WHO AM I, WHERE DO I COME FROM?
Trying to track down your roots? Learn all about ancestry tours in Slovenia, Croatia or other Balkan countries and visit the birthplace of your grandparents. As a local travel agency specialized in preparing tailor-made trips we have welcomed numerous guests from all over the world. When asked how come they choose the Balkans for their holidays, many of them stated that their grandparents emigrated from here and they wanted to see the land of their ancestors. Learning how easy it is to make trips even more special for our clients, we have decided to promote ancestry tours as part of our regular offer.
EXPLORE THE MAGICAL UNDERWORLD
The Karst Plateau in the southeast of Slovenia is a magical place where influences from the Adriatic and Alps intersect to create a unique natural and cultural environment. Its main characteristic is a limestone foundation, forging a wonderful set of karst phenomena such are caves, sinkholes and karstic fields. Many visitors are simply astonished by the number and beauty of karst caves in Slovenia. They represent an undisputed tourist highlight and a must-see for every visitor. Come, and explore them with us!
BEST FLY & DRIVE TIPS
Who doesn’t love road trips? Our experts on traveling to the Balkans have prepared a list of most scenic roads in this area that you should consider inserting into you travel plans. Cross the Alpine passes in Slovenia or drive along the Adriatic and Ionian coastline; follow the green rivers and chase the curvy road across the Carpathian Mountains! Check out our recommendations and start planning your next fly & drive trip with us!
MUST-SEE PLACES IN ISTRIA
In the past decades the peninsula of Istria was attracting sea & sun seeking holidaymakers from Central Europe who occupied its gorgeous coastline every summer. But in recent years this truly amazing region is gaining more and more recognition for the abundance of its many additional qualities, especially in the sense of boutique inland tourism and gastronomy delights. To present you all of Istria’s must-see places and must-try pleasures, we have put together this Istria Travel Guide, which draws from local knowledge and our own experiences.
DISCOVER THE BALKAN LAKES
As local specialist we know all the best spots in the south-eastern Europe. We have prepared a shortlist of the best lakes to visit in the Balkans, so you can focus on enjoying these places instead of finding them. From the tiny but cute Alpine Lake Bled in Slovenia to the enormous Lake Skadar – the largest one in the Balkans – shared between Montenegro and Albania. We know them all! All the best ones, that is!
TAILOR-MADE CITY BREAK
Take an unforgettable Split City Break. The capital of Dalmatia is a popular summer destination and an important transport hub to the islands of Hvar, Brač and others. As a true metropolis, Split – the second largest city in Croatia – also offers extraordinary cultural and gastronomy experiences. It’s a buzzing mix of historic buildings and trendy cafes offering something for everyone. Visit Split once and return for more!
DISCOVER ISTRIA IN A UNIQUE WAY
Visit the peninsula of Istra – one of the most magical places in the whole Balkan region. Divided between Croatia and Slovenia, Istria is an amazing mix of fascinating history, beautiful nature and delicious gastronomy. Just imagine walking through its lush forests in a search of the desired underground mushroom, accompanied by a furry friend. Truffle hunting in Croatia and Slovenia is definitely one of the most unique travel experiences you can come across.
DIVERSITY OF SLOVENIAN CUISINE
ACTIVE HOLIDAYS IN THE BALKANS
Did you know that there are no less then five national parks in Montenegro? Although this Balkan country covers the area of less than 14 thousand square kilometres it boosts amazing nature worth protecting for generations to come. Join us in hiking the high peaks of Durmitor or Prokletije mountains, relax at Biogradska Gora and Lake Skader or explore the fascinating history of Lovćen National Park. There is nothing that Montenegro doesn’t have, so we hope you have enough time to experience it all.
VISIT THE WORLD HERITAGE SITES
The UNESCO recognised sites are always among the most popular tourist attractions and a prestigious title for any country. In this regard, Croatia is one of the most successful Balkan counties with no less than seven own UNESCO sites plus three more shared with other countries. Check out the list of the six cultural UNESCO sites in Croatia (found in Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Trogir, Šibenik & Poreč) and a natural one (Plitvice National Park).
