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Jewish Heritage of Croatia

Jewish Heritage of Croatia

$4595 per person
  • Discover traces of Jewish history in Slovenia, Croatia & Bosnia
  • Enjoy art, culture and local traditions of the region
  • Experience the charm of Ljubljana & natural beauty of Lake Bled
  • Admire baroque palaces in Zagreb & discover amazing Plitvice Lakes
  • Visit Split, island of Hvar and Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast
  • Explore Mostar and Jewish museum and gallery in Sarajevo

 

This journey discovers the traces of Jewish history of the region, but it also covers all of the must see locales such as Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Split, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Sarajevo & Mostar. Furthermore, it offers plenty of time to enjoy art, culture and local traditions.

What an amazing experience

Wow! We had an amazing time in Slovenia & Croatia. Everything went smoothly and we really enjoyed every minute of our vacation. Hotels were exactly what we like, guides and drivers were so friendly, personable and knowledgeable. Our guide in Ljubljana and Lake Bled was like a family to us. We never knew Croatia's wine was so good. Thank you for all of the wine tastings near Split in Hvar and Peljesac. We had an opportunity to meet with a wine maker that you arranged for us. I am attaching a few photos that I know use as my bragging rights with friends:) Thank you, Tom and everyone at Adriatic Luxury Journeys for taking such a great care of us and for offering us the best rate, too! We have already recommended you to many of our friends. Cheers, Irwin B.

Irwin B.

You have exceeded our expectations

We absolutely loved our private tour of Croatia and Montenegro! You have exceeded our expectations every step of the way! From luxury accommodations and rooms with best views, awesome drivers and guides, choice of local restaurants and menus…I simply don’t know where to stop. We learned so much about life and people there and we will cherish this wonderful experience for a very, very long time. We were sooo happy with your excellent itinerary design and coordination. Not having to spend long time in the mini bus each day was exactly what we needed, and your team delivered it all to the perfection! Thank you so much for planning such a thoughtful trip and for taking care of every single details for all six of us! Amanda, Thomas, Kathy, Dan, Jan & Todd

Amanda R
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Arrive Ljubljana

Arrival at Ljubljana airport. After a warm welcome by your tour director, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Ljubljana
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Ljubljana/Bled/Ljubljana

After breakfast, begin a full day of sightseeing in the company of your local expert including Ljubljana and Lake Bled. Experience the charm of the vibrant Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. Explore the baroque town building, the colorful farmer’s market, and discover the cathedral of St. Nicholas. Walk across Dragon Bridge, an Art Nouveau masterpiece adorned with dragons and symbol of Ljubljana. Then stroll beside the majestic Ljubljanica River, to the centrally located Presernov Trg. Find out about the first synagogue in Ljubljana that was mentioned in 1213. Jewish people settled in the area of Ljubljana located on the left bank of the Ljubljanica River. Visit the former Ghetto area and the Židovska ulica (“Jewish Street”) and Židovska steza (“Jewish Lane”), which now occupy the area, and are still reminiscent of that period. We continue towards beautiful Bled, superbly located in the Alps. Enjoy a “pletna” boat ride to St. Mary’s Island. And while there, we will admire the renowned church that was built into the rock of this small island. We’ll climb up ninety-nine steps to reach the lake’s highest point and to experience other spectacular views. If you still have energy remaining, do not forget to ring the church’s “wishing bell,” which is rumored to bring everyone good luck! Afterwards, we will return to our beautiful hotel for overnight stay. Overnight in Ljubljana, (B)  
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Ljubljana/Maribor/Zagreb

Morning departure for Maribor, a cultural and economic center of north-eastern Slovenia. We will explore Maribor in the company of your local expert and its rich Jewish history, as this city housed a large Jewish Community. Historic town center of Maribor is marked by the Austrian influence. Major attractions in Maribor are grouped around its three main squares: Grajski trg (Castle square), Slomškov trg (Slomšek square) and Glavni trg (Main square), and in Lent, the old river port. Maribor’s synagogue was first mentioned in the year 1429, but for sure it was built earlier on. Occasionally it served as the seat of the supreme rabbinate for Štajerska, which concludes that there was a Jewish community here. In 1501 the synagogue was consecrated as Catholic Church and called All Saints. After 1785 it was turned into and used as warehouse. Next to the synagogue once stood the rabbi’s house, a Talmud school and a graveyard, and down by the river Drava a ceremonial bathing place. Afternoon departure to the Croatian capital Zagreb. Overnight in Zagreb, (B)  
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Zagreb

Zagreb is a charming Central European city located on the intersection of several strategically important routes between the Adriatic Coast and Central Europe, and thus offers a perfect blend of several historical periods. Enjoy the walking tour of the elegant downtown area abundant with historical palaces, parks and fountains. From the lively Trg Jelacica Square continue to the Upper Town and the charming neighborhood of Kaptol. This medieval and bohemian part of the city is famous for its daily fresh open air market and colorful streets filled with chic boutiques and cafes. Next, see the St. Mark’s church with its characteristic multicolored roof, said to be the most photographed building in the city. Later, drive past the Parliament to the Jewish Community Center, the center of most Jewish activities in the city. Here you will find the synagogue, kindergarten and schools, nursing homes and a Holocaust research center. Later, return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Zagreb, (B)
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Zagreb/Plitvice/Split

This day is reserved for experiencing something completely astonishing – a visit to one of the world’s unique sites: The Plitvice National park. Listed on the UNESCO’s Heritage List, Plitvice Lakes will amaze you with spectacular scenery of natural beauty. The protected park consists of 16 pristine crystal blue lakes, connected via waterfalls or cascades, and surrounded by lush vegetation. Enjoy the boat ride and hike in this peaceful environment and free time for optional lunch at a restaurant overlooking the lakes. Overnight in Split, (B)
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Split/Hvar/Split

