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11 Day Croatia & Slovenia Tour from Zagreb

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11 Days
2 Countries

Croatia, Slovenia

11 Cities

Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Trogir, Split, Ston, Dubrovnik

14 Meals

4 Dinners, 10 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
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Idyllic islands and the remnants of Venetian riches dot this epic Croatia and Slovenia tour from Zagreb to Slovenia’s ‘green’ capital, all the way along Croatia’s sparkling Adriatic coastline with a stop in Bled you’ll be talking about years to come as you meet your warm hosts Monika and Gregor on their organic farm.

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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 travelers 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 immortalized in the city’s imposing statues.

The Jelacic Square in Zagreb, Croatia
Accommodation Zonar Zagreb
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Street in Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb Orientation

Spend the day discovering the diverse cultures and traditions of Zagreb. 

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Iconic Experience

Day 2

Sightseeing in Zagreb

Zagreb’s medieval heart is the star of the show today – a charming center 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 colorful 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. Learn about the historic characters, such as Holy Roman Emperor Henry II, who frequented the lake for its relaxing vistas and reputed medicinal benefits. Admire the surrounding Alpine landscape which is simply irresistible as you’ll come to discover over the next few days.

Santa Maria Church on Lake Bled, Slovenia
Accommodation Hotel Park Lake Bled
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience St Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb City Tour

Take in the scenic landscapes of Zagreb. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit a traditional village in Radovljica, Slovenia
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 century. Enjoy a meal a...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Explore the beauty of lakeside Bled

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 favorites 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.

Tour Boats at dock on Lake Bled, Slovenia
Accommodation Hotel Park Lake Bled
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Dinner and guided walk around the farm with Monika, Gregor at their family farm in Bled
Join Monika, Gregor and their Children for Dinner and a Guided Walk around the Farm in 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, Greg...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience View of Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled Orientation

Take the day to enjoy the forests and mountains of Lake Bled.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Jewels of Slovenian countryside in Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled And Castle Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we’ll enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bled, learn Slovenian history and traditions and take a traditional "Pletna" boat ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Alpine jewels with Slovenian drive in Lake Bled, Slovenia
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 ...

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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) 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. Next we stop in Postonja for a visit of the caves. 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.

Statue in Town of Opatija, Croatia
Accommodation Astoria Design Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Tromostovje Bridge and Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana City Tour

Explore this elegant capital with your Travel Director. See the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Triple Bridge.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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 amphitheater, 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.

Boats at Harbour in Rovinj, Croatia
Accommodation Astoria Design Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Pula Arena Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia
Pula Arena Visit

Spend the day basking in the rich history of the Pula Arena. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience View of Old Town in Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj Orientation

Discover the Old Town of Rovinj.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy traditional Istrian dinner Opatija in Croatia
Opatija Dinner

Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience during our optional excursion to Rijeka. Enjoy a traditional Istrian dinner at a charming tavern, whe...

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Day 6

Off to Stunning Plitvice

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.

Boardwalk at National Park of Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Accommodation Mirjana Rastoke
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO-listed protected area
Visit the 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.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 7

Admire Historic Trogir and on to Split

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 over the next two days to discover the city by night along with its Dalmatian flavors.

The Old Town in Trogir, Croatia
Accommodation Atrium Hotel Split
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the Diocletian Palace in Split, Croatia
Discover the ancient fortress of Roman Emperor Diocletian

See the ancient fortress built in Split as a retirement residence for Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century.

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Cathedral of St. Lawrence in Trogir, Croatia
Trogir City Tour

Enjoy the Renaissance art and the Romanesque architecture on the island of Trogir. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Konoba dinner in Split, Croatia
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 varie...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Bell Tower of Diocletians Palace, Split, Croatia
Accommodation Atrium Hotel Split
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Enjoy a boat trip to Hvar with a tour, Croatia
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 expl...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

From lunch in Ston to the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'

The impressive walls of Dubrovnik beckon, but not before we stop to admire the extraordinary walled city of Ston, with its dramatic views and laid-back fishing village atmosphere. Continue on 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.

