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Zagreb - Best Tours & Trips 2019

94 trips to Zagreb tours from 30 tour companies. 250 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.

With Habsburg-styled buildings, preserved medieval streets, and sprawling city parks, Croatia’s capital city Zagreb is the country’s economic and political center. Located at the base of Medvednica Mountain, Zagreb acts as a starting off point for travelers to the Croatian coastline and other Balkan countries. With a growing food, cultural, and art scene, Zagreb is poised to become one of the hottest tourist d ... Read More

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour 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.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Best Of Adriatic

Indus Travels
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 267 / day
$ 2,299
From : $ 4,319
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Learn about Croatia’s rich heritage & history
  • Visit stunning Dubrovnik, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Marvel at the Roman architecture of Trogir and the captivating city of Zadar
  • Wonder at a natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Discover Croatia’s lively capital city of Zagreb
Visits:
Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Split, Zagreb, Croatia, Slovenia
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Highlights Of Croatia

Indus Travels
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 149 / day
$ 1,999
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the stunning city of Dubrovnik, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour the UNESCO listed Diocletian’s Palace in Split
  • Marvel at the Roman architecture still evident in the pearl-like town of Trogir 
  • Discover Croatia’s lively capital city of Zagreb
  • Wonder at Plitvice Lakes National Park, a natural phenomenon of rare beauty
Visits:
Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Croatia
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The Balkan Journey

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 162 / day
$ 1,249
From : $ 1,754
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Mostar and the vibrant capital city of Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Explore the capital city of Croatia, the bustling and historic Zagreb
  • Experience the capital city of Serbia, the vibrant city of Belgrade
  • Relax in the peaceful surroundings of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Discover the jewel of Croatia, the beautiful Adriatic city of Dubrovnik
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Trogir and Split 
Visits:
Belgrade, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Split, Zagreb, Croatia, Serbia
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Croatian Delight

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 283 / day
$ 1,799
From : $ 2,288
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the capital city of Croatia, the bustling and historic Zagreb
  • Wander at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Visit Croatia’s second largest city Split, including the Diocletian's Palace, the Jupiter's Temple and the Cathedral
  • Discover the jewel of Croatia, the beautiful Adriatic city of Dubrovnik
Visits:
Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Croatia
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Delightful Croatia: Land And Cruise

Indus Travels
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 179 / day
$ 2,299
From : $ 2,903
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Wander at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Visit Croatia’s largest city Split, including the Diocletian's Palace, the Jupiter's Temple and the Cathedral
  • Stroll at UNESCO World Heritage listed Dubrovnik – “Pearl of the Adriatic”
  • Discover beautiful and untouched nature of the Green Island of Mljet 
Visits:
Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Croatia
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The Grand Balkan

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 153 / day
$ 1,999
From : $ 2,693
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Delve into Lake Bled and its mountainous surroundings and spectacular scenery
  • Explore the baroque town buildings and richly painted churches city tour of Ljubljana
  • Spend time at Plitvice Lake, exploring a series of gorgeous lakes and waterfalls
  • Discover the historic city of Dubrovnik, located on the stunning Adriatic Coast
  • See the ancient and picturesque Montenegrin cities of Budva and Kotor
  • Visit the fascinating country of Albania and tour the capital city of Tirana
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ohrid and the eclectic capital city of Skopje in Macedonia
Visits:
Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Skopje, Split, Tirana, Zagreb, Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia
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Jewels of the Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 229 / day
$ 3,199
From : $ 7,947
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore historic Zagreb
  • Visit Lake Bled
  • Enjoy a short scenic boat ride in lakes of Plitvice Lake National Park
  • Explore Roman Ruins (Split)
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Dubrovnik
  • Visit Montenegro
  • Enjoy a sight of beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe.
Visits:
Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Montenegro, Plitvice Lakes National park, Split, Zagreb, Croatia, Slovenia
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Balkan Escape Winter 2019 2020

