Slovenia – Croatia – Italy - Pearls of the Adriatic

17 June - 01 July, 2018 14 days / 13 nights

Zagreb - Rogaška Slatina (6 nights) - Ljubljana - Lake Bled - Portoroz (7 nights) - Piran + Postojna Caves + Predjama Castle - Istra peninsula (with visits to Porec-Rovinj-Pula) - Trieste - Venice.

Sunday, June 17

Departure from Toronto to Zagreb.

Monday, June 18

Arrival in Zagreb at 11.45 in the morning.

The excursion begins with a city tour by bus, during which you will see the appearance of two medieval settlements that for centuries developed on two neighboring hills (Capitol and Hradec). The first mention of Zagreb dates back to 1094, when the diocese was established on Capitol, until in 1242 Hradec became a free royal city. Two settlements were surrounded by fortress walls and towers, the remains of which have been preserved to this day. You will see the center of the city, starting from the central square of Bana Jelacic, the Fountain of Māndusevai, along the street of Nikole Jurisic to the Heroes Square of Croatia, the historical part of the city (Capitol and Hradec), the cathedral of the Virgin Mary, the blood bridge, stone doors, Ilitsa Street. Further. We are on our way to the most famous thermal spa in Slovenia-Rogaška Slatina. In this town you can fall in love at first sight!

It has a beautiful park with countless paths, and the green hills and blue sky create an atmosphere that makes you want to come back again and again. Thanks to the unique mineral water "Donat Mg" and its excellent location, this resort is considered one of the most beautiful, well-known and professionally prepared therapeutic tourist centers in Europe. The first mention of the healing properties of mineral water in Rogaška can be found in the annals for 1141 year. The legend says that the winged horse Pegasus drank water from the rush sources on the orders of Apollo, the sun god and healing. So the sources in the poetic mythological stories of the 17th century were sung. During this golden period numerous imperial families, crowned persons, aristocrats and other important persons have visited here. The energy center of the resort is the pavilion with the magnesium-rich mineral water Donat Mg. Check-in to the hotel. Dinner Here we will rest (6 nights) and enjoy the beauty of the unique corner of nature, drink mineral water, which is useful even to absolutely healthy person. For lovers of mineral pools and saunas there is a sea of possibilities.

Tuesday, June 19

Breakfast. Excursion to the resort of Rogaška. Dinner. Free day.

Wednesday, June 20

Breakfast. Excursion to Maribor-Graz. Dinner.

MARIBOR You will visit the second largest city in Slovenia - the so-called north-eastern capital. Maribor is an economic, commercial, cultural and educational center of the eastern part of our country. Maribor is located on both banks of the Drava River, surrounded by picturesque hills with vineyards, close to the Austrian border. On a sightseeing tour you will get acquainted with the main sights of a well-preserved medieval city: on the Pyramid Hill stands the remains of an ancient fortress wall with observation towers, the Middle Ages are also reminiscent of the river-dock with the Water Tower, the vault, the Jewish and the Round Towers, the Jewish Street and a lane with a former synagogue (15. century), once part of the Jewish ghetto, a 400-year-old wine vine (the oldest in Slovenia), a Franciscan monastery, the Main square with the Town Hall (16. ek) and Marino (plague) of post 18. century, area Slomshkov Trg with cathedral communication. John the Baptist and the Slovene National Theater and many others. In your free time, after the inspection, you can admire the amazingly beautiful green corner of nature - the City Park with ponds, an aquarium and a terrarium or go shopping and various souvenirs. You can taste wines from the local vineyards of Calvaria Hill.

Graz is the second largest city in Austria (240,000 inhabitants), the city lies on the banks of the river Mura in the southeast of the country. The city successfully combines modern life and historical architecture in a beautiful mixture of past and present. The name of the city came from the Slav word "gradec", meaning "small fortress". A small castle was built on a hill that today bears the name of Schlossberg. The city is first mentioned in documents from the beginning of the 12th century. Graz was dominated by many rulers, including those from Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, the Babenberg and Habsburg dynasties. The medieval city developed at the foot of the Schlossberg and some structures from the Late Gothic period have survived today. These buildings were built when Emperor Frederick III used Graz as the capital after the Hungarians drove him from Vienna. Schlossberg Castle and the church of Domkirche, together with the city's tiled roofs and arcaded courtyards, give Graz a special charm. In 1999, the center of the Old Town of Graz was declared a UNESCO world cultural heritage.

