The Best of Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina Tour

A scenic waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park.
A 14 day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia & Slovenia 
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The "Best of Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina“ is a private tour that will enable you to have a glimpse to Slovenia's most attractive destinations and Bosnia's world famous town of Mostar, while in Croatia, you'll witness its natural, cultural, and historical splendor as well as gourmet highlights of its food and wine.

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Places Visited 

Ljubljana in Slovenia, Lake Bled in Slovenia, Rovinj, Pula, Zadar, Krka national park, Split, island Hvar, island Brac, Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Dubrovnik

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Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1:

ARRIVAL LJUBLJANA (SLOVENIA)
At the Ljubljana airport, you will be met by your driver for a private transfer to Ljubljana hotel Antique Palace. Your will spend remainder of the afternoon/evening free at leisure.
Hotel Antique Palace dates from 16th century when it was used as a palatial city residence for nobility. Today it is an extraordinary boutique hotel featuring 13 individually designed suites and apartments, designed for those seeking more than a hotel room; the boutique suites and spacious apartments; ranging from 100 to 250 m2 all feature a double bedroom; living room; dining area; kitchen, bathroom, some a bathroom with a Jacuzzi and some with their own terrace.
Being at the heart of everything, yet in a quiet location, has never been more convenient.

Day 2:

PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF LJUBLJANA

Today, meet your guide in your hotel lobby for your visit to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
The area around the present city of Ljubljana has been populated since the Bronze Age, when the earliest known settlement consisted of wooden houses erected on stakes. Later, a Roman settlement called Emona was created in 15 AD, only to be sacked and devastated by the Huns, led by Attila, in 452 AD. The settlement was gradually revived and received town rights in the 12th Century. In 1335, Ljubljana came under Austrian Habsburg rule, which lasted until 1918.

Today you will start with a walk through the Old Town district with your guide. Ljubljana’s Old Town is located on the right (eastern) bank of the Ljubljanica River and at the foot of the historic Castle Hill. You may start your tour in front of the Baroque Town Hall building - the seat of the municipal government, which is highlighted by its clock tower and the inner courtyard surrounded by pillars and arcades. The building was originally erected in the 16th century and rebuilt in the
early 18th century. What will follow during the tour is a visit Town Square and the famous Fountain of Three Rivers, Cathedral of St. Nicholas, pass through the Old Square and the Upper Square.

In the afternoon you may decide to stroll independently along the Ljubljanica river.

Day 3:

PRIVATE TOUR OF BLED & BOHINJ
This morning, after leisure breakfast, meet your private guide and driver for a full day tour of charming lake towns Bled and Bohinj.

We suggest a visit to the lake and a boat ride to the Virgin Mary Baroque Church, which stands in the middle of the island. The lake was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. After the last Ice Age, the Bohinj glacier deepened the natural tectonic hollow and gave into its present form. Some
hundred steps lead from the island’s dock to the church, which is a popular wedding destination. The tradition commands that the groom carries his bride up the steps and to the church to prove his fitness for marriage.

Today, you will also visit the beautiful and historic Bled Castle, which is also the oldest in the country. In 1004, the German Emperor Henrik II gave the Bled estate to the Austrian Bishop Albuin of Brixen as a gift. The building was expanded and fortified since then and today there are several buildings that make up the castle complex, arranged around two courtyards, which are connected with a
staircase. The small chapel on the upper courtyard was built in the 16th Century and renovated in the Baroque style around 1700, when it was also painted with illusionist frescoes making it seem bigger than it actually is. Today the castle is preserved as a museum, where you will be able to see various exhibits depicting the history of the region. Enjoy the sweeping views over the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Proceed to the beautiful Bohinj region, which is divided into the Upper and Lower Bohinj Valley. There are twenty-four typical Alpine villages in these two valleys. In the Upper Valley by the lake, visit the gothic St. John the Baptist Church, which has well-preserved frescoes from the 15th and the 16th centuries. The journey continues with cable car ride to mountain Vogel (5000 ft), from where there is a wonderful view of the Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps. Return to Bled through the Lower Valley.

Return to Ljubljana in the later afternoon hours.

Day 4:

LJUBLJANA – ROVINJ

This morning, meet your driver for a three hour private transfer to Rovinj. After you have checked-in hotel Monte Mulini, meet your guide for an orientation tour.
Rovinj is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Croatian coast because of its unique appearance and its wonderful natural surroundings. The 67 kilometer long coast, 2,289 hectares of protected greenery, 14 islands, islets and rocks as well as a unique ancient town center, make Rovinj unique. It developed in the tradition of a small fishing town under the watchful eye of its patron saint, Sv. Eufemija (St. Euphemia), with a distinctive form of boat, the batana, and the recognizable bitinada songs. Its beauty is especially valued by artists who painted the most beautiful motifs of this town and exhibited them in Grisija – the street of artists.
Rovinj offers numerous possibilities – walking in the wonderful natural surroundings, recreational sports, discovering hidden beauties, cultural heritage, and archaeological sites, tasting some of the Rovinj delicacies…
Experience Rovinj, a town of Venetian architecture and harmonious colors, wonderful landscapes, music and songs.
Once you see Rovinj, it will be clear why they call it the most romantic town in Croatia.

