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Zagreb: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

1. Zagreb: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Meet your guide in the oldest and most beautiful park in Zagreb, park Zrinjevac. From Zrinjevac you will walk to Ban Jelačić Square, and the guide will tell you the story of the origin of Zagreb and how Zagreb got its name. You will walk along Ilica to Funicular, which will take you to Gradec, one of the medieval settlements. Stroll through the streets of the upper city, immerse yourself in the rich history and listen to interesting stories about the city. You will see the oldest pharmacy in Zagreb and hear something about the method of treatment in the Middle Ages and the preparation of medicines. You will exit the Upper Town through the only preserved gate - the Stone Gate. You will find out why there is a chapel inside the door, and about the patron saint of the city of Zagreb. Also, why and from whom the inhabitants of Gradec needed protection in medieval times. You will descend Radićeva Street and enter Tkalčićeva Street via a small street called Bloody Bridge. The guide will tell you why this little street has such a symbolic name. You will walk through the most famous and busiest pedestrian street in the city and learn something about the way of life of the people of Zagreb. You will walk through Opatovina Park to the green market Dolac (open during the morning), where you will be a part of the hustle and bustle of the most famous symbol of Zagreb. From the green market you will walk to the Cathedral, the most famous symbol of Zagreb and the guide will tell you the most interesting facts from its turbulent history. The tour ends at Ban Jelačić Square where you will say goodbye to your guide.

Best of Zagreb Tour including Funicular Ride

2. Best of Zagreb Tour including Funicular Ride

Start your tour from Ban Jelacic Square and journey through past and present of Zagreb. First, stop at the historic entrance to the Old Town, the 13th century Stone Gate. Visit St. Mark's Square and see the iconic St. Mark's Church and St. Catherine's Church with its pink ceiling. Ascend to the top of Lotrščak Tower, the best viewpoint in the whole city. Ride with one of the world's shortest funiculars - the famous Zagreb Funicular with its spectacular views. Walk through the tunnels built by the fascists during the Second World War and visit the Bloody Bridge, a place of many conflicts over centuries of Zagreb's turbulent past. Stop at Dolac, the largest green market in the city and take in the colors and aromas of this lively market. See the grand Zagreb Cathedral nearby, the largest church in Croatia. Finish your journey back at Ban Jelacic Square.

Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

3. Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

Be collected at your accommodation in Zagreb and drive for approximately three hours to Pula. This is the biggest city and the center of the Istrian peninsula. The city was founded by an ancient tribe in the 10th century B.C. and it was well known by Greek travelers and sailors so is mentioned in many Greek myths. In the 1st century, the Romans made the city strong and today the vivid remains of this era can be explored. Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in the world and will take you back in time as you imagine gladiators battles. Other examples of Roman architecture to discover are the Temple of Augustus and the gates to the city including the Arch of the Sergii and the gate of Hercules.  Continue your journey for 45 minutes to Rovinj. This city was also founded by the Istrian tribes. It was built on a small island close to the mainland and in the 18th was connected to it. It was ruled for five centuries by Venice so both the Italian and Croatian languages are spoken in the city. During this period of occupation, walls were built around the city and the remains are standing still today. Rovinj is a real gem and adored because with every step you take you are compelled to take another photograph. Travel another 45 minutes to Porec. The Old Town is almost 2000 years old and is most famous for the Euphrasian Basilica, from 1997. It is on the UNESCO world heritage list and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istria. Notice the roman influence and architecture in the city as you walk through the main streets, still preserved in their original form.

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Trip

4. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Guided Day Trip

Take a walk through Croatia's most visited national park, a UNESCO World heritage site: Plitvice Lakes. Plitvice Lakes is one of the oldest national parks in south-east Europe, and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. 18 kilometers of wooden foot bridges and pathways give you the opportunity to explore 16 interconnected lakes arranged in cascades. This heavily forested park hides 75 endemic plants, 55 different species of orchids, 160 bird species and even bears and wolfs. On the way to Plitvice, you'll stop at Rastoke Ethno village. With its well-preserved mills and picturesque waterfalls, Rastoke Ethno village, often referred to as 'Little Plitvice', makes a great place to prepare yourself for the magnificence of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Cycle Back to Socialism Tour

5. Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Cycle Back to Socialism Tour

