This itinerary is for a past tour program.
Check out our current tour & cruise pacakges in Europe.
Now that peace is in full bloom, the magnificent countries of the former Yugoslavia, including the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, are fast becoming a vacation destination of choice for savvy travelers. Join us in witnessing the success story of the new Balkans, from historic and elegant Zagreb, through the pristine, majestic Julian Alps, to lovely, medieval Dubrovnik, all at irresistible prices that are simply too good to pass up! Last year our program sold out very quickly, so don't wait to reserve your spot!
Day 2: Arrive Zagreb, Croatia. Arrive in historic and elegant Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. You are greeted at the airport and escorted to your deluxe downtown hotel. Along the way, you'll witness the signs of a city and country prospering anew after falling on hard times. Western visitors are once again warmly welcomed here! This evening, your tour director hosts a briefing followed by welcome dinner. Sheraton Zagreb Hotel Dinner provided.
Day 3: Zagreb. Morning guided tour to explore some of the highlights of gracious Zagreb. Visit the Upper Old Town and see St. Stephen's Cathedral and St. Marks Church. You'll also visit colorful Jelacic Square and wander the surrounding narrow alleys. Proceed to the historic Mirogoj Park Cemetery, known for its opulent sculptures and arcades. The remainder of the day is free to explore this delightful city on your own and perhaps visit the impressive Mimara Museum with its unique arts and articrafts collection. Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Zagreb, Ljubljana & Bled, Slovenia. After breakfast, journey through the lush countryside and cross the nearby border to the Republic of Slovenia. Arrive in the thriving capital of Ljubljana where you'll explore the unique architecture and admire the work of Joze Plecnik, a 20th-century architect and Ljubljana native, that made significant contribution to restoring the city that suffered from a devastating earthquake in 1895. You'll also see some buildings that survived the earthquake and still stand in the charming historic old town. The old town is dotted with small shops and numerous outdoor cafes and restaurants. Stroll along the riverside promenade and visit the bustling and colorful open air market. This afternoon proceed to the enchanting resort town of Lake Bled, situated on the lakeshore and surrounded by the majestic Julian Alps. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight. Golf & Park Hotels Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5: Lake Bled. Start your day with a guided stroll around emerald-green Lake Bled. You'll also visit the Bled Castle perched high on a cliff above the lake. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration of this charming village. You may join a relaxing cruise around the lake. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Lake Bled & Opatija, Croatia. Slovenia's pastoral countryside unfolds as you depart Lake Bled today to the mysterious Postojna Caves, the second largest in Europe. Here, ride a train to view the impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Later, proceed to the fashionable Riviera town of Opatija, arriving at your seaside hotel in time for dinner. Grand Hotel Adriatic Opatija Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 7: Opatija & Optional Istria Peninsula Excursion. Today is at leisure to explore Opatija's Austro-Hungarian grandeur, stroll along the waterfront promenade or relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants. You may join a delightful optional excursion to the picturesque towns dotted along the scenic coastline and the exciting surrounding landscape. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Opatija & Plitvice Lakes. Enjoy a thrilling ride today to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a string of 16 turquoise colored lakes linked by 92 waterfalls and cascades and surrounded by densely wooded mountains and lush vegetation. This afternoon enjoy a short scenic boatride and a leisurely walk along the lakeshores. Admire the awesome waterfalls and the magnificent natural beauty. Your hotel is located inside the National Park! Breakfast & dinner provided. Jezero Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 9: Plitvice Lakes, Zadar & Split. Depart beautiful Plitvice National Park. Later, drive to Zadar, the oldest Slavic town on the Adriatic Sea and once famed cultural center. Pause here for an orientation tour that includes a visit to the Roman Forum's ruins. Continue along the spectacular coast to Trogir, the center of artistic activities where scholars from around the world gather to study and paint. Arrive in Split in time for dinner. Marjan Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 10: Split & Dubrovnik. Located in the center of the Dalmatian coast and nestled between the mountains and sea, Split is a picturesque ancient town built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. On your guided tour, visit the impressive Emperor's Palace built in the 3rd century. This afternoon, delight in a breathtaking drive along the spectacular Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic, dotted with palm trees, olive groves and idyllic fishing villages. Late this afternoon arrive in Dubrovnik, one of Europe's best preserved walled cities founded in the 7th century and now declared a World Heritage Site. Arrive at your seaside hotel. Hotel President Dubrovnik or similar Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 11: Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is certain to enchant any visitor! Thick age-old walls surround the ancient port town. The winding cobblestone streets are filled with old red-tiled roof houses and distinctive medieval age buildings. Enjoy a guided walking tour through "Old Dubrovnik" and see the harbor, the Franciscan monastery and the stately Baroque Cathedral. The afternoon and evening are at leisure to discover the treasures of the historic old town at your own pace. Breakfast provided.
Day 12: Montenegro Excursion. Today, drive across the border to the Republic of Montenegro and the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. See the towns of Risan and Kotor located along the curving roadway. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay and learn about the rich history of the area. Proceed to Cetinje, once the seat for the Montenegran rulers. Return to Dubrovnik via a short ferry ride across the scenic bay. Breakfast provided.
Day 13: Dubrovnik. A full day at leisure to explore splendid Dubrovnik on your own, join an optional excursion or shop for local arts and crafts in the colorful local market. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 14: Dubrovnik/USA. Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Croatia, click here.
For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Slovenia, click here.
For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Italy, click here.
For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Montenegro, click here.
Vacationing in Italy for Spring Break was our 13-year-old son's idea. We hadn't a clue how to pull it all together in less than 5 weeks, and then a friend recommended Friendly Planet. From the get-go (meaning my initial contact with your reservation agent), I knew that we would be in good hands. The tour of 8 key cities in Italy, including Rome, Florence, Venice, and Siena, was beyond our wildest expectations. And the price was right! And our charming tour guides were one better than the other! We also enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers -- all truly wonderful people. Since then, every chance I get, I recommend Friendly Planet to my family and friends.
— Fran Carpentier, New York, NY