Having gone through many different historical changes over the centuries, this area has remained the meeting place of cultures and religions with traces clearly visible today. Drive along the Makarska Riviera, then inland through the picturesque Neretva River Delta up to Mostar. During the Turkish rule, the city developed on the banks of the river as an important trade centre on caravan routes. A guided tour will show us the town's highlights, we shall visit the Oriental part of the town with the old Bazaar full of picturesque shops and workshops, the Mosque and a typical Turkish house, then walk along the legendary Turkish bridge from the 16th century after which the town was named (bridge=most; Mostar). We leave Mostar late in the afternoon.
DAY 1 Sunday DUBROVNIK area; D
Transfer from Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik harbor or another hotel in Dubrovnik to the tour hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area/.
DAY 2 Monday DUBROVNIK area; Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car; B, D
Morning transfer to the Pile Gate where you will join excursion Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car. Departing Pile Square on foot toward the newly open Cable Car Station situated in vicinity of the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Upon arrival to the Cable Car Station you will proceed with a cable car to a panoramic view of Dubrovnik from the surrounding Srd hill. From here you will be offered a bird’s – eye view of the greatness of the entire city and especially Dubrovnik rooftops which you will never forget. Upon return ride to the main Station your tour guide will lead you by foot to the Old Town of Dubrovnik for the walking tour. Walking tour will open the doors to you to one of the largest and most luxurious open – air museum towns in existence. The famous Croatian tourist center awaits you, encircled by its monumental stone ramparts, which have preserved and enhanced Dubrovnik’s spirit of Renaissance. You will be awed by the labyrinth of short, narrow stone streets, the market place, palaces, towers, monasteries and houses, each of which is over 300 years old! The old masters understood how to construct a miraculously harmonious stone city. This harmony, simplicity and sense of beauty have through the ages become the basic philosophy of life for the residents of Dubrovnik. Early afternoon return transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight Dubrovnik area.
DAY 3 Tuesday DUBROVNIK area; Ancient Montenegro; B, D
Mild beaches, clear waters and gorgeous mountains that plunge into the sea will greet you upon your arrival to the Gulf of Kotor. Encircled in the mountains, the innermost bays of the Gulf, Risan and Kotor, are the earliest inhabited areas with evidences of civilization dating from Illyrian, Roman and early Christian periods. In our quest for traces and memories of past times, we will be visiting the baroque shore town of Perast. Short boat ride from town will take us to one of the two islets in the Bay to visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks which houses one of the finest collections of wall paintings in this part of Europe. In the UNESCO-protected town of Kotor enjoy a guided tour through one of the best preserved medieval walled cities on the Adriatic. And finally, take the opportunity to make your own memories during your free time in Kotor! Upon return dinner and overnight Dubrovnik area.
DAY 4 Wednesday DUBROVNIK – MAKARSKA RIVIERA; B, D
Morning departure to Mostar, This is a city of poetry, a city of stone and sleepy, narrow winding streets. It is a city where the traveller from the North feels the first dashes of Mediterranean air imbued with scents of citrus and sea and the traveller from the South reaches the first glimpses of the continent beyond. The town is exceptional for its dwellings and monuments assembled harmoniously over the centuries thanks to favorable geographical conditions and a sound economic climate. Experience sights such as the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques. After the guided tour of the town enjoy some free time for strolling around and browsing among the many old craft shops or maybe have lunch in one of the picturesque local restaurants. Dinner and overnight at Makarska Riviera.
DAY 5 Thursday MAKARSKA RIVIERA; Split and Trogir; B, D
Split is situated on a peninsula and surrounded by historical towns and settlements. We shall take a walk through the 4th-century Diocletian's Palace to visit its ancient Cellars, Peristyle, Roman temples (today Christian ones), Cathedral and Baptistery, and then the famous Golden Gate. After sightseeing of the town of Split and free time for individual exploring we start our bus ride towards Trogir, a small town under the cultural protection of the UNESCO. Trogir arose from the ancient Tragurion, and is full of buildings and monuments testifying to its rich history. There stands the Cathedral with its famous portal by the well-known local master Radovan, the City Loggia from the 15th century, the Cipiko palace, the town Hall, and the Benedictine monastery from the year 1064, where a Greek relief is kept representing Kairos (the God of auspicious moment). Dinner and overnight at Makarska Riviera.
