Croatia & Slovenia Tour

Discover the best of Slovenia & Croatia with a visit to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tour duration
11 days

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Language
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HIGHLIGHTS

Join me on a wonderful, complete 11-day discovery of what Croatia and Slovenia really have to offer. Covered in lush forests and wedged between the mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Slovenia is a picture-perfect holiday destination boasting sparkling lakes, turquoise rivers and stunning Alpine scenery. Get to know Croatia, a beautiful country with long stretches of coast, and over 1000 islands. History, culture, UNESCO heritage sites and breathtaking landscapes collide, with crystal-clear waters and rocky, hidden bays. These two countries offer spectacular natural beauty, ancient cities and wonderful architecture. The tour also includes a trip to Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival in Ljubljana
Transfer from Ljubljana airport to accommodation in Ljubljana. Overnight in Ljubljana.
Day 2 - Tour of Ljubljana and lake Bled region

This morning your guide will meet you at your accommodation
and you will start your tour of the city.

Discover authentic Ljubljana while strolling its charming streets.
It might not be the largest city in the world, in fact it is one of Europe’s smallest capitals, but Ljubljana uses this to its advantage and has a genuine cosmopolitan feel, offering central European charm and a medieval heart full of Baroque and Art Nouveau splendours. The Slovenian capital has buzzing outdoor cafés and a relaxed, youthful vibe, where cultural activity has become a way of life. Each year it hosts more than 10,000 cultural events, from prestigious music, theatre and art events to those pertaining to alternative and avant-garde culture. It is a gem of a city, and many visitors happily spend their time meandering along its cobbled streets or sitting in cafes. Yet Ljubljana also has a handful of museums, art galleries, festivals, a theatre and a hilltop castle with views for miles.

Walk through lively squares, go across the iconic Dragon Bridge, and hoof it up to Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views and a visit to the museum
Once you have done your exploration of the city and the castle you will come down from the castle by a funicular and your driver will take you to Bled.

Your local guide in Bled will meet you to take you on a lovely half day tour of Bled. There are various ways to take a trip across the lake or to the island. One of them includes a trip with the traditional boat made by locals which is only known at Bled – the Pletna boat. The origins of the Pletna boat go back to 1590, whilst it size allows safe transportation of 20 persons. You should be able to recognize it from afar as it is equipped with a colourful awning which protect passengers from the sun and other elements.

The Pletna boat is operated by the Pletna oarsman. This profession is very respected as it cannot be performed just by anyone. The title of the Pletna oarsman was handed down from generation to generation, which is why the profession of “Pletnarstvo” remained in individual families throughout the centuries. Once you are transferred to the island you will have an opportunity to explore the castle and the church.

Castle Blejski grad- The Church on the Island

Perched atop a steep cliff rising 130 metres above the glacial Lake Bled is a symbol of Bled and Slovenia – Bled Castle. The image of the castle forming a dramatic backdrop to the romantic island and the church on it has earned the resort worldwide recognition through the centuries. Castle terraces offer spectacular views of the lake and the island, down the Dežela area with Lesce and Radovljica and over to the mountain ranges of the Karavanke and the Julian Alps. Visit the church and listen to some amazing stories from your guide.

After that you are taken back to Ljubljana. Overnight in Ljubljana.

Day 3 - Transfer from Ljubljana to Plitvice lakes with stops in Postojna cave and Predjama castle

Covering an area of 20 km, Postojna Cave is not only Slovenia’s number one tourist attraction but is also one of the largest and most visited caves in Europe. It is not its sheer size, but also the beauty of stalagmites and stalactites, pillars and curtains that has made the cave famous.

The 5.3-kilometre-long trail is opened to the public which makes Postojna Cave the longest publicly-accessible depth of any cave system in the world. Its Grand Hall can receive up to 10,000 visitors and often serves as a concert venue.

The tiny village of Predjama is situated 11 km northwest of Postojna at the edge of Pivka Basin.

A walk up its green valley will bring you to Predjama Castle, one of the most memorable sights in Slovenia. This impressive piece of medieval fortification is perched on a 123m cliff nestled impressively into the surrounding karst rocks.

After your tour of Postojna and Predjama you continue towards Plitvice.

Day 4 - Tour of Plitvice lakes and a transfer to Split.
Plitvice Lakes National Park has long been the top attraction in Croatia, often referred to as “Croatia’s Eden”.

On your guided walking tour in this magaical oasis you will hike through the most stunning parts of Gornja Jezerea ( Upper Lakes ), followed by a peaceful boat ride towards the second area called Donja Jezera ( Lower Lakes), placed in a limestone cayon.

The unity and harmony of 16 lakes and their rare natural and cultural value is not famous only throughout Croatia, but also worldwide; earning this remarkable national park a coveted place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.

The tour includes the two most photographed sites in the Park: the 230-foot tall Great Waterfall, Croatia’s largest, and great Lake Kozjak, the deepest lake in Plitvice National Park.

You stop for lunch in an authentic tavern.

Drive to Split is around two and a half hours.

Overnight in Split.

