Venice - Opatija (155 km)
Today, we will arrive in Venice and transfer to our hotel in the seaside town Opatija, a gem on Croatia's Adriatic coast, nestled along the striking Gulf of Kvarner. In the afternoon, we will explore the town at our own leisure. We can take a stroll along the Lungomare seafront, enjoying beautiful views of the gulf, sheltered by the rising mountains. Tonight, we will enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with our fellow travelers, followed by a briefing from the tour guide to go over the details of the journey that stands in front of house.
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: Grand Hotel Adriatic or similar
Opatija - Zadar - Split (507 km)
Today, we will depart for a long drive along the dramatic Adriatic coastline to Split. On the way, we will stop in the historic old town of Zadar, which contains the ruins of an ancient Roman forum, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and museums. The city has a wonderful mixture of beautiful Roman architecture, Hapsburg elegance and a picture-perfect seafront. We will see St. Donatus Church before driving to Split, a beautiful Croatian seaside town. Upon our arrival in the early evening, we will take a leisurely stroll along the scenic waterfront 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.
Deluxe Hotel: Radission Blu Resort or similar
Split - Dubrovnik (505 km)
Today, we will walk along the cobbled streets of the Old Town of Split, featuring historic inner city walls built around the astonishing 4th century Palace of Diocletian. This spectacular palace is one of the largest and best preserved Roman palaces in the world. We will also see the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Dominus and the Temple of Jupiter. We will spend some time exploring the old town on our own before continuing along the coast to the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik, where we will take in magnificent views of the city known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Tonight, we will enjoy dinner at the hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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: Lacroma Hotel or similar
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
Dubrovnik - Zagreb (10 km)
We will begin our day traveling through the lush vegetation of wooded mountains as we make our way to Zagreb. En the way, we will stop in Pavoko Selo to enjoy lunch. When we arrive in Zagreb in the evening, we will spend time exploring the local shops and head to a restaurant to enjoy a delicious dinner.
Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Westin or similar
Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included
Bled - Ljubljana - Bled (101 km)
This morning, we will drive to Ljubljana to take a sightseeing tour that includes views of the city's open-air market, City Hall, Robba Fountain, the Three Bridges and the local Parliament Building. After enjoying some time at leisure, we will return to Bled for a sightseeing tour that includes a visit to Bled Castle. In the evening, we will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bled Castle is a medieval castle built on a precipice above the city of Bled in Slovenia, overlooking Lake Bled. According to written sources, it is the oldest Slovenian castle and is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia.
Deluxe Hotel: Golf Hotel/Park Hotel or similar
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included