A Balkan Escape: Croatia and Slovenia

6 –18 April, 2019 | 13 Days/12 Nights

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A Balkan Escape: Croatia and Slovenia
6–18 April 2019 (12 nights / 13 days)

(Zagreb – Ljubljana – Rovinj – Plitvice – Split – Dubrovnik)

In 2018 we planned our maiden tour to Croatia – it was quite a success. But once there, Slovenia, the charming neighbour, lured us. So much to see, so little time. Worry not, for 2019 we have planned the perfect route that takes you to both Croatia and Slovenia. Sit back, read through, get excited, sign up!

We kick off our tour in Croatia. Walk through the cobbled streets of Zagreb and pass through buildings and churches of historic significance. If you want your wishes to be fulfilled, toss a coin into the Mandusevac fountain.

Get whisked off to Ljubljana, the picturesque capital of Slovenia. Walk through the historical city centre, visit the 900-year-old castle, take a trip to the emerald-green Lake Bled, and feel the gushing waters of Vintgar Gorge. Take a unique train ride inside Europe’s largest show cave in Postojna and walk up to the world’s largest cave castle at Predjama.

After exploring the gems of Slovenia, we head back to Croatia and begin with the fishing port of Rovinj, and then the Greek town of Pula and further to Motovun, a pretty village in central Istria. These are the lesser-known gems of the Istria region, the highlight being Rovinj. Not on the regular Indian tourist’s map, Rovinj is full of pretty shops, cafés, wine bars, and you can literally sit on the rocks, a step away from the Adriatic, sip wine, and watch the sun bid farewell for the day.

No visit to Croatia is complete without being awestruck by the beauty of nature as displayed by the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Spend the day hiking through the forests of this UNESCO World Heritage site and marvelling at the 16 lakes and as many as 92 waterfalls.

We then visit a town protected by UNESCO. Stroll through the alleys of Split, stop for a drink at the many bars in the old town, or soak in the past Roman glory. And take a thrilling speedboat ride to explore some of the most beautiful Adriatic islands – Biševo with its Blue Cave, Vis, Budikovac, and the beautiful island town of Hvar.

Encircled by its powerful walls and fortresses, Dubrovnik stands out as a precious jewel surrounded by sea. The town is also a treasure trove of wonderful architecture and works of art, jealously preserved over centuries. Game of Thrones fans will identify the many spots as filming locations of the famous TV series.

This summer, join Wonderful World on an exhaustive tour to Croatia and Slovenia, exclusively curated for you.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the Postojna Cave Park
  • Ride a pletna on Lake Bled
  • Enjoy a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Hear the Sea Organ sing at Zadar
  • Visit the gorgeous Rovinj in the Istria region
  • Go island-hopping from Split in a speedboat – visit the magnificent Blue Cave
  • Stay at good, centrally located 3-star and 4-star hotels, and a BnB in Dubrovnik – the only way to stay within the city walls
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PRICE

€2200

€2125 – Save €75 if booked before 30th December

Payment & Cancellation Policy
  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis
  • All land transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle tours with audio guide
  • Speedboat excursion from Split
  • Services of an English-speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
  • GST at 5%
  • International flights into and from Zagreb
  • Domestic flight from Dubrovnik to Zagreb
  • Travel insurance
  • Overnight city tax – about EUR 1.50 per head per night – which is mandatory all across Europe and has to be paid directly at the hotel
  • Any beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic
  • Any personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, portage, etc.
  • Tips
  • Any other item not mentioned in Inclusions above
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill‐health, land blocks, bad weather, etc.

ITINERARY

Day 1
Day 1 – Saturday, 6th April (includes breakfast and dinner) Zagreb – Arrival
  • Arrive at Zagreb airport. Group transfer to the hotel.(Please check flight timings with us before booking)
  • Evening at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel Jägerhorn or similar
Day 2
Day 2 – Sunday, 7th April (includes breakfast) Zagreb
  • Post breakfast, explore Zagreb on foot with a local guide.
  • The 3-hour tour includes the most important and beautiful locations of the Croatian capital.
  • Walk through Lenuci Horseshoe, the city’s beautiful U-shaped green area via the central square, Ban Jelačić Square.
  • Head to the Lotrščak Tower in the upper town (Gornji grad) for a splendid view of the city.
  • Visit Zagreb Cathedral.
  • Stroll through the large Dolac Market with numerous stalls selling flowers and plants, fruits, vegetables, and meats, and souvenirs both in an indoor and outdoor setup.
  • Admire the colourful-tiled roof (the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia on the left side, and the emblem of Zagreb on the right) of the 13th century St. Mark’s Church. (The church is open only during Mass.)
  • Next stop, the Palace of Croatian Government and the Croatian Parliament.
  • End the tour at the wish-fulfilling Mandusevac fountain.
  • You will get the afternoon and evening free.
Overnight at Hotel Jägerhorn or similar
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