Day 1: Arrival to BUDAPEST
After landing transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check in to a 3*/4* hotel. After checking in, we’ll have a sightseeing tour of the city. In the past Budapest was two separate cities Buda and Pest and you will have a chance to explore both. A local guide will take you to Buda Castle were you will learn about the history and enjoy the best panorama in the city. Free time. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: BUDAPEST
After breakfast, a local guide will take you on a private tour where you will visit the famous attractions in the Pest part of the city: Parliament House, St Stephan Basilica, Vaci Street, Heroes Square and many more. Dinner in a traditional Hungarian restaurant and overnight.
* Optional: visit to the famous Széchenyi thermal bath (15 € per person)
Day 3: BUDAPEST — ZAGREB
After breakfast, we will be driving to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Check in to a 3*/4* hotel. A local guide will pick you up and take you on a city tour and show all the famous attractions of Zagreb. You’ll get to see the old romantic Upper Town and the young, busy and business orientated Lower Town that are connected through Kamenita vrata (Stone Gate). You’ll get to visit the Cathedral, the main square, the traditional market and the bustling Tkalčićeva street. Dinner in a traditional Croatian restaurant and overnight.
Budapest — Ljubljana (460km)
Day 4: ZAGREB — BLED — LJUBLJANA
After breakfast, we’ll continue our way to Slovenia where we’ll visit the charming Lake Bled and the capital, Ljubljana. Bled is famous for its medieval castle situated on a cliff high above the lake and the amazing surrounding Alpine peaks. After enjoying the beautiful nature you’ll head to Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana. You’ll start the tour in front of the Town Hall and continue through the historical city centre to admire its mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture and masterful creations by the 20th century architect Jože Plečnik. The excursion includes a stroll around the medieval Old Town, visiting the New and Old Markets, the Triple Bridge and the Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana’s trademark. The tour ends with a funicular ride, which departs from the Krekov square and takes you up to the Ljubljana Castle to enjoy one final view of the city set along the banks of the emerald green river Ljubljanica. Dinner and overnight.
* Optional: boat ride on lake Bled (14 € per person)
Day 5: LJUBLJANA — POSTOJNA — PULA
After breakfast, your tour leads you to one of the most famous attractions in Slovenia, the Postojna caves. A small train will take you on a tour of the 27 kilometre system of underground caves, tunnels, galleries and chambers decorated with spectacular dripstones, which are also known for providing habitat for an endemic amphibian salamander, sometimes called the human fish or the baby dragon. After enjoying the amazing caves, we’ll return to Croatia and visit the city of Pula. After checking in to a 3*/4* hotel, we’ll visit Pula’s most famous landmark, the fascinating Pula Arena which is the 6th largest Roman coliseum in the world, then the Augustus Temple which is the finest Roman temple outside Italy, the Arch of the Sergeius Family, the Twin Gate… Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: PULA — OPATIJA — PLITVICE LAKES
After breakfast, your journey continues in Opatija. Opatija, often called the Pearl of the Adriatic, is one of Croatia’s most famous holiday destinations, located on the slopes of Mount Učka gently descending towards the coast of Kvarner Bay. Opatija with its mild climate, beautiful architecture and luxurious, well-tended parks and promenades, is an ideal spot for coffee and cake before spending the day at Plitvice Lakes. Plitvice Lakes National park is considered one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world. On the way to Plitvice Lakes you will also visit the Turanj Homeland war museum on the open and have coffee at the lovely Rastoke village, laying at the confluence of two rivers and known for its numerous waterfalls and mills. Surrounded by dense forest of beech and fir trees, the Plitvice Lakes are a protected ecosystem and a National Park since 1949, consisting of 16 lakes connected by countless waterfalls. After exploring the beauties of the park during a 4 hour walking tour, you’ll check in to a 3*/4* hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: PLITVICE LAKES — ZADAR — TROGIR — SPLIT
After breakfast you’ll say goodbye to the mesmerizing Plitvice Lakes and continue your trip towards Split. On the way, we’ll stop in Zadar. With its mixture of beautiful Roman architecture and Habsburg elegance, Zadar is truly an extraordinary town. It is not too crowded, it isn’t overrun with tourists and its two unique attractions, the sound and light spectacle of the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, need to be seen and heard to be believed. Later on, we will visit the beautiful nearby town of Trogir where and we will take you on a walk through its narrow streets and rich history. We will visit St. Lawrence Cathedral, Radovan’s portal which is the most significant medieval portal in this part of Europe, Palace of Cipico, Tower of Kamerlengo and many more. In the late afternoon hours we’ll arrive to Split. Check in to a 3*/4* hotel. Free time. Dinner in a traditional Croatian restaurant and overnight.
Day 8: SPLIT
After breakfast a local guide will introduce you to the ancient yet thriving city of Split. The heart of Split is the city’s majestic Cathedral that rises from within the 1700 year old walls of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most significant and best preserved structures of the late ancient architecture. Your walking tour takes you to the Peristyle in centre of the palace, the Roman temples, the famous Golden Gate and the big statue of Grgur Ninski. Check in to a 3*/4* hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 9: SPLIT — MEĐUGORJE — MOSTAR
After breakfast we will head to Međugorje. The town is famous for the apparition of the Virgin Mary to 6 children which took a place in 1981. Since this time, Međugorje has become the destination of the Catholic pilgrims from all over the world. Despite the fact that, it is not officially approved by Catholic Church, thousands of people come here to pray every year. In Međugorje you will see the White Cross Hill where parishes raised the cross in 1934. in memory of the 1900th anniversary of the Passion of Jesus, the small parish Saint James’ Church from 1990s — the centre of Marian Devotion and The Apparition Hill with the statue of the Queen of Peace — the place where the children first saw Virgin Mary. You’ll have some time to relax or pray. In the afternoon hours you’ll continue your way to Mostar where you’ll check in to a 3*/4* hotel and have a city tour. The city of contrasts, where “the east and west meet”, as you will observe visiting the traditional Kujundžiluk (old bazaar) and a contemporary city centre. Mostar is famous for its magnificent stone bridge Stari Most (Old Bridge), built in 1566 over the Neretva River. The city is divided by not only the Neretva River that flows through it but also by religion and culture from one bank to the other, as Muslims and Christians live on opposite banks of the river.
Day 10: MOSTAR — DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, your trip leads you to your final destination, Dubrovnik. Check in to a 3*/4* hotel. Dubrovnik is a standout attraction and a perfectly preserved baroque city-state. A local guide will take you on a sightseeing tour, which covers all the major sights of Dubrovnik’s Old Walled City, will introduce you to its rich history, culture and fascinating stories: Onofrio’s Fountain, Prijeko Street, St. Saviour’s church (Crkva sv. Spasa), fortresses of St. Luke and St. John, church of St. Blaise (Dubrovnik’s patron saint), the Cathedral, the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace and Orlando’s Column. Later you are going to admire the amazing panoramic view of Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands from the mount Srđ, a 405-meter ascent above sea level. Dinner and overnight.
* Optional: visit to the Dubrovnik City Walls (20 € per person)
Day 10: MOSTAR — DUBROVNIK, departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport.