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Best of Croatia & Slovenia

HIGHLIGHTS: Zagreb – Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Postojna Cave – Rovinj – Plitvice Lakes – Split – Hvar – Dubrovnik

DURATION: 14 days - 13 nights

2 nights Zagreb, 2 nights Lake Bled, 2 nights Rovinj, 1 night Plitvice Lakes, 2 nights Split, 2 nights Hvar, 2 nights Dubrovnik

Discover Slovenia a hidden gem with many secrets to offer. Like a fairytale come to life, Lake Bled is Slovenia’s number one tourist destination and one of the single most breathtaking attractions anywhere in the Alps. Great nature, fascinating history, and welcoming people are waiting to be discovered!

Day 1

Zagreb Airport - Zagreb City Tour

Zagreb Airport Arrival and welcome with our tour guide – transfer to hotel in Zagreb – hotel check-in – A day tour to explore Zagreb with the guide –  meet the guide in the hotel  for a 2 and half hours walking tour of Zagreb ”the capital of Croatia” – visit local ”the green market”, the cathedral and enjoy a ride in the smallest funicular in the world –You will meet your guide at the hotel lobby and start with a Sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatian cultural, economic and political center of the country. The city tour will give you an insight into two different cities: the modern, urban and the historic and cultural Zagreb.  The tour will start at Zagreb’s main square – Ban Jelačić Square. You will take a ride by Zagreb’s funicular, originally built in 1890, which is the shortest cable car in the world has only 66 meters in length and connecting downtown Zagreb with the Upper (old) Town – From the Upper Town, we will enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the area. After we go downtown passing by the Zagreb’s Cathedral and walking through Croatia’s biggest and picturesque Farmers market ”Dolac”. After the ”Dolac” experience, We continue our tour and you will get the verve of its vibrant streets and squares. With numerous museums, galleries, cafes, open markets, clubs, and pubs, Zagreb is today a city pulsing with life! An optional You can join our afternoon food tour in Zagreb, Included are Cheese with truffles, Štrukli (pastry with cheese and cream in different flavor), Prosciutto, smokey sausage, cabbage pie, feta cheese, cluttered cream, donuts, Traditional Croatian sweet, A glass of wine or any other drink!

Day 2

Hills of Zagorje Tour

This day we shall step into the Royal history of Zagreb and Zagorje region – Departure from Zagreb is scheduled at 10.00 am, Pick up at the place of Your accommodation where You will meet Your driver and start with a tour. On the way to Trakoscan Castle, you will learn about the history of the area and about the itinerary for the day. The tour will take you through gentle landscapes of green hills, vineyards, and charming churches. You will take a step into royal history and visit one of the biggest castles in the area ”the Trakoscan Castle”.  Trakošćan is certainly one of the most beautiful castles in Croatia and a highlight of the trip. It is a 13th-century hilltop castle and has been renovated in the neo-Gothic style in the 1850s. Explore the museum inside, and imagine how splendid it must have been to live in the castle. Enjoy a walk in the park with a lake below the castle. After Trakoščan, we are heading towards Samobor, one of the oldest and the most beautiful Central European cities. There you will enjoy the stunning countryside landscape and local homemade folk-cuisine specialties together with excellent local wines.  During the tour, learn about traditional Croatian handicrafts, visit the historic copper mine of St. Barbara, sample local specialties such as Kremsnita cake and Bermet wine, and enjoy free time to explore Samobor Old Town! Returns to Zagreb and the rest of the day free at leisure to enjoy Zagreb streets!

Day 3

Zagreb - Ljubljana ''the capital of Slovenia'' - Lake Bled

After breakfast in the hotel, we are heading towards Ljubljana – the capital of Slovenia, for coffee and a city tour. Ljubljana is a medium-sized European city, It is a place where eastern and western cultures meet. Strolling through the Old Town district we will explore many baroque buildings,  the colorful farmer’s market,  the cathedral of St. Nicholas and up the hill, above the city, we’ll see the old medieval fortress which stands up there like an old guardian of the city. We are also taking you to a local beer house, where you will have a chance to try some of Ljubljana’s famous dishes together with a local draft beer! After the city tour and lunch we continue towards Lake Bled. Hotel check in and overnight stay Bled.

