Zagreb Christmas Market & Wine Experience 2019
An escorted tour to experience Zagreb Christmas Market and wine tasting experience
Zagreb has been voted the best Christmas market in Europe for the last three years! On this four day tour to Croatia’s vibrant capital, you will stay at the 5* Esplanade, the city’s most famous and luxurious hotel dating back to 1925. Other festive highlights include the huge Christmas tree and fountain light display in Ban Josip Jelačić Square.
You will also enjoy an excursion to Samobor, in the wine region of Zagreb County, for an exclusive tasting of four local wines and delicacies with a local wine grower.
Please contact the office for more details about this tour
THURSDAY 5 DECEMBER - Day One
12:40h - Depart UK on British Airways flight from Heathrow
ECT Tour Manager will meet you at Heathrow
16:00h Flight arrives at Zagreb Airport
Transfer to 5* Esplanade Zagreb Hotel and check in
Meet your English speaking local guide in the hotel for a 2.5 hour guided walking tour of Kaptol-Upper town, including a Funicular ride. The guide will take you through some of the oldest streets and to the main sights, sharing historical facts and local knowledge along the way. Afterwards you will have free time to explore the Christmas markets, and have dinner at leisure.
FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER - Day Two
A full day to explore Zagreb and enjoy Advent activities, including a wonderful array of concerts and musical performances. The streets surrounding the Jelačić Square play host to a Christmas Fair at this time of year – why not take a ride in the jolly Christmas tram with Santa Clause, fairies, elves and many other cheerful characters, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine and shop for souvenirs and Christmas decorations for your loved ones?
SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER - Day Three
After breakfast, depart hotel for Samobor in Zagreb County. A short drive from the heart of the city, this region produces some of the country’s best regional wines and you will have the opportunity to visit Bermet Filipec, one of the region’s most famous producers. You will sample four wines, including Bermet, a local speciality infused with wormwood and herbs, Cuvee Roko, Rose Tia and Grey Pinot. Cold meats and cheese will accompany your tasting and you will also have the opportunity to buy the wines, which will be conveniently packed in recycled packaging for you to take home.
Early evening return transfer to your hotel. Evening at your leisure
SUNDAY 8 December - Day Four
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Zagreb Airport for your return flight to the UK
Christmas Market in Zagreb 2019 staying at the magnificent 5* Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
Opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the Orient Express, the über-stylish Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is an architectural gem. Its famous Oleander terrace was once described as “where the Balkans ends and where civilization begins”. Located within easy reach of key attractions such as the Cathedral and the Art Pavilion, the city’s most iconic hotel - long-established as a haven for A-List movie stars, politicians, singers and artists - reopened in 2004 after a complete renovation. It combines art deco glamour with every contemporary convenience. Your stay includes breakfast.
Images courtesy of Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
Zagreb is surrounded by outstanding wine country, and this lush green landscape encircling the capital is known as Zagreb County.
Some of the County's finest wines are produced in this region and we will be taking you to one such family winery in Samobor. Surrounded by forested hills, Samobor is known for its charming baroque architecture and local delicacies.
Visiting the Filipec Cellars you will enjoy seeing how, for generations, the family have been preparing Bermet - a red aromatic wine made from a selection of grapes, wormwood, fragrant herbs and fruit, using traditional methods. Considered a special Christmas treat, Bermet was historically drunk only by those of high social status, and as such it was served in the royal courts of Vienna, Venice and Budapest (it is rumored to have been on the dinner menu on the S.S. Titanic.)
Along with sampling this richly infused libation, you will also taste three other Filipec Cellars wines, Cuvee Roko, Rose Tia and Grey Pinot - cheeses will accompany your tasting sessions.
Return flight from Heathrow to Zagreb Airport (with Economy Plus)
- OUTBOUND: Thursday 5th December BA0848 12:40 LHR > 16:00 ZAG
- RETURN: Sunday 8th December BA0841 12:10 ZAG > 13:50 LHR
included with your flights is one 23kg check-in luggage per passenger
This tour requires a minimum of 10 passenger refer to point 7 in our booking conditions
Mobility: this tour is generally suitable for most, if you are concerned or have specific issues please let us know ahead of booking
Please ensure you have a valid passport (at least 6 months from the date of travel) and visa (if travelling on a non-EU passport)
Travel insurance is required
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- Return flights to London Heathrow
- 23kg hold luggage
- 3 nights B&B 5* Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
- Lunch on arrival
- Guided walk of Zagreb city centre
- Funicular Ride
- Visit to Samobor in Zagreb County
- Wine tasting experience at Bermet Filipec
- All Local Transfers
- Escorted by ECT Tour Manager