Croatia, Jewels of Dalmatia Tour with return flights


Discover the treasures of the Balkan states and the spectacular countryside of south-eastern Europe. Experience the romance of Lake Bled, visit medieval cities, relax in charming coastal villages and explore stunning national parks.

Members from: $12,395 P.P Single ShareNon-members from: $12,645 P.P Single Share

  • Type

    Solo Traveller

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Supplier

    Encounter Travel

  • Booking Code

    ETCD

  • Departs

    22 September 2019

  • Company

    Encounter Travel


Includes


  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included~

  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour

  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles

  • Ferry journey from Drvenik to Hvar

  • Ferry journey from Hvar to Split

  • 16 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)

  • 2 nights in Ethno houses, Plitvice Lakes

  • 18 breakfasts

  • 1 lunch and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

  • Discover cosmopolitan Sarajevo and its interesting Turkish heritage

  • Stroll along beautiful Dubrovnik’s cobblestone streets

  • Drive along the sparkling Bay of Kotor

  • Marvel at the natural wonder of the Postojna Caves

  • Admire the changing colours of the spectacular Plitvice Lakes

  • Visit stunning Lake Bled


Itinerary

DAY 1Depart Australia

DAY 2 Arrive Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia and its beautiful capital, Zagreb! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

DAY 3 Zagreb

We take a morning sightseeing tour of the city and its impressive 900-year-old Upper Town. We see the churches of St Mark’s and St Catherine’s and visit the Cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the cobblestone streets at your own pace and admire its old-world graciousness and friendly, lively energy before tonight’s group welcome dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 Zagreb - Sarajevo

Today we cross the border into Bosnia & Herzegovina and make our way to the historic capital, Sarajevo. A vibrant city full of history and a Turkish heritage, it is often called the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 Sarajevo

We’ll explore Sarajevo on a sightseeing tour this morning. Highlights include the buzzing Turkish bazaar, ‘Bas Carsija’, the Husref Bay’s Mosque and the Gavrilo Princip Museum.

Special Experience: Discover the culinary delights of Sarajevo on a gourmet walking tour. Enjoy a degustation of Bosnian cheeses and smoked meats, as well as a traditional cooked meal at a local restaurant. Relax in a typical tavern and try two types of homemade rakija.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 Sarajevo - Mostar - Dubrovnik

We venture south to Mostar, where its famous Ottoman bridge, bustling gold alley and the numerous millhouse restaurants lining the banks of the river set an enchanting scene. Later this afternoon we continue to beautiful Dubrovnik, set against a backdrop of the shimmering Adriatic Sea.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most photographed towns on the Mediterranean. This morning we enjoy a walking tour of this historic walled city. Sights will include the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column, Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace.

Special Experience: Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and taste the regional cuisine at a special home-hosted dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 Kotor Excursion

We spend the day touring the tiny country of Montenegro. Admire the beauty of the Dalmatian coast as we drive along the rugged Bay of Kotor, dotted with charming little villages.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 Dubrovnik - Hvar

Today we head north along the spectacular coast to Hvar Island. Take in the views from the panoramic road on the island as we journey to Hvar town. Enjoy the evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 Hvar - Split

See the highlights of this beautiful island on a walking tour this morning, where we enjoy spectacular views from the Hvar Fortress, a medieval castle dating back to before 500BC. We then have a delicious lunch in Vrisnik before catching a ferry to Croatia's second-largest city, Split

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 Split

We tour the historic city centre of Split today, which is built around the remains of the world's most impressive Roman monument - the Diocletian's Palace.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 Split - Trogir - Plitvice Lakes

Today we stop in the town of Trogir, where artists from around the world gather to paint. This afternoon we travel to stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. These 16 terraced lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey and blue.

Special Experience: Stay overnight right inside the national park, and only 400m from the highest waterfall.

DAY 13 Plitvice Lakes

This morning we explore the spectacular lower lake section on a guided walking tour that will showcase its magnificent turquoise lakes, waterfalls and cascades.

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not take an extended walk of this area to appreciate its natural beauty?

Or - spend the afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the tranquility.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14 Plitvice Lakes - Opatija

We travel to the imperial resort town of Opatija. Famous for its grand spa hotels and superb location on the beautiful bay of Kvarner, it is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. We’ll take an orientation tour on arrival to learn about its splendid past. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 Istrian Peninsula Excursion

Enjoy a full-day excursion along the beautiful, heart-shaped Istrian Peninsula. Visit Eufrasius Basilica at Poreč, the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula and the charming fishing port of Rovinj.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16 Opatija - Postojna - Bled

Today we visit the incredible Postojna Cave, with more than 20km of passages, galleries and chambers. We ride an electric train through the caves discovering two million year old stalagmite and stalactite formations. This afternoon we continue north to fairytale Lake Bled.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17 Bled

The region around Bled is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Set amongst stunning mountain peaks and brimming with forests and greenery, waterfalls and streams, it is characterised by the iconic church steeple that perches atop a tiny island in the middle of the lake. Here we enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour including a visit to Bled Castle, before we visit the lake valley of Bohinj.

Special Experience: Visit the Alpine Dairy Farming Museum, learn about life of herdsmen in an authentic environment and taste the locally produced cheeses.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18 Bled

Optional Walking Discovery: Explore the lush greenery and tranquil waters of Vintgar Gorge this morning. Don’t forget your camera, the scenery will take your breath away!

Special Experience: Visit the traditional Gingerbread Museum to learn the history of this honey-bread and make your very own gingerbread heart, a symbol of love and passion.

We continue to be immersed in history as we enjoy traditional Slovenian fare for dinner at the museum’s adjoining restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19 Bled - Ljubljana - Zagreb

This morning we depart for the picturesque Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. Take a sightseeing tour here, then get the opportunity to meet a local at the Old Yugoslavia Museum. See Ljubljana from a different angle on a boat ride along the Ljubljanica River. We then head to the picturesque Arboretum Botanical Gardens. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 20 Depart Zagreb

Today we begin our journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 21 Arrive Australia


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