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Croatia, April 2019

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CROATIA, Pearl of the Adriatic, April 2019

Departure date is April 18, 2019 for 11 days, 9 nights accommodations with sightseeing, meals and round trip airfare from DFW.
Optional extension April 28 - 30, 2019 to Venice, Italy - 3 days, 2 nights

Welcome to Croatia! A land whose rich cultural heritage is not only discovered from within the walls of numerous museums, galleries and churches, many of which today are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, but by walking the narrow white stone streets and alleys, leading to the port towns or climbing the path of fairy-like fortresses and castles. Even the shortest stroll becomes a journey down to a thousand year old staircase, which takes one through the glorious history of Croatia's Mediterranean towns. Croatia has experienced Roman, Venetian, Italian and Hungarian rule and has a unique identity. In Croatia, you will find a strong central European flavor in the baroque archituecture of its cities and an Italian style devoted to the good life that permeates Croatian food and style. Along its endless coastline, a glistening sea winds around rocky coves, lapping at pine-fringed beaches. Croatian ports bustle with fishermen while children dive into the sparkling water. In Dalmatia, cities throb with nightlife amid ancient architecture. Yachts glide up the coast, past islands favored by international celebrities on toward Dubrovnik, the puse of modern Croatia. Experience the timeless charm of Rovinj Island, take in the wines at Salona and visit Split for a breathtaking dose of history. You are also close enough to tour the neighboring country of Montenegro for a taste of their culture as well. Come join us on the Croastian adventure, which will stay close to your heart for years to come!

RESERVATION FORM WITH ITINERARY

For more information contact: 
Jet Vacations - ops@jetvacations.com / 855-538-0999
Fort Worth Chamber Travel Program:
Monta Noe - mnoe@fortworthchamber.com / 817-338-3331
Marilyn Gilbert - mgilbert@fortworthchamber.com / 817-338-3330

PRICING:

Main trip, April 18-28
Chamber member $3,795 per person double occupancy
Non-member $3,895 per person double occupancy
Single occupancy room, add $545 (limited availability)
Optional excursion, during main trip, to Elaphite Islands: $95 per person

Optional Extension, April 28-30 to Venice, Italy (3 days, 2 nights): $795 per person double occupancy (single room occupancy, add $345)
Optional excursion, during extension, to Murano-Burano-Torcello Islands: $75 per person

CROATIA INCLUDED FEATURES:

  • Round-trip air transportation from Fort Worth (DFW). Fuel surcharges and air taxes are included (valid at time of printing).
  • First class hotel accommodations in Kotor (TBA) (two nights); Lapad Hotel in Dubrovnik (three nights); President Hotel in Split (two nights) and Hotel Adriatic in Opatija (two nights) or similar including hotels’ tax and service charges.
  • Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch in Cetinje; 1 truffle tasting-wine tasting and light lunch, 1 olive oil and wine tasting with light lunch, 3 dinners. (1/2 bottle of mineral water and ¼ bottle of wine person during lunches and dinners)
  • Porterage at the hotels (based on one bag per person)
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation for all transfers, tours and guided excursions.
  • Airport transfers with English-speaking assistant
  • Services of a professional tour director throughout the program and English speaking local guides.
  • Half day guided tour of Kotar and Perast to visit Our Lady of the Rocks
  • Full day guided tour of Njegusi - Cetinje
  • Half day guided tour of Dubrovnik including entrance fee of Franciscan Monastery, Church of Saint Blaise with treasury
  • Half day guided tour of Split including entrance fee of Mestrovic gallery  / museum, Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Temple of Jupiter
  • Half day guided tour to Plitvice Lakes National Park including entrance fee of National park
  • Full day guided tour of Motovun, Livad, Rovinj

 VENICE INCLUDED FEATURES:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation for all transfers
  • First class hotel accommodations in Venice (TBA) (two nights);
  • Services of a professional tour guide and airport transfers with English-speaking assistant
  • Half day guided tour of Venice

 EXCLUSIONS

  • Meals and beverage not mentioned in itinerary
  • Personal expenses (Mini bar – Laundry – Phones –etc.)
  • Tips for guides, Assistants and Drivers.
  • Travel Insurance

ITINERARY

Day 1 – April 18, 2019: U.S.: Depart from U.S. for your flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Day 2 - April 19, 2019: Arrival in Dubrovnik airport, Croatia.  A Jet Vacations’ representative will personally greet you and arrange your transfer to your hotel in Kotor. Welcome dinner and overnight at your hotel in Kotor, Montenegro. (Dinner)

