Croatia and Slovenia are great countries to combine into one trip due to good roads and connections, but also due to the diversity of both of the countries. Natural wonders in Slovenia rounded by the Alpes to ancient cities and UNESCO heritage sites in Croatia spiced with world class wines on the Adriatic coast in Croatia.
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Arrival to Zagreb, more than a 1000-year-old City, a capital of Croatia that will impress you with its historic charm. Zagreb is global and cosmopolitan city with a rich history dating from Roman times to the present days. For centuries it has been a focal point of culture and science and now of commerce and industry as well. It is located in the northwest of the country, on the southern slopes of Medvednica mountain along the Sava river and also on the intersection of important routes between Adriatic coast and Central Europe. Transfer to your hotel and free time to relax. Hotel amenities will help you to relax and rejuvenate.
Overnight in Zagreb.
After breakfast meeting with the local guide and Zagreb sightseeing. Your day will start with magnificent cup of coffee in the oldest coffee shop in Zagreb situated on the main square overlooking the statue of Ban Jelacic. Croatians are very sensitive about the coffee and coffee drinking in local coffee shops and it is part of the culture. Morning sightseeing with a local guide to explore the city. Visit Museum of broken relationships, a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing peoples heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions. It is a museum about you, about us, about the ways we love and lose. After some free time for lunch departure to Croatian Zagorje, an area of chocolate-box enchantment: miniature wooded hills are crowned with the castles they seem designed for, and streams tumble through lush vineyards. Croatian Zagorje is very well known for many castles and you will visit one of the most beautiful castles in Croatia – Trakoscan castle. Sitting atop a tall hill in northern Croatia, Trakoš?an Castle looks like a castle out of a fairytale, proudly peeking its spires out above the tree line, but on closer inspection the signs of neglect have started to mar the centuries-old fortification. After castle sightseeing departure to a local farm for a dinner. Skilful and experienced chefs make magnificent dishes using high-quality home-made products and food from the area from their own garden. After dinner explore the farm or take a walk through the vineyard. Departure back to Zagreb.
Overnight in Zagreb.
After breakfast departure to Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital and largest city also happens to be one of Europe's greenest and most liveable capitals. In the afternoon meeting with the local guide and Ljubljana sightseeing. This guided walking tour covers all the major sights located in the old centre of Ljubljana. You will get to know the unique character of "Stara Ljubljana" (Ljubljana Old Town), where distinct Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture combines with masterly creations by the 20th century architect Jože Ple?nik. After Ljubljana sightseeing and some free time for lunch drive to Lake Bled. The most popular tourist destination in Slovenia, Bled is a place for those who enjoy peace and quiet and stunning views of nature. Known primarily for its beautiful lake, incredible castle, and position in the Julian Alps, the town of Bled itself is slightly underwhelming. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the fairytale-esque environs. The glacial Lake Bled is surrounded by forest and mountains, and is the main attraction of the city. Sitting atop a cliff 100 m (30 ft) above the lake, the iconic Bled Castle presents the best possible view of the city and the surrounding countryside. Check in to the hotel.
Overnight in Bled.
After breakfast, meeting with the local guide and Bled sightseeing. A morning visit to Bled Castle and Island followed by an afternoon visit to the nearby Vintgar Gorge. This will give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the local area and its history. Steeped in history and over 1000 years old, Bled Castle will enchant you with its deep-rooted history going back to medieval times and afterwards you will take a pletna boat (unique to Bled) to visit Bled Island and The Church of the Assumption. After a brief interlude for lunch we then depart for nearby Vingar Gorge where you will be able to walk along forest trails offering superb views of this most dramatic natural feature carved out of limestone by the waters of the Radovna river. Drive back to Bled.
Overnight in Bled.
After breakfast drive to Rovinj, one of the most popular and most developed tourist resorts in Croatia. The old town is built on the island, which was only connected with the mainland in the 18th century. Known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns on Mediterranean, over the last few decades Rovinj attracts a large number of tourists, most of them faithfully returning year after year. On your way to Rovinj stop in Postojna for Postojna cave sightseeing. Postojna Cave is the largest Karst cave in Slovenia with as much as 24 km of underground tunnels. It has a very long standing 'tourist tradition' and even today it is one of the most visited natural landmarks in Slovenia. More than 5 km of tunnels are arranged for tourist visits; you drive into the cave by a little train and then proceed on foot with a guide. Stalactites, stalagmites, underground halls and other rock formations are truly amazing. After Postojna cave continue your way to Rovinj.
Overnight in Rovinj.
After breakfast drive to Pula, the largest town on the Istrian peninsula in Croatia. Meeting with the local guide and Pula sightseeing. Explore one of the sixth largest Roman amphitheater in the world and all the historical and cultural monuments. After Pula sightseeing we organized kayaking in Pula to explore natural wonders of the coastline. Visit nearby caves with our professional guide and enjoy beautiful waters of the Adriatic.
