Tivat - Dubrovnik (431 km)
Today, we will arrive in Tivat, Montenegro and transfer to Dubrovnik, Croatia's magical city that shimmers on the Adriatic Sea. After checking into the hotel, we will have the rest of the day free to get acquainted with this spectacular city. In the evening, we will meet with our tour guide for a welcome briefing and dinner with our fellow travelers.
Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Argosy, Dubrovnik or similar
Dubrovnik - Split (507 km)
Today, we will travel north along the Adriatic coast past charming old fishing villages until we reach Split, where we will take a walking tour along the cobbled streets of the Old Town, taking us through the historic inner city to the 4th century Palace of Diocletian. Then, we will see more remnants of the city?s ancient Roman heritage at the unusual Cathedral of St. Domnius and the Temple of Jupiter, guarded by a headless black sphinx. In the evening, we will enjoy the city at our own leisure.
Split is the second-largest city of Croatia and lies along the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. The historic center-an UNESCO world heritage site-offers visitors breathtaking harbor views as well as attractions like the Gallery of Fine Arts, Croatian National Theatre, sporting and music events, and more.
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
The Cathedral of Saint Domnius, is the Catholic cathedral in Split, Croatia. The Cathedral of St. Domnius is a complex of a church, formed from an Imperial Roman mausoleum, with a bell tower; strictly the church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the bell tower to Saint Domnius.
Palace of Diocletian
Diocletian's Palace is an ancient palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, that today forms about half the old town and city center of Split, in Croatia. After the Romans abandoned the site, the Palace remained empty for several centuries.
Temple of Jupiter
The Temple of Jupiter is a temple in Split, Croatia dedicated to the Jupiter, Ancient Roman God of sky and thunder and king of the Gods. Temple is located in the western part of the Diocletian's palace near the Peristyle, the central square of the imperial complex.
Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Atrium/Hotel Corner or similar
Split - Zadar - Opatija (577 km)
Today, we will continue our journey to Zadar, one of the oldest cities along the Adriatic coast. In the city center, we will see the 16th century ramparts built by the Venetians. We will see the Church of St. Donat, one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture in the Dalmatia region. The city has a great mix of ancient Roman architecture, Hapsburg elegance and a picture-perfect seafront lined with superb cafes and restaurants. Then, we will travel to the pretty seaside resort city of Opatija for an orientation drive through the city, followed by a walk along the Lungomare coastal promenade.
Located along the Adriatic Sea coast, Zadar is the fifth largest city in Croatia . With a rich history dating back to prehistoric times, visitors can experience Roman inspired architectural buildings like the Roman Forum, cathedrals, libraries, and more.
Church of St. Donatus
The Church of St. Donatus is a church located in Zadar, Croatia. Its name refers to Donatus of Zadar, who began construction on this church in the 9th century and ended it on the northeastern part of the Roman forum.
Opatija is a town in western Croatia, just southwest of Rijeka on the Adriatic coast. Opatija was included in the territory of the Liburni, a pre-Roman Illyrian people. In Roman times, the area was home to several patrician villas connected to the nearby town of Castrum Laureana, the modern Lovran.
Deluxe Hotel: Bristol Hotel/Grand Hotel Adriatic or similar
Opatija - Ljubljana - Bled (157 km)
Today, we will take a scenic drive to Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia, where we will see Ljubljana Castle that towers over the city. Then, we will enter the pedestrian-friendly old town, which contains a unique mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. We will stop at the lively open-air Central Market, Three Bridges Square, and the Town Hall, accented by Robba Fountain. Our journey will continue to the spectacular city of Bled, exquisitely set among the Julian Alps. We will enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area at our own leisure. In the evening, we can enjoy an optional dinner in the traditional country inn in the tiny medieval town of Radovljica that features traditional Slovenian cuisine couple with wine and live music.
Ljubljana is the capital and largest city in Slovenia, known for its green spaces and student population. The Ljubljanica River curves its way through the city and divides it between the old town and the new commercial center.
Connecting the modern city with the historical medieval town of Ljubljana, this pedestrian limestone bridge gets its name because it is comprised of three walkways across the Ljubljanica River.
Ljubljana Town Hall
The town hall of the city of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, is a Gothic building built in 1484, though it does have some baroque renovations.
Originally unveiled in 1751, this fountain stands in front of the the city's Town Hall in central Town Square. On of the city's most recognizable landmarks, the statue on the fountain depicts three male figures with jugs.
Bled is a small town, situated on the glacial Lake Bled, in the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. Tourists can enjoy outdoor activities at nearby Triglav National Park and visit Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church. Bled is also known for vanilla, cream pastries.
Deluxe Hotel: Golf Hotel/Park Hotel or similar