Duration: Dec 07, 2024 - Dec 15, 2024
Price: $2,199
Slovenia and Croatia - The Magic of Christmas
  • Included Features

    • One group arrival and one group departure airport transfer in Ljubljana.
    • Service charges, hotel taxes, and mandatory tourist city taxes.
    • Luggage handling at hotel (one piece per person in/out).
    • All transportation with modern motor coach as per itinerary.
    • Customized travel log.
    • Accompanied throughout by SUA National Board member Mary Risner Glaize.
    • English-speaking guide.
    • Sightseeing tours and walking tours as per itinerary.
    • Accommodation at Eurostars uHotel for the entire time.
    • Whisper technology enhanced touring.
    • Welcome dinner in Ljubljana.
    • Dinner at Gostilna Sokol.
    • Lunch Kempinski Hotel in Portorož.
    • Farewell dinner at Gostilna Lectar.
    • Wine tasting in Jeruzalem.
    • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners

     

    Sightseeing

    • Boat ride on Ljubljanica River
    • Gorenjska Holiday Experience.
    • Rogaška Slatina Glass factory tour.
  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Sat. Dec 7, 2024 – Departure the USA

    Depart from the USA for an overnight flight to Ljubljana, Slovenia.

     

    Day 2, Sun. Dec 8, 2024: Arrival Ljubljana Airport

    Upon arrival to Ljubljana airport, meet our driver and depart for our perfectly located “home” for the next seven nights.We begin in Prešernov Trg Square for our first look at Christmas magic in Ljubljana. This evening we gather in our hotel for our “Welcome to Slovenia Dinner”. Tonight, we spend the evening getting to know our fellow travellers as we begin this once-in-a-lifetime magical experience. (D) [Eurostars uHotel]

     

    Day 3: Mon. Dec 9, 2024 – In Ljubljana 

    We begin today’s incredible adventure with breakfast, followed by a walking tour in Christmas time Ljubljana. Every year during the Advent season, Ljubljana becomes a magical wonderland of twinkling lights and free programming, with market stalls set in front of the city’s most scenic backdrops. One stop will include the unique hand-made straw Christmas crib with life-size figures that is displayed in front of Ljubljana’s Zois Palace. Later we will take the funicular to Ljubljana castle where we will walk- through Castle Festive Fair in the Castle Courtyard. We have plenty of time to enjoy the castle market and all it has to offer. This evening as we sip on mulled wine and listen to our private accordion player, we will take a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River which takes us under the festively decorated bridges and past embankments and buildings decked out with Christmas lights. The rest of your evening is at leisure. Enjoy the Christmas markets and all the smells and flavors it has to offer. (B) [Eurostars uHotel]

     

     

    Day 4: Tues. Dec 10, 2024 – Bled

    This morning following breakfast, turn back time as we will be welcomed and part of the holiday season and Slovenian tradition at an authentic Gorenjska homestead as it was at the time of the poet France Prešeren. We will eat, drink, sing, dance, be merry as we feel the magic of holidays in Gorenjska. We then set off to Lake Bled which hosts an enchanting Christmas Market Tour I Slovenia winter village, nestled in the alpine mountains beside the lake. Complete with glowing lights and nativity scenes, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a life-sized snow globe. It’s the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit. We will take a scenic road around Bled to enjoy the breathtaking island and the medieval castle perched high on a cliff. There will be free time to experience “Winter Fairy Tale” in Bled and its Christmas market. (B, L) [Eurostars uHotel]

     

     

    Day 5: Wed. Dec 11, 2024  – Stajerska

    After breakfast board the bus and drive to the Stajerska region with our first stop of the Rogaška Slatina Glass factory. We will see how top- quality crystal products of Rogaška Glassworks are created. The tour concludes in the Pegasus Rogaška store, which is also the largest exhibition showroom of Rogaška products in the world where you will receive a credit that you can use on the day of the tour in the store to buy products. We will then continue to Jeruzalem for a wine tasting at a local wine cellar. We will also enjoy a nice lunch with local ingredients at a local Gostilna. On our way back we will stop in Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town. A walk through Ptuj will take you past ancient Roman monuments and magnificent medieval facades. Cobbled streets and squares will lead you to one of the most majestic castles in Slovenia that offers a view over the roof tiles of medieval monasteries, churches, and other buildings. (B, L) [Eurostars uHotel]

     

    Day 6: Thurs. Dec 12, 2024 – Ljubljana 

    Take your time this morning at breakfast as the morning and afternoon are yours. Use it to further explore Ljublanja or enjoy the hotel spa. Tonight we will celebrate the day’s success in the historic Gostilna Sokol. (B, D) [Eurostars uHotel]

     

    Day 7: Fri. Dec 13, 2024 – Piran & Potorož

    This morning following breakfast we will drive to Slovenia’s Adriatic gem, Piran. We will have time to experience Piran & Potorož during this festive time. Both cities are a fabulous place to unwind with a glass of mulled wine overlooking the sea. Plus, both towns have special markets with many delicious treats for an extra bit of wintery flare! Lunch is organized at the incredible Kempinski Hotel – the setting of the Portorož market. (B, L) [Eurostars uHotel]

     

    Day 8: Sat. Dec 14, 2024 – Brezje to Radovljica

    Following breakfast, we board our bus for Brezje, the most renowned pilgrimage destination in Slovenia and is known for its Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. We will visit the Brezje Nativity Museum – a magical world of nativity scenes that have been gifted to Brezje from all over the world. The museum contains over 500 nativity scenes from traditional Slovenian Christmas nativity scenes, which were set up for Christmas in a so-called “God’s corner” of homes to larger nativity scenes where visitors change from mere observers and step into the world of nativities. We will then travel to Radovljica, a medieval town with a moat at the foothills of Julian Alps, where we will explore their market and have our farewell dinner at Gostilna Lectar. (B, D) [Eurostars uHotel]

     

    Day 9: Sun. Dec 15, 2024 – Depart from Ljubljana

    Transfer to Ljubljana Airport for your flight home. (B)

  • Hotels

    • Ljubljana: Eurostars uHotel
  • 2024 Departure Date & Price

    Start Date
    End Date
    Per Person (USD)
    Single Supplement
    December 7, 2024 December 15, 2024 $ 2,199 $381
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