11 days/10 nights
This tour includes comprehensive private touring of the highlights of Croatia’s and Slovenia’s most famous cities—Dubrovnik, Split, Opatija, Pula, Bled, Ljubljana & Zagreb—plus a private day tour into the Istrian countryside, boat trips to the Dalmatian islands of Korčula and Hvar, and a memorable day trip to the amazing waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes.
Begin in Dubrovnik and spend two nights at the elegant Villa Argentina with stunning views of the Adriatic. Enjoy a private walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town and its museums, architectural landmarks, outdoor markets and specialty shops. Also enjoy a privately guided tour of the islands of Korčula and Hvar. Your guide will ensure that you discover the best of both island—whether you are interested learning about the birthplace of Marco Polo, discovering the fascinating Moreška dance or simply discovering hidden neighborhoods and sampling specialties at local wine bars, each day will be tailored to your interests.
Next, depart by car for Opatija, stopping en route as you desire. Perhaps tour the Roman ruins in Pula, famous basilica in Poreč or taste delicious local specialties with truffles. Spend a day on a private excursion in Slovenia’s Lake Bled. Continue by private car to Ljubljana known for its oldest Philharmonics in the world and numerous theaters and museums.
Discover the charm of Croatia’s capital its Baroque palaces and churches, and the surprising urban additions of the modern city. During free time in Zagreb, enjoy the region’s excellent cuisine.Less
Upon arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, transfer to hotel. Day at leisure. The over a thousand year old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of this city. The city is a living museum and a live stage, and has an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern day. Dubrovnik is mainly a cultural destination, which asides from monuments of interest, offers a series of cultural events and festivals. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik has often been called a classic medieval heart-stopper. For it is rife with glorious fountains, palaces and cathedrals. And rich in history and culture, dating all the way back to the VII century. The limestone bricks of the walled Old City shimmer like marble in the moonlight. Fine detailing and the architecture of its quaint buildings underscore an artistic heritage that both enhances and defines a landscape of sea, sky and hills. It is a playground for those who desire the unspoiled fortune that is the Mediterranean landscape. Dubrovnik is steeped in sunshine and bathed in mild Mediterranean breezes, a lush region of coves, forested islands and idyllic beaches. It is a home to one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, which has been open since 1317. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B)
Drive through vineyards of Pelješac peninsula to the island of Korčula en route to Split. Along the way you will pass an oyster haven of Ston Bay with fresh oysters offered for tasting. Korčula is southern Dalmatia’s largest and most sophisticated island, and the birthplace of Marco Polo. Visit the Gothic Renaissance Cathedral, the XV century Revelin Tower at the Land Gate, and the Moreška sword dance exhibition. Overnight in Split. (B)
Split is the largest city along the Adriatic coast. This eternally young city with around 200 thousand inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian’s palace at its heart, which is also the historical center of the city and a UNESCO world heritage site. Continue on to the charming town of Trogir, and quickly see why it is called the museum city as you notice the many artistic repositories it hosts. Afterwards, we return to Split. Overnight in Split. (B)
After a pleasant ferry ride we arrive to Stari Grad, one of the oldest settlements on our coast. It was founded already by the Greeks in the IV century BC and named Pharos. After a short visit, which includes the Dominican Monastery, we continue through the well known vineyards of Hvar before reaching the small town of Vrboska where we will visit the church of St. Lawrence with one of the finest collections of Renaissance art on the island. We continue towards Jelsa, a charming little town on the northern part of the island founded in the XIV century. Enjoy some free time for strolling, lunch and individual sightseeing. Continuing through Hvar’s lavender fields soon we arrive to one of the many typical villages where you will have the opportunity to taste some of the excellent local wine. Upon the wine tasting we’ll return to Split. Overnight in Split. (B)