Day 4

Lake Bled Tour

After breakfast in the hotel, we will take a Tour around Bled Lake. The stunning blue lake in the heart of the town, the picture-postcard church on the island, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps. This Alpine lake with the only island in Slovenia has been a world-renowned paradise for centuries, impressing visitors with its natural beauty, a wealth of legend, and special powers to restore well-being. Lookout at the lake from a castle on a cliff and visit the island on a traditional “pletna” boat. The history of the castle reaches back to 1004 when the German Emperor Henry II gave his estate at Bled to Bishop Albuin of Brixen. At that time, only a Romanesque tower protected by walls stood in the place of the present-day castle. The first castle was built in approximately 1011 but the Bishops of Brixen never resided there. This is precisely why the castle has no luxurious halls as the greater emphasis was placed on the defense system. The most interesting of all the preserved buildings is most certainly the Gothic chapel on the upper courtyard, which was consecrated to the Bishops St. Albuin and St. Ingenium. It was built in the 16th century and was renovated in the Baroque style around 1700 when it was also painted with illusionist frescoes. The Bled Castle is now arranged as an exhibition area. Display rooms next to the chapel present the ancient history of Bled from the first excavations, and the castle in individual stages of its historical development with furniture, characteristic of those times. Although these pieces are not originally from the Bled Castle, they are important as an illustration of the style of living in the historical periods presented.

Day 5

Ljubljana - Postojna Cave - Pređama Castle - Rovinj

After breakfast, we are heading towards the Croatia border. On our way, we will stop at Postojna Cave. This natural wonder, the underground world of caves is filled with spectacular limestone stalactites and stalagmites which form pillars and take on fantastic shapes and forms. We will take a train ride into the heart of the underground fairyland and admire the greatness of the geological history of the Earth. A mere few kilometers from Postojna Cave, the Karst world offers an unforgettable experience in the fairytale world of knights. The impregnable medieval marvel has been perched in the middle of a 123-meter-high cliff for more than 800 years. Behind the largest cave castle in the world, there is a network of secret tunnels, from where the knight Erazem of Predjama would set out on his plundering expeditions. Today The Cave under Predjama Castle is the home of a colony of bats. The Predjama Castle has been used as a filming venue for numerous documentaries and feature films. The castle has also mesmerized George R. R. Martin, author of the best-seller The Game of Thrones, and has hosted the Discovery Channel team, who found the castle to be inhabited by some ghosts. After the tour of the cave and the castle, You are going to enjoy a traditional local lunch in one of the local restaurants. You will enjoy the stunning countryside landscape and local homemade folk-cuisine specialties together with excellent local wines! Following the lunch, we are continuing the trip towards Rovinj, hotel check-in and overnight stay in Rovinj.

Day 6

Rovinj - Motovun - Pula - Rovinj

Morning to enjoy in Rovinj. The town of Rovinj is the right destination for all of the guests seeking a sentimental atmosphere. In the morning the local guide will take you for a sightseeing tour of this charming town, the capital of romance in the Adriatic. Since then it undertook the transformation from the small fishing village to the tobacco industry capital of Croatia, to the postcard city that is traveler resort, this city with the stunning views in front of St. Euphemia’s church, as well as an artistic neighborhood, has continuously been at the epicenter of best destinations in Croatia. After time in Rovinj to our next destination for a day, Pula – for visit,  it’s great Roman amphitheater and the interesting old town with 2000 years old history. The City Tour will give you an insight into the rich history of this town. You will learn about Remains of ancient Roman times. We will visit ancient  Amphitheater, then we go past the remains of the Hercules’ temple, to the Catedral, then to Forum Romanum with Augustus Temple, and the City Hall.

After the tour of Pula we’ll take you to discover the continental part of Istria – the green oasis with many hills, vineyards and quiet medieval hilltop towns like. Its landscape is often compared to the one of Tuscany or Provence. On our Istrian tour, we will also try some of the world-known specialties of Istrian cuisine. Our first stop for a day is the medieval hilltop town of Motovun. Its location, overlooking the vast Motovun forest rich in truffles and hillside vineyards, makes it one of the most beautiful and unique Mediterranean old towns. After exploring the stones of an old medieval fortification you will have time for lunch (optional). We can have the opportunity to experience a traditional Istrian truffle lunch. Beyond any doubt, truffles are gastronomical jewels. Their star status amongst the mushrooms they, first of all, owing to their unique, exquisite taste and aroma and the fact that they are so rare and difficult to collect. Also do not forget, throughout the recorded history, truffles have been treasured as a potent aphrodisiac! When one’s family has been in the truffle business for decades, truffle aroma often permeates the house. The kitchen of Mirjana Kotiga is a place where many delicious and adventurous truffle wonders are created, from rich chocolate truffle cakes to fabulous Mirjana ‘s ravioli or truffle strudel, just to mention some of them.  Returns in  Rovinj and free time at leisure, Overnight stay in Rovinj.

