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Hidden Gems of Slovenia and Croatia

10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,829

FIRST-CLASS | SPECIALTY GROUP: Discover the Adriatic Coast on this 10-day group vacation through Slovenia and Croatia. Make your way from Zagreb to Novo Mesto, Ljubljana, Bled, Opatija, Istria, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik for an incredible trip full of culture, gastronomy, and incredible medieval architecture.

Begin your 10-day Slovenia and Croatia vacation with a tour of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, and visit the Jelacic Square, the Cathedral, and the upper town before crossing the border to Slovenia. Stop in Novo Mesto, located on the green Krka River, and enjoy a relaxing river tour of the city before indulging in traditional cviček wine and flatbread. Visit Prešeren Square in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, before the funicular takes you to the Ljubljana Castle for incredible city views. Head north to the cliffside Bled Castle and enjoy the famous Bled cream cake as you overlook the emerald-green Lake Bled.

The medieval town of Radovljica is home to the Lectar Workshop and Museum, where you will enjoy a delicious tasting and tour of the traditional Lectar Hearts baking facility. Hop on a 140-year-old railway through the Postojna Caves, the second-longest cave system in Slovenia, and enjoy some air-dried prosciutto and local wine characteristic of the Karst region before returning to Croatia for a two-night stay in the Kvarner Gulf. Travel to Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, rich in history and gastronomy, before your walking tour of the old fishing town Rovinj. Visit local olive oil and wine producers for a delicious tasting before continuing to the hilltop village of Motovun, also known as the Town of Truffles.

Walk through Croatia's oldest and largest national park before heading south to Zadar for the biggest Roman Forum on the Adriatic Coast. Witness the 14th-century silver and gold coffin of St. Simon at St. Donat Church before heading south to Stone for a delicious boat trip with fresh oysters and mussels from the Adriatic Sea. Finish your trip in Dubrovnik with a tour of Rector’s Palace, the Franciscan Monastery, Orlondo’s Column, Onofrio’s Fountain, and the 1,940-metre-long fortresses of the Walls of Dubrovnik.


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10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,829

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Day 1

Arrive Zagreb

Upon arrival to Zagreb airport, we are met and transferred to our hotel. Tonight a welcome dinner in a local restaurant, which will be tasting plates of Croatian culinary tradition made with a modern twist.

Accommodation: Hotel Dubrovnik or similar

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Zagreb - Novo Mesto - Ljubljana

We start the day with a walking tour of Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. Our tour will include, The Jelacic Square, the cathedral, the upper town, …but also look at the open-air market, where we will be able to taste some of the local products.

We then depart Zagreb and cross the border in to Slovenia. Our first stop is in Novo Mesto, a city located on by the green Krka River. Here we board a wooden raft, that will take you on a relaxing ride all around the city, as you learn about the history of Novo Mesto and the area. We will also taste the local wine cviček with traditional flat bread. After, we continue on to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital.

Accommodation: Hotel Slon/Hotel Exe Lev or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 3

Ljubljana and Bled

This morning, we discover the old town of Ljubljana. Our tour includes the Prešern Square, the riverbanks of Ljubljanica River, the Three Bridges, the lively open-air market and of course we will take the funicular up to Ljubljana Castle to catch one of the best views of the green capital of Slovenia.

Next, we travel to beautiful Lake Bled. We will visit the romantic castle, perched on the cliff above the lake and later get to taste the famous Bled cream cake! There is some leisure time in Bled, and you can just wander and explore or choose some optional activities, like the pletna boat ride to the small island in the middle of the lake (additional cost).
In the early evening we departure for Radovljica, and take a short stroll around the picturesque town, if time allows we will see the gingerbread harts’ workshop or the small pottery museum. Dinner tonight is at the local restaurant, House Linhart (or similar) – home of one of the best Slovenian chefs. After dinner, we return to our hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Ljubljana - Postojna - Karst Region - Opatija

As we depart Ljubljana, our day begins as we discover the mysterious underground world of the Postojna Caves. The caves are second longest cave system in Slovenia, and were created by the Pivka River. The tour partly by a small electric train, and some by walking.

