Jewels of Dalmatia

  • days: 20
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Countries Visited:

  • Croatia
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Montenegro
  • Slovenia
  • Italy

Description

Discover the treasures of the Balkan states and the spectacular countryside of south-eastern Europe. Experience the romance of Venice, visit medieval cities, relax in charming coastal villages and explore stunning national parks.

 

Captivating Croatia and Coastline

Arrive in historic Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Here we take a sightseeing tour of the colourful old town. We continue through the scenic landscapes of Bosnia to Sarajevo. Sarajevo has been influenced by a number of cultures and is a fascinating place to visit. The next is stop is Dubrovnik, a real highlight of this tour. Here we have time to relax and get to know this wonderful town. With its ancient city walls, narrow cobblestone streets and colourful shops, being in Dubrovnik is like stepping back in time.

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Plitvice Lakes

From Dubrovnik we head to Split and the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park comprises 16 terraced lakes and is surrounded by densely-wooded hills. Here we take some time to enjoy the park and wander around the lower lakes – the scenery is breathtaking.

Be spellbound by Slovenia and fall in love with Venice

Continuing through Europe, we travel to Slovenia. We spend time at picturesque Lake Bled and in the charming town of Ljubljana. With its fairytale streets and colourful open-air markets, Ljubljana is a real jewel of Europe. The last stop on our fantastic tour is the romantic city of Venice. Here there is time to relax and explore as we visit the famous Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia and its beautiful capital, Zagreb! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Zagreb

We take a morning sightseeing tour of the city and its impressive 900-year-old Upper Town. We see the churches of St Mark’s and St Catherine’s and visit the Cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the cobblestone streets at your own pace and admire its old-world graciousness and friendly, lively energy before tonight’s group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Zagreb - Sarajevo

Today we cross the border into Bosnia & Herzegovina and make our way to the historic capital, Sarajevo. A vibrant city full of history and a Turkish heritage, it is often called the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’. [B]

Day 5. Sarajevo

We’ll explore Sarajevo on a sightseeing tour this morning. Highlights include the buzzing Turkish bazaar, ‘Bas Carsija’, the Husref Bay’s Mosque and the Gavrilo Princip Museum. [B]

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Special Experience: Discover the culinary delights of Sarajevo on a gourmet walking tour. Enjoy a degustation of Bosnian cheeses and smoked meats, as well as a traditional cooked meal at a local restaurant. Relax in a typical tavern and try two types of homemade rakija.

Day 6. Sarajevo - Dubrovnik

We venture south to Mostar, where its famous Ottoman bridge, bustling gold alley and numerous mill house restaurants lining the banks of the river set an enchanting scene. Later this afternoon we continue to beautiful Dubrovnik, set against a backdrop of the shimmering Adriatic Ocean. [B]

Day 7. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most photographed towns in the Mediterranean. This morning we enjoy a walking tour of this historic walled city. Sights will include the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column, Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and taste the regional cuisine at a special home-hosted dinner.

Day 8. Kotor Excursion

We spend the day touring the tiny country of Montenegro. Admire the beauty of the Dalmatian coast as we drive along the rugged Bay of Kotor, dotted with charming little villages. [B]

Day 9. Dubrovnik - Split

We head north along the spectacular coast to Split. Enjoy the incredible scenery as we pass sheer cliff faces and bright turquoise waters. In Split, we tour the historic city centre, built around the remains of the world's most impressive Roman monument - the Diocletian's Palace. [B]

Day 10. Split

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Special Experience: Spend the day discovering the sun-drenched islands of Brac and Solta on a cruise of the glittering Adriatic sea. We’ll enjoy swimming in one of the beautiful bays, some free time in the town of Stomorska, and a delicious grilled lunch on-board. [B,L]

Day 11. Split - Trogir - Plitvice Lakes

Today we stop in the town of Trogir, where artists from around the world gather to paint. This afternoon we travel to stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. These 16 terraced lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey and blue. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Stay overnight right inside the national park, and only 400m from the highest waterfall.

Day 12. Plitvice Lakes

This morning we explore the spectacular lower lake section on a guided walking tour that will showcase its magnificent turquoise lakes, waterfalls and cascades.

