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Best of Croatia and Slovenia

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $2,633 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Walkway in Plitvice National Park, Croatia

Countries Visited

Croatia, Slovenia ...more Croatia, Slovenia

Locations Visited

Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik ...more Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Zagreb

    You’ll never forget the glow of endless sunsets, the shimmering waters that surround walled cities and islands and the rich history of Croatia and Slovenia influenced by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians. This epic Croatia and Slovenia tour kicks off in the political and cultural capital of Zagreb where you’ll discover the treasures of its past and the extraordinary story that led to two rival settlements, Kaptol and Gradec, forming this cathedral city. You’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers later this evening for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive sharing some of the highlights you can expect tomorrow – from the city’s extraordinary Catholic heritage to heroes of a tumultuous past immortalised in the city’s imposing statues.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Canopy by Hilton
  2. Day 2 Sightseeing in Zagreb

    Zagreb’s medieval heart is the star of the show today – a charming centre that is both vibrant and historic and you’ll imagine life centuries ago as your Local Specialist reveals some of the landmarks that have lined its cobblestone streets for hundreds of years. Explore the charming upper town which spills on to St. Mark’s Square with its original Romanesque buildings and colourful St. Mark’s Church, renowned for its ornate frescoes. The beauty of Bled isn’t far off and you’ll head through Slovenia’s celebrated green landscapes for this popular lakeside resort town, a highlight on many of our Croatia and Slovenia tours. You’ll learn about the legendary fairies that created the lake to protect their moonlit dancefloor – Bled Island. Admire the surrounding Alpine landscape which is simply irresistible as you’ll come to discover over the next few days.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park
  3. Day 3 Explore the beauty of lakeside Bled Connect with Locals

    The warm, clear turquoise water of Lake Bled is the backdrop for today’s sightseeing and you’ll have a full day to explore its enchanting landscape. There’s plenty of time for a scenic boat ride to view the 17th century Church of Assumption up close and you’ll learn about the tragic legend that led to the installation of the wishing bell that still stands in the belfry today. Today’s exclusive Be My Guest experience with Monika, Gregor and their five children is one you’ll be talking about for years to come and you’ll visit their Slibar farm, discovering how the farm has been in their family for six generations. Connect With Locals, learning how their focus has been to live off the farm and forest sustainably and how the family has recently ventured into producing organic beer, bread and pasta. Enjoy homegrown Slovenian hospitality and all the local favourites served on sharing plates, including seasonal vegetables straight from the farm, The warming welcome drink is an added treat you’ll get to enjoy while you learn about the history of the farm and family.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Park
  4. Day 4 Onwards to Ljubljana and Opatija

    Leaving Bled behind, we travel to one of Europe’s smallest capitals – the ‘Hero City’, Ljubljana. Discover its mythical dragon heritage, exploring all the highlights on foot and enjoying the benefits of walking in this car-free, charismatic university town. You’ll see the Old Town with its two medieval town squares linked by narrow lanes, the Prešeren Square (named after Slovenian’s greatest poet), the Opera House, the National Museum and Castle which has watched over the city for over nine centuries. Connecting Ljubljana’s historical medieval town with the modern capital is the extraordinary Triple Bridge and it will be one of those unusual sights you’ll be talking about for years to come. After a day of city sightseeing you’ll head to Croatia’s riviera and settle into a slower pace in the resort town of Opatija.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Paris
  5. Day 5 Enjoy a Day in Pula and Rovinj

    Start your day in the coastal city of Pula on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula where your visit to the 1st-century Pula Arena with a Local Specialist will reveal the city's role as a strategic location for the Romans, Ostrogoths, Venetians and finally, many years later, the Allied Forces in World War II. A true travel highlight, this ancient amphitheatre, the sixth-largest and one of the best-preserved in the world, was built at the same time the Colosseum was constructed. Next, travel to the fishing port of Rovinj and wander through the Old Town, contemplating its Mediterranean influences and island walls. Returning to Opatija later, you’ll have time for a quiet walk along the town’s Lungomare; perhaps spending a few soul-stirring moments paying tribute to the statuesque nymph cradling a seagull in her outstretched hands.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Paris
  6. Day 6 Off to Stunning Plitvice Make Travel Matter

    Few experiences will match today’s guided walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Plitviče, one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, you’ll choose one of two walks revealing the cascading lake waters shifting from azure to green, grey to blue depending on how the sun hits the water.  Admire sweeping views of the canyon during your short walk and, if you’re feeling a little more energetic, there’s always an opportunity to lace up for the long walk where you’ll join your Local Specialist and head into the canyon to Kozjek Lake, taking the electric boat across the lake back to your hotel.  You’ll discover how these beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls have been shaped over thousands of years and remain pristine for generations to come thanks to visits like yours to the area.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Jezero
  7. Day 7 Admire Historic Trogir and on to Split Dive Into Culture

