Tour Croatia’s Beautiful Coastline and Capital City and See Slovenia’s Bled Castle
This 11-day tour of Croatia and Slovenia follows the rocky Adriatic coast from Opatija to Croatia’s 2nd-largest largest city, Split. Then, you’ll visit Dubrovnik, one of the Mediterranean’s most-popular vacation spots, and explore the city independently for the end of the day. Afterwards, head into the heart of Croatia to the capital Zagreb for a walking tour. Finally, you’ll visit the Slovenian cities of Ljubljana and Bled, where no tour could go without stopping at famous Bled Castle, built high atop rocky cliffs. See the full itinerary here. This tour includes:
- Round-trip airfare from New York City
- Alternate departure dates/gateways may be available for additional fee(s). Please call (800) 682-3333 to inquire about your specific travel needs.
- 2 nights of standard accommodations at the 4-star Grand Hotel Adriatic in Opatija
- 1 night of standard accommodations at the 4-star Radisson Blu Resort in Split
- 3 nights of standard accommodations at the 4-star Lacroma Hotel in Dubrovnik
- 1 night of standard accommodations at the 5-star Hotel Westin in Zagreb
- 2 nights of standard accommodations at the 4-star Park Hotel in Bled; 11/20, 11/23, and 12/18 departures will be accommodated at the 4-star Golf Hotel in Bled
- All transfers
- Hotel porterage
- 13 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager and local guides in Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb
- Entrance fees per itinerary
Day 1: Depart for Europe
You’ll spend the majority of the first day traveling from New York to Venice, Italy. The flight takes about nine hours. From there, you’ll board a motor coach, which will take you to Croatia in about three and a half hours.
Days 2–4: Opatija and Zadar
Your first stop in Croatia is Opatija, a centuries-old town overlooking Kvarner Gulf near the Adriatic Sea and a popular resort destination for its nearly year-round sunshine. Take a stroll along the beautiful Lungomare—Opatija’s seaside promenade—during a full day of leisure. Next, you’ll travel three hours south to Zadar, an ancient coastal city with a wealth of ruins to show for it. Medieval churches can be found throughout the city, and there’s also a 3rd-century Roman Forum. Be sure to see Zadar’s Sea Organ, an experimental instrument along the sea that plays notes via the Adriatic’s waves.
Days 5–7: Split and Dubrovnik
Just south of Zadar is Croatia’s 2nd-largest city, Split. A sightseeing tour will introduce you to some of its iconic architecture, including Diocletian’s Palace—a UNESCO World Heritage site that Lonely Planet calls “one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence.” The marble palace and former fortress dazzles with Egyptian sphinxes and towering columns. Afterwards, you can relax in the waterfront cafes and shop in the bustling local markets.
The next destination, Dubrovnik, is nestled in the foothills of Mount Srd, along the shores of the Adriatic Sea. A walking tour will take you to the Sponza Palace, the St. Lawrence Fortress, and Dubrovnik’s other historic landmarks. In the heart of the city, the Franciscan Monastery houses 14th-century artifacts and one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. You’ll have a full day of leisure to browse this historic city, as well as the option to take a full-day Montenegro tour and cross another country off your list.
Days 8–10: Zagreb, Ljubljana, and Bled Castle
Travel through green forests and fields to the Croatia’s capital and largest city of Zagreb, where you’ll take a walking tour to explore the city’s Presidential Palace and Stone Gate in the city’s medieval center. After taking some time to check out Zagreb’s sights at your leisure, you’ll head off for the final part of the tour, which takes place in Slovenia.
In the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, you’ll browse a vibrant open-air market before making your way to Bled Castle. Built in medieval times, the castle—possibly Slovenia’s oldest—rises from a nearly 500-foot cliff overlooking the icy waters of Lake Bled. Afterwards, you’ll celebrate your last night at a special farewell dinner.
Day 11: Return to the United States
On the last day, you’ll be transported from Bled to Venice, where you’ll board your flight back to New York.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal? The supplemental fee is subject to departure date and availability at the time of booking. For information regarding a specific departure date, please call (800) 682-3333 to speak with a Gate 1 Travel Reservation Specialist.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal? Yes, you have the option of adding an additional 1 or 2 nights in Venice for a supplemental fee. Please call Gate 1 Travel for more information.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available? The dates available are listed on each option.
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available? You can either choose another date or be refunded by Groupon. We suggest calling Gate 1 Travel to redeem your vouchers as soon as possible so that you do not run into this problem.
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room? Yes, each person traveling (including children) needs to purchase a voucher. Your child may stay in your room; however, there are limits as to how many people per room. Triple rooms are available on this tour. Children must be 8 years old on this tour.