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Croatia Express tour

Croatia Express

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 2,479 $ 275 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Get lost in the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
  • Your included walking tours are a fantastic way to get acquainted with each city.
  • Melt away the stresses at one of Hvar's famous beaches.
  • Embark on a day-trip to Montenegro, where you'll discover medieval villages, coastal towns, and cathedrals only accessible by boat.
  • Enjoy sweeping views of the cities below from looming fortresses and ancient palaces.

Short Description

Discover Croatia, a gem of the Adriatic Sea! Spend 8 nights visiting some of the country's most historic cities, picturesque islands, and breathtaking beaches. You'll enjoy guided tours in each city, including a day trip to the country of Montenegro, complete with a boat ride.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Zagreb
End City Montenegro

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Zagreb (ZAG), out of Dubrovnik (DBV)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • 2 nights in Zagreb at The Westin Zagreb, or similar
  • 1 night in Split at Hotel President Split, or similar
  • 2 nights in Hvar at Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort, or similar
  • 3 nights in Dubrovnik at Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel, or similar
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 4 Dinners
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary, including the tours below (including headsets)
  • Sightseeing tour of Zagreb
  • Walking Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Walking Tour of Split
  • Walking tour of Hvar
  • Walking tour of Old Dubrovnik
  • Excursion to Montenegro with boat ride
  • Touring and transportation by air conditioned motorcoach
  • Professional Tour Director throughout
  • Luggage Handling
  • Hotel service charges & taxes

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Zagreb!

Accommodation: The Westin Zagreb

Arrive at Zagreb Airport, where you will be met before enjoying a transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure; tonight you'll be treated to a welcome dinner!

Transfer to Zagreb hotel

Day 2: Zagreb

After breakfast, embark on a morning sightseeing tour! The rest of the day is at leisure; get lost in the winding city streets, or pick up a handmade souvenir at one of the many shops and boutiques.

Zagreb City Walking Tour

See the gems of Zagreb on this morning tour! You'll venture through historic Upper Town, then discover by some of the religious highlights of the city, from the medieval St. Mark’s Church to the Baroque-style St. Catherine’s Church.

You'll also pass the Zagreb Cathedral - the tallest build in Croatia - as well as the important and iconic Parliament building and Government Place.

Day 3: Zagreb - Split

Accommodation: Hotel President Split

After breakfast, embark on a journey to the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

After your visit, continue to your next destination, the port city of Split. Your evening is free to begin exploring on your own.

Plitvice Lakes National Park Walking Tour

Explore one of the gems of Croatia, where rapid waterfalls, limestone canyons, and hiking trails await! You'll take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes, enjoying the breathtaking scenery of terraced lakes, thickly wooded mountains, and lush vegetation.

Day 4: Split - Hvar Island

Accommodation: Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort

Today begins with a walking tour of Spit's historic inner city! There’s some time free before you board the ferry and set sail to Hvar Island.

Ferry to Hvar!

Split City Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of the historic inner city of Split, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Meet your guide in front of the Diocletian Palace entrance, then explore the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage.

Gaze in awe at its Renaissance and Gothic structures and the Temple of Jupiter, originally an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the king of the gods. Continue to Peristyle Square in the center of the city, then end at the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral still in use.

Day 5: Hvar Island

The town of Hvar has a unique cultural and historical heritage, plus a centuries-old tradition in tourism. Start your day off with a walking tour and get acquainted with the city!

Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying this charming island; unwind at one of the picturesque beaches, enjoy a freshly-caught meal, or simply stroll along the magnificent coastline - be sure to catch the sunset!

Hvar Walking Tour

Embark on a morning walking tour featuring some of Hvar's most iconic and breathtaking places. Enjoy views of the famous Fortress, the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery, and more.

Day 6: Hvar Island - Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel

Leave the island life behind as you return to mainland and continue to the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik. You'll enjoy a drive along the picturesque Croatian coast, where you'll be treated to views of the world-famous natural beauty of the area.

After dinner your time is free to discover the city by night; consider popping into one of the many cafes offering live music!

Day 7: Dubrovnik

This morning, a walking tour shows you Old Dubrovnik. The rest of the day is at leisure! Consider riding the bright-orange cable car up from old town to the mountain of Srd; you'll enjoy sweeping views of the city below.

You may also want to wind down at a beach, go souvenir shopping on the bustling street of Stradun, or perhaps treat yourself to a sampling of locally-produced wines!

Dubrovnik City Walking Tour

See the highlights of Old Town Dubrovnik on a morning walking tour! Meet your local guide at Pile Gate in front of Old Town, the natural starting point to any Dubrovnik visit. Begin at Rector's Palace, built in the 15th-century as the home of Dubrovnik's elected rector, then see Bell Tower Clock and Orlando's Column, a symbol of the city's freedom.

Continue to Sponza Palace, a splendid 16th-century palace that was a customs house, a mint, a state treasury and a bank. You'll also enjoy views of the Dominican Monastery and the famous Franciscan Monastery with its pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world dating back to 1371.

Day 8: Dubrovnik

Today you'll embark on an excursion to Montenegro, including a relaxing boat ride to the famous cathedral, Our Lady of the Rocks. You will stop in Perast, an old charming coastal town, followed by a stop in Kotor before returning to Dubrovnik.

Celebrate your last night in Dubrovnik by taking a stroll through the Old Town as it comes alive with energy at night.

Excursion from Dubrovnik to Montenegro

Travel to the republic of Montenegro, where you'll find medieval villages and beaches lining the Adriatic coastline. You'll head to the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe.

Visit the city of Kotor, then enjoy a scenic boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks, one of two islets off the coast of Perast. Here you can explore the Roman Catholic Church - the largest building on the islet - and its attached museum.

Day 9: Depart Croatia

Today you will be transported to Dubrovnik Airport for your departure flight.

Transfer to Dubrovnik airport (DBV)

Fly home!

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