CROATIA & SLOVENIA

From the LOVE in Slovenia to mesmerizing Croatia, it could not get better than this. Discover Bled, GoriškaBrda Wine region, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik and, an extension into Montenegro is also available.

Highlights

May 24-Jun 1 | Oct 10-18

Feel the love of Slovenia as you journey through and discover Bled, Goriška Brda Wine region, and Ljubljana before heading to Croatia. Non-travel industry companions are welcomed to join this journey. Extend into Montenegro for a supplement.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1
Arrival transfer, exploring the Goriška Brda Wine region and wine tasting
Ljubljana
Day 2
Experience Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Day 3
Bled Island and its romantic secrets
Ljubljana
Day 4
Discovering the Karst region
Piran
Day 5
Charming Croatian Istria
Plitvic National Park
Day 6
Stunning natural wonders of Plitvice Lake and National Park

Day-by-Day Program

09:00 hrs: Arrival transfer from Venice airport.

11:00 hrs: Goriška Brda Wine Region is stunningly captivating. Excellent wines allied to a picturesque landscape have bestowed on Brda the title “Tuscany of Slovenia”.

Our first stop will be in Šmartno, which is situated in the geographical center of Brda. Gradnik, the local poet, compares the village with the eagle´s nest resting on a place, where the view stretches from the Nanos hill in the east to the Carnija Alps in the northwest, and from the Furlanija to the Adriatic Sea.

Like some other villages and fortifications that were built to protect the people against the Turkish raids in the region of Brda and the whole Primorska, the remarkable historical value of Šmartno is given to the village with the status of a cultural monument of the first order.

Our second stop will be in Gonjače, a village in the Municipality of Brda in the Littoral region of Slovenia with only about 172 residents.

14:00 hrs: Goriska Brda is one of the world’s best wine-growing terroirs. Home not only to a vine, but the area also produces delicious cherries, persimmons, figs, and probably the spiciest olive oil you have ever tasted. Goriska Brda is predominantly the region of beautiful rebula white wine (ribolla gialla), but never underestimate the rich Bordeaux-like blends. Enjoy some free time for lunch or for independent explorations of the area.

Included Activities: Local wine tasting with cold cuts.

Hotel: 4 star hotel

Meals Included: None

10:00 hrs: Your first stop will be at Ljubljanica river where you will take a private wooden boat ride to see Ljubljana from another perspective. It lasts 45 minutes.

It is time to meet the capital city of Slovenia from another perspective. Top Ljubljana Foods Traditional food walk will take you through the old Ljubljana town. During a 3-4 hour guided long easy walk you will learn about the city, stories of the people, architecture, history of Slovene nation and of course – local and national gastronomy. Top Ljubljana Foods is much more than a food tour and not your usual city tour.

During the food tour, 9 traditional dishes from a variety of different cuisines from all parts and circles of the society of Slovenia and 4 sorts of wine will be tasted along familiarizing yourself with historical Ljubljana center and hearing an overview of the history of Slovenes. At the end of the tour, your tummy will be full, your thirst will be gone and you will know more about the history of Slovenes than some of our fellow citizens. You will also be in the know about the old town and know where to go next, what to do next and what to eat next. It’s a perfect way to start your stay in our beautiful and tasty capital city!

The tour is followed by a free afternoon.

 

Included activities: Private Ljubljanica river wooden boat ride, top Ljubljana foods – traditional food walk.

Good to know: In case if you have any allergies, please inform us about them!

Hotel: 4 star hotel in Ljubljana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

10:00 hrs: After breakfast, we will proceed to Bled. Bled has for centuries been the symbol of natural beauty and home to fairy tales. Ascend the old 12th-century castle, perched on top of a cliff with spectacular views of the lake, the famous Bled island, and the surrounding peaks. The castle is not only home to fairy tale weddings, cultural events, and important protocol meetings, but also a museum of manual printing and a wine cellar.

A boat ride with private ‘Pletna’ – traditional boat made by local, is among the must-do things when visiting Bled. Not only because of the authentic boat experience, but a true journey back in time. Standing paddlers will take you to the island with 99 stone steps on the way to the Assumption of Mary church and the fortune bell.

Ascend the old 12th-century castle, perched on top of a steep cliff with spectacular views of the lake, the famous Bled island and the surrounding peaks. The castle is not only home to fairy tale weddings, cultural events and important protocol meetings, but also a museum of manual printing and a wine cellar. Lunch at the castle. Make sure not to skip tasting Bled cream cake at Tito’s cafeteria, the notorious local dessert, famous all around Slovenia, before leaving town.

In the afternoon a relaxing walk around the Vintgar Gorge (if opened). Continue to Bohinj, our largest glacial lake located in the Triglav National Park. Take a swim or canoe or just walk by the lake and admire its stunning landscape and surrounding mountain peaks. Lake’s natural environment will impress you while it shows a different face each season.

