Country Roads of Croatia

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Insight’s expertly crafted journeys make dreams of incredible experiences a reality, allowing you to connect with remarkable cultures and faraway lands in ways previously unimaginable. The magic ingredients for your perfect vacation are meticulous preparation and planning, which our team of specialists does on your behalf. Our renowned Travel Directors bring destinations to life and ensure that your vacation is totally hassle-free.

 

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AAA Member Benefit**

$40 optional excursion voucher for booking with AAA Vacations

Early Booking Benefit

10% Early Payment Discount (EPD): Book and pay in full by Jan 11th, 2018

INCLUSIONS

  •  Professional Travel Director and Local Experts
  • Local sightseeing, immersive Signature Experiences and priority access to select sites
  • Authentic regional dining in local restaurants
  • Central and scenic premium hotels
  • Hotel and restaurant gratuities included
  • Luggage handling
  • Scheduled arrival and departure transfers
  • Travel by luxury motorcoach with Business Class legroom

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS

Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

DAY 2: 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.

Hotel: Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb
Welcome Reception and Dinner

DAY 3: 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 colorful 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 Zagorje region to learn about the local traditions and visit the house of Marshall Tito?

Hotel: Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb
Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4: 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-meter 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.

Hotel: Hotel Bristol, Opatija
Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

DAY 5: 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-colored bars and cafés.

Hotel: Hotel Bristol, Opatija
Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6: 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 spectacular panoramic views.

Hotel: Jezero Hotel, Plitvice
Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

DAY 7: 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 Čipiko 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’.

Hotel: Hotel President, Solin
Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8: 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.

Hotel: Hotel Amfora, Hvar
Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

DAY 9: 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.

Hotel: Hotel Amfora, Hvar
Buffet Breakfast

DAY 10: 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.

Hotel: Liburna Hotel, Korcula
Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

DAY 11 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.

Hotel: Liburna Hotel, Korcula
Buffet Breakfast

DAY 12: 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.

Hotel: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
Buffet Breakfast

DAY 13: 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.

Hotel: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
Buffet Breakfast

DAY 14: 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.

Hotel: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

DAY 15: DUBROVNIK AIRPORT

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

 

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*Prices are per person, land-only, and consider double occupancy (single supplements apply). 10% EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT (EPD): Applies only to tours featuring the EPD in the price panel – see 2018 Europe brochure for details; itinerary details, departure dates and pricing are subject to change and will be final in Oct 2018 when the new 2018 Insight Vacations brochure is available.

**AAA Member Benefit: Voucher can be used toward the purchase of additional optional excursions. Excursion vouchers are valid per guest and must be used on vacation, cannot be substituted or transferred; no cash value. All offers may be withdrawn at any time. Other conditions and restrictions apply. Early Payment Discount: New bookings only.

ALL OFFERS: based on availability, do not apply to all tours/departures, and may be withdrawn at any time and without notice. PAYMENT: A deposit of up to $550 per person is due within 7 days of booking with full payment by 11 Jan 2018 or 45 days before departure, whichever is sooner. Further restrictions apply. Contact your Travel Agent for details. CST No. 20687545-20.