Croatia Private Journey no. 02 -

Zagreb - Plitvice - Zadar - Split - Dubrovnik

About Croatia Private Journey no. 02 -

Summary

Croatia mixes a sunny climate with historic cities and one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenic shoreline in the whole Mediterranean.

Activity code: CRJ02

Duration: 8 Days

START - Zagreb / FINISH - Dubrovnik

This private journey itinerary is one of our most popular routes. Meeting up with your driver in the capital Zagreb and including Plitvice National Park, Zadar, Split, Hvar Island and Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina en route to Dubrovnik. In just Eight days you can explore a huge variety of scenery and history in this fascinating country.

The exploration begins straight away on this holiday as your first day includes a private walking tour of the sights of Zagreb. A second night in Zagreb allows you a full day in the north, visiting Trakoscan castle, Samobar and the unique ethno-village of Kumoravec. Heading south you will enjoy a day in the incredible countryside of central Croatia, visiting both Rastoke and Plitvice Lakes National Park.

The middle section of this journey is in central Dalmatia visiting the historically fascinating towns of Zadar, Primosten and Split, along the way we have included some wine tasting and olive oil tasting in addition to the beautiful Adriatic coastline. A free day in Split offers the chance to visit one of the nearby islands such as Hvar or consider an excursion to the Cetina Valley for rafting or zipline adventure.

From Split your journey continues through southern Dalmatia, detouring inland to visit Mostar to see the stunning bridge, which was lovingly reconstructed after the war of the 1990s, and experience the old town's atmosphere. We feel that the best finale to this holiday is a few nights in Dubrovnik where you can relax, enjoy some activities and sightseeing without your driver as the local buses and cable car offer an excellent service.

Why Book with Rediscover the World ?

We are able to tailor-make this holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, overall duration, pre-booked activities, etc.

Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in these fascinating countries (in the list below we have included our main recommendations together with suggestions for "boutique" hotels and deluxe options, please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).

Transport: travelling with one of our local drivers is a real pleasure, it is both a relaxing and potentially educational way to experience this complex and intersting part of the world. 

* A few important notes regarding private drivers:

  • in one day a driver is not permitted to drive for more than 8 hours.
  • weekly driving time shall not exceed 56 hours 
  • between each day a driver must have 12 consecutive hours of rest.
  • drivers are not permitted to drive continuously for more than 4.5 hours.
  • vehicles can operate for a maximum of 250 km daily

Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing and we include the most up-to-date ferry schedules and tariffs; we are also able to book activities and specialist sightseeing, particularly in Dubrovnik - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.

What's included in your Private Journey ?

  • 7nts on B&B at a choice of small hotels.
  • 5 days fully-inclusive vehicle hire
  • 5 days services of private English-speaking driver (includes his/her food, accommodation and fuel for your route)
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes NP, Zadar, Split, Mostar & Dubrovnik
  • Entrance fees for Trakoscan Castle, Ethno Village Kumrovec, Rastoke, Plitvice NP, Diocletian's Palace & Turkish House
  • Wine tasting & Olive oil presentation with tasting
  • Fully detailed itinerary with routes and sighteeing ideas
  • All taxes, full 24hr representative services.

Optional extra tours available:

  • Hvar Island sightseeing
  • Konavle Valley "Tale of Silk" tour

NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

Our recommended hotel choices for this holiday:

  • Zagreb - Hotel Palace, Hotel Esplanade
  • Zadar - Hotel Mediteran, Hotel Bastion
  • Split - Hotel Peristil, Hotel Luxe, Hotel Park
  • Dubrovnik: - Hotel Perla, Hotel More, Hotel Bellevue

Click on the location to view our whole selection.

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any date.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 - Arrival into Zagreb

    Private transfer to your hotel in Zagreb.

    Zagreb walking city sightseeing tour with local guide (duration approx. 2 hours).

