Insight Vacations | Country Roads of Croatia (Summer 2017)

Discover the pristine landscapes, idyllic islands and sun-dappled seas of Croatia, where fortified towns of cobblestone and terracotta echo a time when Venice ruled the waves.

  • What's Included

    • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
    • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
    • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
    • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.
  • Pricing

    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Zagreb

    Transfers to your hotel depart from Zagreb Airport at 11:30 & 14:00. Relax and settle in or perhaps head for the romantic Chestnut-lined Stross Promenade for your first views over the city. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(WD)


    Day 2 - Zagreb’s Twin Towns

    (Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert for sightseeing of the two-tiered capital of Croatia. Drive through the squares of the Lower Town to the cathedral. Then walk through the medieval Upper Town to see the Stone Gate, the colourful Church of St. Mark and Lotrščak Tower. The afternoon is at leisure, relax and enjoy your hotel's facilities or perhaps take an experience to the Zarorje region to learn about the local traditions and visit the house of Marshall Tito?(BB)


    Day 3 - The Postojna Caves and on to Belle-Epoque Opatija

    Detour into Slovenia to visit the world-famous caves of Postojna. Aboard the cave train, descend into a subterranean world of stunning stalactites, stalagmites, columns and curtains. Be dazzled by the five-metre tall ‘Brilliant' and come face-to-face with the eyeless, dragon-like human fish. Back in Croatia, your hotel is in the Belle Époque seaside resort of Opatija, nestled at the foot of Mount Učka. Take time to stroll by the luxurious villas along the tree-lined seafront promenade.(BB / DW)


    Day 4 - Discover the Jewels of Istria

    Cross the heart-shaped peninsula to explore the jewels of Istria with a Local Expert. Start with a visit to the well-preserved first-century arena at Pula — scene of brutal gladiatorial battles in Roman times. The day's final highlight is a visit to the charming old town of Rovinj, rising directly from the sea. Wander through the cobbled streets lined with tempting shops, pastel-coloured bars and cafés.(BB)


    Day 5 - Pristine Plitvice National Park

    Enjoy the scenery of the Adriatic coast in the morning - sparkling deep blue seas, studded with rocky islands, before heading inland to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. Zig-zagging timber footbridges will lead you through the crystal blue-green beauty of Plitvice National Park; a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. With a Local Expert, visit Korana Canyon to see the 70-meters-high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views.(BB / DW)


    Day 6 - The Dalmatian Coast to Split

    The green forests give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters. Witness a dramatic change in landscape, from lush green forests to Mediterranean olive groves on our way to Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1,700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the old town. A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's, (originally Diocletian's Mausoleum), the Temple of Jupiter (today, a baptistery) and the Golden Gate, before venturing underground. This evening, don't miss the opportunity of dinner in a traditional 'Konoba'.(BB)


    Day 7 - Island Hopping to Hvar

    Your island hopping adventure begins here! Cross the azure waters of the Adriatic to spend two nights on Hvar - the island famed for being the sunniest in the country, which is dotted with aromatic fields of lavender, rosemary and heather.(BB / DW)


    Day 8 - Exploring the Island of Hvar

    (Relaxed Start) While here, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the secluded beaches, old monasteries, tiny fish restaurants and lofty peaks from where there are magnificent views over the island and bejeweled seas.(BB)


    Day 9 - On the Trail of Marco Polo to KORČULA

    Journey to Korčula, an island of exceptional grace, history and culture. Perhaps, explore Korčula town with its ramparts and well-known legends.(BB / DW)


    Day 10 - Captivating Korčula

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, your walking tour with a Local Expert takes you to the cathedral, the town museum and the Bishop's Palace. The locals also claim Marco Polo was born here and you will see his ruined house next. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces of this charming medieval town.(BB)


    Day 11 - Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic

    (Relaxed Start) Journey to the beautiful southern slopes of the Pelješac peninsula. Stop amid the age-old vines to see how wine is produced and have a taste. Continue to the walled town of Dubrovnik - 'paradise on earth' according to George Bernard Shaw. During your exceptional three-night stay, join a Local Expert to explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the old town. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. As the sun sets, maybe take a relaxing cruise on the harbour?(BB)


    Day 12 - Optional Montenegro Experience

    (Relaxed Start) There is an optional experience to Montenegro. Start with Kotor, situated on the only fjord on the Adriatic coast. Capture forever on film one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of this area. Then head to the picturesque town of Budva where lunch finds you. Return to Dubrovnik for an evening at leisure.(BB)


    Day 13 - Dubrovnik at Leisure

    (Relaxed Start) Make the most of a day at leisure in this ‘Pearl of the Adriatic'. Relax by the pool, shop in the markets or perhaps take an optional experience to Cavtat - one of the most enchanting seaside resorts in Croatia? During the evening Celebration Dinner, loosened in spirit and bonded by magical miles, expect a hubbub of clinking glasses, laughter and conversation. The food will be fragrant and fresh, the setting out of this world, and the memories unforgettable.(BB / CD)


    Day 14 - Dubrovnik Airport

    Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 09:00 & 11:30.(BB)


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