Brijuni are a spectacular national park and the favourite tourist destination of world statesmen and aristocracy for more than a century

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Trip to Brijuni National Park

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Extended private tour through 5 national parks and gems of urban medieval architecture

This unique 11-day tour is enough for a lifetime of memories in diverse wonders of nature and architectural marvels of Roman and medieval architecture along the Adriatic coast. This is a partially guided tour, but upon request, you can upgrade it to a fully guided tour.

If you live in a bustling city, there is no way you don’t enjoy escaping to the outdoors. Whether you’re an ordinary nature-lover, experienced outdoorsman, or just a city-dweller dreaming of resting your eyes on some green, there’s no better place to experience it than by visiting Croatia. Nine per cent of the country is designated as a natural protected area. Among the 444 protected areas of Croatia, there are 8 national parks, 2 strict reserves and 11 nature parks. Five national parks you will visit offer a mix of everything you love, from mountainous sceneries, famous lakes and waterfalls to streams and numerous “photo opportunity” locations.

While you may not identify as an "architecture buff", surely you are a traveller who acknowledges refined classical architecture. We’ll take you through cities and towns wherein each stone lies a story, and some buildings construction dates count not in centuries, but millennia.

Trip highlights

  • City tours of Zagreb, Dubrovnik and six other ancient cities and towns
  • Discovering the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Exploring intact nature in five national parks of Croatia
  • Enjoying the traditional 'spa-town' of Opatija
  • Boat tours to traditional Mediterranean islands
Trip availableMAY - OCT
Duration11 days
Suitable for2-6 people
SupportPartially guided
Languagesen
Price per personfrom 4,975.00 €
Great for
  • Groups of friends
  • Families with or without children
  • Seniors
  • Experienced travellers
You’ll be accommodated in
  • 4-star hotels in Zagreb
  • Plitvice
  • Opatija
  • Zadar
  • Split
  • Dubrovnik
Trip designed by Vesna Luzar

Extremely versatile trip designer with an established career in travel business

Activities are taking place throughout continental and littoral regions of Croatia

Before you start your trip, take a minute to get acquainted with the places you are about to visit.

Zagreb

Zagreb is extraordinary, offering to its visitors a baroque-like feeling of the Upper Town, green parks and promenades, top culinary pleasures and a relaxing atmosphere. The city provides a great example of a central European metropolis of relaxed Mediterranean rhythm. You can hear quite often that Zagreb is a tailor-made city, not too big, not too small, yet big enough to offer the feeling of a European metropolis, and small enough to be covered on foot.

Opatija

Since Roman times Opatija has been a „spa town“offering rest and recreation to its numerous visitors. With all the sun-drenched pleasures of the European resort town, its grand villas, subtropical botanical gardens, old-style grand hotels, wide boulevards and busy marinas.

Pula

Pula, a seafront city on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, is known for its protected harbour, beach-lined coast and Roman ruins. The population of Pula stands at just over 62,000 making it the largest city in Istria. Its most famous attraction, the well preserved Roman amphitheatre, is one of the most famous sights in the whole of Croatia.

Poreč

Visit the antique town of Poreč and its complex of sacral buildings erected during the time of Bishop Euphrasius (6th century AD). One of the reasons why this complex is registered on the UNESCO's List of World Cultural Heritage is also the apse of Basilica which is with its ornamental decorations with figural mosaics one of the most remarkable examples of the mosaic art in Europe.

Zadar

Situated at the crossroads of maritime and mainland routes, Zadar County offers explorers 3,000 years of culture, secluded islands and a crystal-clear sea, wild mountains and turquoise rivers. Zadar's historic strength is visible at every corner. The Zadar Forum, the central square of an ancient Roman city, is the largest on the east Adriatic coast. And don’t forget - in Zadar you can always sit next to the Sea Organ, a one-of-a-kind instrument embedded in the waterfront, and listen to the music created by the waves.

Šibenik

Šibenik is the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic with the famous Cathedral of St. James, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage site. The harmonious Cathedral of St. James is the only cathedral in Europe that is made entirely of stone. You won't find any traces of mortar, wood, iron or roof tiles, even in its complex structural frame. This cathedral is the most important architectural monument in Croatia, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, and it was constructed using methods that wouldn't be applied elsewhere until centuries later.

Trogir

The small medieval island town of Trogir has been under the protection of the UNESCO. The Cathedral of St. Lawrence, built in the 13th century is one of the most significant monuments in Trogir. Its preserved old town, known for its mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque buildings, lies on a small island connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges.

Dubrovnik

The walls of Dubrovnik girdle a perfectly preserved complex of public and private, sacral and secular buildings representing all periods of the city's history, beginning with its founding in the 7th century. Famous are the city's main promenade Stradun, the Rector's Palace, the church of St. Vlaho, the Cathedral, three large monasteries and the City Hall. The Republic of Dubrovnik was the centre of a separate political and territorial entity during the medieval times, and was proud of its culture, its achievements in commerce and especially of its freedom, preserved down so many tempestuous centuries.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nestled in the embrace of the surrounding wooded mountains are sixteen smaller and larger crystal turquoise lakes, Plitvice Lakes are interconnected by foaming cascades and deep falls. The park includes the headwaters of the Korana River in an area surrounded by dense forests and is additionally ornamented by several caves, springs and flower-filled meadows, which show the vast diversity of flora and fauna in the national park.

