Croacia, Italia y Sicilia Fin Palermo

Duration

18 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Zagreb

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Zagreb, Croacia; ; Sarajevo; Mostar; Medjugorje; Dubrovnik, Dalmacia; Split; Plitvice, Plitvicka; Opatija; Postojna, Notranjska; Bled; Ljubljana; Venice, Véneto; Ravenna; Assisi; Rome; Naples; Capri; Sorrento; Salerno, Salerno; Paola; Messina; Taormina, Sicily; Siracusa; Noto; Agrigento; Marsala, Sicily; Erice; Palermo, Sicily Island

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Europamundo or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

IMPORTANT: If you had additional nights upon arrival the hotel will have your reservation, but his travel guide normally will not be until the night before the start of the tour.

Day

Zagreb - If you start your trip in Zagreb: Our guide will arrive in the city of Zagreb on Wednesday about 15.00 hrs. Free time until the arrival of our guide. 

15.00hrs- In order to participate in the panoramic tou r of the city please be at the hotel reception.

16:00 hrs . - Zagreb. From the hotel, panoramic tour of Zagreb with local guide, we can admire its two hills, the old quarter, the upper city and the new neighborhoods of the Croatian capital. The visit will last about two hours.

You will then have free time. Dinner included.

Total distance: 415 km
Landscapes: Mountains, ancient castles.
Note:   Bring your pasport, we will go to Bosnia. Sometimes this journey may suffer delays due to traffic density or border delays.

07:30 hrs. - Zagreb - Departure. We travel to Bosnia. Areas of hills and forests in the center of Croatia.
09:30 hrs.-    Border crossing procedures entering Bosnia (sometimes they can be delayed). 

We travel through the region where the ruined houses tell us about the war and ethnic conflict in Bosnia in the 1990s. We cross Doboj , the former provincial capital where Orthodox, Muslims, Christians and Jews used to live together. Time for lunch.

13:30 hrs.- Maglaj .- Arrival, picturesque small town dominated by its castle. Time for a walk.

14:15 hrs.- Maglaj- departure.
16:30 hrs.- Sarajevo - Arrival. We include a panoramic city tour with local guide. We will talk about the conflict that existed in Bosnia and Sarajevo, we will walk through the historical center with strong Turkish influence (its bazaars, its mosques). We will also know the  Tunnel of Life that saved the city during the siege (according to arrival time, this place can be visited on Friday before leaving for Mostar).
Dinner included .

Total distance: 315 km.

Scenery: Beautiful landscapes all the stage: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, picturesque villages en route. Arrival in Dubrovnik with beautiful seascapes.

Notes: Carry your passport, today we go to Croatia. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for visits and the walk in Kravice.

08.30 hrs. - Sarajevo - Departure. Very beautiful landscapes between mountains and valleys.
11.00 hrs.- Mostar .- Free time to stroll and have lunch in this very picturesque city, its streets are full of commercial life and small restaurants. The high stone bridge separated the Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim communities.
14.00 hrs.- Departure. Just 20 km away you will find:
14.30 hrs.- Medjugorge.- Arrival. A place where thousands of Catholic pilgrims come. They believe that the Virgin Mary continues to appear on the top of the mountain. Time to walk next to its main church and urban center.

16.00 hrs. - Medjugorge - departure.
16.30 hrs - Arrival in Bosnia to Kravice, breathtaking waterfalls 25/30 m high whose walls form vertical gardens surrounded by greenery and where people of Dubrovnik or Mostar usually go to bathe and relax for a picnic.
17.15 hrs- Kravice, Departure to Croatia. Very beautiful coastal scenery.
19.45 hrs- Dubrovnik- Arrival.- Dinner included.

Dubrovnik - In the morning we begin with a tour with the local guide of the city of Dubrovnik; We are undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: hanging on a rock, surrounded by walls, by the Adriatic Sea. We start including the climb by cable car.  From the top of the mountains we can admire the best views of the City. After that, we will walk to know its historic center, a jewel of the world´s architectural heritage. In the visit, we include the entrances to the Franciscan Monastery which holds the oldest pharmacy in Europe; Entrance also included to the cathedral of Dubrovnik and the Palace of Sponza .

Free afternoon.
Return at the end of the afternoon to our hotel . Dinner included.


Note:   Due to weather or maintenance, sometimes the cable car does not operate, in these cases we will offer entrance to the walls of Dubrovnik where you will also have fantastic views of the city and the bay.


Total distance: 220 km.

Scenery: Beautiful coastal landscapes on the Dalmatian coast.


