10 Day Essential Croatia & Slovenia (New York Special)

10 Day Essential Croatia & Slovenia (New York Special)


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Croatia , Montenegro , Slovenia

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Montenegro
Depart for Montenegro

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Tivat, Transfer to Dubrovnik in Croatia
Arrive in Tivat, Montenegro and transfer to Dubrovnik, Croatia's magical city on the shimmering Adriatic Sea. The Tivat airport is a three hour drive from Dubrovnik. After checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this spectacular city. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting on the delightful journey of Croatia and Slovenia that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers. Evening is at leisure. Perhaps walk along Dubrovnik's cobbled streets to see the glowing buildings and against the night sky, or treat yourself to a traditional Croatian dinner and Dalmatian wine
Overnight: Dubrovnik

DAY 3, Saturday - Tour Dubrovnik
The day begins with dramatic views of monumental Fort of St. Lawrence dominating and protecting both the sea and land entrance to Kalarinja, Dubrovnik's oldest harbor. A morning walking tour in Dubrovnik's historic Old Town, with its dramatic centuries-old walls, reveals the city's treasures. See the Franciscan Monastery housing the world's oldest and still functioning pharmacy, continuing along the main pedestrian way to the monumental Sponza Palace, home of the state archives. Pass the City Bell Tower on the way to the Rector's Palace, an outstanding blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, Orlando's Column and the Church of St. Blaise, the city's patron saint. Stop at the magnificent circular Onofrio's Fountain, with its gurgling clean water, a great spot to cool off. After the city tour, browse a leather and jewelry store. The rest of the day is yours to wander the never-ending lanes of the Old Town. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Traditional Croatian Dinner. Take a short drive from Dubrovnik through the Croatian countryside to a lovely homestead, where you will be welcomed with tasty starters, such as local cheese and Dalmatian prosciutto. Take in the lush surroundings while savoring a traditional meal consisting of time-honored dishes, carefully prepared with fresh ingredients from the farm
Optional: Traditional Croatian Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Dubrovnik
A full day to independently explore extraordinary Dubrovnik, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, join the optional tour to Mostar to learn about the many fascinating cultures and religions that have left a trace on this city. Scenic drives along the coast take you to this city that was once an important trade center under Turkish rule. Visit to the old bazaar, the Turkish House and views of the historic 16th century arched stone bridge. After a walking tour and lunch at a local restaurant, return to Dubrovnik. Tonight, don't miss some of Dubrovnik's fabulous restaurants and cafes
Optional: Tour to Mostar (AM)
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Highlights of Split
Travel north along the Adriatic past charming old fishing villages to Split, Croatia’s largest coastal city. A walking tour along the cobbled streets of the Old Town takes you to the historic inner city built around the astonishing 4th century Palace of Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; tour the best preserved and largest antique palace in the world. Then, view remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, the unusual Cathedral of St. Domnius built in the Middle Ages and the Temple of Jupiter, with its headless black sphinx guarding the entrance. Tonight, enjoy your time at leisure or, join the optional Croatian Dinner at Epetium. Travel this evening to Stobrec, just outside of Split. Here, savor a delicious three-course meal at the family-run Epetium restaurant, while listening to live Dalmatian music. The restaurant has been serving Dalmatian culinary delights of the region for over 50 years
Optional: Croatian Dinner at Epetium (PM)
Overnight: Split
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Historic Zadar, Opatija on the Sea
The journey continues to Zadar, one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic. In the city center, view the 16th-century defensive walls built by the Venetians with a port gate flanked by Venetian lions that still guard the entrance. Stroll around the square with its unique cisterns and the iconic Church of St. Donat, one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture in Dalmatia. Zadar is a great combination of Roman architecture, Habsburg elegance and a picture-perfect seafront lined with superb cafes and restaurants. Then, travel to the pretty seaside resort city of Opatija for an orientation drive through the city followed by a walk along the famous "Lungomare" coastal promenade that stretches for miles
Overnight: Opatija
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Opatija
