Tour company Collette has been opening the door to a world of amazing destinations for over 100 years. When you travel with Collette, you’ll marvel at must-see sights, sample regional cuisine, stay in centrally located hotels and connect with new and captivating cultures. Collette’s experience and professionalism mean that you can relax knowing the details have been taken care of, from the itinerary to the day’s transportation.
First stop in our Collette travel series: Croatia.
Located on the east bank of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is often referred to as the land of a thousand islands. Rich in history and medieval architecture, some say that a trip to Croatia is to experience “the Mediterranean as it once was.” It is a natural and historic setting for the many activities and cultural experiences that lie ahead.
Starting in Dubrovnik, over the next 11 nights you’ll experience the best of Croatia, from stunning scenery to superior accommodation, warm local hospitality and a pace that lets you take it all in while still getting a lot done. Savour the fresh, local seafood and Mediterranean flavours that blend the best from Croatia’s neighbours Italy, Austria, Eastern Europe and Greece.
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Day 1: Opatija, Croatia - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in the seaside resort of Opatija. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome reception.
Day 2: Opatija - Istrian Peninsula - Opatija
Pay a visit to a local distillery, where the owners use regional plants, fruits, and herbs to produce brandies, snacks and other treats. Discover a picture-perfect example of a rural Croatian town. In the late afternoon, a delightful farm-to-table dinner at a local restaurant lets you sample the regional wines and culinary delicacies of the Istrian Peninsula. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 3: Opatija - Plitvice Lakes
After breakfast, travel to Croatia’s most beautiful national park, Plitvice Lakes, one of the oldest, largest, and most beautiful national parks in Croatia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a short cruise that takes you in to the heart of this natural wonder that extends more than 73,000 acres. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 4: Plitvice Lakes - Dubrovnik
This morning, continue south through the heart of Croatia, towards the medieval city of Dubrovnik. Along the way enjoy magnificent views of the Adriatic’s sparkling blue waters. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5: Dubrovnik
Join a local guide on a tour of “Old Dubrovnik,” a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Franciscan Monastery, where Europe’s oldest pharmacy resides, and see Dubrovnik’s many historical sites, from Rector’s Palace to the City Walls. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Join a local expert in Dubrovnik’s Old Town harbour for a cruise* with magnificent views of the medieval city walls before visiting nearby Lokrum Island where you can swim, marvel at exotic plants or take a walk with peacocks -OR- receive a ticket to access the walls that contain the old city of Dubrovnik and gain a different perspective on this remarkable place (this choice gives you more leisure time to explore the city). This evening, travel to Cilipi in the culturally-rich Konavle region, where you’ll be welcomed for dinner at a family-owned local restaurant. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 6: Dubrovnik
Spend today at leisure. Relax or independently explore the marble streets and beautiful baroque buildings of Dubrovnik’s breathtaking Old Town. Or, you may choose to purchase our optional excursion to Montenegro. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 7: Dubrovnik - Split
Savour stunning sea views as you travel up the winding coastal road, hugging the sheer cliffs that drop dramatically into the aquamarine of the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a stop in a quaint village in the Croatian countryside. Upon arrival in Split, set out on a walking tour featuring the impressive Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most significant late-Roman historical monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also, see the peristyle of the palace and the Temple of Jupiter. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 8: Split - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Travel up the coast into picturesque Slovenia, to Ljubljana, a capital city in the midst of a cultural renaissance Take in the spectacular scenery on the drive. Upon arrival, an afternoon at leisure lets you relax and explore this city that has marked the intersection of Eastern and Central Europe for over 1000 years. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 9: Ljubljana - Lake Bled - Ljubljana
This morning, meet a local expert who introduces you to this lovely town nestled along the banks of the river. Your tour includes the impressive City Hall and a visit to the magnificent Cathedral of St. Nicholas. After free time for lunch, drive a short distance to tranquil Lake Bled, and experience the old-world charm that comes with taking a Pletna boat to the picturesque island in the centre of Lake Bled. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 10: Ljubljana - Zagreb, Croatia
Today we travel to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Embark on a fascinating tour and continue exploring the capital during some free time this afternoon. Tonight, celebrate the end of an unforgettable trip with dinner at a popular local restaurant. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 11: Zagreb - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close this morning in Zagreb. Today breakfast will be included.
It’s an action-packed itinerary but a pace that lets you breathe and take it all in over 11 days with 16 meals included. It’s all the little extras that Collette includes that make them the travel company of choice for discerning travelers around the world, because Collette offers you more of the things you want on your holiday and less hassle.
Collette prides itself on giving you more, every trip. More iconic must-sees, more cultural immersion and more than just the tourist sights. They also give you more meals at local restaurants and authentic dining experiences, so you can sample the local delicacies, and more menu choices.
More peace of mind
When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination. Collette’s experience is what makes their service so different, and knowing they’ve got your back anywhere in the world 24/7 means you can sit back, relax and enjoy.
Have your adventure your way with the great options Collette offers to personalise your trip, such as additional night stays, tour extensions, built-in free time and “It’s Your Choice” excursions.
Plus, Collette has the best tour managers, 4-star+ centrally located accommodation, and an industry leading travel protection plan, so you know you’re in the best hands.
If you always said you’d travel someday, make someday today by getting in touch with one of Collette’s helpful travel consultants. Call 1300 027 254 or visit the Collette website to see this itinerary and 160 more across seven continents to start planning your trip of a lifetime.