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Holiday 2020

Luxury Small Group Departures IW-011

Dec 27, 2020 – Jan 03, 2021 – RESCHEDULED 2021

Dubrovnik | Split | Zagreb | Ljubljana

What’s included:

  • First class hotels
  • Service charges and hotel taxes
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome drink in Dubrovnik
  • Dinner at hotel in Dubrovnik: 3-course meal
  • Farewell dinner with folklore performance: 3-course meal, 1 glass of wine/beer/soft drink included
  • Arrival transfers from Dubrovnik International airport
  • Departure airport transfers to Zagreb International airport
  • All transfers as per program with a luxury motor coach
  • Professional tour manager throughout
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary with licensed local guides
  • Entrance fees included where indicated in bold letters
  • Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person in/out)

2020

Expect more. Do more.

DAY 1
DAY 01: December 27, 2020 Arrive Dubrovnik

Upon arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Early this evening meet and greet with your tour manager in the lobby followed by a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel. (D)

DAY 2
DAY 02: December 28, 2020 Dubrovnik

After breakfast, discover the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, surrounded by mighty walls and fortresses, well preserved over the centuries. Our walking tour takes us to Stradun, the elegant main street with Onofrio`s Fountains, Franciscan Monastery with the Old Pharmacy, Orlando`s Column, Church of St. Blaise – the town’s patron saint, –  Cathedral and other sights. Our tour finishes with a scenic drive through Dubrovnik’s surroundings, which offer a magnificent view of the old city with Lokrum and the Elaphite Islands in the background. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax, explore Dubrovnik at your own pace, and enjoy the local Christmas market. (B)

DAY 3
DAY 03: December 29, 2020 Dubrovnik – Split

This morning we travel to Split, the largest Dalmatian city and port. During the time of ancient Rome 1,700 years ago, the city was founded on the Marjan peninsula near the ancient towns of Salona and Trogir. We will stroll the narrow streets of Diocletian’s Palace, built by the 4th century Roman emperor, tour its excellently preserved basement galleries and visit the old Temple of Jupiter in the central Peristyle Square, and the city Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings of its kind in the world. We will also pass the protected Golden and Silver Gates, walk through the historic squares to the lively markets, as well as the popular Riva, ideal for strolling and enjoying the Christmas spirit. (B)

DAY 4
DAY 04: December 30, 2020 Split – Trogir – Plitvice – Zagreb

Depart Split, and after a short drive, arrive in Trogir, yet another UNESCO World Heritage site in Croatia. Trogir was built on the site of an ancient Greek settlement, surrounded by imposing walls and rich in history. We visit the Town Loggia from the 15th century, the Benedictine Monastery, and St. Lawrence Cathedral, famous for its portal by master Radovan. We head inland toward Zagreb. Weather permitting we will visit the Plitvice National Park along the way. (The Park is closed in periods of heavy snow). Upon arrival in Zagreb, we enjoy the sight of the city on the way to our hotel in the center. You will have time to freshen up, and later we gather in the lobby and head out to enjoy the Christmas markets and festivities at Zrinjevac Square, minutes away from our hotel. Try out the street food, or choose one of the many fabulous restaurants downtown. Zagreb was named the best Christmas market in Europe for three years in a row!  (B)

DAY 5
DAY 05: December 31, 2020 Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital city of the Republic of Croatia with a rich civilization and cultural heritage, deeply rooted in the European culture, particularly Central European. This morning we explore the city. There’s the Lower Town, full of wide boulevards, huge squares, and Secession architecture mixed with modern buildings. The Upper Town is cozy, intimate and distinctly medieval in ambiance. Our sightseeing tour explores both the Lower Town and the Upper Town. We will visit the Ban Jelačić Square, the beautiful Cathedral, the popular open market Dolac, St. Catherine’s Church, the Parliament, and admire the colorful roof of St. Mark’s Church. Your afternoon is at leisure for exploring the Christmas markets and to prepare for New Year’s Eve. A gala dinner is available at your hotel as a supplement or join the tour manager and head to the main square to experience how the locals traditionally celebrate all together, in open air. There will be a concert and entertainment all night! Happy New Year! (B) Optional: Gala dinner at hotel

DAY 6
Day 06: January 1st, 2021 Zagreb – Mount Slijeme – Samobor – Zagreb

This morning after a late breakfast we drive to Mount Slijeme to see spectacular views of Zagreb and the surrounding countryside. From there, we proceed to Samobor, a charming town nestled beneath picturesque hills and the favorite getaway for those who live in Zagreb or for anyone who enjoys the lively atmosphere in the square and fancies the taste of the famous samoborske kremsnite (custard-cream pastry cake). We will walk the streets and squares of Samobor, admire the lovely facades and have a taste of this very special cake (payment on the spot). Later we return to Zagreb with time at leisure for you to enjoy the festive atmosphere at your own pace. (B)

DAY 7
DAY 07: January 2nd, 2021 Zagreb – Varazdin – Trakoscan – Krapina – Zagreb

Today, as we head toward the northern parts of Croatia, our first stop is the beautiful baroque town of Varazdin, nestled on the banks of the Drava River. We will enjoy the baroque and rococo architecture and marvel at the sight of the 17th century Sermage Palace. We will enjoy some free time here, just to sit down for coffee or a cake and enjoy the peace. Then, we proceed to Trakoscan, a 13th century castle that looks like a fairytale picture, proudly peeking its spires out above the tree line. We will tour this lovely castle and enjoy its lush surroundings before heading toward Krapina. First, we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then visit the fascinating Neanderthal Museum. We then return to Zagreb with time at leisure before our amazing farewell dinner at a local restaurant with a folklore performance.  (B, L, D)

DAY 8
DAY 08: January 3rd, 2021 Depart Zagreb

Today you will be transferred to the Zagreb International Airport for your flight back home.

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