Duration
10 Days Itinerary
From
USD $3,295 Dates/Prices
Visiting

Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro

Transportation

Coach, Cruise, Train

An enchanting small group tour across the south of central Europe calls. Discover the jewels of the Adriatic countries of Croatia and Slovenia. From the ancient ramparts of Dubrovnik, along Croatia’s splendid coastline, Montenegro’s magnificent Bay of Kotor, the Roman ruins of Split, to the primeval forests, mysterious Karst caves of Postojna and architecturally beautiful Ljubljana. Be prepared to fall in love with these splendid countries.

Tour highlights

Surrounded by densely-forested hills, the boardwalks leading to the 16 terraced lakes provide tantalizing glimpses of what lies ahead. Spring, autumn, winter, summer —Plitvice Lakes National Park is breathtakingly beautiful all year round.

Travel to Slovenia and explore the charming capital of Ljubljana resplendent with colorful markets and quintessentially European streetscapes. Journey to the Julian Alps and discover the beauty of Lake Bled before sampling some of the delicious local produce.

Dubrovnik’s ancient ramparts are now awash with travelers tracing the steps of favored television characters. Bathed in golden light as the sun sets over the Adriatic, the city is fit for a King or Queen—perhaps the reason it was chosen as the location for King’s Landing from the popular television series, Game of Thrones.

Itinerary (10 Days)

Curated destinations, lifetime memories.

Day
Day 1
1

Dubrovnik

Welcome to Dubrovnik, a historic city on the southern coast of Croatia. Its ancient city walls, ramparts and bastions overlook the Adriatic Sea, making it a favored location for travelers worldwide.

Special Experience

This evening we commence our small group tour. We are welcomed to Dubrovnik by a local family who host us for a home-cooked meal. We spend time learning more about their daily life and cultural traditions enjoying folklore dancing and singing before sharing a delicious meal together.

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Dubrovnik: Explore the Old Town

Journey back in time today as we walk through the walled center of Dubrovnik. The stone buildings capped with terracotta roof tiles contrast brightly against the azure tones of the Adriatic.

We enjoy a walking tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town. Commencing at the Pile Gate we wend our way through the cobblestone streets passing the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s column, Sponza Palace and the Dominican Monastery. We tour the Rector’s Palace, learning more about the effect of fires, explosions and earthquakes on its blend of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. We continue to the Franciscan Monastery, which boasts one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. A cable car ride takes us up Mount Srd where we are afforded spectacular views over the Old Town. Our afternoon is at leisure to further explore the city.

[Breakfast]

Day 3
3

Dubrovnik: Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor

Travel to the tiny country of Montenegro on a day trip and explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Kotor. The Bay of Kotor is the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe and is dotted with charming villages along its coastline.

Special Experience

Today our small group cruises from Perast to Our Lady of the Rocks along a coastline showcasing the area’s rugged beauty. We continue to Kotor, a well-preserved medieval township renowned for its architecture and numerous monuments. Discover some of the Old Town before we enjoy lunch and then free time to further explore before our return to Dubrovnik.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 4
4

Dubrovnik to Split: Medieval villages and idyllic lakes

The bustling city of Split is our destination today. From a vibrant restaurant and bar scene to incredible Roman ruins, Croatia’s second largest coastal city is a true gem.

Today we depart Dubrovnik, journeying to this vibrant city and stopping en route at the towns of Neum and Makarska, along with a photo stop at the lakes of Bacinska Jezera.

[Breakfast]

Day 5
5

Split to Trogir: Roman ruins and the town of Klis

Today we tour the town of Trogir, situated on a tiny island, surrounded by medieval walls. Within these confines is a profusion of Renaissance buildings that have earned the city a UNESCO World Heritage designation. We tour the city’s Old Town and St Lawrence Cathedral before traveling to Klis.

Special Experience

We arrive in Klis and visit the Stella Croatica village. With a motto “tradition does not mean to look after the ash, but to keep the flame alive”, our small group connects with their proud cultural heritage that is passionately coupled with a modern twist. We sample the produce before returning to Split for the afternoon.

We enjoy a city tour of Split this afternoon. We see the influence of the Roman Empire in this region and visit one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments, Diocletian’s Palace. The acoustics are superb and often a capella singers will give an impromptu performance, their song echoing along the walls and down the narrow passageways. We also view Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and St Doimus Cathedral on our tour.

