ZAGREB - ZADAR - SPLIT - 12 DAYS / 11NIGHTS - SELF DRIVE TOUR

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  • Start point: Zagreb
  • End point: Split
  • Meal plan: breakfast
  • Transportation: rent-a-car

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

ZAGREB

The city of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, on the historic and political threshold between East and West, illustrates both the continental and Mediterranean spirit of the nation it spearheads. Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative center of the Republic of Croatia, and is home to the Croatian Parliament, Government and President. Its favorable location between the Pannonian plain, the edge of the Alps and the Dinaric range has allowed it to become a crossing point for mass international communication.

 

PLITVICE LAKES

The unity and the harmony of the 16 lakes and their natural and cultural values is famous worldwide, earning this remarkable national park a coveted place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Over time, the water changes its course, leaving some barriers dry and as it deposits new layers elsewhere. This constant evolution makes the Plitvice Lakes never look the same. The best way to actually see this happening is when you are standing in front of the Great falls, 78 m high. The roaring thunder of the water as it hits the ground is unforgettable!

 

ZADAR

Zadar has been the capital city of Dalmatia for centuries and today is the center of North Dalmatia. It is a city with rich cultural-historical heritage, first Croatian university (founded in 1396), a city of Croatian basketball, traditional Mediterranean cuisine and unique in the world sea organ.

 

SPLIT

Split is the second largest city in Croatia and capital of Dalmatia, world known for its 1700 years old Diocletian's palace, the best preserved monument of late antiquity in the whole world.

To learn about Split, we recommend a sightseeing tour with a local guide. This 1700-year-old city will fascinate you with its history, culture and lifestyle.

 

 

 

PROGRAM PROPOSAL

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL TO ZAGREB

After your arrival flight, you will pick up your car that will be on your disposal until the end of the tour. Drive to your Zagreb hotel for accommodation. Overnight.

DAY 2: ZAGREB

Breakfast at hotel. We recommend getting to know Zagreb, our capital, with local guide who will meet you at hotel reception and take you for a half day walking tour: The tour starts with a visit to Kaptol, which is medieval part of Zagreb. We will take you to Cathedral – which history goes back from the 11th century. Now, it is a neo-gothic structure with two twin towers that represent one of the main landmarks of the city. Then you will go to city market Dolac, where you will have time to buy something traditional from “kumice” (local ladies that sell there). 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. Marko Square you will see the Governor’s palace and the Parliament building. We will walk you through Stone Gates, along Radićeva street back to Ban Jelačić Square. Then you will go along the so-called Green horseshoe or Lenuci’s horseshoe: Zrinjevac park, pass the music pavilion, several palaces from 19th century, Tomislav Square and finish our tour by Botanical garden. The rest of the afternoon free to visit some popular Zagreb museums: The Broken relationship museum, Museum of Illusion, or similar.

The rest of the day free. Overnight.

DAY 3: CASTLE TOUR: TRAKOŠČAN CASTLE – VARAŽDIN CITY

Breakfast at hotel.  Drive to the north part of Croatia. Trakošćan is certainly one of the most beautiful castles in Croatia. It is a 13th century hilltop castle and has been renovated in the neo-Gothic style in the 1850s. Explore the museum inside, and imagine how splendid it must have been to live in the castle. Enjoy a walk in the park with a lake below the castle. Your next stop will be in the town of Varaždin, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Croatia, a Baroque city known for its wonderful 12th century old town fort. Varaždin is mainland Croatia's best preserved Habsburg-era town. Return to Zagreb. Overnight.

DAY 4: PLITVICE LAKES

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to the beautiful village of Rastoke at the confluence of the River Slunjcica and River Korana. Pause for a coffee in the picturesque village, full of traditional wooden architecture and houses built up to 300 years ago.

Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, and discover the lakes and waterfalls of Croatia's most popular tourist attraction. Journey through one of Europe's most beautiful sites, where 16 lakes and waterfalls are scattered across the countryside.

Overnigt in the village Rizvanuša.

DAY 5:  RIZVAN CITY – ADRENALINE DAY

Adrenaline day in adventure park Rizvan city for a day full of adrenaline.  Here you can climb trees and enjoy high ropes course, swing on giant swing, make a quad or jeep safari, kayak or explore cave Modrič.

After fulfilled day drive further to Croatian coast, all the way to the city of Zadar. Accommodation and overnight.

DAY 6:  ZADAR

After breakfast, we recommend exploring Zadar with a local guide. Walking along Zadar's streets the guide will show you the entire spectrum of monuments. Taking you into the past by retelling the stories and legends you will feel the pulse of the town from the past and today's everyday living. During the walk you will see the Old City, stop by the Church of St. Donat that lies on the ancient Roman forum built from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD, Cathedral of St. Anastasia, Sea Gate, Land Gate, City Walls and the Square of Five Wells… At the end of the tour you can take your time listening to the unique sound of the Sea organ. The tour guide would be glad to give you suggestions regarding restaurants and shops to make this trip a memorable one!

