• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Venice
  • Location: Venice, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Availability: FRIDAYS; May - October
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Highlights

    SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • PULA
  • POREC
  • ROVINJ
  • SPLIT
  • TROGIR
  • MOSTAR
  • DUBROVNIK
  • ZADAR
  • ZAGREB
  • LJUBLJANA
  • BLED
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15 days from Venice, Opatija, Rovinj, Porec, Sibenik, Spilt, Mostar, Medjugorje, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Zadar, Plitvice, Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Venice

15 days starting in Venice, Italy. Travel through northern Croatia and then into Bosnia and Hercegovina. Back to Croatia to Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian coast. Head inland to Plitvice Lakes, then on to the capital of Zagreb. Head into Slovenia to visit the beautiful Lake Bled and the capital of Ljubljana then finish back in Venice to relax before you head home.

The absolute best of the Adriatic and Western Balkans. Guaranteed Departure Escorted Tour; Venice round-trip.

Only 4 departures all year.
09/03/2018, 25/05/2018, 07/09/2018, 05/10/2018

Itinerary

15 days from Venice, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj, Porec, Sibenik, Spilt, Trogir, Makarska, Mostar, Medjugorje, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Postojna Caves and back to Venice

Upgrades to Classic or Premium hotels possible, price upon request

ITINERARY:

Day 1, Venice – arrival
Arrival at Venice airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Venice – Mestre region.

Day 2, Venice - Istria tour - Opatija
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we explore the largest Croatian peninsula, Istria. Our visit to Istria includes city of pula with it’s amphitheater, one of six left in Europe from the ancient Roman times, beautiful city of Rovinj and city of Porec (note that the order can be changed without notice). Overnight at the hotel in Opatija. (B)

Day 3, Opatija – Sibenik – Split
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure towards central Dalmatia. Our first stop will be in an ethno village where we will lunch. After the lunch departure towards Sibenik. Free time at leisure. Departure towards Split. Arrival and overnight at the hotel in Split. (B, L)

Day 4, Split – Trogir – Split
Breakfast at the hotel. During the morning excursion to Trogir. In the afternoon back to Split and city tour with a local guide. We will visit the Diocletian palace, Split cathedral and the Jupiter temple. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 5, Split – Makarska - Mostar
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure towards Bosnia and Herzegovina. On our way we shall stop at small coastline city of Makarska. After time at leisure. Departure towards Herzegovina and it’s most important city, city of Mostar. Arrival and overnight at the hotel in Mostar. (B)

Day 6, Mostar – Medjugorje - Dubrovnik
After breakfast city tour of Mostar with the local guide. We will visit a typical Turkish house and we will of course see the symbol of Mostar the old bridge. After the visit free time for lunch (not included). Departure towards Medjugorje and free time. Afterwards continuation to Dubrovnik. Arrival in Dubrovnik, Check inn and overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik. (B)

Day 7, Dubrovnik
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel towards the old town where we will meet our local guide and see the most important monuments of this city known as “the pearl of Adriatic”. We will visit the rector’s palace and the Franciscan monastery with the most ancient pharmacy in the world. The afternoon is at leisure. You can continue to explore this beautiful city. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 8, Dubrovnik – Hvar
After the breakfast we will leave Dubrovnik and continue north to Drvenik. Small port where we will board on a ferry and cruise to Sucuraj, port at the south of the island of Hvar. We continue crossing the whole island up to the city of Hvar. Arrival and overnight. (B)

Day 9, Hvar
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure or you can join an optional excursion proposed by your tour Leader. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 10, Hvar - Zadar
Embark on a ferry and cruise to split (APROX. 01:45H). Continue towards Zadar. Arrival. City tour of Zadar with the local guide. Check in and overnight at the hotel in Zadar. (B)

Day 11, Zadar – Plitvice –Zagreb
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we leave Zadar to visit the national park Plitvice lakes. Arrival and visit the park. After the visit proceed to Zagreb and overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 12, ZAGREB – Ljubljana
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we go to Croatian capital and its largest city, Zagreb. Upon the arrival we will take our local guide and do panorama’s tour by bus where we’ll see the most important Zagreb’s sites. This panorama tour will end in the front of the cathedral where we will continue our city tour by walk. After the visit proceed to Ljubljana. Ljubljana sightseeing. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 13, Ljubljana – Bled – Ljubljana
After the breakfast transfer to Bled. Visit of Bled. Afternoon at leisure, you can take pletna boat and visit St. Mary church on the little island in the middle of lake. Return to Ljubljana. Overnight. (B)

Day 14, Ljubljana – Postojna – Venice Mestre
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure toward Italy, but our first stop is Postojna, where we will visit the best-known cave in the world and the world’s largest karst monuments the Postojna cave. (Kindly note that both clothing and footwear should be adapted to the constant temperature of 8-10 degrees Celsius (46-50 degrees Fahrenheit) during whole year). Part of the tour is a cave train ride and part of it is taken by foot. Continue direct to Venice Mestre. Check in and overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 15, Venice MESTRE – departure
After breakfast in hotel, transfer to the airport. (B)



