Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast

Resort:Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast
Destination: Croatia, Slovenia
Price From: £1379.00


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 harbor town, Dubrovnik. Step inside Diocletians Palace and back into Roman times in Splits Old Town. Explore Ljubljana, Slovenias quaint capital city, and float on a pletna boat on serene Lake Bled. Ride a funicular up to Ljubljana Castle where a delicious dinner awaits.


Day 1: Overnight Flight

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.

Day 2: Opatija, Croatia – Tour Begins

Your tour begins in the seaside resort of Opatija. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a special welcome dinner.

Day 3: Opatija

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

Day 4: Opatija – Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast, travel to Croatias 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 5: Plitvice Lakes – Dubrovnik

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

Day 6: Dubrovnik

Join an expert local guide on a tour of Old Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Franciscan Monastery, where Europes oldest pharmacy lies, and see Rectors Palace, the City Walls, and many more historical sites. During your stay in Dubrovnik you have the special opportunity to personalize 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 todays 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 7: 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 Montenegros Bay of Kotor (or the Boka). Once known as Europes 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. While visiting with the local family youll 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 8: Dubrovnik – Split

Today, savor 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 specialties 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 center of Split.

Day 9: Split – Ljubljana, Slovenia

Your adventure continues as you travel up the coast, into Slovenia, and on to todays destination the quaint capital of Ljubljana. During the drive, take in the spectacular scenery. Arriving in Ljubljana, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax. This evening, soak up the stunning views of the city as you ride a funicular to Ljubljana Castle where you will savor a dinner of local specialties within the castle walls.

Day 10: 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 center of Lake Bled. Spend time exploring the 17th-century cathedral, St. Marys Church, and the wishing bell. Enjoy some time to stroll the quiet paths of this lakeside community at your own pace.

Day 11: 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 Zagrebs most famous restaurants.

Day 12: Zagreb – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close in Zagreb this morning.