Guided Private Tour of Croatia: Culture, Historic Attractions, and Urban Life

A 14 day trip to Croatia 
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This is a journey filled with youthful vigor and historic attractions, with the pull of Mother Nature and the allure of urban life. This is an adventure through captivating culture and over some of the most spectacular scenery you could ever imagine. This is a fully customizable trip that is sure to steal your heart and your breath. This is Croatia.

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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Zagreb, Varazdin, Trakoscan, Osijek, Vukovar, Garesnica, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Hvar, Ljubuski, Ston, Dubrovnik

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival Zagreb

Depending on your arrival flight, meet your English speaking driver at the Zagreb airport for a private transfer to Zagreb.

As you check in hotel Dubrovnik 4* you will spend the evening at leisure.

Meals: -

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

INCLUDED

Private transfer Zagreb airport – Zagreb
Overnight in Zagreb hotel Dubrovnik 4*; 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.

Transfer back to your hotel for evening spend at your leisure

Day 3: Zagreb day at leisure

Today, spend the day at leisure in Zagreb for independent exploration. You may decide to visit Zagreb's Upper and Lower Town. , Zagreb has long been a cultural and artistic confluence of Eastern and Western influences. In medieval times, Zagreb consisted of two separate towns, Kaptol, the religious center, and Gradec, the commercial hub. The river Medvescak in-between the two towns was often the site of fierce battles between Kaptol and Gradec. Today, Grad and Kaptol together form the Upper Town, or Gornji Grad, and is the historic Old Town of Zagreb, while the Lower Town, or Donji Grad, on the plains is more chic and contemporary.

Meals: - Breakfast,

INCLUDED

Overnight in Zagreb hotel Dubrovnik 4*; double room including breakfast 

Day 4: Zagreb – Osijek with privately guided tour

Osijek is fourth largest city in Croatia as well as economic and cultural center of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia. It boasts many historical buildings as well as sacred objects, which have survived until today to tell us the secrets of the past. Among the most significant landmarks, the Fort, consisted of the complex of historical buildings in the baroque style of the 18th century.

In the afternoon you will be met by your private guide for a walking tour of Osijek visiting the Fort, feel the special atmosphere while strolling along the river Drava. In Osijek various events are being held throughout the year that are relevant to the traditions and almost all of them invoice „Tambura“ a stringed musical instrument particular for this area.

 Meals: - Breakfast, 

INCLUDED

Car&driver Zagreb – Osijek
Licensed English speaking guide in Osijek for a 2 hour private walking tour Entrances Osijek
Overnight in Osijek; hotel Osijek 4*; double room including breakfast 

Day 5: Osijek – Vukovar – Osijek

Vukovar is the biggest river port in Croatia located at the confluence of the Vuka river and the Danube. Despite its rich history dating as far as 13th century when it was first mentioned, Vukovar is today known worldwide for heavy army battles that happened during the Croatian War of Independence. The city suffered heavy damage during the siege and was eventually overrun. Today, two former enemy nationalities Croats and Serbs live together in this wounded city and makeup equal percentage of residents. Hence, today Vukovar is being called The City of Tolerance.

Return to Osijek in the afternoon.

Meals: - Breakfast,

INCLUDED

Car & driver Osijek – Vukovar – Osijek
Licensed English speaking guide full day according to the itinerary Entrances Vukovar
Overnight in Osijek; hotel Osijek 4*; double room including breakfast 

Day 6: Osijek – Garešnica

This morning after leisure breakfast, meet your driver for a private transfer to Garesnica. Upon arrival, check-in hotel Garic 3*; and spend remainder of the afternoon free at leisure.

Meals: - Breakfast,

INCLUDED

Car & driver Osijek – Garešnica
Overnight in Garešnica hotel Garić 3*; double room including breakfast 

Day 7: Garešnica – 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 Garešnica – Plitvice Lakes National Park Overnight in Plitvice hotel Jezero 3*; double room including breakfast

Day 8: Plitvice Lakes National Park guided tour half-day

This morning after leisure breakfast, meet you licensed English speaking guide for a half-day walking tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure. Meals: - Breakfast

INCLUDED

Licensed English speaking guide up to 4 hours according to the itinerary Entrances Plitvice Lakes National Park
Overnight in Plitvice hotel Jezero 3*; double room including breakfast 

Day 9: Plitvice Lakes – 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 10: 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 11: Split - Ljubuški

This morning, after leisure breakfast, meet your driver for a private transfer to Ljubuški (Herzegovina). After arrival, check-in hotel Hum 2* 

Meals: - Breakfast

INCLUDED

Car & driver Split – Ljubuški
Overnight in Ljubuški hotel Hum 2*; Comfort double room including breakfast 

Day 12: Ljubuški - Dubrovnik

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

Enroute, you may decide to have a stop in Ston for independent exploration. Ston is a small fisherman village very well known for three things:

  1. Europe’s (and possibly world’s) oldest salt factory – still in function
  2. World second largest city walls (besides China wall)
  3. Oyster and mussels cultivation

Arrival Dubrovnik in the afternoon hours. Remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure. 

Meals: - Breakfast

INCLUDED

Car & driver private transfer Ljubuški – Ston - Dubrovnik
Overnight in Dubrovnik; hotel Kazbek 5*; Double room including breakfast 

Day 13: Dubrovnik private walking tour

This morning, after leisure breakfast, meet your guide for a short transfer to Dubrovnik Old Town and a half-day walking 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

Car & driver hotel Kazbek – Dubrovnik Old Town
Licensed English speaking guide for Dubrovnik walking tour up to 4 hours Entrances Dubrovnik
Overnight in Dubrovnik; hotel Kazbek 5*; Double room including breakfast 

Day 14: Dubrovnik departure

Depending on your flight onward, meet your driver at the hotel for a private transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

Check-in your flight onward. Meals: Breakfast

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 Dubrovnik 4*; double room including breakfast 

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