JUNE 2014: SLOVENIA & CROATIA With All Classical Portland

 

 Jewels of the Adriatic

With All Classical Portland

Slovenia, Croatia & Bosnia
June 7  – 18, 2014

  

 

“If you think you are boring the audience, go slower not faster.” -Gustav Mahler-

 

Sleepy Slovenia with its towering Julian Alps and mountain lakes is the vibrant springboard for your All Classical journey down the coast of Croatia. Experience the villages of the Adriatic and stroll in the old town of Stari Grad in Dubrovnik with its marble-paved squares and steep cobbled streets, and wander through an incredibly well-preserved Roman palace in Split. Designed exclusively for the All Classical explorer this expedition with host Brandi Parisi is perfect for those travelers who love stunning natural beauty, colorful seaside villages and off-the-beaten-path medieval treasures.

 

JOURNEY OVERVIEW

1 Overnight Flight to Europe
2 Nights Lake Bled, Slovenia
2 Nights Opatija, Croatia
3 Nights Hvar, Dalmatian Islands
3 Nights Dubrovnik

 

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The stunning scenery of Lake Bled & the Julian Alps
  • Opportunities for an alpine hike or bike ride
  • A guided stroll through Ljubljana, Split & Dubrovnik
  • A wine tasting with local producer
  • The colorful seaside village of Hvar
  • Two nights in the elegant 19th century resort town of Opatija
  • Croatia’s glistening coastline
  • The Roman ruins of Solana and Diocletian’s Palace in Split
  • Island hopping in Dalmatia
  • Village outings on the island of Hvar
  • Ferry hopping & a small boat cruise through the archipelago of Hvar
  • A day in magnificent Mostar

 

IT’S INCLUDED 

  • A savvy Earthbound Expeditions program director
  • With All Classical host Brandi Parisi!
  • Ten nights of accommodation in charming inns and historic hotels (all with private bath)
  • Wine tasting with a producer in Croatia
  • An exclusive private classical concert
  • Historic walks with intriguing local guides
  • Museum, palace and park entrances
  • All breakfasts and thirteen additional meals (two-thirds of all meals)
  • Private motor coach transport from Lake Bled to Dubrovnik
  • Ferry transport in the Dalmatian islands
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and your group leader
  • A reading list and video list
  • A small, fun group of soon to be friends!
  • Alumni appreciation discounts applied toward future All Classical journeys

 

TRIP FACTS

Length: 11 Days/10 Nights (land program)
Price: $3,975.00 pp Dbl. Occ. (24-32 All Classical Participants)
Single Supplement: $795.00 (waived if willing to share and a roommate is found)
Departing Portland on June 7, 2014
Returning on June 18-
*Based on an exchange rate of .75 Euro to the USD

 

OPTIONAL GROUP AIR: $1,875 on Lufthansa / United Airlines / Adria Airways / Croatia Airlines 
Note: Includes taxes, fuel, fees and airport transfers in Europe

Flight Schedule:
UA 646 / 07JUN  PDX ORD 600A 1149A
LH 431 / 07JUN   ORD FRA 405P 715A
JP 117 / 08JUN    FRA LJU 910A 1025A

OU 418 / 18JUN  DBV FRA 730A 935A
LH 446 / 18JUN  FRA DEN 125P 335P
UA 745 / 18JUN  DEN PDX 726P 910P

 

WAYS TO SAVE $275!

Pay by check: Pay your final balance by check or money order and save $100 per person.

Alumni Discounts: All alumni of Earthbound Expeditions will receive $100 off the published journey price (private trips may be excluded). If Earthbound Expeditions has other discounts available, participants may choose the greatest available discount.

Refer a Friend: Refer a friend and save an additional $75 for each person new to Earthbound who travels with you on an Earthbound Expedition. “Refer a Friend” discounts may be combined with other discounts.

 


 

 “Those who seek paradise on earth, should come and see Dubrovnik.”

-George Bernard Shaw-

 

YOUR ALL CLASSICAL JOURNEY BEGINS…

 

DAY 1 – June 7
Depart Portland for quaint Slovenia!

 

DAY 2 – June 8
Arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Upon arrival of the group flight, there will be a transfer from Ljubljana to Lake Bled. In the early evening, meet your guide and All Classical host Brandi Parisi for a welcome orientation and Slovenian feast. Sleep overlooking magical Lake Bled (D)

 

DAY 3 – June 9
Villages, Castles and Vintage Gorge
Breathe the sub-Alpine air and luxuriate in the gorgeous surroundings! You’re at the foot of the towering Julian Alps where Lake Bled offers stunning sceneries and a perfect location to explore the mountains, lakes and meadows of this magnificent region.

Today’s agenda includes an easy two mile walk to spectacular Vintgar Gorge. There you’ll walk on a flat trail and suspended bridges above a rushing river and powerful cascading waterfalls. Then, we are off to the little island on Lake Bled. The small church on the island dates back to the 10th century, but the present building was built in the 17th century. According to local tradition, a husband who can carry his new bride the 99 steps from the dock into the church will be ensured a happy marriage, and ringing the bell in the church will make your dreams come true. The way to reach the island is by a special boat called Pletna. In the afternoon, you’ll have some options, such as a bike ride around Lake Bled or a visit to the nearby thermal spring/spa. Sleep near Lake Bled (B, D)

 

