Best of Croatia and Slovenia - 18 days
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Head out of Croatia and spend a few days in stunning Slovenia, including Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Mount Vogel and the worlds longest cave system Postojna. Heading back into Croatia start an 8 day cruise of the beautiful islands, beaches and inlets.
Day 1: Zagreb
Welcome to Croatia! You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring Croatia's capital. Overnight - Zagreb
Day 2: Zagreb City Tour
After breakfast we head into Zagreb and take a walk through the market and the 'Kamenita Vrata' (the old gates to old and upper town). The rest of the day is at leisure for you to further explore this baroque city. Overnight - Zagreb (B)
Day 3: Lake Bled
Zagreb - Bled. This morning you head north-west into Slovenia. Our destination is Lake Bled, a picturesque locational surrounded by mountain and forests. A medieval castle stands above the lake on the north shore. Lake Bled surrounds Bled Island, which is the only natural island in Slovenia.
In the afternoon you take a leisurely walk or visit the church that sits on the island. Overnight - Lake Bled (B)
Day 4: Lake Bohinj & Mt Vogel
Today you take a day trip to Lake Bohinj and Mount Vogel. The lake sits between the Bohinj mountain range which rise up to 2000 metres above sea level. The lake itself is 4.2 km wide, 4.2 km long, 45 metres deep and Slovenia's only glacial lake.
Mount Vogel sits at the end of the valley and it is well worth taking the cable car ride up to the top to enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the region. Overnight - Lake Bled (B)
Day 5: Postojna Caves
Bled - Postojna - Opatija. This morning you depart for Opatija and stop at Postojna Caves, the largest and longest cave system in Slovenia en route. To enter the cave you need to board a small train which takes you deep into the cave. From here you take a walk and enjoy the diversity of shapes, expansive cave areas, water characteristics and stalagmites and stalactites.
This afternoon you cross back into Croatia and spend the night in the pretty coastal town of Opatija. Overnight - Opatija (B)
Day 6: Istra Peninsula
Today you drive through the Istra Peninsula known as "new Tuscany". You stop by Motovun, Rovinj and Pula. The peninsula is very pretty and the numerous small towns that are scattered on top of the hills are surrounded by vineyards. Due to the area being so close to Italy, there is a heavy Italian influence here and the area was called "Terra Magica" in Roman Times. Overnight - Opatija (B)
Day 7: Plitvice Lakes
Opatija - Plitvice Lakes. After breakfast you spend the day in Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's, best known national park. This UNESCO site of World Heritage is made up of 16 lakes and is a popular place for walkers and hikers. . Nature lovers too flock to this area due to the great variety and abundance of flora and fauna. The lakes are lovely and cool in the summer so it is a great time to visit. Overnight - Plitvice Lakes (B)
Day 8: Biograd
Plitvice Lakes - Biograd. This morning you head for coastal city of Biograd, the former capital of Croatian kings and bishops.The city is most famous however for being the site of the coronation of Coloman of Hungary when Croatia joined the Kingdom of Hungary in 1102. Overnight - Biograd (B, D)
Day 9: Zadar
After breakfast you drive to the historical town of Zadar. The day is yours at leisure to explore the town your own way. Zadar sits on a gorgeous peninsula and is riddled with a network of narrow and charming streets, as well as a Roman forum from the 1st century. Overnight - Biograd (B, D)
Day 10: Krka Falls National Park
Following breakfast you begin the day with professionally guided a trip to Krka Falls National Park. The park boasts a largely unchanged ecosystem and is simply stunning with numerous waterfalls and forests. Your first stop is the Skradinski Buk, the last and longest waterfall on the Krka River and clearly one of the most famous natural beauties in Croatia. Overnight - Biograd (B, D)
Day 11: Split - start of the cruise
Today is the day you start your cruise. After leaving Biograd, you head for Split for our late morning departure. Once on board you'll have time to relax, explore your new surroundings and enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner. If time allows you can opt for a guided tour of split in the morning. Overnight - Split - on board boat (B, D)
Day 12: Brac Island
Split - Brac - Makarska. This morning you head for Brač Island. This island is famous for its gorgeous beaches as well as its white marble which was used to build some of the White House in Washington. You’ll take a relaxing sea side promenade walk and jump in the water for a bit of swimming.
Lunch is served aboard the boat and afterwards you head to Makarska back on the mainland.
Overnight - Makarska - on board boat (B, L)
Day 13: Korcula Island
Makarska - Korcula. This morning you set sail for Korcula Island finding a great spot on the way for a bit of swimming and relaxing. Korcula Island is the acclaimed birthplace of Italian explorer Marco Polo. You're due to arrive into Korcula Island by late afternoon. Overnight - Korcula Island on board boat (B, L)
Day 14: Dubrovnik
Korcula - Dubrovnik. Leaving Korcula, you head towards Dubrovnik. As is the norm on the boat we find a nice spot en route for a quick splash and some relaxing. Once we arrive in Dubrovnik, you take an escorted tour and learn more about the pearl of the Adriatic. Overnight - Dubrovnik - on board boat (B, L)
Day 15: Mljet National Park
Dubrovnik - Mljet National Park. After a morning departure from Dubrovnik you sail over to Mljet National Park. As you are travelling by boat you have the advantage of being able to arrive into the park in style and right in the heart of it.
This afternoon enjoy a relaxing walk round the Great Lake and the Small Lake. Overnight - Mljet National Park - on board boat (B, L)
Day 16: Peljesac Peninsula
Mljet - Hvar. Upon leaving Mljet National Park you make a stop at one of the many secluded coves that make up the Peljesac peninsula for some swimming. After lunch you arrive into Hvar, which has a unique cultural and historical heritage. Hvar is a popular tourist spot and you'll be able to explore the restaurants, bars and cafes. Overnight - Split - on board boat (B, L)
Day 17: Sailing to Split
Hvar - Split. Today is our last day aboard the boat and you spend it by sailing from Hvar to Split. Stopping in Milna en route for more swimming and after lunch you make your final leg of the journey. Arriving into Split in late afternoon we get the chance to jump back on dry land and explore Split's quaint streets. (B, L)
Day 18: Split
After breakfast you say our farewells and disembark the boat. Transfer back to the airport is also included.
Please note: This holiday includes 7 nights twin share lower deck cabin accommodation. It is possible to upgrade to an on deck/above deck cabin or higher standard of ship. Please contact us for more information and pricing. (B)