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Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia

DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights

Traveling to Croatia, Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Tour and get to know the best of Croatia – the country built on the legacy of Ancient Romans. In just eight days,  You will discover seven magnificent destinations,  the true treasures of the cultural and natural heritage of our amazing country. Discover it’s iconic cultural and natural heritage,  delicious gastronomy and charming local customs!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Zagreb, “the capital of Croatia”
  • Lunch in a typical Zagorje restaurant
  • Visit and tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Split, 1700 years old Diocletian palace
  • Hvar, the sunniest Island in Croatia
  • Ston, “Wine & Oysters”
  • Dubrovnik “the pearl of the Adriatic”

Day 1

Zagreb Airport - Zagreb City Tour

Zagreb Airport Arrival and welcome with our tour guide – transfer to hotel in Zagreb – hotel check-in – A day tour to explore Zagreb with the guide –  meet the guide in the hotel  for a 2 and half hours walking tour of Zagreb ”the capital of Croatia” – visit local ”the green market”, the cathedral and enjoy a ride in the smallest funicular in the world –You will meet your guide at the hotel lobby and start with a Sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatian cultural, economic and political center of the country. The city tour will give you an insight into two different cities: the modern, urban and the historic and cultural Zagreb.  The tour will start at Zagreb’s main square – Ban Jelačić Square. You will take a ride by Zagreb’s funicular, originally built in 1890, which is the shortest cable car in the world has only 66 meters in length and connecting downtown Zagreb with the Upper (old) Town – From the Upper Town, we will enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the area. After we go downtown passing by the Zagreb’s Cathedral and walking through Croatia’s biggest and picturesque Farmers market ”Dolac”. After the ”Dolac” experience, We continue our tour and you will get the verve of its vibrant streets and squares. With numerous museums, galleries, cafes, open markets, clubs, and pubs, Zagreb is today a city pulsing with life! An optional You can join our afternoon food tour in Zagreb, Included are Cheese with truffles, Štrukli (pastry with cheese and cream in different flavor), Prosciutto, smokey sausage, cabbage pie, feta cheese, cluttered cream, donuts, Traditional Croatian sweet, A glass of wine or any other drink!

Day 2

Hills of Zagorje Tour

This day we shall step into the Royal history of Zagreb and Zagorje region – Departure from Zagreb is scheduled at 10.00 am, Pick up at the place of Your accommodation where You will meet Your driver and start with a tour. On the way to Trakoscan Castle, you will learn about the history of the area and about the itinerary for the day. The tour will take you through gentle landscapes of green hills, vineyards, and charming churches. You will take a step into royal history and visit one of the biggest castles in the area ”the Trakoscan Castle”.  Trakošćan is certainly one of the most beautiful castles in Croatia and a highlight of the trip. 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. After Trakoščan, we are heading towards Samobor, one of the oldest and the most beautiful Central European cities. There you will enjoy the stunning countryside landscape and local homemade folk-cuisine specialties together with excellent local wines.  During the tour, learn about traditional Croatian handicrafts, visit the historic copper mine of St. Barbara, sample local specialties such as Kremsnita cake and Bermet wine, and enjoy free time to explore Samobor Old Town! Returns to Zagreb and the rest of the day free at leisure to enjoy Zagreb streets!

Day 3

Zagreb - Rastoke village - Plitvice Lakes - Split

After breakfast in Hotel, We are continuing our tour and we proceed towards the Plitvice Lakes National Park – which is one of the most known UNESCO World Heritage sites in Croatia. On the way to the lakes, We’ll stop at Rastoke – an idyllic watermill village we often like to call ”the Small Lakes of  Plitvice”. You will see the unique structure of well preserved wooden watermills on the waterfalls of river Slunjcica. The village found its place at the foot of the 19th century Napoleon’s army Magazine (storage) since the area of Rastoke was the eastern border part of Napoleon’s Empire. It has an important autochthonous ecologic and ethnographic legacy.  After the tour of Rastoke to the next destination, Plitvice. In the National Park will walk along the majestic string of sixteen cascaded lakes connected with beautiful waterfalls. The tour of the National Park will take approximately 3 hours. and will include a boat ride over the big lake and a train ride through the parking area at the end.  After the tour, you are going to enjoy a Traditional local lunch in one of the local restaurants. You will enjoy the stunning countryside landscape and local homemade folk-cuisine specialties together with excellent local wines! Following the lunch, Our trip ends in the evening, the drive continues to Split is on local roads seeing the charming Dalmatian countryside! 

