Zagreb City Break – 5 Days

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This short trip will enable you to meet attractions of Zagreb, you will be free to choose between three types of full day excursions: Samobor, Varazdin or Plitvice Lakes National Park and you will visit three Croatian castles.

ITINERARY: 

 

DAY 1: COMING TO ZAGREB

Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport transfer to the hotel. Check in to the hotel with 3 / 4*. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: ZAGREB

After breakfast begins the tour with a travel guide. You will walk around the city and see the main monuments. The tour starts with a visit to Kaptol, which is medieval part of Zagreb, you will see a Franciscan monastery, and church of St. Francis, which according to legend exists there from the 13th century, the time of Francis of Assisi, Chatedral – the story goes all the way from the 11th century. Now, a neo-gothic structure with two twin towers, then city market Dolac, where you will have to buy something traditional from “kumice” (local ladies that sell there), church of St. Mary, built in the 18th century in baroque style. Ban Jelacic square is the heart of Zagreb, central focus point of modern Zagreb. It was originally designed as a place where fairs could be held. It was named in the honor of Ban (Governor) Josip Jelacic. Walking through Strossmayer Promenade you will have the best view of the whole city ending with the Lotrscak tower and the shortest funicular in the world. On the St. Marks Square you will see Governor’s palace and the Parliament building. Then you will visit one very important landmark in Zagreb – Mirogoj cemetery. The cemetery was created in 1876 on a plot of land owned by the linguist Ljudevit Gaj. Architect hermann Bollé designed the main building. The cemetery inters members of all religious groups: Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, Latter Day Saints and irrelegious graves can all be found. In the arcades are the last places of many famous Croatians.

Sightseeing continues in the afternoon at the square of Ban Jelacic. You will see Zrinjevac, which is a part of the so-called Green horseshoe or Lenuci’s horseshoe. It is spread over an area of 12,540 square meters (135,000 sq ft). The southern part of Zrinjevac sports busts of significant Croatiac people. Julije Klović, Andrija Medulić, Fran Krsto Frankopan, Nikola Jurišić, Ivak Kukuljevic Sakcinski and Ivan Mazuranic. In the middle of the park is a music pavilion built in 1891. Walking through Lenuci’s horseshoe you will see Botanical garden. In the garden there are several buildings, among which is dominated by impressive greenhouses and Garden (exhibition) pavilion. It was built at the very beginning, in 1891. Then the walk continues to the Museum Mimara, which containes the rich and varied collection with works of the ancient world as well as of the European art from the early Middle Ages to the 20th century. A special unit consists of the works of the Near, Middle and Far East. Of the total of 3,700 varied works of art, more than 1,500 exhibits constitute permanent holdings, dating from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century. This tour will end in front of the Croatian National Theatre. On 14 October 1895 in Zagreb was officially opened theater building for about 750 spectators in which today operates Croatian National Theatre. The neo-baroque building of the theater is a masterpiece of late historicism Austrian architect Ferdinand Fellner and German architect Hermann Helmer.

Return to the hotel.

At the night you can relax yourself in Tkalciceva streeet, which is famous gathering place for the people of Zagreb and for their guests. There are many restaurants, caffes and night clubs, where you can enjoy with a glass of wine and a dance.

Overnight.

DAY 3: SAMOBOR OR VARAZDIN OR PLITVICE LAKE NATIONAL PARK

Today we reccommend one of our famous full day excursions. You can visit Samobor or Varazdin or Plitvice Lake National Park.

SAMOBOR

After breakfast, excursion to Samobor. Samobor is located west of Zagreb, between the eastern slopes of the Samobor hills (Croatian: Samoborsko gorje), the eastern part of Zumberak Mountain, in the Sava River valley. The main attractions are: church of St. Michael, Franciscan monastery, the ruins of a medieval castle from the 13th century and several baroque buildings. Samobor is known for its parks, restaurants with national cuisine and excellent wines, especially at festivals that are held every year and custard slices – delicious cake that you will try in. After that you will get acquainted with the ancient mode of production Mustard and Bermet – red wine.

VARAZDIN

Varazdin represents the best preserved and the richest urban complex in continental Croatia. Today Varazdin is a popular destination for the summer holidays. The city has numerous areas of interests ranging from cultural areas (reflected by many museums, galleries and theaters in the area), shopping centers in the downtown core, various sports and recreation facilities, also a rich history in cuisine. Here you can see: Cathedral, Castle in the Old Town, Croatian National Theater, Parish Church of St. Nicholas, Chapel of St. Vitus, some baroque palaces such as: Town Hall, Herzer Palace, Hinterholzer Palace, Palace of the Varazdin County, cemetery.

PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. In 1979 they were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each year, more than 1.200.000 visitors are recorded. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follows the water flow.

After the professional guidance, return to the hotel in Zagreb. Overnight.

 

DAY 4: CROATIAN CASTLES

After breakfast, we reccommend a drive to Hrvatsko zagorje, full day trip. Hrvatsko zagorje is known for its well preserved castles and spa with thermal and mineral waters. You will visit the castle Orsic in Gornja Stubica and the museum of agricultural bune. Then you will walk through the ethno village Kumrovec, rural village with houses containing authentic furniture from the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th century, where you can learn something about the old crafts and visit birthplace of president Tito. Lunch is planned in one homestead, where you will enjoy local specialities. After lunch, you will leave to Trakoscan, the best preserved Croatian castle from the 13th century with a beautiful park and an artificial lake.

After this tour, return to the hotel in Zagreb. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: ZAGREB – RETURN HOME

Breakfast. Check out of a hotel room. Transfer to the airport.

 

Price includes:

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to the airport
  • Stay in hotel with 4*, centrally located, 4 BB
  • Licensed tourist guide for a full day city tour
  • Organization and realization of this city break

Price does not include:

  • Full day excursion to castles of Hrvatsko zagorje: English speaking driver, tour guide, local tourist guide, insurance, fuel, lunch in one homestead - 95 € per person
  • Full day excursion by choice: English speaking driver, tour guide, local tourist guide, insurance, fuel,: Samobor (69 € per person) // Varazdin (110 € per person) // Plitvice Lakes National Park with entrance ticket (130 € per person)
  • Additional costs other than those specified under price
  • Tickets for museums
  • Other personal expenses

 

NOTE:

A minimum of 2 passengers.

City break on request!