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Overview

Buongiorno Roma! Welcome to the Eternal City - Rome, a city that blends history with cosmopolitanism, architecture with art and culture with style. This sprawling capital city of Italy is nearly 3,000 years old and has influenced global art and culture for centuries. From the Colosseum to the masterpieces of Michelangelo in the Sistine Church, everything you see here is a piece of art. Rome is renowned for a lot of things, in fact it is said that you can never ever see everything here in this city in one lifetime! It was the seat of power during the Roman times and is the home of The Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the Vatican City, fountains and of course, food and cafes. Renowned poets and writers made Rome their home. There is so much art and history here to fill thousands of books. Did you know Rome’s most famous building Pantheon is considered to be the most symmetrical building in the whole world! Well, there you have it - Rome in a nutshell.

Itinerary

As soon as you have arrived in this fabled city, meet and greet your guide and get acquainted to your fellow travelers. Next, without wasting any time, proceed for a walking guided city tour of Rome. Keep your cameras on the ready – everything here is postcard worthy. Drive to the Colosseum, the most identifiable landmark of this city. Colosseum is a symbol of influence and is an architectural marvel. It can seat about 50,000 people and in AD 80, it was used for public events which were attended by the entire city. Continue your drive through the Roman Forum to see the ruins of several important ancient buildings. Next we proceed to the famous Spanish Steps. Built in 1793, the Spanish Steps links the Trinità dei Monti church with the Spanish square below. A series 135 of curved, straight, terraced steps overlooks the Fontana della Barcaccia. Next, proceed to the famous wish-granting fountain called Trevi Fountain. Try making your wish come true by tossing a coin into the fountain. This fountain is 26m high and is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Next, proceed to the Arch of Constantine for more amazing pictures and lessons in Roman history and there on to Pantheon (built as a Roman temple), one of the most symmetrical buildings in the world. Wait, you are not done yet! After this, proceed to Novona Market – because naturally you cannot come to Rome and not shop! This market square also has some the best Christmas Markets in the country and is a favourite spot of visitors and locals alike. Proceed to your hotel for check in. Enjoy a good nights’ sleep.

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Greet your morning with a hearty breakfast and be ready for an exciting day ahead today. As soon as you are ready, begin a guided tour of the Vatican. Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and is only 0.44 sq kms in size and has a population of less than 1000. It is the home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. The museums of Vatican house ancient Roman sculptures and Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. In fact, it is the largest museums complex in the world with over 1400 rooms and galleries that house over 3000 years of art. The tour concludes at Sistine Chapel where you will see the finest work of Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel was built from 1473-1481 as both the pope’s private chapel and the venue for the election of the new pope by the cardinals. Michelangelo was commissioned to paint the ceiling – and what a fantastic job he did! You cannot stop from staring at it. Remember that photography is prohibited inside the Chapel. After your tour concludes, you have the rest of the day to continue exploring the city. Overnight in Rome.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Wake up to a beautiful morning, enjoy your breakfast and be ready to proceed to your next destination, Florence. But, before you reach your destination, we will take a detour to Pisa. Now, who doesn’t know about this famous building that looks like it is about to fall? This is your chance to go overboard with your camera. The Leaning Tower of Pisa of course was NOT meant to lean at all when it was built in 11th century, but a simple miscalculation gave the world this famous bell-tower. For a long time it was considered unsafe to climb to the top of the tower, but years of construction and correction has stabilized this tower and you can go right to the top. Proceed to Florence. Check in to your hotel. Overnight in Florence

