The theme of the tour was water and we were never far away from this majestic coastline of the Adriatic Sea. Roman ruins were explored in Pula a short bus ride away. The Sea Organ in Zadar serenaded us early in the morning before we nestled into Sibenik further down the coast. An invigorating day was enjoyed in the KRKA National park - hiking, swimming and lunching with our feet in the waterfalls, copious amounts of wine from our grog mugs added to the merriment at the local tavern.
This island known for its lavander and wine is a favourite destination for sailboats! Another magical day was spent in the countryside cooking in a small village with a young Croatian couple and consuming yet more wine at the Tomic winery! We all came away with bottles of Plavic Mali - red wine from the region. A free day of shopping, swimming and exploring the fort and the islands off shore gave everyone a chance to do their own thing!
were a hit! The Panorama Restaurant on top of the gondola station treated us to a magical view of old Dubrovnik for our final dinner.
An early morning flight to Zagreb, the nation's capital took us inland to a delightful city of buildings from the Belle Epoque and lushious parks. Natascha arranged an excursion into the countryside on a local bus to Samabor, home to lead crystal (another popular purchase) and a lunch of local delicacies including wild boar and fresh mushroom soup. Mario, our guide in Zagreb filled us in on the recent history which enabled us to understand Croatia's desire to enter the European Union and make its mark as a tourist destination. Clean, safe and stunningly beautiful are some of our impressions of this 18th most popular tourist destination. In 2018 VM Travel is looking forward to sharing this delightful tour with more Canadians!