Explore one of Europe's Hidden Cultural Gems
14 days, June 23 – July 6, 2017
Arranged and guided by Collette Vacations
Escorted by Doug Jackson
Explore ancient cities, medieval architecture, rolling hills, and the stunning scenery of the Adriatic coast. Our tour begins with three nights in the seaside resort of Opatija, one night at Plitvice Lakes visiting Croatia's most beautiful National Park, three nights in the Medieval city of Dubrovnik, one night in Split with its historical late-Roman Diocletians Palace, and two nights in Ljubljana, the quaint capital of Slovenia. We complete our tour with a relaxing two night stay in Croatia's capital city of Zagreb.
Day 1, Friday June 23 (depart home, board overnight flight)
Following our at-home-pickup-service, we transfer to the Vancouver Airport and depart this afternoon aboard Lufthansa's overnight flight via Frankfurt to Venice, Italy.
Day 2, Saturday June 24 (flight arrives Venice, coach transfer to Opatija)
Our flight arrives this morning in Venice, Italy and we transfer by motor-coach to Croatia's Adriatic seaside resort of Opatija, and begin a three-night stay at the Hotel Bristol. Located in Opatia's town centre, the Bristol is a former imperial hotel, built in 1906, in characteristic Hapsburg-era style. This evening is at leisure.
Day 3, Sunday June 25 (Opatija, a day at leisure)
This morning we introduce Opatija with a neighbourhood walking tour. This popular resort community, known as Croatia's Riviera, was once the summer retreat for Roman Caesars and Hapsburg monarchs. Following our tour, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore on our own, until this evening's welcome dinner. Meals BD
Day 4, Monday June 26 (Opatija, explore the Istrian Peninsula)
Today we travel south from Opatija to the historic coastal city of Pula, located at the tip of the Istrian Peninsula. Dating to the 10th century BC, this city has been home to Romans, Greeks, Venetians and many more. A walking tour highlights the well-preserved amphitheatre and artifacts from the city's time as a Roman colony. At a charming local restaurant, we enjoy a presentation of local produce and regional specialties, followed by a multi-course lunch including wine. Returning to Opatija, this evening is at leisure. Meals BL
Day 5, Tuesday June 27 (Opatija to Plitvice Lakes)
Departing Opatija, we travel to Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's most beautiful national park. We absorb the inspiring scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage site, as we travel among 16 terraced lakes connected by a series of waterfalls, and experience a short cruise into the heart of this natural wonder. Tonight's home is the Jezero Hotel, located in the centre of the park. Meals BD
Day 6, Wednesday June 28 (Plitvice Lakes to Dubrovnik)
Today we enjoy magnificent views of the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, as we travel south through the heart of Croatia. Reaching the medieval seaport of Dubrovnik, we begin a three-night stay at the Valamar Lacroma Resort. Following dinner, this evening is at leisure. Meals BD
Day 7, Thursday June 29 (Dubrovnik tour, cruise to Elaphiti Islands)
This morning we tour Old Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the Franciscan Monastery, where Europe's oldest pharmacy lies, and view Rector's Palace, the City Walls, and many more historical sites. This afternoon, departing the bustling coast, we cruise around the Elaphiti Islands, an oasis of traditional Croatian coastal living, and stop at a local fishing village for a taste of island life. Meals B
Day 8, Friday June 30 (Dubrovnik, visit Montenegro)
This morning, we cross into the unspoiled and rarely travelled county of Montenegro. Located less than one hour from Dubrovnik, Montenegro offers a mixture of stunning natural scenery, unspoiled historical treasures, and a culture largely untouched by outside influences. We gaze upon Europe's southernmost fjord, where mountains descend directly into the sea creating a landscape unlike anywhere else in the world. Driving around Kotor Bay, we pass quaint villages and learn about the many cultures and empires that have left their marks in this region. We stop in the medieval walled-city of Kotor, and soak up its typical Mediterranean lifestyle, before returning to Dubrovnik. This evening, while visiting a local family, we enjoy dinner, sample regional wines, and learn about life in the Croatian heartland. Meals BD
Day 9, Saturday July 1 (Dubrovnik to Split)
