Croatia and Greece Tour - Best of both worlds

Best of Croatia and Greece

Price from: $3.750,00
Travel type: Croatia & Europe
Fly in city: Zagreb
Fly out city: Santorini
Recommended time to travel: May-October

 

Highlights

  • Visit Athens and famous Acropolis, and sightsee all the major attraction of the city
  • Visit Zagreb with Baroque charm and experience the heat of capital city of Croatia
  • Go island hopping and get to know local Croatian islands
  • Taste one of the best oysters on the whole Medditarenian 
  • Enjoy hand-picked highly rated local guides

This is a sample tour and can be further customized.


Day

1

Arrival to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and more than a 1000 year old City, with its historic charm. Private transfer to your hotel and check in. After a long trip hotel amenities will help you to relax and rejuvenate. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day

2

Your day will start with magnificent cup of coffee in the oldest coffee shop in Zagreb situated on the main square overlooking the statue of Ban Jelacic. Croatians are very sensitive about the coffee and coffee drinking in local coffee shops is part of the culture. After morning relaxation and chatting with your colleagues, you will take a walk with your local guide and start exploring Zagreb. Guide will tell you all the interesting stories about the city. In the evening prepare for “Welcome dinner” in traditional local restaurant were food is prepared according to original recipes from 16th century. Free afternoon for your own activities. In the evening meeting with the driver and transfer to one of the most famous beer house in Zagreb which produces its own domestic beer. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day

3

After breakfast departure to the region Croatian Zagorje, an area of chocolate-box enchantment: miniature wooded hills are crowned with the castles they seem designed for, and streams tumble through lush vineyards. Visit Trakoscan castle and the lake, one of the most beautiful castles in Croatia. After Trakoscan continue to Neanderthal Museum in Krapina and find out all about life of prehistoric man and where he was discovered. The highlight of the day will be traditional dinner with wine tasting in a local village. After dinner departure back to Zagreb. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day

4

After breakfast departure to National Park Plitvice Lakes. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Take a walk with a local guide through this heaven on earth. Enjoy scenery of beautiful waterfalls and untouched nature. And don’t forget to make a wish under the largest waterfall as it is supposedly making your wishes come true After visiting NP Plitvice, we will have a traditional dinner in local restaurant. After the park, drive towards the Istria region. Overnight in Rovinj.

Day

5

After breakfast meeting with the local guide and depart to Pula for sightseeing. The most famous and important monument, 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 Colosseum in Rome. After sightseeing of Pula, continue to Livade, home of truffles. Accompanied by a professional truffle hunter and a specially trained dog go deep into the Istrian forests and spend approximately three hours searching for Istrian white truffles. After truffle hunting enjoy amazing dinner with truffles. After dinner departure to Rovinj. Overnight in Rovinj.

Day

6

After breakfast departure to NP Brijuni. The Maker intended to shape a part of the Earth to the image of Heaven. That is how Istria came into being, like a garden covered with magnificent trees and vast meadows, washed by the deep blue sea, appealing people to a happier life. But the jealous devil destroyed his work by tearing the bag in which the angel was carrying the unused stones. Thousands of rocks scattered around the Istrian land making it a land of contrasts, gentle and rough, fertile and barren, sunny and cloudy. The desolated angels gathered the pieces of Heaven remaining among the scattered rocks and protected them by the sea waves and created Brijun. After Brijuni sightseeing departure back to the hotel and free time for your own activities. Overnight in Rovinj.

Day

7

After breakfast departure to Zadar, city voted to be the best European destination for 2015, - a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first sea organs in the world. Hotel check-in and day at leisure. Overnight in Zadar.