Today is at leisure to enjoy the pleasures of Opatija independently, with its beautiful foliage and magnificent villas that are superb examples of Belle Époque architecture. Perhaps join the optional tour of the Istrian Peninsula that begins in Pula, a strategic port since Roman times with a preserved amphitheater. Known for its unspoiled natural surroundings, Pula has a long tradition of winemaking and shipbuilding. Then, on to the beautiful resort of Rovinj, a delightful fishing port and historic Old Town. Time on your own before returning to Opatija. Tonight, explore the charming town with its wealth of fine seafood restaurants
Optional: Tour of the Istrian Peninsula (AM)
Overnight: Opatija
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Slovenia's Capital of Ljubljana, Exquisite Bled
A scenic drive today to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s charming capital. View Ljubljana Castle towering over the city before entering the pedestrianized Old Town with its unique mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. Stop at the lively open-air Central Market, Three Bridges Square and the Town Hall accented by Robba Fountain, a landmark replica of a grand fountain in Rome. The journey continues to the spectacular city of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an optional dinner at a traditional Country Inn in the tiny medieval town of Radovljica that includes choices of Slovenian favorites along with wine
Optional: Tour of Radovljica with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Friday - Resort City of Bled
Surrounded by high peaks, Bled has enticed travelers since the mid-19th century for its pure air, magnificent scenery and healing thermal springs. Today, Bled is a sparkling all-seasons resort with delightful hotels, villas, and restaurants nestled on the lakefront. A tour through this charming town continues along the shores of the lake before ascending to imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff with soaring views. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring this stunning city on your own. In the afternoon, perhaps join the optional tour to Lake Bohinj*, with its dense woods and spectacular mountains. Admire the stunning Julian Alps from Mt. Vogel, and sample local Slovenian cheese at the Shephard’s Museum on the return to Bled. Tonight, enjoy a festive Farewell Reception at your hotel with your newfound friendsFor Oct 31 departure, the tour to Lake Bohinj will not be offered due to Mt. Vogel cable car maintenance
Optional: Lake Bohinj, the Alpine Beauty (PM)
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Depart Slovenia
Transfer to the airport in Ljubljana for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Tivat, Ljubljana-New York
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Dubrovnik
  • 1 night Split
  • 2 nights Opatija
  • 2 nights Bled
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 8 meals: 8 breakfasts
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Services of local guides in Split, Dubrovnik and Opatija
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • Tour Dubrovnik, Croatia's magical city on the Adriatic Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • In Split, walk the cobbled streets of the Old Town to the 4th century Palace of Diocletian
  • In Zadar, one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic, view the 16th century Venetian defensive walls
  • Visit the pretty seaside resort of Opatija and walk along the famous coastal promenade
  • Tour Ljubljana's Old Town with its unique mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture
  • Enjoy the beautiful Alpine resort of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps
  • Enjoy a farewell reception at your hotel in Bled, including drinks and canapés
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via Air Serbia and may only be purchased with these flights. The Tivat airport is a three hour drive from Dubrovnik.

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    Accommodations

    Hotel Argosy
    This first class hotel is located on the picturesque Babin Kuk peninsula in Dubrovnik.

    Hotel Argosy
    This first class hotel is located on the picturesque Babin Kuk peninsula in Dubrovnik.

    Hotel Argosy
    This first class hotel is located on the picturesque Babin Kuk peninsula in Dubrovnik.

    Lacroma Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the beach.

    Lacroma Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the beach.

    Lacroma Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the beach.

    Lacroma Hotel
    This first class hotel is located close to the beach.

    Hotel Corner
    This first class hotel is located in the city of Split.

    Grand Hotel Adriatic
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Kvarner bay.

    Grand Hotel Adriatic
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Kvarner bay.

    Hotel Paris
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Opatija.

    Kompas Hotel
    This first class hotel is located centrally in Bled with views of the lake and famous castle.

    Kompas Hotel
    This first class hotel is located centrally in Bled with views of the lake and famous castle.

    Kompas Hotel
    This first class hotel is located centrally in Bled with views of the lake and famous castle.

    Hotel Lovec
    This first class hotel is situated within the beautiful surroundings of Slovenia's Lake Bled.

    Hotel Lovec
    This first class hotel is situated within the beautiful surroundings of Slovenia's Lake Bled.

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