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 187 / day
$ 1,495
From : $ 1,839
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR of Zagreb, Rovinj and Ljubljana
  • ORIENTATION of Opatija and Bled
  • VIEW the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and St Mark's Church in Zagreb, the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle in Ljubljana
  • SEE the Baroque St. Euphemia Cathedral in Rovinj
Visits:
Croatia, Zagreb, Slovenia
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Highlights of Austria Slovenia and Croatia Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 285 / day
$ 3,995
From : $ 4,914
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Vienna, Ljubljana, Split, Hvar Island, Dubrovnik and Zagreb
  • SEE the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna, the Clock Tower of Graz, the Castle of Ljubljana, the Old City of Dubrovnik and the Cathedral of Zagreb
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic inner city of in Dubrovnik with a group size of no more than 25 guests
  • VIEW the Cathedral of Hvar Island
  • VISIT Graz, Plitvice National Park and Diocletian's Palace in Split
Visits:
Croatia, Dubrovnik, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Split, Vienna, Zagreb, Austria, Slovenia
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Balkan Delight Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 266 / day
$ 3,195
From : $ 3,930
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Split and Trogir
  • ORIENTATION of Mostar
  • VISIT the War Tunnels in Sarajevo, Kotor in Montenegro, Diocletian's Palace in Split and Plitvice National Park
  • VIEW the Cathedral in Zagreb, the Rector's Palace and city walls in Dubrovnik and the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic inner city of Dubrovnik with a group size of no more than 25 guests
Visits:
Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Split, Zagreb, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Monaco
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Best of Croatia and Slovenia Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 261 / day
$ 2,875
From : $ 3,536
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR of Zagreb, Rovinj, Trogir, Split and Dubrovnik
  • ORIENTATION of Ljubljana, Bled, Opatija and Ston
  • VISIT the Church of Assumption on Bled Island, Plitvice National Park, Diocletian's Palace in Split and the salt pans in Ston
  • CRUISE to Bled Island
  • VIEW the Park of Sv. Jakov in Opatija, the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park
  • SEE Zagreb's Ban Jelačić Square, the Opera House and Castle of Ljubljana, the old city of Dubrovnik
Visits:
Croatia, Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Slovenia
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Highlights of Austria Slovenia and Croatia Presale 2020

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 255 / day
$ 3,575
From : $ 4,397
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Vienna, Ljubljana, Split, Hvar Island, Dubrovnik and Zagreb
  • SEE the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna, the Clock Tower of Graz, the Castle of Ljubljana, the Old City of Dubrovnik and the Cathedral of Zagreb
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic inner city of in Dubrovnik with a group size of no more than 25 guests
  • VIEW the Cathedral of Hvar Island
  • VISIT Graz, Plitvice National Park and Diocletian's Palace in Split
Visits:
Croatia, Dubrovnik, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Split, Vienna, Zagreb, Austria, Slovenia
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Highlights of Eastern Europe Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 235 / day
$ 3,995
From : $ 4,914
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Kraków, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague
  • ORIENTATION of Dresden
  • VISIT Lake Bled in Slovenia, Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Jasna Gora Monastery, Poznań in Poland, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague and Tábor
  • VIEW Lake Balaton
Visits:
Berlin, Budapest, Lake Bled, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia
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Highlights of Eastern Europe Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 232 / day
$ 3,950
From : $ 4,859
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Kraków, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague
  • ORIENTATION of Dresden
  • VISIT Lake Bled in Slovenia, Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Jasna Gora Monastery, Poznań in Poland, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague and Tábor
  • VIEW Lake Balaton
Visits:
Berlin, Budapest, Lake Bled, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia
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Balkan Delight Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 258 / day
$ 3,095
From : $ 3,807
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Split and Trogir
  • ORIENTATION of Mostar
  • VISIT the War Tunnels in Sarajevo, Kotor in Montenegro, Diocletian's Palace in Split and Plitvice National Park
  • VIEW the Cathedral in Zagreb, the Rector's Palace and city walls in Dubrovnik and the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic inner city of Dubrovnik with a group size of no more than 25 guests
Visits:
Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Split, Zagreb, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Monaco
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Top Zagreb Experiences and Attractions

Top Zagreb Experiences

Tasting your way through the food and drink scene of Zagreb’s Tkalciceva Street

Visiting the unique and peaceful arcades and grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery

The intrigue of walking through the historic streets of the Upper Town to find an authentic Croatian meal

Shopping your way through Dolac Market to pick up your lunch and a souvenir for home

Hike through Maksimir Park, Zagreb’s oldest park, filled with lakes, paths, and a small zoo

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Zagreb Trip Reviews

250 Zagreb Tour Reviews - Summary 94% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 164
Great 72
Average 10
Disappointing 4
Terrible 0
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.6

Tour Reviews Write a Review

Fantastic tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This trip with Smartours through Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Montenegro was one of the best I've experienced.. Our guide, Rok was very informed and and shed light on the complex history of the area. The balance of the guided and the free time was excellent and the hotels and accommodation very nice. I am recommending smarTours to others as well. They are a great value for a very quality trip.

