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15 Day Croatia and Slovenia Discovery Tour

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Visiting: LJUBLJANA – BLED LAKE – LIPICA – POSTOJNA – ROVINJ – ISTRIATOUR – ZADAR – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – SPLIT – BRAČ – PAKLENI ISLANDS – HVAR–  VIS – KORČULA – MLJET – DUBROVNIK

15 Day Private Journey
Available from April through October

Seeing Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina for the first time is a life-changing experience. To visit time and again is to reaffirm life. Blessed with magnificent scenery and incredible history and enriched with folk traditions and delicious regional foods and wines, here is a region so divine that it has been named one of the best travel destinations in the world. Mediterranean, European, and Balkan influences have formed an ancient and distinctive culture throughout its pastoral countryside to its shimmering coastlines. Powerful mountain ranges have carved legacies in their midst while fairy tale castles and walled seaside villages stand as a testimony to its tumultuous past. Once the site of one of the bloodiest crossroads between Europe and Asia, this area gained international recognition and independence in 1992, and today is a gorgeous and peaceful land that beckons passionate travelers from all over the globe. From its lush national parks teeming with flora and fauna and stunning waterfalls to its glistening chain of lavender and citrus scented islands in the sun-drenched Adriatic Sea, this is truly one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. A journey to this part of the world is a lovely and indelible memory that lives with you forever.

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    Day 1 -     LJUBLJANA
    Both residents and numerous visitors perceive Ljubljana as a city made to the measure of man. Ljubljana is classified as a mid-sized European city, but it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a very unique city dotted with pleasant picturesque places where you can expect all kinds of nice little surprises. Ljubljana Castle lies atop Castle Hill and is a well-known landmark here. This monument has served as military housing as well as the royal residence over the past centuries. The Dragon Bridge truly symbolizes the history, beauty, and architectural style of Ljubljana and adds glamor to its skyline. This is, in fact, the first bridge in the entire world to have been constructed using reinforced concrete. You can identify St. Nicholas cathedral by its twin towers and green colored dome. Built in the year 1707, the church is dedicated to the popular saint of boatmen and fishermen of this region. To truly enjoy Ljubljana sights and get a feel of the city, you can visit the city market. Its picturesque setting near baroque and cathedrals make it a nice place to visit. You can buy all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, herbs, local arts and crafts, and Slovenian delicacies like horse pate, Karst prosciutto, oils, cheeses, ‘potica’ cake and more in this area. The Town’s main square was destroyed by an earthquake in the 15th century and was later remodeled in true Baroque style. The square is home to the Souvan House, City Art Museum, Town Hall, and the ancient Lichtenberg house. Preseren Square has a statue of France Preseren, Slovenia’s most famous poet overshadowed by the poetic muse. In a corner of the square, his lover gazes across at him. Preseren Square is surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the salmon pink Franciscan Church, which is lovely and peaceful inside. This church dates from the seventeenth century. There is also the oldest department store in Ljubljana- a beautiful art nouveau building with a statue of the god Mercury on its roof and a lovely ornate staircase inside. The central element in touristy Ljubljana is this triple bridge. The central part is the original bridge, built in 1842 and designed by an Italian architect. In 1929, Joze Plecnik, trying to eliminate congestion in traffic, planned, and built, ending in 1932, two side narrow bridges for pedestrians. Leaving Preseren Trg and crossing the Triple Bridge you will enter Ljubljana's Old Town and Mestni Trg. The Robba Fountain is located at the center of mestni Trg just by the Town Hall and is one of Ljubljana's best examples of Baroque monumental architecture. the fountain is also known as The Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers. It was built between 1743 and 1751 by the sculptor and architect Francesco Robba (1698-1757) who spent most of his life in Ljubljana and is contributed greatly to Ljubljana's present-day architecture along with Jaze Plecnik. The Fountain has sculptures depicting three river gods which represent three Carniolan rivers - the Sava, the Ljubljanica, and the Krka. Itinerary:
    • Arrival to Ljubljana
    • Upon arrival meeting with your driver and a private transfer to your centrally situated hotel in Ljubljana
    • Meeting with your guide for a walking city tour of Old Town Ljubljana
    • Time at leisure and an overnight
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    Day 2 -   LJUBLJANA – BLED LAKE – LJUBLJANA
