• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Zagreb
  • Location: Zagreb, Bled, Opatija, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 10 days (Sun-Tues)
  • Availability: SUNDAYS, April - December
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Highlights

  • Zagreb, Croatia’s cultural center with a rich history and 18th and 19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture
  • Ljubljana, one of Europe’s greenest capitals, a prehistoric history, scenic bridges and a rich arts scene
  • Bled, a striking lake with a castle
  • Postojna Caves, part of Slovenia’s natural wonders
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Split’s Diocletian's Palace
  • Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic
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10 days from Zagreb, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Postojna, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Trogir, Split (Hvar Excursion) and to Dubrovnik

From Zagreb to Slovenia, then onto Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast and finish in Dubrovnik.
A truly comprehensive Balkan experience.
Breakfast, sightseeing and airport transfers included

Itinerary

Open-age Escorted Coach Tour (up to 35 passengers) conducted in English. Solo travellers must book their own room for solo use.

Other Small Group Tours:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/tours/small-group-tours/

Same tour, opposite direction:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/1/dalmatian-sunshine-escorted-tour-dbk-zag-9nts/

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INCLUSIONS AND FULL ITINERARY:
10 days from Zagreb, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Postojna Caves, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Trogir, Split, (optional Hvar Excursion) and to Dubrovnik

INCLUDED:
• First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
• Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
• Professional Tour Director throughout
• Luggage handling
• Whisper technology enhanced touring
• Service charges and hotel taxes
• Airport arrival transfer in Zagreb
• Airport departure transfer in Dubrovnik

Meals Included:
• Breakfast daily
• 5 dinners

Sightseeing Tours Included:
• Zagreb
• Bled
• Postojna Cave
• Plitvice Lakes
• Split
• Dubrovnik

Entrance Tickets Included:
• Postojna Cave
• Bled Castle
• Plitvice - Lower Lakes
• Split - Diocletian's Palace
• Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace & Pharmacy


Hotel list:
• Zagreb: Zonar 5star or similar
• Bled: Rikli Balance 4star or similar
• Plitvice: Jezero 3star or similar
• Split: Atrium 5star or similar
• Dubrovnik: Lacroma 4star or similar


NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips/gratuities
• Meals not listed on the itinerary
• Transfers on days other than the official start and finish day

#Optional Excursions (book and pay on the tour):
• Lake Bled boat ride
• Island of Hvar
• Home hosted Dubelj with dinner


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, ZAGREB, CROATIA - Arrival (D)
On arrival to the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is free. Meet your fellow travellers tonight at a Welcome Dinner at your hotel around 7pm.
Stay at: Hotel Zonar (4 star) or similar
# Meals included: Dinner

Day 2, ZAGREB (B)
This morning, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament, and Government Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or take an optional excursion to see the countryside.
Stay at: Hotel Zonar (4 star) or similar
# Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3, to LJUBLJANA & BLED, SLOVENIA (B, D)
After breakfast head towards Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. See the most significant sights of the old city center on a walking tour. Highlights include the picturesque open-air Central Market, the Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's Fountain. Then, continue to Bled.
Stay at: Hotel Kompas (4 star) or Rose Hotel (4 star) or similar
# Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4, Tuesday, BLED (B)
Located in the foothills of the Julian Alps, Bled is set along an alpine lake surrounded by dramatic high peaks and a picture perfect setting. The exquisite location has turned the area into a popular resort town with a smattering of hotels, villas and restaurants, giving it a lively atmosphere and making it a year-round destination. A sightseeing tour will take you around this charming lakeside town and includes a visit to the imposing Bled Castle, perched high atop a cliff above the lake. The rest of the day will be at your leisure to relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery.
Stay at: Hotel Kompas (4 star) or Rose Hotel (4 star) or similar
# Meals included: Breakfast
# Optional: Lake Bled boat ride

Day 5, to POSTOJNA & to OPATIJA & PLITVICE, CROATIA (B, D)
Your journey continues to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train for a truly one-of-a-kind experience! Afterwards, head towards the coast and stop by the popular seaside town of Opatija. Learn about the history of this fashionable 19th century resort town dotted with Austro-Hungarian Habsburg period villas that still retains its glamour and charm from a bygone era. Enjoy some free time in Opatija before travelling on to Plitvice Lakes.
Stay at: Hotel Jezero (3 star) or similar
# Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6, to SPLIT (B, D)
Have your camera handy as you visit the World Heritage listed Plitvice Lakes National Park today. Enjoy a relaxing walking tour of the 16 breathtaking, turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. At the conclusion of the tour, continue onwards to Split.
Stay at: Hotel Corner (4 star) or similar
# Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7, SPLIT - Hvar Excursion (B)
As Croatia’s second largest city, Split has evolved from the ruins of the remarkable Diocletian’s Palace, the retirement home of Dalmatian born Emperor Diocletian, to the contemporary hub it is today. Enjoy a sightseeing tour this morning of the historic inner city where you can witness the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage seamlessly juxtaposed against modern development. Visit the Peristyle, Jupiter’s temple and St. Domnius Cathedral before having the remainder of the afternoon free to stroll through the beautiful cobblestone streets of Old Town, visit the local beach or join an Optional Excursion to Hvar Island (paid locally).
Stay at: Hotel Corner (4 star) or similar
# Meals included: Breakfast
# Optional Excursion: Visit Hvar Town, the Jet Set spot of rich and famous – Island of Hvar.

Day 8, to DUBROVNIK (B, D)
Travel to the spectacular setting of Dubrovnik – the “Pearl of the Adriatic”! On arrival in Dubrovnik you will have free time before dinner.
Stay at: Hotel Lero (4 star) or similar
# Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9, in DUBROVNIK (B)
Begin the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town with a visit to Rector’s Palace, Orlando’s Column, Sponza Palace, and the Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy – which is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover more of Dubrovnik. You could take the cable car up Mt. Srd for superb aerial views of the old town, take a walk along the outstanding city walls, or join an Optional Excursion for a local dinner experience (paid locally).
Stay at: Hotel Lero (4 star) or similar
# Meals included: Breakfast
#Optional Excursion: home hosted Dubelj with dinner.

Day 10, Monday, departure DUBROVNIK, CROATIA (B)
After breakfast, say farewell to your fellow passengers and Tour Manager. A departure transfer will take you to the Airport for your onward journey.
# Meals included: Breakfast

NOTE: Because of the narrow and cobbled streets, walking is the primary way of getting around. Please make sure you pack comfortable walking shoes.


B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, 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)

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

Croatia Island Hopping Tour FAQ - 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://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, ZAGREB, CROATIA - Arrival (D)
  • Day 2, ZAGREB (B)
  • Day 3, to LJUBLJANA & BLED, SLOVENIA (B, D)
  • Day 4, Tuesday, BLED (B)
  • Day 5, to POSTOJNA & to OPATIJA & PLITVICE, CROATIA (B, D)
  • Day 6, to SPLIT (B, D)
  • Day 7, SPLIT - Hvar Excursion (B)
  • Day 8, to DUBROVNIK (B, D)
  • Day 9, in DUBROVNIK (B)
  • Day 10, Monday, departure DUBROVNIK, CROATIA (B)