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Rome, Croatia’s Cities & Plitvice Lakes

Italia & Croatia in 12 Days, 10 Nights in Destination

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Unearth the beauty of Italy and Croatia in this once in a lifetime excursion where you’ll start your journey in the captivating city of Rome before embarking on an essential guided tour of Croatia’s most emblematic sites.

Trip Highlights

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    Dubrovnik
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    Opatija
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    Plitvice Lakes
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    Zagreb
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    Rome

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  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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Itinerary

Begin your journey in dazzling Rome, admiring its rich history and one-of-a-kind architecture. Next, head to Croatia! Touch down in Dubrovnik, known for its romantic old town. Enjoy the enchanting historic sights of Split before immersing yourself in the magnificent landscapes of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Enjoy a few days in the upmarket resort town of Opatija before exploring vibrant Zagreb.



1st Day: US - Night on board

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Pack your bags and head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to the eternal city of Rome*. Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Rome

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Arrive in Rome, the Italian capital, and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is free to begin exploring this romantic, historic city. The evening is the most magical time of day in Rome when the streets take on an even more charming character. Overnight stay in Rome.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Marcella Royal Hotel or similar
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3563 Reviews

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3rd Day: Rome

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today head to the meeting point and enjoy a guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill*, three of the main archaeological sites of the Eternal City. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiatorial fights in the Colosseum, and appreciate the preserved corners of ancient Rome in the Forum and the Palatine Hill. We recommend the optional Piazzas and Fountains of Rome excursion.** The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the historic streets of Rome and dine on delicious Italian cuisine!*** Overnight stay in Rome.

*Time and days in Rome can be changed according to the availability of the Colosseum tickets. It will be confirmed 15 days before arrival. However, all included excursions are already guaranteed. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities. 

**Optional Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion: Take a pleasant walk through the artistic heart of Rome to visit its most symbolic piazzas and fountains! Visit Piazza Navona, the most elegant of all Rome squares and home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain. See the Church of San Luigi, the incredible Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain, an icon of the city. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna, the most photogenic spot in the city!

***Optional Authentic Italian Dinner at a restaurant in Campo Di Fiori: Enjoy an authentic Italian dinner in beautiful Campo Di Fiori Square, nestled in the heart of historic Rome. Soak up the atmosphere as you indulge in Italian dishes at a local restaurant.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Marcella Royal Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

3563 Reviews

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Activities

included
Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Moderate

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Optional
Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion

Moderate

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Optional
Authentic Italian Dinner at a Restaurant in Campo Di Fiori in Rome

Light

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4th Day: Rome

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After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a day at your leisure in Rome. Perhaps visit the Vatican, trace the footsteps of the greats in the ancient streets of the old city or simply indulge in some delicious Italian ice cream. However you choose to spend your day, Rome is sure to delight you with its old-world charm and unbeatable sights. We suggest taking the optional Guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel*. Overnight stay in Rome.

*Optional Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel: Explore the priceless treasures held within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! Visit the Pio Clementino Hall, Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, Maps Gallery, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the incredible Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, discover the incredible St. Peter’s Basilica and the atmospheric St. Peter’s Square, dominated by Michelangelo’s imposing Cupola!

Please note: Optional tour available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays afternoon, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Marcella Royal Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

3563 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel

Moderate

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5th Day: Rome - Dubrovnik

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Breakfast at the hotel. It’s time to bid farewell to the magic of Italy and prepare yourself to be enchanted by stunning Croatia. Transfer to the airport to catch your flight to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Touch down and transfer to your hotel. Situated in southern Croatia overlooking the glistening waters of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is well-known for its incredible old town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with stunning architecture and a vibrant cultural and culinary scene. Once settled at the hotel, spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring Dubrovnik's atmospheric alleyways and taking in the sweeping sea views. You may even recognize parts of the old town from the popular television series Game of Thrones! Dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Adria Dubrovnik or similar
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922 Reviews

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6th Day: Dubrovnik

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a sightseeing tour of the old town. Completed in the thirteenth century, the ancient city of Dubrovnik remains largely unchanged. Its medieval ramparts encircle the Old Town, which can be entered through one of two historic gates. After crossing an impressive stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint Blaise, explore the broad, stone-paved promenade known as Stradun. Some of the most prominent sights in the city include St. Blaise Church, the Renaissance-era Sponza Palace and the Gothic Rector’s Palace. After the tour, take some free time to explore the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Adria Dubrovnik or similar
tripadvisor rating

922 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour of Dubrovnik

Moderate

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7th Day: Dubrovnik - Split

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Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Dubrovnik behind as you set off for Split this morning. The third-largest city in the country, Split sits on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and is spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings. In fact, Split is one of the most sought-after coastal destinations in Croatia. Once settled at the hotel, get out and enjoy a walking tour of Split Old Town, including a visit to the remains of the Diocletian Palace, built by the emperor of the same name in the 4th century. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight stay in Split.

