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TRAVEL FROM MAY 1st - OCTOBER 15th

Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Trogir, Šibenik, Plitvice Lakes, Rovinj, Zagreb

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at Your Choice of Hotel in Dubrovnik
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at Your Choice of Hotel in Split
  • 2 Night Luxury Accommodations at Your Choice of Hotel in Zadar
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at Your Choice of Hotel in Rovinj
  • 2 Nights Luxury Accommodations at Your Choice of Hotel in Zagreb
  • Private Half-day Guided Panoramic City Tour of Dubrovnik
  • Private Full-Day Excursion to Dubrovnik Hinterland or Montenegro
  • Private Full-Day UNESCO City Tour of Ancient Split and Trogir with a Licensed Guide
  • Private Full-Day Tour of Zadar and Sibenik With a Licensed Guide
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park Entrance Fees Included
  • Private Full-Day Tour of Pula, Motovun
  • Afternoon Private City Tour of Zagreb With a Licensed Guide (optional)
  • All Private Airport Transfers
  • All Private City to City Transfers
  • Breakfast Daily
  • All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges
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ITINERARY DETAILS

DAY 1

Dubrovnik


Welcome to Dubrovnik, the enchanting walled city that has found its way on everyone’s travel bucket list. Your private driver will pick you up from Cilipi International Airport and take you to your luxury hotel in the city. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the vibrant food-scene and nightlife of Dubrovnik. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for recommendations of their favorite restaurants, cafes, and entertainment.

DAY 2

Dubrovnik


In the morning, your licensed English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby to begin your guided city tour of Dubrovnik to immerse yourself in the city’s immense cultural heritage and rich history. Explore Stradun, the beating heart of the Old City, Rector’s Palace, St Blasius Church, and majestic Sponza Palace with its blend of Gothic and Renaissance details. After the tour, choose to extend your day of exploration with a visit to the city walls or a cooking class with local specialties including the famous Peka, dishes cooked in ash under the dome.

DAY 3

Day at Leisure or full-day trip to Cavtat/ Konavle or Montenegro


You can choose to spend the day at leisure or continue exploring the beautiful Adriatic coast either with a trip to Cavtat and Dubrovnik mainland or a full-day trip to Montenegro. Should you decide to add the full-day trips, your driver and private guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and stay with you for the duration of your selected tours.

DAY 4

Dubrovnik – Split with a stopover in Ston and Stella Croatica Ethno Village


After breakfast, you will meet your private driver and depart towards Ston, famous for its city walls and oyster farms. After sightseeing of Ston and oyster tasting, you will continue your journey to Split stopping again at the Ethno Agro Park Stella Croatica in the scenic town of Klis with its guardian fortress, home to ancient olives, fig, and pomegranate trees that stand tall surrounded by fragrant and healing herbs. After reaching your hotel, you can enjoy the remainder of your day relaxing by the pool or take a stroll through the vibrant city promenade, the famous Riva, lined with bustling cafes and restaurants. Ask your travel consultant for recommendations of their favorite things to do and see while in Split.

DAY 5

Split – Trogir


Split is a city that grew out of a Roman emperor's palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has been inhabited for 17 centuries. Split tells a tale of the way people lived in the past and of different cultures, styles, and influences that have been carved into its narrow streets, Roman temples, and Christian churches. Outside the palace, the story of Split continues as it spreads from its center, the palace, to beautiful vistas on the hill of Marjan, the waterfront, and its beaches. Your walking tour with a licensed guide starts at the waterfront promenade (locals call it Riva), through the Diocletian’s cellars, Peristyle (Emperor’s square), Vestibul, Southern portico, Cathedral of St. Dominus, the Golden Gate, Northern Palace wall, Piazza, National Theatre, Marmont street, the very lively fish market, Republic square and finally back to the promenade where you will join your driver and head towards another UNESCO protected city- Trogir. This small island town, just 1 hour away from Split was founded by the ancient Greek settlers in the 3rd century BC. For centuries, Trogir was a place where numerous artists left their mark, so it packs a lot of art and history. Admire the Romanesque and Renaissance architecture and visit landmarks like the Cathedral of St. Lawrence renowned for its stunning Romanesque door, carved by 13th-century sculptor Radovan, the Loggia, Clock Tower, and Rector's Palace, then continue toward the waterfront, admiring 11th-century St. Barbara’s Church and St. Dominic’s Convent. Finally, find out more about the battlements of the Venetian-built Kamerlengo Fortress and pause at Marmont’s Gloriette, a Napoleonic-era monument, as you wander to nearby St. Mark’s Tower.

