Croatia Independent Travel at an Easy Pace

A 15 day trip to Croatia 
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Privately guided tour of Croatia's capital city Zagreb
Visit of Pula and its' amphitheater, which belongs to six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world
Brijuni National Park; archipelago with an extraordinary bled of natural, historical and cultural heritage
Plitvice Lakes National Park - the only Croatian national park included in the UNESCO World Heritage List
Island Pag Croatia's 5th largest island unique for its vegetation habit
Split & Trogir privately guided tours of two South Dalmatian towns included in the UNESCO World Heritage List
Private full day tour of island Hvar, the Croatian sunniest island
Dubrovnik The Adriatic Pearl

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General Information

The port of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Minčeta tower is a 14th century fortress located at the highest point of Dubrovnik.
Looking onto Dubrovnik city in Croatia.
Clock tower in Split, Croatia.
Split is a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.
Stari Grad is a town on the northern side of Hvar island in Croatia.
The bell tower in Hvar town on Hvar island.
Beautiful coast line in Croatia.
Pjaca square in Hvar town in Croatia.
St. Mark's Church in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.
The amphitheatre arena in Pula, Croatia.
Plitvice national park in Croatia.
An aerial shot of a wooden walkway through Plitvice lakes and waterfalls in Croatia.
Golden angel statues in Zagreb, Croatia.
Parasols cover the groceries at the Zagreb market in Croatia.
Colorful streets of Zagreb, Croatia.
The townsquare of Trogir in Croatia.
Enchanted forest in Brijun National Park in Croatia.
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Zagreb (Croatia Capital), Brtonigla - Pula - Brijuni National Park (Istria Region), Plitvice National Park, Pag island, Split, Hvar island, Dubrovnik

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1

After your arrival to Zagreb, you will be met by your driver and have a private transfer to hotel Dubrovnik, a 4 star property, having a rich tradition of hospitality since 1929. Hotels prime location at the Zagreb's main city square (Trg Bana J. Jelacica) makes it your perfect choice if wishing to be in the very heart of the City.
After check-in, enjoy the remainder of the evening free at leisure.
Meals: -

Day 2

Today, after leisure breakfast, meet your rent-a-car agent at 10:00 at the hotel lobby for vehicle take over. Immediately thereafter, meet your licensed local guide for a 3 hour private walking tour of Upper Town (Gornji Grad). The tour will include visit of
- Dolac, fruit and vegetable outdoor market in the Old Town
- The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (13th century, capacity 5 555 people)
- St. Mark's Church (14 century) with the beautiful multicolored roofs decorated with Croatian historical coast of arms.
- The Stone Door - on of the four old Grade's stone doors
- The Lotrscak Tower (13th century) - every day its cannon announces noon time
- Ban's Court (Banski Dvori) and the Croatian Parliament of the Mark's Square
- St. Catherine's Church (17th century)

In the afternoon, start your self-drive toward Brtonigla Istria (duration of the drive cca. 3 hours non-stop).

Check-in at the hotel San Rocco a heritage boutique hotel, located in Brtonigla, small country side village less than 10 miles from the sea shore,a real oasis of quality vacation for the 21st century demanding traveler.
Tonight, we invite you for a 3 course dinner at the hotel's top gastronomical experience restaurant. The San Rocco restaurant, drawn by the space where once the family's Malvasia and Terrano wines were produced offers a vast gastronomic array based mainly on typical seasonal specialties, such as fresh locally caught fish, truffles, mushrooms, ham, game and other typical Istrian specialties. The restaurant is included in some of the most important national and international gastronomy guides such as Veronelli, Gault Millan, Magnar Ben...
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

This morning, after leisure breakfast, meet your licensed guide and driver at the hotel lobby for a full day tour of Pula and Brijuni archipelago. Pula - The largest town on the Istrian peninsula offers diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. The rich itinerary of its three thousand year old history, where every step you take through the old town is a landmark, begins and ends with the Roman amphitheater one of only six preserved in the world. While strolling through Pula you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture; the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi dynasty from the 1st century B.C., Hercules' Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus, Arena and Small Roman Theater in the town center.
Continue your tour to Fazana, enjoy a relaxing boat drive bringing you to Brijuni National Park.
Brijuni is the only national park in Istria, compound of 14 islands of this archipelago which is considered to be the most beautiful one in the Mediterranean presenting the unique play of nature and cultural heritage. Unique greenery, exceptionally well kept Mediterranean Maquis, valleys on which deer graze undisturbed...all this is a part of Brijuni landscape.
Return back to Brtonigla in the afternoon hours.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Enjoy this day free at your leisure. You may decide to explore Istria independently in which case we recommend to visit Groznjan, a small Istrian settlement located above the Mirna River valley on a hill above the sea level of 228 meters, whose medieval urban complex has remained largely untouched until today; Motovun, probabbly the most beautiful medieval town in Istria situated in a fort 270 meters above sea level, on the hill dominating the wonderful Mirna river valley.Legends, odors and taste of truffles and wine and the past - all this came together into a distinct atmosphere that also rubbed off on Motovun Film Festival for which this tiny town is today known.

