Best of Croatia and Slovenia – 14 Days

Best of Croatia and Slovenia – 14 Days

Duration
14 Days
Group size
up to 8 persons
Arrival location
Zagreb
Departure location
Zagreb
Duration
14 Days
Group size
8 persons
Arrival location
Zagreb
Departure location
Zagreb

Overview

Embark on an exclusive adventure through Croatia and Slovenia with our Private Tour: Best of Croatia & Slovenia, beginning in the vibrant city of Zagreb. Traverse the charming streets of Ljubljana, bask in the serenity of Lake Bled and Bohinj, explore the mysteries of Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, savor the flavors of Istria, and witness the natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes. Your journey continues to the coastal allure of Zadar, Split, and Trogir, with a hidden gem stop in the Neretva Valley, before concluding in the enchanting ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ Dubrovnik. This private tour promises an exclusive experience tailored to your desires.

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  • All private transportation with Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle in destination location as explained in itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels with BB daily
  • Local English-speaking guide as explaind in itinerary
  • Wine tasting as explained in itinerary
  • Entrance tickets to NP Plitvice Lakes, Bled, Bohinj, Postojna cave, Predjama cave
  • Photo safari with authentic boat & lunch in Neretva Valley
  • City walls Dubrovnik tickets
  • Guided tour: Zagreb, Ljubljana, Bled, Bohinj, Rovinj, Pula, Motovun, Plitvice , Zadar, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik
  • Flight tickets
  • Lunch, Dinner and drinks at meal, extra services and costs which are not in the program, personal expenses. car
  • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory)

Itinerary

Aerial view of the Cathedral in Zagreb at sunrise. Croatia

We start with the best of Croatia and Slovenia tour at Zagreb Airport. Welcome with our driver guide for, and transfer to your accommodation in Zagreb. Depending on your arrival time we will have a short orientational tour of Zagreb “the Capital of Croatia”. In other words, the city tour will give you an insight into two different cities: the modern, urban, and the historic and cultural Zagreb.  Start at Zagreb’s main square – Ban Jelačić Square. You will take a ride by Zagreb’s funicular, which is the shortest cable car in the world. From the Upper Town, we will enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the area. We continue our tour passing by Zagreb’s Cathedral and walking through Croatia’s biggest green market ”Dolac”. With many museums, galleries, cafes, open markets, clubs, and pubs, Zagreb is today a city pulsing with life! Overnight at your hotel. (B)

After breakfast in the morning, we continue our best of Croatia and Slovenia tour. Drive towards Ljubljana – “the capital of Slovenia”. Ljubljana is a medium-sized European city. It’s a place where eastern and western cultures meet. Together with our driver guide, we walk through the old town district to explore many baroque buildings. The colorful farmer’s market,  the cathedral of St. Nicholas, the old medieval fortress which stands up there like an old guardian of the city. Finally, we are also taking you to a local restaurant, where you will have a chance to try some of Ljubljana’s famous dishes together with a local draft beer! After the city tour and lunch, we continue towards Lake Bled. Check-in and overnight stay Bled. (B)

After breakfast in the morning, we will take a tour around Bled Lake. The stunning blue lake in the heart of the town and the picture-postcard church on the island. A medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps. This Alpine lake has been a world-renowned paradise for centuries. Lookout at the lake from a castle on a cliff and visit the island on a traditional “pletna” boat. After lunch in a local restaurant, we continue our trip towards Lake Bohinj. There we will take a cable car and get up to 1537 m at Vogel mountain. Following the tour of Bohinj, we return to your accommodation in Bled. Overnight stay in Bled. (B)

A shot of the Predjama Castle Postojna Slovenia

This day we are leaving towards Croatia. On our way, we will stop at Postojna cave and Pređama castle. In the beginning, enjoy train ride into the heart of the caves. A few more kilometers from Postojna is Pređama castle. The Karst world offers an unforgettable experience in the fairytale world of knights. Today the caves under Pređama Castle are the home of a colony of bats. Pređama Castle has been used as a filming venue for many documentaries and feature films. The castle has also mesmerized George R. R. Martin, author of the best-seller “The Game of Thrones”. Finally, you are going to enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants. Following lunch, we are continuing the trip towards Rovinj. Overnight stay in Rovinj. (B)

