• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice, Postojna, Bled, Zagreb
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Availability: Saturdays, April - October
  • View more photos

Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • Dubrovnik
  • Split
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Postojna Cave
  • Bled
  • Ljubljana
  • Zagreb

9 days from Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Postojna Cave, Lake Bled, Ljubljana to Zagreb

One of our most popular Escorted Tours every year. See the best of Croatia and Slovenia. Combine with a 7 night cruise beforehand from Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik and have the best of both worlds, land and sea.

Guaranteed Departure Escorted Tour; Dubrovnik to Zagreb

Similar tours are Dubrovnik to Venice, or Croatia Express Zagreb to Dubrovnik

2018 dates available!

Itinerary

9 days from Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Postojna Cave, Lake Bled, Ljubljana to Zagreb

ITINERARY:

Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday
You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until you gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2, in Dubrovnik, Sunday
On a morning walking tour of Old Dubrovnik visit the Rector's Palace, and see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column, Sponza Palace, the Dominican Monastery, and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is free. (B)

Day 3, to Split, Monday
Travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to the city of Split. Enjoy a sightseeing tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Then see the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. (B, D)

Day 4, to Trogir and Plitvice Lakes, Tuesday
Head to Trogir, the center of artistic activities. Scholars from around the world gather here to study and paint. Then turn inland and travel to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. (B, D)

Day 5, to Opatija, Postojna and Bled, Wednesday
Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful bay of Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija. After some free time, journey north to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, continue to Bled, beautifully set in the Julian Alps. (B, D)

Day 6, in Bled, Thursday
A sightseeing tour of Bled features the charming town, the lakeshore, and a visit to the imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, stroll along the lake, shop, sit back in a café and nibble on Bled cream cake, or perhaps join an optional excursion visiting the small island in the middle of the lake. (B)

Day 7, to Ljubljana and Zagreb, Friday
Travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and take a walking tour. See the sights of the old city center, including the picturesque open-air Central Market, Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's Fountain. Then, on to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. (B, D)

Day 8, in Zagreb, Saturday
This morning, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament, and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is free to explore the winding streets of the Old Town, relax in a
café or take an optional excursion to see the countryside. (B)

Day 9, depart Zagreb, Sunday
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

INCLUDED FEATURES:
First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
Breakfast daily and 5 dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfers
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
Professional Tour Director throughout
Luggage handling
Whisper technology enhanced touring
Service charges and hotel taxes

SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
Dubrovnik
Split
Plitvice Lakes
Postojna Cave
Bled
Ljubljana
Zagreb

HOTELS:
Dubrovnik: Lacroma (F)
Split: Atrium (DLX)
Plitvice: Jezero (F)
Bled: Park (F) / Golf (F)
Zagreb: Westin (DLX)

Accommodations

Great accommodations are provided.

Essential Information

HOTELS:
Dubrovnik: Lacroma (F)
Split: Atrium (DLX)
Plitvice: Jezero (F)
Bled: Park (F) / Golf (F)
Zagreb: Westin (DLX)

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED FEATURES:
  • First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • Breakfast daily and 5 dinners
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional Tour Director throughout
  • Luggage handling
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Service charges and hotel taxes

[powr-reviews id=1e0973c1_1494234906]

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance do I need to book?

For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June and September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted group tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

 

We have most of our ship photos here: Ship Photos Database

Cruise Ship Photos

If you have been quoted a cruise with a particular ship name, then that is the ship that you will be on (bar any unforeseen emergencies). If you are given a generic A+Plus or A:Category or B:Category ship, then you will not know the ship name until the day of the cruise. All of these ships are in the photos database under their correct category, but we cannot tell you the exact ship name due to operational requirements as they are often shuffled about.

Deluxe cruises are always on specific ships and you will be given the name of the exact ship. These cruises have the word 'Deluxe' in their name.

Premium Superior (SUP) “Named” versions of A+Plus cruises will also be on specific ships and you will be given the name upon booking. If you are in any doubt which ship you will be on, please check with us. Thank you.

Some ships are being newly built for the 2017 season and therefore only have 'artists impression' type pictures. We will upload actual photos of the boats as they are finished and launched. Some may not launch until April 2017.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Ships with air-conditioned cabins and air-conditioned public areas (Deluxe and A+Category ships)

Deluxe Superior Ships: (SUP) There are a very small number of 'Deluxe Superior' ships from 2018. These Deluxe ships are slightly larger than a regular Deluxe Ship and some have VIP Balcony cabins. All cabins have ensuites and individual air-conditioning. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.

