Highlights of Croatia and Slovenia - 11 days
COACH AND CRUISE TOUR: Starting in Zagreb, journey into Slovenia visiting the beautiful city of Ljubljana before continuing on to discover the fairy tale beauty of Bled in the Julian Alps. Returning to Croatia you'll explore the stunning Plitvice Lakes before boarding your cruise to sail along the Dalmatian coast. You'll visit the impressive ancient cities of Split and Dubrovnik, swim in turquoise water and visit charming islands.
Wednesday. Welcome to Zagreb and the start of your holiday. Included transfer for the airport to your hotel in the city. The remains of the day offer free time for you to head out and explore this beautiful city which marks the crossroad between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe.
Overnight: Zagreb | Dinner
Zagreb & Bled
Zagreb - Bled. We start the day with a sightseeing tour of the nation's capital. We will make our way to the fortified Upper Town (the city’s historical centre), passing St Mark’s Church with its stunning multi-coloured tiled roof, the Croatian National Theatre, University and Zagreb Cathedral, with its towering Gothic spires.
This afternoon we continue to the beautiful town of Bled in the Julian Alps – famous for its thermal lake. As one of the most picturesque alpine resorts in the world, the beauty of Bled is the stuff of fairytales with a whimsical church and wishing bell set upon an island in the middle of an emerald glacial lake and surrounded by gorgeous snow-capped peaks.
Overnight: Bled | Breakfast, Dinner
Ljubljana & Plitvice Lakes
Bled - Ljubljana - Plitvice. After breakfast we drive to Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital and take part in a guided tour of the old city. We'll see the Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, Robba’s Fountain and visit the colourful open-air central Market, selling beautifully smoked cheeses, meats and fresh fruit and vegetables. Nibble your way around!
Later continue onto the Plitvice Lakes region for the afternoon. This 20-km long karst cave system with its web of underground passages, galleries and chambers is the largest karst cave open for visitation in all of Europe. Walk around the wooden promenades this evening and enjoy the magnificent views over the waters with its 16 clear blue lakes that cascade into 92 waterfalls.
Overnight: Plitvice Lakes | Breakfast, Dinner
Roman Ruins of Zadar
Plitvice - Zadar - Omis. Today we make our way to the Dalmatian Coast, to the city of Zadar. Upon arrival we take a guided tour of the 2nd century BC Roman Forum and see the 9th Century pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus. This afternoon we continue to Omis, situated at the mouth of the Cetina river. This dramatic location is where we will board our boat for our cruise along the Adriatic coast.
Overnight: Omis - Onboard | Breakfast, Dinner
Omis - Pucisca - Split. This morning you'll have the option to join a boat excursion along the canyon of the River Cetina before the boat sets sail towards Pucisca on the island of Brac. Arriving into Pucisca, you'll enjoy a visit to a stonemasonry school nearby you'll have the opportunity to centuries old tradition of stonemasonry on this beautiful island.
Later we continue to the stunning port town of Split. The afternoon enjoy a walking tour exploring the Old Town where you'll be able to immerse yourself in the incredible Diocletian Palace, built over 1700 years ago.
Overnight: Split - Onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Split - Sibenik. After breakfast we head to the small Dalmatian coastal town of Trogir. This beautiful UNESCO listed town is situated on a small island squeezed in between the mainland and the larger island of Ciovo. The island is occupied by beautiful green parks, palaces, churches and monasteries. Enjoy some free time to explore the town and visit the incredible Cathedral of St Lawrence, arguably one of the best examples of sacral architecture in Croatia. We then continue on to Skradin, situated at the end of Krka estuary at the entrance to Krka National Park. You'll have some time at leisure here to discover the highlights of the area. Next we visit Sibenik, where there will be a walking tour through the narrow streets, visiting the Gothic Renaissance Cathedral of St James, included on the UNESCO world heritage list since 2001.
Overnight: Sibenik | Breakfast, Dinner
Sibenik - Vis. This morning we'll depart Sibenik and head towards Vis. En route you'll get the chance to swim in the beautiful crystal waters of the Adriatic sea. Arriving into Vis this afternoon, an island known for it's beautiful bays and stunning sandy beaches, you'll have the chance to discover this traditional Croatian paradise on foot.
Overnight: Vis - Onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Vis - Hvar - Korcula. We'll set sail during breakfast this morning as we head to beautiful island of Hvar. Know for it's stunning fields of lavender and rosemary, it's home to a beautiful coastline and charming historical towns. Reaching the town of Hvar, your expert local guide will take you on a tour of the ancient streets of Hvar. After exploring this mesmerising town you'll continue sailing to Korcula. Disembarking the boat you'll enjoy a walking tour of Korcula town.
Overnight: Korcula - Onboard | Breakfast, Dinner
Korcula - Mljet - Slano. We continue cruising this morning to Mljet Island and the town of Pomena. Famous for Mljet National Park which is home to two immensely beautiful turqoise salt lakes set amongst green forest. You'll have free time to explore the park at your own pace by renting bikes.
After lunch and a chance to take a swim we continue to Slano. Free time is offered this afternoon to explore this coastal town including the local beach. An optional trip to Ston will be offered, this town is famous for its 5km long city walls.
Overnight: Slano - Onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Slano - Dubrovnik. We cruise to Dubrovnik after breakfast this morning. As we cruise beneath the city walls we arrive into Dubrovnik and disembark. We'll continue to old town where you'll enjoy a walking tour of some of the highlights of this fascinating and historically rich city. The 13th century fortifications that mark out the city are imposingly impressive and have born witness to many power struggles over the years. You'll also enjoy some free time to further explore Dubrvonik, you may wish to take the cable to the top of the hill that overlooks the city or perhaps just wander the beautiful streets with a refreshing ice cream.
Overnight: Dubrovnik - Onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Today marks the end of your incredible journey through Croatia and Slovenia as you disembark your boat this morning in the Gruz harbour.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a cabin. The 'single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Hotel International, Zagreb
While situated in the capital’s buzzing business centre as part of a large modern complex, Hotel International is just a short walk away from Zagreb’s Old Town, making it ideal for business and leisure travellers alike. This 4-star property boasts spacious newly-refurbished guest rooms, benefiting from air-conditioning, en-suite facilities and complimentary WiFi. Hotel facilities include an in-house restaurant and lounge bar, plus a coffee shop and casino. Travellers that like to keep fit on holiday can take advantage of the hotel’s fitness centre.
Jezero Hotel , Plitvice Lakes
Nestled in the heart of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Jezero Hotel is the perfect base for any overnight stay in this stunning locale. The property offers a selection of guest rooms and suites, and while the hotel interior is modern in design, the building has been constructed to sit perfectly amongst the natural surroundings. A short walk away is Kozjak – the park’s largest lake. Hotel amenities include an in-house restaurant and lobby bar, a night club and complimentary spa facilities including a gym, whirpool massage and two Finnish saunas. There’s also a small gift shop on site, plus room service and free WiFi.
M/S Agape Rose, Croatia Sailing
Built in 2017, the Agape Rose offers passengers total luxury during their Croatian sailing trip. Rooms are all tastefully furnished and include either a window or a porthole as well as ensuite facilities. There is a lounge area on the upper deck that comes complete with club tables, a fully stocked bar and an LCD TV. On the top deck, also known as the sun deck, there is a an open air space equipped with sun loungers for those wishing to soak up some sunshine. Standard rates include a breakfast and lunch buffet.