Venice, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. Travel Italy, Slovenia, Croatia. Included Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle in Slovenia Stay 18 days in 3* hotels with good breakfast and paid train / bus transfers between cities for just for £ 970 (incl.travel insurance policy)
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Imagine the audacity of building a city of marble palaces on a lagoon – and that was only the start!
Venice never lost its capacity to enchant travelers by a glittering canal with the dome of San Simeon Piccolo beyond remains heart-stopping, whether they're doing it for the first time or the 100th.
Known as the City of Water, Venice is the quintessential couple’s retreat - a city steeped in history and split by the flowing ribbons of myriad canals.
Even if you refrain from riding gondolas amongst the romantic, sun-kissed architecture, you’d be hard-pressed to escape the atmosphere of love that suffuses this city.
The area between Frari and Zattere – in particular campo Santa Margherita and ...
...the narrow streets behind San Pantalon – is a secluded evening favorite for those ever been there...
We guarantee not one of them experienced Venice without getting lost and if they did, then they surely missed out.
You’ll find that majority of the streets don’t lead anywhere, you’ll find many dead ends leading to the water,...
...and if you’re lucky you’ll find a bridge to lead you to another area to get lost in; but this is half the fun...
Enjoy a morning stroll in next day along the scenic Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront promenade and Get off at the island of San Giorgio Maggiore...
You still have couple more days to enjoy your wonderful trip and so many treasures to see...
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Slovenia's capital and largest city is one of Europe's greenest and most liveable capitals. Car traffic is restricted in the centre, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city's heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists. In summer, cafes set up terrace seating along the river; it almost feels like a nightly street party.
Slovenia's master of early-modern, minimalist design graced Ljubljana with beautiful bridges and buildings as well as dozens of urban design elements such as pillars, pyramids and lamp posts, which make the city even prettier. Attractive cities are often described as 'jewel boxes', and here the name really fits.
Bled Castle is a towering structure that looks over the lake. It’s considered to be one of the oldest castles in Slovenia with records showing its existence since 1011. Throughout time, new additions were added, like towers, to help aid its growing residents. It has a rich history, especially with politics, which you can learn more about with the various exhibits inside the castle.
There are plenty of places to see while at Bled Castle, like the Castle Chapel which features amazing Gothic and Baroque architecture, as well as attaching courtyards where you’ll find a former servants’ building and wine cellar. The castle also hosts numerous events throughout the year, like Medieval Days, where actors dress up as knights to help display and teach this time period better to the current generation.
When you’re done touring the castle, you can climb up to the top of it to get stunning views of Lake Bled situated below you. There’s also a castle restaurant you can grab a bite to eat at when you’re done exploring it.
Zagreb is made for strolling. Wander through the Upper Town's red-roof and cobblestone glory, peppered with church spires. Crane your neck to see the domes and ornate upper-floor frippery of the Lower Town's mash-up of secessionist, neo-baroque and art deco buildings. Search out the grittier pockets of town where ugly-bland concrete walls have been transformed into colourful murals by local street artists. This city rewards those on foot.
Croatian Dishes You Should Try
This humble cheese and cream pastry...
This spicy fish paprika stew is made in a cast-iron kettle over wood fire with several fresh-water fish such as carp, catfish, pike or starlet...
Istrian Fuzi with Truffle
Fuzi its pasta looks like penne, penne is rolled on the diagonal and fuzi is rolled symmetrically from corner to corner, so they're different...
Secret of Gregada is in the holy trinity of ingredients: fish (sea food), onion and potatoes...
Vitalac is an ancient dish of lamb’s offal fired on a spit, then wrapped in caul to be further grilled.
Time for dessert! Fritula is a Dalmatian fried sweet dumpling often flavored with rum and raisins
Peka – Konoba Antunovic
Peka combines lamb, veal, octopus, or chicken and vegetables with fresh herbs and a generous drizzle of olive oil, which is then closed with bell-like lid, and covered in hot coals...
Buzara is an easy way of preparing crustaceans by tossing them in a mixture of olive oil, parsley, breadcrumbs, garlic and white wine on a sizzling pan...
Afterwards, do as the locals do and head to a cafe. The cafe culture here is just one facet of this city's vibrant street life, egged on by a year-round swag of events that bring music, pop-up markets and food stalls to the plazas and parks
Even when there's nothing on, the centre thrums with youthful energy, so it's no surprise that Croatia's capital is now bringing in the city-break crowd. Zagreb is the city that could.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Sixteen sparkling lakes are connected by countless waterfalls and bubbling streams in a watery wonderland. From the wild and forested upper lakes to the luminescent lower lakes nestled beneath towering cliffs, the landscape is thrillingly beautiful. Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park is an unforgettable experience...
Plitvice maintains a pristine environment that is nearly primeval in its beauty. The unique ecology of the lakes is fascinating. The travertine that has evolved over the ages provides a home for endemic plant species while the vast forested areas are alive with birds, flowers, mammals and insects. With 120 species of birds, Plitvice is a paradise for ornithologists. You might even spot a bear, wolf lynx or wildcat in the forest but those animals are shy. Deer, badgers and fox are more visible in the outer reaches of the park.