08:30 hrs. - Dubrovnik. Today´s stage will be exciting. Landscapes of great beauty following the Dalmatian coast.
13:00 hrs. - Split -. Free time for lunch.
14: 00/14: 30 hrs . - Included v isit with local guide of this impressive city that emphasizes the immense Palace of Diocletian (entrance included) . We will know the Roman period palace, the alleys of the center, the views over the sea. Duration of the visit about two and a half hours.
Free time later to walk.
Dinner included and accommodation.

Total distance: 450 km.

Scenery: Varied, mountains, lakes, plateaus.
Note : Wear comfortable shoes, you will need them in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. We also recommend you to wear warm clothing.


08:00 hrs. - Split-Departure. We travel to the north of Croatia following the coast.
11:30 hrs. - Plitvice Lakes National Park, s ite declared World Heritage by Unesco; Entrance included to the park where you will be able to admire its lakes. The entrance gives you the right to use the boats of the park to approach the falls or, if you prefer,  the inner train to approach the most picturesque places. Time to visit and have lunch.

15:00 hrs. - Plitvice National Park - Departure - We continue to the north.
18:15 hrs. - Opatija. Elegant Croatian coastal town that followed the tourist line of the Côte D´Azur or the Italian Riviera. Dinner and accommodation.

Note: i n exceptional circumstances, either for meteorological reasons or tourist density, it may not be possible or advisable to use the train or boat in Plitvice.

Total Distance: 230 Km.
Scenery: Very different from those of previous days: alpine type, with forests, high peaks and lakes.
Note: Carry your passport, it will be required when you pass to Slovenia. Wear a jacket for Postojna where there may be a strong temperature difference between the inside and the ouside of the cave.

07.30 hrs.- Opatija -departure. We leave to Slovenia. Mountains covered with forests, picturesque villages along the route.
09.30 hrs- Postojna-Arrival . We will know one of the world´s biggest and most visited caves in Europe with more than 20 km of galleries and lounges. We will visit it partially in an enabled tourist train where we will travel 3 km of its natural universe of stalactites and stalagmites (entrance and train ticket included).


11.00 hrs- Postojna, exit.
12.30 hrs. - Bled. Between mountains and forests, on the edge of the lake, a very beautiful Slovenian enclave on the shore of a lake in the middle of which there is an islet where the bell tower of a monastery stands out at the foot of a medieval castle.  We include a boat trip around Bled’s lake  and a visit of the monastery on the islet. 
Time for lunch in the tourist town of Bled.-

15.30 hrs. Bled-departure.
16.30 hrs. - Ljubljana - Arrival - Time to visit the small capital of Slovenia, a beautiful central European city, meeting point throughout the history of Slavs, Germanic and Mediterranean. It emphasizes its castle. We make a two hours visit with local guide that will make us know the peculiarities of this small country and its capital.
Dinner included and accommodation.

Note:  During winter, in order to be able to visit Ljubljana during the daylight hours, this may take place before departure to Maribor.

Distancia total realizada: 240 km.
 
Paisajes: Paisajes mediterráneos. 
NOTA: Lleve el pasaporte a mano, entramos en Italia. En ocasiones pueden existir retrasos en la hora de llegada derivados de aglomeraciones en las fronteras.- 

Tiempo libre para conocer la pequeña capital de Eslovenia, hermosa ciudad centro europea punto de encuentro a lo largo de la historia de eslavos, germanos y mediterráneos. Destaca su castillo. 
16:30 hrs. - Ljubljana –salida-. Tras seguir montañas cubiertas por densos bosques llegamos al Adriático entrando en Italia. 
20:00 hrs. – Venecia –Llegada-. Alojamiento en la zona de Mestre.

Venecia - Visita panorámica. Por la mañana sobre las 08:30 hrs. se sale del hotel para efectuar visita de Venecia. En barco nos desplazamos hacia la zona de San Marcos y con guía local conocemos su entorno; caminamos entorno a la Plaza de San Marcos: Basílica, Campanile...; Conocemos también una popular fábrica de cristal de Murano donde podremos admirar la técnica del trabajo sobre cristal. Los pasajeros en media pensión tienen el almuerzo incluido.
Tarde libre. Opcionalmente podrá realizar un paseo en góndolas.
18.30hrs.- Traslado de regreso al hotel desde el área de San Marcos.

Free day.

Total distance: 300 km.

Landscapes:  Very beautiful landscapes in the bay of Naples and Sorrento.
Notes: As we will take some boats, we suggest you to take some warm clothes. Do not forget to take the camera as landscapes are of great beauty. For climatic reasons, sometimes the ships that connect Naples with Capri or Sorrento do not operate; in these cases, the route would be modified arriving to Sorrento by road and visiting Amalfi instead of Capri.

