A Land of Culture and Beauty Revealed

Resort: A Land of Culture and Beauty Revealed
Operator: Saga
Destination: Croatia
Price From: £899.00

The stunning beauty and splendour of Croatia await

Discover Croatia’s rich history, fascinating culture and outstanding natural beauty on this leisurely tour from Zagreb in Croatia’s north to Dubrovnik in the south. En route you’ll explore historic Split, see the beautiful Plitvice lakes and relax on the stunning Makarska and Dubrovnik rivieras. There will be plenty of time for independent exploration too, or you can take your pick from a variety of optional excursions to discover even more.

Including…

11 nights in hotels

23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 10 dinners

Free bar open 12 hours a day in the dedicated lounge of the Bluesun hotel

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga tour manager
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels

Excursions and visits

  • Zagreb city walking tour
  • Plitvice Lakes National Parks visit
  • Visit Split

Use of audio headset on all guided tours

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Zagreb

Fly to Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, and travel to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Panorama (4Q) for a two-night stay, with dinner included tonight (this may be a cold snack if arrival at hotel is late). The old centre of Zagreb is within easy reach, a mere 20-minute tram-ride away. D

Day 2
Zagreb

Enjoy a city walking tour around Zagreb’s historic streets. Then perhaps join an optional excursion to the medieval market town of Samobor, famous for its handicrafts. B

Optional excursions

Samobor |Half day

The peaceful and picturesque medieval market town of Samobor is about 20 kilometres from Zagreb. It’s renowned for its February carnival, a symbolic farewell to winter, and its hand-made finely-cut crystal glass. Indulge in a more affordable treat while here and tuck into a local speciality – kremšnita – a custard and puff pastry slice. Your tour of the town also includes dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 3
Zagreb to Starigrad-Paklenica

This morning travel to breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park where you can spend the day following scenic trails through the forests and around its outstanding falls. Enjoy lunch here before continuing to Starigrad-Paklenica for a three-night all-inclusive stay at the locally rated 3-star Bluesun Hotel Alan (3Q), which overlooks the Adriatic Sea. B, L, D

Day 4
Starigrad-Paklenica

Spend the day enjoying the hotel’s lovely beachfront location or venture to the ancient city of Zadar on a half-day optional excursion. B, L, D

Optional excursions

Zadar |Half day

Zadar is an ancient walled port set on a peninsula, a strategic position that resulted in much battling for occupation throughout its history. Roman domination led to the building of baths and the Forum of which only fragments remain as stones from it were used in the rotunda of the 9th-century St Donat’s Church. Admire the 12th-century cathedral and the churches of St Simeon and St Chrysogonus. Like many European cities Zadar’s old town, which was similar to that of Dubrovnik, was decimated by wartime bombing. Today, largely sympathetically restored, it’s a peaceful place to wander along historic streets and enjoy people-watching in the bars and cafes. Don’t miss a more recently built attraction – Zadar’s Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) – designed by architect Nikola Basic.

Day 5
Petrcane

Enjoy more time relaxing at your own pace. Alternatively, an optional excursion will reveal Sibenik’s historic sights, including its Cathedral of St Jacob, and Krka waterfalls. B, D

Optional excursions

Sibenik and Krka waterfalls |Full day

Sibenik grew up around one of the most protected natural harbours on the Adriatic coast. It’s an attractive place with narrow streets and squares, where historic buildings jostle with modern shops and restaurants. Its predominant feature is the UNESCO-listed Cathedral Sveti Jakov, built in 1434. It’s one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Croatia, constructed from limestone and the famous white stone from the island of Brac. After exploring the city, rejoin your coach and travel to Krka National Park to see the beautiful Krka waterfalls.

Day 6
Petrcane to Split to Tucepi

Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Split, the regional capital of Dalmatia, where you can enjoy some free time for independent exploration. Continue to Tucepi for a three-night all-inclusive stay at the locally rated 4-star Bluesun Hotel Alga (4Q). The hotel has an exclusive Saga lounge with an outdoor terrace where the free bar, open 11am to 11pm, serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Free drinks can only be consumed while you’re in the lounge – if you want to enjoy drinks elsehere in the hotel, these can be purchased from one of the other bars. B, D

Day 7
Makarska Riviera

Spend the morning at leisure enjoying Tucepi’s setting on the beautiful Makarska Riviera. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion to the popular resort of Makarska for a half-day cruise if the weather permits. B, L, D

Optional excursions

Makarska Riviera cruise |Half day

Enjoy a cruise in a small motor boat along a scenic section of the Makarska Riviera. Disembark in the village of Baska Voda with time to explore the beautiful seafront promenade.

Day 8
Makarska Riviera

This morning, an optional excursion will reveal the stunning rock canyon of Cetina and the walled coastal town of Omîs. B, L, D

Optional excursions

Cetina and Omîs |Half day

Travel by coach to see the River Cetina, the longest in Dalmatia. It flows through a vast rock canyon – one of the natural wonders of Croatia – before opening into the sea at the historic port of Omîs. The town, which is bisected by the river gorge, is protected by ancient walls, inside which you’ll find historic churches. Higher up in the gorge are fortresses, built to defend the town.

Day 9
Tucepi to Cavtat

Travel through stunning scenery en route to the Dubrovnik Riviera for a three-night stay on half board at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Albatros (4Q) in Cavtat. B, D

Day 10
Dubrovnik Riviera

Relax in the hotel’s lush gardens just metres from the seafront or join an optional morning excursion to the beautifully preserved city of Dubrovnik. B, D

Optional excursions

Dubronik |Half day

Enjoy a morning visit to the walled city of Dubrovnik, a remarkably well-preserved example of a late-medieval walled city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The City Walls, 1,490 metres long and up to 40 metres high, were built between the 8th and 16th centuries. They surround the old town with its medieval, Renaissance and baroque buildings. It’s easy to explore on foot and your guide will point out the many sights of interest, including St Blaise’s (Dubrovnik’s patron saint) Church, the Onofrian Fountains and Sponza Palace – the old Mint and Custom House.

Day 11
Dubrovnik Riviera

Today you can join an optional excursion to see the botanical gardens in Trsteno. B, D

Optional excursions

Trsteno |Half day

The village of Trsteno lies between the sea and the mountains, and is characterised by stone houses around a lovely village square. The Trsteno Arboretum was once part of the formal gardens established at the end of the 15th century as a park and summer residence for a noble family. It’s home to a pair of giant plane trees and over 300 species of exotic trees and shrubs. The pavilion, aquaduct and baroque fountain in the Gothic-Renaissance park are some of the best examples of garden architecture.

Day 12
Dubrovnik-UK

Bid farewell to Croatia and take your flight back to the UK. B

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