Extension: Croatia’s Capital and Beautiful Lakes

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.
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Program No. 21037RJ
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4 days
3 nights
6 meals
3 B 1 L 2 D
Smiljan, Transfer to Plitvice National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Hotel Jezero

Activity note: Driving approximately 124 miles throughout the day; about 3.5 hours total, with stops for field trips. Please note that the second floor of the museum showcases some of Tesla’s inventions, which when in operation, may be dangerous to people with electronic medical devices (e.g. pacemakers).

Morning: We will begin with a drive to Smiljan, the birthplace of inventor, engineer, and scientist Nikola Tesla. While here on site, we will explore the recently established Nikola Tesla Museum and Memorial Center and learn from museum staff about the rivalry between Tesla and Edison as they vied over which electrical system would provide the best power: AC or DC. We’ll also discover many more inventions by this engineer, scientist, futurist, and physicist as we explore on site.

Lunch: Simple lunch en route to Plitvice National Park.

Afternoon: Upon arrival, we will check-in to our hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax and settle into your rooms before dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Plitvice National Park
Hotel Dubrovnik Zagreb

Activity note: Driving approximately 62 miles; about 2.5 hours. Walking approximately 5 miles roundtrip at Plitvice Lakes National Park; one way loop around lakes; about 2 hours. Long steep incline, no railing, to get to/from the lakes, as well as to/from parking area; narrow boardwalk over water in many places; often no railing up/down steps/inclines. Good walking shoes and walking sticks recommended.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, we’ll enjoy a European style buffet breakfast with milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will head out to explore Plivitce Lakes in the morning on a field trip led our Group Leader. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s first National Park, was established in 1979 and is spread out over nearly 300 square kilometers of breathtaking natural splendor. The park features a grand collection of waterfalls, lakes, forests and diverse wildlife. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure blue to emerald green, grey to turquoise. The colors change constantly, depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

Lunch: On you own in Plitvice National Park.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Plitvice National Park. Later in the afternoon, we will transfer by motorcoach to the city of Zagreb. Upon arrival, we will check-in to our hotel. Take some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: On your own. This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to explore local fare. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

Zagreb, Free Time
Hotel Dubrovnik Zagreb

Activity note: Walking at least 3 miles roundtrip during morning group activities; periods of standing up to 2 hours; some inclines with no railings.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Led by our local expert, we will explore the historic city of Zagreb, which dates back to the medieval era. What is now Zagreb grew from what was initially two neighboring settlements, Kaptol and Gradec. Each was surrounded by high city walls that served defensively for years but, as time drew on and more people moved to the area, eventually the lowlands between the two hill communities were settled also. After years of the borders blurring, these settlements finally were combined into the city of Zagreb in 1850. We’ll walk through Zagreb to the funicular and ride it up to where we can get a good view of the city.

Lunch: On your own to explore local flavors.

Afternoon: Free time. This time has been set aside for you to see and do whatever interests you most in Zagreb.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, enjoy a plated and served Farewell Dinner indulging in local flavors. Choice of one beverage included, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel where the remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out tomorrow.

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Breakfast: In hotel dining room.

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