Day 5 - Tour of Split and Trogir

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Split beginning with an exploration of the impressive Diocletian’s Palace. Built at the end of the 3rd century AD, this extraordinary structure lies in the heart of the city and today forms part of The Old Town and city centre, making Split one of the most unique cities in Europe. See Peristyle Square where the Emperor made his speeches, as well as the mausoleum of the Roman Emperor, which was transformed into a Catholic church in the 7th century AD.

Afterwards, wander through the many charming streets and ‘piazzas’ immediately outside the palace. At the end of your tour, you may wish to take a stroll along the Riva, a chic coastal promenade lined with palm trees, where you can relax in the sun and enjoy a beautiful view of the port.

After your lunch break we take a short drive over to the wonderful islet of Trogir, known as the ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’. The town is renowned for the beauty of its buildings and fortifications, and is considered to be the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in Central Europe. Notable structures of Trogir are the City Hall, the Cipiko Palace, the Loggia and St. Lawrence’s Cathedral whose portal is a masterpiece of medieval sculpture. The Old Town is inscribed on UNESCO heritage list due to its artistic value, beauty and urban continuity since Hellenistic period.

Day 6 - Island hopping from Split

Croatia is famous for its beautiful islands and crystal-clear Adriatic Sea.
Why not set sail on this whole day boat trip to explore some of the most beautiful Adriatic islands: Biševo, Vis, Ravnik, Budikovac and Hvar. Enjoy thrilling 90 minutes’ ride from Split with a speedboat to your first stop: The Biševo Island with famous Blue Cave as its highlight.

Blue Cave is a stunning natural treasure, located on the island of Biševo, a couple of miles south of Vis island. The cave is known for dazzling blue light filing the space at a certain time of the day (best between 11 AM and 2 PM), when the sunlight hits the sea surface through an opening in the vault.

After that we stop in Komiža, an authentic fisherman’s village on the island of Vis. At around 12 o’clock we’ll cruise to the southern side of the island to stop briefly in Stiniva and enjoy a wonderful swim there! Stiniva was voted best beach by the European Best Destinations in 2016. Our tour includes a visit to another wonder of nature: The Green Cave on the island of Ravnik – a breathtaking cave wrapped in a layer of gold-emerald light.

We continue our cruise towards the amazing island of Budikovac. Last, but not the least is the beautiful town of Hvar (on the island of Hvar). As we approach Hvar, you will get a panoramic view of stunning Pakleni islands. Hvar town is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. It also prides itself with rich cultural heritage. You will have enough time to stroll the old streets of Hvar and admire its amazing Renaissance architecture. Duration: 10 hours

Please bring your swimming gear, sun protection and a windproof jacket for a boat ride.

This boat tour can be completely customised to your preferences.

Day 7 - Tour of Krka NP and the Renaissance city of Šibenik
Today you are taken to wonderful Krka National Park to enjoy the morning in this magical place.
Stroll along the wooden bridges and petite pathways with the sounds of running rapids in the background.

In summer months it is possible to take a swim near the most beautiful waterfall Skradinski buk.
After your lunch in an authentic tavern we visit one of the most beautiful cities on the coast- Šibenik. The city’s Renaissance cathedral of St. James is inscribed on UNESCO heritage list due to its unique way of building.

After that we drive back to Split. Overnight in Split .

Day 8 - Tour of Brač

We start from Split and take a ferry to a place called Supetar. From there we go to Škrip which is the oldest settlement of the island and prides itself with two great museums.

Škrip – Museum of Brač
Brač Museum is housed in the Kaštil Radojković, a fortification built during the Venetian-Turkish wars that incorporates part of an ancient Illyrian wall and an extraordinary Roman mausoleum. The collection includes household objects, farm implements and some rather more interesting ancient Roman carvings.

Škrip – Museum of Olive Oil
People on the island of Brač have been growing olives for 3000 years – and there is such an incredible feel to the place. The old olive oil press at the museum has been lovingly restored to honour the tradition of the olive oil heritage. You can learn so much about the history and the role of olive oil – information generously shared by the family that run this museum.

It is possible to organise olive oil tapenade, prosciutto, jams and cheese snacks.
From there we go to Vidova Gora from where the famous Golden Horn can be seen. An opportunity to soak up some amazing views and take photos. Then we drive down and we can finish off in Bol where you can have a swim at the famous beach. Overnight on the island of Brač.

Should you like to explore Hvar instead of Brač please contact me to customise the tour. We offer cycling, hiking or wine & food tours of Hvar.

Day 9 - Transfer from Brač to Dubrovnik with a stop in Mostar
Take a journey through history in Mostar from the Ottoman era, to the Austro-Hungarian period, to the collapse of Yugoslavia. On this guided tour, see Mostar’s UNESCO-listed Old Bridge (Stari Most); admire its historic architecture and enjoy stunning views along the Neretva River.

