Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce & Collette Vacations presents...
Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast
featuring Istrian Peninsula, Lake Bled, Dalmatian Coast and Dubrovnik
November 3-14, 2018 12 Days
$3699 per person, based on double occupancy
Trip includes: round trip air from Logan airport, air taxes, fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, hotels, 16 meals(10 breakfasts & 6 dinners), expert tour guides and scheduled attractions included in itinerary.
Collette Experiences: Visit Dubrovnik's Franciscan Monastery, where Europe's oldest pharmacy lies. Stroll through Split and see the famous Diocletian's Palace. Experience old-world charm with a Pletna boat ride to the picturesque island in the center of Lake Bled.
Must-See Inclusions: Spend three nights in Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Experience Opatija, "Croatia's Rivera," a retreat for Habsburg Monarchs. Experience the wonder of 16 cascading lakes at Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Culinary Inclusions: Enjoy a visit and dinner with a local family in the Konavle region outside Dubrovnik. Sample farm-to-table delicacies of the Istrian Peninsula with a dinner at a local restaurant.
Highlights: Opatija, Istrian Peninsula, Farm-to-Table Dinner, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Dubrovnik, Choice on Tour, Cilipi Family-Style Dinner, Split, Diocletian's Palace, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Pletna Boat Ride, Zagreb
Day 1: Join us and explore Croatia and the countries of the Adriatic. This a must see region filled with ancient cities, medieval architecture, intriguing cultures, rolling hills and stunning coastal scenery.
Day 2: Your tour begins in the seaside resort of Opatija. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome reception.
Day 3: Opatija, known as "Croatia's Riveriera," was once the summer retreat for Roman Caesars and Hapsburg Monarchs. Start the day exploring the town with a local guide. Later, discover the richness of the Istrian Peninsula with its Italian and Croatian influences. Pay a visit to a local distillery where the owners use regional plants, fruits and herbs to produce brandies, snacks and other treats. Discover Motovun, a beautiful example of a small Croatian town. In late afternoon, sample culinary delicacies of the Istrian Peninsula during dinner at a farm to table restaurant, complete with regional wines.
Day 4: After breakfast, travel to Croatia's most beautiful National Park, Plitvice Lakes. This UNESCO World Heritage site promises inspiring scenery as you travel among its 16 terraced lakes and dense forests. A series of waterfalls and free flowing cascades connects each lake to the other. Complete the experience with a short cruise that takes you into the heart of this natural wonder.
Day 5: This morning, continue south through the heart of Croatia, towards the medieval city of Dubrovnik. Along the way, enjoy magnificent views of the sparling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.
Day 6: A tour of "Old Dubrovnik," a UNESCO World Heritage site will begin your day. Visit the Franciscan Monastery, where Europe's oldest pharmacy lies, and see Rector's Palace, the City Walls, and many more historical sites. This afternoon, it's your choice! Join a local expert in Dubrovnik's Old Town harbor for a private cruise* with magnificent views of the medieval city walls; next, visit nearby Lokrum Island where you can swim, marvel at exotic plants or take a walk with peacocks. Or, receive a ticket to access the walls that contain the old city of Dubrovnik and gain a different perscpective on this remarkable place; this choice gives you more leisure time to explore the city. This evening, travel to the culturally-rich Konavle region to Cilipi for dinner at a family-owned local restaurant. While visiting with the family you'll learn about life in the Croatian heartland and sample regional wines. At dinner, servers introduce you to a culinary feast, prepared in the way of their ancestors.
Day 7: Today is at leisure to relax or independently explore Dubrovnik's breath taking Old Town with its marble streets and beautiful baroque buildings. Or, you may choose to purchase our optional excursion to Montenegro...if so, leave in the morning to cross the border to Montenegro's Bay of Kotor (or "the Boka"); once known as Europe's southern most fjord, it is actually a ria (a long, narrow inlet); you guide will introduce you to the history of the region and share stories of the many cultures and empires that have left their mark here.
Day 8: Savor stunning sea views as you travel up the winding coastal road, hugging the sheer cliffs that drop into the aquamarine Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a stop in a quaint village in the Croatian countryside. You will have time to taste the local specialties and perhaps walk through the village square. Upon arrival in Split, set out on a walking tour featuring the impressive Diocletian's Palace, one of the most significant late-Roman historical monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition, see the peristyle of the palace and the Temple of Jupiter.
Day 9: Your adventure continues as you travel up the coast, into Slovenia, and on to today's destination - the quaint capital of Ljubljana. During the drive, take in the spectacular scenery. Arriving in Ljublana, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax and explore the city.
Day 10: This morning meet a local expert who will introduce you to this lovely town nestled along the banks of the river. Your tour includes the impressive City Hall and a visit to the magnificent Cathedral of St. Nicholas. After free time for lunch, drive a short distance to tranquil Lake Bled. Experience the old-world charm that comes with taking a Pletna boat to the picturesque island in the center of Lake Bled. Spend time exploring the 17-century cathedral, St. Mary's Church, an the "wishing bell." Enjoy some time to stroll the quiet paths of this lakeside community at your own pace.
Day 11: Today we travel to Zabreb, the capital of Croatia, and embark on a fascinating tour. continue your exploration your way with free time this afternoon. Tonight, celebrate the end of an unforgettable trip with dinner at a popular local restaurant.
Day12: Your tour comes to a close in Zabreg this morning.