Relax at some of the Croatian capital’s many street cafes, stroll the public gardens, and enjoy a guided tour of the centuries-old Upper Town, where the medieval religious village of Kaptol merged with the secular fortress town Gradec to form Zagreb in the mid-19th century.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations: for 4 nights in Zagreb at the Superior First-Class Best Western Astoria Hotel or the First-Class Palace Hotel
- 4 meals: 4 breakfasts
- Included tour: Zagreb
- Exclusive service of a Grand Circle Program Director
- All transfers
- Now included for 2015:
- Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on your extension and all optional tours
After your Cruising the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, enjoy breakfast. Then, join your Hospitality Desk Representative for a brief orientation walk through the area around your hotel, followed by a Zagreb city tour. You have the expert assistance of Grand Circle’s Hospitality Desk available throughout your extension to help you plan independent touring, dining, and other activities. 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.
The square where your tour ends offers many cafes to choose from for lunch on your own. Your afternoon is then free to continue independent exploration from this central location.
Dinner is on your own this evening.
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 castle, surrounded by a moat and entered via 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. The cost of this optional tour includes lunch.
You are free to enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Zagreb, perhaps to 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.
Another free day in Zagreb presents myriad opportunities for individual discovery. Perhaps you'll enjoy a stroll through Mirogoj cemetery. This unusually attractive locale is home to many historic figures throughout Croatian history. Individual graves marked with a hammer and sickle, crescents, crosses, and Jewish stars speak to the cosmopolitan nature of what is considered one of the most beautiful cemetery parks in all of Europe.
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your flight back home.