Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro Trip
9/19/2019-10/7/2019

Join Friendly Adventures on our Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro tour. It will be a colorful, interesting and multifaceted tour. While you soak up the beautiful scenery of these Adriatic jewels, you’ll appreciate the fascinating story that puts these countries into historical and cultural perspective. Our trip winds past turquoise lakes, medieval castles, emerald mountains, Roman ruins and lingers on the beautiful Adriatic Sea. Highlights include The mysterious island of Hvar, the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, the wonders of Slovenia's Lake Bled and Croatia's most famous city - Dubrovnik. This escorted trip includes many of the region’s many treasures and allows ample free time to discover others. Ready to be  amazed? Ready to experience the Mediterranean as it once was? Then this adventure is a perfect choice for you!

We will start our trip with tours of the historic capital cities of Zagreb, Croatia and Ljubljana, Slovenia. Then we will spend two nights lakeside in Bled while enjoying hikes and scenery in Triglav NP, and touring Postojna Cave. Next, we will hike in Plitvice Lakes, enjoy a full day island excursion to Kornati NP and spend several days exploring historic medieval towns of Zadar, Split, and Trogir. In-between we hike through the magical Krka NP and Mt Biokova nature park and sleep in the Makarska Riviera. We will spend the next several days in the Adriatic Sea exploring through the Croatian islands of Brac, Hvar, and Korcula before heading back to the mainland to go wine tasting in the Peljesac peninsula. Finally, we finish our trip with several days in beautiful Dubrovnik with a side trip to Montenegro. Many of the above sights and towns we experience on this trip are cultural, historical or natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites and just fantastic.

Each participant will be responsible for making their airline arrangements. Please note that this trip begins in Zagreb, Croatia and ends in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  See flight info tab below for information!
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Triglav National Park
The Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia and lies in the immediate vicinity of Bled. It comprises one of the most beautiful and attractive areas of Slovenia, almost the entire Slovenian part of the Julian Alps. The territory of the National Park is very picturesque and varied. The highest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav (2864 m), after which the park was named, lies in its centre. From Triglav, deep and sharply cut valleys, mainly of glacial origin, open on all sides in the form of a fan. The valleys and plateaux are covered by a carpet of green forests and meadows. Bold, high pointed mountain peaks rise above them, with dark and deep abysses. Clear mountain streams and small rivers run in the numerous gorges and beautiful ravines and troughs (Vintgar, Mlinarica, Mostnica) and flow into two larger rivers – the Sava and the Soča. The watershed between the Adriatic and the Black Sea runs between them. There are mountain lakes (the Triglav Lakes, Kriška Lakes, etc.) high in the mountains, and Lake Bohinj, the largest permanent natural lake in Slovenia. This magnificent and rugged landscape is inhabited by an extremely rich variety of flora and fauna with numerous rare and protected plant and animal species. At the edge of the park, where man has been master for many centuries, history and human culture have left their traces.

Postojna Cave
Postojna Cave is the largest Karst cave in Slovenia with as much as 24 km of underground tunnels. Take an unforgettable ride on Postojna Cave’s underground train and experience a fascinating subterranean paradise shaped by tiny droplets over millions of years. Postojna Cave is the only place where you can see the most precious brilliant in the form of a cave formation and also meet the baby dragons. Just like the world above the surface, Postojna Cave boasts towering mountains, murmuring rivers and vast subterranean halls. It is a real challenge for explorers and the cradle of speleobiology.

Plitvice Lakes National Park
Nested in mountainous Lika region, half-way between the coast and the capital Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes National Park is, along with Dubrovnik, the single most visited site in Croatia. Plitvice Lakes became protected national park back in 1949, and since 1979 the place is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres. The mineral composition of Plitvice creates an array of stunning colours in the lakes, from teal to azure, green, grey and blue. The crystal clear water provides a brilliant view of some extremely fat fish. The water itself is high mountain runoff and, because the water calcifies everything it touches, there’s no mud or algae, which keeps the water clear. While it looks enticing, swimming is prohibited.

Zadar
Trust Dalmatians to coin words that have no equivalent in English. Only on the Croatian coast do you require concepts like pomalo - 'to live free from time', or fjaka, a lazy mood of complete contentment. Take off your watch, kick back, pomalo. Holiday nirvana. Not long ago pomalo was the very essence of a Dalmatian city break. Now Dubrovnik seethes in summer and Split is a holiday mill. So welcome to Zadar - coastal Croatia's new capital of cool. A former fortress of the Venetian Republic, Zadar old town is a place to winkle out interesting secrets at holiday pace. It is small enough to circle in a morning yet large enough to offer exploration for days. Picture a walled town poked into a deep clean sea. Pave it with marble polished by centuries of wear and furnish it with Italianate buildings the colour of old ivory. Add a romantic Balkan heart. Now drench it in brilliant Adriatic light.

