Slovenia and Croatia combine to create a luxurious yet adventurous experience in these emerging travel destinations. From the shores of the Adriatic Sea to the depths of the Postojna Caves, and up into the Julian Alps, over the course of a week you will experience the ethereal beauty, the vibrant history and the captivating cultures of these central European countries. Amidst the excitement, romance is found along the Riva promenade and beneath spruce trees, while culinary delights are sampled...
Dubrovnik – Welcome to Croatia
This morning, your airplane will descend over what some might recognize as King’s Landing from Game of Thrones. Characteristically orange roofs sit atop Baroque-style buildings, that nest together protected by the outer wall of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. After clearing customs and collecting your baggage, a private driver will meet you and together you will enter this Medieval-feeling city. After familiarizing yourself with your first of many exquisitely luxurious hotels, you will have what remains of the day to explore Dubrovnik. In the late afternoon, you may find yourself most content at a seaside café where you can sip on a glass of local Croatian wine as the sun turns the facades of nearby buildings a dusty shade of rose. Enjoy dinner tonight at your chosen hotel, where you will feast on local specialties that revolve around daily catches, local olives and cheese. Welcome, finally, to the Mediterranean!
Dubrovnik – Walking Tour and Afternoon at Leisure
Split – Drive along the Dalmatian Coast
Plitvice National Park – Drive through Trogir and Zadar and into the Forests of Plitvice
Plitvice National Park – Explore the Mythical Beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park
Bled – Climb the Caves of Postojna en route to Bled, Slovenia
Bled – Exploring Bled
Zagreb – Explore Ljubljana before Driving to Zagreb
Zagreb – Travel Home
- Dive off a rocky ledge and into the dazzling waters of the warm Adriatic Sea on the edge of Dubrovnik
- Stroll through the historically-steeped and UNESCO-protected streets of Old Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Trogir
- Wander between cascading waterfalls and cobalt lakes as you explore the forests, fields and utter-magic of Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Step into a subterranean wonderland, surrounded by stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, and pillars
- Explore the fashionable, adventurous, and utterly iconic alpine town of Bled, Slovenia
Allow the Adriatic Sea to beckon you down from a rocky plateau and into her warm waters before you embark on adventures through Dubrovnik’s Old City. Cobblestone alleyways lead you through Baroque architecture, etched with memories from the country’s turbulent past. Here and in Split, galleries, museums and innumerable cafes spill out onto the streets around, building an excitement and energy that captures the hearts and minds of those who visit. Find magic on the Riva seaside promenade with a dish of local olives and a glass of wine as a Mediterranean breeze blows gentle across your table.
The second portion of the journey carries you deep into the region’s raw natural beauty. In Plitvice Lakes National Park, you will have an entire day to follow boardwalks as they lead you beneath spruce and fir, gradually winding towards the series of adjoining mineral-filled lakes. Shades of cobalt and turquoise will poke through the branches, and the gentle noise of rushing water will signal your proximity to nearby waterfalls. From here, you will descend into the Slovenian subterranean world, venturing deep into the Postojna caves. Surrounded by curtains, stalagmites and columns of twinkling stalactite, listen to the melody of a solo violinist as she plays in the center of the underground concert hall. Unrivaled acoustics in this otherworldly landscape make this an unrivaled European performance.
Returning above ground; the final days of this experience are spent in the Julian Alps in the alpine town of Bled. Epitomized by a castle perched atop a cliff over electrically blue and green waters, this town attracts those with discerning, though adventurous, palates. Exclusive boutiques and Slavic museums sit against a backdrop of snowcapped peaks and endless hiking trails, providing every preference with an idyllic activity. Sample flavors of local pastries lakeside, before continuing on to the markets of Ljubljana where further savory delicacies await you. Your trip will conclude back in the streets of Zagreb, where you will have one more opportunity to sample the emergent Croatian fusion cuisine that wafts out of inventive local restaurants. Enjoy one last candlelit meal before returning with a newfound adoration for central Europe.
$2,335 per person (excluding international flights)
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