Croatia is a Country full of historic towns and natural beauty. From exploring ancient palaces, swimming in the crystal clear waters, wandering the cobblestone streets or getting in touch with nature at one the many National Parks. The Croatian Explorer showcases everything that is essentially Croatia.

Croatian Explorer

Land Only Small Group Tour

Duration : 21 DAYSCountry : CROATIA
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Croatia is a Country full of historic towns and natural beauty. From exploring ancient palaces, swimming in the crystal clear waters, wandering the cobblestone streets or getting in touch with nature at one the many National Parks. The Croatian Explorer showcases everything that is essentially Croatia.

Included in the price

  • Fully escorted by English speaking Tour Director as well as a local expert English speaking tour guides for day trips
  • Local tours include Zagreb, Osijek, Đakovo, Plitvice, Opatija, Motovun, Hum, Pula, Poreč, Zadar, Krka, Šibenik, Trogir, Split & Dubrovnik
  • Air conditioned luxury coaches and professional drivers
  • 20 nights luxury accommodation
  • 46 Meals according to Itinerary including:Entrance fees to all national parks
    • Welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant in Zagreb
    • Croatian traditional lunch at Plitvice Lakes National Park
    • Motovun hilltop local lunch. Try local delicacies including truffles, Istrian prosciutto and local wines
    • On the Metković Boat Safari we will stop part way down the river at a  local restaurant for a traditional fish lunch
    • Aboard the Elaphiti Islands cruise you will be treated to a lunch of fresh seafood and Swiss chard
    • Farewell dinner at a traditional Konoba (tavern)
  • Entrance fees to all national parks
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums on the guided tours including the Lipizzaner stables (Đakovo), Roman Amphitheatre (Pula), Euphrasian Basilica (Poreč), Gligora Cheese Factory (including tasting – Pag), St Donatus Church & St Anastasia Cathedral (Zadar), St Lawrence’s Cathedral (Trogir), Diocletian’s Palace Basements (Split), Dominican Monastery Museum, Franciscan Monastery Museum and Rectors Palace & the Cultural Historical Museum (Dubrovnik)
  • Day trip to Kornati National Park via boat including a traditional meal onboard
  • Boat rides in the Krka National Park
  • Round trip ride by ferry from Split to the Island of Brač
  • Lada (traditional boat) safari excursion in Metković

Day 1: Zagreb

Meet your Tour Guide at 2pm at the hotel in Zagreb, where you will check in and join your fellow travellers at an information session. Afterwards we offer an optional walking tour of the city prior to attending the welcome dinner. The dinner will be held at a family-owned restaurant that offers a fine collection of wine and traditional meals using seasonal ingredients from the Dolac market. (D)

Day 2: Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital and economic centre of Croatia. This morning you will be treated to a scenic view of the city’s historical centre. Our local guide will show you the wonders of the old fortified Upper Town, Cathedral of St. Stephen, the famous St. Mark’s church with its multi-coloured roof and the bustling town market ‘Dolac’. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to stroll around the gas lamp lit streets, do a spot of shopping or follow the Croatian tradition by make a wish at the city’s Stone Gate. (B, D)

Day 3: Zagreb - Osijek

Osijek is known as the rural centre of the Slavonia region. In addition to wide open plains and forests, it is also filled with 18th Century architecture influenced by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Here you will enjoy an authentic Croatian dinner in a city full of folkloric events, hearty food and great wines. (B, D)

Day 4: Osijek - Đakovo – Plitvice

Đakovo is home to the world famous Lipizzaner stables which were founded in 1506. The stables are amongst the oldest stud farms in Europe. We will also make a stop at the cathedral that was described by Pope John XXIII as the most beautiful between Venice and Istanbul. We then travel on to Plitvice. (B, D)

Day 5: Plitvice Lakes National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage site is an amazing 29.6 hectares of national park. We will embark on a short journey along the wooden paths down to the breathtaking waterfalls and turquoise lakes. In all, there are 16 lakes which are joined by waterfalls that cascade from one level to another. We will then board a boat on the largest lake in the park where you will take in the serenity and feel like you have escaped from the stress of everyday life. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant specialising in traditional Croatian cuisine. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Plitvice Lakes National Park - Opatija