After kayaking, return back to Rovinj. In the late afternoon meeting with the driver and departure to Motovun, a city-monument, an ancient Istrian acropolis city situated on the top of a 277 meter-high hill whose current appearance originates from the Middle Ages, the 12th and 13th century. Vineyards are spread all around Motovun where the grapes for the famous Istrian wines Teran and Malvasia grow, while the Motovun forest, which spreads kilometres through the Mirna valley is the habitat for the famous underground mushroom called the truffle which is dug out in this area with the help of specially trained dogs. Dinner and wine tasting will be served in a local traditional restaurant. After dinner departure back to Rovinj. (Private transfer to dinner so that there is no drinking and driving)
Overnight in Rovinj.
After breakfast drive to Porec. The whole old city is a cultural monument, but the most important of them all is the Euphrasian basilica, one of the most beautiful preserved monument of Early Byzantine art in the Mediterranean. Meeting with the local guide and Pore? sightseeing. Visit Euphasien basicila that is under UNESCO protection and walk around the narrow streests of old town. After Pore? sightseeing and free time for lunch continue to National Park Plitvice Lakes. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Hotel check in.
Overnight in Plitvice Lakes.
After breakfast meeting with the local guide and take a walk through this heaven on earth. Enjoy scenery of beautiful waterfalls and untouched nature. And don’t forget to make a wish under the largest waterfall as it is supposedly making your wishes come true ? After Plitvice sightseeing drive to Zadar, ancient city, built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic, full of historical and cultural monuments. It is three thousand years old, a city of old, tumultuous and dynamic history, often destructed, looted, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful. Zadar appeared for the first time in history in the 4th century B.C. as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians. Hotel check in. In the late afternoon departure to a local winery for dinner and wine tasting.
Overnight in Zadar.
After breakfast meeting with the local guide and Zadar sightseeing. While walking with your guide through the city of Zadar, the ancient Forum, symbol of the city-church of St. Donat, St. Anastasia, monuments and palaces, you will learn all about the rich history of this beautiful old town. Tour of the Land Gate and city walls, Square of Five Wells, People's Square and of course the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. Walk along the waterfront with sounds of the sea organ, that are unique in the world, will make your experience complete. In the afternoon embark on a boat and sailing around NP KORNATI. This archipelago consists of 140 islands covering an area of 114 square miles (300 square km), with most of it declared a National Park – and with its natural beauty, numerous coves and crystal clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why. Enjoy in the beautiful sunset on your way back to Zadar. According to Albert Hitchcock Zadar is the city with the most beautiful sunset in the world and you will have a chance to be a part of it.
Overnight in Zadar.
After breakfast departure to Trogir, a harmonious stone town on a small island that is connected to the mainland and the island of ?iovo by bridges. The old town, under UNESCO protection, is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, Romanesque churches... Meeting with the local guide and Trogir sightseeing. Continue to Split, the second largest city in Croatia and the city that has all: Roman ruins and grand museums alongside fashionable cafes and trendy shops. Meeting with the local guide for sightseeing of historical complex of Split along with the Palace of Diocletian, the UNESCO protected site. After Split sightseeing continue to Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most stunning destinations, both in terms of its cultural heritage and as a holiday destination. The city has often been referred to as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979 as a city of rich culture and history. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by 1,970 metres of city walls - over the centuries they served to protect the city from various threats and today are the city's greatest attraction. Hotel check in.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast meeting with the local guide for Dubrovnik sightseeing. Local guide will take you to the most wonderful and hidden streets of the Dubrovnik. Explore Dubrovnik City Walls and enjoy a unique view of the Old Town (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) of Dubrovnik including its narrow streets and small squares, shop on the Stradun street, and explore Game of Thrones locations.
In the afternoon start your biking adventure in Dubrovnik! Discover the hidden side of the Dubrovnik region that will amaze you with its natural beauties. See, smell and taste the Dubrovnik countryside on bicycle in the company of local knowledgeable guides. Our Biking and Wine Tasting tour starts in Gruda, a picturesque little village 45 min drive from Dubrovnik. Following a safety briefing, we will start exploring villages, roads, and dirt trails on bike. The route will take us through vineyards, olive groves, waterfalls, along the river, and next to medieval watermills. We will make several stops, such as visit to a 600-year old Franciscan monastery, and a mountain stream where we’ll take a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters (swimming is optional). During one of the stops we will refresh ourselves with sandwiches and water. The tour will end with a visit to an award-winning local winery where we will sample the local wines.
Overnight in Dubrovnik
After breakfast morning at leisure. In the early afternoon embark on a boat and explore Elaphiti islands. Since the ancient times, the islands were a place of comfort, vacation, and delight. All this due to well preserved nature, clean and clear sea, sandy beaches, beautiful pine forest, olive gardens, numerous promenades and footpaths. Those are the scenes that remain forever in people's memory and landscapes that make the people come back again. The crew will show you hidden beaches, caves and secret places that you will absolutely love. The highlight of the boat trip will be late lunch/early dinner served in the authentic restaurant on island Šipan. Sail back to Dubrovnik.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.