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Country Roads of Croatia

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Korcula Island, Croatia
Tour Style: Premium
15 Days from $2,768 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):WD
    hotel:Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb (2 nights).
  3. 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?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb.
  4. 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.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Opatija (2 nights).
  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.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Jezero Hotel, Plitvice.
  7. 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'.
    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 - the island famed for being the sunniest in the country, which is dotted with aromatic fields of lavender, rosemary and heather.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hotel Amfora, Hvar (2 nights).
  9. 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.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Amfora, Hvar.
  10. Journey to Korčula, an island of exceptional grace, history and culture. Perhaps, explore Korčula town with its ramparts and well-known legends.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Liburna Hotel, Korcula (2 nights).
  11. 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.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Liburna Hotel, Korcula.
  12. 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?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Dubrovnik Palace (3 nights).
  13. 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.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.
  14. 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? As the sun descends, enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik, whilst toasting the culmination of your tour with a typical Dalmatian coast dinner, accompanied with wine and grappa. 

    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.
  15. Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 09:00 & 11:30.
    meal(s):BB
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2018 Preview

Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2017 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2018 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 4 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Postojna:

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

Opatija:

  • Spend a day discovering the ‘Jewels of Istria' - the sparkling seas of Rovinj and the gleaming white stone of the Roman arena at Pula.

Plitvice Lakes:

  • Marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Split:

  • Explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace.
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These departures will stay at the Astoria Hotel in Opatija.

undefinedThis departure will stay at Hotel Adriana in Hvar.

This departure will stay at alternative accommodation of similar standard in Split.

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 $680 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $123 per person.

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  • 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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Vacation : The tour itinerary met all my expectations for what I wanted to see and pacing a good balance between scheduled and free time.

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