Day 1 - UK/Zagreb
Today you'll fly to Zagreb Airport and transfer to the sophisticated resort of Opatija, on Kvarner Bay, your base for the next seven nights. Your hotel is beautifully located on Opatija's seven-mile coastal promenade known as the Lungomare
Day 2 - Opatija and Rijeka
Join your Tour Manager for a walking tour of Opatija today. The resort boasts splendid Austro-Hungarian architecture as well as beautiful gardens and a lovely coastal promenade. During your tour you'll also see a chocolate-making demonstration and tasting.
This afternoon you'll visit Rijeka, where during a walking tour you'll see Trsat Castle, which looms over the city from its hilltop position. You've time to make your own discoveries before heading back to the hotel.
Day 3 - Istrian Peninsula
You'll see more of the Istrian Peninsula on today's full-day included excursion. Visit the town of Pula and step inside the impressive Roman amphitheatre, which would have once hosted gladiatorial battles. Enjoy lunch before moving on to medieval Rovinj, a delightful resort with a charming old town and a colourful harbour.
Tonight, the hotel is hosting a Mediterranean-themed dinner in the restaurant.
Day 4 - Lovran and Moscenice
On our included excursion this morning you'll journey along the Lungomare to the picturesque town of Lovran, where a stroll around its town square will reveal Baroque architecture and the 14th century Church of St George. Next you'll head to Moscenice. Overlooking the coast, this medieval fortified town falls steeply towards the sea and boasts narrow, streets dotted with ancient churches and elegant villas. This afternoon is free for you to relax at leisure in your resort. Tonight, why not head out for a stroll on Opatija's promenade and find a restaurant for dinner.
Day 5 - Plitvice Lakes
Croatia's Plitvice National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where 16 lakes spill into each other, forming impressive cascading waterfalls. Today's optional excursion includes a boat trip across Lake Kozjak, the largest in the park, and there will be free time to take lunch and enjoy the glorious scenery.
Day 6 - Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle
Spend today at leisure or join our optional excursion to neighbouring Slovenia. You'll visit the Postonja Caves, carved by the Pivka River and filled with incredible stalactites and stalagmites. Your tour then moves on to Predjama Castle, which has perched precariously on a cliff for the past 700 years.
Day 7 - Opatija/Kastav
Today has been left free for you to spend at leisure. Perhaps spend some time relaxing in the wellness centre and spa at your hotel or take a dip in the large indoor swimming pool.
Alternatively, why not join our optional excursion to the small town of Kastav, which stands on a hill overlooking Opatija. Fortified with a medieval wall and six towers, it is a delight to explore on foot, especially as we head along its shady forest trail.
Tonight, we'll enjoy a special farewell dinner at the hotel.
Day 8 - Zagreb/UK
Today you'll transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.