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Travel The Balkans Tours: The Best of Croatia & Slovenia
It is hard to imagine more contrasts and diversities than those with which this tour abounds: religions, scenery,gastronomy, traditions and culture, history, archeology – this tour is a true cultural mosaic. The small size of groups allow for a much closer look at many off-the-beaten-track attractions, as well as getting in touch with locals and learning about their life on a personal basis.
The Best of Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary
Day 1 –
Zagreb: Arrival and Guided Tour
Welcome to Croatia!
- Upon arrival at Zagreb airport, transfer to your hotel.
- Zagreb is the city of green parks, lovely fountains, blooming flowers and artisans performing on every street corner. Explore the historical core of Zagreb city with the local guide. Visit the Cathedral, the medieval Stone gate, St. Mark’s church, the Upper town, Flower market square, Dolac Fruit & Grocery Market, the Central Square, and Tkalčićeva Street with its numerous charming cafés and restaurants.
- Free time to enjoy the city and its galleries, or its exhibitions such as the one of its kind – Museum of Broken Relationships.
Day 2 –
Castles of Zagorje Day Trip
- Drive to the Zagorje region north of Zagreb. It is the area of traditional farms, gentile hills and medieval castles.
- Visit the old 19th century village, an open museum of the old day’s lifestyle.
- Enjoy a traditional Zagorje region lunch in a local restaurant.
- Visit medieval Trakošćan castle displaying fabulous architecture, original contemporary furniture and a baroque period park with a lake.
- Continue down the baroque and rococo lane, in the lovely town Varaždin, the best preserved Croatian example of those lively times and a historical nucleus of Croatia. Your stroll through Old Town will include baroque facades, parks and palaces, and the tour’s highlight – Old Castle – an old feudal fort.
- Return to Zagreb.
Day 3 –
Zagreb to Ljubljana
- Head to Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital that maintains a relaxed atmosphere of a small central European university city.
- Do some sightseeing of the city with a local guide: Dragons, Triple, Shoemaker’s bridges, the old medieval castle on the hill above the city center, colorful Baroque façades, and St. Nicolas Cathedral.
Day 4 –
Alpine fairytale – Bled & Bohinj Lakes
- Meet with the local guide who will take you to visit the Bled castle with a thousand year history on a steep cliff above the lake. The magnificent views stretch across the Julian Alps and Bled lake.
- Return to the lake and ride by a special Bled boat called Pletna to the island, visiting the church of St. Mary. Its bell is a symbol of fulfilled wishes.
- In the afternoon drive toward another glacial lake – Bohinj – stretching into Triglav National park. Enjoy wonderful nature and fresh alpine air.
Note: small group day trip
Day 5 –
The Underground World of Postojna Caves & Plitvice Lakes
- Head to Postojna and visit the Postojna cave – one of the world’s largest karst monuments. Embark on a tour through the amazing passages and diverse cave landscape both by train and on foot.
- Return to Croatia and head to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Day 6 –
Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour & Split
Plitvice lakes are listed on the World Natural Heritage Sites List by UNESCO.
- On arrival, walk along beautiful crystal blue and turquoise lakes, cascading into tens of spectacular waterfalls. The exceptional beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, rich plant and animal life, contrasting colors, forests and the pure mountain air are a unique experience.
- After the tour is complete, head to Split, Croatia’s seaside port city.
Day 7 –
Split City Tour
Split is another town on the UNESCO World Heritage list where archeological and cultural monuments are located inside and outside Diocletian’s Palace walls.
- Enjoy a walk through the maze of narrow cobbled streets to get the beat of the city’s rhythm with local expert guide. You will see Prokurative Square, medieval palaces, Jupiter’s temple, and the Cathedral that is home to Emperor Diocletian’s tomb.
Day 8 –
Split to Ston (Oyster & Wine Tasting) to Dubrovnik (Guided Tour)
- On the way to Dubrovnik you ‘ll stop in Ston for a one-hour boat trip to the oyster farm to taste some fresh out of the sea oysters & mussels. Pelješac peninsula is known for its fine local wines, so you will have a chance to taste some.
- Arrive at the most spectacular of all Adriatic medieval cities – Dubrovnik. Explore the city with a local guide. See its main street Stradun, the city gates and old harbor, steep & narrow cobble-stone streets, churches, squares & town palaces. We’ll walk a mile and a half of Dubrovnik’s circular stone walls dating from the 12th century.
Day 9 –
Dubrovnik City Exploration
- Enjoy free time to explore Dubrovnik. With no shortage of sights to explore, beaches along the azure sea, and markets, restaurants and bars along the maze of cobblestone streets, spend your day at leisure, getting to know this ancient walled city. We recommend a cable car ride in the evening to mountain Srđ where you can enjoy the spectacular views of town and island.
Day 10 –
Drive to Dubrovnik Airport. “Doviđenja” until we meet again!
- Private transfers per itinerary
- 9 night’s accommodation in 3&4* hotels
- Breakfast each morning at the hotels
- Hotel taxes
- Zagorje region traditional continental lunch: bread oven roasted duck with mlinci pastry, paired with local wines
- Ston town boat trip to the oyster farm, fresh out of the sea oyster tasting
- Wine tasting in Pelješac
- Sightseeing with English speaking local guides in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Bled & Bohinj, Plitvice Lakes National park, Split & Dubrovnik
- Entrance fees: Medieval castle Trakošćan, Bled Pletna boat, Postojna Cave, Plitvice Lakes National park (train ride & boat ride included), Cathedral in Split, Jupiter’s temple & cathedral in Split, Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik
- Tureta Travel organizing services & 24/4 support during the trip
What’s NOT Included
- International or national flights
- Meals & beverages other than stated in the itinerary
- Personal expenses (hotel mini-bar, pay TV, hotel telephone)
Starting at just €1390 per person
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