Departure ex North American gateway to Venice
Venice apt ---> Hotel in Venice Region
After arrival, transfer to the Hotel for check in. After we get our Rooms, transfer to Venice for sightseeing: St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Basilica from the outside, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs. Return to the Hotel.
Venice ---> Ljubljana
Today we will proceed our way to Slovenia, which was formally also a part of Yugoslavia. Since 1991. Slovenia has been an independent state with Ljubljana as the capital.
If there is time on our way we will stop at the world famous Postojna Caves. These caves consist of 20 km of wondrously sculpted galleries, chambers and halls. Visitors are taken for a tour on a special cave train, accompanied by experienced guides. After the tour of the caves we proceed to Ljubljana.
Ljubljana ---> Zagreb After breakfast we tour the city of Ljubljana. A city where legend claims the mythological Argonauts carried the Golden Fleece. After the sightseeing tour you will have free time for lunch & shopping. In the Afternoon we continue to Zagreb, the capital of another young ex-Yugoslavian state - Croatia. Accommodation and dinner in Hotel Laguna in Zagreb.
Zagreb ---> Plitvice lakes
The capital of Croatia is a pleasant city where the residents relax at cafes along streets lined with handsome buildings. In the fortified medieval Upper Town, you will see St. Mark’s church, the lavishly baroque St. Catherine’s church, Parliament, the government palace and the stone gate.
In the lower city, you will see the ornate, 19th century National Theater, museums, the university - one of the region’s oldest - well tended parks, and elaborate Secession (Art Noveau) architecture. You'll also enjoy some free time to walk through the scenic streets or stop at a cafe for refreshments. After Zagreb we travel to the Plitvice lakes for an overnight.
Plitvice - Zadar ---> Makarska Riviera (Brela)
The most beautiful and the oldest national park in Croatia consists of 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. This spectacular chain of lakes is one of the highlights of our Croatia tour. The park is toured mainly on foot, however our entrance fee includes a boat ride across the Emerald Green Lake “Kozjak” and a return train ride.
After our tour of the park we proceed to the Makarska Riviera, where we make a stop in the ancient Dalmatian town of Zadar for a walking tour of the Old Town, including the historic Treasury building. Next you'll head to Brela to check in to your hotel, followed by dinner.
boat excursion to the Island Brac
Full day trip to the Island of Brac & Hvar We take a mini cruise to the Island of Brac. Brač is famous for it’s white stone, some of which was used to build the “White House” in Washington, D.C.
We will also have an opportunity to visit the stone-carver museum and school. We then travel to Povlja to see the oldest Basilica on the Balkan Peninsula. After Brač we return to the coast for a panoramic view of the Makarska Riviera.
excursion to Dubrovnik Next on the itinerary is the highlight of the tour, the city of Dubrovnik. Completed in the thirteen century, the old city Dubrovnik has remained basically unchanged since. Its medieval ramparts encircle the city which pedestrians can enter through one of two gates - either way, they cross a stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint, Blaise (Vlaho), to find themselves joining the evening promenade down the broad, stone-paved avenue known as Stradun. You'll have the afternoon free to explore this picturesque city upon your own. Return to our Hotel in Brela for the dinner & overnight.
excursion to Mostar & Medjugorje (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
After an early breakfast we leave Dubrovnik to Mostar, which is in Bosnia & Herzegovina, the third ex- Yugoslavian country that we will visit on our tour through the Balkans. During the Turkish Empire Mostar, was an important trade center, and the traces of that period are visible even today. In the town we shall visit the most important highlights, such as the well-known “old bridge” (Stari most), the great Mosque and a typical Turkish house.
After the city tour, there will be time for shopping and lunch. In the afternoon we continue to the Makarska Riviera, with an stop in Međugorje. After Medjugorje we contrinue to Brela for dinner & overnight.
Brela - Split - Trogir---> Opatija
Today we leave Brela. Drive to Split for sightseeing, which, along with Dubrovnik, is also on UNESCO’s list of world cultural heritage. Today’s Split is the handiwork of seventeen centuries of men and women building and remodeling, adding and tearing down and touching up, so that 18th century houses intersect with ancient Roman walls and fourth century chambers house twentieth century apartments. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace that Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the fourth century. Before continuing to Opatija, we make a short stop in another UNESCO town in Croatia -Trogir. Trogir's grandest building is the Church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a striking example of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia. We continue on to Opatija, at one time the favorite spa resort of the Habsburgs and the European aristocracy.
boat trip along the Opatija Rivijera + Major Tour
After breakfast we take a sightseeing tour of Opatija. After our tour we continue by boat along the river towards Moscenice.
The small medieval town of Moscenice (approx. 100 inhabitants) is a ‘must see’ for all groups staying in Opatija. During your visit the city mayor, yes, the mayor, will personally take you on a tour of this enchanting old town. Return to our historical hotel in Opatija for dinner & overnight.
excursion to Istria: Pula + Rovinj
Today we visit Istra where we tour Pula, the 3000-year-old city with its famous preserved Roman amphitheatre and the Augustus temple.
From Pula we travel on to Rovinj, the most picturesque town of Istra. It is a gorgeous old city with Venetian-style houses, that jut into the sea on a small peninsula. After the Istrian tour we proceed to the hotel in Venice. Dinner + overnight.
In the morning transfer to Venice apt (40 km)