• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Zagreb
  • Location: Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice,Split, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 7 days (Wed-Tues)
  • Availability: WEDNESDAYS only, monthly departures
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Highlights

  • UNESCO Heritage sites
  • Historic City of Trogir (1997)
  • Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979)
  • Old City of Dubrovnik (1979)
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979)
  • Capital Cities: Zagreb (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Natural sites: Lake Bled
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7 days from Zagreb, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Korcula (excursion), and to Dubrovnik

Discover the Western Balkans Escorted Coach Tour Croatia, and Slovenia - departure from Zagreb, easily connect with incoming flights.
Finish in Dubrovnik where you can spend a few days more and see Montenegro and Mostar, or book the longer version all the way back to Zagreb via Bosnia and Sarajevo.
Includes meals and transport as per itinerary.
Escorted Coach Tour; Zagreb to Dubrovnik

Itinerary

Open age Escorted Coach Tour conducted in English (possibly up to 30pax). Dual occupancy rooms can be double or twin beds. Solo travellers must book a room for solo use.

Similar tour Zagreb round-trip:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/14/four-balkan-countries-escorted-tour-10nts/

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INCLUSIONS AND FULL ITINERARY:
7 days from Zagreb, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, and to Dubrovnik
(with Korcula or Montenegro Optional Excursion)


INCLUDED:
• Arrival and departure transfers on the first and last day of the tour
• Air-conditioned motor-coach transport
• Experienced English speaking Tour Leader
• 6 nights Accommodation in 3 and 4 star Hotels
• Entrances to Plitvice Lakes, Split
• Hotel taxes

Meals Included - Half-board:
• 6 breakfasts
• 6 dinners

INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING TOURS
• Zagreb, Zadar, Ljubljana, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Dubrovnik

Hotel list:
Zagreb - Hotel Astoria 4star or similar
Ljubljana - Hotel Lev 4star or similar
Plitvice - Hotel Jezero 3star or similar
Split - Hotel Dioklecijan 4star or similar
Dubrovnik - Hotel Valamar 4star or similar

NOT INCLUDED:
• Meals not listed
• Tips and gratuities
• Porterage
• Transfers on days other than the scheduled start and finish days

#OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (can book while on tour):
• Korcula, or, ~ 80EURpp
• Montenegro ~ 80EURpp

ITINERARY:
Check-in to your room from 14.00hrs. Passengers who arrive earlier can leave their bags at Reception until their room is ready. Dinner and first overnight in hotel, so late arrivals are possible.

DAY 1 Wednesday ZAGREB (D)
Transfer on the day of the tour from Zagreb airport, or another hotel in Zagreb to the tour hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Zagreb.

DAY 2 Thursday Lake Bled - LJUBLJANA (B, D)
Morning sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatian capital city, gives you the opportunity to see the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical center, St Mark’s church with its multi-colored roof, the Cathedral, Croatian National Theatre and the University. Through the carved facades of buildings and baroque churches, we see many green spaces and terraces of cafes where the locals like to gather. Early afternoon departure to Bled, small town in the Julian Alps which could be a setting for a classic fairy tale: immense natural beauty with mountains and forest surrounding an emerald glacial lake, an island in the middle of the lake with a church steeple and its wishing bell, a cliff top castle with picturesque views, and a well-known sweet treat, Bled cream cake. Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts and is renowned also for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Ljubljana.

DAY 3 Friday PLITVICE (B, D)
Morning guided tour of Ljubljana, Slovenian capital. See the most significant sights of its old center: the picturesque Central open-air Market and the Three Bridges, the Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain. After Ljubljana we are continuing our journey to Plitvice Lakes, well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site (entrance ticket included), natural beauty of the 16 crystal - blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Walk on the wooden promenades with magnificent views on the waters where every turn leads to a breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense woods, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Plitvice area.

DAY 4 Saturday Zadar – SPLIT (B, D)
Morning departure towards Zadar, where upon arrival we'll be taking you for a guided walking tour through the Roman Forum from the 2nd century BC, passing by the 9th century pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus as well as St. Anastasia church. Departure to Split. This afternoon our guide will uncover for you the secrets of the UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace and its cellars. This Roman emperor spared no expense for the construction of a sumptuous residence, importing best quality marble, sphinx and columns. The original palace was modified by its new inhabitants during the middle Ages, but making it even more beautiful and what it is today: the city's living heart. Its narrow streets hide passageways and courtyards, some deserted and eerie, others lively and animated by the music from bars and cafes, or by the everyday life of its residents. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Split.

DAY 5 Sunday DUBROVNIK (B, D)
After breakfast, departure to Dubrovnik. Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, there's that sense of awe when you set eyes on the beauty of this old town. Immerse yourselves into the symphony of the city’s marble streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic. Upon arrival, city tour of this UNESCO protected Pearl of the Adriatic and its Cathedral. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 6 Monday DUBROVNIK - Optional Montenegro or Korcula Excursion (B, D)
Day at leisure. Join our optional day tours to Montenegro or Korcula, or relax in and around Dubrovnik on your own. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Dubrovnik.
#You can book the optional tours when you start the tour in Zagreb, after discussion with the Tour Escort to decide which one you prefer.
#Optional Excursion 1: Island of Korčula: Korčula holds indisputable a privileged position among the Croatian islands. Here we find more legends, tales and monuments than anywhere else. Being famous stonemasons, shipbuilders and seafarers the people of Korčula left their marks all over the world, but they saved their best works for their own city. Experience the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved Medieval towns in the Mediterranean. After sightseeing free time for lunch or even swimming. On the return a stop will be made in one of the well-known wine cellars of the Pelješac Peninsula to sample some of the excellent local wine.
#Optional Excursion 2: Montenegro: Full day bus tour to Kotor, return to Dubrovnik. You will need to take your passport with you for entry to Montenegro.

DAY 7 Tuesday DUBROVNIK - Departure (B)
Transfer on the day of the tour to Dubrovnik airport or hotels in Dubrovnik

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner
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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

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

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)

 

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

 

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.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +612-9212-1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • DAY 1 Wednesday ZAGREB (D)
  • DAY 2 Thursday Lake Bled - LJUBLJANA (B, D)
  • DAY 3 Friday PLITVICE (B, D)
  • DAY 4 Saturday Zadar – SPLIT (B, D)
  • DAY 5 Sunday DUBROVNIK (B, D)
  • DAY 6 Monday DUBROVNIK - Optional Montenegro or Korcula Excursion (B, D)
  • DAY 7 Tuesday DUBROVNIK - Departure (B)