Estimated transfer distance 146miles / 235km.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Corner or similar
tripadvisor rating

148 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour in Split

Moderate

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8th Day: Split - Plitvice Lakes - Opatija

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Breakfast at the hotel. Your journey of discovery through Croatia continues today with a visit to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place of exquisite natural beauty. Home to 16 lakes, this coveted natural environment invites you to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Accompanied by an expert guide, take a walk through the ancient woodlands before following the path across Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes). Visit the Lower Lakes before exploring the different trails and sections of the park on a 3-4 hour visit. Afterwards, continue to Opatijaa coastal town known for its Habsburg-era villas and beautiful beaches, where you'll spend the evening at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Opatija.

Estimated transfer distance from Split to Plitvice Lakes 150miles / 240km.

Estimated transfer distance from Plitvice Lakes to Opatija 103miles / 165km.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Imperial Opatija or similar
tripadvisor rating

80 Reviews

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Activities

included
Guided Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Active

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9th Day: Opatija

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Breakfast at the hotel. Take a city tour of Opatija to discover its rich history and aristocratic legacy! Situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, it was once a favourite spa resort of the Habsburgs and other European aristocrats, such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Walking through the colourful Angiolina Park, home to exotic plants, and along the Lungomare promenade surrounded by charming Austro-Hungarian villas and residences, you can still feel the unique appeal of charming Opatija. After the walking tour, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, perhaps enjoying the city's beaches or doing some souvenir shopping. Overnight stay in Opatija.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Imperial Opatija or similar
tripadvisor rating

80 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour of Opatija

Moderate

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10th Day: Opatija

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Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a relaxing day in Opatija at your leisure, perhaps exploring the Croatian Museum of Tourism or enjoying the delicious Mediterranean cuisine on offer here. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to the Istrian Peninsula and the Pula Colosseum*. Overnight stay in Opatija.

*Optional Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum: Discover the charms of the Istrian Peninsula and visit the spectacular 2000-year-old Colosseum in Pula. Afterwards, spend some time at your leisure in Rovinj before truffle-tasting in Motovun.

Please note this optional requires a minimum of 6 participants in order for it to operate. If there are not enough participants, the optional excursion will be cancelled and you will be refunded for it when you return from your trip.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Imperial Opatija or similar
tripadvisor rating

80 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum

Moderate

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11th Day: Opatija - Zagreb

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Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to head to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, home to an abundance of culture and history. Arrive in Zagreb and set off on a walking tour to explore the most emblematic sights in the city. In the medieval-era Upper Town pay a visit to St. Mark's Church, famous for its tiled roof, as well as the Parliament Building, Government Palace and countless other historical buildings. The remainder of the day is free to get a taste of the Croatian capital at your leisure. Be sure to stroll along Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes and the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Overnight stay in Zagreb.

Estimated transfer distance 112miles / 180km.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Grand Hotel Zagreb or similar
tripadvisor rating

8 Reviews

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Activities

included
Walking Tour of Zagreb

Moderate

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12th Day: Zagreb - Night on board

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After a final breakfast at the hotel, it's time to head home*. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Included activities

Included
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It is forbidden to enter the Colosseum with suitcases, backpacks and bulky bags and there is no luggage storage inside the Colosseum. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities

Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Included activity for day 3 in Rome

Take a guided walking tour of three of the main archaeological sites in Rome. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiator fights of the Colosseum and appreciate the relics of ancient Rome at the Forum and Palatine Hill.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

City Tour of Dubrovnik

Included activity for day 6 in Dubrovnik

Set off on a sightseeing tour of the old town. Some of the most prominent sights in the city include the St. Blaise Church and the stone-paved promenade known as Stradun.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information
Included

City Tour in Split

Included activity for day 7 in Split

Enjoy a walking tour of Split's old town, including a visit to the remains of the Diocletian Palace, built by the emperor of the same name in the 4th century.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information
Included

Guided Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Included activity for day 8

Accompanied by an expert guide, take a walk through the ancient woodlands before following the path across Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes). Next, enjoy a boat ride on the Lower Lakes before exploring the different trails and sections of the park.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Active

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional
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This tour only operates Tuesdays, Thursdays and Satudays. Meeting Point: In front of the theatre Argentina. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time

Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion

Suggested activity for day 3 in Rome

Discover the most symbolic piazzas and fountains in Rome! Visit Piazza Navona, home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain and see the Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Optional
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Meeting Point: Campo de' Fiori, 12, 00186 Roma. In case of being vegetarians, notify in advance to adapt the menu.

