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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.
After breakfast, departure on a tour to Medjugorje. Medjugorje is a small village in the south of Herzegovina, near the Croatian border. In the past, its residents were occupied with traditional activities, such as vine and fruit growing. Since 1981, religious tourism has become the most important. Pilgrims from all over the world visit the nearby hill of Podbrdo daily, the place where the Virgin Mary made appearances. In the last twenty years, Medjugorje has been visited by more than 20 million tourists.
The tour will proceed to what was once the richest, and today the most touristic, city in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik, or "the pearl of the Adriatic". The city is located in the far south of Croatia, near the foot of the Sveti Drd hill, only 35 km from the Montenegrin boarder. The old city centre is protected by high city walls as well as by Unesco since 1979. Although it was completely ruined by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to keep its gothic, renaissance and baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains. In the city tour you will see the old city centre with Stradun, the widest and most beautiful street built at the end of the 11th century and dividing the old city into its northern and southern parts, a Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, the Great Onofrio Fountain, one of the most beautiful palaces in the city - the gothic and Renaissance Palace Sponza - which at the time of the Republic housed the customs, State Mint, bank, armoury, and the seat of the Dubrovnik Academy. The way will also lead you past the baroque church of Saint Vlach and the Orlando Tower from 1418 which is the symbol of Croatian nationality.
Dinner in Dubrovnik. Accommodation in Hotel in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast, departure to a day trip to Montenegro. First you will drive along the winding bay of Boka Kotorska, past the towns Igalo, Herceg Novi, Risan and Perast. The fjord Boka Kotorska represents the southernmost European fjord. It consists of numerous small bays connected by narrow canals. They combine into one of the most beautiful natural ports in Europe.
Then you will see the stone city of Kotor, which is surrounded by walls. It is protected by Unesco and is full of beautiful city palaces, small squares, narrow streets and numerous churches.
Free time in the afternoon will allow strolling through the streets of Budva, the most touristic town in Montenegro. Dinner in Dubrovnik. Accommodation in Hotel in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast, departure onwards to discover the other beauties of the Dalmatian coast. The tour will proceed towards the coastal town of Trogir, situated in central Dalmatia, only 25 km from Split. The Old Town covers an area of only 1 km2, but the island in it is intertwined with numerous palaces, churches and bell towers of different styles, from Romanesque-Gothic, the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The most beautiful architectural work is that of the cathedral of St. Lorenzo which was built in the 13th century. Again, this rich cultural village has been protected since 1997 under UNESCO.
The tour will proceed in Split, which is the second largest city in Croatia and the capital city of Split-Dalmatia County. The city got its reputation by the building of Diocletian's palace in the 3rd century. Today it is one of the largest and best preserved late Gothic palaces in the world. Not only for the conservation of individual components, but also because the original architectural form which proclaimed a new Early Christian, Byzantine and early medieval art.
The tour of the city center will include Diocletian's Palace, the Cathedral of St. Duje built during the Middle Ages using the materials of an ancient mausoleum, Jupiter's Temple and a walk along the Riva, the main coastal promenade, where tourists from around the world gather in the picturesque cafes.
Dinner in Split.
Accommodation in Hotel in Split.
After breakfast, departure towards Sibenik. Sibenik is another stone Dalmation town where narrow streets and small squares intertwine. You will stop shortly for some free-time strolling through the old city centre. It will be possible to individually explore the Church of Saint Jacob, which is built in the gothic-Renaissance style. It is the biggest architectural creation in Croatia of the 15th and 16th centuries. Due to its uniqueness, it too is a part of Unesco's cultural heritage.
You will have a late afternoon arrival in Opatija, an Adriatic cosmopolitan tourist resort, situated in the Kvarner Bay near the city of Rijeka on the northern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Opatija once served as a winter and summer resort of the Austrian aristocracy, mainly due to the mild climate. Today, however, Opatija Park is a place of luxury hotels and ancient villas and summer residences which have been transformed into wonderful hotels with wellness centers, conference halls and swimming pools.
Dinner in Opatija. Accommodation in Hotel in Opatija.
After breakfast, departure towards Istria, the largest peninsula in Croatia. First you will stop shortly in the town of Hum which is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the smallest town in the world with no more than 20 residents. You will continue towards Rovinj where we will learn the legend of Saint Euphemia and stroll down the narrow stone streets full of small shops with junk jewellery.
In the afternoon, you will explore the largest tourist city in Istria, Porec. It is known for its narrow, labyrinthine streets which are full of many artistic creators. You will also see the Euphrasian Basilica, which was put on Unesco's list of Wold Heritage in 1997. It is a great work of Byzantine arts with beautiful mosaics and among the finest in Europe.
Dinner in Opatija. Accommodation in a Hotel in Opatija.
After breakfast, departure towards the Slovenian boarder, in the direction of Postojna. During the time of Austria-Hungary, Postojna was the only exit to the Adriatic Sea. It has a favourable geographic position as it is situated at the juncture of the paths between Vienna and Trieste. It is most renowned for the Postojna Cave which was visited as early as ancient times. The cave is a system of 23 km of dribbled tunnels, galleries and halls in which more than 30 million visitors have been escorted by experienced tour guides. It is the largest classical Karst cave of and at the same time, the most frequently visited touristic cave in Europe. You will enter it in a cave train, and thanks to electrical lights you will be able to admire all of the dimensions and mightiness of the underground Karst world where the geologic past is written in its own way.
You will stop shortly at Lake Cerknica, the largest lake in Slovenia and a true miracle of nature. The level of the water changes very much throughout the year. The lake hollow fills up in the spring when the snow melts, and in the summer the water runs dry through the Karst swallow holes. At that time, the lake becomes a Karst field where crops grow. Numerous scientists from all over the world visit this lake and cannot grasp all the things nature is capable of.
In the afternoon will be our departure towards the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. In Ljubljana you will go on a city tour. The tour will start with a walk on foot through the old part of town along the Ljubljanica River, where you will see the most important cultural and historical monuments including the Three Bridges and the New and Old Markets where you will be delighted with boutique shops and nice restaurants. You will also stop at the famous bridge and learn a few secrets of the medieval city before the path continues to the town square with the Town Hall and the city icon - a well symbolizing the three rivers of Carniola. You will also visit the nearby baroque church of St. Nicholas, the food market and the Dragon Bridge with its four dragons that protect the city while also serving as its trademark. With the funicular railway you will climb to the castle which rises above the town, see a presentation of the development of the city in the Virtual Museum and finally climb the castle's tower and enjoy the view over the city and its green surroundings.
Dinner in Ljubljana.
Accommodation in a Hotel in Ljubljana.
After breakfast, leisure time till departure.
Transfer to the airport or station.
Mr Fanuael Gashu