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We meet at 11.45am for our Ryanair flight departing at 1.45pm. On arrival in Trieste at 3.45pm, we will start our drive towards Zagreb and check into our hotel. The rest of the evening is free to start getting into the lovely Christmas spirit that Zagreb offers!
We will start our stay with an optional half day city tour of Zagreb, the metropolis of Croatian spirit. Zagreb has grown to be a city of one million inhabitants and Croatia’s cultural, spiritual, economic, political and sport center. We will visit the Upper Town with its Gothic Cathedral, St. Catherine’s Church and the massive St. Mark’s Church with a multi-colour-tiled roof. We will also see the medieval Stone Gate, the open-air market, the Lower Town and its colourful turn-of-the-century architecture best represented in the building of the Croatian National Theater and Opera House. The rest of the afternoon is free to continue discovering the Christmas markets. The sound of Christmas bells, the scent of gingerbread, mulled wine and various other delicacies... Just forget everything and enjoy all these wonderful things! During the Advent season, Zagreb offers a variety of events that will satisfy even the most demanding visitors. Plenty of fun, excellent food, unique events, art, but also a genuine Christmas atmosphere await you on the streets of Croatia’s capital.
We start off our optional full day excursion by visiting Trakoscan castle, the most visited, most famous and best preserved castle in the country. Built in the 14th century as a small fortress, the castle has been rebuilt and renovated several times until the 19th century. After a guided tour of the castle, you can stroll around the lovely woods encircling the castle’s lake. We will later proceed to visit the oldest town in Slovenia, Ptuj. We will explore its beauty in a walking tour through the town and visit Ptuj Castle (extra), the Provost’s church and the old City Hall.
Today our optional full day excursion takes us to a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Plitvice Lakes, known to be one of the most beautiful and best preserved spots in the country. It is a valley situated between high forested mountains. With a string of sixteen beautiful crystal blue and green lakes tumbling into each other via a series of waterfalls and cascades. Lunch (extra) can be enjoyed in a restaurant with typical ambience in the heart of the Park. We will enjoy a guided tour of the National Park and enjoy some free time. (Fit for walking snow shoes and warm clothing are required for this excursion since there will be plenty of snow and some pathways don’t have railings to hold on to).
Today’s optional full day excursion will take us across the Slovenian border again and into Novo Mesto visiting a traditional farm famous for its Cvicek wine. The farm is a 150-year-old country house which was restored and refurbished in a traditional way. We will be welcomed with a tasting of home-made bread, salami sausage and the local wine. We can also enjoy a peaceful ride aboard a large traditional raft along the Krka River (weather permitting). The rafting experience should not be missed, meandering under four main bridges whilst taking in the main sights around this beautiful river. What is more, we will be entertained with live music on board! We will then have free time in Novo Mesto village where we can have lunch (extra) or do some personal sightseeing.
We will start off the day with a relaxed morning, followed by an optional full day excursion taking us to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Particular highlights of the old town include the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, City Hall, the Three Bridges and the open market. After the guided tour, we will take a boat ride (included – weather permitting) on the River Ljubljanica to admire the city with a different view from the river banks. We will enjoy the change of atmosphere when the day goes dark and the magic lights up! Feel the vibrancy and cheerful atmosphere of festive Ljubljana at the four Christmas markets held in its historic city centre. Ljubljana is ranked among the most attractive European capitals with its December illuminations and Christmas fair!
Our optional full day excursion today will take us to the city of Varazdin. With its old baroque architecture, Varazdin is the perfect place for Christmas decorations. Christmas lights, the smell of cookies, the sound of carols and a big skating rink create an atmosphere you’ll easily immerse yourself in. There are a couple of reasons Varazdin is so festive during this time of the year. In fact, today, the most famous Christmas Truck will visit Varazdin!
We check out of our rooms and start our drive back to Trieste airport, stopping en route in the outskirts of Trieste were we will visit the Castle of Miramare (entrance extra), standing on the tip of the promontory of Grignano. Its position overlooking the sea, provides the possibility to enjoy a wonderful view over the Gulf of Trieste. The Castle is surrounded by a beautiful park with valuable botanical species where one can relax. We continue towards the airport for our Ryanair flight departing at 4.10pm and arriving in Malta 6.10pm.
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Price per person
€799 €699* Adult in Triple
€839 €739* Adult in Twin
€1079 €979* Adult in Single
€699 €599* Child sharing with 2 adults
* Special price applies when all excursions are taken
Ryanair flights to Trieste airport including priority boarding, 10kg carry-on luggage and 20kg checked in luggage
7 nights in 4 star hotel in Zagreb or similar
Rooms with private facilities, TV & central heating
Daily buffet breakfast
Return airport transfers
Services of tour leader
All taxes & services charges
€21 €10 Zagreb City tour
€53 €31 Ptuj/Trakoscan Plitvice Lakes
€52 €32 Novo Mesto Farm & River Boat Cruise
€39 €20 Ljubljana
€39 €20 Varazdin
All excursions are guided by an English speaking guide
not included in price
City tax of €2.00 per person per night is to be paid directly at the hotel
* All above prices are subject to change