Day

8

After breakfast meeting with the local guide and Zadar sightseeing. While walking with your guide through the city of Zadar, the ancient Forum, symbol of the city-church of St. Donat, St. Anastasia, monuments and palaces, you will learn all about the rich history of this beautiful old town. Tour of the Land Gate and city walls, Square of Five Wells, People's Square and of course the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. Walk along the waterfront with sounds of the sea organ, that are unique in the world, will make your experience complete. According to Albert Hitchcock Zadar is the city with the most beautiful sunset in the world and you will have a chance to be a part of it. In the afternoon embark on a boat and start your amazing sea adventure – sail around NP Kornati. National Park Kornati is one of the most indented island groups on the Mediterranean , a unique cluster of 150 islands, islets and cliffs spread over the central part of the Adriatic Sea in northern Dalmatia. It is the bluest corner of the Adriatic where the blue color of sea stands out even more in contrast with white-greyish rocky ground which prevails on the islands. With its exceptionally clear sea, torrents of sunshine, numerous inlets, bays and small ports Kornati are a must destination when traveling to Croatia. Sail back to Zadar. Overnight in Zadar.

Day

9

After breakfast departure to Split, the second largest city in Croatia and the city that has all: Roman ruins and grand museums alongside fashionable cafes and trendy shops. On your way to Split stop in Etnoland Dalmati. The Etnoland experience begins with your journey to the Dalmatian hinterland, to Pakovo Selo. There, after a formal and for Dalmatians sacred welcome ceremony; you'll be welcomed into the village. Listen to Dalmatians tell stories of their ancestors and history, see and learn about Dalmatian customs and tradition. See Dalmatian stone houses, traditional tools and utensils, learn how households were run, experience traditional Dalmatia and so much more. The Etnoland experience culminates in a splendid feast for your palette. Etnoland Dalmati offers visitors indigenous Dalmatian food and drinks, and delicacies such as cheese, “Drniški pršut” smoked ham, traditional red and white wine. After lunch continue to Split and check in to a hotel. Overnight in Split.

Day

10

After breakfast meeting with the local guide and morning sightseeing of historical complex of Split along with the Palace of Diocletian, the UNESCO protected site. After Split sightseeing embark on a boat and sail to island Hvar (OPTIONAL TOUR). You will have a chance to visit Zlatan Otok and taste some of the most delicious Croatian wines. After the winery sail to the city of Hvar. Welcome to Hvar, an ancient town with a rich history on the island in the Croatian Adriatic Sea with the same name. Hvar is proud that it has the most sunny hours of all the islands in the Adriatic Sea. Many people say of the town Hvar that it is a town as from a fairy- tale because its architecture, wonderful nature and its mild climate. Everybody can find in Hvar all what gives peace to the soul and relaxation to the body. Free time to explore city by your own. In the late afternoon sail back to Split. Overnight in Split.

Day

11

After breakfast day at leisure.

Day

12

After breakfast departure to Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most stunning destinations, both in terms of its cultural heritage and as a holiday destination. The city has often been referred to as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979 as a city of rich culture and history. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by 1,970 metres of city walls—over the centuries they served to protect the city from various threats and today are the city's greatest attraction. The Pile Gate and the Plo?e Gate are connected by the main street, Stradun, and form the entry and exit points to the city walls and the old city itself as well as its museums and theatre scene. Besides its wealth and diversity of history and heritage, Dubrovnik is also a city of top culinary delights, stunning natural surroundings and cordial inhabitants, so set some time aside, explore the possibilities the city has to offer and feel the spirit of this ancient city. On your way to Dubrovnik stop in Ston, Gothic medieval city, surrounded by 6 kilometers of city walls and its famous salt pains and oysters (Second largest city walls after Chinese wall). Located in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The bay of Mali Ston has been famous for seashell cultivation since the days of the Roman Empire as it hosts the largest oyster cultivation facilities in the Adriatic. Oyster production in the family that we will take you to has been a long tradition which they have developed over the years into an exceptional tourist attraction. The excursion starts with a panoramic boat ride on a beautiful wooden boat through the Bay of Mali Ston all the way down to the oyster beds. You will not only have the opportunity to see and learn something about the oyster production but also to taste some oyster, local wine and rakia in these amazing surroundings. Continue to Dubrovnik.Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day

13

After breakfast meeting with the local guide and Dubrovnik sightseeing. Local guide will take you to the most wonderful and hidden streets of the city. Explore Dubrovnik City Walls (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) and enjoy a unique view of the Old Town of Dubrovnik including its narrow streets and small squares. Special dinner will be organized in a local tavern on the hill Sr? where you will have a chance to try delicious “Dalmatian peka”. Peka is a Baked dish with meat and vegetables made in a pot or a tray, the pot is put into the embers of a fireplace. After dinner departure back to the hotel. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day

14

After breakfast day at leisure. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day

15

Fly out of Dubrovnik. Fly in to Athens and private transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Athens.

