More than a third of our travelers have reserved this extension in 2014
At the end of your tour in Croatia, explore more of Zagreb, a city at a crossroads of history, graced with charming street cafes and public gardens. Enjoy a guided tour of the centuries-old Upper Town, where the medieval religious village of Kaptol merged with the secular fortress town of Gradec to form Zagreb in the mid-19th century.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations for 3 nights at the Superior First-Class Westin Zagreb Hotel or similar
- 5 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
- Included tours: Zagreb city tour, Plitvice Lakes
- Exclusive services of a Grand Circle Program Director
- All transfers
This morning, as your main Dubrovnik & Beyond: From the Adriatic to the Alps Land Tour itinerary ends, you’ll transfer from Bled to Zagreb. After checking in to your hotel, your Program Director will give you a brief orientation tour. You have the expert assistance of a Grand Circle Program Director available throughout your extension to help you plan independent touring, dining, and other activities. Enjoy free time for lunch on your own before you begin your Zagreb city tour in the afternoon.
Like many medieval cities, Zagreb includes an Upper and Lower Town. Your included city tour starts in the Lower Town (Donji Grad), where you’ll see many of the city’s civic and historic monuments. Once you reach Upper Town, the tour will focus on Zagreb’s medieval landmarks, such as its stone gates and St. Mark’s Church. Your walk ends at the Square of Ban Jelacic (Trg Bana Jelacic), the city’s hub.
Your afternoon is free to continue independent exploration from this central location. You might visit the Croatian Museum of Natural Sciences, which has a unique exhibit displaying the most extensive remains of a Neanderthal Man ever found on one site. Or delve into regional history at the Croatian Historical Museum and the Museum of Arts and Crafts.
Dinner is on your own this evening.
After breakfast this morning, travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park, where you'll enjoy a walking tour of this beautiful region's lower lakes.
This 114-square-mile national park has at its heart 16 turquoise lakes that are linked by a series of waterfalls and cascades. The natural wonder has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. After lunch in the lake region, you'll return to Zagreb for the night, where dinner is on your own.
Today, explore Zagreb and its environs on your own. You might enjoy lunch on your own at any of several cafes in the square.
Or, join us for an optional excursion to the lovely Baroque city of Varazdin. For centuries, this was the home of several aristocratic families who built magnificent palaces and churches that continue to grace the city today. Varazdin’s centerpiece is its moated castle, entered via a drawbridge, which is now a museum featuring antique furniture from different eras. Begun in the twelfth century, the castle was still used as a seat of local government until 1925, and is set in a park with striking landscaping. After free time to stroll around Varazdin at your own pace, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, included with the cost of your optional tour.
Return to the hotel tonight for a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers.
After breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport for your flight home.