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Location:
Ljubljana, Ljubljana & Central Slovenia
Description:

Discover Slovenia and the Dalmatian coast of Croatia with a touch of Montenegro and Bosnia
9 days / 8 nights with Liberty Adriatic Tours.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the charming capital, Ljubljana and head to Slovenia’s gem, lakes Bled and Bohinj, located in the heart of the Julian Alps
  • Go underground to the best-known cave in the world, Postojna cave
  • Visit Piran, Slovenian little Adriatic treasure
  • Discover the picturesque nature of Plitvice national park
  • Experience Split with its remarkable Diocletian palace and
  • Explore the winding alleys of walled Old town of Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic

SLOVENIA

The country of Slovenia lies in the heart of the enlarged Europe. It has a border with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. The capital Ljubljana is a modern, fresh, young, creative and vibrant city.

Slovenia, a green and diverse country between the Alps and the Mediterranean, boasts all the beauties of the old world. When you want to experience Europe in one stroke, come to Slovenia. In just 20,000 square kilometres you can find snow-covered mountains, lakes, narrow canyons and white-water rivers. When you explore further you get to the Adriatic coast, beautiful karst caves, thermal springs and the only primeval forest in Europe. All over the country there are quaint villages, medieval cities, antique castles and modern entertainment. For the wine lovers there are countless vineyards with top quality wines. In this small and easily accessible area, where hundreds of birds migrating south make a briefly stop and where dozens of unique indigenous plants find their home, more diverse experiences await you all year round.

CROATIA

Travelling through coastal and continental regions of Croatia offers immense and rich experiences to every visitor. Croatia’s cultural heritage, combined with its magnificent natural beauties, make it the perfect place to spend your vacation.

The uniqueness of Croatia lies in its diversity. The capital of Croatia is Zagreb, a charming medieval city of exceptional beauty known for its spirit and architecture, with a population of approximately 1 million. Eight national parks protect pristine forests, Karst Mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls in a landscape of primeval beauty. But it is the glorious 1,778 km-long coast with a staggering 1,185 islands that takes your breath away.

This is the most diverse coast on the Adriatic. Its limpid sapphire waters draw visitors to remote islands, hidden coves and traditional fishing villages, all while touting the glitzy beach and yacht scene. Istria is captivating, thanks to its gastronomic delights and wines, and the bars, clubs and festivals of Zadar and Split remain little-explored gems. Punctuate all this with breath-taking Dubrovnik in the south – a country couldn’t wish for a better finale.

Croatia also has the largest number of developed settlements in southeast Europe, in addition, many of which date back to Roman and medieval times. Rarely can you find so many examples of cultural and historical significance from different periods in such a small region.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the last undiscovered regions of the southern area of the Alps, with vast tracks of wild and untouched nature attracting adventurers and nature lovers. According to an estimation of the World Tourism Organization, Bosnia and Herzegovina will have the third highest tourism growth rate in the following years.

Most notable among its charms is its lush, mountainous landscape, best seen from the vantage point of one of the national parks. The central Dinaric Alps are favoured by hikers containing both Mediterranean & Alpine climates. White-water rafting on 3 rivers is something akin to a national pastime. Bosnia has also become an increasingly popular skiing and Ecotourism destination. For some, the country remains synonymous with the Yugoslav wars that ravaged the Balkan region in the 1990s. However, there are plenty of positives to take from Bosnia and Herzegovina's urban centres, especially the cosmopolitan capital of Sarajevo with its Turkish heritage and lively cafe scene. Lonely Planet, in ranking the best cities in the world, ranked Sarajevo ahead of Croatian Dubrovnik. Tourism here is chiefly focused on historical, religious, and cultural aspects. Elsewhere there are historic fortresses, splendid old mosques, monasteries and Catholic shrines to enjoy. But perhaps above all else, it is the reconstructed Ottoman bridge at Mostar that symbolizes both the past and a positive new beginning for the country.

MONTENEGRO

Montenegro is the second smallest of former Yugoslav republics. It offers a wide range of geographic diversity which make this country worth visiting and exploring. 293 kilometres of coast with its beautiful beaches and amazing beauty of the unique bay of Kotor are the total opposite to the lakes, canyons, rivers and high mountains of inner Montenegro.

Montenegro is extremely wild and beautiful. It has it all, small medieval cities on the coast, wild mountains, the biggest lake in the Balkans, the longest and the deepest canyon in Europe, Mediterranean climate and the most beautiful bay in the Adriatic. It has wide range of hotels on the coast and in land, and venues that can host up to 1,000 participants.

Different cultures have left their traces here. In Montenegro, one can feel the influence of Venetian, Roman, Byzantine, French and Turkish cultures. Moreover, all of that could be experienced in a short amount of time.

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ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrival at Ljubljana airport
  • Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to Ljubljana
  • Check into hotel
  • A sightseeing tour of Ljubljana
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Ljubljana

LJUBLJANA – The city of dragons

Ljubljana is a lively green city combining the charm of a small capital and the self-confidence of large European cities. It is the green capital of a green country. It is called the city of dragons because they can be found all over the city.