Savouring stunning sea views, we travel up the winding coastal road, hugging the sheer cliffs that drop to the Adriatic Sea. After a lunch stop in the countryside, we arrive in Split and set out on a walking tour featuring the impressive Diocletian's Palace, one of the most significant late-Roman historical monuments. Tonight's home is the Atrium Hotel, located in the centre of Split. This evening is at leisure. Meals B
Day 10, Sunday July 2 (Split to Ljubljana, Slovenia)
This morning the spectacular scenery continues as we drive up the coast, into Slovenia to its quaint capital of Ljubljana. We check-in for two nights at the Hotel Lev Ljubljana and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening we soak up views of the city, as we ride a funicular to Ljubljana Castle, to savour a dinner served within the castle walls. Meals BD
Day 11, Monday July 3 (Ljubljana, visit Lake Bled)
Touring Ljubljana this morning we see the impressive City Hall and visit the magnificent Cathedral of St Nicholas. After lunch, we drive to nearby Lake Bled to experience the old-world charm of a pletna boat ride to the picturesque island in the centre of the lake. There's time to explore the island with its 17th century cathedral, and to visit the lakeside community of Bled, before returning to Ljubljana for an evening at leisure. Meals B
Day 12, Tuesday July 4 (Ljubljana to Zagreb, Croatia)
Departing Slovenia this morning, we travel to Zagreb, the capital and the largest city of Croatia. This afternoon, we tour this ancient city, which dates back to 1094, and then check-in for two nights, near the city centre, at the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel. Tonight we dine in one of Zagreb's most famous restaurants. Meals BD
Day 13, Wednesday July 5 (Zagreb, a day at leisure)
Today is free to relax and explore Zagreb at your leisure. Meals B
Day 14, Thursday July 6 (homeward bound)
Following breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to the Zagreb Airport, to board our Lufthansa flight via Munich to Vancouver. Transfers included to home from the Vancouver Airport. Meals B
Airfare and taxes Vancouver to Venice
& return from Zagreb
Air conditioned motor-coach transportation
Gratuities to drivers and guides
At home pickup and return (lower mainland)
Hotel accommodations, baggage handling
19 Meals (12 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 6 dinners)
All attractions as described in brochure
Collette Insurance (see page 29)
Tour Price (Canadian Funds) Reserve by Jan 20
Each person, 2 sharing room..$7190 Save $350 per person!
Documents A passport is required, valid until December 31, 2017.
Deposit Due: $600 per person, ten days after reservation Balance Due: April 17
Collette Vacations Waiver & Insurance Plan (included with your tour)
Payments for this tour are fully refundable until January 20. After January 20, in the event of cancellation for any reason prior to the day of departure, the Collette Cancellation Waiver, which is included with this tour, guarantees a full refund of all payments, less a cancellation fee of $350. On the day of departure the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price, unless the cancellation is for a medical reason supported by a doctor's letter, in which case only the $350 cancellation fee will apply.
The plan does not cover any single supplement charges. If your travelling companion cancels, you may continue by paying the single supplement, or cancel and receive a refund less the cancellation fee. After departure, the plan provides transportation home and a refund of unused services, if you are forced to cancel due to personal illness, or the personal illness or death of an immediate family member. You, your travelling companion, and any immediate family member booked to travel with you must be medically capable of travel when you pay your deposit.
The Collette plan also includes medical coverage without exclusions due to age or pre-existing medical conditions. Please note that you must have valid hospital and medical insurance under a Government Health Insurance Plan of a Province or Territory of Canada. For full details, please review the Description of Coverage information for the Collette Cancellation Waiver & Insurance Plan.Guarantee
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We do not accept credit card payments. Avoiding credit card fees, allows us to put more value into your tour. Your personal cheque is welcome.
At Home Service, Door-to-Door Pickup and Return
Service included throughout the lower mainland from Chilliwack to Vancouver.
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