Sunny side of Alps-retreat yourself, 8 or 10 days (3 countries)

Visit the countries on the sunny side of Alps. There is nothing more amazing than combination of sightseeing, shopping, SPA treatments and gourmet food. Enjoy yourself.

ITALY – SLOVENIA –  CROATIA (10 days, optional 8 or 12 days)

 

Day 1: ARRIVAL TO MILANO
Arrival to Milano airport. Transfer to the hotel. Time for Spa treatments on your request. Night in your hotel.

Day 2: MILANO (breakfast)
Breakfast. In the morning short trip to see jaw-droopingly beautiful Borromean Islands, immersed in the marvelous and suggestive waters of Lake Maggiore. Loved by Ernest Hemingway and, in more recent times, by the English Royals, this Archipelago is made up of the monumental Isola Bella, with its 17th-Century Palazzo Borromeo, surrounded by scenographic gardens, the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), Isola Madre, noted for its botanical garden, rich in rare plants, the little Island of San Giovanni that faces Pallanza, and the Rock of Marghera. On Isola Bella – from the name of the wife of Carlo III Borromeo, Isabella d’Adda – is famous Palazzo Borromeo with its halls and not to be left out is the garden, featuring multi-colored flowers year-round, as well as a multitude of exotic plants. The salons, music and arms rooms, the gardens with their ten superimposed terraces were inhabited by both Napoleon Bonaparte (1797), to whom a room is dedicated, and Mussolini, who made the residence the seat of representation during a 1935 international conference. In the afternoon sightseeing of the Milan city center. City is recognized internationally as one of the world’s most important fashion capitals, along with Paris, New York, Rome, London and Tokyo . In 2009, the city was nominated “fashion capital of the world” by the Global Language Monitor even surpassing its relative cities. Milan has been home to numerous fashion designers, such as  Giorgio Armani, Valentino , Garavani, Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace, Prada ,  Stefano Gabbana and  Domenico Dolce. You will explore top attractions like the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Brera Museum, La Scala Theater and Leonardo DaVinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper displayed at the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church. After sightseeing, it’s time for some shopping.

Day 3: MILANO – ABANO TERME (breakfast)
Breakfast. Drive to Abano Terme (approx. 3 hours) with its numerous hotels (all with their own thermal baths), this place has a great potential receptivity and can boast to being the world’s largest spa city. A rich, generous territory where vapor-shrouded springs from deep aquifers are set against the green of the Parco Naturale dei Colli Euganei (Natural Park of the Euganean Hills). Rich in geothermal energy, meteoric waters leave natural springs at a constant temperature of about 87°C, and are a unique, incomparable thermal resource. The waters of the Euganean thermal basin belong to the category of deep subterranean waters, characterized by very high temperatures. Immersion in a liquid environment is a primitive experience for every human being. You can enjoy your day in several SPA treatments: Balneotherapy, Hydrokinesitherapy, Thermal Mud, Inhalation therapy, Thermal treatment, Mud therapy and Osteoarthrosis or Osteoporosis. Let your senses enjoy all day long.

Day 4: ABANO TERME – VENICE – PORTOROŽ (breakfast)
After breakfast we drive to Venice, one of the most romantic cities in the world. We will enjoy a walk through a labyrinth of streets and narrow passageways in the old artisans quarters of Venice and listen to numerous stories of the illustrious merchants and their acts of cruelty. During this walk, you’ll see some of the oldest houses in Venice, quaint picturesque bridges and palaces, an old prison for tax evaders and learn about how life used to be in Venice and how life is today for the modern day Venetians. Enjoy an in-depth tour of St. Marks Basilica, a highlights tour of the Doges Palace which will include crossing the bridge of sites, and as a grand finale cruise along the main street of Venice – The Grand Canal. Time for some shopping. In the afternoon drive to Portorož (approx. 2,5 hours), the city of flowers. SPA treatments on your request.
VENICE – Floods of Romance
The mere mention of Venice immediately conjures romantic images: quaint scenes of lovers on gondolas, slowly drifting down a tranquil canal. In reality, these fabled waterways are often polluted, flooding, traversed by commuters and tourists on modern waterbuses, and yes, quite lovely and astonishing. Experiencing a city without automobiles will be a new adventure for most visitors — Venice is the largest car-free zone in Europe! There are plenty of connecting streets or footbridges for those who avoid using boats. Of course, there is more to Venice than just the canals. This city has a rich and remarkably complex history; in the past, it was not only a city, it was the Republic of Venice, an independent state and a pivotal center of international trade, which tended to complicate its relations with other bodies. Now that this remarkable city has joined Italy (more than 200 years ago), it continues to charm visitors with its lovely architecture, music, exuberant Carnival, and world-famous Biennale art exhibition. However, you might have to act fast – after all, the city is sinking, and an alarming number of Venetians have ended up with water in their living rooms.

