Our Adriatic Tour begins in Slovenia, past glacial lakes, lush green valleys and majestic mountain ranges, and venture through culturally fascinating small towns bustling cities and quaint hamlets brimming with historic sites of interest. We enjoy a easy-paced walking tour of the capital, Ljubljana, before heading into Croatia and exploring the Istrian Peninsula, a region rife with ancient Roman and Illyrian relics and monuments. We travel along the Dalmatian coast, taking in the centuries old cathedrals, monasteries and fortresses that dot the Croatian countryside. We venture into Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, where we bear witness to a blend of Mediterranean and Oriental architecture in the former and the UNESCO-protected city of Kotor, as well as the Montenegrin cultural capital in the latter. After a memorable drive along the breathtaking Adriatic coast, we make for Tirana, Albania and expose ourselves to the intriguing contemporary culture of this destination that lays claim to a fabulous collection of wondrous mosques as well as innumerable archaeological artifacts that detail almost 3,000 years of history. We travel farther afield from the capital, stopping in at various towns and cities along the Albanian Riviera and beyond to appreciate Roman amphitheaters, ancient bridges, Franciscan churches and glorious panoramas.
Arrive in Ljubjana, transfer to our hotel for overnight.
After breakfast we will visit Ljubjana. Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital and largest city. It’s known for its university population and green spaces, including expansive Tivoli Park. The curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city’s old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures. Ljubljana Castle, standing on a hill above the city for about 900 years, is Ljubljana’s main attraction. You can reach it by funicular railway or climb it on foot. The castle’s tower and ramparts offer the most beautiful views of the city. There are two permanent museum exhibitions, two restaurants, a café, and a nightclub. The dragon is a symbol of Ljubljana, which has been proudly reigning in the city coat of arms since the late Middle Ages. Masterfully designed dragon sculptures at the Dragon Bridge (built in 1901) are both scary and magnificent at the same time. If you haven’t taken a photo with either one of them, it is considered that you have not really visited Ljubljana. The Town Hall, National Gallery, The cathedral of the city, The Franciscan Church, The Central Market, these are also some more attractions to visit in Ljubjana. Overnight in Ljubjana.
After breakfast we travel to one of the most famous Cave in World, Postojna Cave. It seems that anyone who steps on Slovenian soil wants to be a part of this beautiful underworld experience. Postojnska jama in Slovenia is a pearl in records, as it has been visited by as many as 40 million people in the last 200 years, when it was opened for outside visitors. In the Postojna cave there are several halls that are decorated with beautiful drip-stones, named stalagmites and stalactites. In addition to stalagmites and stalactites there are also other cave formations, such as the famous drip-stone pillar, named Brilijant, a symbolic formation in the cave. In the year of 1872, the first cave railway in the world was built in the Postojna cave, where it has been improving and expanding throughout the years. In the past people visited the cave by walking on foot, however in the present time you can take a tour inside the cave with a unique miniature electric train. Then we drive to Rijeka city in Croatia. Rijeka is a Croatian port city on Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea. It’s known as a gateway to Croatia’s islands. Korzo, the main promenade, is lined with Habsburg-era buildings. Nearby, the 19th-century Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre has ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt. The hilltop Trsat Castle complex, which includes a religious shrine, has sweeping views of the islands of Kvarner Bay. Overnight in Rijeka.
After breakfast we drive to city of Split. Split, the second largest city in Croatia, is a mix of modern life and ancient history. With ruins dating back to the Roman Empire, a bustling waterfront, and fresh seafood served daily at many of the restaurants in town, Split is well worth a visit on a tour through Croatia. What to visit: Diocletian’s Palace, St. Domnius Cathedral, The Old Town, the Riva Promenade. Overnight in Split.
After breakfast we travel to Mostar and we will visit the historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. In the 1990s conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural features, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement. The reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities. Overnight in Mostar.
After breakfast we drive to Kotor, Montenegro. Kotor is a fortified town on Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen. Characterized by winding streets and squares, its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral. It’s also home to the Maritime Museum, which explores local seafaring history. Sveti Đorđe, one of 2 tiny islands off the ancient town of Perast, features a centuries-old church. After Kotor we proceed to Budva. Budva is a town in Montenegro on the Adriatic Sea. Part of the Budva Riviera, it’s known for sandy beaches and nightlife. Stone walls built by the Venetians surround the narrow streets of the medieval old town (Stari Grad). This historic district is home to a seaside citadel and religious sites such as the Church of Santa Maria in Punta, established in the 9th century. Overinght in Budva.
After breakfast we drive to Shkodra, Albania. The city is an important cultural and economical center of Albania. Shkoder is also known as the center of the Albanian Catholicism and a perfect proof of the fact that all different religions can adjoin in one country. It became the capital of Illyria in the 3d century B.C. We will visit the castle of Rozafa, the Cathedral of Saint Stefan, Franciscan church, Old Town. Then we travel to Capital of Albania, Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.
After breakfast we will visit Kruja. This historic city is 608 m above sea level and offers an open vista to an amazing panoramic view. The name and the importance of the city are closely related to the 25 years of activity of our national hero, Skanderbeg, who in the fifteenth century made Kruja a bastion of uncompromising resistance against the Ottoman. Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg Museum is situated inside the castle walls, which date back to the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. Also in Kruja we will visit the Old Bazaar, the best place to by souvenirs in Albania. Then we get back to Tirana and we will do a walking tour. Tirana is situated in a valley at the foot of mountain Daiti. For the past 400 years the city combined Turkish, Italian and Soviet Union architecture and can offer the tourists many historical values and vivid night life. We will visit Scanderbeg Square, Main Boulevard, Government Buildings, Bunk’Art and then we stop for a coffee or drink at Blloku, famous area, full with coffee shops, restaurants, night clubs. Blloku, was an area where communist leaders lived. Overnight in Tirana.
After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of our service.
Tour Itinerary: Trip from Ljubljana to Tirana
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