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Slovenia & Croatia: Small Group: Venice to Split

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 3,740

This two country tour includes the amazing limestone caves of Postojna, Ljubljana, Slovenia’s charming capital, the beautiful Lake Bled, medieval cities and towns in Croatia, the dazzling Plitvice Lakes National Park and the romantic city of Zadar. You will also enjoy a day in Venice.


On this Europe tour, small group means small group. With an average of 10 participants, and a maximum of 16 on each departure, you’ll feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller, discovering Europe with friends at your side.

Arrive in Venice, one of Italy's most beautiful and romantic cities with many attractions. Its small, traffic-free streets mingled with the winding canals make for great walking. You will find many magnificent churches and palaces, lively squares, and interesting shops as you have the rest of the day at leisure.

The next morning, travel by road and cross into Slovenia en route to its capital, Ljubljana. On the way, stop at visit the Postojna Caves where you explore the caves with its network of 20 kilometres/12 miles of passages, galleries and chambers. It is the largest classic karst cave in Europe.

Eventually arrive in Ljubljana for an overnight stay. The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana has been likened to Salzburg in Austria due to its charming mix of architectural styles found in the city centre. On a guided tour, you will visit the Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Dragon Bridge. You will also pay a visit to the open market under the arcade.

Depart from Ljubljana for the beautiful Lake Bohinj, the largest permanent and natural lake in Slovenia. You will have a cable car ride to the top of nearby Mount Vogel. Continue to Bled, a year round Alpine resort with immense natural beauty. Sightseeing will include a visit to the Old Bled Castle and a boat ride to the island on Lake Bled where you can visit St Mary's Church. Overnight in Bled.

Leave Slovenia and cross into Croatia arriving at Motovun, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Croatia's Istria region, situated on the top of a cone-shaped hill. While here, you will sample some local delicacies of the region by indulging in some wine and truffle tasting. Next, travel to the romantic Croatian town of Rovinj, one of the best kept towns on the Adriatic Coast with its beautiful, architecturally intact old town centre. Then continue to Pula, a seafront city on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula known for its long, beach-lined coast and Roman ruins.

The following morning, you will visit the famous Roman Amphitheatre of Pula after which head inland to the town of Opatija for a walk along the famous Franz Joseph I promenade. Then it’s on to Rastoke, known for its picturesque little waterfalls along the Slunjcica River. Later, arrive at the Plitvice Lakes region where you will overnight.

The next day, you will visit one of Croatia's most beautiful sites, Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park was given UNESCO World Heritage status 20 years ago and comprises of wooded hills that surround 16 stunning turquoise lakes connected by a series of waterfalls. You will have time here for exploration. After this, drive to the walled city of Zadar, a city with a rich heritage. You will have an afternoon sightseeing tour of this splendid walled city to view the Roman Forum built in the 1st Century, St. Donatus' Church which dates back to the 9th century and the reconstructed Romanesque St. Grisigono's Church from the 12th Century. Spend 2 nights in Zadar

You will have a day at leisure in Zadar where there is so much to see and do. There are a number of excellent museums including the Museum of Church Art, the Archaeological Museum and the National Museum.

Your final journey is to Split with stops en route at the town of Sibenik to visit the St Jacob's Cathedral and Primosten, one of the most famous and picturesque small towns on the Adriatic where you can explore the stone houses, narrow alleys and lanes around the town's old walls. Eventually, arrive in Split where your tour comes to an end.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,740

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Day 1

Venice

Arrive in style! Your airport arrival transfer is by private water taxi. Glide into the centre of Venice by boat to gain an appropriate sense of perspective of this unique city from the water... don't forget to keep your camera handy! This watery wonderland of bridges, towers, piazzas, canals, churches and gondolas - practically unchanged for 600 years - is literally sinking under the weight of iconic sights. You may choose to take a boat tour or a gondola ride on the Grand Canal, passing under the Rialto Bridge and admiring some of the city's many monuments from the water. Perhaps take a walking tour of the highlights, including St. Mark's Square and the Basilica, Doges' Palace, Accademia Bridge, and the Bridge of Sighs. There are also numerous museums to visit. After the group meeting tonight, do not be afraid to lose yourself on a short walk of discovery, through mysterious, quiet alleys and sleepy canals.

