Magic Croatia - A Country of Diversities

Magic Croatia - A Country of Diversities

9 days / 8 nights

Zagreb – NP Plitvice Lakes – River Gacka – Kuterevo – Krasno – NP Northern Velebit – Zadar – NP Krka – Split – City of Hvar 

DAY 1: ZAGREB

Upon the arrival to Zagreb airport, meeting with guests and transfer to hotel. Depending of the arrival time of the flight, optional – sightseeing of the town of Zagreb is organised after settling in the hotel, or the next day, after breakfast. Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, a town that attracts more and more visitors due to the architecture influenced by Austrian and Hungarian characteristics, beautiful green park areas, tasty food prepared with local ingredients and rich night and cultural life. Museums, galleries, unique bars and typical restaurants are just one small part of the overall of the town of Zagreb. During the walking tour, the guide will reveal you the hidden corners of the old town and interesting legends and will take you on unique journey that will present to you intriguing events that led to transformation of the small town into a buzzling and inviting central European capital. Dinner and overnight in the hotel, in Zagreb.

DAY 2: PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK  

Breakfast in hotel. After optional visit of the Zagreb, continuation towards the central region of Croatia – region of Lika, where you will have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park.* The first proclaimed national park in Croatia and at the same time – a UNESCO site, The Lakes of Plitvice will leave you mesmerized by the game of 16 cascade lakes, dynamical waterfalls and wooden paths that take you to into a fairy scenery. The shades of green are uncountable and a true relaxation of every day worries and stress. Karstic phenomena, endemic flora and fauna and rich, tasty typical food prepared by locals will leave a strong impression. Dinner is organised in the hotel.

*Please note that the visit to Plitvice can also be scheduled the following day – depending of the itinerary.

DAY 3: SOURCES OF RIVER GACKA-KUTEREVO-KRASNO

After breakfast, optional visit to national park – depending whether the visit was organised day before. Continuation to the heart of the region of Lika – where the mills of the river Gacka have been renewed and can be visited. Gacka river is one of the purest rivers in Europe, enabling to trouts from the river Gacka, to grow faster than in other rivers. The old mills were used for the production of the flour and local women are producing traditional grappa and homemade bread that you can try. Continuation to the village of Krasno, on the slopes of the mountain of Velebit – a mountain which is completely under protection as Nature park. Krasno is approximately 800 meters above the sea level, and in the village, economy is developed: here are also Museum of forestry and two sawmills. In the village nearby – Kuterevo, a unique shelter for orphaned bear cubs is opened enabling a better understanding of this specific specie. Return to Krasno – dinner and overnight are organised in the pension.

DAY 4: NORTHERN VELEBIT NATIONAL PARK – ZADAR

After breakfast, departure from Krasno to the Northern Velebit National Park – the youngest Croatian national park, from 1999., with surface of 109 km2. It is spreading only few kilometres of aerial line from the sea, but it has typical mountainous characteristics. In the park, there are: Velebit botanical garden, Hajdučki and Rožanski Ledges Strict Reserve, various endemic plant species…Fresh air, dramatic contrast of cliffs and lush forests are the main characteristics of this untouched natural oasis. After visit of the national park, departure to Zadar. Upon the arrival, accommodation in the hotel with dinner included. Overnight in Zadar.

DAY 5: ZADAR

After breakfast, visit of the destination nr. 1, recently proclaimed by European Best Destinations for year 2016. One of the oldest towns in Croatia preserved historical remains from the ancient times: on the famous Forum Romanum, even today Roman remains can be seen and some parts were used to construct the stunning St. Donat’s church. One of the master pieces of sacral stone architecture – the cathedral of St. Anastasia’s – the biggest cathedral in Dalmatia is located here. The visit includes the entrance to Archaeological Museum, and to Museum of ancient glass – the greatest collection of ancient glass in this part of Europe. It’s a town with narrow streets vivacious with Mediterranean charm, local fish specialties served in small taverns and unique Sea organs – constructed to enable to sea itself to compose music. Waves are entering into pipes and are transformed into a sound. Nearby, you can also enjoy in ‘Greeting to sun’ – an installation which is directly connected to Sea organs producing special visual effects. A sunset from the beautiful Zadar promenade should not be missed as it was proclaimed to be the most beautiful sunset in the world, by famous Alfred Hitchcock, during his visit to the town of Zadar.Continuation to the town of Šibenik.

