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  • Property Type: Signature Tours
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  • Duration: 12 Nights/13 days
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3 countries through mountains, lakes, hills, sea & islands from Ljubljana to Dubrovnik

Day 1 Saturday (any other arrival on request)

Arrival at Ljubljana Airport/ Zagreb Airport

Upon arrival meet with your guide and board the luxury mini-coach for the transfer to Ljubljana

Overnight at Cubo Hotel**** (or similar) in Ljubljana

 

Day 2 Sunday

This morning, we will set off for the Bohinj Glacier lake and enjoy a stunning panorama from the top of the Vogel mountain before getting to the magnificent Bled lake and its beautiful castle with a view. After visiting and lunching in Bled we’ll head for a city considered to be the greenest capital of Europe, Ljubljana, crowned by a hilltop castle and sitting on the banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River.

After the guided tour of the city center, you will have the opportunity of enjoying Slovenia’s capital nightlife at your rhythm.

Overnight at Cubo Hotel**** (or similar) in Ljubljana

 

Day 3 Monday

Jumper/Fleece jacket and walking shoes highly recommended in Postojna caves (T° :10°C / 50 °F)

This morning is dedicated to one of Slovenia’s natural gems, the Postojna caves, to catch sight of magnificent caverns and glistening stalactite formations. After a typical lunch in Postojna we will drive to the dramatic Predjama castle which was home to Erazem (Erasmus) Lueger, a 15th-century robber-baron who, like Robin Hood, stole from the rich to give to the poor.

We leave Predjama and Slovenia for Croatia and arrive in Poreč for our first Croatian night.

Free evening in Poreč

Overnight at Hotel Mauro *****Poreč

 

Day 4 Tuesday

Jumper/Fleece jacket and walking shoes highly recommended for Truffle hunting in the woods

Our Istrian day starts with a visit of 2.300 years old medieval village of Motovun.  A charming hilltop village famous for its Venetian architecture situated in the middle of the heart shaped peninsula of Istria.

It’s time then to get introduced to His Majesty, the Istrian Truffle. It’s truffle hunting time in one the very few places on earth where it is possible: The Motovun forest area. As a hunter reward our party is going to enjoy a crash course in elementary Istrian cooking followed by a delicious lunch. The lunch is followed by a visit of the very romantic city of Rovinj. En route to Pula we will stop for an olive oil tasting of a premium producer in Vodnjan before reaching our hotel in Pula.

Overnight at Villa Vulin *****Pula

 

Day 5 Wednesday

Before leaving Istria, a visit of its largest city Pula is scheduled first thing in the morning.

We head then for the Kvarner Riviera, one of the destinations with the longest touristic tradition in Croatia for a lunch in typical restaurant in Opatija.

After lunch, a scenic drive to the city of Senj where we leave the coast up the to reach the Plitvice lake area.

Overnight at Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo****(or similar)

 

Day 6 Thursday

Hiking clothes and shoes highly recommended!

This morning is dedicated to the hiking trails of the famous UNESCO World Heritage site: The Plitvice Lakes National Park where 16 crystalline lakes surrounded by abundant greenery of the forest, are tumbling into each other via a series of waterfalls and cascades.

The lakes are well-known for their incredible range of colors, ranging from green to grey turquoise or blue, changing constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. Next on the program is a well-deserved highlight for your tasting buds: The Wine and Food Pairing at Bibich Winery in Plastovo near Skradin. After a short drive, we’ll reach the city of Sibenik. Overnight at D Resort Hotel**** (or similar)

 

Day 7 Friday

The day starts with a walking tour of Sibenik, the oldest native Croatian city in the Adriatic including the famous UNESCO world heritage site St. James Cathedral built without using any binding materials. This visit is followed by a scenic ride to the medieval town of Trogir perched on a small islet between the mainland and the island of Ciovo.

We then proceed to Klis and start with a lunch at Stella Croatica, an award winning producer of olive oil and other autochthonous delicacies before visiting the legendary Klis fortress nowadays famous as one of the few Croatian filming location of the world famed HBO Game of Thrones American fantasy drama television series. After a 20-minute drive we reach Split. In AD 305, the world’s most powerful man, Emperor Diocletian, was faced with the decision on where to spend the rest of his days. Of all of the known world in those times, he chose to build his home in the heart of the region of Dalmatia, setting the first stones in place for the future city of Split, the Diocletian’s PalaceThe palace gradually became more like a city within a city, as more and more was added to it. As it stands today, the ruins comprise a mix of architectural styles, with influences harking back to the Roman Empire, as well as the Middle Ages, Gothic and baroque periods. We start with a tour of the substructures to discover how life in the palace was organized during the Middle Ages while wandering through the labyrinth of tunnels then the Peristyle Square, at the heart of the palace complex and the Cathedral of St Doimnus and the nearby Temple of Jupiter, the gates that once served as entranceways to the palace itself and much more…

Overnight at the Vestibule Cornaro Hotel**** (or similar)

 

Day 8 Saturday

Transfer to Split’s ferry port for a 11 minutes’ panoramic flight (weather permitting) to one among the world’s top ten most beautiful islands: Hvar. Upon arrival in the village of Jelsa, we board a minivan in direction of Humac to visit the secluded Grapceva cave. We then proceed to Starigrad, founded by the Greek 2.400 years ago, passing along the Ager Plain were the geometrical parcellation first laid out by the Greek colonists is so well preserved that it is on the UNECO world cultural list since 2008. Later we will stop in Milna for a real insular lunch and then continue to the city of Hvar.  From the cathedral, with the Bishop’s palace, on the biggest square in Dalmatia - Hvar’s Piazza to Hvar’s theater (and Arsenal), one of the first and oldest theaters in Europe founded in 1612. Erected on the ancient Arsenal that once served as a repair and refitting station for war galleons. The Franciscan monastery was founded in 1461 and boasts exceptional old masters’ collections. After a short drive we will reach the Hvar Fortress (called Spanjola - Spanish), built above old city in the mid-16th century with a thrilling view of the city of Hvar and surrounding Paklinski islands. Our trip continues in direction of Jelsa passing through the lavender fields and we will briefly visit Vrboska and the unique church of St. Mary of Mercy. We couldn’t leave this beautiful island without paying a visit to a superb wine tasting venue modelled on ancient Roman dining rooms and buried in stone below the Tomic winery.

