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The Northern Regions of Croatia

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PRIVATE TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 6470

Private Tour Highlights

  • Learn to prepare traditional Croatian dishes accompanied by great wine with a cooking class in Zagreb.
  • Visit one of the most beautiful locations in Croatia, Trakoscan Castle and enjoy an introduction to the world of Croatian wines with an informative tasting.
  • Tour Ilok Winery, famous in Europe as the first winery that implemented domain bottled wines and for having one of the oldest cellars in Europe.
  • Experience firsthand what it is like to search for the amazing mushroom that enriches dishes to sublime quality while truffle hunting in Motovun.
  • Witness the breathtakingly beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest and largest park in Croatia.
  • Taste wines and enjoy a traditional lunch of carp on spit before visiting Batina-village on the Hungarian-Croatian-Serbian border with a view of Danube river.
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Tour Overview

From the pristine Adriatic waters of Istria to the bustling capital of Zagreb in the Croatia Proper, stretching inland to the eastern region of Slavonia, The Northern Regions of Croatia not only offer stunning landscapes and magnificent historical sites but some of the finest wines in Europe.

Serving as the perfect introduction to Croatia, the Capital of Zagreb boasts charming cobblestone streets with a vibrant, bustling atmosphere and divine culinary experiences. Visitors will learn about some of the city’s favorite dishes through a hands-on cooking class while pairing regional wines with traditional flavors.

Just north of Zagreb, near the border of the country of Slovenia, sits one of the most beautiful castles in Croatia, Trakoscan Castle. Here visitors will take in the neo-Gothic style architecture and panoramic views of the area before delving deep into the history of Croatian wines in the eastern region of Slavonia.

Heading to the southern ends of the Croatian Proper, just north of the Dalmatia region, nature enthusiasts will be able to thoroughly appreciate Croatia’s wildlife with a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park, exploring the pristine lakes, waterfalls, and caves. Capping off the tour, visitors will return to Istria to enjoy a final tasting of the regional wines in Motovun, a captivating hilltop town famed for its white wine Malvasia, red wine Teran, and delicious truffles.

 

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 £$6470 £$7356 N/A
Single N/A £$12389 £$13704 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.

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 Zagreb, Croatia!

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

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 Advent & Christmas Market. ...read less

Day
2

Zagreb Cooking Class

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Zagreb, Croatia's capital. A modern city with Medieval roots, rich with history, culture and filled with museums, Zagreb is a truly Central European capital that is slowly becoming a top tourist destination of itself. After the tour, a cooking class will be organized where you will learn to prepare traditional Croatian dishes that you will enjoy, accompanied by great wine. The evening will be free at leisure.

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Zagreb, Croatia's capital. A modern city with Medieval roots, rich with history, culture and filled with museums, Zagreb is a truly Central European capital that is slowly becoming a top tourist destination of itself. After the tour, a cooking class will be organized where you will learn to prepare traditional Croatian dishes that you will enjoy, accompanied by great wine. The evening will be free at leisure.

Day
3

Trakoscan Castle & Winery Tour

After breakfast, depart to one of the most beautiful locations in Croatia, Trakoscan Castle. Trakoscan is certainly one of the most beautiful castles in Croatia. It is a 13th century hilltop castle and has been renovated in the neo-Gothic style in 1850s. Explore the museum inside and imagine how splendid it must have been to live there. Enjoy a walk in the park with a lake below the hilltop.

After the tour, your next stop will be at one of the best wineries in Croatia-Vuglec Breg. Located in the middle of Zagorje region, this winery produces sparkling wines with the traditional champagne methods which have won numerous awards. This includes Decanter, as well as other traditional wine sorts of continental Croatia such as Chardonnay, Riesling, and other indigenous varieties. After the tour of the winery, a wine tasting will offer a great introduction to the world of Croatian wines and will provide background in history of wine producing tradition as well as contrast to different varieties of coastal Croatia.

For lunch, enjoy a traditional roasted duck alongside other local dishes. Return to Zagreb in the evening. ...read less

Day
4

Danube River & Osijek Winery Tour

After breakfast, departure to Osijek (approx. 3 hours drive), the largest town of Croatia's Slavonia region. Your first stop will be at winery Josic, located almost at the shore of the most famous European river, Danube. Here you will learn about specifics of regional wine varieties, visit the cellar, taste wines and then enjoy traditional lunch of carp on spit and other dishes.

