Balkan Escape


Discover How Croatia and Slovenia Have Emerged as Vibrant Nations Proudly Showcasing Their Diverse Culture.

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  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Supplier

    Trafalgar

  • Booking Code

    WBESA

  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.


Includes


  • 7 NIGHTS Accommodation

  • 12 MEALS 7 breakfasts , 1 lunch (Be My Guest), 4 dinners

  • All transport shown

  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS Join a family in Ljubljana for a traditional Be My Guest lunch, featuring local flavours and stories about life in one of the world's greenest cities. (Day 5)

  • DIVE INTO CULTURE Savour the flavours of Rovinj's famous white truffles, which are best sampled at this time of year. (Day 4)

  • LOCAL SPECIALISTS For included sightseeing in Zagreb, Rovinj and Ljubljana


A troubled past has shaped a promising future. Discover how Croatia and Slovenia have emerged as vibrant nations proudly showcasing their diverse culture, heritage and natural landscapes to the world.

Itinerary


Day 1 Arrive Zagreb (2 Nights)

Immerse yourself in the cultural diversity and scenic beauty of the Balkans, starting your journey in the Croatian capital, Zagreb. Spend your day wandering through the Old Town on your own before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive.

Hotel - Westin

Included Meals - Welcome Reception

Day 2 Zagreb Sightseeing and At Leisure

Join a Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour through the paved squares and steep alleyways of Zagreb. Explore the city's rich medieval heritage and see such sites as the Cathedral on Kaptol, the Archbishop's Palace and St. Mark's Church, with its vividly coloured tiled roof. You'll have the rest of the day to explore the city at leisure. Stroll along the romantic promenades of Strossmatre, people-watch at Ban Jelačič Square or climb up Lotrščak Tower for views of the city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the birthplace of iconic leader Tito and enjoy a delicious meal of regional specialities with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 3 Zagreb – Opatija (2 Nights)

A leisurely start to our day sees us drive south towards the Kvarner Gulf and the seaside promenades of Opatija. Sit back and watch the meadows, forests and farmlands roll past - a lush countryside dotted with terracotta-roofed villages and castles as you journey to Croatia's exquisite Istrian Peninsula. Views of beautiful parks and elegant villas greet you as you arrive, a testament to Opatija's Austro-Hungarian heritage. This evening you'll join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.

Hotel - Grand Adriatic

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Opatija Free Day – Excursion to Rovinj

For a bit of Venetian flair, we travel to the Croatian fishing port of Rovinj this morning. Here we'll join a Local Specialist and wander through its Old Town to see such sights as the Baroque St. Euphemia Cathedral with its square campanile. We'll 'Dive into Culture' and savour the flavours of the region's famous white truffles before returning to Opatija for some time to explore on our own. See the statuesque nymph, her hand outstretched to cradle a seagull and admire the belle-époque architecture which once attracted members of Europe's high society.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 5 Opatija – Ljubljana – Bled (2 Nights)

We head north to the enchanting Slovenian capital of Ljubljana today. A Local Specialist will reveal the stories behind many of the city's iconic sights including the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle, from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city. Good food and good company are guaranteed as we 'Connect With Locals' over a memorable Be My Guest lunch with a local Slovenian family. Our journey continues to Bled in the Julian Alps, where we'll spend the next two nights in romantic lakeside surrounds. Dinner is at our hotel tonight.

Hotel - Rikli Balance

Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner

Day 6 Bled Free Day

The day is yours to explore at your leisure. Spend the day admiring your pristine surrounds. Take an invigorating walk along the lake shore for better views of Bled Castle which clings dramatically to a cliff or indulge in a slice of the local kremšnita cake after an ice-skating session if the lake has frozen over. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Slovenia's largest glacier lake or visit the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 7 Bled – Zagreb

We leave our dazzling natural surrounds behind, returning to Zagreb where we end our journey. Slovenia's forests give way to the pastoral landscapes of central Croatia. Tonight, we join our fellow travellers for a celebratory Farewell Dinner and say a fond živjeli to lasting memories.

Hotel - Westin

Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 8 Depart Zagreb

Our time together comes to an end after breakfast. We bid new friends goodbye and transfer to the airport for our return home.


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