectural and cultural monuments, which witness to the outstanding artistic traditions of the island, the economic prosperity of its population and the relations Hvar used to maintain with cultural centers of the past centuries. Hvar has magnificent beaches but one of the jewels of this coast is on PaklenI Islands, a short boat trip from the historic town Hvar.

NP Plitvice Lakes

NP Plitvice Lakes

National Park Plitvice Lakes is a special geological and hydrological phenomenon. It consists of 16 lakes, which gradually blend into one another in a long series of more than 5000 m. The vast forest areas of exceptional natural beauty, lakes and waterfalls, flora and fauna, mountain air, contrasting colors of autumn or spring, forest trails and wooden bridges are protected by the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. According to legend the Plitvice lakes formed after the terrible long drought. People, animals and plants have yearned and prayed for a drop of water. Then in the valley appeared mysterious Black Queen with her magnificent retinue and mercy to the people. With strong wind and thunder rain came to the ground. It was raining so long and strong, until the water level has not grown enough to create lakes.

Rovinj

Rovinj

Rovinj is located on the west coast of the Istria peninsula and is one of the most beautiful destinations in the Adriatic. Rovinj was inhabited in the prehistoric period - the Bronze and Iron Age. At that time Histria tribe lived there and their culture flourished while they traded with the Greeks and Etruscans. Since the mysterious dawn (13th July 800) when miraculously sailed marble sarcophagus containing the body of St. Euphemia on the Rovinj coast, Rovinj has become associated with this martyr, whose church is nowadays a symbol of the city. In the 18th century the Church of St. Euphemia was built based on the designs of the Venetian architect Giovanni Dozzija. Rovinj is a city you will never forget.

Split

Split

Split is the heart of Dalmatia and the second largest city in Croatia. Split is also a big port, third on the Mediterranean by the number of passengers. The city center is the Palace of Diocletian built in the 4th century.This spectacular palace is the largest and best preserved late antique palace in the world. Legend says that Diocletian's Palace was never just a place to rest for the Emperor Diocletian, but also the facility for processing wool. In the 5th century, in the palace was allegedly poisoned last legitimate Western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos (Romulus Augustus) and the street in Split today bears his name.

 

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (Ragusa) is a city on the south of Croatia and one of the most important historical and tourist centers. As other six Croatian destinations, Dubrovnik was also in 1979 included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. In the middle ages Dubrovnik was independent  Republic of Ragusa, the only city-state on the east coast of the Adriatic rival Venice. The beautiful city walls built from 13 to 17 century are a favorite spot for sightseeing and weddings. Be sure to visit the tower Minceta and Bokar, fortresses St. John and Revelin, Imperial fortress, the Prince's Palace, the Pile gate, the gate of Ploce, the cathedral and the church St. Blaise. Except for its cultural and historical sites, Dubrovnik is inexhaustible source of interesting stories. Tourists love it because it has more than 250 sunny days a year and beautiful preserved beaches.

 

Opatija

Opatija

Opatija is one of the first touristic towns in Croatia. It’s located on the east coast of Istria peninsula and at the foot of the mountain Ucka, Nature Park. Impressively decorated parks and gardens, long promenades, remarkable centuries-old Austrian villas, beautiful beaches and the warm climate are the reasons why tourists come to Opatija, last several centuries. The Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I used to spend in Opatija several months during the winter, because of its incredibly mild micro climate. Opatija is well known for its sculpture Minden with a seagull, which is positioned on a promontory close to the Juraj Sporer art pavilion. Maiden with a seagull is today a symbol of Opatija.

Hum

Hum

Hum is included in the Guinness book of Record as the smallest city in the world. It has only 23 inhabitants and is situated on the Istria peninsula. Within the city walls this medieval town has two small streets, Church of Mary’s Ascension from 1802 and the Romanesque church of St. Jerome from the 12th century. Hum is famous for its Alley of Glagolitic that includes early monuments of Croatian literacy. Hum’s city gate, through which you enter into the city, is one of the features of the mentioned Alley. If you find yourself in Hum, do not miss the homemade honey brandy.

Motovun

Motovun

Motovun is the best preserved medieval fortress of Istria peninsula. It is located on top of the very steep hill and in the foot of the hill flows river Mirna. The town's name is of Celtic origin, derived from the word Montona meaning city in the mountains. The city was built between the 14th and 17th century and it is a typical representative of the Venetian colonial architecture. In Croatia, Motovun is best known for its Motovun Film Festival, held each year at the end of July.