Day 5

Today, after leisure breakfast check-out hotel San Rocco and start your self-drive towards Plitvice Lakes national park (driving duration cca. 5 hours non-stop).
After arriving to Plitvice, check-in hotel Jezero, a 3 star hotel situated in the very heart of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, only 300 meters from the largest lake Kozjak.
Remaining of the afternoon spend free at leisure, enjoying this pure nature that has a fully relaxing effect on each and every visitor.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

The natural attributes of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, uniqueness and sensibility of that phenomenon, deserves a full attention. Recreational aspect of stay and the amazement with beauty of the area that conquers by its natural diversity and harmony of shapes and colors in an of the seasons, is based on many mutually conditioned natural characteristics. That is a specific geological and hydro geological phenomenon of karst. The series of 16 bigger and a few smaller lakes, gradually lined up, separated by travertine barriers for which the period of the last ten thousand years was crucial, and which were ruled by ecological relations similar to those of today - suitable for travertine depositing and for the origin of the lakes - are the basic phenomenon of the National Park. UNESCO has declared it with all rights as the World's natural inheritance.
After you have soaked up some of this natural beauty this morning, continue your trip to island of Pag. From Prizna on the mainland (Plitvice Lakes - Prizna approx. 3,5 hours driving distance without stops) you will take a ferry that will bring you to Zignjen on the island Pag, and from there you will have cca. 15 minutes driving distance to Novalja your hotel Boskinac. Boutique hotel Boskinac 3 star, is located on a hill, in the middle of a dense pine tree forest, on the margin of a vineyard and an olive-grove, near the entrance to "Zaglava" - the traditional karst sheep pasture field, and some 30 kilometers from Pag. Unique balconies, terraces and gardens offer a view over the Novalja plain, in which you will experience the ever-present scent of the centuries upon entering this protected oasis that will charge you with the overwhelming positive energy. Besides the picturesque surrounding and a nice ambiance of the family hotel Boskinca, you may enjoy hotel's restaurant and tavern offering local specialties along with excellent dry cuvee C. Sauvignon produced by Boskinac family in their winery.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Island Pag is the 5th largest island of Croatia with 285km2. This island is unique for its vegetation habit in which there are almost no trees but moreover rocks hiding various aromatic plants. Exactly these plants are the main source of food for Pag sheep, hence it is the reason why Paski cheese is so famous all around the world.
- STARI GRAD PAG - in the old city (Stari Grad) the remains of antic monuments have been found as well as parts of megalithic grounds which suggest that this town existed already during the Hellenistic times.
- CHURCH AND RECTORS PALACE - The church of the Petra Kresimira IV square was found in 1443 with the intent of becoming a cathedral. Rector's Palace from the 15th century. Till 1905 it was the seat of the island and city board.
- SALT STOREHOUSE - Construction of the salt storehouses started in 1629 and are today the unique monuments of Pag architecture without any comparison even on a world-scale. Here you can still see the traditional way of salt production (drainage of salt in clay pools in which sea flow is enabled.
PAG LACE - this Croatian product many consider as the most beautiful souvenir that one can take from Pag. It is a beautiful hand-made embroidery provided in various forms. What differentiates it from other laces is that this one is made out of thin thread and is still very firm.
PAG CHEESE - is the indigenous Croatian produce awarded by numerous world rewards. It is being produced by many households on the island. For the production of one kilogram of this cheese 6 liters of sheep milk is being used. The secret of the taste as many consider is the combination of domestic sort of sheep, pasture abundant to aromatic plants and Bora wind which brings the sea salt to the pasture.
PAG TRIANGLE - Approximately on the half-way between Zigljen and Novalja, except picturesque hills and panorama views you will discover links showing you the way to Pag triangle up to the hill "Tusto Celo". There a rather unusual stone print attracts ufology lovers. To the prints of the little green ones one can come only by walking, however the half hour walk through the karst is absolutely recommended.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Continue the tour at your convenience taking the regional road (crossing Paski bridge) to Split (cca. driving duration 4 hours without stops).