We will catch a glimpse of paradise as our boat approaches the amazing island of Hvar. This sunniest place in Europe has the largest island town square on both sides of the Adriatic, and one of the first communal theaters in Europe, built in 1612, called the Arsenal. There is also the famous “Tvrdalj” Palace of Petar Hektorović, not to be missed. Here the only question to be answered is whether Hvar captivates you more with its indelible history and art or grabs you with the indelible beauty of nature that imbues the island and is enhanced with the pure fragrance of lavender. Our local expert will guide you along your tour of both the town of Hvar and around the entire island. And to complete your stunning island experience, we will subject you to sampling some of Hvar’s delicious island cuisine. In late afternoon we board the boat and head back to Split. Overnight in Split (B)
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Split/Sarajevo

In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of the historic town of Split which is the largest city along the Adriatic coast. Its beauty captivated 4th Century Roman Emperor Diocletian, who built his palace here. So we begin our sightseeing tour of Split with a visit to this lofty palace. First, we walk the well-preserved ancient cellars; for here is where one can truly experience this magnificent palace. During the tour you will get acquainted with the former Ghetto next to the Diocletian Palace, Jupiter Temple, and several medieval and renaissance palaces. We continue with a visit to the Cathedral, which is considered to be one of the oldest in the world. The Cathedral was built on the remains of an ancient shrine. And across the Cathedral is the Temple of Jupiter, which today is used as a baptistery. After the tour, we continue to Sarajevo. Overnight in Sarajevo, (B)
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Sarajevo

We start the sightseeing tour of the beautiful Sarajevo with the Baščaršija square itself, famous fountain called Sebilj, and a whole story behind. Later we move on towards Kazandžiluk street (Coppersmith’s street), burned library – Vijećnica, and thorough explanation regarding the two distanced fortresses, Yellow and White bastion. Imperial mosque, Gazi Husref beys mosque complex, Gazi Husref beys bezistan, Clock tower, Madrassa, and few other spots around are places we do not miss. Just a few steps outside of Old Town we go and see Cathedral of Sacred Jesus Hearth, Jewish museum and gallery, being followed with Morića Han (only surviving Ottoman time Han – hostel in Sarajevo). Old Orthodox Church, one most uncommon in its design by being wider than longer, and built in some interesting manner, is also one of our goals. The tour continues with a short ride to the War tunnel where during the car ride you will be introduced to the origins of the Balkans conflict, for gaining the better understanding of the Aggression of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Sarajevo Siege. Overnight in Sarajevo, (B)
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Sarajevo/Mostar/Dubrovnik

En route to Dubrovnik, we take you to Mostar, a city of poetry and of stone and narrow streets. This is the city where a traveler from the north feels the first breeze of Mediterranean air, which is imbued with scents of citrus and sea. It is unlike the traveler from the south who is destined to reach and experience his first glimpse of the continent beyond. No matter, the town is exceptional for its unique dwellings and proud monuments. They have been harmoniously assembled over many centuries, thanks mainly to favorable geographical conditions and sound economic climate. Here, you will visit uncommon city sights, including the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House, and any of the many old Mosques. After this guided tour of Mostar, you will have some free time for a long pleasant stroll. It will be among the many old craft shops, choice boutiques and antique stores. And then time out for lunch in any of the many picturesque local restaurants. Overnight in Dubrovnik, (B)
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Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik will mesmerize you on every step of your walking tour! Visit and adore its medieval and renaissance streets and squares. Start your explorations at the Onofrio’s Fountain, which once upon a time served as the main water supply for the town. Continue with a Dubrovnik Jewish Tour in the former Ghetto and visit one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. From there, continue via Palaces and medieval house to the port. Afternoon at leisure for you to relish the pearl of the Adriatic on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik, (B)
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Depart Dubrovnik

Morning transfer to the airport.
YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES
  • Experienced English speaking driver/escort throughout the trip as per itinerary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned sedan at your disposal as per itinerary
  • Private sightseeing tour of Ljubljana with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Private sightseeing tour of Bled with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Private sightseeing tour of Maribor with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Private sightseeing tour of Zagreb with a with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Private sightseeing tour of Hvar Island including wine tasting with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Private sightseeing tour of Split with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Private sightseeing tour of Sarajevo with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Private sightseeing tour of Mostar with a professional English-speaking local guide
  • Private sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik with professional English-speaking local guide
  • VAT

HOTELS
  • Ljubljana, Hotel Lev, 2 nights, breakfast
  • Zagreb, Hotel Esplanade, 2 nights, breakfast
  • Split, Hotel Atrium, 2 nights, breakfast
  • Sarajevo, Hotel Bristol, 2 nights, breakfast
  • Dubrovnik, Hotel Rixos, 2 nights, breakfast

NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare, tips, drinks, telephone charges and incidentals
  • Anything else not mentioned in the inclusion
  • €1 – €3.5 tourist tax per person per day, drinks, telephone charges and incidentals
 
DATES
SEASON INovember 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022
SEASON IIApril 1 – May 10 & October 1 – October 31, 2022
SEASON IIIMay 11 – September 30, 2022
Rates are in US dollars.
 
PRICES (per person based on double/twin occupancy)
Rate Per Person
SEASON IFrom $4,595
SEASON IIFrom $4,795
SEASON IIIFrom $4,995
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