After breakfast, drive to the pier and take a boat cruise through the Brioni archipelago and National Park. The Italian and German armies devastated the islands during World War II. Still, after the liberation of Yugoslavia, authorities restored the hotels, repaired the damage, and turned one of the islands into Josip Broz Tito's, the first Yugoslav president, holiday residence. At the time of Yugoslavia, Brioni was (except for the Grand Brion) a closed military zone and deleted from Yugoslavia's official maps. President Tito hosted well-known politicians, opera divas, and movie stars, including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Carlo Ponti and Gina Lollobrigida and other influential celebrities of that time. The islands were declared a National Park in 1983.
Drive to Opatija, a delightful town that attracts tourists year-round with its beautifully maintained gardens, illuminated 12-kilometre coastal walkway, cafes, villas, hotels, shopping, and events. Overnight in Opatija.