The time-honored architecture the Croatian capital’s refined and close-knit urban culture. On your 10-day Croatia and Slovenia tour, you’ll learn about these beautiful nations’ epic histories.Explore Zagreb, the Croatian capital, Split, the country home of a Roman emperor, and the aquamarine streams and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park.Slovenia as you travel to the capital city of Ljubljana, a charming, beautiful city known for its love of the arts.
Day 1: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport - Ljubljana city. Arrival at Joze Pucnik airport in Ljubljana, after immigration transfer to Ljubljana. Leasure time for the rest of the day.
Day 2: Ljubljana, Bled. In the morning you will take a walking tour around Ljubljana. Ljubljana has everything that modern capitals have to offer, and on top of that, it has managed to keep the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere of a smaller city. You will visit the old part of town along the Ljubljanica River and you will see the most important cultural and historical monuments including the Three Bridges and the New and Old Markets where you will be delighted with boutique shops and nice restaurants.
In the afternoon you will depart to the magnificent north-western region Slovenia- town of Bled. This town is one of the most prestigious Slovenian resorts with its glacier-formed Alpine lake, the famous island of the Slavic goddess of life, Živa, and the oldest castle in Slovenia. In the 19th century, the Swiss doctor Arnold Rikli discovered the beneficial natural resources here and established a spa centre, making Bled one of the most popular touristic places in Austria-Hungary. You will traverse the lake in a traditional boat called pletna towards the Bled Island, which was visited by pilgrims as early as the ancient times. From the Bled castle, you will admire the fairy-tale lake and the high limestone peaks of the Julian Alps.
Day 3: Bohinj, Vogel, Vintgar. After breakfast departure to another mountain village called Bohinj where you will see the largest natural glacial lake in Slovenia, Lake Bohinj.
You will also ascend to Vogel (1537m) via gondola. Vogel is situated in the south-eastern part of the Julian Alps. At its summit -provided the weather is nice- there is a splendid view of Triglav National Park and Lake Bled.
After that you will climb up to see the most beautifull waterfall Savica which is located in the heart of Triglav National Park. Recommended walking shoes, estimated time 20 min. Late afternoon return back to Bled.
Day 4: Postojna Cave, Predjama, Piran. After breakfast departure to Postojna, which at the time of Austria-Hungary constituted the only exit to the Adriatic Sea. You will visit Postojna cave which is a network of 23 kilometers of tunnels, galleries and halls in which experienced guides have accompanied more than 30 million visitors in over 200 years.
This is the biggest classical karst cave and the most visited tourist cave in Europe. The cave train will take you into the depths where, thanks to the electric lighting, you can appreciate all the dimensions and nuances of the underground karst where the geological past is written in a unique way.
Only 15 km from the Postojna Cave stands one of the most picturesque wonders of human history - Predjama Castle. The castle has stood for over 700 years in the 123-meter cliff as a powerful, defiant and impregnable fortress as well as the perfect for secret home of the bold, headstrong and rebellious Erazem Predjama. Photo stop.
After that you will travel to the Slovenian coast. Your stop will be in Piran, a romantic town that has retained over time its medieval design of narrow streets, tightly compressed houses which rise in steps uphill, contact with the sea, countless markets and ten churches. Tartini Square, which proudly adorns the center of town, is named after a famous violinist Giuseppe Tartini, who bore the name of Piran to the world.
After strolling around this beautiful sea town, we will climb to the church on the hill above the town, where a magnificent cathedral, the church of Piran’s patron Saint George, stands. From there, the beautiful view of Piran and the surrounding area can be taken in, and even across the sea to the Croatian and the Italian coast. Portoroz - nearby luxurious town full of good restaurants and casinos.
Day 5: Porec, Rovinj, Opatija. The following day is reserved for the exploring of the largest peninsula in Croatia – Istria. You will stroll in the old part of Poreč, the largest touristic city in Istria. It is known for its narrow, labyrinthine streets which are full of many artistic creators. You will also see the Euphrasian Basilica, which was put on Unesco's list of Wold Heritage in 1997.