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Operator SmarTours

A delightful time, with a great group of people

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

A delightful time, with a great group of people! I knew when my trip started with rain that it would be an excellent adventure! I was nervous traveling alone but I had was quickly at ease, I'm grateful our CEO helped to provide activities/opportunities for me to socialize with the group. Was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Sarajevo stop, a city of rich history and friendly people. Really enjoyed the National Park and the Agroturizam stop. I could have stayed all day visiting with the family that runs the argoturizam! I really feel like I really got to know the places that I visited rather be a surface tourist. Having the guided tours and orientation walks I think really enhanced that feeling.

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Operator G Adventures

Edward's knowledge is unsurpassed

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Hi Tordes I should have written earlier to tell you that we had a splendid trip to Europe in May. It couldn't have been better. We had fabulous meals, great hotels, and a fabulous tour guide. Edward kept us on schedule in a very diplomatic manner. He made sure we were prepared for our bus and train excursions each day. Edward's knowledge is unsurpassed. He spoke clearly and was very patient with explanations. He gave us lots of history but did not snow us under with any more details than we could handle. It was a busy schedule but thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you for your input in planning this trip. Looking forward to travelling with Indus Tours again.

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Operator Indus Travels

It was fun, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable despite a few hiccups Gabo managed our time perfectly

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

It was fun, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable despite a few hiccups Gabo managed our time perfectly

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Operator G Adventures

Beautiful countries, great tour

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Terrific tour, it covered some beautiful country. Our guide, Elvis, was wonderful. He shared insight, stories, and history of the region very nicely, had good wine recommendations(!), and was a pleasure to be with each day. Hotels were very good and well located, the bus was new and very comfortable. We were about the only first-time smarTours travelers on the bus, most others had traveled with them for years. I think we will join them! Thank you for a relaxing holiday, smarTours.

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Operator SmarTours

Zagreb Tours and Travel Guide

Zagreb Attractions & Landmarks Guide

With Habsburg-styled buildings, preserved medieval streets, and sprawling city parks, Croatia’s capital city Zagreb is the country’s economic and political center. Located at the base of Medvednica Mountain, Zagreb acts as a starting off point for travelers to the Croatian coastline and other Balkan countries. With a growing food, cultural, and art scene, Zagreb is poised to become one of the hottest tourist destinations in the Balkans.

Recently winning “The Top Destination Award” from the Croatian Tourism Awards, Zagreb is an oasis of culture and history in the hills surrounding the city. After beginning as two separate cities, Zagreb went through a time of turbulence before it finally prospered during an economic and social resurgence in the 1800s.

Filled with historical buildings, quirky art pieces and attractions, a bustling food scene, and a growing tourism industry, Zagreb should no longer be considered just a waylay to the Dalmatian Coast, but a prime destination for any traveler to Croatia.  

A Tale of Two Cities

What is today considered Zagreb was originally two different medieval settlements, Kaptol and Gradec. These two cities were located on the hills, that share their same name, in what is now considered the Upper Town of Zagreb.

During the 1600s and 1700s, the area was plagued by fires and plague until the 1800s when the two cities were united. With a new clothing trade, rail links to other Balkan cities, and the development of the arts, Zagreb finally began to grow and prosper.

With a storied past and a burgeoning economy, Zagreb is a prime destination for travelers looking for history and romance in the hills of Croatia.

Upper Town v. Downtown

While Zagreb has multiple neighborhoods, the cities two main tourist areas are the Upper Town and Downtown. Both of these locations include popular sites and are where you can find some of the best food and shopping in the city.

The Upper Town

The Upper Town in Zagreb, or "Gornji Grad", consists of the streets and buildings that make up the area between the two original hill settlements of Kaptol and Gradec. The Upper Town is the oldest part of the city and is distinguished by preserved medieval streets, interesting bars and restaurants, and a quieter way of life than the busy Downtown.

