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Croatia and Slovenia - September 2018 - 3 PLACES LEFT - SELLING FAST

Price A$6890


Destination

ZagrebBledOpatijaPlitviceSplitHvarDubrovnik


Category
Group Tours

Duration
11 days 10 nights
Tour Details

2nd to 12th September 2018 A$6890 plus air

If you fantasize about visiting the Mediterranean and discovering sparkling, sapphire waters and ancient walled towns, then a trip to Croatia and Slovenia could make your dreams come true. 

Rich in culture, the region offers a heady mix of breathtaking natural beauty, a plethora of historical monuments, intriguing architecture, incredible wine and delicious seafood. Add to this a stunning coastline and the glittering backdrop of the Adriatic and you have a trip that you just won’t want to miss. 

So join us in 2018 on our dedicated solo traveller tour to these captivating countries. 

We start in the capital of Zagreb, with a city tour and visits to St. Mark’s Church, Zagreb Cathedral and the Government Palace. 

On our third day, we head to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, for a walking tour, with a special Slovenian dinner that night in the village of Radovljica. 

On day 4 we visit the Krimml Waterfalls and take in the majestic journey along the Gerlos Alpine Road toward Salzburg.

We head back into Croatia on day 5 to the exclusive resort town of Opatija and on day 6 we explore the old fishing village of Rovinj.

On day 7 we take a scenic drive to the Unesco World Heritage Site, the Plitvice Lakes National Park, where we’ll discover hundreds of cascading waterfalls. 

Day 8 sees us heading to the Bibich Winery for some wine tasting and canapés, before we set off to the Dalmatian port of Split. Here we’ll take a city tour and visit its historic centre, including the Unesco World Heritage Site, the Diocletian’s Palace. 

The next day we board a ferry to enchanting Hvar Island, where we’ll visit the stunning capital, Hvar Town, and explore the rest of the island by coach. 

On Day 10 we travel along the Dalmatian Coast to the medieval city of Dubrovnik and visit the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. 

That’s 11 days of discovery in this captivating and spectacular European gem on a trip you won’t forget. 

Will you join us? 

LAST 3 PLACES - SELLING FAST

 

Day 1 - ZAGREB

After arriving into Zagreb you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Later, you’ll get together with your Guide, Two’s a Crowd Tour Host and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. 

Accommodation: Hotel Dubrovnik or similar 

Meals : Dinner
Day 2 - ZAGREB

After breakfast, we set off on a tour of Zagreb, where we explore the historic Upper Town, St. Mark’s Church, Zagreb Cathedral and the Government Palace. Balance of today at leisure. 

Accommodation: Hotel Dubrovnik or similar 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3 - ZAGREB – LJUBLJANA – BLED

Morning at leisure before we head to Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana for a walking tour of the baroque Old Town, before we drive the short distance to picturesque Bled and check in at our hotel. This evening we head to the village of Radovljica for a special Slovenian dinner. 

Accommodation: Hotel Eko Park, Bohijn or similar 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - BLED / JULIAN ALPS

A glorious view awaits us this morning at the Krimml Waterfalls, before we make the heart-stealing journey along the Gerlos Alpine Road towards Salzburg. 

Accommodation: Hotel Eko Park, Bohijn or similar 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - BLED – POSTOJNA – OPATIJA

Today we drive south to Postojna, home to one of Europe’s largest cave system. We’ll tour the fantastic subterranean world by electric train and continue back into Croatia to arrive at the exclusive resort town of Opatija. We join an orientation walk on our way to dinner. 

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Adriatic or similar 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - OPATIJA/ISTRIAN PENINSULA

Today we tour the beautiful coastal towns of the Istrian Peninsula that still retain their Venetian heritage and charm. We’ll drive along the coast to Pula and see its ancient amphitheatre, before continuing on to the old fishing village of Rovinj, enjoying a walk through the stunning Old Town and free time for lunch. 

We then head to Porec and its magnificent basilica decorated with Byzantine mosaics before returning to Opatija for a free evening. 