DAY 6 Friday MAKARSKA RIVIERA; B, D
Today is your day for leisure. Optional excursions Krka National Park and Šibenik available on the spot. Dinner and overnight at Makarska riviera.
DAY 7 Saturday MAKARSKA RIVIERA - DUBROVNIK; B, D
In the morning we are leaving Makarska Riviera for Ploče where we will take ferry to Trpanj on Pelješac peninsula. Getting of the ferry we will continue to Orebić where we will take a short boat ride to town of Korčula, followed by orientational walking tour of town of Korčula. Experience the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved Medieval towns in the Mediterranean. After free time return boat ride to Orebić and scenic ride through Pelješac peninsula with short stop in small town of Ston, before late afternoon arrival to your hotel for dinner. Overnight Dubrovnik area.
DAY 8 Sunday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B
Transfer on the day of the tour to Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik port & hotels in Dubrovnik.
Unesco heritage sites:
• Historic City of Trogir (1997)
• Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979)
• Old City of Dubrovnik (1979)
• Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979)
• Zagreb (Croatia)
• Ljubljana (Slovenia)
• Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
• Beograd (Serbia)
• Lake Bled
DAY 1 Wednesday ZAGREB; D
On the first day of the tour, an organized transfer will bring you to your hotel from the airport or your accommodation in Zagreb. Enjoy a day of leisure, followed by a dinner and overnight stay in Zagreb/Zagreb area.
DAY 2 Thursday ZAGREB – BLED B, D
In the morning, enjoy a guided encounter with Croatia’s largest city. With an air of a true European capital, Zagreb charms with its baroque facades and spiffy towers, green parks and open-air terraces, quiet courtyards and bustling streets. Between its historic Upper town and urban lower town, spot landmarks like the Church of St. Mark with its colorful roof, the Cathedral and the National Theatre. As the morning sets into the afternoon, head out to the contrasting, tiny, fairy-tale like Bled in Slovenia. Surrounded in lushly forested Julian Alps, Bled graces the shores of the glacial lake Bled, an idyllic corner of the world accentuated by a graceful castle perched high up on the rocks and a serene island topped with a church steeple floating in the lake’s center. Dinner and overnight in Bled/Bled area.
DAY 3 Friday BLED – LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE; B, D
New morning, another capital city. Today, visit Ljubljana, the petite, charming and quaint heart of Slovenia. Life here revolves around the river Ljubljanica, crisscrossed by romantic bridges and loomed over by the medieval Ljubljana castle perched high up above the town’s cozy center. After sightseeing with an expert local guide, enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside of Slovenia and hills Croatia to the region’s most popular natural gem, the Plitvice Lakes. A guided walk around the wooden pathways unveils an amazing world of 16 cascading lakes interlaced with over 90 stunning waterfalls, bound to mesmerize you in any season. Enjoy a dinner and overnight stay in Plitvice area.
DAY 4 Saturday PLITVICE – ZADAR – SPLIT; B, D
As the rugged hinterland sceneries slowly melt into the spectacular blue of the Adriatic Sea, you will be travelling to Zadar, Croatia’s up-and-coming coastal gem. In a guided walking tour, explore its Roman roots, pre-Romanesque highlights and tumultuous WWII period, before continuing to Croatia’s second largest city, Split. All about its seafront promenades, long coffees and white stone from the neighboring island of Brač, Split’s urbanity developed from its present day historic core, the immense palace intended for the retirement of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Your guide will tell you everything about this centuries-long journey from a palace to a town, leaving you ample time to explore the vibrant café and shopping scenes of Split on your own. Dinner and overnight in Split/Split area/.
DAY 5 Sunday SPLIT – DUBROVNIK; B, D
Head down to the far south of Croatia to discover its marvelous gem - Dubrovnik. Whether you know it as the Pearl of the Adriatic or as the King’s Landing, the Old Town is known to enchant every single visitor who makes it past its immense stone gates. Between its medieval and baroque facades, you’ll spot corners, stairs and alleys today known as the set of HBO’s popular Game of Thrones. The guide of your walking tour will tell you all about the town’s glorious history as a merchant force and an independent Republic, but will also share a few present-day gossips! Continue getting to know Croatia’s marvel on your own, perhaps even enjoy a swim beneath the mighty walls. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/ Dubrovnik area/.
