Come with on this adventurous tour across Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. On this exceptional tour you will experience 13 richly-filled days. You will hear so many interesting stories; you will discover major highlights of these amazing countries as well as such great diversities in cultures, traditions and customs of each region.
You will explore some of the most famous destinations in this part of Europe like Plitvice Lakes, Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Rovinj, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Medjugorje, Mostar, Kotor… You will also have great chances to enjoy culinary delicacies from each country, taste home-made authentic food and wines, feel positive vibe of each city and village, get to know local people and have a lot of fun.
13 wonderful days pass in a second, but you will bring back home a large bag of 4 countries’ memories and never forget them.
Duration: 13 days / 12 nights
Day 1 – arrival to ZAGREB
On your first day of this great tour, you will meet Zagreb, capital of Croatia and its biggest city. We will wait for you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel, located in the city center, where you will check in. After check in we will take you for a walk through the city center, so you can discover your first experience with this exceptional old city; Zagreb – two cities in one city; two different faces in one face. Majestic Upper town, which is intimate, cozy and distinctly medieval in ambience and the Lower town, full of huge squares, wide boulevards and Secession architecture. You will see central square of Josip Jelacic, Zagreb Cathedral, the most beautiful market at the open – Dolac, Stone Gate and many other attractions. We’ll take a ride with the shortest funicular in the world (only 66 meters) to the Upper town and enjoy amazing view on Zagreb roof tops. We’ll take you through the beautiful Lenuzzi horseshoe or so called Green horseshoe, a complex of 7 parks and squares with fountains, in the center of the town. In the evening, we are inviting you to be our guests at a Welcome dinner in one of Zagreb restaurants where you will taste local delicacies.
Overnight in Zagreb, 4* or 5* hotel in the city center
Day 2 – ZAGREB – ETNO VILLAGE KUMROVEC – TRAKOŠĆAN CASTLE – KRAPINA NEANDERTHAL MUSEUM – ZAGREB
On the second day of the tour, after breakfast, we are going towards north of Croatia, part called Croatian Zagorje, picturesque region with many hills, vineyards and charming villages.
We will visit first Etno Village Kumrovec, which makes important segment of Croatian and ex-Yugoslavian history. It is a unique outdoor museum with preserved original village houses from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The history of the Old Village began by the mounting of the monument in front of the birth house of Josip Broz Tito in 1948. The place where the former president of Yugoslavia, a war hero and one of the most popular leaders on the global political scene in the second half of the 20th century. You will see the permanent ethnological collections of the traditional lifestyle from the late 19th century, such as: Zagorje Wedding, The Life of a Young Married Couple, From Hemp to Canvass, The Blacksmith’s Trade, Wagon-Maker’s Trade, Pottery, From Grain to Bread…
After the old lifestyle experience, we are going to see the most beautiful and preserved castles in Europe – Trakošćan castle. Trakošćan is true fairy-tale castle, where you can still feel a whiff of mysterious medieval times and hear legends and myths which have been told so many times, but always interesting and attractive. With tour through the castle you can relive the life of their former inhabitants. It is known for its owners the family Draskovic, who besides Zrinski, was one of the most popular Croatian noble families from the feudal era. Beautifully situated on a hill with a garden in the midst of Park Forest, Trakošćan is amongst the highest category monuments of culture and nature. Take a tour through knights’ room, the hunting room, music salon, specimens of firearms dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Walk through the most beautifully formed parks in Croatia with rich vegetation and fascinating view. Moreover, a beautiful romantic gardens, built on the model of English parks, and a large lake in front of the castle is something that should not be missed.
Before getting back to Zagreb, we will see another magical attraction – Krapina Neanderthal Museum. Museum covers a surface area of around 1,200 m² and is one of the most modern museums in Croatia and central Europe. Krapina is a famous location of the European prehistoric period, and next to the prehistoric habitat of the Krapina Neanderthal there is now a new European museum with multimedia contents that will take you back to the age of the Neanderthal and to the beginning of the origins of our species. Who were those people that lived between 30,000 and 300,000 years ago? How did 19th century science discover them and interpret what they found? What do we know now, at the turn of the third millennium, about these Stone Age people who used to hunt for rhinoceros in this area 125,000 years ago? Where does the Neanderthal belong on the Tree of Life? You will all find it out in Krapina Neanderthal Museum!
We will arrive to Zagreb in the evening.