Opatija is a tourist mecca with over 160 years of tourist trade. Explore the city’s historical buildings, walk through one of the numerous parks or the “Lungo Mare” a picturesque path along the coastline or swim at one of the crystal clear beaches. (B, D)

Day 7: Opatija – Hum – Motovun - Pula

Today we head inland to the quaint town of Hum. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Hum is ˝the smallest city in the world˝ with only 17 inhabitants. Here you will be acquainted with the beginnings of the Croatian written language (Glagoljica). We then continue on to Motovun, an impressive hilltop village which is famous for its Venetian architecture and the Motovun film festival. Here you will savour famous Istrian delicacies like truffles, prosciutto and exquisite local wines. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Pula - Poreč

Today we embark on a scenic journey to Pula and Poreč, through the Istrian region which is famous for its Mediterranean local landscape that includes hilltop vineyards, olive groves and medieval towns. In Pula we visit the well preserved ancient Roman Amphitheatre that dates back to the 1st century. In Poreč, discover the ancient Roman town famous for the Euphrasian Basilica from the 6th century. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of Europe’s finest examples of Byzantine art. (B, D)

Day 9: Poreč - Rovinj - Opatija

After breakfast we depart Porec for Rovinj. Rovinj is a historical fishing town full of romance and mystery. The city is dominated by the baroque church of St.Euphemia with its 60 metre tower that reveals a breathtaking view of the region. Go for a stroll down the “Street of Artists” or discover the narrow streets, stone houses and small squares full of locals watching the world go by. Overnight in Opatija. (B, D)

Day 10: Opatija - Pag Island - Zadar

Today we will cross over to the Island of Pag, which is famous for its lace and cheese. On Pag, we will visit a local farm where you will learn the art of making sheep’s milk cheese. We overnight in the coastal town of Zadar. (B, D)

Day 11: Zadar

Today we will explore Zadar, a city rich in cultural and architectural history. Visit the spectacular St. Donatus church, the ancient Roman forum and the Sea Organs a contemporary city attraction. After dinner we will head down to the city centre, where we will attend the Zadar festivities which often include traditional singing, dancing and storytelling. Afterwards we move on to the promenade to witness the famous sunset that has been described by Alfred Hitchcock as being one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. (B, D)

Day 12: Zadar - Kornati Islands - Zadar

Today we take a boat ride through the spectacular Islands in the Kornati National Park. With over 130 Islands and Reefs, we will moor at the most spectacular islands to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Zadar - Krka National Park - Trogir

Today we set off on a scenic journey to the beautiful Krka National Park. Here we will visit old restored mills, traditional houses and the “Skradinski Buk” which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe. If weather permits we will swim underneath these magical waterfalls. After the swim we reboard the boat and travel down the River Krka canyon and onto Skradin. From Skradin we drive to an eco farm where we will enjoy a traditional Croatian lunch at a local family estate. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Trogir - Šibenik - Trogir

Šibenik is the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast. Otherwise known as Krešimir's town, Šibenik was the residence of the Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV, who was one of the greatest rulers of ancient Croatia. The town boasts St. Jacobs’s cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritige site. Later, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, the medieval town of Trogir. Trogir is affectionately known as the city that has not changed in 2,300 years. The whole city is made of stone and there is no modern architecture. Whether you sit in the city square and people watch, visit the old fort, shop at the markets or climb to the top of the bell tower you will never want to leave this charming city. (B, D)

Day 15: Trogir - Brač

Today we set sail on a ferry to the Island of Brač, where you can explore vineyards, lavender fields and olive groves. There are numerous cafes and bars where you can relax with a cocktail or two whilst enjoying the local music. Alternatively, you can swim or sunbake at Croatia’s most famous beach, Zlatni Rat otherwise known as the “Golden Horn”. (B, D)