View of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation Hotel Lero Dubrovnik
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise and dinner in Dubrovnik, Croatia
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...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Pouring extra virgin olive oil into a glass bowl
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 ...

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Day 10

Explore Iconic Dubrovnik

All the highlights of Dubrovnik and some local favorites 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.

The Old Town in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation Hotel Lero Dubrovnik
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik City Tour

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 To...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise and walking tour in Cavtat, Croatia
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 leisure...

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Day 11

Farewell Dubrovnik

Our time together comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Woman overlooking Dubrovnik, Croatia
Included Meals Breakfast

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Zagreb Orientation

Spend the day discovering the diverse cultures and traditions of Zagreb. 

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Iconic Experience
Zagreb City Tour

Take in the scenic landscapes of Zagreb. 

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Join Monika, Gregor and their Children for Dinner and a Guided Walk around the Farm in 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, Greg...

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Iconic Experience
Lake Bled Orientation

Take the day to enjoy the forests and mountains of Lake Bled.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ljubljana City Tour

Explore this elegant capital with your Travel Director. See the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Triple Bridge.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Pula Arena Visit

Spend the day basking in the rich history of the Pula Arena. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Rovinj Orientation

Discover the Old Town of Rovinj.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit the 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.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the ancient fortress of Roman Emperor Diocletian

See the ancient fortress built in Split as a retirement residence for Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Trogir City Tour

Enjoy the Renaissance art and the Romanesque architecture on the island of Trogir. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Dubrovnik City Tour

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 To...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

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
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

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

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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 century. Enjoy a meal a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake Bled And Castle Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we’ll enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bled, learn Slovenian history and traditions and take a traditional "Pletna" boat ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Opatija Dinner

Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience during our optional excursion to Rijeka. Enjoy a traditional Istrian dinner at a charming tavern, whe...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 varie...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 expl...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 leisure...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) across Croatia and Slovenia: Croatian is the official language in Croatia and Slovene is the official language in Slovenia
  • Currencies used in Croatia and Slovenia: Croatian Kuna (HRK) is the currency used in Croatia and the Euro (€) is the currency used in Slovenia.
  • Capital Cities: Zagreb (Croatia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Time Zone(s) in Croatia and Slovenia: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Croatia and Slovenia passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Croatia and Slovenia.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Croatia has a diverse climate, with three main regions: coastal, inland, and mountainous. The coastal regions, including cities like Dubrovnik and Split, have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), and mild winters averaging around 10°C (50°F). Inland areas, such as Zagreb, have a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) or higher, while winter temperatures can drop below freezing. The mountainous regions, like the Dinaric Alps, experience colder and harsher winters with heavy snowfall, making them ideal for winter sports. Rainfall is generally higher along the coast and decreases inland, with the wettest months being October and November.

Slovenia experiences a diverse climate due to its varied geography. The coastal regions have a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Inland areas, including the capital Ljubljana, have a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers, while the Alpine regions have a mountainous climate with colder temperatures and significant snowfall during winter. The country's weather can be influenced by the Adriatic Sea, leading to occasional heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Overall, Slovenia offers a mix of climatic conditions, making it suitable for various outdoor activities and tourism throughout the year.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Independent Reviews
Linda Zimbelmann
Review date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Service
Booking experience NOT favorable. The person who booked it gave me a return flight with an overnight stay in Denver, which was needless as I saw in Frankfurt that there was a direct flight from Frankfurt to Omaha, NE. I called her in June and she basically said it wouldn’t work to re-book the return flight. I was not happy and do not think she tried to understand or work with me. Next time I travel with Traflager I will use my own travel agent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about your disappointment with your flights. We do book the most direct flights available at time of your booking but it sounds like we could have taken a second look at your itinerary. For that we do apologize but it sounds like your trip went well and we are happy to see that.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Beautiful place to go., The tour director was awesome and was very organized and personable. The group of people we traveled with were very compatible as well.
Trusted Customer
Review date: 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
Review date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Service
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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