Day 5:

PULA & COOKING CLASS OF ISTRIAN SPECIALTIES
Pula situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula is the largest city of Istria County. It has been Istria’s administrative center since ancient Roman times.
Upon arrival, your guide will take you on a walking tour of Pula. You will start at the historic center of the city at its most famous landmark, the Pula amphitheater. One of six of the largest surviving Roman amphitheaters in the world, it was once the scene of bloody gladiator fights. Today it is Pula’s main cultural venue and is known for its music and film festivals.

From here you may continue walking along the fragments of the ancient city walls. Along the way, you will come to The Hercules Gate.

Today you may want to visit the Church of St. Francis and the Franciscan monastery that is adjacent to it. The Franciscan monastery in Pula, as in other parts of Croatia, is still in function. The church of St. Francis was built in the 13th century along with the monastery and is a fine example of Gothic architecture. It’s most impressive feature is the Rose window that adorns the majestic entrance to the church.

As you descend towards the waterfront, you will come across the Basilica of St. Mary of Formosa. Today all that remains are fragments of the once large basilica of Byzantine design. Off to the side of the Basilica you will see the Arch of the Sergii. Smaller than the Hercules Gate, the arch is distinctly Corinthian in style.

You may also wish to enter the Archaeological Museum of Istria, which contains several exhibits from Neolithic times to the medieval period of objects found in Pula and the surrounding areas.

In the afternoon you will meet Mrs. Drazenka, proprietor of the Stancija 1904.

The agricultural estate „Stancija 1904“ is located in the town of „Smoljanci“ near „Kanfanar“ and „Svetvincenat“.

Placed in peaceful and idyllic surroundings, it covers an area of 6.000 m2. Carefully tended and vast gardens with old trees calm and relax visitors.

The 100 year old traditional Istrian residence, which has been renovated and equipped in a modern way, whilst keeping intact its rural architecture, creates a comfortable living environment.

Having Mrs. Drazenka as your tutor you will prepare a four course light menu using all local ingredient and following traditional receipts. The menu is dependent on the season, but it might just look like this:
- Welcome aperitif of traditional Istrian brandy
- Cold appetizer: sheep or beef fringe OR cold fish and sheep cheese
- Warm appetizer: Fritaja with asparagus and prosciutto OR with sausages OR with black/white truffles
- Pasta making: prepared in a wished sauce (fresh truffles, herbs, fish stew or meat)
- Dessert: Krostule OR Fritule, figs and fringe, fruits

Return to Rovinj in the early evening hours.

Day 6:

ROVINJ – ZADAR

You will be privately transferred to Zadar, the small capital of North Dalmatia, with its old town being a good rival to Dubrovnik. After you have checked-in Croatia’s first Art hotel Kalelarga 4*, you will be met by your guide for a private orientation tour of Zadar. A very ancient town, standing on an almost-isle with much of the old town walls still intact. There are many remarkable quarters and monuments just waiting for you to discover. In the Roman quarter you'll find a Forum and the Church of St. Donat, an impressive building built by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine in the 9th century AD.
Sea Organ, Zadar's newest feature a place where human ideas and skills are joined with the energy of the sea, waves, high and low tide, a place of relax, thinking and conversation accompanied by the continual concert of the mystical tones of the “Orchestra of Nature”
“It must be the most beautiful sunset in the world!” mumbled Alfred Hitchcock while sitting on Zadar’s waterfront 43 years ago. Among others, you will visit the church of St. Donatus and “The Gold and Silver” of the City of Zadar.

Day 7:

KRKA NATIONAL PARK & GASTRONOMICAL EXCITE
This morning after you have met your guide and driver at the hotel, you will enjoy a full day tour to Krka National Park. For two-thirds of its course this virginally pure karstic river, with its seven magical waterfalls which rises near the town of Knin, flows through canyons. The area is exceptionally rich in endemic flora and fauna, containing 222 types of bird. The watermills along the rivers and above the waterfalls, ruins of fortifications rising above the canyons, the picturesque mouth of the River Čikola above Skradinski buk waterfall - all are specific features of the river landscape. The Krka’s estuary, the 23.5 km-long Lake Pruklja, which reaches up to Skradinski buk is rich in shellfish, freshwater and saltwater fish. Sitting in Lake Visovac, between Roški slap and Skradinski buk (13 km) waterfalls, is a tiny island upon which, set amid a park of sylvan charm, is a Franciscan monastery with a long history. The Krka Monastery (Arhanđelovac) is located in the area of Kistanje, at the point where the canyon widens. Let your expert guide show you the most interesting routes of this magnificent natural heritage.
In the afternoon you will again meet your guide for a short transfer to Skradin for a visit of the Bibich winery.
The BIBICH winery tasting rooms is a “must visit” stop along the wine roads of Croatia. Alen Bibich, proprietor and winemaker will welcome you with a selection of some exquisite wines paired with delightful local specialties prepared by Alen’s wife Vesna who is a culinary genius.

