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Journey to Croatia + Montenegro (2019 Itinerary)

13 days

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Small Group Discoveries

+ Behold the inspiring beauty of Plitvice National Park and the Bay of Kotor, the only fjord in southern Europe.
+ Taste the fine local wines and brandy of the Dalmatian Coast.
+ Delve into the region’s ancient Ottoman legacy in historic Mostar.
+ Embark on a thrilling jeep adventure into the glacier formed landscapes of Durmitor National Park.
+ Travel into the highlands of Montenegro to spend time with the region’s farmers and artisans.
+ Meet a friendly village inn keeper in Njegusi and learn the secrets of the region’s esteemed prosciutto and artisanal cheeses.
+ Includes 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c

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Day
1

On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted at the airport and escorted to the Hotel Esplanade.  Situated in an elegant 1925 landmark building originally constructed to accommodate passengers on the storied Orient-Express Train, our deluxe hotel offers a sophisticated welcome in the heart of this vibrant city. This evening, you’ll gather with your fellow travelers for a congenial welcome dinner featuring fine regional cuisine and local wine.  Meals D

This morning’s guided walking tour through the historic heart of this cultured city includes the National Theater. Built in 1895, this Neo-Baroque landmark continues to offer world-class performances of theater, opera and ballet. You’ll also mingle with residents at a colorful local market and ride the city’s turn-of-the-century funicular to explore historic Upper Town. Among the architectural highlights here, the twin spires of the neo-gothic Zagreb Cathedral tower over the other fine landmarks that grace Kaptol Square.  Dating back to the 13th century, a number of restorations over the centuries added unique elements including handsome Baroque altars of wood and marble which were added in the 1600’s. Following lunch, your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy more of Zagreb at your own pace. Culinary enthusiasts will want to spend more time at Dolac, the city’s lively food market.  Meals B+L+D

Day
3

Plitvice Lakes National Park + Trogir… Then Onward to Split

Hotel Luxe - Split, Croatia

This morning, you’ll discover the breathtaking beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park c. Over thousands of years, flowing waters over limestone and chalk have left behind travertine barriers. These natural dams have, in turn, created a remarkable series of 16 terraced lakes that tumble down the hillside. Ranging in hue from azure and emerald to steely grey, they’re connected by rushing cascades that continue the geological processes that originally created them.

Today, well maintained trails and unobtrusive wooden walkways allow you to behold and experience the majestic beauty of these pristine lakes and their beautiful forest setting. You’ll also enjoy a short cruise across the largest of Plitvice’s lakes before continuing to Trogir c for a guided stroll including St. Lawrence Cathedral – the showpiece of this charming medieval town. Built between the 13th and 15th centuries, its triple-nave style and grandly carved portal reflect Venetian influences.

At a local winery, we’ve arranged for a tasting of the region’s wine and brandy followed by dinner. Then continue to Split and check in to the Hotel Luxe.  Meals B+D

Day
4

Ancient Wonders of Split

Hotel Luxe - Split, Croatia

Your tour of Split’s ancient landmarks begins with the magnificent palace of Emperor Diocletian c. Built between the late 3rd and early 4th centuries, the outlines of this vast palace form the heart of the Old City today. A startling portion of the palatial complex is remarkably well preserved, and it is the most valuable example of ancient Roman architecture on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. Your tour also includes Peristil Square; now the city’s popular main square, this was in Diocletian’s time the entry hall to his palace, and it was here that the Emperor would address Roman citizens.

After sightseeing, enjoy lunch on your own and a free afternoon to continue exploring at your own pace. Outside the Palace, you will find charming piazzas and a beautiful waterfront with inviting restaurants and cafes. This evening you’ll dine at one of our favorite restaurants here in Split.  Meals B+D

Leaving Split behind, you’ll journey this morning across the border into Bosnia & Herzegovina to explore the historic town of Mostar. Set against a rugged mountain backdrop along the meandering Neretva River, Mostar grew from a simple riverside crossing into an important settlement and provincial capital of the Ottoman Empire. Delve into the region’s complex and often turbulent history as your explore the town’s historic quarter, graced with finely restored Ottoman-era buildings including the 500-year-old mosque.

