Croatia & Around Escapes
Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve’s beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.
Croatia boasts one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline that Europe has to offer, with almost 6,000 kilometres of shoreline and over 1,000 islands, reefs and cliffs. Over-exploitation of the coast has been avoided and there are still enough sparsely populated islands, quiet coves and stone-built fishing villages to make you feel you are visiting one of the Mediterranean’s most unspoilt areas. This is the Mediterranean of years gone by – from the Istrian peninsula in the north along the glorious Dalmatian Coast down to Dubrovnik in the south.
Slovenia’s lively and friendly capital Ljubljana is an ideal starting point for discovering the beauty of this hidden gem. Experience stunning Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj in the north, leisurely wine trails in the south and the renowned horse stud farm in Lipica, home to the world famous Lipizzaner horses of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
Montenegro lies on the Balkan Peninsula covering an area of just 13,800 square km. However this charming country more than makes up for its small size with its astonishing diversity. The southern coast has over 30 kilometres of golden sand and warm blue sea, sharply contrasting with the imposing mountains of the north, and making it possible to swim in the morning and ski in the afternoon. Located along one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the city of Kotor’s magnificent medieval architecture and famous monuments have resulted in a listing by UNESCO. One such monument is the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, a remarkable legacy of Roman culture and the oldest of its kind on this side of the Adriatic.
Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day. It is Croatia’s capital, as well as being a business centre, university centre, city of culture, art and entertainment. Springing up from two medieval settlements – Kaptol and Gradec, which form the core of the old Upper Town, it is a true Central European city and with the surrounding settlements it has about one million inhabitants. The old Baroque nucleus is woven from old stone streets and buildings, many churches, a magnificent cathedral with modern shops, cosy cafes and restaurants. A large number of green oases and walks, numerous excursion sites in beautiful surroundings, monuments and sacred objects make it a pleasant place to live in and a city tailored to fit every man.
Also known as “Ragusa”, Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent destinations in this part of Europe and a “must see” city of the Adriatic sea coast. Famous ancient Walls that surround the old City take you back centuries ago and walking on Stradun makes you feel like you are in an outdoor museum. Although severely devastated by the 1667 earthquake, Dubrovnik has managed to preserve its gothic, renaissance and baroque churches, monasteries and fountains. Bernard Shaw, a famous Irish writer, once said: “Those who are looking for paradise on Earth should visit Dubrovnik”. There is a good reason this city is often called a “Pearl of the Adriatic Sea”.
This eternally young city has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian’s palace at its heart, which is also the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Cathedral of sv. Dujam [St. Domnios], the patron saint of Split, is located in the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many of the faithful and tourists. Many valuable monuments of culture are located outside the walls of Diocletian’s Palace (Renaissance Prokurative Square, palaces, churches, museums).
Zadar is an ancient Mediterranean port city. The old town, surrounded by walls and towers on a peninsula, with a new, urban part is connected by a bridge, a symbol of the city. The old town is a treasure trove of archaeological treasures and monuments to the ancient, medieval and Renaissance periods. This is visible by a number of sacral and architectural monuments – the church of St. Donatus, the Roman Forum near the main square, Kalelarga – the longest and widest street, the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, an Archaeological Museum with its exceptional treasures and many other monuments of cultural and historical heritage (town gate, Arsenal, churches, museums…). In a city with the most beautiful sunset, in a maritime archipelago facing a multitude of islands and islets, which protect the city from the strong winds, enjoy the symphony of the Sea Organ and magical urban light installation Greeting the Sun.
The centre of the sunniest Croatian island of the same name – Hvar is a unique blend of luxurious Mediterranean natural surroundings, layer upon layer of a rich cultural and historical heritage. Located in picturesque natural surroundings on the south side of the island, surrounded by mighty medieval walls, magical fields and the scent of lavender, Hvar is a never-ending treasure of monumental heritage, culture and atmospheres. Its name originates from the word PHAROS – the Greek name for the island of Hvar and the town which was formerly in the place of the present Stari Grad (the Old Town) from which it took over the title as island centre in the 13th century. From its castle Spanjol, high above the town, majestic views open up over the green the Hell Islands. The main city square in front of the cathedral by the Arsenal and the oldest European theatre from the 17th century are a favourite gathering place for visitors.
Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia, small and pretty, easy to get around, and full of surprises. While during winter it is its dreamy central European character that prevails, during summer it has a relaxed Mediterranean feel to it. It is remarkable for its rich tradition, youthful vibrancy, cultural creativity, feel for entertainment, and numerous green spaces. Ljubljana has preserved evidence of all the five millennia of its history, including, among others, the remains of the Roman city of Emona and the old city centre with its medieval castle and beautiful buildings with Baroque façades, decorative portals and uneven roofs. Other significant bits in the mosaic of Ljubljana are its picturesque bridges across the river Ljubljanica and its vast Tivoli park, stretching into the very city centre.
Slovenia has only one island but its uniqueness makes it more attractive than many an archipelago. Sheltered by picturesque mountains, the island reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which visitors from all over the world love to return. With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. The beauty of the mountains reflected on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air arouse pleasant feelings in visitors throughout the year, guaranteeing an ideal base or a relaxing break or an active holiday. Bled attracts businessmen, artists, athletes, explorers, sport enthusiasts, the old and the young, from all over the world, enchanting them to return again and again.
- Honeymoon in Croatia – Weaving romance into each moment, In Love in Croatia celebrates your love at the most awe-inspiring Adriatic hotels, restaurants, events and moments.
- Sailing Experience – Croatia has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, with more than a thousand islands making up a fantastic archipelago of sleepy, historic towns, undiscovered beaches, sparkling seas and secluded inlets.
- Hiking, Cycling, Kayaking – From conquering mountain peaks, discovering river springs in the hinterland to kayaking among the Adriatic Sea jewels, it will become clear that adventures to be had in Croatia could never fit into just one holiday.
- Jewish Heritage of the Balkans – Explore the Jewish heritage of Dubrovnik, Split, Sarajevo and Zagreb, whilst enjoying the region’s stunning landscapes, enthralling history and diverse culture.
- Ultimate Wine Tours – Culinary and wine enthusiasts will appreciate this gourmet itinerary featuring the finest flavors and the unique wines of Croatia!
- Family Getaways – From learning about our UNESCO heritage, getting out and about in Croatia’s national parks, to quality beach time, Family Croatia promises entertainment for all family members!
- Treasures of the past – For a relatively small country, Croatia will by all means impress with the vast amplitude of its significant historical and archaeological heritage.
- Off the Beaten Path – In vicinity of popular and frequented Croatian destinations, you will discover places still unconquered by visiting masses. Their stories are very unique and portray a vivid image of another Croatia.
- Small Group Tour – If you are looking for breathtaking sceneries, unparalleled relaxation and exquisite service, complete with a stay at some of the country’s finest hotels, discover Majestic Croatia!
- Vineyard – Private vineyard tour and wine tasting in Croatian “Napa Valley” of Peljesac Peninsula.
- Oyster Farm – Private oyster farm tour and oyster tasting on a private island in Mali Ston Bay.
- Private Museum – VIP museum tours after working hours.