Deluxe Ships: All cabins have ensuites and individual air-conditioning. Deluxe ships are mostly new ships built within the last few years, many of them are being built each year. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.

A+Plus Category NEW Ships (Premium Superior SUP Ships) (SUP): All cabins have ensuites and air-conditioning. These A+ ships are brand new, more spacious than the older ships and include a few excursions in their price. All inside public areas are air-conditioned, including restaurant and cabins.

A+Plus Category Standard Ships (Premium Ships) (APlus): All cabins have ensuites and air-conditioning. These A+ ships are older versions, and some were built many years ago and have been renovated by adding basic air-conditioning units to the cabins. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.

Ships with no air-conditioning in the cabins, but with air-con in the restaurant/salon areas (A: and B: Category ships)

A:Category Ships (Traditional Ensuite Ships): All cabins are bunk beds, and have ensuite bathrooms. There are usually no double beds on these ships. Air-conditioning is available in the public areas of the ship such as the restaurant and/or salon only.

B:Category Ships (Traditional Standard Ships): All cabins are bunk beds, and have shared bathrooms only. There are no ensuite cabins on-board and no double beds. Air-conditioning is available in the public areas of the ship such as the restaurant and/or salon only. These B:Cat ships are used only for 18-35s cruises.

Each ship belongs to one category only and has only one category of cabin (even though there are different decks). A couple of ships use a different nomenclature for cabin types and this can lead to a bit of confusion. Each ship has slightly different deck plans and number of cabins, but the maximum number of passenger cabins on any ship is 21. Therefore the maximum number of passengers is usually only 40 per ship (not including the crew and cruise staff). The crew have their own separate quarters which are not shown on the deck plans.

What do the different cabin types and deck levels mean?

Standard/Lower Deck/Under Deck cabins: These cabins are all in the hull of the ship, and must be reached by an inside stairwell. These cabins have portholes only and the portholes are just above the water line. There are no opening windows in lower/under deck cabins. Some of the smaller, older boats only have lower deck cabins as the main deck is used for the public areas such as the restaurant and salon areas.

Main Deck cabins: These cabins are on the deck that is closest to the water line. This deck occasionally also has the restaurant or salon area as well at the back of the boat. Not all ships have Main Deck cabins available, it depends on the ship configuration whether this deck is used just for the restaurant/salon areas. Some ships have the doors to Main Deck cabins on the inside, so only windows are on the ‘outside’ wall of the cabin, and some ships have the doors as well as windows on the ‘outside’ wall of the cabin. All walkways past the outside wall of the cabins are public areas.

Upper Deck cabins: These cabins are on the deck above the Main Deck, and this deck often also has the restaurant or salon area as well at the back of the boat. Not all ships have Upper Deck cabins available, it depends on the ship configuration whether this deck is used just for the restaurant/salon areas. All walkways past the outside wall of the cabins are public areas.

VIP Balcony cabins: Only 3 ships have balcony cabins in the whole of Croatia. (All Deluxe Superior ships). Most of the VIP cabins will be on the Upper Deck, but not all. Very few ships have VIP cabins and there are only a few cabins per each of the 3 ships that do have them. Please book a year ahead if you want a VIP cabin. They book out a long time in advance.

Sun Deck (sun lounges): The Sun Deck (uppermost deck on any ship) has no cabins at all. Most cruises will let you sleep on the sun deck on the sun lounges/deck chairs provided for relaxation purposes, though there are no real beds on the sun deck. Some Deluxe ships have a small jacuzzi on the Sun Deck, and provide shaded areas. The older A: and B: ships do not have shade on the Sun Deck, though shade is provided in the public salon areas on the main or upper decks.

 

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB):This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

 

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

 

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

 

Photos

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik


Split
Split

Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes

Postojna Cave Train
Postojna Cave Train

Lake Bled
Lake Bled

Ljubljana
Ljubljana

Zagreb
Zagreb

Video

Contact Us Enquire Now     From $2,325

Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Available Unavailable Special Offer
Click on available dates (blue or red) for pricing

Itinerary

  • Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday
  • Day 2, in Dubrovnik, Sunday
  • Day 3, to Split, Monday
  • Day 4, to Trogir and Plitvice Lakes, Tuesday
  • Day 5, to Opatija, Postojna and Bled, Wednesday
  • Day 6, in Bled, Thursday
  • Day 7, to Ljubljana and Zagreb, Friday
  • Day 8, in Zagreb, Saturday
  • Day 9, depart Zagreb, Sunday