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Captivating Croatia - September/October 2017 - NEW DEPARTURE

Price A$5238


Destination

ZagrebOpatijaPlitviceSplitDubrovnik


Category
Group Tours

Duration
10 days 9 nights
Tour Details

29th to 8th October 2017 A$5238 plus air

If you fantasize about visiting the Mediterranean and discovering sparkling, sapphire waters and ancient walled towns, then Croatia is the place to make your dreams come true. 

Rich in culture, Croatia offers a heady mix of breathtaking natural beauty, a plethora of historical monuments, intriguing architecture, incredible wine and delicious seafood. Add to this a stunning coastline and the glittering backdrop of the Adriatic and you have a trip that you just won’t want to miss. 

So join us in 2017 on our dedicated solo traveller tour to this captivating country. 

We start in the capital of Zagreb, with a city tour and visits to St. Mark’s Church, Zagreb Cathedral and the Government Palace as well as exploring the surrounding picturesque region of Hrvatsko Zagorje. 

On our third day, we discover the coastal towns of the Istrian Peninsula and visit the amphitheatre in Pula, the Mediterranean fishing port of Rovinj and the coastal town of Opatija. 

On day 4 we take a scenic drive to the Unesco World Heritage Site, the Plitvice Lakes National Park, where we’ll discover hundreds of cascading waterfalls. 

Day 5 sees us heading to the Bibich Winery for some wine tasting and canapés, before we set off to the Dalmatian port of Split. Here we’ll take a city tour and visit its historic centre, including the Unesco World Heritage Site, the Diocletian’s Palace. 

The next day we board a ferry to enchanting Hvar Island, where we’ll visit the stunning capital, Hvar Town, and explore the rest of the island by coach. 

On Day 7 we travel along the Dalmatian Coast to the medieval city of Dubrovnik and visit the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. 

Our penultimate day includes a trip to spectacular Montenegro and the atmospheric port of Kotor, where we’ll take a walking tour through the old town. Next up is a trip to the ancient and popular town of Budva. 

Our last full day on tour allows us one last chance to explore Dubrovnik, with a ride on a cable car and a walk on the medieval city walls before we say goodbye at our farewell dinner. 

That’s 10 days of discovery in this captivating and spectacular European gem on a trip you won’t forget. 

Will you join us? 

Day 1 - ZAGREB

Our tour begins with a group transfer to our hotel, where we’ll meet our Tour Host and enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. 

Accommodation: Palace Hotel

Meals : Dinner
Day 2 - ZAGREB / HVATSKO ZAGORJE

Our first full day begins with a chance to explore the hilly and picturesque region that lies north of Zagreb called Hrvatsko Zagorje. Our first stop will be a visit to the pretty village of Kumrovec. Transformed into an open-air ethnographic museum, the Staro Selo Museum is a re-creation of a 19th-century village and features 40 restored houses and barns made of pressed earth and wood. The village was also the birthplace of Joseph Tito, former President of Yugoslavia. Next up is a visit to Grešna Gorica (The Hill of Sin) which overlooks the 15th century castle of Veliki Tabor. We’ll stop here for lunch and taste some of the local specialties and wine that are produced on the farm. We then return to Zagreb and embark on a tour of Croatia’s capital featuring the Historic Upper Town, St. Mark’s Church, Zagreb Cathedral and the Government Palace. The evening is all yours to explore or relax at leisure.

Accommodation: Palace Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - ZAGREB – PULA – ROVINJ – OPATIJA (ISTRIAN PENINSULA)

Today we visit the beautiful coastal towns of the Istrian Peninsula that still retain their Venetian heritage and charm. We drive along the coast to Pula to visit its ancient amphitheatre and then continue to one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports, the picturesque village of Rovinj and enjoy a walk through the old town, complete with steep cobbled streets and piazzas. There’s some free time for lunch before we head to the coastal town of Opatija for check in at our hotel and an opportunity to get to know this once chic seaside resort.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Adriatic

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - OPATIJA – PLITVICE

Day 4 starts with a scenic drive to one of Croatia’s top natural attractions and a Unesco World Heritage Site, the Plitvice Lakes National Park. We’ll join a walking tour through the park where 16 terraced lakes are connected by hundreds of cascading waterfalls, resulting in some spectacular scenery. Tonight’s dinner will be at our hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Jezero

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - PLITVICE – SKRADIN – SPLIT

This morning we travel through Croatia’s heartland with a visit to the Bibich Winery, where we’ll sample some of the locally-grown wines and fantastic regional canapés. We then head to Croatia’s second largest city, the Dalmatian port of Split. Here we’ll take a tour of its historic centre which was built around the 4th century. We’ll visit the Diocletian’s Palace, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments.