Thursday, June 21

Breakfast. Ljubljana and the mountain lake Bled. Dinner.

From Rogaška Slatina you will go to the north-west of the country, to the Alpine region, to the city of Bled - the pearl of Slovenia - with a glacial mountain lake and an island in the middle. There you will visit the castle, founded in the eleventh century, which is located on a steep rock, 140 meters above the lake. In the castle museum there is an exhibition of jewelry found in the graves of the sixth and seventh centuries, an exhibition of objects that testify to the life of knights and noblemen living in the castle, a knightly hall, a terrace with a telescope, cozy cafes and a restaurant with a wonderful view of the lake and its surroundings. From the top viewing platform you can see Triglav (286 m), the highest mountain in the Slovenian Alps. On the way back to Rogaška You will visit the capital of Slovenia - the city of Ljubljana, which will charm you after the first walk through the streets of the old part of the city, the famous beauty of the different facades of old houses, the design of portals and baroque courtyards. The small houses of the medieval part of the city are crowded between the hill on which the castle stands and the Ljubljanica River. From the Ljubljana Castle, which towers over the capital and where you will definitely visit, a magnificent panorama of the city and its environs opens. First you will ride around the city by bus, climb the fortress tower, walk along the streets of the medieval old town, which celebrated its 850th anniversary, along the Ljubljanica River.

Friday, June 22

Farm Oleniy Greben + Olyme monastery.

Slovenia is a country of diverse dishes and very high-quality wines, as well as a very rich cultural history. Only a few kilometers from the resort of Rogaska Slatina is the third oldest pharmacy in Europe, located in the monastery of the monks of the Order of the Peacockers. A kind monk of the current Order of Minorities will show you a pharmacy and a monastery and will tell you a lot of interesting things about history. Opposite the monastery is a private reindeer farm called the "Deer Crest" where you can admire the animals, breathe the air and feel the untouched nature. In the restaurant you can try their specialties from venison and house mushrooms.

Saturday, June 23

Breakfast. Free day. Dinner.

Sunday, June 24

Breakfast. Departure from the hotel Rogaška Slatina, excursion to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

You will go north to the area known for its karst phenomena - underground caves, limestone rocks, pine forests and fertile red soil. Near the town of Postojna is the largest in Slovenia karst cave, a length of more than 28 kilometers. She is rightly called the Queen of all caves. The inspection of the Postojna Cave will begin with a trip on an open electric train along the corridor of the Old Cave, continuing on foot, about a kilometer and a half, along the most beautiful corridors and halls. The tour ends in the "Concert Hall" created by nature. From there to the exit from the cave you will again go by train. At 9 km from the Postojna cave on a steep rock, like the eagle's nest, stands the Predjam castle, which is famous for its legend about the knight-robber Erasmus Predjamsky, as well as architectural and historical sights.

On the way to Portoroz, an inspection of Slovenian Venice - the city of Piran, located at the end of the cape. The guide will acquaint you with the rich history of the city, rooted in Greek times and architecture, which was most influenced by the Venetian Republic, under whose authority the city was from 1279 to 1779. Arrival to Portoroz at 20.00. Check in hotel. Dinner.

Portoroz - the most fashionable resort in Slovenia, where you can combine relaxation with wellness programs in the thermal pools and the sauna-center "Terme Palace". A charming town, whose name is translated from Italian as Port Rose, is located 130 km from Ljubljana and 100 km from the airport of the Croatian city of Pula. The resort became famous in the 13th century, thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate, abundant vegetation, clean sea and thermal springs. The city is somewhat reminiscent of the French Riviera. The same embankment along the sea, the same beautiful hotels, illuminated in the evenings, the same chic gigs, passing by you and snow-white yachts sailing off the horizon. The climate is more than suitable for a European holiday. Perhaps this is why Portoroz was chosen by tourists from different parts of the world: Italians, French, Germans, Englishmen and are regulars of this resort at any time of the year. The ubiquity of Portorož consists in combining active recreation on the sea coast and the opportunity to restore and improve one's health with the help of five medical factors: thermomineral water, sea water, salt water, mud from the saltworks and a mild maritime climate with a high concentration of bromine and iodine in the air.

