Slovenia & Croatia Signature Tour SCS15 – 2020

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15 Days and 14 Nights
Availability : April - September
Zagreb
Dubrovnik

Highlights

Zagreb – Ljubljana – Bled – Bohinj – Postojna – Opatija – Plitvice – Split – Hvar – Dubrovnik

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: at selected hotels, service charges and hotel taxes
  • Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motor coach
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Meals: Buffet breakfasts daily, 6 dinners, 2 cheese tastings, 1 olive oil tasting
  • Individual headsets: for sightseeing tours
  • Porterage at hotels

Sightseeing and entrances: Zagreb city tour with cheese tasting at the Dolac market, Ljubljana city tour with visit of the Ljubljana Castle with funicular, entrance to the Bled Castle, Cable car to Mt. Vogel, Butter & Cheese tasting

in Bohinj, entrance to the Postojna Cave with mini train, Pula city tour with the Amphitheatre admission, Rovinj city tour with visit of the Church of St. Euphemia, the Plitvice National park entry, city tour of Split with entrance to the Diocletian’s palace cellar, Hvar city tour with Entrance to the Benedict Monastery, Dubrovnik city tour with entrance to the Rector’s palace and Franciscan Monastery

Scenic Highlights: Julian Alps and lakes, Dalmatian Coast with islands, charming scenery of the lstrian peninsula

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited during this vacation:

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Historical Complex of Split with the Diocletian’s Palace
  • Old city of Dubrovnik

Hotels

  • Zagreb: Esplanade Hotel
  • Ljubljana: Raddisson blu Hotel
  • Bohinj: ECO Hotel
  • Opatija: Amadria Park Hotel or Agave Hotel
  • Split: Raddisson Blu Hotel
  • Hvar: Palace or Amfora Hotel
  • Cavtat: Croatia Hotel

 

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL TO ZAGREB (FRIDAY)

A transfer is included upon your arrival from the Zagreb Airport to the hotel. Zagreb offers a welcome jolt of big­ city sophistication. You can’t get a complete picture

of modern Croatia without a visit here –   away from the touristy resorts, in the lively and liveable city that is home to one out of every six Croatians.

Meals: Get-together welcome drink

Day 2: IN ZAGREB (SATURDAY)

Get to know Croatia’s capital through the included city tour. The city is packed with historic buildings, such as the neo-gothic St. Marcus Church. Your tour with local guide will also include cheese tasting at the Dolac Market as an ideal place to delve into Croatia’s culinary scene and funicular ride to the Upper Town. Enjoy a free afternoon in the town or back at your hotel.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 3: ZAGREB-LJUBLJANA (SUNDAY)

From Croatian capital we head north to one of the greenest and most charming capitals  of Eu rope. Ljubljana – capital of  Slovenia. Enjoy a  walking city tour of Ljubljana and see some of the most significant sights of the old city centre such as the picturesque Central open-air market and the Three Bridges, both designed by famous architect Joze Plecnik, as well as the Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain. During your tour, you will also visit the Ljubljana Castle and Virtual Museum .

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: LJUBLJANA-BLED-BOHINJ (MONDAY)

Travel with your guide out of the city to the Lake Bled, whose emerald green waters set against the

backdrop of looming alpine peaks combine to create an idyllic natural setting. Visit the lakeside castle and enjoy breath-taking views of the mountains, lake and surrounding countryside. Afterwards, optional boat ride on the lake Bled: board an old-fashioned hand

propelled gondola known as “pletna” for a private cruise across the lake to the small island in its centre. Here

you will find the Church of the Assumption whose 15th century bell should be rung to bring good luck! Proceed to the beautiful Bohinj region, which is divided into the Upper and Lower Bohinj Valley. At the heart of the Julian Alps, in the Triglav National Park, you are greeted by Bohinj, one of the prettiest Alpine valleys.