Overnight in Zagreb, 4* or 5* hotel in the city center
Day 3 – ZAGREB – POSTOJNA CAVE – LJUBLJANA
On our 3rd day we are leaving Croatia and heading to the north, neighboring country Slovenia. First we will stop in a little town Postojna, world-known by its Postojna cave.
Postojna Cave is the best-known cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. For 140 years, the Postojna Cave, as the only cave in the world, offers a unique and adventurous ride with a special train, which will take you into the cave, under spectacular underground arches, which are embellished with chandelier look-alike stalactites, through a beautiful subterranean world full of playful limestone sculptures. 21 km of passages, galleries and magnificent halls offer a unique experience of the underground world. The Postojna cave is definitely one of the most diverse cave systems in the world. Apart from human fish which lives here, 99 other animal species live here permanently and 150 occasionally. The World Famous Postojna Cave is simply inspiring, you will see that.
After exploring underground world, we are going to see the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana.
Ljubljana is a small city and perfect for exploring. Very soon you might feel like exploring its surroundings. We would take you to experience amazing park Tivoli in the city center, while you will see the Ljubljanica River flowing through the center of town, past Baroque buildings and under the ramparts of the ancient castle on the hill. The new city and modern-day commercial core lies to the west of the river, while the old city and the castle are located on the east side of the river. Many bridges cross the river, the most famous of which is Tromostovje (Triple Bridge), designed by famous architect Jože Plečnik. Baroque and art-nouveau have marked this exceptional city, together with new, modern architectural styles. Main attraction of the city is and Old town, built on a hill as a fortress, from which you will see Ljubljana and its magnificent surroundings.
As a Ljubljana trade-mark, the Dragon Bridge is one of the most well known sights of the city. Four green dragons, two on each side, stand proudly to guard the bridge and the city itself. Though ladies beware….the dragon is said to wave its tail, when the bridge is crossed by a virgin!
Ljubljana is perfect destination to all in during whole year – in the summer, its center hosts a number of city sponsored events, from children workshops and public playgrounds on the streets that get closed for traffic for the occasion, to Trnfest’s off-beat street performances and musical events of all genres. In autumn it shows its academic face as it fills again by students of the state’s largest university to whom the city owes much of its youthful character. Cold December days are warmed by thousand of lights, the new year’s decoration conceived by local artists, and by food and drinks sold from street stands on the banks of Ljubljanica River. Enjoy Ljubljana!
Overnight in Ljubljana in 4* or 5* hotel in the city center
Day 4 – LJUBLJANA – LAKE BLED
We will enjoy a little while in charming Ljubljana and then we will discover different face of nature – beautiful Lake Bled, facing highest peak of the Alps. With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. The beauty of the mountains reflected on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air arouse pleasant feelings in visitors throughout the year, guaranteeing an ideal base or a relaxing break or an active holiday. Bled attracts businessmen, artists, athletes, explorers, sport enthusiasts, the old and the young, from all over the world, enchanting them to return again and again. We will take a ride with a traditional Slovenian boat called “pletna”, after we will visit a cliff-top castle, perched high above the water and enjoy fantastic view to the surroundings.
Overnight on Lake Bled, 4* hotel
Day 5 – LAKE BLED – POREČ – ROVINJ
After absorbing some more clean fresh air and enjoying spectacular views, we are going back to Croatia, more precisely to Istria peninsula, often called “Croatian Tuscany”. Istria is real unique land of food, wines, olives and truffles. Istria is simply – a paradise for hedonists! Today we will meet Blue Istria, beautiful coastal towns and crystal clear blue Adriatic Sea. First we will visit Poreč, the multiple champion of Croatian tourism. It’s the town with the biggest number of awards, but also a town with an enormous cultural and historical heritage. Poreč has one of the most magnificent early Byzantine churches in Europe called Euphrasy’s’ Basilica, which is built in 553 and is a part of UNESCO’s universal cultural heritage, which you will of course, visit. We will also take a walk through this marvelous city. Later, we will meet anotother Istrian pearl – stunning city Rovinj, proclaimed as one of 10 most romantic cities in Europe. And it truly is…
On the seaside, the town is protected by a high rocky shore and house walls built on cliffs, while the mainland side is protected by solid walls. The town is dominated by the baroque St. Euphemia’s Church, its 60-meter tower providing a view of grey and red rooftops and chimneys, streets and squares, the port and pier with ships and boats, and the marina harboring yachts.
