- Scenic Slovenia and Croatia
Experience the understated sophistication of Slovenia's capital city, marvel at breath-taking panoramas at enchanting Lake Bled and immerse yourself in Zagreb's bewitching electric ambience.
Depart London on a scheduled flight to Zagreb and transfer to the ancient city of Ptuj for a walking tour. Admire breath-taking city views from Ptuj's hillside castle which dominates a quiet landscape scattered with ancient architecture and was strategically positioned as a defence against marauding invaders. Continue along a network of cobblestone avenues towards Slovenski Trg, which has featured heavily in Ptuj's everday life since antiquity, and marvel at St George's Church tower, standing conspicuously amidst an assortment of captivating facades. Travel to Maribor for your overnight stay.
Explore Maribor and discover the world's oldest vine, which, having endured many brutal battles, remains connected to the former city wall. delight in architectural extravagance in the heart of Glavni Trg, which boasts a majestic town hall and Europe's most resplendent baroque column, constructed to commemorate the extraordinary loss of life during the Great Plague. Following a visit to admire the Franciscan church's red clinker exterior, wander the Vinag Wine Cellar's extensive underground passages and savour the delectable tastes of local wines during a flavourful tasting. Transfer to the city of Ljubljana this afternoon where you will spend three nights.
Between the vast expanses of verdant spaces, discover urban gems and cultural treasures nestled within Slovenia's capital. Strolling to the heart of the city, uncover a landscape of understated elegance, commencing today's tour at the wondrous Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana's finest example of art nouveau architecture, most famously renowned for its adornment of iconic Dragon asphalt statues. Cross the beautiful Ljubljanica River and witness an impressive structural feat at the Triple Bridge, where a trio of pedestrian bridges, embellished with lightly coloured balustrades connects Ljubljana's medieval and contemporary districts. From here, saunter past a collection of intriguing statues upon Butchers Bridge as you follow the route to St Nicholas' Cathedral, whose recognisable dome and twin towers are visible from viewpoints across the city. Next, serving as the official seat of the city government, observe Town Hall's baroque facade, proudly situated alongside the 18th Century Robba Fountain.
This memorable day begins with a trip to an area of unsurpassed natural beauty set amongst a mountainous backdrop, where the Julian Alps and Karavank peaks majestically overlook a protruding islet in the centre of Lake Bled's serene emerald waters. Perched atop a rocky headland, Bled Castle is an incredible display of medieval architecture, venture across an ancient drawbridge and enter through the dramatic Gothic archways into Bled Castle's historic interior. Wander through the 11th century courtyards and terraces before examining the collection of retired armour and weaponry found within the contemporary museum, which traces through the colourful history of Lake Bled.
Departing Slovenia this morning, journey to the cavernous complex of Postojna Caves where an unforgettable underground kingdom awaits. Interspersed with otherworldly structures which resemble the solidified droplets upon a melted candle, gaze in awe at the cave's crowning treasure, a distinctive 5-metre Stalagmite named 'Brilliant'. Spanning an enormous 24,340 metres, wind along a section of Postojna Caves' intricate formations on an underground railway journey, observing the Murano-glass chandeliers soaring above this fairy-tale wonderland. Later, continue to Opatija for an evening at leisure
Dividing the lush forested hills and glistening waters of the Adriatic, spend a day at leisure discovering the unspoilt seaside region of Opatija, enjoying panoramic views of neighbouring islands from the coastal promenade, which sprawls across its picturesque seafront.
Feast your eyes upon an exquisite web of sixteen lakes, interconnected by a torrent of cascading waterfalls on a morning tour of Plitvice National Park. Witness the emerging sun peeking through the treetops, as you explore this biodiverse haven on foot, looking out for roaming deer and singing birds soaring overhead. Surrounded by verdant woodland and crystal-clear waters, immerse yourself in this stunning area, sailing upon the waters of Lake Kozjak, at an altitude of 534 metres above sea level.
Depart Plitvice National Park this morning and gain an insight into local culture and everyday rituals on a visit to the Serbian Village of Licko Petrovo Selo. Deeply affected by long-standing conflicts during the Yugoslavia and Bosnian Wars, uncover typical regional trades and sample local delicacies offered to you by the village's hospitable residents. Later today, transfer to the capital of Croatia for an afternoon at leisure.
Breakfast & Dinner
Absorb the vibrant culture and lively ambience which exudes Zagreb during this morning's walking tour, exploring a diverse assortment of secessionist and neo-baroque architecture, dotted amongst the city's bustling boulevards. Meander through a hive of activity, navigating Dolac Market's vivid stalls, before uncovering the prominent Gothic spires of Zagreb's Roman Catholic Cathedral, which can remarkably be seen from almost any vantage point throughout the city. Next, journey through the colourful facades of Tkalciceva's pedestrianised streets, lined with bohemian cafes and boutique shops, before a visit to the former chief city fort provides incredible panoramic vistas of this scenic city from its belvedere. Finally, before an afternoon at leisure, marvel at St Mark's Church's distinctively ornamented roof, richly adorned with colourful tiles depicting Zagreb's coat of arms and iconic emblem.
Depart Zagreb this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
A visa is not required for your trip to Croatia. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.
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