Zagreb, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Split & DubrovnikBook this package
based on Mar. 24, 2017 departure*
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||Scheduled Dates; select from 7 departures, September 2016 – May 2017|
|Highlights||Zagreb, Opatija, Istria Peninsula, Plitvice Lakes, Sibenik, Split, Trogir, Ston Dubrovnik|
|Departs||New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)|
|Themes||History & Culture|
|What to Expect||This moderately-paced, escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip.|
|Already Booked?||Find everything you need to know before you go, including how to pay your balance due, passport & visa requirements, flight information, weather, and more.|
Croatia is quickly becoming a favorite destination for travelers seeking a European vacation package with a twist. It offers gorgeous scenery, historic cities, impressive architecture, charming villages, great food and wine, sparkling clean water, and plenty of hiking, sports and activities for everyone.
Take advantage of our 10-day Croatia tour package and visit Croatia's most enticing areas, including Zagreb, the capital city and Opatija, playground of the Habsburgs. Spend the day in the Istrian Peninsula visiting Pula and its 2000 year-old Roman theatre that will remind you of the Colosseum in Rome. Walk through the amazing Plitvice Lakes National Park. Visit the Adriatic Coast towns of Sibenik, Split and Trogir. Spend time in the timeless old town of Dubrovnik.
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Dates, Prices & Options
Departure Dates & Prices
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Fri||Sep 2||2016||Sun||Sep 11||2016||$3199||$2899||Closed|
|Fri||Sep 9||2016||Sun||Sep 18||2016||$3199||$2899||Available|
|Fri||Sep 16||2016||Sun||Sep 25||2016||$3199||$2899||Closed|
|Fri||Sep 23||2016||Sun||Oct 2||2016||$3199||$2899||Available|
|Fri||Sep 30||2016||Sun||Oct 9||2016||$3099||$2799||Available|
|Fri||Mar 24||2017||Sun||Apr 2||2017||$2649||$2349||Available|
|Fri||Apr 14||2017||Sun||Apr 23||2017||$2849||$2549||Available|
|Fri||May 5||2017||Sun||May 14||2017||$2949||$2649||Available|
|Fri||May 19||2017||Sun||May 28||2017||$3249||$2949||Available|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.
|Single Room Supplement|
|Mar 24, Apr 14||+$249|
|Sep 30, May 19||+$349|
|Sep 16, Sep 23||+$399|
|Sep 2, Sep 9||+$449|
|All other departures||+$299|
Flights & Departure Cities
|New York City (NYC)||included|
This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.
Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 48 hours of your reservation.
Note: NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability when you make your reservation. Your flight itinerary showing which airport that you are departing from will be emailed to you in 24-48 hours.
Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.
How to Make a Reservation
To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.
We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.
Day 1: Depart USA/Overnight Flight
- Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zagreb
Day 2: Zagreb
- Transfer to your hotel
- Meet your tour manager and traveling companions with a welcome drink and light dinner
Full Day Itinerary: Upon arrival in Zagreb, capital of Croatia, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later, enjoy a welcome drink and light dinner at the hotel and meet your tour manager and traveling companions over a plate of "strukli", a local specialty.
Day 3: Zagreb & Opatija
- Set off on a walking tour of Zagreb
- Depart by coach to Opatija
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Zagreb through the fortified, medieval Upper Town, St. Mark's Church with its multicolor tiled roof, Parliament and Government Palace. Depart Zagreb by coach to Opatija, situated on the Kvarner Bay. Opatija was the favorite spa resort of the Habsburgs' European aristocracy and celebrities such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Check in at your hotel on the promenade. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Opatija & Istria Peninsula
Included meals: Breakfast & light lunch.
- Visit Pula and tour the 2000-year-old amphitheater
- Independently explore Rovinj
- Sample the Zigante truffle in Livade
Full Day Itinerary: This morning, depart for Istria, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. Drive to the western coast and visit Pula, which was a strategic port in ancient Roman times. Tour the 2000-year-old amphitheater, the sixth largest of its kind still preserved, which is reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome. Continue to Rovinj, perhaps one of the most beautiful towns in Istria, and an inspiration to artists. Enjoy some free time to explore the old town with its narrow lanes, stores and galleries. Depart for Livade for a light lunch, and sample one of Istria's greatest treasures, the Zigante truffle. Return to Opatija for overnight.