    Zagreb grew up on two neighbouring hills: Kaptol - the centre of spiritual and religious life of north-western Croatia and Gradec - the commercial centre of skilful tradesmen and craftsmen. Visit the Upper Town with its Gothic Cathedral, the beautiful and ornate St. Catherine's church or the massive St. Mark's church with its famous colour-tiled roof. Visit Museum of Broken Relationships, a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions. It is a museum about you, about us, about the ways we love and lose. At its core, the Museum is an ever-growing collection of items, each a memento of a relationship past, accompanied by a personal, yet anonymous story of its contributor. Unlike 'destructive' self-help instructions for recovery from grief and loss, the Museum offers the chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creativity - by contributing to its universal collection.

    Rest of the day at leisure.

    • Overnight in Zagreb.

  • DAY 2 - Hvratsko Zagorje Region

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Excursion to Hrvatsko Zagorje with local guide (duration approx. 5 hours).
    Drive from Zagorje to Trakoscan castle, most visited and best preserved castle in the country. Built in the 14th century as a small fortress, the castle has been rebuilt and renovated several times until the 19th century. Proceed towards Kumrovec- the unique ethno-village of Kumrovec is a reminiscent of the ancient way of life in this whole region. Visitors can see old houses and barns displaying the old crafts and the way of life almost forgotten. Entering the village, it feels like stepping into history. Part of the village is also the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavian president, one of the leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement. Although the houses are part of the museum, surrounding residents give the home village the vibrancy and a sense of the past in the present. Continue to Samobor, a small town, nowadays attracting many day-trippers keen to explore the woods above the town or sample the local delicacy "samoborska kremšnita" (custard cream cake). Return to Zagreb.

    Afternoon at leisure.

    • Overnight in Zagreb.

  • DAY 3 - Zagreb - Rastoke - Plitvice NP - Zadar

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Drive from Zagreb to Rastoke (duration approx. 2 hours).
    Visit of Rastoke (duration approx. 1 hour) – entrance fee included. Rastoke is a watermill village situated where the blue-green water of river Slunjčica flows into the Korana river. Most of the houses were built at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Because of its
    extraordinary natural beauties and historical tradition, in 1962 Rastoke village fell under the protection of the State Directorate for cultural and historical heritage. Many ancient civilizations, as well as contemporary urban environments witness that the water has always attracted people to come to its banks and settle there.

    Visit of Plitvice National Park with local guide (duration approx. 2 hours).
    Plitvice National Park is one of the most beautiful and best preserved national parks in the country. This is why the entire lakes and surrounding area were declared a national park in 1949 and are listed on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites because of its exceptional beauty. It is a valley
    situated between high forested mountains in which lie, one below another, a string of sixteen beautiful lakes of crystal blue and green waters. Fed by small streams and brooks, they spill into each other in 92 foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls. The Plitvice lakes' scenery will simply delight you regardless whether you are walking the paths and wooden bridges, taking a boat ride or just taking photographs.

    Free time for lunch on own.

    Journey continues from Plitvice to Zadar (duration approx. 2 hours)

    • Overnight in Zadar.

  • DAY 4 - Zadar - Primosten - Split

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Zadar sightseeing tour with local guide (duration approx. 1.5 hours).
    The Zadar peninsula still preserves very old network of narrow and charming city streets, as well as a Roman forum dating back to the first century AD. The pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donat dates back to the ninth century, and it is certainly Zadar's most famous spot. The town is fortified with medieval walls, distinguished for their pretty and impressive ports – entries in the city all dating back to the sixteenth century. Even Alfred Hitchcock was impressed and supposedly said that the sunset here is more beautiful than in California. Countless buildings and monuments attest to the rich intellectual and cultural heritage of the city. At the end of the Western Quay is Zadar's newest feature, the Sea Organ. This unusual organ is powered by the wind and the sea. When the sea pushes air through the whistles, a series of melancholy chords are played, with the sound
    emerging through the perforated stone stairs. Next to the Sea Organ is the Sun Salutation also designed by Nikola Basic. This circle of glass collects the sun's rays by day, stores the energy, and emits it as a flickering light show after dark. Extra energy is used to power the lights along the waterfront.

    Free time.