Brijuni National Park

The archipelago of Brijuni is noted for its valuable cultural heritage from the Roman and Byzantine times. Due to its extraordinary beauty, the Brijuni islands have been, for over a hundred years now, a favourite tourist destination of world statesmen and aristocracy and were formerly the summer residence of President Tito, the leader of Yugoslavia. This group of two larger and twelve smaller islets with a total area of only 7 km2 is known for its preserved Mediterranean vegetation, which is partly landscape and partly national park.

Kornati National Park

A stunning ‘island’ national park with 89 islands, islets and reefs, Kornati National Park stretches over the area of about 220 km2 (54.000 acres). It’s a prime spot for swimming, or snorkeling or diving as well as enjoying the gorgeous surroundings and tranquil nature of the islands. In 1980, the eighty-nine southernmost of the 140-odd islands, islets and reefs of the Kornati archipelago was declared a national park, Nacionalni Park Kornati, protecting the islands and their marine surroundings. The area covered by the National Park mostly coincides with the Donji Kornati, which includes the island of Kornat and the surrounding islets, separated with a channel from the island of Piškera and the surrounding islets.

Krka National Park

Another stunning park with numerous waterfalls, the location of Krka National Park (close to the Dalmatian coast) makes this a popular place worth visiting. Its 17 cascades stretch over 800 m of the riverbed. The water foams and leaps over barriers, sparkling with a turquoise tint in the calmer parts.

The island of Visovac (on which there is a monastery from the 18th century) is one of the attractions in the park. Taking one of the excursion boats is a great way of making your way through Krka National Park.

Mljet National Park

Mljet National Park covers about a third of the green island of Mljet, off the coast of south Dalmatia. The Park was given National Park status in 1960. A lush and tranquil place covered with forests, Mljet National Park is ideal for those who want some relaxation in a gorgeous setting. 

Some historians are convinced that, by describing Ogygia, Homer wrote about the island of Mljet. Well, whatever the fact may be, a cave bearing the name of Odysseus, that Greek adventurer, still stands there carved in stone.

Popular theories that have taken root on Mljet also speculate that it was here that that St. Paul shipwrecked rather than Malta. St. Paul's Rock has borne the name of the shipwrecked saint for quite some time now, while the moniker Odysseus' Cave is more recent.

Day-by-day itinerary

DAY 1

Welcome to Zagreb, the relaxing European metropolis

After check-in at the hotel, short rest and sightseeing on foot of Zagreb including the Upper Town-historical centre of the city, the Stone Gate and the Church of St. Mark with the famed multi-coloured roof from outside. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Zagreb.

DAY 2

Magical beauty of waterfalls and lakes of Plitvice National Park

After breakfast, organized departure towards Plitvice Lakes National Park, the most famous Croatian national park, registered on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites. The park is a magical world of lakes, waterfalls, moss and forests. A sightseeing walking tour includes a boat ride and allows you to experience first-hand the magical beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, each spectacular in its own right. (Electric boats and panoramic train rides are subject to weather conditions). Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Plitvice.

DAY 3

Take a break in the spa town of Opatija

After breakfast, continue to Opatija. Since Roman times Opatija has been a „spa town“ offering rest and recreation to its numerous visitors. With all the sun-drenched pleasures of the European resort town, its grand villas, subtropical botanical gardens, old-style grand hotels, wide boulevards and busy marinas. It has attracted Europeans since the 1840s with almost religious fervour. They were drawn mostly to its crystal-clear sea and the Mediterranean blue of its endless sky. Rest of the day at leisure to explore, relax and enjoy yourself. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Opatija.

DAY 4

Visit Roman amphitheatre in Pula, Brijuni islands and town of Poreč

After breakfast departure towards Pula, the oldest town on the Eastern Adriatic Coast. Sightseeing of Pula includes a visit of the beautiful Roman amphitheatre – the Arena. Then drive to Fažana and embark on a boat to National Park Brijuni.

The sightseeing tour includes a ride in a tourist train, a visit to the remains of the Roman villa dating from the 1st century B.C. in the bay of Verige, the safari park which breeds zebras, Somali sheep, dromedaries, llamas and elephants. The tour also includes visits to the archaeological museum, located in the Citadel building from the XVI century and the Church of St. Germain with its permanent exhibition of copies of frescoes and Glagolitic writings from Istria.

On the way back visit the antique town of Poreč and its complex of sacred buildings erected during the time of Bishop Euphrasius (6th century AD). One of the reasons why this complex is registered on the UNESCO's List of World Cultural Heritage is also the apse of Basilica which is with its ornamental decorations with figural mosaics one of the most remarkable examples of the mosaic art in Europe.

Return to Opatija. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Opatija.

