Croatia, Slovenia & Venice Tour Snapshot
Our Croatia, Slovenia, and Venice tour explores a magnificent part of old, unspoiled Europe: the scenery is gorgeous; the outdoor cafés are enticing; the people are unbelievably friendly; the villages are picturesque and inviting; there are wonderful castles, palaces, and fascinating ancient ruins.
See for yourself in these three videos of Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Italy; and Lake Bled in Slovenia. They were taken on our Fall 2017 tour by client Dan Cassidy of Cassidy Colorado Productions. You can click on each name (in bold) to watch the videos.
2018 Tour Price: $7,190
Tour price includes:
- Round-trip airfare from Boston or New York
- 13 nights in lovely, boutique style hotels with private baths: (2) Dubrovnik; (2) Split; (1) Plitvice; (2) Zagreb; (2) Ljubljana; (2) Bled; and (2) Venice
- All (12) breakfasts, 9 dinners
- Full-time tour leader
- Transportation in private, air-conditioned mini-van or mini-coach
- Guided walking tours in Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Venice
- Beautiful drives along the Dalmatian Coast
- Visit to the National Park of the lakes of Plitvice (a UNESCO site)
- Excursion to Postojna Cave, Slovenia
- Visit to fairytale-like Lake Bled, including a traditional Pletna boat ride
- Excursions to wine regions: Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia and Sava, Slovenia
- All tour guides, museum and monument entrance fees, tips, and taxes
Croatia-Venice Tour Itinerary
Depart the United States, flying overnight to Dubrovnik.
Our journey begins in Croatia at the Dubrovnik Airport from which we take a shuttle to our beautiful hotel on the cliffs above Dubrovnik’s prestigious St. Jacob precinct. Dubrovnik, the “pearl of the Adriatic,” is built on a rock overlooking the sea. Narrow streets, beautiful small squares, and countless monuments and historical sites await us. We take a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik and have a little time to explore before our first gourmet dinner in Croatia.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Meals: D
After a delicious breakfast at our hotel, we explore this wonderful city with a local guide who shows us around the Old City and explains the history behind the City Walls. Free time this afternoon and evening. You may want to take a boat to one of the nearby islands or enjoy a local concert after dinner.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Meals: B
Dubrovnik, Ston, Split
We drive along the Dalmatian Coast to the oyster capital, Ston. After tasting a few, we head to a winery on the Peljesac Peninsula for a tour and tasting. We then continue to the vibrant coastal city of Split. Our lovely hotel in the historic center is just steps from the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. Dinner tonight is at a fine local restaurant.
Overnight: Split | Meals: B, D
Today we spend the day exploring Split with an expert local guide. We enjoy free time to wander the quaint ancient streets.
Overnight: Split | Meals: B
Head north along the coast to visit the ancient Roman town of Zadar. After a guided tour and lunch, we continue to the UNESCO World Heritage National Park of the Lakes of Plitvice, named a for the “series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls” created by “waters flowing over the limestone and chalk” over thousands of years. We check into our hotel just outside the park, and enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner before getting a good night’s sleep.
Overnight: Plitvice | Meals: B, D
Plitvice National Park, Zagreb
This morning rise early to enter the Plitvice National Park ahead of the crowds. Plitvice is one of Europe’s most outstanding natural wonders. There are sixteen terraced lakes, connected by a series of waterfalls. The walking paths are scrupulously maintained and easy going. It is a photographer’s paradise. After exploring the park on foot and by boat, we head to Zagreb, Croatia’s beautiful capital city. Dinner tonight is a short walk from our centrally located hotel.
Overnight: Zagreb | Meals: B, D
Zagreb is a delightful, un-touristy city with a long, tortuous history. Our local guide takes us on a walking tour through the lower town— Donji Grad— to see the lively main square, while giving us a beginner’s lesson on the city’s stormy history. Zagreb has only been capital of independent Croatia since 1991, so freedom is a very strong emotion for every Zagrebian. We take a funicular up the hill to the upper town — Gradec, originally an independent city. At the top is a wonderful panoramic view of the lower town. The 11th century Gothic cathedral is beautiful, as are the many Baroque mansions in this part of town. After lunch and free time to explore, we enjoy an entertaining cooking class, followed by a great meal we have prepared.
Overnight: Zagreb | Meals: B, D
A short drive over the Slovenian border takes us along the Sava River to one of Slovenia’s rich wine regions. We stop for a vineyard tour and enjoy a wine tasting lunch. We then continue to the magical city of Ljubljana. The old city center of Ljubljana is remarkable for its unique Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. Many buildings bear the mark of the master architect Jože Plečnik. After a guided stroll through the old city center we take a boat cruise on the Ljubljana River, passing under bridge after bridge crossing the river, the most famous of which is the Tromostovje (Triple Bridge). Tonight we walk through the lively streets to dinner at a local favorite restaurant with delicious regional cuisine.
Overnight: Ljubljana | Meals: B, D
Postojna Cave, Ljubljana
Today we take an excursion to Slovenia’s most well known attraction, Postojna Cave. A train ride takes us three miles deep into this incredible work of nature with extraordinary stalagmites and stalactites. We return to Ljubljana for free time in this wonderful town.
Overnight: Ljubljana | Meals: B
After browsing the morning market in Ljubljana, we enjoy a last lunch and then head for our last stop in Slovenia, the fairy-tale town of Bled. Situated at the foot of Mt Triglav, Lake Bled is “as romantic and magical as they come and without a doubt the most beautiful lake in the Alps.” Our hotel is a beautiful old villa, built as a vacation home by Mussolini. We enjoy dinner in the excellent restaurant overlooking the lake.
Overnight: Bled | Meals: B, D
We take the required traditional pletna boat ride to a tiny island on the lake and take turns ringing the bell of the ancient church— a tradition that brings good luck. We visit beautiful Bled Castle, high on a mountain above the lake, and at lunch we can taste the famous Kremšnita (Bled Custard Cream Cake). In the afternoon we can take a row boat on the lake or go for a beautiful walk.
Overnight: Venice | Meals: B
We head west from Bled across the Julian Alpine Mountains in the Trigav National Park, passing Slovenia’s highest mountain, Mt. Triglav. We cross the northern Italian border and come to the town of Udine, capital of the autonomous region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. A local guide shows us the historic city center, and we choose an interesting trattoria for lunch. Continuing on to Venice, we arrive at this amazing city of art, canals, Baroque churches, and ancient beauty. We check into our hotel near St. Mark’s Square and walk to dinner.
Overnight: Venice | Meals: B, D
Our local Venetian art historian guide, Anna, takes us on a back-alley tour for a look at “behind the scenes” Venice, away from the crowds of tourists. We have the afternoon free to explore on our own. Our farewell dinner is at one of Venice’s best restaurants.
Overnight: Venice | Meals: B, D
After breakfast we take a boat (of course) to the airport for the return flight.