Đakovo is a city in eastern Croatia and is known as the heart of the region called Slavonia. The city's biggest attraction is St. Peter's Basilica, built in the Neo-Gothic-Romanesque style in 1866. Horse enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the Stud farm Đakovo and visit the white "lipicaner" horses.
We continue the trip to the natural park called Kopački rit, one of the largest river plains in Europe. It is located in the Barania region, between the Danube and Drava rivers. 140 types of birds nest each year in this unique place, and the great biodiversity of 2000 species reflects the park's rich flora and fauna. It is a paradise for bird watchers.
Located in the heart of Baranja, just 20 km from Osijek, Etno Villa Karanac is the right destination for those seeking tranquility and Croatian culture. Each terrace is decorated with dozens of ropes where you can see the peppers left in the wind to dry (pepper plants). And the walls of the villages are painted, each with a different design reminiscent of local traditions. In the village, there is a highly recommended and typical restaurant with famous dishes of Croatian cuisine, especially from the Slavonian region. It's called Baranjska Kuća and it was considered the best restaurant in the region in 2015. Dishes like freshwater fish stew (fiš paprikaš), gulaš meat stew, cabbage purees with meat, rice and spices (sarma), the famous spicy kulen salami, plus sweets and wines from the Baranja region.
Wine barns are a must-see for those who spend at least 1 night in one of the surrounding guest houses. The wineries of the Baranja region (gatori) are a great option for wine lovers. The wines are excellent. White grapes (graševina, pinot gray and white, riesling, traminac) predominate, but also good cabernet sauvignon and frankovka.
Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia (108,048 inhabitants). The most interesting part of the city is Tvrđa, an old Osijek fortress that gradually became a city space. The central square of the fortress is Saint Trinity Square, where you can find beautiful baroque buildings. The Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the city center is the third largest church in Croatia and the second tallest. It was built in 1898 and is 90 meters high. Lunch at the Galija restaurant, located on the boat resting on the river.
The city of Vukovar is located at the confluence of the Vuka and Danube rivers. The city suffered severe damage during the Croatian War of Independence (1991). The damage Vukovar sustained during the siege has been considered the worst in Europe since World War II. The city's water tower, where bullet holes are visible, was retained by urban planners to serve as testimony to the events of the early 1990s. There are seasonal cruises on the Danube River.
On the right bank of the Danube, the most eastern city of the Republic of Croatia, Ilok, is located in the surroundings of antiquities and wines. The best known wine is the white wine traminac which was served at the coronation ceremony of the English Queen Elizabeth II, and is served at the English royal court.
The Principovac complex offers 5 luxurious and modern apartments in the 4 * category and one Deluxe apartment. All rooms are located on a hill in the middle of a vineyard, providing privacy, peace and quiet enviroment with beautiful views. We will spend the night in Ilok. Departure to Zagreb in the morning of the following day.