Ljubljana lies at the very heart of Slovenia and boasts a diverse history that traces 3,000 years of Roman, Medieval and Austrian influences. A friendly and cosmopolitan city, it offers a broad selection of things to do. Enjoy a calming walk along the slow-moving Ljubljanica river, one of the cities numerous parks or a more cultural walk along the century’s old buildings in the old quarter. There is also a lively café society to be enjoyed in addition to plenty of atmospheric bars, a broad range of regional restaurants and a host of cultural events.

Day 2

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Transfer to Bled
  • A ride by pletna boat and a visit of Bled Castle
  • Continue to Vintgar gorge
  • Proceed to Bohinj via Pokljuka plateau
  • Lunch on the way
  • Return to Ljubljana
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Ljubljana

BLED – Crown jewel of the Alps

The picture-postcard alpine town of Bled was once the preferred choice for the Austro-Hungarian empire’s elite. Its many charms include a medieval castle, perched high on a rocky cliff, a scenic lake studded by a tiny wooded island and the alpine splendour of the nearby Triglav National Park. A natural wonderland of glacial valleys, glittering peaks, limestone canyons, ice-cold tarns, flowered meadows, alpine forests, pretty hamlets and cascading waterfalls. It is a tourist place, surrounded by the wreaths of the Julian Alps and Karavanke Alps, placed in a dish shaped basin of a glacial lake, the warmest in Europe.

VINTGAR – A fairy tale walk

The 1.6-kilometre-long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills and is graced by the river Radovna with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The path leads you along the misty river and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 16-meter-high Sum waterfall. Due to its natural beauty, Vintgar was classified among the more important tourist sites in Slovenia and the number of visitors increases every year.

LAKE BOHINJ – The heart of Triglav national park

The natural beauty of high mountains, green forests, beautiful mountain pastures and meadows combined with cultural and historical monuments, friendly villagers that operate restaurants and quaint B&B’s, guarantee visitors a pleasant stay in Bohinj. It is an ideal starting point for day trips like walks along the trails running through the valley, mountaineering or climbing. It also offers ideal options and opportunities for rest and relaxation in all seasons. In the winter the valley becomes a sports centre, while during the summer the most beautiful part of the valley, lake Bohinj, invites bathers, kayakers and fishermen.

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Postojna and visit the caves
  • Continue to Piran for a visit
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Return to Ljubljana
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Ljubljana

POSTOJNA CAVE – A masterpiece of nature

The Postojna cave system is the largest known cave system in Slovenia. A visit to a cave such as Postojna deserves full attention due to the diversity of shapes, expansive cave areas, stalactite and stalagmite formations and water characteristics. Admire its unique Karst underground world of beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites. You can also see an unusual and rare underground animal Proteus Anguinus, the so-called “human fish”. A visit to Postojna cave is a special experience, as an electric train takes visitors to their hour and a half circle visit of the cave. From the train station inside the cave guides accompany visitors as they walk amongst magnificent creations of nature.

PIRAN – A taste of Venice

Piran is a typical Mediterranean town characterised by the lovely St. Georges Church and square, named after Piran’s most famous citizen, musician Giuseppe Tartini. It is situated at the cape of the Piran peninsula on the northern side of Istria. The town is one large museum with the medieval architecture and rich culture heritage. Narrow streets and packed houses form a special charm. Piran is also an administrative centre of the local area and important Slovenian tourist centre.

Day 4

  • Breakfast in the hotel and check-out
  • Transfer to Plitvice National Park
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Continue to Split
  • Check into hotel
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Split

Day 5

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • A sightseeing tour of Split
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • In the afternoon transfer to Trogir for a visit
  • Return to Split
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Split

Day 6

  • Breakfast in the hotel and check-out
  • Transfer to Dubrovnik
  • Check into hotel
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • A sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 7

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Transfer to Kotor (Montenegro) for a visit
  • Continue to Budva if time permits
  • Lunch on the way
  • Return to Dubrovnik
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 8

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Transfer to Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) for a visit
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Return to Dubrovnik
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 9

  • Breakfast in the hotel and check-out
  • Transfer to the airport of Dubrovnik for your departure flight

SERVICES

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INCLUDED:

ACCOMMODATION (in DBL or SGL room, breakfast included):

  • 3 nights in Ljubljana
  • 2 nights in Split
  • 3 nights in Dubrovnik

TRANSFERS:

  • Air-conditioned comfortable vehicle through the whole tour including fuel, pay tolls, parking fees and meals and accommodation for the driver

GUIDES:

  • English speaking driver/guide through the whole tour including meals and accommodation
  • Local English-speaking guides where obligatory

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:

  • Cable car ride to Ljubljana castle
  • Bled castle
  • Pletna boat ride and visit of St. Mary church
  • Vintgar gorge
  • Postojna cave
  • Plitvice lakes
  • Diocletian cellars and palace in Split
  • Cathedral in Trogir
  • The walls, Cathedral, Rector’s palace and Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik

OTHER:

  • Organization of the tour & VAT
  • Tourist tax
  • Meals as per program

EXCLUDED:

  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks during the meals
  • Porterage
  • Tips
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