Duration1 Night
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Kosher House Giardino Dei Melograni

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    The Kosher House "Giardino dei Melograni", is located in the oldest Jewish Ghetto of Europe, right in front of the Jewish Museum and Synagogues, within walking distance to all the most important tourist and cultural sites, the train station, the bus station, the cruise ship ...

    The Kosher House "Giardino dei Melograni", is located in the oldest Jewish Ghetto of Europe, right in front of the Jewish Museum and Synagogues, within walking distance to all the most important tourist and cultural sites, the train station, the bus station, the cruise ship port and the "vaporetto". The location of the Kosher House, in the historic centre but off of the most crowded streets, lends a sense of peace to the city's charm.La Kosher House "Giardino dei Melograni", si trova nel ghetto ebraico piu' antico d'Europa, proprio di fronte al Museo Ebraico e alle Sinagoghe, 10 minuti a piedi dalla stazione ferroviaria, dal terminal degli autobus e dei vaporetti. La posizione della Kosher House, nel cuore del centro storico, ma al contempo in una zona tranquilla e non affollata, promette di poter godere di un inimitabile senso di pace e allo stesso tempo del fascino della citta.

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    • Bar/Lounge
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Postojna Caves / Ljubljana / Bled

This morning, farewell Venice and Italy, and travel to the Postojna Caves (approximately 2 hours), where you will have some free time to have lunch before exploring the cave. A network of 20 kilometres of passages, galleries and chambers, Postojna is the largest classic karst cave in Europe. In 1872, railway lines were laid in the cave and electricity arrived in 1884. Begin with a 2-kilometre open-top train ride through narrow tunnels to this jungle of stalactites and stalagmites. In the vast chambers, the electric lighting allows you to admire the size and splendour of the underground world, where the geological past is recorded in a unique manner. The wealth of speleothems, calcite and formations is dazzling, and they abound in a variety of shapes, colours and age. Continue to Ljubljana (approximately 1 hour), a city full of style and sophistication, and a treasure-trove of history, monuments, churches, museums, and great restaurants. On arrival, you'll take a guided tour around the old city centre, renowned for its unique architectural appearance. The Old Town consists of three main squares and baroque houses. Visit Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Dragon Bridge. You'll also pay a visit to the open market under arcades before continuing to the lakeside town of Bled (approximately 1 hour).

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Kompas

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    Hotel Kompas is situated on a small hill right in the heart of Bled. Built in original Alpine style, it blends harmoniously with the natural environment, which is characterised by high plateaus and the peaks of the Julian Alps. Its unique location offers visitors unforgettable ...

    Hotel Kompas is situated on a small hill right in the heart of Bled. Built in original Alpine style, it blends harmoniously with the natural environment, which is characterised by high plateaus and the peaks of the Julian Alps. Its unique location offers visitors unforgettable views across Lake Bled and the castle.

    An especially charming feature of the hotel is its terrace, where you can unwind, let yourself be caressed by sunshine and go for a swim within a glazed pool offering a unique lakeside view. The massage pool and saunas ensure perfect relaxation, while there is also a fitness centre and squash court for those wishing to spend an active moment.

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    • Bicycle hire
    • Cafe
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Fitness Centre
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry
    • Massages
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Outdoor Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Squash Court

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Day 3

Lake Bohinj / Bled

This morning you'll drive through the misty Sava Bohinjka Valley to beautiful Lake Bohinj (approximately 30 minutes). The lake is the largest permanent natural lake in Slovenia, formed by a glacier and fed by several underwater springs - the most well known is the karst spring Govic. Take a cable car to the top of Mt Vogel, where you will be greeted by simply astonishing views of this incredibly stunning region - evergreen woods sloping down the mountains to touch the brilliant blue waters. You'll then have free time to enjoy this amazing area. Back down in the valley, it's then back to Bled. With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful of alpine resorts. It's renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then embark on some sightseeing. Head to the cliff-top Old Bled Castle, dating from the 15th century and overlooking sparkling Lake Bled, then take a Pletna boat ride (a wooden, awning-covered boat rowed by a special oarsman) to the island on Lake Bled - climb up the 99 steps to St Mary's Church. Enjoy a free evening - be sure to seek out the famous Bled cream cake, which isn't hard; nearly every cafe and cake shop in town claims that theirs is the best.

