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Seven maginificant destinations. Seven true treasures of cultural and natural heritage. Don’t miss this unique voyage and the UNESCO wonders of Croatia waiting to be discovered.

One of the reasons for this wealth was Croatia’s position on the crossroads of great civilizations from and each of them left its own mark. That’s why our land has such an exceptional diversity of cultural heritage.
On this trip you will see the monuments from ancient Greece and Roman times, early medieval monuments, the Mediterranean Renaissance, Central European Baroque and the New Age Secession heritage.

The world famous segments of the cultural heritage of Croatia: Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč, Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the ancient town Trogir, St. Jacob’s Cathedral in Šibenik, the Stari Grad Plain, the old city of Dubrovnik combined with wonders of Plitvice lakes as a world natural heritage, all enjoy the protection of UNESCO.

In other words, there is little bit of something to suit every taste so let’s go and enjoy them.

The tour price includes:

  • 11 days
  • 10 overnights - breakfast incl.: Zagreb, Porec, Plitvice lakes, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik
  • 4 and 5 star hotels
  • A/C minivan transportation
  • Experienced English speaking guide/driver
  • Entrance tickets: Plitvice lakes, The Walls of Dubrovnik
  • Sightseeing: Zagreb, Porec, Rovinj, Plitvice lakes, Split, Sibenik, Trogir, Hvar, Ston, Dubrovnik
  • Lunch in Zagreb area
  • Lunch in Istrian Tavern
  • Lunch in Dalmatian househol in Šibenik area
  • Lunch in Dubrovnik Tavern

 

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  • Price: from 2940 €
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
  • Show route on map
  • Activities:
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing
    • Shopping
    • Walking

Day 1 ZAGREB

Welcome to Zagreb, the biggest town and capital of Croatia. Your guide will meet you at the Zagreb Airport and transfer you to your hotel. After you accommodate, we will take you for a pleasant walk in the city centre where you will get the first impression of Zagreb. We are also going to have a Welcome dinner with specialties of the local cuisine in one of Zagreb taverns. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 2 ZAGREB

After breakfast we are taking you to discover Zagreb, Croatian cultural, scientific, economical and political centre. With numerous museums, galleries, theatres, churches, cafes, open markets, clubs and pubs, Zagreb is today a city pulsing with life. A city which owes its beauty and charm to prosperous periods of baroque, classicism and secession.
Spend your afternoon in one of many interesting museums, take a walk in the Botanical garden or Maksimir Park or just enjoy in a friendly atmosphere which Zagreb offers you. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 3 ZAGREB – POREČ

Today we head towards Istria – the land of god vine and rich history. On our way to Poreč, we will discover the continental part of Istria – the green oasis with many hills, vineyards and quiet medieval towns. Its landscape is often compared to the one of Tuscany or Provence. We will visit Hum – “the smallest town in the world” and try some of the local specialties in the friendly “Hum tavern”. In the picturesque medieval town Motovun, we will look for Veli Joža – one of the giants, who were building this fortified town according to an old legend. We will end our day in Poreč, the two thousand years old town on the blue coast of Adriatic. Overnight in Poreč.

Day 4 POREČ – ROVINJ – PLITVICE LAKES

This morning we are going to discover Euphrasius Basilica from the 6th century, with its magnificent Byzantine influenced mosaics and from the year 1997. included in the UNESCO's list of World Cultural Monument. On our way back from magical Istria we will visit Rovinj, a pleasant old port and a beautiful coastal town. We will enjoy the stroll along its narrow and cobblestone streets and see the unforgettable panorama of the old town with the bell tower rising above the church of St. Euphemia. We will also stop for a lunch in one of old town taverns and enjoy some more Istrian specialties. We continue our drive to the Plitvice lakes national park – the unique gem of world natural heritage. Overnight at the Lakes.