    Bled, the town that exists for thousand years, sheltered by picturesque mountains, with an Alpine lake and the only Slovenian island that reigns in the middle. Lake Bled is truly the jewel of Slovenia with its legendary island in the middle of the lake, castle, and hot springs. Its beneficial climate has attracted numerous cosmopolitan visitors for centuries. The most renowned symbol of the island is the Church of the Assumption which demands a climb up the 99 stone-step staircase. As far as the wishing bell is concerned. Don't just watch it. Ring it. Climb up to Bled Castle and enjoy the finest view of the lake with its island. Demonstration of printing on a reconstructed Gutenberg's printing machine and prints of certificates is available. The Bled Castle offers the finest view of the Bled island, the town of Bled and of the wider countryside of the Gorenjska region. Experience the picturesque architecture of the castle and the museum collection, representing the historical development of Bled, its culture and its population. Get familiar with the traditional manual technological procedures of printing in the castle printing shop, order a small bottle of wine and seal it with sealing wax in the castle cellar, and get acquainted with artistic ironworks at the castle forge. Recover your strength in the castle restaurant and then visit the multivision. Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Meeting with your driver/guide for a private transfer to Bled. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour of Bled town with a visit to Bled Castle, pletna boat ride and a visit to the Church of the Assumption of Mary that you reach after 99 steps. The wishing bell is another attraction because when you ring the bell, make a wish and it will be granted
    • Return to Ljubljana and overnight at the hotel
       
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    Day 3 -        LJUBLJANA – LIPICA – POSTOJNA – ROVINJ
    Postojna Cave is a network of 20 kilometers of passages, galleries and chambers into which experienced guides have accompanied more than 35 million visitors in the last 188 years. It is the largest cave in the “classic karst” and the most visited show cave in Europe. In 1872 railway lines were laid in the cave; electricity arrived in 1884. Today you begin your visit aboard the cave train; the electric lighting allows you to admire the size and splendor of the underground world, where the geological past is recorded in a unique manner. Visitors to the cave are dazzled by a wealth of speleothems: calcite formations, stalactites and stalagmites abounding in a variety of shapes, colors and age. The constant temperature in the caves ranges from 8 to 10° C The Lipica Stud Farm is one of the most beautiful cultural – historical monuments in Slovenia, not far away from Ljubljana. A tradition of over 430 years can be found in the rich offer of various unforgettable experiences. Enjoy a guided walk beneath the crowns of mighty trees, enter the world of Lipica through the Museum of the Lipizzaner or take some rest in elegant style. Rovinj is the most romantic place in the Mediterranean! The town of Rovinj is the right destination if you are seeking a sentimental atmosphere of the times that have forever gone by. Rovinj has begun its romantic life on an island, its restricted area resulting in crowded houses, narrow streets and small squares, still untouched by modern urbanism. Built upon a rich fishermen’s tradition, it has become distinctive for its unique boat called batana and its songs bitinada. Its beauty was particularly appreciated by artists who have painted the most beautiful motifs here and exhibited them on Grisia, the street of artists Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
    • Rental delivery to the hotel and a self-drive from Ljubljana to Rovinj with an optional en route stop in Postojna and a visit to Lipica Stud Farm
    • Upon arrival to Sežana, enjoy a relaxing walk in the grounds of the Lipica Stud Farm accompanied by a friendly guide.
    • Get to know the cradle of the Lipizzaners - one of the oldest stud farms in the world with a tradition dating back to 1580!
    • Onward drive to Rovinj and accommodation in your centrally situated hotel
    • Time at leisure and overnight in Ljubljana
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    Day 4 -  ROVINJ – ISTRIATOUR – ROVINJ
    The Central Istria Riviera, known as Green Istria, embraces a multitude of small places with a long history and fortresses on hills with picturesque bell towers. Central Istria, as the administrative center of Pazin, "the heart of Istria," will take you through its labyrinth of narrow streets and paths (suitable for cyclists) through the fascinating landscape of cultural and natural resources: medieval castles on the hills, a forest of truffles, vineyards where tasty Malvasia and Teran ''grow'' and olive groves which olive oil is known since antiquity. Before you know it, you will plunge into an absolutely gorgeous atmosphere of hill towns and seaside villages, dramatic beaches and rose gardens, and absolutely delicious wine, olive oil, and truffles. Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel and self-drive for a day in Istria inland, very different from its coast
    • Your journey will take you up the western Istrian coast where you'll enjoy the views of the Lim channel, followed with beautiful scenery and the impeccable lines of spacious vineyards before you reach your first stop in Motovun, the medieval, captivating hilltop town as one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian interior. An ancient Istrian town-monument, located atop a 277m high hill dates back to the Middle Ages. The position and views of Motovun make it one of the most beautiful towns in Istrian inland.
