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CroatiaRoad trip along the Adriatic Sea with Lake Bled

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Experience all Croatia & Slovenia have to offer. We propose a perfect blend of a self-drive road trip and guided excursions, culturally rich cities and magnificent natural wonders. Blast down the Croatian coast in search for delicious seafood, crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and charming old towns. Head inland for Stunning alpine lakes, captivating cave systems, waterfalls, and a bit of S...

Experience all Croatia & Slovenia have to offer. We propose a perfect blend of a self-drive road trip and guided excursionsculturally rich cities and magnificent natural wonders. Blast down the Croatian coast in search for delicious seafood, crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and charming old towns. Head inland for Stunning alpine lakes, captivating cave systems, waterfalls, and a bit of Slovenian hospitality. Discover each new destination in the company of a knowledgable local guide, who will share with you the storiestraditions and secrets of the place they call home. 

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Trip highlights
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Lake
    Lake

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Day 1: Welcome to Croatia!

Arrival at Zagreb airport...

• Meet your driver for a private transfer to your hotel

• Explore the historical city with a local guide

• Visit the Cathedral, the medieval Stone gateSt. Mark’s church, the Upper townFlower market squareDolac Fruit & Grocery Market, the Central Square and Tkalčićeva Street

• Afterwards, you'll have free time to enjoy galleries or exhibitions such as the one of a kind Museum of Broken Relationships

Visited:
Zagreb

Day 2: Zagorje & Trakošćan Castle excursion

• Drive to the Zagorje region with your local guide

• Visit a 19th century village, an open museum of life in the past

• Enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant (included)

• Visit medieval Trakošćan castle displaying fabulous architecture, original contemporary furniture and a baroque period park with a lake

• Continue to well-preserved Varaždin. Stroll through the old town and visit the old castle

• Return to Zagreb for the night


Day 3: Zagreb to Ljubljana

• Pick up your rental car in front of your hotel and head to Slovenia’s capital, beautiful Ljubljana

• Do some sightseeing with a local guide

• Visit its famous bridges, an old medieval castle on the hill and St. Nicolas’ Cathedral

• Enjoy free time for the rest of the day

Visited:
Ljubljana

Day 4: Bled & Bohinj lakes

• Drive to Bled lake, where you will visit the Bled castle

• Take in magnificent views stretching across the Julian Alps and Bled lake

• Ride across the lake on a special boat (called Pletna) to the island where you can visit the church of St. Mary (optional)

• In the afternoon drive toward another glacial lake – Bohinj, stretching into Triglav National park

• Return to Ljubljana

Visited:
Bled, Ljubljana

Day 5: Postojna Caves & Opatija

• On your way back to Croatia visit the Postojna cave – one of the world’s largest karst monuments

• Tour the passages and an incredibly diverse cave landscape by train and on foot

• Next stop, the beautiful coastal city of Opatija, the first resort in Croatia

Visited:
Opatija

Day 6: Highlights of Istria peninsula

Drive through the Istria interior and see its charming hilltop villages

• Visit Grožnjan and Motovun, the most famous medieval hilltop towns in the area

Meet local truffle hunters and go on the hunt! Afterwards, taste homemade specialties prepared with fresh truffles (2-3h)

• Go for a guided tour of the enchanting coastal town of Rovinj. The Church of St. Euphemia is one of the most beautiful Baroque sites in Istria

• Return to Opatija

Visited:
MotovunIstria

Day 7: Plitvice National Park 

• From Opatija, drive down a scenic road along the Adriatic coast

Witness the scenery changing rapidly from a Mediterranean climate and architecture to mountain style huts & farmer's villages

• Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Plitvice lakes

• Enjoy the exceptional beauty of these lakes and waterfalls. Various hiking paths are available throughout the park


Day 8: Zadar

• Continue to Zadar

• Together with the local guide, visit the Sea Organ, a vast musical art installation played by the rhythmic movement of sea waves

• It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite sunset

Visited:
Zadar

Day 9: Split

• Meet with the local expert guide who will take you on a city tour of the UNESCO World Heritage City

• Visit the Roman Emperor Diocletian palace and the Cathedral of St. Domnios

​• Various cultural monuments are located inside and outside the Diocletian’s Palace walls, such as the Renaissance Prokurative Square, several palaceschurchesgalleries and museums

Visited:
Split

Day 10: Ston & Dubrovnik

• On the way to Dubrovnik, stop in Ston for a one hour boat trip to the oyster farm for an oyster & mussel tasting

• Pelješac peninsula is also known for fine local wines, so you will have a chance to taste some

• Next, you will arrive in the most spectacular of all Adriatic medieval cities - Dubrovnik

• Drop off your rental car at the hotel before enjoying a free day in the city on your own

• In the evening, we recommend a cable car ride to mountain Srđ


Day 11: Art & History of Dubrovnik

• Meet with a local guide in the old town. See the main street, Stradun, the city gates and the old harbor

• We suggest a walk on Dubrovnik’s stone walls, which date to 12th century

• Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure

Visited:
Dubrovnik

Day 12: Dubrovnik departure

• At the appropriate time, transfer to Dubrovnik airport

• Board your onward flight and have a safe and pleasant journey

Visited:
Dubrovnik

ZagrebZagorjeLjubljanaBledOpatijaMotovunIstriaLes lacs de PlitviceZadarSplitStonDubrovnik

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent
  • Car rental

Not included in the price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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