Day 1 ZAGREB AIRPORT-ZAGREB CITY CENTER
Arrival at Zagreb airport in the morning. Transfer to your hotel in Zagreb. After the accommodation in the hotel, from your private tour guide find out all about this old town. Its historical center is the settlement on two hills: secular Gradec, today known as the Upper Town, and ecclesiastical Kaptol. The Zagreb Cathedral still dominates the skyline with its neo-Gothic style. There is also famous St. Mark’s church and Strossmayer Promenade. In the Lower town, you will visit Ban Josip Jelačić Square, one of the city’s symbols, the heart of the city and a meeting point for all Zagreb citizens. In the evening, have a drink in Tkalca Street or Cvjetni Square. Overnight at the hotel in Zagreb.
Day 2 VARAŽDIN - ČAKOVEC
After the breakfast, driving direction Međimurje region. Our first stop is beautiful and the biggest town of this region – Čakovec. There you will see the Secession Palace, Zrinski Park, park architecture monument with its centuries-old trees, and Čakovec Castle or Zrinski Castle, located in Zrinski Park, built in the 13th century and today is a home to the history Museum of Međimurje. Our next stop is the town of Varaždin, also called “Little Vienna” which will charm you with its quaint cafés, unique museums, a majestic medieval castle and one of Europe’s best collections of intact Baroque buildings. Here you can have a lunch in one of many good local taverns and taste rich and widely appreciated gastronomy, part of the Austro-Hungarian heritage. One of the most beautiful castles in Croatia, Trakošćan Castle, is close to Varaždin and it will be our last stop. Built in the late 13th century, it represents a natural and cultural heritage of the highest category, which consists of the castle, park and forest park with a lake. Don’t forget to take home an Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage - the decorative gingerbread (licitar) cookie, specifically the heart-shaped biscuits for which this region is famous. Before dinner, return to hotel in center of Zagreb. Overnight at the hotel in Zagreb.
Day 3 VINKOVCI - VUKOVAR - OSIJEK
In the morning, leaving Zagreb and traveling to Slavonia region where we will visit biggest cities. First stop is Vinkovci, Europe's oldest city, where the oldest Indo-European calendar, the Orion is found. Apart from valuables kept at Vinkovci City Museum, you can discover objects which still lie hidden beneath the City streets some of them date from Roman times. Your guide will familiarize you with all famous details about this city on Bosut River. Another great town to discover is Vukovar, Croatia's largest river port, located at the confluence of the Vuka River and the Danube. Here you can visit the historical baroque centre of Vukovar, the Castle Eltz, built in 18th C and one of the most representative buildings of the baroque era in Croatia, now a unique museum and gallery and 50 meters tall Vukovar Water Tower which today represents a symbol of victory and new life in Vukovar. While visiting Vukovar make sure not to miss the unique experience of guided tours on the Danube River with tourist panoramic riverboat. It will take you through the most beautiful spots on the waterways along the Danube River. Or next stop is the old town of Osijek, along the River Drava, which gained its basic contours in Baroque, at the beginning of the 18th century, combining a military fortification and organized civic life. Explore the city center full of parks, Upper Town, a historical treasure where you can find old sacral, cultural and historical monuments, the Lower Town with a series of late Baroque citizen houses, series of Secessionist and late Baroque buildings, and Tvrđa, complex built in the 18th C, with many pubs and clubs but as well as very impressive defensive walls and town gates. At the evening, enjoy a great healthy dinner and local dishes of amazing Slavonian cuisine together with a glass of high quality local wine. Overnight at the hotel in Osijek.
Day 4 OSIJEK - SARAJEVO
After the breakfast, traveling to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina with a stop in Đakovo to see one of the most beautiful cathedrals on the stretch from Istanbul to Venice - St. Peter’s cathedral made of red bricks. The inside of the building is as impressive as its outside, featuring 43 frescos, and 7 altars with the main altar almost 50 foot tall. Moving forward, passing a border and entering Bosnia and Herzegovina. Driving direction Sarajevo, a compact city on the Miljacka River, surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. In Sarajevo, you can use free evening to enjoy local cuisine, like world famous “ćevapi” - minced meat formed into cylinder sausage shapes served with fresh bread, raw onions and kajmak (sour cream) and take a walk along the Old town. Overnight at the hotel in Sarajevo.
Day 5 SARAJEVO
Spend a day in Sarajevo and explore it with your private tour guide. Walk over the Latin Bridge, the Ottoman bridge over the river Miljacka, towards Baščaršija - Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city, built in the 15th century, which is a great starting point for exploring Sarajevo’s Old Town. Visit the Place where in 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand happen, an event that sparked World War I, marked with a stone plaque. Take a break and enjoy in real Bosnian coffee. Take a look on the clock tower by the Gazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque since it's the only public clock in the world to display lunar time. Optional: visit Tunnel of Hope Museum and pass through 20 meters of the original underground tunnel constructed in 1993 in the midst of the Bosnian War. There you can watch a film about the war in Sarajevo where from your guide will hear more about the role of the tunnel. Visit Sarajevo's Town Hall, one of the most impressive displays of Austro-Hungarian architecture and don’t miss the Yellow Fort set up on a hill since it is the perfect place to view the beauty of Sarajevo from above and enjoy the sunset. Feel this unique mix of religions coexisting peacefully since here in Sarajevo you can find different religious buildings in close proximity to one another. Overnight at the hotel in Sarajevo.
Day 6 MOSTAR - DUBROVNIK
In the morning, departure to Dubrovnik with a stop in Mostar, known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. The nearby alleys are full of shops and market stalls and a narrow staircase leads up to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque’s minaret for panoramic city views. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural features, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement. That is why it is on UNESCO World Heritage Sites List since 2005. Driving to our destination, “The 'Pearl of the Adriatic”- Dubrovnik, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the evening, take a relax walk along the Old town and have a nice Mediterranean dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik.
