February 21st is the globally-recognize International Tourist Guide Day.This day the Zagreb Tourist Guide Association promotes its work, which has provided Zagreb’s tourists with the most interesting information about the city for many years.
The Zagreb Tourist Guide Association was founded in 1973 and this year it marks the 40th anniversary. Today, it consists of a total of 120 members, predominantly academically educated citizens. City tours are available in 13 foreign languages including Japanese and Chinese. The Association also boasts the first Croatian tour guide for the hard of hearing.
Aside from individual programs, which are available at any time, the Zagreb Tourist Guide Association cooperates with more than 120 domestic as well as foreign travel agencies, ministries, educational institutions, news agencies, sports associations and clubs.
Guided tours can be ordered directly (www.vodici-zg.hr ) and they usually begin with a panoramic sightseeing tour of the Lower Town, which lasts approximately 45 minutes. Following is a tour of Mirogoj, the city cemetery, and a tour of the Upper Town and the cathedral. Visits to the churches of St. Mark and St. Catherine can be also included, as well as ride on the funicular. Sightseeing ends with a stroll through the city market Dolac, and a visit to the cathedral. The entire programme takes about three hours to complete.
During the city tour, visitors can discover everything about the city’s history, culture, cult personalities, legends, myths, old customs, as well as the most interesting details of a contemporary lifestyle in the Croatian capital. Arrangements can also be made for guided excursions to Zagreb’s surroundings and other parts of Croatia.