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2017 Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece

Croatia: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Gromaca • Montenegro: Kotor, Perast • Albania: Butrint, Saranda • Greece: Corfu, Delphi, Athens

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Creamy and savory—moussaka is Greece’s most iconic comfort food. Learn to make this traditional dish.

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36 Hours in Zagreb, Croatia

Uncover Zagreb’s hidden gems as you follow locals to a wine shop, an atelier, and an art museum.

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Discover Albania’s concrete bunkers—sites that, though built for potential warfare, have more creative uses today.

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From summer’s exuberant festivals to the sparkling frost of winter, enjoy Kotor in every season.

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Pre-trip: Bled, Slovenia

3 nights from: $845 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Bled

Explore the beauty of Triglav National Park and sample gingerbread at a local shop in Bled, Slovenia.

With its spectacular mountain scenery, a healthy sub-Alpine climate, crystalline lakes and rivers, and idyllic little medieval towns—Slovenia truly is an amazing corner of the world. Explore Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, situated in an area with infinite unspoiled natural treasures—including stunning cliffs and majestic mountains. You’ll also venture to smaller, more out-of-the-way towns and historic villages.

It's Included:
Accommodations: 3 nights
4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Included tours: Lake Bled • Ljubljana
Exclusive services of a Grand Circle Program Director
All transfers
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on your extension and all optional tours
  • You depart from the U.S. for Slovenia.

  • You land in Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana, and then transfer to the city of Bled and check in to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time and hotel check-in policy, you may not be able to check into your room immediately upon arrival. Your Grand Circle Program Director will advise you of your check-in status and activity schedule for the day when you arrive.

    Enjoy a guided walk around the vicinity of the hotel to get acquainted with this scenic part of Slovenia. The peaks of the Julian Alps rise above the waters of Lake Bled, while a clifftop castle and an island church give the scene a fairy-tale aura. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers over a Welcome Drink. Dinner is on your own this evening.

  • This morning, head out for an included tour of Lake Bled and the surrounding region. Bled is blessed with natural hot springs regarded as having healing powers, and has been a popular fresh-air retreat since the mid-19th century. Two prominent features in Bled's vistas date from earlier in its history: Bled Castle, which for 800 years was the seat of the bishops of Brixen (now South Tyrol); and a 17th-century church located on an island in the lake. You'll probably hear the pealing of this church's "wishing bell," which dates from 1534, since legend has it that a wish made by someone who rings it will come true. You may wish to visit both these sites during time on your own.

    Higher in the mountains and larger than Lake Bled, deep blue Lake Bohinj is located in the Julian Alps about 16 miles southwest of Bled. Steep mountain slopes rise directly from parts of the shore of Lake Bohinj, and the 15th-century Gothic Church of St. John graces its eastern end. The valley that contains the lake also cradles a rural landscape dotted with farm villages.

    Return to the hotel for lunch on your own, followed by an afternoon to make your own discoveries. Gather for a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers this evening.

  • Today, you can discover more of the Bled area on your own, or join our optional half-day tour to visit Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. This optional tour takes you across Slovenia's Karst region, where the eroded limestone landscapes gave rise to exotic landscapes and magnificent caves. At the country's most famous natural attraction, Postojna Cave, you'll journey by foot and underground train to view a seemingly endless display of stalagmites and stalactites, pools, and colorful limestone formations.

    After free time for lunch on your own, continue to Predjama Castle, a remarkable cliffside fortress complete with a labyrinth of secret underground passages and tunnels carved from solid bedrock. Originally built in the 13th century, the nearly impregnable fortress served as a stronghold for many bandits and robber barons throughout its fascinating history.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast today, ride to Ljubljana and tour this city of about 300,000 on the banks of the Ljubljanica River. Because much of the city was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1895, Slovenia's capital has a unique architectural style that has integrated surviving historic structures with more modern designs. The work of Joze Plecnik, a 20th-century architect and Ljubljana native, is particularly remarkable for the way it incorporates Roman, medieval, Baroque, and Habsburg elements. A number of buildings that survived the earthquake still stand in the historic part of town, Old Ljubljana. There are also many cafes here, and you may want to try one as you partake in today's lunch on your own.

    From Ljubljana, continue overland to Zagreb, Croatia, where you'll check into our hotel and join travelers arriving for the main trip.

Please note: Available as a post-trip extension on Athens to Zagreb departures and as a pre-trip extension on Zagreb to Athens departures. This extension may not be available on all departures. Ask our Travel Counselors for details. Call 1-800-221-2610.

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