CROATIA in 9 days
1st day, Ljubljana
Arrival to Ljubljana airport. Transfer to the hotel including panoramic sightseeing. Accommodation at the hotel and free time for individual programmes. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay.
2nd day, Ljubljana – Bled – Bohinj
After breakfast a local guide will take us to the sightseeing tour around Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia – vibrant city full of surprises Starting from in front of the Town Hall, a fine Baroque building housing the municipal government, the tour takes you through the old city centre, whose unique architectural
appearance is particularly due to its mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture and masterful creations by the 20th century architect Jože Plecnik.
After short free time we’ll depart to the Bled Lake which was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. After the last Ice Age, the Bohinj glacier deepened the natural tectonic hollow and gave into its present form. The basin was filled with water when the ice melted. The lake has no large natural tributaries; it is fed only by few springs. We’ll take a boat trip to Otok where we’ll see St. Maria’s church and Bled’s castle.
After sightseeing Bled Lake, we suggest short free time for lunch at the local restaurant and after lunch we’ll continue to the Bohinj Lake, the largest natural permanent lake in Slovenia.
After accommodation in hotel we recommend short walking tour around the lake to enjoy in beautiful nature, or perhaps you are interested in water sports…sport climbing… horse riding…or just to relax and spoil your body and soul in wellness centre
Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay.
3rd day, Bohinj – Postojna –Umag
After breakfast we’ll be headed to the “Postojna cave”. The caves attract numerous visitors each year because they are exceptionally beautiful and interesting caves consisting of more than 20 km of galleries, natural cavities and chambers. During the ride by tourist train the visitors can see sculptures created by
nature in the form of stalagmite and stalactite. Small lakes in the caves are home of endemic Procteus anguine.
After visiting Postojna, we suggest a lunch at the local restaurant and then departure to the Adriatic coast and town Umag on the Istrian peninsula. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant, overnight stay.
4th day, Umag – Venice
After breakfast depart by boat to Venice, Italy. (It takes about 2 hours). Venice was built on 118 islands in the Lagoon of Venice. This “town museum” is abundant in art treasures and has rich historic and cultural heritage. We will walk around the streets of Venice to the Rialto bridge on the Canal Grande. During sightseeing tour we’ll see “Riva degli Schiavoni”, “Il ponte di sospiro” and town prison, Ducal Palace, St. Mark square with beautiful St. Mark basilica and its belltower…
Free time for individual programs, lunch (optional) and visit of other monuments. In late afternoon return by boat to Umag.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant, overnight stay.
5th day, Umag – Novigrad – Porec – Rovinj
After breakfast a coach ride to Novigrad where we’ll visit the olive oil processing plant called Al Torcio. It produces the famous olive oil which is included in the list of the world’s best olive oils. In 2005 it received awards for high quality among 3000 samples from all the continents. Visitors can taste olive oil with some other delicious snacks and learn more about oil production. It is also possible to buy oil.
The journey continues to Porec, a famous tourist resort with a rich cultural heritage dating from Roman times. It is situated on the coast with lovely beaches surrounded by pine woods and rich Mediterranean vegetation. The sightseeing tour includes the Marafor square that was the centre of the Roman Parentium (the name of the town in Roman times) with the remains of the Neptune temple from the 2nd c., Romanesque style house on the Marafor Square, today housing the Istrian parliament, which was originally a Franciscan gothic church from the 13th c., the Cathedral of St. Euphrasias from the 6th century. The mosaics in the apsides are the masterpieces of high artistic value. The basilica is included in the UNESCO’s list of the World cultural heritage.
After free time for individual lunch we’ll depart to Rovinj, the town with interesting architecture and beautiful parks. The town started to develop in Roman times, between the 2nd and 4th century BC.
After accommodation at the hotel and short free time we’ll take a walk around the town. The sightseeing tour includes St. Euphemia’s church and the high bell tower with the statue of St. Euphemia, the Baroque Balbi’s arch standing on the spot of the former town gate, the clock tower, the Town Hall, the chapel of St. Trinity built in the Romanesque style with seven angels (13th c.) and the Franciscan monastery. We also suggest a visit to the Rovinj’s aquarium, the oldest in the Mediterranean.
Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
6th day, Rovinj – Brijuni – Pula
After breakfast a coach will take us to Fažana from where a boat sails to the Brioni islands. In about 30 minutes we will arrive to the Brioni islands and take a tourist train for a sightseeing tour around the archaeological sites: the Verige bay with the remains of a Roman villa rustica, temples and baths from the 1st c. Byzantine castrum in the Dobrika bay with the old settlements from the 2nd c. B.C. to the 16th c., the Archaeological museum in the newly reconstructed palace which houses the exhibition of frescos and monuments with Glagolitic writings found in Istria. The tour continues in the safari park with antelopes, zebras, llama and even elephants. The Brioni islands are a perfect combination of lawns, picturesque parks and well preserved forest vegetation.