DAY 6

Split


Day at leisure. Explore the city at your own pace, immerse yourself in the Mediterranean lifestyle on the Riva or opt for a boat trip to one of the islands (Hvar, Brac, Solta).

DAY 7

Split Sibenik, Zadar


After breakfast, you will meet your driver-guide and start your scenic journey towards Zadar. On your way, after about 1 hour's drive, you will stop in Sibenik, a picturesque city nestled between the deep blue Adriatic Sea, Krka National Park, and verdant hills guarded by medieval fortresses. The sleepy city provides you with one of the most authentic Dalmatian experiences and it is renowned for its Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage site started in the 15th century by the Venetians and completed by the great Dalmatian master-builder, Juraj Dalmatinac. The most impressive detail of the exterior however is a string of 71 life-sized meticulously sculpted heads of fishermen, peasants, soldiers, old men, teenagers, and ordinary citizens, representing an ode to the city and its inhabitants. After a tour of the old town, you can opt for lunch at a local farm or immediately continue your trip to your hotel in Zadar. Afternoon at leisure. Relax by the pool, test the impressive SPA services in your hotel or ask your travel specialist for recommendations.

DAY 8

Zadar


Enjoy your morning at leisure. In the afternoon, you will meet your driver who will take you to the Old Town where you will be joined by your English-speaking guide for a walking tour of this beautiful Croatian city surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Visit its ancient Forum, the church of St. Donat – one of the city’s main symbols, St. Anastasia, grandiose monuments and palaces, and learn about the city’s rich and rather turbulent history. Continue to the Land Gate and city walls, the Square of Five Wells, People's Square, and then relax on the marble stairs and take a moment to listen to the world-renowned and unique Sea Organ. As the sun sets, you will be able to enjoy the vibrant colors of another Zadar landmark, Greeting to the Sun. Should you decide to stop for dinner before returning to your hotel, your guide will be more than happy to provide recommendations.

DAY 9

Zadar – Rovinj with a stop at Plitvice Lakes National Park


After breakfast and hotel check-out, you will meet your driver-guide and head towards Rovinj with the most beautiful rest stop you will ever experience – Plitvice National Park. Located roughly 1/3 of the way to Rovinj, this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of 16 lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars, and rare bird species. Set your own pace, stroll down to Veliki Slap (the largest waterfall in the park), and if you wish to have lunch in the area, the driver will be more than happy to recommend the best and most scenic restaurants before continuing to your hotel in Rovinj.

DAY 10

Rovinj


Spend a relaxing day in Rovinj, at your own pace, or enjoy an optional tour of the city. Ask your travel consultant for recommendations of their favorite spots in the city.

DAY 11

Rovinj, Pula, Motovun


Experience the unique landscapes and landmarks of Istria during this full-day tour. After meeting your driver at the hotel, you will head to Pula, the largest town of the Istrian peninsula with a history spanning over 3 000 years. Accompanied by a private guide, wander through its renowned monuments built in the Roman Empire such as the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi or the Golden gate, the Twin gates, the Roman Forum, the Temple of Augustus, and surely the most popular one of all, the Arena, bearing the title of the best-preserved amphitheater in the world. After the seaside city of Pula, it is time to discover Istrian rolling hills, and the best way to experience this romantic landscape is by visiting Motovun. This captivating walled town is perched on a 277m hill in the lush Mirna River valley and its lost-in-time views over the verdant valley, are reminiscent of a fairy tale illustration. Motovun is renowned for its food, wine, truffles, and vibrant art scene. You will have plenty of time to explore the town, shop for souvenirs, and optionally sit down for a relaxing lunch. Your guide will be happy to recommend the best establishment to suit your tastes.

DAY 12

Rovinj, Zagreb


After breakfast and hotel check-out, your driver will be ready to take you to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. You can either spend the day at leisure or we can add a late afternoon city tour with plenty of free time for your exploration afterward. Given that Zagreb is renowned for its excellent variety of restaurants, ask your travel specialist for their favorite Zagreb eateries.

