Friendly Planet Travel Announces a 10-day Tour to Discover Croatia

Rugged, gorgeous coastlines, unique historic cities, impressive architecture, charming villages, and decadent food and wine define Croatia, one of Europe’s hidden gems. As a country untouched by mass tourism, Croatia is a destination for travelers seeking a European vacation with a twist. Friendly Planet Travel is now offering travelers the chance to explore this majestic country on the Discover Croatia tour starting at just $2,699.

The package focuses on local gastronomy, in addition to sightseeing, offering opportunities to sample Croatian cuisine throughout the tour. Several wineries are also visited.

The tour begins at the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, which boasts rich history and culture and continues to Opatija, a favorite resort and playground of European aristocracy. From there, travelers have the opportunity to visit Pula, once a strategic port in ancient Rome. The tour continues to Rovinj, one of the most beautiful seaside towns in Istria, and then heads off to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring 16 beautiful, clear lakes connected by waterfalls, with a boat ride over the emerald green Kozjak Lake.

The tour continues to the historic towns of Šibenik and Split, before heading off to Trogir, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic town situated on a small island linked by bridges. From there, it is off to Ston to visit Milos Winery and finally Dubrovnik, a timeless old town that is uniquely encircled by medieval ramparts and has remained unchanged since the 13th century.

Friendly Planet Travel’s Discover Croatia package includes four-star accommodations in each location. In Zagreb, the Hotel Palace is located in the heart of the city; in Opatija, the modern Kristal Hotel built on the banks of the Adriatic Sea; in Split, the Italian-style President Hotel located at the foothills of the famous Marjan Hill; and in Dubrovnik, the Uvala Hotel with its Mediterranean atmosphere, great views and complimentary bus to town.

Friendly Planet’s 10-day Discover Croatia tour is available on the departure dates of April 19 and May 3 for $2,699, and May 31 for $3,199 if booked by Oct. 17. More departures for the Fall of 2013 are planned. The 10-day Discover Croatia package includes round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR); fuel surcharges, taxes and fees; all ground transportation and transfers; accommodations; 16 meals; entrance fees; and a professional English-speaking tour director and local guides.

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