Day 1: Ljubljana - Joze Puènik airport-Ljubljana - 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: Zagreb, Plitvice - Ljubljana – Zagreb, 140 km, Zagreb – Plitvice, 140 km. Early the following morning will be our departure to Croatian capital, 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 Cen-tral 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 bus-tling marketplace 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.
Short break for lunch.
We will then drive south from Zagreb to the Plitvice lakes. Once we arrive, we will enjoy an afternoon tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park, which consists of blue-green lakes connected by more than ninety waterfalls and rapids. The unsurpassed beauty and attractiveness of the Plitvice Lakes is owed to its tufa and travertine vegetation. The formation of travertine and the subdivision of the riverbed has lead to Plitvice Lakes representing a magnificent architectural phenomenon of nature, surrounded by thick for-ests inhabited by bears, wolves and many other rare animal and plant species. In 1979, the park was registered in the UNESCO heritage list. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Plitvice.
Day 3: Mostar, Dubrovnik, Plitvice – Mostar, 380 km; Mostar – Dubrovnik, 142 km. Early the following morning we will depart to Mostar. The path will lead us along the highway past the cities of Zadar, Sibenik, Split and many other small villages along the border with Bosnia and Herzego-vina such as Zagvozd, Vrgorac. Early in the afternoon we will pay a visit to Mostar, the capital of Herzegovina, situated on the bank of the river Neretva, which is one the coldest rivers in Europe.
The main attraction of this historically rich city is a famous stone bridge of designed by Turkish architect Mimar Ha-jrudin in the 16th Century, which was destroyed during the war and rebuilt again in 2004. Today it is protected under UNESCO and is a source of pride for all the citizens of the city. The Old Town boasts the many mosques, swimming pools (hamam), bazaars and other architectural structures which are mixed with oriental and Mediterranean influences. On both banks of the Neretva river is a full array of coffee bars and small shops, offering a relaxed atmosphere. Free time for a late lunch in Mostar.
In the evening we will arrive in Dubrovnik, which had always been the Croatia’s richest city, but today is one of the best tourist cities in the Mediterranean, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." The city is lo-cated in the extreme south of Croatia, at the foot of the hill Holy Wrath, just 35 km from the border with Montenegro. The Old Town uphold high city walls and joined UNESCO in 1979. Al-though it was heavily destroyed in a 1667 earthquake, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Dubrovnik.
Day 4: Dubrovnik. In the morning we will take a tour of the sights: the old town with Stradunom, the widest and most beautiful street in the city which was formed at the end of the 11th century. In addition to this, we will see other parts of the old town on the northern and southern sides of the street, including the Francis-can monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, the Grand Onofrijevo fountain, one of the finest palaces in the city, the Gothic- Renaisance Sponza Palace where, at the time of the Republic of Dubrovnik, the customs office, the State Mint of money bank, the armory and the seat of Dubrovnik's College were located. The path will then take us past the baroque church of Saint Blaise and Orlando's tower, built in 1418, which is a symbol of Croatian statehood. Afternoon free. Transfer and overnight at a hotel in Dubrovnik.
Day 5: Trogir, Split - Trogir – Dubrovnik, 260 km, Trogir – Split, 30 km. In the morning we will continue onwards to discover the other beauties of the Dalmatian coast. We will drive to-wards the coastal town of Trogir, situated in central Dal-matia, only 25 km from Split. The Old Town covers an area of only 1 km2, but the island in it is intertwined with numerous palaces, churches and bell towers of different styles, from Romanesque-Gothic, the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The most beautiful architectural work is that of the cathedral of St. Lorenzo which was built in the 13th century. Again, this rich cultural village has been protected since 1997 under UNESCO. Lunch, followed by a ride in Trogir to Split.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the capital city of Split-Dalmatia County. The city got its reputation by the build-ing of Diocletian's palace in the 3rd century. Today it is one of the largest and best preserved late Gothic palace in the world. Not only for the conservation of individual components, but also because the original architectural form which proclaimed a new Early Christian, Byzantine and early medieval art. The tour of the city center will include Diocletian's Palace, the Cathedral of St. Duje built during the Middle Ages using the materials of an ancient mausoleum, Jupiter's Temple and a walk along the Riva, the main coastal promenade, where tour-ists from around the world gather in the picturesque cafes. Dinner in the hotel and overnight in Split.
Day 6: Zadar, Opatija; Split – Zadar, 160 km; Zadar – Opatija, 310 km. In the morning is our departure to Zadar, the largest city of northern Dalmatia, which was settled by the Romans as early as the 4th century BC. We will then enjoy a walk through the old town, which boasts the church of Saint Donato – the symbol of the city, the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, the remains of the town square which dates from Roman times. We will have a break for lunch before proceeding towards Opatija.
We will have a late afternoon arrival in Opatija, an Adriatic cosmopolitan tourist resort, situated in the Kvarner Bay near the city of Rijeka on the northern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Opatija once served as a winter and summer resort of the Austrian aristocracy, mainly due to the mild climate. Today, however, Opatija park is a place of luxury hotels and ancient villas and summer residences which have been transformed into wonderful hotels with wellness centers, conference halls and swimming pools. Dinner in the hotel and overnight in Opatija.
Day 7: Postojna, Ljubljana; Opatija – Postojna, 63 km; Postojna – Ljubljana, 55 km. After breakfast we will departure to the border with Slovenia towards Postojna, which at the time of Austria-Hungary constituted the only exit to the Adriatic Sea. Postojna has a favorable geographical po-sition 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, galleries 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 nu-ances of underground karst where the geological past is written in a unique way. We will have free time for lunch in Postojna. In the afternoon we will depart to 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 Three bridges and the New and Old Markets where we will be delighted with boutique shops and nice restaurants. We will also stop at the fa-mous 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 - a well symbolizing the three rivers of Carniola – the Robba Fountain. We will also visit the nearby baroque church of St. Nicholas, the food mar-ket and the Dragon Bridge with its four dragons that pro-tect the city while also serving as its trademark. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Ljubljana.
Day 8: Ljubljana, Bled - Joze Puènik airport - Ljubljana center, 20 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 old-est castle in Slovenia, 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 unbelievable beauty of the lake and the high peaks of the Julian Alps.
Arriving in Ljubljana at 13.00. Feel free to leave from Jože Puènik airport.
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