Day 5 PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT

We will spend this day enjoying the oldest and the biggest national park in Croatia, a world natural heritage site which is under the UNESCO protection since the 1979. We will hike along the sixteen beautiful and crystal clear lakes with numerous cascades and waterfalls. Enchanted with this unique landscapes we continue our journey to Split – the second biggest city in Croatia and the capital of Dalmatia. After we check into our Hotel, we will take 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 6 SPLIT – ŠIBENIK – TROGIR – SPLIT

Today we are taking you for a day trip following the paths of old Croatian towns’ Šibenik and Trogir. Following the footsteps of ancient Romans and accompanied by scents of rosemary and cypress we will get to ancient town Trogir. The old heart of the city, surrounded by walls, with a well preserved castle and tower and by numerous other buildings and palaces dating from Romanesque, gothic and baroque periods, has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage. We continue our trip along the path of old Croatian rulers to the place where wonderful Krka River mouths the Adriatic Sea and to the old Croatian town – Šibenik. We will visit there 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. At the end of this day, we take you to deserved dinner at typical Dalmatian household where we will enjoy the traditional Dalmatian food and taste some of the world famous Dalmatian vines. Overnight in Split.

Day 7 SPLIT – HVAR

Spend this last morning in Split, taking a walk through the „most beautiful city in the world“, how Split if often called by its citizens. 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. In Split harbor, we will board the ferry for the island Hvar and continue our journey on the sunniest island in Croatia. After we reach Hvar Island, we will visit the old town Stari Grad which is one of the oldest towns in Europe, dating all the way back from ancient Greek times. We’ll see the Stari Grad Plain, an agricultural landscape that was set up by the ancient Greek colonists in the 4th century BC, and remains in use today. The Stari Grad Plain is Croatia's youngest location on the UNESCO World Heritage list. We will end our day in the old renaissance town Hvar. Overnight in Hvar.

Day 8 HVAR

Today is the relaxation day in Hvar. Enojy in 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. 

Day 9 HVAR – STON – DUBROVNIK

Today we are leaving Hvar and heading back to the mainland. On our way to Dubrovnik, we will stop at little town Ston on the beginning of the Pelješac 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 a great seafood especially oysters which are grown in the Little Ston bay. In the evening, we will arrive to Dubrovnik and check into our Hotel. You can spend the rest of your evening getting the first impressions of Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

Day 10 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. As this is our last night on this journey we are taking you for a farewell dinner in one of Dubrovnik’s taverns. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

 

Day 11 DUBROVNIK

Today is the last day of our tour. After breakfast, your guide will drive you to Dubrovnik Airport where you are expecting your flight back home. We wish you a safe journey and we hope that you will always gladly remember Croatia and have great memories of these eleven days spent with us. Goodbye!

  • Price: from 2940 €
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
  • Show route on map
  • Activities:
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing
    • Shopping
    • 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.

Zagreb

Zagreb

Zagreb has a rich cultural heritage dating from prehistoric ages. The very first findings of human habitants in the area date all the way to the Stone Age, around 35000 B.C. Zagreb arise from two settlements Gradec i Kaptol. Kaptol developed as a spiritual centre, where clergymen were given land to live on, and where they built curies. Somewhat later than the Kaptol settlement, the settlement called Gradec was established on the west side of the Medvescak creek. In 1242 king Bela IV, in order to thank for the shelter and to strengthen the country's defense, gave the habitants of Gradec the Golden Bull. The Golden Bull was the privilege which excludes Gradec from the governor's rule and obliges them only to army duty for the king. Simultaneously, under the influence of the Cistercians, restoration and fortification of Kaptol commenced. The city of Zagreb, with its cultural and historical legacy and significance, is one of the most vital cities in Europe.

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.

 

  • Price: from 2940 €
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
  • Show route on map
  • Activities:
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing
    • Shopping
    • 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 3990 €
3 - 4 3490 €
5 - 6 2940 €

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

  • Price: from 2940 €
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
  • Show route on map
  • Activities:
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing
    • Shopping
    • Walking

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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

 
David Ryan
USA
22.05.2013

My friend, Joyce, and I travel all around the world and this tour taken last September proved our most memorable, breathtaking and exceptional trip ever. The scenery of Croatia and the coast was incredible. Our guide, Jacov was awesome and he really made this vacation one of a lifetime. Jacov was informational, assisted in every way, was wonderfully passionate about this beautiful country, made us laugh daily and our appreciation of him is heart deep. He was the most incredible young man and Zagred Tours should be grateful for his work...he made this trip phenomenal! Our thanks as well to Igor and Davor...awesome customer service. If you take any trip "of a lifetime", you MUST take this tour. Incredible Company, fantastic hotels, a country of immense beauty and two most genuine, beautiful people you could meet...Davor and Jacov. THANK YOU Zagreb Tours...for a vacation we will never forget. We're coming back Jacov...get ready for more shopping!

