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Summer is the most popular time of the year for exploring Croatia, but late spring and early autumn too. Use it to get Croatia known because it is worth to try. We will make you feel comfortable and to enjoy through sunlight rejuvenates route and pure domestic gastro specialists.
We have handpicked the hotels to represent the most welcoming, comfortable, and authentic accommodations in each region. From boutique-style inns to multi-starred resorts and from closely renovated chateaux to exclusive luxury villas we will always wake you up refreshed, revived, and ready to ride.
Welcome to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Fodor’s Travel says: “Above all, there's Croatia's quietly lovely capital. With its historic center on the northern bank of the Sava River, Zagreb has the walk ability of Prague. Spacious, friendly public spaces, grand Austro-Hungarian architecture, and a rich array of churches and museums will lure you down small side streets…”
Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia, and although many people skip it in favor of Renaissance cities such as Dubrovnik, Zagreb is a culture-lover’s dream. The city has dozens of museums, including the Natural History Museum – which contains one of the world’s most important collections of Neanderthal remains – and The Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters, featuring European paintings from the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries. Loads of festivals take place each year too, including the World Festival of Animated Films (every even-numbered year) and an international festival of avant-garde music (every odd-numbered year). Make sure to explore the churches, palaces and galleries of the medieval old town on foot, and look out for the Prizemljeno Sunce (The Grounded Sun) and planet statues that are scattered around the city and make up a scale model of the solar system.
A buzzing pocket-size capital on the edge of Europe, Zagreb is coming into its own with an appealing medley of the contemporary and ancient. All rolled into one in this mini-metropolis are edgy art, top food, creative fashions and festival fun galore.
Depending on your arrival time we will organize further activities. First, we will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation site. Then we would like you to get acquainted with your bike, therefore a short test ride would be optimal, including some sightseeing. If there is enough time, sightseeing will be done separately. We are planning a traditional dinner in the evening so that you will have a great opportunity to taste something new and discuss the tour details.
2.Zagreb - National Park Plitvice Lakes
After breakfast we will hit the road towards Plitvice Lakes, first of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
CNN travel claims Plitvice Lakes as No.1 from their “12 incredible UNESCO sites you’ve probably never heard of”:
“Surrounded by forests of beech, fir and spruce, a multi-level system of 16 lakes spills into waterfalls and pools Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park. The lakes are known for their distinctive colors, which can be turquoise, green, blue or grey….”
“A sultry oppression sat over the fields and mountains for months. People and animals, meadows and gardens yearned for refreshing, gentle rain. The Crna Rijeka river, ordinarily a cheerfully babbling stream, dried up. The people's prayers and pleading were all in vain the skies showed no mercy on them. But then the Black Queen with her glittering entourage appeared in the valley. The people cried for help, asking for water, without which they would all perish. And the Queen took pity on them: with great thunder and lighting, heavy rain began to fall in an instant, bringing life to the people and animals, fields and meadows. The rain poured and poured, and the waters began to grow, until they formed the lakes as we see them today."
Thus reads just one of the many legends that surround the forming of this series of sixteen lakes that step down hill, connecting to each other by waterfalls. Plitvice really is the most unique natural sight in the world, having been formed, so an alternative and more coldly scientific theory reasons, by triffids! Well, not actually triffids if truth be told; the lakes are in fact formed by lumps of moss, but how else does one think of pleasure pool building plants?
We could use numerous words to describe the site, but the view will leave you absolutely speechless. Plitvice is the most prominent and visited of the eight national parks in Croatia, representing a special and breathtaking hydro-geological phenomenon. Plitvice is a forested mountain region with 16 smaller and bigger lakes of crystal teal color. The lakes collect water from numerous rivers and streams and are interconnected by cascades and waterfalls. Tuff barriers created 10 000 years ago are a distinctive feature of the Park. Its 12,000 acres of rich greens with 16 turquoise lakes, crystalline streams and dozens of waterfalls, provide an ethereal backdrop as you walk along miles of wood-plank paths and gaze at the liquid beauty.
