JEWELS OF SLOVENIA, CROATIA AND BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA – 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
JEWELS OF SLOVENIA, CROATIA AND BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA – 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
FROM ONLY2500 €
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Included transfers from Ljubljana, Venice or Trieste airport to Ljubljana hotel followed by late afternoon walking tour of Ljubljana historical centre, welcome drink and welcome dinner. Our lodging at GH Union 4* or similar (one night) is located in the centre of town and a hop, skip and jump away from the old town of Ljubljana, a bubbling capital city of Slovenia, which is one of the highlights of the tour. Ljubljana has the most beautiful historic centre, encompassing a sprawling pedestrian zone that flanks both sides of the willow-lined Ljubljanica River, with animated cafés and restaurants, magnificent Baroque buildings and bridges. Guide will walk us through the old town, highlighted by the works of Slovenia’s greatest architect, Joze Plecnik, the outdoor markets and historic palaces. Plenty of free time also to enjoy and explore Ljubljana on your own. Welcome dinner in local restaurant.(D)
Day 2 Ljubljana–Postojna Caves–Zadar, Croatia
Undoubtedly one of the highlights on this tour is a visit to the Postojna cave. Enter the most famous cave in the world with numerous tunnels, passages, galleries, stalactite and stalagmite formations that offer a unique experience of the underground world with an adventurous train ride which makes it easy and fun. The visit of the cave starts with a train ride, continues with a walking guided tour in English and after viewing the ¨human fish¨, which is the symbol of Postojna cave, the train takes you back to the surface. Viewing time in the cave is one hour and thirty minutes at a temperature of 10°C/45F, so we recommend using trekking shoes and a jacket. A few miles away you can find one of the most scenic castles in the world, the Predjama castle. Nestled on a vertical cliff it enjoys a striking setting and with numerous legends linked to the castle it makes a perfect photo session point. Tours then takes us into Croatia, traveling along the coast to Zadar for some more sightseeing and an overnight stay. Our lodging is centrally located Hotel Bastion 4* or similar (one night).(B)
Day 3 Zadar–Split–Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day begins by a drive south to Split to visit the former home town of the Roman emperor Diocletian and his palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Diocletian was emperor of Rome from 284 – 305 AD. The only emperor to voluntarily stand down, he had constructed a massive retirement palace covering 10 acres in his homeland of Dalmatia. Having survived centuries of refugees and squatters, core elements of the palace are still prominent today, including all of the ground floor rooms and corridors. We’ll kick off our stay in Split with a fascinating guided tour of the palace and the historic centre of Split. We continue further along the lovely Dalmatian Coast before reaching Dubrovnik for two overnights. Our hotel is within walking distance from the old town, Grand Villa Argentina 5* or similar (two nights).(B)
Day 4 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Originally called Ragusa, Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century on the southern part of what is now the Old Town by Greco-Roman refugees from Epidaurum (modern day Cavtat). Initially subject to Byzantium, the city was long under Venetian control, and then effectively became an independent city-state under the kingdom of Hungary and later the Ottoman Empire. It was one of the most powerful economic centres in the Adriatic. Dubrovnik’s magnificent walls were constructed from the 12th to the 17th century. Our morning begins with a walk along these walls, followed by local guide tour of the city and a visit to the Rector’s Palace. Afternoon is free to explore Dubrovnik on your own.(B)
Day 5 Dubrovnik–Neretva Gorges–Mostar-Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Start the day with a scenic drive into the rugged beauty of the Neretva Valley. Stop in Mostar, where you get to see the reconstructed 16th-century Old Bridge. Mostar is the main city of the southern part of Bosnia-Herzegovina, positioned on the banks of the Neretva river. Under the Ottoman Empire, Mostar became an important trading hub, where Jews, Christians and Muslims traded and lived side by side. The result was that Mostar became a melting pot of cultures and nationalities. The centrepiece of Mostar is the Old Bridge, commissioned by the Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century. Destroyed during the war in 1993, the bridge was rebuilt using the original materials and reopened in 2004. We continue our journey to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina and certainly the most Turkish-looking city in the Balkans—famous for its mosques, markets, and bazaars. Our local guide will walk you through this inspiring city whichis a point where East meets West, multi-cultural and multi religious. It’s a colourful town full of coffee houses, restaurants and shops, a gracious and congenial people that defy expectations. Our hotel is situated in the centre, Hotel President 4* or similar(one night). (B)
Day 6 Sarajevo–Plitvice National Park, Croatia
Travel takes us north back into Croatia to visit the country’s most famous national park—Plitvice Lakes. Plitvice lakes are the world’s natural heritage site that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. The beauty of the National Park of Plitvice lakes lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated with different animal species. Timeless beauty of waterfalls thrills in every season in a different way, leaving you breathless. Overnight in Hotel Degenija 4* or similar (one night). (B,D)
Day 7 Plitvice–Zagreb–Bled, Slovenia
Morning stop in Croatian vibrant capital of Zagreb. The city boasts a charming medieval ‘old city’ with the architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central-European capitals. Zagreb can offer its visitors the Barroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facilities, an abundant selection of crafts and a variety of traditional cuisine. After lunch we travel to Slovenia to enchanting Lake Bled, which is surrounded by high mountains. A dramatically placed 11th century cliffside castle and its tiny island with 99 steps leading up to the exquisite Church of the Assumption, the lake presents a fairy tale setting like no other. We’ll spend one night at the truly Grand Hotel Toplice 5* or similar. Farawell dinner to close this striking tour.(B,D)
Day 8 Bled, Slovenia
Your vacation ends with breakfast and transfer to Ljubljana airport. (B)
Tour price in 4*or 5* hotels:
- 4900 euro/person for a group of two
- 3600 euro/person for a group of four
- 3050 euro/person for a group of six
- 2700 euro/person for a group of eight
- Single room supplement: 700 euro
Tour price in 3*or 4* hotels:
- 3850 euro/person for a group of two
- 3200 euro/person for a group of four
- 2700 euro/person for a group of six
- 2500 euro/person for a group of eight
- Single room supplement: 500 euro
What is included?
- Land transportation through the whole tour in luxury mini-van with extra leg room
- Ljubljana, Venice or Trieste airport transfer in on day 1
- Dubrovnik airport transfer out on day 8
- 7 nights hotel accomodation.
- Full time professional English speaking driver/guide.
- Local Guides in Split, Dubrovnik, Postojna caves and Sarajevo.
- Professional English speaking Guide/driver on the tour.
- Orientational guided walk of Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Zadar, Mostar, Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb.
- All breakfasts, 3 dinners with drinks (no prefixed menus, you dine ala cart)
- Entrance fees to Postojna caves,Diocletian Palace Cellars in Split, Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik and Plitvice National park.
- Organization, basic insurance and VAT.