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Pairing Croatia & Slovenia

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PRIVATE TOUR - 12 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 9406

Private Tour Highlights

  • Walk along the ramparts of Dubrovnik for views of the Elafiti Islands and the Old Town that the walls once protected.
  • Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience, combining fine food with excellent wines in one of the best wineries in Croatia.
  • Explore the beautiful fairy tale location of Bled Lake, ring the bell of the Church and discover Bled Castle on the lake's small island.
  • After exploring Croatia's Capital enjoy lunch and wine tasting in one of the best wineries of continental Croatia just outside of Zagreb.
  • Explore Slovenia's capital and largest city, Ljubljana and see why its called "the beloved" in the local language with a private walking tour.
  • Embark on a ferry ride to the nearby island of Brac for swimming at the world famous Golden Horn beach and visiting the Museum of Olive oil.
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Tour Overview

Like savoring the complexities of a fine wine aside a delicious meal, Pairing Croatia & Slovenia is a harmonious match to experience the two nations in a flavorful, 11-day journey.

Beginning in Slovenia, the tour takes visitors through the charming capital of Ljubljana to wander its cobblestone streets, take in the lovely atmosphere, and stunning architecture. The introduction to Slovenia ends by taking the funicular up to the hilltop medieval castle for the spectacular views over the city below. Before moving onto Croatia, the tour takes travelers to the strikingly beautiful Bled Lake to admire the fairytale-like landscape, see the Church of the Assumption, and discover Bled Castle.

Upon arrival to Croatia, travelers will be introduced to the country’s bustling capital of Zagreb. After taking in the ornate architecture and colorful culture while walking along the lovely old city, the tour continues with a delightful wine tasting in one of the best wineries of Croatia. Following Zagreb, nature lovers will appreciate the beauty of Plitvice Lakes, the largest and oldest national park in Croatia. After exploring the pristine lakes, the tour continues on to the city of Split, once the summer vacation home to the emperor of Rome, Diocletian.

While traveling southwards along the Baltic coast, travelers will pay a visit to Brac Island to swim at the world-famous Golden Horn beach before wrapping up the journey in one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik. Here, travelers will taste the complex flavors of the coastal wine while exploring Dubrovnik’s Old Town and its iconic city walls.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$9406 £$10599 N/A
Single N/A £$17435 £$19848 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Welcome to Slovenia!

Upon arrival to Ljubljana, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Ljubljana is Slovenia's capital and largest city. It's known for its university population and green spaces, including expansive Tivoli Park. The curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city's old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures. ...read less

Day
2

Ljubljana City Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the hotel for a private walking tour of Ljubljana. Called "the beloved" in the local language, Ljubljana is truly one of the most charming European capitals. While wandering the cobblestone streets along Ljubljanica River, relax and enjoy the city's buzzing and friendly vibe. Take the funicular up to the mighty medieval castle and feast your eyes with spectacular views over the city and its surroundings. Visit beautiful landmarks such as the vibrant Preseren Square and the famous Dragon Bridge, an Art Nouveau masterpiece adorned with dragons and the symbol of Ljubljana. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Ljubljana's riverside cafes, restaurants, and shops. ...read less

Day
3

Bled Lake Tour

Today, you will explore the beautiful fairy tale location of Bled Lake. After your private transfer, meet your guide and visit the small island located in the lake with the traditional pletna boat. Ring the bell in the Church of the Assumption and discover Bled Castle. Perched atop a steep cliff, offering spectacular views over the lake and the surrounding mountains. After some free time for lunch return to Ljubljana.

Today, you will explore the beautiful fairy tale location of Bled Lake. After your private transfer, meet your guide and visit the small island located in the lake with the traditional pletna boat. Ring the bell in the Church of the Assumption and discover Bled Castle. Perched atop a steep cliff, offering spectacular views over the lake and the surrounding mountains. After some free time for lunch return to Ljubljana.

Day
4

Private transfer to Zagreb, Croatia

After breakfast, meet your driver at the hotel for a private transfer to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia (approx. 2 hours drive).

After breakfast, meet your driver at the hotel for a private transfer to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia (approx. 2 hours drive).

Day
5

Zagreb City Tour with Wine Tasting

After breakfast embark on a guided tour of Zagreb along with a lunch and short wine tasting in one of the best wineries of continental Croatia. Return to your hotel in Zagreb in the early afternoon to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

After breakfast embark on a guided tour of Zagreb along with a lunch and short wine tasting in one of the best wineries of continental Croatia. Return to your hotel in Zagreb in the early afternoon to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day
6

Plitvice Lakes Tour

In the morning, you will continue your tour to Dalmatia and the city of Split (approx. 4 hour drive). On your way you will stop at Plitvice Lakes. A breathtakingly beautiful region, Plitvice Lakes is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest national park in Croatia. The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. Walk on wooden bridges and drive on electric boats so that you can experience firsthand this nature's wonder. Lunch will be organized. After your tour, you will continue your drive to Split where you will arrive in the early evening.

Horseback riding can be organized though the stunning nature of Plitvice area (not included) before going to Split.

Note: For more experienced riders only, max 90kg weight of the riders. ...read less

Day
7

Split City Sightseeing Tour

Your day will start with a private walking tour of Split's city center with your guide.

The city of Split has evolved over the centuries, offering a perfect mix of history and modern influences, amazing ancient Roman architecture infused with modern bars, restaurants, and vibrant life. Before visiting Split's open green market, visit Diocletian's Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally built as a residential summer palace for the Roman emperor.