DAY 5

Listen to the unique Sea Organ in Zadar

Breakfast and early departure towards Zadar. Upon arrival sightseeing tour which includes the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, considered to be the most impressive basilica in Dalmatia, the church of St. Donatus, the ruins of Roman Forum.

The Church of St. Donatus, a representative bishop's chapel dating back to the 8th century, is one of the few circular medieval churches in Europe with a concentric layout, while the cathedral and numerous other churches with their treasures of art showcase the wealth of the city. As you walk through the ancient streets, look up and you'll be awed by the opulent Gothic- and Renaissance-style windows.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Zadar.

DAY 6

Witness the exceptional beauty of Kornati National Park

Breakfast and full-day guided boat excursion to Kornati National Park. The exceptional beauty of the archipelago moved authorities in 1980 to proclaim a large part of the area a national park. There are 147 islands, islets and reefs within the area of Kornati National Park (36 km in length and 6 km wide), making it the most indented group of islands in the Mediterranean.

Boat tours visit highlights such as Fort Tureta, Murter Bay, the Salt Lake, and the landscapes of Telascica Nature Park. Lunch break (either on the boat or in one of the small Kornati restaurants) and a break or two for swimming. Return to Zadar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Zadar.

DAY 7

Šibenik, the oldest Croatian City and Krka National Park

After breakfast departure for National Park of the Krka River. In the parts of the course where the Krka flows through marly soils, certain extensions are created. In limestone it forms a narrow and deep canyon (up to 200 meters), flowing over travertine barriers and creating waterfalls. The most beautiful of all is Skradinski Buk. The waters of the Krka River reach the Skradinski Buk cascades as they slow just a few kilometres before the river mouth.

Continue to Šibenik; a short sightseeing tour upon arrival. Šibenik is the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic with the famous Cathedral of St. James, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The harmonious Cathedral of St. James is the only cathedral in Europe that is made entirely of stone.

After the tour, proceed to Split. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Split. 

DAY 8

Tour of the attractive and ancient city of Split

After breakfast, a city tour of Split, the largest city on the Croatian coast, which has preserved the relaxed lifestyle of the Mediterranean. There are many sides to this region: a magnificent history and an abundance of landmarks, exquisite food and wine, the beauty of natural and cultural heritage and a pleasant climate year-round. The "capital of Dalmatia" is famous for Diocletian's Palace which is the most important and preserved Roman building in Croatia, built between AD 295 and 305, registered on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. Besides the Palace visit the Peristyle, Cellars, the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Domnius. Proceed south along Makarska riviera and Neretva Valley towards Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight at the hotel on the Dubrovnik riviera.

DAY 9

Dubrovnik, glamorous city proud of its culture and history

After breakfast, a city tour of Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic. The walls of Dubrovnik girdle a perfectly preserved complex of public and private, sacral and secure buildings representing all periods of the city's history, beginning with its founding in the 7th century. Famous are the city's main promenade Stradun, the Rector's Palace, the church of St. Vlaho, the Cathedral, three large monasteries and the City Hall. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel on the Dubrovnik riviera.

DAY 10

The spectacular National Park Mljet, the island covered in forests

Breakfast and a full-day excursion to the National Park of Mljet. Mljet is a unique green oasis, one of just a few Adriatic islands that are completely covered in Mediterranean forests. The National Park is located in the northern part of this elongated and narrow island where lush Mediterranean flora is preserved, as well as the two unusual “lakes“, Veliko (Large) and Malo (Small), which are connected to the sea by a narrow channel. There is an islet in Large Lake with an old monastery and you can find the remains of an ancient Roman villa in the nearby cove.

Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight on the Dubrovnik riviera.

DAY 11

Farewell to Croatia

Breakfast and free time until organised transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

What's included?

  • Transportation during the whole tour
  • 1 overnight in a standard room in a 4-star hotel in Zagreb, with buffet breakfast and dinner (drinks not included) and tourist tax included
  • 1 overnight in a standard room in a 4-star hotel in Plitvice, with buffet breakfast and dinner (drinks not included) and tourist tax included
  • 2 overnights in a standard double room in a 4-star hotel in Opatija, with 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners (drinks not included) and tourist tax included
  • 2 overnights in a standard double room in a 4-star hotel in Zadar, with 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners (drinks not included) and tourist tax included
  • 1 overnight in a standard room in a 4-star hotel in Split, with buffet breakfast and dinner (drinks not included) and tourist tax included
  • 3 overnights in a standard double room in a 4-star hotel in Dubrovnik, with 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners (drinks not included) and tourist tax included
  • Walking city tour of Zagreb on Day 1 (approximately 2 hours)
  • Guided sightseeing tours of the National Parks: Plitvice, Brijuni, Kornati, Krka and Mljet, transfers and entrance fees included
  • Sightseeing tours of the coastal cities: Pula, Poreč, Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik, approximately 2-3 hours, entrances according to the programme where needed
  • Trip preparation fee
  • VAT 

What's not included?

  • International airfare to and from Croatia
  • Meals and services other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (tips are always appreciated but not mandatory)

Reductions and supplements

  • For 3rd person on additional bed (on request)
  • For children additional bed available (on request)
  • For single room (on request)  

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