Included activities: Private pletna boat ride, Bled Castle with lunch, Vintgar gorge, traditional cream cake in Tito’s cafeteria

Hotel: 4 star hotel in Ljubljana

Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch

09:00 hrs: Discover the magnificent 24 km halls and chambers of the mystic underground of the Postojna Cave, the most prominent karst cave in the world which was first described in the 17th century and was ready to visit more than 200 years ago.

Learn about the most famous cave-dwelling creature – the “human fish” or olm and explore beautiful underground passages and galleries with spectacular drop stones, pillars, limestone curtains, and other natural stone forms when riding by special electrical train and walking through the cave.

The cave train ride is organized only for you.

11:00 hrs:

Vintage Gourmet Tour is an educational journey through the tracks of old autochthonous varieties of olives, which grow on the most beautiful viewing points of the Slovenian coast and the Istrian countryside.

The tour starts at an agreed location where guests are picked up with oldtimer cars. The smell of gasoline, loud motors, and nostalgic memories of the old times draw wide smiles on the faces of those waiting.

Slowly and cheerfully we begin our trip, where we visit the most beautiful locations on the Slovenian coast. At the sightseeing point in the middle of the path, we stop and with a glass of house sparkling wine we chat. Then we continue our journey to the Lisjak olive oil estate, where we learn how to taste olive oil.

There we serve you with typical Istrian cold-cuts, continue with typical soup-Bobiči and Istrian fusi (pasta) with truffles. All traditional recipes.

14:00 hrs: 

Pass the coastal towns of Koper, Izola, and Portoroz and reach everyone’s favorite spot on the Slovenian coast – Piran. Get lost in its medieval narrow streets, galleries, hidden corners, and houses. Enjoy some free time over an exquisite seafood meal in one of the many local restaurants or cafes.

The city of Piran is known as one of the oldest towns in Slovenia, mentioned for the first time in the 8th century already! Through centuries many different cultures have passed dominion over this part of Slovenia and left their footprints visible in the architecture and way of life. Piran is known for its unmistakable appearance of a peninsula-situated and fortified town with a charismatic St. George cathedral sitting above it.

 

Recommended ad-on: Walls of Piran Entrance Fee (EUR 2.00 pp) and the Piran bell tower (EUR 2.00 pp)

Included activities: Olive oil tasting & typical lunch, Vintage ride with old-timers, Private entrance to Postojna cave, Private local cave guide.

Hotel: 4 star hotel in Piran

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

10:00 hrs: After breakfast, we will continue from Piran to the shore of Croatian Istria.

The area is famous for good wine and food, such as truffles, prosciutto, and cheese.

Stop in a charming small town –

Motovun, Another hidden gem of the Istrian region and the most famous medieval town in the area, bringing history and folk traditions of small narrow streets where locals still live as they used to back in the past. 

Gude will take you to a local winery where a professional wine expert will lead you through the tasting of different wine samples typical for the region to get fully acquainted with the century-long wine culture of the whole Istrian region.

One final stop before heading back to Piran will be in Rovinj – a picturesque Istrian fishing harbor, an egg-shaped peninsula with narrow cobbled streets, stone houses, small squares, quality restaurants, the baroque Church of St. Euphemia located in the heart of the historic part of the city with a panoramic view.

Private transfer to a 4* hotel near Plitvice National Park. 

 

Included activities: Wine tasting with some local cold cuts at a premium wine cellar in Istria.

Hotel: 4 star hotel near Plitvice National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

09:00 hrs: Visit of a unique natural wonderland – the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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

Arriving at Plitvice, you’ll walk through these ancient woodlands. The path takes us first across Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes), a system of 12 lakes separated by travertine barriers. Wherever you are in Plitvice, it is easy to see why its travertine marble formations are such an extraordinary natural phenomenon.

The barriers, sills, and other forms created in these lakes, the karst rivers, and streams are still an ongoing process that shapes the wonderful landscapes. It is these same travertine formations that have and are still creating numerous magnificent waterfalls here.

15:30 hrs: Our final destination for today is Split. The 2nd largest Croatian city, situated on the shore of the Adriatic Sea dating back to the 6th century BC. 

Before reaching Split we will stop at Trogir, a harbor and another historic town of Croatian Dalmatia only 27km from Split with its old town on UNESCO World Heritage list since 1997 as the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic town in Central Europe. 

When you stroll around the cobbled streets of this small and charming town it is worth stopping by the Cathedral of St Lawrence from the 13th century, the City gate, the City Hall, the Kamerlengo Tower Fortress, the Čipiko palace, and the church of St. Nicholas.

 

Included activities:

Hotel: 4 star hotel in Split

Meals Included: Breakfast

10:00 hrs: 

After a relaxing morning, your journey through ancient history starts with the story of Roman emperor Diocletian who was born in a nearby important Illyrian center and the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia Salona. He built one of today’s most preserved palaces of that time in the nearby town Split.

