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15 Days  Highlights tour of Croatia, Slovenia & Israel  

        

   

This  tour is operated almost every month  Year round !!!

Arriving Croatia  on  Saturdays leaving Sunday  from Israel 

 
A guided tour in  Croatia & Slovenia a .Visit the highlights of the Holy land of Israel 

visit the  wonders cites of the  Adriatic sea with the  Holy cities of Israel 

Tour Route & Highlights

Zagreb, Dubrovnik,Split,  Trogir, Plitvice Lakes, SLOVENIA to Opatija, Postojna and Bled, Ljubljana and Zagreb.
Tel  Aviv , Masada & the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Jordan River , Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Upper Galilee, Golan Heights, zefad, Nazareth, Acre Carmel, Caesarea,

Optional add-ons:  Israel Italy Greece Monte Negro Macadonia Turkey & more
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SATURDAY

Zagreb -Dubrovnik

Upon arrival to  to Dubrovnik meet our representative and transfer to hotel  for  overnight.

 
SUNDAY

Dubrovnik 

 After breakfast  we shall start a  walking tour of "Old Dubrovnik": the Rector's Palace, Bell Tower Clock,Orlando's Column and the Sponza Palace. You will also see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. After the guided tour, the rest of the day is free to wander the streets at leisure. overnight in the hotel

 MONDAY

Split  

Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.  overnight in the hotel

 TUESDAY

Trogir and Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast, head to Trogir, nicknamed "The Stone Beauty", a center of   of artistic activities and history that attracts scholars from around the world to study and paint here. Then, turn inland and travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by  thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. overnight in a near by hotel.
 

WEDNESDAY

SLOVENIA to Opatija, Postojna and Bled

Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful bay of Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija.After some free time, journey north to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour the fantastic subterranean world by small electric train.   Afterwards, continue to Bled, the beautifully resort town set amidst the Julian Alpsovernight in the hotel.



THURSDAY

Bled

A sightseeing tour of Bled features the charming town of Bled and  Bled Castle, a picturesque white and red castle enclosed by a Romanesque wall with parapets, ramparts, and towers perched on a cliff high above the glacier lake.. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional activities, such as a visit to the small island in the middle of the lake either by pletna boat, which resembles a huge gondola or by renting a rowboat. overnight at the hotel
 

 

FRIDAY

Ljubljana and Zagreb

Drive to Lubljana for  walking tour of the city,  visit its most significant sights: 
Triple Bridge designed by Joze Plecnik, consists of three separate picturesque bridges square with the statue of Slovenian greatest poet France  Preeren.              From here, we cross the Ljubljanica river to visit Open Market and the Dragon Bridge, guarded by four detailed dragon statues from the city's coat-of-arms.  
then the City square with the Robba fountain and the city hall behind it.                continue to Croatia arriving Zagreb for overnight.

SATURDAY

Zagreb

after breakfast we will start with  walking tour :
Gornji grad, (Upper Town) and Donji grad (Lower Town), the cultural, religious, and commercial hubs of Zagreb. After the guided tour, take time off to wander through the old town or take a tour to the green parks surrounding Zagreb.

overnight in the hotel. 

SUNDAY

after breakfast transfer to the airport for departure flight to Israel

 

SUNDAY

Tel Aviv

Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv for  overnight.

 

MONDAY

Tel Aviv - Beersheva - Arad - Massada - Jerusalem 

Leave Tel Aviv to  - Beersheba. for  a short visit to the Negev capital and the site of Abraham's Well. Then via Arad to Mt. Massada which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, Visit the excavations, Herod's palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse and other buildings.   Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. 
Descend to the Dead  Sea, the lowest place on earth. Take a break near Ein Gedi for  a short swim or float in the  salty  mineral water.
Proceed to Jerusalem for overnight.

 

TUESDAY

Jerusalem - sightseeing of the new city

Drive to Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem.
Then  to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony.
 Visit  the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Visit the Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls and the model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem dating back to the time of the Second TempleDrive by the  Supreme Court  and Mt. Herzl.
Visit  “Yad Vashem”, the Holocaust Memorial . visit . Afternoon visit of the Hadassah Medical Center and the synagogue with the magnificent Marc Chagall stained glass windows, then drive through the quaint  village of Ein Karem - birth place of John the Baptist - to the  Hotel for overnight.

