Arrival at Ljubljana Airport, after immigration transfer to Ljubljana. Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a Central European city lying between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, in the basin at the confluence of the Sava and Ljubljanica Rivers. Ljubljana has all the facilities of a modern capital, yet it has maintained the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of a small town.
Check-in in Hotel in Ljubljana. Leisure time for the rest of the day. Dinner in Ljubljana. Accommodation in Hotel in Ljubljana.
After breakfast, departure to the magnificent north-western region Slovenia. The first stop will be the town of Bled. This town is one of the most prestigious Slovenian resorts with its glacier-formed Alpine lake, the famous island of the Slavic goddess of life, Živa, and the oldest castle in Slovenia. In the 19th century, the Swiss doctor Arnold Rikli discovered the beneficial natural resources here and established a spa centre, making Bled one of the most popular touristic places in Austria-Hungary. You will traverse the lake in a traditional boat called pletna towards the Bled Island, which was visited by pilgrims as early as the ancient times. From the Bled castle, we will admire the fairy-tale lake and the high limestone peaks of the Julian Alps.
The tour will continue into the heart of the Triglav National Park, where you will see the magnificent, 1.6 km-long natural gorge Vintgar through which the turquoise Radovna River flows.
A quick stop in Kranjska Gora, a mountain village very well known amongst the fans of Alpine skiing. Every year, competitions for the Alpine Ski World Cup are organized here.
In the afternoon you will stop shortly in Planica, an Alpine glacial valley which is renowned for the largest ski jumps in the world. Every year, competitions for the Ski Jumping and Ski Flying World Cups are organized. A 240 metre world record was set on one of the ski jumps here.
Dinner in Ljubljana. Accommodation in Hotel in Ljubljana.
After breakfast, departure towards Croatia, namely the capital, Zagreb, a city of parks, palaces, museums and faculties. It is situated in the south-west of the Pannonia Plain and stretches between the Sava River and Medvednica Mountain. It is the most important connection between central Europe and Asia Minor and the shortest connection between the Pannonia Plain and the Adriatic Sea. You will see the most important sights, such as the cathedral, the picturesque and lively market Dolac, the church of Saint Mark (the symbol of Zagreb), the sightseeing point under the Lotrscak tower with a magnificent view of Zagreb, a stone port where you can light a candle, and the square of Ban Jelancic, not only a crossroad of the lower and upper part of the city but also the city's heart where the young and the old inhabitants of Zagreb gather.
The tour will proceed towards the Plitvice Lakes National Park and tour the Park in the afternoon. It is composed of 16 blue and green lakes, connected with more than 90 waterfalls and rapids. For the beauty and the attraction of the Plitvice Lakes, travertine and the plants of travertine take the credit. With the formation of travertine and the partition of the river bed, lakes have formed. This is a magnificent architectonic phenomenon of nature, surrounded by thick woods in which bears, wolves, wild hares, martens, and partridges live. The park has belonged to UNESCO Cultural Heritage since 1979.
Dinner in Plitvice. Accommodation in Hotel in Plitvice.
After breakfast, departure towards Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. You will pass through numerous cities such as Bihac, Bosanski Petrovc, Kljuc, Jajce, Travnik on our way. You will stop shortly in Jajce, which is located at the confluence of the Plive River and Vrbasa River which are connected by a 23-metre-tall waterfall. No other Bosnian city on such a small area contains as many cultural treasures and architectural styles as this one. The city of Jajce has a special value in the history of Old Yugoslavia as well, since AVNOJ was established here on November 29 1943. AVNOJ (The Anti-Fascist Council of the People's Liberation of Yugoslavia) was a political authority which represented a deliberative body of the Yugoslav nations and minorities in the Second World War.
The arrival to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, will be in the late afternoon. The city has endured a rich and turbulent history. In the 15th century, it was established by the Ottoman Turks, and in the 19th century it was a part of Austria-Hungary. In 1914, the assassin Gavrilo Princip shot the heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand and gave Austria the cause for the war against Serbia which then grew to be the First World War. Seventy years later, Sarajevo was presented in a somewhat more pleasant light when it hosted the winter Olympic Games in 1984. Between 1992 and 1996, the city suffered the long-term siege of the army of the Bosnian Serbs.
Dinner in Sarajevo. Accommodation in Hotel in Sarajevo.
After breakfast, departure towards the "tunnel of life", which once extended to the Sarajevo Airport and served as the only exit from the occupied city during the war. The following sightseeing will then follow: Princip Bridge, today known as the Latin Bridge, the University Library from the 19th century that was completely burnt down during the last war, the Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque from the 16th century, the Emperor's Mosque with its madrasa, arcade, backyard and cupola, a few old Orthodox churches and also the Turkish street of Bašcaršija which represents the heart and the soul of the town with its numerous shops, arts and craft workshops, cafes, "cevapdzinica" and "burekdzinica" which create the homeliness of the city.
In the afternoon, you will tour Mostar, the capital of Herzegovina, located by the shores of the Neretva River, one of the coldest rivers in Europe. The main sight of this rich city is a stone bridge by the Turkish architect Mimar Hajrudin from the 16th century. The bridge was demolished during the war and restored in 2004. Today it is protected by Unesco and is the pride of all the city's residents. The old city centre also prides itself on its numerous mosques, baths ("Hamam"), and other architectural objects where oriental and Mediterranean influences intertwine. Many cafes and small shops extend on both banks of the Neretva River which creates a relaxed atmosphere.
Dinner in Capljina. Accommodation in Hotel in Capljina.
Mr Fanuael Gashu