• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Zagreb
  • Location: Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Northern Italy
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, April - October
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Highlights

  • Zagreb, Croatia’s cultural center with a rich history and 18th and 19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture
  • Sarajevo which has many stories to tell
  • Mostar with its 16th-century Ottoman bridge
  • Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic
  • Kotor’s Old Town
  • Split’s Diocletian's Palace
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Bled, a striking lake with a castle
  • Ljubljana, one of Europe’s greenest capitals, a prehistoric history, scenic bridges and a rich arts scene
  • Postojna Caves, part of Slovenia’s natural wonders
  • Venice, a fabled city with palazzos, bridges, masks, churches, canals and gondolas
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14 days from Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, (Kotor), Split, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Ljubljana, Lake Bled and to Venice

From Zagreb to Bosnia, then onto Croatia and Slovenia and finish in Venice. A truly comprehensive Balkan experience. Includes a Montenegro Excursion! Half-board, sightseeing and airport transfers included.

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Itinerary


14 days from Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, (Kotor Excursion), Split, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Ljubljana, Lake Bled and to Venice

Open age Escorted Coach Tour (up to 40 passengers) conducted in English. Double/twin or triple rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually a double bed with a single bed. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.


Also available in a shorter version that finishes in Dubrovnik: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/37/zagreb-sarajevo-kotor-and-dubrovnik-tour-6nts/
Also available from Dubrovnik to Venice: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/5/croatia-slovenia-and-to-venice-tour-10nts/

CROATIA FAQ: https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-you-go/



INCLUDED:
• First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
• Breakfast daily and 8 dinners
• Airport arrival transfer in Zagreb
• Airport departure transfer in Venice
• Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
• Professional Tour Director throughout
• Luggage handling
• Whisper technology enhanced touring
• Service charges and hotel taxes

SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
• Zagreb
• Sarajevo
• Dubrovnik
• Kotor
• Split
• Plitvice Lakes
• Opatija
• Lake Bled
• Ljubljana
• Postojna Cave
• Venice

Hotel list:
Zagreb:Sheraton 5star or similar
Sarajevo: Europe 4star or similar
Dubrovnik: Lacroma 4star / Argosy / Lapad or similar
Split: Atrium 5star or similar
Plitvice: Jezero 3star or similar
Bled: Park 4star / Rikli Balance or similar
Venice: Bonvecchiati 4star or similar


NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips/gratuities
• Meals not listed on the itinerary
• Transfers on days other than the official start and finish day
• Transfer to other hotels in Venice waterways or the train station
• The included departure transfer is offered to Venice airport only, and is only offered on the tour's actual finish day


ITINERARY:

Day 1, arrive Zagreb, Saturday (D)
Welcome to Zagreb! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Then the day is at leisure to get settled in or begin exploring. Later, gather for a Welcome Dinner with your traveling companions.

Day 2, in Zagreb, Sunday (B)
On a morning sightseeing tour, see 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 city streets, browse through the shops, or take an optional excursion to see the countryside.

Day 3, Zagreb to Sarajevo, Monday (B, D)
Journey south, out of Croatia to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After checking in at the hotel, relax and enjoy dinner.

Day 4, Sarajevo to Dubrovnik, Tuesday (B, D)
Sarajevo has been influenced by a number of cultures and civilizations during its long history. On your city tour visit the Turkish bazaar “Bas Carsija,” Husref Bay’s Mosque, the Olympic Stadium, and Gavrilo Princip Museum. Then, continue your trip through the mountains and along the gorge of the Neretva River to Mostar. Here, view the remains of the Turkish quarter and the reconstruction efforts on the 16th-century stone bridge. Finally, travel to Dubrovnik, with its picturesque setting on the stunning Adriatic coast.

Day 5, in Dubrovnik, Wednesday (B)
A walking tour shows you the highlights of Old Dubrovnik. See the Rector's Palace, Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and Sponza Palace. Then it's on to see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, shop, stroll along the water’s edge, or simply relax and delight in your superbly scenic surroundings.

