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Discover Croatia, Slovenia & the Adriatic Coast

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$2,709.00

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.

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Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.

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Itinerary

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.
icons_food  Dinner   icons_therma High  24°  Low  15° icons_hotel  Hotel Bristol Opatija

 

Day 2. Opatija

Opatija, known as “Croatia’s Riviera,” was once the summer retreat for Roman Caesars and Hapsburg Monarchs. Spend the day exploring the town on your own.

icons_food Breakfast   icons_therma High  24°  Low  15° icons_hotel  Hotel Bristol Opatija

 

Day 3. Opatija – Plitvice Lakes

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.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner    icons_therma  High  24°  Low  17°  icons_hotel  Jezero Hotel

 

Day 4. Plitvice Lakes – Dubrovnik

This morning, continue south through the heart of Croatia, towardss the medieval city of Dubrovnik. Along the way, enjoy magnificent views of the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner    icons_therma  High  25°  Low  18°  icons_hotel  Valamar Lacroma Resort

 

Day 5. 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.

icons_food  Breakfast    icons_therma  High  25°  Low  18°  icons_hotel  Valamar Lacroma Resort

 

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.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner    icons_therma  High  25°  Low  18°  icons_hotel  Valamar Lacroma Resort

 

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.

icons_food  Breakfast   icons_therma High  20°  Low  14°   icons_hotel  Atrium Hotel

 

Day 8. Split – Ljubljana, Slovenia

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.

icons_food Breakfast   icons_therma  High  14°  Low  5°  icons_hotel  Hotel Lev

 

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.

icons_food  Breakfast   icons_therma  High  14°  Low  5°  icons_hotel  Hotel Lev

 

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.

icons_food  Breakfast & Dinner    icons_therma  High  15°  Low  8°  icons_hotel  Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

 

Day 11. Zagreb – Depart for Home

Your tour comes to a close in Zagreb this morning.

icons_food  Breakfast

  • 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