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Extension: Croatia’s Capital and Beautiful Lakes

Program Number: 21037RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/1/2015 - 4/5/2015; 4/13/2016 - 4/17/2016; 4/27/2016 - 5/1/2016; 5/2/2016 - 5/6/2016; 5/5/2016 - 5/8/2016; 5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016; 5/22/2016 - 5/26/2016; 5/24/2016 - 5/27/2016; 6/5/2016 - 6/9/2016; 6/7/2016 - 6/10/2016; 6/13/2016 - 6/16/2016; 9/18/2016 - 9/22/2016; 9/26/2016 - 9/29/2016; 9/26/2016 - 9/30/2016; 9/28/2016 - 10/2/2016; 10/2/2016 - 10/6/2016; 10/4/2016 - 10/7/2016; 10/6/2016 - 10/9/2016; 10/10/2016 - 10/14/2016; 10/10/2016 - 10/13/2016; 10/12/2016 - 10/16/2016; 10/18/2016 - 10/21/2016; 10/20/2016 - 10/23/2016; 11/3/2016 - 11/6/2016;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Croatia
Price starting at: $895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 7; 3 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Revel in three additional nights in Southeast Europe’s oldest national park and Zagreb as you enjoy expert-led excursions to pristine lakes, idyllic forests and historic villages. This program is an extension. Take it in conjunction with one of our most popular programs 20118: The Best of Croatia by Yacht which sails the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia between the historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik. If you would like to enroll in this extension, please contact our Participant Services department at 1-800-454-5768.

Activity Particulars

Walking a few miles per day over uneven, hilly terrain. Some stairs without railings.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Zagreb, 2 nights; Plitvice Lakes National Park, 1 night.

Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Days 2-3: Arrival Zagreb:

Experience Zagreb, a modern capital city that grew out of two medieval settlements on neighboring hilltops, on an expert-led excursion and independently. Lodging: Hotel in Zagreb’s main city square.

Day 4: Coach to Plitvice Lakes National Park:

Stop in Karlovac, a city strategically built in the shape of a six-pointed star to defend against Turkish invaders. Absorb the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest national park in Southeast Europe. Find its 16 colorful lakes and cascading waterfalls and keep an eye out for wildlife including brown bears, wolves and wildcats. Lodging: Hotel within park near the largest lake.

Day 5: Coach to Split to begin main program


Flanked by Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, and other Balkan states, Croatia’s crescent-shaped border reveals the transformative history of foreign invasions and more recent Communist collapse. More than 1,700 tiny inlets and islands sprinkle the nation’s Adriatic coast, while beneath the water’s surface rest shipwrecks and cargo from the Greeks through World War II. Seaside promenades in Split attract admirers, as do the mountains outside Zagreb.

Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Dubrovnik Zagreb
  Zagreb, Croatia 2 nights
   Hotel Jezero
  Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia 1 night
 Hotel Dubrovnik Zagreb
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: Not a ship
  Contact info: Gajeva 1 10000,
Zagreb,   Croatia
phone: +0038514863555
  Facility amenities: The standard offer of each room includes: •FREE high speed and wireless Internet connection •air-conditioning system, •safe, •mini bar, •satellite TV with LCD display, •telephone, •room service (from 7AM to 10PM), •a bathroom with a bathtub in rooms with two beds, double beds and suites and a shower in single rooms, •hair dryer, •standard cosmetic set, •the room price includes our rich buffet breakfast (from 6:30 AM to 10AM). •hotel guest may use the fitness center and the business center (24 hours a day) free of charge •the laundry and dry-cleaning services are offered to the guest with extra charge •iron and iron board on request free of charge •hotel parking with the previous reservation and extra charge
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Jezero
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: Not a ship
  Contact info: HR 53231 Plitvice lakes
Plitvice Lakes National Park,   Croatia
phone: +385(0)53751400
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers 229 units, including 7 suites, 10 semi-suites and 2 handicapped accessible rooms. The hotel lobby bar, as well as the hotel restaurant with its rich and recognizable culinary offer. Our youngest guests will find entertainment in the children's playroom. All hotel rooms are equipped with satellite TV, telephone and Internet connection and washrooms with either a bath or shower. Majority of rooms are equipped with a mini-bar. Additional features available include the whirlpool - massage pool for a maximum of 15 persons and two Finnish and Turkish steam baths, as well as a hairdresser's salon. The use of the massage pool is included in the room price, while the use of saunas is extra.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This extension begins with transfers from the Zagreb International Airport to Zagreb Hotel on the pre-program start date You will be staying at Hotel Dubrovnik Zagreb that night.
  End of Program:
This extension ends with transfers from Zadar to the main program hotel in Split You will be staying at Hotel Jezero the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Passport must be valid for 6 months past the program start date, April 21 2013. A visa is not required for US passport holders.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Hotel is 0.5 km away from the Main train station, and about a kilometer away from the Main bus station
To Start of Program
  Location:  Zagreb
  Transportation to site: Hotel Dubrovnik is situated on the main square in Zagreb called “Trg Ban J. Jelačić. The hotel is 0.5 km away from the Main train station, and about a kilometer away from the Main bus station. The Zagreb International Airport is18 km away. Taxis are readily available outside the airport. A taxi fare from the airport to the hotel will cost you approxitmatley $33.00US.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Split
  Transportation from site: All program participants will be transfered from the Plitvice hotel (the last accomodation on the pre-program extension) to the main program hotel in Split.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival Zagreb, Croatia
(Wednesday, April 1)

Note: Arrival and transfer to the hotel involves walking approximately 800 yard from where bus stops to the hotel. Luggage will be taken to hotel by mini bus. Any participants who need help will be taken to the hotel by mini bus

 Afternoon: Transfer to Hotel Dubrovnik. Before dinner tonight, we will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel Dubrovnik Zagreb
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Zagreb
(Thursday, April 2)

Note: In the morning, the visit to Zagreb involves walking at least 2 mile round trip and standing for up to 1 hour.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Filed Trip: Discover Zagreb Today's Zagreb has grown out of two medieval settlements that for centuries developed on neighbouring hills. The first written mention of the city dates from 1094, when a diocese was founded on Kaptol, while in 1242, neighbouring Gradec was proclaimed a free and royal city. Both the settlements were surrounded by high walls and towers, remains of which are still preserved.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to independently explore Zagreb. Your Group Leader will be able to offer suggestions.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel Dubrovnik Zagreb
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Plitvice Lakes/Discover Karlovac
(Friday, April 3)

Note: In the afternoon the visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park requires at least 3 miles round trip of walking and exploring the parks incredible scenery.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field trip: Karlovac was built in the 16th century as a unique city core formed as a six-pointed star with a purpose of defense from the Turkish conquerors. Besides Karlovac, only two other towns in Europe have similar plans (Palmanova in Italy and Novy Zamk in Slovakia).
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in Plitvice National Park.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Plitvice Lakes Croatia's first National park established in 1949 covers 296.85 km2 of breathtaking natural splendor. It is the largest among the eight national parks of the country. The park harbours a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forest and diversity of animal life. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. The sixteen lakes which are formed by natural dams of travertine are separated into upper and lower lakes
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Hotel Jezero
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Plitvice / Zadar / Split
(Saturday, April 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field Trip: Zadar is an ancient city full of historical and cultural monuments. It is three thousand years old, a city of old, tumultuous and dynamic history, often destructed, looted, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful. Zadar appeared for the first time in history in the 4th century B.C. as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Librunians.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Bus departs Zadar to Split. Arrive in Split and check into your hotel (paid for in main program).
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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