    • Only a short drive away you can visit Buzet – the home town of the truffles. The biggest truffle in the world was found in this area in 2000 (1,3 kg!) with the help of dogs, specially trained to find the underground mushroom using their sense of smell. The annual “Days of Truffles” are held every October, where you can sample dishes made from freshly picked truffles.
    • Your trip takes you further to Grožnjan, the hilltop town of great cultural significance not only in Croatia but also internationally, that lives its summer months very intensely. Every year at the
    • In May, the little streets and squares of Grožnjan-Grisignana metamorphose and turn into a truly artistic beehive: it opens its summer music academies for young people, its artistic, dance and drama workshops and its peace activism workshops under the leadership of well-known experts & teachers and famous names from music, art and drama.
    • Return to Rovinj for a time at leisure and an overnight
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    Day 5 -       ROVINJ– ZADAR
    Opatija, variously known as the ‘Old Dame’, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ or the ‘Queen of Tourism’, Opatija in Croatia is a remarkable seaside resort town with a long history of tourism stretching back to 1844. When in Opatija, the feel of the 19th century is everywhere and amongst grand hotels, with elegant facades, you can easily visualize past visitors from Austria’s Hapsburg dynasty, such as Emperor Franz Joseph, or perhaps famous artists like Isadora Duncan, or a long list of world dignitaries who have over the years chosen this gem of Croatia’s Adriatic coast as their holiday destination. And what Opatija has preserved and certainly has today is a holiday destination of elegance and style. Zadar is a treasure trove of archaeological treasures and monuments to the ancient, medieval and Renaissance periods. This is visible by a number of sacral and architectural monuments – the church of sv. Donat [St. Donatus] where every summer the sounds of Zadar's musical evenings echo, the Roman Forum near the main square, Kalelarga - the longest and widest street, the Cathedral of sv. Stošije [St. Anastasia], an Archaeological Museum with its exceptional treasures and many other monuments of cultural and historical heritage (town gate, Arsenal, churches, museums...). In a city with the most beautiful sunset, in a maritime archipelago facing a multitude of islands and islets, which protect the city from the strong winds, enjoy the symphony of the Sea Organ and magical urban light installation Pozdrav suncu [Greeting the Sun] near the new harbor for cruise ships. Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
    • Self-drive from Rovinj to Zadar with an en-route stop in Opatija for a private walking tour of town Opatija with chocolate sampling and time for shopping
    • Enjoy lunch in Bevanda Restaurant - Bevanda, a renowned restaurant, uses only fresh ingredients from the continent and the sea to create classic, but versatile dishes with a touch of modernity. In its desire to serve tasty food, its cuisine is focused on pure and discernible food aromas. (to be paid on spot)
    • Onward drive to Zadar and accommodation in your centrally situated hotel
    • Private afternoon walking tour of Old Town Zadar followed by an optional dinner at a renowned seafood restaurant Foša
    • Overnight in Zadar
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    Day 6 -   ZADAR – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK – ZADAR
    Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s best known national park and the only one of eight that is listed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage sites. The main attractions of this park, are the 16 small lakes joined by waterfalls created by the sedimentation of travertine, a special type of limestone. This national park encompasses the source of the river Korana, located in the area surrounded by dense forests of beech, fir, and spruce. There are also several caves in the park, as well as springs and flowering meadows. The brown bear stands out as one of many protected animal species. The popularity of this park is also boosted by the special means of transport used to ferry visitors around: the panoramic electric trains and the noiseless electro-powered boats. By a network of paths, visitors can get around and access the numerous waterfalls and the rocky lake shores easily. Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Self-drive from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park
    • Arrival to Plitvice Lakes for a visit to the national park accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Enjoy the natural wonder of the only UNESCO natural protected site in Croatia
    • Return drive to your accommodation in Zadar for an overnight
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    Day 7 - July 25    ZADAR – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – SPLIT
