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DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Italy
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DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Venice and Transfer to Opatija
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel in the seaside town of Opatija. A gem on Croatia's Adriatic coast, nestled along the striking Gulf of Kvarner. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the town on your own. Perhaps take a stroll along the "Lungo Mare" seafront and enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf, sheltered by soaring mountains. Tonight, Welcome Drink and Dinner with your fellow travelers, followed by an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the journey that awaits you in Croatia and Slovenia
DAY 3, Tuesday - Full Day in Opatija
Enjoy a full day at leisure in the seaside town of Opatija, with its rich history, picturesque surroundings and gorgeous beaches, once a gathering spot for the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Alternatively, join the optional tour to the Istrian Peninsula that begins in Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. Afterwards, the tour continues to the resort town of Rovinj. Tonight, return to Opatija and explore the charming town with its wealth of fine seafood restaurants
Optional: Full Day Istrian Peninsula (AM)
DAY 4, Wednesday - Zadar City Tour en Route to Split
Depart today for a long drive along the dramatic Adriatic coast to Split. En route stop at the historic old town of Zadar; highlighted by ruins of a Roman forum, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and museums. This city is a wonderful combination of beautiful Roman architecture, Habsburg elegance, and a picture-perfect seafront. View the Cathedral and St. Donat Church before driving to the UNESCO protected seaside town of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Upon arrival, in the early evening, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade
DAY 5, Thursday - Depart Split, Arrive in Dubrovnik
Walk along the cobbled streets of the Old Town featuring the historic inner city with its dominating Roman influence, built around the astonishing 4th century Palace of Diocletian. This spectacular palace is the largest and best preserved Roman palace in the world, built for the Emperor Diocletian, representing a precious example of Roman architecture. See the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Domnius built in the Middle Ages, and the Temple of Jupiter, with its headless black sphinx guarding the entrance. Spend time discovering the town independently before continuing along the coast to the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik where you will have the opportunity to see the amazing views of this city known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Tonight, dinner is at your hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6, Friday - Dubrovnik City Tour
Enjoy the many delights of Dubrovnik today. The city's splendid medieval ramparts are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe, and its magnificent Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walking tour of "Old Dubrovnik" highlights the city's treasures within the 800-year-old walls including the Rector's Palace, an outstanding blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and the monumental Sponza Palace, preserved with its original beauty. Under the City Bell Tower on Luza Square stands Orlando's Tower, dedicated to the knight that saved the city in the 9th century. Continue to the Dominican Monastery, whose museum is a major treasury of culture and visit the Franciscan Monastery with exhibits from the world's third oldest functioning pharmacy. The rest of the day is yours to wander the never-ending lanes of the Old Town or take a walk along the city walls. 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 samplings 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)
DAY 7, Saturday - Full Day in Dubrovnik
A full day at leisure to explore Dubrovnik independently. Perhaps visit the Maritime Museum in St. John's Castle, linger in the historic Old City, or, people-watch at a charming cafe. Alternatively, join the optional full day tour to Montenegro, the "Jewel of the Mediterranean" nestled on the gorgeous Adriatic coast. Drive towards the stunning Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in southern Europe. On to the charming coastal town of Perast where a short boat ride takes you to the 15th century "Our Lady of the Rocks" Church perched on an islet in the bay. Once there, visit the Roman Catholic Church whose interior is decorated with 68 paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th century painter from Perast. Proceed to the charming city of Kotor for a guided walking tour. View the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, Maritime Museum, numerous Palaces and Old Square and get to feel the atmosphere of this unique medieval town.* Leisure time to walk the winding cobblestone lanes of the Old City before returning along the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik. Tonight, enjoy a walk along Dubrovnik's cobbled streets; see the glowing buildings and the fortifications accented against the night sky*Due to the new EU regulations, expect significant delays during border crossings between Croatia and Montenegro.
