|Thursday, September 3
are flights on Lufthansa from Philadelphia, departing at 5:45pm. Connect in
Frankfurt for a flight to Ljubljana, Slovenia arriving at 10:25am on Friday,
Sept 4. Since there will be people arriving from other destinations, we will
meet outside of the baggage claim area around noon. We will be greeted by our
local tour guide and taken to our accommodations.
Slovenia (2 nights)
may be cliché, but Ljubljana never fails to win people over with her charm and
beauty. The majority of the Old Town has been converted to pedestrian-only zones
so it's easy to explore the highlights on foot. Our group will have a private
walking tour in the afternoon to make sure we don't miss a thing. A visit to the
castle with its spectacular views and a stroll along the river are just two of
the city's must-sees. Ljubljana has a wonderful restaurant and cafe scene, and
many great places are riverside.
Ljubljana enjoys a central postion which makes it the
ideal base for exploring the rest of Slovenia. It is a crossroads culturally due
to its location, on one hand you can see the Central European influence from
Austria and Slavic countries in the city's architecture and language. On the
other hand there is a strong Mediterranean and Balkan influence which is brought
out in their laid back approach and the city's cafe culture. People are often
surprised how westernized and advanced Slovenia is putting it more in a class
with its Austrian neighbors than its Eastern European
Saturday, September 5
is small, so it's easy to explore. Today our group will go on a day trip to
Bled. We will spend the afternoon enjoying the gorgeous lake and medieval
beginnings go back more than 1000 years and this small town rich in history has
plenty to offer visitors.
Surrounded by high rising mountains reflecting on the
emerald lake below, a large medieval castle takes over the backdrop of the
town. It is the only natural island in all of Slovenia and is the highlight of
lake. Set in the middle of the pristine lake, the island houses a 15th century
baroque church making it one of Slovenia's most popular tourist attractions.
Being a glacial lake, Bled is known for its mild climate and its thermal waters
will heal the senses. For those with a sweet tooth Bled's famous kremsnita
pastry will be sure to satisfy.
Sunday, September 6
Croatia (2 nights)
private driver will pick us up at our hotel and take us directly our
accommodations in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. The drive is about 2
Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, has
managed to stay romantic, clean and preserve its soul and identity, as well as
it's cultural and historical heritage. It offers visitors the Baroque
atmosphere of Old Town, picturesque open-air markets, plenty of shopping,
impressive architecture and diverse cuisine. It's a city of green parks and
beautiful walking areas.
Zagreb's most interesting sights are located within fairly
easy walking distance of each other. To make sure the group sees the best the
city has to offer, we've arranged for a city walking tour in the afternoon. Be
sure to visit one of our favorite places, the bustling Dolac market to enjoy a
glimpse into local Zagreb life.
Monday, September 7
Today we will have time to visit
the renowned Croatian healer, Braco, known throughout the world for his healing
gaze. Braco's center is
located at Srebrnjak 1, with the beautiful onyx Gazing room, adorned with the
great golden sun symbol. In the holding area, crafted in fine woodwork, we will
receive an introduction about Braco and his mentor, Ivica. Their books, DVDs
and a large selection of jewelry are available for sale. We will have the
opportunity to gaze or listen to the Voice, and then to visit Zagreb some
You may also want to hop on a bus and do a wonderful City
Tour. Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks, with many places to visit in
the beautiful surrounding. It is made for strolling the streets, drinking coffee
in the almost permanently full cafes, popping into museums and galleries and
enjoying the theaters, concerts, cinema and music. In spite of the rapid
economic development in the last few decades, it has retained the charm, and a
relaxed feeling that makes it a genuinely human city. On your way you will see
The Upper town, the former Gradec, together with Kaptol which is the oldest part
of the city.
Trogir, Croatia (1
A full day is ahead of us, so
our private driver guide will pick us up in the morning at the hotel. En route
to the enchanting island of Trogir, we'll stop for about 4-5 hours to explore
Plitvice Lakes National Park.
In 1979 UNESCO proclaimed the Plitvice National Park a
world heritage site. The park is highlighted by a series of 16 lakes with unique
and distinctive colors ranging from azure, turquoise, green, blue and gray. It
is 200 miles in total area and a paradise for hikers and nature lovers.
natural phenomenon was described by famous guidebook writer Rick Steve's as
"Niagara Falls diced and sprinkled over a heavily forested Grand Canyon."
The lakes joined together cover a distance of five miles
and are connected by wooden footbridges making the park easy to traverse on
foot. Dense forest, amazing flora, varied bird and other wildlife as well as
spectacular waterfalls and cascades linking the lakes make up this national
treasure. The park is carefully regulated in order to keep it pristine. There
are no towns or villages in the reserve. Even the boats and buses available to
transport visitors are electric. Our driver will act as our guide to the park,
taking us on a lovely hike. Admission is included.
