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Program Type

Small group tour

Detailed Itinerary

Upon arrival to Venice, Trieste or Ljubljana airport transfer to hotel.

This morning, we will first head to Bled, beautifully set in the Julian Alps. A sightseeing tour of Bled features the charming town, the lakeshore, and a visit to the imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. After the visit of Bled return to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, for a walking tour. See the sights of the old city center, including the picturesque open-air Central Market, Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's Fountain.

After breakfast, we head to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe – Postojna Cave. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, continue to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia.

This morning enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament, and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is free to explore the winding streets of the Old Town.

Travel to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Have your camera ready as you 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. Then we continue our journey to Split.

Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Finally, see the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral.

In the afternoon we head to the island of Korčula. Upon arrival free time to enjoy this beautiful island.

The beautiful medieval town Korčula has streets arranged in the shape of a fish bone, which ensures the flow of fresh air and protects from strong winds. According to legend, the famous adventurer Marco Polo was born here. After the visit, head to Dubrovnik.

Start the day with a walking tour of Old Dubrovnik this morning. Visit the Rector's Palace, and see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and Sponza Palace. Next, see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, enjoy the picturesque setting, shop or simply relax.

We continue our trip towards Mostar. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva in the medieval times. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.

Travel to Sarajevo, the capital of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city of Sarajevo has been influenced by several cultures and civilizations over its long history. On your city tour, visit the Turkish Bazaar Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, the Olympic Stadium, and Gavrilo Princip Museum.

Today, we travel to Belgrade, Serbia.

With a history dating back more than 7,000 years, Belgrade is a fascinating city to visit. Your morning sightseeing tour includes the city's main attractions: the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically situated at the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers; Republic Square and Mihajlova Street; Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city; and Tito's Memorial. The afternoon is free.

In the morning, departure to Sremski Karlovci, the museum-city that was the center of culture and religion in Serbia during the 18th and 19th centuries. After a short stop with a wine degustation included, we continue to Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina. It is the administrative, economic, cultural and university center of the region, which also has the well-preserved Petrovaradin Fortress that faces the city from the other side of the Danube. Return to Belgrade.

Today, we travel to Bulgaria. Our first stop is Niš, considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. Niš is a university center but also one of the most important industrial centers in Serbia. Continue to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

Today, we enjoy a complete tour of the city of Sofia. Among others, the most emblematic places are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral that dominates the city, the Church of Saint George, considered the best-preserved Byzantine church, the Russian Church of Saint Nicholas, the Banya Bashi mosque and the ruins of the ancient Serdica. In the afternoon, travel to the Rila Mountains to visit one of the most famous places in Bulgaria - the Rila Monastery. This monastery is a sanctuary of Bulgarian literature and spiritual life. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by San Iván de Rila, it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and the language of the centuries. After visiting the monastery church with its impressive fresco paintings, return to Sofia.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Inclusions

4* and 5* hotels
Daily breakfast
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
Airport transfers
Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
Licensed local guides
Entrance fees included where indicated in bold letters
Luggage handling at hotels
Service charges and hotel taxes

Sightseeing Tours Included:

Ljubljana
Bled (Bled Castle)
Postojna (Postojna Cave)
Zagreb (Cathedral)
Plitvice (Plitvice Lakes National Park)
Split (Diocletian’s Palace)
Korčula
Dubrovnik (Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery)
Mostar
Sarajevo (Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, Gavrilo Princip Museum)
Belgrade (Kalemegdan)
Sremski Karlovci (wine degustation)
Novi Sad (Petrovaradin Fortress)
Sofia (Alexander Nevski Cathedral)
Rila (Rila Monastery)

Exclusions

International airfares
Optional activities
Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Hotel Accommodation:

Ljubljana: Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza 4* or similar
Zagreb: Hotel Westin 5* / Sheraton 5* / Dubrovnik 4* or similar
Split: Hotel Briig 4* or similar
Korčula: Hotel Liburna 4* / Marko Polo 4* or similar
Dubrovnik: Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* / Argosy 4* or similar
Mostar: Hotel Mepas 5* / Eden 4* or similar
Sarajevo: Hotel Europe 5* / Radon Plaza 5* or similar
Belgrade: Hotel Moskva 5* / Hotel Prag 4* or similar
Sofia: Hotel Balkan 5* / BW Premier Collection City 4* or similar

Trip Highlights

LJUBLJANA, BLED, POSTOJNA, ZAGREB, PLITVICE, SPLIT, KORČULA, DUBROVNIK, MOSTAR, SARAJEVO, BELGRADE, SREMSKI KARLOVCI, NOVI SAD, NIŠ AND SOFIA

Fixed-Departure

01 Oct, 2020
AUD 4,650 P P twin share
AUD 6,010 P P single

15 Oct, 2020
AUD 4,650 P P twin share
AUD 6,010 P P single

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