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With cafe-lined streets in its Old Town and quaint bridges spanning its namesake river, Ljubljana is reminiscent of the timeless cities of Old Europe. But it boasts a modern atmosphere as well—much of the city was rebuilt after an earthquake at the end of the 19th century. As you explore, you'll discover how the past and present have seamlessly merged.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations for 4 nights
- Daily breakfasts
- Included tour: Ljubljana
- Dedicated services of a local Trip Leader
- Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
- All transfers
You depart from the U.S. for Ljubljana.
A Grand Circle representative will meet you at the airport for your transfer to your hotel. You'll have the chance to get to know the area surrounding your hotel during an orientation walk, followed by a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers.
After breakfast, get to know this indomitable city in an included tour. The serene-looking university town with its hilltop castle is a true survivor: An 1895 earthquake destroyed much of the town. But the locals rebuilt Slovenia's charming capital with determination. Many of the city's buildings, parks, and monuments (and all of the bridges spanning the city center) were designed by innovative local architect Joze Plecnik in the first half of the 20th century. Plecnik incorporated remnants of the original Roman, medieval, Baroque, and Habsburg buildings into new construction that remains today. Your walking tour will highlight the quaint bridges spanning the gently flowing Ljubljana River, and the narrow streets of its cafe-lined Old Town.
After your guided exploration, the balance of the day is free for you to discover on your own. You might want to visit St. Nicholas's Cathedral, one of the city's striking Baroque buildings. With its green dome and twin towers catching the eye at first, it offers an array of beautiful details, from its bright pieta on the southern wall to the enormous sculpted bronze doors on the front and side of the building. The ceilings of the nave and the dome are both so intricately detailed, you could spend hours simply interpreting the scenes above you.
This evening, dinner is on your own.
After breakfast, explore Ljubljana at your own pace for a full day. Perhaps you'll survey the entire region from the top of Ljubljanski Grad, the castle that crowns the town. The castle tower dates from the 19th century, and its walls are even older—they were built in the early 1500s. From here you can see past the river all the way to the Julian Alps.
Or join us for an optional Postojna Cave tour. With names like Upturned Ship, Gothic Hall, and Tiger Hall, these underground chambers enthrall with their singular rock formations, including Brilliant, the most famous stalagmite in the world. During your visit, you'll have a chance to ride the only cave-system railway in the world during. Then ,continue on to Predjama Castle, a remarkable cliffside fortress complete with a labyrinth of secret underground passages and tunnels carved from solid bedrock.
You can further explore Ljubljana on your own today.
Or, join our optional full-day excursion to the picturesque resort area of Lake Bled (subject to local weather conditions). It is difficult to envision a more picture-postcard setting than Bled's 17th-century church, perched on an islet in the middle of the lake, and its 800-year-old castle clinging to a rocky cliff, all against a backdrop of the majestic Julian Alps. Your optional tour includes a ride on the emerald lake by pletna boat, the locals' version of a gondola, to reach the island church. After an included light lunch, you'll return to Ljubljana.
Dinner is on your own this evening.
After breakfast, transfer by coach to Zagreb to begin your Cruising the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina Small Ship Cruise Tour.
Please note: Available as a pre-trip on Zagreb to Ploce departures and as a post-trip on Ploce to Zagreb departures. This extension may not be available on all departures. Ask our Travel Counselors for details. Call 1-800-955-1925.