Balkan Tours

Sensational Seven Days in Two Capitals

Spend spectacular seven days in two capitals and explore the area. Enjoy the splendid cobblestone streets and red-tiled roofs of the buildings in medieval Zagreb. Make sure to stroll along the famous streets of Ljubljana and enjoy Bled lake, Postojna cave the stunning Plitvice Lakes and more. Join us on this amazing double city break!

Duration: 7 days

Location: Croatia and Slovenia

Route: Zagreb, Ljubljana, Bled, Postojna, Opatija, Plitvice lakes, Trakošćan and Krapina

INCLUDED FEATURES:

  • Private transfer with air conditioned hight class vehicle troughout the journey
  • 3 nights at 4* or 5* Hotel in Zagreb, bed & breakfast
  • Guided tour of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjamski caste, NP Plitvice Lakes, Krapina and Trakošćan with local guide, entrance fees included
  • 1 night at 4* or 5* Hotel in Bled, bed & breakfast
  • Traditional "pletna" boat to Bled island
  • Postojna Cave and Predjamski Calste entrance fee
  • 2 nights at 4* or 5* Hotel at Plitvice, bed & breakfast
  • Entrance fee to NP Plitvice Lakes
  • Entrance fee to Trakošćan Castle
  • Entrance fee to Krapina cave
  • Service charges and hotel taxes

We always reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary.

MEALS: Breakfast daily, 1 wine degustation,1 oyster degustation
Optional: Traditional lunch/dinner could be arranged

 

EXCLUDED FEATURES:

Extra services and costs which are not in the program as well as any personal expenses.

Please keep in mind that all  tours are subjected to weather conditions and could be altered/cancelled in case of an unfavorable weather.

General terms and conditions that apply to this travel arrangement will be sent to you upon your confirmation and at the booking moment. Please study it carefully so that we can clarify any concerns in a timely manner.

 

Day 1 – Welcome to Zagreb
You will be met and transferred by Travel Croatia representative to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 2 – Zagreb, panoramic and walk tour
Day to explore Zagreb the capital of Croatia. During the panoramic tour you will discover the Lower Town of our capital and see examples of our finest architecture: Mimara Museum, which contains more than 3 500 pieces of art from the ancient world till nowdays; 19 th century neo Baroque Croatian National Theatre; Museum of Arts and Crafts and the University of Zagreb, the largest educational institution in Croatia. We will pass through Zagreb’s Green Horseshoe, a beautiful U-shaped system of 8 parks and squares designed in the late 19 ct. You will see Zagreb’s main train station and the elegant Hotel Esplanade built to accept the passengers of Orient Express. Just across the main train station, you will see the majestic statue of King Tomislav, Croatia’s first monarch and behind it a breath taking Art Pavilion. After the panoramic tour we will explore Zagreb on foot. We begin our walk tour on the main square named after Croatia’s 19th century viceroy and national hero, Josip Jelačić Bužimski. The square has been city’s commercial centre for centuries and today it’s considered to be the most important meeting point for people of Zagreb. our l guide will introduce you to our capital’s rich history which dates back to medieval times. We continue to Kaptol and Gradec two medieval settlements that have been rivals for centuries and that have united in the city of Zagreb in 1850. On Kaptol you will learn more about Croatia’s largest Cathedral, its history and recent renovation and then continue to our open farmer’s market Dolac popularly called “the belly of Zagreb”. Our guide will lead you through Tkalčićeva and Radićeva streets where you will be introduced to the origin of the necktie, Croatian gift to the world of fashion. As we make our way to the Upper Town, known as Gradec you will pass through the beautifully preserved Stone Gate – part of Zagreb’s fortification system and its charming chapel that attracts pilgrims on a daily basis. We will soon find ourselves in the centre of Croatian politics, the main square of the Upper town, Saint Mark’s Square, dominated by Saint Mark’s Church and its picturesque roof which appears on almost every postcard sent from Zagreb. Continuing through Gradec, you will find out more about our cultural life and about the Museum of Naive Art, Museum of Broken Relationships. We will visit the plateau behind St Catharine’s Church where you will have a magnificent view over Zagreb’s Cathedral. You will discover the 13 th century Lotrščak Tower and board on Zagreb’s Funicular, originally built in 1890 and known as the shortest funicular in the world. The final point of the tour is in fact the starting point Ban Jelačić Square. (B)

Day 3 – Ljubljana and Bled
Our journey continues towards Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The medieval castle on the hill and the river Ljubljanica that flows through the city center create a unique atmosphere. We’ll bord on Ljubljana’s Funicular and reach the top of a hill, and you will be able to enjoy a splendid view over Julian Alps and Karavanke. On the walk tour of Ljubljana, you will see the sights of the old city center, including the picturesque open air Central Market, Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba Fountain. A sightseeing tour of Bled, the pearl of Slovenian Alps, a glacier lake surrounded by high and mighty mountain peaks in the middle of which lies a small island with a church protected by a thousand year old castle. Free time is reserved for a promenade by the lake and take a traditional “Pletna” boat to Bled island where you’ll have the opportunity to ring the bell of the baroque church of Assumption. Also, you’ll climb up to the top, to Bled Castle where you’ll be able to take breath taking photos of this georgeus nature. And don’t forget, you cannot leave Bled without tasting a delicious vanilla cream cake”kremšnita” the most famous Slovenian dessert. Enjoy the end of the day in leisure time in your hotel in Ljubljana. (B)

Day 4 – Postojna cave and Opatija
Today our first stop is Postojna Cave, worldly famous for an impressive web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, an astonishing diversity of Karst features as well as an easy access. Postojna is home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by a miniature electric train. Predjamski Castle the world’s largest cave castle, listed as one of the Guinness World Records, tells a picturesque story about the times when comfort had to give way to safety, and when the clatter of weapons would often drown out troubadours’ songs. It is so special and unique, it ranks among the ten most fascinating castles in the world. After the morning in Postojna Cave drive to the coast to a popular royalty resort, Opatija. Leisure time in Opatija, enjoy gastronomy famous Lungomare walk and the town famous parks. Our journey continues in late afteroon south to NP Plitvice. (B)

Day 5 – Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in Croatia. The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Lička Plješivica mountain range to the southeast. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, interconnected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. 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. Leisure time and enjoy the green forests and beautiful nature. (B)

Day 6 – Trakoščan castle Krapina
Today we enjoy history of Central Croatia Castle Trakošćan’s cultural heritage is protected as a historical entity which consists of the castle the building next to the castle park and a forest park with a lake. Today the castle is one of the few facilities in Croatia with preserved its own constitution historically closely related to the architectural framework and the life of its owners. Krapina has been known since 1193 when it was first mentioned in written documents It has always been a favorite site for castles and country houses of Croatian and Hungarian rulers which left a trace in today’s architecture of Krapina. You can still feel the spirit of past all over the town. Return to Zagreb center and enjoy your last evening in Zagreb. (B)

Day 7 – Farewell journey
After breakfast, this sensational trip comes to the end. Fly safe home and dream on where would you like to spend your next magical holiday. (B)

 

 

 

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