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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive dubrovnik

Natural beauty awaits you in CroatiaNatural beauty awaits you in Croatia

Upon landing in Dubrovnik, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Time permitting, you may wish to explore the area around your hotel, where you will instantly begin to feel the allure of this special country. Some call Dubrovnik the "Pearl of the Adriatic" or the "Croatian Athens," but locals just call it "The City." Its beauty, harmony and importance for European culture, art and science are widely acclaimed and praised by poets. Historians regard Dubrovnik as a beacon of freedom, order and harmony. Traces of the city's rich past are visible in the architectural beauty of the palaces, churches, and monasteries contained within its mighty walls – which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Lapad or similar

Day 2: dubrovnik

The fort at DubrovnikThe fort at Dubrovnik

Spend a full and enjoyable day in Dubrovnik getting to know this charming jewel of Croatia. Your adventure begins after an early breakfast at the hotel. Your local guide will take you to the major sites in the Old City starting with Pile Gate, the main entrance into the Old Town. From here, visit places of interest including St. Savior Church and the Franciscan Monastery, housing the historic Old Pharmacy and what is considered to be the most beautiful late Romanesque cloister in Dalmatia. Other sites include Onofrio's Fountain, Main Street Stradun, Orlando's Column, the Bell Tower, Sponza Palace, Rector's Palace, Old Green Market, St. Blase Church, the 15th century Old City Port, and more as you desire. Notice the unique marble streets throughout the area! Today your guide will also introduce you to Croatia's economy, politics, The War of 1991-95, Croatian wines, sports, culture and art, helping you start to understand the essence of the country.

After lunch we continue your exploration by traveling to the Mediterranean Gardens, a 15th Century arboretum in the village of Trsteno. Along the way, stop at the Village of Ston with its 5 kilometer walls, regarded as a notable feat of medieval architecture. Ston is also renowned for its delicious oysters and mussels. Another feature of Ston are its old salt ponds where salt is still produced in the tradition way. From Ston we continue to Trsteno, with its 15th century summer residence of the Dubrovnik patrician family Gucetić Gozze. The residence is surrounded by a beautiful Renaissance garden. Relax in the pavillion and enjoy the view of nearby islands or take a walk to the baroque Neptune’s fountain at the heart of the luxuriant subtropical vegetation of magnolia, black bamboo, laurel, eucalyptus, palm and camphor trees. The park is home to many exotic plants and consists of paths bordered by stone columns. Return to Dubrovnik for the night.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Lapad or similar

Day 3: dubrovnik

Ornamental doors of CroatiaOrnamental doors of Croatia

Dubrovnik is most famous for its walls, which you will explore this morning. The city walls are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortifications in Europe and are an example of how fort architecture developed. The ramparts encompass the city in an irregularly shaped polygon, with Fort Minceta at the highest northwestern landward corner of the city and Fort St. Johns on the southeastern seaside. Outside the main wall is an outer wall with 10 semicircular bastions, in front of which used to be a moat.

After lunch at a local restaurant, travel about 45 minutes to Konavle, one of the most beautiful regions of Croatia. Here visit the Giavinja family homestead to learn about olive farming and why it is characteristic of this area. The Giavinja family has grown olives since 1999 and now raises 14 types. Their oil has won numerous awards for flavor, color, and aroma. In their oil tasting room you will learn to distinguish between the different types of oils. Leave extra room in your suitcase because you are sure to bring some oil home with you!

Return to Dubrovnik for the night.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Lapad or similar

Day 4: dubrovnik

The city was strategically built to protect from enemiesThe city was strategically built to protect from enemies

Today is a free day to explore on your own, shop, or choose another optional activity.

You may choose to venture out on the Adriatic Sea by kayak (additional cost $46). Join other travelers on this exciting 3-hour adventure bringing you to coastal caves and the beautiful and mysterious Lokrum Island, also called the "Island of Love." After paddling around the island you will cross the bay to reach Hidden Cave Beach. Here you will have a break for snorkeling and sandwiches. From the beach you will have a unique view of the City Walls. You’ll also discover the richness of Adriatic marine life. Then paddle along the coast toward the City Walls, affording you breathtaking views of the Pearl of the Adriatic from a different perspective. Finish paddling toward the take-out point in Pile Bay. 