It comes as no surprise that Plitvice was one of the first sites to be included in the UNESCO’s list of world heritage in 1979.
On our route to Plitvice we will visit a small village called Rastoke with wonderful surroundings made by a small river Slunjcica which flows over tuff cliffs into the river Korana, creating numerous small lakes, currents and waterfalls. Due to its location and hydrologic type, Rastoke is called the gate of Plitvice lakes, or Male Plitvice (Little Plitvice).
3.Plitvice Lakes - Dubrovnik
We set off to our next stop, the world famous city of Dubrovnik, yet another Croatian contribution to the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list. It will be a long day, but you will hardly notice it due to the natural beauties we are going to see.
We will stop at National Park Krka. One of Croatia's crown jewels, Krka's stunning travertine pools and numerous cascading waterfalls are the spellbinding landscapes for which postcards were made.
We will check spectacular gorge of river Cetina on it’s mouth sited is town Omiš. a pleasant seaside town with a colorful open-air market and a conglomeration of old stone houses backed by a small hilltop fortress. What makes it special is its location at the mouth of a dramatic gorge, where the Cetina River meets the sea. It is also the venue of the Dalmatian Klapa Festival, which attracts singers from all over Croatia. The Cetina River carves a spectacular gorge with the fertile, green Cetina Valley at the bottom, surrounded by sheer limestone cliffs. As the river tumbles its way down toward the sea over a series of rapids, it has become a popular and challenging site for rafting and rock climbing. Leaving Omiš we will proceed for the Biokovo mountain, another Nature Park offering a stunning panoramic view on the mid Dalmatian islands. You should know: that Biokovo was named for its snowy whiteness... Biokovo is the most important junction for the endemic flora... up to now on Biokovo over 400 caves has been found... ...that there are more than 87 churches and chapels on Biokovo... ..that the Ratsnake is considered one of Europe's most beautiful snakes... ...that Biokovo is the tallest mountain closest to the coast on the Mediterranean... ...that the oldest rocks on Biokovo originate from 220 m. years ago... ..that cold air spilling from Biokovo creates the famous Bora wind... that Biokovo has 7 species of amphibians and 21 species of reptiles registered..
Several hours later, after cruising along open flat or narrow mountain roads offering vertigo-like and dreamy views of the beautiful mixture of landscapes, we will reach the coastline and finally the city of Dubrovnik.
“Game of Thrones” Dubrovnik tour: Dating to the seventh century, the walled city of Dubrovnik serves as the official setting of King's Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms.”
4.Dubrovnik - Hvar
The world-famous writer and philosopher Bernard Shaw nicknamed Dubrovnik as the Pearl of the Adriatic, and as such, the town really deserves a much longer stay than one morning but nevertheless it will allow you to get a glimpse of its magic and beauty, its stone walls and marble squares.
Dubrovnik is somewhere you’ll love to get lost. Wander though the weaving cobblestone streets that lead you from the city gate to Sponza Palace to the harbor, whose deep blue is just begging you to dive right in.
Literary types from Byron to Bernard Shaw have lost their hearts to Dubrovnik: for the latter, it was ‘paradise’. Once an independent city-state sustained by trading, the evidence of the city’s ancient wealth is everywhere to see. The bustling main street of is the perfect place for a morning stroll or an evening drink in Gradska Kavana, a prime people-watching spot. Sampling the fresh fish brought in from the Adriatic is a must, especially when it's accompanied by a view over the old harbor
Dubrovnik justifiably invites hyperbole – every corner in the Old Town, in its entirely a UNESCO World Heritage site, has spellbinding charm and tells many a story. Although the city dates back to the 7th century, many buildings were devastated in a terrible earthquake in 1667, and were rebuilt resulting in the rather harmonious style you see today. The architects of Dubrovnik included the best of the Croatian masters, including Juraj Dalmatinac (also responsible for the cathedral at Šibenik and the entire town of Pag) in combination with masters from Venice, Dubrovnik’s main rival and trading partner. Architectural beauty is perhaps a cause of a deep immersion in the arts that manifests itself in galleries and festivals.
