A UNESCO World Heritage site unlike any other, Dubrovnik continually shows itself as one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities on the entire Adriatic. With medieval walls that surround the old city and the ancient buildings contained within, Dubrovnik is a must-see destination for history lovers and world travelers alike.
For your chance to explore this historical hotspot as well as the other amazing countries of the Adriatic, check out our 12-day Discover Croatia tour, scheduled to depart Sept. 17, 2016. Beginning with the seaside resort of Opatija, this tour takes you through an astonishing three UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as other amazing spots you will add to your most treasured memories.
The first day in Croatia sets us in the resort city of Opatija, giving guests a chance to acclimate to the new community and enjoy a welcome dinner in this city known as “Croatia’s Riviera.” Formerly a popular retreat of both the Roman Caesars and the Hapsburg monarchy, the third day of the tour allows travelers to explore the sights of this historic city at their leisure.
Day four brings you to the first UNESCO World Heritage site – Plitvice Lakes. This beautiful location offers inspiring scenery with 16 terraced lakes and dense forests. Travelers will spend the day in awe gazing at the waterfalls and free-flowing cascades that connect each lake to one another. To cap off the experience, a short cruise takes you into the heart of Plitvice Lakes.
We trade the lakes for magnificent views of the sparkling blue Adriatic Sea on day six, with travelers joining an expert local guide on a tour of “Old Dubrovnik,” the second UNESCO World Heritage site on our tour. Sites include the Franciscan Monastery, which houses Europe’s oldest pharmacy, Rector’s Palace, the City Walls and many more. Guests also have their choice of traveling to the Elaphiti Islands on a cruise on day six or going on a Montenegro excursion on day seven, with the opposite day left open for leisure time or self-guided exploration.
Those who travel to Elaphiti will visit a local fishing village to get a glance of the island life, and those who choose the Montenegro excursion will experience the deep history of Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor, hearing stories of the cultures and empires that left their marks on the area. The end of day seven brings a family-style dinner in a locally owned restaurant, allowing you to learn about life in the Croatian heartland and to sample some regional wines.
A stop in a quaint village in the Croatian countryside precedes a walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace on the eighth day One of the most significant late-Roman historical monuments and the third UNESCO World Heritage site of the tour the palace tour includes a visit to the peristyle and the Temple of Jupiter. Guests then travel to Ljubljana in Slovenia on the ninth day for a tour of the capital city as well as a local tour of the city on day 10. A visit to the City Hall and magnificent Cathedral of St. Nicholas is included, as well as some time to explore the 17th-century cathedral of St. Mary’s Church of the Lake in nearby Lake Bled.
A fascinating tour of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, brings the trip to a close Tuesday, Sept. 27 with opportunities to explore available in the afternoon before a closing dinner in one of the city’s most famous restaurants.
With so much to see and explore, lovers of history can’t afford to miss this unique opportunity to explore three different UNESCO World Heritage sites. Check out the full itinerary online now, or call us today at 800-939-4334 to learn more.