Croatia & Slovenia: The Old-World Adriatic

12 days Multi-country
See Dubrovnik’s storied city walls overlooking the pristine blue waters of the Adriatic. Step back in time as you explore the impressive Diocletian’s Palace complex in seaside Split. Wander among miles of emerald scenery and tranquil waterscapes in the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. And experience “Europe in miniature” in Ljubljana, the stunningly green (and endlessly cultural) capital of Slovenia.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Croatia today.

Dubrovnik 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Dubrovnik

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Croatia! At tonight’s welcome dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set on a peninsula on the Adriatic, Dubrovnik’s massive walls have served as the city’s calling card for centuries. Today, you’ll take a guided tour.

• Pay a visit to the 13th-century Franciscan Monastery, which boasts the most  extensive library in the region

• View the impressive Rector’s Palace and the city’s ornate cathedral 

Enjoy a free evening in Dubrovnik or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Scenic Dubrovnik Coast Cruise & Dinner $69pp* Details

This excursion begins with a cruise along the shoreline of one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Arriving on the beach, you’ll dine at a local restaurant before setting out on a stroll through Dubrovnik’s medieval streets.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 4: Free day in Dubrovnik

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Dubrovnik or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Montenegro $69pp* Details

Set out on an excursion to the small, yet unbelievably stunning Republic of Montenegro, whose backdrops range from serene beaches to rugged mountain canyons. Begin in Perast, a Venetian town on the Bay of Kotor, where you’ll take to the water to explore the surrounding scenery. Set sail and visit the famed islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks. Then, enjoy lunch as you head to the UNESCO-protected town of Kotor, where you’ll view medieval walls and churches nestled between the hills and the sea.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Split 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Split via Mostar

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Split, stopping en route in Mostar, a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, for a guided tour. 

• Enter an old Ottoman mosque and traditional Ottoman house

• Walk over the striking Old Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site that joins the banks of the Neretva River

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Split

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, enjoy a guided tour of Split, a coastal city with a local culture that seamlessly combines tradition and modernity.

• Enter Diocletian’s Palace, an enormous third-century palace complex

• View the monuments to the city’s varied cultural influences, including Gothic churches, Renaissance palaces, Venetian fortifications and an Egyptian sphinx

• Examine sculptures, drawings and paintings at the Ivan Meštrović Gallery

Plitvice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Plitvice via Trogir & Zadar

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Plitvice Lakes National Park today. Along the way, you’ll stop in two charming towns for guided tours.

• See Trogir, a gem of medieval Venetian architecture set on a tiny island, where you’ll wander past Radovan’s Portal and Trogir Cathedral

• Set out on a sightseeing tour of Zadar, a seaside market town, where you’ll witness the intermingling of classical and Christian cultures in the town’s streets and churches, and view the one-of-a-kind Sea Organ

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Plitvice Lakes offers a stunning setting of lush, forested mountains and 16 levels of lakes nestled between Mount Mala Kapela and Mount Pljesevica.

• Explore its upper lakes, forests, caves and waterfalls with a local guide

• Visit the lower lakes with your Tour Director leading the way

Zagreb 1 night

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Zagreb

  Included meals: Breakfast

Continue on to Zagreb, where a local guide introduces you to the best of Croatia’s capital city.

• Pass by the Meštrović Pavilion, the horseshoe-shaped Zrinjevac Park, the fortified Lotrščak Tower and the lovely Mirogoj Cemetery

• Enter the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art to admire the simplistic beauty of its paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints

Ljubljana 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Ljubljana

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Take a guided tour of this lovely city.

• Stop in Prešeren Square to see the France Prešeren Monument 

• Pass by the Triple Bridge, Town Hall and Baroque Robba Fountain

• View Ljubljana Cathedral, the Dragon Bridge and the famed open-air market

Day 11: Free day in Ljubljana

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Ljubljana or add an excursion before tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle $105pp* Details

Journey to two of Slovenia’s most memorable sites. Your first stop is the legendary Postojna Caves, a 12.5-mile-long system of caverns. Later, you’ll visit Predjama Castle, a Renaissance fort built into the mouth of a cave. A natural tunnel connects the castle to the top of the mountain, serving in the Middle Ages as a secret supply line for the castle during times of siege. While you’re here, you’ll learn about the legend of Erazem Lueger, a robber baron who called this castle home.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Slovenia.

