Croatia Nature and Wine Tour – Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik

A 10 day trip to Croatia 
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Nature lovers will revel in the sensational scenery and history buffs will rave over the relics the past. Foodies will love the vibrant culinary scene and art aficionados will praise the museums. There will be many reasons why you’ll want to come to Croatia; but whatever it is, the country’s irresistible allure is sure to make you want to stay.

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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Zagreb, Varazdin, Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Peljesac Peninsula

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival Zagreb

Meet your English speaking driver at the Zagreb airport customs exit, holding a welcome bord with your name on it to transfer you to hotel Esplanade.

As you check in hotel Esplanade you will spend the evening at leisure.

Meals: -

DRIVING DISTANCES: Zagreb airport – Zagreb 20 kilometers / cca. 30 minutes driving distance

INCLUDED

Private transfer Zagreb airport – Zagreb
Overnight in Zagreb hotel Esplanade 5* Deluxe double room including breakfast

Day 2: Private full day tour Varazdin & Trakoscan castle

This morning at 09:00 meet your local guide and driver at the lobby for a full day tour of Hrvatsko zagorje (Zagreb’s hinterland).

Transfer from Zagreb to Varazdin takes 90 km (1h20min). Upon arrival enjoy your private tour of Varazdin – the city of baroque: Varazdin Castle (Stari Grad), Watch Tower, Sermage Palace, Lisak Tower, Town Hall, Draskovic Palace, Ritz House, Cathedral, Patacic Palace, Erdoy Palace, ...

Before you depart for Trakoscan you may have some free time to grab a quick lunch.

This afternoon tour of Trakoscan Castle. Visit former residence of the Draskovic family, nowadays one of Croatia's most beautiful castles and museums with preserved furniture and weapons from the period from the 15th to the 19th century.

Meals: - Breakfast

INCLUDED

Licensed English speaking guide full day according to the itinerary
Car & driver full day according to the itinerary
Entrances Varazdin & Trakoscan
Overnight in Zagreb hotel Esplanade 5*; Deluxe double room including breakfast

Day 3: Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes National Park

This morning after leisure breakfast, meet your driver for a private transfer to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

After approximately 3 hours driving you will reach Plitvice Lakes, a specific geological and hydrogeological phenomenon of karst, with 16 bigger
and few smaller lakes, gradually lined up, separated by travertine barriers. UNESCO has declared it with all rights as the World's natural inheritance. Use your ticket for independent exploring of the national park choosing a sightseeing route that best suits your interests as the ticket covers all routes including a train and boat ride in the park.

Meals: - Breakfast

INCLUDED

Car & driver private transfer Zagreb hotel Esplanade – Plitvice Lakes
Entrances Plitvice Lakes
Overnight in Plitvice hotel Jezero 3*; Senior apartment lake view including breakfast

Day 4: Plitvice Lakes National Park – Split

This morning, meet your driver for a direct transfer to Split. After you have checked in your hotel, meet your licensed English speaking guide for a walking tour of Split.

This eternally young city with around 200 thousand inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian's palace at its heart, which is also the historical center of the city and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Cathedral of sv. Dujam [St. Domnios], the patron saint of Split, is located in the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many of the faithful and tourists. Many valuable monuments of culture are located outside the walls of Diocletian's Palace (Renaissance Prokurative Square, palaces, churches, museums...), which you will have the chance to explore with your private guide.

Meals: - Breakfast

INCLUDED

Car & driver Plitvice Lakes – Split
Licensed English speaking guide for a walking tour of Split up to 3 hours Entrances Split
Overnight in Split; hotel Judita Palace 4* double room including breakfast

Day 5: Split – Hvar SUV tour - Split

This morning you will catch a ferry bringing you to the island of Hvar.

There is not one person who hasn’t at least heard of Hvar, if he wasn’t that lucky to have visited Hvar already. Hvar is famous for its well indented coast, clean beaches and plenty of sunshine, untouched nature, lavender odor, olives and wine. This island is also proud to have the highest number of sun hours in Europe 2 700 hours of sunshine a year.

A short drive along a dirt road leads to Malo Grablje, a small village abandoned decades ago. Upon arrival there will be a short walk through that picturesque village founded in the 16th century.

After Malo Grablje you will proceed to Velo Grablje and the next stop is Vidikovac with such a perfect view of the deepest bay on the island.
After the short stop the drive continues to the highest peak of the island, Saint Nicholas (626 m).

From the highest peak of the island you will have a 360 degree unobstructed view of the island and across to islands of Brac, Korcula and Vis. Below the high point of St.Nicholas on a sloping sunny hillside lies Sveta Nedija, a village surrounded with steep vineyards which are very difficult to tend. It is famous far and wide for the high quality red wine it produces from the plavac grape.

Driving down the hill you will be surprised by the variety of the sun-soaked island paradise of Hvar, accented with vineyard-covered hills, olive groves and undulating fields of rosemary and lavender. Your lunch will be served at a local tavern in abandoned medieval village of Humac. This Tavern with its interior in local style, organic vegetables production and food preparation sends you back to lives of people from Hvar from centuries ago.

