Croatia – October 2019

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Zagreb

Depart Ottawa by motorcoach to Montreal for your overnight flights to Zagreb.

Day 2

Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia.  Archeological discoveries dating back to around 35,000 BC, during the Stone Age, have been discovered in the area. While Celts moved in from the North and the Romans from the West. Zagreb, as we know it today, dates back to the middle ages and there are plenty of sights that reflect its great past. After checking into your hotel the balance of your day will be free.  Your hotel, the Esplanade Zagreb, has a fascinating history dating back to 1925 when it was owned by “The Orient Express” Rail Company. Over the years this 5-star hotel has hosted most of the royal families in Europe as well as actors and diplomats.  To this day it is considered to be one of the finest hotels in central Europe. Numerous museums and the botanical gardens are a short walk from your hotel.

Day 3

Zagreb

You will begin your day with a tour of Zagreb. A good part of the tour will be on foot as we meander through the old town.  Zagreb itself is a very green city and there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy its parks and green spaces.  Your afternoon is free to explore. (B)

Day 4

Zagreb

Your day is free to explore Zagreb.  (B)

Day 5

Zagreb to Opatija

This morning we head to the Croatian Riviera and the delightful town of Opatija.  Variously known as the “Old Dame”, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” or the “Queen of Tourism” Opatija is a remarkable seaside resort dating back to 1844.  The feel of the Victorian era is everywhere amongst the spectacular hotels with their grand facades. The cascading hills remind you of Italy’s Almafi Coast.   It is truly a destination of elegance and style. Upon your arrival your Travac Tours Director will take you on a short stroll down the city’s main street and point out some of the town’s highlights. (B,D)

If you are interested in walking you will certainly enjoy the “Lungomare Promenade” which follows the coastline for 12 kilometers.

Day 6

Opatija

After breakfast we begin our tour with a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula.  While this Amphitheatre is one of many left around Europe by Roman engineers it is certainly one of the best preserved anywhere. We’ll also spend some time in the old town before heading to Rovinj.  Rovinj rises dramatically from the Adriatic.  Its streets are delightfully twisty and there is indeed something particularly romantic about this old town. (B,D)

Day 7

Opatija

On our last day in this region you are free to relax and enjoy Opatija.  (B,D)

Day 8

Opatija to Biograd na Moru

Our journey today will take us to Plitvicka Jezera National Park.  This UNESCO world heritage site will be one of the highlights of your holiday. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. The sixteen lakes are separated into twelve upper and four lower clusters formed by runoff from the mountains.  The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours ranging from azure to green and grey to blue. The colours change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. For the next two nights you will be staying in the delightful town Biograd na Moru.  Situated on the northern Dalmatian coast, this small town has an enchanting appeal. You will be free this evening to enjoy a stroll along the waterfront and choose your dining experience. (B,D)

Day 9

Biograd na Moru

Biograd was once the home of Croatian kings. Today it is populated by leisure craft and tourists from all over the world. Your free day can be enjoyed by simply relaxing at your hotel or taking a stroll through this interesting village. (B, D)

Day 10

Biograd na Moru – Split

After breakfast, our journey continues to the heart of the Dalmatian coast – Split.

Split is the second largest city in Croatia with a population of over 200,000. Modern Split effectively came into being with the founding of the Diocletian’s Palace, around 295 AD. Today the Palace is part of the old city and is surrounded by an open air market which is always bustling with activity. After our arrival in Split, we will make our way to the old city for a chance to see the Diocletian’s Palace which simply oozes atmosphere. There are numerous options for dinner in the old city that will offer everything from Dalmatian delicacies to your standard bill of fare. (B)

Day 11

Split

Today you will have a leisurely opportunity to explore and discover the spirit of Split.  (B)

Day 12

Split to Dubrovnik

 After breakfast we will continue south to the wonderful walled city of Dubrovnik.  This city is squeezed between the sea and the mountains and is encircled by stone walls.  It is, in a sense, a perfect work of beauty with an enthralling history.  Nothing will disappoint you in this magnificent city. (B, D)

Day 13

Dubrovnik

Your morning tour of Dubrovnik will start with a panoramic drive through the Dubrovnik surroundings.  Dubrovnik rose to have one of the strongest merchant navies in the 16th century.  The town itself became a powerful city state known as the Dubrovnik republic which maintained its independence for 450 years.  Your tour will continue with a guided walking tour of the old city. (B, D)

Day 14

Dubrovnik

Your last full day in Dubrovnik is free. Optional tour to Korcula. The town of Korcula is a magical place, girdled by the remains of massive medieval walls, which surround a perfect herringbone pattern of narrow stone streets descending from the main axis.  It sits on a small peninsula toward the eastern end of the island.  It is one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic and far less crowded than Dubrovnik or Hvar town. Our tour will include a Ferry ride then a walking tour of the Old Town including stops at the Cathedral of Saint Mark, the Bishop’s Treasury and, of course, the house of Marco Polo.  On our journey back to Dubrovnik, we will stop for a tour of a local oyster farm. Our day will be fully guided by our Dubrovnik guide, Marko. (B,D)

Day 15

Dubrovnik to Zagreb

After breakfast we will make our return journey from Dubrovnik to Zagreb for our overnight stay. Your evening is free. (B)

Day 16

Zagreb to Ottawa

Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your departure time for your return flights to Ottawa. (B)

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Hotel Information


Zagreb – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5 star) or similar

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Mihanoviceva 1
Zagreb, Croatia
10000
+385 1 4566 666


Hotel Remisens Ambasador Opatija or similar



Hotel Address
Feliksa Peršića 5
Opatija, Croatia
51410
+385 51 710 444


Biograd na Moru- Kornati OR Ilirija (4 star) or similar

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Ul. Tina Ujevića 7
Biograd na Moru, Croatia
23210
+385 23 383 556


Split- Hotel Atrium (5 star) or similar

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Ul. Domovinskog rata 21
Split, Croatia
21000
+385 21 200 000


Dubrovnik- Valamar Lacroma/ Valamar Argosy Dubrovnik (4+ star) or similar

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Ul. Iva Dulčića 34
Dubrovnik, Croatia
20000
+385 52 465 100


Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria or similar

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Petrinjska 71
Zagreb, Croatia

+385 1 4808 900



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