Discover Croatia, Slovenia & the Adriatic Coast
From $2,709* pp | 11 Days • 16 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Be immersed in more than one thousand years of Croatian history and tour its medieval cities, tranquil lakes, and charming local villages.
- Spend three nights in Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.”
- Travel out to the island church of St. Mary’s aboard a “pletna” boat.
- Experience the wonder of 16 cascading lakes at Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park.
- Enjoy a visit and dinner with a local family in the Konavle region outside Dubrovnik.
A Wondrous European Escape
Medieval architecture, tranquil lakes, local villages and Croatian charm will delight you on this tour featuring Dubrovnik, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, and the pearls of the stunning Dalmatian coast. Begin your exploration with two nights in Opatija, the “Riviera of Croatia” and an Istrian gem. Explore Plitvice National Park by foot and by boat, a place where waterfalls cascade down sheer cliffs connecting 16 pristine lakes. Connect with the local people during a home-hosted dinner. Explore the white stone buildings, winding alleys, and massive city walls of the ancient harbour town, Dubrovnik. Step inside Diocletian’s Palace and back into Roman times in Split’s old town. Explore Ljubljana, Slovenia’s quaint capital city, and float on a “pletna” boat on serene Lake Bled.
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
Tips and gratuities
Day 1. Opatija, Croatia – Tour Begins
Join us and explore Croatia and the countries of the Adriatic. This is a “must see” region filled with ancient cities, medieval architecture, unique cultures, rolling hills and stunning coastal scenery. Your tour begins in the seaside resort of Opatija. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a special welcome dinner.
Dinner High 24° Low 15° Hotel Bristol Opatija
After breakfast, travel to Croatia’s most beautiful national park, Plitvice Lakes. This UNESCO World Heritage site promises inspiring scenery as you travel among its 16 terraced lakes and dense forests. A series of waterfalls and free flowing cascades connects each lake to the other. Complete the experience with a short cruise that takes you into the heart of this natural wonder.
Day 4. Plitvice Lakes – Dubrovnik
Join an expert local guide on a tour of “Old Dubrovnik,” a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Franciscan Monastery, where Europe’s oldest pharmacy lies; Rector’s Palace, the City Walls, and many more historical sites. During your stay in Dubrovnik you have the special opportunity to personalise your tour and partake in one of two inclusions: Elaphiti Islands* cruise (today) or Montenegro excursion (tomorrow). This afternoon features either your first choice or leisure time to relax or independently explore Dubrovnik on your own. Those who have chosen today’s option will set out on a cruise around the Elaphiti Islands, stopping along the way at a local fishing village to get a taste of island life. The name of these islands comes from the ancient Greek word for deer, which used to inhabit the islands in large numbers. Roman author Pliny the Elder was the first to mention the islands by name in his work, Naturalis Historia, published in the 1st century. Today, they remain an oasis of traditional Croatian coastal living just off the bustling coast.
Day 6. Dubrovnik
For those who selected the Elaphiti Islands cruise yesterday, today is a day at leisure to relax or independently explore Dubrovnik. Those who have chosen the Montenegro excursion will leave in the morning to cross the border to Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor (or “the Boka”). Once known as Europe’s southernmost fjord, it is in fact a ria (a long, narrow inlet). Your guide will introduce you to the deep history of the region and will share stories of the many cultures and empires that have left their marks here. Enjoy some free time before returning to Dubrovnik. This evening, travel to the culturally-rich Konavle region to Cilipi for a family-style dinner in a locally-owned restaurant. Whilst visiting with the local family you’ll learn about life in the Croatian heartland and sample regional wines. At dinner, servers introduce you to a culinary feast, prepared in the way of their ancestors.
Day 7. Dubrovnik – Split
Today, savour stunning sea views as you travel up the winding coastal road, hugging the sheer cliffs that drop into the aquamarine Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a stop in a quaint village in the Croatian countryside. You will have time to taste the local specialities and perhaps walk through the village square. Upon arrival in Split, set out on a walking tour featuring the impressive Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most significant late-Roman historical monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition, see the peristyle of the palace and the Temple of Jupiter. Then, continue to your hotel located in the centre of Split.
Your adventure continues as you travel up the coast, into Slovenia, and on to today’s destination – the quaint capital of Ljubljana. During the drive, take in the spectacular scenery. Later, arrive in Ljubljana and enjoy your afternoon at leisure to relax or get acquainted with the city on your own.
Day 9. Ljubljana – Lake Bled – Ljubljana
This morning you will be met by a local expert who will introduce you to this lovely town nestled along the banks of the river. Your tour includes the impressive City Hall and a visit to the magnificent Cathedral of St. Nicholas. After free time for lunch, drive a short distance to tranquil Lake Bled. Experience the old-world charm that comes with taking a “pletna” boat to the picturesque island in the centre of Lake Bled. Spend time exploring the 17th-century cathedral, St. Mary’s Church, and the “wishing bell.” Enjoy some time to stroll the quiet paths of this lakeside community at your own pace.
Day 10. Ljubljana – Zagreb, Croatia
Today you travel to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and embark on a fascinating tour. Continue your exploration your way with free time this afternoon. Tonight, celebrate the end of an unforgettable trip with dinner in one of Zagreb’s most famous restaurants.
Day 11. Zagreb – Depart for Home
- All countries on this tour are 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
- No significant elevation is encountered.
- The currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna. The currency in Slovenia is the Euro.
- The voltage in Croatia is 220 volts.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Jul 16, 2017 – Jul 26, 2017 $3,169
Aug 13, 2017 – Aug 23, 2017 $3,469
Sep 3, 2017 – Sep 13, 2017 $3,469
Sep 13, 2017 – Sep 23, 2017 SOLD OUT
Sep 17, 2017 – Sep 27, 2017 SOLD OUT
Sep 20, 2017 – Sep 30, 2017 SOLD OUT
Sep 24, 2017 – Oct 4, 2017 SOLD OUT
Oct 1, 2017 – Oct 11, 2017 $3,119
Oct 8, 2017 – Oct 18, 2017 $3,119
Oct 15, 2017 – Oct 25, 2017 $3,119
Nov 5, 2017 – Nov 15, 2017 $2,709
Dec 3, 2017 – Dec 13, 2017 $2,709
Jan 28, 2018 – Feb 7, 2018 $2,709
Feb 18, 2018 – Feb 28, 2018 $2,709
Mar 11, 2018 – Mar 21, 2018 $2,849
Apr 8, 2018 – Apr 18, 2018 SOLD OUT
Apr 22, 2018 – May 2, 2018 $2,989
Apr 298, 2018 – May 9, 2018 SOLD OUT