Motovun is a really beautiful medieval walled town. As it is quite small, it is easy to get around although its hilltop location means there are some hilly bits to climb. Much of its architecture harks back to a time when the region was part of the Venetian Empire and reminders of this region’s rich heritage can be seen throughout the town. The surrounding region is famous for its truffles and the views over the surrounding forests and vineyards are also impressive.
Pula is a pretty seaside city most famous for being home to the best preserved Roman ruins outside Italy, including the incredible Arena built in the 1st century AD, the only Roman amphitheatre in the world with a complete circle wall and one of Croatia’s architectural gems. Other Roman highlights include the Temple of Augustus, the Hercules Gate, the city’s old Forum and the Triumphal Arch of Sergius. In addition to its rich history, Pula is awash with traditional bars and restaurants, many serving up traditional Italian food with a distinctly Croatian twist and for those looking for a bargain or a souvenir, the shops aren’t bad either!
Zagreb with funicular ride
Although it’s the capital of Croatia, Zagreb is sometimes overlooked as a destination by visitors to the country…which is a real shame, because it has plenty to offer! Sure, it doesn’t have the Adriatic sea or beaches, but it has many fine sights and plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars. The city is divided into three parts: the thousand-year old Gornji grad (Upper Town) which contains the Presidential Palace, the iconic St Mark’s Church, the Croatian parliament (Sabor), and museums and galleries which are all set in cobbled streets lit by gas lamps; the 19th century Donji grad (Lower Town) with its shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres and parks; and the modern post-World War II area of Novi Zagreb (‘new Zagreb’) which is full of high-rise buildings and basically has little to offer visitors. We have also included a short ride on the world’s shortest funicular railway, which dates back to the end of the 19th century and is only 66 metres long
Plitvice Lakes National Park – Waterfalls, Boats & Trains
This is without doubt Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction and the entire National Park was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. The beauty of this area lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres. Our visit also includes an electric boat ride around the lakes and a ride on the park’s panoramic train. This is a place where nature and beauty come together in complete harmony.