11 days/10 nights
Can’t decide between France or Croatia for your vacation this year? How about France and Croatia?
Paris and Croatia is an ideal vacation for everyone; first time travelers to Europe, friends, families, both young and seasoned travelers, too. Tour the very best of Paris according to your interests. First-time visitors may wish to tour major attractions such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, the Eiffel Tower, the Luxembourg and Tuileries Gardens, and major museums such as the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay. Other possibilities include a tour of Paris; walking tours through the exclusive residential streets on Ile St-Louis, the old Jewish quarter in the Marais, the former art colony of Montmartre, the medieval streets of the Latin Quarter…
Then transfer to charming Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Discover its charming Upper Town, farmer’s market and some of the finest art galleries. Then get ready for some great hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park as you travel to Split on the Dalmatian coast. Take a boat ride to the island of Hvar. Relax. Enjoy. The beauty of this island will mesmerize you. Explore something extraordinary — the Blue Caves on the island of Biševo. Then come to Dubrovnik. Here you will know why we recommended both Paris and Dubrovnik!Less
Upon arrival in Paris you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day at leisure to start exploring this amazing city. Paris is the city of love, inspiration, art and fashion. From Lutetia to the Napoleon Bonaparte Empire, from the declaration of the Republic to the Paris Commune: Paris was right at the heart of events that marked French history and shaped its present. Overnight in Paris.
Your optional tour of Paris takes in Place de la Concorde Square, the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, the western districts of Paris, the Palais de Chaillot and the Palais Bourbon (National Assembly). Then see Paris from a different viewpoint by taking a one-hour cruise on the Seine River, highlighting Paris’ rich 2,000 years of history. And what better way to conclude your overview of Paris than by taking a trip up the Eiffel Tower where you will have enough time to explore the Eiffel Tower on your own. You’ll ride the elevator up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular views of Paris laid out before you. Overnight in Paris. (B)
Experience the grandeur of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a private or a small group tour from Paris that includes skip-the-line access, so you don’t have to wait in the queue. There is a certain magic that fizzes through the air at the Palace of Versailles. Hidden away from the modern world, this majestic European castle on the outskirts of Paris is a perfectly preserved example of the reckless extravagance of the French monarchy. Overnight in Paris. (B)
Zagreb is a city with endless charm and history to discover. The city dates back to the medieval days, so the architecture is absolutely stunning. The sightseeing tour will bring you to St. Mark’s church in the Upper Town and the Lotršćak Tower to see the most beautiful view of the city. There will be enough time for a delicious fresh baked pastry and a cup of excellent coffee in one of the side walk cafes in Gornji Grad. Or dine on some great home-made cheese and wine as you chat with friendly locals at Dolac, the lively open air market. Overnight in Zagreb. (B)
Today you will take a day trip to the exquisite Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of Europe’s largest nature reserve parks. Plitvice is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fantastic place to get outdoors and experience the lush green landscapes and fresh air in Croatia. Walk, hike or bike your way through the park and enjoy the emerald green waters and bubbling waterfalls that characterize this gorgeous park. Then continue to Split for the evening. Overnight in Split. (B)
In Split, you will tour the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The palace is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and is known for its irregular shape. View the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, The Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral. Experience the Peristil, a public meeting place within the palace walls which becomes an open air stage in the summer when the Split Summer Festival takes place. Afternoon ferry to Hvar. Overnight in Hvar. (B)
The center of the sunniest Croatian island of the same name – Hvar is a unique blend of luxurious Mediterranean natural surroundings, layer upon layer of a rich cultural and historical heritage and sophisticated tourism. Located in picturesque natural surroundings on the south side of the island, surrounded by mighty medieval walls, magical fields and the scent of lavender, Hvar is a never-ending treasure of monumental heritage, culture and atmospheres. Enjoy the serenity of this lovely island. Overnight in Hvar. (B)
The island of Vis is one of the most remote of all Adriatic islands, an island considered to be a jewel already by the ancient Greeks. On the remains of the old Greek settlements we today find the towns of Komiža and Vis. After a pleasant sail you will arrive to the islet of Biševo, part of the archipelago surrounding Vis. The attraction of Biševo is the Blue Cave, a natural phenomenon which can be entered only by small fishermen’s boats. Overnight in Hvar. (B)
It’s often been called a classic medieval heart stopper. For it is rife with glorious fountains, palaces and cathedrals. And rich in history and culture, dating all the way back to the VII century. The limestone bricks of the walled Old City shimmer like marble in the moonlight. Fine detailing and the architecture of its quaint buildings underscore an artistic heritage that both enhances and defines a landscape of sea, sky and hills. It is a playground for those who desire the unspoiled fortune that is the Mediterranean landscape. Dubrovnik is steeped in sunshine and bathed in mild Mediterranean breezes, a lush region of coves, forested islands and idyllic beaches. It is a home to one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, which has been open since 1317. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B)
Day at leisure or take an optional day trip to Mostar, Korčula or Montenegro. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport for your flight home.
Paris, Hotel Banville, standard room, 3 nights, breakfast
Zagreb, Hotel Dubrovnik, standard room, 1 night, breakfast
Split, Hotel Atrium, standard room, 1 night, breakfast
Hvar, Hotel Amfora, sea view room, 3 nights, breakfast
Dubrovnik, Hotel Uvala, sea view room, 2 nights, breakfast