Our other recommended activity is a wine tasting and scenic bike ride lasting 4 hours (additional cost $58). Join other travelers on a transfer from Dubrovnik to the Konavle region ("Croatian Tuscany") where your bike ride will begin. Pedal along quiet, easy, scenic paved roads through vineyards, olive groves, and ancient villages. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a famous and charming medieval winery overlooking the valley and vineyards. After lunch, continue riding through the cypress trees and olive groves to a 300-year-old winery where a rewarding wine tasting will be served in the vineyard. Wine is an essential part of Croatian culture and is typically served in abundance at lunch, dinner, and in between.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hotel Lapad or similar

Day 5: korcula island

Beautiful village streetsBeautiful village streets

After breakfast depart for Korcula, considered by locals to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. (Venice, of course, also claims this honor.) Reach the city by a short ferry ride from Peljesac. Lying off the tip of a small peninsula surrounded by city walls and fortresses, Korcula Island is one of the most beautiful medieval cities on the Adriatic Coast. When the Greeks first sighted it they were in awe of the dense forests covering the hills, giving the illusion of blackness. They took the name of their own island Corkyra, from where they had come, and added to it “Melaina,” which means black or dark-skinned. Hence, the full name Corkyra Melaina or Black Corfu. Tour its charming streets and squares with Renaissance palaces and the magnificent Cathedral of St Mark. After lunch at a traditional restaurant, drive to Split (approx. 4 hours) for the night.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Diocletian or similar

Day 6: split

Exploring narrow passagesExploring narrow passages

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia and a great place to see how Dalmatian life is lived today. The story of Split is 17 centuries old, dating to the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace on the peninsula where he wanted to spend the last years of his life. During these 1,700 years the Palace has slowly evolved into a city, which to this day lures visitors with its rich tradition, glorious history, and beauty. Diocletian Palace and the entire historic center of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list since 1979, not only because of the extraordinary preservation of the Palace, but also because the Palace and its city continue as the seat of a living culture. The Palace is considered to be one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence. However, do not expect to see a normal palace. Instead this is the living heart of the city. It encompasses streets, shops, bars, and restaurants. There are about 200 buildings and 3,000 people within its boundaries. The narrow passages and courtyards are an adventurer's delight. A walk through the ancient city takes you on a journey through time. Spend your morning on a guided tour of the city. After lunch, the rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Diocletian or similar

Day 7: krka national park

Krka National Park Krka National Park

One hour from Split lies Krka National Park, known for its waterfalls and limestone canyon. Named after the Krka River, the park covers 142 square km and includes two-thirds of the river's length. Visit some of the most loved falls in the park, Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap. Also see Lake Viskovac and on its shore the 14th century Mother of Mercy Franciscan Monastery founded by Franciscans escaping the Ottoman invasion of Bosnia. After seeing the park's most scenic spots, eat lunch before continuing to Zadar (1 hour). After hotel check-in the rest of the day is free.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Bastion or similar

Day 8: zadar

Quaint homes of ZadarQuaint homes of Zadar

Zadar is an ancient Mediterranean Port City. Its Old Town is a living museum of archaeological treasures and monuments. Ruins seem to sprout from the city streets and alleyways, almost indistinguishable from functioning buildings. The Roman Forum, constructed between the 1st and 3rd centuries BC, is still the center of civic and religious life. Also visit the Church of St. Donatus, with its unusual circular Byzantine style, the Archaeological Museum, and other places of interest. After lunch, you may choose to visit the Museum of Ancient Glass, or wander the town on your own. Before sunset, your guide will meet you at Zadar’s incredible Sea Organ, an experimental musical instrument played by the waves of the sea. A system of pipes and whistles are set within perforated stone stairs that descend into the water. When the waves enter the pipes, you hear tones that vary with the water's flow. If you wish you can swim off the steps while enjoying the sounds.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Bastion or similar