 
Radford family
Australia
10.04.2013

We wanted to see Croatia out of season, in March, and for Zagreb tours, this was no problem, despite the closure of many of the usual hotels and restaurants. Our guide, Jakov's passion for his country and it's history shone through at every turn. His knowledge was absolutely amazing, and we learnt far more than you get with a conventional tour group. His wit, gregarious nature and obvious like and respect for others meant that everything flowed really smoothly, and local proprietors were willing to go that extra mile for us also. The highlights were many, but especially the home-cooked feast with his family, where we were made to feel unbelievably welcome, and given an opportunity to be off the usual tourist track and see how real Croatians live. The quality of our transport, accommodation and included meals was outstanding. It is not a cheap holiday, but was great value for money.
When you book with this company, do yourself a favour and ask for Jakov.

 
Milos family
Canada
10.09.2012

We have just returned from a 12-day customized private tour of Croatia that was absolutely superb. Thanks to Davor and to Roni, it was a most unique and fantastic experience. Both men were extremely personable and knowledgeable, showing us the beauty and diversity of their country in a way that could not be achieved on a large group tour or on our own. Additionally, the accommodations and provided lunches were outstanding. We can't recommend Davor and Zagreb Tours highly enough, especially since Davor so willingly puts together a personal customized itinerary that more than meets one's individual needs and interests.
The Milos Family from Ontario, Canada
Sept. 8, 2012

 
Joanne and Donald
United States
25.10.2011

Our 10 day tour thru Croatia was all and much more than we expected. We highly recommend Zagreb Tours. This trip was a wonderful adventure that we will always remember.
Davor's choices of hotels included beautiful boutique hotels as well as grand hotels all 4 and 5 star quality.
Our guide Jakov became a friend. He is kind and has a great sense of humor. He knew his history and also educated us of the many famous Croatians as well. He is very proud of his country and rightly so.
Jakov, Joanne and I want to thank you for your attentiveness, knowledge of history + your good natured humor.
If you + Davor are representative of the Croatian people, Americans will love your people + country.
You have made our trip a memorable one and to us we have found a new friend.
Thank you,
Joanne & Don, Princeton, NJ

 
Kathy and Lou
USA
25.10.2011

We are just finishing our 10 day itinerary with Zagreb Tours.
Davor responded promptly to all our initial inquiries and was flexible regarding hotels and the itinerary.
Our guide, Jakov, was attentive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He was constantly concerned about our well being and enjoyment of his country.
The hotels were a good mixture of full service ans boutique. The traditional meals were delicious feasts and our itinerary was enhanced with unexpected extras.
We were very pleased with our experience. Thank you for making our vacation so memorable. We hope to see you in the USA.
Kathy and Lou Russo, Princeton NJ

 
Selma & Bob
lanesboro MA, USA
04.06.2011

Davor,
Bob and I feel very lucky to have found you on the internet. We could not have asked for a better guide and driver.
Your itinerary was excellent. We got to see the varied geography of Croatia and learn its complex history. We appreciate your flexibility in adapting the itinerary to our wishes.
You always took the time to give us thoughtful answers to our many questions.You were pleasant to be with, a careful driver and an informative guide.
Thank you for a wonderful introduction to Croatia.
With best wishes,
Selma and Bob Josell

 
JSF
Hong Kong
19.04.2011

On behalf of our little group of 5 friends, I would like to express thanks to Zagreb Tours for putting together the nice program for our visit to Croatia. The choice of destinations, hotels and restaurants was very good. Davor and Igor were both professional, yet warm. All of us enjoyed our visit very much and hope we will be able to see more of Croatia with Zagreb Tours in the future.

 
Pamela D.
CA, USA
22.07.2010

This was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. The knowledge of Davor, the tour guide, was facinated. Thanks, you really amazed me with your knowledge. The beauty of the towns and the nature was excellent and the food was even better. Fresh fruits from farmers market, domestic wine, tastefull tomatoes, fresh fish & scampi. I’ve never had so much fun, it was well worth the money I've spent. The hotels were excellent. There were 6 people in the van and we all got on so well and I hope we will stay in touch. Definatelly would recomend to friend!

Pamela, Los Angeles

 
Davor - Zagrebtours
Croatia
01.07.2010

Hello Nathalie

I'm glad that you have enjoyed our tour and our beautiful country. We really had a great time and I thank you for your confidence.

Say hello to the rest of your family and good luck to all of you...

Davor