CHOOSE FROM NUMEROUS WINTER ACTIVITIES
Try visiting Slovenia in winter! It has so much to offer and at affordable rates. Skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating are just the most obvious winter activities. But have you ever heard of snow-rafting? Adrenalin junkies among you might be interested in ice-climbing or winter paragliding. In any case, you should also enjoy a walk through the Christmas market and a relaxing day at a spa resort. Winter holidays in Slovenia is an experience for everyone.
LUXURY TRIP TO CROATIA
Luxury tourism in Croatia is a real boom for travellers looking for landscapes and paradisiacal places, but also the best wines on the market, the most gourmet food and the most luxurious activities that the country offers.
VISIT THE SEVEN KINGDOMS
We all know Croatia is an awesome place to visit on its own, but in recent years it became even cooler, when creators of the world-popular HBO series Game of Thrones decided to use it as a setting for many locations. Visit Dubrovnik – a.k.a. the King’s landing and Split, whose fortress of Klis doubled as Meereen, an infamous slave city. Your personal guide will take you too all the places a true GOT fan should visit.
TAILOR-MADE CITY BREAK
Let’s visit Trieste on a completely personalise city break! Rich history, gorgeous architecture, heterogenic culture, great wine and strong coffee are just some of the reasons to visit this cosmopolitan city in Northern Italy. From there you can easily explore the fascinating region of Karst in Slovenia and its cave systems, as well as the gastronomical destination of Istria in Croatia. Let us build the perfect itinerary for you according to your interests, budget and time constraints.
EXPERIENCE THE BEST CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE
Winter holidays are a special time of the year. We like to spend it in a cosy atmosphere with our close ones – family and friends. Well, why not celebrate this year’s holidays season in the capital of Croatia. You will not be sorry, as Christmas Market in Zagreb has been chosen several years in a row as the best advent town in the whole Europe! There is everything you are looking for in a December city break – numerous concerts, a colourful ice rink, interactive advent shows for all generations, Living Nativity Scene and many other sweet surprises that will make these days magical.
TAILOR-MADE CITY BREAK
Visit the crazy city in south-eastern Europe and experience its vivid Balkan spirit. Belgrade City Break will give you a travel experience you will cherish forever and want to expand it to other parts of Serbia and beyond. Sitting on the confluence of rivers Danube and Sava, Belgrade has seen a lot of exciting history passing by and will be happy to share it with you. Try the exquisite local cuisine, take a shot of rakija and dance a night away on one of its famous floating bars.
TRAVELLING AFTER COVID-19
Coronavirus in Croatia & Slovenia is under control and little by little life is finally normalising. What will tourism be like in the Balkans, once the restrictions are over? Travelling will definitely not be the same, at least not for a while. But that doesn’t mean we will be stuck at home. According to the UNWTO predictions, we will travel for various reasons, including to support tourism.
TAILOR-MADE CITY BREAK
The scars of recent warfare are still viable on Sarajevo‘s unique soul as this vibrant European capital somehow manages successfully combining elements of the East and the West. Be careful, your short Sarajevo City Break might start a love affair not just with the city, but the whole country of Bosnia & Herzegovina which has more to offer than many people realise before they start exploring this rough diamond of the Balkans.
DO YOU FEEL S-LOVE-NIA?
Crown your love in the shelter of fairy-tale castle, take a romantic walk through the streets of a medieval town, kiss your beloved one on a hot water balloon flight over picturesque fields and put a cheesy love-lock on one of Ljubljana‘s bridges. It’s very easy to see that honeymoon in Slovenia can be very rewarding. Besides, what better place to spend your romantic getaway than a country with love in its name: S-love-nia!
TAILOR-MADE CITY BREAK
You don’t have to believe George Bernard Shaw who claimed Dubrovnik is a paradise on Earth. Come and see it for yourself. And we can help you with that! As local experts we know all the secretes and can truly make your time here count. Let us present to you the “Adriatic Pearl” in all it glory. The red tile roofs, the blue Adriatic Sea, the white Venetian palaces and the green lushly islands just offshore – here you can find all the colours of the paradise. Let Dubrovnik City Break be the one city break you will never forget.
