THE HIGHLIGHTS OF SLOVENIA, MONTENEGRO, AND CROATIA

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Charming Slovenia, stunning Croatia, hospitable Bosnia, and delightful Montenegro delight with natural beauties, astonishing cultural heritage, and healthy, fresh, delicious food.  Discover beautiful Šibenik, Split, Dubrovnik, and Hvar, soak up the beauty of ancient towns, National Parks and UNESCO sites with tailor-made private guided tours highlighting the best of each city and country. Taste one of the best wines on the Adriatic, the father of Zinfandel, and feel the difference and diversity of countries that once you form one country, Yugoslavia, and nowadays so different way of life and culture.

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

Zadar, Croatia

Šibenik, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kotor, Montenegro

Trip itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL-LJUBLJANA

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.

The rest of the day is at leisure. Welcome dinner in Ljubljana.

Overnight in Ljubljana.

DAY 2: BEST OF LJUBLJANA AND 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.

In the afternoon, the tour will visit 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.

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.

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 Ljubljana.

DAY 3: LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB

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. 

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

DAY 4: ZAGREB PRIVATE CITY TOUR

Zagreb, with its 1000 years of history, is an inspiring historic site, but at the same time, a dynamic cosmopolitan city with a special affection for fashion and design. Exuberant and hospitable, Zagreb attracts people from Croatia and Europe to its famous street events. Zagreb events brighten up the streets with music, tasteful street food, artistic decorations, and a good mood.

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.

Overnight in Zagreb.

DAY 5: ZAGREB – NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES – ZADAR

Halfway between Zagreb and Split 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 Zadar.

Overnight in Zadar

DAY 6: ZADAR HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

While Zadar is rich with cultural heritage from Roman times and middle ages, strolling around the streets of Zadar, full of ancient architecture, still is not the most romantic thing to do here. Sure, famous round byzantine church, Landward Gate, and Roman Forum are beautiful, but Zadar has something even more spectacular to offer. Sitting near the sea, watching a beautiful sunset listening to the music of the Sea Organ and later indulge in The Greeting to the Sunlight show on the Sea promenade is the true definition of the romantic evening.

Zadar is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in Europe. Its position, between beautiful coast, fish-rich sea, and fertile soil in Zadar hinterland, provided an ideal home to the people from prehistoric times. Great location and an abundance of natural resources made Zadar’s history a turbulent series of fights for territory and dominance between Venice, Turks, Austria, and Croatia.

The most famous monument of Zadar is the church of St. Donatus, one of the most excellent examples of Byzantine architecture. Rounded interior directed the lights towards the sanctuary, creating interesting patterns throughout the day. Some of the most beautiful Dalmatian metalwork can be seen in St. Donat.

Belltower of St. Anastasia offers lovely panoramic views of St. Donatus, Velebit mountain, and ancient Roman Forum. An expert guide will share exciting stories about the most essential Zadar places, its roman monuments, and the turbulent history of Zadar.

The day will end at Zadar Riva (sea promenade), giant organ, with pipes 70 long, that is played by the sea waves. Water pushes the air through 35 underwater pipes, creating otherworldly music of the sea. Sea Organ is the world-famous work of Croatian architect Nikola Bašić connecting engineering and the power and the beauty of nature.

After the sea’s concert in the sunset, Riva invites for another spectacular experience of the same author. The Greeting to a Sun is an elaborate light installation that symbolizes the interaction of humankind with the Sun. 300 solar modules arranged in a circle of a 22 m diametre absorbs the light during the day. After the sunsets, it starts with an interactive light show for visitors. The light synchronizes with the rhythms of the waves and the sound of the Sea Organs, creating one of a kind mesmerizing synesthetic experience.

Overnight in Zadar.

