CROATIA and SLOVENIA - 12 days program - self drive

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

PROGRAM SUGGESTION

 

DAY 1.                                                                  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 2.                                                                  ZAGREB

Morning is reserved for Zagreb city tour with a local guide: Lower Town: 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. Afternoon 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.

DAY 3.                                                             TRAKOŠČAN AND VARAŽDIN

After breakfast, drive in direction of North part of Croatia, where you will visit the castle of Trakošćan: Trakošćan castle is the most beautiful and most visited Romanesque castle in Croatia. This beautiful castle in northern Croatia is breath taking. It is a quiet little jewel in the mountains far from any city.  It was built in 13th century on the hills of Croatian Zagorje. According to legend, Trakošćan was named after the Thracian fortress (ARX Thacorum) which allegedly existed in antiquity. Another preserved legend says, it is named after the knights Drachenstein who in the early Middle Ages, ruled the region. In the 16th century it was taken over by Croatian Count Juraj Drasković. The decor on each floor is from specific centuries. If you have time, there is endless history to read and examine. There is an extensive weapon collection. The stone steps down to the kitchen and the courtyard are something special to see. You can almost hear the past castle residents and guests as your imagination wonders what such life must have been like. After sightseeing drive in direction of the city Varaždin. Some free time for lunch.

As the former capital of Croatia and cultural heart of Medimurje region, Varazdin has a refined architecture in abundance and your guide will show you off its best bits on your walking tour. Enjoy a leisurely paced stroll around the pretty cobblestone streets that comprise the town center. Gaze around the resplendent baroque buildings that throng the alleyways while hearing tales and trivia about the town. Hear how the town flourished as Croatia’s center of commerce during the late 17th century, enjoying a stint as the country’s capital before a fire snuffed out its glory nearly a century later. See top Varazdin attractions like the Cathedral of Assumption and the Monastery of St. John the Baptist and enjoy photo stops next to interesting buildings like Varazdin Town Hall.

Return to Zagreb. Overnight.

DAY 4.                                                            BLED – LJUBLJANA

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and drive in direction of Slovenia. There is a 2-hour drive to Slovenia pearl – lake Bled, where on the banks of the mountain lake, beneath the peaks of Julian Alps a charming little town of Bled is situated. This pearl of Slovenia and the whole Alpine region, with a tiny island and St. Mary's Church in the middle of the Lake and an old medieval Castle up on the cliff that offers you an amazing view is definitely something you will be enchanted with. Free time for lunch.

In the afternoon, drive in direction of Slovenia capital.

Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. It lies on the river Ljubljanica and was built in the Roman settlement Emona in 15-year AD. After the earthquake that destroyed the city in the 16th century, Ljubljana was rebuilt in Renaissance style and after a catastrophic earthquake in the 19th century in neo-classical and art nouveau style. Ljubljana architecture between the two world wars was enriched by the well-known architect Joža Plečnik. The symbol of the city is the dragon, which represents the strength and courage. According to the Greek legend, the Argonauts on their way home after having taken the Golden Fleece found a lake surrounded by a marsh somewhere on the present-day city of Ljubljana. It is there that Jason, main Argonaut, allegedly killed a dragon which then became the symbol of the city.

Check in to hotel. Overnight.

DAY 5.                                                           LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA – POREČ/BALE

After breakfast enjoy some time in Ljubljana, then drive in direction of Postojna. Postojna Cave is the only cave in Europe with two-way railway line which is set up there for tourist purposes. Natural designed galleries, halls, corridors that are intertwined in and cause awe for nature that surrounds them. There are also unavoidable stalagmites and stalactites and each one of them has its own name. A” Diamond” got its name because it is high whopping 5 meters that creating an unusual landscape in the middle of this one huge gleaming sculpture. At the entrance to the cave, there are various restaurants with terrace, souvenir shops and a beautiful park by the river Pivka. Predjamska fortress is more than 700 years old and stands at 123 m high rocky cliff. Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle behind the cave. It is about 11 kilometers from Postojna. Free time for lunch. Continue drive in direction of Poreč. Check in to a hotel.

Overnight

DAY 6.                                                           ISTRIA TOUR

After breakfast, we recommend Rovinj private guided tour. Admire this ancient and very picturesque medieval town, its town walls, gates, archway and a clock tower all overlooked by the beautiful Church of St Euphemia which has wonderful views from the tower, a replica of St Mark’s in Venice, of the rooftops and distinctive chimneys and island-studded coast. The narrow streets and hidden squares are lined with grand, crumbling architecture of many styles when the town was an important part of the Venetian Republic, and there are chic boutiques, galleries, tempting cafes and many churches to explore. In the afternoon drive to the medieval city Motovun. Motovun is the best-preserved medieval fortification on the Istrian peninsula. The story of this beautiful city begins at the foot of the Motovun hill, where the mythical Jason and the Argonauts sailed along the Mirna River. The story about Motovun goes all the way back to the period between 3,500 and 2,200 B.C., but the first mention of the name is written in 809 A.D. The town itself remained in the shape of old fortress, from which the name Montona is derived – the fortress on the hill. We recommend dinner in local restaurant.

Overnight.

DAY 7 .                                                            PULA - OPATIJA

After breakfast, check out of hotel and drive in direction of Pula.

Due to the Venetians reign over Pula for over 400 hundred years: some of their architecture still remains there until today. By far, the most notable is the magnificent Roman amphitheater which we of course will spend time in and around. Pula Arena boasts four side towers and is thus the largest of its kind. This is the best kept ancient monument in the entire country. It really is a work of art! Strolling around and through the amazing ancient arches, it won’t be long before your imagination runs wild just picturing all that would and could have happened in a place built over a thousand years ago. Let the guide fill you in on the history and be blasted in to the past as you are told all about the ongoing from a whole different epoch. Drive along Istria peninsula, all the way to the city of Opatija - “The Queen of Croatian tourism”. Check in to the hotel and rest.

