Shaftesbury & Gillingham

Travel - Visit to Slovenia Sept 2020

12th - 19th SEPTEMBER 2020
TO SLOVENIA, ISTRIA & TRIESTE: A TRIO OF JEWELS

THIS HOLIDAY IS BEING ORGANISED BY SHAFTESBURY & GIILLINGHAM U3A BUT MEMBERS FROM OTHER U3As IN THE AREA ARE VERY WELCOME TOO

(Please note the date very carefully as it is not until next year, giving you time to save up your pennies – or should I say pounds?)

Destination
Slovenia’s pretty shoreline, lapped by the Adriatic Sea, is lined with colourful fishing villages & silvery olive groves. From our base here, we can enjoy our other destinations: to the south, the Croatian peninsula of Istria slices into the same sparkling blue waters. Characterised by miles of coastline, this region has its own unique identity evident in its Roman ruins, Venetian faҫades and elegant resorts. To the north, the Italian port of Trieste is a fascinating place to visit, thanks to its unique mélange of cultures and delightful range of sights, museums and neo-classical architecture.

Our hotel
The 4-star Remisens Premium Casa Rosa is located close to the beach and a short walk from the centre of Portorož. Surrounded by greenery, the hotel benefits from wonderful views. It shares the facilities of next door Remisens Premium Hotel Metropol, including the restaurants, lounge, bar, terraces, indoor and outdoor pool –both free of charge to hotel guests. All comfortable, stylish en-suite rooms have a private balcony, air-conditioning, WiFi, television, safe and hairdryer.

Outline of Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet the coach in Gillingham or Shaftesbury, and travel to the UK airport for our flight departure (details to be confirmed later). On arrival, we will transfer by a local coach, with an English-speaking guide, to our hotel in Portorož. Dinner is included at the hotel each evening.

Day 2 - Today we enjoy an included guided excursion to the unique Italian city of Trieste. Historically, a great Habsburg seaport, it has both a grand waterfront and a medieval Old Town. Centuries of being a frontier town and a variety of influences, including Italian, Slovenian, Croatian and Austro-Hungarian, make this a truly enchanting city to explore. We enjoy time at leisure here before heading back to Portorož.

Day 3 - Today we head to Istria in Croatia for an included guided excursion to Rovinj and Poreč.. Poreč has a charming smattering of Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque architecture. A little further down the coast, is Rovinj, surely vying for the title of most picturesque town in Istria. It is a delightful town with its pastel faҫades, cobbled piazzas, charming alleyways and a pretty belltower. The imposing St. Euphemia’s Church looks out over the compact port town and the sapphire sea surrounding Rovinj’s tiny peninsula.

Day 4 - Today is spent at leisure to relax at the hotel or enjoy the beach resort of Portorož.

Day 5 - Choose to spend today either at leisure, or take the optional guided excursion to Slovenia’s Karst wine region. In the morning, we enjoy a panoramic cruise along the Slovenia Coast, spotting pretty coastal towns. We disembark to explore the medieval town of Piran, a gem tucked between the sea and mighty fortified walls. We continue to the Karst region, which is known for its full-bodied, ruby teran – a true Slovenian wine. We stop for a wine-tasting before heading to one of the oldest settlements in the area, Štanjei. This ancient village enchants visitors with its stunning views, its castle, and the lovely Ferrari Gardens.

Day 6 - Today we depart on an included guided excursion to explore traditional rural life in Slovenia: a tranquil world of quaint old villages surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and orchards. We visit Sveti Peter with its important ethnological museum; Dekani, where we enjoy tastings of local products, including wine and olive oil; and Hrastvolje with its admirable 12th century painted church. Finally, we drive back to Socerb, home to a castle with incredible views, and a history dating back to Roman times.

Day 7 - Choose to spend today at leisure, or on an optional guided excursion to Škocjan Caves and the Lipica Stud Farm. The UNESCO-listed cave system is an underground canyon formed by the Reka River, and filled with astounding rock formations and natural wonders. Lipica is the oldest stud farm in Europe, and has been continuously rearing classical horse breeds since the farm was begun in the 16th century. A presentation of the National Riding School here is also included in the visit.

Day 8 - Sadly, it’s time to return home. After checking out of the hotel, our coach and guide will take us to the airport for our flight back to England, where we will be met by our local coach and driver for our return journey to Shaftesbury and Gillingham.

At the time of arranging these details, the flight routes and times are not known but they will be advised in due course. The exact order of excursions too may be subject to change. Costs of optional excursions will also be given at a later date, and will be dependent on the number of bookings.

Price for 8 days, 7 nights:
Based on a minimum of 20 members travelling: £1,045.00
Based on a minimum of 25 members travelling: £ 999.00
Based on a minimum of 30 members travelling: £ 965.00

Single room supplement: £161.00 per person for the duration of the holiday.

Price includes:
- Return by coach for UK airport transfer
- Return flights from the UK
- Return coach transfer between airport and the hotel with English-speaking guide
- 7 nights at the Remisens Premiuum Casa Rosa Hotel on a half-board basis
- City Tax
- Porterage on arrival and departure
- Buffet-style Breakfast each morning
- Buffet-style Dinner each evening
- Full day coach and English-speaking guide for 3 full day excursions
- Award winning service
- A dedicated tour co-ordinator to work on every detail of your trip
- On Day 2, a tour courtesy call from Success Tours, ensuring everyone is well
- 24 hr assistance whilst on tour

Not included:
- Single room supplement – as stated above
- Travel insurance for the duration of the trip at £52.00 per person
(This trip is NOT covered by the normal U3A insurance scheme)
- Optional full day coach & guided excursion to Kart Region & Panoramiic Cruise
- Optional full day coach & guided excursion to Škocjan Caves and Lipica Stud Farm with Presentation of the National Riding School
- Gratuities

Flights
Firm schedules are not yet available for 2020 but, based on 2019, there are EasyJet flights between Bristol and Pula and Bristol and Venice.

Deposits and Balance (please read the NB below)

A non-refundable deposit of £200.00 per person will be required by Friday, 6th December 2019. (This date is flexible but based on when we expect the flights to be released by EasyJet. As flights from Bristol are limited, we would need to book the seats as early as possible in order to keep within the above tour costs and to assure availability).

Should deposits not be received by the due date, then we reserve the right to base your tour on the price available to us at the time deposits are received, i.e. should the cost of the flights increase, then any flight surcharge will apply.

Final Balance will be required by Friday 3rd July 2020.

NB: It is important to note that both deposits and balance of payment must be made direct to Success Tours Ltd., Oak House, Epsom Square, White Horse Business Park, TROWBRIDGE, Wiltshire BA14 0XG.

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If you should have any questions to ask me about this proposed holiday, and would like to make a provisional booking to ensure a place, then please contact me as soon as possible.

Mary Muir – SGU3A Group Leader (Holidays)
e-mail address: marymuir@uwclub.net
tel. 01747 858815

Mary Muir – Group Leader (Holidays) tel. 01747 858815 or by sending an e-mail message by clicking on the "Blue Pigeon" icon. This will be in the top right hand corner of this page if you are viewing this on a computer, if you are viewing this website on a tablet or phone then the icon will be at the bottom of the page.

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