Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
The cobalt blue Adriatic serves as your backdrop as you journey along the Croatian coast in search of historical gems. Roam Dubrovnik’s celebrated old town and wander inside a Roman fortress in Split before cooling off at the world-famous Plitvice National Park.
7 night Dubrovnik Extension staying at the Grand Hotel Park
3 night Cavtat Extension staying at the Hotel Epidaurus
Fly to Dubrovnik and on arrival relax with a convenient transfer to your hotel. If time allows, get a taster of walled Dubrovnik Old Town or relax at your hotel ready for your explorations tomorrow. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, set off on a guided morning sightseeing tour of UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik Old Town, sometimes referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. Admire the green-shuttered stone townhouses, delve into the cobbled lanes and hidden squares, and stretch your legs along the beautiful Stradun - the old city's central, marble-paved street. Visit the Rector's Palace and Franciscan Monastery, with its historic Pharmacy, and admire Dubrovnik Cathedral, an impress Baroque basilica with origins dating to the days of Richard the Lionheart. Afterward, hop inside your air-conditioned coach and soak up the epic scenery of the Adriatic Coast and Neretva River delta on an afternoon drive to Split, where you stay overnight.
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of history-steeped Split, Croatia's second-largest city. Explore the wonderful UNESCO-listed gem that is the Roman Palace of Diocletian: meandering through the maze-like lanes and squares of this former Roman fortress, imperial residence and walled town built between the 3rd and 4th centuries. Marvel at the Peristyle, the palace's central courtyard, see the Cathedral, and take in the stunning remains of the Temple of Jupiter as your guide unravels the stories behind the palace-combined-town and Diocletian, the Roman Emperor who commissioned its construction. Having explored here, rejoin your coach and travel to Trogir, a picture-perfect medieval harbor town. Admire the imposing St Lawrence Cathedral before travelling to Zadar, a pretty coastal city crammed onto a small Adriatic peninsula, for an overnight stay.
This morning brings a fascinating guided tour of Zadar, best known for its Roman and Venetian ruins, including several Venetian town gates. Walk around the crumbled walls, columns and streets of the Roman Forum, and see its famous Pillar of Shame, where medieval wrongdoers were pilloried, and neighboring, circular St Donatus Church, home to two columns from the forum. This afternoon, depart for Croatia's capital, Zagreb for a one-night stay.
Today, start with a morning city tour of Zagreb, where handsome 18th and 19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture meshes with communist-era monoliths, medieval landmarks and a vibrant culture. With your guide, explore the charming, fortified Upper Town to see splendid, twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral, St Mark's Church with its colourfully tiled roof, the handsome Croatian National Theatre, the University and other highlights. Later, relax on an afternoon drive south to Plitvice, home to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park.
After breakfast, grab your camera for a full day of exploring in the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site that is Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park. Considered one of Europe's natural jewels, this densely forested park is famed for its 16 terraced, luminous-blue lakes linked by rushing waterfalls and dotted with natural caves. Enjoy a guided tour and free time to explore, perhaps looking out for the rich array of wildlife and bird species that make this idyllic place home. Afterward, return to your hotel near the park for dinner and overnight. NOTE: Sturdy walking shoes are required as this excursion incurs extended periods of walking across uneven surfaces.
Leave Plitvice for Dubrovnik this morning and admire the views. On arrival in Dubrovnik, get a little free time and dinner at your hotel this evening
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
We suggest the tour starts in Dubrovnik and ends in Zagreb airport to save the whole day journey back to pick up the flight (alternate weeks do the reverse tour)
I have used Cosmos as a tour operator before and can therefore feel confident in comparing my recent tour with previous experiences. On arrival at the airport I was surprised to see a taxi driver with my name card. I was a bit apprehensive because the Cosmos instructions had clearly stated to go to the Cosmos courier (there was someone there). Having got in the taxi the driver was very polite and informative. Having then joined the tour in the evening, I was a bit confused as the tour had evidently been adopted by another tour group which consisted of quite a number of German tourists. This meant that the tour guide (who was very good) had to switch between two languages. This was something I hadn't envisaged, and obviously caused me to concentrate on paying attention to the English narration but not the German one. Separate local tour guides were organised which was a good idea, but it would have been beneficial to me to have been fore warned of these situations beforehand. In my previous Cosmos tours, when there had been any changes to the make up of the tour I was informed.
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