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Jewels of Dalmatia

4 countries17 cities
6 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Ethno houses, Plitvice Lakes
Discover the treasures of the Balkan states and the spectacular countryside of south-eastern Europe. Experience the romance of Lake Bled, visit medieval cities, relax in charming coastal villages and explore stunning national parks. Captivating Croatia and CoastlineArrive in historic Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Here we take a sightseeing tour of the colourful old town. We continue through the scenic landscapes of Bosnia to Sarajevo. Sarajevo has been influenced by a number of cultures and is a fascinating place to visit. The next is stop is Dubrovnik, a real highlight of this tour. Here we have time to relax and get to know this wonderful town. With its ancient city walls, narrow cobblestone streets and colourful shops, being in Dubrovnik is like stepping back in time.Serene Plitvice LakesFrom Dubrovnik we head to Split and the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park comprises 16 terraced lakes and is surrounded by densely-wooded hills. Here we take some time to enjoy the park and wander around the lower lakes the scenery is breathtaking.Be spellbound by Slovenia Continuing through Europe, we travel to Slovenia. We spend time at picturesque Lake Bled and in the charming town of Ljubljana. With its fairytale streets and colourful open-air markets, Ljubljana is a real jewel of Europe. We take a tour of the pretty capital, Ljubljana and visit the beautiful Arboretum Botanical Gardens.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Ferry journey from Drvenik to Hvar
  • Ferry journey from Hvar to Split
  • Tipping Made Easy, $240pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 16 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in Ethno houses, Plitvice Lakes
  • 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Witness age-old culture and stunning landscapes in Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • Tour the cosmopolitan capital of Sarajevo with its Turkish heritage and lively caf scene. Enjoy exploring the four quarters of the city; each providing endless opportunities for relaxation, sightseeing and unique experiences.
  • Discover the culinary delights of Sarajevo on a gourmet walking tour including a degustation of Bosnian cheeses and smoked meats, a traditional meal and homemade rakija at a typical tavern.
  • Be enchanted by the town of Mostar with its beautiful 16th and 17th century mosques, medieval buildings and cobbled streets that survived the war completely. Walk across the most celebrated Ottoman Bridge that links the two sides of the town.

Beauty, culture and ancient architecture awaits you in Croatia

  • Get acquainted with the fascinating city of Zagreb and admire its old world graciousness, lively energy and friendly locals.
  • Be rewarded with views of the shimmering Adriatic Ocean, beautiful marble streets and baroque buildings as you walk along the ancient city walls of medieval Dubrovnik.
  • Tour the tiny country of the Republic of Montenegro as we explore the charming little villages along the Bay of Kotor.
  • See the sights of Hvar, including incredible views from the Hvar Fortress, followed by a delicious lunch.
  • Visit the always buzzing, exuberant city of Split and enjoy a tour of the world's most impressive Roman Monument, the Diocletian's Palace.
  • Visit the town of Trogir, where artists from around the world gather to paint.
  • Discover the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park as your guided walking tour showcases its magnificent turquoise lakes, waterfalls and cascades.
  • Take an extended walk of the Plitvice Lakes and appreciate it natural beauty.
  • Spend two nights in Opatija, often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. Enjoy an orientation tour of this remarkable seaside resort town and learn all about its splendid past.
  • Take a full day excursion to the heart shaped peninsula of Istra and spend some time exploring the ancient Roman Town of Porec as well as the fishing village of Rovinj, considered the star attraction of Istria.

Slovenia, the land of pristine landscape and friendly faces

  • Marvel at the two million year old stalagmite and stalactite formations at the Postojna Caves, a series of caverns, halls and passages some 20km long and hallowed out by the Pivka River.
  • Be mesmerised by the mountain resort of Bled. With its emerald green lake, iconic fairy-tale church steeple perched atop the tiny rock at the middle of the lake and its medieval castle clinging to a cliff top, this is truly a magical place to behold.
  • Visit the Alpine Dairy Farming Museum, learn about life of herdsmen in an authentic environment and taste the locally produced cheeses.
  • Enjoy free time in Bled, one of the most beautiful places in Europe.
  • Opt to take a walk through Vintgar Gorge, a stunning turquoise oasis of rapids, waterfalls and crystal clear pools.
  • Visit the traditional Gingerbread Museum to learn the history of this honey-bread and make your very own gingerbread heart, a symbol of love and passion.
  • Visit the well preserved and pretty capital city of Ljubljana and admire its dazzling hilltop castle, emerald green river, al fresco cafes on the banks of the promenade, youthful vibrancy and cultural creativity.
  • See Ljubljana from a different angle on a boat ride along the Ljubljanica River.
  • Take in the beautiful flora at the peaceful Arboretum Botanical Gardens in Ljubljana.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
21
Price From
AUD $10,045
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
21 Apr 201911 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,560
28 Apr 201918 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,560
05 May 201925 May 2019AvailableAUD $9,760
12 May 201901 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,860
19 May 201908 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $9,860 
26 May 201915 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $9,960 
02 Jun 201922 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,060
09 Jun 201929 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,260 
30 Jun 201920 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $10,460
14 Jul 201903 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $10,560
04 Aug 201924 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $10,460
18 Aug 201907 Sep 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,460
25 Aug 201914 Sep 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,260
01 Sep 201921 Sep 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,260
08 Sep 201928 Sep 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,260
15 Sep 201905 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,260
22 Sep 201912 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,160
29 Sep 201919 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,060
06 Oct 201926 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $9,660
ItineraryExpand
Jewels of Dalmatia