The Upper Town of Zagreb is also the religious and cultural center of the city. St. Mark Church, the city’s most famous church, and Dolac Market, both add to the Upper Town’s cultural atmosphere. You can spend the afternoon walking around the historical buildings and streets before catching an afternoon coffee at one of the many cafes in the Upper Town.

Downtown

The Downtown area of Zagreb is where you can see and experience the day-to-day life of Zagreb. This is where you can find the highest volume of boutique and chain shops, streets full of quaint restaurants, and every bar you can imagine.

The main area of the Downtown is Jelacic Square. Situated right between the Downtown and Upper Town, Jelacic Square is the central location for the city and the trams and buses that run through the square can connect you to any part of the city. If you are looking for a livelier atmosphere and shopping, then you can find it in the streets that make up the Downtown area.

Zagreb in the Winter

Zagreb is a destination that can intrigue any traveler at any time of the year. With outdoor markets and attractions, festivals, and a holiday atmosphere, winter in Zagreb should not be missed.

Zagreb is not only famous for its Christmas markets, but also the Advent Festival. The Advent Festival is a month-long celebration in December that converts the city into a winter wonderland. Markets are set up in squares, some of Zagreb’s most famous buildings are covered in tea lights, and everywhere you look there is a festive mood.

Skiers and snowboarders will love Zagreb during the winter. Medvednica Mountain features a ski resort for all of the powder enthusiasts. Or you can enjoy a winter night ice skating on the outdoor rink in King Tomislav Square.

Zagreb’s Markets

Dating back to 1850, Zagreb’s market culture has been an integral part of the city. Today there are at least 20 open air and covered markets in the city in each of the neighborhoods. While there are plenty of markets you can choose to visit, the two most popular are Dolac and Britinac. 

Dolac Market

Dolac is the main and largest market in Zagreb. Sitting right behind Jelacic Square, the market is a two-level shopping area full of fresh produce, textiles, and trinkets.

To get to the market you have to take the stairs that are at the northern end of the square. For those who cannot take the stairs, there is also an elevator.

There are two levels to Dolac Market. The upper level consists of flowers, souvenirs, and fish stands while the lower level is made up of butcheries, food stores, and dairy stalls. The market is open until 3 PM, but it is recommended to go in the morning when all of the stalls are open and fully stocked.

Britinac Market

While Britinac Market lies at the city center, it is actually smaller than Dolac. Only a couple of tram stops away from Jelacic Square, the open air market is where locals buy produce and goods. The main attraction at Britinac is the antique market hosted every Sunday. Shoppers looking for something quintessential Croatian will not be able to get there fast enough.

Mirogoj Cemetery

One of Zagreb’s top attractions, Mirogoj Cemetery, is a culturally and historically important destination in the city. The land the cemetery was built on was bought by the city after the death of linquist Ljudevit Gaj. The cemetery today is the final resting place for some of the most famous Croatians and their families.

The cemetery inters members from all religious groups due to the cemetery being publicly owned. The cemetery is also famous for its domed arcades that house mausoleums of important past residents of Zagreb.

Visitors can reach the cemetery by bus or car. If you are looking to be adventurous, you can walk from the city center, which will take around 45 minutes, and takes you further into other neighborhoods of the Upper Town.

The cemetery is open most of the day with hours varying at different times of the year and is free to enter. Be aware of the flower sellers outside of the walls that will try to sell you bouquets and other trinkets to place on the graves.

Parks and Forests in Zagreb

Zagreb is not only a historical and urban complex, but also features plenty of green space. Throughout and around the city, you can find parks, forests, and rivers to relax and enjoy the elegant city.

  1. MedvednicaThis nature parks sits on Medvednica Mountain, right behind Zagreb. The park totals over 80 square miles with plenty of hiking trails and a castle to visit. For those traveling during the warmer months, try going during the week to avoid the crowds on the weekend.
  2. Maksimir ParkThe oldest of Zagreb’s park, Maksimir Park sits only a short ways from the city center. The park features countless trails, sprawling meadows, five lakes, and a little zoo.
  3. Jarun ParkJarun Park surrounds Jarun Lake. Activities included in the park are rollerblading, hiking, paddling or rowing, or taking a dip in the lake before relaxing at one of the cafes lining Jarun Lake.
  4. Lenuci HorseshoeLenuci Horseshoe, or the Green Horseshoe, is a U-shaped area of connecting parks in Zagreb. The system of parks in the Downtown area of the city was designed in the 19th century by the urbanist Lenuci. Combining sprawling parks with stunning architecture, the horseshoe includes parks, fountains, museums, architecture pieces, and some of the most famous statues in the city.