Later you will continue towards another Istrian town-Rovinj and you will stroll down the narrow stone streets full of small shops with junk jewellery. Departure towards Opatija.
You will arrive in Opatija late in the afternoon. Opatija is a peaceful Adriatic touristic centre, situated in the Kvarner Gulf near the town of Rijeka on the northern shore of the Adriatic sea. Opatija was once said to have been a summer and winter resort of the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy, mostly due to its mild climate. Today, Opatija is a town of parks, luxury hotels, old mansions and summer residences which have been transformed into beautiful hotels with wellness centres, congress halls and pools.
Day 6: Plitvice. Early the following morning will be your departure towards Plitvice Lakes National Park. It is composed of 16 blue and green lakes, connected with more than 90 waterfalls and rapids. For the beauty and the attraction of the Plitvice Lakes, travertine and the plants of travertine take the credit. With the formation of travertine and the partition of the river bed, lakes have formed. This is a magnificent architectonic phenomenon of nature, surrounded by thick woods in which bears, wolves, wild hares, martens, and partridges live. The park has belonged to Unesco’s Cultural Heritage since 1979.
Day 7: Zadar, Split, Hvar. Your departure to Zadar will be in the morning. Zadar is the largest city of northern Dalmatia, which was settled by the Romans as early as the 4th century BC. You will then enjoy a walk through the old town, which boasts the church of Saint Donato – the symbol of the city, the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, the remains of the town square which dates from Roman times. After short stop in Zadar you will continue your route towards Split.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the capital of the Split-Dalmatia parish. The city became famous with the building of Diocletian’s palace in the 3rd century. Today, this is the biggest and best preserved late gothic palace in the world. Not only due to the preservation of its separate parts, but also due to its original architectural forms which announce early Christian, Byzantine and early medieval art.
You will see the city centre, including: Diocletian’s Palace, the Cathedral of St. Dujewhich was built during the Middle Ages using the materials of an ancient mausoleum, Jupiter's Temple, and a walk along the Riva, the main coastal promenade, in the cafes of which tourists from around the world gather.ListenRead phonetically. In the afternoon, after the sightseeing of Split you will take a ferry to Hvar (2 h). Hvar is famous for its nightlife. You can visit the cocktail bar Carpe Diem or disco Veneranda where you can dance the whole night.
Day 8: Hvar. Hvar is the longest and the sunniest island in Croatia.Residents of Hvar mostly work in the fishing and tourism industries. Another major economic activity is the cultivation of lavender, used for aromatic oils and soaps. Hvar is often called the "island of lavender". Hvar is also one of the two most famous winemaking zones in Croatia. Vineyards on the southern side of the island are famous for red wines produced from the Plavac Mali grape.
Hvar has a very mild climate, beautiful beaches and Mediterranean vegetation that make it one of the most attractive tourist centers in Europe. The island promotes itself as "the sunniest spot in Europe", with over 2715 hours of sunlight in an average year. You will explore the main tourist center-town Hvar. It features a large public square (St. Stephen's Square) that is open to the sea. During the tourist season, the port is filled with large yachts. You will also enjoy in one of the beautiful Hvar beach with clean unpolutted sea, surrounded by pine forests.
Day 9: Zagreb. Early the following morning will be your departure towards Zagreb, a city of parks, palaces, museums and faculties. It is situated in the south-west of the Pannonia Plain and stretches between the Sava River and Medvednica Mountain. It is the most important connection between central Europe and Asia Minor and the shortest connection between the Pannonia Plain and the Adriatic Sea. You will see the most important sights, such as the cathedral, the picturesque and lively market Dolac, the church of Saint Mark (the symbol of Zagreb), the sightseeing point under the Lotrscak tower with a magnificent view of Zagreb, a stone port where you can light a candle, and the square of Ban Jelancic, not only a crossroad of the lower and upper part of the city but also the city’s heart where the young and the old inhabitants of Zagreb gather.
Day 10: Departure. After breakfast you will be dropped to the Zagreb airport.
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