Dinner and overnight are organised in the hotel.

DAY 6: ŠIBENIK-KRKA NATIONAL PARK -SPLIT

After breakfast, visit with local guide of the town of Šibenik- a medieval jewel of Croatian coast. Dramatic historical events have led to quite a stunning course of events that has resulted with the specific medieval look of the town of Šibenik. Fortresses, that once were the key strategic constructions for the defence of the town, today are venues where open air concerts and cultural manifestations take place. The port of the town of Šibenik is one of the most protected bays in the whole Adriatic. Uneven, narrow streets are a memento of the medieval way of life and number of sacral monuments is surprising comparing to the small surface of the town. One of the masters of stone carving and architecture – famous George of Dalmatia – has left a trace here, in one of the phases of the construction of the famous cathedral of Šibenik. The construction is quite stunning as no other material was used to construct this stunning monument and the beauty of the stone can be seen on every inch of the cathedral. The beauty was also recognised by UNESCO so the cathedral is on the list of world heritage under protection.

After the visit, you will have the opportunity to enjoy in Krka National Park – the river of Krka has formed attractive waterfalls and karstic features and during the years, it was the source of life for the town of Šibenik. The mills by the river have been renewed as a souvenir of the traditional way of life and are open for visits. The strength of the river was used for the production of the electricity so hydroelectric plant was built in 1895. Šibenik became one of the first towns in the whole Europe with public electricity. Flora and fauna are abundant with endemic species and swimming is allowed near to one of the most beautiful parts of the park – famous Skradinski buk.

If possible, the lunch is organised in the vicinity to the national park, to bring back all the flavours of old times and traditional meals are served in authentic rural household with warm welcome of hosts.

Departure to Split. Accommodation in the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 7: SPLIT

After breakfast, walking tour with local guide in the centre of the UNESCO protected old core of the town of Split. Once known as Aspalathos, the settlement eventually emerged from one of the bests preserved late ancient monument – an Emperor Palace, which is constructed for the Roman emperor Diocletian. A palace is combination of residential villa and military camp. Many remains are visible today, mixed with architectural styles that occurred later. As people live within the palace area, and there are also other sacral and cultural monuments, bars, restaurants and shops, many refer to palace as living monument and definitely is one of the most attractive monuments to live in. Locals use the beautiful promenade as their living room where it’s crucial to see what’s going on and, of course, to be seen. Mixture of architectural styles, medieval character of the old streets, Venetian influence, galleries, museums as well as beaches, promenade with palm trees and plenty good restaurants have resulted with the fact that Split has been proclaimed, for a few times already, a champion of Croatian tourism. After the visit, leisure time in Split. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 8: SPLIT- CITY OF HVAR-SPLIT

After breakfast, boat ride (ferry or catamaran – depending of the schedule) to the island of Hvar, to the town of Hvar. The longest and the sunniest Croatian island, Hvar was listed my magazine Forbes on the list of 10 most beautiful islands in the world. The town of Hvar is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia. No wonder why: alluring architecture with strong Venetian influence, stunning cathedral of St. Stephen placed on the biggest square in Dalmatia, crystal clear sea, typical food served in plenty restaurant are just a few reasons why so many visitors are simply enchanted by the beauty of the town of Hvar. Did you know that agave fibres can be used for production of the lace? The view from the fortress Španjola gives you a complete view of the port of Hvar, with Paklinski islands located right opposite.Leisure time.

Return by boat to Split. Dinner and overnight in Split.

DAY 9: SPLIT

Breakfast. Transfer to airport. Return flight.

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