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DAY 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA to Italy. Your international flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment.
DAY 2 - Arrive in Opatija
Arrive in Venice; transfer to your hotel in the seaside town of Opatija, a gem on Croatia's Adriatic coast, nestled along the striking Gulf of Kvarner. On your afternoon at leisure, perhaps take a stroll along the "Lungo Mare" seafront before tonight’s welcome dinner and briefing by your tour manager on the tour that awaits you in Croatia, Slovenia and Venice.
DAY 3 - Opatija
Enjoy a full day at leisure in the seaside town of Opatija, with its rich history, picturesque surroundings and gorgeous beaches, once a gathering spot for the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Alternatively, join the optional tour to the Istrian Peninsula that begins in Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. Afterwards, the tour continues to the resort town of Rovinj. Continuing on to Porec and the Basilica of Euphrasius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, return to Optija and explore the charming town with its wealth of fine seafood restaurants.
Optional: Full Day Istrian Peninsula (AM)
DAY 4 - Zadar City Tour, Arrive in Split
This morning, travel along the dramatic coast toward Zadar, the historic old town highlighted by ruins of a Roman forum, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and high-quality museums. This city is a wonderful combination of beautiful Roman architecture, Habsburg elegance, and a picture-perfect seafront. See the Cathedral and St. Donat Church before driving to the UNESCO protected seaside town of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade.
DAY 5 - Split City Tour, Arrive Dubrovnik
Walk along the cobbled streets of the Old Town featuring the historic inner city with its dominating Roman influence, built around the astonishing 4th century Palace of Diocletian. This spectacular palace is the largest and best preserved antique palace in the world, built for the Emperor Diocletian, representing a precious example of Roman architecture. See the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Dominus built in the Middle Ages, and the Temple of Jupiter, with its headless black sphinx guarding the entrance. Spend time discovering the town independently before continuing along the coast to the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik where you the opportunity to see the amazing views of this city known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic".
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 - Dubrovnik City Tour
Enjoy the many delights of Dubrovnik today. The city’s splendid medieval ramparts are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe, and its magnificent Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walking tour of "Old Dubrovnik" highlights the city’s treasures within the 800-year-old walls including the Rector’s Palace, an outstanding blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and the monumental Sponza Palace, preserved with its original beauty. Under the City Bell Tower on Luza Square stands Orlando’s Tower, dedicated to the knight that saved the city in the 9th century. Continue to the Dominican Monastery, whose museum is a major treasury of culture and to the Franciscan Monastery with exhibits from the world’s third oldest functioning pharmacy. The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps, spend time strolling along the impressive ramparts overlooking the shimmering Adriatic Sea. Tonight, don’t miss a delectable dinner of local specialties at one of the city’s world-class restaurants.
DAY 7 - Dubrovnik
A full day at leisure to explore Dubrovnik independently. Perhaps visit the Maritime Museum in St. John's Castle, linger in the historic Old City, or, people-watch at a charming cafe. Alternatively, join the optional full-day tour to Montenegro, the "Jewel of the Mediterranean" nestled on the gorgeous Adriatic coast. Drive toward the stunning Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe with its spectacular views and the pristine town of Kotor, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a visit to Montenegro’s Maritime Museum, view Sveti Stefan and Budva before returning to Dubrovnik. Tonight, enjoy a walk along Dubrovnik’s cobbled streets; see the glowing buildings and the fortifications accented against the night sky.
Optional: Full Day Montenegro Tour (AM)
DAY 8 - Travel to Zagreb
Today spend the day traveling inland through wooded mountains and lush vegetation to Zagreb. The Croatian Capital, Zagreb is the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. Arrive this evening and enjoy exploring at leisure the numerous shops and various restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9 - Zagreb City Tour, Arrive Bled
This morning, enjoy a bus tour of Zagreb which concludes with a walking tour in the Old Town. After lunch at leisure, depart for the lovely city of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps. Bled, with its rich natural beauty ranks among the world’s most beautiful alpine resorts and is also renowned for its mild, healing climate and its thermal lake waters. With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps, Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort. Tonight, an optional dinner at a charming and popular country inn in the tiny medieval town of Radovljica, highlighted by a selection of traditional Slovenian dishes and wine.
Optional: Dinner at a Country Inn (PM)
DAY 10 - Tour Ljubljana, Return to Bled
Start the day with a tour that includes the 11th century Bled Castle, the city's most famous landmark, perched on a steep cliff high above the lake, creating a dramatic backdrop to the city. This is a true medieval fortress, with its huge towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering breathtaking views. Continue on to nearby Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. Visit the most significant sights of the old city center, with its unique mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. Stop at the picturesque open-air market, Three Bridges square, the Town Hall, and Robba’s Fountain, one of the city’s best known Baroque monuments, modeled after famous Roman fountains. Then, return to Bled and the rest of the day is at leisure to explore Bled independently, or, perhaps visit tiny Bled Island, site of a 9th century Christian church. This evening, celebrate your last night in Slovenia with your travel companions at a farewell dinner .
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11 - Return to the USA
Transfer to the Venice airport for your departure flight.
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|Day #3||01 Oct 2014 - 31 May 2016||$63|
Begin with an orientation tour of Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. Visit a Roman Amphitheater, the sixth largest of its kind to be preserved in the world today. Afterward, enjoy an orientation tour of Porec before continuing to see the Basilica of Euphrasius, a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Site. Finally, proceed to the beautiful resort town of Rovinj, where you will enjoy free time exploring the old town and its narrow lanes at your leisure before returning to Opatija.
Departs at 8:00 am. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.
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01 Dec 2015 - 31 May 2016
Drive toward the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. After the visit to Kotor, proceed by boat to Our Lady of the Rocks, one of the two islets off the coast of Perast in the Bay of Kotor. Afterwards stop in Perast, an old charming coastal town, before you return to the coast to view Sveti Stefan, enjoying a short stop in Budva before returning to Dubrovnik.
Departs at 7:30 am. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.
|Day #9||01 Oct 2015 - 31 May 2016||$52|
This evening, visit the little medieval town of Radovljica and take a short walk through its old section. Later, stop at a popular and traditional country inn. Your dinner will include a selection of traditional Slovenian dishes and wine.
Departs at 7:00 pm. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
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Optional tours and gratuities.
Transfers not included if flight schedule does not meet the schedule below:
Passengers arriving to Venice on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm. Transfers to Opatija, Croatia will depart at approximately 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Opatija is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from the Venice airport. Please arrive to Venice Airport arrival hall 30 minutes prior to your determined transfer time to meet with local representative.
Passengers returning from Venice on Day 11 should select flights that depart no earlier than 6:30 am. Bled is approximately a 4 hour drive from the Venice airport. For all flights departing Venice between 6:30 am and 8:00 am the pick-up time from hotel will be at 1:30 am.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Is This Trip Right for You?
This program is moderately active and over various surfaces. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. Walking tours will cover uneven surfaces like cobbled streets and some slopes. The longest day spent on the bus is between Opatija and Split, but will include numerous spots for lunch and breaks.