DAY 7: ZADAR – ŠIBENIK – SPLIT

The medieval glare of the old city, the contrast of the white stone buildings, and the serene blue sea make Šibenik incredibly scenic. A beautiful town Šibenik, the only city in Croatia with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, stunning Cathedral of St. James and spectacular St. Nicholas Fortress. On top of that, Šibenik has two national parks nearby: River Krka and Kornati Islands.

Šibenik tour starts picturesque in the old town of Šibenik, continues in a beautiful National Park Krka, and ends with a delicious traditional Skradin risotto in a famous restaurant approved by Anthony Bourdain.

In the center of the old Šibenik is the impressive cathedral of St. Jacob, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its sophisticated architecture still amazes architects, and its harmonious structure and refined details awe people from all over the world. Marble paved piazzas and cozy streets lined with stone houses tell a story about more than 900 years of Croatian history. The triangular-shaped sea fortress is the second UNESCO World Heritage Site. Full of exciting legends and heroic past, it is a beautiful place to visit and enjoy.

After some free time in Šibenik, the tour visits a National Park Krka, one of the most popular and most beautiful Croatian national parks. Lush greenery, tranquil lakes, powerful waterfalls, and cultural sites relax and reinvigorate body and soul. Freshness and serenity of the river Krka and its surroundings are stunning.

The small town of Skradin on Krka is famous for Skradinski Risotto, a creamy, delightful dish, traditionally made by men in a huge pot over an open fire for 12 hours. It was far more than just a meal – its preparation was an event, enjoyment in the slow pace of Mediterranean, company, and the gradual building of its superb multilayered taste. Konoba Cantinetta, where the Skradinski risotto will be tasted that offers one of the best Skradin risottos, according to a famous Anthony Bourdain.

Overnight in Šibenik

DAY 8: HIGHLIGHTS OF SPLIT AND TROGIR TOUR

After waking up in beautiful Split, and tasty breakfast, discover Trogir, “City-Museum,” another Dalmatian UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every step of Trogir is full of history, culture, and stunning architecture. Laid out in the typical structure of the Mediterranean city, Trogir will win over the heart of its visitors with every step they make on its 2300 years old streets.

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 long to find out how and why Split got its nicknames.

The old core of Trogir is an island, surrounded by the city walls, originating from the age of Greeks and Romans. A guided walking tour will reveal the most critical sites and captivating stories from Roman, Greek, and Venetian times.

After lovely Trogir, a beautiful Split guided tour will discover the most iconic places in Split. The heart of Split is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Diocletian palace. Although it was built in Roman times, 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. Diocletian Palace is an ancient yet vivacious and pulsating heart of the city, which is not very common.

Below the palace is Riva, palm-lined seafront promenade, world-famous for its beauty, lovely historic buildings, and zen-inducing overlook at the Adriatic sea.

Overnight in Split.

DAY 9: HVAR ISLAND WINE TOUR & DINNER IN ABANDONED VILLAGE

Due to its beautiful renaissance architecture, inspiring cultural heritage, and vitalizing Mediterranean nature, Hvar is one of the most popular and beloved Adriatic islands. It is a place of sophisticated hedonism, shaped by the cultural influence of Venice, the Austrian Empire, and the authentic Dalmatia. Architecture buffs will be delighted by the town’s castle Fortress, Croatian theater and Arsenal, Franciscan monastery, Benedictine monastery, Croatia Cathedral, UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage of Stari Grad Plain and the picturesque white-stone houses and streets of Hvar’s villages and towns.

The guided tour starts in town Hvar, continues with a Stari Grad Plain – Agera (Hora), UNESCO World Heritage vineyard sightseeing, and ends in picturesque Jelsa with a wine tasting in a famous Hvar winery. Simple, but the delightful pairing of homemade bread, rich cheese with indigenous wine provides a holistic wine tasting experience.

Very nice thing to see here is a subtle agave lace made by Hvar’s Benedictine nuns, UNESCO Intangible Heritage. And ff there is something that can convey the spirit of the southern Dalmatia – it is the klapa multipart singing. Sitting with a glass of Hvar wine, listening to the klapa, surrounded by the renaissance architecture of Hvar, gives goosebumps and touches a soul to its deepest parts.