    The largest part of this amazing river’s course is the national park, which in addition to its natural phenomena abounds with cultural and historical monuments. The most outstanding of these is the Franciscan monastery on the tiny island of Visovac, set in the middle of the lake widening in the river like a precious stone. Within the monastery there is a picture gallery and a church, origins of which are traced back to the 14th century. In the middle of the canyon, upstream of the river, is an interesting Krka Orthodox monastery; while on the high ground above the river several old ruins sit. The old mills, which have been transformed into small ethnographic museums where one can see how wheat was ground in the olden days, are a popular attraction for visitors. Heritage interpreters are dressed in traditional folk costumes, which is particularly interesting and entertaining for children, who are frequent visitors of the park. However, the main attraction of Krka National Park lies in its seven waterfalls. The widest of these is Roški slap, although Skradinski buk is the biggest and most well-known. A coastal city that has endured nearly a millennium of scorching temperatures, sustaining a few wars, being beaten by the waves and whipped by relentless winds, Šibenik remains as vibrant as ever. Šibenik consists of stone buildings, stone stairways, rock cliffs, cobbled streets and stone arches. It is built on rocks and constructed with rocks. Šibenik is a city of sun, sea and stone, a unique combination of characteristics that make this a city unlike any other in Croatia. Additionally, this proud city is the only one on the Croatian coast that was built by Croats—Split and Dubrovnik, for example, were founded by other cultures. As the third-largest city in Dalmatia, Šibenik makes for a strongly recommended destination on this spectacular stretch of Adriatic coastline. This city is filled with amazing historic sites, beautiful seaside hang-outs and quaint alleys and squares—just what you may expect from a medieval coastal city in Croatia. City Hall -  A strikingly harmonious Renaissance building situated on the medieval Square of the Republic of Croatia in the very heart of the city, the City Hall of Šibenik was constructed between 1533 and 1546. Its beautiful façade is made up of columns and arches, a balustrade and a balcony. The ground floor is home to a wonderful local restaurant, the outside terrace of which provides an extraordinary view of the Cathedral of St. James Although the City Hall was entirely leveled during an allied air raid in 1943, it was meticulously rebuilt and now looks exactly like it did before the Second World War. Stone Streets and Quaint Squares - A fun thing to do in Šibenik is walking around aimlessly. Its medieval heart is completely car-free—the streets and alleys are simply too narrow for car traffic—and allows people to explore, discover and wander at their leisure. The historic city center is made up of a few different areas, known as Grad, Dolac and Gorica, which all neighbor one another. These areas are chock-full with historic sites, ranging from ancient churches to palaces and mansions to townhouses. Everything, of course, is made from stone. A maze of paved and cobbled streets connects all these attractions; sometimes the streets pass underneath a beautiful arch or even through a tunnel. Because the city was built on a rocky coastal area, there are some elevation changes as well, which are conquered by—you guessed it—stone stairways. Four Fortresses - Šibenik has always had a strategic position in the Adriatic Sea. This military advantage made it a much-desired city by the larger Mediterranean powers. The rulers of the city anticipated that and erected a number of mighty fortresses, built fortified city walls and constructed commanding towers. Nowadays, the fortresses are the best-preserved remains of this once-mighty fortification system. There are four fortresses in the city of Šibenik—the Fortresses of St. Nicholas, St. John and St. Michael, and the Fortress Šubićevac—all of which were built between the 15th and 17th centuries. While they are all definitely worth visiting, the Fortress of St. Michael is particularly interesting because it houses a concert and theater venue at its top. Overlooking Šibenik and the islands in the Adriatic Sea, it is one of the most scenic places to attend a performance in Croatia. Cathedral of St. James - The number one attraction in Šibenik is the Cathedral of St. James. A stunning and stylish building, this magnificent cathedral was built in the 15th and 16th centuries and can be said to be one of the most significant monumental cathedrals in Europe. It wouldn’t be Šibenik if its cathedral weren’t built entirely from stone—in fact, it is the only cathedral in all of Europe that has been constructed with only stone. Additionally, it was also the very first structure in Europe to be constructed with inter-grooved stones. And that’s not all. The Cathedral of St. James is also the only European building of which the interior shape corresponds entirely with its exterior features. It would by no means be a stretch to state that the Cathedral of St. James can be considered to be the most important Renaissance building in Croatia. It is truly an absolutely extraordinary building, a vast stone monument, that is one of the top sights on the entire Dalmatian coast. UNESCO recognized the cultural, architectural and historical significance of this cathedral when it declared it World Heritage in 2000. Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
    • Full day excursion to Krka National Park and Šibenik on your own
    • After a drive to Šibenik explore the town on your own
    • Onward drive to Skradin for a visit to the national park, with a boat ride from Skradin. Enjoy the fresh air, wild nature and use the opportunity to visit old ancient watermills and unique ethnographic collections.
