Day 1: Arrival in Zagreb, Airport pick-up
Welcome to colorful Zagreb! An English speaking driver will meet you at Zagreb airport on time, and then transfer you to the hotel. After hotel check-in, it will be your free time.
Day 2: Trakoscan Castle & Zagreb full day tour
At 9:00 am or thereabout, the driver guide will offer you a hotel pick-up and escort you to the romantic British style garden, Trakoscan Castle. Although its history could be dated back to the 14th century, the Neo-Gothic exterior is an achievement in the 19th century. You can take a leisure walk by the lake in front of Trakoscan, and then learn the Croatian noble life in past centuries inside the castle.
After the 1.5-hour visit, we'll go back to Zagreb for a 2 hours' city tour. We are going to see Zagreb Cathedral, bustling Dolac farmers market, busy Tkalca street, ramified Gric Tunnel, and old funicular car Uspinjaca made in the Age of Steam. You will also have an opportunity to take Uspinjaca and stop at Lotrscak tower in Upper Town. Then walk to see St. Mark's Church, the stone gate and Zagreb's main square from ancient Rome times. The rest of the day is your free time.
Day 3: Motovun & Rovinj discovery
Today, we will head to two medieval towns - Motovun and Rovinj on Istria, the largest peninsula in Croatia. Enjoy 3 hours' drive from Zagreb to Motovun. Your driver will give you some suggestions about your 1-hour self-guided tour on arrival. And you can try the local food as your lunch, at your own expense.
Around 14:30 pm, the driver will drive for 1.5 hours, to transfer you to the hotel in Rovinj. Located by sea, Rovinj is a fairy-tale land like a brightly colored shell rushed to the shore. After checking in, you are free to arrange your own activities.
Day 4: Pula city tour, Arrival in Opatija
After breakfast, we'll leave Rovinj for Opatija by car. En route, we will have a stopover in Pula, and a local guide will offer you a short walking tour to see the Roman colosseum constructed two thousand years ago, which is now a famous arena for grand concerts and events. When the Pula walking trip is over, you will be given some free time until 14:00. Then the driver will continue driving for 1.5 hours, to your hotel in Opatija. In the mid-19th century, the royal family and aristocrats of Austro-Hungarian Empire made Opatija the first seaside summer resort in southeastern Europe. In the rest time of today, you will be free, to enjoy the sunshine while walking on the seaside trails, or see the beautiful old architecture there.
Day 5: Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, Arrival in Split
At around 8:30, we'll leave for Plitvice Lakes National Park from Opatija. There are natural dikes and caves of limestone, waterfalls and 16 connected alpine lakes in the park, and the height difference reaches 436 feet between the 1st and 16th lakes. The local guide will show you around the park for 3 hour on foot, by boat and train. After that, the driver will take you to a restaurant for the self-paid lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Spilt, taking 2.5 hours. Check into the hotel and have a good rest on arrival.
Day 6: Boat riding to Blue Cave & Hvar island, Back to Split
The driver will give you a ride to the place where the English skipper will pick you up and escort you to appreciate the natural wonder in Blue Cave. You will also get a chance to have sunbathing on Stiniva beach, explore Budikovac island and Pakleni island, and swim in the crystal-clear seawater. Then, take a stroll at Old City of Hvar, to look far into the archipelago on medieval city walls, or visit old handicrafts shops and the cafés. Finally we will return to Split.
The Istria packages today are completely at the mercy of local weather. If it is not suitable to visit the Croatian islands, we will go to Krka National Park instead.
Day 7: Dubrovnik city travel with a panoramic drive to Srđ hill
After breakfast, drive for 3 hours to Dubrovnik. The driver will lead you to Srd hill at first, which is the best place to overlook the full view of Dubrovnik. Then we'll go to the hotel at the foot of Srđ hill, and have a rest. From 16:00 to 18:00, you will be guided to the walled city, to go along Stradun Street - the main street of this old city, and admire the old European architecture in Roman, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and more styles.
Day 8: Departure from Dubrovnik, Airport see-off
At the appointed time, the driver will wait for you at the hotel lobby, and give you an airport drop-off. Hope you have had fun with us! See you next time!