Croatia & Slovenia: The Old-World Adriatic with Alice Chicoine

with Ljubljana & Lake Bled extension
Oct 15-26, 2020 / 12 DAYS

Discover Old-World European romance, perfectly preserved.

See Dubrovnik’s storied city walls overlooking the pristine blue waters of the Adriatic. Step back in time as you explore the impressive Diocletian’s …

Your package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 9 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Dubrovnik’s fortified walls, Mostar’s Old Bridge, Diocletian’s Palace, Ivan Meštrović Gallery, Trogir, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Old Town L…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hi…

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Oct 15: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dubrovnik today.

Dubrovnik / 3 NIGHTS

Oct 16: Arrival in Dubrovnik

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Croatia! Gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Oct 17: Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik

Included meals: Breakfast

Set on a peninsula on the Adriatic, Dubrovnik’s massive walls have served as the city’s calling card for centuries. Today, you’ll take a guided tour. • Pay a visit to the 13th-century Franciscan Monastery, which boasts the most  extensive library in the region • View the impressive Rector’s Palace and the city’s ornate cathedral  Enjoy a free evening in Dubrovnik or add an excursion.

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Scenic Dubrovnik Coast Cruise & Dinner
4 hours
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This excursion begins with a cruise along the shoreline of one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Arriving on the beach, you’ll dine at a local restaurant before setting out on a stroll through Dubrovnik’s medieval streets.4 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Oct 18: Free day in Dubrovnik

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Dubrovnik or add an excursion.

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Montenegro
10 hours
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Set out to explore the small Republic of Montenegro, which is home to stunning backdrops that range from serene beaches to rugged mountain canyons. Begin in Perast, a Venetian town on the Bay of Kotor, where you’ll take to the water to admire the surrounding scenery. Set sail and visit the famed islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks. Then, enjoy lunch as you head to the UNESCO-protected town of Kotor, where you’ll view medieval walls and churches nestled between the hills and the sea.10 hours and departs in the morning, lunch includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Split Region / 2 NIGHTS

Oct 19: The Split Region via Mostar

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the Split region today. Stop en route for a guided tour of Mostar, a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.  • Enter an old Ottoman mosque and traditional Ottoman house • Walk over the striking Old Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site that joins the banks of the Neretva River

Oct 20: Sightseeing tour of Split

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a guided tour of Split, a coastal city with a local culture that seamlessly combines tradition and modernity. • Enter Diocletian’s Palace, an enormous third-century palace complex • View the monuments to the city’s varied cultural influences, including Gothic churches, Renaissance palaces, Venetian fortifications, and an Egyptian sphinx • Examine sculptures, drawings, and paintings at the Ivan Meštrović Gallery

Plitvice / 2 NIGHTS

Oct 21: Plitvice via Trogir & Zadar

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Plitvice today. Along the way, you’ll stop in two Dalmatian Coast towns for guided tours. • Set off with your Tour Director and explore Trogir, where you’ll wander past Radovan’s Portal and Trogir Cathedral  • Join a local guide in the seaside town of Zadar to view Roman ruins and the one-of-a-kind Sea Organ

Oct 22: Sightseeing tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a guided tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park, 16 levels of lakes nestled between Mount Mala Kapela and Mount Pljesevica. • Admire the upper lakes, forests, caves, and waterfalls with a local guide • Visit the lower lakes with your Tour Director leading the way

Zagreb / 1 NIGHT

Oct 23: Sightseeing tour of Zagreb

Included meals: Breakfast

Continue on to Zagreb, where a local guide will introduce you to the best of Croatia’s capital city on a walking tour. • Pass by the Meštrović Pavilion, Zrinjevac Park, fortified Lotrščak Tower, and Mirogoj Cemetery • Enter the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art to admire the simplistic beauty of the artwork

Ljubljana / 2 NIGHTS

Oct 24: Sightseeing tour of Ljubljana

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and join a local expert for a guided tour. • Stop in Prešeren Square to see the France Prešeren Monument  • Pass by the Triple Bridge, Town Hall, and Baroque Robba Fountain • View Ljubljana Cathedral, the Dragon Bridge, and the famed open-air market

Oct 25: Free day in Ljubljana

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Ljubljana or add an excursion.  Tonight, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

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Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle
6.5 hours
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Journey to two of Slovenia’s most memorable sites. Your first stop is the legendary Postojna Caves, a 12.5-mile-long system of caverns. Later, you’ll visit Predjama Castle, a Renaissance fort built into the mouth of a cave. A natural tunnel connects the castle to the top of the mountain; in the Middle Ages, this tunnel served as a secret supply line for the castle during times of siege. While you’re here, you’ll learn about the legend of Erazem Lueger, a robber baron who called this castle home.6.5 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Oct 26: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Slovenia.

Extension / Starting from $679 pp

Ljubljana & Lake Bled / 3 NIGHTS

Northwest Slovenia is home of Bled, one of Europe's most beautiful locations. Famous for its glacially formed Lake Bled and the iconic castle that overlooks it, Bled is a romantic getaway that aristocrats have been vacationing in for centuries.

Oct 26: Free day in Ljubljana

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Ljubljana or add an excursion.

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Piran: Slovenia's Adriatic Gem
7 hours
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Famous for its Venetian architecture, Piran sits on the Mediterranean coast of Slovenia. Join a local guide and explore the town’s narrow streets, passing by the medieval city walls as you go. Stop by the Church of St. George and Tartini Square, the beautiful main plaza dominated by a massive bronze statue of composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. Then, enjoy free time for lunch and take a dip in the Adriatic if the weather allows.7 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Oct 27: Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj to discover why Europeans have come to this resort area for decades. • Drive around Lake Bled and enter Bled Castle • Continue on to Lake Bohinj, enjoying views of Slovenian villages along the way • Enjoy free time for lunch in the small, lakeside village of Ribcev Laz

Oct 28: Free day in the Lake Bled Region

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in the Lake Bled region or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

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The Julian Alps: Triglav National Park
8 hours
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Pass through lakeside scenery to the ski resort town of Kranjska Gora, close to the Italian and Austrian borders. Then, continue on to Triglav National Park. You'll drive through Vršič Pass, the highest pass in Slovenia and the Eastern Julian Alps. Stop along the way at the Soca River for a scenic walk full of photo opportunities of the surrounding Alpine landscape. Continue to Bovec, a small town in the Littoral region, which was devastated during the First World War. Learn about the small town’s history on a tour of the WWI trenches and landmarks before taking free time for lunch.8 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Oct 29: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Ljubljana airport for your flight home.

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