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Travel is the BEST education!  Until we have explored other countries, we cannot truly understand our own culture, ourselves and our world. When we discover other ways of life, we realize that we have more in common than not!

                                                                              
Croatia, Slovenia, Medjugorje and Braco
September 3-14, 2015
  Sorry, SOLD OUT



In September 2011, I took a group of people to Croatia and we had a most wonderful time! It's a gorgeous country, a favorite place for European honeymooners and a hotspot for the "rich and famous" due to it's incredible beauty, stunning coastline, friendly people (most speak English), and fabulous food.

Bordering Austria, Croatia is separated from Italy by the Adriatic Sea. It is much more affordable than most European countries.

September is an ideal time to visit Croatia, with an average temperature of 60-70 degrees, and the water is still warm enough to swim in!

Braco smiling
I was disappointed to miss the incredibly beautiful sites in Slovenia on the last trip, so have added it this time! We will also visit Medjugorje, a sacred site, known for appearances of Mother Mary. We will spend time in the exquisite islands of Torgir and Hvar, as well as the surreal National Park of Plitvice.

Plus, for fans of the renowned "healer" BRACO, we will visit his center in Zagreb for a Gazing session or the Voice. Lastly, to top off our tour, we will have 2 days in Dubrovnik, the jewel of the Adriatic, a stunningly gorgeous walled city.

I hope you will consider joining us!  I guarantee you a wonderful time!!!
Any questions, please call Susan at 215-348-5755 in PA or email SDUVAL53@aol.com

 
Thursday, September 3
Depart USA
There 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.

Friday, September 4
Ljubljana, Slovenia (2 nights)
It 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 counterparts.
Saturday, September 5
Bled, Slovenia
Slovenia 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 castle.

Bled's 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.

Zagreb air view Sunday, September 6
Zagreb, Croatia (2 nights)
A 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 hours.

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.



Braco white shirt Monday, September 7

Zagreb, Croatia
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 more.

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.

Tuesday, September 8
Trogir, Croatia (1 night)
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.
Plitvice
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.

This 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 unforgettable setting.

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
Hvar, Croatia (2 nights)
In 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.

A 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 there! MSN Travel named it one of the top ten world summer party spots. All this makes it a must-see stop on our Croatia vacation.

Upon arriving in the port of Hvar, we will be met and brought to our accommodations.
Hotel Pharos


Thursday, September 10
Pakleni Islands, Croatia
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.

Friday, September 11
Medjugorje, Bosnia (1 night)
A beautiful day is waiting. A driver will pick us up in Hvar and bring us directly to Medjugorje. What transpired in Medugorje is a unique event in Medjugorje 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.


The 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.


Saturday, September 12

Dubrovnik, Croatia (2 nights)
This morning, a private driver will pick us up at the hotel and bring us directly to our accommodations in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik view of city
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 established tradition.





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
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Today 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 view!!
See the excursions offered in Dubrovnik.

Monday, September 14
Depart Dubrovnik for the USA
A 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.

                             

INCLUDED
Accommodations for 10 nights
Ljubljana Airport Transfer
Ljubljana Walking Tour
Bled Day Trip
Ljubljana - Zagreb Transfer
Zagreb City Tour
Zagreb-Trogir Transfer
Tour of Plitvice National Park
Trogir - Hvar Transfer
Pakleni Islands Boat Tour
Hvar - MedjugorjeTransfer
Medjugorje Tour
Dubrovnik Walking Tour and Airport Transfer


Croatia group photo

NOT INCLUDED

Lunch & dinners
Round trip airfare from your home city
Travel Insurance
Tips for tour guides, drivers and local representatives
                                          This was our group in 2011.  Lifelong friendships were made!!


The cost of the tour is $2200.

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