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Tour Italy – Slovenia – Croatia

  • Destination: Croatia, Europe tour
  • Duration: 12 days
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Day 1
Venice

Arrival with Venice with transfer from hotel to airport

Day 2
Venice

After breakfast a tour in Venice to visit San Marco square and basilica, the Doge´s palace, The bell tower and the bridge of sighs. Free time for lunch and shopping. Meeting after lunchtime to visit the venetian masters of arts. From the late Middle Ages until the mid 18th century, artists of the highest caliber left their mark all over the city and works by Venice’s grand masters Titian (c1488-1576), Tintoretto (c1518-94), Canaletto (1697-1768) and Tiepolo (1727-1804) can still be viewed today. See Titian’s glorious ‘Assumption’ above the high altar at I Frari, Tintoretto’s epic masterpiece ‘Crucifixion’ at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and Tiepolo’s monumental frescos at the Pietá and Ca´Rezzonico. Dinner and overnight in Venice.

Day 3
Venice – Verona – Venice

Breakfast will be followed by a tour in the grand canal. The canal may no longer be teeming with merchandise-laden cargo boats, but it is still the main thoroughfare of Venice, and only a little imagination is needed to understand its historical importance. The three and a half kilometer (two-mile) trip from the railway station to San Marco provides a superb introduction to the city, telling you more about the way Venice works – and has always worked – than any historical tome. Every family of note had to have a palazzo here, and this was not just for reasons of social snobbery. The palazzi are undeniably splendid but they were first and foremost solid commercial enterprises, and their designs are as practical as they are eye-catching. Then we will visit a glass blowing factory. Lunch After lunch the tour will lead you to Verona (2:06h distant) to visit Juliet’s window. Generations of visitors to Verona have crowded the courtyard of a pretty 13th-century palazzo, gazing enraptured at a balcony cunningly tacked on to the first floor in the 1920s, leaving their entwined signatures on graffiti-covered walls and having a furtive rub of the shiny right breast of a 20th-century bronze of Shakespeare’s best-loved heroine. dinner and overnight in Venice

Day 4
Venice – Ljubljana

After breakfast departure to Ljubljana (3:27) After arrival free time to relax . In the evening a tour to the igloo village. Take a tour through the Igloo Village, stop by the Igloo Bar, have an Igloo dinner, and basically just enjoy an Igloo night! At 16:00 we will gather to begin a thirty minute guided night snowshoeing tour to Igloo Village. After arriving at the Igloo Village, we will stop at Igloo Bar to sample the official drink called Eskimcek. This will be followed by a tour through the Igloo Village and an Igloo dinner of fondue, with some good chillout music for added ambiance. After dinner, you can visit either Igloo Wellness, take part in some of outdoor activities with our guides (tobogganing, snow biking, etc.), or continue to party in Igloo Bar. overnight in Ljubljana

Day 5
Ljubljana – Skocjan – Lipica – Ljubljana

After breakfast we will discover a region called Kras (Karst), in the southwestern part of Slovenia. It is a land of rare beauty, secret underground waters and caves, special climate and scarce vegetation. And right there in a picturesque village of Lipica for more than 400 years beautiful, white horses called Lipizzaners have been bred. Discover the rare beauty, secret underground waters and caves of Kras Visit the picturesque village of Lipica See beautiful white horses which have been bred for over 400 years Explore some of the complex cave passages of Karst Observe some of the finest valleys and natural bridges. Lunch during the tour. Dinner and overnight in Ljubljana

Day 6
Ljubljana – Bled – Ljubljana

After breakfast a morning tour in Ljubljana. A 2+ hours walking tour through the city’s famous landmarks, both old and new, with a wealth of inside information and tips. After lunch the tour will take you to Lake Bled (Slovene: Blejsko jezero) is a glacial lake in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. The lake surrounds Bled Island (Sln. Blejski otok), the only natural island in Slovenia. The island has several buildings, the main one being the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary (Slovenian: Cerkev Marijinega vnebovzetja), built in the 15th century, where weddings are held regularly. The church has a 52 m (171 ft) tower and there is a stairway with 99 steps leading up to the building. The lake is also well known among rowers because it has very good conditions for the sport. Returning to hotel for dinner and overnight in Ljubljana

Day 7
Ljubljana – Postojna – Opatija

Breakfast and departure to Postojna cave,the second longest cave system in Slovenia. You can visit the labyrinth on a small electric railway and see the beautiful natural formations (including stalagmites and stalactites) resulting from deposits of calcium carbonate. After a tour in the cave we will go to Opatija. Upon arrival at the hotel free time to relax . After dinner watch Opatija from sea in a romantic boat-drive.

Day 8
Opatija – Hum – Motovun – Porec – Opatija

After breakfast we will go to the smallest town in the world, Hum. It is probably smaller than most villages around the world – the town tour can be completed in as little as ten minutes– and yet its medieval charm doesn’t fail the continuous tourists that work their way up there. The most eminent structure here is the 12th century St. Jerome Church. Sitting outside the fortification, near the cemetery, its walls boast of ancient engravings: frescos and verses in the lost Glagolitic script, making this a place of great historical and cultural significance in the region. The Glagolitic script is considered to be the earliest form of written Croatian and a precursor to present day Cyrillic. After visiting Hum we will go to Motovun, one of those story-book villages you see in slick travel magazines, but never seem to find. But there it is, magically perched on the top of a hill, surrounded by farms and vineyards and valleys with a spiral of red-roofed stone houses curling its way up to the top. After lunch in Motovun we will go to Porec. We will walk by the Decumanus street, the Marafor square, by the local Parlaments building and we will visit the basilica of St. Eufrasius, a cultural monument entered in the UNESCO world heritage list. Dinner and overnight in Opatija

Day 9
Opatija

Breakfast followed by a guided stroll in Opatija. After that a Riviera panorama boat trip. Three hour long boat ride along the Opatija Riviera and the Kvarner Bay. This excursion starts from Opatija where the boat will pick you up and take you to see the panoramic view of Lovran, Medveja, Moscenicka Draga and other small places along the riviera coastline. Welcome drink and a 30-min stop in one of the towns on the Riviera – included. overnight in Opatija

Day 10
Opatija – Plitvice lakes – Zagreb

After breakfast we will go to Plitvice Lakes to see the most beautiful and the oldest national park in Croatia and UNESCO protection – consists of 16 lakes connected via waterfalls. The park is visited mostly on foot – however the entrance includes a boat ride across the Emerald Green Lake “Kozjak” and a train ride back to the main entrance. The visit of the park grounds takes approx. 2,5 – 3 hours. Lunch in Plitvice Then we will departure to Zagreb for overnight in the city

Day 11
Zagreb

City tour visiting the main tourist points: Jelačić square, St Stephan Cathedral (the biggest church in Croatia), Dolac market, Stone gate, the parliament, Government palace, St Mark´s and St Catherine`s churches, Lotrsčak tower and the Funicular. Then we will visit The Mirogoj Cemetery, considered to be one of the most beautiful cemetery parks in Europe and, because of its design, numbers among the more noteworthy landmarks in the City of Zagreb. In the afternoon optional tours with chariot tour in Zagreb. Limited to 4 people each chariot. dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

Day 12
Zagreb

After breakfast transfer from hotel to airport.