Optional: Full Day Montenegro Tour (AM)
DAY 8, Sunday - Pakovo Selo, Krka National Park, Sibenik
This morning, enjoy a scenic drive north to the quaint Dalmatian village of Pakovo Selo. After a light lunch, continue towards the breathtaking Krka National Park. Admire the lake and waterways at one of Croatia's most famous sights, including Skradinski Buk Falls. Arrive this evening in Sibenik, a city on the Adriatic coast of Croatia known as a gateway to the Kornati Islands. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9, Monday - Travel to Zagreb, and Arrive in Bled
After an early breakfast, travel inland through wooded mountains and lush vegetation to Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Upon arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zagreb. View Ban Josip Jelacic square and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Continue to the medieval section of the Upper Town with its Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's church and the Pope's tower. In the afternoon, depart for the lovely city of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps. Bled, with its rich natural beauty ranks among the world's most beautiful alpine resorts and is also renowned for its mild, healing climate and its thermal lake waters. With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps, Bled is Slovenia's most popular resort. Tonight, an optional dinner at a charming and popular country inn in the tiny medieval town of Radovljica, highlighted by a selection of traditional Slovenian dishes and wine
Optional: Tour of Radovljica with dinner (PM)
DAY 10, Tuesday - 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. Spend the rest of the day exploring this stunning city on your own. Perhaps join the optional tour to the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. View the most significant sights of the old city center, with its unique mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. Stop at the picturesque open-air market, Three Bridges Square, the Town Hall, and Robba Fountain, one of the city's best known Baroque monuments. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends and Tour Manager
Optional: Ljubljana City tour (PM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11, Wednesday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the Venice airport for your departure flight
Escorted Package Includes
Other departure cities available.
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, nor are the transfers included if flight schedule does not meet the schedule below:
Passengers arriving to Venice on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3 PM. We cannot confirm the exact departure time of your group transfer further in advance as this time is determined by the arrival times to Venice for the entire group. All passengers will be advised on timing of your group transfer to Opatija, Croatia approximately 1-2 weeks prior to departure. Opatija is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from the Venice airport. Please arrive to Venice Airport arrival hall 30 minutes prior to your determined transfer time to meet with local representative.
Passengers returning from Venice on Day 11 should select flights that depart no earlier than 6:30 AM. Bled is approximately a 4 hour drive from the Venice airport. For all flights departing Venice between 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM the pick-up time from hotel will be at 1:30 AM. The last transfer to Venice is approximately 7 AM.
Triple rooms are not available at the Grand Hotel Toplice in Bled and will be accommodated in a single and a double room.
This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city just steps away from the Adriatic.
This deluxe hotel is situated nearby Split's central shopping district.
This first class hotel is located close to the beach.
Amadria Park Hotel Jakov
This first class hotel overlooks the Adriatic Sea.
This first class hotel is located in the center of Bled, on the shore of Lake Bled, near the famous Bled promenade.
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My tour guide Tena was absolutely the best, she was a total delight and very knowledgeable. Our bus driver Robi was the best driver I have ever had the pleasure to be a passenger for. However there are few things I strongly suggest for future trips; the amount of time required to be on the bus is way too long. One some days were on the bus for a total of 8 hours and just because the bus stops and lets us off after 4hrs for a 2-3 hour break before we get back on is just too much sitting. I am in my mid 30s and this was too much time on the bus, very uncomfortable. I was traveling with my mom who has a surgical repaired knee and this was too much for her. If you are going to keep people on the bus that long you have to schedule more rest stops/breaks so people can stretch out their bodies. You need to add into the itinerary just how long the drives are going to be from stop to stop. Please look into other modes of travelling between destinations such as the train or boat, its bad enough that we are on vacation and had to get up early every day just so we could get on the bus to travel for hours to only be held up at the border for an additional hour or more. Why weren't we offered the ability to fly to other destinations? This was a mothers day gift to my mom who works two jobs I choose this package because I thought this would be a leisurely tour. This was a lot more physically demanding on the body than I intended. They were a lot of older people retiree's and a lot of them would skip some of the tours just so they could rest and relax their bodies. From what I thought this was going to be to what it turned out to be in reality, I could have done without stopping in Opatija, that was a missed opportunity to get more time in Split. consider in the future that if it is pouring down rain and freezing cold don't assist that we still need to do a outside tour of an old palace, please offer an alternative that keeps us inside and warm. Split was a destination I was looking forward to and I didn't get any real time there as we only got to be there for one night. Zagreb was great I wish we had gotten more than 1-2 hours there before we had to head on to our next location. For all the driving this vacation has you should have people fly into Croatia as to cut down on the transportation time that way people have more time to settle in. This trip could have been Split (2 days); Dubrovnik (3 days); Zagreb (2) and Slovenia (2 days) give people a chance to catch their breaths and actually get to see more than the hotel. All that time spent on the bus i spent it sleeping I can't even remember what we drove past or what I saw. This vacation package needs some reconstruction Definitely need to have other means of travelling from one location to the next. I would go back to Croatia but only to spend real time in Split so i can enjoy the market and Zagreb so i can get that downtown city life that I am used to. Overall it was a nice trip but it was too much time on the bus and not enough time enjoying the actual vacation. Also you should warn people before they book that they have to pay for restrooms in these countries.
