Arrival to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and City tour Sarajevo is one of the most oriental and culturally diverse cities in Europe, and had spent over 300 years under Turkish rule until the Austro-Hungarians arrived in the late nineteenth century
1. Day – Arrive Zagreb (CROATIA)
Welcome to Zagreb! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Then the day is at leisure to get settled in or begin exploring. Later, gather for a Welcome Dinner with your traveling companions dinner.
2. Day – Zagreb
On a morning sightseeing tour, see the historic Upper Town, St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament and Government Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding city streets, browse through the shops, or take an optional excursion.
3. Day – Zagreb / Sarajevo (BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA)
Journey south, out of Croatia to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After checking in at the hotel, relax and enjoy dinner.
4. Day – Sarajevo / Dubrovnik (CROATIA)
Sarajevo has bee influenced by a number of cultures and civilizations during its long history. On your city tour visit the Turkish bazaar “Bas Carsija,” Husref Bay’s Mosque, the Olympic Stadium, and Gavrilo Princip Museum. Then, continue your trip to Mostar. Here, view the remains of the Turkish quarter and the reconstruction efforts on the 16th- century stone bridge. Finally, travel to Dubrovnik on the stunning Adriatic coast.
5. Day – Dubrovnik
A walking tour shows you the highlights of Old Dubrovnik. See the Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column and Sponza Palace. Then it’s on to see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, shop, stroll along the water’s edge, or simply relax and delight in your superbly scenic surroundings.
6. Day – Dubrovnik / Montenegro / Dubrovnik
Travel to the Republic of Montenegro. Head to the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Visit the Cetinje Museum, dedicated to Montenegro’s history. Then return to the coast, making short stops in the villages of Sveti Stefan and Budva before returning to Croatia and Dubrovnik. Your evening is free to enjoy your way.
7. Day – Dubrovnik / Split
Travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Then see the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral.
8. Day – Split / Plitvice Lakes
After breakfast, head to Trogir, a center of artistic activities in Croatia. Scholars from around the world gather here to study and paint. Then, turn inland and journey to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
9. Day – Plitvice Lakes
A full day to enjoy spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation.
10. Day – Plitvice Lakes / Ljubljana (SLOVENIA)
Returning to the coast, stop at the beautiful bay of Kvarner and its popular resort, Opatija. An orientation tour of Opatija will show off the highlights of this former Imperial resort city. Afterward, drive across the border into Slovenia and to Postojna Cave, one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, continue to vibrant and friendly Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and its largest city.
11. Day – Ljubljana
A morning tour of Ljubljana takes in views of the open-air Central Market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba’s Fountain, the Three Bridges, and the Parliament. Then travel to the Alpine city of Bled, where sightseeing features the charming town, stunning lakeshore, and imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Return to Ljubljana for a free evening.
12. Day – Ljubljana / Trieste / Venice (ITALY)
Leaving Ljubljana, drive south to Trieste in Italy for orientation tour and visit to Miramare Castle and its lovely park. The castle was built by the Habsburg monarchy on a cliff overlooking Adriatic Sea. After your visit, continue on to the romantic city of Venice.
13. Day – Venice
Today begins with a walking tour of Venice, featuring the major highlights: St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, Bell Tower, and Bridge of Sighs. Visit a glassblowing factory where you will watch a master artisan demonstrate this traditional Venetian art. Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop or take an optional gondola ride. Celebrate your wonderful vacation tonight with a Farewell Dinner at a favorite restaurant.
14. Day – Venice/Departure
Bid farewell as you are transferred to the airport.