 

WEDNESDAY

Jerusalem - TheOld City and  Bethlehem*

Enter the Walled Old City by the Jaffa Gate through the Mamilla Arcade that hosts Arab and Jewish families and tourists strolling elbow to elbow through shops and art  exhibits. Within the city walk to the renewed Jewish Quarter; visit the Temple area, with its  last  remaining Western Wall (also called the Wailling wall);, walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Walk out of the old city of Jerusalem via the colorful bazaars; and drive to Bethlehem*  to visit Rachel  Tomb and the Church of the Nativity and return to Jerusalem for overnight.

 

THURSDAY

Jericho* -Jordan river - Tiberias - Galilee

Leave Jerusalem, driving via Bethany and  Jericho*, the oldest city in the world. Continue northward via the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to  Beit Shean. After a short  stop in Yardenit where you can walk into the Jordan river , proceed to the town Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning on the shores of the Sea of Galilee . Drive along the shores of the Lake to Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight.

 

FRIDAY

Upper Galilee - Golan Heights – Nazareth

Drive to the Golan Heights. Visit the former Syrian fortifications, Birkat Ram, and the Druze villages, Via Banias, source of the Jordan River. Proceed via Kiryat Shmone and the Hula Valley to Safed, city of the Kabala, to visit synagogues and the artists colony and then to Nazareth to visit the Christian Holy Sites. Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight.

 

SATURDAY

Acre - Haifa -Carmel -Tel Aviv

After Breakfast drive west to Acre for a visit of the famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continuefor a ightseeing tour of Haifa, including the Bahai Shrine, Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city. Proceed southwards to Caesarea to visit the Roman theater and the Crusader fortress. Continue south for a short city tour of Tel Aviv-Jaffa transfer for night flight back  home.                                                                     optional overnight in the hotel.

 

 

 

Croatia Slovenia information & history

 here is a diteld itinerary with history bckround for this tour for price and other info scrol down

 A Brief History : You don't have to read this, but the information will enhance your understanding and appreciation of  this beautiful city.
In Croatian, the city is known as Dubrovnik; in Italian as Ragusa. It was founded in ancient times probably by the Greeks.
After the Crusades, Ragusa came under the sovereignty of Venice. Between the 14th century and 1808, Ragusa ruled itself as a free state, reaching its peak in the 15th and 16th centuries, rivaling with   Venice and other Italian maritime republics.
It is interesting to note that the Republic was an early adopter of what are now regarded as modern laws and institutions: a medical service was introduced in 1301;  the first pharmacy, still operating to this day, was opened in 1317. An almshouse was opened in 1347, and the first quarantine hospital in 1377. Slave trading was abolished in 1418, and an orphanage opened in 1432. A 20 km water supply system was constructed in 1436.
Many Conversos, Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal, were attracted to the city. In May 1544, a ship landed there filled exclusively with Portuguese refugees, as Balthasar de Faria reported to King John.
The catastrophic earthquake of 1667 that killed over 5,000 citizens and leveled most of the public buildings, led to the  ruin of the Republic. In 1806, the city surrendered to Napoleon but after his fall the Dalmatian territories including Dubrovnik  were annexed to the Habsburg Empire.
With the fall of Austria–Hungary in 1918, the city was incorporated into the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes later  Yugoslavia. The name of the city was officially changed from Ragusa to Dubrovnik.
After World War II, the city became part of Communist Yugoslavia until 1991 when that state collapsed and the Republic of Croatia was declared. The "Bosnian War" followed, and Dubrovnik suffered artillery attacks that damaged some 50% of its historic buildings. The inflicted damage can be seen on a chart near the city gate, and is clearly visible from high points around the city in the form of the more brightly colored new roofs. Because of its well preserved cultural monuments, Dubrovnik is included in UNESCO's Register of World Architectural Heritage.
The Walk:
The City of Dubrovnik is encompassed by two kilometers of fortification walls with several towers and bastions, of which the best known is the Lovrijenac Tower on the west of the City, with an inscription in Latin above the entrance gate to the tower which reads,
"Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro"
(Liberty should not be sold even at the price of gold).
The Min?eta Tower is on the north-west side of the City, and the Revelin Tower on its east. The walls were built from the 13th to the 18th century, constantly added to and strengthened, without ever having to be used thanks to the skillful diplomacy of Dubrovnik.
We shall start our walk through The City by entering the Stradun , the biggest, longest and widest street in Dubrovnik. It is the commercial, entertainment and spiritual centre of the city, frequently celebrated in song by its ancient and modern poets
On the left, as we enter from the Pile Gate, there is the beautiful Renaissance church of the Holy Saviour (Sveti Spas), about which it is said that the women of Dubrovnik carried the stones for its erection and strengthened the mortar with milk and egg whites thus enabling it to withstand the 1667 earthquake.
On the right we can see a splendid polygonal fountain, called Onofrio's Large Fountain, named after its architect the engineer Onofrio de la Cavea of Naples. On the eastern end of the Stradun there is a second fountain, Onofrio's Small Fountain, carved by the sculptor Pietro di Martino.
Next to the church of the Holy Savior there is a small and narrow street through which one enters the Franciscan monastery which, like the Dominican monastery, the citizens erected immediately next to the entrances to the City for defense purposes. The cloister and a part of the atrium of this monastery which is called "Friars Minor", houses the pharmacy The slim double capitals in the shape of human and animal heads are especially noteworthy.

