Western Balkans Discovery - 7 days
COACH TOUR: From the Croatian capital of Zagreb, cross the border into Slovenia to uncover the fairy tale beauty of Bled in the Julian Alps and visit the pretty city of Ljubljana, before venturing back into Croatia to see the beautiful Plitvice Lakes, the pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus in Zadar and coastal Split and Dubrovnik.
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 & Split
Plitvice - Zadar - Split. 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. In the afternoon we continue our journey to Split, where we explore the city including learning the secrets of the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace and its cellars. Spend the evening at leisure discovering the sights and delights of Split.
Overnight: Split | Breakfast, Dinner
Split - Dubrovnik. Leaving Split we drive south along the Dalmatian coastline, crossing the Neum Corridor of Bosnia and Herzegovnia (see info related to Neum Corridor border crossing procedures in our Trip Notes) to Dubrovnik - the Jewel in the nation's crown. We tour the UNESCO listed old city with its towering fortress wall and enter the Dubrovnik Cathedral, built in Roman Baroque architectural style.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Breakfast, Dinner
Today is yours to spend at leisure in Dubrovnik or you can join in optional excursions to the island of Korcula. If you choose to go to Korcula there will be a stop in one of the well-known wine cellars of the Peljesac peninsula to sample local wine on the way back.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Breakfast, Dinner
Tuesday. Today your tour of Croatia comes to an end. After breakfast and hotel check-out a departure transfer will take you to Dubrovnik airport.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to all single travellers as you will require your own room and this 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.
Hotel Astoria, Zagreb
Part of Best Western's Premier range, the elegant Hotel Astoria offers a high level of comfort and style, fitting with the brand. Guests can choose from a variety of different sizes of room, each offering plush, attractive furniture and a range of modern amenities, including a minibar and satellite TV. The hotel's Ragusa restaurant has a great ambiance and serves a wonderful selection of local and international dishes. The accommodation is conveniently located just 300m from the train station and offers free parking for guests.
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.
Hotel Atrium, Split
As the only 5-star hotel in Split, you cannot go wrong with this luxurious property. The rooms are elegantly furnished in neutral tones and are sound-proofed for a comfortable night’s sleep and provide complimentary bathrobes, slippers and bathroom cosmetics. Guests have the choice of enjoying breakfast from their rooms or at Cardo Restaurant, which serves a choice of Mediterranean and international dishes for lunch and dinner. Meanwhile the City Bar serves cocktails and hot drinks. The Filomena Wellness&Spa centre features an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness room, and in the evening guests can enjoy live music at the Platinum Casino – the largest of its kind in Dalmatia and open 24 hours a day.
Hotel Lero, Dubrovnik
The elegant Hotel Lero is a spacious accommodation that offers free WiFi to all of its guests and has an onsite salon as well as a massage parlour. The air-conditioned rooms are comfortable and stylish, ensuring that guests have a wonderful night's sleep. The hotel's bar is the perfect location for a leisurely drink before dinner, which can be taken in either of the two restaurants and consists of local and international dishes. A buffet breakfast is served each morning. The hotel is situated just minutes from the beach and 20 minutes on foot from the Old Town.
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