Day 1: Ljubljana - airport-Ljubljana Joze Puènik - center 20 km. Reception of passengers at the Jože Puènik airport in Ljubljana and transfer to the hotel, located in the center. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Ljubljana.
Day 2: Ljubljana, Postojna Cave - Ljubljana-Postojna-Ljubljana 110 km. After breakfast, tour of the capital of Slovenia: Ljubljana. Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a Central European city lying between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, in the basin at the confluence of the Sava and Ljubljanica Rivers. Ljubljana has all the facilities of a modern capital, yet it has maintained the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of a small town.
We will take a walk on foot through the old part of town along the Ljubljanica River and see the most important cultural and historical monuments including the Three Bridges and the New and Old Markets where we will be delighted with bou-tique shops and nice restaurants. We will also stop at the famous bridge and learn a few secrets of the medieval city before the path continues to the town square with the Town Hall and the city icon - the Robba fountain, officially known as the Fountain of the Three Rivers of Carniola.
We will also visit the nearby baroque church of St. Nicholas, the food market and the Dragon Bridge with its four dragons that protect the city while also serving as its trademark. With the funicular railway we will climb to the castle which rises above the town, see a presentation of the development of the city in the Virtual Museum and finally climb the castle’s tower and enjoy the view over the city and its green surroundings.
The walk continues to the Museum of Con-temporary History, which is located in the beautiful Tivoli Park in the city center followed by lunch. to the electric lighting, you can appreciate all the dimensions and nuances of underground karst where the geological past is written in a unique way. Following lunch will be our departure to Postojna, which at the time of Austria-Hungary constituted the only exit to the Adriatic Sea.
Postojna has a favorable geographical position as it lies at the crossroads of routes between Vienna and Trieste. It is best known for its cave, which has been visited since prehistoric times. The cave is a network of 23 kilometers of tunnels, galler-ies and halls, and in the past 200 years, experienced guides have guided more than 30 million visitors. This is the biggest classical karst cave and the most visited tourist cave in Europe. The cave train will take you into the depths where, thanks to the electric lighting, you can appreciate all the dimensions and nuances of underground karst where the geological past is written in a unique way. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Ljubljana.
Day 3: Bled Bohinj - Ljubljana-Bled 70 km, Bled-Bohinj 22 km, Bohinj - Ljubljana 84 km. After breakfast we will depart to the beautiful mountains of northwest Slovenia. The first stop will be in Bled. The town of Bled, with its alpine lake, glacial origin, the famous island-living goddess, and the oldest castle in Slove-nia, is one of the most prestigious Slovenian resorts. Bled has been the most popular tourist resort in Austro-Hungarian Monarchy since the 19th century Swiss doctor Arnold Rikli discovered its ideal natural conditions and founded a health center there.
We will take you to Bled Island, which has been visited by pilgrims since ancient history, by a traditional boat called Pletna. From the castle, we will admire the unbeliev-able beauty of the lake and the high peaks of the Julian Alps. A brief stop at the hotel Vila Bled, which was once one of the residences of President Tito and, previously, the holiday loca-tion for the royal family of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia.
The residence is situated on the shores of the lake and is sur-rounded by a magnificent park full of wonderful flowers and majestic trees. Lunch in Bled. We will continue to Slovenia's largest natural lake of glacial origin - Bohinj Lake. We will then ascend the cable car to Vogel (1537m), located in the southeastern part of the Julian Alps, and at the top we will enjoy nice weather the beautiful view of Triglav National Park and the lake. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Ljubljana.
DAY 4 Zagreb, Kumrovec - Ljubljana-Zagreb 140 km, Zagreb-Kumrovec-Zagreb 150 km. Early the following morning will be our departure to the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, which is a city of parks, palaces, museums and universities. The city lies on the southwestern part of the Pannonian Basin and extends between the Sava River and Mount Medvednica. It represents an important link between Central Europe and Asia Minor and the shortest link between the Pannonian Plain and the Adriatic Sea.
There will be a tour of the biggest attractions of the city such as the Cathedral, the picturesque and bustling mar-ketplace Dolac, the Church of St. Mark – the symbol of Zagreb, the vantage point of the tower Lotršèak which offers a splendid view over Zagreb, the stone gate where you can light a candle, and Bana Jelacic Square, which is not only the crossroads of the upper and lower parts of the city but also the heart of the city, connecting the young and old residents of Zagreb.
Lunch in Zagreb.
In the afternoon we continue our journey to Kumrovac, "the most famous village in the world," as Zagorc like to call it their ethno-village. We will visit the birth-place of Josip Broz Tito and learn the legacy of Hrvatsko Zagorje of the end of 19th century. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Zagreb.
Day 5: Belgrade - Zagreb-Belgrade 400 km. After breakfast we will head to Belgrade, a city with a turbulent history and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Accommodation and lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon a guided walking tour of the old town and the Belgrade Fortress. We will enjoy the most important cultural and historical monuments including the Albanija Tower, Republic Square, Knez Mihailova Street, Kralja Petra Street, Kneza Sime Markovica Street, Kalemeg-dan Park, Belgrade Fortress (Gratitude to France Monument, Military Museum, The Victor Monument, Rudjer Boskovic Ob-servatory, Ruzica Church, St. Paraskevi's Chapel, Nebojsa Tower, Gate of Charles VI). In the evening, dinner in traditional Belgrade restaurant on the Danube along with the typical Serbian specialties and live music. Overnight at hotel in Belgrade.
