Country Roads of Croatia (Summer 2015)

Inclusions

    An expert Swissserene Tour Director - at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your
    journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a
    foreign land.

    Swissserene motor coach - Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with
    extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.

    Personal radio headsets - gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without
    missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.

    Baggage handling everywhere - with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
    Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for
    foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    Complimentary WiFi - the majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas. You
    will also find that WiFi is generally available on most touring coaches.
    Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each
    representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Day 1

Welcome to Zagreb
Transfers to your hotel depart from Zagreb Airport at 11:30 & 14:00. Relax and settle in or perhaps head for the romantic
Chestnut-lined Stross Promenade for your first views over the city. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and
an opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception and Dinner)

Day 2

Zagreb’s Twin Towns
After a restful night's sleep, join a local expert for sightseeing of the two-tiered capital of Croatia. Drive through the squares of
the Lower Town to the cathedral. Then walk through the medieval Upper Town to see the Stone Gate, the colourful Church of
St. Mark and Lotrš#ak Tower. The afternoon is at leisure. The Ilica is the hub of Zagreb's shopping scene or perhaps take a
trip to the Zarorje region to learn about the local traditions and visit the house of Marshall Tito-(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 3

Head to the Postojna Caves and on to Belle-Epoque Opatija
Detour into Slovenia this morning to visit the world-famous caves of Postojna. Aboard the cave train, descend into a
subterranean world of stunning stalactites, stalagmites, columns and curtains. Be bedazzled by the five metre tall ‘Brilliant'
and come face-to-face with the eyeless, dragon-like human fish. Back in Croatia, your hotel is in the Belle-Époque seaside
resort of Opatija, nestled at the foot of Mount U#ka. Take time to stroll past by the luxurious villas along the tree-lined seafront
promenade.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

Day 4

Discover the Jewels of Istria
In the morning, cross the heart-shaped peninsula to explore the jewels of Istria with a local expert! Visit the charming old town
of Rovinj, rising directly from the sea. Wander through the cobbled streets lined with tempting shops, pastel coloured bars
and cafés. Today's final highlight is a visit to the well preserved first-century arena at Pula, scene of brutal gladiatorial battles
in Roman times.(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 5

On to Pristine Plitvice National Park
Enjoy the scenery of the Adriatic coast this morning - sparkling deep blue seas, studded with rocky islands, before heading
inland to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. Zig-zagging timber footbridges lead you through the crystal blue-green
beauty of Plitvice National Park; a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest.
Visit Korana Canyon to see the 230 foot high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views.(Buffet Breakfast /
Dinner)

Day 6

Along the Dalmatian Coast to Split
The green forests give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters today. Travel through charming fishing
villages and sun-drenched resorts to Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko
Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and
today it forms the nucleus of the old town. A local expert leads you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to
see St. Duje's, (originally Diocletian's Mausoleum), the Temple of Jupiter (today, a baptistery) and the Golden Gate. Venture
underground into the rooms thought to have housed his slaves. This evening, don't miss the opportunity of dinner in a traditional
‘konoba'.(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 7

Island Hopping to Bra#
Your island-hopping adventure begins today! Cross the azure waters of the Adriatic to spend two nights on Bra# - the island
is famous for its marble, olive oil and wine.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

Day 8

Exploring the Island of Bra#
While here, you have plenty of time to enjoy the secluded beaches, old monasteries, tiny fish restaurants and lofty peaks
from where there are magnificent views over the island and bejeweled seas. The pristine white marble from this area has
been used throughout history, from Diocletian's Palace to the White House. Enjoy a fascinating visit to the *Klesarska Skola
(Stonemasons' School) in Pucisca for a unique stone-cutting class and to learn masonry techniques first hand from a master
stonemason. *Guided visit is not available during local school holidays.(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 9

On the Trail of Marco Polo to Korcula
From one slice of sea-washed heaven to another, continue to Korcula, an island of exceptional grace, history and culture.
Explore Korcula Town with its ramparts and well known legends. Your walking tour with a local expert takes you to the
Cathedral, the town museum and the Bishop's Palace. The locals also claim Marco Polo was born here and you see his ruined
house next. In the afternoon, stop amid the age-old vines to see how wine is produced and enjoy a taste.(Buffet Breakfast /
Dinner)

Day 10

Free time in Korcula
Today is at leisure to enjoy the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces of this charming medieval town.
Look out for the spirited 15th century Moreska sword dance, which was once performed all over the Mediterranean but is now
only found in Korcula.(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 11

To Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic
Cross over to the beautiful southern slopes of the Peljesac Peninsula and continue to the walled town of Dubrovnik - ‘paradise
on earth' according to George Bernard Shaw! During your exceptional three night stay, join a local expert to explore the stone
paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the old town. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, as well as the
Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. As the sun sets, maybe take a relaxing cruise on the harbour.(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 12

Optional Montenegro Experience
This morning, there is an optional visit to Montenegro. Perhaps take an optional experience to Montenegro, situated on the
only fjord on the Adriatic coast. Capture forever on film one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the
compelling history of this area. Then to the picturesque town of Budva where there is free time for lunch. Return to Dubrovnik
for an evening at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 13

Dubrovnik at Leisure
A day at leisure in this ‘pearl of the Adriatic'. Relax by the pool, shop in the markets or stroll with friends along the ancient
city walls. At this evening's Celebration Dinner, loosened in spirit and bonded by magical miles, there's a hubbub of clinking
glasses, laughter and conversation. The food is fragrant and fresh, the setting out of this world and the memories unforgettable.
(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

Day 14

Dubrovnik Airport
Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 09:00 & 11:30.(Buffet Breakfast)