DAY 13

Zagreb, Trakošćan castle, Varaždin


After you have spent the last few days exploring Coastal Croatia, now it is time to discover the equally beautiful continental part of the country, especially its verdant hills and castles. After breakfast, you will meet your driver-guide and head to the postcard-worthy Trakošćan Castle, a real medieval treasure. Built in the 13th century as a part of a defense system, the castle is surrounded by manicured gardens and an artificial lake. Your next destination will be the nearby city of Varazdin, Croatia's Baroque gem. During the tour, you will explore its preserved palaces, Baroque, Rococo, Classicist, and Secessionist houses and villas, as well as one of the oldest City Halls in Europe. Before returning to Zagreb, you will stop for lunch at a restaurant with breathtaking views of Varazdin and its surrounding hills.

DAY 14

Departure Day


Your private driver will meet you at the hotel lobby to transfer you from the hotel to the Zagreb International Airport for your flight back home.

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Located just a short walk from Dubrovnik Old Town, Hotel Excelsior has been welcoming celebrities, royals, and distinguished guests since 1913. With its panoramic sea and Old Town views, impeccable service, great dining options, and own beach this landmark hotel will make your stay in Dubrovnik a memorable one.

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This beautiful heritage hotel in the heart of the Old Town is located within a superbly restored 17th-century Baroque villa and surrounded by Dubrovnik landmarks, cultural monuments, lively cafés, and art galleries. With 17 luxury rooms and 2 suites, all named after famous Croatian artists and poets. Pucic Palace offers an intimate atmosphere with a historical aura, emphasized by wooden-beamed ceilings, wrought-iron balustrades, and lustrous green marble. The villa’s original Baroque ambiance is lovingly maintained with original antiques and refined historic detailing throughout the entire property.

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Boasting a prime seafront position in the tranquil Lapad Bay, Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik offers superb contemporary design, luxury spa, and outstanding dining just 4 km from the Old Town. All 173 rooms and suites were designed by some of the most prominent Croatian interior designers and they welcome you with minimalist touches, spacious balconies, and spectacular sea views. A luxurious feel is further accentuated by contemporary artworks, 3 bars and an exceptional restaurant, a full-service spa, and access to a pristine beach.

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With access to a spacious Blue Flag beach, close proximity to the Old Town of Dubrovnik, and spectacular views Babin Kuk, Lapad Bay, and the Elaphite Islands from almost every corner of the property, Royal Neptun is a great choice for travelers looking to combine historic sites with some sea and sun.

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This legendary grand dame that first opened its doors in 1921, is located opposite the main city beach Bacvice, and just a 10-minute stroll from the vibrant boardwalk Riva and Diocletian’s Palace. The interior of the hotel and its 65 spacious rooms and suites will provide a sense of luxury with top-quality materials decorating the walls while the color palette perfectly complements the exterior and the vicinity of the Adriatic Sea.

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This peaceful 100yrs old Art Nouveau gem in the bustling heart of Split is located just steps away from Diocletian's Palace. The hotel’s great location allows you to instantly switch from a tranquil hotel ambiance to the vibrant Mediterranean feel of Split. Each of the 31 superbly appointed rooms and 4 suites represents a bygone era that has been revived by bringing in a touch of modern, as well as paying careful attention to every need of contemporary travelers. Following world gastro trends, the hotel’s restaurant and bar meet all the nutritional needs of their guests by offering vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options.

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The excellent central location of the hotel, its historical surroundings, and interior elegance are complemented by the discreet placement of the latest technology throughout each room and hotel facilities. Cornaro Hotel is just a two-minute walk from Zlatna Vrata (the Golden Gate), the main entrance to Split's car-free Old Town, which centers on the third-century Diocletian's Palace. All the main attractions are nearby, but you're away from the summer crowds and the hustle and bustle of the seafront (Riva). The hotel offers 151 rooms, 4 junior suites, and 1 premium suite, two restaurants with terraces for open-air dining, a rooftop bar affording fantastic views, a private wine bar for tasting, a small wellness center, and a gym in the basement.

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If you ever wanted to live inside an ancient palace, Vestibul Palace will make your dream come true. Located in the very heart of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled between the emperor’s square and his chambers, this innovative hotel was created by fusing Romanic, Gothic, and Renaissance palaces, with the original wall elements of Diocletian’s palace, and the original niches from the Roman era. It seamlessly blends modern and historic, with exposed ancient Roman brick and stonework elements, providing a unique ambiance not easily replicated.

