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Land Only

Dalmatian Isles, Croatia & Slovenia

Package Includes

  • Small groups of 10-18 travelers guaranteed
  • International flights NYC-Dubrovnik, Venice-NYC
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights in First Class accommodations that evoke the local character
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners (including a home hosted dinner, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions. Water, coffee, and tea with all meals. Beer and wine included with dinner
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size of 10-18 travelers, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Share a meal with a Dubrovnik family as guests in their home.
  • Journey to the village of Cilipi, where we witness traditional ways and taste local wine.
  • Get a seaside view of Dubrovnik’s towering city walls as we take a motorboat to an unforgettable dinner on Jakov Beach.
  • Explore the magnificent Dalmatian Islands of Korcula and Hvar.
  • Visit a family-owned tavern on Hvar, where local fare and the music of Dalmatia are on the menu.
  • Hike the bucolic trails around Plitvice’s lower lakes, a network of 16 terraced basins.
  • Board an authentic pletna on Lake Bled, a unique rowing boat used for generations.
  • Stop at the Sheppard Museum in Bohinj, where farm-fresh cheeses are ripe for our tasting.

This is a moderately active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate, with 3 one-night stays, 3 two-night stays, and 1 three-night stay. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Dubrovnik, Croatia. Your overnight flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for the journey

