Jewels of the Adriatic

Croatia and Slovenia

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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! 4.5/5 stars on Tripadvisor!

Please note our 2024 tour-only program is 13 days long, and our 2025 tour-only program is 12 days long.

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary - 13 Days:

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

Tour Highlights

  • Zagreb City Tour
  • Ljubljana Walking Tour
  • Lunch at Family-Run Homestead
  • Lake Bled, Bled Castle & Old Town
  • Postojna Caves with Underground Train Ride
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Trogir & Zadar
  • Roman Ruins Tour (Split) with Diocletian's Palace
  • Old Dubrovnik Walking Tour
  • Montenegro Excursion with Bay of Kotor

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodations first-class hotels
  • 19 meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking tour director throughout

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

2024 Tour Itinerary - 13 Days


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

Note: Flights may not be available on all departures.

You may have to book your own flights to the tour destination. If so, you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Dubrovnik

Welcome to Croatia! Founded in the seventh century, Dubrovnik, one of Europe’s best-preserved walled cities, is a World Heritage Site. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive package will be greeted at the airport and escorted to your downtown hotel. Along the way, we'll enjoy a first look at this prospering city and country, where visitors from around the world are warmly welcomed. Our Tour Director hosts a briefing tonight, followed by a get-acquainted dinner.

Accommodations: City Hotel Dubrovnik or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Dubrovnik

Day 3: Montenegro Excursion

Day 4: Dubrovnik at Leisure

Day 5: Dubrovnik – Split

Day 6: Split – Zadar – Plitvice Lakes

Day 7: Plitvice Lakes – Opatija

Day 8: Opatija at Leisure

Day 9: Opatija – Postojna Caves – Lake Bled

Day 10: Bled

Day 11: Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb

Day 12: Zagreb

Day 13: Depart Zagreb

Guided Tour Pricing

Plan ahead to maximize your savings!

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

2024 Tours With Flights Tour Only  
Sep 4–17
Flights not available
Sep 5–17
$3,499 $3,199
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Sep 11–24
$5,199 $4,899
Sep 12–24
$3,599 $3,299
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Sep 18–Oct 1
$5,199 $4,899
Sep 19–Oct 1
$3,699 $3,399
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Oct 2–15
Flights not available
Oct 3–15
$3,599 $3,299
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Oct 16–29
$5,199 $4,899
Oct 17–29
$3,599 $3,299
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Pre- & Post- Night Stays

Slow the pace of your tour with a pre- and/or post-night stay so you can arrive refreshed, acclimate to the time zone if needed, and depart leisurely, ensuring a seamless transition into and out of your journey.

Pre-Night in Dubrovnik

Post-Night in Zagreb

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Dubrovnik Cruise & Dinner

Medieval Fortresses of Ston & Korcula

Full-Day Istrian Peninsula Excursion

Lake Bohinj & Boat Ride on Lake Bled

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

New in 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

Travelers will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes. The walk around Lake Bled is approximately 2 hours and can be strenuous for some.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.



1 day ago
Very enjoyable Trip

Alan T

3 days ago
We had an amazing trip to Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia May 17 - 28, 2024. Our SmarTours Guide (Jon) was fun-loving, a great historian, and an overall great guy. Our group of 17 was the perfect size, and the cost was extremely reasonable. SmarTours always surprises us with outstanding accommodations - especially the Park Hotel in Bled, Slovenia. We had plenty of free time to explore on our own, and the pace of the tour was easy going (no 6:00AM wakeup calls nor late night drop-offs).


1 week ago
A good way to “tapas style” travel Croatia while seeing hidden jems in Slovenia and Montenegro

Peggy E

1 month ago
smarTours provides excellent, quality tours with knowledgeable Tour guides and driver at the best pricing for the total package.
smarTours picks 4/5 ☆ hotels, educational information, pre-purchase tickets to tour venues and optional tours.

Renee W

7 months ago
We had a full schedule with excellent guides and places to see. The value for the tour was very good. Hotels were fine and the breakfasts were sumptuous. There was so much information to take in I felt their should be a simple daily handout.

Diane R

7 months ago
Truly impressive guide who made the trip fascinating and a real learning experience with no signficant hiccups. Gorgeous scenery and excellent accomodations made the trip extremely enjoyable.

Jephil R

7 months ago
It was a great trip for us to see all the beautiful scenes in Croatia. You must to go!! Also, all trip people joining us were tremendous and super kind. They took care of each other like a family. Our tour leader, Mirna, was so knowledgable on history and arranged the whole trip smoothly and smartly. Local guides were great as well.


7 months ago
Jewels of the Adriatic was a gem! The balance of activities was perfect. We got to experience the historic cities, beautiful landscapes, and delicious food. Our Tour Director, Zeljka, was incredibly knowledgeable, compassionate and patient with our group. The hotels were wonderful, and the friendships formed, even better. I can't recommend this trip enough.


8 months ago
Our Jewels of the Adriatic tour was excellent, our tour guide was very informative and fun, the group size was good, and the cost was very reasonable. I highly recommend the tour.

Barbara B

8 months ago
Wonderful trip! Our tour guide Simona was terrific. What a diverse area of the world! Both the included itinerary and optional excursions were interesting and i formative. Beautiful locations. Particularly enjoyed Lake Bled, Postonja Caves, Plitvice Lakes, Dubrovnik, and the island of Korcula. The scenery and views of the Adriatic even while enroute by bus where stunning.