Add Ljubljana & Lake Bled Starting from $649 pp

Northwest Slovenia is home of Bled, one of Europe's most beautiful locations. Famous for its glacially formed Lake Bled and the iconic castle that overlooks it, Bled is a romantic getaway that aristocrats have been vacationing in for centuries. With its natural beauty and many outdoor attractions, this Slovenian destination has charm indeed!

Ljubljana 1 night Hotel info

Day 12: Free day in Ljubljana

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Ljubljana or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Piran: Slovenia's Adriatic Gem $75pp* Details

Famous for its Venetian architecture, Piran sits on the Mediterranean coast of Slovenia. On a walking tour with a local guide, explore the town’s narrow streets and pass by the medieval city walls. Stop by the Church of St. George and Tartini Square, the beautiful main plaza dominated by a massive bronze statue of composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. Then, enjoy free time for lunch and take a dip in the Adriatic if the weather allows.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Lake Bled 2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Lake Bohinj & Lake Bled

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj to discover why Europeans have come to this resort area for decades.

• Drive around Lake Bled and enter Bled Castle

• Drive to Lake Bohinj, enjoying view of Slovenian villages along the way

• Enjoy free time for lunch and exploring at Ribcev Laz on the lake

Day 14: Free day in Lake Bled

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Lake Bled or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - The Julian Alps: Triglav National Park $109pp* Details

Pass through lakeside scenery to the ski resort town of Kranjska Gora, close to the Italian and Austrian borders. Then, it’s on to Triglav National Park, driving through Vršič Pass, the highest pass in Slovenia and the Eastern Julian Alps. Stop at the Soca River for a scenic walk full of photo opportunities of the surrounding Alpine landscape. Continue to Bovec, a small town in the Littoral region that was devastated during the First World War. Learn about the small town’s history on a tour of the WWI trenches and landmarks before taking free time for lunch.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Plitvice, Croatia
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Croatia and Slovenia. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

   

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Dubrovnik and depart from Ljubljana. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • In Croatia, you may like to try traditional Balkan dishes, such as duvec (vegetables and meat), moussaka (eggplant and minced meat), sarma (minced meat and rice) and raznjici (grilled veal or pork). Thirsty? Almost every region of the country produces its own varieties of wine, each of which are quite delicious. 
  • Slovenian cuisine blends elements of Italian, Hungarian, Austrian and Balkan cooking. Pasta, gnocchi and risotto are ubiquitous, as is the Austrian-inspired shnitzel and the Balkan burek, a phyllo pastry stuffed with salty cheese or meat.   

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Croatia and Slovenia operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C or F plus with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.

   

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

   

Time zones

  • Croatia and Slovenia are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).   
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

   

Currency

  • You will use the Croatian kuna in Croatia and the euro in Slovenia. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

   

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Trip

There was a good mix of shore and inland areas, old towns, new areas and natural wonders. Beautiful vistas and history were everywhere. Add in endless opportunities to get good food and a truly fabulous tour director and you have a great trip!

 

Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for your wonderful review. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 13, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful Croatia and Slovenia

The September tour to Croatia and Slovenia was a magical trip to this beautiful area of the world. Enjoyed the beautiful Dalmatian coastline dotted with islands on our journey through Croatia. We participated in all the excursions offered and the trip extension. These were all must see and do experiences. Our tour guide provided a wealth of background knowledge for this historic area. Especially enjoyed seeing many Roman ruins and buildings from the Roman Empire. Went to beautiful national parks, and drove through the Alps of Slovenia. Lake Bled provided a restful end to our trip. Would recommend this vacation to everyone. Requires a moderate amount of walking to see everything.

 

Hi Van! We're so glad you could experience this gorgeous region of the world. We're happy that you chose to participate in all the optionals and that you feel they are all 'must-dos.' We think so, too! Thank you for recommending this tour. We hope to travel with you again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 31, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Must-see sceneries

The sceneries on this tour is overwhelming: the coastline in Dubrovnik, all along Croatia, the waterfalls and mountains in the national parks, the Julian Alps, etc. The color of the water is unforgettable! We had the best tour guide one can wish for, and even though I'm not much of a drinker, I must say the wine and beer were wonderful--and inexpensive to boot! All and all, this is a tour to go one anyone's bucket list.