With a professional local tour guide, we are continuing our journey with sightseeing of the 1700-year-old Diocletian`s palace, imagining how the life of Diocletian was like, within the walls of the palace.

During the tour, we walk through the central hall of the ancient cellars, the main communication line between the Riva and the Peristyle, which is now full of life and an ideal place to buy valuable souvenirs. We also stop by to see the Cathedral of St Duje, one of the most beautiful cultural wonders on the Adriatic
coast, Peristyle impressive square in the center of the palace, Roman temples (today Christian ones), the famous Golden Gate, and the big statue of Grgur Ninski.

On this walking tour, you will get to know the Split town and its history in an interesting way. After this great history and culture lesson, you will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch in one of Split’s well-known restaurants.

The city tour is followed by a free afternoon or optional sunset sailing trip. 

Optional activity: Private sunset sailing or Luxury sunset boat ride

Included activities:

Hotel: 4 star hotel in Split

Meals Included: Breakfast

11:30 hrs: Pelješac peninsula is well-known for its vines growing on the steep slopes. Some of the vineyards are so steep that grape-pickers have to harness themselves with ropes.

Anyway, these rocky hills, but with plenty of sunshine are great for cultivating grapes, and wines (Dignac, Postup, and Plavac Mali) from Pelješac are known among the best in the country.

Drive around the peninsula, admire the stunning landscape and stop by one of the local wineries for the wine tasting together with some local cheese and of course a walk around the vineyard and winemaker’s property.

13:00 hrs: Best known for its 14th-century fortified walls, Ston is actually split in two: the town of Ston, which includes Pozvizd Fortress, and its neighboring Mali Ston, a centuries-old defensive settlement that includes Koruna Fortress and an old port. Using the walls to walk between the two is a great way to travel in the footsteps of history.

The tame and picturesque Mediterranean landscape makes this small town even more beautiful and attractive.

Talking about gastronomy, Ston is particularly known for oysters, mussels, and other seafood, and if you have an additional hour or two, visiting an oyster farm by boat together with degustation will not leave you indifferent.

The reason why Ston is that special and unique are also its salt pans that are still in use and are the oldest in Europe. Taking a look around will not take you much time and will definitely impress you. Every year in the Summer during the salt harvest, visitors can even participate in the salt »harvest«.

15:00 hrs: Hop-on a wooden boat and start about an hour-long trip through the Bay of Mali Ston all the way down to the oyster beds.

During the pleasant ride taste the homemade „rakia” (brandy) or the liqueur of myrtle, 3 pieces of oysters, and enjoy a glass of locally-produced wine.

17:00 hrs: Transfer to Dubrovnik for overnight

 

Included activities:

Hotel: 4 star hotel in Dubrovnik

Meals Included: Breakfast

10:00 hrs: During your visit to this UNESCO-protected city, you will see Stradun, Rector’s Palace, St. Francis Church, Sponza Palace, and Orlando’s Column. You’ll also marvel at the first pharmacy in Europe as well as interesting churches and city streets.

Dubrovnik is a treasure and a museum itself, as it has so far managed to preserve all its historic buildings. Your local guide will make sure you see all the most exciting and undiscovered corners of this historic gem.

Dubrovnik city tour is followed by a free afternoon or hike to a nearby hill and picnic lunch with the view of Dubrovnik.

13:00 hrs: Private transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or optional tour extention)

 

Hotel: None

Meals: Breakfast

Participation Costs

Travel advisor and planner : EUR 990.00 per person on twin share.

Single occupancy: EUR 1390.00

Travel companion: EUR 1790.00 per person on twin share

Optional Tours and their supplements:

  • Additional night in Dubrovnik (from day 9 to day 10): EUR 156.00 pp
  • Optional full day trip to Montenegro with Kotor and Budva: EUR 522.00 per group (1-4 pax)

Participation Costs

Travel advisor and planner: EUR 990.00 per person on twin share.

Single occupancy: EUR 1390.00

Travel companion: EUR 1790.00 per person on twin share

Optional Tours and their supplements:

Additional night in Dubrovnik (from day 9 to day 10): EUR 156.00 pp
Optional full day trip to Montenegro with Kotor and Budva: EUR 522.00 per group (1-4 pax)

Additional Information

  • 100% payment is required to hold the spot.
  • An invoice will only be raised once the participating travel advisor confirms in writing.
  • For credit card payments, 5% transaction fee will apply.
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  • All payments will be remitted to Roundabout Experiences, the host DMC for the FAM.
  • Up to 60 days of arrival, 100% credit will be held for future FAM or client bookings.
  • Between 60-45 days of arrival, 50% credit will be held by for future FAM or client bookings. The remaining 50% is non-refundable.
  • Within 44 days of arrival, 100% is non-refundable.

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