In the afternoon, drive to the ancient city of NIN, a small city with a 3000 years’ history. Return to hotel. Overnight.

DAY 7: ŠIBENIK – NP KRKA

Breakfast in hotel and check out. On this day we recommend to drive in the direction of the city of Šibenik. The Šibenik landmark is the St. Jacob's Cathedral - the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in Croatia, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Afterwards drive to National Park Krka. Leave your car in town Skradin, and take a boat tour to Skradinski buk waterfalls. Walk among numerous waterfalls and crystal clear water.

Continue to drive to city of Split. Accommodation and overnight.

DAY 8:  SPLIT

After breakfast, we can recommend exploring Split with a local guide: Split walking tour includes the Roman part of town (Diocletian palace) and old part of town (City hall, promenade, Fish market...)

The ruins of the Palace, can be found throughout the city. The cathedral locally known as St. Duje church was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area.

If you are not so keen on traditional sightseeing, we could recommend taking a cooking class where you will meet one of the local chefs who will take you to an open market and pick your own food to cook. Then he will take you to his kitchen, where you will learn how to make some traditional meals from this area. Meet or fish – you will pick your own menu.

The rest of the day at your own choice.

DAY 9:  BLUE CAVE AND HVAR ISLAND TOUR

Breakfast at hotel. After picking you up at Split promenade you will step aboard a speedboat for a thrilling ride to Bisevo Island, whose highlight is the Blue Cave. In order to appreciate its ethereal beauty, we’ll arrive exactly at the time of the day when the sunlight reflected through the sea floor bathes the entire cave in aquamarine light, while objects in the water are turned into shimmering silver.

According to old fishermen’s evidence, on Bisevo island lived a number of monk seals. They used to call this animal the “sea-man” in their dialect. In the past fishermen persecuted monk seals because they tore their nets and scared the fish. The cave called Monk Seal’s Cave is the biggest among them located immediately behind the cape Biskup towards the bay of Baluni. Here you will have the opportunity to have a swim in the ex-home of this famous and protected animal.

Then we slice through the Adriatic to explore Komiza, a picture-perfect, authentic fisherman village on the island of Vis. You will have free time to wonder around the old town, relax on the beaches with shaded area provided by the tamarix trees and taste some typical Mediterranean snacks.

With sun on its peak, we will sail towards one of the most beautiful secret bay on Vis island, perfect place for swimming and snorkeling before our final destination – the town of Hvarone of the most beautiful harbors on the Adriatic and a rich cultural heritage. Its seven-century old walls still survive, as well as many of the 15th-17th C Venetian era noble houses and public buildings. The easy walk around the town to discover its many charms is a delight.  On its famous promenade you will have the opportunity to have lunch at your own expense and enjoy typical dishes. Afterwards it’s time to return to Split with speedboat.

Day 10:  OMIŠ

After breakfast, drive to Omiš.

Omiš is a small village 1-hour drive from Split. When approaching you will notice Just above the roofs of the old town, as a permanent reminder of the glorious pirate history, stands one of the most famous Omiš landmarks – the fortress of Mirabela. After the city sightseeing, we will drive you up to the Cetina river canyon to reach the Radman Mills – a peaceful place surrounded by hundred years old trees, and a roar from the mills. Lunch. Return to Split for overnight.

DAY 11: SPLIT

Day for leisure time – enjoy the Split time, take a cup of coffee on Split Riva, have lunch at some local restaurants. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, then we would recommend a guided tour to visit some landmarks around Split that was used for Game of Thrones scenery - Explore the historic city of Split on a locations tour of sites used to film the legendary HBO TV series “Game of Thrones,” and learn the history of the city as you follow in the footsteps of all your favorite characters.

DAY 12:  DEPARTURE DAY

Breakfast in hotel. We will arrange to leave your car in the Split airport. Departure to your homeland.

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Package price includes:

  • rent-a-car (economy style) with full insurance and GPS 
  • 3 overnight with breakfast  in hotel Academia 4* or similar in Zagreb
  • 2 overnight with breakfast in hotel ZaDar 4* or similar in Zadar
  • 5 overnight with breakfast in hotel Art 4* or similar in Split
  • 1 overnight with breakfast in local house in village Rizvanusa
  • adrenaline day in Rizvan city
  • local guides in Zagreb, Split & Zadar
  • Blue cave and island Hvar full day boat excursion
  • Entrance tickets for: Plitvice lakes, Krka National Park, Diocletian basements, Jupiter temple and cathedral in Split
  • Organization and all taxes.

 

Package price does not include:

  • Airplane ticket
  • Other personal expenses