Day 6: Belgrade Dedinje. After breakfast, a bus ride to Dedinje, followed by a walking tour of the park, the Royal Palace and the White Palace. The palace complex of the Karadjordjevic Dynasty in Dedinje includes the Royal Palace and the White Palace. In addition to these two magnificent mansions and the park, the visitors, accom-panied by a specialized tour guide, will also visit the chapel dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle, who is the patron saint of the Royal Family. Dedinje is an urban neighborhood of Belgrade and is generally considered the wealthiest part of Bel-grade, a site of numerous villas and mansions owned by the diplomats and the top members of city's plutocracy.
Our next stop will be the House of Flowers - the mausoleum of the leader of the former Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, who died on May 4, 1980. It is located in the grounds of the Museum of Yugoslav His-tory. The museum keeps the gifts Tito received during his presidency. The collection also includes origi-nal prints of Los Caprichos by Francisco Goya, and many others. Afternoon free to stroll through Belgrade's main promenade Knez Mihajlova street, where many fine shops, galleries and bookstores are located. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Belgrade.
Day 7: Sarajevo - Belgrade - Sarajevo 305 km. After breakfast, we continue our trip to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Sarajevo. After arriving in the picturesque Bosnian capital, which over the centuries has seen a rich and turbulent history we will have lunch in a typical Bosnian restaurant. After lunch we will walk around town and see the main attractions, which include Bašèaršija - Old Town/District - the most important part of Sarajevo city with Bašèaršija square itself, famous fountain called Sebilj, and a whole story behind.
Later we move on towards Kazandžiluk street (Coppersmith's street), burned library - Vijeænica, and thorough explanation regarding the two distanced fortresses, Yellow and White bastion. We keep our way and learn about few bridges, including Šeher-æehaja and Latin bridge. Latin Bridge and the museum next to it, World famous due to one unfortunate event that took place there, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, which we go through, in total. Imperial mosque, Gazi Husref beys mosque complex, Gazi Husref beys bezistan, Clock tower, Madrassa, and few other spots around are places we do not miss.
Just a few steps outside of Old Town we go and see Cathedral of Sacred Jesus Hearth, Jewish museum and gallery, being followed with Moriæa Han (only surviving Ottoman time Han - hostel in Sarajevo). Old Orthodox Church, one most uncommon in its design by being wider than longer, and built in some interesting manner, is also one of our goals. We will also visit a War Tunnel, the underground tunnel that ran under the Sarajevo airport and during the war was the only way out of the city. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Sarajevo.
Day 8: Jajce - Sarajevo - Jajce 166km, Jajce - Plitvice 185 km. After breakfast drive to Jajce, which is located at the confluence of the rivers Pliva and Vrbas. No other Bosnian-Herzegovinian city in such a small space contains all the cultural treasures and architectural styles. We will take a stroll around the old city and see: a Roman temple from the 3rd century devoted to the god-Mitras and the valuable example of medieval architecture of the old bell tower of St. Luke.
Nobles, high priests, and servants buried catacombs under the church. Jajce has a special value in the history of the old Yugoslavia, as it was in this city that a political body founded 29.11.1943 AVNOJ (Antifascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia), which was a national liberation struggle of the Yugoslav peoples and ethnic minorities during WWII. Lunch. After lunch we will continue our way to Bihac and towards the Plitvice lakes, Croatia. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Plitvice.
Day 9: Plitvice, Opatija - Plitvice Lakes - Opatija 211km. After breakfast, we will take a tour of the Plitvice Lakes. In Croatia there are many cultural and natural resources, but the Plitvice Lakes represent the most beautiful and most famous Croatian National Park and the only natural resource of Croatian which is included in the prestigious list of UNESCO. The park harbours a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forest and diversity of animal life.
The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. The sixteen lakes which are formed by natural dams of travertine are separated into upper and lower, surrounded by thick forests inhabited by bears, wolves and many other rare animal and plant species. Lunch. After lunch, we will lead the way towards Opatija.
Opatija is a cosmopolitan Adriatic tourist cen-ter which was once a winter and summer resort of the Austro aristocracy. Today, however, Opatija is a place of luxury hotels, ancient villas and summer houses which have been converted into a beautiful hotel and wellness center with conference halls and swimming pools.. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Opatija.
Day 10: Pula, Brijuni - Opatija-Pula 102km. After breakfast we will drive to Pula, the largest and southernmost city on the Istrian peninsula. We will learn about the stories of mythical Argonauts, Romans, Venetians, Franks and the Austro-Hungarian times. Together with the preserved buildings and monuments of ancient times, Pula repre-sents the location with a museum. There is also a triumphal arch of Sergii, the Augustus Temple of Her-cules door ... City tour and lunch.
In the afternoon, a 15 minutes boat ride to Brioni Islands, which has always been an attractive destination for members of the European and global aristocracy. Josip Broz Tito used Brioni as a preferred meeting place for different delegations, dignitaries, colleagues and friends, as well as personalities from culture, art and science. Brioni has been visited by a number of ministers and government representatives, heads of diplomatic missions and ambassadors, and many state and party delegations (from Sofia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Gina Lollobrigida to a host of statesmen: Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and Luis Cabral).
The sightseeing of Veli Brijun tour includes: a ride by tourist train, visit to the remains of the Roman villa rustica from the I century B.C. in the bay of Verige, and the safari park which breeds the following animals: zebra, Somali sheep, zebu (the holy east Indian humped ox), dromedary, llama and elephant. The tour also includes visits to the archaeological museum located in the Citadel building from the XVI century and the Church of St. Germain with permanent exhibition of copies of frescoes and Glagolitic writings from Istra. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Pula.
Day 11: Ljubljana - Pula-Ljubljana 204km. After breakfast departure to Ljubljana airport Jože Puènik.
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