The green hills and castles of Zagorje region offer relaxation, peace and a perfect getaway from the stressful life in the cityPhoto: Jasenka Haleuš
Health & wellness trip
Among thermal springs and green hills, you will find the place for your perfect vacation. Relax in the modern spa, pamper yourself with a unique wellness offer, enjoy the ultimate gastronomy and spend your time discovering the beauty and history of the Croatian Zagorje – a region that will leave you breathless.
Croatian Zagorje is an oasis of preserved nature, clean air, greenery, and healthy thermal waters. In the scenic hill range, there is a whole array of spas, castles and manors, Roman roads, agrotourism spots, museums, churches, and trails for hiking, riding, and cycling. The beauty of the landscape, finely ruffled hills with mosaic forests, vineyards, Zagorje villages and fields, partially separated by river valleys, is unspeakable. The green hills of Zagorje offer relaxation, peace and a perfect getaway from the stressful life in the city.
|Trip available||MAY - OCT|
|Suitable for||2 people|
|Price per person||from 1,090.00 €|
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Activities take place in Krapinske Toplice and Croatian Zagorje region
Family-run rural farm offers the experience of tasting traditional dishes just like in medieval times
Enjoy many wellness and spa treatments, but also indulge in wine and delicious local food
Croatian Zagorje is famous for its vineyards and quality wines and you will taste some of the finest sorts
Enjoy a 30-minutes flight in the Full Flight Simulator with a flight instructor
Before you start your trip, take a minute to get acquainted with the places you are about to visit.
Croatian Zagorje (Hrvatsko Zagorje) is a northwest region of Croatia. It includes areas around the cities of Krapina and Varaždin as well as the outskirts of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Rich in history and cultural heritage, Croatian Zagorje offers numerous medieval castles and fortifications, churches and archaeological sites that attract visitors and treasure numerous history tales as well as folk legends. Throughout history, when there was great danger from the Turks, many people rushed into the safe embrace of Zagorje. Most of the nobility moved to this region and started to build castles and fortifications there. Today Veliki Tabor and Trakošćan are the most famous ones.
Croatian Zagorje and its famous hills, called “Zagorski bregi”, attract and invite you to spend peaceful moments in nature. The region is also well known for its wine and culinary delicacies as well as for its many thermal springs known since Roman times.
The magical flavours of the past eras are sure to attract even the most demanding guests. Traditional Zagorje dishes and those created by combining the traditional and modern preparation methods using ingredients grown on the hills along the river Sutla are served straight from the fragrant kitchens and stove ovens on farms and restaurants.
Krapinske Toplice is a beautiful, well-arranged, quiet town, only 45 km far away from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. It is surrounded by charming hills adorned with vineyards and traditional villages. Famous for its vine and traditional cuisine, Krapinske Toplice became a popular place for vacations and tourists looking to experience life away from big cities, or simply to enjoy many wellness and spa treatments.
The water of Krapinske Toplice is rated as the 6th highest quality water in Europe, and it proves to be very favourable against rheumatism, spine diseases, neuromuscular disorders, diabetes with complications in joints, posttraumatic conditions before and after orthopedical, surgical and neurosurgical procedures on the musculoskeletal system of the body, heart diseases and peripheral vascular diseases, improving post-infarction and post-procedure conditions.
The colourful hills surrounding Krapinske Toplice are ideal for your stay in nature. Zagorje offers also many walking trails. You can choose between 3 basic routes in the “Walking ring of Krapinske Toplice”, depending on your physical condition: medical, recreative or trim path.
Medical path – walking these paths represents a pleasant walk, and an adequate choice of a program provides the return of some heart and vascular functions to patients as well as making a habit to maintain the current functions of working properly. People with health problems (cardiovascular disorders) can walk these paths but they are required to consult their physician before they go for a walk.
Recreative paths – paths are for free movement, relaxation, health maintenance and cardio-vascular diseases prevention.
Trim path – paths that are suitable for increasing body condition for healthy persons. Besides the exercise program, walking these paths helps to increase physical preparedness and to preserve strength.
There are numerous places that you can visit in your free time. The seaside is only 2 hours away, and you are only half an hour away from the country’s capital city, Zagreb.
If you flew into Zagreb airport, we can arrange a transfer (on request) to the hotel. Arrive on your own. Check-in at the hotel. Time at leisure. On the highest panoramic hotel floor, there is a wellness oasis with more than 350 m2 of space filled with different contents. You can use stainless steel heated indoor pool (32 degrees Celsius) and whirlpool (35 degrees Celsius), Finnish and infrared sauna, steam room and a gym. You can rent (payment on the spot) quality MTB bikes in the hotel and if you prefer Nordic walking, you can rent Nordic poles.
In the evening enjoy an exclusive 5-course dinner in the hotel restaurant prepared from local seasonal groceries, the most award-winning restaurant in the region. Its cuisine is a fusion of traditional Zagorje cuisine with elements of modern French and Italian cuisine. Drinks are not included.
Buffet breakfast. In the morning pamper yourself with a 60 minute ritual with 24K gold. This exclusive treatment with leaves of 24K gold will return vitality to your skin. Gold is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-ageing benefits. It helps keep the collagen level steady and makes your skin firm. Gold helps to activate the basal cells of your skin thereby increasing elasticity.
In the afternoon start a tour to the biggest sanctuary in Croatia, Marija Bistrica, in which thousands of pilgrims come from spring to late fall each year, and have been doing so for more than three centuries. The miraculous statue of Our Lady, with baby Jesus in her arms is black because it got burned in the fire that engulfed the Basilica in 1880.
