Plitvice Lakes National Park was among one of the first natural attractions deemed an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dalmatian Sunshine: Cultural, Culinary, Historic Tour of Croatia & Slovenia

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Countries Visited

Croatia, Slovenia

Places Visited

Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Bled...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

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...

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Trip Highlights

  • 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

Detailed Description

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.

Zicasso offers a variety of Croatia trips. Be sure to browse the Croatia travel reviews section for information about what travelers enjoyed while in Croatia.

Starting Price

$1,795 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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