In the afternoon, we will visit the town of Trogir, a short 30-minute drive north of Split. This small and quaint medieval town connected by a bridge to the mainland was founded in the 3rd century BC by the Greeks. Later rulers were Rome, Byzantium, Venice, and Austria but the deepest cultural expansion has been left by the Croats. Trogir is still very well preserved and is on the UNESCO'S World Heritage list. The city of Salona was built in the 4th Century BC and is situated 9 km from Split on the mouth of the River Jadro and was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the birthplace of Roman Emperor Diocletian (244-311 AD). We will take you on a guided walk through these ancient remains where you will hear about the history of these turbulent times.

Alternatively we can coordinate a guided visit to the nearby fortress of Klis (used as a filming location for Game of Thrones) as well as the Museum of Alka (ancient equestrian chivalry competition) with lunch in a more rural traditional setting.

Klis fortress (10th century A.D.) is one of the most dramatic looking fortresses in Croatia built on a cliff overlooking Split. With its extraordinary historical significance, it is also famous for its use as a location during Game of Thrones filming in Split area.

After your tour of the fortress and small museum we will continue to a small town called Sinj, 20 miles from Split. There we will visit the museum of Alka's, an equestrian competition held every first Sunday of August since 1715. It commemorates a Croatian Venetian victory over Ottomans on August 14, 1715 in which the local Christian population of around 700 Croats in cooperation with a smaller number of Venetians managed to defend Sinj against 60,000 Ottoman soldiers. ...read less

Day
8

Brac Island Tour

After breakfast, take a ferry ride to the nearby island of Brac (55min) for a visit to the Museum of Olive oil. Afterwards, take a short 30 min ride to Vidova Gora, the highest peak of Brac Island and of all islands in Croatia for a spectacular view of Brac and Hvar. The rest of the day is reserved for swimming at the world famous Golden Horn beach and a traditional lunch. Return to Split in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.

After breakfast, take a ferry ride to the nearby island of Brac (55min) for a visit to the Museum of Olive oil. Afterwards, take a short 30 min ride to Vidova Gora, the highest peak of Brac Island and of all islands in Croatia for a spectacular view of Brac and Hvar. The rest of the day is reserved for swimming at the world famous Golden Horn beach and a traditional lunch. Return to Split in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.

Day
9

Dubrovnik Gourmet Food & Wine Pairing

In the morning after breakfast and checking out of your hotel, you will continue to Dubrovnik (approx. 2.5 hour drive). On route, you will stop in one of the best wineries in Croatia located on the hills rising from the Adriatic Sea. After the tour of the cellar and the winery you will enjoy a unique gastronomic experience, combining fine food with excellent wines all produced in this very vineyard.

In late afternoon, you will arrive to Dubrovnik. After checking into your hotel, have a free evening to familiarize yourself with this amazing city. ...read less

Day
10

Dubrovnik City Walking Tour

This afternoon, you will have your private walking tour of Dubrovnik's city center. Irish author George Bernard Shaw wrote, "Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik". The Old Town protected by city walls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walk along the ramparts reveals a different view of the Elafiti Islands and Old Town. On your tour with your local guide you will see Onofrio fountain, the city bell tower and numerous medieval buildings. After the tour, take the remainder of the day for exploration of Old Town on your own. ...read less

Day
11

Departure

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Zagreb, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Places You'll See

  • Ljubljana

    With a tiny population of a little over 300,000, located in central Slovenia, Ljubljana is one of the smallest capitals in Europe. The astonishing architecture and cobblestoned streets provide a fairytale-like atmosphere. Visitors can take in stunning views from the hilltop Ljubljana Castle and soak in the leisurely ambiance Ljubjanica river from the cafes lining its banks. In the evening, experience the youthful arts district of Metelkova Mesto with its trendy galleries and bars or take in a live concert at Križanke, a converted convent.

  • Zagreb

    Boasting a charming old city feel with cobblestone streets and Baroque Revival architecture, the vibrant city of Zagreb is the small yet bustling capital of Croatia. Being so easily accessible by foot, visitors can take in the ornate architecture and colorful culture while walking along the upper and lower towns, making sure to stop at the ornate cathedrals and one of the oldest buildings in Zagreb, Saint Mark’s Church. Travelers of all ages will appreciate the detailed parks and wandering the lively Zagreb Advent & Christmas Market.

  • Split

    Dating back to Roman times, Split is one of the oldest cities in Croatia and the second largest after Zagreb. Visitors will enjoy the history of Split’s old town, its ancient Roman ruins, and the bustling coastline where restaurants catch their daily specials. For some of the best views of the city, hike up to the hilltop fortress of Kliss for a panorama of Split and the Dalmatian Coast and to see the Game of Thrones filming location for Meereen.

  • Dubrovnik

    Located in southern Croatia on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik has been deemed as one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean. Once serving as an important seaport, Dubrovnik is now Croatia’s leading holiday destination with its Azure waters, quaint old town, and ancient city walls.

Hotel Options

Featured Accommodation

Vander Urbani Resort

Beneath the old bourgeois house facades lie 20 rooms whose design epitomizes perfect living comfort. Yes, that’s Vander. Sensual, at one with the environment, and enhanced to meet the needs of the contemporary traveler. The interior design follows a continuous line that runs almost imperceptibly from house to house. The charm of the surprising views culminates in the panorama from the roof terrace. This is what Ljubljana is like, too: in love with the old, constantly seeking the new.

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4 Star Properties

Zagreb : Hotel Capital

Split : Heritage Hotel Antique

Dubrovnik : Royal Neptun Hotel

5 Star Properties

Zagreb : Esplanade

Split : Hotel Park Split

Dubrovnik : Villa Dubrovnik

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