 

Hi Vicky! We couldn't agree more about the breathtaking scenery in this region. It is truly unforgettable! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your tour. We hope to welcome you on another soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful guide and itinerary

I travel extensively and can truthfully say that our guide - Tamara - was the best I have ever experienced. She was knowledgeable, warm, organized and the perfect balance of attentive when needed and hands off when we were on our own time. It's rare that a bus driver also makes a trip memorable but Dino was a true professional with so much charm we all were completely enamored of him. He kept the bus spotless, occasionally brought us treats, always drove safely and kept us on schedule. The itinerary was thorough and well executed with the local guides. I liked the free time we had in each destination. Our group size was only 18 which was very nice. The trip was excellent value for the money and Go Ahead has a very genuine interest in ensuring that their guests have a wonderful time.

 

Hi Kay! Having traveled so extensively, we're thrilled that you feel your Tour Director was the best you’ve ever had. That’s saying a lot! We will be sure to share with her all the wonderful feedback you provided. We’re also glad to learn that your bus driver made an impression on the group and that his expertise and kindness enhanced your experience. It’s great to know that you enjoyed the itinerary and that you appreciated the free time in each of the locations. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again! Please note: Go Ahead compensated Kay's tour as part of a separate partnership agreement.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful experience

I've been home from Croatia for a month and am still pouring over my photos and journal entries because I can't believe what a wonderful experience it was. I've traveled a lot and my two weeks in Croatia and Slovenia were among the best. The scenery up the Adriatic coast, the historic villages, the coffee, the sausages, the friendly people, the castles, the caves, the gondola ride and the Pletvice Lakes Park will all live in my memory of a beautiful country. What set this tour apart from any other I've been on was our tour director Nikola who was so knowledgeable, passionate and caring. Great value and great tour companions!

 

Dear Judy, We’re thrilled that you saw so many beautiful places and met so many friendly people. We also appreciate your feedback regarding your Tour Director. Thank you for your review, and let us know when you’re ready to travel again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A wonderful tour with an amazing director!!

Before our trip, friends and family asked, “Why did you pick Croatia and Slovenia, and where exactly is it?” Our answer was, “Because of what we’ve seen, and read, and heard about it as well as our previous positive experiences with GoAhead.” THIS TOUR EXCEEDED ALL OF OUR EXPECTATIONS!! The historical Croatian cities of Dubrovnik and Split could not have been more charming and picturesque, and the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes and the Julian Alps is spectacular beyond description. We climbed bell towers for panoramic views of Zadar, Piran, and Lake Bled. Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, was fascinating, and from there we explored the legendary Postojna Caves and midevel Predjama Castle. The tour was a wonderful experience in every way. Our tour director, Nikola, and our travel companions made this journey extra memorable for us. It was a privilege to travel with people who were so respectful, cooperative, and friendly. Nikola, was extremely personable and knowledgeable, and his articulation of his insights from gowing up in “Ex-Yugoslavia” added imeasurabley to our overall experience. He continually offered us extra opportunities and surprises that were not on the itinerary such as our gondola ride overlooking Lake Bohinj and the opportunity to watch world-class ski jumpers practicing at Planica. We loved Nikola’s heartfelt explanations of the history, sights, people, and the geography throughout our journey. Thank you for a wonderful two weeks of travel and education.

1 / 10
 

Hi Jon! We’re thrilled that this tour exceeded all of your expectations! Croatia and Slovenia offer such a unique plethora of things to see and do, as well as a rich culture and history to learn about. We’re so glad you could visit! We also echo your sentiments regarding the natural beauty of the region. Between the breathtaking seascapes and the mountainous terrain, there are plenty of reasons for numerous photo ops throughout this trip! Judging by your pictures, it looks like you captured many of the beautiful scenes that await the traveler who embarks on this journey. It’s great to know that your Tour Director and group members made your trip extra special. It sounds like your Tour Director’s knowledge and efforts added value to your experience, and we will be sure to let him know. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 22, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great trip design and Best Tour Director

