TRIP TO SLOVENIA AND CROATIA
For those who wish to see the alpine cities together with the Dalmatian coast, this is a trip of choice for you. Your trip to Slovenia and Croatia will start with the capital Ljubljana and continue with the highlights of Slovenia and the Croatian part – from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. On your route, you will not miss the Plitvice Lakes, the Postojna Cave, and the Unesco cities of Split and Dubrovnik. Whether you come as an individual traveler and do the tour privately and tailor-made or in a group, you will have the opportunity to admire the different gems that the two countries have to offer.
DAY 1: LJUBLJANA – ARRIVAL
Arrival at the Ljubljana airport or one of the airports nearby. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation in Ljubljana.
DAY 2: LJUBLJANA
Your trip to Slovenia and Croatia would not be complete without visiting the two capitals. Today you start with the first one, a guided tour of Ljubljana, which is the cultural, financial, and industrial center. Among other amazing sights, it has a beautiful medieval castle which we will visit by a short funicular ride. From there, you have an excellent panoramic view of the city and the surrounding nature. Once back down, you will see the old town with its medieval and baroque parts and the most important sights, such as the Prešeren Square, the Robba Fountain, the Town Hall, the Triple Bridge, and the Dragon Bridge and the Cathedral.
Then we will walk along the banks of the Ljubljanica River to Congress Square, where you can see the University and Philharmonic building. We will continue our walk to the French Revolution Square and the Roman Wall, passing also the National Library, the work of the Unesco-recognised architect Jože Plečnik, who turned the city into a kind of work of art with his various urbanistic works. We will finish the tour by passing the Parliament, the National Museum, and the National Gallery until we reach the beautiful Tivoli Park. Free time to enjoy all that the capital has to offer, have a coffee in one of the many bars along the river, and taste the typical food. Overnight stay.
DAY 3: LJUBLJANA – BLED – BOHINJ – LJUBLJANA
After breakfast departure to Bled, one of the most popular places in Slovenia. Here you can enjoy the natural beauty and splendor of the lake. Optionally you can visit the island with the traditional boat, called “Pletna” and climb the 99 stone steps to reach the church of the Assumption of Mary, built in a baroque style, where you can also ring the wishing bell.
When visiting the castle of Bled you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view. The castle dates back to the 12th century and inside the castle, you will also find the National Museum of Slovenia. It is also an important protocol place where meetings and weddings are organized. We recommend tasting the famous local dessert, the Bled cream cake, “kremšnita”.
If time permits, we can visit the Vintgar Gorge, a canyon carved out by the river Radovna. The route allows us to walk through the interior of the canyon and enjoy the unique nature. Later you will continue to Bohinj, a typical alpine region, entering from the southeast of the Triglav National Park. There you will see the largest natural glacial lake in Slovenia, surrounded by the Julian Alps, beautiful forests, and two medieval churches. Accommodation in Ljubljana.
DAY 4: LJUBLJANA – SLOVENIAN COAST – POSTOJNA
We will drive towards the Slovenian coast and stop at Socerb Castle, from where there is an excellent panoramic view of the Gulf of Trieste. Arriving at the coast, we start with Koper which is one of the oldest towns in Slovenia, with a rich history dating back to the Middle Bronze Age. It is the largest city in Slovenian Istria and home to the only Slovenian port and the best preserved and most significant remains of the Venetian culture.
We will also pass through Izola and Portoroz and visit the city of Piran, formerly the territory of the Republic of Venice, where the scent of the Adriatic gives a special charm to its narrow streets and neighborhoods. Piran has one of the most famous buildings in Tartini Square, the impressive Venetian House, the most beautiful example of Venetian Gothic architecture in Piran.
This town adorned by a sensational and timeless romance with a deep-rooted salt tradition merges with countless stories of the town’s narrow streets and picturesque views of the Slovenian Mediterranean. In the afternoon we depart for Postojna. Arrival at the hotel and overnight in Postojna.
DAY 5: POSTOJNA – ZAGREB
In the morning you will first visit the Postojna Cave with its stalactites and stalagmites forming a real underground paradise, carved by the Pivka River. It is impressive for its 24 kilometers of interconnected caves. Part of the visit takes place by train and the rest of the route is on foot. Afterward, we will visit Predjama Castle, located and built on a cliff 123 meters above sea level and connected to a cave. It is one of the most beautiful and unique castles in Central Europe.
And here we arrive at the second part of the trip to Slovenia and Croatia, crossing the border and arriving in the capital, followed by a guided tour of the city of Zagreb, also the largest city of Croatia and considered in 2022 one of the best value-for-money European tourist destinations. It is a very modern city, but at the same time, it has a charming medieval old town with beautiful architecture.
The city center is divided into two parts. One is the Upper Town, where you can visit the Presidential Palace, the iconic St. Mark’s Church, the Croatian Parliament, and many museums and galleries. The second part, called Lower Town, is the livelier part, where we will see shops, parks, and theatres and have lunch in one of the restaurants with local food. You will also walk through the most famous square, Ban Jelacic Square, of a general and a member of the Jelačić noble family and one of the most important Croatian politicians, both in the 19th century and in the entire history of the Croats. Accommodation in Zagreb.
DAY 6: ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT
Breakfast. Departure to Plitvice Lakes, a national park on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The park has 16 small lakes, which are divided into upper and lower lakes and descend about 130 meters in height, as well as 92 waterfalls and many streams. The visit is done on foot along the trails inside the park and part of the visit is by boat. In the park, you can enjoy crystal-clear water, rich flora and fauna, and lush forests. Departure to Split in the afternoon. Arrival and overnight in Split.
DAY 7: SPLIT
The day starts with a guided tour of Split, the second-largest city in Croatia. In the year 305, when the Roman Emperor Diocletian, having almost the whole world under his feet, decided to build his country villa and spend the rest of his life there, he did not hesitate about where he should build it: in this special place on the Adriatic. The old town is included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage. Optionally you can enter the cellars of Diocletian’s Palace, which served as his retirement home.
You will see the exterior of the Temple of Jupiter and St. Domnius Cathedral, which by an irony of fate was once the mausoleum of the last great persecutor of the Christians. Free time to enjoy the afternoon in this exclusive town on the Adriatic Sea and later in the afternoon departure to Dubrovnik and overnight in Neum.
DAY 8: DUBROVNIK
In the morning you will arrive in the old part of Dubrovnik and start with a guided tour. A city that has remained almost unchanged since medieval times and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being one of the smallest states in the Mediterranean, but at the same time one of the most important, it has contributed to a very rich history of the city which is reflected at every step. You can visit the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery with the oldest pharmacy in the world, as well as climb its intact city walls that offer an incredible 1,940-metre walk, surrounding a place without comparison in the world, which holds the title of “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 9: DUBROVNIK
Breakfast and free time in Dubrovnik until transfer to the airport for your return flight. End of your trip to Slovenia and Croatia.
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