Preparation of food in the tavern is traditional. The most interesting is under the bell shaped lid (“peka”) which is covered with live coal. For the lunch you can choose: octopus, lamb, veal or chicken with potatoes as a side dish.
After the lunch we continue along the north coast to Vrboska where we stop at Soline beach for relax and a swim.

As our Hvar Off-Road Tour comes to an end, you will be transferred back to Stari Grad where you will catch a ferry back to Split.

Meals: - Breakfast, Lunch

INCLUDED

Ferry tickets Split – Hvar – Split
Hvar SUV off-road tour including licensed English speaking guide, lunch, entrances Hvar
Overnight in Split, hotel Judita Palace 4*; double room including breakfast

Day 6: Split - Korcula

This morning, after leisure breakfast, meet your driver for a private transfer to Korcula. Arriving Orebic, you will embark the ferry bringing you to Korcula island.
Check-in hotel Korsal, remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure.

Meals: - Breakfast

INCLUDED

Car & driver Split – Korcula
Ferry tickets Orebic – Korcula
Overnight in Korcula; hotel Korsal 4* Comfort double room including breakfast

Day 7: Korcula - Dubrovnik

This mornig, after leisure breakfast, meet your driver for a private transfer to Dubrovnik.

Enroute, you will have a stop on Peljesac penninsula at the Vukas winery.

When you need the breath of sea and stone, the taste of top-class wine, softness of olives poured into golden olive oil... When you long for moments in which all the senses enjoy, you are at the right place. The Illyrian tribe of Plarei settled this area and while longing for perfection they have worked hard on the poor soil, rich only with stone and sunshine... Vukas’s forefathers continued realizing this longing; they started growing the wine sort PLAVAC MALI on the inaccessible grounds of the Crnjova hill steep slopes.

Keeping long tradition and improving new technologies, Mr. Vukas has created top-class products which you will have the opportunity to taste. Optional is a visit of his vineyard.

After the private wine-tasting, continue your transfer to Dubrovnik. Arrival Dubrovnik in the afternoon hours.
Remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure.

Meals: - Breakfast, wine tasting

INCLUDED

Car & driver private transfer Korcula – Dubrovnik
Private wine-tasting at Vukas winery
Overnight in Dubrovnik; hotel Villa Dubrovnik 5* Deluxe double room including breakfast

Day 8: Dubrovnik private walking tour

This morning, after leisure breakfast, meet your guide for half-day tour of Dubrovnik Old Town. You will start at the Ploce Gate (East Gate) which is one of the two extremities of the walled city. As you descend down the stone steps of the fortification you will see the old Harbor Front of the city overlooking the Adriatic and the islands off the coast. As you continue, you will come to Dubrovnik’s

Main Square of the Loggia Loza. It is situated at the eastern extremity of the Stradun, which runs through the walled city from East to West. The square is located in the heart of Dubrovnik, and is surrounded by its most important buildings.

You may visit the Church of St. Blaise with its distinctive baroque façade. Next door, you may step into the Rector’s Palace. The Rector was the highest authority in the city and his palace now houses the Museum of Dubrovnik. Over 15,000 works are on display documenting the economic and cultural history of the city.

Today your guide will also take you into the Dubrovnik Cathedral and its treasury famous for its ancient relics including a fragment of the cross on which it is believed that Jesus was crucified.

As you walk down the Stradun, your guide will deviate up a long flight of stairs to take you to the Dominican museum. Housed in the Dominican monastery, this is an absolute must for those interested in the Dubrovnik and Venetian schools of art. There are several paintings dating back to the 16th century including works by Titian.

Remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure.

Meals: - Breakfast

INCLUDED

Licensed English speaking guide for Dubrovnik walking tour up to 3 hours
Entrances Dubrovnik
Overnight in Dubrovnik; hotel Villa Dubrovnik 5* Deluxe double room including breakfast

Day 9: Dubrovnik Day at Leisure

Spend the day at leisure.

You may decide to visit island Lokrum (located just opposite to your hotel) where you can have a nice walk through the botanica garden, have a swim in the “Dead Sea” (Croatian transl. – Mrtvo More) a small salt water lake or in the sea.

Further option is a cable-car drive to hill Srd from where you will be able to enjoy a wonderful view to Dubrovnik Old Town and surrounding islands.

Or simply relax, enjoy the sun and sea at Dubrovnik’s main beach Banje. Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED

Overnight in Dubrovnik; hotel Villa Dubrovnik 5* double room including breakfast

Day 10: Dubrovnik departure

Early this morning, meet your driver for a private transfer to Dubrovnik airport. Check-in your flight onward.

Meals: - Breakfast

INCLUDED

Car & driver Dubrovnik hotel – Dubrovnik airport

Price

Price 

Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.