    • Final drive to Split, rental drop off in the city center, time at leisure and an overnight
     
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    Day 8 -  SPLIT
    Olives, indigenous aromatic plants, brilliancy of white stone against the verdant vegetation and the towering mountain massif of Biokovo whose spurs reach all the way to the sea – yes, this is indeed an exceptional part of the country, and its beauty is made all the more enchanting by numerous historic events and monuments, and cultural manifestations. When, in the year 305, the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruled the entire world at that time, decided to build his leisure time abode - in which he intended to spend the rest of his life - he had no doubt as to exactly where build to it. In the very heart of Dalmatia, in the bay of Aspalathos (Split), well protected from the sea by the islands of the Split archipelago, and defended on its landward side by high mountains, Diocletian created a special point on the map of the Adriatic: the future city of Split. There’s no doubt Diocletian’s Palace is the top must-see attraction in Croatia’s second-biggest city –Split. This UNESCO protected World Heritage Site is actually the heart of the whole city – almost two thousand years old, the enormous palace exists today as a “living monument” – meaning it’s dotted with quaint shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants, and people actually live and work within its old walls. And that’s what makes it really special – it’s an ancient Roman palace absolutely integrated into the everyday life and doings of Split and its people. The Riva, a marble-white and palm-lined connection of Split and the Adriatic is everyone’s favorite spot for socializing, coffee-drinking or just idle sitting on one of the comfy benches which face the sea. Riva is full of life throughout the day, especially during the summer, and you’ll always find people strolling along or sitting in one of the cafes. So, if you want to get a feeling of the local every day “buzz” be sure to grab your spot and you’ll soon experience firsthand how important and irresistible is the coffee culture in Croatia. Marjan hill, often referred to as the “green lungs of the city”, is a big forest park located close to the city center and fully equipped with walking, hiking and jogging trails. It’s a great choice for everyone who prefers less-crowded, wild beaches and thick pine tree shade. Moreover, if you’re looking for a picture-taking paradise, Marjan is your place! It offers stunning views of both Split and the surrounding islands. Marjan also hides some interesting historical sights such as old Jewish cemetery and 15th-century monasteries which are actually built into the hill. Bačvice Beach – The most famous beach in Split gives you a chance to blend in with the locals and play a game of picigin! Only ten-minute walk from the center, Bačvice Beach will show you this is a game suitable for everyone, no matter what age, sex, or fitness level. All you need, besides balun (small ball), company and shallow sandy water, is a load of positive energy. And when you feel the urge for some refreshment and relaxation, you won't have to go far – there are numerous coffee shops dotted along the beach. Coffee on Riva– Enjoying coffee at this so called ''city living room'' is a must ritual for everyone. Numerous coffee shops are dotting Riva, so all you have to do is choose the one you like the best, lay back in your chair, observe the passers-by, forget time and rush ever existed, and simply enjoy your summer holiday. Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Meet your guide for an introduction to heritage and history of charming Split during your Exclusive Adventures Croatia Flavors of Split morning private walking tour. On this tour, you will have the chance to experience local culture and food traditions.
    • We shall take you to taste Split in the true meaning of the word –  we will take you to the different food stops where you will taste local food.
    • Your first stop is a truly traditional Dalmatian snack – prosciutto, cheese, and homemade bread. The second stop will offer you a unique olive oil tasting. In this oil bar, you will enjoy the flavors and scents of locally grown olive oil.  If you feel brave enough you can have a blind date with Croatian olive oil and try to guess which olive oil are you tasting.
