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HIDDEN TREASURES OF CENTRAL EUROPE (departures April – October)

PRICE per person in a Double room: $1,530.00 (minimum 20 guests)

Single room on request upon Booking.

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Price includes: comfortable fully air-conditioned motor coach, services of an English speaking professional tour director throughout the tour, accommodation in three or four stars hotels or pensions in a Double room with private facilities, buffet breakfast daily, 3 course dinners with coffee or tea included (in hotels where we overnight), 5 four or more course dinners with wine and other local drinks included prosciuto and wine tasting, guided tours of Ljubljana, Salzburg, Berchtesgaden, Venice, Skocjan Caves, Lipica Stud Farm, WW1 Museum Kobarid and Bled.
Price does not include: tips, lunches or dinners or other services by individual order. Due to a volatility of the U.S. Dollar, Slovenia Travel reserves the right to adjust the price at the time full payment is due.

Day 01: Ljubljana

Arrival in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Meet and greet at Ljubljana Airport and transfer to Ljubljana, the capital of the country. At 6.00PM meet your fellow travelers and your tour director for a Welcome drink in the lobby of the hotel before dinner. (D)

Day 02: Ljubljana

After breakfast, it is time to start exploring the capital of this tiny country with a local expert. Admire the medieval city centre, the imposing castle above it, the lively farmer’s market and mingle with the local crowds. Plenty of time to browse and explore on your own, shop, visit small galleries or just drink a beer at the sidewalk café. Tonight we take you to sample some of the Slovenian cooking that blends the Mediterranean and the continental cuisine (B,D)

Day 03: Ljubljana - Salzburg

We bid goodbye to Ljubljana and head north, into the Alps. We cross the Slovenian – Austrian border and take you to the very centre of the ancient Carinthia, the region that holds a special place in the hearts of every Slovene. It is known that thirteen centuries ago the newly arrived tribes formed their political entity there, lost it later to the Bavarians and then the Habsburgs and only regained it twenty years ago. We visit an impressive castle nearby and then continue to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. (B,D)

Day 04: Salzburg – Bercthesgarden / Eagle’s Nest

We drive out of the city first thing in the morning. Into Germany, up 7000 feet to reach the extremely beautiful place, built for not such a nice person. It is a shame that the Eagle’s Nest be connected to Hitler, who wanted to have his last retreat there. Serene beauty of the lake, a spectacular ride up the mountain, the views and explore the Bercthesgarden region. In the afternoon we visit the heart of Salzburg for sightseeing with plenty of time to shop or just hang around. Dinner in a beer hall. (B,D)

Day 5: Italian Dolomites - Treviso

We drive away from this wonderful city heading south. Traversing the mountains again we reach Italy -The Dolomites and the spectacular Tre Cime di Lavaredo beckon over the Lake Misurina. We stop for a break in Cortina d'Ampezzo, the host of the Olympic Games of 1956 and a place to be seen. Then on to the plains of Veneto for an overnight in a cosy Treviso. (B,D)

Day 6: Treviso – Venice - Portoroz

Canals, water, gondolas, fantastic architecture and an exciting history. This could be packed in the name Venice. That is what we explore this morning, visit a glass factory, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s. We ride the boat along the Canal Grande; maybe take a ride with a famous gondola… Then we are out. A short ride back to Slovenia, away from the maddening crowds. We overnight in Portoroz, the Mediterranean playground of Slovenes and many visitors. It is tonight that we try some fish or seafood or many a delicacy they are offered there, and superb local wine that goes with it. (B,D)

Day 7: Portoroz- Skocjan Caves – Lipica Stud Farm- Nova Gorica

So many things to see and so little time. Away we drive to a strange but fascinating world of caves. There are hundreds of them in the area but we shall choose ones that UNESCO considers worth protecting. The Skocjan Caves. Then it is time to visit the cradle of the famous white stallions- Lipica. Way back in 1580 the Vienna court built the stables that can be seen there and started to breed the beautiful white creatures of the world acclaim. We stop to try some tasty local air-dried ham (prosciuto) and wash it down by local red teran wine. Just the taste, because after checking in the hotel we have a real thing .The dinner among vineyards, wine tasting in ‘Slovenian Toscana’. Not as famous as Italian Toscana, but you will long remember the dinner there. (B, D)

Day 8: Nova Gorica- Kobarid – Vrsic - Bled

Our tour is nearing the end but not without a punch line. We follow an incredibly blue-green Soca river. In Kobarid we stop to visit a museum, dedicated to the WW1. Over a million dead on the front that did not move an inch in three bloody years (read Farewell to arms by E.Hemingway who was fighting there). Then we climb a 5000 foot pass Vrsic, reach the valley of the river Sava and follow it to Bled. Our farewell dinner is going to be another feast of local specialties, including potica. (B, D)

Day 9: Bled

After breakfast transfer to Ljubljana Airpot and a farewell with your tour director /driver.

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