The Croatia & Slovenia tour was my second trip with Go Ahead and I don't think I could be happier. I was lucky to have a less-than-maximum group size (I think 16 to 22 is ideal). To a person in my group, we all agreed that Bojan (our tour director) was excellent in every respect: super friendly, knowledgeable, engaged, responsive and attentive. He sets the standard for tour guides. As before, the group of fellow travelers was a nice mix of personalities; it's fun to go solo with Go Ahead! The design of the trip was also ideal. I enjoyed every city. The Dubrovnik local tour was great. I liked the Montenegro excursion (Kotor is recommended by me). I'm glad we spent two nights in Split, where the dinner was fun, and which hypnotized me walking around the labyrinthine old town at night. Hotel Atrium in Split was my favorite hotel on the trip (All of the breakfasts were abundant). The detour to Mostar was surprisingly worthwhile, we learned a lot in brief time. I would have preferred two nights in Zagreb (and didn't need two nights in Plitvice). I went to the museum of ancient art in Zadar (cool!). Zagreb is a blast, especially because the two local tours were well-selected: Mirogoj Cemetery is the most beautiful cemetery I have ever visited; and the Croatian Museum of Naive Art was exceptional, in part due to an inspiring local tour guide. And, finally, Ljubljana was a perfect finish to the trip; it was the favorite city of a few of my fellow travelers. All in, just a fantastic experience and memory for me!

1 / 4
 

Hi David! We're glad to hear you couldn't be happier with this tour. It's also wonderful to know that your Tour Director was professional, knowledgeable, and engaged. It sounds like you had many incredible experiences throughout your trip, such as exploring Dubrovnik and visiting the museum of ancient art in Zadar. We're glad that you felt ending the tour in Ljubljana was a good idea. Ljubljana is indeed a wonderful city with a lot to offer! Thank for your wonderful review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Sea salt at its best

It's the unexpected that often makes a great trip memorable; the journey along the Dalmatian coast is an incredible visual experience even if you never step off of the tour bus; but we did step off of the bus at a sea salt plant which sounds- well, not terribly interesting, but proved to be the highlight of the day when we had a lesson in harvesting salt from the sea; the salt shaker has taken on new meaning for me.

 

Hi Victoria! We’re so glad you were wonderfully surprised! Our Product Development team is very careful to select interesting and educational activities to include on tour. We think they do an amazing job! Thank you so much for traveling with us, and we hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 31, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A trip I'd been waiting for

Many years ago, this area was on our list for places to go. Then the war came along. I decided the time was right to visit wonderful Croatia and Slovenia. Many of the places were UNESCO protected. Dubrovnik was beautiful and filled with history. Walking the medieval city wall showed the old part from a bird's eye view. Split with Diacletion's palace, on through Plitvice and finally Ljubljana had wonderful sights. The hotels were centrally located and very nice. The guide had extensive knowledge of the area as he lived in Bosnia. The trip truly lived up to my expectations.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Expect the Unexpected

My wife and I have taken seven Go Ahead tours. I wanted a place that had not been visited by many Americans yet- sort of like Budapest and Prague years ago. Well, we found it.....Croatia and Slovenia......and it was well worth the trip!! From the medieval walled in city of Dubrovnik- with its crystal clear water and beautiful Old Town, to Diocletian's Roman Palace in Split with it's amazing history and beautiful harbor, to the smaller but equally interesting medieval towns of Trogir and Zadar, to another walled in city- Ston, with its salt flats, to the capital city, Zagreb. Each had it's own unique history and beauty. I climbed the bell towers in most of these places for amazing panoramic photos. Then there was Kotor, Montenegro, another walled in town surrounded by mountains and Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovenia, a fascinating Ottoman town with its unique Market and Bridge, with buildings still showing the marks of gunfire-which brought home the not-too distant memories of war. And to top it off, the terrific National Park in Plitvice with its multitude of waterfalls- what a sight!! And finally, Ljubljana, Slovenia. A charming city with a canal and castle and very friendly people. Try to get to the Chocolate Shop down the street from Town Hall (the first one- there are 2 close together). You will be amazed at the variety. We took a swim in the beautiful Adriatic, took boat rides in Split and on the canal in Ljubljana, had dinner on a beach in the evening overlooking Dubrovnik, and shared many meals with the great group of travelers we were privileged to tour with. Our guide, Nikolah, was very knowledgeable and it was obvious that he had lived through the difficult years in the "Ex-Yugoslav" countries. Both he and our driver, Dino, serenaded us with many of the songs of the country- and they were pretty good! Dino was a particularly good driver. The rooms were clean and well kept- even the ones in the National Park and the meals were good- better than I expected. All in all, it was one of our better trips and I would highly recommend it. Go Ahead has changed the itinerary- I think for the better- for the next tours. If you can, take all of the side trips and even though we didn't take the extension, we have been told it was great, also. Even though this tour was to a fairly unknown place to Americans, word is getting out and you had better get there before it becomes another "touristy" place.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Experience something different!

