Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia

Duration

9 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Zagreb

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Zagreb; Banja Luka; Jajce; Sarajevo; Mostar; Dubrovnik; Ston; Split; Plitvice; Opatija; Postojna, Notranjska; Bled; Ljubljana; Maribor

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Welcome to Zagreb! Transfer to your hotel.
If you begin your trip in Zagreb, our guide will arrive in the city on Wednesday at approximately 3:00 p.m. You will have free time until the guide arrives.
3:00 p.m. - To join the city tour, please come to the hotel reception.
4:00 p.m. - City tour of Zagreb with a local guide. We will explore the highlights of the Croatian capital, including its two hills, the old quarter, the upper city, and the newer neighborhoods. The tour will last about two hours. Afterward, you will have free time to explore on your own. Dinner is included.
Note: The schedules in this itinerary are indicative. The guide may adjust the timings based on the situation or season to enhance the quality of the tour.
Total distance: 415 km
Scenery: Mountains, ancient castles.
Note: Please bring your passport with you as we will cross to Bosnia. Sometimes this journey may suffer delays due to traffic or border delays.
07:30 hrs. - Zagreb - Departure. We travel to Bosnia. Areas of hills and forests in the center of Croatia.
09.30 hrs. - Border crossing procedures entering Bosnia (sometimes they can be delayed). We travel through the region where the ruined houses remind us of the war and ethnic conflict in Bosnia that took place in the 1990s.
11.30hrs. - Bania Luka. Arrival and time for a walk through the capital of the autonomous entity of Republika Srpska and the second largest city in Bosnia, after Sarajevo, where its boulevards and gardens as well as its fortress and orthodox cathedral stand out.
13.30 hrs. - Bania Luka, departure. We continue through densely wooded regions.
15.00 hrs. - Jajce- arrival in what is perhaps the most beautiful town in Bosnia, with its cultural mix, its mosque, its fortress and its impressive waterfall. Time for a walk and lunch.
16.30hrs. - Jajce, departure and continuation to the capital of Bosnia.
19.45 hrs. - Sarajevo - Arrival. We will have time in the historic center, during which you can stroll through the charming Bazaar, an old Ottoman market famous for its architecture, oriental atmosphere and traditional shops. Dinner included.
Total distance: 280 km.
Scenery: spectacular landscapes featuring mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and picturesque villages. Arrival in Dubrovnik includes stunning seascapes.
Note: Please bring your passport, as we will be crossing into Croatia.
In the morning, we’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour in Sarajevo, a captivating city known as the "Jerusalem of Europe" due to its coexistence of several religions. Mosques, churches, and synagogues showcase its rich religious diversity. We’ll explore the old town´s strong Ottoman influence, highlighted by a magnificent mosque over 500 years old and a beautiful fountain.
11:30 a.m. - Departure from Sarajevo. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of mountains and valleys along the way.
02:00 p.m. - Mostar. Free time to stroll and have lunch in this charming city, with its enchanting historic center and iconic stone bridge that separates the Orthodox, Muslim, and Catholic communities.
05:00 p.m. - Departure from Mostar. We’ll continue our journey to Croatia.
08:00 p.m. - Dubrovnik/Cavtat. Dinner included.
Note: Depending on the dates, accommodation may be in Dubrovnik or Cavtat, a coastal town near Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik - In the morning we begin with a city tour with the local guide of Dubrovnik. We are undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: hanging on a rock, surrounded by walls, by the Adriatic Sea. The tour includes tickets to the Franciscan Monastery with the oldest pharmacy in Europe, and the Cathedral. We also include a boat trip to LOKRUM , a small island 15 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik and home to the ruins of a Benedictine monastery of the eleventh century, popular setting of the series "Game of Thrones". Free time during the afternoon. Return at the end of the afternoon to our hotel . Dinner included.
Note: in some departures, accommodation may be in Cavtat, a coastal town near the city of Dubrovnik.
Note: in the winter months, from November to March, there is no boat service to Lokrum and therefore we cannot visit the island.
Total distance: 235 km.