You’ll also see the celebrated Stari Most (Old Bridge) c, originally built in the 16th century and then reconstructed after its near total destruction in 1993. Continue to the inviting Bristol Hotel, set along a riverside promenade in Sarajevo.  Meals B+L+D

Join your guide after breakfast for a guided city tour including the Latin Bridge, also known as the Princip Bridge. Built by the Ottomans, it was here that Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip in 1914. This of course sparked a war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia which then escalated into World War I.

You’ll also see the Emperor’s Mosque, built in 1457 after the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia, and the Franciscan Monastery of St. Anthony. The Sarajevo Freedom Tunnel Museum offers a sobering yet inspiring look at how residents survived the Siege of Sarajevo. Originally extending for nearly 900 yards, this hand-dug tunnel supplied arms and food during the 3-year siege. Much of the tunnel has since collapsed, but this fascinating museum includes a 65-foot section of the original tunnel as well as the shell-pounded house that hid the tunnel entrance.  Meals B+D

Day
7

By Jeep through Durmitor National Park

Hotel Bianca - Kolasin, Montenegro

Depart Sarajevo this morning and embark on a jeep expedition into magnificent Durmitor National Park c, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its breathtaking landscapes. Formed by glaciers and traversed by rivers, the park is covered with dense pine forests interspersed with clear pristine lakes.  This stunning Alpine region is also home to no fewer than 48 peaks which soar to altitudes over 6,500 feet.

Enjoy lunch amidst this scenic beauty and then behold Tara Canyon; reaching depths of more than 4,200 feet, this is the deepest river gorge in Europe. Continue to Kolasin, a charming town cradled by forests and mountains. Arrive in time for dinner at the Bianca Resort & Spa, where you’ll enjoy two wonderful nights surrounded by the chalet ambience and casual sophistication of this deluxe mountain retreat.  Meals B+L+D

Day
8

Into the Highlands of Montenegro

Hotel Bianca - Kolasin, Montenegro

Enjoy breakfast at your mountain resort before traveling by jeep into the Highlands, learning about the region’s unique cultural traditions and taking in sweeping vistas of the virgin forests that cradle Biogradsko Lake. Experience a slice of daily life as you meet with farmers who live simply in their cottages – making crafts and tending their sheep in the picturesque mountain pastures.

Sit down to a hearty lunch of traditional fare in one of these rustic wooden cottages or, weather permitting, enjoy a delightful picnic in a mountain meadow. This evening’s dinner at your hotel features regional cuisine and Montenegrin specialties.  Meals B+L+D

Day
9

Through Moraca Canyon to Kotor

Hotel Regent Porto - Kotor, Montenegro

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and journey through the beautiful mountain scenery to visit the historic Moraca Monastery. Founded in the 13th century and surrounded by a lovely courtyard garden, this important Orthodox Monastery is home to magnificent ancient frescoes and painted icons from the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue across Mount Lovćen to Cetinje, the old royal capital, to visit the National Museum of Montenegro. Situated in a complex of historic buildings, this renowned institution traces the history, culture and art of the country from ancient times through the World Wars and the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

Stop in the charming village of Njegusi for a light lunch of the region’s specialties - locally smoked hams and cheeses. Then descend from the highlands via a serpentine road with breathtaking views of Europe’s southernmost fjord. Arriving in Kotor c, an afternoon walking shows you the massive medieval ramparts of this 13th-century town. Then check in to the stylish Regent Porto Montenegro; nestled on palm-fringed shores along the Adriatic coast in the heart of Porto Montenegro village, our luxury resort evokes the grandeur of an Italian palazzo. You’ll have free time before dinner to enjoy the idyllic setting and amenities of this outstanding hotel.   Meals B+D

After breakfast, we’ll take you to nearby Budva. Overlooking the Adriatic, this ancient port has emerged as one of the region’s most popular beach destinations. In addition to its lovely stretches of golden sand and clear waters, Budva is a delight to explore. With stone seawalls built long ago by the Venetians, Budva’s Old Town sits on a peninsula with narrow streets, inviting plazas and ancient red-roofed buildings that are now home to bustling cafes, boutiques and galleries.

