City Break zagreb & split

2 nights in zagreb & 2 nights in Split – EXCURSION TO PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Based on 17 reviews
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Duration

5 days

Dates

all year round

Size

2+

Start in

Zagreb or Split

Transport

transfers and walking tours

Language

English

Summary

This break combines two Croatian biggest cities. Continental capital  –Zagreb and charming Split on the south. Explore Croatian most vibrant cities  and in the meantime visit most popular Croatian national Park Plitvice lakes, located right in the middle. 

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, ranks among the oldest cities in Central Europe,  the city developed between the mountain of Medvednica and the river Sava. Its old center consists of the medieval Gradec – today the home of the Croatian Government and Parliament – and Kaptol, the seat of the Archbishop. Following the administrative unification of the two entities and the surrounding villages in the 19th century, the city experienced a surge in the construction of prestigious buildings, squares and fountains, as well as the establishment of beautiful park-woods and parks which today make it one of the greenest cities in Europe. With approximately 20 theatres, 30 museums, 45 galleries and 13 art collections, a great zoo and almost a million inhabitants, Zagreb is a real Croatian metropolis, one which attracts guests of all profiles.  I you are planning to visit Zagreb in December you can enjoy the best Christmas Market in Europe. Zagreb has won this prestigious title three times in a row 3 years in a row. The city lights up during this festive time and fills up with Christmas atmosphere.   A delight to walk through, the capital of Croatia attracts visitors with the lively atmosphere of its streets, numerous coffee shops, restaurants and shopping. If you are looking for a break on your way to, or from, a seaside tourist resort, a break that would freshen up your journey, then Zagreb is the place to come to and it is waiting for you.

Split is busy and big city (Croatia’s second largest city after the Capital in Zagreb) but it remains one of the Adriatic’s most vibrant port cities, stunningly located between mountains and sea. Diocletian’s Palace, a World Heritage Site, is the main attraction but there are so many things to do, including half day and trips, world-class nightlife and restaurants that it’s impossible to be bored. With all of that this city will surely win you over. Split is a large and busy city (Croatia’s second largest, after Zagreb, the capital) Split remains one of the Adriatic’s most vibrant port cities. Stunningly located between mountains and the sea, Diocletian’s Palace, a World Heritage Site, is the main attraction but there are so many other things to do like chilling at the beach, biking or hiking on Marjan hill, taking the half day trips, world-class nightlife and restaurants with their exquisite Dalmatian and international cousin. With all of this and more, Split is never boring and will surely win you over.

Modern split grew around the Diocletian’s Palace, which now represents its historic city center. To the date, this is one of the most impressive Roman ruins yet visitors today will have a hard time picturing the stand-alone as palace it is now melted into the city center of Split. Inhabited since Roman emperor Diocletian built it at the turn of 4th century, palace today is a living monument and as a such unique place in the world.

Split become a venue for excellent gourmet and vine experiences, numerous cultural happenings like film and theatre festivals, exhibitions, excellent museums and concerts, a city which offers eclectic modes of entertainment starting with numerous clubs and bars, through street festivals to events such as Ultra Europe Festival visited each year by up to 100 thousand young people from around the world.
Our city breaks offer you arranged, half tailor or fully tailor made tours that perfectly meet your ambitions and available time

 

Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Zagreb Airport

Dobro Dosli! Welcome to Croatia. Your adventure begins with a welcome, upon arrival at Franjo Tuđman Airport. Transfer to the hotel.  Check inn and overnight.

If your flight is earlier in the morning, we can arrange Day 1 with more activities.

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Day 2
5 days in zagreb

Zagreb

After breakfast, we will take a walking tour of Zagreb with an local guide. Exploring the Croatian capital you will surely fall in love with this city.

Let’s first visit one of the symbols of the city, the beautiful Zagreb Cathedral. We procced to Upper Town by walking through Croatia’s biggest Green Market “Dolac”. In the fortified, medieval Upper Town, you will visit St. Mark’s church, with its multicolor tiled roof, Parliament and government palace. We will take a ride with Zagreb’s funicular. The shortest cable car in the world has only 66 meters in length and connecting downtown Zagreb with the Upper (old) Town.  

Use the afternoon to explore Zagreb on your own.  Museum of Broken Relationships,  city ZOO, Lenuci Horseshoe –  U-shaped system of city squares with handsome series of parks, fountains and grand buildings, Tkalciceva street – here you will find Zagreb’s best cafes, restaurants and nightspots. 

Choices are there.  Overnight in Zagreb. 

Day 3

Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes - Split

After breakfast in hotel we will head to Plitvice Lakes. This oldest and the most famous Croatian national park is located just in the middle on the way from Zagreb to Split. 