    • Time at leisure and an overnight in Split
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    Day 9 -         SPLIT – BRAČ – SPLIT
    Brac is the largest among the central Dalmatian islands, and also the highest among Adriatic island with 778 meters. Symbol of the island is Zlatni rat in Bol, on the island's south side - one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Adriatic. Brac quarries are the symbol of the island. from there stone is taken out since the time of Roman rule until today. The stone from Brac is known for its quality and whiteness, and it was used to build some of the most important buildings, including the White House in Washington (USA). Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel and meeting with your skipper for a private full-day excursion to Bol & Golden Horn
    • Return to Split for an overnight
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    Day 10 -       SPLIT – PAKLENI ISLANDS – HVAR
    The lavender island that Conde Nast’s signature travel magazine called “one of the “best 10 islands in the world”. A vacation on the lavender island of Hvar means extraordinary experiences every day – from visiting an ancient olive grove and learning about what Homer called “liquid gold”, taking a Jeep safari to discover hidden inland Hvar to exploring a castle, visiting the oldest theatre in Europe or tasting spectacular wine and local delicacies at an award-winning vineyard Itinerary:
    • Today you will be sailing towards Hvar, known as the sunniest island in Croatia, famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns.
    • Exploring the Paklinski Islands one cove at a time will make you believe that surprises are waiting around every corner, both above and beneath the surface!  Every cove is a microcosm, a wonder of nature, a story in itself.
    • Lunch reservation in at a renowned Zori restaurant in Palmižana bay (to be paid on spot)
    • Arrival to Hvar and accommodation in your hotel
    • In the late afternoon, meeting with your guide for a tour that takes you to a picturesque and abandoned village of Malo Grablje, located just 6 km away from Hvar town. Reaching Malo Grablje we will walk around the village and check the abandoned ruins, as water cisterns, cooperative, church, old mill, … till we will reach Mr. Berti’s Tudor restored family property, meet our host Berti and try what he and his family cooked. After our amazing dinner and tranquility in the village will go back to Hvar town.
    • As the sun sets down, Hvar becomes alive with people; we recommend a cocktail at one of the numerous bars and terraces around the beautifully illuminated harbor.
    • Overnight in Hvar
     
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    Day 11 -       HVAR – PAKLENI ISLANDS – VIS – HVAR
    Vis – the furthest island of the central Dalmatian archipelago. It is especially well known for its cultural and historical heritage, but also for its natural beauties. Even the Greek writer Agatharchides in his scripts praised wines from Vis as being the best he had ever tasted, in comparison to other sorts he had tried. Their most autochthonous wine is most certainly Vugava which you can try in numerous restaurants and cellars all around the island. We recommend you try their autochthonous Viška pogača which will definitively go well with their wines. Vis is also known as one of “the forbidden islands” during the communistic era. It was the center of Yugoslav navy and therefore was forbidden to tourists. Even today there are many hidden tunnels all around the island that testify to that fact. Some of them are now tourist attractions and others are used by the Croatian navy. Itinerary:
    • Our next destination is the island of Vis, which was, because of its unique geographical position, a strategic harbor for the navy and closed to the public until recently. Because of this isolation, Vis has a special charm of ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ which makes it really interesting to see.
    • Visit the south coast of island Vis and the “Green Cave”, unique Stiniva bay, Porat beach, and Budihovac islet.
    • Cruise through the most beautiful part of island Vis, enjoy a unique atmosphere and natural attractions.
    • Besides natural beauty and mystique, Stiniva bay is special for its characteristic tiny sea entrance between high monumental rocks. The Green Cave is the biggest sea cave of the Vis archipelago. It’s characteristic because of the sunlight beam coming through a hole on the Cave’s top, spreading sparkling green light in the sea of the Cave. Budihovac islet is the perfect place to lie in the sun and swim in peace.
    • Return to Hvar for an overnight
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    Day 12 –    HVAR – KORČULA
    Korčula was first mentioned as early as the 10th c. in works of Byzantine historians under the name “Stone Town”. It flourished under the Venetian government and later on it spread around the town walls. But in spite of all that, it is still the most famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo who was probably born here in 1254, and reminders of him can be seen all around the town, including the extremely interesting Marco Polo Museum which is something you definitively don`t want to miss when visiting this beautiful Dalmatian town. Today it`s a town where you can vividly feel the Mediterranean spirit of people who live and work in this mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
    • Private speed boat transfer from Hvar to Korčula
    • Explore the town of Korcula with its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar building layout and a legend of a great merchant traveler Marco Polo that was born and spent his childhood in the streets of Korcula.
