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Treasures of Croatia & Bosnia

12 Days

Departure Date : 23 August   &  13 September 2016

Endowed with spectacular scenery, the sun-dappled Croatian coast backed by Bosnian mountains is a world-class destination in its own right. But the real jewel in the crown comes courtesy of the Romans, Venetians and Ottomans, who cast their culture-charged spell over the region. This outstanding journey includes relaxed starts, transfers, and business class legroom, plus our great 5-star services.
    

  • Day 1: Your Jorney Begins Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  • Day 2: Welcome to Split! After touch down at Split Airport, transfers depart at 09:00, 11:30 and 15:00 hours for your hotel in the historic centre. Stroll down streets steeped in history, through the heart of the greatest Roman ruin in western Europe, to the town's famous Riva seafront promenade. This evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Hotel: Cornaro Welcome Reception & Dinner
  •   Day 3: Split & the Palace of Diocletian Relaxed start. Over 1700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built an enormous palace in Split, and today those same buildings make up the architectural fabric of the old town. Join a Local Expert for a guided tour and venture underground into the rooms thought to have housed his slaves. a The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares at your own pace. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity of dinner in a traditional 'konoba'. Hotel: Cornaro Buffet Breakfast
  •   Day 4: The Water Wonderland of Krka National Park Enjoy stunning views over Trogir and the sparkling Dalmatian coast as you make your way to the lakes, rivers and waterfalls of Krka National Park. From the cluster of stone cottages and water-mills, embark on a forest walk along looping wooden boardwalks, connecting emerald green waters and cascading falls. There is time for a swim in the refreshing waters before continuing up one of the river canyons for postcard perfect views of idyllic Visovac Island. Return to Split for time at leisure. Hotel: Cornaro Boxed Breakfast
  •   Day 5: Medjugorje & Sarajevo Cross the Bosnian border to visit Medjugorje, where six local children claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary. Since then, this sleepy village has been transformed into a popular place of pilgrimage. Continue along the beautiful Neretva Gorge and Jablanica Lake, where Tito launched his surprise Partisan attacks on the Germans during WWII. Your destination is Sarajevo, a town with a turbulent past - in 1914 it was the site of the assassination that sparked WWII and more recently, it endured the longest siege in modern military history. Hotel: Europa Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  •   Day 6: Sarajevo, Where East Meets West Relaxed start. A Local Expert unravels the cultural complexities and turbulent history of the city today. Visit the War Tunnel Museum, housing part of the subterranean passage that served as Sarajevo's lifeline during the Bosnian war. Meet and talk with one of the survivors, for whom the Siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment of his life. Then stroll through the Turkish-style Baščaršija, the old medieval bazaar founded by the Ottomans in the 15C. Admire Gazi Husrev-beg's Mosque and the impressive Old Synagogue. The preparation and drinking of Bosnian coffee is a real ceremony in this part of the world. Learn the secrets and savour what Sarajevans call coffee with ceif! This afternoon, there is time at leisure or perhaps join an expedition high into the mountains to visit Bosnia's most isolated village. Tonight's dinner promises warm hospitality, classic regional cuisine and a unique insight into the local way of life. Hotel: Europa Buffet Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
  •   Day 7: Mostar & Korcula Head back to Croatia today via the white city of Mostar. Walk across the famous Stari Most and cobbled old town which stretches on both sides of the bridge. There is free time for lunch before descending to the Croatian border and the port of Orebic to set sail for Korcula, on the island of the same name. Hotel: Liburna Buffet Breakfast
  • Day 8: On the Trail of Marco Polo in Korcula Relaxed start. The locals claim the celebrated globetrotter, Marco Polo was born here. Make up your own mind during a guided walking tour through the herringbone maze of streets and flagstone plazas, all framed by honey-coloured fortifications. Look out for the spirited 16th century Moreska sword dance, which was once performed all over the Mediterranean, but now only found in this medieval town. Perhaps join your fellow travellers tonight for dinner by the seaside? Hotel: Liburna Buffet Breakfast
  •   Day 9: Wine, Oysters & Dubrovnik Cross over to the gnarly old vines, clinging to the sun baked slopes of the Peljesac peninsula. Meet a local vintner to learn about the Plavac mali grape and sample the full-bodied wines. a Continue to Ston, where the ‘Great Wall of Croatia' stretches across the narrow isthmus. These waters have been famous for shellfish since Roman times. At a local oyster farm, see how these tasty delicacies are gathered from the sea, before sitting down to a fresh seafood lunch at a typical taverna.s Now on for three wonderful nights in the walled town of Dubrovnik. Hotel: President Buffet Breakfast, Highlight Lunch
  •   Day 10: Dubrovnik, Paradise on Earth! Relaxed start. Explore the stone paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the old town with a Local Expert. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Place, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. According to George Bernard Shaw - Those who seek Paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik! So the rest of the day is free for just that. Tonight, within the city's mighty ramparts, there is the option of dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel: President Buffet Breakfast
  •   Day 11: Dubrovnik at Leisure Relaxed start. A day at leisure in this “Pearl of the Adriatic” to either relax by the pool, shop in the markets or stroll with friends along the ancient city walls. There is also the option of a day trip to Montenegro. Start with Kotor, situated on the only fjord on the Adriatic coast. Capture forever on film one of the most beautiful parts of the bay and learn some of the compelling history of the area. Then to the picturesque town of Budva where there is free time for lunch. This evening, there's laughter and a hubbub of clicking glasses aboard your harbour cruise. Sail around the crenellated walls to a waterside restaurant for a Mediterranean Celebration Dinner where the food is fragrant and the memories unforgettable. Hotel: President Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner Day 12: Depart Dubrovnik Your tour ends after breakfast. Transfers leave for Dubrovnik Airport at 09:00 & 11:30 hours. (BB) Buffet Breakfast
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