The Old City of Dubrovnik (Stari grad Dubrovnik)
Almost two kilometers in length, Dubrovnik’s city walls are among the best preserved and most attractive on this planet, and a walk along them is an absolute must. The defenses were built between the 8th and the 16th century. The fact that on the land side they are almost 6m thick in places shows their primary purpose as defense against attack from the mountainous hinterland – the Ottoman Empire, for example, lay just a few kilometers inland. The walls were strengthened by myriad towers and bastions, and were never breached – the Republic of Dubrovnik only fell after Napoleon’s armies were invited in on condition that they would respect its independence. Two further fortresses, Revelin to the east and Lovrijenac, on a headland just west of the Old Town, provided additional strategic defense. Revelin is a venue for concerts during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Lovrijenac is one of the most atmospheric venues of the festival, with traditional performances of Hamlet taking place under the stars. Your ticket to the city walls includes entrance to Lovrijenac, and it's well worth visiting. It was for some time used as a prison, and is surrounded by delightful parkland with some of the best views of the city, a great picnic spot. The Minčeta fort, just north of the Pile gate, with its stylized battlements, is one of the symbols of the city, and St John’s fortress houses the Maritime Museum and Aquarium. Apart from the fortresses, each of which has its own story and character, the Pile and Ploče gates are also masterpieces. From these gates, you now access the Old Town over stone bridges ending in drawbridges spanning the moat, now filled with park benches and orange trees. Above the gates you’ll see reliefs of St Blaise, protector of the city.
In the afternoon we will set off for the island of Hvar passing the curved coastal road and visiting a few other Dalmatian cities and areas attracting numerous tourists with their beauties and historic sites, such as Mali Ston with its stone walls which provide an ideal film location for medieval scenes as in the Games of Thrones; or the Neretva river delta with its microclimate enabling optimal growth of various plants, vegetables and fruit. In the evening a ferry will take us to the island of Hvar and we will head to the town of Hvar, yet another of the UNESCO heritage sites on our route.
5.Hvar - Murter
The city of Hvar is a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich cultural and historical heritage, and mundane, tourist present. Its name derives from the Greek name for island and town from 3rd century BC, that stood where today Stari Grad (Hvar became an island’s centre in 13th century) stands - PHAROS.
Hvar Town is estimated to draw around 20,000 people a day in the high season. It’s odd that they can all fit in the small bay town, where 13th-century walls surround beautifully ornamented Gothic palaces and traffic-free marble streets, but fit they do. Visitors wander along the main square, explore the sights on the winding stone streets, swim on the numerous beaches or pop off to the Pakleni Islands to get into their birthday suits, but most of all they party at night.
A decade ago, people had hardly heard of Hvar, now it’s tipped as “Croatia’s St Tropez”, a jet set playground that’s seen A-list celebrities flock to its shores a Prince Harry was papped in 2011 diving, fully-clothed, into a hotel pool, while Beyoncé revealed her baby bump for the first time at a Hvar beach club. In recent times it’s attracted a more camera-shy ilk of celeb (Gwyneth Paltrow and Ed Norton) who moor their yachts nearby and slink in unnoticed. Happy to follow in their footsteps, we wandered in to what looked like a modern-day Garden of Eden: lush fauna, palms, bold blooms, secluded pebbled shores and baby-blue bays.
