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JUNE 2019 DATES
WEEK 4: JUNE 22 - JULY 01 - (RESERVED)
JULY 2019 DATES / sold out
WEEK 1: JULY 07-16
WEEK 2: JULY 21-30
10 day Itinerary
Day 1: arrival day - zagreb
Welcome! We look forward to meeting you! Upon arrival at the Zagreb Intl Airport, you will be met and transported to your hotel where we will greet you in Zagreb’s City Center. Here, you can relax for the evening or perhaps take a stroll around the Ban Jelicic Square, filled with many restaurants and cafes, as well as wonderful Slasticarnas (ice cream & dessert cafes). Our journey will begin very early, so get some rest….
day 2: zagreb -> plitvitce lakes national park -> pag island
Nutrition begins early…then, we grab our bags and head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Plitvitce Lakes National Park. We will explore Plitvitce Lakes on the wooden foot paths, marveling at numerous waterfalls and crystal clear water cascading through the forests and rocks above. It is gorgeous and powerful. A ‘Bucket List’ place for sure. After our adventure in Plitvice, we depart to Island Pag, our base-camp for the next two days. Destination: Novalja, to our modern condo accommodations at the friendly, Ville Sunca.
Day 3: pag island
We typically opt to use this day as sort of a “chill day” allowing the body to settle into it’s new time-zone and environment. Here, we begin the day by boat to explore some of the most beautiful standup paddling, swimming, snorkeling locations in all of the Croatian islands. Island Pag, known as the barren island, offers a surreal moonscape topography and unique starkness providing a profound serene beauty. The unusual landscape, as on Metanja and Rucica, is a natural phenomena occurring from years of Bura winds. We will also take you to Zavratnica Bay, a stunning cove where the ancient Romans once thrived. Here, we can paddle, swim, snorkel, relax, hike the park’s trails and simply enjoy. Sunset will wrap up our magical day on the water.
Day 4: pag Island -> grabovaca Caves -> pag Island
Grab the hiking shoes and cameras for our next journey to the amazing underground caves of Grabovaca. This will certainly be fascinating…After our day of exploration in the Mighty Velebit Mountains, we head back to base-camp on Island Pag. Time dependent, we have multiple options of local culture and adventure available to us, or, perhaps you may desire more late day / sunset water-time…these are the good decisions to have to make! By the way, did you know that Island Pag is known for their goat cheese, sea salt and olive oil? Pag has the oldest wild olive groves in the world with some trees dating back 1600+ years. So, we will ensure your Pag olive oil is not forgotten…
Day 5: pag island -> zadar -> pag island
Our next location for the day will be another UNESCO World Heritage site: the ancient walled city of Zadar. Here, we will spend the day in the city that dates back 3000 years and soak in all of it’s wonder. Church of St. Donatus, the Cathedral tower, polished cobblestone streets, Roman columns and monuments, are a few of the many fascinating features of this city, and of course, the famous Sea Organ and Sun Dial. It is truly a unique experience all packed into one area. Even Alfred Hitchcock visited Zadar and is quoted as saying, “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, Florida.” It is pretty amazing and we will plan to experience our sunset there as well…
Day 6: pag island -> hvar island
Our last morning on Island Pag, leads us to Babe (prounounced: “ba-beh”) Beach with SUP boards for a morning paddle along the natural coastline. Afterwards, we say “Doviđenja” to our Ville Sunca friends and travel to our next destination: the world famous Hvar Island! Our destination will be the The Grand Amfora Resort. This beautiful hotel has first-rate amenities that include a Fitness Center, Spa, Massage, Pool and Seaside Privacy decks - and overlooks the Adriatic Sea. It sits directly on the promenade and is a short stroll to the Hvar Town square. Hvar Town provides, excellent dining, charming wine bars and cafes, nightlife, a 16th century fortress, UNESCO heritage sites, super yachts the size of hotels…it’s all here, and you will be right in the middle of it.
Day 7: hvar island
We start our day by boat to journey to the picturesque Hvar Otoci (“little islands): The Pakleni Archipelago. After relaxing and water-time, we head back to the Amfora Hotel and prepare to explore the 16th century Spaniola Fortress towering above Hvar town. The fortress has an interesting history and the overlook is stunning. We won’t miss the tiny spiral stairs leading down into the dungeon where prisoners were once kept in the 16th century! It is an eye-opener…we will also explore more of Hvar Town, it’s cobbled alleyways, and more…
day 8: hvar island
Today, we explore other areas of the island such as Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe and ‘the historical heart of Island Hvar’. So charming are these towns…Also, in case you didn’t know, Hvar is known as the Lavender Island. You will notice lavender shops and kioskes everywhere. This is because the Stari Grad Plain according to the official UNESCO inscription, is “a cultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonized by Greeks from Paros in the 4th century B.C.” So, we will ensure your Lavender oil is not forgotten too!
day 9: hvar island -> split -> zagreb
Today, is our final transfer day but your journey doesn’t end yet as you will be immersed in great history again. Upon our early arrival in the busy port town of Split, we will explore the Palace of Emperor Diocletian. You can not miss it in all it’s grandeur built in 305 AD. After the palace visit, we head north to the capitol city of Zagreb. Time allowing, we will explore the upper town of Zagreb via the Funicular Railway. Here, you will find St Marks Church, the Croatian Parliament, the famous Kamenita Vrata (The Stone Gate), and one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe called “K Crnom Orlu” (“At the Black Eagle”) where Dante’s great-grandson once worked. Zagreb’s beautiful Cathedral can not be missed. This is a great time to do some shopping, take some personal photos and soak it all in. At days end, we will meet again and have our ‘retreat finale’ group dinner. We look forward to sharing thoughts and stories of the amazing week.
DAY 10: bon voyage
This day is all yours. We consider all our travel guests as our new friends and hope that your journey met all it’s expectations. Allowing us to be part of your experience in a country we are so passionate about is truly a gift for us too. Thank you,