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THE DALMATIAN SUNSHINE
Countries visited: Croatia & Slovenia

Dalmatian Coast - Eastern Europe’s pride is as majestic in its beauty as it is in its historical and cultural attractions. Overland from Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice, Postojna Caves, Bled, Ljubljana and Zagreb will make us see why the panorama is the envy of many countries in the region. In 09 days of comfortable travel, we trace Croatia and Slovenia the two goldmines of what was once a single country called Yugoslavia



Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Arrive Dubrovnik
02
Dubrovnik
03 Dubrovnik / Split
04
Split / Trogir and Plitvice Lakes
05
Plitvice Lakes / Opatija, Postojna and Bled
06
Bled
07
Bled / Ljubljana and Zagreb
08
Zagreb
09
Depart Zagreb

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

Croatia  
Old City of Dubrovnik (1979, 1994)

The 'Pearl of the Adriatic', situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration programme co-ordinated by UNESCO.
Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979, 2000) The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. These geological processes continue today. The forests in the park are home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species.
Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979) The ruins of Diocletian's Palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 01, Sat: Arrive Dubrovnik
Welcome to Dubrovnik – the historic city on the Adriatic coast South of Croatia. We are warmly received at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Lacroma, Dubrovnik (2 nights) (D)

Day 02, Sun: Dubrovnik
There is a walking tour of "Old Dubrovnik" this morning; the Rector's Palace, Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and the Sponza Palace. We will also 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. (B)

Day 03, Mon: Dubrovnik / Split
Depart Dubrovnik and 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. See the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral (227 km).
Overnight: Hotel Atrium, Split (1 night) (B, D)

Day 04, Tue: Split / Trogir and Plitvice Lakes
After breakfast, head to Trogir, the center of artistic activities. Scholars from around the world gather to study and paint here. Then, turn inland and travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Upon arrival we need to get our cameras ready fro a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation (317 km).
Overnight: Hotel Jezero, Plitvice (1 night) (B, D)

Day 05, Wed: Plitvice Lakes / Opatija, Postojna and Bled
Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful bay of Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija. After some free time, journey north to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterwards, continue to Bled, beautifully set amidst the Julian Alps (352 km).
Overnight: Hotel Park, Bled (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 06, Thu: Bled
A sightseeing tour of Bled features the charming town with the lakeshore, and imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional activities, such as visiting the small island in the middle of the lake. (B)

Day 07, Fri: Bled / Ljubljana and Zagreb
We start our day with a walking tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Visit the most significant sights of the old city centre: the picturesque Central open-air Market and the Three Bridges, both designed by famous architect Joze Plecnik, Baroque Town Hall and Robba's Fountain. Then, continue to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia (189 km)
Overnight: Westin, Zagreb (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 08, Sat: Zagreb
This morning, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or take an optional excursion to the countryside. (B)

Day 09, Sun: Depart Zagreb
After an interesting journey to these two beautiful Balkan countries we bid farewell as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016
Apr 23 & 30, May 07, 14, 21 & 28, June 04, 11, 18 & 25, Jul 02 & 09, Aug 06, 13, 20 & 27, Sep 03, 10, 17 & 24, Oct 01, 08 & 15


Prices
Departure Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016 1740 600
 
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Hotel Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 13 Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of local English speaking guides/drivers
  • Entrance fees to the sites included in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Headsets will be provided during included sightseeing tours
  • International Airfare
  • Border/departure/airport taxes
  • Insurance & Visas
  • Drinks/Beverages with meals
  • Tips / Gratuities to Drivers & Guides

Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 800
West Coast US $ 1200
This tour operates on a minimum group size of 02 with an average group size of 25 participants. Please note that this is NOT part of our small group journeys .

Other Dates / Customized Itinerary / Languages
In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

Contact Information
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