The Fabulous Mosaic of the Adriatic
Day 1: Ljubljana
Arrival at Ljubljana airport and transfer to the hotel. Walking tour of the old part of the city. The capital of Slovenia is an architectural gem: the mixture of Baroque and Modernist styles and the work of the architect Jože Plečnik are the special ingredient of its charm. The city has several cultural events and an impressive night and social life. Rest of the day free. Accommodation.
Day 2: Ljubljana-Bled-Bohinj-Ljubljana
After breakfast, drive to Lake Bohinj, the largest in Slovenia. The area is part of the Triglav National Park, famous for crystal clear waters, remains of virgin forests and rich flora and fauna. Departure to the wonderful Lake of Bled, through which we will take a boat trip to its symbolic island, dominated by the 17th century Baroque church. After ringing the bell of wishes, we will go up to the castle where we can enjoy the view of the lake and its surroundings. Return to Ljubljana. Accommodation.
Day 3: Ljubljana-Postojna Cave-Piran-Opatija
Breakfast. Visiting one of the largest caves in the world is an unforgettable experience. The visit begins by entering by train through an artificial tunnel, passing the Gothic Hall and the Congress Hall to the Big Mountain. Stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, organs, spaghetti and the Russian Bridge are just some of the symbols of the cave. Before leaving by train again, we will meet the human fish, an endemic animal in this part of the world. In the afternoon we will continue to Piran, the hometown of the Baroque composer Giuseppe Tartini. The main square is named after him and is located in the place, where in the past there was a fishing port. Buildings from the Venetian and Austro-Hungarian era surround the square, among which the "Benecanka" house stands out with a beautiful legend that explains its construction. Travel to Opatija. Accommodation.
Day 4: Opatija-Rovinj-Pula-Opatija
After breakfast, departure to the Istrian peninsula. First we will visit Rovinj, a city that invites you to stroll among numerous galleries and artisan shops. The image of the Istrian city is completed by the church dedicated to Saint Euphemia, which is located on the top of Rovinj. We will continue to the south of the peninsula to visit the city of Pula. In ancient times it was an important port of the Roman Empire and from this time we will visit the amphitheater, one of the six remaining Roman amphitheatres in the world, and the old town that represents an interesting mix between Roman and later styles. Travel to the Opatija Riviera. Accommodation.
Day 5: Opatija-Zadar-Split
In the morning departure to Dalmatia, the southern part of the Croatian coast. First stop will be in Zadar, a coastal city full of Roman ruins and medieval churches. We will visit the main square, where the Cathedral of Santa Anastasia and the Church of San Donato of circular construction are located, surrounded by many vestiges of the Roman era. To finish we will attend an extraordinary concert of the marine organ. We will continue to Split. Walking tour of the old town of the second largest city in Croatia. It is here, where in the s. III the Roman Emperor Diocletian built a magnificent palace, which until today remained inhabited and represents a mixture of different architectural styles. Here you will find the Split Cathedral, which in the past served as Diocletian's mausoleum, the Temple of Jupiter and numerous Gothic courtyards. Accommodation.
Day 6: Split-Hvar-Split
Breakfast. Today we will visit one of the 2144 islands of Croatia. Departure by ferry from Split to the City of Hvar. Since the 13th century it has been the political and economic seat of Hvar and a very attractive city for tourists. The main square was created by blocking a cove and is today the largest square in Dalmatia. On its southern side is the arsenal, which in Venetian times functioned as a shipyard for the repair of ships. St. Stjepan's Cathedral was built on the site of a cathedral destroyed by the Turks. It is a Renaissance-Baroque church with a four-story bell tower. Free time. In the afternoon visit of a winery. Viticulture began in Hvar with the arrival of the Ancient Greeks more than 2,200 years ago. Wine tasting. Ferry departure to Split. Accommodation.
Day 7: Split-Medjugorje-Mostar
After breakfast, we will leave for Bosnia and Herzegovina. First stop is going to be in Medjugorje. 2-hour visit with a local guide: Explanation of the apparition of the Virgin, visit around the church of Santiago and the Monte de las Apparitions. Travel to Mostar. Accommodation.
Day 8: Mostar-Ston-Dubrovnik
Breakfast. In the morning, we will visit the city of Mostar, which with its location on the banks of the Neretva river and the bridge from Ottoman times looks like a "1001 night" village. Walk through the old town, the Ottoman quarter with several mezquitas, craft shops and coffee shops. Free time. Depart for Croatia and the Pelješac peninsula. We will stop in Ston to taste the famous oysters. Travel to Dubrovnik. Accommodation.
Day 9: Dubrovnik
Breakfast. In the morning we will visit the old town of the Pearl of the Adriatic with the main street called Stradun, where are the most important palaces of Dubrovnik, the Onofrio Fountain, Orlando's Column and the Franciscan Monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. world. Rest of the day free. Accommodation.
Day 10: Dubrovnik-Perast-Kotor-Dubrovnik
Breakfast. Today we will go to see Montenegro, whose mountains reach down to the sea, creating a dramatic landscape and the only chain of fjords in the Mediterranean. Our first stop will be in the town Perast, where we will embark to visit Our Lady of the Rock, an artificial island with an ancient sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin. We will continue to Kotor, a beautiful walled city in the Boka Kotorska Bay. Strolling around we will discover the most outstanding monuments of Kotor and its history that began as early as the 2nd century with the arrival of the Romans. Free time. Return to Dubrovnik. Accommodation.
Day 11: Dubrovnik
Breakfast and free time until transfer to Dubrovnik airport. End of our services.