DAY 01: ZAGREB (CROATIA) Arrival to Zagreb. Meet & greet followed by a transfer to your hotel. Accomodation and overnight stay in Zagreb.
Day 02: ZAGREB - BEOGRAD (SERBIA) We will take a half day city tour of the Croatian capital and start our walking tour of Zagreb by seeing the fortified, medieval Upper town, St. Mark's church with its multi-coloured tile roof, the baroque church of St. Catherine, the Cathedral of St. Stephen and the Parliament with the Government Palace. In the lower city, stretching around the main square with the statue of Ban Jelacic, we will see the 19th century National Theater, Museum of Arts and Craft, the University and the beautiful Zrinjevac Park with numerous elaborate Secession (Art Nouveau) buildings. We will procede with driving to Belgrade. Accomodation in a hotel. We propose dinner in the popular »floating« restaurants on the Danube river. Overnight stay.
DAY 03: BELGRADE This day will give you an overview of the most famous landmarks of Belgrade and an introduction to the history of two Serbian royal dynasties which ruled Serbia from the XIX till the mid XX century and freed Serbia from the Ottoman reign. You will see the Old palace, today’s City Assembly of Belgrade. Than we will move to one of the most important streets in Belgrade, which carries the name of Prince Milos Obrenovic. The Temple of St. Sava will be the next stop and as we will continue from the St. Sava temple towards the Republic Square with the National Theatre, National Museum and Monument of Prince Mihailo Obrenovic. We will also see the Kalemegdan Fortress and Slavija square. The evening will be free for nightly explorations of the city and tastings of genuine Serbian dishes.
DAY 04: BELGRADE–SARAJEVO (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA) We will drive to the next lovely city – Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After arrival and check-in we will go on a sightseeing tour of the old part of the city and get a real taste of Sarajevo cuisine. Overnight stay in Sarajevo.
DAY 05: SARAJEVO In the morning we will enjoy the beautiful and unique places of Sarajevo, which brings together different religions and cultures and which hardly survived the difficult years of the war time. The mysticism of the city provides sights of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture, the beautiful City Hall, the National library, old Hans – caravan-sarays, Husrev Bey's Mosque in the centre of the old city, Bas Carsija, where the east meets the west, and you'll have a chance to admire and negotiate the price of the best hand made products. We will also see the famous tunnel of survival used during the war in Bosnia.
DAY 06: SARAJEVO-MOSTAR-DUBROVNIK (CROATIA) After saying goodbye to Sarajevo we will soon departure to Mostar and explore the beauties of the city, which was devastated by the war, but the reconstruction brought the city back to life. We will admire the breath-taking bridge over Neretva (on UNESCO’s World Heritage list), which collapsed during the war but was later rebuild, the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and the mosque from the 16century. After visiting Mostar we will travel to Dubrovnik where we will arrive late in the evening. Overnight stay at a hotel.
DAY 07: DUBROVNIK-KOTOR (MONTENEGRO)-DUBROVNIK We will drive to Kotor, a UNESCO world natural and World Heritage Site. We'll enjoy walking through the mazes of Kotor's medieval quarter, its bustling market and its beautiful Renaissance buildings. The well-preserved fortified walls of Kotor protect it from the sea. We will pay a visit to the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, which was constructed in 1166. You will see the remains of 14th century frescoes and the valuable treasury with both local and Venetian gold works. The afternoon is reserved for the most breath-taking Adriatic town, which is also included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list – Dubrovnik. It is one of Europe's most beautiful coastal settlements located at the tip of the Croatian South Coast. Our walking tour will show you around the historical parts of the city with its Venetian influence, through to the old Town via Onofrio's Fountain and up Prijeko Street to the Old Port - the key to Dubrovnik's trading and maritime success. Along the way you we will pay a visit to St. Saviour's, the grandiose Franciscan and Dominican church. Overnight stay.
DAY 08: DUBROVNIK-SPLIT A free morning for individual strolls around Dubrovnik. Before midday we will depart to Split. It is the largest and most important town in Dalmatia. We will take a walking tour of the historical centre and the remains of the Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO World Heritage List), built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque styles make up the rest of the protected area. You will be staying the night at a hotel.
