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A Taste of Croatia & Slovenia Hosted Small Group Tour

Zagreb - Varaždin - Zagreb - Ljubljana - Bled - Bohinj - Postojna Cave - Poreč - Rovinj - Pula - Poreč - Venice - Poreč - Motovun - Pazin - Opatija - Plitvice Lakes NP - Zadar - Pag - Zadar - Šibenik - Trogir - Split

Prepare to enrich your palate and rejoice in history, nature, and culture as you discover one of the most interesting areas of Europe! Spend 13 remarkable days touring Croatia, Slovenia and a touch of Italy. You may even choose to extend your stay to see Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

History & Culture
Throughout our tour we will be joined by local guides who will intrigue us with their tales of local history and culture. Together we will visit five of Croatia’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Landscapes & Nature
Imagine impressive mountain ranges, breathtaking National Parks, and the crystal clear Adriatic Sea.

Cuisine
Experience the traditional flavours and cuisines of each area we visit, whether dining in a local restaurant for lunch or dinner, or enjoying a special tasting.
 

Your Hosts

Ela Patajac
03 Jun - 16 Jun 2018

Having guided tours across Europe before making New Zealand her home, Ela is looking forward to returning and sharing her passion of great food, culture, and history with you all on this marvellous tour.

 

Teodora  Antunovich​
05 Aug - 18 Aug 2018

Passionate about travel and her Croatian heritage, Teodora has recently returned from a visit to Europe and is excited to showcase the very best of Croatia and Slovenia. Join her on this delightful tour.

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Zagreb

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Your afternoon is at leisure before meeting your Host and Tour Director at 1900HRS. Overnight and dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 2
Zagreb - Varaždin - Zagreb

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a sightseeing tour with a local guide.  This will take you along historic parts of the city, including Ban Jelačić Square, and medieval settlements of Gradec and Kaptol.  See the Cathedral, Dolac Market, Tkalčićeva Street, Stone Gate and St Mark’s Church. Proceed through the castle region to Varaždin. Our Welcome Dinner is in an authentic restaurant in Zagorje before returning to Zagreb for overnight. (B, SD)

Day 3
Zagreb - Ljubljana - Bled or Bohinj

After breakfast at the hotel, depart to Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. On arrival, visit with a local guide. The capital city of Slovenia lies in a basin between the Karst and the Alpine region. This city with a soul features the Baroque Old Town nestled at the foot of Castle Hill, the Art Nouveau mansions and masterpieces of the renowned architect Joze Plecnik. Then continue to Lake Bled or Lake Bohinj area. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 4
Bled or Bohinj

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of Bled and Bohinj with a local guide. Entrance to Bled Old Town and Pletna boat ride included. Lake Bled ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts. This pearl of Slovenia offers amazing views, with a tiny island and St Mary’s Church in the middle of the lake and an old medieval castle up on the cliff. After lunch, continue to Bohinj. The glacial Lake Bohinj is one of the most beautiful Alpine lakes in Slovenia. Part of the Triglav National Park, it impresses with a serene natural beauty. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, SL, D)

Day 5
Bled or Bohinj - Postojna - Poreč

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Bled or Bohinj to Postojna and visit Postojna Cave, the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. Enjoy an adventurous ride on a special electric train. Journey into the cave, under spectacular underground arches embellished with chandelier-like stalactites, and discover a beautiful subterranean world of limestone sculptures. We then proceed to Istria Peninsula. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Poreč. (B, D)

Day 6
Poreč - Rovinj - Pula - Poreč

After breakfast our Istria Excursion begins with a guided tour of Poreč, home to the Euphrasian Basilica. The beautiful town has preserved the original Roman street layout, the main streets of Cardo and Decumanus. Continue to the picturesque seaside town of Rovinj for a guided tour of one the most romantic towns on the Mediterranean, with cobbled streets, picturesque buildings and squares to take your breath away. Our lunch experience today is at an authentic restaurant in Rovinj. Relax and enjoy the local atmosphere before continuing to Pula where your tour includes a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre, the Temple of Augustus and the Arch of Sergii. Explore Kaštel, a Castle from the 17th century and the Istrian History Museum. Istria has a long tradition in olive oil making and we get a taste of this on our visit to Vodnjan where we sample the local olive oil. Later return to our hotel in Poreč for dinner and overnight. (B, SL, T, D)

Day 7
Poreč - Momjan - Poreč

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we are free to explore Poreč at our leisure before we take a trip into the heart of Istria. Our journey takes us to the small town of Momjan where we visit the award winning Kozlović Winery for a tastings of the famous local wines. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, T, D)

Day 8
Poreč - Venice - Poreč

We take a day trip to Venice. A walking tour will show you the highlights - St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. Visit a glass blowing factory and watch a master artisan demonstrate this traditional Venetian art. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy Venice, browse through shops, or take an optional gondola ride. Late afternoon return to Poreč for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 9
Poreč - Motovun - Pazin - Opatija