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Day 4

Motovun / Rovinj / Pula

Farewell Slovenia this morning and drive to Motovun, one of the most interesting towns in Croatia (approximately 2 hours). Motovun sits on the top of a cone-shaped hill, 277 metres above sea level, surrounded by the romantic and natural diversity of the bountiful Mirna River Valley, whose forests are famous for truffle hunting. Motovun is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Croatia's Istria region, with houses scattered all over the hill. The town grew around a core settlement surrounded by well-fortified walls, and its Celtic origin name comes from the word 'Montona', which means the 'town on the hill'. The medieval charm of the town is still found in its well-preserved architecture. Truffles are glamorous-sounding local produce in this region. Enjoy a truffle tasting combined with local specialty dishes such as fuzi (Istrian pasta), fritaja (Croatian omelette) or our producer's somewhat exotic truffle ice cream! Your sommelier will pair your tasting with suitable Istrian wines to try, such as the famous Malvazija. Continue to the romantic Croatian town of Rovinj, one of the best-kept towns on the Adriatic Coast (approximately 1 hour). Among Rovinj's qualities is the beautiful, architecturally intact old town centre, with a relaxed Mediterranean feel. Through the centuries, Rovinj's character has enchanted many an artist or writer, including Jules Verne. While in Rovinj you will also pay a visit to the Venetian-style St. Euphemia Church, dedicated to the early Christian martyr whose marble coffin is said to have floated to the Rovinj shoreline. Continue on to Pula, only a short drive and tonight's destination (approximately 40 minutes).

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Galija

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    Galija is a small family hotel located on the south of the Istrian peninsula and in centre of the 3000 year old town of Pula. Modernly equipped, it offers a pleasant stay to its guests all year round.

    Galija is a small family hotel located on the south of the Istrian peninsula and in centre of the 3000 year old town of Pula. Modernly equipped, it offers a pleasant stay to its guests all year round.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Barber/ Beauty Shop
    • Bridal Suite
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Free WiFi
    • Heating
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry
    • Packed Lunches
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Shopping on Site
    • Terrace

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Pula / Opatija / Plitvice

This morning, explore the famous Roman Amphitheatre of Pula with a local guide and step back in time to the town's heyday as a Roman regional administrative centre. Overlooking the harbour, the arena is the 6th largest surviving amphitheatre in the world. Built in the 1st century, it was designed to hold up to 20,000 spectators, who revelled in the bloodthirsty gladiatorial contests shown there. The 30 metre-high wall, inset with two rows of arches, is made entirely of local limestone, with gutters on top for collecting water and slabs that were used to hold a shady fabric canopy in place. In the late morning, you will make your way inland with a stop at the town of Opatija (approximately 1.5 hours), a former resort town for wealthy Austro-Hungarian families. Here you'll have the opportunity to walk along the famed centuries-old Franz Joseph I Promenade, better known as the Lungomare - a coastal footpath that stretches from Volosko to Lovran. There will be time for you to explore the stretch of the promenade closest to town, and to have lunch. In the afternoon, you will transfer to your hotel (approximately 2.5 hours), located in the Plitvice Lakes area.

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Duration1 Night
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Ethno House Plitvice Selo

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    Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo are located in the heart of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a stone's throw away from the Great Waterfall and Entrance 3 or the harbour at Lake Kozjak. This luxury resort is a perfect combination of tradition and contemporaneity. From the outside, ...

    Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo are located in the heart of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a stone's throw away from the Great Waterfall and Entrance 3 or the harbour at Lake Kozjak. This luxury resort is a perfect combination of tradition and contemporaneity. From the outside, it is presented as an old village, full of old times' spirit, reflected in the elements of traditional architecture of Lika and an interior that exudes modern luxury to satisfy every guest.

    Our resort has been built in harmony with the unspoilt nature in which it is located, which is why the main building materials are stone and wood, providing an exquisite charm and a feeling of comfort to every guest. Each room has been refined with handmade traditional furniture and charming, rich fabrics. The rooms are equipped with modern amenities, also providing additional opportunities to enjoy this unique environment in bathrooms masterfully made of wood, with large whirlpool baths and/or hot tubs.

    The comfort and satisfaction of each guest is our mission, which is why our professional and friendly staff will strive to meet all your requests to help you have a unique and unparalleled experience of this piece of heaven on Earth - the Plitvice Lakes.

