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 – Zagreb, Croatia
Welcome to Zagreb! Spend the afternoon relaxing or explore the city. This evening, meet your tour guide and evening orientation drive including a stroll around Ban Jelačić Square. This will be the perfect introduction to this fascinating city!
2. Day – Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb is a traditional medieval European city with a wealth of historic monuments. Your guide shows you the highlights including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, St. Mark’s Church and the Opera House. Spend free time exploring the winding streets of the old town or consider an excursion into the surrounding countryside.
3. Day –Zagreb – Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Travel south from Croatia into Bosnia and Herzegovina before arriving in the fascinating capital city Sarajevo. Due to its rich religious and cultural history Sarajevo is often called the Jerusalem of Europe. The city contains synagogues, mosques, orthodox as well as Catholic churches – all in one city! In 1914 the city was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which prompted the start of the First World War. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.
4. Day – Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Enjoy an insider tour of the Sarajevo war tunnels with a tour guide. During the siege of the city in the early 1990’s, the tunnel was constructed by the Bosnian Army in order to link neighbourhoods in the city of Sarajevo, to allow food, war supplies, and humanitarian aid to come into the city, and people to get out. Hear some of the incredible stories to come out of the city during this time from your tour guide. Later you will have free time to explore this fascinating city on your own.
5. Day – Sarajevo – Mostar – Dubrovnik, Crotia
This morning after breakfast travel towards the Dalmatian coast and the spectacular city of Dubrovnik. Stop en route to see the magnificent bridge at Mostar. This city grew up around a trade and bridging point over the Neretva. Mostar is named after this Old Bridge, the ‘Stari Most’, built by Sinan the great Ottoman architect and one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks. Destroyed during the war it has been rebuilt using the same methods as during the 16th century. After free time to explore the town, continue on towards Dubrovnik.
6. Day –Zagreb, Crotia
This morning experience the delights of this stunning medieval city! Enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the main sights with a tour guide. Admire the Rector’s Palace, the city walls, Onofrio’s fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Dating back to the times of the Republic of Dubrovnik the mill was used for olive processing and olive oil production. Your hosts will prepare a delicious meal in the traditional way with fresh aromatic Mediterranean herbs accompanied by home made beverages.
7. Day – Dubrovnik – Excursion to Montenegro
Travel to the Republic of Montenegro with a Local Specialist and enjoy a scenic and relaxing day. Head towards the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Explore the town of Kotor, a medieval city with charming streets and squares. Later, travel to the coast for a short stop in the village of Budva before returning to Dubrovnik.
8. Day – Dubrovnik – Split, Croatia
Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and modern resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour with a Local Specialist featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. The evening is free for you to dine at the local restaurant of your choice.
9. Day – Split – Plitvice, Croatia
This morning travel through the forested National Park of Plitvice. Admire the waterfalls and lakes of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site on your walking tour with your Local Specialist. See lakes of crystal clear water in many colourful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls. Arrive later at your hotel and enjoy dinner with your travel companions.
10. Day – Plitvice – Ljubljana – Lake Bled, Slovenia
Travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Here, view the Central open-air Market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba’s Fountain, the Three Bridges and the Parliament during your orientation. After free time for lunch in Ljubljana, travel to Lake Bled, a beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps. Lake Bled is set amid forests and mountains and is one of the most picturesque destinations in Europe.
11. Day –Lake Bled – Venice, Italy
Travel to the romantic city of Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. Pass by the palaces, churches and canals as you experience this truly unique city. This evening, why not consider a boat trip to the island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal.
12. Day – Venice, Italy
Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy or relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square.
13. Day – Depart Venice, Italy
Say farewell to your companions as this memorable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport.