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Balkan Route & Dalmatian Cruise: May 17. 2019.

Group Tour Overview

In depth tour of the area of former Yugoslavia. From Ljubljana, the capital of tiny Slovenia, amazing world of underground caves of Postojna, dancing horses in Lipica, to Zagreb the capital of Croatia. Then explore Plitvice Lakes, one of the "Wonders of Natural World" to Split, the birth place of Emperor Diocletian. Then board a luxury Premium category yacht for 8 days cruise of the Dalmatian Islands. Explore the Bay of Motor and walled town, before we end the tour in Dubrovnik, the Pearl of Mediterranean


Experience Time

20 Days

No. of Cities

11 Cities

Departure Date

You Choose

Day-1. DEPARTURE 

Day-2. FRANKFURT-LJUBLJANA: Arrival Frankfurt in the morning and short 1,5 hours flight to Zagreb. Upon arrival your guide will wait for you, and board the Motor coach for ride to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia (137 km). Panoramic tour of the capital and check in at your centrally located hotel next to the main square. After refreshment, join your guide on walking tour through pedestrian zone. D

Day-3. BLED LAKE - LJUBLJANA: Morning guided tour of Ljubljana. Legend has it that Ljubljana was founded by the Greek warrior Jason and by the Argonaut tribes. The city was also ruled by different tribes like Veneti, Illyrians, and Celtics. Romans arrived around 50 BC and  gave the name Emona. The city was mostly developed during the medieval time between 1220 and 1550. During the tour you will see or visit: the Dragon Bridge, Upper Square, City Square, and Old town. Then board the Motor coach for a short (60 km) ride to Lake Bled, one of three main attractions of Slovenia. Walking tour along the Bay, and then a boat ride to the Island to visit the Church dedicated to Assumption of Mary. Late return to Ljubljana. 

Day-4. LIPICA - POSTOJNA CAVE - ZAGREB: Great day in Slovenia. Travel close to Italian border to visit Lipica Stud Farm and sanctuary, home of the famous white Lipizzaners horses, one of the oldest stud farms in the world, dating back  to 1580. Visit the pasture and Velbanca stud. At 11 am, attend the official training in the hall.  Early afternoon travel to nearby Postojna, home of one of the largest underground cave is the world. The whole cave (combination of several connected caves is over 23 km. long) During the guided tour you will have a shorter version o the tour which will combine a walk and electric train traveling app to 112 metres bellow the surface. Then through Croatian countryside to Zagreb for overnight: 

Day-5. ZAGREB: Morning walking tour of Zagreb covering the main sites of the Croatian capital build in 11th century. Short walk to St. Stephens Cathedral, for visit of this unique two spires church, visit the open air farmers market which exist on the same spot over 160 years, the Bloody Bridge, Lotrscak Tower, once the main entrance to the city, St. Mark’s Church, and the Town Hall. Afternoon walking tour to see the National Theatre,  and Mimara Art Gallery. 

Day-6. ZAGREB: After five days of touring, time for more relax day. Have a free day in Zagreb. Plenty of opportunities. Stroll along 800 metres long street Ilica, the main shopping artery of the city. Or walk to the Old Town to visit the Museum of Naive Art, probably the best of this kind in Europe. Or visit old fashioned Zagreb train station, known from the movie Murder in Orient Express. Or visit the Flower Market, or Tklaciceva Street, a 400 metres “eatery street” with over 100 restaurants serving national dishes. B.

 Day-7. ZAGREB-PLITVICE-SPLIT- CRUISE: Early morning departure Zagreb for ride through the Central Croatia. Stop in Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Great photo op. and then toward Dalmatian Coast the and the city of Split. Check in at you luxury vessel and join your tour director on walking tour of this old city, known as the birth place of Emperor Diocletian. You will visit the remains of his huge summer Palace which he built in 3rd AD, which occupy almost half of the Old City. Then walking tour along Riva, the main seaside artery of the city, before we return to the ship for welcome drink, crew introduction and meet and greet party on the ship.

DAY-8. CRUISE: SPLIT-KORCULA: In the morning, we will leave this magnificent town and continue our cruise towards  the Island of Korčula, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Early afternoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town with fortified walls. On this Island, you can find more legends, tales and monuments than anywhere else while you wander along the herringbone pattern streets. Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants where you can continue your gourmet experience and there are many bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Overnight in Korčula. 

Day-9. CRUISE: KORCULA-MLJET: Relax morning in Korcula to visit the market and some sun-tanning on the beach. In the afternoon, we sail to the Island of Mljet. Join your guide for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy the boat ride to the St Mary Isle, where you will visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating from the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars to roam around the National Park on your own. Return to the ship for lunch, and have relax afternoon in Mljet. 

Day-10. CRUISE: PELJESAC PENINSULA: Early morning departure towards the Pelješac peninsula, well known for its excellent wine. Before lunch a short stop at one of the Elaphiti Islands and afternoon arrival to Pelješac peninsula. Today we move away from the shore inland to explore the rural areas. Afternoon transfer to the village followed by a visit to a local farm you will indulge in a typical village party with Croatian delicacies, an all-inclusive dinner with local dishes made from their own produce. Late transfer back to the ship. Overnight on Pelješac peninsula. B.L.