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Adriatic or similar 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7 - OPATIJA – PLITVICE

Today we take a scenic drive to Plitvice National Park, before joining a walking tour through the park where 16 terraced lakes are connected by cascading waterfalls offering breathtaking scenery. 

Accommodation: Hotel Jezero or similar 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - PLITVICE – SKRADIN – SPLIT

The morning presents an opportunity for another walk at Plitvice Lakes. Next we travel through Croatia’s heartland to Bibich Winery where we’ll taste locally-grown wines and enjoy a lunch of regional foods. 

We then head to Split for an early evening arrival. 

Accommodation: Hotel Corner or similar 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 - SPLIT / HVAR

Today we catch a ferry to enchanting Hvar island, the most popular of the Dalmatian islands, discovering its labyrinth of narrow streets and historical and cultural heritage. After the tour, we’ll enjoy some free time to meander and soak up the atmosphere before returning to the mainland. 

On arrival at Split, we’ll explore its historic centre which was built around the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site with the evening at leisure to enjoy a seaside dinner at one of the many great restaurants. 

Accommodation: Hotel Corner or similar 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10 - SPLIT – DUBROVNIK

Today, you we’ll travel along the famous coast of Dalmatia down to Dubrovnik, the jewel of the Adriatic. We’ll pass the beautiful horse-shoe bay of the Makarska Riviera with the majestic Boikovo Mountains towering over the shoreline. 

Upon arrival at Dubrovnik, we’ll check in at our hotel before exploring this stunning medieval city, visiting Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery which housed Europe’s third oldest pharmacy. 

Tonight, we’ll celebrate the conclusion of our tour at a farewell dinner. 

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Park/Neptun or similar

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: DUBROVNIK

Your tour concludes with a group departure transfer for your onward journey. 

Meals : Breakfast

Hotel Dubrovnik: Located in the very heart of Zagreb, Hotel Dubrovnik is set on Zagreb’s Main Square and has a tradition dating back to 1929. It offers renovated rooms and suites with classical décor and modern amenities. State-of-the-art IPTV system, business centre, gym, bar, restaurant and free Wi-Fi are available. All rooms are air-conditioned and comprise a private bathroom with a shower or a bathtub and a hairdryer. Each features a TV and a minibar. Its guests can enjoy the Lounge Bar and American Steak House Restaurant that also offers traditional Italian dishes, as well as Croatian cuisine. A summer terrace is also available. Hotel Dubrovnik is surrounded by all the major touristic sights, parks and promenades with numerous bars and restaurants. In the immediate vicinity its guests can find the Cathedral, the picturesque Dolac open-air market and the main shopping area on Ilica Street. The hotel also offers modern-style conference rooms with natural day light overlooking the Main Square. The Main Train Station is 900 metres away. The Main Bus Station can be reached within 1.9 km, while Zagreb Airport is at a distance of 18 km.

 

Hotel Eko Park, BohijnOverlooking the Vodni Park Bohinj, this stylish, contemporary hotel is a 6-minute walk from Bohinjska Bistrica railway station and 8 km from the farming museum Planšarski muzej. Sleek, modern rooms with straightforward decor offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Upgraded rooms add kitchens and balconies, and suites include separate sitting areas. A hip restaurant with wood floors and ceilings serves complimentary breakfast, and there’s also a bar and a bakery. The property features a 5-lane bowling alley and an indoor pool, plus a spa with saunas and massage treatments.

 
Grand Hotel Adriatic: Grand Hotel Adriatic is just a 5-minute walk from Opatija's town centre and just 50 metres above the coastal walking path Lungomare. Boasting unique views of Kvarner Bay, the adults-only Spa and Wellness centre is located on the top most 8th floor, while the hotel's elegant rooms feature air conditioning and free WiFi. In the summertime, guests have the hotel’s stone beach at their disposal. The Beach Garden Restaurant serves a fine array of food and drinks and guests can explore the nearby Učka Mountain, Istria, the numerous islands and the mountainous Gorski Kotar region. 

