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DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF MYSTERIOUS SLOVENIA AND CROATIA

Overview of inclusions:

  • Transport by air-conditioned motorcoach
  • English speaking guide during all the tour
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Full board (8 dinners; 6 lunches)
  • Overnight stays in hotel of the class indicated (3 or 4 star properties)
  • Entrance fees
  • Customs fees and tolls

THE DETAILS 

Day 1 LJUBLJANA

Arrival. Visit Ljubljana. First day we do tour of “Bela Ljubjana”, the nickname given to this city after it was entirely rebuilt in the 16th century following the massive earthquake of 1511. We visit the 16th century castle, then Trg Naradnih Herojev, the square housing one of the world’s newest parliaments and continue on foot to the old town with its large university, philharmonic hall, beautiful square of the three bridges and the Cathedral with brand new bronze doors with bas-reliefs that recount major events in Slovenia’s history. Our walking tour will finish with some free time spent wandering through the open air and indoor city markets. Overnight stay. (Dinner included)

Day 2  LJUBLJANA – BLED – SKOFJA LOKA – LJUBLJANA (120 km)

Departure to visit the Lake Bled in the Julian Alps. We visit the castle located on a cliff with beautiful view of the town and we embark on a boat ride to Slovenia’s only island. There is a legend saying that this little island was originally inhabited by fairies. Today the island is home to a Baroque church dedicated to Our Lady of the Lake. Near the altar of the church hangs a rope attached to the bells in the tower. Legend has it that if you make a wish while ringing the bells the wish will come true. Departure to visit Skofja Loka. Škofja Loka, a thousand-year old city at the confluence of the Poljanska Sora and Selška Sora rivers, was the center of the Loka dominion owned for 830 years by the Bishops of Freising, who placed an indelible stamp on the city. The old city core boasts numerous points of interest from the past, and the Loka Castle, built before 1202, reigns above the city. Škofja Loka is considered the most beautifully preserved medieval city in Slovenia. Overnight in Ljubljana. (Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner included)

Day 3 LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA – CELJE – ZAGREB (260 km)

Departure to visit Postojna.  Postojna and the surrounding area were settled in the oldest periods of human history. Archeological finds from Predjama, Postojna Cave, and Betalov spodmol bear witness to the earliest inhabitants of the region. The oldest objects found are from the Paleolithic period, and others come from younger periods (Neolithic, the Bronze Age, and Iron Age). We visit the famous Postojna Caves that contain 20 km of underground galleries, chambers and corridors, up to 50 meters high in places. The tour begins with a train journey into the cave system through several chambers before visitors get off and do a guided walk through stalagmite studded caverns. Only ten kilometers from Postojna, the astonishing Predjama Castle perches in the middle of a high cliff and looks like it is growing out of a cave. Exciting the imagination with well-known legends about the medieval robber baron Erazem Predjamski and the siege of the castle that ended with his gruesome death as a result of a servant’s treachery. Visit the Žiče Carthusian Monastery near city of Celje. The Carthusian Monastery is, in spite of its only partial preservation, with its individual pieces of architecture and its ruins, the key object in the series of European Carthusian architecture and exceptional for the Slovenian territory. It was founded in 1160 and was one of the first Carthusian Monasteries outside France. Inside the walled complex, a slender, reconstructed periphery of the Church of St. John the Baptist (sv. Janez Krstnik) stands out. Departure for Croatia. Overnight in Zagreb. (Breakfast ,Lunch ,Dinner included)

Day 4 ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES (150 km)

Visit Zagreb: named “the city with million hearts”, for the million inhabitants that it shelters, Zagreb is the most important city of the Republic of Croatia and is its financial and cultural capital. Ideally placed between the Mount Medvednica and the Rio Sava. Walk along the suggestive old town of Zagreb, happening for the Gornji grad (High City) – of narrow streets and with two doors of access, as the famous Door of Stone – where you will find all kinds of historical buildings, such as the Church of San Marcos, the Museum of the city of Zagreb and the spectacular Palace Klovic. Departure to Plitvice. Overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 5 PLITVICE – TROGIR (160 km)

Visiting one of the world’s most beautiful National Park – Plitvice Lakes, a Natural Heritage Site where the waters flowing over the limestone and chalkhave, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. Departure to Plitvice. Overnight near Trogir. (B, L,D)

Day 6 TROGIR – SPLIT – DUBROVNIK (300 km)

Visit of the medieval town of Trogir, we start with main square Narodni Trg, we visit the Cathedral, Communal Palace and Loggia. We visit the Venetian Cathedral of St. Lovro, built from the 13th to 15th centuries and one of the finest architectural works in Croatia. We continue our tour with visit of Sibenik, a unique place on the Dalmatian coast surrounded by several hundred inlets. We finish our day with visit of Zadar, the ancient capital of Dalmatia. The town offers a variety of architectures and styles, where Corinthian columns stand alongside Romanesque churches. Zadar was Italian city until 1947 and everywhere you can see the Italian culture and Italian influence. We start visit of Zadar with the Archaeological Museum, which houses a collection of Roman, pre-Christian, and medieval artefacts; the Roman Forum dating to the 2nd century B. C.; the 9th century pre-Romanesque church of St Donatus and St Elias Church. Departure to Split, a half day tour. The ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 DUBROVNIK

Visit Dubrovnik: The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration program coordinated by UNESCO. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (Breakfast , Lunch ,Dinner)

Day 8 DUBROVNIK – DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport. (Breakfast)

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