Just up the coast from Budva, you’ll enjoy a guided through the Milocer Royal Botanic Garden. Inspired by classical French garden design, you’ll find a variety of indigenous Mediterranean trees and flowers as well as exotic plants from Asia and Africa. Just offshore, you’ll see the 15th-century villas of Sveti Stefan, a fortified island village. Then sit down to lunch at the Plantaze Winery and taste their fine wines and brandy.

Back in Porto Montenegro, you’ll have leisure time to enjoy as you wish. You might indulge in a treatment at the Regent Spa or explore along the beautiful waterfront. This evening we’ve made special arrangements for our intimate group to dine in the home of a local chef. It’s on the waterfront, so after dinner you can take a short stroll to admire the view of Kotor’s ramparts dramatically lit at night.  Meals B+L+D

Day
11

Bay of Kotor to Dubrovnik

Hilton Imperial - Dubrovnik, Croatia

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and some free time to explore Kotor at your own pace. Morning is the best time to ascend the ancient sea walls and even if you don’t climb all the way to the top, the views are unforgettable!

Late in the morning, you’ll check out from the Regent to embark on a guided cruise onto the tranquil wagers of the Bay; it’s the perfect way to take in the surrounding landscape of steep, forested slopes, colorful marinas and charming medieval villages. On a small island in the Bay of Kotor, you’ll step off to visit Our Lady of the Rocks, a lovely 17th-century Baroque Church rich with colorful stories and legends.

After a delightful lunch in the seaside town of Perast, you’ll continue onward to Dubrovnik c. Enjoy a guided walking tour through its beautifully preserved Old Town, set within impressive ramparts on a stunning stretch of the Dalmatian Coast. Among the landmarks you’ll admire is the Rector’s Palace, built in the late 15th century in Gothic style and embellished with Renaissance and Baroque flourishes. Then check in to the Hilton Imperial. Our deluxe hotel is perfectly situated just steps away from the old city gate. This evening is free to dine when and where you wish. There are many inviting cafes and  restaurants in Old Town, and our in-the-know guide is happy to offer personalized suggestions.  Meals B+L

Hailed as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik was an important Mediterranean Sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although heavily damaged by an earthquake in 1667 and again during the 1990’s by armed conflict, the city has been meticulously restored. Today it is one of Europe’s most beautifully preserved walled cities and it boasts a wealth of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. With a prime location near the medieval city gate, our deluxe hotel makes it easy for you to step out and explore this celebrated gem at your own pace. In addition to exploring the architectural monuments that grace the cobblestone lanes of the Old Town, you’ll want take some time to enjoy its galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants! This evening, you’ll gather again with your fellow travelers for a congenial farewell dinner.  Meals B+D

Day
13

Depart Dubrovnik

After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your onward journey.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Rome

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 3 nights in your choice of city-center hotel, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own private guide

Sorrento and Pompeii

Our 3-day FreeStyle Tour includes our handpicked deluxe hotel in Sorrento, daily breakfast, private car transfers from Naples, and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide

Warsaw

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package features a choice of fine city-center hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

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Our journey through Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro is diverse in experiences and visits cities, small towns and landscapes of great natural beauty. An ability to walk cobblestone streets and to climb stairs under various weather conditions is really necessary to enjoy the trip fully.

Walking Dubrovnik's Legendary Walls  

It takes just seconds in the magnificent walled city before you understand why Lord Byron called Dubrovnik "the Pearl of the Adriatic." Jutting out to a sparkling blue sea, Dubrovnik’s skyline is rich with elegant... Read More >>

Bosnia’s Bridge of Sighs  

Encountering the Old Bridge of the Bosnian town of Mostar in the seventeenth-century, a Muslim traveler resorted to hyperbole to describe region’s most iconic monument:  The bridge is like a rainbow arch soaring up to the skies, extending from... Read More >>

 

Montenegro’s Floating Church: Our Lady of
the Rocks
 

Perast’s Our Lady of the Rocks is a moving testimony to the enduring faith of one small community in the miracle that protects its sailors from the perils of the sea... Read More >>

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