CROATIAN PEARLS

    • Duration:9 NIGHTS/10 DAYS
    • Countries Visited: Croatia

Tour Inclusions:

    • Round trip airfare NYC/Dubrovnik x Zagreb/NYC
    • Accommodations at first class hotels
    • Comprehensive sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Transportation by a deluxe air-conditioned motor coach.
    • English speaking tour escort.
    • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person.
    • Select International Travel Portfolio

DAY 1: USA/DUBROVNIK

We depart on an overnight transatlantic flight to Dubrovnik.

DAY 2:  DUBROVNIK

{mosimage} Arrival today at the Dubrovnik airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to relax and become acclimated to a new time zone. You can also take a walk to the Old Town also called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” before meeting your fellow travelers and tour director for dinner.  Tonight we have a welcome dinner in a typical Dalmatian restaurant with local delicacies and wine. (D)

DAY 3:  DUBROVNIK  –CAVTAT

This morning enjoy a walking tour of “Old Dubrovnik”; starting with St. Blaze church, the Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower clock, Orlando’s Column and the Sponza Palace. You will also see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with it’s Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. After lunch on your own in one of the many small family owned restaurants along the narrow streets. Before dinner we depart for Cavtat a small fishing village not to far from Dubrovnik for some leisurely time and then we go for dinner at Konavski Dvori an atmospheric restaurant with excellent local food in a ethno setting.  Overnight Dubrovnik. (B.D.)

DAY 4: MEDJUGORJE-MOSTAR

Today we depart for the small village in Hercegovina, known the world over for its Apparitions of the Blessed Mother to a group of six children. Weather you believe in the Apparitions or not, this is a peace filled haven which needs to be experienced by everyone. You will see the St. James Church,  Apparition Hill and climb Holy Cross Mountain. We then visit the historic city of Mostar . Overnight Medjugorje. (B.D.)

DAY 5:  MEDJUGORJE / SPLIT

Depart  from this peace filled heaven to Split with good memories.  We then stop in Makarska for an early lunch and a visit before arriving Our Lady of Sinj, one of Croatia’s oldest spiritual centers.  The shrine is home of the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, dating from seventeenth century. At arrival in Split, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral.  Tonight we have a dinner in a local «Konoba».  Overnight in Split area. (B.D.)

DAY 6: ISLAND OF HVAR

We depart by hydrofoil to the lovely island of Hvar, one of the prettiest on the coast known for its 1000 islands. We visit the OldTown, explore the narrow winding streets and have a leisurely lunch of fresh seafood and local wine. In the afternoon we return to Split. (B.L.)

DAY  7:  TROGIR/ZADAR/PLITVICE LAKES

After breakfast, we tour Trogir, the center of artistic activities, where scholars from around the world gather to study and paint. Then it’s on to Zadar, the oldest Slavic city on the Adriatic, once famed cultural center. We pause here for an orientation tour that includes the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Cathedral and St. Donat Church. Our journey continues, as we turn inland towards the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 8:  PLITVICE LAKES/ZAGREB

Today we enjoy Plitvice National Park listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list, the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. After lunch we depart for  Zagreb, the cosmopolitan capital of Croatia.  Overnight in Zagreb. (B.D.)

DAY  9: ZAGREB

After breakfast we have a city tour of the historic Upper Town, to see the St. Mark’s Church, the St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament and the Government Palace. In the afternoon we have leisure time to relax in one of the many pretty cafes, shop and enjoy the center of the vibrant town. Overnight Zagreb. (B.D.)

DAY  10:  ZAGREB/USA

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

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