Day 1: Zagreb
Arrival to Zagreb – the capital of Croatia. with numerous possibilities for sightseeing including: The Cahtedral, St. Mark’s Church, St.katarina’s Church, Mirogoj cemetery (Westminster Abbey of Croatia), old Upper Town, open-air market, Stone gate and the 19th century National Theatre.
Day 2: Zagreb – Risnjak National Park– Lokve – Motovun – Porec
A drive through Gorski Kotar, also called “the lungs of Croatia”, to Crni Lug – entrance to the Risnjak National Park. This wooded mountain massif impresses with its numerous mountain peaks of which the highest is Big Risnjak, 1.528 m above sea-level. Walk along the Leska Lane will last around 2 hours. Visiting Lokve and the Lokvarka cave, also called “Croatian Postojna”. Continuing the journey to Istra. Driving along Glagolitic Monks’ Lane, the unique memorial complex nearly 7 km long, will lead you from Roc to Hum – “the smallest town in the world”. After a short sightseeing tour continuing to Motovun, the fortified settlement founded in the Middle Ages. Leaving for the city of Porec. The highlight of the town is the Euphrasius’ Basilica.
Day 3: POREC – Rovinj – Brijuni National Park – Pula – Beram – POREC
Driving along the Lim Bay to Rovinj, “the pearl of the Istrian west coast”. Walk through the streets paved with stone up to the St Euphemia’s Cathedral – the symbol of the city. Leaving for Fazana and boarding on the boat for Veliki (Big) Brijun. Sightseeing of the Brijuni National Park, the archipelago of 14 islands with exceptional vegetation and important archaeological sites. Continuing for Pula, the oldest town on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Sightseeing of the old town covers the famous amphitheatre. Continuing into the continental part of Istria to the ancient fortified settlement Beram. Return to Porec.
Day 4: POREC – Sjeverni (NORTH) Velebit National Park – Plitvice Lakes National Park
Leaving for Senj and continuing the trip across Vratnik to Kutarevo, a picturesque mountain village where the only shelter for abandoned bear cubs in Croatia has found its place. Visit to Krasno and the Sjeverni Velebit National Park. Climbing on Zavizan peak and visiting the mountain hut located at the highest level above the sea in Croatia. Leaving towards Plitvice lakes.
Day 5: Plitvice Lakes National Park – Paklenica National Park – SPLIT
Sightseeing tour of the Plitvice lakes, the most famous national park in Croatia. Wooded surrounding hides 16 beautiful crystal-blue lakes cascading into foamy waterfalls, provided with the water by a number of rivers and streams. Continuing towards Starigrad – Paklenica, entrance to the Paklenica National Park, which is placed on the southern side of the Velebit mountain as its most precious natural phenomena. The park was named after Big and Small Paklenica – the two impressive canyons vertically splitting the main ridge of the Velebit mountain. The multitude of extraordinary karst shapes and caves includes the most beautiful Manita pec cave and Vodairca pit. After a break leaving for Split.
Day 6: SPLIT – TROGIR – NERETVA DELTA – MLJET (DUBROVNIK)
The most significant monument of the city is the Diocletian’s Palace, the most famous and the best-preserved antic monument in Croatia that has been built at the end of the 3rd century by the Roman emperor Diocletian, born in the surrounding of Salona. Continuing for Trogir and the sightseeing of its historical core under the protection of UNESCO.
Driving along Makarska Riviera to the Valley of the Neretva River. Voyage on “trupica” boats, characteristic for this river, through the untouched nature and channels of Neretva delta – the only Croatian delta. Boarding on the ferry to Polaca on the island of Mljet.
Mljet is also known as “the island of secrets” and home to mongoose and Mediterranean monk seal.
Woods surround two salty lakes, Big Lake and Small Lake. The particularity of this island are “blatine” – brackish lakes that occasionally run dry and serve as resting-place for birds. Small fields covered with olives and vineyards make the landscape even more impressive while its cultural and historical heritage includes the Benedictine monastery and church from the 12th century on the island of St Mary in the middle of the Big Lake. This picturesque island is a symbol of the Mljet National Park. Ferry trip to Ploce and proceed to Dubrovnik.
Day 8: DUBROVNIK
City tour of Dubrovnik – the town included in UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage.
During the sightseeing you will visit the Rector’s Palace, the Cathedral, the Dominican monastery, the Franciscan monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, and interesting and unique sights.
Day 9: DUBROVNIK
Breakfast at hotel, free time till departure.