Day 7 DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, you will meet the local guide which will take to private sightseeing of Dubrovnik. You will hear all about famous Dubrovnik’s history and explore the Old Town’s central street Stradun, the Franciscan Monastery (with one of the oldest pharmacies in the world), the renaissance Rector’s Palace, town walls, Lovrjenac Fortress as well as many picturesque squares and churches of this amazing town. Be amazed with breathtaking view on the Old City of Dubrovnik, Adriatic Sea and numerous islands and enjoy in a great lunch from the top of Srđ Hill, a hill rising above the city, today world famous tourist spot where the Museum of the Patriotic war is situated. Overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik.
Day 8 SPLIT
In the morning, leaving Dubrovnik and driving direction Split with a stop above amazing Neretva Valley where you’ll have the “wow effect” of a vast plain panorama. It is a delta, a place where the river Neretva is entering the Adriatic sea. Upon check-in at the hotel in Split, you can have a traditional Mediterranean lunch and drink a coffee in one of the many coffee shops on Split waterfront. After the lunch, you will meet your local guide to take you to private guided sightseeing tour of Split where you will hear all about the Diocletian Palace, an ancient palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. A walk through the ancient city takes you through time, along the great examples of ancient architecture like Peristyle, the middle aged Romanesque Church and Gothic Palace and many others. Overnight at the hotel in Split.
Day 9 TROGIR - ŠIBENIK
In the morning, departure to Šibenik with a stop in Trogir. Trogir will charm you with its historical core that has a place on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites because of its beauty and cultural value with a feeling of travelling through the time of Grecians, Romans and Venetians. After the sightseeing, driving direction Šibenik, a city filled with amazing historic sites to visit world famous The Cathedral of St James, UNESCO World Heritage Site, built entirely from stone using unique construction techniques but also illustrate the successful fusion of Gothic and Renaissance art. Explore Old town together with your private tour guide. Visit all four Fortresses, City Hall and many other attractions. Enjoy walking along beautiful stone streets of this picturesque medieval coastal city. Overnight at the hotel in Šibenik.
Day 10 ZADAR - OPATIJA
In the morning, departure for Opatija with a stop in the town of Zadar, 3000 years old city full of historical and cultural monuments. This will be an opportunity to enjoy the splendid view while sitting and listening to “The Sea organ”, an experimental musical instrument which plays music by tubes located underneath of large marble steps near the sea where the waves create harmonic sounds. After the sightseeing, have an excellent lunch in traditional meals made from local ingredients in a restaurant or in a typical cozy tavern. After the lunch, traveling to Kvarner region where you can feel an unique mixture of sea air and mountain climate. After the accommodation in the hotel in Opatija, a beautiful small town with perfect location on the coast at the foot of Mount Učka, take a relaxed walk along the illuminated 12-km-long coastal promenade known as the "Lungomare". Overnight at the hotel in Opatija.
Day 11 OPATIJA - RIJEKA
In the morning, you will take a private guided tour of Opatija that will charm you with its public gardens, fountains and beautiful villas due to rich history as Europe's most important health resorts of the 19th century. Did you know that the Kvarner scampi (shrimps) are best in the world? You should definitely taste it! After the tour, enjoy excellent wine & dine experience in a first-class location by the sea. In the afternoon, explore Rijeka, one of the biggest cities in Croatia. Although it’s coastal Adriatic town, Rijeka is more reminiscent of a Central European city with its neoclassical palaces and theatre. Walk through the Old town where you will find buildings and monuments from Rijeka’s history that lasts for hundreds of years and visit Trsat, a historic Fortress on the steep hill 138 m high, significant from the earliest times right up to the 17th century, rising over the gorge of the Rječina River. Overnight at the hotel in Opatija.
Day 12 PULA - ROVINJ
In the morning, driving direction Pula, 3000 years old town, a place where you can find many ruins from Roman time, like the Amphitheatre - imposing Arena, the 6th largest in the world, one of the best preserved Roman Amphitheaters in the world, the most significant monument in Pula. Your private guide will show you all the beauties of Pula and tell you interesting stories of its history. In the afternoon, arriving to romantic medieval town Rovinj. Rovinj for sure will charm you with its colorful buildings and squares, as well as the diverse culinary and entertainment offer. The narrow cobblestone streets will take you to the top of a small hill, where you will find the biggest and most significant monument in town - the church of St. Euphemia. In one of many restaurants and tavern you can enjoy light seafood dinner where the most popular seafood dishes are served. Overnight at the hotel in Rovinj.
Day 13 POREČ - LJUBLJANA
After the breakfast, our first stop is town of Poreč, former Roman colony. Explore the town together with a private tour guide and find out all about the old town core, its various monuments, cultural and historical attractions. Enjoy the sights of Romanesque architecture with beautiful Venetian gothic palaces and visit UNESCO World Heritage Site - Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica - a masterpieces of Byzantine sacral art in the Historic Centre of Poreč. In the afternoon arriving in Ljubljana, the capital and largest city of Slovenia. Ljubljana is a picturesque city boasting a wealth of attractions that you can discover together with your tour guide like Ljubljana Castle, Triple Bridge, Dragon Bridge or Central market. You can enjoy the walk through Tivoli Park or boat cruise on Ljubljanica River. Overnight at the hotel in Ljubljana.
Day 14 DEPARTURE (LJUBLJANA AIRPORT)
Transfer from your hotel in city center to Ljubljana airport. Departure to home-journey.
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