Christmas Markets of Croatia

7 days from $3,073 per person*
  • Private guided walking tour of Zagreb's Christmas Markets.
  • Discover the castles of the Zagreb hinterland in the winter with a private guide.
  • Private guided tour of Split and Dubrovnik.
  • Explore the events of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival.
  • Collection of premium accommodations as selected by a regional specialist.
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Famed for its pristine coast and summer joys, Croatia also hides Europe’s best under-the-radar Christmas destination. The country’s buzzing capital of Zagreb is a true festive wonderland during the Advent season. From dreamy lights and live music to magical decorations and Christmas market stands, the city has everything you need to enjoy the most festive time of the year. From Zagreb, explore onward to some of the country's signature sights including the aquamarine Plitvice Lakes, the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik, and the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace in Split.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Zagreb
    Zagreb
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Croatia - Welcome Package
    • Holiday Treat - Struki
    Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*) (B) (Deluxe )
  • Day 2 Zagreb
    Zagreb
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour with Christmas Markets (3hrs) - Guide
    Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*) (B) (Deluxe )
  • Day 3 Zagreb
    Zagreb
    • Private Tour - Winter Hinterland Castles (with Lunch, 6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • At Leisure
    Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*) (B) (Deluxe )
  • Day 4 Zagreb to Split
    Zagreb to Split
    • Private Transfer - Zagreb - Split [4hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 5 Split to Dubrovnik
    Split to Dubrovnik
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3hrs) - Guide
    • Private Transfer - Split - Dubrovnik [3.5hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    Dubrovnik Palace (5*) (B) (Superior)
  • Day 6 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3hrs) - Guide/Vehicle/Driver
    • Afternoon at leisure - Dubrovnik Winter Festival
    Dubrovnik Palace (5*) (B) (Superior)
  • Day 7 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • Private Transfer - Airport Departure - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Zagreb

Enjoy the private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.

A welcome package with a city map 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.

Start to discover the culinary tastes of Croatia with a local delicacy of Strukli at your hotel's restaurant upon your arrival. Strukli is a favorite traditional specialty from Croatian Zagorje. This house special is a traditional handmade pastry that oozes oven-baked fresh cottage cheese topped with cream.

Accommodation: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*) (B) (Deluxe )

Opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the Orient Express, the uber-stylish Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is an architectural gem. Located within easy reach of key attractions such as the Cathedral and the Art Pavilion, the city’s most iconic hotel combines art deco glamour with every contemporary convenience. Long-established as a haven for A-List movie stars, politicians, singers and artists, the hotels' fairy tale exterior and gracious guest accommodation make it easily the most prestigious hotel in Zagreb. The property boasts a long list of awards for hotel service, cuisine, interior design, and bartending. Traditional luxury including magnificent marble bathrooms is complimented by modern technology to make each room a haven of relaxation. The property offers a variety of dining experiences including the Zinfandel's Restaurant, Le Bistro, and the Esplanade 1925, the hotel's lounge and cocktail bar.

Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Croatian Struki
Croatian Struki

Day 2: Zagreb

Meet your guide for a private walking tour through the winter wonderland of Zagreb. Advent events start at glorious Tomislav square and its open-air ice rink, fun both during the day and night. The magic continues in Zrinjevac Park, where centuries-old trees are illuminated with shimmering blue lights. The fairy-tale feeling is enhanced by traditional Christmas music playing from the central pavilion and beautiful white huts selling artisan souvenirs. Following the scent of mulled wine and sausages, you will come to the Ban Jelacic Square, the heart of the city and the host of a wide variety of events, including children’s performances and concerts. You will also explore city’s Upper Town and its medieval twin settlements, secular Gradec and ecclesiastical Kaptol. You will discover its cobblestone streets and the grand Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the center of medieval Zagreb lies St. Mark’s Square, today the center of Croatian government and parliament. It is home to the most recognizable sight of Zagreb, the beautiful St. Mark’s church with beautiful multi-colored roof and Croatian coats of arms. Continue to the Lower Town, dominated by the impressive building of the Croatian National Theatre and numerous Art Nouveau buildings dating from the 19th and 20th century. Spruced up with more Christmas decorations, Lower Town is a delightful place to spend the rest of the day.

