• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Venice
  • Location: Venice, Bled, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Plitivice, Krka
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Availability: MONDAYS, May - October (every second week)
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Highlights

  • • Professional English speaking tour director
  • • Accommodation in 4star hotels on half board basis (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches)
  • • Postojna Cave entrance fees, Bled Lake boat ride, entrance to Island Church
  • • Bohinj Lake excursion with visit of Church of St. John, Cable car to Mount Vogel
  • • Ljubljana city tour with licensed guide
  • • Zagreb city tour with licensed guide
  • • Entrance fees to Plitvice National park
  • • Zadar city tour with licensed guide
  • • Entrance fees to Krka National Park
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6 days from Venice, Postojna Caves, Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Julian Alps, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Krka National Park, and to Split

Fantastic new tour to combine with cruises. Start in beautiful Venice, head into Slovenia and the Alps, then onto Croatia for the best of everything. Breakfast and excursions included.

New Itinerary for 2019!

Fortnightly departures: 29-Apr-19, 13-May-19, 27-May-19, 10-Jun-19, 24-Jun-19, 08-Jul-19, 22-Jul-19, 05-Aug-19, 19-Aug-19, 02-Sep-19, 16-Sep-19, 30-Sep-19

Itinerary

6 days from Venice, Postojna Caves, Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Julian Alps, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Krka National Park, and to Split.

Many of our cruise guests travel a long way to get to Croatia. Why not take the advantage and see the best of the region, including Slovenia while you’re there? If you have a few spare days, you can consider extending your Croatian island hopping adventure with our pre-cruise package tour. Exploring some of that spectacular diversity which made Croatia famous around the globe is a great addition to your cruise in Croatia.

Our pre-cruise package tour allows you to sample the best landmarks of Slovenia and Croatia, covering their wonderfully diverse nature and rich culture, their interesting history, architecture and many different traditional cuisines. This Slovenia and Croatia Tour is a pre-cruise package tour with an escorted coach. We made sure you can join it and depart from as many as three different destinations, depending on your preferences and schedule. A bit of travel inland is a wonderful way to start your vacation. As an added value to your cruise holiday, our pre-cruise tour package allows you add some other colours and perspectives to your Croatian island hopping adventure aboard a luxury small cruise ship.

Fortnightly departures: 29-Apr-19, 13-May-19, 27-May-19, 10-Jun-19, 24-Jun-19, 08-Jul-19, 22-Jul-19, 05-Aug-19, 19-Aug-19, 02-Sep-19, 16-Sep-19, 30-Sep-19

Open age Escorted Coach Tour conducted in English (possibly up to 35pax). Double bed or twin bed rooms available. Most triple rooms are a double bed with a single bed. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.

Best of Slovenia and Croatia pre-cruise package tour connects to cruises from Split (that stay overnight the first night in Split as you don't arrive til 18.00hrs) on these Saturday:s May 4 and 18, June 1, 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, August 10 and 24, September 7 and 21, October 5.


Also available as a 2 night tour starting in Zagreb on Thursdays

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 / MONDAY: VENICE – POSTOJNA – BLED
Meeting your English speaking guide at Piazzale Roma in Venice. At 09:00 hours we shall board minivan or coach and the start of our exciting journey through Slovenia and Croatia. Our first stop is Postojna Cave, the most popular tourist attraction in all of Slovenia, and one of the world’s largest karst attractions. After a train ride through the stunning subterranean world of Postojna Cave, we’ll have a lunch and proceed towards Bled. The historic town of Bled and its surroundings rank it among the most beautiful regional Alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. We will take a traditional Pletna boat to the small island situated in the middle of Lake Bled and visit the island’s iconic 15th century Church of the Assumption.
Overnight in 4star hotel in Bled.
Meals: lunch