Day 7

Rovinj - Rastoke village - Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast in Hotel, We are continuing our tour and we proceed towards the Plitvice Lakes National Park – which is one of the most known UNESCO World Heritage sites in Croatia. On the way to the lakes, We’ll stop at Rastoke – an idyllic watermill village we often like to call ”the Small Lakes of  Plitvice”. You will see the unique structure of well preserved wooden watermills on the waterfalls of river Slunjcica. The village found its place at the foot of the 19th century Napoleon’s army Magazine (storage) since the area of Rastoke was the eastern border part of Napoleon’s Empire. It has an important autochthonous ecologic and ethnographic legacy.  After the tour of Rastoke to the next destination, Plitvice. In the National Park will walk along the majestic string of sixteen cascaded lakes connected with beautiful waterfalls. The tour of the National Park will take approximately 3 hours. and will include a boat ride over the big lake and a train ride through the parking area at the end.  After the tour, you are going to enjoy a Traditional local lunch in one of the local restaurants. You will enjoy the stunning countryside landscape and local homemade folk-cuisine specialties together with excellent local wines! Following the lunch, Our trip ends in the evening, hotel check-in and overnight stay Plitvice Lakes.

Day 8

Plitvice Lakes - Šibenik town - Farm to table - Split

Following the breakfasts, We are continuing our journey to Split – Our first stop for a day is a city of Šibenik –  the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. Over the centuries it’s been the home to acclaimed inventors, scientists, actors & sportspeople and the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere adds to its overall charm. During the tour, we will visit St Jacob Cathedral, one of a kind monument on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Made of stone exclusively, its unique constructions were both bold and unusual for that time. The cathedral, the Renaissance town hall, the Prince’s castle, the neighboring churches, and palaces – all are a part of a remarkable square, often cited as the most beautiful one in Croatia. After Sibenik, we will take a short drive inland where is the charming rural village of Konjevrate. Where you will discover a small ethnic museum, delicatessen shop, vineyard, olive grove, simply a gastronomic heaven spread out on 3000 square meters. A local man runs a family-run establishment making award-winning prosciutto. He shows & explains the whole process and you’re invited to try your hand at cutting your own slice and complementing it with homemade cheese, bread, season vegetables, and domestic Merlot wine. The combination of a pleasant interior,  culinary specialties makes the meal in this taverna fine surprise, while the variety of other property parts make it the ideal destination for every nature, history and countryside lover. The drive continues to Split is on local roads seeing the charming Dalmatian countryside.

Day 9

Split - Unesco Trogir - Blue Lagoon - Split

This the day is reserved to explore a 1.700,00-year-old Split town and Diocletian palace – This Private Tour starts in front of the south wall of Diocletian’s Palace where you’ll see the full view of its scale and hear how and why the Diocletian palace was built. You’ll explore the untouched basements, make your way to the central Peristyle square and visit what was originally Diocletian’s mausoleum and is nowadays the second oldest building structure in the world still used as a cathedral. Over 1,700 years old!

After the tour of Split you will meet our skipper and step into our comfortable boat that will take you to the town of Trogir and Blue Lagoon.  On the way to Blue Lagoon, you will learn about the history of the area and about the itinerary for the day. After a half hour drive, we will reach Trogir, where we will take you into the past time by retelling the stories and legends of Trogir. Greek, Roman, Venetian history on a small island connected to one, make this one of the most interesting historic oasis on the Adriatic Sea. We recommend visiting the Cathedral of St Lawrence, where you will see impressive Romanesque doors carved by Master Radovan in the 13th century. After the Trogir back on the boat and transfer to Blue Lagoon. It’s time for swimming in amazing blue-green turquoise color with the sandy seabed. After swimming and snorkeling, you can enjoy the boat sunbathing or you can go outside of the boat on the pebble beach which is surrounded by pine trees. Do not forget your camera for amazing pictures, it is a stunning untouched piece of nature. We have to mention that the Blue Lagoon is a natural habitat of dolphins. We can not promise that you will see dolphins, but maybe it will be your lucky day and you will spot them on the way. Our last stop is very nice Laganini Beach bar on island  Ciovo where you can enjoy and relax in good cocktails, or lunch. After enjoying all day it is time to return to Split at 5:30 p.m.