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    • Bar
    • Gym
    • Playroom for Children
    • Reception
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Plitvice Lakes National Park / Zadar

Today you will visit one of Croatia's most beautiful sites - Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park was given World Heritage status 20 years ago and comprises 19 hectares of wooded hills that surround 16 stunning turquoise lakes, all connected by a series of waterfalls. The area is populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and some rare bird species, and the thick, ancient forest vegetation of beech trees, fir spruce and white pine add another element to the park's beauty. You'll have free time to explore here - all trails in the national park are well marked, so it's difficult to get lost, but please follow the national park rules, which your leader will outline to you. After your memorable visit to the lakes, drive to the walled city of Zadar (approximately 1.5 hours). For centuries Zadar was the capital city of Dalmatia, and the city's rich heritage is visible at every step. Take an afternoon sightseeing tour of this splendid city - see the Roman Forum built in the 1st Century and St. Donatus' Church, which dates back to the 9th century and is the most famous medieval basilica and trademark of the city. You'll also see numerous other fascinating constructions from between the 12th and 16th centuries, like the reconstructed Romanesque St. Grisigono's Church, St. Mary's bell tower, St. Anastasia's Cathedral, and the People's Square. Lastly, you will visit the Three and Five Wells Squares. There is also an opportunity to visit the Gold and Silver Museum.

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Duration2 Nights
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Kolovare Hotel

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    HOTEL KOLOVARE is located near the historical sights of the ancient city of Zadar, in a peaceful and picturesque part of the city. The hotel has a modern and original architectural structure adapted to the Mediterranean area and it has modern and luxurious equipped rooms ...

    HOTEL KOLOVARE is located near the historical sights of the ancient city of Zadar, in a peaceful and picturesque part of the city. The hotel has a modern and original architectural structure adapted to the Mediterranean area and it has modern and luxurious equipped rooms with air conditioning. The hotel has 191 rooms, twin bedrooms, king-size bedrooms and 12 apartments. There is also an a_la carte restaurant with 270 seats, wine boutique, a bar, hair salon, massage parlour, congress hall, rent-a-car, an outdoor swimming pool for children and adults and a sports-recreation centre with tennis courts, volleyball court and miniature golf court. There is a beach near the hotel. The vicinity of the city centre with its cultural and historical heritage and the numerous excursion possibilities to the nearby national and nature parks will make your stay in our hotel both pleasant and adventurous. HOTEL KOLOVARE is located near the historical sights of the ancient city of Zadar, in a peaceful and picturesque part of the city. Small to medium in siz, the rooms are pastel coloured featuring wooden furnishings. Although they are quite plain in appearance they are pleasant and clean, offering the facilities expected of this standard of hotel. Most rooms have balconies.

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Day 7

Zadar

Today is a free day in Zadar. There is so much to see and do in this harbour city; the hard thing is deciding what to choose. There are many excellent museums to visit including the Museum of Church Art, the Archeological Museum and the National Museum. Don't forget to visit the famous 'Greeting to the Sun' and the 'Sea Organ', two of the more modern sights of Zadar. The latter is a man-made organ on Zadar's Riva that works with the motion of the waves and 35 pipes to create a musical soundscape. You could also visit the vibrant fish markets of this port town, take a dip in the clear coastal waters, or explore the café culture and do some people watching. Your leader will also be able to offer you suggestions. As it's your last night together as a group, why not get together and try some Dalmatian food specialties at a local restaurant.

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Day 8

Sibenik / Primosten / Split

After breakfast, you will drive to Split, making a few interesting stops on the way. Your first stop is at the town of Sibenik (approximately 1 hour), where you'll visit the St Jacob's Cathedral, a 15th-century jewel that's UNESCO protected. After some free time for lunch, you will drive to Primosten (approximately 30 minutes), one of the most famous and picturesque small towns on the Adriatic. Explore the stone houses, churches, narrow alleys and lanes around the town's old walls, where past and present sit in harmony. Continue on to your final destination of Split (approximately 1 hour). This is Croatia's second largest city, located in the heart of the Dalmatian coast and set on the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea against a backdrop of coastal mountains. Upon arrival in Split, this journey through Slovenia and Croatia will come to an end, and you will say goodbye to the group.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: May 5, 11, 15, 19, 22, 26; Jun 1, 9, 16, 23; Jul 14, 20, 28; Aug 4, 11, 17, 25
Sep 4, 8, 11, 14, 18, 22, 25, 29; Oct 2, 5, 9

PRICE INCLUDES;

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Private vehicle
  • Comfortable Hotel (7 nights)
  • Postojna Caves
  • Pletna Boat Ride on Lake Bled
  • Bled Castle
  • Guided Tour of Pula Roman Amphitheatre
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

 

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