Dubrovnik, Mostar, Plitvice, Postojna, Split and Ljubljana

Voyage en Liberté Autotour en Croatie

Dubrovnik, Mostar, Plitvice, Postojna, Split and Ljubljana

A country of 698 islands, Croatia is known for its seascapes and landscapes. If you would like to go there, we suggest several programs to allow you to visit and discover some of the most beautiful sites such as Dubrovnik, Plitvice, Zagreb, Zadar & Split at your own pace. Get a taste of the neighboring Balkan countries such as Bosnia & Slovenia. This is an opportunity to escape and enjoy the magnificent scenery by car.
This itinerary can be adjusted to your personnel needs and preferences.

Highlights

  • Independent tour

  • Visit 3 countries

  • Walk the city walls of Dubrovnik 

  • Mostar’s famous bridge

  • Hike the exquisitely scenic Plitvice 

  • Zagreb the lively, cultural and artistic city

  • Ljubljana, a hidden enchanting gem

  • Zadar’s peculiar Sea Organ

  • The old town of Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Sample regional wines and typical croatian cuisine

Included

Flights

Car rental

Accommodation

All breakfasts

Travel Information

Code: CAE1

Journey intensity

Price

9 days from xxxx$

Departure from Montreal to Dubrovnik.

Arrival to Dubrovnik airport and pick up your rental car.
 
Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. Today it is the feather in the touristic cap of Croatia, an elite destination and one of the most beautiful cities on the Mediterranean. The old city is surrounded by medieval ramparts which have been preserved in their original form and which are an important attraction open to visitors. The entire city is a living monument and a treasure trove of history.
 
Start your visit in Stradum (also called Placa), the liveliest place in the city where tourists and locals mingle. Discover the town through its gates and behind the walls, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. On the way you will pass Bokar Tower, the Lovrijenac Fortress and the Minceta Tower where the hit series Game of Thrones was filmed. Don’t miss the Dubrovnik Cathedral and its many 13thcentury treasures like the relics of Saint Blaise, the city’s patron saint. Finally, take a walk around Loggia Square.
 
There are many typical dishes in Croatia such as smoked ham, sheep’s cheese and Octopus salad. Strukli with cheese and black risotto with cuttlefish ink and stuffed peppers are just a few of the many offerings.
 
Dubrovnik’s food scene offers a variety of local dishes as well as excellent regional wines such as Pantarul. Try Kopun as well; besides their signature kopun, we recommend the sporki makaruli, a pasta dish served with a beef sauce flavored with cinnamon, red wine and bay leaves.
 
Main attractions in Dubrovnik: Stradun, Bokar Tower, Lovrijenac Fortress, Minceta Tower
 
Overnight in Dubrovnik
Leave Dubrovnik and head north towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, passing through Neum, then through the delta of the Neretva River before arriving in Metkovic. After crossing the border, continue toward Pocitelj, a typical small village founded by a colony of artists. Here you can enjoy the incredible view from the ruins of the old fort which overlooks the old stone houses as well as the Hadzi-Alija Mosque.
 
A village rich in history with a strong Ottoman influence, Pocitelj is on UNESCO’s list of the 100 most endangered cultural heritage sites. As a result, the village benefits from subsidies to preserve its unique heritage.
 
Continue your route, this time towards Mostar, one of the most important cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, also under the protection of UNESCO principally due to its ancient bridge. Take some time to discover the market on either side of the bridge, where you will find many interesting local products.
 
In the evening, take time to taste some good typical dishes. Choose between Bosanski Ionac (meat stew with vegetables) and Cevapi (a dish made with minced lamb and beef). Or enjoy a good Burek, a pljeskavika (a grilled minced meat dish), Dolma or Moussaka at Hindin Han, which offers excellent quality typical dishes. The Restoran Harmonija is a good second choice since, in addition to delicious food, it has a breathtaking view.
Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Mostar
The rest of the program will take you back to Croatia, to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, also protected by UNESCO. This is a magical place encompassing 16 lakes interconnected by waterfalls. The flora has 1,267 plant species including 22 that are endangered and hence protected by the Nature Preservation Law of the Republic of Croatia. The fauna consists of 157 species of birds and 50 species of mammals. After a tour, head to Zagreb, the Croatian capital.
 
Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Zagreb

Enjoy a morning stroll through the charming, colorful streets and discover Zagreb’s main tourist attractions like the pretty churches of S t. Mark’s, St. Catherine’s and the Zagreb Cathedral. Spend some time to quickly visit the Croatian Parliament and the Government Palace.

