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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Best of Croatia & Slovenia

11-day tailor-made journey from £775 pp incl. flights

Free car hire on this itinerary

Summary

Short description

Discover the beauty of Croatia and Slovenia on this luxury driving holiday

In Brief

  • 1 Night Lake Bled
  • 1 Night Opatija
  • 1 Night Istria
  • 1 Night Zadar
  • 1 Night Split
  • 2 Nights Dubrovnik
  • 1 Night Mostar
  • 1 Night Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • 1 Night Ljubljana

Itinerary

Recommended for:
History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive

This 11-day driving holiday takes in the best of these remarkable neighbours, from the magical tolling bells of Lake Bled and the Tuscan feel of Istria to the medieval towns of Split and Dubrovnik and the watery wonderland of Croatia's Plitvice Lakes.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Lake Bled

Arrive in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, collect your hire car and make your way to Bled, a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Bled in the foothills of the Julian Alps. We recommend taking one of the traditional wooden boats known as pletna across the lake to Bled Island, where moss-covered stairways lead up to the Baroque Church of the Assumption. Legend has it that those ringing the church bell will have their wishes come true.

Stay: Hotel Park

Day 2
Opatija

A worthwhile stop on your way to Opatija are the caves at Postojna, which stretch for more than 20km underground. Opatija itself runs along the Croatian coast, its forested hills sloping down to a sparkling sea. It was a favourite resort of the Viennese elite during the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and many of their grand residences are still standing tall.

Stay: Hotel Bevanda

Meals: B

Day 3
Istria

Take the day to tour Istria, Croatia's heart-shaped peninsula below Trieste in Italy. Highlights include Porec, Rovinj and Pula on the coast, and an interior known for its hilltop towns and acclaimed gastronomy, starring truffles, wild asparagus, excellent olive oil and award-winning wines.

Stay: Hotel Bevanda

Meals: B

Day 4
Zadar

Head south down the Dalmatian Coast to Zadar, whose traffic-free old town has a wonderful collection of old Roman ruins, marble streets and medieval churches. It's not all ancient history though. Modern attractions include one of Dalmatia's best markets and the unusual Sea Organ, a system of pipes carved into marble steps that lead into the sea, which whistle gentle harmonies as the sea pushes air through the pipes.

Stay: Hotel Kolovare

Meals: B

Day 5
Split

Continue along the coast to tiny Trogir, which brims with Renaissance and Romanesque architecture and has one of the loveliest cathedrals on the Croatian coast. Then continue to Split, whose star attraction, Diocletian's Palace, is a vast open-air museum and one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence.

Stay: Hotel Marmont

Meals: B

Days 6-7
Dubrovnik

When it comes to the 'pearl of the Adriatic', as Byron called Dubrovnik, it's hard to imagine anyone becoming inured to the city's marble streets and melange of cafes, museums, churches and Baroque buildings. Be sure to walk the old city walls, which offer wonderful views of the shimmering Adriatic. Or perhaps take a boat trip to the pristine Elaphiti Islands, whose turquoise waters offer excellent swimming and snorkelling.

Stay: Grand Hotel Park

Meals: B

Day 8
Mostar

Drive north into Bosnia & Herzegovina, aiming for one of the Balkans' most iconic sights, the stone arched bridge at Mostar. The bridge dominates the town and admiring it from different angles as you drift between bars and restaurants along delightful cobbled streets is one of the highlights of any stay here.

Stay: Hotel Mostar

Meals: B

Day 9
Plitvice Lakes

Today you'll reach the star of Croatia's national parks, Plitvice Lakes, where wooded hills enclose 16 stunning lakes, staggered like terraces and linked by a series of boardwalks and waterfalls.


Meals: B

Day 10
Ljubljana

Return to Ljubljana for a final night, perhaps stopping en route in the Croatian capital of Zagreb.

Stay: Hotel Radisson Plaza

Meals: B

Day 11
Departure

Return your car at the airport in time to catch your flight home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

11-day tailor-made journey from £775 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £775 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,015 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: 1 April-31 October 2017

Package includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights to Ljubljana
  • Car hire for 11 days - Category A
  • Accommodation for 10 nights on B&B basis


Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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