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Country Roads of Croatia

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Korcula Island, Croatia
Tour Style: Premium
15 Days from $3,285 per person

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.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. 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.

    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb.
  3. Join your Local Expert to explore the two-tiered capital of Croatia. Drive through the squares of the Lower Town, Donji Grad, designed to give a sense of grandeur. See the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square and continue to Ban Josip Jelacic Square en route to the cathedral. Board the city's funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town. It's a network of little streets, stretching between the Kaptol and Gradec hills. View the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower. The afternoon is at leisure. Relax and enjoy your hotel's amenities or perhaps take an Optional Experience to the Zagorje region to learn about the local traditions and visit the house of Marshall Tito?

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb.
  4. Venture into Slovenia to visit the world-famous Postojna Caves. Step aboard the cave train and descend into a subterranean world of stunning stalactites, stalagmites, columns and curtains. Marvel at the 5-meter tall Brilliant, the cave's most beautiful stalagmite, and come face-to-face with the eyeless, dragon-like human fish. Return to Croatia where your hotel is in the Belle Époque seaside-resort town of Opatija, nestled at the foot of Mount Učka. Take time to stroll by the luxurious villas along the tree-lined seafront promenade.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Opatija
  5. 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.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Opatija.
  6. 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. Spend the evening at Jezero Hotel, uniquely situated inside the park with spectacular views of the lakes.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Jezero Hotel, Plitvice.
  7. The green forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters. Witness a dramatic change in landscape, as you travel through Mediterranean olive groves on your way to Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400 B.C. 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 andtoday 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 - and the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate. Continue your venture underground, to explore the cellars. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity of dinner in a traditional Konoba.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel President, Solin.
  8. Your island hopping adventure begins here. Cross the azure waters of the Adriatic to spend two nights on Hvar, famed for being the sunniest island in the country, and boasting an interior dotted with aromatic fields of lavender.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hotel Amfora, Hvar
  9. Enjoy a full day at leisure, as you explore the hidden coves, secluded beaches, old monasteries and villages of Hvar. Perhaps stroll around seaside Stari Grad, known for being one of Europe's oldest towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Maybe visit the local museum with its impressive collection of archaeological finds dating back to Greek antiquity or enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant? You could even see the glitz and glamour of Hvar Town with its yacht-lined marinas, renowned for being the trendy playground of the rich and famous.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Amfora, Hvar.
  10. Journey to the island of Korčula, known for its grace, history and rich culture. Enjoy leisure time, perhaps exploring the medieval towers and fortifying walls of the Old Town or sunbathing on one of the island's many lovely beaches?

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Liburna Hotel, Korcula.
  11. In the morning, join a knowledgeable Local Expert for a walking tour of the island. Marvel at spectacular views of the mainland and smaller islands, as you stroll towards the main square of Korčula where the Cathedral of St. Marc dominates the ancient skyline. Hear about local legends and history from your Local Expert, stopping by the Town Museum, the Bishop's Palace with its treasury collection and the Town Hall. Visit the ruins of the house where - according to local legend - Marco Polo was born. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces of this charming medieval town.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Liburna Hotel, Korcula.
  12. Journey to the beautiful southern slopes of the Pelješac Peninsula. Should weather permit, cruise the tranquil waters of the bay of Mali Ston and admire the surrounding untouched natural beauty, as you enjoy a glass of traditional Croatian brandy. Stop at a shellfish farm and meet Tomislav, a local oyster farmer, to learn about the cultivation and harvest of oysters. Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table shellfish tasting of the freshest produce, accompanied with a glass of wine. Continue to the walled town of Dubrovnik, 'paradise on earth' according to George Bernard Shaw. Join a walking exploration of the city, guided by a Local Expert. Get a glimpse into local life, as you explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the Old Town. Walk past Onofrio's Fountain, see the Old Jewish Quarter and the synagogue, and marvel at the grandeur of the cathedral and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. With the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps enjoy the luxuries of the five-star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, your home for the next three nights. Located moments away from the Adriatic with spectacular views of the Elafiti Islands, your hotel provides exclusive access to a private beach. In the evening, there is the option to enjoy dinner at a family home in a local small village. Meet the family who will explain how they make olive oil using an antique olive oil press, before savoring a freshly prepared meal served with wine.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.
  13. Spend the day at your leisure or enjoy an optional visit to Montenegro. Your chosen excursion sees you journeying along the coast to the pretty port town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A photographer's dream, capture one of the most beautiful parts of the bay and learn about some of the compelling history of this area. The excursion continues to the picturesque town of Budva with its sandy beaches and medieval fortification wall for a delicious local lunch. Return to Dubrovnik via ferry and enjoy an evening at your leisure. Perhaps start at a trendy wine bar, followed by dinner at a romantic sidewalk cafe?

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.
  14. Make the most of a day at leisure in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Relax by the pool, shop in the markets or perhaps take the opportunity to visit Cavtat, one of the most enchanting seaside resorts in Croatia? This evening, should weather permit, you're invited to embark on a dazzling cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik for your Celebration Dinner. Gaze out at views of the glistening Adriatic and the mighty city walls rising straight from the cliffs as you savor authentic flavors of local specialties washed down with locally-produced wine or grappa, a national favorite after-dinner drink. Appreciate final views of Dubrovnik at night, as your cruise moors in the Old Town Harbor.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.
  15. Your journey draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 05:00, 09:00 & 11:30.

    meal(s):BB
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $780 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $30 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $162 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. 