Scenery: Beautiful coastal landscapes on the Dalmatian coast.
08:00 hrs. - Dubrovnik - departure. Today´s route will be exciting. Beautiful landscapes following the Dalmatian coast. 09:15 hrs. - Ston . We will make a stop to see this picturesque town that has one of the longest walls in the world.
10.00 hrs. - Ston - departure. We continue amidst pleasant landscapes, where the great Peljeski bridge crossing the sea stands out.
12:30 hrs . - Split - arrival. Time for lunch. After that we will include a sightseeing tour with local guide of this impressive city that emphasizes the immense Palace of Diocletian (entrance included) . We will visit the roman palace, the alleys and enjoy great views over the sea. The tour will last about two and a half hours.
Free time afterwards. Dinner included.
Total distance: 450 km.

Scenery: Varied, mountains, lakes, plateaus.
Note : Wear comfortable shoes, you will need them in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. We also recommend you to wear warm clothing.
08:00 hrs. - Split-Departure. We travel to the north of Croatia following the coast.
11:30 hrs. - Plitvice Lakes National Park, site declared World Heritage by Unesco; Entrance included to the park where you will be able to admire its lakes. The entrance gives you the right to use the boats of the park to approach the falls or, if you prefer, the inner train to approach the most picturesque places. Time to visit and have lunch.
15:00 hrs. - Plitvice National Park - Departure - We continue to the north.
18:15 hrs. - Opatija. Elegant Croatian coastal town that followed the tourist line of the Côte D´Azur or the Italian Riviera. Dinner and accommodation.
Note: in exceptional circumstances, either for meteorological reasons or due to tourist density, it may not be possible or advisable to use the train or/nor boat in Plitvice.
Total distance covered: 230 km.
Scenery: Very different from previous days; alpine landscapes with forests, high summits, and lakes.
Note: Have your passport with you as it will be required when entering Slovenia. Take a jacket to wear inside Postojna Cave; the temperature will gradually decrease as we go deeper into the cave.

07:30 a.m. - Departure from Opatija. We’ll head to Slovenia, passing through mountains covered with forests and picturesque villages.
9:30 a.m. - Postojna. We’ll explore one of the world’s largest and most visited caves, with more than 20 km of galleries and chambers. Our tour includes a 3 km journey on a little train through its fascinating stalactites and stalagmites of this natural universe (tickets and train ride included).
11:00 a.m. - Departure from Postojna.
12:30 p.m. - Bled. Nestled between mountains and forests, this beautiful Slovenian enclave sits on the edge of a lake. We’ll enjoy a boat trip on Lake Bled to reach its island, where we’ll see the monastery. We’ll have time for lunch in the tourist town of Bled.
03:30 p.m. - Departure from Bled.
04:30 p.m. - Ljubljana. We’ll explore the small capital of Slovenia, a charming Central European city that has historically been a crossroads for Slavic, Germanic, and Mediterranean cultures. Highlights include its castle. We’ll take a two-hour guided tour to discover the unique characteristics of this little country and its capital. Dinner will be included. Accommodation.
Total distance: 245 km.
Scenery: hills, mountains, and picturesque landscapes.
Note: Bring your passport, as it will be required when entering Croatia.
08:30 a.m. - Departure from Ljubljana. We’ll head towards the second-largest city in Slovenia, located in the north, near the Austrian border.
10:30 a.m. - Maribor. This elegant riverside city boasts a charming castle and cathedral. Enjoy some time to stroll and explore.
01:00 p.m. - Departure from Maribor, heading towards Croatia.
03:00 p.m. - Zagreb.
Note: During the winter, to ensure we visit Ljubljana in daylight, the tour may take place before departing for Maribor instead of the previous day.
After breakfast, our journey will come to an end, leaving you with wonderful lasting memories.
Note: Please be aware that the hotel check-out time is usually 10:00 a.m. You can leave your luggage in reception upon check-out, allowing you to explore the city without carrying your bags. You can retrieve your luggage at your convenience later in the day. If you require additional time to use your room, we recommend booking an extra night at the end of your tour.

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