Day 3 – April 20, 2019: Kotor / Njegusi / Cetinje: After breakfast, travel to the traditional folk village of Njegusi for a visit of the village where great Montenegrin spiritual and poet Njegos was born. Then transfer to the old Royal Capital of Cetinje and discover secrets and legends of Montenegrin Royalty. You will visit King Nikola Museum and Cetinje Monastery, very important religious and historical center of Montenegro. The Monastery treasures two great Christian relics: the hand of Saint John the Baptist and a piece of the Holy Cross.  A lunch will be organized and a taste of traditional ham and cheese. Rest of the day in Cetinje and dinner on your own. Overnight in Kotor. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4 - April 21 2019: Kotor / Perast / Dubrovnik: After breakfast, enjoy a guided visit of the fortified UNESCO town of Kotor.  The town was first mentioned in 168 BC, and was settled during Ancient Roman times, when it was known as Acruvium.  Kotor has one of the best-preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is home to several sights of interest, including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, and the ancient walls, which stretch for 3 miles on the steep hillside directly above the city.  After lunch on your own, sail to the island of Perast to visit Our Lady of the Rocks.  The island's original church was built in the mid-15th century and was of modest proportions. Over the centuries, the "island" was constantly enlarged and reinforced by both deposits of stones and scuttled sailing ships until it provided a sufficient base for a bolder architectural undertaking. Most of the present-day church was erected after the great earthquake of 1667 when the original sanctuary was destroyed. It is a single-nave, modestly proportioned church in the Byzantine style. An octagonal 11m domed presbytery and a bell tower were added circa 1725. These gave the Our Lady of the Rock the distinctive baroque appearance that can be seen today. The church of Our Lady of the Rock also possesses a museum with rich collection of stone monuments.  This afternoon continue to Dubrovnik, Croatia. “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik” - George Bernard Shaw.  Panoramic drive for a magnificent view over the city with Lokrum Island and the Elaphite islands in the distance. This city of glorious past was the seat of a small but powerful state, the Dubrovnik Republic, which maintained its independence for 450 years. Overnight Dubrovnik (Breakfast)

Day 5 – April 22, 2019: Dubrovnik: After breakfast and a relaxed morning, tour the city. Encircled by its powerful walls and fortresses, it looks like a precious jewel surrounded by the sea from all sides. The town is also a treasure trove of wonderful architecture and works of art, jealously kept and preserved over centuries. Our walking tour takes us to Stradun, an elegant main street featuring the Onofrio`s Fountains, Franciscan Monastery with the ancient pharmacy, the Dominican Monastery with it's fine collection of medieval paintings, Orlando`s Column, Church of St Blaise-the city’s patron saint, and finally, the Cathedral with its famous Treasury and other sights.  Rest of the afternoon and dinner on your own. Overnight Dubrovnik (Breakfast) 

Day 6 – April 23, 2019: Dubrovnik / Optional Excursion to Elaphite Islands ($95 / per person): Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at leisure to explore Dubrovnik or enjoy an optional excursion to Elaphiti Islands. After breakfast transfer by bus to Gruz port and full day excursion by boat to Elaphiti islands. The Elafiti islands are an island cluster near Dubrovnik, named after the Greek word elaphos meaning deer. Even though deer do not inhabit the island today; the islands are truly a typical example of a unique coastal area - green, with gardens full of oranges and lemons and lovely seashore landscapes, charming and picturesque villages with harmonious architecture of summer manors; old seaman´s houses and little votive churches. The pleasant full day cruise will take you to three most beautiful islands of The Elaphite Archipelago – Kolocep, Sipan and Lopud.  During the cruise, we will stop on each island so you can enjoy their outstanding beauty and historical sites. Late in the afternoon return to Gruz and back to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Dubrovnik. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 – April 24, 2019: Dubrovnik / Malistone / Split: Check out of the hotel and depart to Split. Drive along the picturesque coastline to the very small town on the Pelješac peninsula with an immense historical heritage, the town of Ston. Ston is predominantly known as the “oyster capital” of Croatia. Oysters have been cultivated near Dubrovnik, in the seabed of Mali Ston Bay, since ancient times and consumed in honor of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, said to have been born from a shell. Join our hosts for a boat ride among the oyster beds and find out how the oysters are cultivated. Included: Welcome drink & dried figs on boat, visit shellfish farm, oysters and mussels tasting on the boat with a glass of house wine & mineral water. Free time for lunch in one of the beautiful local seafood restaurants. After lunch, continue directly to Split. Rest of the afternoon and dinner on your own. Overnight in Split. (Breakfast)

