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Surround yourself in the greens and blues of this exhilarating vacation! Discover the lush forests and countryside of Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea along the Croatian coast. Add to this the breathtaking natural wonders of the Postojna Caves, Plitvice National Park, and the Neretva Gorges, as well as man-made splendors of the historical city centers in Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik. See the rebuilt Mostar Bridge and Sarajevo, famous for its unique blend of cultures. Also visit Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, before returning to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s gateway to the Alps—a magnificent vacation!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Postojna Caves
Scenic Highlights: Dalmatian Coast, Neretva Gorges
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Historic Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
- Old Bridge of the old city of Mostar
- Old city of Dubrovnik
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Meals & Itinerary
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to see some of Ljubljana, the Slovenia capital with a strong Alpine/Austrian architectural flavor. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 Ljubljana–Postojna Caves–Zadar, Croatia
Undoubtedly, one of the highlights on this tour is a visit to the POSTOJNA CAVES. Your included visit is comprised of a TRAIN ride and a walking tour, which will allow you to see what are possibly Europe’s most extensive and best-known caves. Then, into Croatia, traveling along the coast to Zadar for sightseeing and an overnight stay. Zadar was under Venetian domination for centuries, then Austro/Hungarian, was ruled by Italy after WWI, and today belongs to Croatia.
Day 3 Zadar–Split–Dubrovnik
Drive south to Split to visit the former home town of the Roman emperor Diocletian and his palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See more of the lovely Dalmatian Coast before reaching Dubrovnik for two overnights.
Day 4 Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is the best-preserved Croatian medieval city and the liveliest in Dalmatia. The most interesting part of the city is, of course, the Old Town. The Local Guide will give you a full commentary on the history of this beautifully preserved medieval architectural wonder on your included sightseeing tour. Afternoon and evening optional excursions are available.
Day 5 Dubrovnik–Neretva Gorges–Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina–Sarajevo
Start the day with a scenic drive into the rugged beauty of the Neretva Valley. Stop in Mostar, where a Local Guide shows you the remains of the Turkish Quarter and the reconstructed 16th-century bridge. On to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina and certainly the most Turkish-looking city in the Balkans—famous for its mosques, markets, and bazaars. Your included city sightseeing with a Local Guide will give you a grand opportunity to get acquainted with the city and its architectural highlights.
Day 6 Sarajevo–Plitvice National Park, Croatia
Travel north today back into Croatia to visit the country’s best-known national park—PLITVICE. Enjoy a walk with a Local Guide through the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder. Its 16 lakes, wooded hills, waterfalls, and cascades make it one of Europe’s most loved national parks. Overnight in this area.
Day 7 Plitvice–Zagreb–Ljubljana, Slovenia
First, stop today for sightseeing in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. This city is packed with historic buildings, such as the gothic-style Church of St. Marcus. Continue to Ljubljana for more sightseeing and an overnight stay.
Day 8 Ljubljana
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
VJENCESLAV ZATKOVIC ( WENTZ )
Years of Experience: 17
“I decided to become a Tour Director in order to see the world-and lose weight. Unfortunately, the latter is impossible in Slovenia and Croatia, because the food is incredible. Still, it was worth a try! Since those early years I've discovered that the reality of travel is better than I ever imagined. Every day is different, and there is always something new to see and learn.”
LJUBLJANA M Hotel (ST)ZADAR Porto (ST)DUBROVNIK Tirena (ST)SARAJEVO Bosnia (ST)PLITVICE Jezero (ST)
The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.
Konavle Bus Excursion
This afternoon's excursion will take you to the Konavle region in the south of Croatia. After leaving Dubrovnik area you will pass through the beautiful region called Zupa Dubrovacka with its small villages to enter the wine region, Konavle. There will be a short stop in the touristic resort of Cavtat to see the Church of St. Nikolas, the Franciscan Monastery and lots of small, romantic beaches. The next stop on this interesting afternoon will be at an old mill in the mountains where you will be shown how the family living there reconstructed the old mill: with the power of water from a small local river they are still producing floor to make homemade bread. The family will greet you in local regional costume and offer you brandy and dried figs. Later see how national costumes are made and enjoy a snack before returning to Dubrovnik.
Approximate value: 40 EUR per person
An unforgettable evening out to a restaurant in the center of Ljubljana to enjoy a show with live Slovenian music and a folklore show with costumes and dances from different regions of Slovenia. Experience genuine Slovenian hospitality first with a traditional welcome by a folk dance group in costumes who serve you dried fruits. Then sit back and relax and sample excellent traditional food and delicious Slovenian wine. If you want you can participate in some amusing traditional dances and games.
Approximate value: 42 EUR per person
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