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Based in a beautifully appointed, shore-side hotel in the genteel resort of Opatija, this wonderful holiday includes three marvellous excursions. Discover the delights of the Istrian Riviera; journey into beautiful Slovenia to the shores of exquisite Lake Bled; and spend a wonderful day in the verdant surroundings of the glorious Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Fly to Venice or Pula, and upon arrival transfer to Opatija, set on the Kvarner Gulf in a sun-kissed corner of the Adriatic Sea, and check in to your four-star hotel.
Today is free to enjoy the hotel facilities, or to discover the grandeur and delights of Opatija, which has welcomed guests to its elegant shores for over 170 years. It boasts a charming marina, a shore-side promenade, a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants, and several jetties from which swimmers can take a dip.
The first of your included tours takes in some of the beauty of the Istrian peninsula in the company of your Tour Manager. Highlights will include the provincial capital, Pula, famed for its vast Roman amphitheatre. You'll also discover the remarkable Lim Fjord, one-time hideaway of the pirate Captain Morgan.
From here, you'll continue to stunning Rovinj, where the pastel buildings rise right out of the water. Climb through the narrow streets to enjoy the tremendous view, before returning to the harbour-front below - perhaps to enjoy a well-deserved ice-cream!
Today's memorable excursion takes us on a long but rewarding scenic journey north, into Slovenia. Here, beautiful Lake Bled is ringed by forested hills and looks out at an off-shore island crowned by a Baroque church. Enjoy lunch (payable locally), or perhaps take a gondola (pletna) across to the island (payable locally). You'll return to Opatija this evening in time for dinner.
Rest and relax in your hotel and its surroundings, or join today's optional boat trip and head across the blue waters to Krk, the largest of the Kvarner Gulf island group. From there you'll cross the narrow strait to Cres, with its Renaissance buildings and picturesque harbour. Enjoy a traditional 'fish picnic' on board the boat.
The last of the included excursions takes us inland to stunning Plitvice National Park, Croatia's most celebrated and most visited natural attraction. Here, 16 separate bodies of water are linked by a series of rushing waterfalls and rapids, tumbling down time-weathered terraces.
Our final optional excursion into Slovenia visits one of the world's most famous caves, the giant cavern at Postojna. Travel two miles underground by train and then walk, with a personal 'audio-guide', through an illuminated netherworld of stalactites and stalagmites. We'll also visit historic Prejama Castle which clings to the sheer cliff face in the entrance to another of the region's huge caves.
Transfer to the airport to board your flight back to the UK, after a visit to a truly delightful region.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours from Venice and Treviso airports and one hour 20 minutes from Pula airport.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Due to the nature of the landscapes explored (national parks, lakes and countryside), this holiday is not recommended for customers with walking difficulties.
The journey from your hotel to Plitvice National Park and Lake Bled will take approximately three hours.
Plitvice National Park and Lake Bled
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Airport development fees
*Low deposit of £50 applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 2016 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to all 2016 to 2018 air breaks excluding the American Queen - Mississippi River Cruise; Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise; Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies; Highlights of China and Yangtze Cruise; Any world cruises or sectors aboard Magellan that include flights; Cruises aboard Norwegian Star that include flights; Cruises aboard Mendula that include flights; Cruises aboard Astoria that include flights; Cruises aboard Olympia that include flights; Cruises aboard Sound of Music that include flights and Daniel O'Donnell in Dublin by Air. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.