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Flavours of Northern Croatia & Slovenia

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,716

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
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,716

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Day 1

Ljubljana - Lake Bled

From Ljubljana we drive towards Vintgar Gorge. This 1.6 km long gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills and is graced by the Radovna River with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The trail leads you over wooden bridges and Zumr's galleries, and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 13m high Sum waterfall. On arrival in Lake Bled, you will have some time at leisure before you enjoy a welcome dinner together.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Triglav

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    Hotel Triglav



    Newly opened in April 2009 after extensive renovations, this 4-star hotel, first opened in 1906, and is only 200 metres from Lake Bled. All rooms and suites are comfortably equipped with many amenities, including air conditioning, and offer beautiful lake views. Enjoy a delicious buffet ...

    Newly opened in April 2009 after extensive renovations, this 4-star hotel, first opened in 1906, and is only 200 metres from Lake Bled. All rooms and suites are comfortably equipped with many amenities, including air conditioning, and offer beautiful lake views. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in the lake-view restaurant or unwind in the indoor pool, Finnish sauna or relaxation and reading room.

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Day 2

Lake Bled

Enjoy a relaxing tour of Lake Bled, one of Slovenia's most picturesque sites. With a small, clear blue lake, an island with a small church in the middle and a medieval castle, the setting is simply beautiful. Today's excursion includes a boat ride to the island and a visit to Bled Castle. The terrace of the castle affords wonderful views of the lake and surrounding mountains - on a clear day you can see Slovenia's highest mountain, Mount Triglav. Tonight enjoy an evening at leisure.

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Day 3

Lake Bled - Postojna Caves - Opatija

We visit Postojna Caves, the largest underground cave system in Europe. Aboard the cave train admire the size and splendour of this fascinating underground world, where the geological past is recorded in a unique manner. Next we drive to Predjama Castle, a picturesque and mysterious renaissance castle, which has been perched in the middle of a vertical 123-metre high cliff for more than 700 years. We continue our journey to Opatija, where you stay for the next three nights. Your day ends with dinner in this delightful town often called the 'Croatian Nice' for its charms and beauty.

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Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Sv Jacov

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    Hotel Sv Jacov



    The charming hotel Sv. Jakov is superbly located in the heart of the town along a beautiful park and across from the church of St. James. A former aristocratic villa built in 1886 in the style of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the hotel was known as ...

    The charming hotel Sv. Jakov is superbly located in the heart of the town along a beautiful park and across from the church of St. James. A former aristocratic villa built in 1886 in the style of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the hotel was known as the long-time residence of the Viennese physician and scientist Julius Glax, who loved Opatija so much that he spent the rest of his life here. The hotel has 26 spacious and comfortable Superior category rooms offering beautiful views of the surrounding area.

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Day 4

Opatija - Istrian Peninsula - Opatija

You will explore the magnificent Istrian Peninsula, also known as Terra Magica, with its lush forests, vineyards, olive groves and medieval hilltop villages. You will visit the village of Draguc followed by the captivating hilltop town of Motovun, which is surrounded by vineyards from which the finest Istrian wines are produced. After visiting a local wine maker for a delicious tasting of wine and olive oil, we spend the rest of the day wandering along the narrow medieval streets of Rovinj, a picturesque Mediterranean coastal village. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Opatija.

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Day 5

Opatija

Enjoy a morning stroll through the local fruit and vegetable market in Rijeka, then continue to Trsat Castle, for magnificent views over the Kvarner Bay. After stopping for lunch in the village of Permani, you will visit the Museum of Traditional Masks in Kastav. On your return to Opatija, you will enjoy an evening at leisure.

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Day 6

Opatija - Plitvice Lakes

Today is dedicated to exploring the UNESCO protected Plitvice Lakes National Park, a unique area of 16 remarkable cascading lakes. Our local guide will explain how and why the lakes change from an emerald green to an azure blue colour as we walk one of the designated trails. This evening we stay overnight in the Plitvice Lakes region.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Degenija

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    Hotel Degenija



    Degenija Hotel is a recently renovated Rakovica, Croatian accommodation, unique to experience peace and relaxation in an idyllic setting during your Croatian holiday. Close to the towns of Plitvicka Jezera and Korenica, Degenija Hotel is just 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Plitvice Lakes National Park, ...

    Degenija Hotel is a recently renovated Rakovica, Croatian accommodation, unique to experience peace and relaxation in an idyllic setting during your Croatian holiday. Close to the towns of Plitvicka Jezera and Korenica, Degenija Hotel is just 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which draws thousands of visitors each year with its gorgeous walking paths, lakes, and waterfalls. The watermills in the village of Rastoke and the natural beauties in the town of Bihac are also nearby. The Degenija Hotel is surrounded by a large garden and offers gorgeous al fresco dining areas. Featuring a welcoming atmosphere, the in-house cafeteria is the perfect place to relax and surf on the complimentary wireless Internet while enjoying a refreshing drink.

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Day 7

Plitvice Lakes - Zagreb

Picturesque waterfalls are the theme this morning as we travel to Rastoke to see the Buk, Hrvoje, and Vilina Kosa waterfalls and walk around the 300-year-old village, which offers a unique blend of historical, ethnographic and architectural heritage. Continue to the enchanting Plesivica region for a wine tasting before visiting the small town of Samobor. With covered bridges, a trickling brook and a beautifully preserved medieval ambience, Samobor feels a world apart from Croatia's busy capital. In Zagreb, enjoy a farewell dinner together.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel As

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    The Hotel As opened in 1999, building on the tradition of the restaurant of the same name that has been in existence for thirty years. The hotel is located in the lovely wooded and park area of Zelengaj, in the green belt of Zagreb city ...

    The Hotel As opened in 1999, building on the tradition of the restaurant of the same name that has been in existence for thirty years. The hotel is located in the lovely wooded and park area of Zelengaj, in the green belt of Zagreb city centre. In spite of its calm and peaceful surrounds, all the essential venues of the city and its cultural and historical features of interest are within easy reach of the hotel. The hotel offers facilities such as a restaurant, café-bar, a large summer garden,and 20 deluxe air conditioned rooms and three suites. The rooms are all appointed with elegant antique furniture, such as for example Biedermeier and Ermitage.

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Day 8

Zagreb - Zagorje - Zagreb

Travelling north, explore the enchanting landscapes of Croatia's hinterland. You will visit the ethno village of Kumrovec, the birthplace of the Yugoslavian Marshal Josip Broz Tito, as well as the beautiful 13th century Trakoscan Castle and the small town of Krapina, the site of the world's largest Neanderthal discoveries. After a full day of excursions in Hrvatsko Zagorje you will return to Zagreb, where your tour ends around 5:00pm at the Hotel As (Zelengaj 2a, Zagreb). Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only - traffic can be unpredictable!

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DEPARTURES:

2017: 11, 25 May; 8 Jun; 31 Aug; 7, 14 Sep.

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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