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Jewels of the Adriatic: Croatia and Slovenia

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  • $2999
     
  • 15
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ZAGREB, BLED, OPATIJA, SPLIT, DUBROVNIK, PLUS MONTENEGRO

Like a string of gems, our Croatia and Slovenia tour is colorful, sparkling and multifaceted. While you soak up the beautiful scenery of these Adriatic jewels, you’ll appreciate the fascinating narrative that puts these countries into historic and cultural perspective. Our loop winds past turquoise lakes, medieval castles, emerald mountains, Roman ruins and the shimmering Adriatic Sea. Highlights include a visit to the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park (with 92 waterfalls!) and a hike around Lake Bled. This escorted tour package includes ample free time to discover the region’s many treasures. Ready to be utterly charmed? Jewels of the Adriatic is a brilliant choice for you!

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 3 nights in Zagreb
  • 2 nights in Bled
  • 2 nights in Opatija
  • 1 night in Plitvice Lakes
  • 1 night in Split
  • 4 nights in Dubrovnik

Tour
Highlights

  • Lake Bled
  • Postojna Caves with Underground Train Ride
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Roman Ruins Tour (Split)
  • Old Dubrovnik Walking Tour
  • Montenegro Excursion with Bay of Kotor

Activity Level: Explorer* 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York Area (EWR/JFK) or Philadelphia
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Europe transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at deluxe and first-class hotels
  • 20 meals: 13 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking tour director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Europe. Your tour includes airfare from the U.S.

Arrive in Zagreb, Croatia

Welcome to Croatia’s historic, elegant capital, listed on UNESCO’s Register of World Architectural Heritage. After you’re greeted at the airport, you’ll be escorted to your downtown hotel. Along the way, enjoy a first look of this prospering city and country, where visitors from around the world are warmly welcomed. Your Tour Director hosts a briefing tonight, followed by a get-acquainted dinner at a local restaurant.

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel or similar | Dinner

Zagreb

Our morning guided tour covers the highlights of Zagreb: Upper Old Town with its monumental walls and iconic 13th-century St. Mark’s Church; colorful Jelacic Square and charming alleyways nearby; and beautiful Mirogoj Park Cemetery, which looks more like an open-air art gallery than a final resting place. The remainder of the day is free to explore this gracious city on your own. Zagreb is called the city of museums, boasting more of them per square foot than any other city in the world. Why not check out Mimara Museum, which features an impressive collection of arts and…

Zagreb

The day is yours to discover historic Zagreb! Consider joining an optional food tour with a wine tasting or explore independently.

| Breakast

Zagreb/Ljubljana/Bled (Slovenia)

After breakfast, we’ll travel through verdant countryside and across the border to the Republic of Slovenia. Our first stop: Slovenia’s thriving capital, Ljubljana, where we’ll admire the architectural legacy of city native and 20th-century architect, Joze Plecnik, acclaimed for his work rebuilding the city after a devastating earthquake in 1895. We’ll see some structures that survived the earthquake as we explore the old town with its small shops and outdoor cafes. There’s time to stroll along the riverside promenade and through the open-air market before we continue to Lake Bled…

Bled

A guided stroll around emerald-green Lake Bled is a picturesque start to our day. We’ll also visit Slovenia’s oldest castle, medieval Bled Castle, perched romantically on a cliff above the lake. Your afternoon is free to explore this charming village. A relaxing lake cruise might be just the thing!

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Lake Bled/Postojna Caves/Opatija (Croatia)

Today’s agenda includes Slovenia’s scenic countryside, mysterious caves and seaside glamour. Our stop at Postojna Caves, second largest in Europe, includes an underground train journey to view impressive stalagmites and stalactites. We’ll drive back into Croatia to the fashionable Riviera town of Opatija, arriving at your seaside hotel in time for dinner.

Hotel Paris Opatija or similar | Breakfast, Dinner

Opatija

Ah, the Adriatic! Spend the day like aristocrats from the past, savoring the Austro-Hungarian grandeur, lovely waterfront promenade and Opatija’s charming cafes and restaurants. You might also choose to take a delightful optional Istria Peninsula excursion to see picturesque towns along the stunning coastline.

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Opatija/Plitvice Lakes

Today we visit Croatia’s oldest, largest national park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plitvice Lakes National Park features a string of 16 turquoise lakes linked by 92 waterfalls and cascades and surrounded by densely wooded mountains and lush vegetation. This afternoon, we’ll take a short scenic boat ride and a leisurely walk along the lakeshores to admire its magnificent natural beauty. Our hotel is located inside the National Park. 