    • Enjoy your dinner in Local restaurant (to be paid on spot)
    • Overnight in Korcula
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    Day 13 –    KORČULA – MLJET – DUBROVNIK
    Some people say that Homer, while describing the enchanted island of Ogigia, Ulysses, and the nymph Calypso, had the island of Mljet in mind. True or not - this island is today certainly a paradise for those who enjoy untouched nature and absolute tranquility. The main attractions of the island are two saltwater lakes completely surrounded by a thick pinewood forest. The Island of Mljet is one of Croatia’s National Parks. It's a thin strip of land some 32 km long and never more than 3 km wide dramatically running parallel to the Pelješac peninsula. The most visited part of the Island is the green and unspoiled west, where untouched Mediterranean vegetation and two saltwater lakes (Malo jezero – Small lake and Veliko jezero – Big lake) provide the focus of the Mljet National Park. Both lakes are encircled by foot-and cycle paths. Feel free to swim in the lakes. A boat from Veliko jezero will take you to a picturesque St. Mary’s Island, where you will be rewarded by a stunning view of the monastery established by the Benedictines in the 12th century. There will be plenty of time for swimming, strolling around the lakes or having lunch in one of the charming local restaurants. The sheer geographical position of the Elaphite islands offers guests the perfect opportunity to island-hop. These untouched islands are a wonder of nature and also provide an experience of true island life, Dalmatian style. Situated to the north-west of Dubrovnik this group of islands is made up of eight islands, the majority of which are uninhabited, and with this full-day excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit three of them – Koločep, Šipan, and Lopud. Take a dip in the crystal-clear seas, stroll in the shade of Mediterranean vegetation, explore quaint hamlets or simply indulge your taste buds with local cuisines, the choice is yours. Kolocep Island is the closest to Dubrovnik. On the island, there are two villages - Upper and Lower Forehead. Unlike most other islands in the Adriatic, Koločep is rich in fertile soil and water and is full of lush vegetation. Since ancient times Koločep is known as an island of fishermen and coral, and today is the fishery area, especially rich in lobsters. Lopud Island is located northwest of Dubrovnik. It is the second largest of Elaphiti islands and is located between Sipan and Koloče. In the Middle Ages, it was named the Insula media '(Latin for Middle Island). Lopud Island is the most developed Elaphit. Popular sandy beach Šunj is often the destination of hikers and swimmers. At each step at the island, various medieval fortresses and chapels merge, which illustrate the history of this island. Lopud island is peaceful and is suitable for holidays in silence among the cypress trees, palm trees. Island Sipan is the largest island in the group Elaphiti archipelago. It was inhabited in prehistoric times. The interior of the island spread karst fields which, opening up to the east and west, create deep bays. On the shores of West Bay lies village Luka Šipanska, while on the eastern shores of the bay has developed a village called Suđurad. On the island of Sipan is a lot of private houses with apartments built in the style typical of this area. Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
    • Private transfer from Korčula to Dubrovnik on a motor yacht with a visit to Mljet National Park (on your own) and a cruise around the Elaphiti islands with occasional stops for a walk or a swim
    • Perfect for anyone looking to enjoy the fresh air and bask in the sun rather than in a contained car, this route to Dubrovnik is a pleasant alternative for a private excursion with a beautiful speedboat or yacht from Korčula.  Cruise through 50 nautical miles towards Dubrovnik (2 hours – direct one way) while enjoying the ravishing scenery of surrounding islands
    • Optional lunch stop at Koločep island, for a meal at Local restaurant (to be paid on the spot)
    • Arrival to Dubrovnik and accommodation in your hotel
    • Meeting with your guide for a private walking tour of the Old Town Dubrovnik with round trip transfers
    • Time at leisure and overnight in Dubrovnik
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    Day 14 –           DUBROVNIK
    Dubrovnik is a medieval city on the Croatian side of the Adriatic coastline and treasure trove of cultural, historical monuments that were created throughout its thousand-year existence.   In the past, it was a City-Republic, and alongside Venice one of the most famous cultural-economic centers on the Mediterranean. In more recent times, it has become the center of modern cultural and tourist events: a city of summer festivals – an international parade of top musical and theatrical achievements, a city of museums and galleries. These values have turned Dubrovnik into a place that offers a rich selection of various experiences and excitement, but also a complete holiday in a quiet and calming, mild Mediterranean ambiance, and wonderful seaside landscapes. Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel and a private transfer from your hotel to Dubrovnik Airport for a departure flight (3 people)
