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Discovering Croatia’s Finest Destinations

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PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 9398

Private Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a private walking tour of the city of Split, offering a perfect mix of history and modern influences, amazing ancient Roman architecture infused with modern bars, and restaurants.
  • Explore the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park with a leisurely horseback ride with a private guide.
  • Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience, combining fine food with excellent wines at a local vineyard outside the city of Split.
  • Learn to prepare traditional Croatian dishes from fresh ingredients straight from the Garden with a cooking class in Zagreb.
  • Taste local dishes at a small farmhouse in "The Stari Grad Plain", the oldest, continuously farmed agricultural site on the Mediterranean islands.
  • Take a catamaran ride to Hvar island, the sunniest island of Croatia with amazing food and wine heritage and history dating back to Ancient Greece.
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Tour Overview

With a house cooking class in Dubrovnik, pairing local wines with traditional cuisines in Split and Hvar Island, and horseback riding through Croatia’s largest National park, Yampu travelers will surely have their fill of experiences while Discovering Croatia’s Finest destinations.

Starting in the southern region of Dalmatia, the tour begins with a cooking class in Dubrovnik, picking fresh ingredients right from the garden to create flavorful, Croatian dishes alongside a local family. The deliciousness continues in the city of Split for a wine pairing in one of the best wineries in Croatia before exploring the summer palace of the Roman emperor, Diocletian.

Following Split, voyagers will set sail aboard a private catamaran to the sunniest island of Croatia, Hvar Island. Known as the oldest, continuously farmed agricultural site on the Mediterranean islands, Hvar is the perfect destination to savor the favored ingredients of Croatia. A visit to Hvar island is not complete without a visit to a local farmhouse for an afternoon of wine tasting before sailing back to Split.

Before ending the tour in the capital of Croatia, nature lovers will explore the magic of the country’s oldest and largest national park, Plitvice Lakes. Along with a private guide and a trusty steed, explorers will soak in the pristine lakes, magical waterfalls, and mystical caves before transferring to Zagreb for a full day of exploring the city and a delicious farewell dinner.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$9398 £$10702 N/A
Single N/A £$15863 £$18607 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Welcome to Croatia!

Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of Adriatic", is one of the most recognizable destinations in Europe with its gorgeous coastline, historic architecture and collection of cultural festivities year-round.

Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of Adriatic", is one of the most recognizable destinations in Europe with its gorgeous coastline, historic architecture and collection of cultural festivities year-round.

Day
2

Dubrovnik Traditional House Cooking Class

This morning, be met at your hotel for a transfer to your Croatian cooking class. With help from your hosts, pick ingredients right from the garden to use in your dish. Utilize all your senses and enjoy the lovely scents of wild spices, the feeling of fresh dough as it is kneaded to make bread and taste the accompanying olive oil all while learning from your hosts. In the afternoon, return to Dubrovnik.

This afternoon, you will have your private walking tour of Dubrovnik's city center. Irish author George Bernard Shaw wrote, "Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik". The Old Town protected by city walls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walk along the ramparts reveals a different view of the Elafiti Islands and Old Town. On your tour with your local guide you will see Onofrio fountain, the city bell tower and numerous medieval buildings. After the tour, take the remainder of the day for exploration of Old Town on your own. ...read less

Day
3

Split Gourmet Food & Wine Pairing

In the morning after breakfast and checking out of your hotel, you will continue to Split. On route, you will stop in one of the best wineries in Croatia located on the hills rising from the Adriatic Sea. After the tour of the cellar and the winery you will enjoy a unique gastronomic experience, combining fine food with excellent wines all produced in this very vineyard.

In the late afternoon, you will arrive to Split. After checking into your hotel, have a free evening to familiarize yourself with this amazing city.

In the morning after breakfast and checking out of your hotel, you will continue to Split. On route, you will stop in one of the best wineries in Croatia located on the hills rising from the Adriatic Sea. After the tour of the cellar and the winery you will enjoy a unique gastronomic experience, combining fine food with excellent wines all produced in this very vineyard.