Day 5: PORTOROŽ – LJUBLJANA – OTOČEC – PULE (breakfast)
After breakfast we will head to the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Starting city tour with walk in old part of the city where your local guide will show you Opera house, Cathedral, National museum and Three Bridges Square. Then guide will take you  along river Ljubljanica which is full of bars and restaurants and you will ride funicular to Ljubljana Castle and see city from above. Time for some shopping. After drive to visit famous and romantic castle Otočec, one of the most popular places to get married, beside Bled. Then drive to first elite countryside luxury apartment complex Pule. Optional visit of their wine cellar. In classical ambience with carefully considered details, the cellar keeps a rich variety of wines from world’s most renowned wine-growing regions, while special place is given to the wines produced by Slovenia’s best wine producers. Their excellent wines will stir your soul and heart. Spa treatments on your request.

Day 6: OTOČEC – POSTOJNA CAVE – ROVINJ – OPATIJA (breakfast)
Breakfast. Drive to Postojna cave and visit probably the most extensive caves in Europe. This is definitely one of the highlights of the tour. Cave in which you enter by train is full of stalagmites and stalactites and other karst wonders. But the biggest attraction is Human Fish, animal which lives only in this cave and nowhere else. After visit of Rovinj (approx. 2 hours), the most beloved town in Istria, a top sight in Croatia, and one of its most romantic spots. With its pastel-colored houses clustered together on steep winding streets and topped by a Venetian bell tower, you would think you were in Italy. After drive to Opatija (approx. 1,5 hours), fashionable and romantic Riviera town.

Day 7: OPATIJA  – PLITVICE – SPLIT (breakfast)
Breakfast. Then drive to National park Plitvice (approx. 3 hours) which is Unesco World Heritage Site. In Plitvice you will admire lakes and waterfalls. See 16 lakes of crystal clear water in many colorful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls. Then continue drive through scenic Croatian countryside to Split (approx. 4 hours), the biggest town on Adriatic coast with history longer than 2.000 years.

Day 8: SPLIT –  DUBROVNIK (breakfast)
Breakfast. In the morning tour in the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, one of the best preserved Roman ruins. See the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Dominius, converted into a Christian church from Diocletian’s mausoleum. Also see the Peristyle, the interior courtyard of the Roman complex with slender pillars. Visit substructions, Catherdral and the Baptistery of Split once the Temple of Jupiter.  Afternoon drive along beautiful Adriatic cost to Dubrovnik (approx. 3,5 hours).  Arrival to Pearl of the Adriatic late afternoon. Short walking tour to see Dubrovnik’s defensive walls and the main points of interest in and around the Square of the Loggia. View Orlando’s Column, the Clock Tower and the Sponza Palace with its Renaissance loggia and Venetian Gothic windows above it. Visit the Rector’s Palace and see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, dating back to 1317. Night in Dubrovnik.

Day 9: DUBROVNIK – EXCURSION TO MONTENEGRO – DUBROVNIK (breakfast)
Breakfast. Travel to the Republic of Montenegro. Head towards the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. See the little towns of Risan and Kotor. Then proceed to Cetinje, once the seat of Montenegrin rulers, today a city-museum. After the sightseeing in Cetinje, travel to the coast for a short stop in the villages of Sveti Stefan and Budva before returning to Dubrovnik. Night in Dubrovnik.

Day 10: TRANSPORT TO AIRPORT (breakfast)
Transfer to the airport.

PRICE:  On request

PRICE INCLUDE:
– hotel accomodation in twin rooms based on breakfasts and dinners,
– all transfers + tours + entrance fees,
– local guides
– basic SPA treatments

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
– personal costs,
– tips for local guides and driver
– international plane tickets
– special SPA treatments

 OTHER MEALS WILL BE INCLUDED AS PER YOUR REQUESTS.  

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