Highlights of Croatia and Slovenia
Ljubljana - Opatija – Plitvice Lakes National Park – Split - Hvar – Dubrovnik
Discover the best of Croatia and Slovenia over 10 nights, traveling from the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana to medieval Dubrovnik.
This luxury vacation uncovers the highlights of Croatia and Slovenia, starting in charming Ljubljana with a day trip to one of the world’s most photogenic lakes, Lake Bled surrounded by the Slovenian Alps. Ride a train through the belly of a cave before crossing into Croatia, with visits to Rovinj and the medieval hilltop walled villages of Motovun and Groznjan. Discover ancient Split, explore the waterfalls and lakes of famous Plitvice National Park, cruise over to Hvar and sample famously delicious oysters in Ston, concluding in magical Dubrovnik.
|Arrival into Ljubljana, with an afternoon at leisure||Ljubljana|
|Guided tour of Ljubljana and Lake Bled||Ljubljana|
|Transfer to Opatija, with a tour of the Postojna Caves||Opatija|
|Food and wine tour the beautiful Istrian peninsula and Rovinj||Opatija|
|Discover the Plitvice Lakes National Park and waterfalls||Split|
|Expert led guided tour of UNESCO listed cities of Split and Trogir||Split|
|Transfer to Hvar town with guided afternoon tour||Hvar|
|Hvar wine, lavender fields and seaside towns tour||Hvar|
|Transfer to Dubrovnik with a visit to an oyster farm in Ston along the way.||Dubrovnik|
|Guided sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik’s Old City.||Dubrovnik|
Ljubljana (Arrival into Llubljana)
Upon your arrival to Ljubljana, your private driver will transfer you to your hotel in the charming city with a winding river that divides the Old Town from the newer commercial hub. It’s known for its abundance of green spaces, wealth of museums and a fairytale-like castle. After getting settled in, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. We recommend taking a stroll to preview some of the city’s many offerings.
Ljubljana (Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour)
After breakfast, your private driver/guide will bring you on a private tour of Ljubljana to discover its many charms – some say it’s one of Europe’s most impressive undiscovered gems. Next you’ll travel to Radovljica where you will enjoy a tour of this very picturesque traditional Slovenian town before heading on to the highlight of the day – Lake Bled. You will have time at your leisure to explore fairytale-like Lake Bled with a castle-topped island in the middle.
Opatija (Transfer to Opatija, stopping to tour Postojna Cave)
While your destination for the next two nights is Opatija, you’ll stop to tour Postojna Cave first. It’s one of Europe’s largest show caves, featuring stunning formations and diverse fauna, like an endangered salamander species called the olm. A train ride will take you into the belly of the cave. Nearby is Predjama Castle, a stunning Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth.
Your driver will take you to pretty seaside Austro-Hungarian town of Opatija. After checking into your hotel, stroll the waterfront promenade lined with magnificent villas and visit the scenic Angiolina Gardens.
Opatija (Full-day Istria tour)
Tour two of Croatia’s most impressive hilltop villages in Istria’s interior, reminiscent of Tuscany. The walled town of Motovun is your first stop where you’ll meet a truffle hunter and his dog for a demonstration of the truffle hunt before lunching in a traditional konoba like Mondo, spotlighted in the Anthony Bourdain’s former series, “No Reservations.” Groznjan, is next, renowned for its music and art, filled with galleries like Fonticus, set within a 16th-century building but displaying recent works, primarily by Croatian artists.
Split (Transfer to Split with a tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park en-route)
Your private driver will bring you to Split, with a detour to explore Plitvice Lakes National Park and its 16 stunning lakes in shades ranging from turquoise to emerald, 100 waterfalls and an abundance of lush flora and fauna. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at one of Croatia’s top restaurants, creating your own meal based on the fresh catch with help from the chef. Continuing to Split, you’ll have time to wander the seaside promenade to discover an enticing eatery for dinner.
Split (Private tour of Split and Trogir)
Meet your guide this morning for a private tour in Split and nearby Trogir. Marvel at the many historic landmarks in the 4th-century Diocletian Palace, walk the Riva promenade and visit the underground cellars where the iconic Game of Thrones was filmed. Afterwards, travel to ancient Trogir, founded over 2,000 years ago, it’s home to some of the most well-preserved Romanesque-Gothic architecture it feels like an open-air museum.
Hvar (Transfer to Hvar + afternoon tour of Hvar Town)
After breakfast we will transfer you to the Island of Hvar. Upon arrival, check into your hotel in the centre of Hvar Town before going on an afternoon city tour. Our guide will meet you at your hotel and take you for a journey to Fortica fortress to take in a breathtaking view over the harbor, sea and nearby islands. Learn about its history and then take a short stroll to Hvar Town’s historic center, home to significant landmarks like the Arsenal Theatre and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Hvar (Lavender fields, wine and seaside towns)
Today you will get to visit the hidden gems of Hvar with our private local guide. You will visit Malo Grablje an abandoned 16th century village before continuing on Hvar’s old road which takes you through beautiful lavender fields. Enjoy a stop at a very sought after family run winery to sample locally produced wines in their impressive underground cellar. Then its on to Stari Grad, a charming seaside town which still retains its feel of yesteryear. Enjoy lunch at a very traditional Croatian ‘konoba’ before returning back to Hvar.
Dubrovnik (Transfer to Dubrovnik with an oyster culinary experience along the way)
Our private driver will transfer you to Dubrovnik today, along the way you’ll hop on a boat to meet your host for a visit to an oyster farm. Enjoy an oyster growing demonstration and then venture to a private island for a tasting of the famous oysters, complemented with local olive oil, rakija and wine. You will arrive in Dubrovnik in the afternoon ready to check in and enjoy your first evening dining al fresco in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik (Old City sightseeing tour)
Waking up in Dubrovnik, join your local guide after breakfast for a walking tour of the medieval Old City, learning about its fascinating history while strolling the marble paved streets and visiting multiple historic landmarks. Admire the Church of St Blaise, Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, and Orlando’s Column before enjoying time on your own. You might walk atop the ancient walls, shop for souvenirs, and ride the cable car to Mount Srd just before dusk for a stunning sunset view.
While it’s always difficult to end such an incredible adventure, your 10-nights highlight tour through Slovenia and Croatia comes to an end this morning. Our driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to Dubrovnik Airport for your flight home.
- Private luxury transfers throughout your trip
- Private our of Lake Bled and Ljubljana
- Two nights in Ljubljana in a 4-star hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- Tour of Postojna Caves
- Private tour of Istria with wine tasting and truffle presentation
- Private guided tour of Split and Trogir
- Private guided tour of Dubrovnik
- Private guided tour of Hvar Town
- Full day our of Hvar with wine and lunch
- Two nights in Opatija in a 4 or 5-star hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Two nights in Split in a 4-star hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- Two nights in Dubrovnik in a 4-star hotel on bed & breakfast basis
What’s not Included
- Return flights to Croatia
- Gratuities and non-included meals
- Entrances and activities that are not included on the itinerary
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