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Croatia Christmas Markets Tour

Experience the very best of Croatia's Christmas Markets on this week-long tour. It's well outside the tourist season so you'll be able to enjoy Croatia like a local. The Croatians love Christmas time, a chance to relax after the busy season and enjoy the company of their family, as well as tasting the traditional seasonal food and drinks. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, bus tickets, transfers and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. Our Destination Manager in the region provides assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options including boutique style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five star level. From our first hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.
Zagreb - Croatia, Split - Croatia, Dubrovnik - Croatia

Itinerary


3 Nights in Zagreb

Day 1

We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Zagreb's airport and take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Included : Zagreb Airport Transfer

Day 2

See the Sights: Private City Walking Tour
Today you’ll be exploring the most vibrant city in Croatia. In spite of the rapid economic development in the last few decades, Zagreb has retained its charm, and a relaxed feeling that makes it a genuinely human city. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and show you around the local points of interest, including Upper Town and the oldest part of the city, St. Mark’s Church, the Parliament, Zagreb Cathedral, Dolac Market and the Stone Gate. The Upper town, the former Gradec, together with Kaptol, which is the oldest part of the city. Tickets on the funicular are included. At the end of the tour you guide can bring you back to your accommodation, or give you tips for further exploration.

Classic Zagreb Private Walking Tour
Classic Zagreb Private Walking Tour
Duration : 2 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Suggestion to explore on your own: Visit Zagreb's Award-winning Christmas Markets
Looking to continue a two-year winning streak as "Europe's Best Christmas Market," the Croatian capital, Zagreb, is again going all out to wow locals and in-the-know vacationers. The city's main market takes place on the large central square in the heart of the city. Ban Jelacic square is right in the thick of things. Well connected by tram but otherwise pedestrianized, it's the perfect setting for a yuletide celebration. But in fact you'll find every little square is home to an event of some sort. One of our favorites is Fuliranje, the street at the bottom of the funicular. That's where the best food stands are. In Upper Town (at the top of the funicular) Stross Promenade and square is where you'll find live music, wine, food and a magnificent view over the city, especially after dark when everything is lit. It's quite something special to behold.

Included : Classic Zagreb Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Suggestion to explore on your own: Sweet Sounds: The Local Music Scene
There are plenty of concerts to attend in Zagreb throughout the year and between the Zagreb National Theater and the Lisinski Concert Hall there's a solid calendar of opera and classical performances.

Day 4

A full day is ahead of you so your private driver guide will pick you up from your accommodation in the morning. En route to Split, you'll stop for 4-5 hours to explore Plitvice Lakes National Park. Your driver will act as your guide in the park, taking you on a lovely hike. Admission is included. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.
Included : Zagreb - Trogir/Split Private Transfer with a Stop in Plitvice
Zagreb

A little about Zagreb

Zagreb is a city where different worlds come together. Situated on the intersection of ancient trade routes between the Adriatic and Central Europe, it is a cosmopolitan place with various cultural influences evident in the architecture and the cuisine, as well as the people, as Zagreb is the hub for all elements of Croatian life, from business to sports. You’ll love exploring the open-air markets, the impressive buildings, the peaceful parks and the many delicious restaurants. Just strolling through the unique combination of medieval towers, 19th century palaces, ancient churches and market squares is a pleasure, but there’s much more to do here. After exploring all that the city has to offer with a local guide, you’ll be able to make the most of your time, and learn about the local history. You could also take a guided bike tour around the city, to get a little exercise while you’re at it. But you’ll also want to explore some of the region surrounding Zagreb. On a longer day trip you could see the delightful Trakoscan, a neo-Gothic castle sitting on a hilltop, surrounded by a romantic English style park with exotic trees and an artificial lake. While you’re there you can also stop in Varazdin to appreciate the ornate baroque architecture.

2 Nights in Split

Day 1

Your driver will bring you straight to your city center accommodation when you arrive in Split.

Day 2

Explore Diocletian's Palace with an Expert Guide
Today you’ll exploring the inspiring city of Split with a local guide. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation and led through the UNESCO-listed 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s palace, which is just the beginning of the tour. You’ll also see the Cathedral of Saint Duje, one of the most beautiful cultural wonders on the Adriatic coast. And you’ll explore the ancient cellars as well as the square in the center of the palace. The stunning Roman temples will awaken the spirit of another time for you, as will the famous Golden Gate and the big statue of Grgur Ninski. This is the best way to get to know the incredible history of this beloved destination.