Accommodation: Hotel President

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6 - SPLIT / HVAR

Today we catch a local ferry to the most luxurious beach destination in Croatia, and it’s sunniest spot, the enchanting Hvar Island. We’ll visit the stunning capital, Hvar Town, and explore its labyrinth of narrow streets, all situated beneath the historical fortress. We’ll discover the rest of the island by coach, visiting Stari Grad, founded in 384 BC by the ancient Greeks, as well as some local fishing villages. We’ll enjoy a tasty lunch at a local olive grove farm before returning by ferry back to the mainland. The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel President

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 - SPLIT – DUBROVNIK

Today sees us travelling along the famous Dalmatian Coast down to the jewel of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik. Along the way we’ll see the beautiful horse-shoe bay of the Makarska Riviera with the majestic Boikovo Mountains towering over the shoreline. Once we’ve checked in to our hotel in Dubrovnik, we’ll begin exploring this stunning medieval city, with visits to the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery, which housed Europe’s third oldest pharmacy.

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Blue

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - DUBROVNIK / MONTENEGRO

Today’s highlight is an excursion to the small but spectacular country of Montenegro, made famous by its picturesque coastline, majestic mountains and breathtaking beaches. We’ll drive along the Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe, to the ancient and atmospheric port of Kotor, where we’ll take a walking tour through the maze of museums, churches, cafe-strewn squares and Venetian palaces of the old town. Next up is a trip to the ancient and popular town of Budva before returning to Dubrovnik.

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Blue

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9 - DUBROVNIK

Our last full day on tour sees us return to the old town, with a fantastic cable car ride 405m up Mt Srd, for unrivalled views of the terracotta-tiled rooftops and the stunning Adriatic in the distance. We’ll also take a walk on the medieval city walls. The afternoon is yours to explore, unwind and relax before our farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Blue

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - DUBROVNIK

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals : Breakfast

Palace Hotel:

Housed in an early 20th century modernist era palace, Palace Hotel Zagreb is an attractive and charming hotel right in the city center. The property offers impeccable service and a team of professional staff. With its innovative management style combined with traditional hospitality, the hotel offers a unique experience accentuated by an old world charm. Each of its well-appointed rooms features all the amenities to ensure a pleasant and comfortable time throughout your stay.
 

Grand Hotel Adriatic:

Grand Hotel Adriatic is just a 5-minute walk from Opatija's town centre and just 50 metres above the coastal walking path Lungomare. Boasting unique views of Kvarner Bay, the adults-only Spa and Wellness centre is located on the top most 8th floor, while the hotel's elegant rooms feature air conditioning and free WiFi. In the summertime, guests have the hotel’s stone beach at their disposal. The Beach Garden Restaurant serves a fine array of food and drinks and guests can explore the nearby Učka Mountain, Istria, the numerous islands and the mountainous Gorski Kotar region. 

Hotel Jezero:

Hotel Jezero is situated in the very heart of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, only 300 metres from the largest lake, Kozjak. The hotel offers 229 units, including 7 suites, 7 semi-suites and 5 handicapped equipped rooms. The hotel has a night club and dancing bar, as well as the hotel restaurant with a vibrant and rich choice of food and drink.

Hotel President:

Located in Split’s centre, at the foothills of Marjan Hill, Bacvice Beach is 5 minutes away by car. Rooms are decorated with rich fabrics and wooden furniture. They have a spacious seating area with a sofa, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The private bathrooms have marble walls and include slippers, a bathrobe and fragrant soaps and lotions. Guests can enjoy Mediterranean and international cuisine at the restaurant, which offers a buffet menu and an extensive wine list. The bar serves refreshing drinks, as well as gourmet coffee. 

