NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING:
An 18 day tour with a 15 day option,, starting with an afternoon ferry crossing from Dover to Calais where we travel to nearby Tilques to spend our first night in a chateau hotel. On day 2 we travel south-east mainly on motorways to Valencay to another Chateau Hotel then on Day 3 we arrive on Lake Annecy where our hotel is in, arguably, the prettiest village on the lake. On day 4 we drive east on the motorway across the mountains into Italy then to Desenzano del Garda on Lake Garda where our hotel is located. Participants on the 15 day tour join us here.
The following day, our 1st day in Croatia, we drive east from Lake Garda to the Croatian border and our tour of Croatia starts here
Our first day is spent in Istria, a triangular peninsula, and indeed our first night is spent in Porec on the Istrian coast. On the morning of our second day in Croatia we explore local hill top villages on the Istrian Peninsula then we drive back to Pula on the coast which is well known for its magnificent monuments from the Roman era including the sixth largest Roman amphitheatre existing today. Our second night is spent on the island of Krk, the largest of the Adriatic islands. On our third day we enter Dalmatia, the most visited region of Croatia and travel down the coastline visiting Zadar to Trogir which is actually a small island and one of the jewels of the Dalmation coast with many splendid monuments some dating back to Roman times. In 1997 Trogir was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our hotel tonight is in Trogir which gives you plenty of time to explore the old town.
On our fourth day we visit the Krka national park near Sibenik and take a boat ride from Skradin to visit the magnificent lakes and waterfalls ending up on another island, Hvar, where we stay for 2 nights in the charming harbour town which gives the island its name and where one of Europe's first theatres was built.The following day we relax around Hvar.
On our 6th day we leave the island of Hvar by car ferry and drive down the coast to Ploce where we take another ferry to Trpanj on the Peljesac peninsula famous for its oyster farms and vineyards. We then drive across to Orebic where we visit the Fransiscan Monastery which was founded in the 15th century. Our hotel for the next 2 nights is in the pretty town of Orebic. The following day we take the car ferry to the nearby island of Korcula and drive around this pretty island before returning to our hotel in Orebic
On our 8th day we leave Orebic and drive to Mali Ston our morning coffee stop. Mali Ston is joined to its neighbour, Ston, by an impressive 3 miles of massive walls along the hillside with 41 towers seven bastions and two forts making it one of the most interesting defence structures in the Adriatic or even the world ! We then leave the peninsula and drive down the coast to Dubrovnik, "the jewel in the Adriatic crown" where we spend the next two nights. In the afternoon we explore Dubronik on foot..
On our 9th day we drive south across the border into the independent country of Montenegro where we visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, Kotor, before arriving in the new jet-set destination of Port Montenegro where some of the world's most expensive yachts are moored in the newly created marina. We return to our hotel in Dubrovnik late afternoon.
On our 10th day in Croatia we leave Dubrovnik and take the motorways north-west through the mountains to Rijeka and back into the Istria peninsula to Porec where we spent our first night in Croatia. We celebrate our final night of our tour with a drinks reception and a traditional Croatian dinner.The next day we leave Croatia and drive back to Lake Garda. The following day we drive over the Simplon pass to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland where our hotel is on the southern shore. The next day we drive up to Luxembourg for our last hotel of the tour then, on our final day, we drive to Calais where we catch the afternoon ferry to Dover.
Our tour starts with a 2.00 pm DFDS ferry crossing from Dover to Dunkirk, see photos below:
You will have VIP status so will be first to board and disembark and once on the ferry you have access to the Premium lounge where there are complimentary beverages and snacks.
Arriving in Dunkirk at 5.00pm French time we then drive 20 miles south to our charming hotel, Chateau Tilques, in Tilques near St.Omer, see photos below:
Tonight we celebrate the start of our tour with drinks in the hotel's bar before dinner in the restaurant.
We leave Tilques and take the motorway south-east for 300 miles to our chateau hotel in Vault de Lugny between Valencay and Avallon.Tonight dinner is in the hotel's restaurant
We take the motorway south-east for 100 miles then take a scenic mountain road south-east to Lake Annecy where our hotel is located in Talloires,arguably the prettiest village on Lake Annecy, see photos below:
Our hotel is a converted abbey
Tonight dinner is in the hotel's restaurant
We leave Lake Annecy and drive east into Italy to Lake Garda where our hotel is located in Desenzano del Garda at the bottom of the lake, see photos below:
We leave Desenzano del Garda and take the Italian autostradas ( motorways) east towards Venice and on to Trieste then across the Slovenian border into Croatia. Here we drive down the west coast of the triangular Istrian peninsula to Porec where our hotel is located overlooking the harbour, see photos below:
In the town you can visit the Basilica of Euphrasius a 6th century Byzantine church masterpiece, see photos below:
A day spent relaxing around Hvar
We leave Hvar and drive east towards Sucuraj stopping for a coffee at the pretty little port of Jelsa. After Jelsa we drive to the ferry terminal of Sucuraj and catch the 20 minute ferry to Drvenik. Upon arriving in Drvenik we head south east along the coast road to Gradac which boasts the longest beach in the eastern Adriatic. Continuing along the coast towards Dubrovnik we take the car ferry at Ploce to Trpanj on the Peljesac peninsula famous for its oyster farms and red wine. We then drive across this picturesque peninsula to Orebic our lunch stop where we visit the nearby Franjevacki Samostan, ( Fransiscan Monastery), which overlooks the bay of Orebic, see photos below
Our hotel for the next 2 nights is located just outside the town, see photos below:
Today we enjoy an excursion to Montenegro. Because our motor insurance isn't valid in Montenegro we will probably use hire cars or a minibus with a driver.We leave Dubrovnik and drive 20 miles along the coast to the Montenegro border and along the coastline. We continue to Kotor a UNESCO World Heritage site and our lunch stop. After visiting Kotor we drive 12 miles to Montenegro Port at Tivat our afternoon coffee stop. The old naval port of Montenegro has being developed as a very upmarket marina and billions of Euros have been invested by wealthy Russians and others. In the afternoon we return to our hotel in Dubrovnik. Dinner, tonight, is in the hotel's restaurant.
We leave Dubrovnik and head north towards Split then a few miles after the Peljesac peninsula we turn inland to take the A1 motorway north west towards Zagreb then, near Karlovac, we turn west onto the A6 to Rijeka then across the peninsula to Porec where we spent our first night in Croatia. Tonight, our last night in Croatia, there is a celebratory dinner in the hotel's restaurant overlooking the harbour.
We leave Echternach and take the motorways north-west through Belgium into France to Calais where we catch a late afternnon DFDS ferry back to Dover.
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