Duration: 8 Days
Spectacular natural scenery, historical sights, and exciting cities await you on this fantastic tour through Mediterranean Eastern Europe, including Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Slovenia. If you’re fascinated by beautiful landscapes, this Eastern Europe tour will delight as you surround yourself in the greens and blues of this exhilarating holiday. In Croatia, you’ll visit Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and forests. You’ll experience Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, with a beautiful coastline and dramatic limestone cliffs. You’ll also visit the Postojna Caves in Slovenia, with its web of tunnels and stalactites. The underground train ride and walking tour allow you to see what are arguably Europe’s most extensive and best-known caves.
If you’re interested in historical sights and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you’ll be thrilled on this tour through the Eastern Mediterranean countries. Visit Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery, with a history dating back to the 1300s, and Rector’s Palace, a Gothic-Renaissance palace from the 15th century. In Split, visit Jupiter Temple, built for worshipping the Roman God and the Roman emperor Diocletian, and the 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Mostar, see the Old Bridge, the city’s symbol built in the 16th century, and Turkish House, one of the best-preserved residential structures from the Turkish period. Finally, in Sarajevo, visit Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque, the most important architectural monument from the time of Ottoman rule. This value-minded Eastern Mediterranean tour through Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina is simply a magnificent holiday!
Adventure is knocking with everything you need for perfectly affordable touring. Cosmos includes hand-selected accommodations, guided sightseeing, and seamless transportation between destinations—with value-minded travel lovers in mind. Explore with expert Cosmos Tour Directors and Local Guides, complimentary headsets, private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi. Enhance your free time to explore like a local with your CosmosGO mobile app!
Please note: Itinerary is based on 2024, and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in 2024.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore some of Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions. (D)
Undoubtedly, one of the highlights on this tour is a visit to the Postojna Caves. Your included underground train ride and a walking tour will allow you to marvel at what are possibly Europe's most extensive and most beautiful caves. Then, cross into Croatia, travelling along the coast to Zadar. Over the centuries, Zadar was ruled by Venetians, Austro/Hungarians, by Italy after WWI, and today it belongs to Croatia. Learn more during the included guided tour. Today's Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km (B,D)
Drive south to Split. This is the former hometown of Roman Emperor Diocletian, and you can still visit with a Local Guide the remains of his Palace, and Jupiter Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See more of the lovely Dalmatian Coast before reaching Dubrovnik. Today's Distance: 239 mi/ 385 km (B)
Dubrovnik is the best-preserved Croatian medieval city and the liveliest in Dalmatia. Visit the Franciscan Monastery and the Rector's Palace, where the Local Guide will give you a full commentary, including the history of this beautifully preserved medieval architectural wonder-a popular filming location for TV series and movies, including "The Last Jedi," "James Bond," and "Game of Thrones." Sign up for an interesting optional excursion to Konavle. (B)
Enjoy a scenic drive into the rugged beauty of the Neretva Valley. Stop in Mostar, where a Local Guide shows you the Turkish House, the Mosque, and the reconstructed 16th-century bridge. The Mostar bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed in 1993 during the Croat-Bosnian war. A project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge was opened in 2004. On to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina and certainly the most Turkish-looking city in the Balkans-famous for its mosques, markets, and bazaars. Discover the city with a Local Guide and get acquainted with its architectural highlights, including the Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque. Today's Distance: 162 mi/ 260 km (B,D)
Travel north today back into Croatia to visit the country's famous Plitvice National Park. Enjoy a walk with a Local Guide through the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder. Its 16 lakes, wooded hills, waterfalls, and cascades make it one of Europe's best loved national parks. Today's Distance: 208 mi/ 335 km (B,D)
Get to know Croatia's capital on the included city tour. The city is packed with historic buildings, such as the Gothic-style St. Marcus Church. Continue to Ljubljana, where a Local Guide will help you appreciate its imperial beauty. Today's Distance: 171 mi/ 275 km (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)