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia and its beautiful capital, Zagreb! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Zagreb

We take a morning sightseeing tour of the city and its impressive 900-year-old Upper Town. We see the churches of St Mark's and St Catherine's and visit the Cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the cobblestone streets at your own pace and admire its old-world graciousness and friendly, lively energy before tonight's group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Zagreb - Sarajevo

Today we cross the border into Bosnia & Herzegovina and make our way to the historic capital, Sarajevo. A vibrant city full of history and a Turkish heritage, it is often called the 'Jerusalem of Europe'. [B]

Day 5. Sarajevo

We'll explore Sarajevo on a sightseeing tour this morning. Highlights include the buzzing Turkish bazaar, 'Bas Carsija', the Husref Bay's Mosque and the Gavrilo Princip Museum. [B]

Special Experience: Discover the culinary delights of Sarajevo on a gourmet walking tour. Enjoy a degustation of Bosnian cheeses and smoked meats, as well as a traditional cooked meal at a local restaurant. Relax in a typical tavern and try two types of homemade rakija.

Day 6. Sarajevo - Mostar - Dubrovnik

We venture south to Mostar, where its famous Ottoman bridge, bustling gold alley and the numerous millhouse restaurants lining the banks of the river set an enchanting scene. Later this afternoon we continue to beautiful Dubrovnik, set against a backdrop of the shimmering Adriatic Sea. [B]

Day 7. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most photographed towns on the Mediterranean. This morning we enjoy a walking tour of this historic walled city. Sights will include the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column, Rector's Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace. [B,D]

Special Experience: Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and taste the regional cuisine at a special home-hosted dinner.

Day 8. Kotor Excursion

We spend the day touring the tiny country of Montenegro. Admire the beauty of the Dalmatian coast as we drive along the rugged Bay of Kotor, dotted with charming little villages. [B]

Day 9. Dubrovnik - Hvar

Today we head north along the spectacular coast to Hvar Island. Take in the views from the panoramic road on the island as we journey to Hvar town. Enjoy the evening at leisure. [B]

Day 10. Hvar - Split

See the highlights of this beautiful island on a walking tour this morning, where we enjoy spectacular views from the Hvar Fortress, a medieval castle dating back to before 500BC. We then have a delicious lunch in Vrisnik before catching a ferry to Croatia's second-largest city, Split [B,L]

Day 11. Split

We tour the historic city centre of Split today, which is built around the remains of the world's most impressive Roman monument - the Diocletian's Palace. [B]

Day 12. Split - Trogir - Plitvice Lakes

Today we stop in the town of Trogir, where artists from around the world gather to paint. This afternoon we travel to stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. These 16 terraced lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey and blue. [B,D]

Special Experience: Stay overnight right inside the national park, and only 400m from the highest waterfall.

Day 13. Plitvice Lakes

This morning we explore the spectacular lower lake section on a guided walking tour that will showcase its magnificent turquoise lakes, waterfalls and cascades.

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not take an extended walk of this area to appreciate its natural beauty? Learn more

Or - spend the afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the tranquility. [B,D]

Day 14. Plitvice Lakes - Opatija

We travel to the imperial resort town of Opatija. Famous for its grand spa hotels and superb location on the beautiful bay of Kvarner, it is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. We'll take an orientation tour on arrival to learn about its splendid past. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. [B]

Day 15. Istrian Peninsula Excursion

Enjoy a full-day excursion along the beautiful, heart-shaped Istrian Peninsula. Visit Eufrasius Basilica at Porec, the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula and the charming fishing port of Rovinj. [B]

Day 16. Opatija - Postojna - Bled

Today we visit the incredible Postojna Cave, with more than 20km of passages, galleries and chambers. We ride an electric train through the caves discovering two-million-year-old stalagmite and stalactite formations. This afternoon we continue north to fairytale Lake Bled. [B]

Day 17. Bled

The region around Bled is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Set amongst stunning mountain peaks and brimming with forests and greenery, waterfalls and streams, it is characterised by the iconic church steeple that perches atop a tiny island in the middle of the lake. Here we enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour including a visit to Bled Castle, before we visit the lake valley of Bohinj. [B]

Special Experience: Visit the Alpine Dairy Farming Museum, learn about life of herdsmen in an authentic environment and taste the locally produced cheeses.

Day 18. Bled

Optional Walking Discovery: Explore the lush greenery and tranquil waters of Vintgar Gorge this morning. Don't forget your camera, the scenery will take your breath away! Learn more

Special Experience: Visit the traditional Gingerbread Museum to learn the history of this honey-bread and make your very own gingerbread heart, a symbol of love and passion.

We continue to be immersed in history as we enjoy traditional Slovenian fare for dinner at the museum's adjoining restaurant. [B,D]

Day 19. Bled - Ljubljana - Zagreb

This morning we depart for the picturesque Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. Take a sightseeing tour here, then get the opportunity to meet a local at the Old Yugoslavia Museum. See Ljubljana from a different angle on a boat ride along the Ljubljanica River. We then head to the picturesque Arboretum Botanical Gardens. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 20. Depart Zagreb

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 21. Arrive Australia