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Day 1 (Sunday, September 13)
We meet in the lobby of the Antony Hotel near the Venice airport and depart for Piran, Slovenia, an enchanting Istrian Peninsula town on the sparkling Adriatic Sea. After exploration and lunch, we continue toward Rovinj, one of Croatia's most picturesque towns. There will be time to explore the stairstep streets and admire the stone architecture before DINNER. OVERNIGHT ROVINJ
Day 2 (Monday, September 14)
This morning, after an orientation to the Dalmatian Coast and Croatia, we explore charming Rovinj, one of Croatia's most beautiful seaside towns. It's built on a tiny peninsula – formerly an island – and boasts lively cafés, stairstep streets, artist studios and some of the best ice cream on the Adriatic. Take a boat ride to a nearby island; explore the Cathedral of St. Eufemija, with its campanile inspired by the tower in Venice's St. Mark's Square; and admire the compact old town from its seaside promenade. LUNCH today. OVERNIGHT ROVINJ
Day 3 (Tuesday, September 15)
Just outside Rovinj is the beautiful Limski Fjord, a deep coastal indentation. From here, we travel across a landscape of green hills to medieval Poreč, both a lively coastal town and the home of the Basilica of St. Euphrasius, boasting glorious Byzantine-era mosaics. After lunch, we head inland, to Grožnjan and to Bale, stone villages seemingly forgotten by time. Back in Rovinj, we enjoy free time. OVERNIGHT ROVINJ
Day 4 (Wednesday, September 16)
This morning we leave the Istrian Peninsula. By noon we are in Novi Vinadolski, an old resort on the Adriatic, for a break and lunch. In mid-afternoon we leave the coast and enter the limestone-clad uplands called the karst. Our destination: Plitvička Jazera, adjacent to Croatia's most renowned national park, the UNESCO-listed Plitvička Lakes National Park. DINNER at Lička Kukić, a typical grill restaurant in the park. OVERNIGHT PLITVICKA
Day 5 (Thursday, September 17)
We spend the daytime visiting the remarkable Plitvička Lakes National Park – 16 lovely lakes in a mountain valley, each upper lake draining into the next one down by plunging waterfalls. On foot across sturdy boardwalks and by boat we get to know this gorgeous part of Croatia. Late in the day we depart for Zadar, back on the coast. Here, we visit the old town on foot. OVERNIGHT ZADAR
Day 6 (Friday, September 18)
From Zadar today we push on along the coast road to lively Šibenik, home of the world-class Cathedral of St. Jakov, with its rich collection of Gothic sculptures. Next is one of Croatia's most spectacular national parks, Krka, a riot of flowing water and cascades as the Krka River rushes out of the limestone karst on its way to the Adriatic At day's end we arrive in amazing Trogir, set on a tiny island. You will love its intimate, pedestrian-friendly streets paved with glowing marble. DINNER and OVERNIGHT – TROGIR.
Day 7 (Saturday, September 19)
From Trogir we travel by boat or bus to the handsome port of Split, Croatia's second-largest city. Here we take a guided tour of the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, built in the 300s. Today it's an amazing combination of churches, shops, marble-clad streets and apartments dating back to the Middle Ages. Later, after LUNCH at an authentic Croatian kanoba (restaurant specializing in typical cuisine), we'll visit Split's Archeological Museum. OVERNIGHT – TROGIR.
Day 8 (Sunday, September 20)
Today is our chance to get to know amazing Trogir. We will visit the beautiful Cathedral of St. Laurence, with its elaborately carved west portal and the sumptuously decorated burial chapel of John of Trogir. Around noon we make the short drive to the coastal area known as the Kaštela, where nobles in the 1400s built fortified mansions that resemble castles. LUNCH in Kaštela. OVERNIGHT – TROGIR.
Day 9 (Monday, September 21)
From Trogir we travel today along a spectacular coastal road, drinking in the scenery – arid uplands, rugged mountains and the blue Adriatic. Our first stop: ancient Mostar in the neighboring nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Mostar, Christians and Muslims lived in peace for centuries until the upheavals of the 1992-94 Bosnian War. Late in the day we come to Dubrovnik, the "pearl of the Adriatic." Here, the most centrally located and convenient accommodations are private apartments. You will appreciate being in the heart of this magical walled city. OVERNIGHT DUBROVNIK
Day 10 (Tuesday, September 22)
We spend today savoring beautiful Dubrovnik. There will be time to walk the city ramparts, which encompass one of the most complete ensembles of renaissance and Gothic buildings in Europe. The Rector's Palace with its City Museum is a must, and two old monasteries – Dominican and Franciscan – are worth a visit. At mid-day, take a break and join us for delicious LUNCH at the friendly restaurant Taj Mahal, which despite its name specializes in Bosnian cuisine. OVERNIGHT
Day 11 (Wednesday, September 23)
One of the most spectacular sights in this area is the deep Gulf of
Kotor, south of Dubrovnik in the neighboring nation of Montenegro. We make
a day trip to its lovely shores and to Kotor, its old town a warren of alleyways,
squares and city walls. On our return, we stop in picturesque Perast, on the dramatic shores of the gulf. OVERNIGHT DUBROVNIK
Day 12 (Thursday, September 24)
We make the most of our last day in Dubrovnik. In the morning, take free time for last-minute sightseeing or shopping. Around noon, we travel by ferry to the old Croatian town of Cavtat, founded by Greeks. After a FAREWELL LUNCH in this idyllic seaside setting, return to Dubrovnik or take another ferry to the unspoilt island of Lokrum just offshore. OVERNIGHT
Getaway day (Friday, September 25)
We say goodbye to Croatia with a morning flight from Dubrovnik's small airport.
MEALS Tour includes breakfast every day, as well as eight other meals (lunches and dinners) as indicated in BOLD CAPS on the itinerary.
Boutique Hotel Valdibora, Rovinj
Hotel Bellevue, Plitvička Lakes National Park
Hotel Kolovare, Zadar
Hotel Fontana, Trogir
Apartments Amoret, Dubrovnik
HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS listed are subject to availability.
ITINERARY Details of this preliminary itinerary could change. A final itinerary will be issued closer to trip departure.
SIGHTSEEING All sightseeing listed in itinerary is included as part of the tour.
* TOUR PRICE of $4,295 per person is an estimate as any significant decline in the value of the U.S. dollar vs. the euro may result in imposition of a currency surcharge. Ask us for details.
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