This trip centers on the picturesque, island-studded Adriatic coastline of southeastern Europe, backed by alpine splendor, adorned with vestiges of the Roman, Byzantine and Austro-Hungarian Empires with sprinkles of Venetian legacy, and several impressively sited compact medieval towns with labyrinthine cobbled streets.
In Slovenia, our itinerary will focus on the architectural richness of exquisite Ljubljana, the vast cathedral-like subterranean chambers of the Postojna Caves, and the idyllic beauty of Lake Bled, surrounded by tranquil alpine majesty. Our itinerary continues in Croatia. Highlights will include the famous historic resort town of Opatija, and the Venetian and Byzantine accented photogenic Porec. An overnight ferry trip will dock in Split, a center of imperial Roman grandeur, with out-trips to the cascading waterfalls of luxuriant Krka National Park, and the verdant, fashionable resort town of Hvar. Our final destination is magnificent, dramatically sited Dubrovnik, with a gargantuan protective wall jutting out into the Adriatic and framed by coastal mountains. On an unforgettable day-trip, we will explore the horrific remnants of civil war in Mostar, Bosnia, a town undergoing a remarkable period of rebuilding in a spirit of rapprochement among the diverse population. On our return to Dubrovnik, we will visit Medugorje, the quiet village that metamorphosed into a global pilgrimage shrine after reports of Marian apparitions.
This will be a trip to remember! We will traverse a picturesque region of outstanding physical beauty and diversity, with landscapes that reveal the considerable impressions of past civilizations, and display immense socio-economic and political variety.