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Pearls of Dalmatia: Dubrovnik & the Island of Hvar 2025

August 23 - September 06, 2025
Length: 15 days
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Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

Operated by Odysseys Unlimited

Tour Highlights

  • A tour of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, reveals a gracious city of culture and hospitality, including its historic Old Town and colorful open-air market.
  • Spend two nights in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, a friendly city boasting romantic bridges, pedestrian zones, and abundant parkland.
  • During an outing to lovely Bled, tour its castle and take a boat ride on its fairytale lake.
  • Explore the depths of Postojna Cave by electric train.
  • Continue on to charming Opatija, once royalty’s seaside escape, for a three-night stay.
  • During a daylong tour discover the Istrian Peninsula’s fascinating history and distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere.
  • Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO site, known for its turquoise-colored lakes.
  • Visit picturesque Split and tour the imposing ruins of 3rd-century Diocletian’s Palace, another UNESCO site.
  • Spend two nights in Venetian-tinged Hvar Town on the island of Hvar, “queen” of the Dalmatian islands.
  • Take a walking tour of Stari Grad, one of Croatia’s oldest cities, and enjoy a tasting at a local winery.
  • End your tour in treasured Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” with a three-night stay.
  • Enjoy a small group highlight as a dinner guest in a local family’s home.
  • Experience the charms of the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro on an optional 4- day/3-night post-tour extension.

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