PEARLS OF CROATIA - self drive tour

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Day 01                                               ARRIVAL TO  ZAGREB

Your rent – a – car will be waiting for you after you claim your luggage.  Drive to your hotel in Zagreb and rest for the day. Overnight.

Day 02                                               ZAGREB

Morning is reserved for Lower Town guided walking tour. Zrinjevac park together with a lot of buildings representing the typical architecture of Central Europe from the edge of 19th and 20th century. Buildings of The Croatian Academy of Science and Arts and neighboring Art Pavilion are two finest examples. Continue by the Botanical Gardens and Marulic Square towards the Marsal Tito Square with another three important landmarks of Zagreb: The Mimara Museum, Croatian National Theatre and Zagreb University. Coffee break with piece of traditional cake. The rest of the tour starts with a short funicular ride to Upper Town – totally different, enchanting Zagreb and the story returns back to 15th and 16th century. The Lotrscak Tower signalizes the high noon to Zagreb citizens with the cannon shot every day. St. Catherine's Square with baroque church, St. Mark's Square with Houses of Parliament and Government and St. Mark's Church with its picturesque roof, The Stone Gate – another remaining of strong city walls are impressive sights for your own postcard of Zagreb. Free afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Zagreb.

Day 03                                ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES – ZADAR

Breakfast buffet at the hotel followed by check out and departure towards Plitvice lakes. We reccommend to stop in village Rastoke, the historic center of the Croatian municipality of Slunj. This old part of Slunj is known for its well-preserved mills and the picturesque little waterfalls along the Slunjcica river, which flows into the river Korana at this place. This location is often being referred to as "the Small Lakes of Plitvice". Rastoke is a place of autochthonous ecologic and ethnographic significance due to its symbiosis of natural and civilizational features. Plitvice Lakes National Park – one of the greatest natural wonders and phenomena in the world. Connected to each other by a series of foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls, the lakes are fed by many rivers and streams. Plitvice Lakes were declared a National Park in 1949, and since 1979 they have been on UNESCO’s list of World Natural Heritage. Accommodation at the hotel and overnight in Zadar.

Day 04                                               ZADAR – STON – DUBROVNIK

Breakfast buffet followed by check out and sightseeing of Zadar. Walking tour of this ancient Croatian city which inherited architectural sights from long and turbulent history as a church of St Donat, originally built in 9th century in Byzantine style. The main city street – The Wide Street – or Kalelarga, together with modern architectural solutions of Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun are unique in the world. Departure towards Dubrovnik with en-route stop in the town of Ston built in the 14th century in the form of a two-fold fortification system with Large and Small Ston, aiming to protect the salt plants, one of its major economic resources. A 12 - kilometer long wall – the world’s second longest wall after the Wall of China – connects two fortified cities: the first was built in order to protect the salt plants and the second as the salt export harbor. The oldest in Europe, the Ston salt plants are still in use, and the salt producing technology has not changed for centuries. Your visit to Ston and its salt plants will be a journey through history. In Croatian Gastronomy – the Ston Bay is the cradle of farming of mussels and oysters.  Lunch and oyster tasting at local restaurant.  Arrival Dubrovnik. Accommodation at the hotel and overnight.

Day 05                                               DUBROVNIK

Guided half-day tour of the Old City included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list (since 1979). This ancient city surrounded by ramparts and fortresses abounds in architectural and cultural masterpieces carefully preserved for centuries. A pleasant walk will take you to the Rector’s Palace, the Dominican Monastery housing a rich collection of medieval paintings. Following the central city street – Stradun – you will have a chance to visit the Franciscan Monastery and other intriguing sites. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik.

Day 06                                               DUBROVNIK - SPLIT

Morning at leisure. Transfer to Split,  with en-route stop for lunch and tasting of local specialties. Upon arrival in Split, check in and  meet with your guide for walking tour. Split is the largest and most important town in Dalmatia. Walking tour of historical center and remains of Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979), built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th -century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area. Overnight at the hotel in Split.

Day 07                                               SPLIT - TROGIR – ZAGREB

Breakfast followed by check out and visit of Trogir, a town museum. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity to learn about manifold and complex heritage - from Romanesque yard to the modern interiors. The unique historical core, Radovan’s portal, has been arousing excitement among visitors and travelers for centuries. Arrival to Zagreb and overnight at the hotel in Zagreb.

Day 08                                               ZAGREB  - departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure, followed by check out and transfer to Zagreb airport for outbound flight.