INCLUDED:
• English speaking tour director throughout the tour
• touring by different size of vehicle depending on the group size
• breakfast at the hotel daily (B) and 1 lunch in a local restaurants (L)
• rooms with private facilities at selected hotel category
• city tours with English speaking local guides in: PULA, POREC, ROVINJ, SPLIT, TROGIR, MOSTAR, DUBROVNIK, ZADAR, ZAGREB, LJUBLJANA, BLED
• entrances: Pula (Amphitheatre); Split (the Diocletian palace); Mostar (the Turkish house); Dubrovnik (the Rector palace, the Franciscan monastery with the pharmacy); Plitvice national park; Postojna; Postojna (the cave with audio guide)
• porterage in the hotels (one piece per passenger)
• ferry ticket to Hvar and from Hvar
• arrival and departure transfer (including if the passengers have pre or post stay)

NOT INCLUDED:
• Any kind of personal expenses such as mini bar, telephone, etc...
• tips for the tour director, driver, local guides
• Optional excursions
• Any other services not mentioned in the part “the tour includes”

Hotels:
STANDARD hotels:
• VENICE: HOTEL MESTRE 3star OR SIMILAR
• OPATIJA: HOTEL ADRIATIC 3star OR SIMILAR
• SPLIT: HOTEL DUJAM 3star OR SIMILAR
• MOSTAR: HOTEL HANA 3star OR SIMILAR
• DUBROVNIK/MLINI: HOTEL ASTAREA 3star OR SIMILAR
• HVAR: HOTEL PALACE 3star OR SIMILAR
• ZADAR: HOTEL PORTO 3star OR SIMILAR
• ZAGREB: HOTEL LAGUNA 3star OR SIMILAR
• LJUBLJANA HOTEL M 3star OR SIMILAR:
• VENICE: HOTEL MESTRE 3star OR SIMILAR


Upgrades to Classic or Premium hotels possible, price upon request

Accommodations

Great accommodations are provided.

Essential Information

Hotels:
STANDARD hotels:
• VENICE: HOTEL MESTRE 3star OR SIMILAR
• OPATIJA: HOTEL ADRIATIC 3star OR SIMILAR
• SPLIT: HOTEL DUJAM 3star OR SIMILAR
• MOSTAR: HOTEL HANA 3star OR SIMILAR
• DUBROVNIK/MLINI: HOTEL ASTAREA 3star OR SIMILAR
• HVAR: HOTEL PALACE 3star OR SIMILAR
• ZADAR: HOTEL PORTO 3star OR SIMILAR
• ZAGREB: HOTEL LAGUNA 3star OR SIMILAR
• LJUBLJANA HOTEL M 3star OR SIMILAR:
• VENICE: HOTEL MESTRE 3star OR SIMILAR

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • English speaking tour director throughout the tour
  • • touring by different size of vehicle depending on the group size
  • • breakfast at the hotel daily (B) and 1 lunch in a local restaurants (L)
  • • rooms with private facilities at selected hotel category
  • • city tours with English speaking local guides in: PULA, POREC, ROVINJ, SPLIT, TROGIR, MOSTAR, DUBROVNIK, ZADAR, ZAGREB, LJUBLJANA, BLED
  • • entrances: Pula (Amphitheatre); Split (the Diocletian palace); Mostar (the Turkish house); Dubrovnik (the Rector palace, the Franciscan monastery with the pharmacy); Plitvice national park; Postojna; Postojna (the cave with audio guide)
  • • porterage in the hotels (one piece per passenger)
  • • ferry ticket to Hvar and from Hvar
  • • arrival and departure transfer (including if the passengers have pre or post stay)

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Any kind of personal expenses such as mini bar, telephone, etc...
  • • tips for the tour director, driver, local guides
  • • Optional excursions
  • • Any other services not mentioned in the part “the tour includes”

Extras & Upgrades

Upgrades to Classic or Premium hotels possible, price upon request

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out here:

Before You Go (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise (small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Private Charter (private gulets and yacht charter)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://discovercroatia.com.au/how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions

Cruise Ship Photos

 

 

 

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1, Venice – arrival
  • Day 2, Venice - Istria tour - Opatija
  • Day 3, Opatija – Sibenik – Split
  • Day 4, Split – Trogir – Split
  • Day 5, Split – Makarska - Mostar
  • Day 6, Mostar – Medjugorje - Dubrovnik
  • Day 7, Dubrovnik
  • Day 8, Dubrovnik – Hvar
  • Day 9, Hvar
  • Day 10, Hvar - Zadar
  • Day 11, Zadar – Plitvice –Zagreb
  • Day 12, ZAGREB – Ljubljana
  • Day 13, Ljubljana – Bled – Ljubljana
  • Day 14, Ljubljana – Postojna – Venice Mestre
  • Day 15, Venice MESTRE – departure