This unique old town core, the 67-kilometer shoreline, 2,289 ha of protected green surfaces and improved park forests, 16 islands, islets and reefs, make this town unique. Built upon a rich fishermen’s tradition, it has become distinctive for its unique boat called batana and its songs bitinada. Its beauty was particularly appreciated by artists who have painted the most beautiful motifs here and exhibited them on Grisia, the street of artists.
Take a deep breath and feel salty and romantic essence of this glorious old city.
Overnight in Rovinj in 4* or 5* hotel in the city center
Day 6 – ROVINJ – MOTOVUN – HUM – OPATIJA
After breakfast we are leaving coast, but just for a moment. We are going to the hinterland of Istria, exceptional green world, full of old medieval little towns built on hill tops. First we will Motovun, according to the legend, city built by giants. The hilltop town Motovun, with its elegant system of towers, walls, gates and squares, represents a strong example of Venetian colonial architecture. Perched on a hill about 227 meters above sea level, Motovun is the most attractive town in the Istrian interior. Take a walk around the town walls of Motovun: The sweeping view takes in the vineyards that produce Motovun’s fine Teran and Malvasija wines and the forests that harbor Istria’s prized white and black truffles. We will have lunch in one of Motovun taverns and try local delicacies and of course, go to unavoidable wine-tasting.
Another exciting destination is is waiting for us – Hum, situated in the heart of Istria, in the township of Buzet. This picturesque settlement is located at 339 m above sea level. Today, Hum numbers only some 15 inhabitants and bears the popular name “the smallest city in the world”, according to the Guiness Book of Records. Today, Hum is a city-monument, one of the rare examples of the urban development within the city walls.
Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, recently it became popular for “biska”, brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to the old recipe originating from Hum, which we will surely try. Every year at the end of October, the Grappa festival takes place here, presenting brandy producers from all over Istria.
In the afternoon we are arriving to magnificent Adriatic coast and tourism champion, Queen of the Adriatic – city Opatija. Opatija, like a beautiful lady, enjoys her riches and fullness of life. Opatija’s villas and hotels of exceptional architectural value, surrounded by the evergreen mountain Učka, healing sea and beautifully arranged parks, have perfectly combined the modern spirit and the benefits of a top tourist offer. Because of its unique climate and temperature, Opatija is attractive not only in the hot summer months when offering refreshment, but in the winter as well, with its mild and warm temperatures because of which it was a popular resort and sanatorium of the Austrian aristocracy.
Opatija is a place rich in cultural and entertainment events, unique culinary delicacies and, in recent years, in superb wellness and beauty treatments. Opatija is absolutely the ideal destination for a totally relaxing holiday. Each visitor of the beautiful Opatija lives with its timeless beauty, carrying it with himself wherever he goes.
Overnight in Opatija, design 4* hotel in the city center
DAY 7 – OPATIJA – RASTOKE – PLITVICE LAKES – ZADAR
After breakfast, we are heading to the south, facing magnificent Adriatic coast. But before that, we will stop in a little charming millers village Rastoke, situated about 100 km from Zagreb, where the river Slunjcica over travertine rocks flows into river Korana, while through Rastoke creating many small lakes, rapids and waterfalls.
Rastoke is often called the lobby of Plitvice Lakes and therefore is often called small Plitvice lakes. In Rastoke we will see the old water mills, traditional wooden houses and lovely nature. River Slunjcica is abundant with wild trout which you can try in the local restaurants, freshly caught and prepared in many different ways.
Village Rastoke is true hidden paradise and a great overture to the majestic Plitvice Lakes. . Plitvice Lakes are a world pearl of incalculable value. Its specific beauty is a sanctuary for nature lovers and an inspiration for artists, whereas the uniqueness and richness of its nature is an occupation of scientists.
This pure emerald beauty has deserved to be placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979, as the oldest Croatian National Park (proclaimed in 1949). Today, 60 years after its establishment, Plitvice Park continues to provide inspiration for visitors becoming nowadays one of Croatia’s biggest attractions. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the Park during all year round. They come to find peace and relaxation just to experience something different as a getaway from the city.
The series of 16 bigger and a few smaller lakes, gradually lined up, separated by travertine barriers for which the period of the last ten thousand years was crucial, and which were ruled by ecological relations similar to those of today – suitable for travertine depositing and for the origin of the lakes – are the basic phenomenon of the National Park.