Day 16: Brač – Hvar - Brač

Today we Island hop to Hvar, which is known as the sunniest island in the Adriatic. The boat trip is a traditional “fish picnic” with lunch included. On Brač, you will discover the unique town Starigrad (literally translated Old City) which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Starigrad’s olive groves and vineyards have been uninterrupted for 24 centuries making them the oldest in Croatia.(B, D)

Day 17: Brač - Split

Today we depart on a ferry again towards Croatia’s second largest city, Split. In Split we will hear the local myths and legends about the Roman Emperor Diocletian who decided to spend his last days in the sunny harbour of Asphalatos. Here he built the amazing Diocletian palace, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over time the palace has changed to become the city centre. Within the palace walls there are 220 buildings blending contemporary and ancient Roman architecture which have been converted into bars, shops and restaurants. The rest of the afternoon is free to take a walk or have a coffee with the locals on the “Splitska Riva” (city promenade). (B, D)

Day 18: Split - Metković – Dubrovnik

Today we venture down the Neretva River Delta on our boat safari in traditional “Lada” boats. The river is lined with plantations, local farms and roadside vendors. Part way down the river we will stop at a local restaurant for a traditional lunch of fish and other delicacies. If you are lucky we may even see a pirate or two before heading onto Dubrovnik. (B, L, D)

Day 19: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is known as the pearl of the Adriatic and is another UNESCO World Heritage site. Today we will wander along the famous main street (Stradun) and visit the Franciscan monastery, the beautiful Renaissance Sponza Palace and many more sites in the old city. The most impressive and intriguing site are the fortified city walls, which are 2 km long and 22 meters high. The old city is surrounded with several fortresses and towers which protected the city from numerous invaders. This romantic city leaves none indifferent and always wanting to return. (B, D)

Day 20: Dubrovnik - Elaphiti Islands - Dubrovnik

We will take a boat ride through the spectacular Elaphiti archipelago surrounding Dubrovnik. During this cruise we will visit the beautiful islands of Koločep, Šipan and Lokrum where we enjoy hidden sandy beaches and a turquoise crystalline sea. This evening we have a farewell dinner at a local Konoba (traditional tavern). (B, L, D)

Day 21: Dubrovnik

The tour ends this morning after breakfast. There will be an opportunity for last minute shopping or simply hang out with your new friends for the last time. (B)

Zagreb

Zagreb

Zagreb is Croatia's capital, as well as being a business centre, university centre, city of culture, art and entertainment. Springing up from two medieval settlements - Kaptol and Gradec, which form the core of the old Upper Town, it is a true Central European city and with the surrounding settlements it has about one million inhabitants. The old Baroque nucleus is woven from old stone streets and buildings, many churches, a magnificent cathedral with modern shops, cosy cafes and restaurants. Have a ride on the Zagreb’s blue tram or walk down the longest street in Zagreb - Ilica, climb up the funicular to the Upper Town and visit the Lotršćak tower, St. Mark's Church, Kamenita vrata, museums and galleries... 
Opatija

Opatija

Opatija is a fashionable Adriatic tourist resort. In the past it was a summer and winter destination for the Austro-Hungarian nobility because of its mild Mediterranean climate, and today it is a place of luxury hotels, former villas and private summer residences that have been turned into beautiful hotels, wellness centres, congress halls, and swimming pools. Villa Angiolina, one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings, has hosted many famous people. From then until today, Opatija has been a favourite destination for many tourists. The elegant shops, lounge bars and hotel terraces are like in any other fashionable destination in the world. 
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

The over a thousand year old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of this city. The city is a living museum and a live stage, and has an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern day. It is surrounded by medieval walls that are 1940 metres long and are preserved in their original form. They are open to visitors and are the city’s greatest attraction. Since 1979 the town has been under UNSECO protection.
Trogir

Trogir

Trogir, a harmonious stone town on a small island that is connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. The old town, under UNESCO protection, is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, Romanesque churches... 
Split

Split

This eternally young city with around 200 thousand inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian's palace at its heart, which is also the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Cathedral of sv. Dujam [St. Domnios], the patron saint of Split, is located in the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many of the faithful and tourists. Many valuable monuments of culture are located outside the walls of Diocletian's Palace (Renaissance Prokurative Square, palaces, churches, museums...). 
Plitvice lakes