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This iconic Art Noveau hotel in the center of Zagreb offers unparalleled luxury and a great base for exploring Croatia’s capital city. Once a glamorous stopover for passengers on the famous Orient Express, the hotel welcomes you with plush interiors, 208 luxurious rooms and suites, and award-winning dining options.

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This early 20th-century palace turned luxury hotel welcomes you in the very heart of Zagreb. Its 60+ rooms provide elevated feeling comfort and plenty of style with high ceilings, large windows, white marble bathrooms, Murano chandeliers, and contemporary artworks by Croatian artists. Le Premier Restaurant, run by the previous winner of two Michelin stars executive chef Stefano Cosattini, offers delectable Italian dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

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Conveniently located just minutes from the museums, the main city square, the National Theatre and many trendy cafes and restaurants, The Westin Zagreb is renowned for its outstanding service, and a refined choice of rooms and suites. Rooms on higher floors offer stunning panoramic views of Zagreb while numerous bar and dining options, including fine-dining at Kaptol Restaurant will soon become your favorite spots in the city.

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Located in the green oasis in the town center just 200 m from the British Square (Britanski Trg), President Pantovcak offers a stylish retreat oozing luxury, sophistication, and tranquility. Hotel rooms, with their floor-to-ceiling windows, invite nature in, making you forget that you are in the heart of a vibrant European capital. The hotel’s restaurant provides a lovely setting overlooking the garden and it serves one of the best champagne breakfasts in the country.

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Considered one of Croatia’s flagship 5-star hotels, Monte Mulini will win you over with its exceptional facilities, unmatched waterside location, and refined luxury. Being just a leisurely 15-minute walk away from the historic center of Rovinj, Monte Mulini is an excellent base from which to explore this romantic Istrian city. When it comes to services and amenities, the sky is the limit: four outdoor infinity pools with seawater, direct beach access, plenty of bars and restaurants, each offering an unforgettable gourmet experience, spa treatments on the beach, and Yoga on SUPs are just a few of the experiences you will not want to miss.

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Another stellar seafront luxury hotel Grand Park Rovinj is also the latest addition to the renowned Maistra collection of properties. Overlooking Katerina Island and the postcard-worthy Rovinj Old Town, the hotel is surrounded by verdant pine woods immediately immersing you in the Mediterranean lifestyle. With 209 stunning rooms and suites, some spreading over more than 170 m2, plush Lungomare Plaza promenade with exclusive restaurants, bars, and shops, largest SPA facilities in Istria, unique gifts and facilities designed to create and record your memories, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is a property you will keep coming back to.

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Tucked away in a secluded bay in Rovinj, Hotel Lone is Croatia’s only member of Design Hotels. Created to resemble a cruise liner perched on a hilltop surrounded by lush greenery and the turquoise Adriatic, Lone offers 248 rooms and suites, all extra spacious, with plenty of natural light and just the right amount of quirky design accents. There is plenty of space to enjoy the sun and sea around the pool and the entire Mulini beach, while the hotel’s restaurants and bars provide something for everyone, from haute cuisine to healthy dining options, always using the freshest locally sourced ingredients.

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Located in the heart of Rovinj Old Town, Spirito Santo Palazzo Storico evokes the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage. Carefully restored using traditional materials and techniques to bring back the original beauty of the properties once owned by prominent Italian families, this boutique hotel now offers spacious rooms with sea or Old Town view, modern amenities, and plenty of luxurious details, just minutes away from Rovinj’s vibrant town squares, cafes and restaurants.

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3 Nights Athens Extension

Get a taste of history, culture and cuisine when you head off to Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Spend three nights at one of our top luxury hotels, with magnificent views of the Acropolis. Enjoy a full- day tour of the historical highlights around the city, including the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the ancient Agora, the neoclassical buildings of Plaka, the changing of the guards at the Parliament building, Lycabettus Hill, and more. Your three nights/four-day extension includes roundtrip airfare from Cairo to Athens, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

Declan and Joanne in US - Travelive Reviews

Declan and Joanne, US

Hi Jeanne and team, we just got back from our amazing trip to Croatia and you were not kidding when you said that even I will be happy with all the historical sites you had in our itinerary.

It was great to go through the whole country and see how different it is from North to South. I don’t know what was better the hotels you chose or the tours. The guides were so energetic and full of knowledge, our kids loved them, especially the full Game of Thrones tours in Split and Dubrovnik and the gladiator tour in Pula! Two thumbs up, we will be back but next time we want to do some island hopping.

Declan and Joanne, US

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