Arrival in Dubrovnik and check-in.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 10 - Tour of Dubrovnik
Take in Dubrovnik’s wonderful architecture this morning beginning with a walking tour of the Old Harbour and city, proclaimed a city museum by UNESCO. The old city is surrounded by a circuit of city walls; over a mile in length, and with a tower in each corner, they are a masterpiece of medieval and renaissance architecture. You will also stroll along the centuries-old main city promenade called Stradun; at one end of this street you visit the 14th-century Franciscan Monastery whose cloister ranks among the most inspiring sites of the city. At the other end, see the church of St. Blaise and the Sponza Palace. You also visit the Rector’s Palace and the Dominican Church and Monastery, constructed during the 14th century at the same time as the city’s walls were being built.

Afternoon activities can be customised- kayaking, a trip to Cavtat, a cruise to Elaphiti islands or similar.

Day 11 - Transfer from Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik airport

INCLUSIONS

  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • Private chauffer-driven transfers
  • Private guided tours by licensed, English-speaking professional guides
  • My assistance to ensure all services are executed to perfection
  • Suggestions for what to do and where to eat during your leisure time

Please note that the itinerary below can be fully customised to suit your needs. Get in touch at jelena@tourguide-split.com. 

Split, Croatia & Surrounding Areas

She’s so perceptive & flexible on the fly (I call it “emotional intelligence”) about what her clients need/want at any moment. She balanced wonderfully the hubby’s interest in minute architectural detail with mine in culture, economy, current customs & Game of Thrones. We’re 60ish and a tad lazy & she was perceptive & accommodating when we needed to rest, but her energy & fitness level is such that she could move at a pace to please anyone. Her love for and in depth knowledge of her country, its music (Klappa rocks!), history, heritage, food, etc. oozes from her. She’s obviously loved back by those she encounters often around Split, and that affection for her meant we were treated like friends in places we visited with her.

Joyce and George, North Carolina
 

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What a fabulous time!

I’ve worked with personal guides in quite a few cities in Europe and South America, and Jelena has all the right qualities you want in a guide – personable, smart, funny, poised, flexible, and very knowledgeable about recent and ancient history of Croatia/Yugoslavia, local culture, arts, local cuisine, and architecture. On the first day we had a great walking tour of old town Split, including the palace, and visited a unique museum, and finally drove to Trogir to see the small but ancient and well-preserved town, including the fort and Riva. Jelena shared interesting stories dating from the 4th century Roman civilization, and including communist rule and more recent events. She shared personal anecdotes to make the tour memorable, and provided a nice balance of historical information without overwhelming with detail….

Roger, South Florida
 

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Jelena is amazing!

She served as a host/guide for us in her native country and she works tirelessly to satisfy her guests Jelena is very passionate, friendly, knowledgeable, fun and honest, and she speaks flawless English. Jelena’s service was impeccable and she has a tremendous knowledge of the history of the region. Jelena gave us a tour of Diocletian’s palace and we did a trip to her hometown area of Sinj in the hinterland with Ottoman history/heritage. Jelena also helped us organize a day-trip in a private boat with Toto travel. She also provided us with various restaurant recommendations in Split, which were enjoyed. If you are looking for someone to assist you or serve as a guide in the Split area, without reservation, use Jelena! Thank you for making our trip more memorable!

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What others think

What a fabulous time!

I’ve worked with personal guides in quite a few cities in Europe and South America, and Jelena has all the right qualities you want in a guide – personable, smart, funny, poised, flexible, and very knowledgeable about recent and ancient history of Croatia/Yugoslavia, local culture, arts, local cuisine, and architecture. On the first day we had a great walking tour of old town Split, including the palace, and visited a unique museum, and finally drove to Trogir to see the small but ancient and well-preserved town, including the fort and Riva. Jelena shared interesting stories dating from the 4th century Roman civilization, and including communist rule and more recent events. She shared personal anecdotes to make the tour memorable, and provided a nice balance of historical information without overwhelming with detail…

Roger, South Florida

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Split, Croatia & Surrounding Areas

She’s so perceptive & flexible on the fly (I call it “emotional intelligence”) about what her clients need/want at any moment. She balanced wonderfully the hubby’s interest in minute architectural detail with mine in culture, economy, current customs & Game of Thrones. We’re 60ish and a tad lazy & she was perceptive & accommodating when we needed to rest, but her energy & fitness level is such that she could move at a pace to please anyone. Her love for and in depth knowledge of her country, its music (Klappa rocks!), history, heritage, food, etc. oozes from her. She’s obviously loved back by those she encounters often around Split, and that affection for her meant we were treated like friends in places we visited with her.

Joyce and George, North Carolina

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Jelena is amazing!

She served as a host/guide for us in her native country and she works tirelessly to satisfy her guests Jelena is very passionate, friendly, knowledgeable, fun and honest, and she speaks flawless English. Jelena’s service was impeccable and she has a tremendous knowledge of the history of the region. Jelena gave us a tour of Diocletian’s palace and we did a trip to her hometown area of Sinj in the hinterland with Ottoman history/heritage. Jelena also helped us organize a day-trip in a private boat with Toto travel. She also provided us with various restaurant recommendations in Split, which were enjoyed. If you are looking for someone to assist you or serve as a guide in the Split area, without reservation, use Jelena! Thank you for making our trip more memorable!

David, Minneapolis

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