Day 5: Plitvitce Lakes
- Hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Take a boat ride across the emerald green Kozjak Lake
- Explore on foot before returning to the main entrance by train
Full Day Itinerary: This morning, depart Opatija and head south to the Lika mountain region and the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park consists of 16 lakes connected by waterfall. Enjoy a hike through the park, viewing several of the lakes, including a boat ride across the emerald green Kozjak Lake. Explore the park by foot before returning to the main entrance by train. Continue to your hotel for check-in. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Day 6: Sibenik & Split
Accommodations: 2 nights Hotel Luxe, Split or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & light lunch.
- Depart for the historic town of Sibenik
- Visit the Bibich Winery for a wine tasting and light lunch
Full Day Itinerary: Depart the mountain region for the Adriatic coast and to the historic town of Sibenik. See some of the area's cultural and historical monuments including the Cathedral of St. Jacobs built in the Middle Ages and attributed to a local master, George of Dalmatia. Continue to the Bibich Winery for a wine tasting and light lunch. The winery burnt to the ground during the Yugoslav wars and has been rebuilt, producing award winning wines that are exported to the USA. Taste the Dalmatian Debit white wine as well as the cuvee of Shiraz and Merlot, accompanied by Croatian style tapas. Proceed to Split and check in at your hotel.
Day 6: Zadar & Split (2017 Departures)
Accommodations: 2 nights Hotel Luxe, Split or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & light lunch.
- Depart for the historic town of Zadar
- Visit the Bibich Winery for a wine tasting and light tapas lunch
Full Day Itinerary: Depart the mountain region for the Adriatic coast and to the historic town of Zadar. The historic town of Zadar is rich in cultural and historical monuments. Here you can see the Roman forum dated to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dated to the 9th century AD, and the famous Zadar Sea Organs, the only one of its kind in the world. Continue to the Bibich Winery for a wine tasting and light lunch. The winery burnt to the ground during the Yugoslav wars and has been rebuilt, producing award winning wines that are exported to the USA. Taste the Dalmatian Debit white wine as well as the cuvee of Shiraz and Merlot, accompanied by Croatian style tapas. Proceed to Split and check in at your hotel.
Day 7: Split & Trogir
Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.
- Walk through the old town and visit Diocletian’s palace
- Enjoy a walking tour of Trogir’s old town
- Have lunch at the Tragos Restaurant
Full Day Itinerary: Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the largest in the Dalmatia region. The town has been built and re-built for seventeen centuries, and today you may find an 18th century building intersecting with ancient Roman walls. Walk through the old town, and visit the 4th century palace built by Emperor Diocletian to spend his golden years. Drive to the nearby town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Trogir has 2300 years of urban traditions and a culture influenced by ancient Greeks, Romans and Venetians. A walking tour of the old town will take you past its palaces, churches, tower and fortress, situated on a small island linked by small bridges. Enjoy lunch at the Tragos Restaurant where you can try "pasticada", a traditional Dalmatian dish. Return to Split and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 8: Ston & Dubrovnik
- Visit a local winery for a presentation of the wine-making process and a wine tasting
Full Day Itinerary: Depart Split and continue along the Dalmatian coast. Stop near the town of Ston, where you will visit a local winery, and taste the famous "Plavac Mali" wine, a very close relative of Zinfandel. Here, the traditions of wine making have been passed down for generations. Enjoy a presentation on the wine-making process and a wine tasting. Continue to Dubrovnik for check in and dinner at your hotel.
Day 9: Dubrovnik
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Enjoy a walking tour of the old city of Dubrovnik
- Balance of the day at leisure
Full Day Itinerary: Completed in the 13th century, the old city of Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged. Enjoy a walking tour and view the Franciscan Monastery, Clock Tower, St. Laurence Fortress, Sponza's Palace, and Rector's Palace. The remainder of the day will be at leisure. Spend some time wandering the winding streets, stopping at stores and galleries. Its medieval ramparts encircle the entire city, which pedestrians can enter at one of two gates, under the watchful gaze of the city's patron, Saint Blaise, or walk along the broad stone-paved avenue known as the Stradum.
Day 10: Dubrovnik/USA
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Transfer to the airport to board your return flight to the USA
My Wife and I just returned from the Discover Croatia tour - what a wonderful trip! Our guide Zoran Vitas was terrific - knowledgeable, helpful, funny and attentive to all the details and our needs. When we arrived at Washington Dulles, our gateway city, we discovered that our flight to Frankfurt had been cancelled by Lufthansa because of a strike. I called your Air Department, and Cindy let me know that Friendly Planet was aware of the situation and had already rebooked our flights to Zagreb - we arrived there only a few hours later than originally scheduled. Outstanding! We are already looking forward to our next Friendly Planet trip.
Bob Cushman, Oak Ridge, TN
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