THE HIGHLIGHTS OF CROATIA AND SLOVENIA

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Trip overview

Charming Slovenia, with delightful capital and dreamlike lake castle and stunning Croatia, is overflowing with places that will enchant and delight its visitors. The lakes and the sea, magnificent Plitvice lake, cobblestoned hearts of ancient cities, lovely island of Hvar, breathtaking Split and incredible Dubrovnik – this tour immerses travelers into an astonishing diversity and beauty of Southeastern Europe. 

Please keep in mind that all our tours are tailor-made according to our clients interests and wishes. If there is something in this itinerary you would like to change or customize, please contact us . We will gladly modify the itinerary to meet your preferences.

Trip map and locations

Ljubljana, Slovenia

4260 Bled, Slovenia

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia

21000, Split, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Trip itinerary

DAY 1: LJUBLJANA ARRIVAL

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is possibly one of the cutest and most hospitable cities in Europe. Its youthful vibrancy, artistic creativity, and lively cultural scene, a beautiful river that flows through a city center and abundant greenery make it a super-livable and enjoyable city.

After a private transfer from the airport, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Ljubljana.

DAY 2: LJUBLJANA CITY TOUR & LAKE BLED

Walking tour across the street of Ljubljana with an expert local guide, reveals a historic charm of the city, pleasant streets packed with cultural heritage, artistic shops, creative restaurants, and charming cafes.

After a visit to the Old Town of Ljubljana, number one touristic place, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy charming Ljubljana to your liking. Sitting on the banks of Ljubljanica river, sipping coffee in one of the beautiful coffee houses or strolling charming streets filled with history and arts – everything in Ljubljana feels comfortable and refreshing.

Ljubljana Castle, perched on a hill above the city, was a place where Ljubljana was founded, about 900 years ago. The castle’s Outlook Tower and ramparts offer stunning views of the city and the beautiful landscape surrounding Ljubljana.

Beneath the Old Town of Ljubljana, the city is bursting with history and cultural heritage – inspiring museums and galleries full of fine arts, the building of famous Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik and an occasional blast-to-the-past burst of retro-Yugoslav urban planning.

All that in Ljubljana to co-exist in harmonious balance, creating a peaceful and joyful city of culture, entertainment, and high-quality of life.

After exploring the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, it is time to get to Bled. Departure to Bled region, where on the banks of the mountain lake, beneath the peaks of Julian Alps a charming little town of Bled is situated. This pearl of Slovenia and the whole Alpine region, with a tiny island and St. Mary’s Church in the middle of the Lake and an old medieval Castle up on the cliff that offers you an amazing views is definitely something you will be enchanted with.

After Bled, departure to Ljubljana.

The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ljubljana.

DAY 3: LJUBLJANA –ZAGREB

On the way to Zagreb, the tour visits the greatest attraction of Slovenia – Lake Bled. A crystalline lake under the Julian Alps, with 11th-century Bled Castle high above the shoreline, reminds of a scene from a Disney cartoon. Bled Castle is not among the most spectacular castles of this region – but its unique position, the Lake, the Alps, and tranquil greenery make it absolutely adorable.

Bled’s beautiful Lake, enchanting castle and lush nature are topped with a scenic tiny island and St. Mary’s Church in the middle of the Lake. A walk around scenic Lake Bled and the surrounding town with our expert guide reveals stunning natural beauties and captivating historical stories. The tour ends with tasting a famous Bled cream cakes.

Overnight in Zagreb.

DAY 4: ZAGREB WALKING CITY TOUR

Zagreb is charming middleeuropean city where the irresistible flair of the grandiose Austro-Hungarian Empire meets the lively energy of a Mediterranean. Habsburg era buildings line the city streets with a historic appeal, while fancy Vienna-ish parks will invite you for a retreat from a city hubbub. 

Zagreb tour starts with the most Zagreb-ish experience there is. A gourmet cup of coffee in the oldest coffee shop in Zagreb overlooking the main square and the statue of Ban Jelacic.

Coffee drinking is an essential social ritual in Croatia. Croats drink coffee to mingle, meet new people, discuss business, or just to spend quality time with loved ones. When in Croatia… drink coffee.

After morning coffee in the heart of Zagreb, the tour continues along historic streets and picturesque historical sites, hidden alleys & lanes. An expert guide will share some of the most popular stories from Zagreb history, share scary legends about Zagreb witches and evil queen, and show you the most important and beautiful places of Upper Zagreb.

Narrow cobblestone streets of Upper Town guide you through Croatian history from medieval times to the glorious Austrian empire era. Some of the most iconic Zagreb sights of an Upper Town are Lotršćak tower which houses the Grič cannon, St. Catherine’s baroque church, relaxing Strossmayer promenade overlooking the rooftops of Lower town, a Saint Mark’s Church, famous for its roof representing the coat of arms of the Tripartite Kingdom (Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia). On the Kaptol hill are Zagreb cathedral, an impressive gothic building and an essential part of Zagreb’s cultural heritage.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Zagreb

DAY 5: ZAGREB – NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE – SPLIT

Halfway between Split and Zagreb is the most exciting place of Croatian hinterland – National Park Plitvice Lake, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many visitors think that its 16 lakes interconnected with about 90 spectacular waterfalls and framed by lush greenery might be the most beautiful place in the world. And we couldn’t agree more.

