Overview

Zagreb - 2 nights
Opatija - 3 nights
Bled - 2 nights

Spendology - Widgets

COASTS, LAKES AND CAPITALS

From lively capitals to picturesque landscapes, explore the vibrant city of Zagreb and the elegant Ljubljana, the emerald blue Istrian coast and the blissfully beautiful Lake Bled

The Habsburg influences in Northern Croatia and Slovenia contrast with the Venetian effect around the Istrian coast. Zagreb’s history stretches back to the 11th century when it developed from the villages of Kaptol and Gradec. Today it is a city with fine examples of Austro-Hungarian façades. The Plitvice Lakes were shaped by limestone sediments and minerals spread by water flow and absorbed by vegetation which over time turned to stone, a unique phenomena of this karst region.

Opatija is a fashionable resort, which since 1874 has seen many famous personalities, including Austro-aristocracy, Puccini, Checkhov and James Joyce. Istria is the Adriatic’s largest peninsula, where Italy’s influence extends to language and archaeology such as Pula’s Roman amphitheatre.

Slovenia declared its independence in 1991 from Yugoslavia after a short 10-day war with Ljubljana, its picturesque pint-sized capital. Renowned for its stunning natural beauty, hot springs and superb climate, Bled is located on a glacier lake in the shadow of the medieval castle providing unparalleled mountain views.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO: Plitvice Lakes
Local Guide Throughout
Central Hotels
Group size: 10 – 22

Special Event

Local Food Tasting

Enjoy a tour of olive groves followed by olive oil tasting accompanied with locally produced prosciutto, cheese and wine.

Day 1 Fly Heathrow to Zagreb for two nights at the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton.

Day 2 Walking tour includes the Upper town, cathedral of Sveti Stjepana and Mirogoj cemetery. Dinner and wine tasting at a family farm. (B, D)

Day 3 Travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park featuring sixteen spellbinding blue-green lakes arranged in cascades. Visit includes a walk through the limestone canyon of the Lower Lakes, an electric boat across the largest lake – Lake Kozjak, and a walk along the canyon’s east side. Continue to Opatija for three nights at the 4-star Villa Royal or 4-star Amadria Park Hotel. (B)

Day 4 Opatija walking tour includes Lungomare, the famous coastal promenade, the Maiden with Seagull statue, the 15th-century St. James church, Angiolina Park and enjoy coffee and cake. (B)

Day 5 Drive to Pula, which has been occupied, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. Visit one of the best preserved Roman Amphitheatres. Local food tasting. Continue to Rovinj for a walking tour including the hilltop church of St. Euphemia. (B)

Day 6 Cross into Slovenia and visit Postojna Caves, one of the world’s largest karst monuments. Admire the view towards Renaissance Predjama Castle, perched on a steep cliff and overlooking the Lokva River. Continue to Bled for two nights at the 4-star Park Hotel. (B)

Day 7 Morning tour of Bled includes a Pletna boat ride on the lake with a visit to St. Mary’s Church on the island, a panoramic view from Bled Castle and a slice of Bled cream cake and coffee. Afternoon drive to the Baroque capital Ljubljana for a walking tour.  (B, D)

Day 8 Transfer to Zagreb for the return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a busy itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.

2021

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
Croatia Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
May 14 £1345
May 28 £1395
September 3 £1395
September 17 £1395
October 1 £1345
Prices Reduced

Save up to £200
(all 2021 dates)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £295
(May/Oct £225)

Accommodation Upgrades

Sea view (Opatija)
3 nights £35
Single supplement £360

Lake view (Bled)
3 nights £35
Single supplement £360

Flight Options

Croatia Airlines Business Class from £425

Extension Options

Extra nights – Zagreb
DoubleTree by Hilton
(per night) £55
Single supplement £45

Extra nights – Bled
Grand Hotel Toplice
(per night) £85
Single supplement £50
Lake view £105
Single supplement £65

Privately Guided

 

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Independent Arrival

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Arrival transfer £20
Departure transfer £125

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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