Arrival to Zagreb airport and transfer to the tour hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Manager for a welcome reception and dinner at a hotel.
Morning sightseeing tour of Zagreb features Gornji Grad (Upper Town) – the well-preserved historical core of the city, St. Mark’s Church, the Parliament, the Government Palace and visit to the Cathedral. The afternoon is for leisure, or to partake on an optional excursion to Trakoščan castle.
Morning departure to Bled with short photo stops in Otočec, the picturesque island with the castle in the middle of the Krka river. Check in your tour hotel in Bled and enjoy the view of
the lake from the window of your hotel.
In the morning we drive to Slovenia’s capital, where we enjoy the tour of the city that is filled with churches and fin-de-siecle palaces – reminders of the town’s baroque Austro-Hungarian days. Ljubljana’s castle and Roman ruins speak of even earlier rulers. The charming old town nestled between the castle hill and the Ljubljanica River is reached by the Tromostovje – “the triple bridge.” Here we stroll across the triple bridge and through the local market, offering typical Slovenian foods and everyday products; see the City Hall, Robba’s Fountain and visit Ljubljana Castle. We also see the famous “Dragon Bridge” – the symbol of Ljubljana. In the afternoon we return to Bled to tour this lake resort with included visit to the Castle, perched on the cliff high
above the lake where we terminate this day with the castle dinner.
Today’s route will take you back to Croatia and its lovely coast of the Adriatic Sea. The final destination of the day is the city of Split which grew in the surroundings of the ancient city of Salona.
Our goal on this morning sightseeing tour of Split is to explore the massive palace built by the 4th century Roman emperor Diocletian as his retirement home which is also on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We see Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral as well as Split’s many Renaissance and Gothic structures. Over time the city has encroached into the corners and crannies of the palace; shopkeepers and tiny restaurants now make their home within its massive walls. The afternoon is free for independent activities or to take an optional tour to Trogir, originally founded as a Greek colony in the 3rd century BC. Here we can walk along the marble-covered streets to see the portal of the St. Lawrence Cathedral.
After breakfast, we head South along the Dalmatian coast to stop at Makarska for coffee and refreshment. Then it is on to Neum, the city on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where we stop for optional lunch. Afterwards we proceed via Bačinska jezera, where we stop to take the pictures of the spectacular Adriatic coast and proceed to the final destination of the day, Dubrovnik.
Morning sightseeing tour will focus on the beautifully preserved medieval town with its imposing city walls. Among the highlights are the Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery, which houses one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. The afternoon is free for leisure to explore the narrow cobbled streets of this old city on your own.
A whole day on your own in this pearl of the Adriatic, which is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Explore the city, walk the city walls, just enjoy the day off at your beach hotel or partake in one of the optional excursions such as a boat excursion to Elaphiti Islands or coach excursion to Montenegro. This evening enjoy the company of your fellow travelers and Tour Director at farewell dinner in one of the restaurants within the walls of the Old City.
Our tour coach will transfer you to Dubrovnik airport for a short morning flight to Zagreb where our tour ends at its international airport.
Classic 9 days balkan tour through Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Slovenia and Italy.