Free time for lunch (optional) and individual programs until departure of the boat to Fažana from where we’ll continue our journey by coach to the nearby town Pula.
After accommodation at the hotel and short free time we’ll start our walk around Pula by visiting the symbol of the town, the Roman amphitheatre constructed in the 1st century by the Roman emperor Vespasian, followed by visit to the preserved parts of the town walls, the Twin Gate, the Hercules’ Gate, the remains of two theatres (2nd c.), the Augustus temple, loggia, the cathedral, St. Francis’ church and monastery and the café with the sculpture of famous Irish writer James Joyce who lived in Pula for couple of years.
Dinner at the hotel, overnight stay.
7th day, Pula – Vodnjan – Opatija
After breakfast we’ll continue our journey to the small town Vodnjan. It is famous for its parish church and palaces built in the period from the 15th to 18th c. We shall visit Vodnjan’s museum collection which was unknown to the public for a long time despite the fact that it contains valuable pieces and unusual exhibits
including 370 relics (pieces of cloth from saints’ clothes, objects of everyday use and three well preserved mummies).
On our way to Opatija we’ll stop off in the small town of Raša, near coal mines that were in exploitation over a long time. The town was built on the initiative of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini in 1936. On the main square there is an interesting church of St. Barbara (the patron of miners) built in the form of a mine tip cart and the bell tower reminds one of a traditional miner’s lamp or a derrick.
After visiting Raša the coach will take us to Opatija known also as “Nice of the Adriatic” for its beautiful old villas and parks. Check in at the hotel and a stroll around Opatija where we’ll visit: St. Jacob’s chapel, the fountain of Helios and Selena, Villa Angiolina, Villa Amalia, the Hotel Kvarner, the statue of a girl with a seagull, the
central park with over 150 specious of plants, the Hotel Imperial… free time for a walk along the coast – Lungomare. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay.
8th day, Opatija – NP Plitvice Lakes – Zadar
After breakfast departure for the national park Plitvice Lakes – the 16 magnificent lakes embroidered with hundreds of wonderful white waterfalls in the midst of forests situated in the mountainous Lika region of Croatia. The Plitvice Lakes are included in the UNESCO’s list of World natural heritage. We’ll take a walk along pathways and wooden bridges across the lakes and around waterfalls up to the largest Kozjak lake. A boat will take us to the other shore from where we’ll walk to the tourist train station. A train will take us to the parking place near the Jezero hotel. We recommend a lunch at the hotel Jezero restaurant or at the typical
restaurant “Licka kuca”.
After lunch departure to the town of Zadar on the Adriatic coast. Zadar is situated in the central part of the Adriatic with many islands in its surrounding and it has a very rich history and cultural heritage. Our guided sightseeing tour will include: the Roman Forum and the square, the medieval church of St. Donat from the 9th c., the convent of the Benedictine nuns which houses an exceptional exhibition «Gold And Silver of Zadar», the Cathedral of St. Anastasia from the 13th c., the square of five wells and other monuments. We’ll also visit a special attraction of Zadar – a sea organ on the embankment and listen to the music produced by water movement. Accommodation at the hotel, dinner, overnight stay.
9th day, Zadar – Šibenik – Trogir – Split
After breakfast our journey continues by coach to the town of Šibenik (about 70 km far from Zadar). The first mention of Šibenik was in 1066. in the chart granted by the Croatian king Petar Krešimir IV. During our sightseeing tour we’ll visit St. Jacob’s cathedral (15/16th c.) with its famous dome and the line of stone portraits, one of the most valuable architectural achievements on the Croatian Adriatic. The Cathedral is on the UNESCO’s list of the world cultural heritage. On the northern side of the square opposite to the Cathedral, there is a Town hall (16th c.). In the vicinity is the Duke’s palace with a tower and the house of the town’s guards. During the stroll around lovely streets of Šibenik we’ll see the patrician palaces and houses built in the Renaissance style with Gothic windows, portals and coats of arms…
Short free time and continuation of the journey to the town museum – Trogir. Trogir was established by the ancient Greek colonists from the island of Vis in the 3rd century B.C. Today’s historic part of Trogir lies on the spot where the early settlement (Tragurion) was built. During our guided tour around the town we’ll see the southern town’s gate, St. Dominic’s church and monastery, St. John the Baptist’s church, the Cippiko palace built in the Gothic style, the Lucic palace, the St. Lawrence’s Cathedral (13th c.) with the Portal carved by Radovan, the Kamerlengo fortresses built by the Venetians… Free time for lunch (optional) and individual programs.