Day 8 – April 25, 2019: Split: Breakfast at the hotel followed by a morning city tour of Split with local guide. Transfer by bus to Mestrovic gallery, an art museum, where you’ll see a comprehensive, well-arranged collection of works by Ivan Meštrović, famous Croatian sculptor and architect. Although Meštrović intended to retire here, he immigrated to the USA soon after WWII. The largest collection of Mestrovic's works from all of his phases is deposited in the gallery. Bronze sculptures are on display in the park. Artworks out of marble, stone, wood, bronze, oil paintings and an assortment of drawings are on display in the halls of the gallery. Transfer back to the town’s center and continue with a city tour of Split. Visit the Diocletian's Palace, ancient Roman ruins, temple of Jupiter, St Duje’s Cathedral, Diocletian cells, Golden and Silver gate, Perystile, Marko Marulic’s square, Prokurative and more. The tour ends with an olive oil and wine tasting at one of Split’s small olive oil bars, with includes a light lunch. Free afternoon and evening strolling around the living Palace of Split. Overnight in Split. (Breakfast, Light lunch) 

Day 9 – April 26, 2019: Split / Plitvice Lakes / Opatija: After breakfast at the hotel, depart south toward Plitvice Lakes National Park, a magical world of lakes, forests and waterfalls. Situated in a thick forest, Plitvice Lakes are considered one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world. Sixteen lakes, connected by 92 waterfalls, cascade through its picturesque surrounding.  A half day to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder, which is under UNESCO protections. The park's attractions also include several caves and a great variety of flora and fauna. Enjoy a walking guided tour of the park, including a boat ride. Continue to Opatija.  Dinner at your hotel in Opatija. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10 – April 27, 2019: Opatija / Motovun / Rovinj / Opatija: After breakfast at the hotel, discover Istria, featuring an exceptional portfolio of green countryside of vine groves, medieval towns and villages, charming little ports along the coast, superb beaches, blue seas and hidden treasures.  We will visit Motovun, an ancient Istrian town located on the top of  277 meter high hill, whose appearance today originates from the Middle Ages, from the 12th and 13 century.  Motovun is surrounded with vineyards, which are famous for great wines, Teran and Malvasia, while Motovunforest, which extends miles down the Mirna valley, has habitats famous underground mushrooms - white truffle. Participate in a truffle tasting and light lunch organized in a famous local restaurant near Livade. Continue to Rovinj, the jewel in the crown of Istria. Once you step through the Balbi Arch and enter the old town, you will find yourselves in a different time. All its lovely little streets will take you to the top of a small hill, where you will find the biggest and most significant monument in town - the church of St. Euphemia. This baroque building made in Venetian style was dedicated to the saint and martyr whose sarcophagus, according to a legend, was miraculously washed ashore somewhere around 800A.D. Late in the afternoon return to Opatija. Rest of the evening and dinner on your own. Overnight in Opatija.  (Breakfast, farewell lunch)

Day 11 April 28, 2019: Opatija / Venice / U.S.: After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back home or on to your Venice extension trip. (Breakfast)

VENICE 3 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS EXTENSION

Day 11 April 28, 2019: Opatija / Venice: After breakfast, drive to Venice. Check into your hotel and enjoy a tour of Venice “La Serenissima”. Venice is a magical tapestry of Renaissance buildings perched on narrow canals with sleek gondolas gliding silently beneath ornate bridges that will leave you breathless. Transfer to your hotel centrally located. After check in, meet with your expert local guide for a guided walking tour starting from Piazza San Marco. See the majestic Doge’s Palace, visit St. Mark’s Basilica, a marble and golden fantasy and one of the most gorgeous containers ever built to display the relics of a saint. After our classical introduction, we will continue to a gastronomic tour of Venice that will introduce you to one of the city’s most typical OSTERIA, a traditional place where you can drink a good glass of wine (ombra) and eat some delicious snacks CHICHETI.  The Ombre e Cichetti light dinner will introduce you to life in Venice and Venetians from less common perspective, in fact you can taste typical traditional Venetian food and drink Italian wine among locals. (Light Dinner)

Day 12 April 29, 2019: Venice: Today is a day at leisure to explore Venice on your own or you may also participate in an optional tour of the islands of Murano – Burano - Torccello (cost $75 per person). To continue your discovery of this beautiful city, you may want to explore the famous Lagoon islands, visit Murano - the biggest island famous for its glassworks, Burano - famous for its painted houses and buildings and for its lace works, and Torcello - the smallest and richest of the three islands. You might have a chance to take an optional Gondola ride, along the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge & many wonderful sights of this magnificent city.  (Breakfast)

Day 13 April 30, 2019: Venice / U.S.: After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back home to the U.S. (Breakfast)