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Program Type

Small group tour

Detailed Itinerary

Upon arrival to Venice, Trieste, Zagreb 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.
*if Plitvice Lakes National Park is closed due to winter weather conditions 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.

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.

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.

After breakfast, 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.

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) or Zadar
Split (Diocletian’s Palace)
Sarajevo (Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, Gavrilo Princip Museum)
Dubrovnik (Rector’s Palace, Franciscan 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
Sarajevo: Hotel Europe 5* / Radon Plaza 5* or similar
Dubrovnik: Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* / Argosy 4* or similar

Trip Highlights

LJUBLJANA, BLED, POSTOJNA, ZAGREB, PLITVICE OR ZADAR, SPLIT, SARAJEVO AND DUBROVNIK

Departure Period

11 Dec, 2020 to 20 Dec, 2020
AUD 2,288 P P twin share
AUD 2,705 P P single

12 Feb, 2021 to 21 Feb, 2021
AUD 2,288 P P twin share
AUD 2,705 P P single

19 Mar, 2021 to 28 Mar, 2021
AUD 2,363 P P twin share
AUD 2,781 P P single

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