Celebrating Christmas has been a prominent festivity among Croats dating back to the ninth century when Croats accepted Christianity. Due to different geographical and historical influences varying Christmas customs have developed over the centuries, such as variations in carols, sayings, dishes, and decorations. When travelling through Croatia at Christmas time, you will hear different carols and be offered a wide variety of foods, but all Croats will wish you a Merry Christmas in the same way 'Sretan Bozic'.
2017-12-23
2018-01-03
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White Christmas in Croatia

Land Only Small Group Tour

Duration : 12 DAYSPrice : FROM $2399Country : CROATIA
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Celebrating Christmas has been a prominent festivity among Croats dating back to the ninth century when Croats accepted Christianity. Due to different geographical and historical influences varying Christmas customs have developed over the centuries, such as variations in carols, sayings, dishes, and decorations. When travelling through Croatia at Christmas time, you will hear different carols and be offered a wide variety of foods, but all Croats will wish you a Merry Christmas in the same way 'Sretan Bozic'.

Included in the price

  • Fully escorted by English speaking Tour Director as well as local expert English speaking tour guides for day trips.
  • Local tours include Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Biograd na Moru, Trogir, Split & Dubrovnik
  • Heated luxury coaches and professional drivers
  • 11 nights luxury accommodation
  • 25 Meals according to Itinerary including:
Welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant in Zagreb
Croatian traditional lunch at Plitvice Lakes National Park
Traditional Christmas dinner
Roadside tavern lunch of traditional pig/lamb on the spit
Farewell dinner at a traditional Konoba (tavern)
  • Entrance fees to all national parks
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums on the guided tours

22nd December - Day 1: Arrive Zagreb

Meet your Tour Guide at 12pm at the hotel in Zagreb, where you will check in and join your fellow travellers at an information session. Step outside your hotel and you are on the main square which is the venue for the traditional Christmas Markets. Enjoy the ambience under the giant Christmas tree while sipping on some mulled wine or trying some of the local delicacies. We will then go back to the hotel for you to freshen up prior to heading to the welcome dinner at a family-owned restaurant that offers a fine collection of wine and Croatian meals using seasonal ingredients from the Dolac market. (D)

23rd December - Day 2: Zagreb

Our local guide who will take us on a tour of Zagreb, the Capital and economic centre of Croatia. See 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 the gas lamp lit streets which are lined with hundreds of cafes and bustling bars, do a spot of shopping or join in the local Croatian tradition by make a wish at the city’s Stone Gate. (B, D)

24th December - Day 3: Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes National Park

This morning we head off through the magical wintery countryside on our way to Plitvice Lakes National Park. An extended lunch today will be at a local roadside restaurant specialising in traditional Croatian cuisine. (B, L, D)

25th December - Day 4: Plitvice Lakes National Park (Christmas Day)

What better way to start Christmas Day than by experiencing a magical wintery landscape of frozen streams and waterfalls. We tour this enchanting UNESCO World Heritage site of 16 lakes joined by waterfalls that cascade from one level to another. During winter, many of these waterfalls are frozen in time creating a magical white landscape. At your own pace you can then wander along the wooden paths that lead down to breathtaking waterfalls and exquisite turquoise/silver lakes. Later enjoy a Christmas evening dinner with traditional Christmas festivities around the Christmas Tree. If we are lucky, we may even spend it with the locals in a family home. (B, L, D)

26th December - Day 5: Plitvice Lakes National Park- Zadar

This morning we head off to the coastal city of Zadar, a city that Alfred Hitchcock described as having one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. The city centre is built inside the old walls consisting of marble streets that are based on the old Roman street plan and filled with a blend of modern and ancient architecture. In the afternoon we take a tour of Zadar where we see the famous St. Donatus church, the ancient Roman forum and the Sea Organs (a contemporary city attraction creating haunting sounds made by the sea). Enjoy the evening exploring the old city centre. (B, D)

27th December - Day 6: Zadar - Biograd na Moru

The “white town on the sea” was once the old capital of Croatia. Its history is amazing with Roman’s, Croatian Kings, Crusaders, Knights Templar and Venetians all having ruled this area. Today, Biograd is a small and typical seaside town with an old stone town centre and several marinas full of various sea vessels. Enjoy the esplanade that runs for several kilometres through pine forests along the sea. (B, D)

28th December - Day 7: Biograd - Trogir

This morning we head south once more and reach the medieval town of Trogir, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Trogir is affectionately known as the city that has not changed in 2,300 years. The whole city is made of stone with very little 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)

29th December - Day 8: Trogir - Split

Split is Croatia’s second largest city and the largest on the Adriatic coast. In the 3rd century, the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to spend his last days in the sunny harbour of Asphalatos where he built an amazing palace (UNESCO World Heritage site) whose walls have stood through the centuries and are still a part of the old City. This is the living heart of the city and some of its chambers have been turned into bars, shops and restaurants. There are 220 buildings within the palace walls and the labyrinth of the streets will guide you through a blend of contemporary and ancient Roman architecture. (B, D)

30th December - Day 9: Split - Dubrovnik

We head off this morning and head down through the “Makarska Riviera”, stopping at a local tavern that serves pig/lamb on the spit before overnighting in Dubrovnik. (B, L, D)

31st December - Day 10: Dubrovnik (New Year’s Eve)

Dubrovnik is known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and is a natural wonder as well as another UNESCO World Heritage site. This morning we will attend a city tour and wander along the famous main street (Stradun) and visit the Franciscan monastery, the beautiful Renaissance Sponza Palace and many more beautiful sites including 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 in days gone by. Later this evening we attend a New Year’s Eve function and then later enjoy the many concerts and fireworks bringing in the New Year. A truly magical location and experience. (B, D)

1st January - Day 11: Dubrovnik (New Year’s Day)

Sleep in and relax on New Year’s Day. Explore Dubrovnik at your own leisure. This evening we have a farewell dinner at a local Konoba (traditional tavern). (B, D)

2nd January - Day 12: 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. This romantic city leaves none indifferent and always wanting to return. (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... 
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. 
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...). 
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.
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...).
Biograd na Moru

Biograd na Moru

Biograd na Moru, formerly a royal Croatian town, is a famous tourist and nautical destination in the very centre of the Adriatic Riviera. Surrounded by national parks (Kornati, Paklenica, Krka Falls, the Plitvice lakes) and the nearby historical cities of Zadar, Šibenik and Nin, the town will make your stay on the Croatian Adriatic an unforgettable one. You can go swimming in the clear sea just a hundred metres from the centre of the town, and for those seeking solitude and peace, the forest-covered islets in the Pašman Channel are nearby. Two modern and well equipped marinas with a large number of berths, a diverse offer of boats for charter and a large number of organised regattas make Biograd a meeting point for sailors from all over the world.
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.  

Australian Embassy
Centar Kaptol, 3rd Floor,
Nova Ves 11,
10000 Zagreb
Telephone: +385 1 489 1200
Fax: +385 1 489 1216

Departure : 2017-12-23

Arrival : 2018-01-03

$2399

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1. Price are in AUD, subject to the availabilities and per person twin-share price. 
2. Valid for sale & departure until 22 December 2017
3. LaCity Travel reserves the right to adjust the itinerary as it sees fi­t to ensure the smooth running of the tour and to substitute hotels of a similar standard if the hotels listed in our brochure are not available.