Croatia

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel - Day 1

Arrive to Zagreb
Pick up car rental

Check into Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Dating back to 1925, the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is a historic Zagreb landmark and the best-known hotel in the city. Located within walking distance of the train station, this independent luxury hotel with 208 rooms and suites is the capital’s most opulent place to stay. Rooms, with elegant, classical decor and marble bathrooms, reflect the tony atmosphere found elsewhere, but a few rooms are in need of renovation and show signs of wear. With all its glitz, it actually offers good value for a five-star category hotel with very reasonable room rates. However, it doesn't have a swimming pool, something other nearby five-pearl properties like The Westin Zagreb and Sheraton Zagreb Hotel have, at very similar rates. 

Zagreb City Tour - Day 2

Zagreb City Tour

Transfer to Rovinj

Check into Grand Park Hotel Rovinj

Zagreb City Tour

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The city tour will include all the highlights of Zagreb - both the Downtown (The 19th century part of the city) and the most charming part of the city - the Old Town - Cathedral, Tkalčić Street, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Church, Parliament, Government,.. During the tour we'll make as many stops as they want. For shopping or tasting local food, enjoying local beer and ice cream.


Visit the Farmer's Market for local food, walk in the Botanical garden or visit the Cemetary, We can visit museums if they want it (Museum of Broken Relationship, Illusions, Torture)

Transfer to Rovinj - Day 2

Istria Tour from Rovinj - Day 3

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09:30 - departure from Rovinj - from the hotel - continue scenic drive to MOTOVUN with stop at Karojba viewpoint 

10:30/10:50 - arrival to Motovun, guided walk through the medieval settlement including the wall walk (entrance ticket: 25 kuna (cca 4,1 $ pp - not included in the price)  Free time for coffee 

12:00 departure for the BUZET area for your truffle experience 

12:15/12:20 - TRUFFLE HUNTING - TRUFFLE BASED TASTING (basically lunch) (Truffle hunt lasts for some 2,5 hours - 1 hour hunting in the forest with two professionals and 2 two dogs and then tasting truffles. Truffle experience costs some 65€ pp and it's not included in the price) 

3:00 pm - departure for GROZNJAN - 3:30 - arrival to Groznjan - 1 hour: guided walk through the village + free time for drink, gallery shopping, etc 

4:45/5:00 pm - departure for Rovinj (50 minutes drive) If truffle hunting is not included, options are wine tasting in one of the many wineries ( some 100 kuna pp or 16,4 $ pp) in the area and guided walk in Rovinj.

Plivitse Lakes Tour from Rovinj - Day 4

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Plitvitse Lakes tour from Rovinj (private transfer)

Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Lička Plješivica mountain range to the southeast. Administratively, the park falls within two counties: Lika-Senj (90.7%) and Karlovac (9.3%).

The park is primarily covered in forest vegetation, with smaller areas under grasslands. The most attractive part of the park – the lakes – cover just under 1% of the total park area. The lake system is comprised of 16 named and several smaller unnamed lakes, cascading one into the next. The Plitvice Lakes National Park offers visitors eight different routes to tour the lake system, and four hiking trails. 

Zadar City Tour - Day 5

Transfer to Zadar

Zadar City tour

Zadar City Tour

The ancient coastal city of Zadar boasts a fascinating pre-Roman history, lovely marbled streets and a charming café scene that lures locals and travelers alike to sit and people-watch for hours over cups of steaming dark coffee and maraschino liquor. Experience this largely un-touristed Croatian city by taking a Zadar tour with a local guide who is keen to share the best of her hometown with you.

Begin your day marvelling at the tremendous 16th century fortifications that still guard parts of the city, then wander around Zadar's ancient Roman Forum. Learn about Zadar's long and tumultuous history as your guide walks with you through the narrow traffic-free streets to the heart of Old Town. Here you can visit the beautiful Byzantine churches of St Donat, St Francis and St Simon, and shop at the lively local fruit market. Finish your tour at the unique Sea Organ - a series of musical steps leading to the ocean.

Day 6

Transfer to Split

Split City tour

Return rental car at Split Port

Ferry to Hvar

Check into Hotel Park Hvar

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Split City Tour

Join this amazing tour and our guides will bring the past alive and share the facts and inside stories with you on the best rated tour in town. Split walking tour includes the Roman part of town (Diocletian palace) and Medieval part of town (City hall, promenade, Fish market..)

The ruins of the Palace, can be found throughout the city. The cathedral localy 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.

Private Boat tour from Hvar - Day 7

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The boat tour starts at 10 AM from the port of Hvar (city center). The first stop is at Island Budikovac ( near Island Vis) - called Blue Lagoon, and a visit to Green Cave. 

After that we will visit the Stiniva Bay on the Island of Vis. Stiniva Bay is included in the TOP ten most beautiful bay in Europe. 

The next stop is the famous Blue cave. After Blue cave we stop at Pritiscina Bay which is nice for swimming, also on the Island Vis. 

Before the return in Hvar , around 6 PM, we stop at Pakleni Island in the Palmižana Bay.

Hvar Off Road Tour - Day 8

Like the Island of Hvar, our Hvar Offroad Tour is truly one of a kind. We begin with a short drive along a dirt road to Malo Grablje, an ancient village founded in the 16th Century and abandoned many decades ago. We will take a stroll through this picturesque village, allowing you the opportunity to take photographs while your guide discusses the village’s rich history.