Meals : Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: IN BOHINJ (TUESDAY)

There are twenty-four  typical Alpine villages in two valleys. In the Upper Valley by the lake, visit the gothic St. John the Baptist Church, which has well-preserved frescoes from the 15th and 16th century. The journey continues with a cable car ride to mountain Vogel (1,537 m/ 5,000 ft), from where there is a wonderful view of the Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps. In

the afternoon, we will join locals at a Dairy Farm during butter & cheese production made in a traditional way – in a copper kettle above wood fireplace.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, cheese tasting

Day 6: BOHINJ-POSTOJNA-OPATIJA (WEDNESDAY)

Today we head to the “Opatija Riviera” – the former Habsburg vacation resort – and modern-day resort town – nestled between green forested hills and the cobalt Adriatic. On our way, we will stop at the Postojna Cave – the best-known karst cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. It is the only cave in the world operating a cave train, so visitors can admire the immensity and the powerful allure of the underground world, where the geological past is revealed to visitors in its own way while riding a train.

In the late afternoon arrival to Opatija and overnight in hotel.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: IN OPATIJA- TOUR OF THE ISTRIAN PENINSULA (THURSDAY)

A full day tour starts in the morning. Driving along the coast

to Pula – the largest city in lstria. Upon arrival, guided city tour starting from the amphitheatre Arena, stopping by the Hercules Gate, the Cathedral and finishing at the Temple of Augustus. Continue to village of Bale for olive oil tasting with snac k. The tour then continues by travelling to Rovinj. Upon

arrival, a stroll through the town to the Church of St. Euphemia and artist colony to the city gates. After the tour, lunch time at leisure to explore several nice restaurants in the centre. Late afternoon return to Opatija.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 8: OPATIJA-PLITVICE-SPLIT (FRIDAY)

Today we discover one of Croatia’s most astounding natural sites: the cascading lakes of the UNESCO World Heritage­ listed Plitvice National Park. Walking trails hug the lakes, allowing us to journey on foot and watch as the water transforms from emerald green to azure blue. Late afternoon departure for Split, arriving early this evening in time for dinner.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: IN SPLIT (SATURDAY)

Split, the second-largest city of Croatia and the largest city of the region of Dalmatia, is home to 3rd-century Diocletian’s Palace. As you see on your guided tour, the palace, and eventually its ruins, formed the historic heart of picturesque Split. Afternoon optional visit of ethnic village with tasting of local products.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 10: SPLIT-HVAR (SUNDAY)

After breakfast, board a ferry for the two-hour  cruise to Hvar, “queen” of the Dalmatian islands. Upon arrival, travel by coach to lively town of Hvar, where you will

spend the next two nights. Today has been set aside as a relaxing rest day, with a walking tour of the town in the afternoon. After the tour, enjoy your free time to explore your own interests.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 11: IN HVAR (MONDAY)

Day at leisure to explore the island. Optional half-day tour through the magical roads of the Europe’s sunniest island, which is famed for its lavender, culture, olives and wine history.

Meals : Buffet Breakfast

Day 12:HVAR-DUBROVNIK (TUESDAY)

We continue our journey south today, leaving Hvar Island for the mainland and  then travelling  along the scenic Dalmatian coast to the shimmering pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik. Whether you are visiting

Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of admiration never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town.

Meals : Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: IN DUBROVNIK (WEDNESDAY)

During our walking tour of fortified town centre, we will see the impressive ramparts, erected during the

Crusades to protect the town against land attacks. We will visit the 15th-century Rector’s Palace and an early 14th-century Franciscan Monastery that is home to one of the Europe’s oldest pharmacies.

 Meals : Buffet Breakfast

Day 14: IN DUBROVNIK (THURSDAY)

Free day at leisure. Optional: Peljesac wine & Ston oysters tour: Croatia’s second longest peninsula  Peljesac    famous  for its red wines Dingac and Postup, delicious oysters and mussels growing in the brackish waters of  Mali  Ston  bay,  Ston  city walls and its  salt  pains  lays less than an hour  drive from the city of Dubrovnik.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Day 15: OUT DUBROVNIK

Departure transfer to the airport or port.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Cancellation Fees

From Deposit payment – 60 days prior to departure: Deposit
60 – 30 days prior to departure: Deposit + 10% of the tour rate
29 – 9  days prior to departure: Deposit + 25% of the tour rate
8 – 1 days  prior to departure: Deposit + 50% of the tour rate
0 and no show: 100% of the tour rate