Day-11. CRUISE: PELJESAC-HVAR ISLAND: Morning departure towards Hvar. Lunch stop on the small Island of Šćedro followed by a swim stop at the Pakleni Islands.  Arrival to Hvar in the afternoon. Hvar is the longest Island in the Adriatic and one of the sunniest; known for lavish lavender fields and breathtaking beauty One can find many historical landmarks in Hvar: the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe which was founded in 1612. Hike up to the town fort overlooking the harbour to get some lovely scenic views of your ship and the Pakleni islands. In the evening Hvar offers plenty of entertainment - many restaurants, bars and cafes are open long into the night. Overnight in Hvar. 

Day-12: CRUISE HVAR - BRAC ISLAND: Morning we sail toward the Island of Brac, and the pitoresque town of Bol. Walk along the promenade or swim at one of the most famous beaches in Dalmatia Zlatni Rat (the Golden cape - known for its gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change its shape). Bol is a typical fishermens town turned into a popular tourist destination. After lunch on board time at leisure until afternoon wine tasting in the facilities of the oldest Dalmatia wine cooperative (dating 1903) followed by the Captain’s farewell dinner with live entertainment on board. Overnight in Bol or nearby Milna. 

Day-13. CRUISE: JELSA-STARI GRAD: This day we sail on the Northern shore of Brac Island to visit two great Dalmatian towns, Starigrad (the capital) and Jelsa). Your tour director will give you a walking tour through this medieval towns known by the stone houses made by massive blocks of stone, cut at the nearby mines, using the same technique as for over 600 years. Great place to try local sheep cheese and lavender herbs. Overnight in Brac Island. 

Day-14. CRUISE END - SPLIT - MEDJUGORJE: We sail to Split in the morning, and the cruise end at 8 am. After breakfast say goodbye to the crew and disembark from the ship. Put the luggage in Motor coach, and join your tour director for visit to Split open air fish and veggie market. Great display of “catch of the night” and the fresh products which the farmer from surrounding area bring each morning to the city.  Then we start with journey along the Dalmatian Coast, passing several Islands. We will cross the Bosnian border for ride to Medjugorje, and your hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Day-15. MOSTAR EXCURSION: Travel to Mostar (65 km.) the most beautiful town in Bosnia. During the walking tour along the cobblestone streets you will view Neretva River and the Old Bridge, built in unique “hilly” shape connecting two parts of the town, The left side is dominantly a muslim area, and the right one is Christian area. Great place to relax, visit some inexpensive eateries and sip the traditional Turkish coffee. Also great place to see the old masters creating some unique items from coper plates. Late return to Medjugorje for overnight. 

Day-16. STON - DUBROVNIK: Morning departure toward Croatia. Arrival Neum to see the “basket” of Croatia, the main agricultural area for orange  plantations. Then to Stop, a small town known as the site of the “Great Wall of Europe” a massive walls in length of 3,5 km. which once protected the Republic of Ragusa (today’s Dubrovnik), from the invasions of the Northern tribes. The town is also a site of the largest mussel plantation in Europe. We will have a mussel feast in one of the restaurants. Late afternoon we continue to Dubrovnik and your five star hotel with the private beach beach. In this hotel you will have each day unlimited open buffet breakfast and dinner with over 60 hot dishes. 

Day-17. DUBROVNIK: Use local bus for a short 15 minutes ride to reach the Old Town. Join your tour director on walking tour inside the medieval walls of this town known as the most beautiful walled town in Europe. The town of Ragusa former merchant republic was built 700 years ago. It was on elf the strongest naval republics having their consul even in Goa (India). During the waling tour along cobblestone artery named Stradun and narrow streets inside the massive walls, you will find why is Dubrovnik for years the most visited town in  Mediterranean. In the afternoon join your guide on walking tour along 1,5 km. walls and towers over 20 metres high above the city.

Day-18. MONTENEGRO EXCURSION: A full day excursion to the Republic of Montenegro, part of former Yugoslavia. Travel along the Southern Dalmatia, cross the border and then sail through the Bay of Kotor one of the most fascinating Bays in the world. Arrival Kotor and walking tour of this fortified town, below the cliffs of Mt. Lovcen. Great place for relax in pedestrian area, visit the local market and spend some time on the beach.Late afternoon return to Dubrovnik. 

Day-19. DUBROVNIK: Your last day in Croatia. Relax on the private hotel beach or in the swimming pool, or have a relax walk along the beaches, or back to the town for some late shopping. Evening, Mariden open buffet farewell dinner. 

Day-20. DEPARTURE

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With every group tour we provide you will see all the best attractions and some you might not even know. These attractions are just steps away from your hotel:

Bled Lake & Island ride, Postojna Caves tour, Lipizza Horse show, Mirogoj Cemetery, Plitvice Lakes tour, Diocletian palace tour, 6 Island cruise, Kotor walled Town, Dubrovnik Walls tour

Your tour is important to us and we provide the most inclusive tour possible. This student group tour includes the following:

roundtrip airfare, airport taxes based on present fees, all transfers and transportation as per itinerary provided by AC Motor caoch, 11 nights in four star hotels, 7 nights cruise on private motor-yacht capacity of 32-38 beds, 18 buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches, 12 dinners, tours of Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Postojna Caves, Lipica horse show, Mirogoj cemtery tour, Plitvice Lakes, Diocletian Palace tour, Dubrovnik Walls tour, Kotor tour, Mariden tour director 

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