Zagreb city centre is especially welcoming during December

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Active Christmas holiday in Zagreb with visit to Plitvice Lakes

Everything in Zagreb is in tune with the spirit of Advent. You will be actively enjoying daytime and evening events, exhibitions, performances, light installations and concerts, but also ice-skating and a Segway tour of the city. In this most beautiful time of year, Zagreb looks it’s best. It shines and sparkles with Christmas trees, decorations and thousands of lights. But wait till you see the winter wonderland of Plitvice Lakes, its forests, meadows and the sparkles of the blue-green waters.

Do freezing winter temperatures make an ideal time to duck into a cosy coffee house and linger over hot chocolate? Maybe – but only as a reward after experiencing an unconventional dimension of the Advent season in Zagreb. As a living, breathing city, Zagreb has a full menu of activities and pleasures. Put a safety helmet on and go on the tour of the city on Segways. Then experience winter at the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park. It might dazzle you with the whiteness covering the 16 stunning lakes and the primordial forests that surround them.

Trip highlights

  • Exploring the official European “Best Christmas Market” in 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Zagreb City tour on Segways with a safety gear and a professional tour guide
  • Visit to stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, listed as UNESCO's World Heritage Site since 1979
  • Free on-stage musical & art performances at the city's central square
  • Shopping time for Christmas presents & souvenirs

Trip availableDEC-JAN
Duration4 days
Suitable for2-4 people
SupportPartially guided
Languagesende
Price per personfrom 414.00 €
Great for
  • Young adults
  • Younger couples without children
  • Couples with children
  • Couples without children
You’ll be accommodated in
  • 3-star hotel
Trip designed by Vesna Luzar

Extremely versatile trip designer with an established career in travel business

Activities are taking place in Zagreb, with an excursion to Plitvice Lakes

Advent has propelled Zagreb to win the title of “Best Christmas Market” in 2016, 2017 and 2018 from a poll of thousands of travellers on the European Best Destinations website. Those in the mood for a different kind of Advent experience are in the right place. Zagreb, in its full Advent glory, will show its many faces, all you have to do is choose the one you prefer. Experience the atmosphere of Zagreb during Advent while riding a Segway and put your ice skating skills to test at the Ice Park on King Tomislav Square. Although winters can be very harsh, Plitvice Lakes are still one of the best places to visit in Croatia, even if the falls completely freeze over. When they do, the effects are quite breathtaking.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Getting to know Zagreb

Arrival to Zagreb and hotel check-in. The winterly Zagreb is both known as the only capital city in the world with a ski world cup race and for its extraordinary Advent season. We suggest that you take a short break and then go for a stroll through the city. Several Advent events will be taking place in Ban Jelačić Square, the city's central square.

Then rent a pair of ice skates and try them out at the Ice Park – an ice-skating rink on King Tomislav Square. Listen to the good music playing in the background and smell and taste a variety of culinary delights. Maybe you could perform a spectacular pirouette and show off in a magical idyll on ice! Afterwards, treat yourself to an assortment of exquisite food and drinks and sip mulled wine that will keep you warm.

Tip

Fuliranje is the most original Advent event in town. Over the last years, over one million visitors enjoyed numerous concerts, musical events, DJ events, street performances and exhibitions. It was the first event to present the best restaurant and winery owners from Croatia and many more creative and original exhibitors.

Day 2

Segway City Tour

After breakfast you will have a unique tour of Zagreb on Segways. Don't worry; the tour is appropriate for all ages! After a short Segway tutorial, you will receive a safety helmet and then go on the tour in the company of a professional tour guide. You'll find out all about how Zagreb got its name and what purpose the cannon in Lotrščak Tower serves. Afterwards, we'll take you to Zagreb Cathedral and show you the scale model of Zagreb. Then you'll head to the renowned Tkalčić Street, St. Mark's Church and take a ride to Lotrščak Tower.

Afternoon at leisure. You can visit some of Advent’s venues. The European Square pedestrian zone, situated in the very heart of the city, becomes a favourite meeting place for young people during the Advent season. A rich offer of concerts, attractions and exhibitions – on par with other European cities – makes this place a must-see location for all those looking for good time.

Tip

Advent at Stross will provide daily entertainment for all generations. We are confident that all of you who decide to visit one of the most romantic corners of the old Upper Town in Zagreb will want to stay for hours and enjoy great food, craft beer, wine, mulled wine and many special Advent delicacies
The central motif of the Advent design at Stross is gingerbread, so there will be gingerbread of all kinds and shapes on display along the promenade and on 30-something Christmas trees made of wood and mounted along the ramparts.

Day 3

Experience the winterly Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast at the hotel start the tour to the magnificent Plitvice Lakes. Every season of the year brings with itself a different spectacle for the senses at the Plitvice Lakes. The Plitvice Lakes are famous for their 16 cascading lakes that form a gorgeous ring of water. The stunning scenery in the park was created by the flow of water over limestone that over time created travertine barriers that resulted in waterfalls, lakes, and caves.

The Park was designated a national park in 1949 and in 1979 UNESCO entitled it a World Heritage Site. Nature could freeze over but, despite of that, enjoy the wonders of nature, an astonishing view, clean air, nature’s sounds and the sheer joy of just being somewhere so vast and diverse. Standing there, you can really say you have become one with nature. Plitvice National Park can rightfully be called the most magnificent place in all of Europe. Lunch at a local restaurant on your own. Continue the walks through the park and forest and enjoy the beauty surrounding you. Expected return to Zagreb at 19.00.

Tip

The tallest waterfall of Plitvice National Park and to many the most impressive one has an unimpressive name. It is simply called the Great Waterfall (at 78 m).

Day 4

Shopping for Christmas presents

Breakfast and check-out. If you have some spare time, unwind by participating in Zagreb's coffee-drinking tradition. Or use it to go shopping for some Christmas presents, honey spice cookies or souvenirs such as handcrafted rocking horses, glass baubles and Licitar hearts.

What's included?

  • 3 overnights in a classic/standard double room at a 4-star hotel
  • 3 x buffet breakfast
  • Tourist tax
  • Segway city tour accompanied by a local tourist guide, short tutorial, safety helmet, 0.5l bottle of water per person (cca. 1.5 hrs)
  • A day trip to the Plitvice Lakes, return transportation from/to hotel, entrance fee to the National Park, English speaking guide (lunch is not included, payment on spot)
  • VAT and travel preparation 

What's not included?

  • Optional amenities, personal costs.

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