Day 9: plitvice national park

Croatia has much natural beautyCroatia has much natural beauty

Head inland this morning to Plitvice National Park (1.5 hour drive). The park has 16 mineral-rich lakes that flow into each other via a series of waterfalls, including the largest falls in Croatia. Usually these lakes are a gorgeous turquoise color, but hue can vary with fluctuations in the mineral content. Explore the park by train, boat, and wooden walkways. Bears and wolves inhabit the park, but are very rarely seen. You might, however, see badgers, deer, boar, and rabbits. Lunch will be at a restaurant near the park. From there, drive about 2 hours further to Zagreb, the Croatian capital, where the rest of the day is yours to explore independently.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Palace or similar

Day 10: zagreb

Rooftop views of the cityRooftop views of the city

Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia. It’s a lively, colorful city that begs to be explored. One of the most fun things to do is people-watch while having coffee at a cafe. Drinking coffee is an important ritual in Croatia and you’ll have many opportunities in Zagreb to experience it. Today tour the fortified Upper Town and the city center, including the Cathedral, Croatian National Theater, St. Marks Church, and the University. Strolling the streets is a wonderful way to get a feeling for this lovely city. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy your last afternoon in Croatia on your own, exploring Zagreb or resting up before your flight home tomorrow morning. Journeys staff recommend a visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships, the city’s quirkiest museum. Say goodbye to your guide at tonight's farewell dinner.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Palace or similar

Day 11: depart

We hope you enjoyed time with old and new friendsWe hope you enjoyed time with old and new friends

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Not ready to go home? Add an extension, and spend more time exploring the charming city of Zagreb, or perhaps experience an exciting seaplane ride to one of Croatia's many islands for a few days of seaside relaxation.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,395
Group size of 10-12 - $4395 Group size of 6-9 - $5195 The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$1,075
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Nature and culture of southern Croatia plus the capital, Zagreb

overview

Croatia, with its long, beautiful coastline and deep, rich history, is yours to explore for 10 days. Immerse yourself in the life and scenery of the Dalmatian Coast, with its remarkable walled cities, UNESCO World Heritage sites, exquisite food, sublime wines, world famous olive oils, and spectacularly blue waters. Conclude your trip in Zagreb, a surprisingly delightful city bursting with quirky, modern culture lived differently from anywhere else in the world.

 

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overview

Croatia, with its long, beautiful coastline and deep, rich history, is yours to explore for 10 days. Immerse yourself in the life and scenery of the Dalmatian Coast, with its remarkable walled cities, UNESCO World Heritage sites, exquisite food, sublime wines, world famous olive oils, and spectacularly blue waters. Conclude your trip in Zagreb, a surprisingly delightful city bursting with quirky, modern culture lived differently from anywhere else in the world.

 

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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive dubrovnik
    Natural beauty awaits you in CroatiaNatural beauty awaits you in Croatia

    Upon landing in Dubrovnik, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Time permitting, you may wish to explore the area around your hotel, where you will instantly begin to feel the allure of this special country. Some call Dubrovnik the "Pearl of the Adriatic" or the "Croatian Athens," but locals just call it "The City." Its beauty, harmony and importance for European culture, art and science are widely acclaimed and praised by poets. Historians regard Dubrovnik as a beacon of freedom, order and harmony. Traces of the city's rich past are visible in the architectural beauty of the palaces, churches, and monasteries contained within its mighty walls – which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Lapad or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: dubrovnik
    The fort at DubrovnikThe fort at Dubrovnik

    Spend a full and enjoyable day in Dubrovnik getting to know this charming jewel of Croatia. Your adventure begins after an early breakfast at the hotel. Your local guide will take you to the major sites in the Old City starting with Pile Gate, the main entrance into the Old Town. From here, visit places of interest including St. Savior Church and the Franciscan Monastery, housing the historic Old Pharmacy and what is considered to be the most beautiful late Romanesque cloister in Dalmatia. Other sites include Onofrio's Fountain, Main Street Stradun, Orlando's Column, the Bell Tower, Sponza Palace, Rector's Palace, Old Green Market, St. Blase Church, the 15th century Old City Port, and more as you desire. Notice the unique marble streets throughout the area! Today your guide will also introduce you to Croatia's economy, politics, The War of 1991-95, Croatian wines, sports, culture and art, helping you start to understand the essence of the country.