At the very end of Stradun, on its north-east side, stands the splendid  Sponza palace, built during

 

Split

Split  is situated on a peninsula between the eastern part of the Gulf of Ka?tela and the Split Channel. Two ridges separate it from the hinterland.  With close to half a million residents, Split is the second-largest city of Croatia.  It draws its name from the yellow spiny broom a common shrub in the area, after which the ancient Greek colony of Sp?lathos was named.
Despite its ancient history, the beginnings of Split are often connected to Diocletian's Palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian as a retirement palace in 305 AD. As we shall see when we tour the palace, it was constructed more like a fortress encompassing an area of close to 40,000 sqm. In fact, around 700 AD the palace was occupied by war refugees who converted it into a city –called Spalatum—that became the region's capital city. As the world's most complete remains of a Roman palace, it holds an outstanding place in Mediterranean, European and world heritage. The impressive peristyle, or columned inner courtyard is unique. Today the palace constitutes the inner core of the city, still inhabited, full of shops, markets, squares, with the ancient Cathedral of St. Duje inserted in the corridors and floors of the former palace.
The cathedral is named after Saint Duje patron saint of Split, martyred with seven other Christians in the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian. The Cathedral is composed of three different sections of different ages. The main part is Emperor Diocletian's mausoleum, built like the rest of the palace with white local limestone and marble of high quality. Later, in the 17th century a chorus was added to the eastern side of the mausoleum.
The beautiful Romanesque  Bell Tower was constructed in the year 1100 AD. Especially noteworthy are the wooden doors on Cathedral of St. Duje, made around 1220 containing 14 scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, separated by rich ornaments in wood. The Cathedral's treasury contains sacral art works from the 11th to the 19th century.
During medieval and early modern times, the whole region came under the influence and sometimes rule of Venice and the Venetian style can easily be discerned.
After the end of World War I and the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, the province of Dalmatia, along with Split, became a part of the Yugoslavia and its most  important port. After World War II, Split experienced its largest economic and demographic boom. The shipbuilding industry was particularly successful The Bosnian war in the 1990s caused economic recession. In the years following 2000, Split finally  started to develop again, with a focus on tourism. An example of the latest large city projects is the Spaladium Arena, built in 2009.


Trogir

(population 13,000) lies 27 kilometres west of Split. The historic city of Trogir is situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of ?iovo.
Trogir has a 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. Trogir is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex of Central Europe. Trogir's medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Trogir's grandest building is the church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a masterpiece by Radovan, and the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia. In 1997  it was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Tourism is the most important economic factor in the Trogir region, followed by the shipbuilding industry, agriculture and fishing.
We continue inland to

Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes National Park the largest national park in Croatia, world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of limestone, deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
Day 5, (Wed) SLOVENIA to Opatija, Postojna and Bled
Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful bay of Kvarner to its popular resort,

Opatija.
Opatija  is a popular summer and winter resort situated in the Gulf of Kvarner. The name probably derives from the Benedictine Abbey of St. James first mentioned in 1453 (Opatija = Abbey in Croatian). The town's modern history begins in 1844, when the rich merchant Iginio Scarpa  founded Villa Angiolina. Opatija soon became popular as an exclusive resort amongst the Austro-Hungarian royal family. Emperor Franz Josef himself was a regular visitor, frequently joined by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Leading cultural figures were drawn here too, including Playwright Anton Chekhov, composer Gustav Mahler, Nobel-prize-winning novelist Henryk Sienkiewicz and dancer Isadora Duncan. Opatija is also known for the Maiden with the seagull, a statue by Zvonko Car (1956),