Overnight at the Cornaro Hotel**** (or similar)

*In case of severe weather conditions, the Hvar program might be adapted to fit Ferry/Catamaran schedules. 

 

Day 9 Sunday

Today we leave Split in direction of the south by the A1 highway. We will come down from the highway and pass through the impressive delta of the Neretva river, well-known for the mandarin production, before briefly passing through Bosnia and Herzegovina and reaching the cities of Mali Ston and Ston (aka Salt City). The Bay of Ston region is renowned for 2 things: the monumental defensive system constructed by the Republic of Dubrovnik with the second largest walls in Europe and the tradition of oyster (and mussels) farming for more than 500 years. For those who are willing to, a city to city walk along the walls from Mali Ston to Ston allows a stunning view on both Mali Ston and Ston. We briefly board our mini-coach to reach our next stop and enjoy local delicacies at the Bella Vista restaurant overlooking the magnificent Prapratno bay. After lunch we continue towards Dubrovnik with the coastal route and admire the panorama of the Elafiti islands. Upon arrival at the Pearl of the Adriatic (Dubrovnik’s well deserved title), we will visit the old city center including the Pile Gate, Big Onofrio´s Fountain, Roland's Column, Bell Tower, Placa Stradun, Dominican Monastery, Franciscan Monastery and Rector's Palace.

Overnight at the Kazbek***** or similar

 

Day 10 Monday

Transfer to Pile Gate at your leisure.

Enjoy Dubrovnik at your own pace till the evening rendezvous:

Choose or combine:

  • City walls walk along (1,5 hrs.)
  • Panoramic cable car ride
  • Lokrum island by boat

Or simply enjoy the beach… In the evening, short drive to the old city’s Gate Ploce. After a brief walk to the lively old port we board the Karaka (Carrack boat) and off we go for the most enjoyable cruise buffet dinner while watching the sun going down and the stars coming out

Overnight at the Kazbek***** or similar

 

Day 11 Tuesday

Today, early in the morning, we leave Dubrovnik in direction of the Montenegro border crossing passing through the Konavlje plain. Our first stop will be the city of Perast in the magnificent Bay of Kotor. In Perast we shortly board small boats to reach the islet of the votive church of Our Lady of the Rocks. Later we head on for Kotor the main city of the bay, surrounded by a 4,5 km (2.8 miles) long system of defensive walls. Once the city discovered we’ll enjoy our first Montenegrin lunch and then take the most famous panoramic serpentine road followed by a road through the heart of Lovćen National Park to the spectacular Njegoš Mausoleum, sitting atop the mountain’s second-highest peak Jezerski Vrh at 1657m (5400 feet). From there, we will drive down to Sveti Stefan famous for the most exclusive private islet resort in Montenegro.

Overnight at Residence Villa Montenegro*****

 

Day 12 Wednesday

Today we drive to the largest lake of the Balkan peninsula on the border between Montenegro and Albania. In Virpazar we will board a boat and explore the wild beauty of one of the largest bird reserves in Europe, the Skadar lake. It’s now time for us to visit another unique site with 2.300 ha of vineyards, it is one of the largest and certainly most beautiful in Europe. The Ćemovsko polje and the Plantaže vineyards with a unique facility at Šipčanik. We will enjoy a pairing of food and wines made of the autochthonous grapes Vranac and Krstač. Driving back to Dubrovnik we will have the opportunity of visiting one of the villas of the controversial former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito in Igalo.

Overnight at the Kazbek***** Dubrovnik or similar

 

Day 13 Thursday

Transfer to Dubrovnik airport

End of our services

Our tour price includes:
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • All planning, handling and operational charges
  • Accommodation based on double/twin occupancy
  • Privately guided sightseeing in deluxe air-conditioned vehicle
  • Panoramic Flight Split-Jelsa (Island Hvar) or necessary substitute
  • Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Escort as detailed in your itinerary
  • All entrance/guide fees mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Other inclusions as noted in your itinerary
Exclusions:
  • International and internal region airfare, unless otherwise stated/ Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
  • Baggage handling
  • Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
  • The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals (unless specified), additional incidentals, etc.

·        The land price does not include customary end of trip gratuities for your tour manager, driver, local guides, hotel housekeepers

Activities:

From Ljubljana or Zagreb to Dubrovnik/Zagreb in 13 days/12 nights

Highlights: 6 cultural/natural sites from the UNESCO World Heritage list*!

Ljubljana – Postojna caves - Predjama castle - Istrian peninsula - Plitvice lakes*- Šibenik*-Trogir*-Klis - Split* - Island of Hvar - Ston - Dubrovnik*- Region of Kotor* - Skadar Lake - Sveti Stefan

Price:

Starting from:         PRICE ON REQUEST

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