    Join your Local Specialist and go beyond the fortress walls of Trogir to explore its charming medieval heart connected to the mainland and island of Čiovo by bridges. Learn about its rich history which spans the Hellenistic period to a time when Venice was the ruler of the Adriatic as you admire the island’s ornate Renaissance and Baroque buildings. You’ll visit Diocletian’s Palace around which the city of Split was built and Dive Into Culture hearing about the legacy of the Roman Empire and how Emperor Diocletian settled on this stunning landscape for his retirement, building a palace fit for an emperor. Your Local Specialist will share the remnants of luxurious squares and temples that still stand many centuries later. There’s no visiting Split without enjoying a seafood dinner and you’ll have plenty of time this evening to discover the city by night along with its Dalmatian flavours.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Atrium
  8. Day 8 Split Your Way

    Discover why Split has justifiably earned its nickname “the most beautiful city in the world” with a full day to explore its heart and beyond. People-watch in Pjaca Square where citizens of Split have met for centuries, then ascend the bell tower for magnificent views of the sprawling terracotta roofs and white marble façades that seem to tumble into the Adriatic. Having worked up an appetite, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the many cafés tucked away in hidden lanes – find one to enjoy a leisurely local lunch surrounded by Split’s rich history. You could choose instead a full-day Optional Experience to one of the Dalmatian Islands which will leave you with a deep appreciation for what it’s like to live in an area that is as beautiful as its history was tumultuous.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Atrium
  9. Day 9 From the salt pans of Ston to the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' Dive Into Culture

    Discover Croatia’s rich salt heritage today when you Dive Into Culture in the walled city of Ston, with its dramatic views and laid-back fishing village atmosphere. Salt has been harvested here since ancient times and you’ll learn how Ston remains home to Europe's oldest salt pans before continuing to Dubrovnik. It won’t take long for you to understand why famous poets, playwrights and painters adored this walled city and you’ll be as inspired as they were by its backstreet charm as you wander up and down its cobbled staircases to go behind the scenes. Lovers of history will also delight in its rich history as the only city-state in the Adriatic to rival Venice. Remnants of its wealth and stature remain today, confined within its centuries-old walls which staved off attacks from enemies, including the Ottoman Turks.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Park
  10. Day 10 Explore Iconic Dubrovnik

    All the highlights of Dubrovnik and some local favourites are revealed on your Sightseeing tour of the city this morning and you’ll join your Local Specialist who’ll share the stories behind the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain, and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. There’s some time to get your final fix of Dubrovnik before your Croatia and Slovenia tour comes to an end. You could choose to explore many of its backstreets ducking beneath stone arches and admiring the historic architecture or walk the fine city walls for epic views of the sprawling city that edge onto the vivid-blue Adriatic. On our last evening, we’ll come together for a memorable Farewell Dinner toasting to the beauty of the Adriatic and new friendships forged.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Grand Park
  11. Day 11 Farewell Dubrovnik

    Our time together comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 10 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Bled: On their fifth-generation-owned family farm in Bled, you'll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest dinner and guided walk around the farm with Monika, Gregor, their children and the resident farm animals.

Dive Into Culture

  • Split: See the ancient fortress built in Split as a retirement residence for Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century.
  • Ston: In Ston, visit the salt pans that go back to the 2nd century BC and are surrounded by expansive fortifications still intact to this day.

Iconic Experience

  • Zagreb: Spend the day discovering the diverse cultures and traditions of Zagreb.
  • Zagreb: Take in the scenic landscapes of Zagreb.
  • Lake Bled: Take the day to enjoy the forests and mountains of Lake Bled.
  • Ljubljana: Explore this elegant capital with your Local Specialist. See the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Triple Bridge.
  • Pula: Spend the day basking in the rich history of the Pula Arena.
  • Rovinj: Discover the Old Town of Rovinj.
  • Trogir: Enjoy the Renaissance art and the Romanesque architecture on the island of Trogir.
  • Dubrovnik: Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Specialist during a sightseeing walk in a small group. Walk the stone-paved streets of the Old Town to see Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and the medieval city walls.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Admire the irresistible beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO-listed protected area and home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Zagreb, Pula, Rovinj, Plitvice National Park, Trogir, Split and Dubrovnik with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Ljubljana, Bled, Opatija and Ston
  • : View the Park of Sv. Jakov in Opatija
  • : See The Triple Bridge and Castle of Ljubljana and the Old City of Dubrovnik

