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Croatia & Slovenia: The Old-World Adriatic

12 days
See Dubrovnik’s storied city walls overlooking the pristine blue waters of the Adriatic. Step back in time as you explore the medieval Venetian architecture of Trogir. 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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

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 - Romantic Dubrovnik $69*pp 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 $69*pp 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. Visit the UNESCO-protected town of Kotor, where you’ll view medieval walls and churches nestled between the hills and the sea. Enjoy free time for lunch before continuing on to Perast, a Venetian town on the Bay of Kotor. Then, take to the water to explore the surrounding scenery by boat. You’ll leave the coast behind to view the famed islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks.

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

Split Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Split via Ston

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take in the Croatian countryside as you make your way to Split. You’ll stop along the way in medieval Ston to see the town’s expansive fortress walls, considered the longest city walls in Europe.

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 even an Egyptian sphinx

• Examine sculptures, drawings and paintings at the Ivan Mestrovic Museum

Day 7: Free day in Split

Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Mostar $85*pp Details

Travel three hours east of Split to explore Mostar, the largest city in Herzegovina, on a guided tour. This beautiful Bosnian city is situated on the Neretva River and is often recognized for the striking Mostar Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site that joins the river’s banks. You’ll also see the Cejvan Cehaj Mosque, Old Bazaar and historic Ottoman houses. After your tour, enjoy free time for lunch and more exploration on your own. Please note: This excursion involves some difficult walking over uneven terrain and cobble stones.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Plitvice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: 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 St. Lawrence 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 9: Sightseeing tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

One of the most beautiful national parks in Europe, 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

Ljubljana 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Ljubljana via Zagreb

Included meals: Breakfast

Stop in Zagreb, where a local guide introduces you to the best of Croatia’s capital.

• Pass by the Mestrovic Pavilion, the horseshoe-shaped Zrinjevac Park, the fortified Lotrscak 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

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Ljubljana

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a guided walking tour of Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital.

• Step into Prešeren Square, a monument to the greatest Slovenian poet

• Visit the Triple Bridges, Ljubljana’s town hall and St. Nicholas’ Cathedral

• Shop for local goods at an open-air market 

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner this evening.

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 $649 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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 - Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle $105*pp 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)

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: Triglav National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a full-day excursion with a local guide to the gorgeous alpine Triglav National Park.

• Drive through Vršič Pass and stop at the Soca River for a walk

• Stop in Bovec to enter the WWI trenches and take a historical tour

Day 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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 - Romantic Dubrovnik $69*pp 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 $69*pp 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. Visit the UNESCO-protected town of Kotor, where you’ll view medieval walls and churches nestled between the hills and the sea. Enjoy free time for lunch before continuing on to Perast, a Venetian town on the Bay of Kotor. Then, take to the water to explore the surrounding scenery by boat. You’ll leave the coast behind to view the famed islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks.

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

Split Region 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 Mostar 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 even an Egyptian sphinx

• Examine sculptures, drawings and paintings at the Ivan Mestrovic Museum

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 St. Lawrence 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

Stop in Zagreb, where a local guide introduces you to the best of Croatia’s capital.

• Pass by the Mestrovic Pavilion, the horseshoe-shaped Zrinjevac Park, the fortified Lotrscak 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.

• Step into Prešeren Square, a monument to the greatest Slovenian poet

• Visit the Triple Bridges, Ljubljana’s town hall and St. Nicholas’ Cathedral

• Shop for local goods at an 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 $105*pp 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 $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 $75*pp 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 $109*pp 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.

How's the weather?

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Split, Croatia
  • Plitvice, Croatia
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

In order to enter Croatia and Slovenia, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & packing tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. However, it’s always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Croatian food is very good and very hearty. 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). Along the Adriatic coast, you’ll find excellent seafood, especially scampi (prawns), prstaci (date mussels) and Dalmatian brodet (mixed fish stewed with rice). Away from the coast, look for specialties such as manistra od bobica (beans and fresh maize soup) or strukli (baked cheese dumpling). You’ll also find decadent apple strudel, an echo of the past Austrian influence. Virtually every region produces its own varieties of wine, which are quite delicious.

Slovenian cuisine blends elements of Italian, Hungarian, Austrian and Balkan cooking. Pizzas, pastas, gnocchi and risottos are ubiquitous, as is the Austrian-inspired Shnitzel and the Balkan burek, a phyllo pastry stuffed with salty cheese or meat. Typical local dishes include krvavice (black pudding) served with zganci (polenta) or Kraski prsut (air-dried Karst ham). Another favorite is jota, a thick soup of sauerkraut, beans and smoked pork. Look for regional specialties such as zlikrofi, tiny tortellini stuffed with minced potato, onion and bacon. Along the Adriatic, look out for grilled seafood dishes with garlic and parsley. And for dessert, be sure to try prekmurska gibanica, a layered cake combining curd cheese, walnuts and poppy seeds, and potica, a rolled cake filled with either walnuts, chocolate, poppy seeds or raisins.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Dubrovnik and depart from Ljubljana. All other transportation is by private motor coach. While most destinations on your tour are accessible on foot, some cities may require some use of public transportation—which is adequate. Buses serve most cities and surroundings. Taxis are also available. Make sure the meter is running and always ask for a cab number and receipt.