07.30 hrs- An early start in Rome, to travel to the south of Italy. 
11.00 hrs. - We pass through  NAPLES  where we embark ( boat ticket included) for the ISLAND OF CAPRI (estimated departure at 11.35hrs in a 50 minutes cruise with very beautiful landscapes) ;
 
12.45 hrs.-CAPRI - if you wish, you can take a launch to the White Grotto or take a trip on the cable car to Capri capital. Free time.

16.20 hrs- Capri- Departure.  we will board once more and continue to Sorrento (schedule might be modified)
17.15 hrs-    SORRENTO , arrival to this  town full of charm and tourist life at the foot of the cliff. Time to stroll. 

18.30 hrs- Sorrento departure. We continue to the Gulf of Salerno. 
20.15 hrs- Salerno. Arrival.  Dinner included  .

Note: During the winter months, schedules will be modified (leaving Naples earlier) in order to take advance of sunlight.

Total Distance:  475 km.

Landscapes:  Mountains, sea, villages en route.
Note: We recommend you to take warm clothes to enjoy the crossing on the ferry between the Italian Peninsula and Sicily.

07.30 hrs- Salerno. Departure. We travel to the south of ¨the boot¨. Attractive southern Italian scenery as we cross the Cilento National Park. 

11.30 hrs- We arrive in  PAOLA , on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea, we visit the  sanctuary of St Francis of Paola  and we have free time for lunch in its pretty historic centre. 

14.00 hrs- We go on our way to  VILLA SAINT GIOVANNI  where at around 16.30 hrs we take a 20 minutes short ferry crossing to the island of  SICILY . 

17.30 hrs- Arrival in  MESSINA  where we will have time for a stroll in the center of this great city, our meeting with the island of Sicily.


18.30 hrs.- Messina, departure. 
19.30 hrs- TAORMINA. Arrival. Dinner included.  

NB:  Accommodation in the “region of Taormina”, the accommodation may sometimes be in Messina.

Free day on your own to enjoy the very little beautiful city of TAORMINA at the foot of the  Etna volcano. Taormina was defined by Churchill as the prettiest place on earth. Time to stroll around the ancient city centre full of life, its Greek theatre overlooking unforgettable scenery. You can also enjoy the beach.  Dinner included.

Total distance: 350 km.

Landscapes:  Hills, hanging villages, olive trees, views over the sea.


08.30 hrs- Taormina, departure. Very beautiful landscapes following the Mediterranean.

10.30 hrs.- SYRACUSE , Arrival to this city which for a time rivalled Athens and Rome for its power and splendour. In addition to its impressive archaeological site,  you have time to visit its magnificent historic centre  and  lose yourself walking through the narrow streets. Time for lunch. 

14.00 hrs- Syracuse. Departure.
14.45 hrs.- NOTO , arrival to this small city that seems to have stopped in time, the Baroque jewel of Sicily. Walk with our guide through this as yet almost undiscovered city at a touristic level that preserves a monumental heritage.

16.30 hres- Noto. Departure. Small roads in the interior part of the island.
20.00 hrs.- AGRIGENTO .- Arrival . In the coach we see the magnificent temple complex.  Dinner included. 

Total distance:  300 km.


Today we know arechaeological sites that remind us the importance of the ancient Greece in Sicily.  With a local guide we visit the  Valley of the Temples,  an impressive archaeological site considered the most complete complex of Greek temples  (ticket not included) . 

11.00 hrs.- Agrigento.- Departure.
13.00 hrs-   MARSALA,  arrival to a historic city with a lot of atmosphere and a famous wine, and time for lunch. 

15.30 hrs.- Marsala departure.- We go on around the Marsala salt marshes.
16.15 hrs.- ERICE , a very picturesque Phoenician town perched at the top of a hill and overlooking the sea. Time to stroll. 

17.15 hrs.- Erice- Departure. 
19.00 hrs- PALERMO. arrival and Dinner included .

Total distance:  40 km
Note:  Don´t forget to prepare a small bag for the night cruise. The bulky luggage will remain tonight in the bus depot.

09.00 hrs.- After breakfast,  city tour of PALERMO . The Sicilian capital is a city full of contrasts. Stories of Arabs, Normans, the splendour of the Baroque period. We include a transfer to the beautiful village (now an outlying district of Palermo) of  MONREALE . one of the greatest examples of arab-norman architecture in Italy. The city of Palermo particularly stands out for the Palace of the Normans with its Palatine Chapel and Cathedral. After the visit free time in the area of  Teatro Massimo .

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