Arriving to Split, you will check-in hotel Peristil. It its spectacular location, the Peristil hotel (3 star) awaits you in the very heart of the historical center of the Split city center. Withing the Diocletian palace, the World Heritage monument under the aegis of the UNESCO organization, the hotel is situated just couple of steps away from the Silver Door.
Remaining of the evening spend free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

In the morning hours, you will meet your rent-a-car agent for vehicle drop off.
At 10:00 you will be met by your private licensed guide for a tour of Split & Trogir.
This privately guided tour of Split includes the Diocletian Palace, entrance to the St. Dulmus cathedral, the treasury and the Diocletian's cellars. Split, the second largest city in Croatia and "the capital of Dalmatia" had gradually developed around the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, built more than 1700 years ago. From Cathedral and the Temple of Jupiter to the Golden Gate (Porta aurea), across the Peristyle and the Market (Pjaca) to the sunny sea promenade (Riva) and further up the Marmont street, pass the fish-market and all the way to the Theatre; morning in Split brings you the atmosphere of a typical Mediterranean city.
Later this afternoon, still in companionship of your guide, you will have a private transfer to Trogir. Trogir is a charming stone town under the protection of UNESCO which takes pride in the fascinating Romanesque cathedral, churches, towers and beautiful palaces. Meet the city with 2300 years of tradition. It's rich culture is created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, Venetians. Trogir with concentration of palaces, churches, towers, fortress on a small island in every way deserves it's nickname "THE STONE BEAUTY".
In the afternoon private transfer back to Split.
Remaining of the evening spend free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Before catching your ferry to Hvar, you will have time for leisure breakfast and optional independent stroll along the Split Riva.
In the early afternoon, meet your driver at the hotel for a transfer to Split harbor, from where you will catch a ferry to Hvar.
In Hvar you will be awaited by Villa Nora friendly staff, who will assist you with your luggage and check-in at the Villa. Hotel Villa Nora (4 star boutique hotel) is situated in the middle of Hvar old town. The ancient Palace, built in the XIV century, once the rich and magnificent residence of the aristocratic family Gazzari, has been completely restored as the elegant and refined hotel Villa Nora. Enjoy the medieval atmosphere of the Hvar old town view and relax in rooms distinctively furnished. Hotel's restaurant Lucullus is operating in Hvar town for many years now, is very much liked among locals as well not only for delicious local dishes but also for the extravagant cook, who is likely to join you during your meals and entertain you with his stories.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11

This morning, you will be awaited by your local guide and expert who will present you this beautiful island in the adventurous extraordinary way, with SUV.
A short drive along a dirt road leads to Malo Grablje, a small village abandoned decades ago. Upon your arrival, you will have 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 a short stop the drive continues to the highest peak of the island, Saint Nicholas (626 m). From the highest peak of the island there is a 360 degree unobstructed view of the island and across to island 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-soked island paradise of Hvar, accented with vineyard-covered hills, olive groves and undulating fields of rosemary and lavander. 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 lunch you will continue along the north coast to Vrboska where we you will stop at Soline beach for relax and swim.
Return to Hvar town in the later afternoon hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

After leisure breakfast, meet your driver at the hotel for a transfer to Sucuraj, one of the small harbors of the island, from where you will take a ferry bringing you to Drvenik. There you will be awaited by your Dubrovnik driver, who will drive you through the beautiful scenic road all the way to your accommodation in Dubrovnik.
Check-in hotel Kazbek (5 star boutique hotel). Boutique castle hotel Kazbek was constructed in 1573 by one of the Dubrovnik noble families Zamanja as their summer residence. Although designed as place for peace and relaxation history had other plans and the villa passed through various vilent ages. Kazbek is now fully renovated to the highest standards and has regained its original beauty and function as a summer residence for guests with high demands in privacy and culture combined with modern facilities. This impressive villa is situated by the sea overlooking the main Gruz harbor and is just 3 kilometers from the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
Remaining of the evening spend free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13

Meet your licensed English speaking guide and start your Dubrovnik old city and Konavle region tour, which will provide you with the perfect balance between the historic sightseeing of Dubrovnik, beautiful panorama views and the simple drive in the green of the countryside. During the sightseeing of Dubrovnik old city visit the Dubrovnik city walls, Franciscan Monastery with its third oldest pharmacy in the world, and Rector's Palace, today home to the history department museum of Dubrovnik in which the majority of the halls have styled furniture recreating the original atmosphere of long past times.
Afterwards, still in companionship of your guide, you will take a drive on a panorama trip along the coastal road all the way to the top of the 412 meters high Srdj hill that features an amazing view of Dubrovnik and the many islands in its surrounding. The drive will continue onward to the beautiful medieval town of Cavtat. Finally in the countryside, depending on your interest, you could end the tour in a nice restaurant beside the river featuring the local cuisine prepared in the way our grandmothers used to cook.
Return back to your hotel in the afternoon hours.
Remainder of the evening spend free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14

Today, while having the day at leisure, you may decide to undertake an individual exploration of the island Lokrum located just 600 meters from Dubrovnik's Old City (15 minutes boat cruise.) Austrian archduke (and short-lived Emperor of Mexico) Maximilian once had a holiday home on the island. A monastery and a botanical garden survive this era. Have a nice walk through the botanical garden, have a swim in the small salt lake located on the southern part of the island (10 meters deep) known as "the Dead Sea" (Mrtvo More) or just enjoy the sun and the sea on the seashore of the island.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15

This morning, depending on your flight onward, meet your driver for a private transfer to Dubrovnik airport.



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