• Dalmatian Sunshine, 9 days/8 nights

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

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ITINERARY

Saturday Day 1 arrive Dubrovnik (D)

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. Next to the clock tower there is the old city Bell Tower. Orlando’s Column, a stone column was carved into the column in 1419 as a symbol of liberty and independence. Continue to Sponza Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in the city built between 1516-1522. Also see the Dominican Monastery which keeps 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, 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 medieval 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 to explore on your own, stroll along the lake, shop, sit back in a café and nibble on Bled cream cake, or perhaps join an optional excursion visiting the small island in the middle of the lake.

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. Walking through the most significant sights of the old city center, the picturesque Central open-air Market infused with color. Next is the Triple Bridge (Tromostovje) 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. 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. Next is Zagreb Cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and to Kings Saint Stephen and Saint Ladislaus. The House of Parliament serves as 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.

Tour dates for 2018 (from – to):

28-Apr – 06-May
05-May – 13-May
12-May – 20-May
19-May – 27-May
02-Jun – 10-Jun
09-Jun – 17-Jun
23-Jun – 01-Jul
30-Jun – 08-Jul
07-Jul – 15-Jul
04-Aug – 12-Aug
11-Aug – 19-Aug
18-Aug – 26-Aug
01-Sep – 09-Sep
22-Sep – 30-Sep
29-Sep – 07-Oct
06-Oct – 14-Oct
13-Oct – 21-Oct

Package price:

$1,837 USD – per person based on double occupancy
$657 USD – single supplement

Your land tour includes:
  • First class hotels with private facilities based on double occupancy for 8 nights
  • Meals – (B) 8 Breakfast daily and 5 (D) dinners
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional English speaking tour director
  • Luggage handling of one normal sized suitcase per person
  • Single Rooms – A limited number of single rooms available on payment of supplement
  • 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 doesn’t include:
  • Airfare
  • Departure taxes
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities and tipping
Note:
  • A similar program can be custom tailored for individuals based on upgraded hotels and sightseeing program by private car.
  • Although airfare is not included in this program, we are able to suggest economy class round trip airfares. Please note the airfare suggested is subject to change without prior notice and is not guaranteed until such time as the ticket has actually been issued.
Hotels:
  • Dubrovnik: Lacroma (F)
  • Split: Atrium (F)
  • Plitvice Lakes: Jezero (F)
  • Bled: Park (F) / GOLF (F)
  • Zagreb: Westin (DLX)
Sightseeing tours included:
  • Dubrovnik
  • Split
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Postojna Cave
  • Bled
  • Ljubljana
  • Zagreb