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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 head towards Zadar and set out on a walking tour of Zadar to admire the 16th-century walls built in by Venetians as a defense from the Turks. On to see the 16th century Port Gate where the Venetian lion still stands guard over the entrance, the Square of the Five Wells, Church of St. Donat, the Roman Forum (1st century BC) and the largest cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia. During our city tour we also take a look at the world-famous sea organs.

Travel along the beautiful bay of Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija. Upon arrival free time at leisure to enjoy this famous Croatian coastal city.

We leave Opatija to take a stroll through the beautiful Istrian town of Pula. The city has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism. Pula was also the administrative center of Istria since Ancient Rome and currently hosts the most important Croatian film festival. Our city tour will take us to the remains of the Roman Amphitheater before continuing our journey towards the Slovenian coast and the small town of Piran. We take a walk through the narrow picturesque streets, where one can still notice an intense Venetian influence. We also pass by the Tartini Square, the center of the city. Accommodation in Piran / Portorož area.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport (Trieste, Venice or Ljubljana) 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)
Zadar
Pula (Amphitheater)
Piran

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 Accommodations / Select Hotels
Ljubljana: Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza 4* or similar
Zagreb: Hotel Westin / Sheraton 5* 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 / Radon Plaza 5* or similar
Zadar: Hotel Kolovare 4* or similar
Opatija: Grand Hotel Adriatic I 4* or similar
Piran / Portorož: Grand Hotel Portorož 4* or similar

Trip Highlights

LJUBLJANA - BLED - POSTOJNA - ZAGREB - PLITVICE - SPLIT - KORČULA - DUBROVNIK - MOSTAR - SARAJEVO - ZADAR - OPATIJA - PULA - PIRAN

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01 Oct, 2020
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15 Oct, 2020
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