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2020 Croatia: Jewel of the Coast

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Tour Itinerary

Explore breathtaking Croatia with visits to historicDubrovnik, ancient Zagreb, the scenic island of Bracand the Adriatic Coast, enjoying a private tour of Split'sMestrovic Gallery and freshly harvested oysters in Ston.

DAY 1: Arrive Zagreb, Croatia

On arrival, transfer to your historic Art Deco hotel, setwithin a gracious building dating back to 1925. Gather fora welcome dinner tonight.

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Hotel: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel  

DAY 2: Zagreb

Zagreb is Croatia’s capital and largest city, and its historystretches back to Roman times. This morning, take apanoramic tour of the city. Drive past the National Theater,Mimara Museum, and Academy of Arts and Sciences, andthen walk among the loveliest parts of Zagreb, including St.Mark’s Square, where you can view the Parliament Buildingand charming St. Mark’s Church. Ride a funicular built in 1889 to reach the charming Upper Town quarter from LowerTown. Visit the Ban Jelacic Square, which divides the old andnew regions of the city. Its two prominent landmarks — theclock at the west end of the square and the statue of CountJosip Jelacic on horseback — have passed into the Zagreblexicon, with locals often making plans to meet each other“under the clock” or “under the horse’s tail.” Take the rest ofthe afternoon to explore the capital.

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Hotel: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel  

DAY 3: Zadar

Drive to the coastal city of Zadar, the oldest city in Croatiaand one of the most scenic along the Adriatic Sea. Enjoylunch and a maraschino liqueur tasting — unlike itsnamesake cherry, maraschino has a more sour flavor, andis a key ingredient in the Hemingway daiquiri, one of the legendary author’s favorite drinks. Then, take a short walkingtour that introduces you to St. Donat’s Church and the SeaOrgan, an art installation designed by local architect NikolaBasic, which converts the movement of the waves into music.Continue to Split, where you check in to your boutique hotelin the heart of the city.

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Hotel: Cornaro Hotel  

DAY 4: Split

Begin the day with a private tour of the Ivan MestrovicGallery with its curator, marveling at the 86 bronze, marbleand wood sculptures he fashioned. Anyone familiar withChicago’s Grant Park knows Mestrovic’s bronze masterpieces,The Bowman and The Spearman. Set off on a walking tour ofSplit, starting with the palace of the Emperor Diocletian. Thismassive complex takes up around half of Split’s Old Townand has been immaculately preserved and restored, givingvisitors a palpable sense of life in the days of the RomanEmpire. Visitors who find its basement oddly familiar mayrecognize it as the location for Daenerys’ throne room onthe hit TV series Game of Thrones. Other noteworthy siteswithin the palace are Peristil Square, where the emperorgave speeches, and his mausoleum, now a church. Afterward,explore more of captivating Split at your leisure.

(Breakfast)
Hotel: Cornaro Hotel  

DAY 5: Brac

Board a ferry to Brac, a Dalmatian island famous for its stone, used in Split’s Diocletian's Palace and the WhiteHouse in Washington, D.C. Visit Skrip, the oldest village onthe island, and the Museum of Brac. While short on people(with a population of barely 200), its location provides jawdroppingviews of the coast and mainland. Stop at a traditionalrestaurant for lunch, sampling local specialties of lamb, cheese,olives and wine before returning by ferry to Split.

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Hotel: Cornaro Hotel  

DAY 6: Dubrovnik

Set out for Dubrovnik, stopping at Ston, world-renownedfor its oysters. Meet a local fisherman and sample one ofthese tasty delights paired with a local wine for a true tasteof Croatia. Complete a superb lunch at a local seafoodrestaurant before continuing on to Dubrovnik. During theMiddle Ages, Dubrovnik was a center of maritime trade,and its wealth and skill in diplomacy enabled it to becomethe only Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Centuries later,the city emerged from the chaos of the Balkan conflicts ofthe 1990s with refurbished monuments and a welcoming,forward-looking spirit that has made it one of the mostvisitedon the continent. With its jumble of old buildingstopped with brilliant terra cotta tile roofs, Dubrovnik lookslike no other city in Europe, and is doubly familiar to Gameof Thrones viewers as the city of King’s Landing.

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Hotel: Grand Villa Argentina  

DAY 7: Kotor, Montenegro

Spend the day in marvelous Montenegro, which was finallyestablished as a fully independent state in 2006, following thedissolution of Yugoslavia. With its rugged mountains thatsweep down to the glittering blue Adriatic Sea, Montenegrofeatures dynamic topography dotted with picturesque villagesand fortified towns. Drive around the eastern edge of BokaKotorska, Europe's southernmost fjord, where precipitousmountains rise from azure waters. Reach the coastal cityof Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded byfortifications that date back to the era when the region layunder Venetian rule. Enjoy a walking tour of the town,including its 12th-century Cathedral and Maritime Museum,followed by lunch and exploration at leisure. Take a boat rideback across the bay, past the Baroque Church of Our Lady ofthe Rocks. From the water, admire the famous church, builton an artificial island fashioned by a bulwark of rocks and theremains of old shipwrecks. Local legend has it that the islandwas created over the centuries by fishermen dropping rocksinto the sea, a tale re-enacted every year on July 22, when localssail to the island to attend church and deposit more stonesalong the shore. Afterward, drive back to Dubrovnik.

(Breakfast)
Hotel: Grand Villa Argentina  

DAY 8: Dubrovnik

Enjoy a morning tour of Dubrovnik. Proclaimed a “citymuseum” by UNESCO, the Old Town is surrounded by impressive stone walls and towers that make it one of thebest-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Mingle with localtraders and craftspeople in its markets. Then, reflect duringan A&K exclusive as a survivor of the Balkan War sharesmemories of the conflict that secured Croatia's independencefrom the former Yugoslavia, a struggle that cost more than20,000 lives. Spend the afternoon at leisure, followed by amemorable farewell dinner accompanied by a traditionalklapa (a cappella choir) performance, arranged just for you.

(Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: Grand Villa Argentina  

DAY 9: Depart Dubrovnik

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

(Breakfast)

Countries Visited

Croatia , Montenegro

Cities Visited

Brac, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Split, Zagreb

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