After meeting for the beginning of your tour in the city center, you will begin your lovely adventure. From here, cycle through the lower town, partially strolling the Green Horseshoe area, as the neighboring landscape transforms to a completely different surrounding. You will witness a very sudden change in the blink of eye. Crossing the river will cause you to enter the Balkan zone, safely cycling on long ago established cycling lanes. Here you'll get to see the development of the city since the post-World War II era, mainly through that "mystical" time of communism, seeing how it breathes today as it remains the main housing area of Zagreb. New Zagreb is currently also a cradle of a very vivacious Croatian contemporary art scene. You will cycle through the "sleeping over" area of the city, check the Contemporary Art Museum and shady and often very peaceful Bundek park with lakes. While cycling back over the bridge you'll have one of the loveliest sights on the city, and realize why Zagreb is such a city to love, complete with the mountains in the background.

Zagreb: Private City Walking Tour & Medvednica Mountain

6. Zagreb: Private City Walking Tour & Medvednica Mountain

Zagreb is a vibrant, colorful city full of culture, history, and heritage being overseeded by a magnificent Medvednica mountain. You will want to experience the local life firsthand because the moment you step out in the streets it will drag you in. Doing this city tour will give you exactly that - a glimpse into the Zagreb lifestyle. Discover the city center after which the tour continues to Medvednica mountain by taking a cable car all the way to the top. Here you will get the opportunity to try some local food and drinks, enjoy the wonderful views and simply relax. ITINERARY: 10.00h – meeting point at Swanky Mint hostel – ILICA 50 10.15h – 12.30h – private Zagreb walking tour 12.30h – drive with the public transportation to Medvednica hill 13.00h – Sljeme cable car (ride to the top) 14.00h – local food & drinks tasting 15.30h – drive back by cable car and tram to the city center 17:00h – Zagreb city center

Best of Zagreb: 4-Hour Cycling Tour

7. Best of Zagreb: 4-Hour Cycling Tour

The meeting spot for all tours is in central Zagreb, starting point of your lovely adventure. From here, you will venture through the Lower Town and Upper Town of Zagreb, visiting the national Theater, Parliament and Government house, discovering Zagreb's green horseshoe, learning why Zagreb has a "big bang" every day at noon, what's so bloody about Bloody Bridge and who is stoned at the Stone Gate. Heading to New Zagreb will bring us to entirely different scenery, so you'll see how Zagreb evolved through centuries and how Zagreb citizens lifestyle changed over decades. You will witness big differences in such a small city in a blink of your eye. If you think it's too much of cycling for you, you can always include a coffee break, upon your wish. You'll make frequent stops, and can stop wherever and for however long you want. You'll also get tips about the best shopping areas and restaurants, and finally, what's most important in Zagreb - the best places for coffee, beer or "rakija" (brandy). Doing a city tour with us is like meeting a good friend in Zagreb who wants to show you around.

Zagreb: Private Walking Tour & Medieval Upper Town

8. Zagreb: Private Walking Tour & Medieval Upper Town

Your private walking tour of Zagreb will start in one of the most beautiful parks in Zagreb at Zrinjevac 2 (next to the meteorological pillar) or from your centrally located accommodation. At first you will get an overview of history of Croatia and Zagreb. During the tour your guide will help you visualize rich past of Zagreb with his expert commentary but also by using an iPad with some interesting historical imagery. All throughout the tour you will be able to ask additional questions regarding the topics that might interest you the most. On your tour you will find out more about the famous count Josip Jelačić and his impact on Croatia. Zagreb Cathedral will take your breath away with its monumental and unique architecture. After soaking in the historical bit you will be captivated by the colorful Dolac market (market operates from 7am to 2pm from Monday to Saturday, Sunday's until 1pm and closed during the holidays) and learn which are the best local produce. Strolling the craft beer area and Zagreb's party street will make you come back and have a taste of it. Passing the infamous Bloody bridge you will cross from the medieval time into the WW2 era. Taking a photo in Grič tunnel is a must and your guide will gladly help you. By taking the world shortest funicular you will start exploring the medieval Upper Town of Zagreb. Learning about the medieval importance of Lotršćak tower and a more contemporary significance of Gradec plateau will help you visualize and understand the past and the presence of Croatia's capital. At the main square of the medieval Gradec you will marvel at the one and only St. Marks church and the surrounding politically important buildings. Passing the unique site of the Stone gates you will stroll down to the Main Square where the tour will end with plenty of recommendations that will make your stay in Zagreb even more enjoyable.