Depart by coach to Split, the cultural, political, economic and tourist centre of Dalmatia. It is famous for the Diocletian Palace which was built by Diocletian, the Roman Emperor in the 3rd century and is now under the protection of the UNESCO. Apart from the remains of the palace, the Peristil, the Diocletian’s mausoleum, today the Cathedral of St. Domino with a bell-tower built in the Romanesque and the Gothic style; we’ll visit the Golden Gate, the statue of Grgur Ninski, sculptured by Meštrovic situated in front of the Golden gate and other monuments… Accommodation at the hotel.
Free time for individual programs. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay.
10th day, Split – Ston – Dubrovnik
Breakfast. From Split we’ll be headed to the south of Dalmatia.
Our first destination will be a small town Stone known for its rich history and the defence wall that surrounds the town and wider area, the longest in Europe. In Stone we will visit the former Loggia of the Dubrovnik Republic built in the Gothic / Renaissance style, the Sorkocevic family palace and former bishopric, the renaissance Rector’s Palace, Franciscan monastery, the church of St. Nicholas built in Romanesque – Gothic style which houses valuable pieces of art.
On our way to Dubrovnik we will stop for a lunch in one of the local restaurants (optional).
Upon arrival to Dubrovnik we will go to the hotel first. After check in and short free time, we’ll start our guided tour around the town. Dubrovnik is also known as the pearl of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean thanks to its rich cultural heritage, beautiful architecture and its tradition of free republic. It was a town-state of remarkable diplomats, skilful merchants, seamen, top artists and magnificent buildings. On our sightseeing tour we’ll visit the baroque church of St. Blaise from the 18th century, the main street within the walls called Stradun, the town gates, the Sponza palace, the Duke’s court with an atrium where concerts are held, the Franciscan monastery with beautiful cloister, the Dominican monastery, the Onofrian Fountain and other famous monuments. After a guided tour free time for individual programs. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay.
11th day, Dubrovnik – excursion to Cavtat
Breakfast at the hotel. After free morning in Dubrovnik we will take a half-day excursion to Cavtat. According to a legend Cavtat got a name from the old Croatian word “captiti” which meant to blossom – and really beautiful, fragrant flowers of Spanish broom grow all around. In Cavtat we’ll visit the Duke’s palace built in the Renaissance style, the parish church built in the Baroque style, the Franciscan church, the mausoleum of the Racic family, the parish court and the collection of Baltazar Bogišic and the native house and gallery of the famous painter Vlaho Bukovac. We will also visit the collection of St. Nicholas church which houses a valuable collection of paintings, sculptures and liturgical vessels.
Dinner in a typical restaurant in the Konavle area with specialities prepared in a traditional manner.
Return to Dubrovnik. Overnight stay.
12th day, Dubrovnik – excursion to Montenegro
After breakfast we’ll start our trip from Dubrovnik towards Montenegro border.
After crossing the border we’ll visit Herceg Novi, lovely town famous for mimosa trees, parks and gardens with tropical flowers. We’ll take a little time to explore the Old Town with its fortresses from the 15th, 16th and 17th c.
We’ll continue our drive through the gulf of Boka Kotorska where visitors will enjoy in beautiful scenery. A stop in Kotor with its rich medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage that have made Kotor a UNESCO listed “World Natural and Historical Heritage Site”.
After visiting Kotor our suggestion is to continue a trip to Sveti Stefan, today best known as a fashionable summer resort. After panoramic view we’ll continue to Budva, the metropolis of Montenegrin tourism.
We’ll visit the Old town which lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure of culture heritage. In Budva you can taste a typical cuisine offering a great local food and specialities. In late afternoon we’ll return to Dubrovnik. Dinner, and overnight stay.
13th day, Dubrovnik – Mostar – Sarajevo
Early breakfast at the hotel and departure towards Bosnia and Herzegovina to Mostar, the old town situated in a beautiful valley bedded between high mountains of Herzegovina. The name of the town signifies “bridgekeeper”, as a bridge has always been at the heart of the town’s identity. In Mostar we’ll visit: The Old Bridge of Mostar, the Old Town (Kujundziluk – the name came from Kujundzije or in English “coppersmiths”. This traditional craft is well preserved even today. In addition to Kujundzije, there are other small shops in kujundziluk (not necessarily coppersmiths), “Tabhana”- the palace where the tanners used to process their leather is now a line of cafés. Its an excellent place to have a coffee in an old Turkish atmosphere), the Helebija tower, the Tara tower – it was made as a storage place for gun-powder and ammunition, Turkish house or Biscevica corner – one of the most beautiful preserved residential structures from the Turkish period, the Kriva cuprija (or the Crooked Bridge) – a stone one-arch bridge of small dimension and closely resembles the Old Bridge, Karadjoz-bey mosque – this is considered to be the most beautiful mosque in the region of Herzegovina, the Clock tower, Bath house, Muslibegovica House – an ideal example of Mostar’s grand houses of the Ottoman period, built for merchants and landowners in a highly sophisticated way by blending Turkish and regional styles. Free time for the lunch (optional).
