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A Half Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Zagreb

“Adventure around timeless Zagreb on a trip uniquely tailored to you and your travel style.”

Have you ever wondered what it takes to feel the soul of a city? Wonder no more and let us show you the beating heart of Zagreb. The main square is arguably the most recognisable landmark here – a place steeped in centuries of culture and inviting every curious visitor to explore more of this intriguing city. Zagreb’s wealth of culture, history, nature and cuisine will surely surpass your expectations! Rich gastronomic offerings and award winning local wines paired with a wonderfully pleasant ambience and a vineyard with sweeping views of the city - where else would you find such contentment? There is something very special in this city by the river Sava – come and explore to find out its secrets!

Departure point:

From your hotel

Departure time:

On demand

Price:

360 €

- Dinner & Wine tasting +50€ / Price per person

Return:

to departure point

Included:

A private half day city tour covering all the famous sights

An official, enthusiastic and passionate guide and driver

A city centre walking tour

A ride in the world's shortest funicular

A panoramic drive around the city, taking in sights such as the Croatian National Theatre

A visit to the famous Croatian cemetery - Mirogoj

A tour of urban, residential Zagreb - Novi Zagreb

A good time guaranteed!

Itinerary:

Zagreb’s main square – Ban Jelačić Square (named after our 19th century viceroy) – is the usual starting point for our comprehensive walking tour. This capital city developed after the merging of two historic settlements – Kaptol and Gradec, and we’ll show you both sides. In Kaptol, you will learn about the biggest Cathedral in Croatia and Croatian Catholic Church. Later in Gradec, you will discover the picturesque Dolac – a farmer’s market full of tastes, smells and vivid colours. Next up is Ilica street, one of the oldest and longest city streets and the main shopping area in Lower Town. Just a few steps away is one of the major attractions in Zagreb - the Funicular, the shortest link between Lower Town and Upper Town. Within a couple of minutes, we will find ourselves right by the Lotrščak Tower, the only preserved fortress from the 13th century left. The tour leads us through the square of St. Catherine and St. Cyril and Methodius to the church of St. Mark, recognisable by its unique and very colourful roof. The square here is the centre of Croatia's political life – the buildings around house the Croatian Parliament, the Government Building, the Town Hall and the Constitutional Court. From St. Mark’s square we head down towards the Stone Gate, the last preserved city gate and today a small chapel to the Virgin Mary of Stone Gate. Our tour guides us further down Radićeva Street to the Bloody Bridge, the ancient border between the two hills of the city. History reveals that this was the place where disagreements between the inhabitants of secular Gradec and Catholic Kaptol were resolved. Today this site is now a beautiful pedestrian street - Tkalčićeva street – and the hub of social life of the city. We go on to the famous city park - Zrinjevac. As a protected green space in this bustling city, Zrinjevac is an oasis for nature lovers and a key part of social life here. Continuing on, we pass by the Central Station and the Esplanade Hotel, rich with history and one of the most prestigious city hotels today. The Botanical gardens are next - the city's lungs and an escape from the city crowds. The Croatian National Theatre is nearby and is the beautiful home for many Croatian artists and performers. Here we begin our road trip, travelling over to the southern shore of the river Sava to explore Novi Zagreb, New Zagreb. This area is full of architectural interests, ranging from socialist styles to more modern designs and tells us about the recent Croatian history. This part of the city is dominated by skyscrapers and residential buildings, as well as business centres. Our journey continues to Mirogoj, one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe and far more than just a final resting place. It is like an open-air art gallery; blue domed cloisters, intricate tombstones and tiled arcades – this is a masterpiece of architecture designed by Hermann Bolle. To top off your experience in Zagreb, you have option to treat yourself to a wine tasting at a famous vineyard and to enjoy gourmet specialties from the heart of Prigorje. The vineyard offers beautiful meals prepared with fresh, local produce - sit down and enjoy a delicious dinner pair with top class wines.

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Good to know:

  • Zagreb’s history stretches back for more than 1000 years
  • Everyday, exactly at noon, a gunshot will fire from the Lotrščak tower - don't be surprised!
  • Zagreb has won the award of the Best Christmas Market in Europe three times in a row
  • Don't forget to buy a “Licitar” heart as a traditional souvenir to take home