DAY 6 Monday DUBROVNIK; B, D
You can choose to spend a completely leisurely day or embark on an optional day excursion to the island of Korčula. A blend of lush forests, Venetian heritage and unique wine sorts, the face of Korčula island remains its acclaimed Korčula Old Town. Get the story on its intricate design, impressive lion statues, Gothic facades and medieval dances as your guide swirls you around the cobweb of stone streets to highlight the favorite local stories and legends. Enjoy a stroll on your own and perhaps a snack before sailing back to Pelješac peninsula and visiting a local winery to sample the region’s signature jewel! After the end of your tour, enjoy a dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik/ Dubrovnik area/.
DAY 7 Tuesday DUBROVNIK – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO; B, D
Hop across the border to Bosnia and Hercegovina and delve into the region’s Ottoman heritage. Get the introduction at the town of Mostar, where the remarkable 16th-century, UNESCO-listed, stone Old Bridge spans the river Neretva and the gap between Mostar’s Catholic and Muslim communities. The maze of cobblestone streets on the shores, the sweet aftertaste of sugary Turkish desserts and the bitter power of its coffee mark each Mostar experience as thoroughly memorable. Keep the sentiment, as visiting the country’s capital of Sarajevo is bound to have a similar effect. Having thrived as the peaceful crossroads of cultures for centuries, Sarajevo endured a horrifying siege during the 1990’s conflict and is today reinventing itself. Still, the same warm hospitality of its people remains its key trademark in the present day. Explore the capital of the country in a walking tour and then enjoy a dinner and overnight stay in/around Sarajevo.
DAY 8 Wednesday SARAJEVO – BELGRADE; B, D
A new day, a new country. Today, set off to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Just short of the border, take a break in Zvornik, a charming little town on the banks of the river Drina, the natural border between the two countries. Today is the day of important river encounters, as Belgrade sits at the spot where rivers Danube and Sava come together. Belgrade thrives and pulses. Spread out beneath the immense and historic Kalemegdan fortress, the town is modern, large, lit up, and bustling. You’ll hear all about the gipsy songs of the river banks as well as the town’s role as the seat of the Yugoslav government in you walking tour and afterwards, enjoy a dinner and overnight in Belgrade.
DAY 9 Thursday BELGRADE – NOVI SAD – OSIJEK/VUKOVAR; B, L
Following the blue Danube, arrive to Novi Sad, an unexpectedly charming and charismatic town. A transit city, it weaves together eras, styles and expressions into a single, alluring projection, with a number of historical and cultural sights that even larger cities have difficulty matching. From the imposing fortress to the churches of numerous denominations throughout the old town's pedestrian zone, your guide will introduce you to all the ‘must see’ locations. Later, continuing to Ilok in Croatia, stop at the wine cellar called Iločki Podrumi (Ilok Cellars) and then for a traditional lunch. In the afternoon, en route to Osijek, visit Vukovar, Croatia’s 1990s city-hero and still a major river port. Overnight in Osijek or Vukovar.
DAY 10 Friday OSIJEK/VUKOVAR – ZAGREB; B, L
Set amid endless plains, intensely yellow corn and sunflower fields, on the bank of Drava river and inhabited by people who are not afraid of spices, Osijek is expressive and unsurprisingly, very Baroque. The city tour of Osijek explains its title as the region’s unofficial gastro capital, but also its main landmarks, the Cathedral and the Tvrdja (Old Fort). Drive a bit and then compare Osijek to another Slavonian jewel, the town of Djakovo. Just one view of its brick towers and the Cathedral dome echo welcome to each one of the visitors. As you circle back to Zagreb, round off your travels with a visit to the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela to enjoy a lunch (no drinks included) of the products from the Slavonian soil. Overnight in Zagreb/Zagreb area/.
DAY 11 Saturday DEPARTURE; B
Departure transfer from the tour hotel to Zagreb airport or hotels in Zagreb.
In the true sense of the word it is the city where western and eastern civilization collide. This is a city of poetry, a city of stone and sleepy, narrow winding streets. It is a city where the traveller from the North feels the first dashes of Mediterranean air imbued with scents of citrus and sea, and the traveller from the South reaches the first glimpses of the continent beyond. The town is exceptional for its dwellings and monuments assembled harmoniously over the centuries thanks to favourable geographical conditions and a sound economic climate. Experience sights such as the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques. After the guided tour of the town enjoy some free time for strolling around and browsing among the many old craft shops or maybe have lunch in one of the picturesque local restaurants.
Important: Passport / EU - ID required