After Malo Grablje we proceed to Velo Grablje, a tiny village founded in the 15th Century and now deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once a wealthy, advanced township, this area was an industrial centre for wine, olive oil, and honey, and the people were known as the greatest lavender-oil producers in Europe.

Next we drive up Vidikovac, a hill with immaculate views of Stari Grad and the deepest bay on the island. It was founded by the ancient Greeks in 384 BC and named Faros. Stari Grad Plain is a cultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonized. The original agricultural activity of this fertile plain, mainly centering on grapes and olives, has been maintained since Greek times to present. Have your camera ready. As you capture images of the lush scenery, your guide will explain the historical context of this great town—the oldest township in all of Croatia.

After a moment to absorb this breathtaking landscape, it’s time to ascend Hvar’s greatest and tallest peak: St. Nicholas (626m). From the top of this hill you will have a 360-degree, unobstructed view of the Central Adriatic. You will also see Hvar’s neighboring islands Brač, Korčula and Vis. On a clear day, you can even look out onto the Adriatic and see Italy.

Below the high point of St. Nicholas, on a sloping, sunny hillside, lies Sveta Nedija, a village surrounded by vineyards so steep they’re renowned the world over for being extraordinarily difficult to tend; but they are also renowned for the high quality red wine they produce from Dalmatian plavac grape.

Coming down off the hill, as we drive through the sun-soaked island, the essence of Hvar will overpower your senses. Her undulating landscape is accented in vineyard-covered hills, thick olive groves, and fragrant fields full of rosemary and lavender. It won’t take long for you to see why Hvar is called “a little piece of Heaven on Earth.”

In addition to the guided tour, you will also be served lunch at a family run tavern in the central part of the island, by the edge of the UNESCO protected field. With its old world style and homegrown, organic vegetables, tavern takes you back in time to the days of ancient Hvar and the Dalmatian civilization that once thrived here. All food is prepared traditionally using the old bell-shaped lid (peka) that is then covered with hot coal. Your main course, served with a side-dish of boiled potatoes, can be any one of the following: octopus, lamb, veal, or chicken.

After lunch we continue along the northern coast to Vrboska. Here you can kick back and relax on Soline Beach or go for a swim in its cool, clear waters.

It is now nearing 16:30. As the sun sets over our Hvar Offroad Tour, we head back to Hvar Town via the new road set along the southern precipice of the island. This takes us past one of the most beautiful, most peaceful bays Dalmatia has to offer; and with the golden sun dipping in the late afternoon sky, you’ll relish the vistas of the southern coast, the array of outer-lying islands, and of course the glittery Adriatic.

Transfer to Dubrovnik - Day 9

Ferry to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Panorama Tour

Dubrovnik Panorama Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Franjo Tudjman Bridge
    Best panoramic views of Dubrovnik cruise port, Dubrovnik Downtown area, Lapad peninsula and Elaphiti islands archipelago.

  • Ombla river spring
    One of the shortest rivers in the world, rushing out of limestone mountain and ending its flow only after 40 yards in Adriatic Sea…Marvel the flow of water or gaze at mullets and trouts swimming around.

  • Mt. Srdj
    We will stop on two great panoramic spots overlooking the Old Town of Dubrovnik. One is upper Cable Car station stop (no need to go by cable car since we are taking you to the viewpoint) and the other being the best panoramic spot of Old Town from bunkers 600m below the cable car station. Later is spot where all the promo videos of Dubrovnik are being taken from.

  • Dubrovnik Old Town
    Professionally guided 2 hours walking tour around Dubrovnik Old Town where all major sites will be explained (Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, Onofrio’s Fountain, Rector’s Palace, Dubrovnik Cathedral, Stradun-main street, Old Town port, St. Blaise Church, Orlando’s Collumn. Tour ends in Old Town.

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Trip to Korcula/Son - Day 10

8:15 AM (or different) – pick up from your hotel/sea port
1 hour drive to Ston
9:15 Arrival in Ston, visiting the city center (Rector’s Palace, Bishop’s Palace, Fountain „The EYE“, stop behind ancient salt factory)
10:05 Continuing through Peljesac to Orebic ferry point
11:30 20 minutes boat ride from Orebic to Korcula island
11:50 walking tour of Korcula town center, St. Mark’s Cathedral photo stop, Marco Polo’s birth house photo stop
12:50 free time for snack or lunch in Korcula
14:00 return boat ride to Peljesac
15:00 wine tasting of Plavac mali wine
15:45 panoramic ride through Dingac seaside vineyards, passing through Dingac tunnel
16:20-18:00 Driving back through Ston towards Dubrovnik stopping along the way for toilet/photo breaks
18:00 – tour ends at your hotel/sea port

Montenegro Day Trip - Day 11

Tour Highlights

  • BAY OF KOTOR – Magical scenery with numerous photo opportunities

  • PERAST – the city of captains and pirates

  • OUR LADY OF THE ROCKS – 16ct artificial island with stunning Baroque church and museum

  • KOTOR – medieval walled city with rich maritime and trade history

  • TROJICA HILL – great Panoramic views of Kotor Bay from above

  • BUDVA – charming Old Town with beach fronts for lunch and leisure

Depart for NYC - Day 12