In the late afternoon, you will arrive to Split. After checking into your hotel, have a free evening to familiarize yourself with this amazing city.

Day
4

Split City Sightseeing Tour

Your day will start with a private walking tour of Split's city center with your guide.

The city of Split has evolved over the centuries, offering a perfect mix of history and modern influences, amazing ancient Roman architecture infused with modern bars, restaurants, and vibrant life. Before visiting Split's open green market, visit Diocletian's Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally built as a residential summer palace for the Roman emperor.

In the afternoon, we will visit the town of Trogir, a short 30-minute drive north of Split. This small and quaint medieval town connected by a bridge to the mainland was founded in the 3rd century BC by the Greeks. Later rulers were Rome, Byzantium, Venice, and Austria but the deepest cultural expansion has been left by the Croats. Trogir is still very well preserved and is on the UNESCO'S World Heritage list. The city of Salona was built in the 4th Century BC and is situated 9 km from Split on the mouth of the River Jadro and was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the birthplace of Roman Emperor Diocletian (244-311 AD). We will take you on a guided walk through these ancient remains where you will hear about the history of these turbulent times.

Alternatively we can coordinate a guided visit to the nearby fortress of Klis (used as a filming location for Game of Thrones) as well as the Museum of Alka (ancient equestrian chivalry competition) with lunch in a more rural, traditional setting.

Klis fortress (10th century A.D.) is one of the most dramatic looking fortresses in Croatia built on a cliff overlooking Split. With its extraordinary historical significance, it is also famous for its use as a location during Game of Thrones filming in Split area.

After your tour of the fortress and small museum we will continue to a small town called Sinj, 20 miles from Split. There we will visit the museum of Alka's, an equestrian competition held on the first Sunday in August since 1715. It commemorates a Croatian Venetian victory over Ottomans on August 14, 1715 in which the local Christian population of around 700 Croats in cooperation with a smaller number of Venetians managed to defend Sinj against 60,000 Ottoman soldiers. ...read less

Day
5

Hvar Island Tour with Wine Tasting

After breakfast, enjoy a catamaran ride to Hvar (approx. 1.5 hours drive).

This world famous island has history dating back to Ancient Greek times and is known as the sunniest island of Croatia with its amazing food and wine heritage. Upon arrival, enjoy a private guided tour of Hvar town followed by a scenic drive across the island to Hora. "The Stari Grad Plain", also known as Hora or Ager, is the oldest, continuously farmed agricultural site on the Mediterranean islands. It is such an impressively preserved testament to the Ancient Greek period that it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2008. While here, we will visit a local farmhouse for a wine tasting and lunch. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing walk throughout the estate and taste their local olive oil, smell the lavender that they grow and of course taste their wine paired with traditional dishes.

In the afternoon after some free time take the catamaran back to Split. ...read less

Day
6

A Day in Split

Today will be at your leisure to enjoy and explore Split and its museums. You will also have an option to experience a full day cooking class with an expert chef. This will be organized in a restaurant located in the center of Hvar town to learn about typical Mediterranean cuisine with the expert chef and owner of the restaurant.

Today will be at your leisure to enjoy and explore Split and its museums. You will also have an option to experience a full day cooking class with an expert chef. This will be organized in a restaurant located in the center of Hvar town to learn about typical Mediterranean cuisine with the expert chef and owner of the restaurant.

Day
7

Plitvice Lakes Tour

In the morning, you will continue to Plitvice Lakes (approx. 3 hours drive). Breathtakingly beautiful, Plitvice Lakes is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest national park in Croatia. The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. Walk on wooden bridges and drive on electric boats to experience firsthand nature's wonder.