From Zagreb: Prehistoric and Medieval Croatia Tour

9. From Zagreb: Prehistoric and Medieval Croatia Tour

A tour to truly take you back in time. Scientifically known as Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis, the Krapina prehistoric man was discovered all the way back in 1899, when geological and paleontological research started on Hušnjakovo Hill in Krapina. On this tour, you will have the chance to visit your "long lost cousins", who were living in this area about 125,000 years ago. The new Krapina Neanderthal Museum is a unique visiting complex, with the museum's architecture evoking the habitat of the prehistoric man. You will be able to learn all about the findings of this initial dig, and what it meant and changed regarding the understanding of our ancestors and origins. Your next stop will take you to the Medieval period. If you think of a typical castle, that is exactly what Trakošćan looks like: a beautiful and breathtaking fairy tale castle. Inside, there is a museum with a permanent exhibition which will give you the perfect insight to the life of a royal in this period of time. You will also have the opportunity to discover the wonderful heritage and history of the northern part of Croatia, learning about the local stories and legends along the way. Finally, visit Varaždin, grab the toe of St. Grgur, and lose yourself in the city's fairytale streets.

Zagreb: Magic Christmas Private Tour

10. Zagreb: Magic Christmas Private Tour

Christmastime brings magic to Zagreb. Experience the atmospheric downtown area on a 2-hour private guided tour exclusive to the Christmas season.   Together with your professional guide, you’ll visit some of the most beautifully decorated places in the city, including Tkalčićeva Street, the Zagreb Cathedral, and Tower Lotrščak. You’re sure to feel spellbound by the charming atmosphere of the Ban Jelačić Square. What is the story behind the Christmas tree? Who was the first to decorate one? What magical things happen during the Christmas period? Learn all this and more, including miraculous legends about Zagreb on this tour. Visit the old-fashioned Christmas market near and learn what makes it so popular. Taste local Christmas products and fill your heart with joy as you experience the magic of Christmastime in Zagreb.

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What people are saying about Central Croatia

Great Tour, Even Better Tour Guide What a great day. So glad I chose to visit Istria as a day tour from Zagreb. Not only are the coastal cities beautiful but they seem almost unreal in their perfect amalgam of cute buildings, beautiful seaside harbors, and Roman monuments among narrow cobblestone streets. My wonderful guide Tanja, smiled at my American references to the towns being too perfect to be real…almost like something from the creative minds of Disneyland. Speaking of Tanja, what a fantastic guide. She had historical facts aplenty, and her sense of humor infused our day-long outing from Zagreb with smiles and a sense that time was passing too quickly. Not to take away anything from our visits to Pula, Rovinj, Porec and her secret Viking Fjord, I could fully enjoy a day with her if she were just driving the highways of the beautiful Croatian countryside. Fantastic day trip to Istria, made even better by a wonderful Tanja. I hope to travel with her again someday.

Le tour était magnifique! Nous avons découvert Zagreb d'un autre côté historique et social. Nous sommes aussi allés jusqu'à la rivière et Bundek parc. Parlons d'Alida! C'est une guide sympatique et pétillante. Elle nous a fait regarder Zagreb de ses yeux, nous a partagé ses points de vue politiques et n'a pas hésité à répondre à nos questions diverses. Nous avons bien rigolé avec elle et nous avons pris de belles photos. Merci Alida!

We had a great day out with Tanja. It was an early start (7am) which was worth it as it meant we had longer in each place and we missed the traffic. Tanja was an excellent guide, she was so friendly and had lots of interesting facts and information to tell us. We saw beautiful coastal towns, including the incredible Roman amphitheatre in Pula. We had a wonderful day and couldn’t recommend Tanja or this tour highly enough.

The trip was easy to arrange with Tanja, at short notice, who was very helpful. My guide, Ivica, was great to speak to, and gave good information and tips about Istria, the places visited, and also Croatia and Zagreb in general. The tour is made to your requirements ensuring that you visit all the places you want to see. I would highly recommend booking tours with this company.

We really enjoyed this trip. We were picked up at our house as scheduled and the drive was smooth. Our guide was very nice and very friendly as well as the driver. We highly recommend this trip.