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Adriatic Discovery
Commences Zurich 27 August and ends Zagreb 19 September 2019

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Lake Bled, Slovenia
    Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
    Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
  • Grossglockner, Austria
    Grossglockner, Austria
  • Rovinj, Croatia
    Rovinj, Croatia
  • Program Status Guaranteed Departure
  • Price AUD 11,590
  • Program Code GCTAD19
  • Single Supplement AUD 1,990
  • Program Leader Louise Shave
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 23 Nights
    • 1 Zurich
    • 1 Tyrol
    • 1 Carinthia
    • 3 Julian Alps
    • 3 Adriatic Coast
    • 3 Porec
    • 2 Plitvice
    • 3 Split
    • 5 Dubrovnik
    • 1 Zagreb

Commences Zurich 27 August and ends Zagreb 19 September 2019

Tour Highlights

  • The stunning scenery of Austria's lakes and Grossglockner Pass
  • The amazing Postojna Caves and a show of the Lipizzaner Horses
  • Croatia's colourful Istrian Peninsula
  • The World Heritage Plitvice Lakes
  • World Heritage Diocletian's Palace in Split
  • The magical islands of Hvar and Korcula
  • The mediaeval walled city of Dubrovnik
  • The historical and scenic highlights of Montenegro
  • The Croatian capital Zagreb

Tour Overview

We experience the diverse culture and the mountain, coastal and island scenery of the Adriatic’s Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro.

The Adriatic countries have been torn between eastern and western cultural influences including the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Venetian Republic and the Ottoman Turks before being incorporated into Tito’s Slavic Communist regime. These emerging independent countries reflect this historic dichotomy. We experience Slovenia with its Julian Alps containing such scenic gems as Lakes Bled and Bohinj and immortalised by Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms; the Adriatic Coast, once part of the Venetian Republic, with red-roofed towns and ports with Italianate piazzas, churches and campaniles; and the nearby Karst region with its extraordinary cave formations and Lipizzaner horses, before exploring Croatia which enjoys some of Europe's most dramatic coastal scenery and which has been ferociously contested since ancient times. Here we experience a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Palace of Diocletian in Split, Plitvice and the fortified port of Dubrovnik - one of Europe’s best-preserved mediaeval cities. We also take in the attractive islands of Hvar and Korcula, as well as the natural beauty and historical highlights of Montenegro and the vibrant Croatian capital, Zagreb.

Tour Inclusions

  • 23 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
  • Local flight Dubrovnik to Zagreb
  • Typical local breakfast and dinner daily
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
  • Transport and field trips as indicated
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
  • Services of a Program Leader
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet

Louise Shave

Golden Compass France Ireland Scotland Tour Leader Louise Shave

Louise Shave graduated from the University of Auckland, in Languages, History and Music and with a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

She has a passion for her chosen subjects and really enjoys sharing with travellers the history and culture of countries in which she has lived or experienced. The extensive time she has recently spent living in both France and Ireland has given her an in-depth knowledge of those particular countries. She is a fluent speaker of French.

For the past 14 years, she has led many outbound programmes, especially in Europe, the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, Ireland, India, Bhutan and Nepal. She is much in demand as a guest speaker.

For six years, Louise and her husband explored the waterways of Europe on their 20 metre converted Dutch Barge. Not content with river travel, they also sailed a 10 metre boat across the Irish Sea and then back to England. Three years were spent in Ireland on the canals and rivers, with numerous adventures, followed by more time around the coast and in the English waterways.

As well as those noted above, her interests include art, architecture, theatre, film, reading, trekking, and, not least, her family!


This program includes places which can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Make an Enquiry

Golden Compass’s UK, European, Asian and other educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving by cutting out the middle-man and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs. Your contract is direct with Golden Compass Tours Australia

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be taken by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 1800 132 385.