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Dubrovnik
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, transfer to our hotel. You’ll have the balance of the day to rest or explore on your own. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Then perhaps you’ll stroll to the charming St. Saviour Church
Overnight: Grand Villa Argentina or Excelsior, Dubrovnik
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Explore Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik stands as one of Europe’s most beautifully preserved medieval cities, surrounded by ramparts, watchtowers, and the azure Adriatic Sea. Within its walls, we spend the morning exploring a treasure trove of rich history, admiring the Rector’s Palace and touring the Franciscan Monastery, home to a 30,000-volume library and a 14th-century pharmacy. Then, enjoy stunning views of the Old Town – and the Adriatic – when you walk along the city’s fortress wall. This 1¼ -mile stroll around Dubrovnik’s perimeter offers a breathtaking perspective of red-roofed stone buildings and ancient, narrow alleys. Later, we visit a local artisan to learn about traditional craftsmanship that still thrives today. We end our day as the guests of a local family who have invited us to join them for a home-prepared dinner
Overnight: Grand Villa Argentina or Excelsior, Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Visit Village of Cilipi/Enjoy Dinner on Jakov Beach
This morning, we drive south to the tiny village of Cilipi. Local traditions hold fast in this rural outpost, and we’ll visit with locals and learn about their customs and handmade embroidery. The countryside hamlet and its winery offer the perfect setting for lunch, complemented by a tasting of lovely vintages. Later, weather permitting, we embark on a small motorboat for a thrilling ride along the dramatic city walls of Dubrovnik. Our destination is Jakov Beach; many claim that the loveliest views of the city can be had from its pebble-and-sand shores. Our three-course dinner here, complete with fine Dalmatian wines, will be a meal to remember. After, our boat delivers us to the old city port and there’ll be time to explore the ancient city by night
Overnight: Grand Villa Argentina or Excelsior, Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Ferry to Korcula
After breakfast, we ferry to the lovely Dalmatian Island of Korcula, birthplace of the legendary explorer Marco Polo. We arrive in time for lunch, then walk to its Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, with stunning Adriatic views. The rest of the day is free to discover this pretty island town on your own. Your Tour Manager can point out a dinner spot where you can try local seafood specialties
Overnight: Hotel Korkyra, Korcula
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Thursday - Ferry to Hvar
This morning, travel back to Korcula town and sail by ferry to the mainland. After lunch at a local restaurant in Ston, drive north along the beautiful Adriatic coast to the small town of Drvenik. We embark on a ferry to the island of Hvar, rated as one of the world’s Top 10 islands by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. With its dramatic karst landscape, rocky shores, lavender fields, and pristine beaches, you’ll quickly understand why. Dinner is on your own tonight
Overnight: Riva Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel, Hvar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Explore Hvar/Visit Local Tavern
Today, discover the treasures of Hvar on your own. Perhaps you’ll relax on one of the island’s beautiful beaches. Board a boat to the Pakleni Islands, just off Hvar’s coast, where secluded coves make for fine snorkeling and swimming. Or indulge in a spa treatment at our hotel. This afternoon, we visit a family-owned tavern. The owners have invited us to join them for delicious local fare and traditional music – perhaps some klapa, a form of a cappella singing
Overnight: Riva Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel, Hvar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday - Ferry to Split/Discover Diocletian’s Palace
After lunch, we ferry back to the mainland to explore Split, Croatia’s grand 1,700-year-old city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a walking tour, marvel at its rich culture and Renaissance and Gothic architecture. At the heart of its waterfront is Diocletian’s Palace, the third-century “retirement home” intended for the Roman Emperor of the same name. We’ll admire its lovely peristyle courtyard, Cathedral of St. Domnius, and Roman temples. Many of the palace’s structures were built with the gleaming white marble quarried from the nearby island of Brac
Overnight: Park Hotel, Split
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Browse Morning Market/Tour Plitvice Lakes/Transfer to Istrian Peninsula
Greet the day among Croatian vendors setting up shop at Split’s lively market. You’ll find locally grown fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and wines here – as well as clothing, bags, and trinkets. Perusing these stalls is a great way to strike up a conversation or two! Later, we drive to the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These 16 terraced lakes descend 300 feet in 4 miles down a wooded hillside via a series of waterfalls. After time to explore, we continue to seaside Opatija, beautifully sheltered between the Gulf of Kvarner and Ucka Mountain on the dramatic Istrian Peninsula
Overnight: Hotel Astoria, Opatija
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Explore Istrian Peninsula
The Istrian Peninsula’s landscapes call to mind an unspoiled Tuscany. Roman ruins and ornate Venetian architecture echo the civilizations that once thrived here. We begin with a city tour of Opatija, strolling the famed Lungo Mare, or seaside promenade, where the graceful sculpture “Maiden with the Seagull” gazes into the gulf. We’ll also see some of the city’s famed 19th-century villas. Continue to Pula, a treasure trove of the Roman Empire. We’ll pause to marvel at its enormous first-century amphitheater, among the sixth largest surviving structures of its kind. In Porec, visit the Byzantine Basilica of Euphrasius, home to finely preserved Christian mosaics. Then, we explore the charming, narrow streets of Rovinj, a lovely resort town. Our next stop, Motovun, appears before us like a fairytale village on a hill. This medieval town is surrounded by forests fertile with truffles and mushrooms, and by vineyards that produce famed Istrian wines. We’ll sample some of this land’s fruits during a stop at a wine cellar and olive oil factory
Overnight: Hotel Astoria, Opatija
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Tuesday - Tour Ljubljana, Slovenia/Transfer to Bled
We cross into Slovenia this morning and stop for a tour of its capital, Ljubljana. View its vast open-air market; the baroque-Venetian City Hall; Robba’s Fountain, inspired by Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain in Rome; the Triple Bridge, which connects the old and new cities; and the Parliament. Continue to Bled, situated on the pristine shores of Lake Bled in the spectacular Julian Alps. We’ll explore Bled Castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the lake. Later, stroll through the old quarters of Radovljica, a small medieval town. Dinner tonight is at Kunstelj, a warm country inn popular with locals. Hearty Slovenian fare with wine rounds out our day
Overnight: Grand Hotel Toplice or Vila Bled, Bled
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Visit Bled Island/Countryside Drive to Bohinj
We start our day on Bled’s spellbinding lake aboard a pletna, a traditional rowing boat. Our destination is the tiny island that adds such charm to this vista. The island’s church is home to a wonderful art collection. Later, we drive through gorgeous landscapes and through typical Slovenian villages to Bohinj, an alpine resort town nestled amidst dense woodlands. A stop at the Sheppard Museum gives us a farm-fresh taste of locally produced cheese. We return to Bled in time for dinner on your own
Overnight: Grand Hotel Toplice or Vila Bled, Bled
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Thursday - Explore Venice
We transfer to Venice this morning, once the center of an empire that oversaw the entire Adriatic. We arrive in style:starting with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry, then continuing by boat along the famed Grand Canal, lined with elegant palaces and bridges. After lunch on your own, enjoy a walking tour of Piazza San Marco, with time to visit the Basilica and view the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and campanile (bell tower). After time on your own, gather with our fellow travelers at a fine Venetian restaurant for our farewell dinner. After, take some time for one final stroll in this most romantic of cities
Overnight: San Cassiano Ca’Favretto, Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Depart for the USA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home
Meals: Breakfast

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    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    Additional Information:
    Jun 15 departure will be accommodated at the Excelsior, in Dubrovnik and the Vila Bled in Bled.

    Sep 28 departure will be accommodated at the Excelsior, in Dubrovnik.

    Nov 2 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Milenij in Opatija.

    Sep 21, Oct 12 & Nov 2 departures will be accommodated at the Hotel Bonvecchiati in Venice.

    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

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