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Dreaming of Croatia

Dreaming of Croatia-A Highlights Tour

A women only highlights tour of Croatia featuring Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar – Split – Dubrovnik 9 nights/10 days

May 26-June 4, 2022

Arrival:   May 26, Zagreb

Departure:  June 4, Dubrovnik

 

If your Mediterranean dreams have included the Adriatic coast with beautiful sapphire waters and ancient walled cities, Croatia is the dream trip to turn into reality.

The Republic of Croatia is at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Balkans, and the beautiful Mediterranean. Croatia, with more than a thousand islands off the Adriatic coast, is being discovered as a traveler’s paradise. Zagreb, Croatia’s capital and largest city is where we will begin our exclusive women’s only tour. From Zagreb, we will spend time discovering the beautiful lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice before we tour ancient Zadar, the Roman ruins of Split and ending our tour in Dubrovnik, a UNESCO world’s heritage site.

This highlights tour of Croatia is nine nights and ten days filled with incredible walks, amazing sites, and knowledgable guides. We will feast on sumptuous local Croatian delights, Croatian wines and local beers. Ancient times, modern times, walled cities, ruins, breathtaking views, mountains and sea…the best of Croatia. Please join us as we visit the “Jewel” of the Mediterranean!

Day 1

Thursday, May 26

Welcome to Croatia: The Jewel of the Mediterranean

Please plan your morning arrival to Zagreb, Croatia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your beautiful 4/5 star boutique hotel.

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is a beautiful cosmopolitan city with a rich history dating from Roman times. Zagreb has more museums than any other city in the world! For centuries it has been a focal point of culture and science and now of commerce and industry. Located in the northwest of the country, on the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain range and along the Sava river, we will begin our tour with a welcome dinner at one of Zageb’s finest restaurants!

*Dinner

Day 2

Friday, May 27

Let’s explore Zagreb!

After breakfast we will join our local guide at the oldest coffee shop of Zagreb located in the main square overlooking the statue of Ban Jelacic. Croatians are very sensitive about their coffee and coffee drinking in a local coffee shops is part of their culture. Ban Jeliacic, a 17th century square, is located in the heart of the city

and a good starting point for exploring. Towers, castles, cathedrals and museums! Let’s begin!

*Breakfast

Day 3

Saturday, May 28

A Wishing Waterfall

After breakfast, we will depart for the incredible National Park of Plitvice Lakes. The beauty of this National Park lies in the sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. We will walk with a local guide through this heaven on earth enjoying the scenery of beautiful waterfalls and untouched nature. Legend has it that making a wish under the waterfall will make your dreams come true!

After our visit to Plitvice, we will make our way to Zadar. Zadar, is a city voted to be the a top European destination – museums and monuments, ancient history and medieval times! Located on the Dalmatian coast, Zadar, is the oldest, continuously inhabited city of Croatia and is walled be spectacular Venetian Gates.

*Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Sunday, May 29

Alfred’s Sunset

After a leisurely morning breakfast, we will begin our Zadar sightseeing. Starting at the ancient Forum, we will visit the beautiful church of St. Donat symbolizing the city of Zadar. Then onto St. Anastasia, monuments and palaces, all the while learning all about the rich history of this beautiful old town. Later in the afternoon, and with the blessing of the weather gods, we will embark on a boat and sail around Korlati, an archipelago National Park site consisting of 140 islands, beautiful caves and clear waters. Zadar was a favorite city of Alfred Hitchcock who proclaimed Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world! Let’s toast to Alfred with a sun downer and experience the beautiful sunset for ourselves!

*Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Monday, May 30

Time to Split!

After breakfast we will begin our departure to Split, the second largest city in Croatia and the city that has it all: Roman ruins, grand museums, fashionable cafes and trendy shops. On our way to Split we will stop at Etnoland Dalmati, a typical Dalamatian village. After a short walk through the village, we will dine on local wine, cheese and prosciutto and traditional Dalmatian lunch. Then we will continue on to Trogir, a lovely stone town on an island connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo, by bridges. The old town, under UNESCO protection, is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, Romanesque churches…ah, another beautiful day in Croatia!

*Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Tuesday, May 31

Every girl should have her own palace!

Time for more sightseeing after breakfast! We will journey through ancient history starting with the Roman emperor Diocletian who was born in the nearby important Illyrian center and the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia – Salona. He left his mark on this great country by building one of Croatia’s most preserved palaces. With our local guide, we will explore the 1700 year old Diocletian`s palace, a UNESCO protected site. Let’s imagine the life of the Diocletian period, within the walls of the palace. During this tour we will also visit the Cathedral of St Duje, one of the most beautiful cultural wonders on the Adriatic coast, the ancient cellars, the Roman temples and the famous Golden Gate.

*Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Wednesday, June 1

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”

After breakfast, we will drive to Ston, gothic medieval city, surrounded by city walls and its famous salt pains and oysters! Ston, is the second largest of city walls often compared to the Great Wall of China! The bay of Mali Ston has been famous for seashell cultivation since the days of the Roman Empire and hosts the largest oyster cultivation facilities in the Adriatic. We will visit

with a local family with generations of oyster production and learn how this tradition has changed through the years. We will enjoy a panoramic boat ride on a beautiful wooden boat through the Bay of Mali Ston all the way down to the oyster beds. A little wine tasting and a little oyster tasting along the way! At day’s end, we will make our way to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik.

*Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Thursday, June 2

Along the cobblestone paths

An early morning start to begin our sightseeing of Dubrovnik. Within the city walls, we will discover, hidden cobblestone streets, unique views and beautiful small squares. Our local guide will take us to the most wonderful and hidden streets of the city. Along these narrow streets, we will shop and have lunch before having a leisurely afternoon. Choices of exploring the beaches, a museum or more shopping!

*Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

*Friday, June 3

A Take Care of YOU Day!

After breakfast, you can choose to relax in your boutique hotel, take another tour, visit a spa or go last minute shopping. You will be provided a list of options. We will meet early evening for a sunset farewell celebration along the Dalmatian coast.

*Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

Saturday, June 4

Departure

On your own for transfer hotel to airport

“If you deliberate for too long, you will end up with leftovers.”

~Croatian Proverb

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT DETAILS

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS. We believe all women deserve their own space and privacy.  Her Dream Vacation tour price includes private single room in boutique hotels or similar private accommodations, meals and tours where indicated, private transportation and more.

This particular dream vacation is limited to 10 women. Minimum booking is 6. In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a private customized tour.  This decision will be made with your approval and receipt of supplemental payment.

Early reservations are advised and a non refundable deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation. You will receive a confirmation with travel details and an invoice for balance due. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.

If you are making your reservation, less than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Please contact us and you will be invoiced. 

Tour Cost:  $5395.00 

Does Not Include: International flight or mandatory all inclusive travel insurance. Tips for guides, drivers, meals not indicated, alcoholic beverages, & personal spending or taxes.

*Itinerary is subject to change based upon weather and unknown events. Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information, and transfer schedule will be sent prior to departure.*

THIS IS NOT A BUS TOUR. We will be traveling using private transportation, trains and ferries. After final payment, you will be sent additional information with travel and packing tips, final day to day itinerary, logistics and needed details from you to help you with ease of travel.

Our small group women’s tours include many extras that you may not be expecting. Because we are a small women’s group tour, we have the luxury of flexibility including necessary changes. We stop when we want to, we add in an extra site and we start our day when it makes sense. Some days are easier than others but you do have some free time built in. It is important to us that you take care of YOU. Do you want to get a massage? Go shopping? Or just chill in your room with a good book? Please do so with being mindful and respectful to your tour companions and traveling concierge.

We have expert guides and drivers who answer questions one on one, with transportation that is typically a luxurious touring van. We immerse with the locals and there is a lot of serendipity! We visit the “planned by us” but unknown to you and surprises along the way are built in. Please join us in Sicily!

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