DAY 4 – June 10
Baroque Capitals, Vast Caves & Regal Seaside Resorts
This morning we are off to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s quaint capital. You’ll have a short guided visit through Ljubljana’s charming lanes before having free time for lunch and the chance to browse the canal-lined cobblestone streets. In the afternoon, our adventure continues as we visit one of the planet’s most impressive caves in Postojna. We then set off to Opatija. Before World War I, this was Austria-Hungary’s most fashionable seaside resort. For the Czars of Russia in the early 20th century or Isadora Duncan and Gustav Mahler, or if one was of status, this was THE place to be seen. The grand residences of the wealthy and noble are now elegant hotels that offer the grandeur and sophistication of a bygone age. We’ll arrive in the late afternoon just in time for a regal waterfront promenade. Sleep in Opatija, Croatia (B, D)

 

DAY 5 – June 11
Istria: Roman Arena’s and a Venetian Seaside Town
This morning we explore Istria, a unique region which encompasses the northern coastal region of both Croatia and Slovenia. Throughout the ages, Istria has been either a part of, or under the influence, of Italy. Many residents here still speak a form of Old Italian, while Venetian architecture and Roman ruins dot the Istrian coastline. Today you will visit two of Istria’s most impressive sites: Pula, with its well-preserved Roman arena, and the Venetian seaside town of Rovinj. Sleep in Opatija (B, L)

 

DAY 6 – June 12
South along the Dalmatian coast to the World Heritage site of Split
Our expedition continues south along the sun soaked Croatian coast. Not to be missed is the ancient city of Salona. Under the early Roman emperors, Salona was one of the chief ports of the Adriatic and in many ways the center of the Roman Empire. Then, we are off to another important UNESCO site and the largest city in the region, Split. Along with our superb local guide, we’ll set out to explore the Old Town or “Grad.” The oldest part of Split is located within the walls of Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. This well-preserved palace  represents the most valuable example of Roman architecture on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. After constructing the palace in the 4th century AD, Diocletian spent his declining years here, not far from his birthplace of Aspalthos in Dalmatia. After lunch enjoy an afternoon through the Dalmation Islands.

The island of Hvar is so beautiful that many travelers find themselves unable to continue on with their planned journey and instead spend their remaining days trapped by her beauty. Wild lavender, rosemary, olive trees and vines cover the rich landscape of this long and narrow island. The town of Hvar is protected by 13th century walls and enjoys the embrace of pinecovered hills and the azure-blue Adriatic. Historically, Hvar owes her charms to Venice, for it was under Venetian rule that many of the glorious buildings were built. (B, D)

 

DAY 7 & 8 – June 13 & 14
Explore the Island of Hvar
Over the course of the next two days you’ll hop on a local fishing boat and cruise out to the nearby archipelago for lunch and enjoy a wine tasting and farm lunch in the interior of the island. In the evening enjoy a timeless promenade on the white marble boardwalk where sail boats and yachts dance in the warm waters of the Adriatic. Sleep in the town of Hvar (Breakfast daily, +2 lunches + 1 dinner)

 

DAY 9 – June 15
Hvar to Medieval Dubrovnik
Once a Roman town, Dubrovnik rightfully claims to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. With her thick stone walls, wide café-lined marble streets, towering cathedrals and vibrant cultural life, Dubrovnik will seduce you. We’ll depart early for this Adriatic gem and arrive at our hotel by late afternoon. Lunch will be included en route. Sleep in Dubrovnik (B, D)

 

DAY 10 – June 16
A full day to discover Dubrovnik!
Take an intimate stroll with a local historian and learn about the ancient, medieval and fiercely independent history of Dubrovnik. The afternoon is yours to discover your own hidden café or walk along the towering walls of this medieval jewel. Sleep in Dubrovnik (B, D)

 

DAY 11 – June 17
A Journey to Mostar: The Ottoman capital of Herzagovina, Bosnia
Located approximately two and a half hours east of Dubrovnik lies the capital of Herzegovina, Mostar. Before the war, Mostar (meaning Old Bridge) was a melting pot in which Croats, Muslims and Serbs lived peacefully elbow to elbow. Today, the Muslim call to prayer echoes through the valley from soaring minarets and once again, the famous rebuilt Ottoman bridge stands proudly over a large ravine. Note: This is, by most accounts, the most culturally rich day one could spend in old Yugoslavia and should not be missed! Sleep in Dubrovnik. (B, L)

 

DAY 12 – June 18
Group transfer included this morning. Return home with a lifetime of memories!

 

-Itinerary subject to change-

 


 

YOUR ALL CLASSICAL PORTLAND HOST…

Brandi is the weekday, early morning host for All Classical. Brandi is a New Orleans native and a former afternoon drive host at KMozart in Los Angeles. She has been a reporter, producer and host at stations in Atlanta and Orlando, and was nationally syndicated on Minnesota Public Radio’s Classical 24 for six years. She has produced and hosted many programs for Public Radio International, and the MPR broadcasts of the Minnesota Opera. Brandi is a trained flutist and silversmith, and teaches yoga at several places around Portland. She has degrees from Ohio University and Purdue, and isan adjunct instructor of philosophy at Portland Community College.

 

 

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“Another wonderful Earthbound experience! One of the reasons I love Earthbound is that you always deliver more than you promise.” - Carole H.

“The trip was exceptional! I learned and saw and experienced so much!”  C. Lind

“Our guide was so knowledgeable and eloquent, good attitude. Key to success of the trip.” A. Hale

 “Our guide and driver were excellent, we will always remember meeting the members of the Croatian Diplomatic Corps in Hvar – especially the Archbishop. The picnics were especially good…” Mary & Bob B.