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Bled

Available on Day 2

Traditional Slovenian Village Experience

Come with us on a journey to Radovljica, a well-preserved medieval alpine village with houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Enjoy a meal at a traditional Slovenian Inn, where you'll be entertained by local musicians and see the famous living gingerbread museum, where you can admire staff producing traditional red hearts.
Adult Price: € 53

Available on Day 3

Alpine Jewels And Lake Bohinj

Join our Local Specialist to Slovenia's largest glacier lake. We'll see mountain villages and photo-worthy vistas along the way, before continuing along the stunning shores of Lake Bohinj. Admire the 13th-century frescoes of St John's Church and indulge in one of Slovenia's famous desserts.
Adult Price: € 43

Opatija

Available on Day 4

Rijeka Museum and Kvarner Bay Discovery

Discover Rijeka, the famous port where Central Europe meets the Mediterranean. With our Local Specialist, we'll explore the Old Town, with its Baroque clock tower, and St. Vitus cathedral. Join the local "Fiumans" along the vibrant Korzo district, decorated with Italianate Hapsburg grandeur. The real highlight will be the visit to the City Museum with its impressive interactive exhibits, located in an amazingly-restored Sugar Refinery palace.
Adult Price: € 38

Split

Available on Day 7

Traditional Konoba Dinner

If you want to truly experience Dalmatian cuisine, a dinner in a traditional stone basement 'konoba' is the best choice. You'll select from a variety of seafood or meats accompanied by Dalmatian wines and typical live music, which will add a local touch to your journey on the Croatian Adriatic coastline.
Adult Price: € 55

Available on Day 8

Jewel of the Adriatic

A memorable day trip to Hvar, one of the most beautiful islands in the Croatian archipelago. Embarking on a boat ride from Split harbor, we'll explore the historic Hvar Old Town on foot with our Local Specialist. You'll spend free time relaxing at one of the seafront restaurants or soaking up the stunning views from the Venetian hilltop fortress. We then sail back over the Adriatic on our return to Split.
Adult Price: € 75

Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik

We'll discover UNESCO-listed treasures, including St Jacob’s Cathedral in the historic town of Šibenik, before traveling into the Croatian countryside to gaze over the Krka River as it tumbles 138 feet seaward. Our Local Specialist will bring this postcard-like scenery to life, as flourishing native flora and fauna surround seven tranquil and pristine waterfalls on this visit to one of Croatia's most popular national parks.
Adult Price: € 58

Dubrovnik

Available on Day 9

Dinner at the Olive Mill

A short drive outside Dubrovnik lies the quaint village of Orašac, where we'll visit an ancient olive oil mill to learn how olive oil was produced for centuries. Afterward, we'll take a walk around the grounds, sample homemade grappa and enjoy a meal back at the olive mill.
Adult Price: € 51

Sunset Cruise And Dinner

Our sunset cruise takes us along the spectacular Dalmatian coast to one of the secluded bays where we'll enjoy a delicious local dinner with drinks. To complete the evening, we'll cruise outside the old city walls and explore the beautiful illuminated city of Dubrovnik, before returning by coach to our hotel.
Adult Price: € 62

Available on Day 10

Panoramic Cavtat

Journey along the coast for a relaxing trip to the picturesque village of Cavtat, arriving at the harbor on our own chartered boat. Enjoy a leisurely stroll with our Local Specialist in the quaint old town and take the opportunity to admire the yachts in the marina, visit the beach or walk up to the Racic Mausoleum.
Adult Price: € 35

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Service
We worked with several agents rescheduling a trip that was canceled in 2019, 2020, and 2021. We finally got to go in 2022. Each person we interacted with was very helpful and made sure we had all of the information we needed.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad that you finally got to see beautiful Croatia! Thank you for being a part of bringing back travel and we hope to see you on another trip next year!
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Vacation
This was one of our favorite trips to Europe. We stayed quite busy but were able to visit numerous villages and cities in both Croatia and Slovenia that we could never have managed on our own. Our tour director and bus driver were both outstanding.
Louise Ross
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
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The travel specialists were very helpful and available. The booking experience was very easy and complete.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your vacation to Croatia and Slovenia. Thank you for letting us help you plan and book this wonderful adventure. We appreciate your comments and would love to help you plan your next trip when you're ready to travel again. Take care!
Monday, September 26, 2022
Vacation
It was outstanding and the tour director was excellent. The driver was very good as well
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