DAY 09: SPLIT-TROGIR-KRKA WATERFALLS-OPATIJA In the morning you will visit Trogir, a town museum. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity to learn about its manifold and complex heritage including Romanesque yards and the modern interiors. The unique historical core, Radovan’s portal, has been arousing excitement among visitors and travellers for centuries. If the time and weather permit it we can visit the famous Krka Waterfalls, another UNESCO World natural site with pleasant walks through a network of pathways and wooden bridges with marvellous panoramas. Late in the afternoon we will head to the next Adriatic destination – Opatija. After the check-in in the hotel we will do an evening city tour to explore the city.
DAY 10: OPATIJA-ISTRIA WITH ROVINJ-PORTOROZ (SLOVENIA) We will walk through Opatija. The city owes its' name to the Benedictine Abbey which was built in the 15th century on the undisturbed sea shore. Known as the pearl of the Austro-Hungarian Riviera at the end of 19th century, gained its recognition as a tourist destination by the European high society, emperors, famous artists and celebrities such as Wilhelm II, Franz Joseph, Empress Sissy, Gustav Mahler, Isidora Duncan, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov and many others. We will drive to Rovinj, a picturesque Istrian town with amazing Venetian architecture. The town has a long history and was already a settlement of Venetian or Illyrian tribes before being conquered by the Romans. We will stroll around the old town visiting the St. Euphemia church and the lovely narrow streets. In the evening we will arrive at Portoroz, situated on the coast of Slovenia. After the check-in in the hotel you will have some free time to explore the nightlife and typical Slovenian dishes.
DAY 11: SLOVENIAN COAST We will visit the cultural town of Piran. The main square is named after Giuseppe Tartini, a famous violinist and a composer who was born in Piran. On the hill above the square you can see the signature Church of Saint George, who is also the patron saint of the town. The small town is still partially surrounded by a typically Venetian wall, which used to serve as protection of this marine and salt trade hub in the Bay of Piran. In the afternoon we will visit Koper, the biggest town on the Slovenian cost. The old Town’s main street - if you can call it that - is Cevljarska, which is no more than two or three metres wide in places, and is packed from dusk till dawn when it, like most of old Koper. It leads to the town’s main square, Titov trg, which is dominated by the bell tower of the St. Mary’s of the Assumption Cathedral. We will return to Portoroz where we will have some free time to enjoy the evening.
DAY 12: PORTOROZ-KARST -LJUBLJANA In the morning we will travel from Portoroz to Lipica, the homeland of the white Lipizzaner horse where we will learn about ‘dancing horses’. After a relaxing morning in nature we will continue exploring the UNESCO heritage site Skocjan caves and its amazing rock formations and later we will head to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It has won the European Green Capital Award in 2016. We will venture on a city tour that consists of a walk around the old city centre and will provide you with an optional tourist train ride to the castle hill. After an ascent to Ljubljana Castle’s outlook tower with a beautiful panoramic view of the city, we descend the hill on foot to the old city centre. We'll pass the Town Hall and continue through the historical city centre, well known for its unique architecture, which is the result of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods and, most notably, the work of the famous 20th century architect Joze Plecnik. Overnight stay in Ljubljana.
DAY 13: LJUBLJANA-BLED-LJUBLJANA (ALPINE FAIRYTALE) We will drive to the north west. The Alpine region lies between the Julian Alps and the Karavanke high peaks. We'll make our first stop at Bled, the magnificent alpine village with a mountain lake and a tiny island in the middle, and admire the amazing view from the old castle up on the cliff. We can take a special boat called »pletna« to the island. A treat for your eye and your body awaits you on the island where a temple of the ancient Slavic goddess of love Ziva used to stand. Today there is a glorious gothic church at its place. After tasting the exquisite famous Bled cream cake we head on to the breathtakingly beautiful Bled Vintgar gorge. We will make a short stop in Skofja Loka, have a walk around this medieval town situated under a castle and the monastery. Return to Ljubljana.
DAY 14: LJUBLJANA Transfer to the airport/end of services.