Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
Visit 9 cultural landmarks of Eastern Europe in just 11 days, and experience true beauty of the land, both natural and man made.
Here at World and Pleasure, our goal is to bring luxury to all our guests. We always strive towards creating something truly unique for you, something that was never did in the past and will never be repeated in the future.
After years of experience, with intimate knowledge of Croatia and the neighboring countries, and a profound knowledge of what luxury truly is, we are able to select everything from the destination, to the restaurants, wines, museums and theater plays. This is how we do our itineraries – yet they are but blueprints for the final product.
The true strength for any tailor made things is always the one who will use it – in this instance you – the guest. We want to be in harmony with your individual tastes, likes, dislikes and needs rather than trends or accepted standards. You input is the most pivotal element in our construction, a platform that will shape all the outcomes, the idea that will guide us through all the possible choices. The final product can only be after consulting with you, one on one, for as long as you are completely satisfied with your itinerary.
Out tours are never made just to fit you – they are built for you, from scratch. We will not be satisfied unless your experience is nothing less than unforgettable.
In other words, this is our proposal of luxury tailor made journey – the itinerary, duration of visits and etc. can be arranged/changed according to your wishes.
The program of this tour is in accordance of our highest experience, the accommodation in hotels of upper category and selected restaurants/wineries. You can ask us to create for you, your own private, tailor made tour in accordance to your wishes.
NOTE: You will have a free late afternoon every day of the tour.
Day 1 – Zagreb
Upon landing, you will be greeted by your guide and driver. This day entirely depends on the time of your flight – if the flight arrives earlier in the day, there is more time for sightseeing and other activities. If the plane lands late in the day, activities will have to be moved to the next day. Anyway, the first stop is our hotel, the Esplanade Hotel. Enjoy the view of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital and biggest city.
Take your time to freshen up and rest a bit. If there is time, we will take a stroll down Zagreb, lasting for an hour or two. Zagreb truly is a modern European capital in the vein of Vienna and Budapest; you can easily find well-maintained parks, superb late 19th century houses, spacious squares and skyscrapers rising as gracefully as Greek temples, visible long before a traveler reaches them. You will visit and learn more about landmarks like Ban Jelaćić square, Zrinjevac, St. Mark’s church, Cathedral of the Assumptions….
Dinner will be served to your pleasure, wherever you want it. Of course you can consult yourself with the guide, who is a connoisseur of all things related food in Croatia, including the restaurants of Zagreb. Our recommendations are Otto and Frank restaurant in the old part of town, or restaurant Okrugnjak, well known for their specialties, delicatessen and food from the nearby region of Zagorje.
Day 2 – Skocjan caves, Slovenija
After breakfast and hotel checkout at 8:30 am, the tour will continue towards Slovenia. There are many breath-taking landscapes to enjoy on the way there, so grab your cameras and don’t miss anything!
After about two hours of driving (at roughly 11 am), we arrive at our destination – Škocjan caves. International scientific circles have acknowledged the importance of the caves as one of the natural treasures of planet Earth. The wonderful carst mazes truly resemble something out of a fairy tale, in same measure beautifully delicate, like lace and incredibly robust, like any other stone construction. The guided tour begins at the Visitors Centre taking you to the man-made passageway in the Globocak Collapse Doline and continues through the Silent Cave, a fossil passage filled with numerous dripstone formations. Exiting the Cave, you will be enthralled by the view of the underground canyon of the Reka River that you cross on the Cerkvenik Bridge, suspended nearly fifty meters above the riverbed.
We return to Croatia, but this time we go towards the northern Adriatic coast – to the Istrian peninsula. We will arrive in Poreč and settle into the Dijamant Valmar hotel. As per your wishes, a dinner of local specialties can be arranged. Our recommendation is Konoba Aba and restaurant San Mauro. Do try their local wines – malvazija and teran being the best known, but there are many more to discover and taste.
Day 3 – Porec, Istria
After breakfast, we continue with our World heritage tour – by visiting Euphrasian Basilica. The episcopal complex, including the basilica, a sacristy, a baptistery and the bell tower of the nearby archbishop’s palace, is one of the best examples of early Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean region. We will also take a stroll through Poreč, and learn more about landmarks like the Round Tower, Decumanus Street, Pentagonal Tower, Romaneqsue House…
In the afternoon, we take a tour of the Istrian peninsula, visiting interesting places on the way, most notably Motovun, a medieval town located on top of a hill.
As we are in the vicinity of Motovun, the land of the truffles we have a special offer for those who want to experience a small and pleasurable gastro adventure – truffle hunting! Accompanied by a guide and a dog, you will find truffles that will later be made into delicious specialties for you to enjoy.