Jezero Hotel or similar | Breakfast, Dinner

Plitvice Lakes/Zadar/Split

We head to Croatia’s Dalmatian coast and Zadar, the oldest Slavic town on the Adriatic Sea and once a famed cultural center. Pause here for an orientation tour that includes a visit to ruins of a Roman-era Forum. Our travels continue along the spectacular coast to beautiful Trogir, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been called the Little Venice of Dalmatia. Arrive in Split in time for dinner.

Hotel Corner or similar | Breakfast, Dinner

Split/Dubrovnik

With its setting nestled between the mountains and the seas, Split is truly picturesque. Our guided tour takes us to one of the most imposing Roman ruins, the third-century palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian. This afternoon, we’ll continue along the spectacular Dalmatian coast, breathing in amazing views of palm trees, olive groves and idyllic fishing villages, before arriving in Dubrovnik and our seaside hotel. Founded in the seventh century, Dubrovnik, one of Europe’s best-preserved walled cities, is a World Heritage Site.

Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik or similar…

Dubrovnik

Treasures abound in this enchanting city, and you’ll have ample time to discover them—from its massive age-old walls to winding cobblestone streets, medieval buildings to charming red-tile rooftops. Our guided morning walking tour through “Old Dubrovnik” takes us to the harbor, the Franciscan monastery and stately Baroque Cathedral. Enjoy the historic town at your own pace for the rest of the day.

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Montenegro

Check another country off your list as we cross the border to the Republic of Montenegro and the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. A boat cruise will take us to “Our Lady of the Rocks,” an islet off the old town of Perast. Sailors passing the islet helped build the Roman Catholic Church here, each adding their own unique contribution to the construction of the church. Later, after enjoying brief visits to Perast and Kotor, we’ll return to Dubrovnik via a short ferry ride across the bay.

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Dubrovnik

Enjoy a full day of leisure in Dubrovnik, described as the “pearl of the Adriatic.” Options include browsing in a colorful local market or taking an optional excursion. Join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at one of Dubrovnik’s famous restaurants.

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Dubrovnik/U.S.

Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight. Your Croatia and Slovenia tour ends as you arrive in the U.S. later today.

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Guided Tour Pricing

Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $879.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

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Afternoon Kumrovec Tour with Dinner

  • Zagreb
  • From approx. 47 Euro Per Person, dinner included

Go back in time to gain an understanding of everyday life for peasants in this region beginning in the 20th century. We’ll tour the ethno-village at Kumrovec, also the birthplace of Marshal Tito, long-time president (1953-80) of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. You’ll have a chance to see Tito’s home, before we wind through the Zagorie hills to a farmhouse restaurant overlooking a 15th-century castle, where we’ll indulge in local specialties and wine pairings.

Food Tour with Wine Tasting

  • Zagreb
  • From approx. 35 Euro Per Person

Eat your way through the market stalls, taverns, and local restaurants of Zagreb. During your tour, you will taste different varieties of cheeses, traditional regional salamis, prosciutto, and wine, eat typical appetizer strukli and many other treats.

Afternoon Excursion to Lake Bohinj & Boat Ride on Lake Bled

  • Bled
  • From approx. 38 Euro Per Person

All aboard a “pletna” (small boat) to the scenic island located in the middle of Lake Bled. Visit the island’s old church, which houses an impressive art collection and enjoy some free time to experience magnificent vistas. After coming back to shore, we’ll drive to nearby Lake Bohini, a resort set amidst dense woods and spectacular mountains. The trip back takes you past amazing landscapes and old Slovenian villages before returning to Lake Bled.

Bled Dinner in the Country Inn

  • From approx. 46 Euro Per Person, dinner included

This evening, visit a little medieval town of Radovljica and take a short walk through its old part. Then, stop at a popular and warm country inn & “Kunstelj” which is located in a 500-year-old building and has been open to the public since 1822.

Dinner will include a selection of traditional Slovenian dishes and wine.

Full-Day Istrian Peninsula Excursion

  • Opatija
  • From approx. 51 Euro Per Person

Enjoy a delightful guided excursion to the picturesque towns that dot the sun-kissed coastline of the Istrian Peninsula. Sights include olive groves and vineyards, old villages and seaside resorts. In the port town of Pula, we’ll tour the impressive Roman Amphitheater, one of the largest of its kind in the world. In the charming resort town of Rovinj, you’ll have time to explore the narrow winding streets, small squares and Venetian-style palaces independently before returning to Opatija.