Words on a page can hardly do justice to the majesty of Postojna. So far, more than 20 kms of galleries have been found and we shall tour through the most spectacular parts of the cave, by a little narrow-gauge train.    Formed over millions of years by the Pivka river, the cave was discovered in the 17th century, and opened as a tourist attraction in 1819, with Franz I, Emperor of Austria, among the first to visit.    Highlights of the cave include the enormous stalactites and stalagmites, and the quite sensational concert hall, which can (and does) hold 10,000 people.. Note that the temperature of the cave is a chilly 10 degrees Centigrade, so bring something warm.

Ljubljana

 Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia.
Lubljana started out as a marsh dweller's hamlet. It has had a turbulent history of wars, migrations, religious conversion and several earthquakes  which account for the heterogeneous architectural styles. Today Lubljana has a population of approximately 300,000 people.
We shall take a walking tour of the city, to visit its most significant sights:
  Triple Bridge designed by Jo?e Ple?nik, consists of three separate picturesque bridges located next to one another. The neighboring Pre?eren square with the statue of Slovenian greatest poet France Pre?eren is the central location of downtown Ljubljana and a common meeting point. From here, we cross the Ljubljanica river to visit Open Market and the Dragon Bridge, guarded by four detailed dragon statues from the city's coat-of-arms. 
  Old Town. Squeezed between the castle hill and Ljubljanica river is the old town with two squares: City square with the Robba fountain and the city hall behind it, and, farther on, Upper square Well preserved medieval buildings now house local designer shops, and several popular cafes and restaurants.
  Ljubljana Castle the biggest castle of the city. Built in the middle of the 15th century, it offers an outstanding view over the city, a romantic atmosphere and a place of numerous cultural events.
  Square of the Republic. Where crowds gathered as Slovenia announced its independence from the Yugoslav Federation in 1991. Across the road is the Slovene Parliament. Its facade is decorated with artistic nude statues of Slovenes at work and leisure. The square also houses the International Business CentreMetelkova City. A self-declared autonomous culture place to gather for alternative artists, many subcultures and youth. What used to be a military barracks is now full of underground artists, bars and nightclubs.

Zagreb.

Its favourable geographic position provides an excellent connection between Central Europe and the Adriatic Sea. This, together with concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions underlie its leading economic position in Croatia. Zagreb is the seat of the central government, and administrative bodies.
The city boasts a charming medieval 'old city' with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central-European capitals.  Our walking tour will include:
Gornji grad, (Upper Town) and Donji grad (Lower Town), the cultural, religious, and commercial hubs of Zagreb. These are where most of the restaurants, bars and tourist sights are located. The Upper Town,  the medieval core of the city, developed as two separate (and often warring) towns - Kaptol, the seat of the Bishop (where the imposing Cathedral now stands), and Gradec, and the free town where tradesmen and artisans lived. They merged in the 1770s to form the northern section of historic

The medieval Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Its twin spires make it the most visited attraction in Zagreb. It has undergone several reconstructions but alterations have retained the medieval design.
St. Mark's Church can be recognized easily  by the checkered design on its roof depicting coats of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, Savonia, and Zagreb city. The history of the church dates back to the 11th century but since then, many alterations and renovations have completely altered the structure.
After the guided tour, take time off to wander through the old town or take a tour to the green parks surrounding Zagreb.


 

Optional extension tours:
Tour In Israel &Italy  
 combine   visit in Montenegro  Macedonia Turkey Greece
 

Pricing table & Hotels information

 
Rates for the period: March  1st, 2012 - January 31st, 2013

There is also a high season supplement, please email us the dates and we will quote you the rate 


 
3* hotels 4* hotels 5* hotels
Per Person in a double room w/breakfast    $2,980  
 11 Dinners Supp.   $220  
Single room  Supp.   $1500  

 

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  The Tour Package  includes:
- 15 days 14 nights                             

- locale flight 
- Airport Pick up and transfer
- Guided tours, hotels with breakfast, site entrance fees.

NOT  INCLUDED: " other meals .
                               " Tips and all other extra expenses.
                                (It's recommended to tip guides, drivers etc.)

  Notes:

- Tour itinerary may change due to operational needs.
- prices can change with out notice due to currency, fuel price, hotels and others.


 

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