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12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia - Thursday Departure

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Slovenia , Croatia , Italy

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Friday - 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
Overnight: Opatija
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - 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)
Overnight: Opatija
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - 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
Overnight: Split
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - 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
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - 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)
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - 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)
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - 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
Overnight: Sibenik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Travel to Zagreb, Arrive in Bled
After an early breakfast, travel inland through wooded mountains and lush vegetation to Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Upon arrival, take 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)
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - 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)
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Travel to Venice Mestre
This morning bid farewell to your tour manager before you transfer to Venice. Balance of the day is at leisure to independently explore Venice, a splendid city of palaces, canals, romance, and culture
Overnight: Venice Mestre
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Venice, Venice-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Opatija
  • 1 night Split
  • 3 nights Dubrovnik
  • 1 night Sibenik
  • 2 nights Bled
  • 1 night Venice Mestre
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Services of local guides in Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Explore seaside Opatija, with its rich history and picturesque surroundings
  • In Zadar, one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic, view the 16th century Venetian defensive walls
  • Walk the cobbled streets of Split and marvel at the impressive Diocletian's Palace, a precious example of Roman architecture
  • Tour magnificent Dubrovnik, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walk along the city walls
  • Experience a traditional Dalmatian welcome ceremony and savor local delicacies at a family-run Ethno Village
  • Relax in the green oasis of Krka National Park, while admiring the travertine Karst waterfalls
  • See the Upper and Lower Towns in the two-tiered Croatian capital city of Zagreb
  • Visit Bled Castle, a beautiful medieval fortress, perched atop a steep cliff above the picturesque lake
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    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.

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    Accommodations

    Bristol Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city just steps away from the Adriatic.

    Hotel Atrium
    This deluxe hotel is situated nearby Split's central shopping district.

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

    Amadria Park Hotel Jakov
    This first class hotel overlooks the Adriatic Sea.

    Park Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Bled, on the shore of Lake Bled, near the famous Bled promenade.

    Four Points by Sheraton Venice Mestre
    This first class hotel is an eight minute walk from the Venezia Mestre Ospedale railway station.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: what is the average number of travelers on an escorted trip; is that information included in the trip descriptions

    Typical maximum guest capacity is anywhere from 44-50. Average group sizes tend to be about 30.

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.3
    Accommodations
    4.3
    Itinerary
    4.2
    Professional Staff
    4.4
    Repeat with Operator
    4.2
    Value for Money
    4.2

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    While Gate 1 is a budget tour operator the hotels used were the same ones used by higher cost tour operators. All hotels were first class and exceeded my expectations.

    This was a fast paced trip to Croatia and Slovenia. Personally I did not encounter any problems with the accommodations or services. With one exception all included meals were great. The tour guide Alja could have been a bit more helpful at times.

    The 11-day Affordable Croatia/Slovenia tour was a very good tour. Our tour guide Jelana, was exceptional - she had great knowledge of the history and culture of her country and her pride in showing off the beauties of her nation were apparent. We had an exceptional group of 24 travelers - this was a very nice number, allowing us to really get to know one another. The dates of our tour were prime in my opinion, though "off season" -- I would recommend this tour be done in late winter, very early spring, before the crowds hit the picturesque, but narrow streets of Croatian and Serbian cities (especially true in Dobrovnik). Wonderful experience.

    Excallent job. Thank you again Dana

    We had a very good tour. Our travel consultants were very polite and courteous, and helped us along the way with a few minor issues. Water being provided was very thoughtful and I loved that everyday. Airport transfer provided was also a great benefit to us as we had odd hour flight times. Our local guide in Venice was very helpful and guided us very well in spite of Gate1 deserting us in Venice. Wifi in Croatia was a good benefit and I hope other countries in Europe follow suit. However, there are 3 issues I would address. First, two of the five hotels, which were Hotel Adriatic and Hotel Park in Bled, did not have a kettle nor an iron in the room, and the room service was provided to us for the price we paid for the room. This is a basic service which should have been provided. Secondly, there was no Group photo taken at the end of the last day for keepsake memories. Also, alcohol was not provided on two of the three nights. On the last night, only one drink was provided and it should have been at least two per person. We had an extension with Venice and we were separated from the rest of the group, and more importantly, away from the city's center when we wanted to do the optional excursion with Gate1. These were a few major things that we would love to see the next time we book with Gate1.

    Gate 1 really did a great job. Our guide and our driver were awesome. So informative and we really enjoyed the food, the hotels, etc. Everything exceeded our expectations and the bus was great. Our agent at affordable tours who helped us book it with Gate 1 was amazing. She even had pastries in our room at one of our hotels for my birthday.

    In Zadar, the tour guide did not enter the city and we had to visit it on our own, with no map given. It was our expectation that the tour guide would provide us a walking tour, and visit (enter to) the Cathedral & St Donat church (as per the itinerary). In Porec, the tour guide did not enter or pay the entrance fees to the Basilica of Euphrasius (since it was mentioned in the itinerary, it was our expectation that the fees were included and he would provide an explanation of the site).

    The accommodations were excellent. Rooms were clean and large enough for comfort. The breakfasts were nourishing and well-balanced with many choices.


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