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For centuries, this city has enchanted visitors with its charm and hospitality. No matter the season, a curious traveller will always find an entertaining event or attraction in full swing. Such festivities often include delicious local gastronomic offerings as well as plenty of chances to integrate with the community and make local friends. Zagreb is a city that primarily consists of people. Walking through the streets, you can see statues of famous historical figures who have contributed to the enrichment of culture and the economic development of the region. A large monument standing tall in the central city square is dedicated to Ban Josip Jelačić - the most important individual of Croatian political life. He united most of the Croat provinces, abolished the serfdom, was awarded many military titles and proclaimed an honorary citizen of Pest and Vienna. The legend tells of the existence of a well dug into the site which has become today’s main square. One “ban” (Croatian military title for leader) was tired after a battle and in need of a drink. A certain Mrs. Manda was at the well, so he asked her to draw up some water for him. The well was then named after her - “Manduševac”, and Zagreb itself after the word for ladle - "zagrabiti". It was said that the one who drank water from this spring will always return to Zagreb. Today the water is not drinkable, but many visitors will throw a coin in the fountain… and later find themselves returning back to Zagreb. Looking at the statue caught at the time of march to the south, we can see the contours of an important landmark and a symbol of the city - Zagreb’s cathedral. The sounds of an organ can be heard sounding out of this magnificent building, inviting Christian worshippers in to pray. The organ here is protected as an item of high cultural value, particularly as it is amongst the ten most beautiful organs in the world. The respect and awe felt while admiring this magnificent architectural jewel can be described using a line from well-known Croatian poet Antun Branko Šimić - "Man, take care, not to go small under the stars!" The Cathedral is the last resting place of the famous Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac. He was the youngest Croatian cardinal ever, during one of the most difficult periods to openly belong to the Catholic Church - the time of Nazism and Communism. Because of his public activities and commitment to Church doctrine, he was attacked, imprisoned and exiled. During his lifetime, he was a favourite of the people and by laying down himself for his beliefs and dying tortured in prison, he earned his place on the altar of the Zagreb’s cathedral. The local dedication to the Catholic Church is illustrated by the many church towers that rise within the city's skyline. It is almost impossible to say which building is more impressive. The most recognizable is the church of St. Mark, with its colourful roof showing off the historic coat of arms of the Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia and the coat of arms of the city of Zagreb. If Zagreb was to be described in one colour - it would be blue. As well as being the background for the city’s coat of arms, the public transport system is blue and it is the colour of the city’s favourite football club – Dinamo. So why is the city’s coat of arms on the church of St. Mark red? The church is located in the historical sector of Gradec, one of the two city districts unified to form Zagreb. Gradec was a popular, secular centre with red as it’s colour, whereas Kaptol was the seat of the diocese and religious. The two city quarters were located on different hills separate by the Medvešćak river which flowed through today's Tkalčićeva street. The only preserved gateway that led to the free royal town of Gradec is the Stone Gate. It is one of the symbols of the city as well as being a famous historical sanctuary and spiritual place. A fire raged through Zagreb in the 18th century which burnt down the Stone Gate. Yet under the ashy remains was found an undamaged image of the Madonna and Child. Today, the Mother of God image sits inside a shrine built into the Stone Gate and listens to the thanksgiving of worshippers and by passers alike. In front of the Stone Gate, there is a statue of St. George on horseback. Legends say that this brave knight fought and killed the wicked dragon and saved the damsel in distress from danger. While walking through the streets of Zagreb, you’ll find thousands more such stories are just waiting to be uncovered. Many streets run where rivers used to flow and one of the longest streets in current day Zagreb, the Ilica, is named after the clay brought by a nearby stream. The most prominent Croatian writer, Marija Jurić Zagorka, intertwined Zagreb’s secrets and legends into her works. She was arguably born in the wrong era as she faced strong criticism - her passion for writing was deemed unacceptable; the profession was not for a woman. Yet her fighting spirit prevailed and her books are preserved, despite historical events and the spirit of the time. Radićeva Street was once the centre of economic events and commerce. It was part of the so-called “Bloody Bridge” and was connected to Tkalčićeva Street. What once was a poverty-stricken street known for its brothels, its image has completely changed and it is now the main centre of social life for the city’s youth. Culture here is alive and on display; notice the sunshine watch, Marija Jurić Zagorka monument and the sculpture of a "woman in the window", patiently waiting for a customer. The food culture of restaurants and cafes is closely connected to the way of life here in Zagreb. Residents simply love going out for a coffee, dining in restaurants and being seen walking the "špica" (the Croatian word for a place where people go to see and be seen!), regardless of what time of day or night. Meeting Zagreb involves getting to know the way of life here and its rhythm – and this is all very much part of that. An unmissable site is the famous city market "Dolac" which has been successfully trading for almost 100 years. Zagreb's "kumica" (the Croatian nickname for the market women who sell vegetables and homemade products) offer their products to passers-by. You can find some of the famous Zagreb souvenirs here: the “licitar” heart biscuit, colourfully decorated and made from honey dough, and the “Šestinski” umbrella (part of the traditional dress, named after the village of its origin - Šestine). The gift of a “licitar” heart was once a display of love between a young couple. The “Šestinski” umbrella is a recognisable symbol of Dolac; it’s widely used for protection against the sun and rain and is made with exceptional strength and quality for these purposes. Legends tell of a young couple standing together under a black umbrella swearing eternal love for each other, which caused the umbrella to change from black to red - the colour of love – hence the red colour used today. Thanks to world-renowned architects and designers, we have a large number of parks and gardens in Zagreb – there is always green oasis to stroll in nearby. A visit to the Botanical Garden is always an educational experience, no matter the season of your visit. There is a uniting factor to all of the city's natural and cultural peculiarities – where ever you are, you’ll never be far from a fountain. There is something so calming about the gentle flow of water - people everywhere simply enjoy it. Today Zagreb is the proud home to 61 fountains. The well-known Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, whose signature style is visible in many buildings in Zagreb, sculpted “The Well of Life” (Zdenac života). This masterpiece depicts the life of a man from birth to old age and is located in front of the Croatian National Theatre. The Theatre itself is a symbol of development and the increase in cultural engagement across the city. It was built at the end of the 19th century and is the home of cultural and artistic creativity, particularly in the Croatian language. The identity of the Croat people can be best understood through the rich gastronomy selection and musical expression here. As a very cheerful and positive nation, Croatians enjoy the top dining experiences and quality wines, alongside a good song and dance. The food served in small, traditional restaurants will have been grown locally on family farms and the wine culture provides a perfect complement to the fireworks of flavour on offer within the “Prigorje” cuisine (the local regional cuisine). Lively streets full of young people, an exceptionally well-preserved heritage, modern buildings housing local art and the bustling rhythm of busy, everyday life blend together to form a perfect definition for our Zagreb. Zagreb is made up of people and it belongs to the people; a joyful relationship never failing to result in smiles. Green parks provide cool refreshment in summer heat and later autumn colours decorate the city streets. The scent of roasted chestnuts drifting through the market places announce the arrival of winter… And the excitement for the beautiful Christmas Market “Advent” builds – No matter what the season, the city invites all the curious to experience the magic at the foot of the Sljeme mountain. Just how curious are you?

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