The trip was good for the money paid. Hotels can be better. One hostel that was rated star ahold be rated one because there was a hole in the dining room ceiling that water was dripping in me as I was eating dinner. Too much time was spent on the bus driving from one city to the next. While this is expected, it would of been better to have extra time to be able to explore the cities visited. The places visited were absolutely beautiful.
Good programme. Thoughtful,knowledgeable and very experienced tour director. Excellent coach driver.
Our trip tour manager was everything we would Like to have and taking care about everything on a tour and sharing the love to his country with us .
Edo was an excellent tour director who went above and beyond to ensure all on a very large group of 42 enjoyed themselves. Croatia and Slovenia are great countries to visit, historic and scenic, with a friendly reception wherever we went.
A number of people on the tour had traveled with Gate1 several times. This repeat suggests to me that their experiences are consistently good and that the price is comparable / better than other tours. The hotels were better than I had expected, the food was over the top! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, sharing his knowledge in a timely manner without talking excessively. He was also very open to questions and answered them thoroughly. The local guides that were organized to lead at various cities were also terrific. My group had only 28 people in it which made it very pleasant indeed; I would not like it to have exceeded 30. It gave us plenty of space on the bus and was manageable during walking tours. The 'whispers' were a great idea, too. Overall, I will check out AffordableTours.com when searching for my next trip.
Great value for your money !
My trip went very smooth. The location of the hotels were good. Most of the hotels were comfortable with good breakfast. I like our driver and tour guide, they are very nice and professional. Didn't feel that bad even with long hours driving in some days. I did very enjoy my trip. Thanks.
I am a big Gate1 fan and have been on several escorted tours with them. However, this one was my least favorite. The bus time and distances between stops were long...too long. There was also a screw up on the initial meet at arrival that didn't make me happy. The hotel accommodations were acceptable, but not always in the most convenient locations. The guide was very good and knowledgeable, but mellow. Perhaps a little too subdued for my taste.
Really enjoyed our guide in Croatia/Slovenia.
also the Gate 1 staff in Europe were amazing, the main guide was so impressive and well educated (Kristijan), the bus driver was also sweet and flexible, the city guides were pleasant and helpful, the itinerary was good, I would feel comfortable going back on my own to further explore the areas I was exposed to on this tour
Gate1 was very, very good and the tour was exceptional.
I was very pleased with this trip, it exceeded my expectations! The tour manager was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. The optional tours were reasonably priced and worthwhile and the hotel accommodations were first rate. I traveled alone and my one fear was that I would be stuck in postage stamp sized rooms with a single bed. But happily that was not the case, I had queen and king sized beds in comfortably large rooms at each hotel we stayed. All in all this was a great trip. For the amount I paid, I couldn't be more satisfied.
Our tour operator went above and beyond to ensure the trip experience was to their customer satisfaction. Due to a traffic delay, no fault of their own, departure transfers were late to accommodate some return flights. Gate 1 supplied meals and accommodation for the extra day to accommodate those who missed their connecting flights and threw in an impromptu tour of Venice, the departure city, to boot! Excellent experience! Great job Gate 1!
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