Halfway to the National Park, with just a short detour, stop at a family owned winery for wine tasting with light lunch. With 130 indigenous wine sorts, Croatia is a treasure trove for wine lovers. This detour will provide even more insight in different wine heritage of each region. Arrival in Plitvice will be in the early afternoon. ...read less

Day
8

Half Day Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour with Optional Horseback Riding Activity

After breakfast, enjoy a private guided tour of the National Park Plitvice Lakes. In the afternoon, after the tour of the National Park, explore the region further by horseback for 2-3 hours by meeting with your guides at a nearby ranch.

Note: For more experienced riders only, max 90kg weight of the riders.

After breakfast, enjoy a private guided tour of the National Park Plitvice Lakes. In the afternoon, after the tour of the National Park, explore the region further by horseback for 2-3 hours by meeting with your guides at a nearby ranch.

Note: For more experienced riders only, max 90kg weight of the riders.

Day
9

Zagreb City Tour

After breakfast, transfer to Croatia's capital-Zagreb (approx. 1.5 hours drive). The afternoon and evening will be free for shopping and exploring Zagreb. In the afternoon, you will have an option for a guided tour of the city which can be organized followed by a farewell dinner.

After breakfast, transfer to Croatia's capital-Zagreb (approx. 1.5 hours drive). The afternoon and evening will be free for shopping and exploring Zagreb. In the afternoon, you will have an option for a guided tour of the city which can be organized followed by a farewell dinner.

Day
10

Departure

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Zagreb airport for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Zagreb airport for your flight home.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

Places You'll See

  • Dubrovnik

    Located in southern Croatia on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik has been deemed as one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean. Once serving as an important seaport, Dubrovnik is now Croatia’s leading holiday destination with its Azure waters, quaint old town, and ancient city walls.

  • Split

    Dating back to Roman times, Split is one of the oldest cities in Croatia and the second largest after Zagreb. Visitors will enjoy the history of Split’s old town, its ancient Roman ruins, and the bustling coastline where restaurants catch their daily specials. For some of the best views of the city, hike up to the hilltop fortress of Kliss for a panorama of Split and the Dalmatian Coast and to see the Game of Thrones filming location for Meereen.

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park

    Being declared as a National Park as early as 1948, Plitvice Lakes is the oldest national park in Croatia. This biodiverse park has drawn visitors from all over the world for its gorgeous, lush landscape and pristine lakes.  Visitors will surely appreciate the outstanding landscape by hiking, boating, skiing, and cycling through the unspoiled environment. Keep an eye out for native species including the culturally significant Lika Pramenka sheep.

  • Zagreb

    Boasting a charming old city feel with cobblestone streets and Baroque Revival architecture, the vibrant city of Zagreb is the small yet bustling capital of Croatia. Being so easily accessible by foot, visitors can take in the ornate architecture and colorful culture while walking along the upper and lower towns, making sure to stop at the ornate cathedrals and one of the oldest buildings in Zagreb, Saint Mark’s Church. Travelers of all ages will appreciate the detailed parks and wandering the lively Zagreb Advent & Christmas Market.

Hotel Options

Featured Accommodation

Holiday Park Fenomen

Plitvice Fenomen resort is located within the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the first national park in the world added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

 

There are few places in this world that look and feel too unreal, too beautiful and astonishing to believe they actually exist. They can truly be called a Phenomenon of Nature. Plitvice Lakes is among those places – with its unique natural harmony, invaluable and impressive aesthetics, and enchanting environment. Everywhere you look, with everything you hear, smell, or feel, you will experience another level of connection to the very essence of nature. Come, allow your senses to have a time of their – and your – life!

Plitvice Lakes ,

4 Star Properties

Dubrovnik : Boutique Hotel Stari Grad

Split : Hotel Vestibul

Zagreb : Canopy by Hilton

5 Star Properties

Dubrovnik : Villa Dubrovnik

Split : Hotel Park Split

Zagreb : Esplanade

Testimonials

Gary W.

Traveled June 2018

a great curation of activities

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Traveled January 2017

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Traveled October 2017

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