On this week-long trip you will travel to Slovenia and Croatia, two neighbouring Balkan countries. Despite proximity they are nothing alike. Slovenia will impress you with its amazing green landscape and glacial lakes, while charms of Croatia hide in historic coastal towns such as Split and Dubrovnik.
Day 1: ARRIVAL TO ZAGREB
Your travel to Croatia and Slovenia starts by arriving at Zagreb Airport. Transfer to the hotel in Zagreb. Afternoon free to explore the Croatian capital individually and experience the fusion of the continental and Mediterranean spirit of the city. Accommodation in Zagreb.
Day 2: ZAGREB – OTOČEC – LJUBLJANA
In the morning your guide will take you on a tour of Zagreb. Visit the historic center of Gornji grad, the famous two-tower cathedral and the iconic church of St. Mark. Lear about the origin of Zagreb’s name on its main square dedicated to Croatian national hero Josip Jelačić. After lunch you will depart to Ljubljana. On the way, stop to admire the Otočec Castle, dating back to the 13th century, located on an island in the middle of the Krka River. Night in Ljubljana.
Day 3: LJUBLJANA – BLED – LJUBLJANA
Breakfast. In the morning, transfer to the alpine village of Bled where you will visit its famous castle built on the high rock above the lake. Optionally you can take a boat trip with the traditional pletna to the tiny island and ring the wishing bell. In the afternoon, return to Ljubljana and stroll along the bands of Ljubljanica River, which runs through the old town. Among the numerous bridges you will cross, the one you will not forget is the miraculous Dragon Bridge, the symbol of Ljubljana. Accommodation in Ljubljana.
Day 4: LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA – OPATIJA
After breakfast, visit the world-famous Postojna Cave, the largest European cave open to public. Take a tour of the magical underground, visiting the most beautiful parts of the cave and admire the talented craftsmanship of Mother Nature. Before you leave, say hello to one of the most curious living beings on the planet – the human fish, a blind aquatic salamander that only lives in the karstic caves of the Balkan area. Later transfer to Predjama Castle – one of the most spectacular historical monuments in Slovenia – hanging on a rocky wall 123 meters above the creek. Learn about its most famous owner – lord Erasmus – known as the local Robin Hood, before heading back to Croatia. You will spend the night in Opatija, an elegant town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea which was a very popular place among the elite of Vienna at the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Travel to Croatia and Slovenia – two greatest pearls of the Balkans
Day 5: ZAGREB – PLITVICE – SPLIT
After breakfast your travel to Croatia and Slovenia continues with the visit of the unforgettable Plitvice National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The spectacular beauty of the lakes, waterfalls and channels that disappear and revive again will simply amaze you. After the visit of this aquatic phenomena, transfer to Split, the second largest city in Croatia with a long and impressive history. Accommodation in Split.
Day 6: SPLIT – TROGIR – SPLIT
In the morning, local guide will take you on a tour of the UNESCO-listed Split city center which used to be a magnificent Palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian built in the 4th century. A lot has changed since then, but you can still get the sense of the old times by peeking into the temple of Jupiter, old underground cellars and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius. In the afternoon, transfer to nearby Trogir – a harmonious stone medieval village located on an island, which is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It is known as a museum-city for its well-preserved Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Night in Split.
Day 7: SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
After breakfast it’s time to head south along the glorious Adriatic coast and meet Dubrovnik – the Jewel of the Adriatic, which has been attracting tourist long before it got known as The King’s Landing from the popular Game of Thrones series. In the UNESCO protected old town there are numerous elegant buildings including the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. Afterwards, you can climb the walls of the old town to enjoy the spectacular views over the Adriatic Sea. Accommodation in Dubrovnik.
Day 8: DUBROVNIK – END OF TRIP
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport for your return flight. Your personalised travel to Croatia and Slovenia comes to an end.