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Days One and Two

Depart from the US overnight, arrive in Ljubljana, meet your tour guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Bled.

In the afternoon enjoy one of the most beautiful Lakes in Europe. The charming Bled Lake is nestled in the middle of the Julian Alps and surrounded by its majestic peaks. For its entire 14,000 years of existence the Lake has attracted visitors from the whole world.

Someone once said that Slovenia with just one island is more attractive than a land with many archipelagos. True! In the middle of the Lake there is a small lovely island. There are 99 steps leading to the top of the island where you can visit St. Mary's church and a famous Wishing Bell. It is a popular Wedding place. The groom must carry the bride all the way up to the 99 steps to the church.

Pletna (boat) ride is a MUST to visit the island.

One of the oldest medieval castles in Slovenia dates back to 1004. From its highest terrace you will enjoy the breathtaking view of the Lake and thick forest of Julian Alps.

Return to your hotel in Bled and stay overnight.

Day Three

After breakfast depart to Ljubljana.

Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, with 280,000 inhabitants, is a city where East meets West and the past harmoniously complements the present.

It has a rich historical heritage from different epochs: Emona, the Roman name for Ljubljana, Renaissance and Baroque churches and buildings, charming roofs of old Ljubljana, romantic medieval bridges, and of course the trademark of Ljubljana, the famous Tivoli Park. The open air Central Market is a popular meeting spot.

Italian Baroque style dominates present Ljubljana as well as famous, local architect Joze Plecnik.

Ljubljana today is a modern, vibrant city with numerous galleries, museums, oldest philharmonic, theaters, cultural events, business meetings, conferances. It is a city where universities and schools provide a future for more then 50,000 students.

In the afternoon depart for Istria, and arrive in Rovinj by early afternoon.

Rovinj is a charming, medieval town located on the Western Istrian coast. With 15,000 inhabitants, it will welcome you with its narrow, winding cobblestone streets The tall, elegant St Euphemia's bell tower that dominates from the hill, while St Catherine's church stands proudly on the Western side of the town.

The antique city nucleus dates back to 4th century. Venetian architectual influence gave the city its final image.

A few important natural and ecological values need to be mentioned: Park Corente, Muntrav with its thick forest, St. Andreas archipelago, and Palud Marsh.

Spend the evening walking the romantic streets, enjoy the sounds of street musicians or just sit and sip excellent local wine.

Overnight stay in Rovinj.

Day Four

In the morning depart to Pula.

What a history! Visiting Pula is a journey to pre-history, an ancient period, the Middle Ages, Venetian, Napoleonic and Hapsburg rules, Austria-Hungarian Monarchy, and the modern era.

The points of interest are:

  • A Roman first century amphitheater, the sixth largest in the world, is well known as Arena. Today it's an exceptional location for Film Festivals;
  • We have to mention Triumphal Arch, Temple of Rome and Augustus dating back to First century AD;
  • St Mary of Formosa chapel, 6th century, has a form of a Greek cross. Through the centuries it's been rebuilt;
  • The Cathedral of Assumptions of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in the 6th century, and along the centuries has also undergone reconstructions and additions;
  • St Nicholas Orthodox church - originally built in the 6th Century, underwent major changes in the 10th century, and contains valuable 15th and 16th Century icons and paintings.

In the afternoon proceed to Plitvice Lake, and stay nearby overnight.

Day Five

After breakfast explore Croatia's most fascinating destination, Plitvice Lake. This natural wonder will be the most memorable part of your trip.

The breathtaking 16 Upper and Lower Lakes are surrounded by thick forests and lush vegetation. Every September young couples get married under one of the waterfalls. We'll walk under a few of the lower lakes, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera.

In the afternoon drive to Split.

In the evening see Split by night, exploring city life, romantic Peristil, seaside coffee shops, lights.

Day Six

Visit Split on a half day sightseeing tour. Walk back through the history, back to antiquity when Roman Emperor Diocletian (ruled 285-305) completed building his retirement palace in 305. Today the Diocletian Palace is a trademark of Split.

Through the centuries the rulers changed, each leaving special mark in this interesting Mediterranean city: Byzantine Empire, Venitian rulers, French, Hungarian, Austrian Kingdom.

Walk through Peristil, an exciting historical monument, museums, and galleries. Visit the famous sculptor Ivan Mestrovic's gallery, and enjoy the thick forest of Marjan Park.

The afternoon is for your leisure. Discover the old city, pedestrian zone, enjoy shops, souvenirs, street musicians, etc.

Overnight stay in Split.

Day Seven

Meet your guide and transfer to Split harbor, where we'll embark on a ferry ride to Island Hvar, a stunningly beautiful boat ride among the Croatian islands. Hvar is well known for its oldest European theater, beautiful Renaissance squares and churches, Gothic buildings and a magnificent renaissance Lodge.

Excellent red and white wine, virgin olive oil and lavender fields are characteristic of this island, which is also called the San Tropez of Croatia.

Return to Split and stay overnight.

Day Eight

Meet your guide and drive to Trogir, a small medieval city 20 miles north of Split. Visit its famous Cathedral with a magnificent Radovan Portal, stroll narrow cobbled streets and medieval squares surrounded with dreamy, stony houses, enjoy the yacht harbor and the old fortress of Karmelengo that protects the town from the sea side.

In the afternoon take a drive to the pristine greens of the River Krka waterfalls. Lush vegetation, blue-green water, and the sound of the waterfalls will magically touch your soul. You can take a swim in a crystal green water that will welcome you, offering you the best refreshment of the day.