For all lovers of wine, we was also make stops to several wineries of the beaten track – most notably the Kabola winery, located in a small village called Momnjan, in an area famous for wine growing and with centuries of experience in wine making.
We will return to Poreč late in the afternoon.
Day 4 – Plitvice National Park
After breakfast at about 8:30 am, we will check out of the hotel and drive towards Plitvice National Park.
The oldest and best known National Park in Croatia (also a World Heritage Site), it’s a stunning combination of endless lakes and wild, untamed waterfalls. It is one of the best examples of the beautiful works of art the water makes while trying to pave its way from the highest mountain peaks to the sea. We will start our Plitvice tour by walking ancient woodlands led by our experienced guide. The path takes us first across Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes),a system of 12 lakes separated by travertine barriers. Then it’s time for a peaceful boat ride towards the second area called Donja Jezera (Lower Lakes), placed in a limestone canyon. The barriers, sills and other forms created in these lakes, karst rivers and streams are still an ongoing process and change every year, so his is a place you will hopefully visit again the future.
After the national park tour, we check into the Jezero hotel. Again, a special dinner can be arranged for you, so you can taste all the local delicacies and wines. We recommend Lička kuća restaurant, where they make dishes based strictly on traditional recipes.
Day 5 – Sibenik
After breakfast, we check will out of the hotel at 8:30 am and drive for about two hours towards our next destination, Šibenik.
Šibenik, one of the urban beauties of the Dalmatian coast, is a town where stone-cutters and builders fought time by building impressive churches and houses. Its stone streets seem like bits of eternity, immune to time itself, unchanged for centuries. Šibenik is surrounded by several medieval fortresses that have later been incorporated into the city landscape and boasts one of the most lustrous cathedrals in the world – the masterfully made St. James Cathedral (also a World Heritage Site). It is also full of lush indoor gardens, quiet, solemn churches and impressive edifices (Town Hall, Medieval Mediterranean Garden, St. Barbara Church, St. Francis Monastery, Church of John the Baptist…). Soak up the atmosphere by taking a leisurely walk with our guide, who will explain all you need to know about the interesting history of these lands.
As per your wishes, we can arrange dinner. We recommend the Pellegrini restaurant, declared one of the top 10 restaurants in Croatia by a group of esteemed gastro experts. The restaurants’ crowning glory is definitely their wide array of delicious seafood dishes.
In the afternoon, we will drive towards Split, and check into hotel Park.
Day 6 – Split
After breakfast, at 8:30 am, it’s time to tour Split, a city that grew from a small Roman town (surrounding a medium sized palace) to the second biggest city in Croatia. The palace, build by the Emperor Diocletian 1700 years ago, was the starting point that drew crowds from the Dalmatian region to inhabit Split and today draws an even bigger tourist crowd as a World Heritage Site.
Split is truly a cross section of every artistic and architectural style of the last 700 years (with a great number of remains dating from the Antique period). We will walk down the spacious basements of Diocletian’s Palace, visit St. Duje’s cathedral, which was originally the tomb of Diocletian (and transformer into a church later), the roman Peristil, Prokurative and many other places. You will note that Split is one of the few museum cities in the world – people still live inside the Diocletian’s palace, its streets bustling with life at every corner.
As per your wishes, we can arrange dinner. The gastronomic scene of Split has bloomed considerably over the past few years, and there are a great number of top notch restaurants to choose from. Our recommendations are Zrno soli, Tinel and Grašo.
When in Split, the best way to finish your day at a real Dalmatian tavern, called konoba, and with a bit of music and laughter and some good wine.
Day 7 – Trogir
After breakfast, at about 8:30, we continue will our tour.
It’s time to visit the “stone beauty” of the Adriatic, Trogir, also a World Heritage Site. Petite but compact and superbly built, without a wasted block of stone, Torgir is to small towns what rose is to flowers – an imperative all other tried to follow, but none managed to surpass the original. We will visit the St. Lawrence Cathedral, St. Michael’s Bell Tower, the Camerlengo tower and the Duke’s Palace among others. If you wish it so, we can arrange lunch in Trogir – our recommendations are Barba restaurant for food and the Bedalov winery for wine tasting.
On the return back to Split, we will visit Salona, which was the major city in the region about 1800 years ago. Built by the principles of a typical Roman town, its Via Cardo and Via Decumanud (two main streets in the city, Cardo stretched from north to south, and Decumanus stretched from east to west) are still visible today, along with remains from both the antic and medieval times. We will see Manastirine, claimed to be one of the first Christian Cemeteries dating from around 300 AD, Porta Cesarea, the town gates, and a well preserved amphitheater. Afterwards, we will return to Split.
