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).
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.
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 Kavana Procaffe). 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.
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 Plaza Bar, e.g.
A breakfast at the hotel followed by a half an hour’s farewell drive to Zagreb International Airport.