Split Private Walking Tour
Split Private Walking Tour
Duration : 1.5 hours
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
vacation package
Suggestion to explore on your own: Enjoy the Split Christmas Fair
Even though Split is the second largest in the country the locals have a pleasant laid-back atmosphere. This sizeable population means there's plenty of appetite for festivities. The backdrop of Diocletian's Palace adds to the old world feel and the main focal points of Advent in Split are the city's squares and the Riva promenade along the seafront. The Split Christmas Fair begins November 26th and runs until January 7th.

Included : Split Private Walking Tour

Day 3

You are heading south today to the fascinating city of Dubrovnik. You'll go by bus, taking a beautiful route along the Dalmatian coast. We'll arrange bus tickets based on your preferred departure time. If you'd like a little more comfort and flexibility, we can also arrange for a private transfer. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Split and take you straight to your Dubrovnik accommodation. You can also take the opportunity to make a stop or small detour along the way into Bosnia to visit Mostar and the famous bridge. If you're happy to drive yourself we could arrange for a one-way rental which would allow you to make those same stops.
Included : Split - Dubrovnik Bus

A little about Split

The Roman Emperor Diocletian made Split his home in the 4th Century AD and built a vast palace complex on the waterfront that stands to this day. In fact several of the accommodation options we offer in Split are nestled inside the walls. These days there is an embankment in front of the palace but the water used to go right up to the wall. It's on this man-made strip of land that you'll find the Riva, a pedestrian promenade bustling with life. Split's UNESCO listed Old Town is contained within these old walls and it's a pedestrian-only maze that it is quie easy, but fun, to get lost in. Who know what romantic hidden cafés you might find in one of the narrow streets and alleyways. To get the best out of your time in Split however, we recommend taking a tour with a local guide. Split is very well connected for flights, with an international airport a half hour drive away and is a popular stopping point for our guests on their way between Dubrovnik and the islands of Hvar, Vis or Korcula, all easily reached by a ferry from Split port. If you base yourself in Split for a few daysyou will find it is also well located for visits to some of Croatia's stunning national parks.

2 Nights in Dubrovnik

Day 1

When you arrive at the Dubrovnik bus station, we will have someone waiting to bring you to your accommodation.

Suggestion to explore on your own: Enjoy Dubrovnik with the Locals
At this time of year the citizens of Dubrovnik will be enjoying a break after a record summer and getting their calm back. December is still a great time to visit Dubrovnik. They don't turn the waves off and take the impressive medieval walls down for winter! The temperatures are usually quite pleasant and the ease of movement makes up for the fact that you'll find slightly fewer restaurants open as the locals take advantage of the off-season to do some traveling of their own. The Christmas markets occupy the legendary Stradun, the old walled city's main thoroughfare. You can enjoy Dubrovnik's Winter Festival from late November on.

Included : Dubrovnik Bus Station Transfer

Day 2

Get to Know Dubrovnik on a Private City Walking Tour
Today you’ll be exploring the elegant main streets and picturesque paths of Dubrovnik, with your own personal guide. This truly is one of the most beautiful medieval cities on the Adriatic. A walking tour of Old Town will take you to its elegant main street and most of its most important sights: The Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio’s Fountains, Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Column, the City Bell Tower, the Church of St. Blaise, the city’s patron saint, and Rector’s Palace, the seat of the Republic and the Cathedral. This is the perfect orientational tour of the Old town and will give you the best insight into the rich history of Dubrovnik. You’ll learn what there is to see and do in Dubrovnik and how to get around.

Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour
Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour
Duration : 1.5 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Suggestion to explore on your own: After your tour: City Walls, Cable Car and Lokrum Island
As well as taking a short walking tour of Dubrovnik's old town with a private guide, which will tell you all about the city's history and get you oriented, there are a few other must-dos when in this breathtaking city and all involve getting a different perspective on the magnificent walled old town.

Continue your day in Dubrovnik after the tour with a ride on the cable car up Mount Srd' to take in the views. You'll find the bottom station of the cable car by exiting the city through the Buža Gate. Walking the circumference of the ancient city walls themselves is a way to get another view of the town. It's a bit of a climb to the top of the Minceta tower but highly recommended. If you also want to see Dubrovnik from afar then take a boat trip to Lokrum Island, an oasis of nature and tranquility just 10 minutes from the old town harbor.