Plitvice lakes

Plitvice lakes - a natural phenomenon is a jewel of inestimable value. Between Mala kapela and Plješivica, in the area where the river Korana has its source, there are 16 large and a lot of small lakes which are connected by small, medium and large waterfalls after which the river Korana continues its journey to Karlovac.  Due to the natural beauty of the waterfalls, cascades, caves and rocks, which offer a beautiful mosaic of colours, sounds and shapes surrounded by high mountain forest terrain, Plitvice lakes and its surroundings were in 1949 declared a National Park, and since 1979 have been under the UNESCO protection. This largest and oldest national park only has electric trains and boats that transport its visitors to various destinations, after which tourists can continue their sightseeing by walking on the narrow paths and trails, crossing wooden bridges that are just above the water surface. 
Krka National Park

Krka National Park

The largest part of this amazing river’s course is the national park, which in addition to its natural phenomena abounds with cultural and historical monuments. The most outstanding of these is the Franciscan monastery on the tiny island of Visovac, set in the middle of the lake widening in the river like a precious stone. Within the monastery there is a picture gallery and a church, origins of which are traced back to the 14th century. However, the main attraction of Krka National Park lies in its seven waterfalls. The widest of these is Roški slap, although Skradinski buk is the biggest and most well known.
Porec

Porec

Poreč is a town located in the heart of the western coast of Istria. A town of culture, tourism, sport and leisure, where the aromas and colours of past times form a mosaic of unforgettable experiences. Traces of the past are preserved in the old part. The stone streets, the remains of ancient temples, forums and other beautiful buildings preserved from ancient times testify to the many rulers. The Euphrasian basilica from the 6th century is the most valuable cultural and historical monument in Istria, and on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 
Motovun

Motovun

A town of rich historical heritage in which each stone has its own story has been an attractive and popular tourist destination for a many years. This medieval Istrian town is situated on a hill with a view of the river Mirna valley. 
Brac Island

Brac Island

The island of Brač is the highest and third largest island in the Adriatic Sea. The island is well known for its quality stone used to build many palaces. This is the island with the only stone mason school in Croatia.
Zadar

Zadar

Zadar is an ancient Mediterranean port city. The old town, surrounded by walls and towers on a peninsula, with a new, urban part is connected by a bridge, a symbol of the city.  Built on Roman urban principles, where there are several major longitudinal streets traversed by a greater number of latitudinal streets, give the city a rectangular shape. The old town is a treasure trove of archaeological treasures and monuments to the ancient, medieval and Renaissance periods. This is visible by a number of sacral and architectural monuments – the church of sv. Donat [St. Donatus] where every summer the sounds of Zadar's musical evenings echo, the Roman Forum near the main square, Kalelarga - the longest and widest street, the Cathedral of sv. Stošije [St. Anastasia], an Archaeological Museum with its exceptional treasures and many other monuments of cultural and historical heritage (town gate, Arsenal, churches, museums...).
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for Croatia   

GEOGRAPHY: Croatia occupies the largest part of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which, as a part of the Mediterranean Sea, penetrates deepest into European soil. Croatia’s shoreline and numerous islands enjoy the majority of the Adriatic coastline. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental part, which spans from the easterly edges of the Alps in the North-West to the shores of the Danube in the East, encompassing the southern part of the fertile Pannonian lowlands.  

VISAS: Croatia, as a member of the Schengen States, does not require Australians citizens travelling to Spain as tourists to obtain a visa prior to arrival. On arrival from a non-Schengen state Australian citizens will be issued with a short period visa, or the common ‘Schengen Visa’, which permits a maximum stay of 90 days over a six month period within the Schengen State area (that is, 90 days over six months in the entire Schengen State area, and not in each individual Schengen state).  

MONEY: 1 AUD = 4.94315 HRK (04/03/2014). The official currency in Croatia is the kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipa). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices and in the majority of tourist information offices, hotels and campsites.Credit cards (Eurocard / Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners) are accepted in almost all hotels, marinas, restaurants, shops and cash machines.  

