ESCAPE into CROATIAN MAINLAND

Day 1:  ZAGREB – OSIJEK (280 km)
Arrival to Zagreb. Meeting with the tour guide and departure towards Osijek, the biggest and major  town in Slavonija, croatian eastern region.
Accommodation at hotel. Dinner in the hotel or in one of the local restaurants (we suggest dinner in  etno village Karanac). Overnight.

Day 2:    BARANJA (100 km)
After breakfest departure towards region Baranja, to Nature park „Kopacki rit“,a  natural, world-wide important marsh reserve on the mouth of the Drava into the Danube.
A part of Kopacki Rit has been designated as a special zoological reserve.
The best way to experience the pleasure and nature of Kopacki rit is with small boat tours that take you through the Special Zoological Reserve.
After sightseeing lunch at a local restaurant (restaurant offers culinary specialties of Baranja cuisine as for example: fish stew with home made noodles and carp on a spit).
After lunch departure for Tikves. This castle is situated inside the Park, and it was built by Hapsburgs in the second half of the 19th century.
Today this complex has a new purpose, housing the European Centre for Environment. The Centre is working on protection, research and monitoring of nature and environment and bioecological education.
Continuing on to famous wine cellars of Suza and Zmajevac.
First built in the 17th century these unique wine cellars – gators – are dug into the hill slopes and look like tunnels. The temperature is always the same in there, and they are used for wine keeping. Short sightseeing and opportunity for snack and vine tasting.
Dinner and overnight in Osijek.

Day 3:  ILOK  WINE CELLARS  (170 km)
After breakfest departure towards Ilok, a beautiful small town situated at the very east of Croatia, on the slopes of the hill Fruska Gora, above the Danube.
Ilok is a town of long history with interesting cultural contrasts woven into its medieval town, one of the largest urban and fortification complexes of Northern Croatia and the Danube basin.  However, Ilok is above all the Danube kingdom of wine! Must see place in Ilok is castle Odescalchi.
The castle is an impressive building built on the foundations of the castle of King Nikola Ilocki from the 15th century.
After lunch visit of the most famous wine cellars, the attractive Old Cellars of  Ilok (Stari ilocki podrumi) situated in the medieval town centre. They were built by the Princes Odescalchi in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Ilok is especially famous for its traminac and silvanac, which were served at the English Court at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Dinner and overnight in Osijek.

Day 4:  OSIJEK  – VUKOVAR   (90 km)
After breakfets sightseeing of town Osijek, the administrative and economic centre of Eastern Croatia, located on the right bank of the river Drava is the country’s 4th largest city.
Continuing on to Vukovar, the biggest river port in Croatia located at the confluence of the Vuka river and the Danube,  the center of the Vukovar-Srijem county.
Vukovar was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence with little of historical interest remaining. Vukovar is today regarded as the symbol of Croatian resistance. Visit of Vucedol, archaeological site located only  5 km away  from Vukovar. It is one of  the most significant sites of the Eneolithic period.
Dinner and overnight in Osijek.

 Day 5:  DJAKOVO – LONJSKO POLJE – PLITVICE (410 km)
After breakfest departure towards Djakovo, the town situated on the Djakovo plateau in the central and the most beautiful part of Slavonija.
The most important landmark of  Djakovo is St Peter’s neo-gothic brick cathedral, a Bolle masterpiece.
The town is also known for its  Lipizzaner training stables which are in town.
Tradition of  breeding horses begins in Djakovo, according to the documents, in 1506 when contemporary bishop had stable of  90 horses of Arabian origin.
After lunch Continuing on to Nature Park – Lonjsko polje.
Nature Park Lonjsko Polje is a large ( 506 sq km) section of the flood plain located between Sava River and Moslavacka Gora Mountain. This part of Croatia is well known of variety of flora and fauna that resides in the area.
It is a natural habitat of some rare bird species too, and well known habitat of white storks.
Adding to the value of the park are villages with preserved traditional characteristics and wooden houses typical for the Posavina region, some of  them older than 200 years.
Dinner and overnight in Plitvice.

Day 6:  PLITVICE LAKES – ZAGREB  (140 km)
After breakfest sightseeing of the National Park Plitvice Lakes, the most known Croatian national park which entered in the UNESCO Register of World natural heritage in 1979.
Sixteen little lakes interconnected with 92 waterfalls and cascades are surrounded by defense wooded mountains and lush vegetation.
Apart from the lakes and forests, the Park is ornamented with several caves, springs, flower meadows, and inhabited by brown bear, among other animal species.
After the Park tour, continue towards Zagreb. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

Day 7:  ZAGREB
After breakfest sightseeing tour of the capital of Croatia featuring Upper Town and Down Town. The Upper Town is Zagrebs historical centre which comprises Church of St.Mark with the famed multi- coloured roof, the Parlament building, the Stone Gate, Cathedral. Down Town is bussines and cultural center of Zagreb with its main square of ban Josip Jelacic, the Croatian National Theatre and University.
Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

Day 8:  GOODBYE CROATIA
After breakfest transfer to Zagreb airport.

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