Welcome to Dubrovnik, a historic city on the southern coast of Croatia. Its ancient city walls, ramparts and bastions overlook the Adriatic Sea, making it a favored location for travelers worldwide.
This evening we commence our small group tour. We are welcomed to Dubrovnik by a local family who host us for a home-cooked meal. We spend time learning more about their daily life and cultural traditions enjoying folklore dancing and singing before sharing a delicious meal together.
Journey back in time today as we walk through the walled center of Dubrovnik. The stone buildings capped with terracotta roof tiles contrast brightly against the azure tones of the Adriatic.
We enjoy a walking tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town. Commencing at the Pile Gate we wend our way through the cobblestone streets passing the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s column, Sponza Palace and the Dominican Monastery. We tour the Rector’s Palace, learning more about the effect of fires, explosions and earthquakes on its blend of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. We continue to the Franciscan Monastery, which boasts one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. A cable car ride takes us up Mount Srd where we are afforded spectacular views over the Old Town. Our afternoon is at leisure to further explore the city.
Travel to the tiny country of Montenegro on a day trip and explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Kotor. The Bay of Kotor is the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe and is dotted with charming villages along its coastline.
Today our small group cruises from Perast to Our Lady of the Rocks along a coastline showcasing the area’s rugged beauty. We continue to Kotor, a well-preserved medieval township renowned for its architecture and numerous monuments. Discover some of the Old Town before we enjoy lunch and then free time to further explore before our return to Dubrovnik.
[Breakfast and Lunch]
The bustling city of Split is our destination today. From a vibrant restaurant and bar scene to incredible Roman ruins, Croatia’s second largest coastal city is a true gem.
Today we depart Dubrovnik, journeying to this vibrant city and stopping en route at the towns of Neum and Makarska, along with a photo stop at the lakes of Bacinska Jezera.
Today we tour the town of Trogir, situated on a tiny island, surrounded by medieval walls. Within these confines is a profusion of Renaissance buildings that have earned the city a UNESCO World Heritage designation. We tour the city’s Old Town and St Lawrence Cathedral before traveling to Klis.
We arrive in Klis and visit the Stella Croatica village. With a motto “tradition does not mean to look after the ash, but to keep the flame alive”, our small group connects with their proud cultural heritage that is passionately coupled with a modern twist. We sample the produce before returning to Split for the afternoon.
We enjoy a city tour of Split this afternoon. We see the influence of the Roman Empire in this region and visit one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments, Diocletian’s Palace. The acoustics are superb and often a capella singers will give an impromptu performance, their song echoing along the walls and down the narrow passageways. We also view Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and St Doimus Cathedral on our tour.
Travelers coming to the Plitvice plateau are greeted with the green splendor of the forests and the cascading sixteen lakes formed by runoff from the mountains. Renowned for their range of distinctive colors from azure to green, grey or blue, the colors change depending on the quantity of minerals in the water and angle of sunlight. Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest, and most beautiful parks in Croatia and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
Today we travel north from Trogir to Plitvice Lakes, stopping en route at Krka Bridge with its view over the quaint village of Skradin. We continue to the lakes where, after lunch, we embark on an afternoon walking tour with our guide.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
We journey to the charming capital of Slovenia today, Ljubljana. Its open-air central market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba’s Fountain, Three Bridges and Parliament are must-see sights on any visit to this increasingly popular European city.
On our way from Plitvice we stop to tour the Postojna Cave system, one of the most magical sights in Slovenia. Thought to be nearly 12 million years old and created by the Pivka River, 12 miles of tunnels, caverns and passages create a labyrinth for us to explore with our guide.
We arrive in Ljubljana for an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city’s sights. We take our taste buds on a journey throughout our walking tour, sampling some of Ljubljana’s best produce along the way.
The Julian Alps have called to European travelers for centuries and today we experience their beauty on a day trip to Bled. With its serene, sapphire-toned lake, charming villages and alpine fresh air, Bled enchants all who make their way here.
Our small group embarks on a morning sightseeing tour of Bled including a visit to the towering Bled Castle. We continue to the alpine lake resort of Bohinj, passing through old Slovenian villages before we travel by cable car up Mount Vogel with time to enjoy the view.
It’s time to visit a local family farm where we learn all about traditional dairy farming in Slovenia. We are joined by the family for a tour of the farm, enjoy a taste of the delicious produce and a demonstration of traditional butter making before returning to Ljubljana for the evening.
We travel back to Croatia this morning, arriving at its capital Zagreb. The cultural, scientific and economic center of the country, Zagreb is situated between the slopes of the Medvednica Mountains and the northern bank of the Sava River.
After free time for lunch we join our guide for a city tour that includes views of St Mark’s Church, St Catherine’s Church, the Parliament and Government Palace. We tour Zagreb Cathedral, whose twin Gothic spires stand out against the city skyline, before an indulgent three course dinner at a local restaurant.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We bid farewell to our new friends and to the beauty of Croatia and Slovenia.
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