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. 23227RJ
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4 nights
7 meals
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Activity note: This program may be taken only as an extension of Program 22587 "Slovenia & Croatia: Hidden Coves and Ancient Treasures by Sea". Please be aware that indicated times are approximate and that program activities and schedules could change due to local circumstances such as weather, traffic conditions, etc. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Arrival Zagreb, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Hotel Palace

Activity note: Arrival and transfer to the hotel involves walking approximately 800 yards from where bus stops to the hotel. Luggage will be taken to hotel by luggage cart. Any participants who need help will be taken to the hotel by mini bus. Orientation today will be up a few flights of stairs.

Afternoon: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Evening: At leisure.

Zagreb, Free Time
Hotel Palace

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, we’ll enjoy a European style buffet breakfast with milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

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. 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.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: On your own to explore local flavors.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

Plitvice National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Hotel Jezero

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 hotel dining room.

Morning: After checking out of our hotel, we will transfer by bus to Plitvice Lakes and enjoy an exploration led by our Group Leader. Croatia's first National Park, Plitvice Lakes 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 your own at Plitvice National Park.

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

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

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

Smiljan, Transfer to Split, Extension Program Concludes

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).

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board the bus and drive to 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 Split.

Afternoon: Upon arrival to Split, we will transfer to Primošten dock and board our ship. This concludes the extension program.

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