Travel The Balkans Tours: The Best of Croatia & Slovenia

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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.

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This Best of Croatia & Slovenia Tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Croatia, couples, families as well as nature, history and local culture lovers. 
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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

Day 4 –

Alpine fairytale – Bled & Bohinj Lakes

Note: small group day trip

Day 5 –

The Underground World of Postojna Caves & Plitvice Lakes

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.

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

Day 10 –

Dubrovnik Departure

Drive to Dubrovnik Airport. “Doviđenja” until we meet again!

What’s Included

  • Transfers
    • Private transfers per itinerary
  • Accommodation
    • 9 night’s accommodation in 3&4* hotels
    • Breakfast each morning at the hotels
    • Hotel taxes
  • Experiences
    • 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
    • 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
  • Other
    • VAT
    • 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)
  • Tips

Cost

Starting at just €1390 per person

Prices are valid for a bank transfer payment. For PayPal and Credit Card payments a 4% surcharge applies.

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