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Welcome to Croatia! Upon arrival at Zagreb airport, meet with your private transfer to your hotel. Zagreb is the city of green parks, lovely fountains, blooming flowers and artisans performing on every street corner. Explore the historical core of Zagreb city with the local guide. Visit the Cathedral, the medieval Stone gate, St. Mark’s church, the Upper town, Flower market square, Dolac Fruit & Grocery Market, the Central Square, and Tkalčićeva Street with its numerous charming cafés and restaurants. Free time to enjoy the city and its galleries, or its exhibitions such as the one of a kind, Museum of Broken Relationships.
Drive with your local guide to Zagorje region to the north of Zagreb. It is an area of traditional farms, gentle hills and medieval castles. Visit the old 19th century village, an open museum of life in the past. Traditional Zagorje lunch in a local restaurant. Visit medieval Trakošćan castle displaying fabulous architecture, original contemporary furniture and a baroque period park with a lake. Continue down the baroque and rococo lane, in to the lovely town Varaždin, the best-preserved Croatian example of these lively periods and a historical nucleus of Croatia. Lunch in a local restaurant. Stroll through the old town seeing baroque facades, parks and palaces, along the way, as well as a particular highlight – Old Castle – an old feudal fort. Return to Zagreb for the night. (BB, L)
Pick up your rental car in front of your hotel and head to Slovenia’s capital; the beautiful Ljubljana, which maintains the relaxed atmosphere of a small, central European university city. Do some sightseeing of the city with a local guide: Dragon’s, Triple, Shoemaker’s bridges, and an old medieval castle on the hill above the city center, colorful Baroque façades, and St. Nicolas’ Cathedral. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day before relaxing for the night. (BB)
Drive to Bled lake where you will visit the Bled castle. With a thousand-year-long history, the castle stands on a steep cliff above the lake. The magnificent views stretch across the Julian Alps and Bled lake. Return to the lake and ride across on a special Bled boat (called Pletna) to the island where you can visit the church of St. Mary (optional). Its bell is a symbol of fulfilled wishes. In the afternoon drive toward another glacial lake – Bohinj, stretching into Triglav National park. Enjoy the wonderful nature and fresh alpine air. Return to Ljubljana for the night. (BB)
On your way back to Croatia visit the Postojna cave – one of the world’s largest karst monuments. A tour through the amazing passages and an incredibly diverse cave landscape by train and on foot. Lunch in the local restaurant. Return to Croatia and beautiful coastal city of Opatija, the first resort in Croatia dating from a second half of 19th century. There is an interesting blend of Austrian influenced architecture and elaborate gardens. Even though some of its marvelous villas could use a facelift, a unique old glamour is still present here. Return to your hotel for the evening. (BB)
Continue to Zadar where you will, together with the local guide, visit one of its newer sights, the Sea Organ. The Sea Organ is a vast musical art installation played by the rhythmic movement of sea waves. It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite sunset before relaxing in your hotel accommodation for the evening. (BB)
Continue to Split. Meet with the local expert guide who will take you on a city tour, a town listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Split was founded when the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian was built in 305 AD. The Cathedral of St. Domnios, the patron saint of Split, is in the actual mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many religious visitors and tourists. Various cultural monuments are located inside and outside the Diocletian’s Palace walls, such as the Renaissance Prokurative Square, and several noble families’ palaces, churches, galleries and museums. (BB)
Departure for Split via Mostar, located in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Upon arrival in Mostar you will stroll through the old town with the local guide and see the original Ottoman residential houses, mosques and the Old bridge. Short drive to Blagaj, a town where a historical tekke (tekija or Dervish monastery) is situated at the spring of the Buna river. Hotel accommodation and sleepover. (BB)
On the way to Dubrovnik you 'll stop in Ston for a one-hour boat trip to the oyster farm to taste some fresh out of the sea oysters & mussels. Pelješac peninsula is known for its fine local wines, so you will have a chance to taste some.
Next, you will arrive to the most spectacular of all Adriatic medieval cities - Dubrovnik. Drop off your rental car in front of your hotel before enjoying a free day in the city on your own. We recommend a cable car ride in the evening to mountain Srđ where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the town and the rest of the island. (BB, L)
Take a private transfer to the old city and meet with a local guide. See the main street; Stradun, the city gates and old harbor, steep & narrow cobblestone streets, churches, squares & town palaces. We suggest you take a walk on Dubrovnik’s circular stone walls, which date from the 12th century, before enjoying the rest of the day at your own leisure. (BB)
Private Day trip to Montenegro. Encircled by majestic mountains, the breathtaking Kotor Gulf has been home to civilization since pre-Roman and early Christian periods. A short boat ride from the shore of the baroque town of Perast will take us to ‘Our Lady of the Rock’ island and its pilgrimage church. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk with a private guide through the UNESCO-protected town of Kotor; one of the best preserved walled-in cities of the Adriatic. Old Budva; a main tourist resort in Montenegro, offers numerous gourmet dining options. Return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport. (BB)