Zagreb | Croatia
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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.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
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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 Theater, 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.

You can choose to join our optional tour to Korcula, which includes a stop in Ston, boat transfers to Korcula town, a city tour of the island, and a wine tasting on Pelješac peninsula.
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
05 Jun - 11 Jun 22% off G
USD $2,345
USD $1,829
USD $3,145
USD $2,453
12 Jun - 18 Jun 22% off G
USD $2,345
USD $1,829
USD $3,145
USD $2,453
19 Jun - 25 Jun 22% off G
USD $2,345
USD $1,829
USD $3,145
USD $2,453
17 Jul - 23 Jul 22% off G
USD $2,495
USD $1,946
USD $3,455
USD $2,695
07 Aug - 13 Aug 22% off G
USD $2,495
USD $1,946
USD $3,455
USD $2,695
21 Aug - 27 Aug 22% off G
USD $2,495
USD $1,946
USD $3,455
USD $2,695
04 Sep - 10 Sep 22% off
USD $2,495
USD $1,946
USD $3,455
USD $2,695
18 Sep - 24 Sep 22% off G
USD $2,495
USD $1,946
USD $3,455
USD $2,695
02 Oct - 08 Oct 22% off
USD $2,265
USD $1,767
USD $2,945
USD $2,297
09 Oct - 15 Oct 22% off G
USD $2,075
USD $1,619
USD $2,695
USD $2,102
30 Oct - 05 Nov 22% off G
USD $1,945
USD $1,517
USD $2,485
USD $1,938

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Zagreb
USD $90
USD $133
Post Tour Accom - Dubrovnik (from price)
USD $106
USD $183

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.

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 recent reviews

Enjoyed every moment!

• Submitted 15 May 2024
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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

• Submitted 02 Sep 2016
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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

Enjoyed every moment!

Marjorie Velleman
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