Multi-Day Tour

Croatia Express - 9 Day (9 days)

CIE Tours International

Wed: Arrive Zagreb To Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatia Express - 9 Day (9 days)

Day 1

Wed: Arrive Zagreb

Day 2

Thu: Explore Zagreb

Day 3

Fri: Plitvice Lakes and Split

Day 4

Sat: Diocletian’s Palace and Ferry to Hvar Island

Day 5

Sun: Explore Hvar Island

Day 6

Mon: Coastal Drive to Dubrovnik

Day 7

Tue: Tour Dubrovnik

Day 8

Wed: Excursion to Montenegro

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Wed: Arrive Zagreb
None Dinner
Land in Zagreb where you will be met at the airport. Transfer to your hotel, settle in and relax. You may explore the city center a little on your own or rest after your journey. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2
Thu: Explore Zagreb
None Breakfast
This morning enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, which is set in the hills and where all the city’s religious, political and administrative power is located. Many of the buildings were restored following the devastating earthquake in 1880. See Zagreb Cathedral with its tall spires and elaborate decorations; the ancient St. Mark’s Church with its brightly-colored tile roof; and the Baroque St. Catherine’s Church, built on the site of an ancient Dominican church. Also see Ban’s Palace, named after a governor of Croatia and today houses the country’s presidency. Pass the Parliament Building, known as Sabor, which is the center of Croat politics today. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or take an optional tour to see the countryside. (B)
Day 3
Fri: Plitvice Lakes and Split
None None
After breakfast depart Zagreb and travel through the countryside to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder where 16 terraced lakes are surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. On arrival take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes to admire this scenic marvel and be sure to have your camera ready to capture the wonderful vistas. Drive south to the town of Split, a popular resort on the Adriatic Coast. Check in to your hotel and sit down to dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)
Day 4
Sat: Diocletian’s Palace and Ferry to Hvar Island
None None
Today begins with a walking tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and one of the largest and best preserved from the Roman Empire. Diocletian became emperor in 284 A.D. and moved to his palace in 305. See the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Domnius, converted into a Christian church from Diocletian’s mausoleum. Also see the Peristyle, the interior courtyard of the Roman complex with slender pillars. Nowadays you can see where the layers of centuries of building have piled one on top of the other. Spend some time browsing around on your own before boarding the ferry bound for Hvar Island. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner. (B, D)
Day 5
Sun: Explore Hvar Island
None Breakfast
The charming island of Hvar offers gorgeous beaches, vineyards and gently rolling hills and has been voted one of the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by Conde Nast Travel magazine. The town of Hvar boasts a cultural and historical heritage dating back centuries. Enjoy a morning orientation walking tour through the medieval streets with lovely old stone houses and the central square which dates from the 13th century. See the Fortress at the top of the hill with walls that encompass parts of the city and also the 15th century Franciscan monastery with its elegant bell tower. In the afternoon relax in a shady square or a tiny beach or take a walk around the old streets to discover more of this magical place. Dine independently this evening and sample some of the local cuisine. (B)
Day 6
Mon: Coastal Drive to Dubrovnik
None None
This morning take a ferry back to the mainland and drive along the spectacular Adriatic Coast. Be sure to have your camera ready to take some great shots of the scenery. Admire the natural beauty of the distant hills on one side and the sparkling blue waters of the sea, which is dotted with many islands, on the other. Enjoy the varied views as you pass traditional fishing villages, farming communities and idyllic resorts. On arrival in Dubrovnik, check in to your hotel and relax a little before dining with your fellow travelers. (B, D)
Day 7
Tue: Tour Dubrovnik
None Breakfast
The old parts of Dubrovnik are completely encircled by the defensive walls that date from the 10th century. Take a walking tour through the center of the town to see the main points of interest in and around the Square of the Loggia. View Orlando’s Column, the Clock Tower and the Sponza Palace with its Renaissance loggia and Venetian Gothic windows above it. Visit the Rector’s Palace, which was the political and administrative center for centuries and also see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, dating back to 1317. The rest of the day is at leisure for further sightseeing, shopping and dining. (B)
Day 8
Wed: Excursion to Montenegro
None Breakfast
Travel to the Republic of Montenegro. Head south towards the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Visit the city of Kotor and then take a boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks, a large Roman Catholic church on an islet off the coast of Perast. Return to the mainland and stop in the charming coastal towns of Perast and Budva before returning to Dubrovnik where the evening is free. (B)
Day 9
Dubrovnik, Croatia
None Breakfast
After breakfast transfer to Dubrovnik Airport for your flight home. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner >

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Knowledgeable efficient & friendly service

By: DRBSLP


Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2016

We were very pleased with our CIE tour. We were happy with the places that we visited & time allowed. The coach driver was an excellent driver, friendly & knowledgeable. One suggestion would be to provide a brief written page/summary of the days events & be sure everyone knows ahead of time of any adjustments in timing of events. Thanks overall great job! We would recommend CIE & go with them again ourselves.
Travel Advisor:  Tina Posila
Not Recommended

