based on 15 nights & selected experiences
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This all-encompassing itinerary takes in the highlights of Croatia and neighboring Slovenia
Get under the skin of Croatian culture in Split Dubrovnik, and Zagreb
Explore the spectacular Dalmatian coast in Istria and Brac
Discover the elegant architecture and winding cobbled streets of Ljubljana
April, May, June and September are some of the best months to visit Croatia and Slovenia as the temperatures will be pleasant and the most popular sights won't be as crowded with tourists. The warmest months of the year are July and August, during which time the daytime high temperatures will hover around between 20 to 30°C. The coldest months of the year on average are January and February, and rain can also be common at this time of year.
Discover the breath-taking scenery and fascinating cultures of Croatia and Slovenia with this comprehensive itinerary, traveling from the picturesque city of Zagreb to the stunning Slovenian lakes and charming Dalmatian islands.
Begin your Dalmatian adventure in Croatia's capital, Zagreb. While this charming city is Croatia's cultural and political hub, Zagreb feels more like its neighbors in Hungary or Slovenia, complete with elegant neoclassical Austro-Hungarian architecture. Spend two nights at Esplanade Zagreb, the city's iconic hotel built in the 1920s. Relive the splendour of the Orient Express in this Art Deco-style property before exploring all that Zagreb has to offer - admire the city's many picturesque parks and discover the winding streets of the Old Town, which dates back to the 11th century.
Continue west through charming villages and scenic countryside to neighboring Slovenia, and its capital, Ljubljana, where you'll spend two nights at the boutique Hotel Cubo. This delightful city is a true hidden gem, boasting beautiful pastel-hued architecture, a 16th-century castle and a growing foodie scene. After exploring the Old Town, spend a day admiring one of Slovenia's most iconic sights, Lake Bled. This stunning lake, surrounded by the mountains of the Julian Alps, will truly take your breath away. If you can tear your eyes away from the mesmerising emerald green waters, visit Bled Castle, dramatically towering above the lake, before taking a traditional pletna boat to Bled's quaint island, home to a church and small museum. Next, visit Lake Bohinj, the less-visited, and therefore more authentic, of Slovenia's lakes. Nature lovers can enjoy hiking or cycling, or simply enjoy the postcard-worthy views from the top of the Vogel funicular.
After soaking up the lively atmosphere and incredible scenery in Slovenia, it's time to make your way south, back to Croatia and the rustic Istrian peninsula. Here you'll spend two nights at Monte Mulini, just outside the medieval fishing port of Rovinj. Spend evenings getting lost in the winding cobbled streets of the town and enjoying the freshest seafood for dinner. By day, step back in time as you explore the charming hilltop villages of Istria, taking in the beautiful views and admiring the Venetian influence in the region's architecture.
Continue south from Istria, stopping en route to witness the spectacular waterfalls and green pools of Plitvice Lakes, before arriving in Split, Croatia's ancient Roman city. Your base for three nights will be Judita Palace, overlooking the city's main square in the heart of the old town. Explore the winding alleys of the city, once Roman emperor Diocletian's palace, or take a boat out to discover the beauty of the Dalmatian islands.
After enjoying the hustle and bustle of Split, make your way to Dalmatia's largest island, Brac, to escape the crowds and enjoy the island's picturesque scenery. Spend three nights at Hotel Lemongarden, a tranquil, adults-only property close to the peaceful fishing village of Sutivan. This authentically Croatian island is home to verdant pine forests, some of the country's best beaches and vineyards producing the most delicious of Croatian wine. Enjoy a relaxing stay, visiting the island's quaint fishing villages, or for those looking to keep active, join Brac's popular cycling scene and explore the island by bike.
For the final stop of your Dalmatian discovery, continue south to Dubrovnik, known as the pearl of the Adriatic, thanks to its shining white limestone streets and baroque architecture. Stay for three nights at Hotel Excelsior, just a short walk from the cobbled streets of the old town, and spend your days exploring this beautiful, elegant city. Walk around the ancient city walls, dating back to the 12th century, and admire these perfectly-preserved fortifications and the fantastic views across Dubrovnik's terracotta rooftops.
Renowned for its huge numbers of beautiful castles, Slovenia is also home to some of Europe's most impressive caves. Head underground and explore the most spectacular caves, as well as the incredible Predjama Castle, itself built into a cave.
Join your local host for an authentic Croatian culinary experience in the rustic village of Trogir and learn the art of food preparation Dalmatian-style.
Explore the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, lined with traditional churches and views of the Adriatic Sea. Learn the stories behind this quintessential walled city with your expert guide.
The sunniest and greenest of the Croatian islands, Hvar's pretty interior is a panorama of lavender fields, peaceful villages and pine-covered hills. Enjoy an afternoon of exploration on a hike with your private local guide.
Get off-the-beaten-track in Istria and explore the picturesque hilltop towns that this region is known for. Enjoy winding through charming streets and learning about the culture of the region, whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the countryside.
Discover the picturesque city of Ljubljana on a walking tour with your private guide. Explore the historic heart of the city and admire its charming Baroque architecture, winding cobbled streets and lively atmosphere.
Spend the day with your private guide exploring some of Slovenia's most incredible scenery. The region of the Julian Alps is renowned for its picturesque lakes, the most famous of which is the stunning Lake Bled.
Enjoy a private guided walking tour of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to some of Croatia's most beautiful natural scenery. Admire the spectacular colors of these tranquil lakes and dramatic waterfalls.
Explore the beautiful city of Zagreb during a walking tour with your knowledgeable private guide. Learn about the city's history dating back to the Middle Ages and admire its fantastic architecture, including the magnificent cathedral.
Explore the historic old town of Split with your private guide. The original walls of Diocletian’s Palace are still visible today and the buildings inside are home to a fascinating mix of architecture including Roman, Gothic and Renaissance styles.
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