 

Hotel Jezero: Hotel Jezero is situated in the very heart of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, only 300 metres from the largest lake, Kozjak. The hotel offers 229 units, including 7 suites, 7 semi-suites and 5 handicapped equipped rooms. The hotel has a night club and dancing bar, as well as the hotel restaurant with a vibrant and rich choice of food and drink.

 

Hotel CornerCorner Residence is located in Split, 750 metres from the UNESCO-listed Palace of Diocletian and the vivid Riva Promenade. Free WiFi access is provided in all areas. Each room includes a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a safe. Some units feature a seating area where you can relax. Free toiletries are provided. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower and a hairdryer. Massage treatments can be arranged on site. A grocery store is located a 5-minute walk away. The sandy Bačvice Beach is 1.5 km away. Split Bus and Train station are 1.8 km away. Split Airport can be reached in 23 km. Free parking is provided.

 

Grand Hotel ParkA 3-minute walk from Lapad Beach, this polished hotel with annexes is 4 km from the medieval Walls of Dubrovnik surrounding the historic old town. The airy, sophisticated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Upgraded rooms add sea-view balconies. Room service is available. Breakfast and parking are complimentary. There's also a buffet-style restaurant with pool views, plus an open-air tavern and a chic, colorful bar. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a poolside bar, as well as a fitness room, an indoor pool and a spa.

Weather

The peak summer months of July and August attract the most visitors with blissfully hot days and ideal water temperatures for swimming. May and September are great months to visit with a pleasant climate and sunny skies, though fewer crowds. The seas are still relatively warm so swimming is still an option. Winters are much cooler and wetter though still pleasant enough.

The interior of the country experiences a more extreme version of the coast’s climate with cold winters and sweltering hot summers. Snow is likely during the winter months and the peak summer months of July and August often reach the mid 30s. The milder day time temperatures of May and June make it a great time for outdoor activities in Croatia. Our cruises operate during the Croatian summer, when temperatures are generally high (particularly from June through September), so pack sunscreen and a hat, as the sun can be strong.

Currency

The Croatian currency is the Kuna (not the Euro!), which is divided into 100 lipas. (The word ‘Kuna’ means marten, a weasel-like animal, whose fur Croats used as payment many centuries ago. The word ‘lipa’ means lime tree, but we don’t know the connection here!) When listed as a price, Kuna is abbreviated to Kn.

The Kuna comes in dominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 as notes and 1, 2, 5 and 25 (25 Kn being largely commemorative) as coins. The Lipa comes in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50. In Croatian, the plural of Kuna is Kune (pronounced ‘koo-neh’), although it is fine to pluralise it – as many outside of the country do – to Kunas.

ATMs are readily available in all resorts, towns and cities in Croatia, in banks, supermarkets, airports and elsewhere.

As a foreign card is inserted into the machine, you will most likely be presented you with a choice of languages – no need to navigate through Croatian-language menus. The exchange rate you’ll receive will be fairly good, and there may only be a small service charge, which depends on your bank back home – you may want to check before travelling. Local banks may also charge an operating fee on top of this.Please check with your bank to ensure your credit/debit cards are enabled for international use.

Electricity

In Croatia the standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type F which is European standard.

Visas

Australian and New Zealand Passport holders are exept from requiring a visa for stays of up to 90 days provided they:

  • Hold a passport valid at least six months on entry with one blank visa page
  • Hold proof of sufficient funds
  • Hold proof of onward/return flights
  • Hold documents showing proof of purpose of trip
  • Hold all documents required for the next destination
  • Confirm with their airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa as these conditions are subject to change

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Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host accompanies group throughout.

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver.

  • Personal tour leader with exceptional local knowledge. 

  • 10 nights in 3 and 4* accommodation with en-suite. 

  • 10 x breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners.

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights.

  • Meals, other than specified.

  • Fees and admissions other than listed as included.

  • Activities, other than specified.

  • Gratuities.

  • Travel Insurance - ask the team for a quote

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