I chose this tour partly because of reviews I read about it. I knew nothing about Croatia/Slovenia before this trip and it turned out to be interesting, gorgeous, challenging and fun. Dubrovnik was very HOT in mid-September 2015, but swimming in the fabulous Tirena Hotel pool as well as walking to the Adriatic to swim was wonderful. Enjoyed Split on the coast and especially the excursion to Mostar--others on our tour who had been to Istanbul said Mostar reminded them of that unique city. The Plitvice Lakes Nat'l Park was astonishing (on our only rainy day, which made the waterfalls more lush than ever). The Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, is a lovely, walkable, city with fun restaurants, an entertaining square, and nice shops. Great excursions to Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle. Throughout our trip, our excellent guide Nicola broadened our knowledge of the troubled times this area endured during the breakup of Yugoslavia. All in all, the medieval villages; the exposure to varied cultures; the hikes; the startling unspoiled mountain and coastal scenery; and the wonderful food and camaraderie with a great tour group made this an outstanding trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Coastal Roads, Quaint Towns and Lake Plitvice

I knew nothing about this area, but what a wonderful surprise!! If you are able to travel please do not miss out on this opportunity!! The coastal road was amazing, mountains on one side and the blue pristine Adriatic Sea on the other side. Each town we visited had its own unique quality. Visit the "upper" and "lower" lakes at Lake Plitivice National Park. Please take the side tours, these countries should be seen and played a part in history. We were able to relax at the resort in Dubrovnick, swam in the Adriatic Sea and enjoyed the pool. I will always remember our dinner on the "beach" in Dubrovnick. All our hotels were clean and comfortable. The food from each country was good. A special thank you to our driver Dino and to Nikola our kind, well informed guide. Also a thank you to the great group of people we traveled with, you made our trip enjoyable. This was our 8th trip with Go Ahead..

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was a wonderful tour of a truly beautiful country. It was well planned with some nice extras and an exceptional tour guide. She was knowledgeable, warm, friendly and always there to help. I want to return some day!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Honeymooners!

My husband and I are non-traditional, as in we didn't want to sit on the beach for a week as most newlyweds do. We have both wanted to travel the world but had always been too busy with school, work, or life in general. What better excuse to finally travel than on your honeymoon?! We were naïve to traveling, so we decided a group trip would be the best route. By a process of elimination due to weather, high tourist seasons, future family trips, and places that were low on our "must see list" we decided this trip fit the bill. We were in for the greatest surprise of our lives. History, sights, nature, good food, an amazing group of travels, and an exquisite tour guide (Tamara) set our traveling standards high! If we were to do the tour all over again, we would skip the Bosnia and Montenegro optional excursions, although it was fun to say we had added two more countries to our list. The Slovenian extension is a must; it was our favorite part of the trip! Also, travelers need to be reminded that they need to bring converters and adapters for charging their electronics. Finally, be sure to bring a pair of comfortable headphones for the listening devices used on guided tours. Overall, we couldn't complain about anything!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fascinating Tour

A really lovely overview of the former Yugoslavia. The layers of history in Croatia, Montenegro, and Slovenia made for deeply interesting sightseeing. The weather in July was very hot, which made for some sweaty hours for this pale sight-seer. Nevertheless, I enjoyed nearly every moment of this trip. The tour director was passionate about the region and knowledgeable about the history. The local guides were also good. This was my first "tour" anywhere, since I usually travel by myself, and I was impressed by the smoothness of the itinerary. There was a nice balance between the group tour and free time.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

