Highlights of Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro is a tour that takes us on a journey of discovery of the unspoiled beauty of nature in this magical region, diversity of landscapes, cultures, traditions, and gastronomy. If you want to enjoy Croatia, but also visit the neighboring countries, this tour gives you the excellent opportunity to do it and to have a unique experience of the cultural mosaic of these countries.
Arrival to Zagreb airport where you will be met by your driver for private transfer to a hotel located in the very center of Zagreb. We wish you a warm welcome to Croatia.
Discover Zagreb (a little treasure trove of European culture and civilization) through the eyes of your local private guide. This tour gives you an overview of all the main attractions of Zagreb. Starting at Ban Jelačić Square (main Zagreb square), it includes St. Stephen‘s Cathedral (biggest church in Croatia), open market Dolac, Stone Gate, Parliament and Government House, St. Mark‘s Church with its multi-coloured roof, St. Catherine‘s Church, Lotrščak Tower and vibrant Tkalčićeva street with many charming cafes. Besides the main sights, we will show you few hidden corners to spice things up. Enjoy the atmosphere of the city of million hearts.
Today we are driving from Zagreb to neighboring Slovenia. We take you to the breathtaking lake of Bled. Its beauty and natural environment rank Bled among most beautiful of alpine resorts. Afternoon drive to Ljubljana, Slovenian capital which maintains a relaxed atmosphere of a smaller central European city.
Discover charming Ljubljana through the eyes of your local guide: Dragon’s, Triple, Keychain and Shoemaker’s bridges, an old medieval castle on a hill above the city center, colorful Baroque façades, St. Nicolas Cathedral and many other attractions. Evening at leisure.
After breakfast, we will take you to visit Postojna, the best-known cave in the world. It is also the best-known tours attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments.Tour through amazing passages and incredibly diverse cave landscape by train and by foot, where you admire amazing stalactite forms. Visit Opatija, a charming town that will thrill you with its distinctive architecture that evokes the times that are long gone by, but whose traces are still present at every turn. The town’s historic and modern hotels and villas surrounded by perfectly manicured parks and fountains, still today exude the 19th-century aristocratic charm.
Depart in the morning hours towards Hum, officially the smallest town in the world. With only 18 houses, surrounded by walls and gates, guarding the ancient Croatian secrets, this little place preserves the medieval atmosphere. Afterwards head to Motovun, the most famous medieval town in Istria region famous for its Film Festival. It is a fortified town on the top of the mountain, overlooking splendid Mirna River Valley. If you want, you can enjoy a local dish in the restaurant, where is a replica of largest white truffle in the world (certified by Guinness) is exposed. After sightseeing, we drive back to Opatija.
Today we leave Opatija and drive the scenic route along the rugged coastline of Northern Adriatic. Discover the natural wonderland of Plitvice fairytale lakes. The magic of 16 lakes and hundreds of waterfalls is breathtaking. Arrival to Zadar in the late afternoon.
Discover the city of Zadar with your private local guide. In every corner of the city you will see rich heritage of world importance: Roman Forum, St. Donatus’ Church, the reconstructed Romanesque St. Grisigono’s Church, St. Mary’s bell tower, St. Anastasia’s Cathedral. Visit new Zadar’s attraction: The Sea organ, an architectural object and an experimental musical instrument which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps.
Depart from Zadar to the historic stone city of Trogir, Unesco Heritage site. The orthogonal street plan dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with much fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Trogir is affectionately known as the city that has not changed in 2,300 years. The whole city is made of stone and there is no modern architecture. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. Visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence (St. Lovre), famous for Radovan’s portal and beautiful Kamerlengo Tower. Arrival to Split in the afternoon hours.
Explore Diocletian Palace in Split on a tour with your private guide, and see the highlights of the UNESCO-listed palace complex, underground cellars, Peristyle Square, Cathedral of St. Duje and the Temple of St. Jupiter. Your guide will want to tell you the myths and legends about the Roman Emperor Diocletian who decided to spend his last days in the sunny harbor of Asphalts.
Your Croatian adventure continues discovering the Croatian coast driving from Split to Dubrovnik. We will stop in Ston, the Peljesac town closest to the mainland. Ston’s obvious draw is the 5km (3-mile) 14th-century defensive wall that stretches above the town from both sides and forms a horseshoe above it in the hills. Ston is famous for oyster and mussel beds and restaurants that serve fabulous versions of these shellfish. Arrival to Dubrovnik in the afternoon.
Discover beautiful sights of Dubrovnik Old town like Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, Cathedral of Our Lady, Church of Sv. Vlaho, Franciscan Monastery, one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, and many more of the incredible attractions Dubrovnik offers. We will wander along the famous main street (Stradun) where you will want to stop and enjoy in one of its charming cafes. The most impressive and intriguing site of the city is the fortified city walls, which are 2 km long and 22 meters high.
Kotor Bay, one of the world’s 25 most beautiful bays and protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, is undeniably most impressive when approached from the sea. Due to its unusual look, the bay is often called Europe’s southernmost fjord, but in fact, it’s a submerged river canyon. At the head of the bay lies the old city of Kotor, one of the most exquisitely preserved medieval centers in the Mediterranean. Continue trip to Budva, which Old town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of cultural heritage. Return to Dubrovnik.
Departure from Dubrovnik to Pelješac peninsula, famous for high-quality wine, salt, and seafood. From Orebić, it is a half-hour’s boat ride to the island of Korčula and the walled city of Korčula Town where Marco Polo supposedly was born. The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds. The town’s historic sites include the central Gothic and Renaissance Cathedral of St. Mark, the Town Hall, and the massive city fortifications. Once back in Dubrovnik, you can reprise your favorite experiences or see the things you missed when you arrived. In the evening try some local specialties as you share travel memories and toast new friends.
Today is the last day of our tour. No better place to end your travel than Dubrovnik – this romantic city leaves none indifferent and always wanting to return. Your guide and driver will take you to Dubrovnik airport where you will be expecting your flight back home. We wish you a safe journey! We hope that you will keep in your hearts beautiful memories on your tour that helped you to discover the pearls of Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro and we also hope you will remember these days spent with us. Doviđenja and see you again soon!