Fabulous traditional lunch in an old, abandoned village Malo Grablje wraps up the Hvar experience. The authentic taste of the luscious dalmatian food in the unique ambiance of the Malo Grablje should be enjoyed slowly, mindfully, and with full surrender to a Mediterranean joie de vivre.

DAY 10: SPLIT – MOSTAR – DUBROVNIK

Mostar is the largest city in Hercegovina, home to an Old Bridge, the most famous bridge of the region. As you cross the bridge, you’ll enter the living past – a cobblestoned street in which coppersmiths are embossing the copper with detailed ornaments in the traditional way, just like their ancestors did. A bit further, you’ll enjoy the colorful streets full of oriental rugs, countless shops, and bazaars.

Mostar is a multiethnic city where Mosk, Churchs, and Synagogues stand to each other. Unfortunately, we can not say that this city is a place of tolerance and acceptance. The consequences of the Bosnian war are still palpable here. Although there is no visible division, a front line from the war across the river Neretva still divides the city on Croatian and Bosniac part, at least in the heads of the people.

This lovely ancient town bustles with life, colorful shops, and restaurants, but the war wounds are still not healed completely.

DAY 11: HIGHLIGHTS OF DUBROVNIK

Just a simple walk on the streets of Dubrovnik or along the city walls awakens the sense of awe and exhilaration. Stunning views of the Old Town and the shimmering blue Adriatic Sea are genuinely marvelous and breathtaking.

Dubrovnik is overflowing with historical places, unique buildings, and cultural heritage. A guided tour will offer an opportunity to discover a fantastic Dubrovnik history, the historic beauty of Old Town, renaissance harmony of the main street – Stradun, and sophisticated elegance of the Rector’s Palace. The architecture of Old Town bears witness of the glory days of Dubrovnik when the city became one of the most prosperous all the historic maritime republics.

The second part of the tour unravels the grandeur and beauty of City Walls, UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooking the shimmering blue Adriatic Sea.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 12: DUBROVNIK – KOTOR

The Natural and Cultural-Historical Region of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known as a place of superior beauty, diversity, and uniqueness. Boka Kotorska – The Bay of Kotor is considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Azure sea under the high, steep mountains, meandering folds of the bay that slowly discover its stunning beauties, crystalline lakes, medieval citadels and island monasteries surrounded by lush Mediterranean greenery – Boka is a place of diversity and contrasts that harmoniously fit together into one of the world’s most beautiful places.

A lot of majestic architectural Boka Kotorska heritage is telling compelling stories about its glorious past. The tour visits Perast, “The Pearl of the Venetian baroque,” island church “Lady of the Rock,” and finally charming Kotor Town.

Sixteen churches and seventeen grand palaces were built during the golden era of Perast when it was a crucial Venetian harbor. Modest fisherman’s village bloomed into the proud capital of courageous Montenegrin mariners under the rule of the Republic of Venetia (15-18th Century). Lovely church islands in front of the beautiful Perast add another level of magic to Perast’s splendor. The tour visits one of them, Church of Our Lady on the Rock, built in the 17th Century.

After Perast, the tour continues with a Kotor sightseeing. Kotor’s Old Town is UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and one of the most significant old towns on the entire Mediterranean. It is famous for its medieval architecture, majestic walls snaking the up surrounding slopes, St. Tripun Cathedral from 12th Century, Venetian palaces, and the maze of the cobblestoned streets, alleys, and piazzas.

Majestic slopes of the surrounding mountains and quiet Kotor Bay are incredibly scenic. Kotor’s cultural heritage and dreamlike nature join into an incredibly romantic ambiance unique in this part of the world.

Overnight in Kotor.

DAY 13: FLY OUT OF MONTENEGRO

Private transfer to Tivat airport. Fly out of Montenegro.

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