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not discover more of this natural phenomenon on an extended walk around some other lakes with your guide? Learn more

Or - spend the afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the tranquility. [B,D]

Day 13. Plitvice Lakes - Opatija

We travel to the imperial resort town of Opatija. Famous for its grand spa hotels and superb location on the beautiful bay of Kvarner, it is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. We’ll take an orientation tour on arrival to learn about its splendid past. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. [B]

Day 14. Istrian Peninsula Excursion

Enjoy a full-day excursion along the beautiful, heart-shaped Istrian Peninsula. Visit Eufrasius Basilica at Porec, the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula and the charming fishing port of Rovinj. [B]

Day 15. Opatija - Postojna - Bled

Today we visit the incredible Postojna Caves, with more than 20km of passages, galleries and chambers filled with two million-year-old stalagmite and stalactite formations. This afternoon we continue north to fairytale Lake Bled. [B]

Optional Walking Discovery: Opt to take an evening walk with your guide along the walkway through Vintgar Gorge, a stunning turquoise oasis of rapids, waterfalls and crystal clear pools. Learn more

Day 16. Bled

The region around Bled is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Set amongst stunning mountain peaks and brimming with forests and greenery, waterfalls and streams, it is characterised by the iconic church steeple that perches atop a tiny island in the middle of the lake. Here we enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour including a visit to Bled Castle, before we visit the lake valley of Bohinj. [B]

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Special Experience: Visit Bohinj Shepherd Museum, learn about life of herdsmen in an authentic environment and taste the locally produced cheeses.

Day 17. Bled - Ljubljana - Venice

Enjoy the morning at leisure before we depart for the picturesque Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. This beautiful city features a hilltop castle, emerald green river and a buzzing al fresco cafe culture.

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Special Experience: See Ljubljana from a different angle on a boat ride along the Ljubljanica River.

This evening we make our way to the ever-romantic city of Venice. [B]

Day 18. Venice

A place like no other, a day exploring Venice will leave lasting memories. Today’s highlights include Piazza San Marco and the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. We'll also witness magic in the hands of a master craftsman at a traditional  glass blowing factory, watching as they create a work of art before our eyes. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19. Depart Venice

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $230pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3 to 4 star)
  • 17 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Witness age-old culture and stunning landscapes in Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • Tour the cosmopolitan capital of Sarajevo with its Turkish heritage and lively café scene. Enjoy exploring the four quarters of the city; each providing endless opportunities for relaxation, sightseeing and unique experiences.
  • Be enchanted by the town of Mostar with its beautiful 16th and 17th century mosques, medieval buildings and cobbled streets that survived the war completely. Walk across the most celebrated Ottoman Bridge that links the two sides of the town.

Beauty, culture and ancient architecture awaits you in Croatia   

  • Get acquainted with the fascinating city of Zagreb and admire its old world graciousness, lively energy and friendly locals.
  • Be rewarded with views of the shimmering Adriatic Ocean, beautiful marble streets and baroque buildings as you walk along the ancient city walls of medieval Dubrovnik.
  • Visit the always buzzing, exuberant city of Split and enjoy a tour of the world’s most impressive Roman Monument, the Diocletian’s Palace.
  • Spend the day discovering the sun-drenched islands of Brac and Solta on a cruise of the glittering Adriatic sea, stopping for some free time in the town of Stomorska.
  • Discover the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park as your guided walking tour showcases its magnificent turquoise lakes, waterfalls and cascades.
  • Spend two nights in Opatija, often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Enjoy an orientation tour of this remarkable seaside resort town and learn all about its splendid past.
  • Take a full day excursion to the heart shaped peninsula of Istra and spend some time exploring the ancient Roman Town of Poreč as well as the fishing village of Rovinj, considered the star attraction of Istria.

Slovenia, the land of pristine landscape and friendly faces 

  • Marvel at the two million year old stalagmite and stalactite formations at the Postojna Caves, a series of caverns, halls and passages some 20km long and hallowed out by the Pivka River.
  • Explore the oldest Slovenian mining city of Idrija, located in the green hills of the Julian Alps and well known for its mercury mine and world famous lace.
  • Be mesmerised by the mountain resort of Bled. With its emerald green lake, iconic fairy-tale church steeple perched atop the tiny rock at the middle of the lake and its medieval castle clinging to a cliff top, this is truly a magical place to behold.
  • Visit the well preserved and pretty capital city of Ljubljana and admire its dazzling hilltop castle, emerald green river, al fresco cafes on the banks of the promenade, youthful vibrancy and cultural creativity.