    After lunch we continue your exploration by traveling to the Mediterranean Gardens, a 15th Century arboretum in the village of Trsteno. Along the way, stop at the Village of Ston with its 5 kilometer walls, regarded as a notable feat of medieval architecture. Ston is also renowned for its delicious oysters and mussels. Another feature of Ston are its old salt ponds where salt is still produced in the tradition way. From Ston we continue to Trsteno, with its 15th century summer residence of the Dubrovnik patrician family Gucetić Gozze. The residence is surrounded by a beautiful Renaissance garden. Relax in the pavillion and enjoy the view of nearby islands or take a walk to the baroque Neptune’s fountain at the heart of the luxuriant subtropical vegetation of magnolia, black bamboo, laurel, eucalyptus, palm and camphor trees. The park is home to many exotic plants and consists of paths bordered by stone columns. Return to Dubrovnik for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Lapad or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: dubrovnik
    Ornamental doors of CroatiaOrnamental doors of Croatia

    Dubrovnik is most famous for its walls, which you will explore this morning. The city walls are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortifications in Europe and are an example of how fort architecture developed. The ramparts encompass the city in an irregularly shaped polygon, with Fort Minceta at the highest northwestern landward corner of the city and Fort St. Johns on the southeastern seaside. Outside the main wall is an outer wall with 10 semicircular bastions, in front of which used to be a moat.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, travel about 45 minutes to Konavle, one of the most beautiful regions of Croatia. Here visit the Giavinja family homestead to learn about olive farming and why it is characteristic of this area. The Giavinja family has grown olives since 1999 and now raises 14 types. Their oil has won numerous awards for flavor, color, and aroma. In their oil tasting room you will learn to distinguish between the different types of oils. Leave extra room in your suitcase because you are sure to bring some oil home with you!

    Return to Dubrovnik for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Lapad or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: dubrovnik
    The city was strategically built to protect from enemiesThe city was strategically built to protect from enemies

    Today is a free day to explore on your own, shop, or choose another optional activity.

    You may choose to venture out on the Adriatic Sea by kayak (additional cost $46). Join other travelers on this exciting 3-hour adventure bringing you to coastal caves and the beautiful and mysterious Lokrum Island, also called the "Island of Love." After paddling around the island you will cross the bay to reach Hidden Cave Beach. Here you will have a break for snorkeling and sandwiches. From the beach you will have a unique view of the City Walls. You’ll also discover the richness of Adriatic marine life. Then paddle along the coast toward the City Walls, affording you breathtaking views of the Pearl of the Adriatic from a different perspective. Finish paddling toward the take-out point in Pile Bay. 

    Our other recommended activity is a wine tasting and scenic bike ride lasting 4 hours (additional cost $58). Join other travelers on a transfer from Dubrovnik to the Konavle region ("Croatian Tuscany") where your bike ride will begin. Pedal along quiet, easy, scenic paved roads through vineyards, olive groves, and ancient villages. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a famous and charming medieval winery overlooking the valley and vineyards. After lunch, continue riding through the cypress trees and olive groves to a 300-year-old winery where a rewarding wine tasting will be served in the vineyard. Wine is an essential part of Croatian culture and is typically served in abundance at lunch, dinner, and in between.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Lapad or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: korcula island
    Beautiful village streetsBeautiful village streets

    After breakfast depart for Korcula, considered by locals to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. (Venice, of course, also claims this honor.) Reach the city by a short ferry ride from Peljesac. Lying off the tip of a small peninsula surrounded by city walls and fortresses, Korcula Island is one of the most beautiful medieval cities on the Adriatic Coast. When the Greeks first sighted it they were in awe of the dense forests covering the hills, giving the illusion of blackness. They took the name of their own island Corkyra, from where they had come, and added to it “Melaina,” which means black or dark-skinned. Hence, the full name Corkyra Melaina or Black Corfu. Tour its charming streets and squares with Renaissance palaces and the magnificent Cathedral of St Mark. After lunch at a traditional restaurant, drive to Split (approx. 4 hours) for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Diocletian or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: split
    Exploring narrow passagesExploring narrow passages

