Best of Adriatic Tour itinerary
If you want to spend a few days driving along the cristal blue Adriatic sea while exploring different cities and croatian cultural heritage, Adriatic dream is the tour for you.
Note that you can start this tour from Venice, Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb…
Day 1 – Zagreb
If you decide on Zagreb, our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. After a short break we will take you to a short walk around the city center. Zagreb is a vibrant city where the people like, or better to say love, to spend their time on the city streets enjoying their coffee or beer. With this walk you will cover all the well known sights of the city – main square, Zrinjevac park, Upper city with the St Mark’s church, Stone gate, Tkalčićeva street, Lotrščak tower…
Day 2 – Istria Tour
In the next two days are dedicated to getting to know Istria and the northern Adriatic. Istria is a peninsula and a mixture of Croatian and Italian culture and it’s visible on every stop. The inland is all about green hills and fortresses while the coastline is all about Roman heritage and the blue clean Adriatic loving their shores.
On the first day you will visit Hum, the smallest town in the world known for incredible homemade products, biska – the traditional rakija and truffle products. You will also hear all about glagoljica – the unique Croatian scripture.
You will also visit Poreč, known for the Euphrasian basilica listed as UNESCO heritage. The basilica dates back to the 6th century but with mosaics dating back to the 3rd century as well.
Last stop of the 2nd day is Rovinj – the pearl of Adriatic. This lovely city with colored facades and narrow streets will make you love it. If you are into photography and unique souvenirs and handcrafts this is a place to be.
Day 3 – Brijuni – Pula – Opatija
Brijuni islands national park – 14 islands and rocks coverning 3.395,00 ha. Once, 10 000 years ago, the islands were part of the Istrian mainland and now they are divided with a channel only 12m deep. A tour on the islands will show you the richness of nature and uniqueness of the park.
From Briuni islands you will continue to Pula to see the Roman monuments of the city. The city of Pula is known for Arena, the most preserved roman amphitheater, 6th by it’s size in the world. The old legends said that fairies built this city but didn’t have time to finish it.
Opatija is next – the city known for beautiful villas and gardens and a boardwalk right next to the sea where you can walk for hours. People say that the sole walk heals people – the air and the oils from the local plants make a mix that helps with respiratory diseases. Take a walk of health and just enjoy.
Day 4 – Opatija – Zadar
From Opatija to Zadar you will drive along the Croatian coast. There are many interesting little cities along the way that are part of the Croatian history. You can make stops along the way. If you like, you can also visit Paklenica national park, one of the most popular climbing locations in Europe.
Half an hour from Paklenica is Zadar. An evening walk would be the perfect scenario to get to know the city. Even Hitchcock admired the sunset in Zadar so be sure not to miss it because he said it’s the most beautiful one he saw. Besides the memorable sunset, you will see unique sights such as the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the sun.
Day 5 – Zadar – Krka River national park – Šibenik – Split
Today you have another tour lined up. You will visit the island of Krk. It is known as the island of glagoljica letters and also of another UNESCO theme – art of dry stone walling, knowledge and techniques.
Another day for brining you closer to the nature. Krka waterfalls are another natural gem in Croatia. The travertine waterfalls just hypnotize the visitor and the good news is that if it’s summer and you brought your bathing suit you can take a swimm.
Šibenik is Croatian royal city because it was first mentioned as a gift of the Croatian king Petar Krešimir IV. UNESCO didn’t skip this city either because on the list is the St Jacob’s cathedral built in the 15th and 16th century. One of the most famous features of the church are the 73 heads portrayed in a gothic decoration around the whole building.
Day 6 – Split walking tour & Trogir city // Boat tour to the islands
You can use this day to Get to know Split and Trogir better. The city of Trogir was formed in the 3rd century before Christ by the Greek colonists from Vis island and is one of the best preserved roman-gothic cities in Europe. Other than the Trogir fortress you can also visit the cathedral. Split was once a palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian. You should not miss to visit the Palace basement and Peristil, the main city square. Do not be surprised if you hear people singing there because they say the acoustics are just perfect.
If you are more into a boat adventure, we offer you a boat tour to the Croatian islands. We can organize a visit to popular Hvar island or also a speedboat tour which takes you ro several islands and also the famous Blue cave.
Day 7 – Split – Mostar/Ston – Dubrovnik (overnight Dubrovnik)
We are getting closer to our final destination. You can choose to stay in Croatia and visit Ston and Pelješac peninsula or you can add another country to your list (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and visit Mostar. It’s up to you.
Day 8 – Dubrovnik
You have finally reached your last destination and it’s time to explore the city. In 1979 this city was added to the UNESCO heritage list. Once a republic (like Venice) the city lived from commerce. Let’s not forget to add the modern significance of the city – being a star in famous movies made the city even popular. A lot of people visit the city to see the sights of ”The game of thrones”.