After our tour of the caves, our journey continues as we enter the Karst region, where we will taste some air-dried prosciutto accompanied by the local wine, teren. Both are characteristic products of the region, so something not to be missed! We then cross back in to Croatia, and the Kvarner Bay area, and popular resort of Opatija.

Accommodation: Hotel Paris or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 5


Istria is the biggest Croatian peninsula and rich of history and culture, but also a paradise for foodies. We will start our tour of the peninsula with a walking tour of the picturesque town of Rovinj. This old fishing village is today a lively cultural, touristic and gastronomy centre. This is followed, by a visit to a local olive oil producer for a tasting – Istria is one of the leading regions for olive oil production. Our next stop will be a local wine producer, where we will tour the wine cellar and taste some of the local wines, like malvazia.

The tour will then take us to the hilltop village of Motovun, the town of truffles. A short walk through the small town will allow us to visit some of the small shops, to taste and buy some of the truffle based products.

On our way back to Opatija, there is one last on our culinary journey through Istria. This is in the small town of Buzet, where we will visit a local distillery and try their brandy and other products like jams, juices, biscuits….

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Opatija - Plitvice Lakes

We will travel inland today, to reach the beautiful national park of Plitvice Lakes. Here it is tiem to stretch our legs, as we enjoy a half day walking tour of the Lakes. We continue afterwards to our hotel, and dinner tonight at a local restaurant is included

Accommodation: Hotel Fenomen or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 7

Plitvice Lakes - Zadar - Split

Today, we head south, to Zadar. Upon arrival there is a walking tour of the city, where we learn where about the largest Roman Forum on the Adriatic coast, we also will see the St.Donat church (the symbol of Zadar) and learn about the gold and silver coffin of St. Simon from 14th century, and what this means to the city, and the not to be missed Promenade, the Sea Organ.
Our day continues as we travel to the small town of Plastavo, where we will visit local wine producer, and sample a selection of small bites accompanied with selected wines. Finally we continue on to Split for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel Ora or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 8

Split - Stone - Dubrovnik

After breakfast, a morning city tour of Split, where we will see the beauty of the majestic Diocletian Palace before departing for Dubrovnik.  We will stop at the Pelješac Peninsula, and the impressive city walls of Stone, where we get to sample an Adriatic oyster’s experience. We visit the Mali Stone Bay, and learn about shellfish farming, where the history dates back over 800 years. On a short boat trip you will enjoy a tasting of fresh oysters and mussels just taken out of the sea. Our journey ends today in the walled city of Dubrovnik and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Lapad or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Night
Day 9


We explore this historical wonder today, starting with a morning city tour of Dubrovnik old town. We walk along the main street Stradun, visit the Rector’s Palace, The Franciscan Monastery, including the pharmacy, Orlondo’s Column, Onofrio’s Fountain and much more…
The afternoon is at leisure, to explore as you wish, we recommend visiting the Dubrovnik city walls, or you can just relax.

Tonight, our farewell dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the Adriatic Sea or a traditional agritourism restaurant in the hinterlands of Dubrovnik.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 10

Depart Dubrovnik

After breakfast, the day is at leisure until the transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information




  • Accommodation 9 Nights at First-Class hotels
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers for the group
  • Daily Breakfast will be served at all the hotels
  • 4 Dinners (drinks not included)
  • All transfers and sightseeing using below A/C Vehicles as per the itinerary
  • Services of an accompanying English-speaking guide from arrival to departure
  • One-time entry at the monuments as per the itinerary
  • Our representative for arrival and departure transfers as per the itinerary
  • All applicable Government and Local Taxes at existing rates.


  • International airfare and taxes
  • Meals unless listed
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal items
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Changes in government/local taxes
  • Any future fuel surcharges on land arrangements or additional costs due to external factors
  • Visa/Passport handling fees
  • Transfers if arriving and/or departing on different flights to the group


•Prices are from per person based on twin/double share accommodation, subject to availability and current exchange rates, based on a minimum of 10 passengers, pricing reflects departure date of 20 April, 2024.  Seasonal surcharges and black-out dates may apply.  Please enquire about airfare, single supplements, extensions/changes to itinerary or upgrades.   

20 Apr 2024
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