Park consists of 16 lakes connected by magnificent waterfalls. Leisurely hike with your guide  allows you to take in the natural beauty of the surrounding area.  The park is visited mostly on foot – however, the entrance includes a boat ride across the Emerald Green Lake “Kozjak” and a train ride back to the main entrance. The visit to the park grounds takes approx. 3 hours.  While you can’t swim in these lakes, the experience of nature is amazing, with waterfalls and butterflies piercing the ambience of the lush green forest, providing many photo opportunities.

After visiting park we are proceeding toward Split. Arrival in Split in late afternoon.  Hotel Check in  and  evening  at leisure. Split has a lot to offer from restaurants with their exquisite Dalmatian and international cousin to  world-class nightlife.

Overnight in Split

Croatia Zagreb to Dubrovnik tour
Day 4

Split

After breakfast, we will take Split City walking tour. Situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, Split is the second largest city in Croatia. Join a local guide for a walking tour of this stunning seaside town and get to know its history. See the original and fantastically preserved basements under the city, as well as the Cathedral (originally emperor’s mausoleum), Peristyle (oldest ancient square) and Jupiter’s Temple. Explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian’s Palace – Split’s most imposing structure and some of the most interesting ruins on the Adriatic coast. Portions of the Palace are over 1700 years old and there’s ample time to walk around. Split grew out from Diocletian’s Palace and you can almost see it evolving in a multitude of different ways right before your eyes. Some cultures might have made the palace a museum, but Split is a dynamic and vibrant place, and now the palace houses many businesses and homes. If your feet get tired, why not have a drink on the Riva Promenade, this is something locals like to do. 

 

For the afternoon you may like to explore the city on your own or you would like we to arrange some activities for you. No problem , just tell us if you are more interested in cultural and sightseeing tours , or you want to experience rich Dalmatian gastro and culinary offer, taste some local wines and olive olives , and learn something about those, for region of Dalmatia, traditionally very important products.
Or you are more an adventure orientated so we can arrange some adrenaline based and active excursions for you (kayaking, rafting, canyoning, deep water soloing) Maybe you would like to take a boat trip and visit nearby islands (Brac, Hvar, Vis)
Maybe something out of everything No problem, we will create an itinerary that suits you perfectly.

Overnight in Split

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Day 5

Split - Check out and transfer to the airport

Breakfast. Check out and transfer to the airport. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time before 11:00. Transfer to the airport. 

NOTE: this tour is available in opposite direction as well, subject to your flight.  Adding more days and expending stays  in both cities Zagreb and Split is also possible. 

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Experience this trip with destination experts and local guides with exceptional knowledge about the region.
You can expect to see the places and experience the moments only local can guide you to. T
wenty years of experience and our own fleet  is your guarantee for quality organized trips.   

 

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FAQ

What is the distance from Zagreb to Split?

It is about 400 km from Zagreb to Split. Driving along the A1 motorway will take about four hours , but if you are not in a hurry, the much emptier old road is more relaxing and Plitvice lakes are on that road.

What is the official currency of Croatia?

The Croatian currency is the Kuna (HRK) , which is divided into 100 lips.

What is the average price of food and drinks in Zagreb?

Past travelers have spent, on average, kn92 ($15) on meals for one day. 

Average prices in restaurants and bars:

- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7,15 EUR - 8,72 USD
- Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 39,00 EUR - 47,58 USD
- McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5,85 EUR - 7,14 USD
- Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 1,95 EUR - 2,38 USD
- Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2,34 EUR - 2,85 USD
- Cappuccino (regular) 1,56 EUR - 1,9 USD
- Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1,95 EUR - 2,38 USD
- Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1,21 EUR 1,48 USD

What is the average price of food and drinks in Split?

While meal prices in Split can vary, the average cost of food in Split is 141 HRK   per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Split should cost around 57 HRK per person.

Average prices in restaurants and bars:

- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7,80 EUR - 9,52 USD
- Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 39,00 EUR - 47,58 USD
- McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5,85 EUR - 7,14 USD
- Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 2,21 EUR - 2,70 USD
- Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2,60 EUR - 3,17 USD
- Cappuccino (regular) 1,45 EUR - 1,77 USD
- Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1,95 EUR - 2,38 USD
- Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1,36 EUR - 1,66 USD

 

Testimonials

We booked a private tour to Krka waterfalls, and all in all everything was great, we had a transfer with the new car, well informed and very fun guide. Thank you Boris and thank you Magellan. Hope to see you again 🙂
Josephine Hollis
Great walking tour with Davor, who was very informative and friendly, but also fun. He gave a lot of tips for going around the town. I would definitely recommend!!
Rohaan Pena