    • Time at leisure to explore the town on your own
    • For the remaining 2 people
    • Overnight in Dubrovnik (2 people)
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    Day 15 -        DUBROVNIK
    Itinerary:
    • Breakfast at the hotel and check out (2 people)
    • Meeting with your driver for a private transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (2 people)
    • Departure flight
    Package includes:
    • ALL PRIVATE and ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES AND DRIVERS
    • VAT TAX INCLUDED
    • 24hr concierge and in Croatia assistance
    • Private transfer in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle (one way)
    • English speaking guide for a private walking city tour of Ljubljana
    • 2 nights in Hotel 4* in Ljubljana, Double Room, BB basis
    • Private full-day excursion to Bled (English speaking driver and a guide in Bled and entrance fees)
    • 5 days rent-a-car, Opel Zafira, Automatic transmission, one-way fee, hotel delivery, additional driver, border crossing, navigation system included
    • Admission to the Lipica Stud Farm (included: guided tour, visit the oldest stable – Velbanca where representatives of all the classical lines of Lipizzaner stallions can be seen, visit the Lipikum Lipizzaner Museum , visit the Carriage Museum, visit to the Avgust Černigoj Art Gallery, access to the historic center with the Manor, access to the Karst House, access to the Valley of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua , access to the pastures, tree avenues, parks and walking paths (about 5 km long), access to other natural and historic highlights of Lipica  / the pond, ice-pit, well, dry stone wall)
    • 2 nights in Hotel 5* in Rovinj, Double room, BB basis
    • English speaking guide for a private walking tour of Opatija with chocolate sampling experience in a pleasant atmosphere and learning about the history of chocolate and its positive effects
    • English speaking guide for a walking city tour of Old Town Zadar
    • 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Zadar, 1 double room & standard suite + pull out sofa, BB basis
    • English speaking guide for a visit of the Plitvice Lakes National Park (entrance fees included)
    • Entrance fees to Krka National Park with a boat ride from Skradin
    • 3 nights in Hotel 4* in Split, Double room, BB basis
    • Exclusive Adventures Croatia Introduction and Flavors of Split combo (drinks excluded) - Included: Walking tour Split – history highlights, English speaking tour guide, insurance, pick up & drop off, food sampling on Split Green market
    • Soparnik dish and seasonal fruit, a meal in each food stop (coffee in one local café, 1st stop – prosciutto & cheese and bread, 2nd stop – olive oil tasting, 3rd stop – ice cream)
    • Private speed boat full-day excursion to Brač island (Included: speed boat, skipper, fuel, refreshment)
    • Half-day sailboat excursion to Hvar island with a stop at Pakleni islands (Included: skipper, transfer, refreshment)
    • The abandoned ethno – eco village of Malo Grablje tour (Included: pick up, guide/driver, car transfer, dinner with wine in the abandoned village of Malo Grablje)
    • 2 nights in Hotel 4*, Double room, BB basis
    • Unique Tornado speed boat excursion to the south coast of island Vis with a visit to the “Blue Cave” (weather permitting), unique Stiniva bay, Porat beach, and Budihovac islet.
    • Included: speed boat transfer, skipper, fuel, VAT, insurance, safety gear / Not included in the price: entrance fees, food/drink
    • Private speed boat transfer from Hvar to Korčula (Included: skipper, transfer, refreshment)
    • Private walking tour of Old Town Korcula with tasting of traditional cukarin cakes (Included: English speaking guide, cake tasting in Cukarin store)
    • 1 night in a Korčula Hotel 4*, Double room, BB basis
    • Private transfer from Korčula to Dubrovnik on a motor yacht with a cruise around Mljet island and the Elaphiti islands (Incl. Personal Skipper /Crew and Boat at Your Full Disposal)
    • Entrance fees to Mljet National Park
    • 1 nights in Hotel 5*, Double room, BB basis
    • Private round trip transfers from your hotel to Pile Gate meeting point
    • English speaking guide for the private walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik (entrance fees not included)
    • 1 nights in Hotel 5*, Double room, BB basis
    • 2 private transfers from your hotel in Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik Airport in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle
    The program does not include:  
    • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
    • Airfare, Travel Insurance
    • Additional excursions and / or services not mentioned in the program
    • Personal expenses (internet, telephone, mini bar etc.)
    • Tips and porterage services
    Dates and Details: Prices are based on number of passengers traveling and dates of travel Hotels are not guaranteed until confirmed