Escorted by Sonja Paunovic
PACKAGE PRICE: $2995.00 CAD
THE PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Individual Headsets
- Accommodation: 3+/4★ hotels
- Transportation: Private first class air-conditioned motorcoach
- Guides: multilingual guide throughout plus local English speaking guides
- ALL ENTRANCE FEES, SHUTTLE, BOAT RIDE, TAXES
- Meals: daily buffet breakfast (B) 4 dinners(D) 3 specialty traditional lunches(L)
Airfare (will be available at the time of booking), INSURANCE, GRATUITIES, PERSONAL ITEMS
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $650.00CAD
Required at the time of booking:
Deposit of $250.00Cad per person non-refundable or transferable.
Copy of passport, contact information(address,email, tel/cell number)
Day 1 — Depart Winnipeg to Zagreb via Toronto
Day 2 Zagreb — Arrival at Zagreb airport.
You will be met by your guide and driver for the next 2 weeks Departure to Ljubljana by motor coach.
Visit Ljubljana with a local guide.
The capital city of Slovenia lies in a basin between the Karst and the alpine region at 298 meters above sea level. We like to say it is sufficiently large to contain everything that a capital should have and small enough to preserve the individuality of its inhabitants. It is a city with a soul, featured by the Baroque Old Town which is nestled at the foot of Castle Hill, the Art Nouveau mansions as well as some of the masterpieces of the world-renowned architect Joze Plecnik. Ljubljana nowadays presents the political, cultural, and scientific university center of Slovenia.
Check into our hotel. Free time.
Welcome dinner. Overnight (D)
Day 3 — Ljubljana-Bled-Opatija
This morning after breakfast we are off to the enchanting Lake Bled
Lake Bled, with surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts. This pearl of Slovenia and the whole Alpine region, with a tiny island and St. Mary's Church in the middle of the Lake and an old medieval Castle up on the cliff that offers you amazing views is definitely something you will be enchanted with.
Free time for a stroll or lunch.
Afternoon departure to Opatija. After checking into your hotel short walking tour of this elegant and favorite resort for the Austro-Hungarian elite during the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – as evidenced by the many handsome belle-époque villas that the period bequeathed the town. Check into our hotel Adriatic. The rest of the day - free to explore. (BD)
Day 4 — Opatija-Pula-Rovinj-Opatija
After breakfast - Departure to Pula.
Pula is the largest town in Istria. Since Pula has a rich cultural heritage, Roman mostly but also from the Austro-Hungarian period. The central monument is the Roman Amphitheatre which is the sixth biggest amphitheatre in the world and one of the best preserved. The main square in the city is the Forum where you will also find the Temple of August built in the first century; One of the best-preserved monuments is the Arch of the Sergii or the Golden Gate. Other monuments are Little Roman Theatre, St. Francis church, and monastery, Kaštel – a castle from the 17th century which also features the Istrian history museum…
Free time before we depart for Rovinj. A charmingly picturesque town and one the most romantic places in the Mediterranean! The Old Town is a reflection of what Rovinj was like when it was all packed into one crowded island. The narrow, winding, cobbled streets, crammed-together houses and buildings and picturesque squares will just take your breath away. One of the most famous attractions is The St Euphemia Cathedral, the largest Baroque building in Istria…Back to Opatija! (B)
Day 5 — Opatija-Motovun-Hum-Opatija
After breakfast, we are off to Motovun, possibly the most picturesque medieval town of inner Istria which has been since prehistoric times the most important settlement of this area. Motovun is a small town of rich cultural and historical heritage, situated on a hill above the Mirna river valley, with a beautiful view of the valley and the famous Motovun forest, habitat of the respectable white truffle, wherein 1999 the then-largest white truffle in the world was found (1.301 grams), whose record-breaking size is confirmed by a certificate of the Guinness Book of World Records. Today we will enjoy lunch of local food in a typical restaurant.
Return to Opatija and stopover in Hum, known as the smallest town in the world (BL).
Day 6 — Opatija-Plitvice
After breakfast we are off to Plitvice national Park most popular tourist attraction was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometers, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometers.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in the area of the National Park (B, D).
Day 7 — Np Krka-Split/Trogir
After Breakfast – our destination is Split with stop and visit National park Krka.
Named after the Krka River, the Park covers an area of just over 142 square km. one can see restored small stone houses, workshops, exhibits, and watermills and enjoy a beautiful walk through forest pathways wooden bridges designed to let you experience the rich diversity of flora and fauna
Dinner and overnight at our hotel Dalmina in Split (B, D).
Day 8 — Split and Trogir
After breakfast let us check out Split!
