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Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
The cobalt blue Adriatic serves as your backdrop as you journey along the Croatian coast in search of historical gems. Roam Dubrovnik’s celebrated old town and wander inside a Roman fortress in Split before cooling off at the world-famous Plitvice National Park.
7 night Dubrovnik Extension staying at the Grand Hotel Park
3 night Cavtat Extension staying at the Hotel Epidaurus
Fly to Dubrovnik and on arrival relax with a convenient transfer to your hotel. If time allows, get a taster of walled Dubrovnik Old Town or relax at your hotel ready for your explorations tomorrow. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, set off on a guided morning sightseeing tour of UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik Old Town, sometimes referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. Admire the green-shuttered stone townhouses, delve into the cobbled lanes and hidden squares, and stretch your legs along the beautiful Stradun - the old city's central, marble-paved street. Visit the Rector's Palace and Franciscan Monastery, with its historic Pharmacy, and admire Dubrovnik Cathedral, an impress Baroque basilica with origins dating to the days of Richard the Lionheart. Afterward, hop inside your air-conditioned coach and soak up the epic scenery of the Adriatic Coast and Neretva River delta on an afternoon drive to Split, where you stay overnight.
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of history-steeped Split, Croatia's second-largest city. Explore the wonderful UNESCO-listed gem that is the Roman Palace of Diocletian: meandering through the maze-like lanes and squares of this former Roman fortress, imperial residence and walled town built between the 3rd and 4th centuries. Marvel at the Peristyle, the palace's central courtyard, see the Cathedral, and take in the stunning remains of the Temple of Jupiter as your guide unravels the stories behind the palace-combined-town and Diocletian, the Roman Emperor who commissioned its construction. Having explored here, rejoin your coach and travel to Trogir, a picture-perfect medieval harbor town. Admire the imposing St Lawrence Cathedral before travelling to Zadar, a pretty coastal city crammed onto a small Adriatic peninsula, for an overnight stay.
This morning brings a fascinating guided tour of Zadar, best known for its Roman and Venetian ruins, including several Venetian town gates. Walk around the crumbled walls, columns and streets of the Roman Forum, and see its famous Pillar of Shame, where medieval wrongdoers were pilloried, and neighboring, circular St Donatus Church, home to two columns from the forum. This afternoon, depart for Croatia's capital, Zagreb for a one-night stay.
Today, start with a morning city tour of Zagreb, where handsome 18th and 19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture meshes with communist-era monoliths, medieval landmarks and a vibrant culture. With your guide, explore the charming, fortified Upper Town to see splendid, twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral, St Mark's Church with its colourfully tiled roof, the handsome Croatian National Theatre, the University and other highlights. Later, relax on an afternoon drive south to Plitvice, home to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park.
After breakfast, grab your camera for a full day of exploring in the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site that is Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park. Considered one of Europe's natural jewels, this densely forested park is famed for its 16 terraced, luminous-blue lakes linked by rushing waterfalls and dotted with natural caves. Enjoy a guided tour and free time to explore, perhaps looking out for the rich array of wildlife and bird species that make this idyllic place home. Afterward, return to your hotel near the park for dinner and overnight. NOTE: Sturdy walking shoes are required as this excursion incurs extended periods of walking across uneven surfaces.
Leave Plitvice for Dubrovnik this morning and admire the views. On arrival in Dubrovnik, get a little free time and dinner at your hotel this evening
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
Showcased a beautiful country. The coastline is breathtaking and the Plitvice National Park magnificent with its turquoise, crystal clear lakes and waterfalls.
Pickup at the airport was a shambles as we wasn't picked up by who we were told but by a taxi and couldn't get into hotel room straight away. We were in quite a small group so had to have a small mini coach which had no room so was not suitable for traveling around for a week . on a couple of days I felt as though we didn't spend long enough at certain Places but got to the hotels a bit on the early side. However I did like the holiday but if these issues had been sorted out I could have given it an excellent .
Good allround holiday could not understand using whole day to travel from lakes to dubrovnik could we not have flown home from zagreb . In general hotels of good standard plus courier great
Poor food in most hotels. Dubrovnik taken out to old town set meal acceptable but not outstanding. Hotel President set meal very poor. Hotel Pinija Zadar the best hotel buffet food quote good. Hotel Panorma Zagreb awful. Very poor cold buffet food. Park Otocac Plitvice Hotel okay taken out to Bistro, okay nothing to write home about. Hotel Ivka didn't eat evening meal here as breakfast was just okay. Really enjoyed the holiday shame about the food.
Well organised with memorable scenery.
The overall tour was very good. However you do spend an awful lot of time travelling between cities which reduces your time for leisure significantly. The last day in particular we spent ALL day travelling which ultimately means you effectively lose a day of your holiday.
we lost the last day really as returning to Dubrovnik for the the return flight. It would have been a lot better flying back from Zagreb. Guide was very good and kept us informed
As above the tour was nowhere near the usual standard I have come to expect from Archers and will be writing with my concerns direct to them
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