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Discover the magic of the City of Zagreb and embark on a seven-day adventure of exploring the impact of history and culture on the development of traditional customs, manufactories and the aftermath of highly sophisticated manufacturing plants.
Learn about the specifics of centuries old crafts throughout history, which still enchants the world with its quality and unique design. This unique journey emphasizes education as well as the interactive participation in production of traditional products such as crystal vases, wooden toys, musical instruments, decorations and gold jewellery. Test the skill of your diligent hands and take back unforgettable memories from this journey through the history of fashion and design.
Included transfer from airport Zagreb to Zagreb hotel for 7 nights stay on B&B basis.
Discover Zagreb – an important fashion city that began fashion development from the 60’s onwards. Today we want to showcase some of Zagreb’s most important artisans, having opportunity to explore the city centre with visit to Ethnographic Museum where many unique clothing and fashion items are hidden.
We will uncover the secrets of small-scale manufacturers who continue to operate today, thanks to the skills they have developed and improved over the years. We believe that each period carries its uniqueness, especially in the fashion world, and this is unique way to meet and see objects that illustrate not only aesthetic criteria, but history and everyday life. After visiting the museum, we start exploring some of the most famous brands such as etno boutiques Mara, Greta, Kobali, Croata and the jewellery shop Jozef Gjoni. We will end today’s tour visiting craft that has been successfully replicating traditional Croatian jewellery in the centre of Zagreb for over 50 years. The golden hands of these skilful master s design unique pieces of jewellery and full fill even the most demanding wishes of their customers. The success of these goldsmiths in their work is also shown and appreciated by the fact that their jewellery was sought after and displayed in popular HBO series. They have been mastering their craft for decades therefore appreciated today on high level of quality design.
Today we will meet Samobor, a town believed it got its name because of the large number of pine trees covered the area (“samo bor = only pine”). Even today, this place has remained true to the evergreen trees that covered much of Stražnik Hill. Samobor has enjoyed privileged status throughout history and has been given the status of free royal trade city by King Bela IV. This has had a positive impact on its economic and demographic development. In one period of its existence, this town was also under French rule when the glass manufacturing industry was going through a crisis due to the heavy taxes burdening the industry. This world of crystal gloss has fought for its survival and has a tradition of almost 2 centuries. At the beginning of its development, it was believed that the crystal was perfect in its original form, but soon began manual process of decorating which developed into true art. The crystal manufacturers in Samobor are one of the few manufacturers that still use the manual grinding technique that enhances the gloss and value of the finished product. This technique requires knowledge and skill only possessed by true masters. It is part of the tradition and in combination with the new modern ways of processing crystals we receive final product unique and desirable as a gift. The beauty of making each crystal product is best to describe by presentation, so be prepared to be amazed.
Marija Bistrica is one of the most famous Marian shrines in Croatia. This place has been the target of numerous pilgrims since 1684. Apart from the sanctuary, Marija Bistrica is known for its old crafts, which have been passed down from generation to generation for decades. One of the most prominent crafts is the production of wooden toys and musical instruments. This art was included in UNESCO’s representative list of intangible heritage in 2009. Musical instruments were the first souvenirs of this place, and the love for music, making and using musical instruments is embedded in the history of the place itself. Tambourines, flutes and instruments are always decorated with vibrant colours and have different shapes. The wooden toys are painted in traditional yellow, which gives them a special note of recognition. Another skill specially known which originates from the area – Pottery will be presented by crafty masters showing creation of a pot and musical instrument becoming of clay. In the past pottery was intended for household use, while today it is used more as a souvenir. This will be a valuable experience through presentation and production of toy or clay product.
Today we will get acquainted with the production of one of famous cakes of Croatia – Licitar, its production dates back to the Middle Ages. This tradition began in European monasteries where the colourful cake was made with the help of richly decorated wooden moulds. Soon, small family crafts started Licitar production, and its manufacturers became established and respectable members of society. The secret to making this honey dough cake is being kept in the manufacturer family circles over the decades and passed down from generation to generation for centuries. They are traditionally bright red, and their shapes may vary, heart being one of the most famous and marketable forms. Christmas trees were often decorated with smaller Licitars and some families still cherish the tradition today. On this day activity you will get the opportunity to attend and participate in the making of this famous cake, which can become a precious souvenir as a memorable experience brought home with you.
This morning we head to Varaždin, the city that represents the most important cultural centre in north western Croatia. Today it is extremely popular and recognizable for its festival “Špancirfest”, which gathers many visitors every year who enjoy the richness and beauty of this charming place. In addition to having an important cultural role, Varaždin also has important historical role, the best-preserved remains of the Neanderthal have been found in this Baroque city. Today we emphasize on Varaždin s fashion role – centuries-old fashion and textile company – Varteks known worldwide. We will visit the factory which began its operations in 1922 and has survived to this day becoming highly respected and achieved cooperations with global brands such as Hugo Boss, J.Lindeberg and Zadig & Voltaire. Varteks is synonym of quality and classic elegance and by entering this facility you will be able to see the origin of a product – from raw material to the final product. Varteks owes its success to quality materials and master craftsmen.
In addition to the old crafts we have learned so far, we will get to know the craft specific more to recent times, marked by technological advancement. Our place visiting today is Sveta Nedjelja – once agricultural area in last half of century undergoing process of industrialization and strong economic development becoming home of one of our youngest and most successful factories, appreciated and recognized throughout the world – Rimac Cars. Get to know the story of a young entrepreneur inspired by Nikola Tesla s legacy, whit birthplace is only 200 km in distance, who became a leader in the development of electric vehicle technology. During this tour, you will see what the production of modern, yet environmentally friendly supercar looks like.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Zagreb airport for your departing flight.
|22-29 November 2019||
20–27 December 2019
10-17 April 2020
17-24 July 2020
14-21 August 2020
16-23 October 2020
|Double/ twin room||890,00||890,00||1.015,00||930,00||930,00||930,00|
From top to toe, the tour was excellent. Me and my wife had the best time, we really enjoyed the tour and all the interesting stories and places. The guide we had was great! Learned so much. Big thanks Perfecta, well done!
Fantastic and interesting tour, we enjoyed learning about history and old crafts, but above all we were so thrilled to see Rimac cars. Our sons talked about it for days. Everything was perfectly organized and we couldn`t be happier for booking this tour. Looking forward to our next trip to Croatia.