ELECTRICITY: Electricity supply in Spain is AC 220 volts, 50 Hertz. Sockets meet European regulations and use the round pin system. However, most hotels have adaptors for different plugs. Make sure that the electrical appliances you are going to use (computers, mobile phone chargers, shavers…) work at this voltage.  

CLIMATE / WEATHER: There are three climate zones in Croatia: in the country’s continental interior the prevailing climate zone is moderately continental, while the mountain climate prevails at 1200m above the sea level. The areas along the Adriatic coast have a pleasantly mild Mediterranean climate with a large number of sunny days, summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and wet. The average temperatures in the continental interior are: January -2 oC to 0 oC, with somewhat lower temperatures in the mountains; July temperatures reach 20 oC-22˚C, and around 13˚C in the highlands. The average temperatures in the Littoral (Adriatic Coast) are: January 5˚C - 9 oC and July 23°C - 26°C. Winter sea temperature is about 12 oC and it reaches approximately 25 oC in the summer.  

TIME DIFFERENCE: (GMT+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb  

LANGUAGE: The official language is Croatian (Hrvatski). Ethnic minorities living in Croatia also speak Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian. People working in tourism generally speak excellent English, plus some Italian and German.  

FOOD / DRINK: LaCity Travel believes that one of the best ways of experiencing a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savoring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. Croatia's location ensures that its food options are phenomenal. With loads of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables, visitors will be able to taste Greek, Italian and Hungarian influences in many of their meals.  

HISTORY: Welcome to Croatia! A land whose rich cultural heritage is not discovered only from within the walls of numerous museums, galleries and churches, many of which today, as zero category monuments, are included in a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, but much more in that magical place on the Mediterranean, where even the shortest stroll becomes a journey down a staircase thousands of years old which takes one through a history that is at the same time turbulent, exciting and glorious. Whether walking the intricate grid of narrow white stone streets and alleys, or revelling in the teeming life of the port towns of Istria, Kvarner or Dalmatia, or climbing the green serpentines of Central Croatia to the fairy-like fortresses and castles, each step is an ever fresh experience, made special by the fact that on her territory as many as four cultural circles meet, intertwine and complement one another - west, east, Central European and the southern spirit of the Mediterranean. Croatia is a land of urban culture which numbers more cities than any other part of the Mediterranean.  

SHOPPING: Croatia has an interesting mix of quaint outdoor markets, modern malls and hip clothing boutiques. There's plenty of options that make better souvenirs than the usual lurid magnets or tourist t-shirts. It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.  

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:  
1 January - New Year’s Day
6 January - Epiphany
Easter Sunday & Easter Monday
1 May - Labour Day
Corpus Christi
22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
25 June - Statehood Day
5 August - Victory Day and National
Thanksgiving Day
15 August - Assumption Day
8 October - Independence Day
1 November - All Saints’ Day
25-26 December - Christmas Holidays   

HEALTH: No jabs are necessary for Croatia. However, vaccinations against hepatitis B and tuberculosis are sometimes advised. Precautions should be taken against tick bites. For anyone planning to spend long periods of time in forested areas, carrying a pair of tick tweezers is advised, and immunisation against tick-borne encephalitis is also a possible precaution. Rabies is present. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.  

SAFETY / SECURITY: Most visits to Croatia are trouble-free, and there is no particular threat of terrorism. Busy tourist areas are prone to petty theft, so it is worth keeping a careful eye on possessions. Outside the normal tourist routes travellers should be aware that unexploded mines might remain, particularly in Eastern Slavonia and the former Krajina. Tourists are urged to be cautious in former conflict areas, including Eastern Slavonia, Brodsko-Posavska County, Karlovac County, areas around Zadar, and in more remote areas of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, and stay on known safe roads and areas. If in any doubt check with authorities before setting out into remote areas.  

EMERGENCY: In the event of an accident, phone 112 for help!  

TIPPING: In tourist or upmarket restaurants a tip of 10% will be appreciated, but otherwise it is usual to round up the bill if the service has been good unless a service charge has already been added. Tour guides expect to be tipped. Most other services receive a small tip by rounding up the bill.  

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.  

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