This One Will Be Hard to Beat

This was only the second trip my husband and I have taken with Go Ahead, and like the first one…it was everything I had hoped for and much more than expected! Our tour director, Masa made every stop seamless and did a nice job of sharing the history of the area. She herself had lived in 4 of the 6 countries that made up what was once Yugoslavia. (Go Ahead does a nice job of using local tour directors who have had first-hand experiences with the areas in which we tour.) In Dubrovnik Masa shared candied orange peel with us. On the way from Dubrovnik to Split she shared special chocolates she had fond memories of as a child. And later when we arrived in the Plitvice National Park area she shared some local cherry brandy. In addition to these treats she had maps, local vocabulary lists, and postcards from Montenegro. It was these little touches that made her special. Our driver for most of the trip, Vlado made the travel smooth with safe arrival at each stop and final destinations. Our hotels all offered something special for each city in which we stayed. Although Hotel Tirena was a little far from old town Dubrovnik (not walkable, but easy access by bus), it was a resort style hotel with a large swimming pool and access to the beach, which was a welcome departure from the bustling Old Town during the day. The Atrium Hotel in Split was the most luxurious hotel on tour. Although it was about a 20-minute walk to old town, it was direct and we made the walk sometimes twice a day. There was also a casino next door (which we did not visit) and a shopping mall behind (which we did use). Hotel Jezero in Plitvice Lakes was the oldest hotel, but what do you expect in a National Park. It provided us with a balcony that we sat out on under blankets and listened to the waterfalls in the distance…very nice! Our room at Hotel Lev in Ljubljana provided us a direct view of the castle outside our 9th floor room window, and the walk to Preseren Square took not more than 10 minutes. Hotel Park in Bled was right on the lake and the lakeside restaurant provided great views of the castle and the island. The buffet breakfasts included at each hotel were plentiful and the group dinners nice. Only one of the dinners was actually at the hotel at which we were staying. This was the first night in Dubrovnik. Since we had all traveled all day it was welcome to stay put and enjoy the dinner buffet. The remaining three dinners were at local establishments to give us a feel for their local fare. All were good, but my favorite was in Ljubljana at Sokol. One optional excursion not to be missed is the evening boat ride and dinner on the beach in Dubrovnik. Watching the sunset over the city was beautiful and the evening ambience of Dubrovnik is hypnotic (much different from the crowded streets of day)! Our bathroom or lunch stops enroute to our next destinations were well chosen. Along the Adriatic they provided breathtaking views (all picture worthy). One of our special stops between Dubrovnik & Split was in Ston, renowned for its great wall (second to China’s) and salt mines, but also for its mussels & oysters. After our tour of the salt mines we were given approx. one hour free time; and while some chose to climb the wall, we headed to Sorgo, a local restaurant, to taste their oysters and mussels. They were amazing! Other stops between Split & Plitvice were in Trogir & Zadar. Trogir has its own Riva (walk along the sea/river)…very charming; and Zadar has its famous sea organ and sun salutation. I could have sat there for much of the afternoon. This way of travel with Go Ahead provides the time for exploration on your own. Because of the great value and wonderful experience we enjoyed we will definitely consider Go Ahead as a way to see more of our world. We have already recommended this Old-World Adriatic tour to friends of ours. It was well worth the expenditure. We will treasure the memories!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Had a Great time

This was a very special tour, the group was small and everyone had a great time. we loved the itinerary every place we visited was amazing, our tour director was very sweet . The hotels locations were very convenient to explore on your own and make as much of the tour as possible. perfect spot for a great vacation!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 10

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRIES

CROATIA AND SLOVENIA ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRIES I HAVE EVER BEEN IN WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND-MAYBE NOT IN THE SUMMER MONTHS . MAY - SEPT- OCT

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

exquisite tour start to finish

I had planned to visit this area for years but hadn't quite figured out how. Go Ahead was recommended to me from another traveler and once I saw the itinerary I was hooked. The descriptions and photos didn't remotely approximate the gorgeous counties and the enriching rxperience. Our tour director Stefania was outstanding in every way, utterly charming, guiding the experience and sharing recipes, stories and etymology! She was such a treat! Selfishly I would love this magical corner of the universe to remain relative unglobalized but I know how important tourism is the the countries and how fantastic it will be for fellow travelers. If you've been considering this tour, just go. The excursions were all utterly amazing too so might as well add those and the extension.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful trip with a great tour director

It's one of the most beautiful parts of the world. I highly recommend others to go. Thanks to Goahead to offer this wonderful tour!

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