Overnight.

DAY 8 .                                                           PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out and departure towards Plitvice lakes. 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. After a peaceful day in the green, overnight.

DAY 9.                                                            ZADAR - ŠIBENIK

After breakfast, enjoy a peaceful drive on the local road to Zadar. The road will take you all the way over the Velebit peaks, where in one moment the is an inland climate, but after you pass the highest peak, you will have a wonderful look over Adriatic, with a feel of Mediterranean climate. Drive to the town of 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.

The sea organs are consisted of several stairs that descend into the sea. Above the canal there are perforated stone stairs through which the sound comes out, the air pushed by the sea.

Continue driving in direction of Šibenik. Overnight.

DAY 10.                                                         NATIONAL PARK KRKA

After breakfast, we recommend to visit national park Krka. In the national park Krka, there is an opportunity to go and visit some hidden gems like Krka Monastery - This isn't just the most important Serbian Orthodox monastery in Croatia; it's one of the faith's most important sites full stop. Featuring a unique combination of Byzantine and Mediterranean architecture, it occupies a peaceful position above the river and a small lake.

Return to hotel, overnight

Day 11.                                                        ŠIBENIK - SPLIT

After breakfast, check out and meet your guide for Šibenik sightseeing: the town which successfully combines famous history and natural beauties. Šibenik is a town of tradition, beautiful nature and hospitality where you will always have something to do. The Renaissance left a significant trace on the face of Šibenik, and St. Jakov cathedral is one of the most significant buildings, which we definitely recommend you to visit. The fact that it was being built for a hundred years tells how much effort and skill is invested in the building of this beautiful cathedral. The final stage was completed by local and Italian masters -Francesco di Giacomo, Lorenzo Pincino, Pier Paolo Bussato, Bonino da Milano and Giorgio da Sebenico (Juraj Dalmatinac), Andrija Budčić and Grubiš Šlafčić.  In the year 2000 the cathedral was recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site. Than after lunch drive to Split, and check in to hotel.

We recommend a private walking tour of the city of 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. This 1700-year-old city will fascinate you with its history, culture and lifestyle. The layout of the Roman Palace now outlines the core of the city, and today this is the place where people live, socialize and do business. Places to see are: PERISTIL – the main square, Cathedral of St. Duje, Jupiter temple. We also recommend to visit the Archeological museum and the Gallery of Ivan Meštrović, world renowned Croatian sculptor with impressive collection of female figures.

Overnight.

DAY 12.                                                         SPLIT – ZAGREB – DEPARTURE DAY

Check out from hotel and drive via Zagreb. Leave the car at the airport.

 

“Regular hotels” package per person: from 1490 €

 

“Regular hotel offer” - What is included? 

Accommodation in 4* and 5* based hotel in double room with BB service – 1 double room

3 x BB – ZAGREB  - Hotel Westin 5* 

1 x BB – LJUBLJANA  - Hotel Lev 4* 

2 x BB – POREČ  - Hotel Valamar Diamant 4* 

1 x BB – OPATIJA  - Hotel Grad 4 cvijeta 4*  

1 x BB – PLITVICE - Hotel Jezero 3*

2 x BB – ŠIBENIK  - Hotel Panorama 4* 

1 x BB – SPLIT  - Hotel Atrium 5* 

 

 

 

Special – boutique hotels – package per person: from 1790 €

 

Accommodation in 4* and 5* based hotel in double room with BB service

3 x BB – ZAGREB  - Hotel 9 - grand luxury room with king size bed

“one of the first luxury boutique hotels in Zagreb – located opposite to Zagreb main bus station, designed by the renowned architect Ante Vrban. This is a top quality accommodation, which offer a unique accommodation. With their individual approach and hospitality, the hotel staff will provide you with a unique service and make the stay pleasant even for the most demanding guests.

1 x BB – LJUBLJANA  - Hotel Lev 4* 

2 x BB – BALE – Wine hotel Maneghetti 4* 

Spreading on 120,000 square meters, among Istrian vineyards and olive groves, the luxurious Wine Hotel and Restaurant Meneghetti provides an oasis of nature. The elegant rooms and villas are combined with the ultimate Wine & Dine experience

1 x BB – OPATIJA  - Hotel Ikador 5* luxury 

Ikador is a place of inspiration, timeless elegance, and an oasis of noble luxury in the heart of the scenic Opatija Riviera.

1 x BB – PLITVICE - Hotel Fenomen Plitvice 4*  

2 x BB – ŠIBENIK  - Hotel D resort 4* 

1 x BB – SPLIT  - Palace Suites Split Heritage hotel 4* -

 

Rent – a – car – type: Škoda Octavia -  rent with premium package insurance, GPS, Cross border Fee

Private walking tour with local guides in Zagreb, Varaždin, Ljubljana, Poreč, Pula, Šibenik, Split,

Organization, all government taxes and VAT

 

Price does not include:

• flight tickets • entrance tickets to sights of interest • petrol, road toll • lunches/dinners • personal expenses • other possible costs • personal insurance

Entrance tickets suggestion and prices per person:

Trakoščan castle: 4,5 €  •  Bled Castle: 11 € •  Postojna cave 28,5 €  • Plitvice lakes  13,5 €  • Krka national park 17 €  • Diocletian basements 5,5 €

Note: this program and prices are calculated with present level of hotel occupancy and availability. The reservations in hotels are not confirmed – and the final price will be confirmed with hotel reservation confirmations. To guarantee hotel reservation we require guests’ names with date of births.

If you need extra information please feel free to ask us.