Jewels of the Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia

FROM THE ALPS TO DUBROVNIK

Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to Croatia & Slovenia. Reserve by December 18, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.



A wealth of unique history and culture mixed with luscious Mediterranean living truly sets Croatia and Slovenia apart! Experience the highlights of Zagreb, explore the shore of Lake Bled surrounded by the majestic Julian Alps, revel in the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic, observe the beautiful Bay of Kotor, among many more breathtaking features. Call smarTours today to book your next trip!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Zagreb
  • 2 nights in Bled
  • 2 nights in Opatija
  • 1 night in Plitvice Lakes
  • 1 night in Split
  • 4 nights in Dubrovnik

 

  • Historic Zagreb
  • Lake Bled
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Roman Ruins (Split)
  • Old Dubrovnik
  • Montenegro
  • Round trip airfare from Philadelphia (except July 8th from New York/New Jersey’s Newark Airport)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Europe transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at deluxe and first class hotels
  • 19 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D) 
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking tour director throughout

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Land + Air 
(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included
Depart Return

Reserve by
Dec 18 2014

Reserve after
Dec 18 2014

2015

w/check 
discount

Sale

 After Sale
Apr 1 Apr 14 $ 2499 $ 2599 $ 2899
Apr 22 May 5 $ 2699 $ 2799 $ 3099
Apr 29 May 12 $ 2799 $ 2899 $ 3199
May 6 May 19 $ 2899 $ 2999 $ 3299
May 20 Jun 2 $ 2899 $ 2999 $ 3299
May 27 Jun 9 $ 3199 $ 3299 $ 3599
Jun 10 Jun 23 $ 3299 $ 3399 $ 3699
Jul 8* Jul 21 $ 3399 $ 3499 $ 3799
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $549.
* Note: Jul 8th departure is from New York/New Jersey’s Newark Airport (EWR)
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating journey to Croatia & Slovenia, the “Jewels of the Adriatic“, begins as you depart today on your overnight flight to Europe.
Day 2
Arrive Zagreb (Croatia).
Arrive in historic and elegant Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. You are greeted at the airport and escorted to your deluxe downtown hotel. Along the way, you’ll witness the signs of a prospering city and country. Visitors from around the world are warmly welcomed here! This evening, your tour director hosts a briefing followed by welcome dinner. Sheraton Hotel (D)
Day 3
Morning guided tour to explore some of the highlights of gracious Zagreb. Visit the Upper Old Town and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and St. Marks Church. You’ll also visit colorful Jelacic Square and wander the surrounding narrow alleys. Proceed to the historic Mirogoj Park Cemetery, known for its opulent sculptures and arcades. The remainder of the day is free to explore this delightful city on your own and perhaps visit the impressive Mimara Museum with its unique arts and crafts collection. (B)
Day 4
Zagreb/Ljubljana/Bled (Slovenia).
After breakfast, journey through the lush countryside and cross the nearby border to the Republic of Slovenia. Arrive in the thriving capital of Ljubljana where you’ll explore the unique architecture and admire the work of Joze Plecnik, a 20th-century architect and Ljubljana native, that made significant contribution to restoring the city that suffered from a devastating earthquake in 1895. You’ll also see some buildings that survived the earthquake and still stand in the charming historic old town. The old town is dotted with small shops and numerous outdoor cafes and restaurants. Stroll along the riverside promenade and visit the bustling and colorful open air market. This afternoon proceed to the enchanting resort town of Lake Bled, situated on the lakeshore and surrounded by the majestic Julian Alps. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight. Golf & Park Hotels (B,D)
Day 5
Start your day with a guided stroll around emerald-green Lake Bled. You’ll also visit the Bled Castle perched high on a cliff above the lake. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration of this charming village. You may join a relaxing cruise around the lake. (B)
Day 6
Lake Bled/Postojna Caves/Opatija (Croatia).
Slovenia’s pastoral countryside unfolds as you depart Lake Bled today to the mysterious Postojna Caves, the second largest in Europe. Here, ride a train to view the impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Later, proceed to the fashionable Riviera town of Opatija, arriving at your seaside hotel in time for dinner. Bristol Hotel or Grand Hotel Adriatic I (B,D)
Day 7
Opatija/Optional Istria Peninsula Excursion.
Today is at leisure to explore Opatija’s Austro-Hungarian grandeur, stroll along the waterfront promenade or relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants. You may join a delightful optional excursion to the picturesque towns dotted along the scenic coastline and the exciting surrounding landscape. (B)
Day 8
Opatija/Plitvice Lakes.
Enjoy a thrilling ride today to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a string of 16 turquoise colored lakes linked by 92 waterfalls and cascades and surrounded by densely wooded mountains and lush vegetation. This afternoon enjoy a short scenic boatride and a leisurely walk along the lakeshores. Admire the awesome waterfalls and the magnificent natural beauty. Your hotel is located inside the National Park! Jezero Hotel (B,D)
Day 9
Plitvice Lakes/Zadar/Split.
Depart beautiful Plitvice National Park. Later, drive to Zadar, the oldest Slavic town on the Adriatic Sea and once famed cultural center. Pause here for an orientation tour that includes a visit to the Roman Forum’s ruins. Continue along the spectacular coast to Trogir, the center of artistic activities where scholars from around the world gather to study and paint. Arrive in Split in time for dinner. Radisson Blu Hotel or Atrium Hotel. (B,D)
Day 10
Split/Dubrovnik.
Located in the center of the Dalmatian coast and nestled between the mountains and sea, Split is a picturesque ancient town built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. On your guided tour, visit the impressive Emperor’s Palace built in the 3rd century. This afternoon, delight in a breathtaking drive along the spectacular Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic, dotted with palm trees, olive groves and idyllic fishing villages. Late this afternoon arrive in Dubrovnik, one of Europe’s best preserved walled cities founded in the 7th century and now declared a World Heritage Site. Arrive at your seaside hotel. Lapad Hotel (B,D)
Day 11
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is certain to enchant any visitor! Thick age-old walls surround the ancient port town. The winding cobblestone streets are filled with old red-tiled roof houses and distinctive medieval age buildings. Enjoy a guided walking tour through “Old Dubrovnik” and see the harbor, the Franciscan monastery and the stately Baroque Cathedral. The afternoon and evening are at leisure to discover the treasures of the historic old town at your own pace. (B)
Day 12
Montenegro Excursion.
Today, drive across the border to the Republic of Montenegro and the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay and learn about the rich history of the area. You’ll then take a boat ride to “Our Lady of the Rocks,” one of the two islets off the coast of Perast, a charming old town on the Bay of Kotor. The largest building on the islet is a Roman Catholic Church that was built with the help of the sailors who passed by the bay, with each sailor making their own unique contribution to the construction of the church. Later, after enjoying brief visits to Perast and Budva, return to Dubrovnik via a short ferry ride across the scenic bay. (B)

