12th – 19th October 2019

2 Nights in Zadar City Hotel B & Breakfast

5 Nights in Opatija 3 Star Hotel Half Board*

4 Guided Walks including the Istrian Rivera, Lake Bled and the Plitvice Lakes National park

All for only £699*

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Interested in a Club/Organisation Tour? For a quote email: dianecarter@theatlas-discovery.com

     

 

 

 

 

                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

Oh this tour is so exciting as I have been desperate to visit Croatia for many years, with so many tails of its beauty and of course the history of its division and independence during the Balkans War that led to the breakdown of the former Yugoslavia.

Day 1 Arrival The tour starts in Zadar, an easily accessible airport from the UK boasting an historic old town, brimming with cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants. The town is full of Roman ruins, medieval churches and quality museums. Plus I’m sure you’ll want to visit two of its unique attractions; the sound and light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation.

It’s a great starting point for our tour and we’ll enjoy some sightseeing and a delightful meal out taking in some delicious Croatian cuisine..Peka is a traditional casserole and of course Osjecko; the oldest beer in Croatia and prossek, sweet dessert wine. Are your taste buds tickling?

Day 2 The following morning we set off to our hotel in Opatija, a coastal city with lots more history and culture to taste as part of your ‘true journey’. This area was recommended by our Croatian Guide; Dean as the perfect area, being surrounded by the sea on one side and the lush plant life of nearby Ucka Mountain on the other. It has a delightful old fashioned promenade visited by many rich and famous which gives it’s name to the Opatija Riviera.. We’ll enjoy lunch with an afternoon wander around the city taking in the churches, fountains and statues plus a stroll along the promenade. Swim if you dare!

Day 3 Opatija – Volosko Coastal walk 12 – 15 kms apx

This delightful walks takes us along the sea pathway called the Lungo Mare with a beautiful view of Kvarner bay. Leaving the town we’ll pass by glitzy hotels, yacht ports, quaint cafes and restaurants then wander through secluded beaches enjoying the sound and smell of the waves and the fresh air of the Adriatic sea. At the north end we reach Volosko, a small medieval fishing village with winding narrow streets, art galleries and small tiny front café’s. Volosko is quiet and calm with a very genuine Croatian non touristic atmosphere. Here you’ll see the locals playing cards and the fishermen pulling their boats into the harbour.

Day 4 Istra tour with key highlights; the famous amphitheatre at Pula and a special haunt of Casonova. Sightseeing with 3 hours walking and coach ride

Today we set off to the Istrian Riviera; many say is very similar to Italy but less expensive. I’m not sure what the Croatians think about this either as they compare the amphitheatre the wine and the fact that many people speak Italian! We’ll be heading off to Rovinij and then Pula with entrance into the amphitheatre. En route we’ll enjoying a hike around Vrsar; the famous Italian adventurer and seducer Giacomo Casanova visited Vrsar twice – in 1743 and 1744 – and he wrote about those visits in his memoirs. A day of history, culture and romance

Day 5 Hiking around Lake Bled in Slovenia

The Telegraph claims Lake Bled is one of 25 places in Europe you must see in your life time. Steve Fallon, their travel expert, says: “Mild thermal springs warm the water of this impossibly beautiful cobalt-blue lake to 26°C, but what makes it even more special is the tiny, tear-shaped island toward the western side of the lake. On it you can visit a small museum and the lovely Church of the Assumption with some 14th-century fresco fragments and a gold baroque altar. If you need a special favour, ring the ‘wishing bell’ in the 15th-century church belfry and it will be granted. For us walking visitors we’ll enjoy the panoramic views of some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke. We’ll enjoy fabulous walking with a boat ride and visit to the church on the island.

Day 6 Plitvice Lakes National park. Beautiful lakes and Waterfalls

Walk through the oldest and largest national park in Croatia with an area full of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. The forests in the park are home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species apparently but we’ll be safe with our guide. As part of the hiking tour we’ll enjoy a trip on an electric boat and a pan-orama train.

Day 7 Return to Zadar for lunch and time for sightseeing.

We’ll meet to enjoy a farewell dinner with a visit to the seafront Sea Organ and Sun Salutation – two spec-tacular artistic installations by architect Nikola Basic in 2005.

Day 8 Departure to the airport

Total price £699 Including:-

  •  Overnight hotel accommodation first and last night in Zadar with breakfast in twin room
  •  *3* Hotel with Breakfast and Dinner in Opitija in twin room
  •  Four guided walks with transport if required
  •  Airport Transfer with most flights
  •  Transfer to and from Zadar to Opijita
  •  Full hosting by myself; you'll never be alone unless of course you want some time to yourself

Special Highlights:

·         Entrance into the Pula Amphitheatre

·         Cruise on Lake Bled and entrance to the 14th century church

·         Trip on an electric boat and panorama train in the Plitvice Lakes National Park

 

Not Included:

·         Lunch or drinks

·         Dinner on first and last night in Zadar in local restaurant

·         Flights

·         Insurance

·         *Single supplement is £160 per person

Please note a confidential booking form and non-refundable deposit of £100 is required at the time of booking. It is essential to secure suited travel insurance for the walking tour at the time of booking

Interested? email me on dianecarter@theatlas-discovery.com or use the Contact button. Thanks Di Always here and happy to help

 

                                                         

 

 

 

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