• 9 Day/8 Night Dalmatian Sunshine

  • Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Postojna Caves, Bled, Ljubljana and Zagreb

    Simply one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Croatia and Slovenia, delightful countries with rich cultural heritages and amazing natural beauty are once again on the map for discerning travelers. The mediaeval walled city of Dubrovnik; ancient Split founded by the Romans; the wonders of the 16 cascading Plitvice Lakes; the subterranean Postojna Caves; Bled, the gem of the Julian Alps; Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and historic Zagreb, all creating a journey back in time.

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ITINERARY

Saturday Day 1 arrive Dubrovnik (WD)

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure until you gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.

Sunday Day 2 in Dubrovnik (B)

Morning walking tour of “Old Dubrovnik” begins at the Gothic and Renaissance Rector’s Palace which once served as the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa. Once a part of the Rector’s Palace, the 31 metre high city clock tower now stands alone. Next to the clock tower there is the old city Bell Tower. On top you can see “Zelenci” (meaning green men), two bronze figures named “Maro” and “Baro” by the local residents that are tinted green from the salt air of the Adriatic who hammer out the hours like they have done since the 15th century. Orlando’s Column, a stone column with the figure of a mediaeval warrior in arms was carved into the column in 1419 as a symbol of liberty and independence and is tied to the legend of the legendary hero Orlando (Rolando) who helped to liberate Dubrovnik from the Arab pirates in the 8th century. Continue to Sponza Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in the city built between 1516-1522. Also see the Dominican Monastery which contains exhibits from the rich history of the city and the Franciscan Monastery which owns one of the richest ancient libraries in Croatia consisting of over 70,000 books and famous all around the world. Its Pharmacy (Friars Minor Pharmacy) is one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Monday Day 3 Dubrovnik to Split (B/D)

Travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old villages and new resorts to Split, the second largest city in Croatia.  Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace dating from around the turn of the fourth century and designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures. Jupiter’s Temple built around the 3rd century is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman Temples in the world. The nearby Peristyle allowed access to Diocletian’s private quarters, the mausoleum and the temples.  Also see the Cathedral. (227 km)

Tuesday Day 4 Split to Trogir and Plitvice Lakes (B/D)

After breakfast we head to Trogir, the center of artistic activities. Scholars from around the world gather to study and paint here. Turning inland we travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Upon arrival have your camera ready. Take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. (317 km)

Wednesday Day 5 Plitvice Lakes to Opatija, Postojna and Bled (B/D)

Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful Bay of Kvarner to its popular resort of Opatija. After some free time we journey north to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe to tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterwards continue to the beautiful Alpine town of Bled beautifully set amidst the Julian Alps. (352 km)

Thursday Day 6 in Bled (B)

A sightseeing tour of Bled discovered by travelers in the middle of the 19th century features the charming town and its imposing mediaeval white and red Bled Castle perched on a cliff overlooking Bled Lake It is the oldest Slovenian castle and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional activities such as visiting the small island in the middle of the lake where you will find the quaintest of churches or browsing through the local shops.

Friday Day 7 Bled to Ljubljana and Zagreb (B/D)

Leaving the mountains we head to Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, a charming city populated by artists, museums and galleries. It is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe. Start your day with a walking tour visiting the most significant sights of the old city centre, the picturesque Central open-air Market infused with color. The city’s street markets are a major attraction and you will undoubtedly find everything you could ever want. Next is the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje) designed by architect Jože Plečnik which consists of three separate picturesque bridges located next to each other. Also see the Baroque Town Hall located in the Town Square, the original building built in 1484. Outside stands a replica of the Baroque Robba’s Fountain designed by Francesco Robba, one of the city’s most recognizable sights. Continue to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. (189 kms)

Saturday Day 8 in Zagreb (B)

This morning enjoy a tour of the city divided into Gornji Grad (Upper Town) where you will find historical structures, churches, religious monuments and Donji Grad (Lower Tower)  with its museums, parks, monuments and shopping. We begin in the historic Upper Town where some of the streets may be steep, others not. The views are spectacular. Continue to St. Mark’s Church easily recognized by the checkered design on its roof depicting the coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, Savonia and Zagreb City. Dating back to the 11th century the numerous alterations have completely changed the structure. See the Baroque St. Catherine’s Church built by the Jesuits between 1620 and 1632, a one nave church with six side chapels and a shrine. Next is Zagreb Cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and to Kings Saint Stephen and Saint Ladislau. Continue to Gornji Grad to see the House of Parliament where the government meets and plans as well as the Government Palace, the official residence of the President of Croatia although he does not actually live in the building. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or take an optional excursion to the countryside.

Sunday Day 9 depart Zagreb (B)

After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.

YOUR LAND TOUR INCLUDES

Airport transfers on arrival and departure

Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach

Luggage handling of one normal sized suitcase per person

Professional English speaking tour director

First class hotels with private facilities based on double occupancy for 8 nights

Single Rooms – A limited number of single rooms available on payment of supplement

Meals – (B) 8 Breakfast daily and 5 (D) dinners

Locally escorted sightseeing based on 7 – half day tours with local guides where necessary in Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Postojna Caves, Bled, Ljubljana and Zagreb

Entrance fees to Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery Pharmacy, Diocletian’s Palace, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Postojna Caves, Bled Castle and Zagreb Cathedral

Headsets will be provided for included sightseeing tours to easily hear your guide’s commentary

Service charges and hotel taxes

YOUR LAND TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

Airfare, departure taxes, fuel surcharges, insurance, gratuities and tipping

SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED

Dubrovnik

Split

Plitvice Lakes

Postojna Cave

Bled

Ljubljana

Zagreb

HOTELS:

Dubrovnik: Lacroma (F)

Split: Atrium (F)

Plitvice Lakes: Jezero (F)

Bled: Park (F) / GOLF (F)

Zagreb: Westin (DLX)