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Motovun with a visit of the town and truffle tasting. Motovun is possibly the most picturesque medieval town of inner Istria. The small town of rich cultural and historical heritage is situated on a hill above the Mirna River Valley. We then continue to Pazin for a short walk with your Host and Tour Director. Lunch in an authentic local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Opatija. (B, T, SL, D)

Day 10
Opatija - Plitvice Lakes

Breakfast at the hotel and visit of Opatija with our local guide. With its beautiful Lungomare promenade, this little town has the largest number of hotels in relation to population and enjoys a year-round season. Enjoy free time before departing to the Plitvice Lakes region for dinner and overnight in the hotel. (B, D)

Day 11
Plitvice Lakes - Zadar

After breakfast at the hotel, we visit the National Park with a local guide. Plitvice Lakes are Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction. The beauty lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Afterwards proceed to Zadar for dinner and overnight at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 12
Zadar - Pag - Zadar

Breakfast at the hotel and sightseeing of Zadar, one of the oldest ancient Dalmatian cities. It’s rich heritage includes the Roman Forum, St Donatus Church, the reconstructed Romanesque St Grisigono’s Church, St Mary’s Bell Tower and St Anastasia’s Cathedral. Visit the famous Sea Organs and enjoy the sound of waves and wind that the sea organs bring to life. Later we visit the Island of Pag for a tasting of the famous Pag cheese and on return making a stop at the island town of Nin, where the smallest Cathedral in the world is located. Return to Zadar for dinner and overnight. (B, T, D)

Day 13
Zadar - Šibenik - Trogir - Split

After breakfast we leave Zadar, travelling along the Adriatic Coast where we make our first stop in Šibenik. Here we have free time to see St James Cathedral and explore the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic. Continue to the medieval island town of Trogir with free time for lunch before continue to Split . This evening enjoy a walk on the Split Riva following our Dalmatian dinner experience. Overnight in Split. (B, SD)

Day 14
Split

Following breakfast check-out from the hotel. Its time to say farewell to your fellow travellers. For those of you who are continuing on our Hosted Cruise, you will be met and transferred to Split Port for the next step of our journey. For those of your returning home, or travelling onwards you will be transferred to Split Airport. We are sure you will have made many friends and have a wealth of memories to treasure and take home with you. Sretan Put. (B)

Inclusions

Coach Tour from Zagreb to Split

  • Croatia Times Travel Host & Tour Director
  • All Transfers as per itinerary
  • 13 Nights in mainly 4* hotels 
  • 13 Hotel Breakfasts, 11 Hotel Dinners (B, D)
  • Modern A/C motor coach
  • Full Day Istria & Venice Excursions
  • Service charges & hotel taxes
  • Porterage

Authentic Food Experiences

  • 3 Specialty Restaurant Lunches (SL)
  • 2 Specialty Restaurant Dinners (SD)
  • 1 Olive Oil Tasting (T)
  • 1 Truffle Tasting  (T)
  • 1 Wine Tasting (T)
  • 1 Cheese Tasting (T)

Sightseeing with Local Guides

  • Zagreb
  • Varaždin
  • Ljubljana
  • Bled
  • Bohinj
  • Poreč
  • Rovinj
  • Pula
  • Venice
  • Motovun
  • Opatija
  • Plitvice NP
  • Zadar
  • Pag

Entrance

  • Bled - Castle, Pletna Boat, Church
  • Bohinj - Vogel Cable Car
  • Postojna - Caves
  • Poreč - Euphrasius Basilica 
  • Pula - Amphitheatre Arena
  • Motovun - Shuttle Bus
  • Pazin - Castle
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park

Contact Us For Prices & Availability

  • Montenegro / Bosnia & Herzegovina extension
  • Tour & Cruise Combo option

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Sun 03 Jun 18Sat 16 Jun 18
$7,970$11,160
Sun 05 Aug 18Sat 18 Aug 18
$8,170$11,440
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Important Notes

Booking Terms & Conditions
Deposits: Upon confirmation a non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is payable. Final Payment: Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure from New Zealand. Prices: All prices are in NZ$ based on twin share per person. Single occupancy prices available. Prices are based on a minimum of 14. In the event that minimum numbers are not reached, a surcharge will apply. Group Size: Up to 25 passengers. Airfares and any costs not stated are not included. Tour Arrangements: We reserve the right to alter the routing, change accommodation and services if required due to unforseen circumstances. Travel Insurance: It is a requirement of this travel arrangement that all travellers must take out a fully comprehensive travel insurance for the full duration of this trip. Contact us or your travel agent for more information and full booking terms & conditions.

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