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Croatia, Jewels of Dalmatia

'Solos Mix' Ages 45 years and over
Sunday 23 Sep - Friday 12 Oct 2018

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover cosmopolitan Sarajevo and its interesting Turkish heritage 
  • Stroll along beautiful Dubrovnik’s cobblestone streets 
  • Drive along the sparkling Bay of Kotor 
  • Marvel at the natural wonder of the Postojna Caves 
  • Admire the changing colours of the spectacular Plitvice Lakes 
  • Visit stunning Lake Bled 
  • Experience the romance of Venice

 

 

DAY 1 - SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2018
Depart Australia

DAY 2 – MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2018
Arrive Zagreb

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

Meals: Welcome drink

DAY 3 – TUESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2018
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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2018
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’.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 5 – THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2018
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.

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.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 – FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018
Sarajevo - Dubrovnik

We venture south to Mostar, where its famous Ottoman bridge, bustling gold alley and numerous mill house 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 Ocean.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 – SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2018
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most photographed towns in 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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 – SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2018
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.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 – MONDAY 1 OCTOBER 2018
Dubrovnik - Split

We head north along the spectacular coast to Split. Enjoy the incredible scenery as we pass sheer cliff faces and bright turquoise waters. In Split, we tour the historic city centre, built around the remains of the world's most impressive Roman monument - the Diocletian's Palace.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER 2018
Split

Special Experience: Spend the day discovering the sun-drenched islands of Brac and Solta on a cruise of the glittering Adriatic sea. We’ll enjoy swimming in one of the beautiful bays, some free time in the town of Stomorska, and a delicious grilled lunch on-board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 – WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER 2018
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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 – THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER 2018
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.

Or - spend the afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the tranquility. 

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not discover more of this natural phenomenon on an extended walk around some other lakes with your guide? 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 – FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER 2018
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. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14 – SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2018
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. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 – SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER 2018
Optija – Postojna - Bled

Today we visit the incredible Postojna Caves, with more than 20km of passages, galleries and chambers filled with two million-year-old stalagmite and stalactite formations. This afternoon we continue north to fairytale Lake Bled.

Optional Walking Discovery: Opt to take an evening walk with your guide along the walkway through Vintgar Gorge, a stunning turquoise oasis of rapids, waterfalls and crystal clear pools. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16 – MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 2018
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.

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

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17 – TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2018
Bled – Ljubljana - Venice

Enjoy the morning at leisure before we depart for the picturesque Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. This beautiful city features a hilltop castle, emerald green river and a buzzing al fresco cafe culture.

Special Experience: See Ljubljana from a different angle on a boat ride along the Ljubljanica River.

This evening we make our way to the ever-romantic city of Venice.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18 – WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2018
Venice

A place like no other, a day exploring Venice will leave lasting memories. Today’s highlights include Piazza San Marco and the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. We'll also witness magic in the hands of a master craftsman at a traditional  glass blowing factory, watching as they create a work of art before our eyes. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19 – THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER 2018
Depart Venice

Today we begin our journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20 – FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2018
Arrive Australia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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