Trogir is a "city-museum" in every sense of the word. A
yachting destination of the rich and famous, this magnificent island has been in
existence for more than 2300 years. The city provides lovers of cultural and
historical monuments, art, original architecture and cozy alleyway streets an
The older quartier of Trogir is an island
surrounded by city walls encompassing palaces, towers and fortresses whose
architecture was influenced by the Romans, Greeks and Venetians.
The wider surroundings of Trogir are characterized by
numerous islands and islets, lush green vegetation and beautiful rock/pebble
beaches. A yachting destination
of the rich and famous, this magnificent island has 2300 years of tradition.
It's rich culture was created under the influence of Greeks, Romans, and
Venetians with a concentration of palaces, churches, towers, and fortresses.
Trogir deserves it's nickname "THE STONE BEAUTY."
Our driver will bring us directly to
our hotel upon arrival in Trogir.
Wednesday, September 9
Croatia (2 nights)
the morning we will have some time to discover all of the interesting spots of
Trogir. Our top recommendations include visiting the fascinating food market
near the city gate and of course, the Old Town itself.
private driver will to pick us up from the hotel and take us to the port in
Split for a one hour ferry ride to Hvar. On the way we can stop in Split to see
the Old Town and the wonderful UNESCO Diocletian's Palace for a few hours.
The island of Hvar is rich in history! Among other amazing
features, it boasts the oldest communal theater in Europe, the largest square on
the Croatian coast, and a medieval fortress dating back to the 7th century.
Right off the town's port we will find the Pakleni archipelago, consisting of 21
islands with isolated beaches and secluded coves, making for the ideal way to
spend our late summer days.
If nightlife is what you are looking for, Hvar is known as
the party capital of the Adriatic. Indeed, on Susan's last group tour to Croatia
in 2012, Prince Harry and Beyonce had their yachts docked
MSN Travel named it one of the top ten world summer party
spots. All this makes it a must-see stop on our Croatia
arriving in the port of Hvar, we will be met and brought to our accommodations.
Today we will arrange for a skipper to take our group
around the neighboring Pakleni Islands. This chain of 21 islands off the coast
of Hvar is famous for their unspoiled nature, hidden swimming coves and a
charming restaurant / bar scene.
Bosnia (1 night)
beautiful day is waiting. A driver will pick us up in Hvar and bring us directly
What transpired in Medugorje is a unique event in the modern world. It is believed that Mother Mary appeared in front
of a group of children in 1981.
Thanks to Our Lady's apparitions, this simple
village parish has become a place of gathering for a multitude of pilgrims from
the whole world, and is one of the biggest prayer centers on the planet.
Innumerable witnesses say that, in this place, they have found faith and peace.
You will have the opportunity to visit Apparition Hill.
driver will bring our group directly to the hotel upon arrival in Medjugorje. In
the afternoon we will have a group tour of the highlights of the area.
Croatia (2 nights)
morning, a private driver will pick us up at the hotel and bring us directly to
our accommodations in Dubrovnik.
offers an unusual blend of modern culture and established tradition. Marble-like
polished limestone streets, a labyrinth of alleyways and breathtaking
architecture characterize the Old Town. Dubrovnik's most stunning feature is the
82-foot tall city wall which extends more than a mile. There are many options
for music lovers in Dubrovnik, and the nightlife is also exciting with plenty of
choices to keep you busy until dawn.
In the afternoon we will arrange for a private guide to
take the group on a tour of the Old Town center. "Those who seek paradise on earth
should come to Dubrovnik." The magnificent sight of the stone walled Old Town
jutting into the azure sea makes it clear why Dubrovnik is known as the Pearl of
the Adriatic. Dubrovnik offers an unusual blend of modern culture and
Polished marble streets, a labyrinth of alleyways and breathtaking architecture characterize the Old Town. Dubrovnik's most stunning feature is the 82 foot tall city wall, which extends more than a mile. Our expert guide will lead us through the narrow streets of the Old town, introducing us to the history and culture of this magnificent city. Open air living is a way of life in Dubrovnik and that, of course, includes the cuisine. Open fire and grilled dishes are a specialty of the region, as well as fresh seafood, caught in local waters.
Hotel Zagreb http://www.hotelzagreb-dubrovnik.com/
Sunday, September 13
our group will have a free day to explore Dubrovnik on our own. Be sure to walk
around the city walls, take a short boat ride to the National Park on Lokrum
Island, or perhaps a cable car ride above the city for a magnificent
the excursions offered in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik for the USA
driver will pick us up at the hotel and drop us off at the airport for our
departing flight. Most flights leave very early around 5:45am arriving in
Philadelphia at 3:45pm the same day.