Highlights of Croatia and Slovenia
Ljubljana - Rovinj - Postojna caves – Plitvice Lakes National Park – Split – Trogir - Hvar – Dubrovnik
Highlights of Slovenia, Croatia & Montenegro
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, Slovenia; afternoon at leisure.||Ljubljana|
|Sightseeing tour in Ljubljana and day trip to Lake Bled.||Ljubljana|
|Transfer to Rovinj, stopping to visit Postojna Cave.||Rovinj|
|Tour the Istrian hilltop towns of Motovun and Groznjan.||Rovinj|
|Transfer to Split, exploring Plitvice National Park along the way.||Split|
|Sightseeing tours of Split and Trogir + vineyard visit for wine tasting.||Split|
|Catamaran transfer to Hvar Island, half-day tour of Hvar town.||Hvar|
|Hidden secrets tour through Hvar Island.||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|
ARRIVE IN LJUBLJANA (Arrival into Llubljana + afternoon at your leisure)
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 sightseeing tour of Ljubljana to discover its many charms – some say it’s one of Europe’s most impressive undiscovered gems. After exploring you’ll travel Radovljica where you’ll join a biking tour, riding through the picturesque scenery while taking in cultural and historical landmarks on your way to the fairytale-like Lake Bled with a castle-topped island in the middle. Soak up the views and sample one of the local sweet treats, Cremeschnitte, before making your return.
Rovinj (Transfer to Rovinj, stopping to tour Postojna Cave)
While your destination for the next two nights is Rovinj, 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 Rovinj. After checking into your hotel, stroll the waterfront promenade lined with magnificent villas or enjoy a panoramic vista from the bell tower at the hilltop church of St. Euphemia before dining with a sea view.
Rovinj (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 (Sightseeing tours of Split and Trogir + vineyard visit for wine tasting)
Meet your guide this morning for sightseeing tours in Split and nearby Trogir. Marvel at the many historic landmarks in the 4th-century palace, walk the Riva promenade and climb Marjan Hill for a panoramic view. Afterward, travel to ancient Trogir, founded 2,300 years ago, it’s home to some of the most well-preserved Romanesque-Gothic architecture it feels like an open-air museum. After your tours, you’ll visit a vineyard for a wine and food pairing with the rest of the evening enjoyed at your leisure.
Hvar (Transfer via catamaran to Hvar + afternoon sightseeing tour of Hvar Town)
Travel by public catamaran to cosmopolitan Hvar after breakfast. After checking into your hotel, meet your guide for the ride to Fortica fortress/castle 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 before visiting the Benedictine Nin’s museum which showcases their UNESCO-listed agave lace, made with thread collected from the island’s agave plants.
Hvar (Hidden Secrets of Hvar Tour)
Discover the side of Hvar Island most tourists never see on a hidden secrets of Hvar tour. Visit Malo Grablje, abandoned 16th-century villages and Velo Grablje, the lavender growing center. You’ll climb to the island’s highest peak for a 360-degree view of Brac, Korcula and Vic island before dining on an authentic meal in Vrisnik village for lunch. The tour concludes by traveling the south coast with views of the wine-growing areas on your way back to Hvar Town. Enjoy the evening on your own.
Dubrovnik (Transfer to Dubrovnik with an oyster culinary experience along the way)
Return to Split by public catamaran this morning where you’ll take private transfer to Dubrovnik. 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. Your host will prepare a Buzara sauce for you to enjoy with it before you continue from there to the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’
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. If you aren’t ready to say farewell, our travel experts will be happy to create a bespoke addition for exploring more of Croatia, nearby countries or beyond. Otherwise, your private driver will meet you in the hotel lobby after breakfast for the transfer to Dubrovnik Airport and your flight home.
- Private transfers throughout your trip
- Tour of Lake Bled
- Two nights in Ljubljana in a 4-star hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- Tour of Postojna Cave
- Truffle-hunting & countryside tour in Istria
- Guided English tours of Ljubljana, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik & vineyard visit
- Forgotten history tour of Hvar Island
- Two nights in Rovinj in a 4 or 5-star hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park
- One night in Split in a 4-star hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- One night 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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