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Spectacular natural scenery, historical sights, and exciting cities await you on this fantastic tour through Mediterranean Eastern Europe, including Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Slovenia. If you’re fascinated by beautiful landscapes, this Eastern Europe tour will delight as you surround yourself in the greens and blues of this exhilarating vacation. In Croatia, you'll visit Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and forests. You'll experience Croatia's Dalmatian coast, with a beautiful coastline and dramatic limestone cliffs. You'll also visit the Postojna Caves in Slovenia, with its web of tunnels and stalactites. The underground train ride and walking tour allow you to see what are arguably Europe’s most extensive and best-known caves. If you’re interested in historical sights and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you’ll be thrilled on this tour through the Eastern Mediterranean countries. Visit Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery, with a history dating back to the 1300s, and Rector's Palace, a Gothic-Renaissance palace from the 15th century. In Split, visit Jupiter Temple, built for worshipping the Roman God and the Roman emperor Diocletian, and the 4th-century Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Mostar, see the Old Bridge, the city's symbol built in the 16th century, and Turkish House, one of the best-preserved residential structures from the Turkish period. Finally, in Sarajevo, visit Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque, the most important architectural monument from the time of Ottoman rule. This value-minded Eastern Mediterranean tour through Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina is simply a magnificent vacation!
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*Book a select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $750 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 for travel in 2023. Promotional discount will apply to Groups of 8 or more who provide their Group Block Deposit within the promotion's booking dates and will apply to all individual members of the Group until the due date of the passenger names/non-refundable individual deposits. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new 2023 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. PRMW0992
POSTOJNA Visit Postojna CavesDALMATIAN COAST Scenic coastal driveZADAR Guided sightseeingSPLIT Guided sightseeing including Diocletian PalaceDUBROVNIK Guided sightseeing, visit the Franciscan Monastery and Rector PalacesNERETVA GORGES Scenic driveMOSTAR Guided sighseeing, visit the Turkish House and MosqueSARAJEVO Guided sightseeing including Gazi Husrev-Beg MosquePLITVICE NATIONAL PARK Guided walking tourZAGREB Guided sightseeing, see St. Marcus ChurchLJUBLJANA Guided sightseeing
World Heritage Sites are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance. The sites are judged to contain cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners
ARRIVE IN LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore some of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions.
LJUBLJANA–POSTOJNA CAVES–ZADAR, CROATIA Undoubtedly, one of the highlights on this tour is a visit to the Postojna Caves. Your included underground train ride and a walking tour will allow you to marvel at what are possibly Europe’s most extensive and most beautiful caves. Then, cross into Croatia, traveling along the coast to Zadar. Over the centuries, Zadar was ruled by Venetians, Austro/Hungarians, by Italy after WWI, and today it belongs to Croatia. Learn more during the included guided tour. Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km
ZADAR–SPLIT–DUBROVNIK Drive south to Split. This is the former hometown of Roman Emperor Diocletian, and you can still visit with a Local Guide the remains of his Palace, and Jupiter Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See more of the lovely Dalmatian Coast before reaching Dubrovnik. Today’s Distance: 239 mi/ 385 km
DUBROVNIK Dubrovnik is the best-preserved Croatian medieval city and the liveliest in Dalmatia. Visit the Franciscan Monastery and the Rector’s Palace, where the Local Guide will give you a full commentary, including the history of this beautifully preserved medieval architectural wonder—a popular filming location for TV series and movies, including “The Last Jedi,” “James Bond,” and “Game of Thrones.” Sign up for an interesting optional excursion to Konavle.
DUBROVNIK–NERETVA GORGES–MOSTAR, BOSNIA–HERZEGOVINA–SARAJEVO Enjoy a scenic drive into the rugged beauty of the Neretva Valley. Stop in Mostar, where a Local Guide shows you the Turkish House, the Mosque, and the reconstructed 16th-century bridge. The Mostar bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed in 1993 during the Croat-Bosnian war. A project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge was opened in 2004. On to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina and certainly the most Turkish-looking city in the Balkans—famous for its mosques, markets, and bazaars. Discover the city with a Local Guide and get acquainted with its architectural highlights, including the Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque. Today’s Distance: 162 mi/ 260 km
SARAJEVO–PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK, CROATIA Travel north today back into Croatia to visit the country’s famous Plitvice National Park. Enjoy a walk with a Local Guide through the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder. Its 16 lakes, wooded hills, waterfalls, and cascades make it one of Europe’s best loved national parks. Today’s Distance: 208 mi/ 335 km
PLITVICE–ZAGREB–LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA Get to know Croatia’s capital on the included city tour. The city is packed with historic buildings, such as the Gothic-style St. Marcus Church. Continue to Ljubljana, where a Local Guide will help you appreciate its imperial beauty. Today’s Distance: 171 mi/ 275 km
LJUBLJANA Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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