Monday, June 25

Breakfast. Free time.

Sea resort, mineral pools. At your service a lot of cafes and restaurants, casinos. Dinner.

Tuesday, June 26

Breakfast. Free time. Dinner.

Wednesday, June 27

Istrastur (Porec, Rovinj, Pula). Excursion to Croatia.

The Croatian peninsula Istria is famous for the red soil called terra rossa, white limestone, good wine, delicious food, many testimonies of scenic history, pleasant, lovely, hospitable and amiable people. Near the Slovenian-Croatian border is the city of Porec. The most impressive sights are in the old part of the city: Roman streets dekumanus and kardo, Eufrazián Cathedral, a landmark listed in the UNESCO cultural heritage book and excavations of a Roman city with remains of a fortification wall. The tour continues along the longest Croatian Riviera, which extends from Novigrad to Vrsar. Near Limskogo Gulf, a beautiful view of the longest Riviera of Croatia. A few minutes drive to the south is the town of Rovinj, which is called the Venetian island, because it was once an island. From the church of St. Eufemia, you can see a wonderful view of the surrounding area, the transparent sea, white ships, the island of St. Catherine and the Red Island. Along the street, which its artists, artists and coloring a bit like the Moscow Arbat and through the ancient city door you can get to the pier. In the afternoon, the tour continues with a tour of the city of Pula, where you can feel the ancient history. The most famous landmark of the city is the Roman Amphitheater (Arena), which is still used in the summer as an open-air theater. Arrival to Portoroz. Dinner.

Thursday, June 28

Breakfast. Departure from the hotel Portoroz. Excursion.

TRIEST and CASTLE "MIRAMARE" Trieste is located in the northeast of Italy on the border with Slovenia. This is a large port, operating since 1719, and the only place in the Adriatic, where the natural depth of the sea allows you to take the largest ships. In ancient times, the city was a Roman colony, and in the Middle Ages turned into a significant trade center, for which there was a struggle of various states. To Italy, it was annexed only in 1954. Trieste for a long time belonged to Austria-Hungary, therefore it has an atypical form for Italy: it reminds something of Vienna and Budapest. The main sights of the city include the ruins of Roman buildings, the church of St. Giusto and St. Michael, a Venetian fortress (all built in the XIV century). The main square of the city - the area of the Association of Italy - is the largest square in the country. The palaces of Palazzo del Commune and Palazzo di Koverno are on it. Not far from the city center is the Miramare Castle. It was designed in the late XIX century. architect Carlo Junker, the castle was built for the Duke of Maximilian and his wife Charlotte. Impressive park next to the castle, which occupies 55 acres (one of the largest in Northern Italy). For those wishing to shop in outlet: Palmanova Outlet Village.

Friday, June 29

Excursion to Venice. Dinner.

Venice today is a well-known port and industrial city on the Adriatic Sea, but what makes Venice world famous is its historical part, which is located on 118 islands of the Venice lagoon, divided by 150 canals and channels, 400 bridges. Venice Island - maritime a resort, a center for international tourism of world significance, a venue for international film festivals, art exhibitions. Along the canals and narrow curves of the streets are richly ornamental churches, palaces, monasteries.

Saturday, June 30

Breakfast. Free day. Dinner.

Sunday, July 1

Breakfast. Departure to the airport. Flight to Toronto

What's included in the package tour:

  • roundtrip direct flight
  • 13-night hotel accommodations
  • 2 meals daily
  • excursions & transfers

Hotel Sava 4* Superior, Rogaška Slatina, Hotel Neptun, Portoroz
$2999 CAD - double occupancy, $3249 CAD - single occupancy

Hotel Sava 4* Superior, Rogaška Slatina, Hotel Grand Portoroz 4* Superior
$3180 CAD - double occupancy, $3480 CAD - single occupancy

Drinking course at Rogaška Resort Slatina - 22,5 Euro (for 6 days) is paid additionally, if desired.