Arrival back to Zadar in the early evening hours.

Day 8:

ZADAR – SPLIT

Having had a breakfast at leisure, meet your driver at the hotel for a private transfer to Split. After you have had some time for freshen up at the hotel Vestibul in Split, you will be met by your guide for a private orientation tour of this ever vivid city.

This eternally young city with around 200 thousand inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian's palace at its heart, which is also the historical center of the city and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Cathedral of sv. Dujam [St. Domnios], the patron saint of Split, is located in the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many of the faithful and tourists. Many valuable monuments of culture are located outside the walls of Diocletian's Palace (Renaissance Prokurative Square, palaces, churches, museums...), which you will have the chance to explore with your private guide.
Hotel Vestibul is located in the heart of the Diocletian’s palace between the emperor’s chambers and the emperor’s square “Preistil”, a place which used to be reserved only for the gods. Hotel was created by merging three palaces from three different periods: Romanic, Gothic and Renaissance with the wall elements of the Diocletian palace and the original niches from the Roman time. This combination optimally displays the physical presence of the eras which past us by, where every stone has a story to tell.

Day 9:

SPLIT – HVAR ISLAND – SPLIT

This morning your guide will meet you for the short stroll to the ferry port where you will board one of the scheduled high-speed catamarans to the Island of Hvar.
It is believed that the Hvar Island has been inhabited since Antiquity. In the 4th Century BC, Greek settlers founded a trade colony here and called it Pharos (the Greek word for lighthouse). Later, as part of the Roman province of Dalmatia, the island was called Fara. When the Slavs settled here in the 7th century, they started calling the island Hvar. In the following centuries, Venetians and Habsburgs sought to control the island because of its strategic location, fertile soil, and secluded harbors. Nowadays, Hvar is one of the most visited destinations on the Dalmatian coast, which is undoubtedly influenced by its fabulous location and the fact that it has the highest number of sunny days in the year on the Adriatic coast, but also thanks to the island’s long tradition culture and the arts.
You will arrive on the island and to the town of Hvar. Through the course of history, Hvar Town has been a melting pot of cultures and influences and is still bursting with history, art and culture, and the home of Europe’s oldest municipal theater, which was built in the early 17th century over an arsenal in a peace-making attempt by the then ruler of Hvar.
You may start from Hvar’s main square, right next to the harbor, which is dominated by the Renaissance Cathedral with its distinctive bell tower dedicated to St. Stephen. The square is surrounded by buildings dating from the 16th – 17th centuries when the town was an important Venetian trading and seafaring center. Also in this part of town, you may wish to visit the Benedictine Convent, where the nuns spend their lives praying and weaving elaborate laces from the fibers of the agave plant. The convent’s museum shows some delicate and intricate lace designs, some dating to the late 19th century.
Not to be missed is the visit of the Hvar’s fortress known as Spanjola as it was partially built by Spanish engineers.
This afternoon your driver will meet you so you can explore more of the island as you make your way across the island to Stari Grad.
Begin with a journey just outside the city to the small coastal town of Jelsa and a visit to the family winery of Tomic – one of the most famous wine producers in all of Croatia. You will enjoy a private tasting of wine and locally-produced olive oil.

Later continue to the town of Stari Grad. Literally translated, Stari Grad means “Old Town” and the name could not be more appropriate as this UNESCO protected settlement is believed to be the oldest in Croatia. Stari Grad charms the visitor with its authentic Venetian port town ambience as sailing and fishing boats dot the long sheltered bay which leads to the very center of the town and the main square surrounded on both sides by historic buildings. Your guide will take you around the main square and will point out the 17th-century St. Stephen’s church and the Bianchini Palace which now houses a Nautical Museum including finds from the original Greek settlement of Pharos.
At the end of your day, you will board the ferry with your guide for the two hour journey back to Split. Stroll back to your hotel and the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 10:

SPLIT – BRAC ISLAND - SPLIT
This morning, transfer to the pier for your 50 minute journey to the island of Brac by ferry. Your car and driver will go along with you and will transfer you upon arrival to the town of Supetar.

