Expect the unexpected during this comprehensive 11-day program while exploring three different countries! Discover the beauty of the Balkan region, and learn more about the history, architecture, and modern-day events that shaped these countries into what they are today. The focus of the tour will be Croatia, but you will also get the chance to visit Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful medieval towns, and jaw dropping views are only some of the sights you will enjoy. What are you waiting for? Adventure awaits!
Day 1: Zagreb
Bring your passport; the adventure begins! Board your flight to Zagreb. After a couple of movies and a meal, you will arrive in Croatia. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. Stay overnight.
Day 2: Zagreb
Rise and shine, and kick off your day; it is time to explore the Croatian capital. Start your small group guided tour of Zagreb with a panoramic drive through the city. You will discover the Lenuci Horseshoe and visit the Mirogoj Cemetery. The next part of the tour will be on foot, where you will focus on the origins of Zagreb – the Cathedral and the Upper town. You will have the afternoon free for leisure. Conclude the day by visiting a museum, hitting some of the city’s vibrant bars and nightclubs, or just strolling the streets and mingling with the locals. Stay overnight.
Day 3: Zagreb - Ljubljana - Zagreb
Get ready to conquer a new country – Slovenia. In a small group setting your first stop will be enchanting Ljubljana. Start with a walking tour of the city with your local guide, where you will learn more about the capital of Slovenia, hear stories about dragons, and come across quirky bridges. You will also visit the Ljubljana Castle, from where you can enjoy the aerial views of the city. The road will then take you to one of the most stunning views of Slovenia – Lake Bled. See the 11th century Bled Castle, and enjoy the ride across the lake in the traditional Pletna boat. Disembark on the island of Bled and admire the scenery around you. After trying the best cream cake in the world, Kremsnita, you will head back to Zagreb. Stay overnight.
Day 4: Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes - Split
Prepare yourself for a getaway in nature on a guided small group day trip. You will first make a stop at the picturesque watermill village of Rastoke before journeying on to one of the highlights of Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park. Embrace its pristine natural beauty and find out why it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, you will advance to Split. Upon arrival, check into your accommodation. Stay overnight.
Day 5: Split
Kick off the day with a private walking tour of the city accompanied by a local guide. Discover the beauty of Split, which dates back to the Roman times. Admire the architecture, hear the stories that shaped it into the city it is today, and wander through small alleyways that are always packed with friendly locals. Enjoy the rest of the day free for your own activities. Stay overnight.
Day 6: Split
Jump on a boat and get to know the islands in the vicinity on a small group day trip. Croatia prides itself on having more than 1,200 islands, and although you will not be able to see them all, you will swim around and lounge on a few of them. A visit to the beautiful Blue Cave is included, famous for the mesmerizing blue light that fills it. After a day of sun, sea, and sand, you will head back to Split, where you will have the night free for your own adventures. Stay overnight.
Day 7: Split - Dubrovnik
Continue your trip by bus towards Dubrovnik. After you settle into your accommodation, you will embark on a private walking tour of the city with a local guide. Admire the medieval fortification system, and walk around the real life King’s Landing from “Game of Thrones.” An optional cable car to Mount Srd will allow you to catch beautiful aerial views of the city. You will quickly realize why Dubrovnik is currently one of the most popular destinations in the world. Stay overnight.
Day 8: Dubrovnik - Mostar - Dubrovnik
You will discover another country during your small group tour as you advance towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the city of Mostar. Explore the Old Bridge of Mostar, which is protected under UNESCO, and other multicultural heritage monuments, like the Mosque of Mostar and the Turkish House. You will learn more about the city’s tumultuous history on your walking tour with your local guide. After some free time, you will head back to Dubrovnik, where you will have the rest of the day free. Revisit some of your favorite spots in Dubrovnik, or explore new ones. Stay overnight.
Day 9: Dubrovnik
Have a free day at leisure and your own activities. Stay overnight.
Day 10: Dubrovnik - Zagreb
Pack your bags and take a flight to Zagreb. Upon arrival check in to your accommodation, and the rest of the day have free for your own activities. Stay overnight.
Day 11: Zagreb
It is time to say goodbye to Croatia. You will be transferred to the airport, where you will board your flight. End of program.
- One-way Airfare Dubrovnik to Zagreb
- All transfers stated in the itinerary
- 4 overnights in a Zagreb hotel 3*/4* based on double occupancy
- 3 overnights in a Split hotel 3*/4* based on double occupancy
- 3 overnights in a Dubrovnik hotel 3*/4* based on double occupancy
- Small group driving and walking tour of Zagreb with a local guide
- Small group Ljubljana and Lake Bled day trip (Bled Castle entrance fee and roundtrip Pletna boat included)
- Small group Plitvice Lakes day trip with transfer to Split (Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fee included)
- Private walking tour of Split with a local guide
- Small group island hopping day trip with Blue Cave entrance fee
- Private walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide
- Small group Mostar day trip
- International Airfare
- Meals not stated in the itinerary, and drinks
- Tips for local guides and drivers
- Local city tax