Included Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at your hotel and be ready to explore Florence. Today you will go on a guided tour of this marvelous city and see all its highlights. Begin the day with a visit to Florence Cathedral, a Gothic style building from the 12th century. The dome was designed by Filippo Brunellschi. The exterior of this Bascilica is a beautiful green and pink. This huge cathedral complex includes the Piazza del Duomo and the Giotto Campanile. These buildings are part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches. The dome remains the largest brick dome ever constructed. Proceed to the famous bridge in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio, an arch-bridge made of stone over river Arno and the oldest in the city. In fact, you don’t just walk over this bridge; you also have the chance to shop here! It is also famous for its jewelry stores selling some exquisite pieces. Go on an exploration of Piazzale Michelangelo, also famous for the replica of the statue of David. From here you also take in the best views of the entire city. A large number of market stalls selling souvenirs and snacks fill the square. Continue your journey to the Republic Square, which during the Roman times was ancient center of Florence. Afternoon is free to continue your exploration on your own. Overnight in Florence.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Dig into your breakfast at the hotel and be ready to proceed to Padua for a new and exciting adventure. You will be going to Venice today! As soon as you arrive proceed to Tronchetto to board your boat for the island for the experience of a lifetime. Venice is known for many things – for being the only city to be built on water, for being the most romantic city, for its glassworks, cafes and the famous Venetian Masks. There is so much to do here – and everything is just so ancient and beautiful. Upon arrival on the island, meet your guide and begin your tour of this city. Walk passed the St. Marks Basilica, the most recognized icon of the city and explain to you its historical significance. Continue to Murano Glass Factory outlet to learn the glass making process and of course, shop for those famous glass figurines. Later, wander through the narrow streets of the city (there is every chance that you may get lost, but worry not, all lanes lead back to St. Marks Square – so carry on exploring. Take a gondola ride through the narrow waterways, meander around the city with the gondolier singing in the background or simply shop for those famous Venetian masks and glass. Let yourself be taken over by the magic that Venice casts. Relax in the cafes and drink to a fantastic day here. Don’t forget to visit the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge crossing the Grand Canal. Return to Padua for your stay.

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Today is your last day in Italy. Enjoy your breakfast and be ready for a new adventure in – Croatia! Check out and begin your picturesque journey to Opatija via Rovinj. When you arrive in Rovinj city, a coastal town standing on a tiny headland you will have free time to explore everything that it has to offer. Begin with the medieval old town. Here, you should allow yourself to be immersed in history. Let curiosity be your guide. Check out the imposing Venetian style buildings, with its size and its beauty, characterizes the city of Rovinj. Explore the downtown streets are bursting with restaurants, galleries, shops and cafes. In fact it is a good time to pick up those souvenirs, especially handmade bags, which the town is known for. Don’t forget to stock up on truffles. Visit the Church of St. Euphemia, the patron saint of this city. The towering steeples of this church can be seen from everywhere in the city. Later continue to Opatija for your overnight stay.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Good morning! Greet a new day with a hearty breakfast. Today you will explore the city of Opatija, a city located on the sea, which means there is a lot do here. This city never disappoints. Head to the beach for some sun and sea. Try your hand at scuba diving or windsurfing. If you are feeling adventurous try your hand at sailing – or you can simply lie on the sand and soak up the balmy weather. The nearby hills of Ucka Mountain are ideal for hiking and biking. If you are a nature lover, you are in the right place at Opatija. After you have relaxed enough, time to immerse into the culture of Opatija’s culture. Get under the skin of the city and interact with the locals at a café. Take a long walk along the Lungomare, the seafront promenade. When the sun goes down, try your luck at the casino and then dance away the night in one of Opatija’s clubs. You can’t go wrong with the nightlife here. Optional tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park Go on an Optional Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park, perhaps the biggest attraction of the country. It’s a 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls that extend into a limestone canyon is a huge draw. Visitors from all over the world come here only for the waterfalls and the hiking trails around it. You can take the electric boat to the upper level which also has the biggest waterfall – Veliki Slap, at a whopping 78m height. Overnight in Opatija