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Things to Know Before You Go

For travelers looking for unique cities on the up and coming, you won’t have to look any farther than Zagreb. Many visitors use Zagreb as the starting off point for their trip through Croatia or the rest of the Balkans, but spending a couple of days here can acquaint you with Croatian life and the varied past of this land. Zagreb has a special and telling past that sets it apart from much of the rest of Croatia and is an ideal destination for both the summer and the winter.

Zagreb Weather

The high season for travelers to Zagreb is during May to September. These are the warmest months for the city and the busiest. Weather during these months are warm but not unbearable nor unpleasant.

Zagreb is dissimilar to it’s coastal city counterparts. Due to being farther inland and near the mountains, Zagreb’s overall climate is cooler, which means it is a perfect destination for the holidays.

If you are looking for a special holiday trip, Zagreb will not disappoint. The city during the winter takes on a romantic air with buildings and parks covered with snow and one of their biggest holidays, the Advent Festival, brings a festive feeling to the city.

Off-the-Beaten Path Activities in Zagreb

For travelers who are interested in checking out attractions that are off-the-beaten path or looking for a once in a lifetime experience, Zagreb has plenty to keep you busy.

  1. Mirogoj CemeteryOne of Zagreb’s most famous sites, Mirogoj Cemetery is an interesting afternoon experience. The cemetery sits north of the city above the Upper Town and is place of peace, architecture masterpieces, and the resting place to some of Zagreb’s most famous citizens. You can get lost in the green domed arcades or visit the many mausoleums scattered throughout the cemetery.
  2. Museum of Broken RelationshipsThis quirky museum is located in the Kulmer Palace in the historic Upper Town. With another location in Los Angeles, the museum is dedicated to the public, housing items that represent heartbreak with exhibits including axes, rings, and empty cups of fortune cookies.
  3. Blue tramsConstantly on the go through the city and one of Zagreb’s two main public transportation systems, the blue tram is a window to the past. The first tram in Zagreb was created in the late-1800s but became a symbol of the socialist era when Croatia was part of Yugoslavia. Generally packed and stuffy, these trams offer a look into the daily life of a local.
  4. Zagreb ObservatoryIf you’re looking for a relaxing night activity, you can find it at the Zagreb Observatory. With over 100 years of history, the observatory holds lectures, stargazing events, and educational experiences for visitors.
  5. Brestovac SanatoriumIf you are looking for a little scare, try to find the hidden Brestovac Sanatorium. Once used as a sanatorium for those with tuberculosis, the abandoned building is now a hotspot for thrillseekers, ghost hunters, and paintballers. The sanatorium is so well hidden in the woods that many locals even have trouble finding the building.

Safety in Zagreb

Zagreb, like most of Croatia, has a low violent crime rate. The most common issues a traveler may encounter are pickpocketing and overcharging. You may encounter these in the restaurants and nightclubs of Zagreb.

Solo female travelers should feel comfortable to walk around Zagreb alone. During the night, it is recommended to use your best judgment or travel with a group when exploring Zagreb’s nightclub scene.

Interestingly enough, Zagreb is seismically active. However, it is not common to experience any large tremors. But don’t panic if you may experience a smaller shake while you are there.

Zagreb Food and Art scene

With its continued growth and importance in Europe and the travel industry, Zagreb’s food and art scene has blossomed.

The food scene in Zagreb has its origins in traditional Croatian cuisine such as large lunches and fish dishes, but has also become globalized. Restaurants and cafes featuring bistro, fusion, and noodle dishes have begun popping up in the Downtown. Tkalciceva, the central street to Zagreb’s food culture, is home to martini bars, dessert bars, and little bistros. Visitors to Zagreb won’t have to look for long to discover this foodie street.

In addition to the food culture growth in Zagreb, the art scene has also found its footing. Dotted throughout Zagreb’s many parks are statutes of famous Croatians and modern architectural pieces. The city has begun to embrace murals and commissioned art pieces as well. Some of the most significant pieces can be seen near the Museum of Contemporary Art and Gallery and throughout the various city parks.

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