Explore mysterious, magical and romantic Venice

  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the most alluring city in the world, showcasing St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Basilica, Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • See magic in the hands of a master craftsman at a Glass Blowing Factory as they create a piece of art work before your very eyes.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Hotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb

Hotel Dubrovnik, built in 1929 in the very centre of Zagreb, is a mixture of traditional and modern comforts. Located on Ban Jelačić Square, the main city square, guests are offered not only superior comfort, but also the opportunity to simply step out into the heart of Zagreb. The hotel offers rooms with classical décor and modern amenities. State-of-the-art IPTV system, business centre, bar and restaurant are available. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; gym

Hotel Bosnia, Sarajevo

Located in the heart of Sarajevo, this hotel is within walking distance of the Eternal Flame, Serb Orthodox Cathedral, Ali Pasha’s Mosque and the Bosnian History Museum. The lively Baščaršija historic district is only 800 metres away. Dining is available at one of the hotels 2 restaurants and guests can enjoy a coffee at the café. In addition the hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout, dry cleaning, limited hours room service, garden, terrace and sun terrace.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar

Grand Hotel Park, Dubrovnik

Grand Hotel Park is situated in the heart of Dubrovnik overlooking the Lapad Cove Promenade. The hotel offers guests a choice of 3 restaurants, 3 bars and the Grand Aroma Spa with several types of massage and wellness rituals on offer. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; safety deposit box; fridge/minibar; free wifi (lobby and pool areas); swimming pool; room service; currency exchange; souvenir shop

Dioklecijan Hotel & Residence, Split

This luxurious hotel is located just 15 minutes walk from Split's Old Town and offers spectacular panoramic views over the city, sea and islands from its rooftop terrace and pool. Rooms are comfortable and spacious with balconies and all the modern conveniences. The property also boasts a Dalmatian restaurant and cafe with green terrace, as well as a library, billiards table and wellness spa.

Facilities: air conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo

Located in the heart of Plitvička Jezera National Park, about 400 metres from the highest waterfall, Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo is situated in the rural environment, within the forest area and pristine nature of the national park. Ethno Houses are built in wood and stone, using natural traditional materials with modern equipment for a unique experience. Made of dark wood, all rooms are elegantly decorated and fitted with a king-size bed, a desk and a seating area. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; tea and coffee making facilities; safety deposit box; fridge/minibar

Pansion Etno House Jezerce, Plitvice Lakes

Located in the heart of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Pansion Etno Houses are built in the traditional Plitvice style exclusively from natural and environmentally friendly materials - predominantly wood and stone. With just 18 rooms, guests will enjoy an intimate atmosphere. The property offers a restaurant, outdoor pool and sauna.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; outdoor swimming pool

Milenij Hotel, Opatija

Centrally situated in trendy Opatija, the luxury Hotel Milenij enjoys a seafront location on Lungo Mare promenade. The hotel is at walking distance from Opatija's attractions and the beach is only steps away.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge/minibar

Hotel Park, Bled

Slovenian Lake Bled is regularly visited by thousands of tourists wanting to experience for themselves one particular wonder of nature – a unique island on an Alpine lake surrounded by mountains and overlooked by a majestic castle. The Hotel Park is located in the very centre of Bled by the shore of Lake Bled. The hotel's Park Restaurant and Cafe is the home of the original Bled cream cake, the popular dessert that Bled is renowned for far and wide.

Facilities: wifi; fridge/minibar; safe; balcony

Hotel Belle Arti, Venice

Hotel Belle Arti is located in Venice’s historic centre and easily reached from all of the city’s main points of arrival. The hotel is situated in Venice’s Dorsoduro quarter 200 metres from Venice's Grand Canal and a 5-minute walk from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Set in Venice's artistic quarter, the hotel is just across the Accademia Bridge from the Church of Santo Stefano, and a 15-minute walk from St. Mark's Square.