Plitvice offers a delightful walk along 18 km of beautiful wooden footbridges and pathways. Walking along the crystalline lakes and besides magical waterfalls detoxes from any kind of restlessness or stress. The tranquility of the perfectly turquoise water, misty waterfalls, and bountiful shades of green are a mother’s nature’s finest wellness treatment. Locals believe that wishes made under the biggest Plitvice waterfall always come true. And we think it is worth a try.

The National Park goes beyond beautiful cascading lakes. It occupies an area of 30,000 hectares, covered by beech, fir, and spruce forest. Deers, bears, wolves, boars and numerous rare bird species live in this well-preserved piece of biodiversity heaven.

After a tour, there will be some free time before heading to Split.

Overnight in Split.

DAY 6: SPLIT UNESCO TOUR

After waking up in beautiful Split, and tasty breakfast, it is time for an exciting time travel tour across the streets of Split. Split is the second biggest city in Croatia and often referred to as “The most beautiful city in the world” and “Mediterranean flower.” It doesn’t take too much time to find out the origin of Split’s nicknames.

The first stop of a Split walking tour is an ancient Diocletian palace, the surreally beautiful UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Diocletian palace was built in Roman times, but even today it is still a place where people live, do business, and hang around. Narrow streets of the castle are filled with unsurpassable charm and beauty.

The next stop is the oldest (and the smallest) catholic Cathedral in the world, Cathedral of Saint Domnius on Peristil, built in the 4th century as the Imperial Roman mausoleum. From the top of the iconic bell tower near the Cathedral, you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the palace and the sea. Peristil square, formerly a Roman court, echoes the glory of the Roman empire.

Charming and Split-ish place worth a visit is Pjaca square with Split’s old town hall and a shiny marble tiles paved plaza, lined with pleasant cafes. Below the palace is Riva, palm-lined seafront promenade, famous for its beauty, lovely historic buildings, and zen-inducing overlook at the Adriatic sea.

DAY 7: ISLAND HOPPING & WINE TASTING IN HVAR

After a morning in vibrant Split, embark on a private boat for an adventurous boat ride to Hvar, the sunniest island of Croatia. With its beautiful renaissance architecture, inspiring cultural heritage and vitalizing Mediterranean nature, Hvar pretty much has everything. For everyone. To begin with, Hvar looks like “an open-air gallery,” an exhilarating visual feast of the harmony between architecture and nature.

Hvar is considered as one of the top 10 beautiful islands in the world. It is a home to a more Intangible UNESCO Heritage than any other island in the world. Add to that the title of the sunniest place in Europe, and you got a place you simply must visit. At least once in a lifetime.

Hvar is a calming place of sophisticated hedonism, shaped by the cultural influence of Venice, the Austrian Empire, and the authentic Dalmatia.

Hvar tour starts in the town of Hvar. After sightseeing the island’s top sights, it ends in picturesque Jelsa with a wine tasting in one of the most famous Hvar wineries. Indigenous rich Hvar wines paired with carefully selected food provide a genuinely holistic wine tasting experience.

The lunch is organized in the unique ambiance of the Malo Grablje, an authentic restaurant that serves delicious dalmatian food prepared according to traditional recipes.

After lunch, the cruise heads back to Split.

Overnight in Split.

DAY 8: SPLIT – DUBROVNIK

After breakfast, your tour heads towards Dubrovnik, “The Pearl of Adriatic.”

Just a simple walk on the streets of Dubrovnik or along the city walls awakens the sense of awe and exhilaration. Magnificent views of the Old Town and the shimmering blue Adriatic Sea are genuinely marvelous and breathtaking, and city walls are among the most spectacular places on Earth.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 9: DUBROVNIK UNESCO CITY TOUR

Renaissance harmony, a medieval mystic and fantasy-like Game of Thrones vibe – the city of Dubrovnik is bursting with good energy and unbelievably lots of things to see and do. The Old City of Dubrovnik, UNESCO World Heritage site, is considered the most beautiful Croatian town and is among the most famous tourist sites in Europe. Its nickname – The Pearl of the Adriatic – is there for a reason.

After breakfast, imaginative legends inhabiting magical places of this medieval town will come to life on a walking tour with our expert guide. He will guide you to see Old Town, Stradun, the famous main street of Dubrovnik, historic Rector’s Palace, and dreamlike City Walls.

City Walls, UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooking Adriatic sea, islands, and yachts smoothly sailing across the endless blue are one of the most important sites of Europe. Their historic grandiosity radiates with a fantasy-like Game of Thrones vibe.

After the Dubrovnik tour, embark on a private boat to discover Elaphiti Islands archipelago.

The islands of Elafiti used to be a popular place of leisure of the Dubrovnik aristocracy. You can still feel the flair of fancy aristocratic oasis there. Aromatic myrtle, laurel, thyme, rosemary fill the air with the characteristic Mediterranean smell. And tall cypresses and thick pine trees embrace the islands, providing natural shade and a perfect place to relax between swims in a crystal clear azure sea. The afternoon at Elafiti is at leisure.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 10: FLY OUT

Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport. Fly out of Croatia.

Price & Inclusions

All our itineraries and trips are custom made to each client. The above itinerary (price from) is calculated based on 2 people traveling in low season in 4* hotels. Included are all private transfers and touts. The price of the itinerary can go up or down depending on the seasonality of travel, hotel choices, and any tours added to the current sample itinerary.

All the benefits when booking with VIA:

  1. Special VIA hotel amenities
  2. 24/7 local concierge and local host
  3.  Tours only bookable with VIA
  4. Hand-selected guides
  5. Private transfers with high-class vehicles no older that 3 years

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