Day 1: Bled. Arrival into Ljubljana airport, the Capital of Slovenia. Meet your private driver just outside of Customs to transfer you to beautiful Bled Lake. Check in your Hotel Vila Bled situated near by amazing Lake of Bled. The Vila Bled Hotel, a former resident of President Tito and a member of prestige hotel association Relais & Chateaux, is a charming boutique hotel situated nearby beautiful Bled Lake. The Hotel was completely renovated in 2004, whilst retaining its traditional style reminiscent of the 1950’s. Its unique historic ambience makes the Vila a favorite retreat from everyday life.
Austrian Prince Windisch-Grätz built a beautiful mansion on the site of the present villa when the region was part of the Austro - Hungarian Empire. Subsequently, as Bled developed into a cosmopolitan resort for the European elite, the mansion served as a summer residence of the former Yugoslav royal family from 1920. After the Second World War, the villa was rebuilt into a presidential residence of Marshal Tito, where he hosted many important international statesmen. The villa opened as Hotel Vila Bled in 1984. Today, the Vila Bled is a renowned symbol of Bled and a traditional meeting place for diplomatic, political and social events. Welcome dinner at the Vila Bled. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb. This morning your guide and driver will join you for a boat ride on Lake Bled to see Church of Assumption situated on a top of the small island in the middle of the lake. You will be able to explore the beautiful Bled Castle. In 1004, the German Emperor Henrik II gave the Bled estate to Bishop Albuin of Brixen as a gift. The building was expanded and fortified since then and today there are several buildings that make up the castle complex. Continue towards to Ljubljana. Lunch will be served in local restaurant. Private overview city tour accompanied by your guide:
- Baroque old town with its bridges
- The open-air market
- The Robba fountain
- Mestna hisa (The town hall)
- Cerkev Sv. Nikolaja (Church of St. Nicola)
- Kongresni trg (Congress squer)
- Slovenia Philharmonic (second oldest in Europe)
- Peršernov trg (The Peršernov Trg squeer)
- Dragon bridge.
Later this afternoon continue towards Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Drive from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1h45. Upon arrival check in your hotel for two nights. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Zagreb. This morning meet your private local English speaking guide for a walking tour of Upper Town (Gornji grad), the historic heart of Zagreb. Tour includes:
- Dolac, fruit and vegetable outdoor market in the Old Town
- The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (13th century; capacity-5000 people). One of the world known Walcker organs is kept here
- St. Mark’s church (14th century) with the beautiful multi-colored roofs decorated with Croatian historical coats of arms.
- The Stone Door – one of the four old Gradec’s stone doors
- The Lotrscak Tower (13th century) – every day its cannon announces noon time
- Ban’s Court (Banski dvori) and the Croatian Parliament on the Mark’s Square
- St. Catherine’s Church (17th century)
Lunch will be served in one of finest Zagreb restaurants. After lunch we will continue with the brief tour of Lower Town (Donji grad) where Croatian National Theater building is located.
Exclusive Visit of Mimara Museum accompanied by museum’s curator:
The museum building was made according to the project of the German firm Ludwig-Hulsner and was overseen by Zagreb architect Kune Waidmann. A memorial to Croatian writer Eugen Kumicic, the work of sculptor Frano Krsinic, stands in front of the building. The museum is named after art collector Ante Topic Mimara (1898-1987), who donated his collection to his homeland and the Croatian people. It consists more than 3,750 pieces from various periods and regions. The archaeological section consists almost 200 pieces dating from prehistoric times, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Pre-Columbian America, Crete, Greece, Etruria, Rome and early medieval Europe. Rest of afternoon spend at your leisure in Zagreb. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Split. This morning meet your guide and driver for your transfer to Split. After 2h drive from Zagreb, on our way to Split, we will visit Plitvice lakes National Park, the most known Croatian national park protected of the UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage. Upon arrival, lunch will be served in traditional restaurant with typical delicious. Join your guide for three hours sightseeing tour of sixteen little lakes interconnected with waterfalls created by deposition of travertine, a special kind of limestone, constitute the main attraction of this unique park. Continue towards Split. Drive from Plitvice to Split takes 2h30 by motorway. Check in your hotel for three nights. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Split – Trogir – Split. Morning guided sightseeing tour of Split - 1700 years old city with famous Palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, which is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The city of Split spilled over the palace walls and people still live in 17 century old towers and houses; Peristyle square with St. Duje’s cathedral (patron saint of Split), Diocletian’s mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple, Vestibul, Golden Gate, Diocletian’s underground vaults, waterfront, etc. Split is also wonderful city for shopping and city fool of cafés in historic ambiances.
