Day 1-3: Meet in Ljubljana, Slovenia
After meeting in Ljubljana, our guided tour begins with scenic Lake Bled. Tour members visit the castle on the cliff above the town of Bled as well as the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on the island in the middle of the lake. Also included are a visit to the old village of Lake Bohinj and a walking tour of historic center of Ljubljana. The medieval pirate town of Piran is another highlight with its stone buildings, narrow streets and rich cultural heritage.
Day 4-6: Villages of Croatia
Drive across the Istra Peninsula to Opatija visiting villages enroute. The tour group visits the gorgeous Plitvice Lakes National Park. Members will also enjoy meandering in Zadar, the ancient capital of Dalmatia and a beautiful example of a Venetian old town. Cherish picturesque Šibenik and the medieval architecture of the buidlings of Trogir.
Day 7-8: Split & Islands Hvar-Korcula, Croatia
Guided tour around the old part of the town of Spilt with includes a beautiful Roman Palace followed by an excursion to the island of Hvar, continuing to the very small island of Korcula for overnight.
Day 9-10 Dubrovnik, Croatia
A delightful day exploring the wine country of the Peljesac Peninsula ending with arrival in Dubrovnik. A walking tour of the old walled heart of Dubrovnik which includes plenty of free time to explore.
Day 11-12: Sarajevo-Mostar-Bosnia-Herzegovina
We enjoy a breathtaking drive to the small village of Medjugorje, an important religious pilgrimage site. Continue to the historic town of Mostar with its magnificent Ottoman built bridge and then a city tour of Sarajevo, known as the social and cultural center of Bosnia and Hezegovina.
Day 13-15: Kotor-Budva, Montenegro
Our historic Adriatic tour continues along the Adriatic coast to Montenegro and the town of Kotor. We will enjoy a marvelous drive around beautiful Boka Kotorska Bay, passing old fishing villages, churches, monasteries, marinas and beaches. Walking tour of the Kotor UNESCO World Heritage Site with its beautitiful Venetian influenced architecture.
Visit the old Njegusi village (birth place of the poet Njegoš) and Cetinje the town often seen as the birthplace of Montenegrin culture and a past capital of Montenegro.
Finally, enjoy the coastal Budva, known since Illyrian times, with gorgeous old-world architecture, narrow streets and stone buildings placed around the main cathedral.
Day 16-17: Albania - Depart
Our tour of the Historic Villages of the Adriatic crosses the border into Albania and stops in Shkoder, the most important town of northern Albania. We then visit the traditional town of Kruja before arrival in Tirana, capital of Albania.
From here tour members can either head home or continue with us on our Albania-Macedonia-Kosovo-Serbia Tour.