After lunch, take a short visit to Batina-village on the Hungarian-Croatian-Serbian border with a view of Danube river. After a short ride and settling in your Osijek hotel, enjoy a guided tour of historic Osijek town with a visit to the famous Osijek cathedral and Tvrdja-fortification. Built in 18th century, this was once center of the town. The evening will be spent at leisure. ...read less

Day
5

Ilok Winery Tour

After breakfast, take a short ride to the nearby city of Vukovar (approx. 30 minutes drive). In recent history Vukovar has unfortunately been the center piece of news reports during the Croatian war of independence in the early 90s. However, the city is becoming what it was before the war, a center of economy for eastern Croatia as well as a great city to visit with its renovated castles like Eltz castle, tour of which will be organized as well as rest of Vukovar.

After the tour your next stop will be at the nearby Ilok winery. This iconic winery located in the most eastern part of Croatia has been synonymous for Croatian wine production in European circles for centuries. Famous in Europe as the first winery that implemented domain bottled wines for centuries has carried the tradition of wine production with one of the oldest cellars in Europe.

After visiting the renovated summer house of Principovac, which offers great vistas of nearby hills and vineyards, a wine tasting will be organized in the old cellar. After a traditional lunch you will depart to Zagreb with arrival in the evening. ...read less

Day
6

Plitvice Lakes Tour

In the morning, you will continue to Zadar (approx. 2.5 hours drive). On your way, you will stop at Plitvice Lakes. Breath-takingly 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. Lunch will be organized. After your tour you will continue your drive to Opatija, arriving in the early evening. ...read less

Day
7

Motovun Vineyards Tour with Truffle Hunting & Wine Tasting

In the morning, you will go and meet your private truffle hunter and his dogs, your companions in your treasure hunt in the local forest. Experience firsthand what it is like to search for this amazing mushroom which enriches dishes to sublime quality. Later you will go to Motovun, overlooking the Mirna River valley, surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval town. This captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian peninsula. Motovun is surrounded by vineyards from which the finest Istrian wines, white wine Malvasia and red wine Teran, are produced.

After your tour of Motovun you will have your truffle-based lunch in a traditional tavern. There you will taste scrambled eggs enriched with truffles, traditional Istrian homemade pasta "fuzi", beefsteak with truffles followed by dessert. Following lunch, you will visit Kozlovic Winery where you will have a tasting of Istrian wine and olive oil. Kozlovic winery is one of the best in Croatia and offers great overview of Istrian indigenous wine sorts. Return to Opatija in the evening for some free time. ...read less

Day
8

Departure

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Zagreb airport (approx. 2 hours) for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Zagreb airport (approx. 2 hours) for your flight home.

Zagreb, Croatia

Osijek, Croatia

Opatija, Croatia

Places You'll See

  • 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.

  • Osijek

    Located near the borders of Hungary and Serbia in inland Croatia, Osijek has long been one of eastern Croatia’s most impactful powers. War-torn in the nineties, many of the current buildings still bare scars from bullets and shrapnel from the first stage of the Croatian War. As a symbol of the city’s triumph, a peculiar yet empowering monument titled “Crveni fićo” was erected in memory of one, particularly dramatic incident. In the upper town, visitors will find important points of interest including the Croatian National Theater and the churches of Saint Paul and Saint Peter. Just outside the city is a birdwatcher’s paradise in the rich wetlands of Kopački rit where wildlife enthusiasts can take in the natural scenery.

  • Opatija

    Opatija is one of the largest cities in the Istrian Peninsula and has been long sought out as one of Europe’s favorite vacation destinations since the 19th century. Serving as a luxurious getaway for royalty and noblemen, with opulent hotels and villas dotting the coastal hillside. Take in the high culture while dining on delectable seafood and watching the ships come in creating some of Europe’s most romantic scenery.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Zagreb : Hotel Capital

Osijek : Boutique Hotel Tvrda Standard Room

Opatija : Amadria Park Hotel Royal

5 Star Properties

Zagreb : Esplanade

OSIJEK : Hotel Tvrda Deluxe Room

Opatija : Amadria Park Hotel Milenji

Testimonials

Cathy M

Traveled November 2018

A perfect trip from start to finish.

A perfect trip from start to finish. Each country, each lodging, every event was well planned and thought out. The service was impeccable. My trip was to Africa and I feel that what we did was a true representation of the countries we visited. As a traveler, every detail was handled for me and my group. Thank you Yampu and Karolina

Al K.

Traveled January 2017

Already thinking about things to do on the next trip

The trip was wonderful and we had a great time. We are already thinking about things to do and places to visit on the next Chile trip or perhaps other countries, like Peru or Argentina.

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Winnie T

Traveled October 2019

Awesome Trip

The itinerary to South Africa was super and the arrangement was trouble free. Everything happened on time. The stay in the Safaris was awesome. Thanks to Karolina Guilcapi who made our trip so pleasant.

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