Cruise & Dinner

  • Dubrovnik
  • From approx. 60 Euro Per Person, dinner included

You’ll feel like a character out of a classic film as you skim across the water from beautiful St. James Beach around the old city walls to St. Jakov Beach, where staff will be waiting to serve a three-course dinner paired with Dalmatian wine. After dinner, you’ll be whisked back to the old city port. Includes bus transportation to/from the hotel, as well as the exhilarating motor boat ride.

Medieval Fortresses of Ston & Korcula

  • Dubrovnik
  • From approx. 50 Euro Per Person

Discover a charming little town of Ston with its long walls. After a short visit, drive through the picturesque landscape where you will see vineyards, many small villages and family-owned wineries before we arrive in Orebic port where we will board a ferry to Korcula. The old medieval town of Korcula is like a miniature museum, surrounded by walls and towers and the magnificent architecture strongly attracts visitors. Entrance included to the Abbey treasury & St. Mark Cathedral. The tour continues with a drive north where we will visit a winery for a wine tasting.

Reviews

Sally B

I just returned from the Jewels of the Adriatic tour. Rok was our guide. There was 28 people in our group. This was my 10th tour with SmarTours. If you haven't gone to Croatia, this is a must-see. Walking through caves, hiking through Plitvice National Forest, going in several churches and fortresses, eating delicious food, seeing the Autumn leaf colors reflecting on Lake Bled, and much more.

ina

I took the June 19 - July 2nd tour this year. We had a wonderful tour director (Elvis). He has a great sense of humor, patience and his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the area is admirable. He is quite an asset to SmarTours. The local guides were very good, the hotels good. A wonderful tour all around with great travel companions. The American Airlines flight from Prague to Philadelphia was the worst flight I was ever on in my long history of air travel. Nothing worked and the food was terrible.

Cheryl O

Jewels of the Adriatic was just that. The area is beyond belief beautiful and diverse. Our guide Valentina was such an asset to the tour. In addition to keep everything organized and moving, she brought her culture alive. The hotels were lovely and comfortable. The timing of the progress of the tour was perfect. This is my third trip with Smartours....planning another..

Margaret

Wonderful tour, we had a blast!

George

The huge organization problem appeared on the back way during the overlay from Croatia Airline to American Airline (on 10/23/18): the time break between flights was one hour only.. The Croatian jet has delayed, and the entire group lost their connection to AA. This event has created very nervous situation for tourists, who mostly are not so young people. This case destroyed good mood after the nice, in general, trip.

Susan

This tour was incredible. What a beautiful part of the world. I was most impressed with Lake Bled, Istria Peninsula and Split. The accommodations and meals were very very good. I would have rated this a "5" except on the first day of the trip when we boarded the bus our guide, Rok, informed us that the bathroom on the bus was not to be used unless it was an extreme emergency and would remained locked. One lady did have an emergency and she had to ask Rok 3 times to unlock the bathroom. He kept saying just wait 5 minutes... There are times when you can't wait 5 minutes (me being one of them), I don't know if this is your policy of disabling the bus bathrooms or if it was the bus company. I would like to know. I would never book another tour with SmarTours if this was your policy. I have taken many tours with other companies and have never run into this. Thank you, Susan Ransier

Hannah

I had a wonderful time on the tour to Croatia, and would highly recommend to my friends and family. Hannah

Anonymous

Smartours Croatia exceeded my expectations! Thoroughly enjoyed the tour in every respect. Suggestions-more history & detail of past & current culture by tour guide on bus, several optional tours should be part of the package(Lake Bled boat ride & Istria), More dinners in restaurants and NOT in hotels and more time in Split. Please eliminate your min. 10 characters and welcome all comments!!!!

Anonymous

I went to Croatia and Slovenia. Had a fabulous tour director....Elvis. Lots of history and the countries are beautiful.

harveena r

Just returned from an amazing, well organized "Adriatic tour". Had a wonderful time. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone. It is a beautiful, scenic part of the world! Elvis Kidric our Tour Director was phenomenal. He is well informed, relatable, attentive to the needs of all group members, caring and humorous. His attention to detail was remarkable. We had an excellent driver too. We look forward to joining many more smarTours to different destinations. My sister will be going to Egypt with smarTours based on our great experience.

Tom

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational group tour made so by our tour guide, Roc. His knowledge of the area and the history of the former Yugoslavia was extraordinary. His best skill was keeping the group under control and on time. Hotels and meals were great and the sights were memorable. We highly recommend this tour.

Carla S

The magic began after a very long journey to Zagreb airport on July 12, 2018. We were greeted by Elvis! From that very moment until we said goodbye, he made our Croatian experiance nothing short of SPECTACULAR! Thank you yo Smartours and Elvis for the best adventure ever! Xoxo
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