(Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik)
Stand amidst the mist of the natural waterfalls and cascades that carve new paths through the rock of the Mala Kapela foothills, and breathe in the woody aroma of the dense surrounding forest.
Here at Plitvice Lakes National Park you’ll experience all the grandeur of Croatia’s stirring natural environment as you explore just some of the 16 majestic lakes and expansive woodland that houses deers, bears, wolves and rare bird species. Elsewhere, drink in the Mediterranean charm, historic churches and atmospheric cafes of Zagreb; take a private walking tour of Split’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Diocletian’s Palace and dive into the color and action of the open market on the city’s historic waterfront promenade; visit one the most beautiful stone-built towns in the world at Dubrovnik; and be welcomed to the table at a traditional family lunch in a 7th-century hinterland village.
For its heady mix of breath-taking natural sites, friendly street culture and stunning architecture that spans the ancient, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods, Croatia should sit proudly at the top of your travel to-do list. This trip connects you with a team of experienced guides and private drivers that give you the freedom to explore this incredible country on your own terms, while staying in a luxury collection of stylish hotels that raise the bar for European hospitality.
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A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
An English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a half day private walking tour of Zagreb. The capital of Croatia illustrates both, the continental and the Mediterranean spirit of the nation it spearheads. Take in the Ban Jelacic, the main city square, and head up to the historic Upper Town. Steeped in history, here you will see the churches of St. Marks and St. Catherines, the Cathedral. Then make your way to the Lower Town where you can view the Croatian National Theatre and experience the remainder of the afternoon at leisure visiting shops or cafes.
Enjoy a private transfer from Zagreb to Split with a guided 4-hour stop at Plitvice Lakes, a complex of 16 lakes located between the mountains of Mala Kapela. The 19.5 hectares of wooden hills enclose the lakes by a series of waterfalls and cascades. Admire the landscape formed by the mineral-rich waters that carve new paths through the rock, and enjoy your time in the middle of nature. You will meet your local guide at the park before entering. Entrance fees are included.
An English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a private walking tour to explore the city that is dominated by the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the historical part of the city. The Palace is one of the most famous and integral architectural and cultural constructs on the Croatian Adriatic Coast. Visit the Silver Gate, the Cathedral, and the Bell Tower of St. Dominus. Discover the waterfront promenade of Split, the lively open green market and the monuments not only from antiquity, but also from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Entrance fees to the Diocletian's Palace substructure and Cathedral are included.
After the tour, you will have some time at leisure to immerse yourself in the town’s famous Mediterranean charm.
A transfer from Split to Dubrovnik with a private vehicle and driver is provided. The transfer should take approximately 3.5 hours.
Enjoy a half day walking tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik owes its special charm to the historic monuments that testify to its rich history. While strolling down Stradun, the main street, you will get to stop and visit the Franciscan Monastery of the “Order of Friars Minors” that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. Continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and visit the Church of St. Blasius, the patron-saint of the town. Discover Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary and its treasury. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore this stunning town on your own. We recommend you to take a walk along the city walls, visit one of the numerous museums or take a funicular ride to the top of the Srđ hill. Entrance fees to Franciscan Monastery, Recto'rs Palace, and Cathedral of the Virgin Mary are included.
This morning meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby for a private tour of the Dubrovnik Hinterland – the region of Konavle. The region of contrasts and exceptional beauty, mountains and valleys, green hills and naked stone; inclines down to the cozy coves of small fishermen villages. Your first destination is the ancient Mediterranean town of Cavtat. Your guide will take you for a stroll through this picturesque little town – its cobbled streets with traditional red-roofed houses, narrow stairways and charming promenade along the shore. Your walk will take you to the top of the hill, where you will discover the extraordinary Mausoleum of Račić Family,. Continue your exploration of the countryside of Konavle. In the village of Čilipi, you will be welcomed by a local family on their humble rural estate of Bakicevo. You will enjoy their hospitality in a unique ambiance of a traditional stone-built house. Your hosts will take you around their garden where they grow various sorts of vegetables in an old-fashioned way. The ingredients that will be used for your lunch today come from their garden. With the alluring scents of the local cuisine, your hosts will prepare the traditional Dalmatian specialty of peka – food prepared under the iron bell, for you. After this delicious lunch, your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel. Includes entrance fees for Racic Mausoleum,Soko Fortress and lunch at Bakicevo rural estate.
Escape to the Best Western Premier Astoria and experience the ultimate in comfort and service accommodating all travelers. Built in 1932, this Croatian hotel is centrally located in the charming capitol of Zagreb and offers guests a quiet, peaceful atmosphere and warm personalized service. The hotel is a short distance from the historic city centre, featuring Jelacic Square and the Cathedral of Zagreb. The hotel's restaurant provides guests with fine dining and an exquisite complimentary buffet breakfast every morning. Zagreb also hosts a variety of events year round for visitors to enjoy such as Zagreb Fair, Musical Summer, and Zagreb World Theatre Festival.
Hotel Luxe is situated in the very centre of Split on one of its main streets. They are just steps away from ancient and cultural monuments, including the 1700 year-old historic core of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel’s ideal location guarantees easy access to all important parts of the city. Within walking distance is the famous Diocletian Palace as well as the bus terminal, railway station, and the ferry. The hotel is also just a short walk from the city’s most popular sandy beach, Bacvice and its blue clear sea. Split’s wonderfully forested park, it's "green soul", Marjan Hill is also just a short stroll through the Varos section of the city that begins at the end of the waterfront Riva.
Carved into a cliffside, the peaceful seclusion of the Hotel Bellevue (5*) makes you feel as if you’re on your own private island. From the moment you arrive, you are immersed in a world of luxury, elegance, and impeccable service. Situated on a 30m cliff above Miramare Bay, overlooking the majestic Adriatic Sea, the Hotel Bellevue’s unrivalled location differentiates it from other luxury hotels in Dubrovnik. Less than 1km from the historic city centre, it is also close to Dubrovnik’s key cultural and historical attractions. Each of their 91 rooms have fabulous views across Miramare Bay and beyond, with mile upon mile of deep blue sea stretching uninterrupted in front of you.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
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Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
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Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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