Zagreb & Varaždin │ Day Trip from Zagreb │ Private │ Guided │ Full Day │ From $45
Zagreb, the cosmopolitan Croatian capital is a city not easily described in just a few words. Ornate Astro-Hungarian architecture and an open friendliness point west — while rows of socialist-era buildings and a strong leisurely coffee culture (emphasis on culture) point East. However, Zagreb is much more than the sum of these recent influences. Long before it was part of an empire or union, Zagreb was a city of rich traditions, carried on for centuries by native Croatians. With Jauntee expert local guide, you’ll see all three ‘faces’ of Zagreb, learning from each building, historical character (many of which come ‘alive’!) and custom to see how the city’s unique culture developed.
The sightseeing tour will bring you to St. Mark’s church in the Upper Town and the Lotršćak Tower to admire the most beautiful views of the city. Stop at the popular Museum of the Broken Relationships filled with items left behind in the wake of dissolved couples, is as fascinating as it is amusing. Visit Dolac, the most popular open air market in the city for a taste of local specialties and a chat with friendly locals mostly from the countryside in the vicinity of Zagreb.
The narrow stone streets of Zagreb offer plenty of opportunities to find unexpected treasures. With your guide, you’ll hear the history of the necktie, which originated in Croatia, listen to the story behind the traditional Zagreb heart, and see examples of the impressive ‘naive’ art (vivid paintings on glass) that originated with Croatian farmers. Our guides will take you through a naive art shop to admire the work and perhaps even find a new piece for your home! Aside from these uniquely Croatian traditions, you’ll find plenty of beauty throughout Zagreb simply in the calm streets, the colorful buildings and the warm hospitality of the people.
It’s impossible to fully experience Zagreb without indulging in a leisurely morning (sometimes into the afternoon) with friends over coffee. On your private expert local guide recommendation, you will enjoy excellent cup of coffee or cappuccino or might find a new favorite hot drink with ‘white’ coffee — a delightful beverage akin to a latte, yet infinitely better presented. On a winding stone street where a river once flowed, you’ll find nearly two dozen cafes with outdoor seating. We recommend making a stop to simply sit and take in the atmosphere.
A pleasant drive in the company of your driver guide through the mesmerizing rolling hills of Zagorje countryside will take you to Varaždin, one of the oldest European cities dating back to XII century. Varaždin is often referred to as “little Vienna” for its many classical concerts and world famous festivals. Explore this town on at a leisurely pace on your own and admire the green hills, numerous picturesque castles and summer palaces, spas and vineyards. Or opt in for the guided tour with a professional English-speaking local expert to learn all about this interesting small town. Formerly the capital of Croatia, Varaždin is a small baroque town just a short drive north from Zagreb along the A4. During the month of October, Varaždin hosts “Baroque Evenings”, with live orchestral music, traditional military dress, and fireworks. There is no real “mass” tourism, and inexpensive cafes, museums, and a majestic medieval castle sit amid a stunning collection of intact Baroque buildings- one of the finest examples left in all of Europe. Additionally, those traveling in late August can experience Špancirfest, a street festival that lasts for 10 days into the beginning of September. During this time, Varaždin hosts over 100,000 visitors from all over the country and the world. The town’s center is turned into an entertainment zone housing concerts, shopping kiosks, street performers, and pop-up eateries.
Before heading back to Zagreb, we suggest lunch at of local specialties at one of top Croatian restaurants in a small town of Čakovec near Varaždin. Transfer back to Zagreb.
TYPE OF TOUR
With a Driver Guide:
Driver Guide will drive and accompany you during the trip and will provide essential information, assistance and orientation. Driver guide is not a professional licensed guide and therefore cannot provide guiding during city and/or national park sightseeing tours.
Who Should Take This Tour (With a Driver Guide):
Anyone interested in exploring the city and/or national park on their own without a professional guide at a more leisurely pace. This type of day trip is designed for travelers who enjoy walking, hiking, taking pictures, local dining, visiting markets, shops, galleries & other activities according to their own interests.
Add a Professional Guide:
Professional guide is a local English-speaking (or any other language speaking) licensed guide specialized in providing in-depth sightseeing tour of the Zagreb and/or Varaždin.
Who Should Take This Tour (With a Professional Guide):
Anyone interested in exploring Zagreb and/or Varaždin in the company of a professional English-speaking licensed local guide should select this tour. This type of tour is designed for travelers who prefer guidance of an English speaking local expert in addition to the driver guide to navigate easier and learn more about this amazing natural site. You will, of course, also have the opportunity to enjoy walking, hiking, taking pictures and other activities of your interest. Please note that you have an option to add a professional guide in Zagreb and/or Varaždin at time of booking this tour.
The departure and pick up is from accommodation in Zagreb or Zagreb area; hotels, private accommodations or other, as the day trip is private.
We suggest to start at 8 AM or 9 AM, every day of the week. However, if you would like to start later, please let us know as this is a private tour just for you and your travel companions and we can adjust it all according to your preferences.
Flexible. This is a full day trip, usually from 8 AM until 6 PM, but we can return earlier if you wish since this is a private tour.
Drop off is at the accommodation in Zagreb or Zagreb area where the guests are staying or any specific drop off point in and around Zagreb.
- Private transfer by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
- English speaking driver guide
- COMPLIMENTARY cake and coffee
- Entrance fees
- Food & drinks
- Anything else not mentioned in inclusion