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Today, after breakfast you will leave for Ljubljana in Slovenia on a picturesque journey that takes you through the Postojna Caves (Optional Tour ). Postojna Caves, the second largest in the country is 24,340m long and an important tourist site. Take an unforgettable ride on the underground train and experience the subterranean paradise shaped by tiny droplets over millions of years. Did you know that this is the only place where you can see baby dragons? Inside the cave are towering mountains and gurgling rivers as well – like a whole ecosystem. Words cannot describe the feeling of being underground in a cave and yet feeling as though you are in a forest over ground. Next, proceed to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital and largest city and a hidden gem of Europe. The city’s rich history, beautiful architecture, green surroundings, and friendly people never fail to amaze visitors. There is much to explore here. Did you know that Ljubljana has a rich 2000 year old history? It was then called Emona and was an important city in the Roman Empire. You can see the remnants of medieval times in the old part of Ljubljana city center, exhibit remnants of medieval times. Today, the majority population you will see here are youngsters, thanks to it being a university city. The large number of green spaces in this city will make your heart soar. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures. The food here is very diverse. On the menu you will find the traditional dishes such as the Kranjska Klobasa, Soca Trout, Deer Goulash, and Kremna Rezina. Later continue to your hotel for overnight stay.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Wake up to a piping hot breakfast. Today you will be going on an Optional Tour to visit the famous Lake Bled, an Alpine lake that sees scores of visitors across all seasons. Begin the day with a guided tour of Bled city and see its famous attractions like the Assumption Church built on the tiny island on the lake. This church has a 52m tower and a unique Baroque stairway leading to the top. The views of the lake from here are stunning. After this proceed to the Bled Castle perched on a precipice above the city. In fact, from here you can overlook the entire city. This is among the oldest castles in Slovenia and a huge tourist draw. After you have completed the exploration of this castle, proceed to the Lake itself. Lake Bled is an Alpine lake with amazing natural beauty which has to be seen to be believed. It is believed that the waters of this lake have healing powers. There are so many legends associated with this lake. Get a glimpse into its history by going on a traditional pletna boat and enjoy the stunning scenery. Overnight in Ljubljana

Included Meals: Breakfast

Rise and shine travelers! It is your last day in Ljubljana, it‘s going to be an eventful fay ahead so grab your fill of breakfast and make sure you are refreshed and ready for a drive to Belgrade! Once you have arrived, there is little to no time to waste. Get your gears ready for a guided city tour. Serbia‘s capital is very known for being a smorgasbord of various cultures both modern and traditional, old and new. For example, when you head towards the New Belgrade on the other side of the Sava River, You may find a luxurious residential area, take this chance to see the Museum of History of Yugoslavia along with House of Flowers. The Church of Sava is also right around the corner when you continue to the Vracar area. This should be a great stop for photos. There is much to see after you pass the Slavija Square as most of Serbia‘s high office stands within the Nemanjina Street including the Old and New Royal Palaces riddled with the stories of the two dynasties. Take a chance to stop by Kalemegdan, the oldest and largest park in the city centre where you will have the chance to view the exact place where the Rivers Danube and Sava meet. This day will be all about the two sides that make Belgrade what it is today. You will be transferred to the hotel before the end of the day. If you feel up for it, Belgrade is also home to a surprisingly hyped up and happening nightlife right beside the Danube River. Overnight in Belgrade.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Ah, it‘s the last day of this trip. Goodbyes are often much too hard and we just don‘t want it to end any more than you do. However, home awaits you and that is something to genuinely look forward to, after a memorable trip like this. Have a hearty Breakfast at the hotel and look back on fond memories of this trip before the coach arrives to fetch you for the Airport for your flight back. U.A.E. Anticipates your safe return.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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What you are getting

TOUR INCLUSIONS

Airport Transfers

9 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners (Specialize in Halal & Vegetarian Food options)

Return Economy Class Flight Ticket inclusive of meals and taxes

4* Hotel Accommodation

FLORENCE - Guided tour of Florence Covering most important Places , Free time for Shopping.