EXPLORE THE ADRIATIC IN A DIFFERENT WAY
Croatia’s mainland coast is 1777 kilometres long, while its 1246 islands and islets encompass a further 4058 kilometres of coastline. It’s almost impossible to discover all of it in a lifetime, but you can certainly try! In addition to our wide selection of classical Adriatic cruises, we also offer several special cruises: from hiking and biking cruises of different difficulty levels, to relaxing yoga and gastronomy cruises. Furthermore our cruise catalogue would not be perfect without special gay cruises and party boats for young crowds. There’s something for everyone!
MEET BROWN BEARS IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Slovenia is a country known for its wild nature and especially for its green forests. The flora and fauna of the country stands out for its richness and diversity, among the many wild animals that can be found. The animal that stands out for its natural beauty is the brown bear. If you are interested in discovering the green Slovenian country, we recommend you complete your visit with a unique and unforgettable experience, a brown bear safari, where you will observe this magnificent animal and get to know its customs in its natural habitat.
KEEP CALM AND GO FISHING
The Slovenian rivers are a treasure that invites fishermen from all all over the world to enjoy it’s fauna and the unspoilt nature. If you have a passion for fly fishing and you are looking to expand your horizons, Slovenia offers you some of the most amazing places to enjoy your hobby surrounded by a beautiful landscapes plagued by green forests and turquoise waters. You are invited to try Fly Fishing in Slovenia.
VISIT THE WORLD HERITAGE SITES
Check out the short, but impressive list of UNESCO sites in Albania. This Mediterranean country has an amazing long history built by numerous cultures such as the Illyirans, the Greeks, The Romans, the Venetians and the Ottomans. Each of them left a mark in some cases recognised by the UNESCO committee. Come and visit Beart, Gjirokastër, Butrint, lake Ohrid and other amazing places with us.
VALLEY OF ADRENALINE
Soca River Valley is one of the most spectacular places in Slovenia. Turquoise river surrounded by lush green forests and high peaks of the Julian Alps is truly a fairy-tale place for all adrenaline junkies. All sport activities in one beautiful pocket of pristine nature: hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, paragliding, canyoning and much, much more! Come check it out!
DECEMBER TRIP TO SLOVENIA
It is becoming more and more fashionable to visit the different Christmas markets throughout Europe. You might have already checked-out the most famous ones in Austria and Germany off your bucket list, but you should definitely also consider visiting the Christmas market in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. it is not the biggest, nor the most famous one, but we dare to say it is one of the prettiest. Combine it with a trip to Lake Bled or Living Nativity Scene Show in the famous Postojna Cave and you get yourself an unforgettable December trip.
DETOX & RECHARGE
Where the vast Pannonian plain meets the green vineyard hills of Štajerska and Dolenjska regions lies the land of the thermal springs. It is the perfect haven for everyone seeking peace and opportunity to relax. Spa holidays in Slovenia are a great way to spend time with yourself and/or your partner. High quality wellness resorts offer all kinds of healing and preventive treatment, along with sports activities in the beautiful natural environment and divine gastronomy experiences.
TAILOR-MADE CITY BREAK
They say great things come in small packages and rarely is using this phrase more appropriate than when describing Ljubljana. Or Slovenia, for that matter. This sustainability-orientated little capital is gaining more and more acknowledgement and appreciation by its visitors. Do you want to know what all the fuss is about? Let’s check it out on this eye-opening Ljubljana City Break.
DISCOVER KORNATI NATIONAL PARK
If you are looking for a way to spend your vacation far away from busy everyday life, Kornati National Park is the perfect place for you. Take a private sailing trip among the numerous islands and secluded beaches! Enjoy the unspoiled nature while cruising the area on a small luxury ship or take a daily excursion from the mainland. The options abound and the choice is all yours. Let us help you make it!
UPSCALE HOLIDAYS IN SLOVENIA
You might think of Slovenia as a more outdoor family-orientated destination, but there are also more glamorous places reserved for VIP guests. One of them is the coastal town of Portoroz, which became famous as an important spa town of the Austro-Hungarian due to a miraculous salt mud that reportedly magically rejuvenating the body. Its upscale hotels are a great base for Slovenia Luxury Holidays which can be further upgraded with numerous daily excursions and unique experiences.