Included : Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour

Day 3

A driver will pick you up at your Dubrovnik accommodation and drop you off at the airport for your departing flight.
Included : Dubrovnik Airport Transfer
Dubrovnik

A little about Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik offers an unusual blend of modern culture and ancient tradition. Marble-like polished limestone streets, a labyrinth of alleyways and breathtaking architecture compose the unique atmosphere of the Old Town. You’ll experience a true variety of sightseeing, leisure and outdoor adventures here. Dubrovnik’s most stunning feature is the 82-foot tall city wall which extends more than a mile. Game of Thrones fans will be in luck, as we offer a special tour to local set locations. King’s Landing never looked so good! There’s a rich selection of live performances for music lovers here, as concerts are performed daily, and in July and August the Dubrovnik Summer Festival of music, theatre and dance brings incredible performers from around the world. The nightlife is also exciting, with restaurants, cafes and bars that will keep you socializing until dawn. You’ll be staying in beautiful accommodation within short walking distance to all the major sites, so you’ll be able to sample a little of everything. But there are also several exciting day trips and cruises to enjoy. From kayaking through hidden coves to an authentic Croatian cooking class, vineyard tours, and trips as far afield as Montenegro, you’ll have more than enough to fill your itinerary.

Reviews from past guests

Overall rating:
(4.9/5 based on 51 reviews)

Reviews from guests who have traveled with us to at least half the destinations in this itinerary


Jayway stuff provided us with everything we needed and more. We loved being able to be in contact with them and we appreciated hearing from each throughout our trip, making sure all was well. Knowing we had these contacts was reassuring. Your activities were amazing! All JayWay staff worked wonderfully well with my wheelchair needs to ensure that I saw all that I could and taking Molly to do some things I couldn't. Your selection of choices was excellent, and we truly loved everything we did. JayWay provided an amazing experience, covering all aspects with expertise, to make an outstanding trip and taking care of us so well the whole way through. Thank you!

- Traveled to Berlin, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Krakow, Budapest, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik in May 2018 - rating:
(5/5)

"If you're visiting Croatia, and you should, JayWay will put together a great trip for you and then will be there for you every step of the way.  Carmine was great, put together the perfect itinerary for us. We felt we were in good hands with Lidija. Very responsive."

- Traveled to Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik & Kotor in September 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"Jayway Travel is an excellent option for those who are looking for guidance with a difficult-to-plan vacation but aren't interested in group or guided tours. Having on-the-ground experts available and reachable via a provided cell phone is an extremely valuable offering that is difficult to find with other tour companies."

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Plitvice, Rovinj & Zagreb in September 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"JayWay listens, gives you good feedback and options, then executes on your decisions. They were great with customer service during our trip and took care of anything that came up to our complete satisfaction. All 3 guides were excellent. The cooking class was our absolute favorite - Juliana and Marto were the best hosts and we had a great time eating good food, drinking good wine and enjoying their company."

- Traveled to Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik in November 2016 - rating:
(4.8/5)

"You may not have heard of JayWay before, and they tend to be pretty low-key about their skills and abilities, but they do a first-rate job. We got exactly what we asked for, without any hype or unnecessary frills. And the price was very fair. We can't say enough nice things about the guides and drivers and staff in Croatia. Jo and Antonia are wonderful, and we must give special praise to Miriam, our guide in Istria. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for Pula (who knew it could be so interesting?) Motovun, and the rest of the region was just terrific. We ate all those truffles just for her!"

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Split, Rovinj, Zagreb in October 2016 - rating:
(5/5)

''Your people were patient, easy to work with, wanted to give us a great experience, and very graciously made adjustments on the tour as we moved through our trip.Carmine, Ana and Lidija were superb to work with and what other travel agency makes an adjustment and gives you a refund.. Only JayWay. We thoroughly enjoyed our Croatia trip and have recommended you to friends.''

