Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply
The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.
PricesFrom: R 21,224.00
FlightsNo Flights Included
Valid From20th of July 2018 (Friday)
Valid To5th of October 2018 (Friday)
Need Visa'sSouth Africa: YesBritish: NoEuropean Union: NoAmerican: No
Quick Holiday Overview
Explore the diversity of Croatia's landscapes
Take a road trip and discover Croatia, from the stunning archipelago of islands jutting into the Adriatic Sea to the limestone caves and forests of the interior.
This is a land only package and excludes international flights to Croatia.
About the Holiday
Itinerary - Self Drive
Day 1: Porec
Drive to Porec. Your first night is in the charming town of Porec
Day 2: Porec and surroundings.
Porec is a lively port town on the west side of the Istrian peninsula. A city with a turbulent past. Throughout the centuries, many tribes made the wise choice to build up in the hills around Porec for their settlement, including the Romans under whose government tribes were living. However, that did not come to work, but to bring a divine holiday. Porec is over 2000 years old and rich in cultural monuments, there beats the heart of the west coast of Istria. Overnight in the same hotel.
Day 3: Porec - Opatija.
We strongly recommend you to drive through the beautiful coastline, first to the southern tip of Istria - visiting the city of Pula. This city has a beautiful Roman amphitheatre. Mid-July in Pula visit "Antiquity's Feast 'place, which returns the city to its Roman past. From Pula you drive through the southern coastal road through small villages to the royal seaside resort of Opatija.
Day 4: Opatija and surroundings.
This tourist resort has its name from a 14th century Benedictine abbey around which the village was built. At the site of the monastery now stands the James Church, built in 1506 and enlarged in 1937. The tourism started coming on stream around 1845, when a nobleman from Rijeka, Iginio Scarpa, built here the grandiose villa Angiolina. The villa is surrounded by a large park and was the first hotel. Few years later the Austrian empress Maria Anna stayed here, and her visit was immediately followed by other members of the court. More luxurious hotels and villas were built and the town became a fashionable resort. Tourism was given an extra boost by the construction of a railway from Austria to Rijeka, with a tram to Opatija. Emperor Francis Joseph had also built a villa, where he often spent long periods in the winter, taking advantage of the mild climate. Nowadays there are many late 19th century luxury hotels, surrounded by parks and gardens. Opatija radiates a special 'old class' atmosphere.
Day 5: Opatija - Petrcane.
This day trip is probably the most beautiful of the whole trip because of the varied, rugged and forested landscape. You can drive to the south along the coastal road.
Day 6 and 7: Petrcane and environment.
The town of Nin, near Zadar, is worth a visit. This town was one of the first Croatian settlements. Within the city walls is the 9th century Holy cross church, one of the finest pre-Romanesque churches in typical Croatian style. Also here is the 12th century Romanesque church with Gothic additions Ambrose. At the end of the main street (zadraska ulica) you will find a small archaeological museum with prehistoric, Roman and medieval objects.
The Paklenica National Park is practically next door. The park is located on the south side of the largest Croatian mountain range, Velebit and consists of two parts, distinguished as big and small Paklenica. The present rugged mountains creates deep gorges, such as the 400 meter deep Anic kuk, and beautiful caves like the Manitagrot, which goes into the mountain 175 meters. The old town of Sibenik should definitely not be missed. After many tumultuous years, the rest returned in the city and is fully restored to restore the former glory. The coastline with its many islands is magnificent.
Day 8: Petrcane - Plitvice.
Today you drive to Plitvice. If we talk about nature in Croatia than is undoubtedly the National Park Plitvice Lakes (in short: Plitvice), a natural area of great beauty with ancient forests, 16 lakes with beautiful colors and more than 90 waterfalls on an area of barely 20,000 acres. The Plitvice lakes (Plitvice lakes), are enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage list. Approximately 3/4 portion of the park consists of forest, the rest is water. The park is not recommendable for people who have difficulty with walking.
Day 9: Plitvice - Zagreb.
Croatia's capital, Zagreb, is situated on the slopes of Medvednica Mountain and along the banks of the Sava River. The city is located about 120 meters above sea level and is the largest city in Croatia with seven hundred thousand people. Zagreb lies at the heart of the triangle Vienna-Budapest-Venice. Partly because the city has always been an influential factor in the cultural life of Central Europe. The capital is a romantic city with its own soul and identity.
Day 10: Zagreb - check out
If you do not want to drive home then of course you can (on request) still extend your tour in Zagreb.
2 nights in a 3 Star Hotel Valamar Polec or similar - 1HB+1BB
2 nights in 4 Star Hotel Palace Bellevue Opatija or similar - 1HB+1BB
3 nights in 4 Star Hotel Pinija Zadar or similar - 1HB+2BB
1 night in a 2 Star Hotel in Plitvice or similar - 1HB
1 night in 4 Star Hotel Dubrovnik Zagreb or similar - 1BB
Includes & Excludes
- 10 Days Opel Astra or similar car rental including unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver, third party liability, airport fees and cross border fees
- 2 Nights' accommodation at the 4* Grand Hotel Palazzo or similar
- 2 Nights' accommodation at the 4* Hotel Palace Bellevue Opatija or similar
- 3 Nights' accommodation at the 4* Hotel Pinija Zadar or similar
- 1 Night accommodation at the 2* Hotel Plitvice Plitvice or similar
- 1 Night accommodation at the 4* Hotel Dubrovnik Zagreb or similar
- Breakfast daily & 4 dinners
- International flights
- Travel and medical insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals and beverages not specified
Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply
Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia.
The city was founded in the Middle Ages as two separate but neighboring settlements, Kaptol and Gradec, which today make up Gornji Grad (Upper Town). Kaptol was a religious center, built around the cathedral, while Gradec was the home to craftsmen and merchants who supplied the needs of the Kaptol clergy. Although relations between the two were strained, outsiders saw them as a single town, which they referred to as Zagreb (meaning �behind the hill�). In 1557, the settlement became Croatia�s capital, with the parliament meeting alternately in Gradec and Kaptol. It was not until 1850 that the two parts were united to become the city of Zagreb.
The climate of Zagreb is continental, with four separate seasons. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are cold. Snowfall is common in the winter months, from December to March, and rain and fog are common in fall (October to December).
The city centre lies in two parts: Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town) which meets at Trg Bana Jelacica, the main square. Picturesque Gornji Grad is made up of higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets and buildings dating from medieval times up to the 19th century. Donji Grad follows a geometrical grid-plan, with a series of green squares rimmed by Austro-Hungarian buildings erected from the late-19th century onwards.
Zagreb nightlife is primarily student-orientated, with the highest concentration of small bars and cafes lining the pretty street of Tkalciceva in Gornji Grad.