Return to Split and stay overnight.

Day Nine

Depart to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Take a beautiful drive along the coast, pass the border into Herzegovina, and cruise along the charming Neretva River. Reach Pocitelj, a small village with a typical Oriental influence. Tall, elegant Minarets, mosques, and Turkish houses all exhibit a real Ottoman, Turkish flavor. Painters, writers, and poets come here every spring searching for inspiration.

Half an hour later arrive at Mostar, the capitol of Herzegovina, with its bridges, mosques, Turkish houses, old Bazaar (market) on one side and a modern city on the other side. The Old Bridge (built 1556) was destroyed in the war in 1994, and with international help was rebuilt again.

Finally, drive to Dubrovnik and stay overnight.

Day Ten

Walk to the Old City of Dubrovnik for a half day sightseeing tour. Visit the old Franciscan Monastery, with the oldest Pharmacy in Europe (founded in 1317). See the Rector's Palace, old Cathedral, Dominican Monastery, and walk magnificant city walls a mile long. This is a place where past and present unified in a wonderful harmony offer their soul to every visitor. This old city a real architectural, historical and artistic treasure.

In the afternoon, on your drive to Catvat, pass the Dubrovnik Riviera, small villages like jewels along the coast (Kupari, Srebreno, Mlini, and Plat). Cavtat, once upon a time was a Greek colony called Epidaurum, with a rich history. Today it is a charming small village scattered on the Peninsula surrounded with an azure blue sea, hundred year old pine and cypress trees, and a charming marina with sailing yachts from all over the world.

Return to your hotel and stay overnight.

Day Eleven

Visit Montenegro, the youngest country of Europe, which gained its independence in 2006. Drive through Konavle valley, part of the Dubrovnik region.

Enjoy the unique Fjord of Kotor where small medieval cities are scattered along the coast. Stop on the small island Gospa od Skrpjela and visit the seamen's votive museum and church, an exceptional experience.

Next arrive in Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Their Roman, Byzantine and Gothic churches, public buildings and steep city walls will tell you a lot about the rich history of this small city.

Drive to St. Stephan, an island hotel since 1950, when the Pastrovich family sold their houses to the government. Today it is a unique hotel connected with a narrow path to the mainland. Discover the medieval old city of Budva within the city walls.

Return to your hotel in Dubrovnik to stay overnight.

Day Twelve

Today take a boat ride to visit romantic Elaphiti island:

  • Spend the day, relaxing among the lush vegetation of Island Kolocep, with its sandy beaches, dreamy fishermen's homes and azure blue sea.
  • Lopud is an island with a long history, and is a hometown of many famous seamen and sailors who built their summer palaces and homes on this island.
  • Enjoy the most beautiful sandy beach of Lopud-Sunj, where you are accompanied only by seagulls and a few yachts looking for romantic shelter.
  • Sipan is the island that offers wild beauty of its rocky cliffs, good wine and excellent fish specialties.

Day Thirteen

Today visit Korcula Island.

Your drive through peninsula Peljesac will be quite an experience. On the very beginning of Peljesac in a small bay are nestled the cities of Veliki and Mali Ston. The powerful 5.5 km long city walls are still proudly standing, reminding visitors of their former importance. Once upon a time these walls were built to protect Dubrovnik and its citizens from enemy attacks. Today Ston offers the best oysters and mussels, followed by excellent local wines, Postup and Dingac. The salt works are still in use today.

Korcula has a long history. It developed social life in 13th century with its own Statute (1214), which governed the order and management of the city, and prohibited slave trade for the first time in Europe.

Famous stonemasons, shipbuilders and seafarers were born on this island. Their stoneworks can be seen even today in many cities along Dalmatian coast. Beautiful Renaissance and Gothic buildings from 15th and 16th Century, followed by 17th and 18th Century Baroque examples can be seen within the old city walls.

The magnificiant St. Marcus Cathedral took Korcula's builders 150 years to complete. On the main altar is a 16th century painting of a famous Italian master, Tintoretto.

The old knight's dance of Moreska (15th century) is performed every summer on the open stage in front of the old Rector's Palace. The dance evokes the battles with the Moors. Korcula is the only place where this Moreska dance is preserved.

The famous travel writer Marco Polo was born on the island of Korcula and his house -- now a museum, is located in the very heart of town.

On the way back stop in the famous Croatian-Californian Grgic winery, enjoy wine tasting and maybe taking a bottle of wine home to remember this amazing trip by.

Day Fourteen

This last relaxing day is only for you. Explore Dubrovnik on your own. Wander narrow cobblestone streets, discover nostalgic shops with unique Croatian souvenirs, send postcards or just sip the best cappuccino while watching people, seagulls circling above you, the stream of colors, mixed with different languages... and you will want that moment to never end. Or you may want to come back and share it with someone special...

Day Fifteen

Transfer to the airport and to take your flight home.



Prices

Each tour can be designed and modified according your budget and wishes. We have a wide range of hotels, villas and first class private accommodations.

The price below is for a first class, independent, Luxury Croatia 10 Day tour based on two-six people in the group. Prices include:

  • Private, fully air-conditioned luxury car
  • Private driver (24 hour service)
  • Private guide (24 hour service)
  • All local guides
  • Five Star hotel with breakfast
  • All entry fees (museums, galleries, parks)
  • All ferry transportation

Travel months Per Person Double Occupancy Single Supplement
April, May, June, October €3.700 €700
July, August, September €4.900 €800
 
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