Electricity

Croatia and Slovenia operate on the European standard 220 volts. An adaptor is advisable.

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 12pm in New York, it’s 6pm in Croatia and Slovenia. 

Currency

The Croatian kuna and the euro (in Slovenia) are the currencies you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually found in Croatia and Slovenia. 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. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Split, Croatia
  • Plitvice, Croatia
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

In order to enter Croatia and Slovenia, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & packing tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. However, it’s always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Croatian food is very good and very hearty. 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). Along the Adriatic coast, you’ll find excellent seafood, especially scampi (prawns), prstaci (date mussels) and Dalmatian brodet (mixed fish stewed with rice). Away from the coast, look for specialties such as manistra od bobica (beans and fresh maize soup) or strukli (baked cheese dumpling). You’ll also find decadent apple strudel, an echo of the past Austrian influence. Virtually every region produces its own varieties of wine, which are quite delicious. Slovenian cuisine blends elements of Italian, Hungarian, Austrian and Balkan cooking. Pizzas, pastas, gnocchi and risottos are ubiquitous, as is the Austrian-inspired Shnitzel and the Balkan burek, a phyllo pastry stuffed with salty cheese or meat. Typical local dishes include krvavice (black pudding) served with zganci (polenta) or Kraski prsut (air-dried Karst ham). Another favorite is jota, a thick soup of sauerkraut, beans and smoked pork. Look for regional specialties such as zlikrofi, tiny tortellini stuffed with minced potato, onion and bacon. Along the Adriatic, look out for grilled seafood dishes with garlic and parsley. And for dessert, be sure to try prekmurska gibanica, a layered cake combining curd cheese, walnuts and poppy seeds, and potica, a rolled cake filled with either walnuts, chocolate, poppy seeds or raisins.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Dubrovnik and depart from Ljubljana. All other transportation is by private motor coach. While most destinations on your tour are accessible on foot, some cities may require some use of public transportation—which is adequate. Buses serve most cities and surroundings. Taxis are also available. Make sure the meter is running and always ask for a cab number and receipt.

Electricity

Croatia and Slovenia operate on the European standard 220 volts. An adaptor is advisable.

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 12pm in New York, it’s 6pm in Croatia and Slovenia. 

Currency

The Croatian kuna and the euro (in Slovenia) are the currencies you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually found in Croatia and Slovenia. 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. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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!

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 5/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

local guide in Zagreb

Very poor informed guy.!00% homophobic.Next time please choose somebody else.I'd filed a complain about him,but so far there was not any response from the administration of ''Go Ahead Tours"

 

Steve, We are sorry to hear of your disappointments with the local guide in Zagreb. Please be assured that your comments have been passed along to our operations department so that they may address this issue directly. At Go Ahead, we pride ourselves on having some of the most knowledgeable and dynamic guides in the industry, so this is certainly something we will be investigating further. We do hope that your tour was enjoyable overall, and we hope to be able to have the pleasure of welcoming you on another Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 29, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: OR

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Absolutely Beautiful!

This tour exceeded my expectations in terms of the beauty of the land and the sights that we toured. We went to 9 UNSECO sights. Our tour director did an exceptional job explaining the history of the countries that we visited as well as the the Yugoslavian period. English was spoken almost everywhere we went. The people of Slovenia were particularly welcoming. My favorite sights were Plitvice Lakes National Park and Lake Bled. Dubrovnik was lovely, but extremely crowded with cruise ship passengers. I would recommend this tour and particularly in the fall when the leaves are changing in the Julian Alps.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour!

I loved Croatia, Slovenia, my tour director, my fellow travelers...everything about this tour :) The hotels were all in great locations. Masa was a thorough and wonderful guide. On the Dubrovnik boat ride optional excursion, I got extremely seasick. It was a comfort to know that Masa was there to help take care of me and make sure that I was ok. Our bus driver, Ivo, was so kind and an excellent driver.The Mostar/Medjugorje excursion was wonderful. I wish we could have spent more time in Bosnia, that really would have given a better overview of this interesting and lovely part of the world. I loved how we saw the gorgeous coast of Croatia but also got to experience the beautiful Plitvice National Park. This was my first Go Ahead experience, and it was a wonderful one. If you take this tour, you will not be disappointed!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tamara made it great!

This was my first Go Ahead tour and my first trip as a solo traveler. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. What made it extra special was the tour director, Tamara. She added so much with her personal insights and experiences and went out of her way to schedule a few side trips that were not on the itinerary that added so much to the overall experience. I went on all the optional tours and felt that they were all worth the added expense with the exception of Montenegro. That was a loooong bus ride without much added information and a so-so included lunch. The Lake Bled extension was amazing!

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