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Western Balkans Discovery - 7 days map

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 and coastal Split and Dubrovnik.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Zagreb - Tour the Croatian capital and see highlights including St Mark's Church and Zagreb Cathedral in the fortified Upper Town
Ljubljana - Uncover some of the main attractions in Slovenia's capital city, from the Three Bridges to Robba's Fountain and the open-air market
Split - Learn the secrets of UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace and enjoy a drink in one of Split's many charming bars and restaurants
Korcula - Join an optional excursion to the island of Korcula, the birthplace of famous explorer Marco Polo
Bled - Admire the stunning alpine scenery of Lake Bled in the Julien Alps and stay in the tranquil town of the same name
Plitvice Lakes - Explore the vast underground cave system and admire some of the beautiful lakes and waterfalls within the national park
Dubrovnik - Enjoy a free day in Croatia's most famous city, which you can spend exploring the narrow streets or admiring the city walls

Included

Breakfast daily and 6 hotel dinners
Guided sightseeing of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Plitvice lakes, Split and Dubrovnik. Commentary will be given in English and possibly one other language for other members of your group
Specialist local guides at some sites
Entrance fees to Plitvice lakes, Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Cathedral in Dubrovnik
6 nights 3 star hotels
Escorted by an English speaking Croatian Tour Leader
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 7
All relevant transport and transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visas.
Tip for your tour leader. We recommend you allow EUR 3–5 per day, per traveller. Tipping is an entirely personal gesture
Entrance fees to sites other than those listed

Itinerary

Day 1

Zagreb

Wednesday. Welcome to Zagreb and the start of your holiday. Included transfer for the airport to your hotel in the city. There will be a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby at 18:30.

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

Day 2

Zagreb & Ljubljana

Zagreb - Ljubljana. Embark on a morning sightseeing adventure of Zagreb, offering you the chance to explore the fortified Upper Town, the historic heart of the city, the charming St. Mark's Church with its vibrant, multi-colored roof, the grand Cathedral, the Croatian National Theatre, and the University. Following this, we will journey to Ljubljana.

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, where you'll have the opportunity to witness the most notable landmarks in its old center. This includes the picturesque Central open-air Market and the iconic Three Bridges, the elegant Baroque Town Hall, and the enchanting Robba's Fountain. Overnight stay in Ljubljana.
Overnight: Ljubliana  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Bled

Ljubljana - Bled - Plitvice. Today, we'll set out for Bled, a charming small town nestled in the Julian Alps, renowned as one of the most breathtaking alpine resorts. It's a place that seems straight out of a timeless fairy tale, with its vast natural beauty, encompassing mountains and forests that embrace an emerald glacial lake. Here, we'll explore the Bled Castle, which stands as the oldest in all of Slovenia. After our visit to Bled, our adventure continues as we make our way to the Plitvice Lakes area for an overnight stay and dinner.
Overnight: Plitvice Lakes  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Plitvice & Split

Plitvice - Split. Begin your day with a morning stroll around Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you'll witness the wonder of 16 crystal-blue lakes, gracefully cascading into a network of 92 waterfalls. After this enchanting experience, we'll continue our journey to the historic city of Split.

This afternoon, our guide will reveal the secrets of the UNESCO-protected Diocletian's Palace and its intriguing cellars. Originally built during ancient times, the palace underwent modifications by its inhabitants in the Middle Ages, resulting in its present-day charm. It stands as the heart of the city, brimming with history and culture. Overnight in Split.
Overnight: Split  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Split & Dubrovnik

Split - Pelješac - Dubrovnik. Following breakfast, we embark toward the captivating city of Dubrovnik. En route, we'll make a stop at one of the wine cellars on the Pelješac peninsula, where you can taste the region's renowned red wine, Plavac Mali. You'll have some free time for lunch and the opportunity to explore the charming little town of Ston.

In the afternoon, we'll join a city tour of Dubrovnik, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," a UNESCO-protected gem. Explore its magnificent Cathedral and take a step back in time to the maritime era of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Marvel at its grand palaces, elegant fountains, and robust city walls. Enjoy the city's marble streets, baroque architecture, and the endless glimmer of the Adriatic Sea.
Overnight: Dubrovnik  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Free Time in Dubrovnik

Today is yours to spend at leisure exploring the UNESCO listed old city of Dubrovnik with its towering fortress wall and the Dubrovnik Cathedral, built in Roman Baroque architectural style.


