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Scents of Croatia: Zagreb, Opatija, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik

Discover contrasting landscapes within one fascinating destination. Your private guide will show you cultural sites, breathtaking lakes and waterfalls, and the idyllic, seaside cities and towns along the Adriatic Coast. This wonderfully personalized vacation was created for those that want to experience the highlights and must-sees of all that Croatia offers with a private driving guide sharing their own personal experiences and insight as well as informing you about the historic and contemporary life of this enthralling country. 

•Private transportation with private driving guide
•Walking tours of Zagreb, Rovinj, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik
•Admission for boat ride on Lake Bajer
•Admission to Trakošcan Castle, Veliki Tabor Castle, Cave Vrelo, Plitvice Lakes & Krka Park
•Truffle Hunting Trip
•15 meals listed in itinerary

Pricing starts at $3,313 per person based on double occupancy. Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required and must be valid for six months after return date.

Tour prices are land only. All tour specials are subject to availability and rates are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Not responsible for publishing/printing errors. Additional taxes, surcharges, and luggage fees may apply.


Day 1: Arrive Zagreb
Upon arrival, you will be met outside of customs at the airport and transferred to your chosen hotel. A welcome meeting will happen at the hotel at 7pm with a short orientation by a local representative that will answer any questions you may have. Feel free to explore nearby attractions if you arrive earlier.

Day 2: Zagreb – Trakošcan & Veliki Tabor Castles
After breakfast, you begin your morning sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatia's capital city.

Zagreb Walking Tour
You will have the opportunity to see the fortified Upper Town, the city's historical center, St Mark's church with its multi-colored roof, the Cathedral, Croatian National Theatre, and the University.

Trakošcan Castle
One of the most idyllic castles in Croatia is built on the visible foundations of a simple Romanic citadel from the 12th and 13th Century. Later, you will enjoy a typical Zagorje meal on The Hill of Sin (Gresna Gorica).

Veliki Tabor Castle
A 15th Century castle offering visitors a local atmosphere, true to history, to help you feel a part of the romantic and dramatic past of Hrvatsko Zagorje.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Zagreb – Fuzine – Opatija 
Early departure to Fuzine, a municipality situated 2,395 feet above sea level, in the southwest part of Gorski Kotar, surrounded by picturesque mountains, filled with an evergreen forest and dotted by lakes. You will have time to visit the Cave Vrelo and take a Boat Ride on Lake Bajer to get a sense of this region of Croatia. Enjoy a lunch featuring local dishes in Bitoraj, a famous local restaurant. Afternoon departure from Fuzine to Opatija. In the late afternoon and evening, you'll get to enjoy free time and a dinner on your own in Opatija.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4: Motovun – Buje - Rovinj
After breakfast, early departure to the small village near Motovun for your truffle hunt adventure.

Truffle Hunting Trip
Truffles are well known in the region and are featured in many local dishes. When the hunt is over, you will be treated to a tasting of the regions typical dishes featuring the local truffles. After the tasting, you'll continue to Buje for lunch in a local beer house. After lunch, you'll get to discover the beautiful, romantic town of Rovinj through a sightseeing tour.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5: Plitvice Lakes National Park – Zadar 
After an early breakfast, you'll have an early departure.

Plitvice Lakes National Park
Upon arrival to the park, you get to meander along the wooden paths and bridges. It has an exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes with more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves, making it one of the most dramatic and impressive national parks in the world. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive flora and fauna. With panoramic boat and train rides, you'll return to the entrance before transferring to Zadar for the evening. During the early afternoon, you'll enjoy a lunch in a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6: Zadar – Krka National Park – Split 
After breakfast, you'll enjoy a morning sightseeing tour.

Zadar Walking Tour
This beautiful port city on the Adriatic is the historical center of Dalmatia. After learning and exploring Zadar, you'll be heading to Krka National Park. The park's extensive waterways and complex history dating back to late 10th century and first Croatian kings will be unfolded and shared with you by your guide. One of the options is a visit to Skradinski Buk waterfall, the place where the second hydro plant in the world was built, just a few years after the one on Niagara Falls. A boat will take you also to Visovac island and its Franciscan monastery. Lunch will be served in a beautiful small restaurant near the Rogaški Slap (Rogaški waterfall). After walking around and enjoying the park, you'll continue on to Split for the evening. Enjoy your free time in Split and dinner on your own.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7: Split  
After breakfast, your guide will take you on a morning tour.

Split Walking Tour
Enjoy this magnificent city with its numerous archaeological, historical, and cultural sites. After the tour, you will visit Uje Olive Oil Bar for a tasting of locally produced olive oil and wine. With the afternoon at your leisure, you are free to discover Split on your own. We highly recommend you have a taste of some of the excellent, local food in one of the typical "konoba" restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Ston – Dubrovnik 
Early departure to Dubrovnik. On your way from Split to Dubrovnik, you'll get to stop for lunch in Ston. It is our great honor to host you here in the unique environment that Ston offers - a magical medieval little town whose history reaches back as far as the 14th century. It is a small town with the longest stone wall in Europe (3.4 miles of wall!), narrow quiet streets, and homes of ancient nobility. Its former importance as a "salt city" continues today with one of the oldest salt plants in the world. These salt works have remained faithful to the tradition and to the natural way of salt production which has surprisingly not changed much for many centuries. After visiting Ston, continue onto Dubrovnik to enjoy the evening at your leisure and dinner on your own.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9: Dubrovnik
After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour.

Dubrovnik Walking Tour
Our expert guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the Old Town introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city along with the main sights like: the Orlando Column, Rector's Palace, St Blaise church, the Cathedral, Sponza Palace, and many others. After this walking tour, you will travel to the Konavle region for lunch. The Konavle Valley is a fascinating region on the outskirts of Dubrovnik. Known for its traditional way of living, pure olive oil, green honey, sweet smelling herbs, and embroidery, it is a real ethnographic, gastronomic, and natural jewel of Croatia. Don't miss the opportunity to see the old mills on Ljuta River once used to grind corn and produce flour as well as for fine textiles.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10: Dubrovnik
After breakfast, get a transfer from your hotel to the airport to return home or continue on to your next Avanti destination!
Meals: Breakfast

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