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Croatia & Slovenia: The Old-World Adriatic

with Ljubljana & Lake Bled extension
  • Duration: 12 or 15 days
  • Group size: 15-35
  • Reviews: 139
Discover Old-World European romance, perfectly preserved.

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 past 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.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 9 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Dubrovnik’s fortified walls
  • Mostar’s Old Bridge
  • Diocletian’s Palace
  • Ivan Meštrović Gallery
  • Trogir
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dubrovnik today.

Dubrovnik3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Dubrovnik
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Croatia! Gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik
Included meal: 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.

Scenic Dubrovnik Coast Cruise & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Dubrovnik
Included meal: Breakfast

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

Montenegro
Excursion (additional cost)
Split Region2 nights
Day 5: The Split Region via Mostar
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to the Split region today. Stop en route for a guided tour of Mostar, a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

• 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, Dinner

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

Plitvice2 nights
Day 7: Plitvice via Trogir & Zadar
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Plitvice today. Along the way, you’ll stop in two Dalmatian Coast towns for guided tours.

• Set off with your Tour Director and explore Trogir, where you’ll wander past Radovan’s Portal and Trogir Cathedral

• Join a local guide in the seaside town of Zadar to view Roman ruins and the one-of-a-kind Sea Organ

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a guided tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park, 16 levels of lakes nestled between Mount Mala Kapela and Mount Pljesevica.

• Admire the upper lakes, forests, caves, and waterfalls with a local guide

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

Zagreb1 night
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Zagreb
Included meal: Breakfast

Continue on to Zagreb, where a local guide will introduce you to the best of Croatia’s capital city on a walking tour.

• Pass by the Meštrović Pavilion, Zrinjevac Park, fortified Lotrščak Tower, and Mirogoj Cemetery

• Enter the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art to admire the simplistic beauty of the artwork

Ljubljana2 nights
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Ljubljana
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and join a local expert for a guided tour.

• 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.

Tonight, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Ljubljana & Lake Bled

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.

Ljubljana1 night
Day 12: Free day in Ljubljana
Included meal: Breakfast

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

Piran: Slovenia's Adriatic Gem
Excursion (additional cost)
Lake Bled2 nights
Day 13: Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj
Included meal: 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

• Continue on to Lake Bohinj, enjoying views of Slovenian villages along the way

• Enjoy free time for lunch in the small, lakeside village of Ribcev Laz

Day 14: Free day in the Lake Bled Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in the Lake Bled region or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

The Julian Alps: Triglav National Park
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Ljubljana airport for your flight home.

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Reviews
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139
4.7 average
The best trip!
by 8th time traveler 

As a 7 - time traveler with Go Ahead, this is the best trip I ever had. The weather was perfect, almost sunny every day. The timing was great as well, there were no crowds in anywhere. The tour director, Tamara is an extraordinary person. Sharing her personal life story, we learnt so much about the ...

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Fabulous tour! 6 Stars!
by 7th time traveler 

This tour represents the best of the Go-Ahead Tours model--educational travel to a not to be missed destination, with cultural immersion, efficient sightseeing, a knowledgeable and helpful Tour Director, and fellowship with other travelers. I can't say enough about the spectacular beauty of the Bal...

A Beautiful Experience
by 8th time traveler 

Croatia and Slovenia were a beautiful surprise and an excellent step back into history. The coastal cities of Croatia were gorgeous and full of history and lovely coastal scenery. Fresh seafood and delicious delicacies heightened our experience. We walked through medieval towns, castles and churches...

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by 5th time traveler 

This was a great tour! Time frame was just perfect to do all of the areas involved. Tour guide, Tamara was very interesting to listen to her history of all areas , friendly and most of all compassionate to one of our group that became ill. Took maters in her hand - covered taking her to hospita...

by 2nd time traveler 

Absolutely loved the country. People so resilient. Weather the best. Tour guide is such an amazing caring thoughtful and very attentive person. Tamara was loved by all. Extra tours were very busy. Felt I had no down time. But did not want to miss a thing.

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Tirena Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in the Babin Kuk neighborhood. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a poolside snack bar. Nearby, you’ll...

Atrium Hotel

This modern hotel is located in Split. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and indoor pool. Nearby, you'll find Archaeological Museum Split, the...

Flights

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 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 Tours arrive in Dubrovnik and depart from Ljubljana. A representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours 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 our 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](https://www/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 Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account 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). 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, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sloveniaoperate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs 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.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • 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, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sloveniaare one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the Croatian kuna in Croatia, theBosnian convertible mark in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 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 to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD 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 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. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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28 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
May 30–Jun 10, 2019
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$3,299$3,099
Jun 13–Jun 24, 2019
Extension available
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Jul 4–Jul 15, 2019
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$3,349$3,199
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Aug 8–Aug 19, 2019
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Sep 5–Sep 16, 2019
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Sep 26–Oct 7, 2019
$3,199$2,999
Oct 10–Oct 21, 2019
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$3,049
Nov 7–Nov 18, 2019
$3,049$2,799
Mar 12–Mar 23, 2020
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$2,949
Apr 16–Apr 27, 2020
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May 7–May 18, 2020
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May 28–Jun 8, 2020
$3,299$3,199
Jun 11–Jun 22, 2020
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$3,299$3,199
Jun 18–Jun 29, 2020
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Jul 2–Jul 13, 2020
$3,349$3,249
Jul 16–Jul 27, 2020
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$3,349$3,249
Aug 6–Aug 17, 2020
$3,349
Aug 20–Aug 31, 2020
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$3,349$3,249
Sep 3–Sep 14, 2020
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$3,299
Sep 17–Sep 28, 2020
$3,299
Sep 24–Oct 5, 2020
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Only 9 spots left!
Oct 8–Oct 19, 2020
$3,049$2,899
Oct 15–Oct 26, 2020
Extension available
$3,049
Nov 5–Nov 16, 2020
$3,049$2,899
Mar 11–Mar 22, 2021
Extension available
$2,949
Mar 25–Apr 5, 2021
$2,949
Apr 15–Apr 26, 2021
Extension available
$2,949
Apr 29–May 10, 2021
$2,949
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