B&B may not be for everyone

By: HORSE COUNTRY PEOPLE


Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2016

we had booked the B&B and self-drive with CIE tour, the Hop on and off bus was included in Dublin for 2 days, but the CIE bus was on strike; we end up got tickets for the Red color bus. When we arrived at Dawn house at Waterford, om 09/11 @230pm, the owner were not at home, we had to drive around to find a place to eat and got back to the place late at night, and on Sunday all the shops at downtown Waterford were closed. We stayed 2 night at Beechwood house @ Blarney, for 2 night from 09/12-09/14, on the day we are about to check out @1030am, the male owner knock the door and ask us when are we leaving, while my husband taking a shower.... We arrived at Beechgrove Farmhouse at Clare on 09/16 @230pm, and nobody was home, and we had to drive around to go somewhere to eat,the owner said she would be back at 330pm. It seemed to me that when we were travelling and tried to be respective to their countries, but it seemed that we were not being treated the same way we were expected

Experts! Ran like clockwork

By: Tracey1


Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2016

Our driver and tour guide, Tom, was wonderful. He ran our trip seamlessly and was friendly and knowledgable. we could not have had a better experience. Our trip was busy but we still had down time and never felt rushed. I would absolutely travel with this company in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Schmitzer

Scotland

By: Karen


Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2017

This is the way to vacation when you prefer to see multiple sites and cities. Ian Walker was our tour guide and he was excellent. Very knowledgeable and tailored the visit to our group needs. We would never have been able to experience this very positive trip if my sister and I were trying to do this on our own.
Travel Advisor:  Heather Loss

Loved our driver/guide

By: katmcl


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

This was our first trip overseas, and we are so glad we went with a tour group. We didn't have to worry about anything once we got on the plane. Our driver/guide, Nigel, was so impressive in the way he was able to navigate through busy narrow streets. He knew alternative routes that would help us avoid the worst rush hour traffic. The best thing about Nigel, though, was the stories and history he told about the area. We would never get that just driving ourselves around. His love of Ireland and Dublin was infectious. He had the right touch of humor, personality, and properness. We were able to get right into all of the places we visited. Tickets were ready, no standing in line, and a guide ready to give us some background. Checking into hotels was also streamlined, no waiting. I would love to do another CIE Tour, and if I go back to Ireland, I would love to be on a trip with Nigel!
Travel Advisor:  Denise Larson

Ireland

By: Alba


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

We were very pleased with our tour throughout Ireland. We covered a lot of ground in 10 days, which was what we wanted. We wanted to see as much as possible. The choice of visited sights was a good mix to hit varied interest levels. Outside of some meals, most of the events were included in the tour price. The bus was clean and comfortable and our guide/driver was knowledgeable, personable, and humorous. We appreciated staying on schedule so we didn't miss out on any sight-seeing. I highly recommend CIE Tours for Ireland. It's a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Marje Henkel

CIE PUB TOUR

By: JG


Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the Pub Tour. Hotels were in a great central location. No extras or hidden costs. Would have preferred more time in Galway or Westport rather than Spanish Point, but do understand the time constraints. Only criticism is would have expected more meals in Pubs rather than Hotel. All in all, though, it was a great tour and will definitely go on another CIE tour in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

Trip of a Lifetime

By: The Queen


Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2017

This was our second CIE tour and we could'nt have been more pleased. Bob, our tour guide, gave us a thorough history of Ireland. He told personal stories of growing up in Ireland and delighted us with his tales. He were treated like royality and will certainly look forward to our next CIE tour.
Travel Advisor:  Stuart Stone

Bob

By: Debi


Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2017

Bob our guide was awesome. Highly recommend this tour. Loved his knowledge of Ireland and his sense of humor!!
Travel Advisor:  Stuart Stone

Ireland

By: Anne


Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

Excellent experience with CIE Tours
Travel Advisor:  Tina Posila

Our Irish Adventure

By: Karen Kennedy


Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2017

The CIE tour was very good. The Mystical Ireland itinerary was just where we wanted to go, and the hotels and food were good. If I had any issues it would be with our tour guide, Sean. He got a bit testy as the trip went on, and made me uncomfortable when he scolded us in front of the other travelers. He told me he's been doing CIE tours for 23 years and I think he's tired of answering the same questions over and over. Our driver, Brian, was excellent. The private driver who met us at Bunratty Castle Hotel, Raphael Mulally was beyond excellent. He was friendly, accommodating, funny and very interesting. He really knows Ireland! We will hire him again on our next visit.
Travel Advisor:  Trisha Iannazzi

Tim B

By: Tim B


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

I would recommend them for booking
Travel Advisor:  Jeannie Vogel

Tour Operation

By: Deni


Reviewed on: 26 Apr 2018

It was excellent. This tour was the Scottish Dream. Our Tour Director, Ian, was excellent and even wore his kilt two days of the tour. The hotels were actually better than the ones in Ireland. With the exception of Jury's Inn, Glasgow, we had 4-star accommodations and MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh, could be considered a 5-star. The food was not fancy but was very good at each hotel. We have traveled with Tauck Tours on several occasions and can say without reservation that this CIE tour was comparable to Tauck without the extra expense.

Ireland Hotels were Amazing - London was not

By: Travel Girl


Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

I did not book any tours through CIE, but our hotels were. Ireland hotels were beyond amazing, but our London hotel was beyond awful.
Travel Advisor:  Britt Pendergrast

2018 Scots Irish Tour

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2018

We had a very good trip with CIE tours. It was our first experience on that type tour and we were pleased with our choice. Would use their company again. The only issue we had was that a "Get Up and Go" booklet was not included with the documents that were sent from CIE. That booklet had information that would have been helpful to us prior to leaving for the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Palilonis