Morning to enjoy in Rovinj, well known as the “romance capital of Adriatic”. It is the right destination for all the guests seeking a sentimental atmosphere. Next, we continue the trip to Pula. For visit,  it’s a great Roman amphitheater and an interesting old town with 2000 years old history. Next, we’ll take you to discover the continental part of Istria. The green oasis with many hills and vineyards. Its landscape is often compared to the one of Tuscany or Provence. On our Istrian tour, we will also try some of the world-known specialties of Istrian cuisine. In Motovun, we have the opportunity to experience a traditional Istrian truffle lunch. Without any doubt, truffles are gastronomical jewels. Return in Rovinj and free time in the evening. (B)

Plitvice Lakes National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Aerial view, colorful spring panorama of lit by sun green forest and long wooden bridge with tourists over blue lake with blue-green water.

We are continuing our best of Croatia and Slovenia tour and we proceed towards the Plitvice Lakes National Park. On the way to the lakes, We’ll stop at Rastoke – an idyllic watermill village we often like to call “the Small Lakes of  Plitvice”. After the time in Rastoke to the next destination, Plitvice. In the National Park will walk along the majestic string of sixteen cascaded lakes connected with beautiful waterfalls. The tour of the National Park will take approximately 3 hours. and will include a boat ride over the big lake and a train ride through the parking area at the end.  After the tour, you are going to enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants. Overnight stay Plitvice Lakes.(B)

Today, we continue our driver guide for Croatia and Slovenia tour to enjoy a sightseeing 2-hour tour with your tour guide of Zadar. Walking along Zadar`s streets the guide will show you the entire spectrum of monuments and hidden corners, taking you into the past more than 3000 years. By retelling the stories and legends you will feel the pulse of the town from the past and today`s everyday living. After the tour, you are going to enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants. Overnight stay in Zadar.(B)

City tour Trogir
Ese Japan: City tour Trogir

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive down from the mountain region Trogir & Split– a treasury of cultural and historical monuments dating as far back as the 4th Century BC. Set on a small island just off the mainland, Trogir was first settled by the ancient Greeks, before falling under the Romans and later the Byzantines. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Town Trogir is surrounded by a fortress wall with two gates and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. On the sea-side of the island, you may see the Sea Gate, which was built in the 16th Century, and the nearby old fish market, located in an open loggia, surrounded by a colonnade. After guided sightings tour, we recommend you to have lunch in local restaurant. Enjoy some time at your leisure to browse the small shops and cafes in Trogir, before heading to Split. Overnight at your hotel in Split. (B)

Famous Diocletian Palace built for Emperor Diocletian in historic center of Split. Location: Split, Dalmatia, Croatia, Europe

Following breakfast, head to city centar. Transfer to tgate of Split central area (old part of the town). Start 2 h walking tour of Old town of Split with our local English-speaking guide. Start at Pjaca Square for pretty views of white marble tiles, the Iron Gate (the western entrance to Diocletian’s Palace), a Romanesque clock tower with the remains of a medieval sundial, and the 15th-century Town Hall. Enjoy some time at your leisure to browse the small shops and cafes in Split. Try local cuisse in best restaurants. Overnight at your hotel in Split.(B)

Dubrovnik city walls private tour

Finally, the Best of Croatia and Slovenia tour is reserved for exploring the old town of Dubrovnik. Following breakfast, your driver will transfer you to old town. Coffee drinking is a morning ritual in Dalmatia. In Dubrovnik, the place to do it is the Stradun (aka Placa). This 300m-long white limestone-paved promenade, the main thoroughfare through the old town, effectively links Pile Gate and Ploče Gate. The 17th-century Baroque stone buildings that flank the Stradun host small shops and open-air cafes at street level. This is where locals meet for coffee, read the morning newspapers, and watch the world pass by. One of the best spots is Gradska Kavana on a raised terrace at the end of the Stradun. Interestingly, the Stradun used to be a shallow sea channel – it was filled in during the 12th century, creating the city as you see it today. Start your day exploring the walls of Dubrovnik. It is a wonderful experience to walk down the Walls of Dubrovnik and must-do thing when visiting Dubrovnik. At the entrance to the city’s Old Town, you will see the main street Stradun (or Placa), the most interesting part of Dubrovnik. It is magnificent with all these styles of architecture like Renaissance (Sponza Palace), Gothic (Rector’s Palace which is a history museum now) and Baroque (St. Blaise Church). Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Plitvice Lakes National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Aerial view, colorful spring panorama of lit by sun green forest and long wooden bridge with tourists over blue lake with blue-green water.