VENICE - Return Boat ride to Venice Island , Guided tour of Venice , Murano Glass Factory outlet , St Marks Square

OPATIJA - Guided tour of Opatija including the Church of Euphemia and other most important points.

LJUBLJANA - Guided tour of Ljubljana

ROME - Guided City Tour Covering important Attractions, Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Entrance,

PISA - Leaning Tower of Pisa & Free time.

BELGRADE : Guided City Tour of Belgrade.

All Taxes. NO HIDDEN COSTS

Travel Kit with special AFC Holiday Goodies

FREE Visa to Europe as part of the OFFER

Professional Pre-Tour-Brief for all guests

Complete Customer Journey and Quality Monitored Customer Service

Optional Tour

Plitvice Lakes National Park

ADULT
AED250
CHILD(6-11YRS)
AED200
CHILD(2-5YRS)
AED180

Bled with Lunch

ADULT
AED350
CHILD(6-11YRS)
AED250
CHILD(2-5YRS)
AED200

Postojna Caves Tour

ADULT
AED190
CHILD(6-11YRS)
AED150
CHILD(2-5YRS)
AED150

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Rome

Pass the Roman Forum

Stop by the Trevi Fountain

Vatican Museum

Sistine Chapel

Photo stop at the Colosseum

Arch of Constantine

Pantheon

Novona Square


Florence

Florence Cathedral

Ponte Vecchio

Republic Square

Palazzo Vecchio

Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore

Signoria Square

Piazza del Duomo

Piazza Santa Croce


Opatija

Guided tour of Opatija

Time Free in Rovinj city

Church of St. Euphemia


Ljubljana

Guided tour of Ljubljana

Curving Ljubljanica River

National Museum of Slovenia

Bled Castle ( Optional )

Pletna Boat Ride ( Optional )


Zagreb

St. Mark’s Church

Tkalciceva Street

Main square

Ban Jelacic

Zagreb Cathedral


Visa Information

One recent photographs

Bank Statements

Copy of UAE residence visa

Copy of confirmed hotel reservation

Copy of confirmed round trip tickets

No objection letter on Companys letterhead and Official Stamp

Travel Insurance valid for the duration of stay in the Schengen area

The original and a copy of the passport of the applicant with a copy of the UAE residence visa and all previous Swiss or Schengen visas

Must See

Tower of Pisa

Colosseum

Pantheon

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Must Do

Winery Tour

Postojna Caves

Traditional “pletna” boat ride

Bled Castle

Must Eat

Risotto

Antipasto

Bolognese

Italian Pizza

Must Buy

Hand-Painted Ceramics

Limoncello

Croatian Cravat

Samobor Crystal

Tour Gallery

Reviews

Travel Tips

Carry sunscreen and sunglasses every day with you while you are travelling

Be on time as advised by the dedicated tour manager

Having a travel Insurance is very important!

Scan your passport/ identity card photos and save them in your mobile

Try learning a few words of the language of the country you are visiting

Always carry a photocopy of your itinerary with yourself

Self-educate yourself about the local customs of the country before you arrive. You obviously don't want to offend anyone while you travel!

Be kind, polite & Smile often! Being part of a group tour will definitely make it easier for you to make your new travel buddies.

Carry an extra pair of clothes when you are catching a flight in your handbag in case of any unexpected delays

Charge all your gadgets whenever you get time. A great tip - you'll find a USB charging port at the back of your hotel TV!

Try not to exchange your currency at the airport as you won't get the best exchange rate over there

Get earplugs and a sleep mask along with you! They can be very helpful when you are flying or especially during your inter-country commute via tour bus

Track your spending when you're on the trip! It can be tiresome but you'll always be well-informed about all your expenses and the remaining travel budget amount

As tipping is habitual in most of the countries, it's not polite to walk out of the restaurants without tipping anything. You can tip somewhere between 10 to 20 per cent of the total bill value

Let your bank know that you'll be travelling so your card is not blocked for sudden international usage

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