Hotel Royal Blue:

Boasting a rooftop pool and a bar with panoramic views of the Lapad Bay, Royal Blue Hotel enjoys a peaceful beach-front location in Babin Kuk in Dubrovnik. Set within the Importanne Resort, this hotel offers an indoor pool, spa centre and a sauna. Free private parking is available on site and free WiFi is available throughout. Offering a balcony, every room at this hotel is air conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen cable TV. Some rooms include views of the sea. There is a private bathroom in each room, with bath robes, slippers and free toiletries included. Dining options include a buffet and à la carte restaurant while guests can relax at the on-site bar. There is a 24-hour front desk, a cash machine and a gift shop on-site. Car hire is available as well as the airport shuttle service. Dubrovnik Airport can be reached within 25 km. Royal Blue Hotel is a 10-minute drive away from Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Guests can take a 20-minute bus ride to Dubrovnik's centre from a station located few metres down the road.

Weather

The peak summer months of July and August attract the most visitors with blissfully hot days and ideal water temperatures for swimming. May and September are great months to visit with a pleasant climate and sunny skies, though fewer crowds. The seas are still relatively warm so swimming is still an option. Winters are much cooler and wetter though still pleasant enough.

The interior of the country experiences a more extreme version of the coast’s climate with cold winters and sweltering hot summers. Snow is likely during the winter months and the peak summer months of July and August often reach the mid 30s. The milder day time temperatures of May and June make it a great time for outdoor activities in Croatia. Our cruises operate during the Croatian summer, when temperatures are generally high (particularly from June through September), so pack sunscreen and a hat, as the sun can be strong.

Currency

The Croatian currency is the Kuna (not the Euro!), which is divided into 100 lipas. (The word ‘Kuna’ means marten, a weasel-like animal, whose fur Croats used as payment many centuries ago. The word ‘lipa’ means lime tree, but we don’t know the connection here!) When listed as a price, Kuna is abbreviated to Kn.

The Kuna comes in dominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 as notes and 1, 2, 5 and 25 (25 Kn being largely commemorative) as coins. The Lipa comes in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50. In Croatian, the plural of Kuna is Kune (pronounced ‘koo-neh’), although it is fine to pluralise it – as many outside of the country do – to Kunas.

ATMs are readily available in all resorts, towns and cities in Croatia, in banks, supermarkets, airports and elsewhere.

As a foreign card is inserted into the machine, you will most likely be presented you with a choice of languages – no need to navigate through Croatian-language menus. The exchange rate you’ll receive will be fairly good, and there may only be a small service charge, which depends on your bank back home – you may want to check before travelling. Local banks may also charge an operating fee on top of this.Please check with your bank to ensure your credit/debit cards are enabled for international use.

Electricity

In Croatia the standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type F which is European standard.

Visas

Australian and New Zealand Passport holders are exept from requiring a visa for stays of up to 90 days provided they:

  • Hold a passport valid at least six months on entry with one blank visa page
  • Hold proof of sufficient funds
  • Hold proof of onward/return flights
  • Hold documents showing proof of purpose of trip
  • Hold all documents required for the next destination
  • Confirm with their airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa as these conditions are subject to change

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Tour Inclusions:

  • Transport as described in the itinerary (full insured vehicle with heating and air conditioning and professional driver). 
  • 9 nights quality hotel accommodation in your own room — always! 
  • English speaking tour guides as per itinerary. 
  • Entrance fees to the attractions as per itinerary. We include general admission tickets (there might be some optional paying zones inside some of the attractions, not included). 
  • All the transfers hotel/airport are with tour guide assistance. 
  • Meals as per itinerary: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • Unlimited bottles of water in the coach. 
  • Local insurance and all permits. 
  • Two’s a Crowd tour host from Australia. 
  • Standard CHI Travel Insurance Policy. Additional premium may be payable if over 59 years, have an existing medial condition or wish to extend your travelling dates. 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Meals not specifed in the itinerary. 
  • Items of a personal nature. 
  • International airfares (we can arrange flights on your behalf). 
  • Tips for guides, drivers and porters. Tips can be offered to guides/drivers at your discretion, but they are not compulsory.
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