Day 4

Split - Unesco Trogir - Salona ruins - Split

This the day is reserved to explore a 1.700,00-year-old Split town and Diocletian palace – This Private Tour starts in front of the south wall of Diocletian’s Palace where you’ll see the full view of its scale and hear how and why the Diocletian palace was built. You’ll explore the untouched basements, make your way to the central Peristyle square and visit what was originally Diocletian’s mausoleum and is nowadays the second oldest building structure in the world still used as a cathedral. Over 1,700 years old! 

Later we will forward to a city of Trogir where we will take you into the past time by retelling the stories and legends of Trogir. Greek, Roman, Venetian history on a small island connected to one, make this one of the most interesting historic oasis on the Adriatic Sea. On the entrance into the St. Lawrence Cathedral, you will see it’s a majestic portal of Radovan, the most significant medieval portal in this part of Europe. After we will come to the Tower of Kamerlengo, which was the Venetian governor’s palace. While strolling through this interesting city which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, this tour will give you the best introduction to its importance and impressive sights. On our return, we will visit the ancient Roman ruins of Salona. Salona dates back to the 2nd century BC and had all the infrastructure of all other Roman towns and reached its peak in the 3rd & 4th centuries AD, due to the fact that it was the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian. You’ll see the defense walls, aqueduct, basilicas, thermal baths, theater, sarcophagi, amphitheater, and more interesting sights. Seeing Salona puts the whole Roman era into perspective. 

Day 5

Split - Hvar town - Pakleni Islands - Milna - Split

This day we have a bonus from Us, booking a boat and skipper for a day. This tour starts in Split Marina where you will meet Your skipper and step in into a comfortable boat that will take you to Hvar Town and Pakleni Islands. Our first stop for a day is Milna bay on the island of Brac. Milna is a typical fisherman village known as well as a Sailing paradise. Time for coffee on the beautiful promenade. After a short break, time to leave Milna and transfer to Hvar town. Upon your arrival, our skipper will take you through Hvar’s history covering numerous stories that can only be spoken. Get lost in the rich history of town Hvar. Highlights of the tour are the oldest theatre in Europe, the famous image of “The Last Supper”, work of Matteo Pontonia, located in the Franciscan monastery in Hvar. We recommend taking a 20 min walk to climb up to the fortress Španjola – Fortica, built in the 16th century to defend the town from Turks. From Hvar is very easy to reach with a boat Pakleni islands, just 10 minutes away and we are surrounded by its sandy beaches where you can enjoy in turquoise crystal sea for swimming, snorkeling and rare natural beauties, like the smell of lavender and rosemary bushes. Cocktails, crystal blue sea, and beach parties combine so fine on a hot sunny day. The light is fading fast into the sea so we need to find a good place to best enjoy the sunset. After enjoying all day it is time to return to Split at 6:30 p.m. 

Day 6

Split - Mostar town - Ston town - Dubrovnik

Leaving Split and transfer to Dubrovnik – We are leaving Split and heading South to the town of Mostar – We shall drive along the Konavle valley and following the road of river Neretva –  Our first destination for a day is a city Mostar. Mostar is a town where the East meets the West, the place of mixed cultures and historical sites, including the most famous Old Bridge. A city of stone, historical, political and cultural center of Hercegovina. Mostar is the city of contrasts, wide roads, narrow streets, the traditional Kujundziluk (old bazaar), a city in which the culture and art of the east and west meet. The world-famous Stari Most (Old Bridge) is Mostar’s indisputable visual focus. The bridge’s swooping stone arch was originally built between 1557 and 1566 on the orders of Suleyman the Magnificent and has been entered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List!