    Split is the second-largest city in Croatia and a great place to see how Dalmatian life is lived today. The story of Split is 17 centuries old, dating to the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace on the peninsula where he wanted to spend the last years of his life. During these 1,700 years the Palace has slowly evolved into a city, which to this day lures visitors with its rich tradition, glorious history, and beauty. Diocletian Palace and the entire historic center of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list since 1979, not only because of the extraordinary preservation of the Palace, but also because the Palace and its city continue as the seat of a living culture. The Palace is considered to be one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence. However, do not expect to see a normal palace. Instead this is the living heart of the city. It encompasses streets, shops, bars, and restaurants. There are about 200 buildings and 3,000 people within its boundaries. The narrow passages and courtyards are an adventurer's delight. A walk through the ancient city takes you on a journey through time. Spend your morning on a guided tour of the city. After lunch, the rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Diocletian or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: krka national park
    Krka National Park Krka National Park

    One hour from Split lies Krka National Park, known for its waterfalls and limestone canyon. Named after the Krka River, the park covers 142 square km and includes two-thirds of the river's length. Visit some of the most loved falls in the park, Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap. Also see Lake Viskovac and on its shore the 14th century Mother of Mercy Franciscan Monastery founded by Franciscans escaping the Ottoman invasion of Bosnia. After seeing the park's most scenic spots, eat lunch before continuing to Zadar (1 hour). After hotel check-in the rest of the day is free.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Bastion or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: zadar
    Quaint homes of ZadarQuaint homes of Zadar

    Zadar is an ancient Mediterranean Port City. Its Old Town is a living museum of archaeological treasures and monuments. Ruins seem to sprout from the city streets and alleyways, almost indistinguishable from functioning buildings. The Roman Forum, constructed between the 1st and 3rd centuries BC, is still the center of civic and religious life. Also visit the Church of St. Donatus, with its unusual circular Byzantine style, the Archaeological Museum, and other places of interest. After lunch, you may choose to visit the Museum of Ancient Glass, or wander the town on your own. Before sunset, your guide will meet you at Zadar’s incredible Sea Organ, an experimental musical instrument played by the waves of the sea. A system of pipes and whistles are set within perforated stone stairs that descend into the water. When the waves enter the pipes, you hear tones that vary with the water's flow. If you wish you can swim off the steps while enjoying the sounds.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Bastion or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: plitvice national park
    Croatia has much natural beautyCroatia has much natural beauty

    Head inland this morning to Plitvice National Park (1.5 hour drive). The park has 16 mineral-rich lakes that flow into each other via a series of waterfalls, including the largest falls in Croatia. Usually these lakes are a gorgeous turquoise color, but hue can vary with fluctuations in the mineral content. Explore the park by train, boat, and wooden walkways. Bears and wolves inhabit the park, but are very rarely seen. You might, however, see badgers, deer, boar, and rabbits. Lunch will be at a restaurant near the park. From there, drive about 2 hours further to Zagreb, the Croatian capital, where the rest of the day is yours to explore independently.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Palace or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: zagreb
    Rooftop views of the cityRooftop views of the city

    Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia. It’s a lively, colorful city that begs to be explored. One of the most fun things to do is people-watch while having coffee at a cafe. Drinking coffee is an important ritual in Croatia and you’ll have many opportunities in Zagreb to experience it. Today tour the fortified Upper Town and the city center, including the Cathedral, Croatian National Theater, St. Marks Church, and the University. Strolling the streets is a wonderful way to get a feeling for this lovely city. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy your last afternoon in Croatia on your own, exploring Zagreb or resting up before your flight home tomorrow morning. Journeys staff recommend a visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships, the city’s quirkiest museum. Say goodbye to your guide at tonight's farewell dinner.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Palace or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: depart
    We hope you enjoyed time with old and new friendsWe hope you enjoyed time with old and new friends

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Not ready to go home? Add an extension, and spend more time exploring the charming city of Zagreb, or perhaps experience an exciting seaplane ride to one of Croatia's many islands for a few days of seaside relaxation.

    Meals
    Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,395
Group size of 10-12 - $4395 Group size of 6-9 - $5195 The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$1,075
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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