DAY 2 / TUESDAY: BLED – BOHINJ LAKE – JULIAN ALPS
After breakfast, we’ll continue exploring the enchanting mountain region of Slovenia. Our trip now takes us to Bohinj Lake, where we shall visit a very attractive 700 years old Church of St. John the Baptist, surrounded by enchanting Bohinj Lake. Bohinj Lake is a glacial formation, very different from Bled Lake. Surrounded by dense and high Alpine forest, this lake simply radiates peace. We will take a cable car ride to the top of the Mount Vogel, where we’ll admire a stunning view of the lake and entire Julian Alps mountain range, with the highest Slovene peak of Mt.Triglav, impressively rising above the entire region. This afternoon we will have a traditional Slovenian lunch at the local restaurant before going back to our hotel in Bled.
Overnight in 4star hotel in Bled.
Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY: BLED – LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB
Following breakfast, we’ll drive to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, for a guided walking tour of its beautiful and charming Old Town. For those guests that are joining us today, a meeting point with the guide is Mesni Trg, situated in the very center of Ljubljana) at 10:30 hours. A guide will walk us through Ljubljanica River, through the historic three historic bridges square and city’s main cathedral. After a relaxed time in Ljubljana, we will have lunch at a local restaurant in the center of Ljubljana. In the afternoon we’ll depart to Zagreb, where we expect to come in the evening.
Overnight in 4star hotel in Zagreb.
Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 4 / THURSDAY: ZAGREB
After breakfast, we’ll have a Zagreb city tour. We will visit fortified Upper Town – the city’s historical center, St. Mark’s church with its multicoloured roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theater and University. A bustling Mittel-European capital, Zagreb can offer plenty to its visitors: the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facilities, and abundant selection of crafts. Zagreb is also known for its green parks and green promenades. We’ll lunch in Zagreb, tasting traditional Zagorje cuisine. After lunch, you can enjoy a relaxed afternoon on your own in the Croatian capital.
Overnight in 4star hotel in Zagreb.
Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 5 / FRIDAY: ZAGREB- PLITVICE – ZADAR
Following a hotel breakfast, we’ll continue our tour that now takes us to Plitvice National Park. For the ones that are joining today, the meeting is at 8:00 am at the hotel (name will be given in time). We shall be there around 10:30 and start our tour of Plitvice National Park, situated in the mountain region of Lika. Back in 1979, Plitvice Lakes was first Croatia’s site to be included in UNESCO’s List of World Natural Heritage. It is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful nature parks, whose incredible system of lakes and waterfalls never ceases to amaze visitors from around the world. After exploring Plitvice Lakes, we will have traditional Lika county lunch with local specialties. In the late afternoon, we’ll drive all the way to the Adriatic coast, to Zadar.
Overnight in 4star hotel in Zadar.
Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 6 / SATURDAY: ZADAR – KRKA – SPLIT
After a breakfast, we’ll have a Zadar city tour that includes Roman Forum from the 1st century and St. Donatus Church from the 9th century. After some relaxed time and lunch en route, we will proceed to National Park Krka, the seventh National Park in Croatia. Upon arrival, we’ll head for the last and most beautiful set of falls, named Skradinski Buk. This waterfall falls from a spectacular multi-level cascade, over travertine cliffs. We’ll pay a visit to the ethno-village with its old mills, enjoying the view of the foamy waterfall Skradinski buk along the way. Afterward, we’ll depart to Split where we expect to come by 18:00 hours, just in time to board your cruise and meet our crew and your future fellow passengers with whom you will spend a week on board.
Meals: breakfast, lunch

INCLUDED:
• Minivan or coach at disposal as per itinerary with all costs included
• Professional English speaking tour director disposal with all costs included
• Accommodation in 4star hotels on half board basis
• Postojna Cave entrance fees, Bled lake boat ride, entrance to Island Church,
• Bohinj lake excursion with visit of Church of St. John, Cable car to Mount Vogel.
• Ljubljana city tour with licensed guide
• Zagreb city tour with licensed guide
• Entrance fees to Plitvice National park
• Zadar city tour with licensed guide
• Entrance fees to Krka National park with ethno village
• Lunches and breakfasts as per itinerary
• Wireless headset system for city tours
• Porterage inn & out


NOT INCLUDED:
• Meals not listed
• Tips / gratuities
• Personal expenses

Accommodations

Luxury accommodations are provided.

Ship Description

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • Minivan or coach at disposal as per itinerary with all costs included
  • • Professional English speaking tour director disposal with all costs included
  • • Accommodation in 4star hotels on half board basis
  • • Postojna Cave entrance fees, Bled lake boat ride, entrance to Island Church,
  • • Bohinj lake excursion with visit of Church of St. John, Cable car to Mount Vogel.
  • • Ljubljana city tour with licensed guide
  • • Zagreb city tour with licensed guide
  • • Entrance fees to Plitvice National park
  • • Zadar city tour with licensed guide
  • • Entrance fees to Krka National park with ethno village
  • • Lunches and breakfasts as per itinerary
  • • Wireless headset system for city tours
  • • Porterage inn & out

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Meals not listed
  • • Tips / gratuities
  • • Personal expenses

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://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

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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 / MONDAY: VENICE – POSTOJNA – BLED
  • DAY 2 / TUESDAY: BLED – BOHINJ LAKE – JULIAN ALPS
  • DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY: BLED – LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB
  • DAY 4 / THURSDAY: ZAGREB
  • DAY 5 / FRIDAY: ZAGREB- PLITVICE – ZADAR
  • DAY 6 / SATURDAY: ZADAR – KRKA – SPLIT