[Breakfast]

Day 6
6

Split to Slunj: Terraced lakes and lush foliage

Travelers coming to the Plitvice plateau are greeted with the green splendor of the forests and the cascading sixteen lakes formed by runoff from the mountains. Renowned for their range of distinctive colors from azure to green, grey or blue, the colors change depending on the quantity of minerals in the water and angle of sunlight. Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest, and most beautiful parks in Croatia and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.

Today we travel north from Trogir to Plitvice Lakes, stopping en route at Krka Bridge with its view over the quaint village of Skradin. We continue to the lakes where, after lunch, we embark on an afternoon walking tour with our guide.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 7
7

Slunj to Ljubljana: Tour Postojna Caves and the Slovenian capital

We journey to the charming capital of Slovenia today, Ljubljana. Its open-air central market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba’s Fountain, Three Bridges and Parliament are must-see sights on any visit to this increasingly popular European city.

On our way from Plitvice we stop to tour the Postojna Cave system, one of the most magical sights in Slovenia. Thought to be nearly 12 million years old and created by the Pivka River, 12 miles of tunnels, caverns and passages create a labyrinth for us to explore with our guide.

Special Experience

We arrive in Ljubljana for an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city’s sights. We take our taste buds on a journey throughout our walking tour, sampling some of Ljubljana’s best produce along the way. 

[Breakfast]

Day 8
8

Ljubljana: The beauty of Bled and Bohinj

The Julian Alps have called to European travelers for centuries and today we experience their beauty on a day trip to Bled. With its serene, sapphire-toned lake, charming villages and alpine fresh air, Bled enchants all who make their way here.

Our small group embarks on a morning sightseeing tour of Bled including a visit to the towering Bled Castle. We continue to the alpine lake resort of Bohinj, passing through old Slovenian villages before we travel by cable car up Mount Vogel with time to enjoy the view.

Special Experience

It’s time to visit a local family farm where we learn all about traditional dairy farming in Slovenia. We are joined by the family for a tour of the farm, enjoy a taste of the delicious produce and a demonstration of traditional butter making before returning to Ljubljana for the evening.

[Breakfast]

Day 9
9

Ljubljana to Zagreb

We travel back to Croatia this morning, arriving at its capital Zagreb. The cultural, scientific and economic center of the country, Zagreb is situated between the slopes of the Medvednica Mountains and the northern bank of the Sava River.

After free time for lunch we join our guide for a city tour that includes views of St Mark’s Church, St Catherine’s Church, the Parliament and Government Palace. We tour Zagreb Cathedral, whose twin Gothic spires stand out against the city skyline, before an indulgent three course dinner at a local restaurant.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 10
10

Depart Zagreb

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We bid farewell to our new friends and to the beauty of Croatia and Slovenia.

[Breakfast]

Inclusions

No last minute surprises, these are all part of your trip.

Travel

  • Travel in a small group of 10 to 18 passengers
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Cruise on the Bay of Kotor
  • Electric train through the Postojna Caves

Stays

  • 9 nights in superior hotel accommodation
  • Hotel highlight, Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo is situated only 400 meters from the highest waterfall. Waking up with the natural splendor just outside our doors is an absolute highlight of our journey

Meals

  • 13 meals, including 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Food highlight, Dubrovnik. Share a homecooked meal with a local family of Dubrovnik, learning about their daily life and cultural traditions
  • Food highlight, Klis. We visit Stella Croatica village indulging in the fresh produce and gaining insight into the cultural traditions of the region
  • Food highlight, Bohinj. Visit a local family farm learning about traditional dairy farming in Slovenia and a taste of the delicious produce.

