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CROATIAN HERITAGE

CROATIAN HERITAGE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH

1st Day: ZAGREB

Arrival to Zagreb Airport, bus transfer to hotel. Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia, the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental center of the Republic of Croatia. City tour of the historical part of the city to the north of Ban Jelačić Square is comprised of the Upper Town and Kaptol, a medieval urban complex of churches, palaces, museums, galleries, and government buildings that are popular with tourists on sightseeing tours. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

2nd Day: ZAGREB – PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK – OPATIJA

Breakfast in the hotel. Bus departure to Plitvice lakes. Walk in the National Park Plitvice Lakes that is inscribed on the List of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. While on Plitvice lakes we will have the possibility to see 16 beautiful lakes of crystal blue-green color which lie in a valley between high forested mountains and cascade into 92 spectacular waterfalls. You will enjoy the exceptional beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, rich plant and animal life, contrasting colors, forests and the pure mountain air. An inescapable part will be a walk on the wooden promenades to view majestic waterfalls where every turn leads to breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Continuing to Opatija, dinner and overnight in hotel.

3rd Day: OPATIJA – PULA – BRIJUNI ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast in the hotel. Bus departure to Pula where we take a sightseeing tour and you can admire the Roman amphitheater, one of the 6 in the world still standing, popularly called the Arena of Pula, which was once the site of gladiator fights. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the magnificent Coliseum in Rome. Afterwards you may see the „Golden Gate“ erected between the years 29 and 27 BC by the Sergi family, in honor of three members of the family who held important positions in Pula at that time. This triumphal arch set against the city gate Porta Aurea thus

called because of its richly ornamented arch or gilded elements. And finally you will see the Temple, situated in the Forum, is dedicated to goddess Roma and Emperor Augustus. In the afternoon transfer by boat to Brijuni archipelago for the visit of archeological rests from Roman period. Tour of the National park. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

 4th Day: PULA – ZADAR – NIN

Breakfast in the hotel. From Pula we will drive to Zadar. Sightseeing of Roman Forum, St Donat church built in 9th century in the early Byzantine tradition in pre-Romanesque style. The permanent exhibition „Gold and Silver of Zadar“ exhibited in a Benedictine monastery of St Mary will show you the finest examples of golden and silver sacral objects. Afternoon visit of Nin – the oldest royal town of Croatia where „the smallest cathedral of the world“ was founded in the 9th century. Dinner and overnight in Zadar.

 5th Day: ZADAR – ŠIBENIK – TROGIR – SPLIT

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from Zadar and after a short drive along the Adriatic coast visit of Šibenik and its Renaissance Cathedral dedicated to St Jacob. Just an hour further drive we stop at another Dalmatian jewel – Trogir a city on an island, famous for its lovely renaissance palace. Before arrival to Split one more archeological site will be visited – Salona – former seat of Dalmatia and a birth place of the emperor Diocletian. Dinner and overnight in Split.

6th Day: SPLIT – NARONA – DUBROVNIK

Breakfast in the hotel. This morning is dedicated to sightseeing tour of Split and its historical Centre. In 3rd century A.C: Roman emperor Diocletian decided to spend his last days in the sunny harbor of Asphalatos where he built the palace whose walls still make the part of the City of Split. Guided city tour will include the visit of Diocletian’s palace, his mausoleum converted nowadays into the cathedral, Baptistery, statue of Gregory of Nin. Continuation to Dubrovnik. On the way to Dubrovnik visit of Narona – former Roman settlement and its archeological museum. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

7th Day: DUBROVNIK – CAVTAT

Breakfast in the hotel. City tour of The Old Town of Dubrovnik, which is on UNESCO’s list of cultural heritage, surrounded by ramparts and fortresses, is a treasure of architectural and cultural masterpieces, well preserved over the centuries. Besides visits of the Franciscan Monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe as well as the Rector’s Palace many other sights of interest will make the group feel like they have been set back in time. Afternoon visit of Cavtat – small harbor called “the cradle of Dubrovnik”.Evening transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

8th Day: DUBROVNIK

Transfer from hotel to the Airport.