Overnight: Dubrovnik  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Dubrovnik

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.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

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2024
Twin Share
Single Room
17 Jul - 23 Jul 20% off G
AUD $4,025
AUD $3,220
AUD $5,565
AUD $4,452
07 Aug - 13 Aug 20% off G
AUD $4,025
AUD $3,220
AUD $5,565
AUD $4,452
21 Aug - 27 Aug 20% off G
AUD $4,025
AUD $3,220
AUD $5,565
AUD $4,452
28 Aug - 03 Sep 20% off
AUD $4,025
AUD $3,220
AUD $5,565
AUD $4,452
18 Sep - 24 Sep 20% off G
AUD $4,025
AUD $3,220
AUD $5,565
AUD $4,452
30 Oct - 05 Nov 20% off G
AUD $3,135
AUD $2,508
AUD $4,015
AUD $3,212
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
16 Apr - 22 Apr 20% off
AUD $3,515
AUD $2,812
AUD $4,355
AUD $3,484
23 Apr - 29 Apr 20% off
AUD $3,685
AUD $2,948
AUD $4,695
AUD $3,756
30 Apr - 06 May 20% off
AUD $3,685
AUD $2,948
AUD $4,695
AUD $3,756
07 May - 13 May 20% off
AUD $3,685
AUD $2,948
AUD $4,695
AUD $3,756
14 May - 20 May 20% off
AUD $3,685
AUD $2,948
AUD $4,695
AUD $3,756
21 May - 27 May 20% off
AUD $3,945
AUD $3,156
AUD $5,125
AUD $4,100
28 May - 03 Jun 20% off
AUD $3,945
AUD $3,156
AUD $5,125
AUD $4,100
04 Jun - 10 Jun 20% off
AUD $4,105
AUD $3,284
AUD $5,465
AUD $4,372
11 Jun - 17 Jun 20% off
AUD $4,105
AUD $3,284
AUD $5,465
AUD $4,372
18 Jun - 24 Jun 20% off
AUD $4,105
AUD $3,284
AUD $5,465
AUD $4,372
25 Jun - 01 Jul 20% off
AUD $4,105
AUD $3,284
AUD $5,465
AUD $4,372
16 Jul - 22 Jul 20% off
AUD $4,325
AUD $3,460
AUD $5,785
AUD $4,628
20 Aug - 26 Aug 20% off
AUD $4,325
AUD $3,460
AUD $5,785
AUD $4,628
27 Aug - 02 Sep 20% off
AUD $4,325
AUD $3,460
AUD $5,785
AUD $4,628
03 Sep - 09 Sep 20% off
AUD $4,105
AUD $3,284
AUD $5,465
AUD $4,372
10 Sep - 16 Sep 20% off
AUD $4,105
AUD $3,284
AUD $5,465
AUD $4,372
17 Sep - 23 Sep 20% off
AUD $4,105
AUD $3,284
AUD $5,465
AUD $4,372
24 Sep - 30 Sep 20% off
AUD $4,105
AUD $3,284
AUD $5,465
AUD $4,372
01 Oct - 07 Oct 20% off
AUD $3,945
AUD $3,156
AUD $5,125
AUD $4,100
08 Oct - 14 Oct 20% off
AUD $3,945
AUD $3,156
AUD $5,125
AUD $4,100

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Zagreb
AUD $135
AUD $199
Post Tour Accom - Dubrovnik (from price)
AUD $161
AUD $278

Hotels

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.

Hotel Astoria, Zagreb

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

Hotel Lev, Ljubliana

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Lev is centrally located in Ljubljana, the 13 floor high glass exterior offers marvelous views of Slovenia's capital city. Guest rooms are decorated modernly featuring private ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Additional features of the hotel include complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness centre and bicycles to rent for those wanting to explore the area.

Jezero Hotel , Plitvice Lakes

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

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 Corner, Split

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of Split, Hotel Corner offers spacious accommodation in modern rooms with plenty of natural light. The recently renovated hotel offers rooms that are spread across two floors, and accessible by both stairs and an elevator. With a choice between four different room types (standard, triple, comfort or family), guests can enjoy comfort, as each room has free WiFi, a flatscreen TV with cable channels, a safe, complimentary toiletries and a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. Not only are famous landmarks, including the UNESCO-listed Palace of Diocletian located close by, the hotel also offers a 24-hour service desk, room service and free parking. There is a fitness center and a restaurant on-site, as well as a spa and wellness center where guests can unwind with a massage treatment on-site.

Hotel Art, Split

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Enjoying an enviable location close to the historic centre of Split, this modern hotel offers an ideal combination of comfort and convenience. The spacious guest rooms benefit from air-conditioning, free WiFi, a mini-bar and plasma TV. The in-house restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and a selection of dishes from an a la carte menu for lunch or dinner, all prepared with fresh ingredients sourced daily, while the Coffee Bar is a great place to indulge in a cocktail or hot drink on the open-air terrace. Just a short stroll away from the hotel guests will find shops, restaurants and cafes, and the UNESCO-listed Diocletian Palace is just a 10-minute walk away. Guests can also make sure of the hotel’s gym and spa facilities after a long day of sightseeing in Split.