Guides

  • A small group tour leader accompanies the group on the entire tour
  • Specialist local guides join the small group tour in selected locations

Special Experiences

  • Join a local Dubrovnik family for a home-hosted dinner
  • Enjoy a cruise along sparkling Kotor Bay
  • Connect with the rich Croatian heritage on a visit to Stella Croatia Village
  • Treat your taste buds to delicious produce during a walking tour in Ljubljana
  • Visit a local family dairy farm in Slovenia, learning about traditional dairy farming and tasting the delicious produce

Sightseeing

  • Dubrovnik guided sightseeing
  • Rector's Palace Dubrovnik
  • Franciscan Monastery with Pharmacy
  • Dubrovnik City Walls
  • Kotor Bay Cruise
  • Visit to Island Lady of the Rock
  • Walking tour of Kotor Old Town
  • Trogir Cathedral & Old Town
  • Split city tour
  • Diocletian's Palace
  • Klis and the Stella Croatia Village
  • Plitvice National Park
  • Postojna Cave
  • Ljubljana sightseeing
  • Bled Castle
  • Mt Vogel
  • Bohinj Farm
  • Zagreb guided sightseeing
  • Zagreb Cathedral

Accommodation

Accommodation, a superior and safe retreat.

Croatia flag Dubrovnik Croatia

Hotel Kompas

4-star

Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the all new Hotel Kompas is located in Lapad Bay, just under 2.5 miles from Dubrovnik’s Old Town city center. Hotel Kompas features a seafront restaurant and lounge bar, panoramic coastal views and a wellness and spa center featuring an indoor and outdoor pool and a sauna. Each room features modern styling paired with a private balcony and a separate seating area. The rooms are equipped with free wifi, air-conditioning and a safe deposit box.  

Croatia flag Split Croatia

Briig Boutique Hotel

4-star

With the popular beach of Bacvice and the city sights of Split just steps away, the Briig Boutique Hotel offers a contemporary stay in one of Split’s prime locations. Modern styling and architecture are found throughout the hotel that features a rooftop pool, a fitness and spa center, and a restaurant and bar. The rooms are spacious and feature free wifi, air-conditioning a coffee maker and more.

Croatia flag Slunj Croatia

Hotel Mirjana & Rastoke

4-star

This family operated hotel offers a charming stay close to the Plitvice Lakes National Park and surrounded by beautiful scenery. Rooms are appointed with modern styling and feature free wifi, air-conditioning, a safe deposit box and more, while the hotel’s onsite restaurant and bar serves delicious local specialties.

Slovenia flag Ljubljana Slovenia

Best Western Premier Hotel Slon

4-star

Overlooking the busy streets of Ljubljana, Hotel Slon is situated in the heart of Slovenia’s capital, close to the city’s attractions. Equipped with modern facilities throughout, the hotel features a spa and fitness center and onsite restaurant. Rooms feature free wifi, a coffee maker, air-conditioning, a safe deposit box and more, making for a comfortable stay in Ljubljana.

Croatia flag Zagreb Croatia

Canopy by Hilton Zagreb City Centre

4-star

The Canopy by Hilton Zagreb City Centre offers a contemporary stay in the heart of Zagreb. Guest rooms are equipped with free wifi, a coffee maker and air-conditioning, and are styled with local artwork and textiles. The hotel boasts an onsite café and restaurant that serve delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel’s prime location in Zagreb means that the city’s attractions are just steps away.

Information

Details for your small group tour.

01

Currency

Croatia

The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.

Currency
Kuna (HRK)

Montenegro

The official currency in Montenegro is the Euro. It is recommended that you take Euro with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.

Currency
Euro (EUR)

Slovenia

The official currency in Slovenia is the Euro. It is recommended that you take Euro with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.

Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.

Currency
Euro (EUR)
02

Fitness Level

Europe

To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our Europe tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with Europe’s historic architecture, picturesque cobblestone streets and stunning landscapes. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in Europe.

Walking Ability
2-3hrs
03

Arrival Time

Croatia & Slovenia - Arrival time

We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 14:00h in order to take part in your welcome dinner.

Dates and Prices

Don’t wait, reserve your place today.

*Prices shown are in USD.

Start Date   End Date Tour Price Offer Price Savings Status  
11 May 20
20 May 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available
08 Jun 20
17 Jun 20
$3,495
$3,495
Available
13 Jul 20
22 Jul 20
$3,795
$3,795
Available
17 Aug 20
26 Aug 20
$3,795
$3,795
Available
07 Sep 20
16 Sep 20
$3,895
$3,895
Available
02 Oct 20
11 Oct 20
$3,295
$3,295
Available

Additional Info

Single Supplement

The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.

Tipping

Tipping has been included in your tour price for drivers, porters, waiters, any specialist local guides and your small group tour leader.

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