ENJOY BEACH TIME IN CROATIA
Croatia has long been the ultimate summer destination for years. With more than one thousand of islands, more than 6,000 kilometres of the coastline and more than 2,600 hours of sun a year, Croatia is an ideal country for everyone who enjoys beach time. To make your decision even easier, we have prepared a list of the best beaches in Croatia. From pebbles, to sand and from party beaches to pristine nature… Croatia offers something for everyone.
TAILOR-MADE CITY BREAK
Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. Although relatively big, its centre is doable on foot and it can be said that everything is at your fingertips. Zagreb City Break is always a good idea, since it is one of the most interesting places in the region regarding history, culture and gastronomy. If you are looking for a place where you can admire a mix of architectural styles, find out some intriguing historical facts and have a delightful gastronomic experience, Zagreb is the right place for you to explore!
ALTERNATIVE SCENE IN LJUBLJANA
If you are planning a trip to Ljubljana and you are looking for a place where you can express yourself, then Metelkova City is the perfect place for you. This place was born in 1993 when a network of more than 200 associations against violence, decided to transform this former military barracks into a cultural center. Currently, part of the area is considered as National Cultural Heritage. The place hosts exhibitions, art performances, concerts and much more!
TAILOR-MADE CITY BREAK
Enjoy a cup of coffee on a Roman forum and peek into one of the elegant churches on your tailor-made Zadar City Break. Later listen to the sounds of the Sea Organ and get enchanted by most beautiful sunset in the whole wide world. This historic town in central Croatia will also amaze you with the numerous national parks in its proximity which you can visit on daily excursions. Get your suitcase ready, its time to discover Zadar!
Discover a new destination…the great country of Serbia in the heart of the Balkan peninsula is waiting for you! Here are some advises on which places to visit in Serbia: from the buzzing capital of Belgrade, to the calm and pristine Uvac Nature Reserve, this Balkan country has it all. Delicious food, friendly people and incredible sights. Also worth mentioning: it is easy on your pocket. 😉
A GUIDE TO BRAC ISLAND
Brac island in Croatia is one of the sunniest and most visited island in the Adriatic Sea. It is widely known for Zlatni Rat – the most celebrated beach in Croatia, but also for the white stone that has been used to build buildings as emblematic as the White House and Hagia Sophia. Also worth mentioning is its rich gastronomy that includes virgin olive oil, figs, wine and brandy. Check out what else is there to discover.
DISCOVER FAIRY TALE CASTLES
Slovenia is well known for the number of beautiful castles all around the country. If you are looking for a unique experience, we hardly recommend you to make a tailor-made tour and explore the history, secrets, and legends of each one of them. We can guarantee that castles of Slovenia and their extraordinary stories will leave you speechless.
SPEND NEXT SUMMER IN THE ADRIATIC
Summer is almost here. Have you ever considered a holidays in the Adriatic? Sailing through its crystal clear waters is a wonderful and unique experience everyone should have in their lifetime. Soaking in the sun and exploring the rich culture of Dalmatian islands during the day and sleeping in the bays where silence is the only companion, covered by a starry sky. A week in your life that you will never forget.
CROATIA IS ALSO A WINTER DESTINATION
Croatia in the winter is beautiful. A play of the sunlight that reflects on ice sculptures in Plitvice will prepare you a private show and the Christmas spirit in Čažma will make you feel like home. In the end, If you change your mind, you can still go skiing in Karlovac or just enjoy and visit one of the dozens Hot Springs centers and admiring the landscape while sipping the best Red Wine from the island Pelješac. Without a doubt, one of the best ways to spend the long and cold winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT CROATIA
EXPLORE THE SURROUNDINGS
Many people travel to Croatia to see one of its best known pearls – Dubrovnik. And although it is an essential place to check out if you travel to the Balkans, there are also numerous other places to visit around Dubrovnik. As local experts we have prepared a short list of those worthy of your time. Take a daily trip to Kotor Bay or a half-day tour to Lokrum Island. What to see and how to get there? We’ll tell you!