- Traveled to Budapest, Zagreb, Rovinj,Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik in September 2016 - rating:
(4.8/5)

"Interest and response of staff to questions and requests was outstanding.  Very friendly and helpful.  Their communications with drivers, etc. enabled seamless transportation and transfers. City tours of 1.5 - 2 hours were the right length with good informative content.  Recommendation for travel-day stops were very good. JayWay applies their knowledge of the country to help guide an outstanding trip.  Services and transfers arranged by their attentive staff are executed easily and on-time, making the travel experience easy and pleasant."

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Pag, Plitvice, Zagreb in May 2016 - rating:
(4.8/5)

The staff person who helped us plan the itinerary, was enormously helpful, knowledgeable about how to plan the trip; how long to stay in certain places, etc. He was also very patient when we made changes to our itinerary and/or our accommodations. We literally couldn't have planned the trip without him. An enormously helpful, informative, travel service that is essential for anyone traveling to countries they are not familiar with.

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Trogir, Plitvice, Rovinj, Venice in May 2018 - rating:
(5/5)

"Very prompt answers to all of our questions. Recommendations were on point. Carmine was very helpful in narrowing down our trip so that we could get as much in as possible in 11 days while not stretching ourselves. Our contact was extremely helpful and checked in on us throughout the trip making sure we were happy with hotels etc. All transfers went smoothly and perfectly on time.  All of our tour guides were great. Very informative. Perfect. Couldn't have been happier."

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split and Plitvice in September 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"Very useful website and excellent staff made for a seamless and excellent trip! Planning was easy using your website and support from your staff was excellent!"

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Hvar & Split in September 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"For Croatia travel, I highly recommend JayWay Travel now that I've used them TWICE and had flawless travel plans with an interesting itinerary prepared by Jayway. Josipa who met us at our first hotel and gave us a short "briefing" AND a Jayway cell phone to use with everyone's numbers pre-programmed in the phone, was genius."

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Venice, Cinque Terre & Florence in September 2017 - rating:
(4.8/5)

"The service from start to finish was impeccable.  We were able to enjoy a stress and worry-free trip with the help of JayWay Travel and their expert planning.  Pavla was a great point of contact. Very helpful and responsive, as well as extremely pleasant. The accommodations were top notch. The rooms were as described in our itinerary. The transfers were great.  Everyone was punctual.  The service was wonderful - everyone was super helpful and informative."

- Traveled to Split, Hvar, Korcula & Dubrovnik in September 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"The service from start to finish was impeccable.  We were able to enjoy a stress and worry-free trip with the help of JayWay Travel and their expert planning.  Pavla was a great point of contact. Very helpful and responsive, as well as extremely pleasant. The accommodations were top notch. The rooms were as described in our itinerary. The transfers were great.  Everyone was punctual.  The service was wonderful - everyone was super helpful and informative."

- Traveled to Split, Hvar, Korcula & Dubrovnik in September 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"JayWay allowed us to have our self-guided vacation with just the right amount of support. We could use the resources at our disposal as much or as little as we wanted. JayWay is a finely tuned machine."

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Trogir, Plitvice, Rovinj & Ljubljana in September 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"Jayway made us feel looked after in a way that allowed the logistics of our trip to be in the background so that the enjoyment and adventure could be the primary focus. Pavla was just wonderful! We felt so at ease knowing she was available if needed. This was maybe the most helpful aspect of using Jayway, knowing that someone was coordinating all of the transport in our behalf made this trip doable."

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Vis, Split, Zadar, Rovinj & Venice in September 2017 - rating:
(4.8/5)

"Jayway was with us from start to finish. We chose them because we were unfamiliar with Central Europe, and before long their online resources and our private portal allowed us to plan and dream with excitement. Each step of the way, we felt cared for, both in the preparation process and when we arrived at our first destination. Each driver, guide, and on-site coordinator seemed thrilled to be working for Jayway and provided top-notch service on each leg of the journey. The private cell-phone, the frequent check-ins, the personal service: all made our trip easy and memorable. In many cases we became friends with our guides, who treated us as worthy travelers rather than mere tourists. I look forward to partnering with Jayway on our next trip and will recommend them to any friends who contemplate a trip to Eastern and Central Europe. Bravo, Jayway!"

- Traveled to Budapest, Zagreb, Plitvice, Trogir, Korcula & Dubrovnik in July 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"JayWay took care of everything and took the traveling booking burden off us. Everything they booked was awesome including day trips and accommodations and they were very knowledgeable and informative."

