Jewels of the Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia

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A wealth of unique history and culture mixed with luscious Mediterranean living truly sets Croatia and Slovenia apart! Experience the highlights of Zagreb, explore the shore of Lake Bled surrounded by the majestic Julian Alps, revel in the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic, observe the beautiful Bay of Kotor, among many more breathtaking features.

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Explore historic Zagreb
    • Visit Lake Bled
    • Enjoy ashort scenic boat ride in lakes of Plitvice Lake National Park
    • Explore Roman Ruins (Split)
    • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Dubrovnik
    • Visit Montenegro
    • Enjoy a sight of beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe.

What's this trip about?

    A wealth of unique history and culture mixed with luscious Mediterranean living truly sets Croatia and Slovenia apart! Experience the highlights of Zagreb, explore the shore of Lake Bled surrounded by the majestic Julian Alps, revel in the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic, observe the beautiful Bay of Kotor, among many more breathtaking features.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityZagreb
End CityDubrovnik

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia

Attractions

  • Dalmatian Coast
  • Dubrovnik
  • Ljubljana
  • Montenegro
  • Plitvice Lakes National park
  • Split
  • Zagreb

Activities

  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Short Cruise

Trip includes

    • Round trip airfare from Philadelphia (PHL)
    • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
    • Intra-Europe transportation and transfers
    • Accommodations at deluxe and first class hotels
    • 19 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)
    • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
    • English-speaking tour director throughout

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.
Your fascinating journey to Croatia & Slovenia, the “Jewels of the Adriatic“, begins as you depart today on your overnight flight to Europe.

Day 2: Arrive Zagreb (Croatia).
Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Sheraton Zagreb Hotel Arrive in historic and elegant Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. You are greeted at the airport and escorted to your deluxe downtown hotel. Along the way, you’ll witness the signs of a prospering city and country. Visitors from around the world are warmly welcomed here! This evening, your tour director hosts a briefing followed by welcome dinner.

Day 3:
Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Sheraton Zagreb Hotel Morning guided tour to explore some of the highlights of gracious Zagreb. Visit the Upper Old Town and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and St. Marks Church. You’ll also visit colorful Jelacic Square and wander the sur...
Day 4: Zagreb/Ljubljana/Bled (Slovenia).
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation: Golf & Park Hotels After breakfast, journey through the lush countryside and cross the nearby border to the Republic of Slovenia. Arrive in the thriving capital of Ljubljana where you’ll explore the unique architecture a...
Day 5:
Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Golf & Park Hotels Start your day with a guided stroll around emerald-green Lake Bled. You’ll also visit the Bled Castle perched high on a cliff above the lake. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration of this charming village. You may join a relaxing cruise around the lake.

Day 6: Lake Bled/Postojna Caves/Opatija (Croatia).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Bristol Hotel Slovenia’s pastoral countryside unfolds as you depart Lake Bled today to the mysterious Postojna Caves, the second largest in Europe. Here, ride a train to view the impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Later, proceed to the fashionable Riviera town of Opatija, arriving at your seaside hotel in time for dinner.

Day 7: Opatija/Optional Istria Peninsula Excursion.
Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Bristol Hotel Today is at leisure to explore Opatija’s Austro-Hungarian grandeur, stroll along the waterfront promenade or relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants. You may join a delightful optional excursion to the picturesque towns dotted along the scenic coastline and the exciting surrounding landscape.

Day 8: Opatija/Plitvice Lakes.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation: Jezero Hotel Enjoy a thrilling ride today to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a string of 16 turquoise colored lakes linked by 92 waterfalls and cascades and surrounded by densely wooded mountains and lush vegetation. This afte...
Day 9: Plitvice Lakes/Zadar/Split.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel or Atrium Hotel Depart beautiful Plitvice National Park. Later, drive to Zadar, the oldest Slavic town on the Adriatic Sea and once famed cultural center. Pause here for an orientation tour that includes a...
Day 10: Split/Dubrovnik.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation: Lapad Hotel Located in the center of the Dalmatian coast and nestled between the mountains and sea, Split is a picturesque ancient town built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. On your guided tour, visit the impressive Emperor...
Day 11: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Lapad Hotel Dubrovnik is certain to enchant any visitor! Thick age-old walls surround the ancient port town. The winding cobblestone streets are filled with old red-tiled roof houses and distinctive medieval age buildings. Enjoy a guid...
Day 12: Montenegro Excursion.
Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Lapad Hotel Today, drive across the border to the Republic of Montenegro and the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay and learn about the rich history of the are...
Day 13:
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation: Lapad Hotel A full day at leisure to explore splendid Dubrovnik on your own, join an optional excursion or shop for local arts and crafts in the colorful local market. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant.

Day 14: Dubrovnik / USA.
Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Lapad Hotel Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive the USA later today. 

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Aug 2018

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Jewel of the Adriatic

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Jun 2018

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Adriatic" trip was one of our best ever.

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    • Baggage and personal insurance
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Accommodation

,Night 1: International Flight: US Airways or Lufthansa Airlines & Croatia Airlines Nights 2-3: Zagreb: Sheraton Zagreb Hotel Nights 4-5 : Bled: Golf Hotel And Bled: Park Hotel Nights 6-7: Opatija: Grand Hotel Adriatic I Night 8: Plitvice Lakes: Jezero Hotel Night 9: Split: Radisson Blu Hotel Nights 10-13: Dubrovnik: Lapad Hotel
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Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit. Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure. Cancellation charges per person are: Up to 75 days before departure: $300 74-45 days before departure: $600 44-30 days before departure: $1000 29-10 days before departure: $1500 9 days or less before departure: No refund. All cancellations must be received in writing
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Meals Included
19 Meals: 12 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Optional Activities
Afternoon kumrovec tour with dinner Zagrebfrom approx. $61 per person, dinner included Go back in time to gain an understanding of everyday life for peasants in this region beginning in the 20th century. We’ll tour the ethno-village at Kumrovec, also the birthplace of Marshal Tito, long-time president (1953-80) of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. You’ll have a chance to see Tito’s home, before we wind through the Zagorie hills to a farmhouse restaurant overlooking a 15th-century castle, where we’ll indulge in local specialties and wine pairings. Afternoon excursion to Lake Bohinj & boat ride on Lake Bled Bledfrom approx. $48 per person All aboard a “pletna” (small boat) to the scenic island located in the middle of Lake Bled. Visit the island’s old church, which houses an impressive art collection and enjoy some free time to experience magnificent vistas. After coming back to shore, we’ll drive to nearby Lake Bohini, a resort set amidst dense woods and spectacular mountains. The trip back takes you past amazing landscapes and old Slovenian villages before returning to Lake Bled. Full-Day Istrian Peninsula Excursion Opatijafrom approx. $65 per person Enjoy a delightful guided excursion to the picturesque towns that dot the sun-kissed coastline of the Istrian Peninsula. Sights include olive groves and vineyards, old villages and seaside resorts. In the port town of Pula, we’ll tour the impressive Roman Amphitheater, one of the largest of its kind in the world. In the charming resort town of Rovinj, you’ll have time to explore the narrow winding streets, small squares and Venetian-style palaces independently before returning to Opatija. Cruise & Dinner Dubrovnik from approx. $76 / Person, Dinner included You’ll feel like a character out of a classic film as you skim across the water from beautiful St. James Beach around the old city walls to St. Jakov Beach, where staff will be waiting to serve a three-course dinner paired with Dalmatian wine. After dinner, you’ll be whisked back to the old city port. Includes bus transportation to/from the hotel, as well as the exhilarating motor boat ride.
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