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Architecture and tradition of the Adriatic region

  • 10/31/2019 - 11/11/2019
  • 12 Days
  • Starting price $4,495

Discover the beauty of old-world European architecture through Croatia and Slovenia. See Dubrovnik’s storied city walls overlooking the pristine blue waters of the Adriatic. Step back in time and explore the impressive Diocletian’s Palace complex in seaside Split. Admire the mixture of Austro-Hungarian and contemporary architecture in Zagreb. Set sail to enjoy the small Republic of Montenegro, and visit the famed islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks. Marvel at the craftsmanship of the Triple Bridge and Bled Castle in Slovenia.

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Max guests - 30

Architectural highlights

  • Marvel at the 13th-century Franciscan Monastery, which boasts the most extensive library in the region and the third oldest functioning pharmacy in the world.
  • Take in the impressive Gothic-styled Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik.
  • Enjoy the Fortress of Klis to soak in stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.
  • Discover the Old Bridge in Mostar, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is nearly 500 years old.
  • Explore the Diocletian’s Palace, an enormous, third-century palace complex that forms about half of the old town.
  • Visit the unique Split 3 District, a large-scale neighborhood designed in the 1970s.
  • See the one-of-a-kind Sea Organ in Zadar.
  • Admire the oldest national academy in Southeast Europe, the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
  • View the interesting Chamber of Commerce building in Ljubljana.

 

More highlights

  • See Our Lady of the Rocks, the famed artificial island created by embankment of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships overloaded with rocks.
  • Awe at the art in the Ivan Meštrović Gallery.
  • Enjoy Plitvice Lakes National Park, 16 levels of lakes joined by waterfalls.
  • Travel to picturesque Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj.

 

Also included

  • 10 nights in accommodations in 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 6 dinners
  • An experienced multilingual Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert
  • All guided visits and entrance fees throughout the program as outlined in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach for select excursions
  • Service charges, taxes and gratuities for tour director, guides, bus drivers, porters and  restaurant staff for included meals

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing on stairs.

 

Price

  • $4,495 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $650 single supplement
  • A deposit of $500 per person, payable by credit card or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by July 31, 2019

 

Not included

Airfare and air departure taxes and fees if purchasing a land-only package; baggage fees and excess baggage fees; airport transfer fees (if airfare is not purchased through Go Ahead Tours); passport/visa fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified in the itinerary; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; pre or post-tour extensions; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Dubrovnik.
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Arrive in Dubrovnik

After checking into the hotel, gather with fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel Kompas
Meals: Reception, Dinner
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Cruise the Dubrovnik coast

See the beauty Dubrovnik has to offer on a guided walking tour. Set on a peninsula along the Adriatic, the city’s massive walls have served as its calling card for centuries. Stroll through the UNESCO-protected city center; visit the 13th-century Franciscan Monastery, which boasts the most extensive library in the region and the third oldest functioning pharmacy in the world; and view the impressive Gothic-styled Rector’s Palace and the city’s ornate cathedral. Enjoy an evening cruise along the shoreline of Dubrovnik. Arrive on the beach and dine at a local restaurant before setting out and exploring the city’s medieval streets.

Accommodations: Hotel Kompas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Majestic Montenegro

Explore the small Republic of Montenegro, home to stunning backdrops that range from serene beaches to rugged mountain canyons. Discover Perast, a Venetian town on the Bay of Kotor, before sailing to visit the famed islets of St. George, a natural small island; and Our Lady of the Rocks, the famed artificial island created by embankment of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships overloaded with rocks. Walk through the UNESCO-protected medieval town of Kotor. See how the beauty of the natural environment complements the town’s medieval walls and churches.

Accommodations: Hotel Kompas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Stroll through Mostar

Travel to the Split region and stop en route for a guided tour of Mostar, a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Explore an old Ottoman mosque and traditional Ottoman house. Walk over the striking Old Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is nearly 500 years old. Designed by Serbian architect Bogdan Bogdanović, visit the Partisan Memorial Cemetery, built in honor of the Yugoslav Partisans of Mostar who were killed during World War II in Yugoslavia.

Accommodations: Hotel Cornaro
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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The palace and fortress of Split

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Split, a coastal city that seamlessly combines tradition and modernity. Examine sculptures, drawings, and paintings at the Ivan Meštrović Gallery. Explore Diocletian’s Palace, an enormous, third-century palace complex that forms the core of the old town. This complex is argued to have been the inspiration for Scottish architect, Robert Adam’s new style of Neoclassical architecture. View the monuments to the city’s varied cultural influences, including Gothic churches, Renaissance palaces, Venetian fortifications, and an Egyptian sphinx. Stroll through the uniquely developed Split 3 district, a 1970s, large-scale neighborhood that was endorsed by Jane Jacobs. Visit the Fortress of Klis to soak in stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.

Accommodations: Hotel Cornaro
Meals: Breakfast
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Plitvice via Trogir & Zadar

Travel to Plitvice and enjoy stops in two Dalmatian Coast towns for guided tours. Explore Trogir, known for its preserved old town. Notice the architecture in this town favors the styles of Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque. Wander through the town’s market and admire Radovan’s Portal, then climb to the top of the bell tower that’s part of Trogir Cathedral. Walk through the seaside town of Zadar to view the city’s seaside promenade, Roman ruins, and one-of-a-kind Sea Organ.

Accommodations: Ethno Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Take a break from city life and embrace the natural wonders of Croatia. Embark on a guided tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park, 16 levels of lakes joined by waterfalls nestled between Mount Mala Kapela and Mount Pljesevica. Admire the upper and lower lakes, forests, caves, and waterfalls with a local guide and enjoy a boat ride through the park. Travel to Zagreb and arrive in the late afternoon.

Accommodations: Ethno Houses
Meals: Breakfast
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Discover Zagreb

Explore Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city on a guided walking tour. Stroll past Theater Square, thought to be one of the most beautiful squares in Croatia; Meštrović Pavilion, known as the Art Pavilion; and lush Zrinjevac Park. See the oldest national academy in Southeast Europe, the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Stop at the Mirogoj Cemetery before walking through the Kaptol neighborhood to see the Saint Catherine of Alexandria church and the Lotrščak Tower. Walk through Ban Jelačić Square, located in the center of downtown Zagreb and step inside Zagreb Cathedral and the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, which displays unique pieces of artwork. Admire the city’s contemporary architecture, including the ADRIS corporate office and the Croatian Bishops’ Conference building.

Accommodations: Hotel Esplanade
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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All corners of Ljubljana

Travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and enjoy a guided tour in the early afternoon. Go through colorful Prešeren Square to see the impressive France Prešeren Monument. View the Triple Bridge, Town Hall, and Baroque Robba Fountain. View Baroque-styled Ljubljana Cathedral, and walk to the Dragon Bridge before exploring the famed open-air market. Tour the Žale Cemetery and see the incredibly interesting Chamber of Commerce building and the National and University Library.

Accommodations: Hotel Union
Meals: Breakfast
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Lakes Bohinj and Bled

Travel to Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj to discover why Europeans have frequented this picturesque area for decades. Drive around Lake Bled and enter the medieval Bled Castle, which stands on the steep cliff 130 meters high above the lake. Continue to Lake Bohinj, the largest permanent lake in Slovenia, enjoying views of Slovenian villages along the way. Enjoy exploring the lakeside village of Ribcev Laz and celebrating the trip at a farewell dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel Union
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Depart Ljubljana

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
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