The Best of Slovenia & Croatia

Dramatic landscapes and cities rich in history make up the best of the proud yet welcoming European nations of Croatia and Slovenia. Explore the rugged islands and sweeping beaches of Croatia’s Adriatic coast, and wander at will amongst the cathedrals, museums and galleries of the classy city of Zagreb.

Mysterious ancient ruins and tiny fishing villages add human interest to the labyrinth of islands that make up the coastline, while the weatherworn walls of medieval cities can tell tales of conquest, victory and betrayal.

The historic coastal city of Dubrovnik seems almost caught in a time-warp, and then there is the natural beauty of Slovenia, a country blessed with mountains, lakes and forests – the perfect outdoor playground if you prefer a more active kind of holiday.

You could always restrict your physical exertions to café-hopping and let the best of Croatia and Slovenia come to you as you watch the world go by.

 

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Tour Summary

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Day 1

Upon arrival you will be transferred to Hotel Dubrovnik.

After settling in to your hotel, set out to explore your first night in this beautiful city.

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Day 2

After breakfast, your day will start with a cup of coffee in the oldest coffee shop in Zagreb before setting out to meet with your local guide for the city tour.

You will visit the Museum of Broken Relationships, the vineyards and castles in the Croatian Zagorje region and the Trakošćan Castle.

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Day 3

Today you will transfer to Lake Bled, stopping at Ljubljana along the way. Meet your local guide for a tour of the town, walking through the “Stara Ljubljana” (Old Town), and other sights of the capital.

Continue on to Lake Bled, a peaceful and quiet destination known for its views of stunning nature, it’s beautiful lake, and awe-inspiring castle.

 

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Day 4

After breakfast, set out for a morning of sightseeing and exploring around Bled.

Step onto a traditional two-oared wooden pletna for a short paddle to Bled Island. Reconvene with your guide and journey to Bled Castle which was built on a precipice during the 11th Century.

Afterwards, continue on to Vingar Gorge to explore forest trails and dramatic natural limestone carvings on the Radovna River.

Spend the evening in Bled at your leisure

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Day 5

After breakfast, meet your driver in the lobby for your transfer to Rovinj and one of the most popular resorts, Hotel Eden.

On your way, stop in Postojna for a cave tour. Postojna Cave is the largest Karst cave in Slovenia, making it a long standing tourist tradition and one of the most visited landmarks in Slovenia.

Continue on to Rovinj and enjoy your evening at leisure.

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Day 6

After breakfast, make your way to Pula, the largest town on the Istrian peninsula to meet with your local guide. On your tour explore a Roman amphitheater, and other historical and cultural monuments. After, you will move towards the coastline for a kayaking tour and explore nearby caves.

In the late afternoon, meet your driver and depart to Motovun, for a tour of the ancient Istrian city on top of a hill. The city is surrounded by vineyards and near the Mirna valley with famous underground truffles.

Dinner reservations have been made at a local traditional restaurant.

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Day 7

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver for a scenic journey to Poreč, a beautiful, cultural city with the Euphrasian basilica.

After the tour and free time for lunch continue to National Park Plitvice Lakes. The sixteen lakes are interconnected by a series of waterfalls and surrounded by a deep woodland forest.

Check in to your hotel and enjoy the lakes at your leisure.

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Day 8

After breakfast, meet with your guide and take a walk through the beautiful waterfalls and untouched nature.

Once your tour is complete, meet your driver and continue on to Zadar, an ancient city built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic.

Check in to the Hotel Bastion, where you will spend the next two nights.

Reservations have been made in the late afternoon for dinner and wine tasting at a local winery.

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Day 9

After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel for a sightseeing tour around Zadar. You will walk through the ancient Forum, local monuments, palaces, the church of St. Donat, the Square of Five Wells, and the Sea Organ.

In the afternoon, embark on a boat where you will sail around NP KORNATI. The archipelago contains 140 islands in 114 square miles. Sail around the islands past sunset and continue back to Zadar to spend the evening at your leisure.

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Day 10

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart to Trogir, a harmonious stone town on a small island that is connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges.

Continue to Split, the second largest city in Croatia with Roman ruins along fashionable cafes and shops. Meet with a local guide for a tour of the historical sights as well as the Palace of Diocletian.

After sightseeing continue to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and the Hotel Neptun where you will stay the next three nights.

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Day 11

After breakfast, begin the day meeting with your guide for a tour of Dubrovnik. The guide will share hidden streets and walk through a unique view of Old Town.

In the afternoon meet your driver to continue out to the countryside for a biking and wine tasting tour. This tour explores villages, vineyards, olive groves, waterfalls, and medieval watermills. There will be several stops for an afternoon swim and a picnic lunch break. The tour will end at a Dubrovnik winery where you have a tasting of local wines.

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Day 12

Enjoy breakfast and the morning at leisure.

In the afternoon embark on a boat and explore the Elaphiti islands. The crew will show you hidden beaches, caves, and secret places along the islands. The highlight of the trip will be a late lunch served at an authentic restaurant on the island Šipan.

Sail back to Dubrovnik and enjoy the evening at leisure.

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Day 13

After breakfast you will meet your driver for your private transfer to the airport for your flight back to the states taking home with you priceless memories and the sights, smells, and tastes of Croatia and Slovenia!

Included

– Private activities/tours as specified;

– Luxury Trips’ local reps available 24/7 while travelling;

– Services of local guides and staff;

– Ground transfers as specified;

– Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST);

– All accommodation as specified;

– Excursions/activities as specified;

– Luxury Trips Final Documentation.

Not Included

– Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified;

– Any scheduled flights and related taxes;

– Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance;

– Staff gratuities;

– Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;

– Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;

– International airfare.