One of the most photogenic natural parks is wait- ing for you! Plitvice national park will absolutely take your breath away! With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, and already on 8 April 1949, it was proclaimed Croatia’s first national park. A UNESCO World Her- itage Site is considered one of the most spectacu lar natural phenomena with 16 emerald-turquoise lakes that are connected to each other by a fabu- lous system of waterfalls. After lunch, the scenic road will take you to blue Adriatic coastline. You will accommodate in Opatija, dame of coastal Croatia that emerged as holiday resort for elite al- ready in 19th century hosting eminent guests such as Emperor Franc Josef I, empress Maria Anna and many others. Lunch and in the afternoon continue to Zagreb.Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Following breakfast, free time in Zagreb. Transfer to Zagreb Airport for your flight back to your home.

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Tour Locations

Kornati National Park

Nacionalni park Kornati is an archipelago of 89 gorgeous islands, islets, and reefs in the northern part of Dalmatia, near Dugi Otok, Murter, Zadar, and Šibenik.

Ston

Visiting Ston on the Peljesac Peninsula, near Dubrovnik, in Croatia – an area famous for its town walls, the saltworks and oysters!

Opatija

Often called the Nice of Croatia, Vienna by the Sea, the Pearl of the Adriatic or the Old Lady, Opatija already bears countless affectionate nicknames.

Rovinj

Rovinj is a stunning little city in Croatia filling every inch of a peninsula bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea.

Omiš

This small Dalmatian town at the mouth of the Cetina river, some 25 km south of Split, offers a unique blend of the river, the sea and mountains.  

Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi is recognizable by the abundance of mimosa trees and its numerous flights of stairs. It’s often called ‘The City of the sun’.

Tour Locations

Rovinj

Rovinj is a stunning little city in Croatia filling every inch of a peninsula bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea.

Predjama Castle

The world’s largest cave castle, listed as one of the Guinness World Records, tells a picturesque story about the old times.

Postojna Cave

The jaw-dropping Postojna Cave system, a series of caverns, halls and passages some two million years old.

Bohinj

Lake Bohinj is Slovenia’s largest glacial lake tucked away in the northwestern corner of Slovenia.

Ljubljana

Slovenia’s capital and largest city is one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals.

Bled

Slovenia is the green heart of Europe, where everyone can find something for themselves.

Trogir

Trogir boasts rich history with its roots going back to the 3rd century BC. It is one of the most well-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in Europe. 

The Neretva Valley

Neretva Valley spreads over a large area some 90 minutes’ drive north of Dubrovnik or Split. The Neretva Valley is a real paradise for many visitors.

Zadar

Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia’s most recognisable UNESCO-listed national park, Plitvice Lakes are comprised of 16 cascading lakes and travertine waterfalls.

Dubrovnik

“The Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia.The city of Dubrovnik is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Split

Croatia’s second-largest city, Split is a vibrant destination with the opportunity to get to know authentic daily life and spend time on beautiful beaches.

Zagreb

The capital and biggest city in Croatia, Zagreb is the cultural and economic hub of the country. Take a stroll through Ilica, ride the funicular to the Upper Town.

Rovinj

Rovinj is a stunning little city in Croatia filling every inch of a peninsula bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea.

Predjama Castle

The world’s largest cave castle, listed as one of the Guinness World Records, tells a picturesque story about the old times.

Postojna Cave

The jaw-dropping Postojna Cave system, a series of caverns, halls and passages some two million years old.

Bohinj

Lake Bohinj is Slovenia’s largest glacial lake tucked away in the northwestern corner of Slovenia.

Ljubljana

Slovenia’s capital and largest city is one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals.

Bled

Slovenia is the green heart of Europe, where everyone can find something for themselves.