Start your day with a visit to the typical Brac village of Skrip. Your guide will take you to the Homeland Museum, located in the Radojkovich Tower, a classical mausoleum. Remains of other Illyrian, Greek, Roman and early Croatian structures can also be seen here.

Continuing toward Pučišće, we will have an opportunity to visit Brac masonry school.

On the islands of Brac, Hvar and Korcula rich layers of white and yellow limestone can be found and nature itself enabled favorable conditions of sculptor crafts development, especially on the island of Brac.
After Second World War stone quarries on the island comes to life and becomes the most powerful industry on the island. Existing island plants and quarries form in 1947 a quarry company under the name „Brac“ later to be called „Jadrankamen“ (Adriatic Stone). First generation to learn stonemasons' craft in Pucisce is in 1946.

Continue to Bol, on the far side of the island, with the well-known Zlatni Rat (The Golden Cape) beach, which changes its shape as the wind blows. Take a Swim!

Return to Supetar town through the island of numerous olive groves and vineyards. And later this afternoon, ferry transfer back to Split.

Day 11:

SPLIT – MOSTAR – DUBROVNIK
On your way from Split to Dubrovnik, your drive will make a short turn heading toward Bosnia & Herzegovina and its second famous town (besides Sarajevo) Mostar. You will get to know a small town that presents an interesting synergy between East and West. Among all treasures given to Mostar by its nature, the most important one however is its energetic and unbreakable spirit that was transfused into poems, stories, paintings, carvings, berths. Although traces from the last war are still visible in some parts of Mostar, this city is proudly getting its glory back. Your local guide will meet you for an introduction walking tour of Mostar with visit of the Old Bridge and traditional Turkish house.
Do not miss the chance of trying out some of the traditional local specialties.
Later this afternoon, you will continue your drive toward Dubrovnik.
Check-in hotel Villa Dubrovnik; nestled among pine, orange and lemon trees and surrounded by gardens of bougainvillea and oleander blissful tranquility….Villa Dubrovnik overlooks the crystal blue-turquoise waters of the Adriatic and the Old City of Dubrovnik. Among the 56 luxurious residential units you are given the pleasure of enjoying an unforgettable privacy oasis in the medieval city of Dubrovnik, stunning vista at the Dubrovnik Old City, the island of Lokrum and the Adriatic, Venetian Vaporetto speedboat for daily transfers into the Old City harbor, Villa’s SPA wellness & beauty facilities with individualized treatments, rooftop SkyBar lounger with memorable vista of Dubrovnik and the a la carte Mediterranean genuine fresco-cuisine in restaurants Pjerin and Giardino.

Day 12:

DUBROVNIK PRIVATELLY GUIDED WALKING TOUR
Adriatic pearl, City monument, Libertas, Summer Festival… all these are links to Dubrovnik, a city of unique history and beauty which has amazed many writers, poets, architects and painters, singers, musicians and all other visitors. Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and world, whose history dates from the 7th century. However, with every new archeological finding the finding data on the rudiment and history of Dubrovnik gets more in-depth and changes. There are innumerable stories from the lavish history of Dubrovnik told by the walls, palaces, streets and roofs, but let you be the one who will discover your own story on the stone or in the sea, on Stradun or Porporela…. In companionship of your private guide you will visit Rector’s Palace, Franciscan monastery and the Dubrovnik City walls.
Remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure. Dubrovnik old town is full of small private shops, galleries, cafes that you may decide to explore.

Day 13:

DUBROVNIK DAY AT LEISURE
Spend the day at leisure by relaxing at the hotel’s pempering SPA and wellness oasis.
Perhaps you may decide to visit the island of Lokrum located just opposite from your hotel and the Old City.
In only ten minutes, a boat from the Old City Harbor will take you to the island of Lokrum….a special forestry reserve under UNESCO protection. A favorite bathing place in close proximity to the City, Lokrum is also the exotic and mysterious venue of many legends and stories. A small lake on the island called Mrtvo More (Dead Sea) is suitable for children and non-swimmers. Walk to the highest point of Lokrum, the elevation with the star-shaped Fort Royal, built by the French in 1806. The place offers a magnificent view of the City, Cavtat and the islands.
The roads and walking paths of Lokrum will take you through the botanical garden with an interesting collection of eucalyptuses, cactuses and succulent plants to the remains of the 12th and 13th century basilica, the 15th/16th century monastery with an atrium garden, and the summer residence of Maximilian von Habsburg from the 19th century with gardens and a park. You will be enchanted by the woods of holm-oak, flowering ash, Aleppo pine, the old olive grove from the time when the Benedictines ran the island, gardens and parks.

Day 14:

DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE
Depending on your flight onward, meet your driver for a private transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

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