Marija Bistrica is also known for its gingerbread, honey products, wood, and clay products.
The recipe is the same for all makers of gingerbread, utilizing flour, sugar, water and baking soda – plus the obligatory spices. The gingerbread is shaped into moulds, baked, dried and painted with edible colours. Each craftsperson decorates gingerbread in a specific way, often with pictures, small mirrors and verses or messages - a heart is the most common motif, and is frequently prepared for marriages. Gingerbread as well as traditional manufacturing of children’s wooden toys in Croatian Zagorje is inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Croatian Zagorje is famous for its vineyards and quality wines. You will visit a family farm engaged in the production of grapes and wine - a tradition over a hundred years old passed down from generation to generation. A word of welcome will be followed by a tour of the wine cellar, an introduction to wine production technology and wine tasting. You will taste 5 varieties of wine produced according to ecological principles, such as Pinot Gris, Sauvignon blanc, Selectio and other, hazelnuts from their organic production, dried and fresh fruit.
The tasting is followed by a tour of the Oršić Castle in Gornja Stubica. The castle was the feudal residence of the Oršić family until the last members relocated in 1924. At the end of the sixties and the beginning of the seventies, the castle was thoroughly renewed and transformed into a Museum of the Peasants' uprise which deals with a tragic event that occurred in 1573 in this very area. Around the castle, there is a park with a huge monument dedicated to the Peasants' uprise and its leader Matija Gubec, made by a prominent Croatian sculptor Antun Augustinčić.
A traditional dinner is waiting for you at the rural estate Vuglec Breg, where you will try out specialities of Zagorje traditional cuisine. The estate stretches over an area of 12 hectares and from the peak of the hill, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding hills dotted with houses, and churches. On the northern side of ''Vuglec Breg,'' there is a horse barn, a little pond, lawns and walking paths.
Return to the hotel and overnight.
Start your day with Bio Vital breakfast served in your room – a perfect fusion of health and enjoyment in one meal. You will be offered various homemade smoothies, protein pancakes, and lots of fresh fruit.
Later on, take a private field trip to explore the region. Surrounded by the ruins of Cesargrad in significant landscape Zelenjak, at the entrance to the Municipality of Kumrovec, you will visit the monument to the Croatian anthem "Our Beautiful Homeland". Try newly opened canopy path walks at a height of half to five meters above the ground which offer a view of the monument. The purpose of the trial is to show visitors nature, plants, and birds in a different way.
Continue to the small city of Kumrovec, or as their locals call it - the Old Village ( “Staro Selo”). Today it serves as a unique open-air museum.
It is famous for its thirty traditional buildings, preserved or restored, where the museum exhibitions are staged. They show the traditional way of life in the region as it was at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Josip Broz (former president of Yugoslavia) family household is situated on the outskirts of the village and contains historical and ethnological displays. Besides its architecture, the museum shows objects thematically exhibited according to various crafts and customs typical for the Hrvatsko Zagorje region.
Continue to Veliki Tabor, a 15th-century castle, one of the most important cultural and historical monuments in Croatia. It dominates in its location, on top of the Hum Kosnicki, 333 meters above sea level. It is an impressive sight and makes the unique picture that will leave no one indifferent.
The castle tells a tragic story of forbidden love between the count and a peasant girl.
After visiting the fortress, you will continue to Grešna Gorica, just 5 minutes away from the fortress. It is a family-run rural farm that offers the experience of a unique Zagorje rural ambience. Tasting traditional dishes, whilst being surrounded by vineyards and meadows, you will surely have the feeling of being beamed back to medieval times.
Return to the hotel.
In the afternoon you can visit (on your own) the largest and most modern complex of indoor swimming pools in Croatia –a Water Park Aquae Vivae with over 160 attractions. Guests of the hotel have a 10% discount to a full-day ticket.
Champagne breakfast is served in the room. Relax in the morning with a glass of sparkling wine, enjoy the specialities such as eggs Benedict, American pancakes, homemade cheeses, caviar, fresh fruit, coffee and more.
This morning you will become a helicopter pilot for one day!
Experience a once in a lifetime adventure in the World's best helicopter simulator at the Aviation Training Center – Heli Center Toplice (walking distance from the hotel).
The Aviation Training Center has been specially designed, built and equipped in detail for helicopter aircrew and technical personnel training and is the exclusive centre in Europe where a Mi-17 Full Flight Simulator is installed.
The tour introduces you to the history of helicopter development and ends with a flight simulation. You will take part in the „Caucasus rescue“ mission including a pre-flight briefing and a 30-minutes flight in the Full Flight Simulator with a flight instructor. Fly above different worldwide destinations and enjoy fascinating views as if in a real helicopter.
While in the museum, you can also see different models of helicopters and take extraordinary pictures with a helicopter.
Back at the hotel, you will enjoy a 60-minute chocolate treatment (peeling, massage and mask).
The rich scent and the smooth feel create a relaxing atmosphere during the massage, having a calming effect. Unique sensual aromas at the body will effectively eliminate stress and provide you with total relaxation and peace. Chocolate is ideal for skin protection and stimulation of circulation. It reduces muscle tension, increases joint mobility and flexibility, and reduces the level of stress hormones.
Buffet breakfast and time at leisure until check-out. If needed, we can arrange a transfer (on request) from the hotel to Zagreb airport or another departure point.
We will double-check availability and make reservations for your rooms, restaurants, guides etc.
With reservations confirmed, we will prepare the best offer possible in regard to your arrival date & party size
You will get the offer via e-mail, along with the payment options. Feel free to request further customisations!