A town of ancient history, built and preserved over the course of 1700 years by its loving inhabitants. We will do a walking tour in Diocletian palace, the most precious monument in the city. Diocletian Palace is one of the most significant original structures of the late ancient architecture, a kind of an Imperial Palace that was enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage.
In the afternoon visit of Trogir
Trogir is the historic stone city and the Unesco Heritage site. The orthogonal street plan dates back to the Hellenistic times and the whole city is made of stone and there is no modern architecture. Beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period; Free dinner. Overnight in Split/Trogir area. (B)
Day 9 — Split-Ston-Dubrovnik
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Dubrovnik. On the way, we will make a short photo stop in Ston.
This historic town is surrounded by a 5km long fortified wall, the second longest in the world after the Great Wall of China, which was originally erected in 1358 to protect the town. Now, over 20 towers still remain and the wall represents an impressive flashback to the past. Ston area is also home to oyster farm. Thanks to the unique ecological balance of the area, the farm grows a variety of oysters is considered a true delicacy.
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, we will check into our hotel Astarea. Free time. (B)
Day 10 — Dubrovnik
After breakfast, visit the walled city with a local guide.
Dubrovnik’s nickname is a 'Pearl of the Adriatic' and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979. Today Dubrovnik is the proudest feather in Croatia’s tourist cap, an elite destination and one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean. the old city is encompassed by medieval walls, which have been preserved in their original form and opened for visitors as Dubrovnik’s major attraction. The whole city is a live monument and rich treasury of history.
After the guided visit you are free to explore this jewel at your own pace.
Return transfer to the hotel TBA. (B)
Day 11 — Dubrovnik-Montenegro (Perast, Kotor, Budva)
Breakfast at the hotel
Departure to Montenegro for the visits of Perast, Kotor, and Budva.
Perast is a UNESCO protected the beautiful old stone baroque town, full of naval history, set at the base of Mt. Elijah within the Bay of Kotor.
Numerous testimonies of history, maritime and cultural past of Perast have been kept today in the collections of the Museum of Perast and treasuries of the churches of St. Nicholas and Our Lady of The Rocks. Our Lady of the Rocks is a church made on an artificial island built on 150 sunken ships back in the 15th century
Kotor is a city of traders and famous sailors, with many stories to tell. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a Unesco listed “world natural and historical heritage site”. The roman catholic cathedral in Kotor is one of the oldest and most beautiful examples of Roman architecture on the Adriatic coast. Free time in Kotor to explore.
On to Budva the pearl of Montenegrin tourism thanks to the great number of beaches and hotels that make this a most desirable tourist destination. Apart from its natural beauty, Budva is also rich in historic monuments. Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of cultural heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church Sv. Trojica, housing the tomb of the exquisite writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of Sv. Ivan, Sv. Bogorodica and Sv. Sava.
Return to Dubrovnik. (B)
Day 12 — Dubrovnik-Mostar-Sarajevo
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to Sarajevo. On the way, we will make a stopover in Mostar for a guided tour.
The historical town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean, and western European architectural features, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement. Famous Old bridge of Mostar, a UNESCO heritage site is also considered one of the most exemplary pieces of the Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
After some free time, we will continue to Sarajevo. The drive will take us through the picturesque countryside of Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Upon arrival in Sarajevo, we’ll check into our ART hotel and enjoy farewell dinner at the local authentic restaurant (B, D).
Day 13 — Sarajevo
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit of Sarajevo with a local guide.
A city that is etched in the archives of history. Visit old Baščaršija from the Ottoman times and a part of the town built during Austro-Hungarian rule. Start with Vijećnica (town hall from the 19th century), House of spite, Latin Bridge – the place of assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke, Brusa bezistan (covered market), Gazi Husrev Beg mosque and madrasah, the oldest synagogue in Bosnia and Hercegovina, The Sacred Heart Cathedral, Markale market, The Eternal Flame (memorial to the military and civilian victims of WWII), Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and stroll through the streets adorned with nice coffee shops, restaurants and handicraft workshops
The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 14 — Sarajevo-Zagreb
Breakfast at the hotel. Late morning departure from Sarajevo to Zagreb with stops along the way. Arrival in Zagreb early evening. (B)
Day 15 — Zagreb
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Zagreb with the local guide
The sightseeing tour will take you along the most interesting historic part of the town: Trg B. Jelačića (Governor Jelačić Square), or simply The Square, the main square in Zagreb. Upper town – Gradec and Kaptol, two medieval settlements that the city of Zagreb grew from and has some of the most important landmarks of the city:) Dolac – open market, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Church (Crkva Sv. Marka) and more….
Rest of the day at leisure. (B)
DAY 16 – Zagreb-Departure (back to Winnipeg or another destination stopover)
After breakfast – Transfer to the airport. (B)
ZAGREB – DEPARTURE (return to your home city or continue to next adventure)
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