On our way to Dubrovnik, Our second stopover will be at little town Ston at the beginning of the Pelješac Peninsula, which is also called the Croatian Empire of Wine.  Ston is famous for the longest stone wall in Europe (5.5 km), salt cultivation farming and oyster growing farms, since Roman times. Ston oysters are acknowledged natural aphrodisiac and made this region world-famous. Here we have an option to set up a boat tour and tasting at the local family-owned farm. Panoramic boat ride on a beautiful wooden boat through the Bay of Mali Ston and presentation of the local man running is an absolute must-do while in Croatia. If you like oysters you will find Yourself in an oyster paradise. After the oyster tour, we have an option to visit a local winery ”Miloš’‘.  The production of grapes and wine in Ponikva on the peninsula of Pelješac has been a Miloš family tradition for many generations. Production is based on the indigenous variety of Plavac Mali. Today, Miloš winery owns 15 hectares of vineyards on some of the highest quality positions of the Pelješac peninsula. Miloš vineyards are situated between the steep cliffs of the Prapratno bay and the village of Ponikva. Miloš winery is specialized in the production of exclusive wine from Plavac Mali variety. They make a selection of grapes based on the position and preparation of the vineyard, the year of the harvest, way the grapes were picked, the weather and clearly the technology in the cellar. This means that every type of wine demands a different procedure. In Miloš winery they make different types of wine: dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, and natural dessert wines. In the family-owned house, we have a presentation and tasting from the owner. We expect to arrive in Dubrovnik in the afternoon. Time at leisure and overnight Stay in Dubrovnik. 

Day 7

Dubrovnik City Tour

After breakfast, you will meet with Your guide at the hotel lobby and start with a Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik ”the pearl of the Adriatic”. Enjoy a pleasant walk in the city center of Dubrovnik, a city called the Pearl of the Adriatic. Each corner of this legendary city is its own unique experience. This memorable tour begins at the monumental Pile Gate, located at the top of Stradun, the splendid main promenade street of the Old Town. Feel free to visit the Franciscan Monastery. A little further is the Cathedral which was built on the ruins of a 12th church. Feel free to climb the stairs to the walls that allow you to walk around the Old town, or take a cable car for a stunning view of the famous red tile roofs and the sea. After the tour, we are taking a car to the Cavtat town and Konavle valley – Konavle is well known as Dubrovnik countryside, a region located in the southeast part of Croatia. This area of farms, vineyards and stone houses, welcome all the hosts who are searching for local tradition or way of life. For sure, food, local cuisine, and wine are the best and fastest way to understand local culture and immerse to local philosophy of life, This tour takes you to the home of a local family in Konavle, their history, tradition, and commitment to the place where they live is something that makes them very proud. After the lunchtime to see Panorama of Dubrovnik – We are taking a car up to the Srđ Fort where we enjoy Panorama above the old town and cup of coffee in the local place to stay – the rest of the day is yours at leisure! Dubrovnik is yours to discover!

Day 8

Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik Airport

Today is the last day of our tour, the departure day. Your guide will drive You to Dubrovnik Airport with a complimentary transfer to the airport. We Wish You a safe journey back home and We hope that You will have a great memory of these days spent with Us!

The tour includes:

  • Complimentary Airport Pick up and Drop off
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle at disposal per program
  • Professional knowledgeable English speaking driver
  • Professional guidance sightseeing of Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Trogir, Split, Mostar, Ston, Dubrovnik
  • All cost related to vehicle – gas, parking, highway tolls
  • All costs related to the driver 
  • Available Wi-Fi in the vehicle

Kindly note: You can do accommodation by Yourself or we can book a hotel for You!

  • Accommodation in 5 and 4-star hotels, breakfast included 
  • 2 night in Zagreb, 3 nights Split, 2 nights Dubrovnik

Activities:

History and culture, Sightseeing, Gastronomy, for individuals, couples, and families

Transportation:

We have a wide selection of vehicles, in order to satisfy all your needs. You will have on disposal one of our comfortable vehicle for the safe and comfortable journey and extra luggage capacity. All of our vehicles are new from 2017., 2018, year, low mileage, providing safe and comfortable journey!

Unesco World Heritage Sites In Pictures

Please note that the itinerary can be fully customized according to Your budget, time and preferences!  For instance, the starting point of the tour can be Dubrovnik Airport. Get in touch at info@croatia-private-tours.com for more information’s and price offer! 

Have Questions?

Speak to a journey specialist at +385 99 694 1644 or send us your inquiry