HOW TO GET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ADRIATIC
Here are some hopefully useful information of how to get from Italy to Croatia or vice versa. These two countries lying on the opposite sites of the Adriatic Sea are connected by air and ferry lines, but you can also cross the borders by land via Slovenia. Check out this post for more details.
DISCOVER THE CROATIAN ISLANDS
There is so many islands and islets located in Dalmatia that it’s simply impossible to visit all of them in one lifetime. As local experts specialised in trips to Croatia and other Balkan countries, we have prepared a shortlist of the best Dalmatian islands to visit, so you can really make your time count. We have included popular and in the summer months often crowded islands, as well as more secluded ones for those who prefer quieter vacations.
DISCOVER THE FAIRY-TALE LAND
Visit this small country in the very heart of the European continent and discover why is Slovenia so beautiful. You will find out that although small, Slovenia is extremely diverse as it sits on the crossroads of several geographical landscapes. There are not many places like Slovenia and we would like to show you the very best of it.
TAILOR-MADE RELIGIOUS TOUR
Discover the secrets of Medjugorje, the popular pilgrimage centre in the middle of the Balkans. Since the Marian apparition in 1981 to six local children, the sleepy village in Herzegovina has turned into an important religious base for Catholic from Europe and other parts of the world. Join us on a personalised pilgrimage to Medjugorje and engage into a unique experience full of positive energy.
VISIT THE BALKANS IN THE OFF-SEASON
You should know that the Balkans are much more than just a long strip of the Adriatic coastline that gets filled in the summer months. Visitors are welcome through the year, being at the numerus affordable ski resorts, well-organized Christmas markets or at the established spa centers. Which winter activities do you prefer?
DISCOVER A BOUTIQUE DESTINATION
The answer to the question Is Slovenia worth visiting? is simple. Yes, it is totally worth visiting Slovenia as it is often featured in the list of most beautiful countries in Europe, safest places in the world, most sustainable regions and a boutique destination offering unique experiences. Get ready to fall in love with this small and charming country that has much more to offer than you would initially expect. Get ready to be amazed!
URBAN LIFE IN THE BALKANS
How many Balkan capitals can you name? Check out the complete list and learn about their main features. From Ljubljana to Athens and from Bucharest to Tirana. These cities could not be more different in terms of culture, religion and history. However they are all connected by sharing the same unique Balkan soul.
THE MOST MYSTERIOUS EUROPEAN CAPITAL
Always on a hunt for a new, somewhat mysterious, peculiar and atypical travel destination? Have you ever considered Tirana in Albania? This amazingly non-touristy place can be found in the Balkans and is just a short flight away from all mayor transportation hubs. Visit Tirana to witness its transformation from an ugly and forgotten child of communism to a colourful new star in the European sky waiting to be discovered.
LOCAL TRAVEL AGENCY – A BETTER OPTION FOR YOUR VACATION
Bosnia & Herzegovina is one of the least visited countries in the Balkans. But don’t take it in a negative way! It is like a calm oasis just a short drive away from the busy Adriatic Coast. If you are thinking about visiting this mysterious Balkan country, but you are not sure what to see there, we have prepared a list of things to do in Bosnia. Check it out and start pacing your bag!
TRAVEL WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME
How to travel when you can’t. That is, due to a pandemic, money or simply lack of time. In this blog, we have prepared the 10 best ideas, related to trips, that you can do directly from your home and will take you, to all the adventures, that you have already lived or that are still waiting for you in the future.
BALKAN’S MELTING POT
Can you name all the Balkan countries? Check out the complete list and learn about the numerous nations living in the Balkan peninsula. They share rich history and cultural heritage, but despite being so similar each of them has a unique story to tell. From Slovenia to Greece and from Albania to Bulgaria – they are all connected by sharing the same extraordinary Balkan soul.
HIKING TRIPS IN THE BALKANS
Hiking is one of the most popular sports activities in Slovenia and in the other countries in the region. There are many trails that lead through the Alpine valleys or high mountain pastures. There are routes of different hiking levels of difficulty appropriate for family trips or experienced hikers who want to climb the highest peaks. The trails are generally well signposted so a skilled hiker can take a self-guided hiking trip as well.