When it is time to eat, meat lovers will have a feast in Zagreb as they did in Bosnia. The best- known specialty is roast turkey (preferably from Zagorje) with mlinci, shredded pasta softened with boiling water and covered in the sauce of the roast. We recommend the Lari & Penati, loved by locals for its minimalist but effective approach to cuisine.

Next, head to Slovenia and its capital, Ljubljana and visit some of its most beautiful sites. Start with the castle and the Zmajski Most (dragon bridge) before going to the central market. Try to pass by Presernov Trg Square and its impressive Franciscan church.

As the day draws to a close, it is time to find a place to dine. Slovenian ham, Cevapicci (skinless barbecued sausage served with cabbage), Orechova Potica (walnut cake) or Gibanista de Prekmurje (a kind of mille-feuille with fresh cheese, nuts and apples) are just a few of the dishes to try. The Na Gradu restaurant is a must, but you can also consider Spajza, an intimate establishment that offers excellent Slovenian wines.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Ljubljana 

On the way to Zadar make a stop in Postojna and visit one of the largest (24 kilometers long) caves in the world, discovered 200 years ago and visited by more than 40 million people to date. Be careful to bring something warm to wear as the temperature is constantly about 10 degrees celsius.

Continue to Zadar and discover its many offerings. The city’s gates, built in the Venetian era, mark the entrance to the old town. A little further in the city center is the Church of St. Donatien. Not far from here is the Roman forum and its temple of Jupiter, proof of the Roman influence of that time.

Enjoy a moment of relaxation by the Adriatic Sea on the Marine Organ, a unique musical instrument by the architect Nikola Basic. Depending on the rhythm of the waves washing up on the coast, this “organ” makes somewhat peculiar sounds. This is a soothing place, ideal for admiring the sea, reading or sunbathing. Finally, stroll through the central market before enjoying the sunset.

For a good meal, head to the Tinel or the Pet Bunara, which uses natural, local products that will delight your taste buds. For Italian cuisine lovers, the Mama Mia will fulfill your desires, although you should discover the local cuisine, particularly rich in meat dishes.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Zadar 

In the morning leave Zadar and drive south toward Split, making stops in the cities of Sibenik and Trogir. All these cities, including Split, are under the protection of UNESCO because they are full of historical and cultural sites.

Split is a historic city, built 1,700 years ago and preserved by the locals since then to bring its history to life. Take a walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace, the most important and imposing monument of the city and a must-see example of the architecture of the era. This “imperial palace” is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can also visit the Cathedral of St. Dominus and then head to the Temple of Jupiter, where locals prayed and sent offerings to the gods. Take in the fish market in the evening before hitting the road to Dubrovnik.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Dubrovnik 

The last day in Dubrovnik can be devoted to relaxing on some of the beaches around such as Betina, Copacabana, Uvala Lapad, Sulic or Banje, all superb places where you can enjoy warm blue waters and fine sand. What a way to conclude your stay in Croatia!

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Dubrovnik

Drop off your rental car at Dubrovnik airport. Return flight to Montreal.

Meals: Breakfast

DATES

Daily departures

INCLUSIONS

This trip includes:

  • Return flights from Montreal to Dubrovnik

  • 7 nights in double occupancy in a standard room, hotels according to the chosen category

  • 7 breakfasts

  • 8 days car rental category ‘CDMR’ including unlimited mileage, CDW & TP insurances, local taxes

  • Airport taxes

This trip does not include:

  • Any activities, tours or entrance fees to monuments

  • Car rental’s compulsory insurance and other additional services such as deductible insurance, rental of a GPS, second driver, a full tank is required when the vehicle is returned etc.

  • Senior driver fee of 6.25 Euros per day (over 65 years of age)

  • Parking, tolls, fuel & fines

  • Items of personal nature such as mini-bar, safety-box, wi-fi etc.

  • Tips and baggage handling at airports/hotels

  • Croatia Tourist tax

  • All types of travel or personal insurance

  • PCR tests 

  • Anything not stated explicitly in the inclusions

  • Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents: 3.50$ per 1000$

Featured Hotels

Package in standard hotels (or similar)

Dubrovnik Grand Hotel Park 4*
Mostar City 4*
Zagreb International 4*
Ljubljana Austria Trend 4*
Zadar Kolovare 4*

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