Private transfer to Mestrovic Gallery for Private tour of the Mestrovic Gallery in the Split accompanied by Museum’s Curator. In a residential part of Split near by sea there is The Mestrovic gallery of Split. You driver will take you to the Mestrovic Gallery in memory of the most celebrated Croatian artist of the 20th century, sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. The artist was known for immortalizing womanhood in pieces such as Maternity and the History of Croatia. The gallery in Split was the original residence of the artist. Our clients will be treated to a VIP tour of the Mestrovic Gallery with a museum’s Curator who will take clients around and tell them more about the artist and his work in an hour program visit.
We continue towards to Trogir - a treasury of the historical and cultural monuments (UNESCO heritage site): You will visit historic part of Trogir with your guide - Famous St. John’s cathedral with its Radovan’s Portal from 13th century, the Church of St. Barbara – the oldest basilica, Gradska loza (Old City Hall) from 15th century, city walls, Duke’s Palace Kamerlengo Tower, Cipiko Palace from 13th century, with various valuable sculptures and facades. At the evening dinner will be organized in traditional restaurant Konoba with private traditional a capella band (Dalmatian klapa) performance. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Split – Hvar – Split. This day we’ll have full day excursion to the beautiful island of Hvar. We’ll take morning ferry transfer from Split to town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Upon arrival we will have a short transfer to town of Hvar. The town Hvar has an outstanding historical heritage - the Cathedral, the Franciscan and Benedictine monastery, the Hvar theatre and the fortresses which offer a beautiful view on the Pakleni Islands and the island of Vis. Among interesting souvenirs and products of Hvar one should emphasize a unique kind of lace made of agave fibres, which may be bought in the monastery of Benedictine nuns, as well as the famous Hvar lavender, either in form of dried flowers or oil.
You will visit:
The town loggia and a clock tower - On the north side of the bottom part of the square is the town loggia with a clock tower from the 15th century, which together are the only remains of the former Governor's Palace. The Palace was already completed in the middle of the 14th century as an impressive building with four towers. The town’s main square - is the largest in Dalmatia, 4 500 sq m, and was previously bordered by gardens. The cathedral and the Bishop's Palace form the eastern side, and it is ringed by public buildings and grand palaces. On the north-west side the square extends to the Governor's Palace and borders the sea-board called Fabrika. In the middle of the square, in front of the cathedral, there is a large well from 1520. The square was fully paved only in 1780, while the area in front of the Loggia was already paved in 1537.
Arsenal and Hvar’s theatreThe building of the arsenal was started in the 13th century as a warehouse for the communal war galley. In 1612 a theatre was built on the first floor of the arsenal. It is one of the oldest in Europe and certainly the first municipal one as well. The St. Stephan Cathedral and its treasury and graceful 17th century bell tower. The Hektorovic Palace - Just above the city entrance is one of the finest late Gothic houses - the Hektorovic Palace built in the highly ornate late Venetian Gothic style in the 15th century. The Summer Residence of Hanibal Lucic - Behind the Cathedral is the summer residence of the poet Hanibal Lucic from the 16th century. Built in measured Renaissance style, of moderate size and once standing in a luxuriant garden, it radiates harmony and sophistication.
Through narrow streets visitors walk to the 15th century Franciscan monastery, where they will visit the impressive Renaissance cloister, the old refectory that today houses a collection of lace, manuscripts and books and the church with its remarkable collection of paintings. Lunch will be served at the local restaurant. Later today we will meet a local lady who will tell you everything about aromatic herbs and plants growing on the Island of Hvar and about hers products such as lavender or rosemary oil and bath. She will share her experience with you.
The Fortress - The town fortress or a citadel, perched on a hill above the old town and built on the site of the medieval one in the middle of the 16th century, encloses the city walls. During Napoleon rule in 1811, a fortress was constructed on the rather higher hill of St. Nicholas the Greater, east of the town fortress. Even today it is called "Napoleon". You will be able to enjoy remarkable view of town of Hvar and Pakleni islands archipelago. Later this afternoon we will return to Split by ferry. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7: Split – Mostar –Dubrovnik. Meet your guide and driver for morning departure to Bosnia and Herezgovina. There is approximately two and half hour drive from Split to Mostar. Upon arrival into Mostar, we will have tour of the city where West meets East. The old town has an enticing quality, particularly on the river of Neretva, which often leads one to sit for hours and just soak up the sights and sounds. Unlike most tourist places in the world, café and restaurant owners will never ask you to leave even if you've been sipping a Turkish coffee for hours. The old town has been reconstructed almost in its entirety. In it, there are countless shops of coppersmiths and artists at work as well as several fascinating antique shops.