Zadar

Zadar

Zadar is a town in northern Dalmatia and its archipelago protect it from the effects of the high seas. Zadar has remains dating from the early Stone Age, while from the Neolithic it has remains of many human settlements. Sights to see in Zadar are - the Church of St. Donat, a city symbol from the early middle ages, Kalelarga, Cathedral of St. Anastasia and city walls from Roman times and middle ages. There are also several new sights not to miss - Sea Organ, differently shaped coast in a few stairs that descend into the sea; installation The Greeting to the Sun with a view of the harbor, islands and sunset; and the Museum of Ancient Glass in you can see more than 2000 glass objects from ancient times.

Venice

Venice

Venice, the La Serenissima, "the most serene" is one of the few cities in the World that can truly be described as the unique one. This floating city is built on 118 small islands and over than 170 canals and more than 400 bridges. The city's 'main street' is the Grand Canal, which passes each of the six city districts.
Venice is the city of great history and fabulous monuments; a place where the spirit of the past runs under every bridge and awaits behind every corner.  Although it may be small, Venice offer a seemingly endless list of art venues, architectural masterpieces, cultural activities, and of course shopping and enjoying famous Italian food and wine.

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  • Price: from 4440 €
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
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  • Activities:
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing
    • Walking

All prices are expressed in euro and all specified prices are based per person.

If you would like to customize your Croatian tour (eg. add new places, extend your stay), please feel free to contact us at igor@zagrebtours.com so we can make an offer that fits your wishes.

Prices with a private tour guide

Persons Price
2 5390 €
3 - 4 5040 €
5 - 6 4440 €

Additionally, we also offer transfers from Venice, Budapest and Wien airports.

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  • Price: from 4440 €
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
  • Show route on map
  • Activities:
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing
    • Walking
igor_zagrebtours
Croatia
31.01.2016

Hi guys, for the most recent reviews on our tours please visit our business listing on TripAdvisor. Thanks, Igor

 
AILEEN BLACK
CANADA
25.11.2013

My husband, another couple and I just returned from a 15 day Magic of the Adriatic Tour--Venice to Dubrovnik offered by zagrebtours.com. What a wonderful experience! We found the website on the internet and proceeded with all planning through e-mails. Davor responded promptly to all our many pre-trip questions. We appreciated how accommodating he was in addressing our special wishes. Our itinerary was tailored to allow us time in Brela-the matenal birthplace of one of our party and as well we were transported back to Venice for our homeward journey.
We were fortunate to have Jakov Radman assigned to us as our tour guide and driver. He is truly a gem! Jakov is energetic, professional, friendly, knowledgeable and so passionate about every aspect of his country-Croatia. As well we enjoyed his great sense of humour.We learned so much about the geography, culture and turbulent history of the resilient Croatian people.We also commend Jakov on his excellent driving skills.Each morning we boarded the superclean van we felt safe for our day's drive in his competent hands.
Mention should be made of the excellent 4 and 5 star accommodations we called "our home away from home" each night. We got a sampling of small boutique hotels in refurbished areas within the medieval city walls to a chalet-type resort in the mountains near the Plitvice National Park, to the famous 100 year old Excelsior Hotel with excellent views of Old Dubrovnik.Each hotel was memorable, immaculately clean with outstanding service from friendly staff.
Jakov introduced us to a variety of Croatian foods and drinks which we enjoyed immensely.There was always a surprise whether --fresh seafood, black truffles, roasted chestnuts or lamb/pork on an outdoor spit--we tried it all! However, our culinary highlight was our wonderful traditional Dalmatian lunch prepared by Jakov's parents in their home in the lovely pastoral setting in the village of Ruda northeast of Split.The Rudman family made us feel so welcome by sharing their home and their warm hospitality.
My husband and I have travelled quite extensively and have had many great travel experiences.In retrospect we find we are ranking this holiday in Croatia near the "top of our list" Croatia offers the tourist so much--magical scenery, the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in such a concentrated area, great culinary experiences, lovely climate and friendly people.
We highly recomend this tour company and we most highly recommend Jakov.

