Experience an unforgettable Christmas break in a largely undiscovered corner of Europe. Zagreb’s appealing mix of the contemporary and the ancient is waiting to be explored, from its Austro-Hungarian architecture and its impressive Gothic cathedral, to its assortment of museums, galleries, fine shops and restaurants. It also plays host to frequent dance festivals, concerts, and sporting events. Croatia’s buzzing capital truly combines the best of eastern and western Europe in its offering.
5 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for your direct, scheduled Croatia Airlines flight to Zagreb. On arrival we transfer to the Hotel Esplanade (5T). After check-in, we enjoy a welcome drink and then dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.
Day 2 Zagreb
We depart on an included sightseeing tour of Zagreb, visiting the upper town, the historical centre of the city, the Church of St Mark, the cathedral, and the Croatian National Theatre and university. There is then free time in the city centre for you to explore the Christmas market or enjoy coffee or tea at one of the numerous cafés overlooking the main square.
Day 3 Christmas Eve - Plitvice Lakes
Our destination today is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Plitvice Lakes. En route we break our journey at the village of Rastoke, where two rivers meet, generating enough power for a number of attractive watermills. Some of these are still in working order, creating lovely images within the beautiful landscape in which they are set. Plitvice Lakes National Park itself is an extraordinary complex of sixteen emerald-green lakes and pools, which, fed by the Korana River and other smaller streams, allow the waters to flow from one lake to the next forming a spectacular display of waterfalls and cascades. In the evening, experience a traditional Christmas Eve Croatian dinner with a glass of wine or beer and music, served at the hotel. After dinner you may wish to attend the traditional Christmas Eve celebrations at St Stephen’s Cathedral.
Day 4 Christmas Day - Zagreb
Spend the whole of the day at leisure, with breakfast, lunch and dinner included at the hotel. A glass of wine or beer is included with your Christmas lunch today to contribute to your festive fun!
Day 5 Boxing Day - Varaždin
We journey this morning, to the lovely baroque town of Varaždin, referred to by some as Croatia’s ‘Little Vienna’. A city of music, history and flowers, the town’s rich culture mixed with the baroque palaces, churches and monasteries make it a joy to explore. Varaždin Cemetery is one of the most beautiful in Europe. We return to the hotel, where the afternoon is free. Our final dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.
Day 6 Zagreb - London
After breakfast, spend some time at leisure, before our transfer to Zagreb Airport for our direct, scheduled Croatia Airlines flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.