Kornati National Park
The Kornati archipelago has qualities that make it unique. It is made up of 140 islands and islets in an area only 35 kilometres long and 14 kilometres wide. Between the long, thin island of Kornat, which faces the coast, and the chain of islands on the other side, there is a stretch of water naturally protected from the open sea, with dozens of safe bays to drop anchor. Once you pass through one of the two narrow gates to the north and south, you leave the worst of the waves behind, and enter a strange, other-worldly environment, of treeless hills. The islands on the inside of the national park seem deserted. You might sight the occasional sheep, or a small votive chapel, built by a grateful sailor saved from a storm by the natural barrier of the islands, otherwise there’s little sign of human habitation. It’s a very meditative and minimal landscape, unlike any other island chain in the Adriatic. When you enter Kornati, you’ve arrived somewhere completely different.

Krka National Park
Krka National Park lies about 10km inland from Sibenik in this part of Dalmatia. Named after the Krka River, the Park covers an area of just over 142 square km and includes two thirds of the river itself. The top attraction of the Park are its magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk falls which are one of Croatia’s most famous sights. Other highlights include the small island of Visovac and Roski Slap waterfall. A boat trip through the park is a great way of seeing much of the Park. Best of all, it is possible to swim in some locations in Krka National Park! (To be sure to bring your swimming costume or trunks along!)

Split
Croatia’s second largest city is an alluring place. Facing the twinkling Adriatic, and with a dramatic mountain backdrop, its setting is stunning. City life still focuses on the remarkable and extensive Roman remains of Diocletian’s Palace. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the walled complex was built as an imperial palace and military fortress for the emperor at the turn of the fourth century AD. Spend a day following ancient footsteps – starting from the Peristil (the colonnaded open courtyard) and cathedral, and wander through the ancient maze of narrow streets and little squares. (Near the Peristil is the oval, open-roofed Vestibul, where traditional klapa singing groups making use of the fine acoustics.) Shops, restaurants, churches, houses: everyday life is built into the very fabric of the ancient walls. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they caught the eye of the makers of Game of Thrones, and walking tours of the locations featured in the hit series are easily found.

Hvar
The Dalmatian coast is fast becoming the French Rivera of the east, and Hvar is unquestionably its St Tropez. Although it has been a popular with yacht-goers of the Mediterranean for years, its relative inaccessibility has meant that it managed to hold on to its special tranquil beauty. And it's easy to see the appeal: the Adriatic air smells of lavender as the rocky hills surrounding Hvar town itself are blanketed in purple. At the bottom of the slopes, the harbour town curves around the south-facing bay, with those yachts bobbing on the crystal clear water.

Korcula
Korcula is considered as the pearl of the southern Dalmatia and offers to its visitors picturesque walled old town of Korcula, magnificent coastal panoramas, dreamlike fishing villages and idyllic coves. Away from the tourist-places on the coast of the island Korcula, in the island's interior one discovers a unique green landscape with panoramic views and hidden cultural treasure, which one can discover either on foot or by bicycle. The coast of the island of Korcula is very indented with a large number of bays and coves. Korcula enchants the senses with its timeless beauty and casts an everlasting spell of wonder on those who tread upon its ancient stone.

Montenegro
Montenegro is a tiny – often overlooked – Balkan country flanked by Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania. It’s blessed with a beautiful strip of coastline, rugged peaks and medieval villages. On Montenegro trips you can wake up to views of the Adriatic Coast, eat lunch on the banks of Lake Skadar and enjoy an evening hike in the mountains. The country’s recent, turbulent history is never far from the surface but Montenegro rewards the curious traveller with natural wonders. The tranquil Luštica Peninsula is a rural headland of hidden beaches and remote villages wrapped by olive groves. And the Old Town of Kotor, at the heart of the country’s wine-growing region, will enchant you; its sheltered bay attracts the yachting set, but fjord-like in its beauty and dotted with coastal churches, it’s a refreshingly unglitzy place.

Dubrovnik
If you’ve never been to Croatia, the one thing you should know is that it’s downright dazzling, and the city of Dubrovnik is the epitome of such beauty. Crystal clear waters glisten under the sun; boats, one of the primary forms of transportation in the area, dot the sea in every direction; and the medieval limestone walls of the Stari Grad that safeguard the terra cotta–roofed buildings are impressive. The city is a living museum and a live stage, and has an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern day. It is surrounded by medieval walls that are 1940 metres long and are preserved in their original form. They are open to visitors and are the city’s greatest attraction. Since 1979 the town has been under UNSECO protection. Dubrovnik is a city that charms, a city that you fall in love with and always return to like new, to discover more unique experiences.

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Land package: $2,800
Departing from LAX Airport
Trip Includes
Ground transportation; hotel accommodations with breakfast & Dinner; licensed guides; Cable car in Zagreb; Postojna cave admission tickets, train in the cave; entry ticket to Plitvice lakes; Boat excursion NP Kornati, entrance fees NP Kornati, lunch and drinks on the ship; NP Krka entry tickets; Ferry tickets Makarska – Sumartin; Catamaran Ticket Bol – Jelsa; Catamaran ticket Hvar – Korcula; Sightseeing, wine and cheese tasting in famous cellar Matusko; City tax Kotor
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