Day 8 – Hvar
We finally go out to sea. After breakfast, we will board the ferry to Hvar at 8:30 am.
The ferry drive to Hvar is always an experience not easily forgotten – you can feel, first hand, peace upon the sea, the pleasures of sunlight, almost taste the sailing wind and watch the sea glittering before your eyes like rippling glass.
We arrive in Stari Grad, take a short walk through town, and from there take a stroll to see another World Heritage Site, Stari Grad Plain – an agricultural landscape that was set up by the ancient Greek colonists in the 4th century BC, and remains in use today. Its original outline has been preserved to this day, due to the careful maintenance of the stone walls over 24 centuries. Afterwards, we depart for Hvar town, a stunning Mediterranean small town, full of such architectural treasures as would wake up the poet in every man who visits it. We will visit Hvar Fortress, Franciscan monastery, St. Stephen’s cathedral, The Town Loggia…
If you wish to see more of Hvar, we can arrange a detour to Jelsa, a small, charming city not far from Hvar. There we will visit the Tomic winery. The Tomic range of the Basijana wine company is among the best in the country, with a wide variety on offer, as the owner has expanded the business and enhanced its quality with his deep viticultural knowledge, application of modern methods, and excellent marketing and branding.
Late In the afternoon, we drive back to Stari Grad and take the ferry back to Split.
Day 9 – Mostar
Breakfast is at about 8:30 am, and afterwards we will depart for Mostar, in the neighbouring country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar, a city of rich and complex history, is the highlight of the region we will visit.
Mostar’ old town is a labyrinth of narrows streets paved with stone, full of smells and sounds that hint of loveliness and elder magic. It’s one of the rare places in Europe where modern, clean style and ancient oriental mysticism blend into an unusual but powerful harmony. We will visit the Old Bridge and the area that surrounds it, old Bazar Kujundziluk, Turkish house, Koskin Mehmed Pasha’s mosque…
If you wish it, we can arrange lunch in Mostar. There are plenty of small restaurants to choose from, All of them serve the local delicacy – čevapćići! Do enjoy this flippant, delicious meat dish, so well known in the Balkans. In the late afternoon, we will start the drive towards Dubrovnik. Do not miss the opportunity to behold this magnificent city at night, lying under a myriad of stars, glowing like a jewel next to the sea’s black horizon.
After we arrive in Dubrovnik, we will make the check in the hotel Bellevue.
Day 10 – Dubrovnik
Breakfast is at 8:30 am. After breakfast, it’s time for sightseeing of Dubrovnik, one of the most famous touristic destinations in the world and another World Heritage Site.
Dubrovnik, known as the pearl of the Adriatic, is an alluring, seductive city, with its stone courts, luxurious but tasteful palaces, elegant squares, a spacious waterfront and impressive city walls. It has an atmosphere that is rather in equal measures relaxed Mediterranean and elegant, majestic Byzantine. On your tour, you will see eternal landmarks like the mentioned City walls, Old Town, Stradun square, Minčeta Fortress…
If you wish, we can arrange dinner in one of the premier restaurants. Our gastronomic recommendation in Dubrovnik is wine bar Matusko, and we can also take a mini tour of several smaller wineries.
Day 11 – The last day
After breakfast at about 8:30, the driver will take you to the airport or you can decide to stay in Dubrovnik if you have any further plans in the vicinity.
PICK UP LOCATION: Airport Zagreb (or other location : Venice, Vienna, Budapest… You just have to tell us in advance what city)
DROP OFF LOCATION: Airport Dubrovnik (or other location)
DURATION : 11 days , 10 nights
PRICE : from 2141 €
ADDITIONAL INFO :
Confirmation will be within 72 hours of booking, depends on availability
The durations of transfers/guided visits are approximated
We can also arrange a travel companion/guide, which can be with your group during the whole journey
This tour is planned for max 11 people/passengers
VOUCHER INFO : paper or electronic
- 11 days – 10 nights in 4*/5* hotels (Bed & Breakfast)
- Our agent at disposal for any assistance, help or information
- Full time services of a professional English (or other language) speaking driver
- Licensed local guides
- Transfers, pick-up and drop-off by luxury c ar/van/minibus
- Ferry tickets: Split-Hvar-Split
- Entrance fees: Hvar (Cathedral, Fortress, Benedictine monastery), Split(Diocletians cellars), Dubrovnik (Cathedral,Franciscan monastery), Trogir (Cathedral), Plitvice NP, Motovun(entrance)
- Organization and VAT
- Food and drinks
- Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance (can be arranged by us for passengers) and personal expenses