Day 13
A full day at leisure to explore splendid Dubrovnik on your own, join an optional excursion or shop for local arts and crafts in the colorful local market. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 14
Dubrovnik/USA.
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive the USA later today. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance your visit to Croatia & Slovenia, your tour director will offer you several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. All rates are in US dollars. Payment can be made in US dollars (cash) or major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). Optional tours are subject to a minimum of 12 participants and may therefore be cancelled if this minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Zagreb
Afternoon Kumrovec Tour with Dinner ($56 per person, dinner included)
This afternoon embark on a short scenic drive outside Zagreb to Kumrovec on the banks of the Sutla River. This town was the birthplace of the late Marshal Tito, the president of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Visit Tito’s home, now a museum as well as the Ethnological Museum with fascinating well-preserved old village houses. Later, follow the winding road through the Zagorje hills to a nearby restaurant located in an old farmhouse, offering magnificent views of a 15th century castle. Here, enjoy a sumptuous dinner of delicious local specialties and wines! After dinner return to your hotel in Zagreb.

Bled
Afternoon Excursion to Lake Bohinj & Boat Ride on Lake Bled ($42 per person)
Bled with its surroundings of natural beauty, is a jewel among the Alpine resorts. Here, don’t miss an enjoyable ride on a special small boat called “Pletna” to the scenic island located in the middle of the lake. Visit the island’s old church housing an impressive art collection. You’ll have some free time to enjoy the magnificent views from the island. Later the boat will bring you back ashore and you’ll embark on a drive to the nearby resort of Lake Bohinj, beautifully set amidst dense woods and spectacular mountains. Your journey will take you through some old Slovenian villages surrounded by amazing landscape. Return to Lake Bled later this afternoon. 