Day 10

Split - Lavender fields - Jelsa local winery - Vrisnik local village - Hvar town

After breakfast, You will meet Your guide in the hotel lobby. Departure from Split is scheduled at 11 am a ferry from the Split Harbor, Pick up at the place of your accommodation at 10:00/10.30 am. Arriving the Island of Hvar at 12.15 are we start our Panoramic drive towards Hvar. At the island, we visit the Lavender fields around the village of Brusje, high up on the old road to Stari Grad. This village has stunning views of the seas and mainland. We walk through Lavender fields, appreciate the magnificent color and breathe in the hypnotic qualities. Our program continues as we meet the leading Croatian winemaker ”Duboković” to taste wines that have become the most sought after in the country. You will be invited to step into the family house and winery as well, meet owner and listen stories from firsthand wine maker. The Plavac grapes Medvid and Medvjedica come from there. All the wines are fermented with natural yeast. Depending on the type of wine, they combine stainless steel and woods of various ages. Every vintage is different, and so the wines from different vintages require a different approach. Although it’s a small winery, with an annual production of 15,000 to 20,000 litres, they produce a very wide range. The original names of the wines hide interesting tales. Moja M [ My M] (Maraština), Moja B [My B] (Bogdanjuša), Moj Otok [My Island] (Maraština, Bogdanjuša, Parč and Kuč), N11 Rose (Plavac Mali), Laganini (Drnekuša), and the Plavaces 2718 sati sunca u boci [2718 hours of Sun in a Bottle], Prije 6009 godina [6009 Years Ago], Medvjedica and Medvid and the dessert wines Prvi poljubac [First Kiss] (Maraština, Bogdanjuša, Parč and Kuć) and Don Petar (Plavac). In a range as broad as this, so everyone can find what they like best, and since all the wines are table wines – the name of the wine tells a story. Apart from the wines, they produce a wide range of varietal and aromatised olive oils. This trip ends with an authentic island culinary picnic at the picturesque village of Vrisnik. Your meal will be prepared in a traditional island way, and served by the island’s best olive oil producer Mr. Borivoj Bojanic and his wife Zeljka. Followed by lunch transfer to Hvar town and hotel check in Hvar. The rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay Hvar.

Day 11

Hvar town Tour

n the morning You will have a tour of the old Town of Hvar; the oldest municipal theatre in Europe (established in 1612), the arsenal and the Franciscan monastery, the fortress Fortica, the Cathedral of Hvar and last, but not least, the famous Hvar beaches where you will have free time for relaxing and swimming.  As per your wish, we can take a taxi boat to also very popular Pakleni otoci islands or famous Blue Cave just across the town of Hvar. The Blue Grotto or Blue Cave is a water-logged sea cave located in a small bay called Balun on the east side of the island of Biševo in the Croatian Adriatic. It is situated in the central Dalmatian archipelago, 5 km southwest of the island of Vis. The grotto is one of the best-known natural beauty spots on the Adriatic. Blue cave has become the most popular place to visit, a must-see while in Croatia! After the Cave, we will stop at a couple of secret spots where you will have free time for swimming and relaxing. One of the stops for a day is Stiniva Bay. Explore this incredible bay, with a very typical shape and a beach of white round stones. Crystal water completes the scenery! Overnight stay Hvar.