Enjoy the timeless beauty of an impressive 78 meters High waterfall, take a walk through green oasis or take a ride with a train or an electric boat, while breathing fresh air and discovering pure intact nature…
In the evening we are coming to stunning old city Zadar, where history tells stories about it.
Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient Roman and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first sea organs in the world.
It is three thousand years old, a city of old and dynamic history, often destructed, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful.
Zadar has remains dating from the early Stone Age, while from the Neolithic it has remains of many human settlements. In Zadar we will see the Church of St. Donat, a city symbol from the early middle ages, Kalelarga, Cathedral of St. Anastasia and city walls from Roman times and middle ages.
Before going to sleep, we are going to take you to experience the most beautiful sunset in the world.
Overnight in Zadar, boutique 4* hotel in the Old town
Day 8 – ZADAR – ŠIBENIK – TROGIR – SPLIT
After enjoying Zadar beauties we are going more to the south, following crystal clear Adriatic sea. Discover Šibenik and its old cobble-stone streets. Šibenik is the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast. It is also called Krešimir’s town, since it was the residence of King Petar Krešimir IV, the most important ruler of the ancient Croatian state. Šibenik is located in a large bay where the Krka River meets the sea. It grew from an old Croatian fort near the fortress of St. Michael, which still overlooks the town. Apart from St. Michael’s, the town is surrounded by three other fortresses: St. Nicholas’, St.John’s and Šubićevac.
Its narrow winding streets, stony houses, many staircases and the remains of the city walls give Šibenik that romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The St. James Cathedral is the most famous architectural master-piece in Šibenik, listed as the UNESCO World Cultural Monument. The building of the cathedral took over a hundred years. It was made according to sketches by Juraj Dalmatian, a renowned master builder from Zadar. Made of stone exclusively, its unique constructions were both bold and unusual for that time.
The cathedral is also known for its Apse, with a crown of 72 heads portraying the contemporaries of Juraj Dalmatian in a very realistic manner. The cathedral, the Renaissance town hall, the Prince’s castle, the neighboring churches and palaces – all are a part of an impressive square, probably the most beautiful one in the town-planning heritage of Croatia.
We are leaving this magnificent city-fortress and going to the mainland in an old rural domestic household, where we will enjoy in the local authentic home-made food.
After lunch, we will see one older Croatian jewel – small city Trogir. Trogir is an island with one of the biggest historical heritage in the world, abound in beauty and history and it’s protected by UNESCO. St. Lawrence Cathedral with its majestic portal of Radovan, priceless collection of the Chapel of St. Ivan Trogirski and gothic church bell makes the local people very proud. Most of the town walls, once used as a protection are preserved, forming, in the 13th century, the old center of Tragurium.
While walking through the narrow streets of the town you can come across Kairos, God of lucky moment… According to legend, whoever manages to grab his curl will have lucky moments of eternal beauty. In case you do not find it, this bronze relief and symbol of Trogir is the most valuable part of St. Nicholas monastery collection. Nowhere in the world you can find a town that magical at night time…
Stone walls become alive under the street lights, and Dalmatian songs are heard from every corner.
In the evening we are coming to Split.
Overnight in Split, design 4* hotel in The Old town
Day 9 – SPLIT
This whole days is aimed for exploring ancient city of Split, today cultural, economic and administrative center of Central Dalmatia. Because of its Mediterranean charm, vibrant and magical atmosphere, it’s often called “The most beautiful city in the world”. Among its grandiose buildings, streets and walls, we will visit the most important monument of Roman architecture on the eastern coast of the Adriatic – The Diocletian’s Palace. The site was first settled when, at the end of the third century AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here. These days the palace is known as Diocletian’s Palace and it is under UNESCO’s protection. The importance of Diocletian’s Palace far transcends local significance because of its level of preservation and the buildings of succeeding historical periods built within its walls, which today formed the very heart of old Split. Numerous valuable cultural monuments are also to be found beyond the palace walls. Take your free afternoon for exploring this magnificent city – the pines of the Marjan forest in the western part of the peninsula, the murmur of the sea and the sound of the Dalmatian song in the stone streets of the city.
Once you get to know this town and the way of living here you are going to love it.