- Traveled to Split, Hvar & Dubrovnik in July 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"JayWay was a fabulous way to travel—essentially assisted independent travel, with great staff, itineraries, hotels, transportation, transfers, restaurant suggestions, and optional tours. Having someone to consult with a few weeks before the trip and a local cell phone and someone helpful to call if we needed anything made it perfect."

- Traveled to Ljubljana, Bled, Kobarid, Julian Alps, Rovinj, Plitvice, Trogir, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Mostar & Kotar in May 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"JayWay provides an enormously helpful array of resources and services that eliminated all of the stress of traveling. From the first contact to the final ride to the airport every encounter with staff was welcoming, professional and extremely helpful - a great service. Ana, Bettina, Lidija, and Josipa were amazing.  Responsive to all our needs, caring, helpful, committed, and connected with lodging hosts and drivers.  We were continually amazed at the cooperation and coordination of the JayWay Team."

- Traveled to Budapest, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik, in September 2016 - rating:
(5/5)

"The guides were all excellent. The SUV trip on Hvar with Ivan was exceptional. We very much enjoyed travelling and conversing also with Matthew. During the transfer from Dubrovnik to Korcula, we had some extra time, so he took us for a wine tasting at a winery, which proved to be a memorable experience. The accommodations, transfers and tours arranged by JayWay all contributed to making this a most enjoyable and relaxing trip."

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split in September 2016 - rating:
(4.8/5)

"JayWay provided the organization and took away logistical concerns and allowed me to have a stress-free trip, without the rigidity of a completely pre-planned one-size-fits all tour."

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split in September 2016 - rating:
(5/5)

"The trip planning went very smoothly. None of the travelers were familiar with Croatia and we appreciated Carmine's input on the itinerary, hotels and potential tours. We did not choose to arrange many tours in advance, however the wine tasting arranged by JayWay was superb and we enjoyed the walking tours of Split and Dubrovnik. The JayWay staff that met us in Split and Dubrovnik were friendly and extremely helpful in orienting us and providing helpful recommendations. Ana was our contact in Europe prior to the trip. She answered all our questions in a courteous and timely manner and provided excellent restaurant recommendations for each of our destinations."

- Traveled to Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik in September 2016 - rating:
(4.8/5)

"We have just returned from our Croatia trip and I wanted to thank you, personally, for arranging a first class vacation for us. Everything went off without a hitch and the tours, drivers and hotels were outstanding. I am so glad that I took your advice and did Ljubliana as it was one of our favorite stops. I hope to go back some day and do more of the country, so will be in touch when that happens. Thanks again, Sherry"

- Traveled to Ljubljana, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik in October 2015 - rating:
(5/5)

"Everything was seamless and planned so well. The guides and drivers, local contact plus the New York contacts were all very knowledgeable as well as kind to the children. Everyone was very quick to respond when I had questions. Also, all of our drivers and connections were on time and excellent."

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Trogir, Zagreb in June 2014 - rating:
(5/5)

"JayWay made our trip to Croatia and Slovenia effortless. I appreciated the time they took to work out an itinerary that fit within my budget without compromising the overall experience. The "little things" like delivery of ferry tickets that could not be purchased in advance and provision of a local cell phone ensured that there wasn't a single problem while we were on the road."

- Traveled to Zagreb, Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik in August 2013 - rating:
(4.75/5)

"JayWay is the most professional travel company we have ever dealt with. They provided a unique travel experience we could not have achieved on our own. Their in depth knowledge and connections locally gave us access to places and activities we will remember forever."

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split in July 2007 - rating:
(5/5)

What's Included

The services included in this package are as follows:


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Zagreb
  • Zagreb Airport Transfer
  • Classic Zagreb Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 2 hours
    Includes : Guide, Tickets for Funicular
    Excludes : Entrance Fees, Tip for the guide
  • Zagreb - Trogir/Split Private Transfer with a Stop in Plitvice
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Split
  • Split Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 1.5 hours
    Includes : Private guide
    Excludes : Entrance Fees, Tip for the guide
  • Split - Dubrovnik Bus
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik Bus Station Transfer
  • Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 1.5 hours
    Includes : Private English-speaking guide
    Excludes : Entrance Fees, Tip for the guide
  • Dubrovnik Airport Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, with detailed destination information and tips on the best these cities can offer


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