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Slovenia & Croatia (Small Group): Venice to Split

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 2,850

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$ 2,850

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Day 1

Arrive Venice

Welcome to Venice! You may arrive at anytime today as there are no activities planned. This evening you will meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions at a welcome meeting (usually at 6pm, but you will be advised as to the exact time and place in a notice, located near the reception at our hotel) where your leader will give you a briefing on what lies ahead on the tour.
Whilst at your discretion, we recommend arriving and departing by train where possible within Europe in order to reduce carbon emissions. We also recommend arriving early to make the most of your time here. You may choose to take a boat tour or a gondola ride on the Grand Canal, pass under the Rialto Bridge and admire some of the city's many monuments from the water.
We also recommend a walking tour to discover the highlights of the city, some of which are hidden away in the silent backstreets. The iconic Venetian experience is to walk around St. Mark's Square and visit the wonderful St Mark's Basilica, with its incredible undulating floor.
Nearby are the Doges' Palace, Accademia Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. There are numerous museums to visit such as the Accademia, which is the main repository for famous Venetian artists such as Titian and Tintoretto, and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, which houses her lifelong collection of mainly 20th Century art, which include works by Picasso, Chagall and Pollock.
You can also take an elevator to the top of the Campanile (Bell Tower), where you are greeted with panoramic views of the island and the entire Venetian Lagoon.
Venice is also all about mysterious, quiet alleys and sleepy canals, and you should not be afraid to lose yourself on your walks of discovery. With so much to do, you may even decide to arrive a few days earlier to make the most of this great city which is like no other in the world.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Kette

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    Hotel Kette



    In the heart of Venice, a short distance from Gran Teatro La Fenice and a two minute stroll from piazza San Marco, Hotel Kette welcomes guests in elegant rooms filled with comforts and modern services, ever present. Large halls, elevators, rooms with views, suites and ...

    In the heart of Venice, a short distance from Gran Teatro La Fenice and a two minute stroll from piazza San Marco, Hotel Kette welcomes guests in elegant rooms filled with comforts and modern services, ever present. Large halls, elevators, rooms with views, suites and junior suites, buffet breakfast.

    Hotel Kette has 63 types of accommodations to choose from amongst rooms and suites. From the classic rooms to the suites, all the solutions have comforts, services and elegance of an internationally acclaimed 4 star hotel in Venice.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Free WiFi
    • Heating
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Lounge
    • Luggage Storage
    • Newspapers
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Shuttle Service (Surcharge)

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Day 2

Venice to Ljublijana

This morning you will bid farewell Venice and Italy and travel to Ljubljana, Slovenia's cosmopolitan capital.
On the way you will stop and visit Postojna Cave, where you will have some free time to have lunch before exploring the cave. A network of 20 kilometers of passages, galleries and chambers, it is the largest classic karst cave in Europe. In 1872 railway lines were laid in the cave and electricity arrived in 1884. Today you will begin your visit aboard the cave train; the electric lighting allows you to admire the size and splendor of the underground world, where the geological past is recorded in a unique manner. Visitors to the cave are dazzled by a wealth of speleothems: calcite formations, stalactites and stalagmites abounding in a variety of shapes, colours and age. The constant temperature in the caves ranges from 8 to 10° C. Your guided visit lasts an hour and a half and in the afternoon you will continue your drive to Ljubljana.
Ljubljana is a city full of style and sophistication, a treasure-trove of history, monuments, churches, museums, and great restaurants. Ljubljana's Old Town consists of three main squares: Mestni trg, Stari trg and Gornji trg. The Town Hall is located at Mestni trg. It was built in 1584, and then rebuilt in 1718.
Ljubljana's old city centre is renowned for its unique architectural appearance and most houses in the Old Town are from the Baroque era. On a guided tour, you will visit the Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Dragon Bridge. You'll also pay a visit to the open market under the arcade.
This evening will be at leisure to unwind after the long and rewarding day of travel and to enjoy Ljubljana by night.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Cubo

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    Hotel Cubo



    Hotel Cubo is housed in a historic, protected building that has been enriched with a fresh, modern design to create an impressive contrast. We have always been aware that an excellent location, spacious rooms and select furnishings represent only a part of what a superior ...

    Hotel Cubo is housed in a historic, protected building that has been enriched with a fresh, modern design to create an impressive contrast. We have always been aware that an excellent location, spacious rooms and select furnishings represent only a part of what a superior hotel must offer its guests.
    At Cubo, service comes first, and this is why we focus intensively on staff and their willingness to perform with excellence, dedication and heart, all while welcoming our guests as if they have just arrived at our staff members own homes.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Gym
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Babysitting Service
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Luggage Storage
    • Sound Proof Rooms
    • Valet Parking (surcharge)

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Day 3

Ljubljana to Bled

This morning you will drive to beautiful Lake Bohinj and have some free time to enjoy the amazing area. The lake is the largest permanent and natural lake in Slovenia. It is 4350m long and 1250m (N-S) wide, the deepest part of the lake is 45m. The lake was formed by a glacier and today its main feeder is the lake of Savica. Along the northern part of the lake are several underwater springs - the most well known is the karst spring Govic.
You will take a cable car to the top of Mt Vogel where you will be greeted by magnificent views of the entire region.
It's then on to Bled. With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts. It is renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. On arrival you'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then embark on some sightseeing including a visit to the Old Bled Castle with a Pletna boat ride to the island on Lake Bled where you can visit St Mary's Church.
Tonight you will stay in Bled.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Kompas

