11 days/10 nights
Slovenia & Croatia vacation is ideal for experiencing two neighboring countries along the Adriatic. Explore Ljubljana, the charming town along the Ljubljanica River. Take a scenic drive through Slovenia’s countryside en route to Bled. Continue to the natural wonder, the underground world of the Postojna Caves. Transfer to Zagreb, and admire its great collection of art and architecture, friendly people and enjoy authentic cuisine and great shopping. Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park and arrive to Split. Take a full day boat ride to the islands of Vis and Hvar. End your trip in Dubrovnik, the walled city with fascinating history, culture and the most amazing views of the Adriatic. Enjoy a full day excursion to Montenegro.
Arrival to Ljubljana airport, followed by private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a beautiful small city situated on the river Ljubljanica that flows between the city center and the castle hill above. Its river banks are filled with great restaurants, and chic bars popular with visitors and locals alike. The town boasts the most relaxing atmosphere of all European capitals and offers endless cultural events and excellent quality of life. Overnight in Hotel Antiq, Ljubljana.
After breakfast, begin a full day of sightseeing of the vibrant Slovenian capital of Ljubljana in the company of your local expert. The tiny city center is immediately captivating. Part of the charm is doubtless the emerald green Ljubljanica River that winds its way slowly through the Old Town, providing a focal point and the perfect backdrop for the cafes and restaurants that line the banks. Partly to its aesthetic tension between the stately baroque houses along the river and the white neoclassical, modern, and Secessionist set pieces that dot the streets and bridges everywhere. Explore the baroque town buildings, 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 Hotel Antiq, Ljubljana.
Continue towards beautiful Bled, superbly located in the Alps. Enjoy a “pletna” boat ride to St. Mary’s Island. And while there, admire the renowned church that was built into the rock of this small island. Climb 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 Hotel Antiq, Ljubljana.
Explore Postojna Cave that conceals one of the largest network of caves in the world with 14 miles of underground passageways. Enjoy a miniature train ride that takes you through the first 4 miles to reveal a succession of well-lit rock formations. This strange underground world is home of the snakelike “human fish” on view in an aquarium in the Great Hall. Eyeless and colorless because of countless millennia of life in total darkness, these amphibians can live for up to 60 years. Overnight in Hotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb.
Stroll the charming streets of Zagreb and admire the architecture of lively Ban Jelačić Square. Pass through popular Tkalčićeva Street, walk to the delightful Kamenita Vrata, and visit St. Mark’s Church with its brilliant multicolor tile roof, the baroque church of St Catherine, the Cathedral of St Stephen and the Parliament with the Government Palace. Visit the 19th century National Theater, Museum of Arts and Craft, the University and the beautiful Zrinjevac Park with numerous elaborate Secession buildings. Enjoy amazing views of Zagreb at night from the Upper Town. Overnight in Hotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb.
Transfer to Split with a stop at the exquisite Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of Europe’s largest nature reserve parks. Plitvice is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fantastic place to get outdoors and experience the lush green landscapes and fresh air in Croatia. Walk, hike or bike your way through the park and enjoy the emerald green waters and bubbling waterfalls that characterize this gorgeous park. Then continue to Split for the evening. Overnight in Hotel Atrium, Split.
In Split, tour the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The palace is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and is known for its irregular shape. View the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, The Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral. Experience the Peristil, a public meeting place within the palace walls which becomes an open air stage in the summer when the Split Summer Festival takes place. Overnight in Hotel Atrium, Split.
Today is reserved for a sailing excursion to Vis and Hvar. The island of Vis is one of the most remote of all Adriatic islands, an island considered to be a jewel already by the ancient Greeks. On the remains of the old Greek settlements we today find the town of Vis. Returning from Vis you’ll stop in Hvar where you should taste the pastry from a local shop Nonica. Overnight in Hotel Atrium, Split.
Dubrovnik will take your breath away! Join the organized tour of the Old Town in a company of a local guide and visit the beautiful cloister at the Franciscan Monastery. Delight in the artistic treasures of the Assumption of the Virgin, and visit the Rector’s Palace, and 14th-century Dominican Monastery. Spend the rest of the day at leisure discovering everything else this magnificent city has to offer. Overnight in Hotel Rixos, Dubrovnik.
This day is reserved for a full day excursion to Montenegro. Experience the beauty of the coast of Montenegro and visit a luxurious resort St. Stefan, continue to Budva, Kotor and few other historical places. This is a perfect way to discover a different country with amazing views that you will always remember. Overnight in Hotel Rixos, Dubrovnik.
Private transfer from the hotel to Dubrovnik airport.
Hotel Galleria ****, Ljubljana
Hotel Dubrovnik ****, Zagreb
Hotel Atrium *****, Split
Hotel Rixos Libertas *****, Dubrovnik