A every special experience awaits you in Gorski Kotar and Lika. Lovely green landscapes of exceptional ecological value reside in a number of nature parks, which rise a mere dozen feet above the sea. Discover Plitvice Lakes National Park – the unique oasis of rare natural beauty. It is one of Europe’s most dazzling nature reserve parks, and was truly created by nature. The park consists of 16 connecting lakes and sport unique cascades of murmuring waterfalls. Plitvice Lakes National Park was recognized and protected by UNESCO as part of the world’s natural heritage in 1979. We will take a lively walk along the lakes and breathe the fresh mountain air while listening to the captivating sounds of nature. Next, a boat ride across the largest of the lakes, we will experience an unique perspective of nature: the lake is rife with crystal clear emerald water and fringed with bubbly white waterfalls! Overnight in Opatija. (B)
We reserve today for a full day of exploring the “terra magica”–our Istrian Peninsula. The crystal clear sea, clean shores and ports, lively fishing boats and teeming narrow stone streets exude the true charm of the Mediterranean. Our fist stop is Poreč. It is home to the famous basilica of St. Euphrasius, a XII century UNESCO World Heritage site that features artwork, mosaics and stained glass. Journey through the serene Tuscan-like scenery with its rolling hills and vineyards. You will arrive next at the 3000 year old town of Pula , the heart of the Peninsula , which houses the best preserved Roman amphitheater in the World. We will saunter along old Pula and discover its many mysteries and whispers from the past. Among these, is the alluring atmosphere of prehistoric times and roman gladiatorial combats, which nowadays is a unique stage for festivals and concerts. Our journey through the old city will include the Roman Amphitheatre and its underground chambers. And the many city gates and walls, Triumphal arch of Sergians, the Roman Forum and mosaic, and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Overnight in Opatija. (B)
We get a mid-morning start for our excursion to yet another natural wonder, the underground world of the Postojna Caves. These caves are filled with spectacular limestone stalactites and stalagmites which form pillars and take on fantastic shapes and form. On a guided walking tour accompanied by the local expert, you can almost imagine yourself in another world. The culmination of this tour is small train ride that takes you to the heart of the underground fairyland. We’ll continue to Lake Bled one of Europe’s most fascinating lakes. You won’t believe the amazing views of this pristine Alpine resort! But next, we’ll take a “pletna” boat ride to St. Mary’s Island. And while there, we will admire the renowned church that was built into the rock impregnating this small island. Now get your walking shoes out! For our energetic guide will take you up ninety-nine steps to reach the lake’s highest point and to experience other spectacular views. If you still have energy remaining, do not forget to ring the church’s “wishing bell,” which is rumored to bring everyone good luck! Overnight in Bled. (B)
We continue to Ljubljana, home to one of the oldest Philharmonics in the world; and also to numerous theaters, museums and art galleries. Stroll through the Old Town district and again experience your private tour in the company of a local expert. Explore the baroque town building, the colorful farmer’s market, and discover the cathedral of St. Nicholas. Walk across Dragon Bridge, an Art Nouveau masterpiece adorned with dragons and symbol of Ljubljana. Then stroll beside the majestic Ljubljanica River, to the centrally located Prešernov Trg. Overnight in Zagreb. (B)
Zagreb will charm you with its abundance of rich cultural heritage that dates back to the medieval days. We will stroll past baroque-style mansions and baronial residences, and admire the beautifully crafted facades. In the company of your local expert, we will visit the symbol of Zagreb, St. Mark’s church in the Upper Town, which houses the remarkable works of Ivan Mestrovic, its most famous sculptor. Come to the Lotrscak Tower and inhale this most beautiful view of the city. The attractions here are plentiful, the culture, quite mesmerizing. There will be enough time for a delicious fresh baked pastry and a cup of excellent coffee in one of the side walk cafes in Gornji Grad. Or dine on some great home-made cheese and wine as you chat with friendly locals at Dolac, the lively open air market. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Zagreb. (B)
Morning transfer to the airport.
Dubrovnik, Grand Villa Argentina, sea view room, 2 nights, breakfast
Split, Hotel Cornaro, superior room, 3 nights, breakfast
Opatija, Hotel Milenij, superior room, 2 nights, breakfast
Bled, Villa Bled, lakeview room, 1 night, breakfast
Zagreb, Hotel Regent Esplanade, superior room, 2 nights, breakfast