 
Elaine Pulakos
USA
08.06.2012

My husband and I are experienced international travelers. We’ve been to many places and had many great experiences, but we have never felt compelled to write a review. Our recent trip to Croatia with Zagreb Tours made us feel differently …

Croatia is an undiscovered gem. We’ve wanted to go to Dubrovnik for a while, since seeing it on a TV several years ago. We expanded our trip to two weeks, however, once we started reading about all of the things to see – more UNESCO sites within reachable distance than anywhere else I can recall visiting.

Dubrovnik is, in fact, one of the most romantic and charming old towns of Europe, but Croatia more generally is the real story here. From amazing national parks with terraced lakes and hundreds of waterfalls to a breathtaking coastline that hugs the Adriatic Sea – including magnificent churches adorned with stone carvings, fertile grasslands, arid mountains spotted with ornamental cacti, fjord-like azure waters filled with oyster traps and mussel farms, salt pans, walled fortresses protecting charming towns, vineyards with unique varietals, and finally, the most beautiful islands and posh coastal towns – Croatia literally has something for everyone. There are so many things to fall in love with, one more beautiful than the next. So for anyone tempted by places like Italy, France, and Spain, try the undiscovered gem of Croatia. It has as more to offer than many other destinations … and at a much more affordable price.

Croatia lacks efficient train service between towns, so getting around is best done by car. Although we’ve driven in Europe many times, I thought having a driver/guide would be more relaxing and enable us to better experience Croatia. Although I had my doubts about traveling with one person for two weeks, I made arrangements with Zagreb Tours for a private tour starting in Zagreb, traveling down the coast, and ending in Dubrovnik. Two of our friends joined us for the first few days and then it was my husband and I for the rest.

Going with Zagreb Tours was a great decision – we had one of the best trips ever – compared to many previous trips - and got so much more than a driver and guide. Enter Jakov – a personable, funny, upbeat, energetic, hard-working, accommodating guy – who did everything he possibly could to make sure we had a great time. His enthusiasm and love of Croatia were infectious. While Jakov shared a great deal of knowledge about all of the historical sites we visited, more touching was the personal insight he shared about the fabric of Croatia, its people, and their experience. We did not understand a lot about this area of the world, the struggles of the people there, or how they have prevailed, rebuilt, and evolved. We had opportunities to talk with people who lived through the war, hear their stories, and even see some of their personal videos. We met Jakov’s brother and parents, saw their house, and learned some about how people actually live.

As we traveled from the Istrian peninsula, sometimes reminiscent of the Italian coast and sometimes reminiscent of Tuscany, to the tranquil Caribbean-like islands of Dalmacia, we experienced many unique local specialties. In restaurants that were off-the-beaten-and-path, we had many Croatian feasts – truffles, squid ink pasta, tender grilled calamari, fresh trout from the river next to us, mussels, Croatian wine, grilled bread, great olive oils, grappa of every kind (cherry, mistletoe, dandelion, fig, and others), rozata (Croatian flan), peka – (baked dish with meat and vegetables made in a pot that is put into the embers of a fire), nuts and fruit soaked in honey, huge plates of grilled meat, sugared lemon and orange peels, and much, much more.

One day when we wanted to go sailing, Jakov called “his guy” (girl in this case) Eva “the Legend,” who hooked us up for this tremendous sailing trip at half the price others were offering. Then in Dubrovnik there was another guy with a boat – just because my husband loved boating. Once Jackov got to know what we liked, he switched things up – like an unexpected day trip to Mostar in Bosnia, a fascinating war-torn confluence of Muslim and Catholic existence; regular stops for “art photos;” and live tastes and smells of goodies all along the way – figs, oranges, lavender, which surrounded us. Whatever we needed, from souvenirs to Coke Zero to new shorts (for boating), Jakov made it happen. Not only were we extremely well taken care of, but Jakov always arrived early – with a smile on his face, good sense of humor, eager to go. We did not merely “look at” Croatia as tourists, like most other places we’ve visited. Rather, we had this incredible opportunity to spend time with a special, native Croatian who gave us a glimpse into Croatia’s heart.

While we could have traveled through Croatia many ways, none would have given us the unique, wonderful experience we had traveling with Zagreb Tours. This trip was special, ergo our first travel review - high value and well worth our limited vacation time. We hope to go back someday and again experience Croatia with our friend, Jakov.