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    Hotel Kompas



    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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 4

Bled to Pula

You will farewell Slovenia this morning and drive to Motovun, one of the most interesting towns of Croatia. Motovun is situated on the top of a cone-shaped hill, 277 metres above sea level, amidst the romantic and natural diversity of the bountiful Mirna River Valley. It is the 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 name, of Celtic origin, comes from the word 'Montona', which means the 'town on the hill'. The medieval charm of the town remains through its well preserved architecture.
Whilst in Motovun you will sample some local delicacies of the area by indulging in some wine and truffle tasting. After some free time for lunch in Motovun, you will travel on to the romantic Croatian town of Rovinj, one of the best kept towns on the Adriatic Coast.
Among its qualities is the beautiful, architecturally intact old town centre, with a relaxed Mediterranean feel. Jules Verne, the father of science fiction, in search of unique places for his novels, chose Rovinj as a setting for some chapters of his novel 'Mathias Sandorf'. Just as he was, many a writer has through the centuries been equally enchanted by Rovinj and its beauties. Whilst in Rovinj you will also pay a visit to St. Euphemia Church.
You will stay in Pula tonight, which is only a short drive away.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Galija

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    Hotel Galija



    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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Day 5

Pula to Rovini

After breakfast you will visit the famous Roman Amphitheatre of Pula with a local guide.
In the late morning you will make your way inland. On your way you will stop at the town of Opatija where you will have the opportunity to walk along the century old famous 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.
Your next stop is Rastoke, the historic center of the municipality of Slunj, situated on the banks of the Slunjcica River which cascades down into the Korana River via a series of waterfalls. The river originates at Plitvice Lakes, and similar colourful natural phenomena occur here.
In the afternoon you will transfer to your hotel located in the Plitvice Lakes area.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Jezero

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    Hotel Jezero



    This hotel is located next to Bor Lake, 17 kilometers from Bor and 250 kilometers from Belgrade. This prestigious hotel-tourist complex will astonish its guests with balanced architecture, modern interior design and the highest level of service and offer.

    This hotel is located next to Bor Lake, 17 kilometers from Bor and 250 kilometers from Belgrade. This prestigious hotel-tourist complex will astonish its guests with balanced architecture, modern interior design and the highest level of service and offer.

    Facilities

    • Banquet Facilities
    • Bar
    • Billiard
    • Bowling
    • Childrens Playground
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Fitness Centre
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa and Wellness Centre

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Day 6

Rovini to Zadar

Today you will visit one of Croatia's most beautiful sites - Plitvice Lakes National Park. This spectacular national park lies halfway between Zagreb and Zadar. The park was given UNESCO World Heritage status 20 years ago and comprises of 19 hectares of wood 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 forest vegetation of beech trees, fir spruce and white pine adds another element to the park's beauty.
You will have free time for exploration. 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 guide will outline to you.
After your visit to the lakes you will drive to the walled city of Zadar.
For centuries Zadar was the capital city of Dalmatia and today the main city of northern Dalmatia. A city with a rich heritage of world importance, visible at every step. You will take an afternoon sightseeing tour of this splendid walled city and 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 will also see the reconstructed Romanesque St. Grisigono's Church from the 12th century; the St. Mary's bell tower from the year 1105; the St. Anastasia's Cathedral from the 13th century; the People's Square with the City's Lodge, and Guardhouse from the 16th century, as well as the mighty fortification walls with first class Sea(farer's) and Land gates from the 16th century. Lastly, you will visit the Three and Five Wells Squares. There is also an opportunity to visit the Gold and Silver Museum.
You will then transfer to your hotel on the outskirts of Zadar and the remainder of the day will be free.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Mediteran

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    Hotel Mediteran



    Hotel Mediteran is 4km from the historic centre of Zadar and a 10min walk to the nearby beach. Restaurant and bar facilities provide excellent evening options.

    Hotel Mediteran is 4km from the historic centre of Zadar and a 10min walk to the nearby beach. Restaurant and bar facilities provide excellent evening options.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Designated Smoking Area
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Heating
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Outdoor Pool (Seasonal)
    • Packed Lunches
    • Restaurant
    • Shoeshine
    • Sun Terrace
    • Terrace

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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 a number of 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. Your tour leader will also be able to offer you suggestions.

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Day 8

Zadar to 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 where you'll visit the St Jacob's Cathedral. After some free time for lunch you will drive to Primošten, one of the most famous and picturesque small towns on the Adriatic. You will explore the stone houses, churches, narrow alleys and lanes around the town's old walls representing the perfect harmony between past and present, before making your way to the city of Split, Croatia's second largest city, located in the heart of the Dalmatian coast.
Upon arrival in Split the trip will come to an end, and you will say goodbye to the group. Please do not book any onward arrangements before 8pm this evening.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: 30 Apr; 21, 28 May; 11, 18, 25 Jun; 16 Jul; 20, 27 Aug; 3, 10, 17, 24 Sep, 1 Oct.

2018: 6, 13, 20, 27 May; 10, 24 Jun; 15 Jul; 19, 26 Aug; 9, 16, 23, 30 Sep.

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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