This tour explores three of the countries of former Yugoslavia - Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia - each with contrasting scenery and distinctive cultures. Visit the highlights of the region including Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Ljubljana and Lake Bled, where the influence of European, Ottoman and Slavic culture is evident in the ornate palaces, cathedrals and mosques. A number of extensions are available to explore further afield.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Dubrovnik with easyJet. Afternoon walking tour of the old town. View the gates of Pile and Ploce, the Franciscan monastery, the Church of St Blaise and the Sponza Palace. Continue to tour the city walls, which were built between the 13th and 16th centuries and are some of the finest in the world. Transfer to the Grand Park Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)
Visit Epidaurum, situated south of Dubrovnik in the modern-day town of Cavtat. This ancient town was destroyed by foreign invaders in the seventh century. The people who fled from the city founded the new town of Ragusa on the coast, which over time became the city of Dubrovnik. You will see the town's palaces and summer mansions. (B)
Morning drive to Sarajevo, stopping en route at Mostar. Visit the reconstructed 16th-century Ottoman bridge that was destroyed in 1993 during the Balkans war and which is now a Unesco world heritage site. Continue to Sarajevo and stay at the Hotel Bristol for 2 nights. (B)
Morning tour of Sarajevo to see the Tunnel Museum. The tunnels were the only means of transportation and communication during the siege of the city. Then visit the site where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, sparking the beginning of the first world war, and the Bascarsijska district, to see its bazaars and Ottoman-inspired architecture. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning drive to the seafront city of Split. Stop en route at the picturesque Buna Spring and the town of Blagaj Tekke, with its Mediterranean and Ottoman architecture. Stay 2 nights at the Atrium Hotel (or similar). (B)
Today, visit the many cultural and historical relics that the ancient city of Split has to offer. The core of the city consists of the vast quadrangular palace, built from 295-305AD by the Emperor Diocletion for his retirement. Fortified and self-sufficient, it was almost a small town in itself. Continue to Trogir, considered one of the best-preserved Romano-gothic complexes in central Europe. Unesco protected, Trogir is full of buildings and monuments testifying to its rich history. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning drive from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park, stopping en route at the walled port city of Zadar. Afternoon tour of Plitvice, a Unesco world heritage site, which is known for its beautiful waterfalls and diverse landscapes. Stay 1 night at the Jezero Hotel (or similar). (B, D)
Afternoon drive from Croatia into Slovenia, stopping en route to explore the Postojna cave complex. A vast web of tunnels, galleries, passages and halls, it is one of the largest karst cave systems in the world. Continue to Ljubljana and stay for 2 nights at the Radison Blu Hotel. (B)
Morning tour of Ljubljana including visits to the Napoleon monument; Prešeren Square, named after the country’s most celebrated poet; the Triple Bridge; and the castle. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Transfer to Ljubljana airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 3411 2135 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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BKX2018: 9 Nights