Private tour of Croatia with local expert guide. Visit all must-see sites of Croatia on this 9 day compact tour. Discover the Istrian towns of Rovinj, Pula and awe-inspiring Plitvice Lakes, enjoy the most beautiful sunset in Zadar, walk down the old streets of Trogir and Split and experience the jet setting island of Hvar.
HIGHLIGHTS ON BEST OF CROATIA TOUR
On arrival at Zagreb airport you’ll be met by our private guide who will drive you to Zagreb to start Private Tour Croatia. In the afternoon sightseeing tour of the old town and its main attractions: Dolac market, church of St. Mark, Cathedral, Parliament, Ban Jelačić Square, etc. Overnight in Zagreb.
After breakfast we drive towards the Adriatic coast and its 19C resort – Opatija. Time to enjoy a walk along the boardwalk or relax in one of its luxurious hotels overlooking the Adriatic sea. Overnight in Opatija.
In the morning, day excurison to the Istrian peninsula. We visit Pula with its impressive Roman amphitheatre and Rovinj thought to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic coast. Evening return to Opatija for overnight stay.
We start the day with a drive to the Plitivce Lakes to visit one of the most popular sites in Croatia. In the afternoon we drive to Dalmatia where we visit Zadar. We listen to the Sea “organs” and view the “salutation of the sun”, visit the churches of St. Donatus and St. Anastasia and see the old Roman Forum followed by the most beautiful sunset. Overnight in Zadar.
Our drive takes us to Trogir and its renaissance buildings surrounding the cathedral of St. Lawrance and charming narrow streets dating back to the original antique Greek settlement. In the afternoon we explore Split where, in Roman times, the emperor Diocletian’s Palace stood. Walk through the Golden Gate of the old palace, and visit the cathedral and Temple of Jupiter. Overnight in Split.
In the morning drive towards Dubrovnik for a sightseeing tour of this beautiful town often known as pearl of the Adriatic. We explore the old town, one of the best preserved medieval centres in Europe, walk on the city walls and, in the evening, admire the sunset from a spectacular viewpoint above the town. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
We leave Dubrovnik, take a ferry to the island of Hvar and drive towards its main city. Visit one of the most picturesque towns along the coast with its rich Venetian influence. Overnight in Hvar.
We end our journey with a drive to Šibenik which is proud of its UNESCO protected cathedral. The town is the youngest of all Dalmatian towns, built “only” in 8C by Croatian kings. In the evening arrival at Zagreb for overnight stay.
After breakfast drive to Zagreb airport and end of the tour.
• Accommodation in double room with breakfast in selected hotels
• Private guide/driver along the whole tour
• Rent of a private car/van for the time of the tour with all expenses (fuel, parkings, insurance…)
• Local guides in Zagreb, Rovinj, Pula, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik
• Entrance fees (Pula arena, Plitvice lakes, Trogir cathedral, Diocletian palace substructures in Split, Šibenik cathedral,
Dubrovnik city walls, Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik, cable car in Dubrovnik)
• Ferry to Hvar
• Organisation of the programme
The central square of the city of Zagreb: Ban Jelačić Square with many cafés, shoppings and restaurants, named after the impressive sculpture of Count Jelačić.
Opatija is Croatian most famous 19C cosmopolitan town, built close to Rijeka to satisfy needs of Austro-Hungarian nobility who wanted to spend some time along the beautiful Adriatic coast.
The most famous sight in Pula – Roman amphitheatre, also called Arena. Built during the 1st century AD and completed under the reign of Emperor Flavius, this amphitheatre is the sixth largest in the world (of those that still exist).
16 lakes and 92 waterfalls form one of the most beautiful wonders of nature in all Europe. One of highlights on any itinearary in this part of Europe. Walk along lakes and waterfalls for great “nature experience”
Split is second largest Croatian town and home to the best preserved Roman palace in Europe. Old town was through centuries built inside Emperor Diocletian palace. Walk on the streets made by Romans and visit one of oldest cathedrals in the world (ex tomb of Diocletian).
Pearl of Adriatic as it is called today. Proud small city that maintained independence in very turbulent history surrounded by much stronger Otoman empire and Venetian republic. Smart diplomacy, great trading fleet and massive defensive walls protected the city until arrival of Napoleon.
Hvar on island Hvar is considered one of the most beautiful Croatian towns with its Gothic and Renaissance churches and palaces overlooked by fort protecting the town beneath. Waters around Hvar are considered one of preetiest in all Adriatic.
Šibenik, a gem in the Croatian Adriatic, is situated along the mouth of Krka on the most picturesque part of the eastern Adriatic coast. Numerous churches, palaces and four fortresses ‘frame’ the city, and also testify to the perseverance, renunciation and faith of generations of people of Šibenik.