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik is situated on the lush Babin Kuk Peninsula, just 6km away from Dubrovniks old city. Featuring air-conditioned modern and comfortable guest rooms with free Wi-Fi and equipped with private bathrooms. The hotel features an elegant outdoor swimming pool with views of the Elaphiti Islands as well as an indoor pool and array of wellness facilities. Why not sit back and relax with a cocktail in hand after exploring Dubrovnik's old city.

Hotel Lero, Dubrovnik

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.43 out of 5 based on 7 recent reviews

Not having read the fine print I was unaware of the size of the group, 47, far too big for my preference. Tour guide was excellent as was itinary though the length of free time at the end of the various walking tours was too long, most people were back waiting for the bus almost an hour before departure time. Food at the lunch time stops was generally good but the hotel evening meals were average at the start of the trip and gradually got worse, Corner Hotel and Lachroma food was so over cooked as to be almost inevitable.

Transport to airport (own used for earlier arrival day) was excellent

Generally enjoyable with interesting people from Canada, Australia and New Zealand

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Blanche was an excellent guide - knowledgeable, competent, organized and concerned for the welfare of the group. Hotel Lev Ljubljana offered a set menu – a sort of Ragout, with no greens or vegetables. In the morning, two of their three lifts were broken and our whole bus was delayed by half an hour while one of our suitcases, which had been inexplicably removed, was tracked down (through CCTV), located, and eventually brought down in the lift – total chaos! The room in Hotel Lev had a poorly designed bathroom, with a glass cubicle for a shower and a cramped space by the curtained-off wash basin. At the Hotel Corner in Split, from the 3 choices for dinner we we chose ‘Grilled steak and grilled vegetables’. The ‘steak’ was like hard rubber (inedible), served with soggy over-boiled non-descript vegetables. The dinner and breakfast buffet in the Best Western in Zagreb was good, and the dinner and breakfast buffet in the Valamar Argosy in Dubrovnik was excellent. The Argosy was a lovely hotel to spend our ‘free day’. All local guides were good, especially Elvis in Dubrovnik, and the itinerary and sights seen were great.

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Enjoyed every moment!

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The tour was very enjoyable and interesting and as for your Tour Guide Blanša she was exceptional, professional and a joy to have with us. As Sales Director for a National Touring Company in Australia, we in the industry can sometimes be a little critical as we find it hard to remove the work hat, however I joined this tour for a holiday with my wife and did not divulge my background until much later in the tour.. Blansa was nothing short of fabulous in organizing all aspects of the tour and group. A very engaging person with a great personality.! A rare breed.

Cannot fault any aspect of your tour - well done!

• Submitted 14 May 2024
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The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and a great problem solver. The guides provided for each city were very friendly and knowledgeable. On the Go Tours arranged for multiple city tour guides based on the language spoken. So French speaking people had a French speaking tour guide, English speaking people had an English speaking tour guide, etc.

There was adequate time for people to go off and do their own thing once the guided tour was over in each city.

• Submitted 09 May 2024
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Excellent guide interesting and knowledgeable

Loved the tour and the driver was fantastic we felt very safe

Overall we really liked it

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I enjoyed the tour as it was fast-paced and included some destinations I was keen to visit. I like the half-board aspect although that may not be for everyone and did mean that the food we ate wasn't necessarily traditional/local in origin. It may be worth making that clearer in the trip notes, namely that the included dinners are at the hotels rather than at a restaurant of our choosing. The guide was enthusiastic and friendly.

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At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Zagreb
Ends
Dubrovnik
Departs
Wednesdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 52
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Dinner: 6
Countries
Croatia, Slovenia
Minimum Age
12 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Boardwalk winding through the Plitvice National Park
View of the main strip of Split, lined with palm trees along the waterfront
Aerial view of Dubrovnik, surrounded by water and filled with terracotta-roofed buildings

Not having read the fine print I was unaware of the size of the group, 47, far too big for my preference. Tour guide was excellent as was itinary though the length of free time at the end of the various walking tours was too long, most people were back waiting for the bus almost an hour before departure time. Food at the lunch time stops was generally good but the hotel evening meals were average at the start of the trip and gradually got worse, Corner Hotel and Lachroma food was so over cooked as to be almost inevitable.

Transport to airport (own used for earlier arrival day) was excellent

Generally enjoyable with interesting people from Canada, Australia and New Zealand

Richard Dyason
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