Afterwards we’ll continue our journey to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina where we’ll visit: Old Town with its cobbled streets, mosques and Oriental style shops, Morica Han (Morica Inn) the only preserved Ottoman Inn in Sarajevo, Barscarsija, Latin Bridge – this bridge was the location of assassination of Archduke of the Austrian Hungarian empire Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914, the event that sparked the beginning of World War I. Accommodation at the hotel. Free time for individual programmes.
Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight stay.
14th day, Sarajevo – Belgrade
After breakfast we’ll depart to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia (third largest city in South-eastern Europe after Istanbul and Athens). Upon arrival to Belgrade we’ll visit: Albania Palace the first skyscraper built in Southeast Europe, Republic Square -one of the central town squares, Knez Mihailova -the main walking street, Kralja Petra Street – one of the oldest Belgrade streets, Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel a Serb Orthodox Christian church one of the most important places of worship in the country, Patriarchy Palace, Residence of Princess Ljubica – the first floor rooms contain well preserved furniture from all over Europe, in the basement of the Palace is a great vaulted hall where the National Museum organises
exhibitions, Kalemegdan Park a fortress and a park in urban Belgrade, Belgrade Fortress (Upper Town)…
Accommodation at the hotel. Free time for personal programmes.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay.
15th day, Belgrade – Novi Sad
After breakfast, we’ll depart to Novi Sad, the second largest city in the Republic Serbia and the capital of the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. The city is located in the southern part of Pannonian plain on the Danube river. In Novi Sad we’ll visit Trg Slobode (Liberty Square) the largest central city square, built in the 18th century, Town Hall, built in Neo-Renaissance style, at the top of the building is a tall tower with a bell of St. Florian, patron of the city. Bell was called Matilda, by the name of the benefactress who donated the bell to the fire volunteer squad, catholic church “Name of Mary” – the interior is decorated with sculptures carved by Tirol carver, while steep roof and tower are covered with colourful Zolnai ceramic tiles; we’ll also visit the Apollo business centre, Theatre Square which hosts a large building of the Serbian National Theatre the oldest institution of its kind among the Serbs, Tanurdžic palace -the largest palace in the city, Zmaj Jovina Street one of the oldest streets in Novi Sad…Accommodation at the hotel and free time for personal programmes. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay.
16th day, Novi Sad – Osijek – Zagreb
After breakfast we’ll depart to the Croatian Slavonia region and town Osijek where we’ll start our sightseeing tour around a historical, cultural and economic centre of Slavonia. We shall visit the neo-Gothic church of St.
Peter and Paul, the Classicist palace of the County, the theatre and other buildings built in the historical styles and the style of the Vienna Secession. In the centre of the town is a unique military and urban complex called Tvrda. The main square is framed with buildings dating from the 18th c., the Magistrate, now the Museum of Slavonia, St. Trinity church, the palace of the noblemen Jankovic and other. During the guided tour we’ll hear more about the history of the town and its secrets. Free time for the lunch and individual
Afterwards we’ll continue our journey to Zagreb. Accommodation at the hotel and free time. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay.
17th day, Zagreb
After breakfast we’ll start our tour around Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Zagreb has more than thousand-year long history: its development began on the two hills Kaptol and Gradec – today the Upper Town. Our stroll around the streets of Zagreb begins on the King Tomislav Square and the adjacent park, further to the Zrinjevac park with its fountains, the most valuable example of the 19th century architectural design. From the park a short Praska street leads to the main square called Trg Bana Jelacica. After a short walk we’ll arrive to the Cathedral and visit its interior. The sightseeing will continue on the other part of the old Upper Town – the Gradec hill. There we’ll visit the well-preserved Stone Gate (13th century) a part of defence walls, St. Mark church with its famed multi-colour roof, the Parliament buildings on St. Mark Square, St. Catherine church, the Lotršcak tower… Near the tower there is a Promenade with beautiful view of downtown Zagreb. Dinner at the local restaurant. Return to the hotel, overnight stay.
18th day, Zagreb
After breakfast check out at the hotel. Transfer to the airport depending on flight schedule.