DALMATIAN SUNSHINE / CROATIA & SLOVENIA and VENICE

  • Duration:11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS

 DAY 1: USA/DUBROVNIK

We depart  on your overnight transatlantic flight to Dubrovnik.

DAY 2:  DUBROVNIK

Arrival today at the Dubrovnik airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to relax and become acclimated to a new time zone. You can also take a walk to the Old Town also called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” before meeting your fellow travelers and tour director for dinner.  Tonight we have a welcome dinner in a typical Dalmatian restaurant with local delicacies and wine. (D)

DAY 3:  DUBROVNIK  –CAVTAT

This morning enjoy a walking tour of “Old Dubrovnik”; starting with St. Blaze church, the Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower clock, Orlando’s Column and the SponzaPalace. You will also see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with it’s Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. After lunch on your own in one of the many small family owned restaurants along the narrow streets we depart for  Cavtat, and free time in the Old Town we depart for a picturesque ride along the Dalmatian Coast to a lovely seaside town along the Croatian Coast, called Cavtat. Here we have dinner and time for a leisurely walk about town. Overnight Dubrovnik. (B.D.)

DAY 4:  MONTENEGRO-WILD BEAUTY

Today we depart for the neighboring state of Montenegro, where we visit the island town of Sveti Stefan, and Cetinje the hilltop home of the former Montenegran rulers. This state is called Wild Beauty and you will appreciate this name as we drive along the narrow roads and magnificent hills.  Overnight Dubrovnik. (B.D.)

DAY 5:  DUBROVNIK  – SPLIT

Depart very early (8AM) to Split with good memories. The drive along the Dalmatian Coast is called the most breathtaking Europe and today you will see why. Upon arrival in Split, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Overnight Split. (B.D.)

DAY 6:  – SPLIT-TROGIR-ZADAR-PLITVICE LAKES

After breakfast, we head north along the coast to Trogir, the center of artistic activities, where scholars from around the world gather to study and paint. Then it’s on to Zadar, the oldest Slavic city on the Adriatic, once famed cultural center. We pause here for an orientation tour that includes the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Cathedral and St. Donat Church. Our journey continues as we turn inland towards the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 7:  PLITVICE LAKES –OPATIJA

Today we  enjoy Plitvice National Park listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list, the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. After lunch we depart for Opatija, once the favorite resort of the European royalty.  We arrive Opatija late in the day.   Overnight Opatija. (B.D.)

DAY 8- OPATIJA- VENICE

Day at leisure or take an optional day tour to the Romantic City of Venice. Optional tour to Venice by hydrofoil with Venice city tour included  $ 94.00. Overnight Opatija. (B.D.)

DAY 9: OPATIJA-POSTOJNA-BLED

We have a leisurely morning in Opatija and then head across the border into Slovenia to  Postojna, home of one of the largest caves in Europe. Here we tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterwards, our journey continues to Bled resort area, beautifully situated in the Julian Alps. Overnight Bled. (B.D.)

DAY 10:   BLED -LJUBLJANA

Our morning sightseeing tour features the town of Bled with the lake-shore, and includes a visit to the Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Balance of the day at leisure for optional activities, such as visiting the old church with a collection of religious art on a small island in the middle of the lake. In the afternoon we tour  Ljubljana,  capital of Slovenia, visiting the open-air market, the City Hall, Robba’s Fountain, the Three Bridges and the Parliament. We overnight in Ljubljana.  (B.D.)

 DAY 11:  ZAGREB

We depart for  Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. Upon arrival in Zagreb and time permitting we have a brief  sightseeing tour  visiting the  historic Upper Town, to see the St. Mark’s Church, the St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament and the Government Palace. Overnight Zagreb. (B.D.)

DAY 12:  ZAGREB/USA

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.  (B)

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