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!
- 2 nights in Zagreb
- 2 nights in Bled
- 2 nights in Opatija
- 1 night in Plitvice Lakes
- 1 night in Split
- 4 nights in Dubrovnik
- Round-trip airfare from the U.S.
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Intra-Europe transportation and transfers
- Accommodations at deluxe and first-class hotels
- 19 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
- English-speaking tour director throughout
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. D Sheraton Hotel (or similar)
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 crafts? B…
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…
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! B Rikli Balance Hotel (or similar)
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. B/D Grand Hotel Adriatic I (or similar)
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. B Grand Hotel Adriatic I (or similar)
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. B/D Jezero Hotel (or similar)
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. B/D Corner Hotel (or similar)
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. B/D Lapad Hotel (or similar)
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. B Lapad Hotel (or similar)
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 Budva, we’ll return to Dubrovnik via a short ferry ride across the bay. B Lapad Hotel (or similar)
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. B/D Lapad Hotel (or similar)
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight. Your Croatia and Slovenia tour ends as you arrive in the U.S. later today. B
Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)
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|October 23||November 5||Oct 23 - |
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $549.
Apr 24, Jun 19, Oct 23 ’19 departures include international flights from Philadelphia. Please note there are two stops on the return flight.
Sep 24 departure features an additional night in Zagreb
All other trips depart from and return to New York (JFK).
For more information on tours of Croatia, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 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 deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx, subject to service charge).
Afternoon Kumrovec Tour with Dinner
- From approx. $61 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.
Afternoon Excursion to Lake Bohinj & Boat Ride on Lake Bled
- From approx. $48 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.
Full-Day Istrian Peninsula Excursion
- From approx. $65 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
- From approx. $76 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.
Full-Day Excursion Mostar
- From approx. $57, per person, lunch included
See another UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit one more country! We’ll drive through the Neretva River gorge across the Bosnian border to Mostar, known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, a 16th-century single arch stone bridge that was destroyed in the 1990s conflict. Our guided walking tour takes us to the recently reconstructed Old Bridge and the remains of the Turkish quarter. Here’s your chance to try Cevapcici, a traditional dish made of minced meat, when we lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Dubrovnik late afternoon.
Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
Refined comfort set in the historic part of Zagreb. Pool, fitness center and restaurants.
Kneza Borne 2, Zagreb, 10000, Croatia
Rikli Balance Hotel
formerly the Golf Hotel
Focused on health and well-being, with locally inspired décor. The hotel features views of Lake Bled and a large thermal pool complex.
Cankarjeva Cesta 4, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
Grand Hotel Adriatic I
Located near the sea along the beautiful Lungomare promenade, this hotel boasts awesome views and a spa.
M Tita 200, Opatija, 51410, Croatia
- Plitvice Lakes
Set in the central zone of Plitvice Lakes National Park, near Lake Kozjak.
HR 53231, Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia
Once an office building, the hotel has been completely renovated into a four-star hotel. Just five minutes from Diocletian’s Palace.
Mažuranićevo Šetalište 1, 21000 Split, Croatia
A uniquely modern property with a Renaissance garden and a pool surrounded by ancient walls.
Lapadska Obala 37, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Flights from the U.S. and back are on the following airlines and schedules. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|Departure Date||Airline||Departure Airport||Depart||Return|
|2019: Apr. 10, Apr. 17, May 1, May 8, May 15, Jun. 5, Jul. 10, Aug. 21, Sep. 4, Sep. 11, Sep. 24, Oct. 2, May 22||British Airways||New York (JFK)||6:30PM||8:00PM|
|2019: Apr. 24||American Airlines and Croatia Airlines||Philadelphia (PHL)||6:30PM||3:00PM|
|2019: Jun. 19||American Airlines and Croatia Airlines||Philadelphia (PHL)||7:00PM||3:00PM|
|2019: Oct. 23||American Airlines and Croatia Airlines||Philadelphia (PHL)||6:45PM||4:00PM|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not assign seats in advance, and smarTours® is not involved in seat assignments. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at your Zagreb hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary and end after breakfast at your Dubrovnik hotel on Day 14.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens do not require visas. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations (including Montenegro). Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
Weather will vary depending on location. Cities near the Alps region will be cooler, while coastal cities enjoy milder, Mediterranean weather. Evening temperatures will be cooler.
- March and November–highs in the 50s
- April and October–highs in the 60s
- May and September–highs in the 70s
- June through August–highs in the 80s
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour will offer dining options that range from coffee shops (where dinner, excluding drinks average about $15-$20 per person) to specialty restaurants. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Optional tours can be paid for by credit card or with cash.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.