The park's shortest walk, which includes only a quick look at a few lakes, takes two to three hours. Out of season, it could be completed in a brisk two hours but allot three hours in summer. To visit all the lakes and waterfalls, count on at least six hours. There are several mapped walks that can be chosen according to the amount of time you have.
The lakes can be visited in one day but there's more than just the lake system! On your second day, take a hike through Plitvice's wonderful forests. The silence and serenity is refreshing and there's a cornucopia of wildlife.
With its car-free old town sitting compact on a fortified peninsular that juts out into the glistening Adriatic, Zadar is one of Dalmatia’s most noble cities. Founded by the Romans as Iadera in 59BC, through the centuries it has formed part of the empires of the Byzantines, the Venetians, Austro-Hungary and Yugoslavia.
The old town is a labyrinth of narrow, cobbled alleys, opening onto elegant Venetian-era piazzas. Today it’s packed with magnificent historic buildings, cafés, quirky bars, seafood restaurants and pizzerias.
The forum, which dates back to the 1st century BC would have been the heart of Roman life, where citizens would trade, discuss politics and worship at the temple. Hidden for centuries, it was uncovered in 1930, when ancient paving stones were found during excavation.
Behind the Roman Forum on the site of an ancient basilica, Zadar’s 12th century Romanesque cathedral bears a splendid facade with decorative blind arches and two rose windows. Inside, you can see the marble sarcophagus containing the ashes of St Anastasia, brought here from Constantinople in the 9th century, after whom the cathedral is named. Best of all is the bell tower. Climb 180 steps to the top for views over Zadar’s terracotta roofs, the sparkling Adriatic and the blissful islands.
An incredible combination of art, music and science, relaxing on the steps of the Sea Organ, the world’s first musical pipe organ played by the sea, shouldn’t be missed. This seventy-metre-long natural musical instrument is built on the water’s edge and the power of the waves and wind create a wonderfully calming melody in the organ’s pipes. It’s a lovely way to end the day.
Croatia’s second-largest city will capture your mind and steal your heart...
Roman emperor Diocletian was one of the first to fall for Croatia’s second-largest city, choosing Split as the spot to build his home, which still dominates the historic centre today.
Unique old town squeezed within the walls of the ancient Roman palace, esplanade buzzing with people night and day, numerous beaches, lively bars, and restaurants, and many islands that are just a short ferry ride away, make Split one of the most sought after destinations in Croatia.
Built in the 7th century on what originally was the emperor Diocletian’s mausoleum, Cathedral of St. Domnius is the oldest Cathedral in the world to be in continuous use and maintained in its original form.
The exterior has an octagonal shape and it is encircled by 24 marble columns. The main entrance door, made of walnut tree wood, showcases Christ’s life in 28 squares carved by Andrija Buvina back in the 13th century.
Don't forget that Split is actually located by the sea. So, on a hot summer day, take some downtime to chill out on one of the town’s popular beaches.
If you like crowds, water sports, and stylish cafes, head to Bacvice beach. Bacvice is the most popular local beach, the only sandy beach in the town, and it’s closest to the old town.
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"Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik” - the moment you see Old Town's stone walls jutting into the azure sea you'll understand what George Bernard Shaw meant...
Dubrovnik offers an unusual blend of modern culture and established tradition. In the UNESCO listed Old Town you'll find polished limestone streets, a labyrinth of alleyways and breathtaking architecture. Don't miss the baroque cathedral, a centerpiece of Dubrovnik. It's a highlight of Croatian architecture. But Dubrovnik's most stunning feature is the 82-foot-tall city wall. It extends more than a mile. There are many options for music lovers in Dubrovnik.
Daily concerts take place all year in the historical city's squares. In July and August the Dubrovnik Summer Festival features music, theatre and dance. There's something quite magical about Dubrovnik in the evening. Take a seat at an outdoor table, enjoy a glass of the local wine, and watch the world go by.
No trip to Dubrovnik would be complete without circumnavigating this historic city along its famous walled perimeter. At nearly 2km in length, and completely intact, you can enjoy views of the city and its iconic red rooftops from a completely new perspective...
The ancient city of Dubrovnik is on Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast and is a jewel in the azure Adriatic Sea. With mesmerising medieval architecture, quaint limestone streets and distinctive terracotta rooftops, it’s no wonder that so many people instantly fall for its charms.
The city’s historical Old Town might not be very big, but it certainly packs a lot inside its world-renowned walls. Whether you’re there for the history, the wine, the sun or the scenery, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Dubrovnik.
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Wondering what to eat in Dubrovnik?
Traditional Dubrovnik cuisine is typical Mediterranean cuisine based on the fresh fish and seafood from the Adriatic Sea, locally grown vegetables and fruits.
The cuisine in the region is considered not only delicious but also very healthy and nutritional with lots of olive oil and as little spices as possible, usually only rosemary, basil, bay leaves, parsley and garlic.
These delicious dishes look great and tastes even better, it simply must be tried!
