Croatia – UNESCO Heritage Tour
Plitvice lakes – Diocletian palace in Split – Trogir old town – Dubrovnik old town – Šibenik cathedral – Euphrasius basilika in Poreč 10 days
1st day: ZAGREB
Arrival to Zagreb, accommodation in hotel, overnight.
2nd day 2: ZAGREB
City tour of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, including the Cathedral, which two high bell towers have become the symbol of Zagreb; St.Mark’s Church with its picturesque roof featuring Croatian coats of arms; the Stone Gate, the entrance to the Upper Town; the Lotršcak Tower… Zagreb is also wellknown for its “Licitar”, small, colourfully decorated honey-cakes. Return to hotel, overnight.
3rd day 3: ZAGREB – NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT
Departure to the national park Plitvice Lakes. Guided walk through the national park Plitvice Lakes (UNESCO-heritage). Its 16 beautiful lakes of crystal blue-green colour are fed by many small streams and spill into each other in cascades and thundering waterfalls. The network of paths and bridges permits pleasant and safe walking during the visit. Sightseeing also by tourist train and ride by boat on the biggest lake, Kozjak. Departure to Split, accommodation in hotel and overnight.
4th day: SPLIT – TROGIR – SPLIT
Meeting with the local guide and sightseeing of the beautiful Dalmatian city with the famous Diokletian Palace (UNESCO heritage), an unique monument of Roman architecture from the 3rd century. Of the ancient palace, retained are: the walls, the gates, the cellars, the Peristyle, the emperor’s mausoleum, which is the present day cathedral. Sightseeing of Trogir, a town-museum (UNESCO-heritage), a remarkable example of urban continuity from the Hellenistic period. Return to hotel, overnight.
5th day: SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
Departure to Dubrovnik, bus ride along Dalmatian Adriatic coast with nice resorts. Arrival to Dubrovnik in the early afternoon. Meeting with the local guide and sightseeing of Dubrovnik (UNESCO-heritage). The city is surrounded by 2km of walls with towers built between 11th and 17th century. We recommend walk on the city’s main street, Stradun, visit to the Rector’s palace, the church of St Vlaho, the Cathedral, Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe (14th century). Overnight in Dubrovnik.
6th day: DUBROVNIK
Free day in Dubrovnik. Optional: excursion to Montenegro.
7th day: DUBROVNIK – ŠIBENIK – ZADAR
Departure direction Sibenik. Stop on the river Neretva, with its numerous ponds and channels. Ride by traditional boats and typical lunch. Afterwards sightseeing of Sibenik, known for its famous Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral (UNESCO-heritage), constructed of stone through the unique method of assembling previously precisely cut stone sections. Overnight in Zadar.
8th day: ZADAR – OPATIJA
Sightseeing of Zadar, which rich history is reflected in its numerous monuments, such as the Roman Forum and St.Donatus Church, a magnificient monument of Romanesque architecture. This will also be the unique opportunity to enjoy the splendid view (Alfred Hitchcock said the sun set here it is the most beautiful in the world), sitting and listening to “The Sea organ”. It is an experimental musical instrument which plays music by tubes located underneath of large marble steps near the sea. The waves create somewhat random but harmonic sounds. Just next to it, there is an installation “The Greeting to the Sun”, made of hundreds of glas plates, with the aim to communicate with the light, like the Sea Organ does with the sound. Departure to Opatija, resort with 170-years old tradition in tourism. In its well maintaned public gardens, there are plants and trees from all around the world. Overnight in Opatija.
9th day: OPATIJA – ROVINJ – POREČ – OPATIJA
Departure to Istria. Visit of Rovinj, one of Istrian most beautiful coastal cities, which rises up on a peninsula with the church of St.Euphemia on the top. The limited space led to the construcion of narrow buildings, streets and small town squares. Afterwards departure to Porec, a beautiful city with the well-know Euphrasius-basilica (UNESCO-heritage) from the 6th century, the most famous example of the Byzantine sacral architecture and mosaics. Return to hotel.
10th day: OPATIJA
Departure to home-journey.
The arrangement includes:
– overnights in hotels 3* or 4*: 2 x in Zagreb, 1 x in Split, 2 x in Dubrovnik, 1x in Zadar, 2 x in Opatija
– coach transportation from 1st to 10th day
– tour leader from 1st to 10th day
– local guides for sightseeings: Zagreb, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik, Sibenik, Zadar, Istria
– entrance tickets: national park Plitvice Lakes, Diokletian palace cellars in Split, Dubrovnik franciscan monastery with the Old pharmacy, Sibenik cathedral, Euphrasius-basilika in Porec
– optional: guide for Montenegro