The morning offers a relaxing choice: sightseeing in the town or exploring the beaches. Later on we will board a ferry to Split, another UNESCO heritage site on our route. It is a modern port co-existing alongside the preserved Roman ruins, their centerpiece being the well-preserved Diocletian's Palace. The vast structure, built by the Roman emperor Diocletian in the late 3rd and early 4th century following his abdication from the throne, proves that the ex-emperor did not waste his retirement days in vain. Our trail will take us to yet another town rich with historical edifices, the town of Trogir with the sacred art proofs dating from deep history. The marble relief of Kairos is kept in the Benediction monastery of Saint Nicholas. Kairos is a divine figure representing the right and opportune moment (4th and 3rd century B.C.). In the monastery there is also a sacred painting of the ‘Mother of God with Child’ from the 8th century. On a small island no more than a few city blocks in length, the beautifully preserved medieval town of Trogir is connected to the mainland by one bridge and tied to the outlying island of Čiovo by a second. The settlement dates back to the 3rd century BC, when it was colonized by the Greeks, who named it Tragurion. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets centers on the main square, where the most notable buildings are located: the 15th-century loggia and clock tower, the Venetian-Gothic Čipko Palace, and the splendid cathedral, with its elegant bell tower.
We will then proceed to Primošten, a typical small Dalmatian town and in the evening we will reach the island Murter and stay and rest in the town Murter.
6.Rest day: Kornati islands
This will be a rest day, but what a day it will be! We will visit the Kornati National Park by a private speed boat.
Enchanted by the beauty of its landscape, the Nobel laureate George Bernard Shaw wrote: 'On the last day of the Creation, God desired to crown His work and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath'.
The Kornati are the densest group of islands in the whole Mediterranean. It is an archipelago located in the area between the towns of Zadar and Sibenik and includes 89 islands, islets and cliffs occupying approximately 238 km of the coastline. Cruising on a ship will allow us to see the magnificent silvery islands rising from the clear blue sea. Although they might give the impression of coldness and appear as wasteland, a closer look will allow us to discover many forms of natural beauty: habitats of rare bird and plant species, as well as specific geological phenomena of vertical cliffs – the so called “crowns” that face the sea.
Given the extraordinary beauty of 152 Kornati islands’ landscape, abundance of their natural bays and the rich sea flora and fauna, 89 of the islands were declared a national park in 1980.
“CNN travel wrote: Top and first of 9 Mediterranean cruises that leave crowds behind – It’s a bit like sailing across the desert floating on the sea.”
“Mostly barren and uninhabited except for a few colorful houses, steep cliffs, cone-shaped summits, karst-limestone rock formations and narrow canals create an eye-catching lunar landscape.”
We will make our stop on one of the islands to enjoy a special lunch and it will be fish, of course.
7.Murter - Velebit –Zagreb
After breakfast, and filled with the Kornati experience of the previous day, we will once again hit the road and stop in Zadar, another Dalmatian beauty with famous historic tales and world’s most beautiful sunsets and the marble pedestrian streets are replete with Roman ruins, medieval churches, palaces, museums, archives, and libraries and its most famous church, the 9th-century St. Donat's Basilica. Or Sea Organ, comprising 35 pipes under the quay stretching along a 230-foot stretch of Zadar's atmospheric Riva promenade, yields a never-ending (and ever free) concert that delights one and all. The organ's sound resembles a whale song, but it is in fact the sea itself. It's hard not to be in awe as the sound of the sea undulates in rhythm and volume with the waves. The curve of the coastline road will take us across the white island of Pag, home of the best ship cheese in the world, and then lead us away from the Adriatic and across the Velebit mountain with its stunning panoramic views on both sides: towards the sea or the inland. We will then head towards Zagreb where we will enjoy a delicious goodbye dinner and have an opportunity to reminiscent, talk and share impressions.
The farewell day: your departure time will determine the way we organize the day. There are several possibilities, Zagreb sightseeing being only one of them.
To round up your stay, we will transfer you to the airport and wish you a nice and pleasant flight home with one final hope: that you had the time of your life with us and that you'll be coming back!
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