Day

16

After breakfast, meeting with the local guide and Athens sightseeing. From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, with the half- day sightseeing and Acropolis museum tour you will see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive morning tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided halfday tour will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens. The Athens half-day tour depart for a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square , Russian Orthodox Church, and finally ACROPOLIS (visit Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). Continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the ACROPOLIS museum. Avoid and skip the lines of the new museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you. Overnight in Athens.

Day

17

After breakfast check out and departure to the port of Piraeus. Arrival in Myconos and private transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day

18

After breakfast Mykonos sightseeing. This island tour will take you for a discovery of some of the most famous beaches and the inner landscape. You will see private chapels and houses built in typical Cycladic style. In the second main village of Mykonos, Ano Mera, an idyllic place 6km from town, you will see the most picturesque village square with taverns. Time to visit also the monk monastery Panagia Tourliani built in the 16th century. Drive up to Paleokastro ancient settlement. Stop at famous beaches for coffee or a refreshment (not included in the price), before going back to town for a last panoramic shot of Mykonos port and neighbor islands. During the tour there will be a stop at an “organic farm” family establishment, where we will have wine tasting . There will be a short presentation of the farm.: wines, the biodynamic cultivation method they employ, the products they will be tasting. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day

19

Day at leisure. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day

20

After breakfast check out from the hotel and boat ride to Santorini. Arrival in Santorini and private transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Santorini.

Day

21

After breakfast half day Volcano tour. You will drive to the port of Athinios, from where they will take the boat. After sailing 10minutes you will reach the volcano lava “Nea Kameni” – spend around 1h10 mns time to walk up to the crater still active & down. Next adventure is sailing along the lava rock to reach the hot springs ‘Palea Kameni’. The boat will continue the Thirassia island after 15mns they will arrive at the small harbor – You will have 2hrs time for walking up the 140 steps or take the donkey – free time in the town and back to the port of Thirassia. You will than sail to Oia /Armeni bay to get off and walk up 340steps to Oia center or take donkey ride up – you will have free time for Sunset. After sunset bus will wait for you for transfer back to the hotels Overnight in Santorini.

Day

22

Day at leisure in Santorini. Overnight in Santorini.

Day

23

Fly out of Greece Santorini.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All private transfers including airport transfer upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation for 22 nights in 4* hotels
  • 22 breakfasts in the hotels
  • Welcome dinner in Zagreb in the local restaurant
  • Entrance fee and local guide in Trakoscan castle
  • Entrance fee and local guide in Neanderthal Museum
  • Dinner in a local restaurant in the region of Croatian Zagorje
  • Sightseeing with a local guide of Zagreb (2 hours), Zadar (2 hours), Split (2 hours), Pula (2 hours) and
  • Dubrovnik (3 hours)
  • Entrance fee to National Park Plitvice Lakes
  • Local guide in National Park Plitvice Lakes
  • Truffle hunting in the region of Istria
  • NP Kornati sailing
  • Entrance fee and guide in NP Brijuni
  • Sightseeing, wine tasting and lunch in Etnoland Dalmati
  • Sailing to island Hvar
  • Oyster tasting in Ston
  • Entrance fee to Dubrovnik City Walls
  • Dinner in Konoba in Dubrovnik
  • Half day city tour of Athens with a local guide
  • Boat tickets Piraeus – Mykonos
  • Half day island Mykonos tour
  • Boat tickets Mykonos – Santorini
  • Half day Volcano tour on Santorini
  • All local taxes

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • International flights (possible to provide)
  • Any suggested add-ons
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Any other items not mentioned above 

 

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