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JOURNEY FROM SARAJEVO TO BLED
Countries visited: Bosnia, Croatia & Slovenia
The 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 - relived.


Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Arrive Sarajevo (BOSNIA)
02
Sarajevo
03 Sarajevo / Dubrovbik (CROATIA)
04
Dubrovnik
05
Dubrovnik / Split
06
Split / Trogir & Plitvice Lakes
07
Plitvice /Opatija/Postonja/Bled (SLOVENIA)
08
Bled
09
Bled / Ljubljana and Zagreb (CROATIA)
10
Zagreb
11 Zagreb / Depart

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

World Heritage Sites in: Bosnia, Croatia & Slovenia covered in this tour
Old Bridge area of the Old City of Mostar (2005) The 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.
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.
Historic complex of Split with Diocletian’s Palace (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.
Historic city of Trogir (1997) Trogir 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.
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.
Detailed Itinerary

DAY 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 folks. (B)

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)

DAY 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 Kms) SLOVENIA
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) CROATIA
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) (B, D)

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. (B)

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)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016
Apr 21, May 05 & 19, Jun 02, 16 & 30, Aug 04 & 18, Sep 01, 15 & 29, Oct 13


Prices
Departure Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016 1915 790
 
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Hotels as per itinerary (or similar category)
  • 16 Meals as mentioned
    (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Airport transfers
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Entrance fees to sites
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Headsets will be provided during included sightseeing tours
  • International airfares / Airport taxes
  • Insurances / Visa Fees
  • Tips / Gratuities
Note: This tour is not part of our small group journeys

Estimated International Airfare ( NOT INCLUDED in tour price )
East Coast US $ 1200
West Coast US $ 1400
This 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.

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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Burnaby B.C., Canada Toll Free (US & Canada): 1-800-663-0844
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