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FROM SARAJEVO TO BLED
visited: Bosnia, Croatia & Slovenia
Balkans have for centuries been the newsmakers of Europe.
The very active and rich history has been in the formation
- from time immemorial till today. This is a land of such
great diversity and textures that one gets blown away by
the colors, cultures, hospitality, food and landscape.
It covers some of the most scenic and beautiful cities
of Europe including Sarjevo, Dubrovnik, Plitvice and a
lot more. It will be an experience into medieval Europe
/ Dubrovbik (CROATIA)
/ Trogir & Plitvice
/ Ljubljana and Zagreb (CROATIA)
World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World
Heritage Sites in: Bosnia, Croatia & Slovenia covered
in this tour
|Old Bridge area of the Old City of Mostar (2005)
historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva
River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman
frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the
19th and 20th centuries. Mostar has long been known for its
old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which
it is named. In the 1990 conflict, however, most of the historic
town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect
Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt
and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored
or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific
committee established by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area, with
its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western
European architectural features, is an outstanding example
of a multicultural urban settlement. The reconstructed Old
Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation,
international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse
cultural, ethnic and religious communities.
city of Dubrovnik
'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
complex of Split with Diocletian’s Palace (1979)
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.
city of Trogir (1997)
is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal
street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic
period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many
fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its
beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding
Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period.
Lakes National Park (1979, 2000)
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.
01 (THU): Arrive Sarajevo BOSNIA
Welcome to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia. As we are welcomed
at the airport we notice immediately the beauty of this historical
city. We are transferred to our centrally located hotel. Tonight
we join the other tour participants on a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Hotel Europe, Sarajevo (2 nights) (D)
DAY 02 (FRI): Sarajevo
Sarajevo, capital of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina,
has been influenced by a number of cultures and civilization.
We take a morning tour the picturesque Turkish bazaar “Bas
Carsija”, the Husref Bay’ Mosque, Olympic Stadium
and Gavrilo Princip Museum. Afternoon is free to enjoy beautiful
Sarajevo by walking through the bazaar and meeting local friendly
DAY 03 (SAT): Sarajevo / Dubrovbik (286 km) CROATIA
A drive thought the marvelous gorge of the Neretva River to
Mostar. Here, see the remains of the Turkish quarter and the
reconstruction efforts on the 16th century stone bridge. Free
time before dinner.
Overnight: Lacroma Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)
04 (SUN): Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik – gem of the Adriatic. The historical and
scenic sites are best seen on foot so we take a walking tour
commencing with “Old Dubrovnik.” We visit the
Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column
and the Sponza Palace. Later we 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 05 (MON): Dubrovnik / Split (227 Kms)
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, in the Peristyle and the Cathedral.
Overnight: Atrium Hotel (1 night) (B, D)
DAY 06 (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 we turn inland and travel to Plitvice Lakes National
Park. Upon arrival, have your camera ready and take a walking
tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking
scenery of this national wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded
by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation.
Overnight: Jezero Hotel (1 night) (B, D)
DAY 07 (WED): Plitvice /Opatija/Postonja/Bled (352
Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful bay of
Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija. After some free time,
journey north to Postonja, 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.
Overnight: Park Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)
DAY 08 (THU): Bled
Our tour of Bled features the charming town with the lakeshore
with the 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 09 (FRI): Bled / Ljubljana and Zagreb (189 Kms)
We begin the day with a walking tour of Ljubljana, the capital
of Slovenia. Visit the most significant sights on f the old
city center: 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.
Overnight: Westin (2 nights)
DAY 10 (SAT): Zagreb
This morning we 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. Balance
of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of
the old town or take an optional excursing to the countryside.
DAY 11 (SUN): Depart Zagreb
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for our
departure flight – an ideal opportunity to extend or
join one of Bestway’s different tours programs. (B)
Apr 21, May 05 & 19, Jun 02, 16 & 30, Aug 04 & 18, Sep 01, 15 & 29, Oct 13
Price Does Not Include:
as per itinerary (or similar category)
- 16 Meals
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Professional Tour Director
fees to sites
of local English speaking guides
- Headsets will be provided during included sightseeing tours
airfares / Airport taxes
This tour is not part of our small group journeys
International Airfare ( NOT
tour price )
tour operates on a minimum of group size of 02 and an average group size of 25 participants.
Please note that this is NOT part of our small group tours
where our maximum is always under 20.
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German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted
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