Authentic Italian Dinner at a Restaurant in Campo Di Fiori in Rome

Suggested activity for day 3 in Rome

Enjoy an authentic Italian dinner in beautiful Campo Di Fiori Square, nestled in the heart of historic Rome.

Physical rating:

Light

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Optional
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This tour will be at 9.45am or 13h45pm.Time and date will be reconfirmed on voucher.Tour NOT available on Sundays. Meeting point: via santamaura 28

Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel

Suggested activity for day 4 in Rome

Explore the treasures held within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! Visit Pio Clementino Hall, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the incredible Sistine Chapel, among other sights. Also discover St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter's Square.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Optional
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This tour requires a minimum of 6 participants in order for it to operate. If there are not enough participants, the excursion will be cancelled and you will be refunded for it when you return from your trip.

Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum

Suggested activity for day 10 in Opatija

Discover the charms of the Istrian Peninsula and visit the spectacular 2000-year-old Colosseum in Pula. Afterwards, spend some time at your leisure in Rovinj before truffle-tasting in Motovun.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Rome, Zagreb - US.
  • Flight: Rome - Dubrovnik.*
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  • 10 nights hotel accommodation in Superior category hotels.
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  • 10 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
  • All transfers
  • Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.**
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • City Tours of Dubrovnik & Split, Guided Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park, City Tour of Opatija and a Walking Tour of Zagreb.
  • Guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill in Rome.
  • Guide/s during the excursions.
  • Tour leader in Croatia from day 5 to 11***
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*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Tax*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

*Accommodation tax in Italy must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 6 € per person per night).

Meeting points in Italy: the included tours will depart from designated meeting points. The location of the meeting points will be included in your trip details. Transfers to the meeting points are not included.

*Documentation of the internal flights will be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

Hotel ratings in Italy & Croatia are not governed by the same standards as those in US, so please keep this in mind when selecting your desired accommodation category.

Due to the nature of the destination the terrain can be uneven at times, it may require you to walk on a rocky path, and up and down hills.

For wheelchair users this trip is upon request, please contact us for further information.

About Italy:

*The shuttle service from the airport to the hotel will wait for you up to one hour after the arrival of your flight. If your flight is delayed or you experience issues collecting your luggage please get in touch with the local provider.

Please note: this itinerary is an independent tour, not a group tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and some transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip, nor will you be traveling in a group. As an independent tour, the dates of the excursions may differ based on the availability of the tours. The final date will be available on the voucher uploaded on your Exoticca account prior to departure.

Meeting points: the included tours will depart from designated meeting points. The location of the meeting points will be included in your trip details. Transfers to the meeting points are not included.

**Time and days in Rome can be changed according to the availability of the Colosseum tickets. It will be confirmed 15 days before arrival. However, all included excursions are already guaranteed.

**If you visit during a religious or an official event or during a national holiday, certain attractions may be closed.

Important: The availability of some activities cannot be guaranteed during major holidays, including Christmas & Holy Week.

Important: Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities.

About Croatia:

Please note that Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum requires a minimum of 6 participants in order for it to operate. If there are not enough participants, the optional excursion will be cancelled and you will be refunded for it when you return from your trip.

***For groups consisting of 2 to 6 people you will not have a tour leader. Instead, you will have 1hour a day meeting with a our local representative in each city where you have an overnight.

  • Italy
  • Croatia
    • Entry requirements

      Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity required.

    • Visa

      No visa is required to enter the country.

    • Currency

      Euro.

    • Language

      Italian.

    • Electricity

      220 V. Adapter required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the US.

    • Time zone

      GMT + 01:00.

    • Other useful information

      Italian cuisine is one of the most prominent in the world. The national dish is pasta.

    • Tourist Office website

      http://www.italia.it/en/home.html

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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