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Small Group Touring: Flavours of Northern Croatia & Slovenia

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,939

Most Croatia tours focus on the Dalmatian Coast. This unique adventure takes you through the northern part of the country along with neighbouring Slovenia. Both regions are home to medieval villages, a proud wine culture, and some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.


Join one of our unique small group Blue-Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. 

This 8-day trip through Slovenia and Northern Croatia takes you between the two countries’ capitals, stopping at some of their most famous sights and wineries en route.

The phrase ‘the next Prague’ has become a cliché, but beautiful Llubljana is a worthy contender – without the crowds! Consider booking an extra day in this enchanting city before you’re transferred to Lake Bled, Slovenia’s most renowned natural attraction. You’ll take a boat ride to the island at the centre of the lake, where you’ll visit the medieval castle and adjacent church. Of course, a region with such impressive mountains and waterways is bound to have some amazing cave systems, and Postojna Caves, the largest system in Europe, do not disappoint.

The road to Croatia takes you to 700 year old Predjama Castle. Then continue on to Opatija, on the Istrian Peninsula. There’s a lot to explore here, where life is lived amid olive groves and medieval villages. Visit a wine maker in Motovun, and the coastal village of Rovinj. Then take a day to explore Opatija proper, enjoying both the splendour of Trsat Castle and the simple pleasures of local markets. In nearby Kastav, visit the Museum of Traditional Masks. Round out your stay in the region with a day exploring UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes.

Your journey to Zagreb is busy, but full of wonderful memories. You’ll visit the waterfalls of Rastoke, enjoy a wine tasting in Plesivica, and see the medieval village of Samobor. The charms of this tiny town seem like the antithesis of Croatia’s capital, but Zagreb is one of the country’s underrated highlights, being the epicentre of its fascinating culture. So consider staying for a day or two after visiting Kumrovec and Trakoscan Castle on your last included day.


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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,939

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Day 1

Venice - Lake Bled

Your tour will begin on the world's most famous floating island: Venice. After meeting with your Tour Leader, you'll board the mini-coach and cross over the border into Slovenia, where you'll start as you mean to go on -- with a wine tasting session and delicious light lunch. Then, it's onwards to the hotel in the Lake Bled area. Tonight, you'll toast the start of your adventure at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 2

Lake Bled - Radovljica - Lake Bled

After tucking into breakfast, you'll take a closer look at Lake Bled with a local guide -- and
enjoy a boat ride to the small island in the lake's centre, where you'll visit the Church of the Assumption. You'll then visit historic Bled Castle before making tracks to the charming town of Radovljica, where you'll have some free time to explore. After that, it's back to the hotel for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Lake Bled - Ljubljana - Opatija

This morning you'll bid a fond farewell to Lake Bled and hit the road to Slovenia's capital: Ljubljana. After checking off the city's major sights with a local guide, you'll move on to Opatija in Croatia for a local wine tasting. This afternoon, there's a real treat in store for the chocaholics among us: a chocolate tasting session! When you've had your fill, you'll make your way to the hotel -- where the evening will be yours to spend as you wish.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Opatija - Motovun - Rovinj - Opatija

Prepare your taste buds for one of Istria's tastiest treasures -- there's an exclusive truffle tasting with a local family in Motovun on the agenda this morning. The next stop will be the sleepy coastal village of Rovinj, where you'll stroll along cobbled streets and soak up the atmosphere. Then, you'll head back to Opatija for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Opatija - Plitvice Lakes

After hitting the road and stopping for lunch in Korenica, you'll discover one of Croatia's most astounding natural sites: the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. The walking trails that hug the lakes will allow you to explore on foot and watch as the water transforms from emerald green to azure blue. To do this beautiful region justice with a full day's exploration, tonight you'll stay in a nearby town and enjoy an included dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Plitvice Lakes - Smiljan - Split

Today you'll continue north to the town of Smiljan, the birthplace of famous inventor Nikola Tesla. Afterwards, you'll head south and enter central Dalmatia, where the local host will treat you to a homemade lunch filled with Croatian specialties. Before the sun goes down, you'll reach Split -- where you'll settle down to one last dinner together as a group.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Split

To make the most out of your final morning together, you'll meet with the group after breakfast to embark on a walking tour of Split and to explore Diocletian's Palace. The tour will then come to a close back at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: May 13; Jun 3; Sep 2, 9, 23

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Tour leader, driver & mini-coach transportation
  • Local guide in Plitvice Lakes
  • European breakfast daily
  • Wine & olive oil tasting 
  • Included Entrances: Boat ride to St. Mary's Island & Bled Castle, Predjama Castle, Postojna Caves, Motovun transport to the hill top, Museum of Traditional Masks, Trsat Castle, Plitvice Lakes entrance, Rastoke village, Krapina Museum, Trakoscan Castle & Kumrovec village.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers

OTHER INFORMATION:

Blue Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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