Croatia & Slovenia

8 Days | Travel to cities, mountains and beaches in Croatia and Slovenia

4.6 out of 5 based on 28 reviews submitted.
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This adventure bounds from the Gothic monuments of Split, through the pristine scenery of Plitvice Lakes National Park and ancient streets of Old Town Zadar, then on to Zagreb. After leaving the Dalmatian coastline, cross into Slovenia to discover the enchanting surrounds of Bled. This jam-packed journey offers lush forest hikes, breathtaking landscapes, medieval architecture and scrumptious food along with a good insight into the ancient Croatian and Slovenian culture.

Trip overview

Map of Croatia & Slovenia including Croatia and Slovenia
Start
Split, Croatia
Finish
Bled, Slovenia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Croatia, Slovenia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMSY
This trip generates 31 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore beautiful Split – a haven of relaxation and culture where tradition, modernity and a variety of European influences come together. Unwind with a walk along the waterfront promenade and explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian's Palace.
  • Feel the rich heritage of the former capital of Dalmatia with each step on the marble streets of Zadar, and visit a local nunnery and learn about their work on the farm.
  • Discover Zagreb and Ljubljana, capitals of Croatia and Slovenia and relax in their extensive green spaces, find hidden spots and experience the lively culture with your free time.
  • Stroll through Plitvice Lakes National Park, marvelling at luminous lakes and waterfalls that seem to have been sketched by an artist. Then, visit a nearby NGO to learn about how they're preserving an important cultural craft.
  • Explore the Slovenian town of Bled – an active paradise, the beautiful town lies on a stunning lake at the edge of the Julian Alps with an island church that appears to have come straight out of a fairytale.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Humana Zagreb. Donations help provide job opportunities and education programs in sustainable fashion and textiles for people with disabilities.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Please be aware that the Croatian coast is very hilly and mountainous, which means lots & lots of steps are an inherent feature of the landscape. You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines. Also, stone streets become very slippery when wet. Some people may find Croatia's topography very demanding.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Additionally, please be aware that July, August and the first half of September is high season along the Croatian coast, which means that the local infrastructure is under a lot of pressure with a lot of people in the towns we visit. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • If you have more time to explore the region you can extend your trip by starting your travels in Dubrovnik and exploring the Dalmatian Coast. Check out our trip 'Dubrovnik to Bled' (trip code ZMSUC). Most departure dates are designed to create this perfect combination trip.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Itinerary

Map of Croatia & Slovenia including Croatia and Slovenia

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts

Transport

Public bus, Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Pension (2 nights)

Activities
  • Zadar - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Zadar - Nunnery & farm visit
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park Visit
  • Licko Petrovo Selo NGO visit
  • Zagreb - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Ljubljana - Castle and Funicular
  • Ljubljana - Leader-led walking tour
  • Bled - Walk around Lake Bled
Add on activities
  • Split - Fish Market - Free
  • Split – Highlights of Split Urban Adventure - EUR64
  • Split - Marjan Hill Hike - Free
  • Split - City Museum - EUR4
  • Split - Gallery of Fine Arts - EUR5
  • Split - Ethnographic Museum - EUR3
  • Split - Diocletian's Palace Cellars - EUR7
  • Split - Ivan Mestrovic Gallery - EUR12
  • Split - St Domnius Cathedral and Tower - EUR10
  • Split - Archaeological Museum - EUR8
  • Zadar – Museum of ancient glass - EUR6
  • Zadar – Gold and Silver of the city of Zadar Museum - EUR6
  • Zadar - Archaeological Museum - EUR5
  • Zadar - Cathedral Bell Tower - EUR2
  • Zadar - Church of Saint Donat - EUR4
  • Zadar - St Anastasia's Cathedral - Free
  • Zadar - Roman Forum - Free
  • Zagreb - Museum of Broken Relationships - EUR7
  • Zagreb - Mirogoj Cemetery - Free
  • Zagreb - Cathedral - Free
  • Zagreb - The Croatian Museum of Naive Art - EUR5
  • Zagreb - City Museum - EUR4
  • Zagreb - Lotrščak Tower - EUR3
  • Zagreb - Funicular - EUR1
  • Bled - Mountain Bike Hire - EUR25
  • Bled - Pletna Boat Trip - EUR14
  • Triglav National Park - Canyoning - EUR65
  • Bled - Castle - EUR15
  • Triglav National Park - River Rafting - EUR55
  • Triglav National Park - Bus and Cable Car Trip to Mt Vogel - EUR32
  • Triglav National Park - Emerald River Adventure (full day) - EUR110
  • Triglav National Park - Vintgar Gorge - EUR10

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip, excluding Day 1 (Hotel). Availability is limited due to small properties we use. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 28 reviews submitted.
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Kirstin · Traveled June 2024
Highlights of this trip for me were the Roman ruins in Zadar, the waterfalls in Plitvice National Park, and the scenery in Lake Bled! Good mix of nature and city.
Review submitted 22 Jun 2024

Sophie · Traveled May 2024
Leisurely trip with lots of free time for those who like more independence for optional activities . A good mix of nature (Plitvice Lakes and Bled lake are stunning) and vibrant towns - Zagreb my favourite (make sure you stay an extra day before tour in Split and a day after tour in Ljubljana as the tour spends only a few hours in those towns). The exceptional guide Mirna made the tour unforgettable. Optional physical activities available in Zadar and Bled for those in need of exercise. Food at all prices everywhere. A good value for money holiday.
Review submitted 11 Jun 2024

Kathryn · Traveled May 2024
I would recommend this trip. It gives you a good insight into Croatia and Slovenia. Both beautiful and interesting destinations. Mirna our leader made it extra special with her calm organised approach and her great knowledge.
Review submitted 19 Jun 2024

Chelsea · Traveled May 2024
The Croatia and Slovenia trip was perfect for someone wanting to meet like minded travellers and explore more places of Croatia other than your usual coastal cities. Guides were amazing and great to learn from.
Review submitted 15 Jun 2024

Rosslyn · Traveled May 2024
A great mix of city and beautiful scenery with some hikes. As a solo traveller both very lovely safe countries. Would prefer an extra night in Split, one in Ljubljana and sacrifice going to Zagreb. Split & Ljubljana definitely need extra time. Need cash when group dines together as some restaurants wouldn’t split the bill for card payments.
Review submitted 23 May 2024
Croatia & Slovenia
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EUR €1,489