Overnight in Split, design 4* hotel in The Old town
Day 10 – SPLIT – MEDJUGORJE – MOSTAR – DUBROVNIK
After visiting Split we are heading to the hinterland, to the neighboring country – Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our travel starts with driving through the border between Dalmatian coast and the hinterland. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country of great natural wonders, rivers rich with water and mix of cultures all living under the same sky. On this trip you will get acquainted with the lifestyle of people of Mostar – a city of Muslims and Christians living on a different bank of River Neretva, connected by Old Mostar bridge (under UNESCO protection since 2005), but divided by river Neretva and strong ideologies deeply embedded in both nations. In Mostar you will be introduced with a great history of this city known as a window of the Orient. We will visit the old Baazar, full of picturesque shops and workshops, the Mosque and after that we’ll enjoy a walk along the famous Turkish Old Bridge from the 16th century after which the town was named (most- bridge). You will have free time for shopping and opportunity to taste authentic Bosnian specialties like ćevapi, pita or burek. Then through the wild beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina we will come to our second destination, a famous pilgrimage center in this part of Europe which is called Medjugorje. For pilgrims and those who are looking for something spiritual there is a Holy Mass and a visit to Mount of Apparition where Virgin Mary appeared to children in 1981 for the first time. Tour guide will provide all the information you need to discover this area. After this beautiful experience we are going to our next destination – Dubrovnik.
Overnight in Dubrovnik, 5* hotel
Day 11 – DUBROVNIK
And finally, welcome to Dubrovnik – The Pearl of the Adriatic. Great George Bernard Shaw, impressed by its magic, once said – “Those who seek paradise on Earth, should come to Dubrovnik and find it”. And he was absolutely right. Dubrovnik’s nickname is a “Pearl of the Adriatic” and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979. Today Dubrovnik is the proudest feather in Croatia’s tourist cap, an elite destination and one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik used to be an independent republic, surviving mostly on trade. It managed to survive many centuries, with constant threats to its territory, particularly from the mighty Ottoman Empire and Venice. History is present in the entire city, which is both a museum and a picturesque stage where cultural heritage and contemporary life meet. All houses and monuments have a unique value. The Old City is encompassed by medieval walls, which have been preserved in their original form and opened for visitors as Dubrovnik’s major attraction.
We will enter the old town through the Pile Gate and we will find ourselves on Stradun – biggest street in Dubrovnik. Here we will find the Onofrio Fountain, built in 1438, the Franciscan Monastery, with one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in Europe, in operation since 1391. At the other end of the Stradun, we will discover the locals’ favorite meeting place, the Orlando Column, with the nearby Sponza Palace and the baroque church of St. Blaise. Here is also the Rector’s Palace, which is now a city museum packed with valuable and historic exhibits. Opposite the palace through a narrow street is a square, Gunduliceva Poljana, which is the site of the busy morning market. In the same square is the Jesuit Monastery from the early 18th century. From here you can see the little old town port and visit the city walls which encircle the city and which have been remarkably preserved.
Whole city is alive monument and rich treasury of history. You will surely find it magical.
Take your free afternoon and evening for more exploring Croatian pearl.
Overnight in Dubrovnik, 5* hotel
Day 12 – DUBROVNIK – KOTOR – BUDVA – DUBROVNIK
Today we are taking you for a day trip from Dubrovnik to neighboring country Montenegro. Located less than one hour drive from Dubrovnik, Montenegro offers an unforgettable experience; exceptional natural beauty in combination with rich history and culture. This is a land where mountains descend almost directly into the sea creating a surreal atmosphere. We will visit Boka Bay and the old city of traders and famous sailors – Kotor. The medieval architecture and numerous cultural heritage monuments have made Kotor an UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site. We will continue towards Cetinje and Etno-Village Njegusi, where you can taste national delicacies. We are heading then to Budva, major touristic center in Montenegro and the oldest Adriatic urban settlement.
While in Budva you may try typical Montenegro cuisine which offers a variety of healthy food and local specialties. After free time in Budva we will start our return to Dubrovnik richer for another exiting experience. Return to Dubrovnik in the evening.
Overnight in Dubrovnik, 5* hotel
Day 13 – departure from DUBROVNIK
Our amazing journey through 4 ex-Yugoslavian countries has come to the end. We will drive you to Dubrovnik Airport to catch your returning flight. We wish you a safe journey home, together with your memories collected in these magnificent countries. Till some next time, CroStory team says good-bye…
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