Accommodation: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*) (B) (Deluxe )
Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  St. Mark's Church
St. Mark's Church
Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Zagreb
Zagreb

Day 3: Zagreb

Meet your guide and driver for a private tour of Hrvatsko Zagorje, the hinterland of Zagreb. Driver through the bucolic landscape of snow-covered green slopes speckled with medieval castles and picturesque villages. Visit Trakoscan Castle, a romantic 13th century stronghold with rich historic heritage. Sitting upon a hill and facing its reflection in the lake underneath, it offers the beautiful setting of a real-life fairytale. Meander its halls and saloons, furnished with Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and neo-classical pieces, offering insight into a bygone era. The lush region of Zagorje is not only known for castles but also for its culinary delicacies! In the small village of Desinic you'll arrive at a charming family-run tavern with a peculiar name – the Sinful Hill. Find out why during a provided lunch of typical dishes of the region, and sipping local “rakija”. After lunch, you'll return back to Zagreb.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel. Tonight we suggest you enjoy vibrant atmosphere of Zagreb parks and squares, open-air Christmas concerts or some of the quirky festivities such as “Fooling around”.

Accommodation: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*) (B) (Deluxe )
Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Trakoscan Castle in Winter
Trakoscan Castle in Winter
Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Day 4: Zagreb - Split

Enjoy a private transfer from Zagreb to Split.

Accommodation: Marmont Hotel Heritage (4*)

The Marmont Hote Heritage is situated in the heart of the old town of Split, only one minute away from Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in a reconstructed building of a former shopping mall, the hotel offers a powerful mix of modern and traditional style. During the reconstruction, an additional storey was added and a 15th-century defensive wall was reconstructed as instructed by conservators which become an integral part of the interior. The hotel offers guests rooms which are comfortable and elegant, arranged on three floors, a lounge bar and an open-air terrace overlooking the rooftops of the old town.

Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Split
Split
Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Marmont Hotel Heritage
Marmont Hotel Heritage

Day 5: Split - Dubrovnik

Meet your guide at your hotel lobby for a private sightseeing tour of Split, a 1700 years old town with famous Diocletian’s Palace, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace to enjoy the rest of his days. The following turbulent centuries made the palace into a town first populated by the citizens of the nearby Salona, fleeing before Avars and Slavs. The town overgrew the walls of the palace and its authorities kept changing - from Croatian kings, Hungarian and Venetian administration, to French rulers and Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Such past left its traces combined in the everyday life of Split that went on remaining the centre of this part of the coast till our days.  Your guide will take you for a walk through this living monument and all its magnificent sights. You will discover the basement halls of the Palace and their unique role in the history of Split. Then you will continue to the Peristyle, the main square of the Palace that preserved the cult of emperor as the son of god. You will visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the patron-saint of Split, the temples of the Palaces, as well as the suites of the Emperor. You will explore 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. After the tour, you can enjoy some time at your leisure to immerse yourself into town’s famous Mediterranean charm, the mixture of historic layers and the silent beats of history.

Entrance fees to the Diocletian's Palace substructure and Cathedral are included.

A transfer from Split to Dubrovnik with a private vehicle and driver is provided. The transfer should take approximately 3.5 hours.

Accommodation: Dubrovnik Palace (5*) (B) (Superior)

The Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, Conference Centre and Spa, situated a short drive from the historic Old City of Dubrovnik,  is the largest tourism project in Croatia in the last thirty years- opened in 2004 by the President of Croatia. No expense has been spared to provide the very best in luxury accommodation, the finest food and state of the art hotel services to accompany your stay in Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic. As you gaze over your own private balcony it is easy to imagine yourself as captain on the bridge of a large ship, a wide expanse of ocean stretching out in front of you to the horizon. Yet to look down is to see the immaculate grounds, elegant restaurant terraces and outdoor swimming pools. You then remember that you are not on a ship, but at the Dubrovnik Palace, a luxury hotel built by the sea, that blends into the Mediterranean landscape like a glove.

Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Diocletian's Palace
Diocletian's Palace
Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik

Day 6: Dubrovnik

This morning meet your local guide for a private walking tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world.  An important maritime port and a one-time state, it has always been a cultural metropolis. More than a thousand-year history is reflected in every part of the town. As one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Dubrovnik owes its special charm to the historic monuments which testify to its rich history. The works of artists, writers and scientists of Dubrovnik have been woven into the texture of the town.  While strolling with your guide down Stradun, the main street, you will stop to visit the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Friars Minors” that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. You will continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and visit the Church of St. Blasius, the patron-saint of the town. You will also discover Rector’s Palace, the magnificent structure of the dukes of Dubrovnik, and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary with a treasury containing the originals by Tiziano and Rafaelo and many other valuable relicts. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this stunning town on your own. Dubrovnik is full of charming cafes, boutiques and local curiosities, nestled in the intricate network of the cobblestone streets. We recommend you to take a walk along the city walls (2500 m around the old town), visit one of the numerous museums or take a funicular ride to the top of the Srđ hill.

After your city tour be sure to spend more time on the Stradurn to skate, see a play, enjoy live music and to warm up with mulled wine.  From Advent (November-January) to Carnival in February the Dubrovnik Old town stays alive in this festive time.

Accommodation: Dubrovnik Palace (5*) (B) (Superior)
Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Stradun
Stradun

Day 7: Dubrovnik

A private transfer will be provided for you today between your hotel and Dubrovnik airport in time for your onward flight.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*) (B) (Deluxe ): Zagreb

Opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the Orient Express, the uber-stylish Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is an architectural gem. Located within easy reach of key attractions such as the Cathedral and the Art Pavilion, the city’s most iconic hotel combines art deco glamour with every contemporary convenience. Long-established as a haven for A-List movie stars, politicians, singers and artists, the hotels' fairy tale exterior and gracious guest accommodation make it easily the most prestigious hotel in Zagreb. The property boasts a long list of awards for hotel service, cuisine, interior design, and bartending. Traditional luxury including magnificent marble bathrooms is complimented by modern technology to make each room a haven of relaxation. The property offers a variety of dining experiences including the Zinfandel's Restaurant, Le Bistro, and the Esplanade 1925, the hotel's lounge and cocktail bar.

Marmont Hotel Heritage (4*): Split

The Marmont Hote Heritage is situated in the heart of the old town of Split, only one minute away from Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in a reconstructed building of a former shopping mall, the hotel offers a powerful mix of modern and traditional style. During the reconstruction, an additional storey was added and a 15th-century defensive wall was reconstructed as instructed by conservators which become an integral part of the interior. The hotel offers guests rooms which are comfortable and elegant, arranged on three floors, a lounge bar and an open-air terrace overlooking the rooftops of the old town.

Christmas Markets of Croatia  Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Marmont Hotel Heritage
Marmont Hotel Heritage

Dubrovnik Palace (5*) (B) (Superior): Dubrovnik

The Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, Conference Centre and Spa, situated a short drive from the historic Old City of Dubrovnik,  is the largest tourism project in Croatia in the last thirty years- opened in 2004 by the President of Croatia. No expense has been spared to provide the very best in luxury accommodation, the finest food and state of the art hotel services to accompany your stay in Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic. As you gaze over your own private balcony it is easy to imagine yourself as captain on the bridge of a large ship, a wide expanse of ocean stretching out in front of you to the horizon. Yet to look down is to see the immaculate grounds, elegant restaurant terraces and outdoor swimming pools. You then remember that you are not on a ship, but at the Dubrovnik Palace, a luxury hotel built by the sea, that blends into the Mediterranean landscape like a glove.

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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