Day 6, in Dubrovnik, excursion to Montenegro, Thursday (B)
Travel to the Republic of Montenegro. Head to the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest nd deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Enjoy a boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks, one of two islets off the coast of Perast. The Roman Catholic Church is the largest building on the islet, with a museum attached to it. Upon return to the coast, we will stop in Perast, an old charming coastal town. Visit city of Kotor before returning to Dubrovnik. Your evening is free to enjoy your way.

Day 7, Dubrovnik to Split, Friday (B, D)
Travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Then see the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral.

Day 8, Split to Trogir and Plitvice Lakes, Saturday (B, D)
After breakfast, head to Trogir, a center of artistic activities in Croatia. Scholars from around the world gather here to study and paint. Then, turn inland and journey to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Day 9, in Plitvice Lakes, Sunday (B, D)
A full day to enjoy spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation.

Day 10, Plitvice to Opatija, Postojna & Bled, Monday (B, D)
Returning to the coast, stop at the beautiful bay of Kvarner and its popular resort, Opatija. An orientation tour of Opatija will show off the highlights of this former Imperial resort city. Afterward, drive across the border into Slovenia and to Postojna Cave, one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, continue to Bled, beautifully set in the Julian Alps.

Day 11, in Bled, Ljubljana Excursion, Tuesday (B)
An Alpine lake surrounded by high peaks, Bled was “discovered” by travelers in the middle of the 19th century. A sightseeing tour features the charming town and the lakeshore, and visits imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Afternoon excursion to Ljubljana; the city tour takes in views of the open-air Central Market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba's Fountain, the Three Bridges, and the Parliament. Return to Bled for an overnight.

Day 12, Bled, to Trieste & Venice, Wednesday (B)
Leaving Bled, drive south to Trieste in Italy for orientation tour and visit to Miramare Castle and its lovely park. The castle was built by the Habsburg monarchy on a cliff overlooking Adriatic Sea. After your visit, continue on to the romantic city of Venice.

Day 13, in Venice, Thursday (B, D)
Today begins with a walking tour of Venice, featuring the major highlights: St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, Bell Tower, and Bridge of Sighs. Visit a glassblowing factory where you will watch a master artisan demonstrate this traditional Venetian art. Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop or take an optional gondola ride. Celebrate your wonderful vacation tonight with a Farewell Dinner at a favorite restaurant.

Day 14, depart Venice, Friday (B)
After breakfast, you may avail yourself of the offered free transfer to Venice airport. If you are departing after check-out the hotel can hold your luggage for you.


B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

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Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • • Breakfast daily and 8 dinners
  • • Airport arrival transfer in Zagreb
  • • Airport departure transfer in Venice
  • • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • • Professional Tour Director throughout
  • • Luggage handling
  • • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • • Service charges and hotel taxes
  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • • Zagreb
  • • Sarajevo
  • • Dubrovnik
  • • Split
  • • Plitvice Lakes
  • • Opatija
  • • Lake Bled
  • • Ljubljana
  • • Postojna Cave
  • • Venice

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Tips/gratuities
  • • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • • Transfer to other hotels in Venice waterways not possible upon departure. Included transfer is to Venice airport only, and is only on the tour finish day (not included for post-stay).

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: +61 2 9212 1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Sarajevo
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Mostar
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Dubrovnik
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Split
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Plitvice Lakes
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Lake Bled
Lake Bled

Ljubljana
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Venice
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Itinerary

  • Day 1, arrive Zagreb, Saturday (D)
  • Day 2, in Zagreb, Sunday (B)
  • Day 3, Zagreb to Sarajevo, Monday (B, D)
  • Day 4, Sarajevo to Dubrovnik, Tuesday (B, D)
  • Day 5, in Dubrovnik, Wednesday (B)
  • Day 6, in Dubrovnik, excursion to Montenegro, Thursday (B)
  • Day 7, Dubrovnik to Split, Friday (B, D)
  • Day 8, Split to Trogir and Plitvice Lakes, Saturday (B, D)
  • Day 9, in Plitvice Lakes, Sunday (B, D)
  • Day 10, Plitvice to Opatija, Postojna & Bled, Monday (B, D)
  • Day 11, in Bled, Ljubljana Excursion, Tuesday (B)
  • Day 12, Bled, to Trieste & Venice, Wednesday (B)
  • Day 13, in Venice, Thursday (B, D)
  • Day 14, depart Venice, Friday (B)