Buzara (Stewed Mussels)
Buzara is a way of cooking seafood, mainly the shellfish, with only a few simple ingredients. It’s pretty simple; mussels, shrimps, scampi, or clams are cooked in white wine, olive oil, garlic, parsley and breadcrumbs and sometimes the tomato paste for color.
They are left on the fire in their juices until their shells open.
Brudet (Fish Stew)
Brodet, brudet or brodetto is most probably the most typical Dalmatian dish. It is a rich fish stew prepared in all parts of Dalmatian coast and islands. Much like black risotto, it’s a traditional meal served in most Dubrovnik restaurants. It is usually served with cooked polenta which soaks up the tasty fish broth.
Brodet is heavenly divine soul dish, a must try while in Dubrovnik
Peka (Dishes Under The Bell)
The bell is a traditional way of preparing dishes in Dalmatia. Most common dishes that are made under the bell are lamb, veal, octopus or squid and all types of vegetables, especially potatoes.
Food prepared this way has a really special aromatic flavor and cannot be compared to anything else.
Perfect for the summer months due to its light, refreshing nature. Fresh out of the Adriatic, the octopus is boiled, chopped up into small pieces, and combined with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley.
Combination from heaven!
Improve your love life eating the world-famous oysters at Mali Ston! Oysters have been farmed at Mali Ston Bay since Roman times, and are famous all over the world over for their unique, clean taste.
Proven by study raw oysters really are an aphrodisiac.. Casanova used to eat 50 of them for breakfast, so no wonder he was the most famous lover in history.
Gradele (Fish On The Grill)
Grilling fish is one of the most favourite ways of preparing fish along the Croatian coast. Always fresh and caught nearby, fish is grilled on a spit over an open fire and simply served with boiled Swiss chard and potatoes. It is usually seasoned with olive oil, garlic rosemary, basil and parsley.
Simple but very juicy and extra delicious, you can find this dish as a common main course in almost every restaurant.
Pasticada (Stewed Beef)
Pasticada is a Croatian stewed beef dish marinated in wine and herbs and cooked in a special plum sauce. This dish requires long preparation; beef is stuffed with herbs and marinated in vinegar overnight, then roasted and stewed for hours before surviving it with homemade gnocchi or mashed potatoes.
This typical Dalmatian dish has traditionally been served on special occasions like weddings, New Year’s Eve and other festivities.
Zelena Menestra (Green Steew)
Zelena Menestra is a traditional Dubrovnik green stew known from writings since the 15th century. It is an authentic dish you won’t find anywhere else in the world. It consists of cabbage, potatos, and other vegetables, with meat like smoked bacon and ham hock, home-made sausages.
Whilst many variations exist in all the regions of Dubrovnik-Neretva county, it should contain cabbage and potatoes.
Prsut And Cheese
Pršut and cheese platter is an absolute classic and inescapable start of every traditional menu. It is served on special occasions like weddings, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other festivities.
If you’re invited to dinner in Croatia and your host doesn’t offer prsut as an appetiser, it must mean you’re in the doghouse.
Rozata is the most popular dessert in Dubrovnik. It is a traditional custard pudding from the Dubrovnik region that is similar to flan and crème brûlée.
Its name come from the Dubrovnik liqueur rozalin (rose liqueur), which gives the cake its special aroma.
Last but not least, rakija is a traditional Croatian alcoholic drink, something like brandy or cognac, very strong but more fruity and fragrant. You can find a wide variety of species of rakija in Croatia: plum, it is called Slivovica, grape, apricot, pear, apple, honey, quince and even juniper.
Your 18 days, 17 night Itinerary
- Day 1: Arrive to Venice, start to enjoy your holiday and stay overnight.
- Day 2: Your day in Venice and stay overnight.
- Day 3: Your day in Venice and stay overnight.
- Day 4: After hotel check-out you will board a train to Ljubljana (5 hours). Enjoy your afternoon, evening and stay overnight
- Day 5: Your day in Ljubljana, day Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle, and stay overnight.
- Day 6: Your day in Ljubljana and stay overnight.
- Day 7: After hotel check-out you will board a train to Zagreb (2 h 20 min). Enjoy your afternoon, evening and stay overnight
- Day 8: Your day in Zagreb and stay overnight.
- Day 9: Your day in Plitvice Lakes. You will board a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes (1 h 45 min), return in the evening and stay overnight.
- Day 10: Your day in Zagreb and stay overnight.
- Day 11: After hotel check-out you will board a bus to Zadar (3 h 30 min). Enjoy your afternoon, evening and stay overnight
- Day 12: Your day in Zadar and stay overnight.
Day 13: After hotel check-out you will board a bus to Split (4 h 30 min). Enjoy your afternoon, evening and stay overnight
- Day 14: Your day in Split and stay overnight.
- Day 15: After hotel check-out you will board a bus to Dubrovnik (4 h 30 min). Enjoy your afternoon, evening and stay overnight
- Day 16: Your day in Dubrovnik and stay overnight.
- Day 17: Your day in Dubrovnik and stay overnight.
- Day 18. Enjoy your morning and nice breakfast. It is time to head to fly back home.
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