Bled
Slovenian Village Dinner ($49 per person, dinner included)
This evening, drive from Bled to the nearby quaint medieval village of Radovljica. Here, enjoy a walk through the old section of the town. Later, savor dinner in typical Slovenian restaurant, housed in a 500 year-old building, serving sumptuous Slovenian traditional dishes. Wine is included with dinner. Return to Bled later this evening. 

Opatija
Full Day Istrian Peninsula Excursion ($59 per person).
Enjoy a delightful guided excursion to the picturesque towns dotted along the scenic coastline of the sun-kissed Istrian Peninsula. Travel through the beautiful countryside filled with olive groves and vineyards, old villages and delightful sea resorts. Arrive in Pula, a strategic port since ancient Roman times and tour the impressive Roman Amphitheater, one of the largest of its kind in the world.  Continue your journey to the old fishing village and resort of Rovinj. This is a charming town with narrow winding streets, small squares and old palaces built in Venetian style. Here, enjoy a walking tour and some free time to explore independently. En route back to Opatija, travel through Pazin, an ancient town with a well-preserved medieval fortress that inspired Jules Verne’s novel Mathias Sandorf.

Dubrovnik
Cruise & Dinner ($70 per person, dinner included)
St. James Beach in Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful beaches in this area. Most attractive pictures of the old city were taken from there. To get to the beach is a special treat. You will be picked up by bus at your hotel and taken to the port to board a motor boat which will take you around the old city walls to St. Jakov Beach, where the staff will be waiting for you with a three course dinner with excellent Dalmatian Wine. When dinner is over the boat will bring you to the old city port. The bus will be waiting by the pile gate to bring you back to the hotel.

Dubrovnik
Full Day Excursion Mostar ($54 per person, lunch included)
Drive through the marvelous gorge of Neretva River past the Bosnian border to Mostar. Enjoy views of recently reconstructed 16th century single arch stone bridge and walk through old part of the city where you’ll see the remains of the Turkish quarter. After the guided walking tour savor an included lunch in local restaurant. Try traditional dish made of minced meat, Cevapcici. Enjoy some free time before driving back to Dubrovnik, arriving in the late afternoon.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from the US and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. You need to arrive at the designated airport at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure. Schedules are as follows:

Departure Date

Airline

Departure Airport

Depart

Return

Apr. 1 ’15, May 6 ’15, May 20 ’15, May 27 ’15, Jun. 10 ’15

US Airways and Croatia Airlines

Philadelphia (PHL)

4:30PM

2:00PM

Apr. 22 ’15, Apr. 29 ’15

US Airways and Croatia Airlines

Philadelphia (PHL)

6:30PM

2:00PM

Jul. 8 ’15

Lufthansa Airlines and Croatia Airlines

Newark (EWR)

6:00PM

4:00PM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Lufthansa Airlines, Croatia Airlines and US Airways do not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are not required to the countries visited for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations (including Montenegro). Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip. You’ll need to mail smarTours one photocopy of your passport with your final payment.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

The airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tourPlease make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

While some of the cities visited in Croatia and Slovenia are located close to the Alps region and central Europe, which is normally cooler, other cities on the tour, especially as you travel south along the coast, enjoys milder, Mediterranean weather. You may expect average daytime temperatures in the 50’s in March and November; 60’s in April and October, 70’s in May and September and 80’s in June through August. Evening and overnight temperatures are cooler.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $15-25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

 

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Jewel of the Adriatic

May 15, 2014 by Barbara Villavicencio

We just returned from this wonderful tour. Our congratulations to Smartours for the excellent organization and superb quality of tour guides, driver, and everyone that works with you. We would definitely take another of your tours and recommend them to all. We were delighted with the variety of wonders, both natural and man-made, of Croatia and the surrounding countries. Thank you for an unforgettable time.


smarTours , USA 5.0 5.0 1 1 We just returned from this wonderful tour. Our congratulations to Smartours for the excellent organization and superb quality of tour guides, driver, and everyone that works with

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