    Drive from Zadar to Primosten (duration approx. 1 hour); free time for personal exploring.
    Afterwards, stop in one of the wine cellars for wine tasting. Production of wine and olive oil in Primosten pulls the tradition from the 19th century. It is widely known wine variety "Babic" that originates from this region and which is considered one of the best in Croatia. Walking through vineyards, olive-groves and stone – paved streets of inhabited villages of Primošten Burnji and Južni, where everyday life is unthinkable without donkeys and mules, one can best experience all the attractions of rural Dalmatian hinterland, where lifestyle remained unchanged throughout centuries.

    Continue to Split. Split sightseeing tour with local guide (duration approx. 2 hours).
    The Split private tour will take you along the Old City to visit main sights: the old town of Split is built on and around the spectacular Roman Palace erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian (born in Salona – today’s Solin) in the 4th century. The walking tour starts with a visit to the cellars of the Palace that are still very well preserved. The cellars offer a good view at how the life in the Palace was organized. Other sites will be seen along the way.

    • Overnight in Split.

  • DAY 5 - Split - Optional Trips

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    OPTIONAL 1: Excursion to Hvar with local guide.
    Embark the local ferry /catamaran to Hvar. Upon arrival, Hvar sightseeing tour (duration approx. 1.5 hours). Enjoy a tour of the culture, art and history of Hvar, one of the principal destinations on the Dalmatian Riviera. Hvar is home to fiercely proud, determined and courteous people, who are eager to show off their city. Walk around historical center of Hvar, called Groda, stop at the Benedictine nunnery museum to admire their agava pattern lacework that is protected by UNESCO. You’ll also see the city square, the arsenal, the theater and the cathedral.
    Free time for lunch and personal exploring.
    Embark the local ferry / catamaran to Split.

    OPTIONAL 2: Excursion to Cetina Valley (at Omis).
    A short drive south along the coast to the beautiful small resort of Omis, at the mouth of the Cetina river, offers you the opportunity to experience some adventure. Rafting and zip-line are both available to pre-book.

    • Overnight in Split.

  • DAY 6 - Split - Mostar - Dubrovnik

    Breakfast at your hotel.
    Journey from Split to Mostar (duration approx. 3.5 hours) – please make sure to have your passports ready for border crossing. Mostar sightseeing tour with local guide (duration approx. 1.5 hours). In the true sense of the word it is the city where West meets East meets North meets South.
    Experience sights such as the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques. After the guided tour of the town free time for strolling around and browsing among the many old craft shops or maybe lunch in one of the picturesque local restaurants.
    Free time.

    Trip continues to Dubrovnik (duration approx. 2.5 hours) with enroute stop in small village near Dubrovnik for the production presentation and tasting of local olive oil. Visit this authentic olive mill and press dating back to the 18th century. Witness for live the demonstration of olive milling and press process. Then you will be escorted to sit in the Dubelj family's terrace, taste the olive oil and enjoy local food and wine. Make sure to awake your senses to absorb the garden's aromas and scents - from mint, to peppers, figs and melissa plants.
    Onwards to Dubrovnik.

    • Overnight in Dubrovnik.

  • DAY 7: Dubrovnik

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Dubrovnik sightseeing tour with local guide (duration approx. 2 hours).
    «.... those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik» (George Bernard Shaw); this tour will reveal the finest sites of the old walled City. Our guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the Old Town introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city. Other buildings will be viewed along the way.
    The rest of the afternoon at leisure.
    Suggestion:
    - Make your own way to Cable Car to Srdj Mountain for a nice view
    - Take a boat from the Old City Harbour to Lokrum Island to enjoy beautiful nature of this peaceful island

    OPTIONAL: Tale of silk in Konavle area (duration approx. 4 hours).
    Konavle has for centuries been renowned for the production of silk yarn, where it was used for the decoration of male and notably female national costumes,one of the most important aspects of tradition, beauty and cultural heritage of this region. Silk production in Konavle has succesfully resisted the challenges of the global industrialism in the 18th and 19th centuries, and has revived, nowadays, as a family tradition in several households in this area. We invite you to visit and take part in this ancient craft of producing the silk threads in the most traditional manner - from a cocoon to silk.

    • Overnight in Dubrovnik.

  • DAY 8 - Dubrovnik - end of tour...

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    More free time in Dubrovnik, depending upon your flight time.
    Transfer from your hotel to Dubrovnik airport.

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