Dip into Croatian culture and relish an unhurried cup of coffee with friends, browsing the outdoor markets—especially at Christmastime—and savoring a plate of Sarma on a cold night.
You will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Half-day sightseeing in the city, spending time as a local in Zagreb. Visit Upper and Lower Old Town, shop in the open-air market and feel the spirit of old Zagreb. Sample homemade products from various regions of Croatia and interact with local residents. Later, coffee in one of the lively streets of the Old Town, an important part of every-day life in Zagreb. Visit the Cathedral, Church of St. Marko (popular colorful roof), the main square, and finally the Zrinjevac area, a park in the city center where the majority of the Christmas markets are located. (B)
Driver/local guide at your disposal throughout the day. Suggested visit to Samobor, a favorite day trip for people who live in Zagreb. Samobor is a lovely town famous for its kremsnite pastry served hot and delicious. Have lunch in a traditional restaurant built above a cave used as a wine cellar. Samobor is also famous for stunning hand-made, high-quality christal objects. Possible visit to the christal manufacturer. Return to Zagreb, stopping at the top of Sljeme mountain for a view of the city and surrounding countryside. Slieme is also a good spot to have some traditional Croatian Sarma – sour cabbage and ground meat – a dish served as comfort food during the cold winter months, and on New Year’s Day in particular. Alternatively, visit a thermal spa in the afternoon. (B)
You will have a driver/local guide at your disposal throughout the day (B). Suggested day-trip options include:
- Zagorje, to visit Krapina with its Neanderthal museum, Trakoscan medieval Castle, and Marija Bistrica shrine. The food in this region is amazing and there are many wineries for a wine tour.
- Slovenia, to visit Ljubljana, the capital city, and the gorgeous Lake Bled, Slovenia’s most popular lake.
- The Croatian coast to visit the beautiful city of Rijeka and its neighbor Opatija, the center of Croatian tourism.
- Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site with 16 lakes connected with waterfalls. In the winter, the waterfalls turn to ice creating a fairytale atmosphere, but heavy snow closes the park.
Private transfer from hotel to the airport for your departing flight. (B)