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A FAIRYTALE OF ZAGREB (5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS, FOR 6 – 14 PEOPLE)

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A Fairytale of Zagreb: A wheelchair-accessible Advent among the hidden treasures of Middle-European culture

(5 days/4 nights, for 6 – 14 people) from 395.00 EUR / tailor-made programs for less than 6 people

DAY 1

A welcome at Zagreb International Airport  followed by a half an hour’s drive to  Westin  Zagreb, a 5  star hotel situated  in the vicinity  of  the main Zagreb square, less than  a kilometer from all major Advent  venues.  For  the  first  evening  in  Zagreb  we  recommend  a  stroll  towards  Croatian  National Theatre with the surrounding area, a visit to nearby Medvedgrad Pub & Brewery followed by a stroll towards the Christmas Street Fair on Flower Square, as well as traditional products and sing-alongs to Christmas songs on Ban Jelačić Square (the central town square).

 

DAY 2

A breakfast at the hotel followed by an Upper Town guided tour around the main venues in the vicinity of Ban Jelačić Square that include: a funicular ride to Strossmayer Promenade, a delightful tree alley  setting  with a stunning panorama of Zagreb; a visit to St. Mark’s Square, the home of the Croatian  Parliament  and  the  crossroad  of  the  surrounding  churches  and  museums;  a  short  stroll through the Stone Gate, a charming shrine and once  the eastern gate to medieval Gradec Town; and finally a stroll down Tkalčić Street, one of the two major hubs of bustling street activity full of history and  packed  with  cafes  and  restaurants. Personal  leisure  activities  followed  by  an  afternoon Lower Town guided tour around the main venues in the vicinity of  the hotel and  Ban Jelačić Square  that include:  a stroll towards  Croatian National Theatre  and  Music Academy  with the surrounding area, including Roosevelt Square, Mažuranić Square and Marshal Tito Square; a visit to the Flower Square Christmas  Street  Fair,  brimming  with  bustling  activity,  souvenirs  and  decorations,  traditional gingerbread hearts and honey biscuits  etc.; a complimentary cup of mulled wine followed by  a stroll towards an ice rink at King Tomislav Square and adjoining Strossmayer Square; a wonderful fairy tale setting with unique Christmas souvenirs at Zrinjevac Park followed by a visit to the live Nativity Scene of amateur actors playing the Holy Family, the Magi and the shepherds  in front of  Zagreb Cathedral, the most monumental and the most impressive Gothic-style sacral building southeast of the Alps,  with the history dating back as far as 1093 (only individual visits allowed); and finally an open air stage with a variety of cultural events and performances on Ban Jelačić Square.

 

DAY 3

A breakfast at the hotel followed by personal leisure activities. We recommend one  or two Zagreb’s  accessible  museums  in  the  vicinity  (like  the  Technical  Museum,  Ferdinand  Budicki  Car Museum, Mimara Museum and Klovićevi Dvori Gallery) and authentic restaurants or cake shops (like Vinodol Restaurant,  Kaptol Klet Restaurant,  Pivana Pub & Brewery,  Zagreb Cake Shop  and  Vincek Cake  Shop).  An  afternoon  hour’s  drive  to  Salaj  Family  Ranch  near  the  town  of  Čazma,  a  splendid Guinness world record site of exquisite beauty. A stroll amidst a dazzling array of more than one and a half million Christmas lights followed by a dinner at the premises or the surroundings. A return drive to the hotel.

 

DAY 4

A breakfast at the hotel followed by an hour’s drive to Kraneamus Neanderthal Museum  in Krapina,  a unique complex  that represents a magical and mystical idea of the prehistoric people of Europe, located near the world famous Hušnjakovo site of Krapina Neanderthals and incorporated in the surrounding countryside.  An hour’s drive to  Varaždin, an exceptionally  enchanting  baroque city brimming with historical sights, churches and monuments. A guided tour around the main venues in the vicinity of the main  town  square. Personal leisure activities  followed by a 90  minute  return  drive to Zagreb.  For the final  evening in Zagreb  and some soaking up of the  local atmosphere we recommend either the rock clubs Booze and Blues and Ribnjak or the dance clubs H20 and Coffee Inn, e.g.

 

DAY 5

A  breakfast at the hotel followed by a  half an hour’s  farewell drive to  Zagreb International Airport.

 

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