UNESCO Sites Tour
8 days / 7 nights including: Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Salona, Trogir, Mostar, Dubrovnik
Day 1: Zagreb
Upon arrival at Zagreb airport, meet your private driver and transfer to your hotel. Check-in. In the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour. Your guide will take you for a walk from Zrinjevac, through the avenues of trees and flowers to the main city square of Ban Jelacic, the heart of the city. You will continue the tour to the Upper Town and its medieval twin settlements: secular Gradec and ecclesiastical Kaptol, both preserved till today. You will discover its cobblestone streets, mediaeval towers, the vivacious green market; old houses and churches(Cathedral of Mary’s Assumption in the neo-gothic style, St. Mark’s church with the beautiful multi-colored roofs decorated with Croatian historical coats of arms…). The tour will end with coffee at the romantic Coffee and Gallery shop on the Upper Town. Overnight in Zagreb.
Day 2: Zagreb – Plitvice National Park
After breakfast, departure towards Plitvice, the most beautiful national park in Croatia, protected by the UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage. Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide for a private tour of the park area. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forests and diversity of animal life. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species.The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. Discover the mesmerizing ever-changing landscape – created by water, gravity, limestone and time – in this unique park of nature. Your guide will take you through the park by a well-laid out system of wooden walkways that allow you to experience the best of your visit. In the late afternoon, accommodation at hotel and overnight.
Day 3: Plitvice National Park – Zadar
After breakfast, you will continue with your driver towards Zadar. Upon arrival, meet your local guide for a private sightseeing tour of this beautiful town. An ancient Greek foundation under the name of Iadera, later an important jewel in the Venetian crown as Zara and today the center of the region, Zadar is a town-monument with layers of history that can be revealed on every step. Centuries-old tumultuous history, numerous destructions and reconstructions have left scars but also a rich historical legacy and today’s valuable monumental heritage of the city. Your guide will take for a walk through the cobblestone streets, from the church of St. Donat and the Cathedral of St. Anastasia Cathedral, to the Benedictine convent of St Mary and the largest Roman forum on the East of the Adriatic, founded by the first Roman Emperor Augustus. You will also discover some contemporary attractions of Zadar. One of them is the Sea Organ, the site that is a blend of human ideas and the energy of the sea, a place for relaxation and contemplation while listening to an endless concert of the “Orchestra of Nature”. Walking further down the waterfront, you will discover the “Greeting to the Sun”, an impressive urban installation. Simultaneously with the “most beautiful sunset in the world”, the lightning elements turn on and produce a marvelous light show in the rhythm of the waves and the sounds of the sea organ. In the afternoon, check-in to your hotel and overnight.
Day 4: Zadar – Sibenik – Split
Breakfast at hotel and departure towards Sibenik for guided sightseeing tour. The little streets, the attractive squares are remarkable and the stylish architecture of the vanished centuries is still evident in the buildings of the city. One of the main attractions that you must visit while on trip to Sibenik is the Cathedral Sveti Jakov built in 1434. It is an important architectural Renaissance building in Croatia that is listed on Unesco World Heritage List. Proceed with your driver towards Split. Upon arrival, you will check in to your hotel situated in the heart of the historic Diocletian’s Palace so you will have a unique chance to stay in the former suites of the Roman emperor. In the afternoon, meet your local guide for a private walking tour of Split, a 1700 years old town with famous Diocletian’s Palace. The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace to enjoy the rest of his days. Your guide will take you for a walk through this living monument and all its magnificent sights. You will discover the basement halls of the Palace and their unique role in the history of Split. Then you will continue to the Peristyle, the main square of the Palace that preserved the cult of emperor as the son of god. You will visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the patron-saint of Split, the temples of the Palaces, as well as the suites of the Emperor. You will explore the waterfront promenade of Split, the lively open green market and the monuments not only from antiquity, but also from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. After the tour, you can enjoy some time at your leisure to immerse yourself into town’s famous Mediterranean charm, the mixture of historic layers and the silent beats of history.
Day 5: Split – Salona – Trogir – Split
After breakfast, departure on full day excursion to Salona and Trogir. Visit to the Archaeological Park with remains of the ancient Salona, the seat of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Continuation towards Trogir, a picturesque medieval town. Visit to the Cathedral of St Lawrence with its magnificent Romanesque portal and the old town. Time at leisure for walk and shopping. Return back to Split and overnight.
Day 6: Split – Mostar – Ston – Dubrovnik
This morning meet your driver for a private transfer to Dubrovnik. On your way, you will visit Mostar the unofficial capital of the region of Herzegovina. From Illyrian times until the Ottoman invasion, the ancient settlement of Blagaj was the center of political power and Mostar was no more than a tiny settlement along the banks of the Neretva. It is believed that before Herzegovina fell to the Ottomans, the settlement of Mostar had only 19 houses with a small suspension bridge that united both banks. The men that guarded this bridge were called „mostari“ (the bridge keepers) and it is presumed that the town is named after them. Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide for a walking tour of the Old Town of Mostar. If there is any city in Europe that effortlessly straddles east and west, it is Mostar. You will walk along the Old Bridge and to Mostar’s cobbled Ottoman Quarter, which houses the city’s artists and craftsmen, as well as beautiful 16th – century mosques, museums and cafes. Spend some time on your own before your transfer to Dubrovnik, via Ston – a small town known as the paradise for sea food lovers. Famous Ston oysters are known as the best aphrodisiac from the Roman period. You will get a unique opportunity to try these delicacies in one of the best sea food restaurants in Croatia – Bota Šare. Enjoy oyster tasting with a glass of wine and should you wish, stay for lunch and try the wide palette of seafood plates prepared as per original local recipes. Ston was also an important military fort of the Ragusa Republic, which was well protected by massive city walls and used Pelješac to build another line of defense. At Pelješac’s narrowest point, just before it joins the mainland, a wall was built from Ston to Mali Ston. With over 5 km of length; the mediaeval walls from the 14th century are the biggest city walls in Europe. The wall meant to protect the precious salt pans that contributed to Dubrovnik’s wealth, which are still being in use today. The history of the salt works in Stone lasts for more than 4,000 years. It is the oldest salt mine in Europe, and among the working ones, also the oldest in the world. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, check in to your hotel and spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 7: Dubrovnik
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a private walking tour of one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world. More than a thousand-year history is reflected in every part of the town. An important maritime port and a one-time state, it has always been a cultural metropolis. As one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Dubrovnik owes its special charm to the historic monuments which testify to its rich history. The works of artists, writers and scientists of Dubrovnik have been woven into the texture of the town. You will experience the splendour of its stone and the redness of its roofs, the walk through its lively streets and the unforgettable beauty of this living monument. While strolling with your guide down Stradun, the main street, you will stop to visit the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Little Brothers” that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. You will continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and visit the Church of St. Blasius, the patron-saint of the town. You will also discover Rector’s Palace, the magnificent structure of the dukes of Dubrovnik, and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary with a treasury containing the originals by Tiziano and Rafaelo and many other valuable relicts. After the tour, you may join your guide for a funicular ride up to the Srđ Hill. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, sea and the nearby islands.The rest of the day is at your own leisure.
Day 8: Dubrovnik
This morning meet your driver for a private transfer to the airport for and your flight onward.