- Stari Most (Old Bridge)
- The Koski Mehmed pasa Mosque (from 1671)
- Turkish House
There is approximately one hour of free time before we continue towards Dubrovnik. On our way to Dubrovnik, after approximately 1h30 drive, we will stop at Ston, known as the city with second biggest walls in the world. Here we will have a dinner including famous Ston oyster and wine tasting at local sea food restaurant. Arrival in Dubrovnik at evening. Check in your hotel for three nights. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 8: Dubrovnik – Montenegro Tour – Dubrovnik. This morning meet your guide and the driver for full day tour of Montenegro. After approximately 1h45min driving you will arrive to town of Kotor. Located along one of Montenegro's most beautiful bays is Kotor, a city of traders and famous sailors, with many stories to tell. The Old City of Kotor is a well preserved urbanization typical of the Middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor an UNESCO listed “World Natural and Historical Heritage Site".
Through the entire city the buildings are criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. At one of them there is the Cathedral of St. Trifun, a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognisable symbols of the city. The Church of St. Luka (13th century), Church St. Ana (12th century) Church St. Marija (13th century), Church Gospe od Zdravlja (15th century), the Prince’s Palace (17th century) and the Napoleon Theatre (19th century) are all treasures that are part of the rich heritage of Kotor.
Continue along the steep slopes to Lovcen Mountain, an area of powerful contrasts. On one side are the cold, towering mountains of Montenegro, and opposite them exists the wealth and mild climate of one of the most beautiful bays in the world. At the top of Lovcen Mountain, you will find Njegusi, a village known for its tradition of making smoked ham, homemade cheese and medovaca, the national beverage. During your visit, you will enjoy the pristine natural setting, and a traditional light snack consisting of delicious smoked ham, cheese and bread, accompanied by a glass of medovaca.
Next, the tour will proceed along the road to the museum town of Cetinje, the one-time center of Montenegrin Rule. Upon arrival, you will visit the museum of King Nikola and St. Peter Monastery - where is famous reliquary “right hand with three fingers of St. Joan Baptist”. We will continue towards Budva and you will be able to enjoy a scenic ride along the renowned summer resort of Budva Riviera with splendid view on famous St. Stefan. A visit will then be made to Budva, considered to be one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans.
According to Greek mythology, Cadmo, son of the Phoenician King Agenon, established Budva. After his expulsion from Thebes, Cadmo arrived in this area by ox-drawn cart, and founded Budva. This ancient town lies on a little island that was linked to land by a sandbar, and in time became a peninsula. Visitors often marvel at its surrounding 15th-century ramparts, and medieval fortification system consisting of city gates, defense walls and towers. Inside the walls, you will find the town to be a combination of narrow streets and little squares, with superb monuments of the different Mediterranean cultures marking its development. Today, Budva is a center of tourism, theater, festivals, celebrations, and cultural productions in the summer months. Following your visit to Budva, your guide & driver will transfer you back to Dubrovnik. Arrival at your hotel until 7.00PM. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Dubrovnik. This morning meet your guide in the hotel lobby for morning private walking tour of Dubrovnik, the city included in the World Cultural Heritage protected by UNESCO; one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world . A stroll through the historic part of the old city: Pile Gate, Ploce Gate, Stradun – main street/plaza, the Sponza Palace, the Church of St. Vlaho (St. Blasius). Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Little Brothers” (Ordo Fratrum Minorum) with one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. Monastery contains numerous medical books that belonged to English kings’ physicians, as well as 10th century manuscripts.
Knezev dvor (Rector’s palace) – magnificent structure of the dukes of Dubrovnik (15.-18. centuries). The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary from 18th century with a treasury containing the originals by Tiziano and Rafaelo, a piece of wood from Jesus’ cross, various holy relics, the ebony eagle – donation from the court of the king Richard Lion Heart, etc. Sephardic Synagogue (the second oldest Synagogue in the Europe). Rest of afternoon spend at your leisure.Dubrovnik is full of charming cafes, boutiques and local curiosities, nestled in the intricate network of its cobble-stoned streets. We recommend you to take a walk along old city walls (2500 m around the old town) or visit some of museum. You will finally find out why Dubrovnik is one of the most Mediterranean cities and why name “Pearl of Mediterranean”. This evening Farewell dinner will be served at one of the finest Dubrovnik restaurant. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 10: Dubrovnik – Onward. Meet your driver at your hotel for a private transfer to the Dubrovnik Airport for your flight onward. We wish you a memorable journey.
- Zagreb Two (2) nights at luxury The Regent Esplanade Hotel in Superior double room
- Bled One (1) night at deluxe boutique Villa Bled Hotel in Double lake view room
- Split Three (3) nights at luxury Le Meridien Hotel of Split in Superior double sea view room
- Dubrovnik Three (3) nights at luxury Bellevue Hotel of Dubrovnik in Bellevue double sea view room.
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