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Day 1 (Sunday, September 15)
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 16)
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. OVERNIGHT ROVINJ
Day 3 (Tuesday, September 17)
Rovinj lies on the shore of the Istrian Peninsula. Just inland are a clutch of medieval hill towns, including enchanting Motovun. After a visit here, and a special LUNCH in an agroturizm (farmhouse restaurant) hidden in the hills, we move on to Poreč, a lively coastal town and the home of the Basilica of St. Euphrasius, boasting glorious Byzantine-era mosaics. Back in Rovinj, we enjoy free time. OVERNIGHT ROVINJ
Day 4 (Wednesday, September 18)
This morning we make our last Istrian Peninsula visit, to the spectacularly preserved Roman arena in Pula. Then we leave the coast and enter the limestone-clad uplands called the karst. Our destination: Plitvička Jazera, in Croatia's most renowned national park, the UNESCO-listed Plitvička Lakes National Park. At day's end we check into our comfortable hotel on the edge of the park and have DINNER. OVERNIGHT PLITVICKA
Day 5 (Thursday, September 19)
We spend all day visiting the remarkable Plitvička Lakes National Park – 16 lovely lakes in a mountain valley, each joined to the next 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 return to our hotel where, after a break, we enjoy DINNER. OVERNIGHT PLITVICKA
Day 6 (Friday, September 20)
From Plitvička today we return to the coast road and thus arrive in 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 strolling its intimate, pedestrian-friendly streets paved with glowing limestone.OVERNIGHT – TROGIR.
Day 7 (Saturday, September 21)
From Trogir we travel by 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 return to Trogir by ferry. OVERNIGHT – TROGIR.
Day 8 (Sunday, September 22)
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 move to the nearby 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 23)
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 at the very edge of this magical walled city. OVERNIGHT DUBROVNIK
Day 10 (Tuesday, September 24)
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. You will enjoy our DINNER at the upscale bistro Horizont, where chef Dino Jovanoski specializes in farm-to-table dining, inspired by seasonal produce and the best local suppliers. OVERNIGHT
Day 11 (Wednesday, September 25)
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 26)
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 27)
After breakfast today we fly home from the Dubrovnik airport.
MEALS Tour includes breakfast every day, as well as eight other meals (lunches and dinners) as indicated in BOLD CAPS on the itinerary.
Villa Tuttorotto, Rovinj
Hotel Degenija, Plitvička Lakes National Park
ApartHotel Bellevue, Trogir
Apartments Villa Adriatica, 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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