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Flavours of Northern Croatia & Slovenia

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 3,042

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.


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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$ 3,042

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Day 1

Mestre - Venice - Mestre

Discover the beauty of the world's most famous floating island - Venice. To start, we meet and embark on a walking tour, ticking off the major sites before we launch into our first local experience together - participating in a traditional mask decorating course. Here, we create individual masterpieces with the help of our local guide. With free time to explore before the sun dips below the horizon, we meet for dinner at a local trattoria in Mestre.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Ai Pini

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    Hotel Ai Pini



    Hotel Ai Pini is surrounded by a large park and the blooms of a pretty garden. 48 Rooms furnished with class and elegance, equipped with all the facilities. Guests can enjoy a moment of rest and relaxation where they will find, among the tall trees ...

    Hotel Ai Pini is surrounded by a large park and the blooms of a pretty garden. 48 Rooms furnished with class and elegance, equipped with all the facilities. Guests can enjoy a moment of rest and relaxation where they will find, among the tall trees and garden flowers, comfortable benches and gazebo. The breakfast and homemade cakes are served in the bright first-floor lounge, overlooking large windows overlooking the park.

    In the lobby or reception area, you will find information material for your visits to Venice and the surrounding area.

    Facilities

    • Lobby
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Reception
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Mestre - Lake Bled - Ljubljana

As we leave Venice this morning it's time to look onwards to the next country, Slovenia. We visit Lake Bled and enjoy a boat ride to a small island on the lake to visit The Church of the Assumption. Afterwards, enjoy free time on the lake followed by a visit to Lake Bled Castle. Evening brings us to Ljubljana to enjoy time to yourself.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Cubo

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    Hotel Cubo



    Hotel Cubo is housed in a historic, protected building that has been enriched with a fresh, modern design to create an impressive contrast. We have always been aware that an excellent location, spacious rooms and select furnishings represent only a part of what a superior ...

    Hotel Cubo is housed in a historic, protected building that has been enriched with a fresh, modern design to create an impressive contrast. We have always been aware that an excellent location, spacious rooms and select furnishings represent only a part of what a superior hotel must offer its guests.
    At Cubo, service comes first, and this is why we focus intensively on staff and their willingness to perform with excellence, dedication and heart, all while welcoming our guests as if they have just arrived at our staff members own homes.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Gym
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Babysitting Service
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Luggage Storage
    • Sound Proof Rooms
    • Valet Parking (surcharge)

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Day 3

Ljubljana - Opatija

This morning, we make time for a walking tour of Ljubljana before we carry on to Opatija for a local wine tasting session. This mouthwatering experience allows the chance for you to taste wines of the region. This afternoon, we continue our exploration of Opatija on a walking tour before we retire for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Remisens Hotel Palace Bellevue

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    Remisens Hotel Palace Bellevue



    Exuding style, Remisens Hotel Palace Bellevue Opatija is a historic property located in the center of Opatija. The hotel is an elegant structure, boasting classy interior, high ceilings and unrivaled Adriatic Sea views in its 196 rooms and suites. Visually stunning, the hotel rises above ...

    Exuding style, Remisens Hotel Palace Bellevue Opatija is a historic property located in the center of Opatija. The hotel is an elegant structure, boasting classy interior, high ceilings and unrivaled Adriatic Sea views in its 196 rooms and suites. Visually stunning, the hotel rises above and stands out along Opatija's main street, creating a skyline worthy of landmark status in the city.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Parking
    • Pets Accepted
    • Spa

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Day 4

Opatija - Motovun - Rovinj - Opatija

Prepare your tastebuds for an exclusive truffle tasting in Motovun this morning as we meet with a local family and sample one of Istrian's tastiest treasures. Our next stop is Rovinj, where we stroll along historic streets, soaking up the atmosphere of this sleepy coastal village. Wander the labyrinth of cobbled streets before we meet with unique art galleries and the Basilica of St. Euphemia.

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Day 5

Opatija - Plitvice Lakes

Today we discover one of Croatia's most astounding natural sites: the cascading lakes of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice National Park. Walking trails hug the lakes, allowing us to journey on foot and watch as the water transforms from emerald green to azure blue. To give this beautiful region the justice of a full day's exploration, tonight we stay in a nearby town.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Degenija

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    Hotel Degenija



    The hotel's location in the heart of Croatian is ideal for all visitors who want to explore our oldest Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is under protection of UNESCO since 1979. Besides enjoying the magnificent beauty of the park, lakes and magnificent waterfalls, location of ...

    The hotel's location in the heart of Croatian is ideal for all visitors who want to explore our oldest Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is under protection of UNESCO since 1979. Besides enjoying the magnificent beauty of the park, lakes and magnificent waterfalls, location of the hotel is the perfect base to explore and visit the other parts of the Croatian. So for only 2 hours drive you can reach our capital Zagreb and the beautiful Adriatic coast, Dalmatia and Istria. The hotel is open all year round and reception is open 0-24.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Family Room
    • Free WiFi
    • Heating
    • Lift
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 6

Plitvice Lakes - Smiljan - Split

After satisfying our appetite over breakfast, we continue north to the town of Smiljan, the birthplace of Nikola Tesla -- a famous inventor. As we continue south we enter central Dalmatia where our local host treats us to a homemade lunch filled with Croatian specialties. Before the sun goes down, we reach Split where the night is yours to enjoy.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Luxe

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    Hotel Luxe



    It is hard to imagine that in the same place where a factory was built almost 100 years ago today stands Dalmatia's most exciting and fashionable boutique hotel. The hotel is located within steps from ancient and cultural monuments, including the 1700 year-old historic core ...

    It is hard to imagine that in the same place where a factory was built almost 100 years ago today stands Dalmatia's most exciting and fashionable boutique hotel. The hotel is located within steps from ancient and cultural monuments, including the 1700 year-old historic core of the city, which is protected by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site. The hotel's ideal location guarantees easy access to all important parts of the city. The hotel is also just a short walk from the city's most popular sandy beach, Bacvice and it's transparent clear sea. Hotel Luxe features comfortable and modern rooms, a cozy wellness area, dining room and lobby bar with a view of the city life of Split.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Coffee/Tea in Lobby
    • Designated Smoking Area
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Sauna
    • TV lounge
    • WiFi

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Day 7

Split

To make the most out of our day, we meet after breakfast to embark on a walking tour of Split and to explore Diocletian's Palace. Split is known for its thriving cafe culture, with countless coffee spots, bars and restaurants welcoming guests long into the evening. Soak it all up before we meet for a farewell cooking class together just outside Split, making it the perfect spot for a final, farewell lunch.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: May 5, 19; Jun 9, 16; Aug 11; Sep 8, 15, 22 .

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Back-Roads 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:

Back-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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