Day 12

Hvar - Sučuraj - Drvenik - Ston town - Dubrovnik

Morning checks out and leaving towards the Dubrovnik. We shall drive from Hvar to Sučuraj, where we catch a ferry to the town of Drvenik and mainland. We drive along the coastal road from where you will be able to enjoy beautiful views of the Adriatic archipelago. On our way to Dubrovnik, Our first stopover will be at little town Ston at the beginning of the Pelješac Peninsula, which is also called the Croatian Empire of Wine.  Ston is famous for the longest stone wall in Europe (5.5 km), salt cultivation farming and oyster growing farms, since Roman times. Ston oysters are acknowledged natural aphrodisiac and made this region world-famous. Here we have an option to set up a boat tour and tasting at the local family-owned farm. Panoramic boat ride on a beautiful wooden boat through the Bay of Mali Ston and presentation of the local man running is an absolute must-do while in Croatia. If you like oysters you will find Yourself in an oyster paradise. After the oyster tour, we have an option to visit a local winery ”Miloš’‘.  The production of grapes and wine in Ponikva on the peninsula of Pelješac has been a Miloš family tradition for many generations. Production is based on the indigenous variety of Plavac Mali. Today, Miloš winery owns 15 hectares of vineyards on some of the highest quality positions of the Pelješac peninsula. Miloš vineyards are situated between the steep cliffs of the Prapratno bay and the village of Ponikva. Miloš winery is specialized in the production of exclusive wine from Plavac Mali variety. They make a selection of grapes based on the position and preparation of the vineyard, the year of the harvest, way the grapes were picked, the weather and clearly the technology in the cellar. This means that every type of wine demands a different procedure. In Miloš winery they make different types of wine: dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, and natural dessert wines. In the family-owned house, we have a presentation and tasting from the owner. We expect to arrive in Dubrovnik in the afternoon. Time at leisure and overnight Stay in Dubrovnik. 

Day 13

Dubrovnik City Tour

After breakfast, you will meet with Your guide at the hotel lobby and start with a Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik ”the pearl of the Adriatic”. Enjoy a pleasant walk in the city center of Dubrovnik, a city called the Pearl of the Adriatic. Each corner of this legendary city is its own unique experience. This memorable tour begins at the monumental Pile Gate, located at the top of Stradun, the splendid main promenade street of the Old Town. Feel free to visit the Franciscan Monastery. A little further is the Cathedral which was built on the ruins of a 12th church. Feel free to climb the stairs to the walls that allow you to walk around the Old town, or take a cable car for a stunning view of the famous red tile roofs and the sea.  After the tour, we are taking a car to the Cavtat town and Konavle valley – Konavle is well known as Dubrovnik countryside, a region located in the southeast part of Croatia. This area of farms, vineyards and stone houses, welcome all the hosts who are searching for local tradition or way of life. For sure, food, local cuisine, and wine are the best and fastest way to understand local culture and immerse to local philosophy of life, ”pomalo” (take it easy and enjoy any moment of your life, especially when you are accompanied by good people, food and wine). This tour takes you to the home of a local family in Konavle, their history, tradition, and commitment to the place where they live is something that makes them very proud. After the lunchtime to see Panorama of Dubrovnik – We are taking a car up to the Srđ Fort where we enjoy Panorama above the old town and cup of coffee in the local place to stay – the rest of the day is yours at leisure! Dubrovnik is yours to discover!

Day 14

Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik Airport

Today is the last day of our tour, the departure day. Your guide will drive You to Dubrovnik Airport with a complimentary transfer to the airport. We Wish You a safe journey back home and We hope that You will have a great memory of these days spent with Us!

The tour includes:

  • Complimentary Airport Pick up and Drop off
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle at disposal per program
  • Professional knowledgeable English speaking driver
  • Professional guidance sightseeing of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Rovinj, Pula, Motovun, Plitvice Lakes, Trogir, Split, Hvar, Ston, Dubrovnik
  • All cost related to vehicle – gas, parking, highway tolls
  • All costs related to the driver 
  • Available Wi-Fi in the vehicle

Kindly note: You can do accommodation by Yourself or we can book a hotel for You!

  • Accommodation in 5 and 4-star hotels, breakfast included 
  • 2 night in Zagreb, 2 nights Lake Bled, 2 nights Rovinj, 1 night Plitvice Lakes, 2 nights Split, 2 nights Dubrovnik

Activities:

History and culture, Sightseeing, Gastronomy, for individuals, couples, and families

Transportation:

We have a wide selection of vehicles, in order to satisfy all your needs. You will have on disposal one of our comfortable vehicle for the safe and comfortable journey and extra luggage capacity. All of our vehicles are new from 2017., 2018, year, low mileage, providing safe and comfortable journey!

Please note that the itinerary can be fully customized according to Your budget, time and preferences!  For instance, the starting point of the tour can be Dubrovnik Airport. Get in touch at info@croatia-private-tours.com for more information’s and price offer!