Signature Experiences

Postojna Caves:

  • At the world famous cave-system, take a mini-train into the caves before walking through an illuminated fairyland of stalactites and stalagmites.

Opatija:

  • Led by your Local Expert, spend a day discovering the Jewels of Istria, including the sparkling seas of Rovinj and the gleaming
    white stone of the Roman arena at Pula.

Plitvice Lakes:

  • Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along
    stunning cascades, guided by your Local Expert.

Split:

  • Explore above and below the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace. A Local Expert guides you through labyrinthine streets to see St.
    Duje's, the Temple of Jupiter, the Golden Gate and the Cellars.

Zagreb:

  • Your Local Expert guides you this two-tiered capital. Explore Donji Grad, the Lower Town, and see the Mimara Art Museum in
    Roosevelt Square, Ban Josip Jelacic Square and the cathedral. Ride the funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town, to view the
    Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.

Hvar:

  • Explore the coves and hidden beaches of the beautiful island.

Korčula:

  • Discover this fascinating island during your walking exploration with a Local Expert. Hear about local legends and visit the ruins
    of the supposed birthplace of Marco Polo.

Reviews

Sunday, August 20, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : Locations visited were great but would not travel with Grand European again. Too many add-ons to the initial price. Too many optional trips that added up to over $500, many of these should have been included. Constant tipping - tipping for daily guides and bus driver should be included.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your trip.  Optional experiences are a part of every tour operator's program.  We try to create a balance between included sights with free time which is why the Optional Experiences are not included in the main program.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Vacation : Initial cost was high and then too many add-ons.
Friday, August 18, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : Too many extra expenses... costly added tours and tips for local guides. Hotels without A/C in 102 degree heat.....not so much as a window screen or fan. Even if it had been 80 degrees I still want A/C. The last dinner, on a boat, was just horrible. Boat was old and the crew was rude. Food was terrible. Bus was very comfortable and bus driver was very good...roads were very bad and he did a great job. Guide was good but had no personality. I would never travel with this company again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate you taking the time to share your comments.  We apologize that you're trip did not live up to your expectations. While we cannot control the weather, we will certainly pass your other concerns on to our Quality Control team.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Vacation : I did not like all of the added expenses...added tours and tips for guides. One hotel did not have A/C in 102 degree weather. Even if it had be 80 degrees outside I still want A/C. Food was not good. the last dinner, on a boat, was terrible. Boat was old, sun blazing down. When I asked if the side curtains could be lowered a little to block the sun I was given a very rude answer. Food was terrible...burned fish, snacks prepared too far in advance...curled cheese etc.
Friday, August 18, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : Beautiful country definitely should be on people's bucket list
Vacation : Beautiful country. Put on your bucket list
Monday, July 3, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : Very personable and helpful on the phone. Worked with us to get the airline schedule we wanted.
Vacation : Good value for thr money. Enjoy leaving the planning and driving to the experts so we can enjoy the trip.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Every was as stated in the literature. Hotels were clean and comfortable with wonderful views. Bus driver, Robert, was master on the road. Petra, our guide, was organized and well prepared. Her knowledge of the area gave us an insight (no pun intended!) on the history and customs of each region we toured. Her smile and warm personality was the perfect touch for leading a group travelling to new regions of the world.
Vacation : So much was included in this package and the optional experiences! Loved all the dinners 'on the road' rather than in a hotel. Food was tasty and plentiful, wine and grappa were yummy. Wer really got a feeling of being in the country, interacting with the locals
Friday, June 16, 2017
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Service rating : The management of the trip was very good
Vacation : Was good value compared to other vendors
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : Our travel specialist got back to us quickly with our questions. The travel department did a great job with our flights. Too bad more people on our tour were not able to use the complimentary shuttle from or to the airport.
Vacation : The trip gave us a variety of experiences. We felt like we really got to see and know the country of Croatia. Our tour director and bus driver were excellent!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments.  We truly appreciate the business and the kind words.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Croatia must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Croatia.

  • The currency in Croatia is the Kuna. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Croatia. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Croatian cuisine is hearty, fresh, and flavorful, and is a mix of local traditions and neighboring influences. Meals often begin with bread, cured meats and cheese.  Along the Dalmatian coast you’ll find a variety of seafood dishes and Mediterranean flavors like rosemary, oregano, sage, lemon, and olive oil. For an authentic coastal meal try octopus peka and scampi na buzaru (scampi cooked in garlic, tomato and white wine).  Inland look for specialties such as manistra od bobica (beans and fresh maize soup) or struki (baked cheese dumpling). Traditional dishes from the area around Zagreb include purica z mlincima (turkey with pasta noodles), and strukli (ravioli-like pasta dough balls with a cheese filling).  Pizza and pasta dishes are also ubiquitous.  For dessert, try palačinka, a kind of crêpe served with jam, chocolate sauce, and other decadent fillings. Croatian beer (pivo) is high quality and light lagers most common. The regional wines are also very good, with a variety of red and whites to choose from. Croatia’s favorite brandy is sljivovica, made from plums or travarica, an herbal brandy. Italian espresso is also popular.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out in Croatia, it’s standard to leave 10 percent gratuity – and up to 15 percent for excellent service – on top of the included service fee.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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