Facilities: air-conditioner; free wifi; safe

Weather

Weather

Sarajevo

Sarajevo has a humid continental climate with warm summers and no dry season. The best time to visit Sarajevo is during May and October when the average temperatures are perhaps a little cooler than preferred but are still pleasant.

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Dubrovnik has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Summer days can be intensely hot, but humidity is moderate and gentle breezes ensure very cool, pleasant evenings. Summer (June to August) is relatively mild with an average temperature of around 26°C but temperatures can rise to well over 30°C, especially in the southern region. Winters are significantly colder but they are not severe and at the coast snow is unusual. In winter (November to February) temperatures occasionally drop below freezing point along the northern Adriatic, while the southern coastal areas are slightly warmer. The wettest months are October, November and December.

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Bled has a sub alpine climate with warm summers and cool to cold winters.

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Ljubljana has a climate influenced by its location with a large basin, surrounded by sub-Alpine and karst mountain regions. Summers are warmed by the mild breezes from the Mediterranean, making the weather usually sunny and hot. During winter temperature inversions cause the foggy air to hang heavy over the city, bringing cold, moist conditions.

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Venice experiences very high humidity, with hot weather in July and August, the height of summer. Due to its location on the Adriatic coast, Venice often experiences thunderstorms and rain showers which, particularly in spring and autumn, tend to cause flooding. April to October is usually the busiest time in Venice, though it is a popular destination all year round. Christmas, Easter and Carnival (in February), but winter is perhaps the best time to travel to Venice to avoid crowds.

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Currency

Currency

Croatia, Kuna

The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna (HRK; symbol kn)

  • 1 Kuna = 100 Lipa
  • Notes are in denominations of kn1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of kn25, 4, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 lipa

Please Note: ATMs are plentiful throughout Croatia and banks, authorised bureaux de change, post offices or most hotels will exchange foreign currency. Banks are open Monday to Saturday and some banks also open on Sundays in the main cities. Major credit cards are widely accepted at the main hotels and restaurants, and may be used to draw cash from ATMs, which are widely available in Zagreb.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Convertible Marka

The official currency in Bosnia & Herzegovina is the Convertible Mark (BAM; symbol KM)

  • 1 Convertible Mark = 100 fening
  • Notes are in denominations of KM200, 100, 50, 20 and 10
  • Coins are in denominations of KM5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 fening 

Montenegro, Slovenia and Italy, Euro

The official currency in Montenegro, Slovenia & Italy is the Euro (EUR; symbol €)

  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

Levels of Fitness

Levels of Fitness

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To get the most from your Bunnik tour, you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Many of the best sights can only be accessed on foot. You should be able to walk at least 3.5km or for 2-3 hours on uneven ground with no walking aids and climb several flights of stairs.

You should also be able to carry your own bags - porterage may not be included in our tipping costs and extra services may not always be available.

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

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Jewels of Dalmatia Every day there was something new and exciting to experience 5
The Plitvice Lakes, the whole Dalmatian Coast and the beautiful scenery of Lake Bled were highlights. The walled cities of Dubrovnik and Trogir were special highlights. We loved finishing the tour in unique and beautiful Venice where we had been twice before. Susan Tydeman - August 2017

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Special Experiences!

  • Discover the culinary delights of Sarajevo on a gourmet walking tour including a degustation of Bosnian cheeses and smoked meats, a traditional meal and homemade rakija at a typical tavern
  • Enjoy the hospitality of the locals at a special home-hosted dinner.
  • Spend the day discovering the sun-drenched islands of Brac and Solta on a cruise of the glittering Adriatic sea.
  • Stay overnight in Plitvice Lakes National Park, only 400 metres from the highest waterfall.
  • Visit Bohinj Shepherd Museum and taste the locally produced cheeses.
  • See Ljubljana from a different angle on a boat ride along the Ljubljanica River.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Coach & boat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $230pp prepaid

Tour Highlights

• Discover cosmopolitan Sarajevo and its interesting Turkish heritage • Stroll along beautiful Dubrovnik’s cobblestone streets • Drive along the sparkling Bay of Kotor • Marvel at the natural wonder of the Postojna Caves • Admire the changing colours of the spectacular Plitvice Lakes • Visit stunning Lake Bled • Experience the romance of Venice

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This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 1 reviews.