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Croatia & Slovenia: The Old-World Adriatic

12 days |  15 days with Ljubljana & Lake Bled extension
12 days |  15 days with Ljubljana & Lake Bled extension
Group size1535 travelers

4.7 out of 5 stars

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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 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Dubrovnik
  • Mostar’s Old Bridge
  • Diocletian’s Palace
  • Ivan Mestrovic Gallery
  • Trogir
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dubrovnik today.

Dubrovnik3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Dubrovnik
Included meal: Welcome 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.

  • Stop at a viewpoint to soak in panoramic views of the Old Town, coast, and nearby Lokrum Island
  • Pay a visit to the 13th-century Franciscan Monastery, which boasts the most  extensive library in the region

Enjoy a free evening in Dubrovnik or add an excursion.

Scenic Dubrovnik Coast Cruise & Dinner

From $95 per person

Day 4: Free day in Dubrovnik
Included meal: Breakfast

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


From $95 per person

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 Mestrovic 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 Mestrovic Pavilion, Zrinjevac Park, and the fortified Lotrscak Tower
  • Visit the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art to admire the simplistic beauty of works by artists who have had no formal training
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, Farewell 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

From $135 per person

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
Want to see mountains overlooking a castle overlooking a glacial lake, all surrounded by an emerald forest? We don’t blame you! Extend your stay to explore Lake Bled and more of Slovenia’s northwest corner with a local guide, and find out why aristocrats have been vacationing in this romantic spot 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

From $125 per person

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

From $125 per person

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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4.7 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5

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    5/30/24 by 10th-time traveler Beatriz

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    Croatia and the Adriatic Sea Countries
    6/6/24 by 1st-time traveler Catherine

    This tour was fabulous. Bojan, our tour director, and Stipa, our driver, were the best!! We traveled to many towns and countries in the former Yugoslavia - learning about the history of each from Bojan and local guides. Bojan's maps were so helpful -- he's a great teacher! Every hotel we stayed ...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely amazing!
    4/18/24 by 4th-time traveler Sally

    My daughter and I selected this tour because a tour director we had on a previous tour is from Croatia and she talked about how beautiful her country is. We went in late April 2024 and the tour was amazing! We spent several days in Croatia, plus also traveled to Montenegro and Bosnia before going to...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/1/24

    Hi Sally, Thank you for sharing your wonderful ex...

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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.


    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.
    Hotel Lapad
    Hotel Lapad

    This tucked away hotel is located in Dubrovnik's Gruz Harbor. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, garden, and on-site restaurant. Nearby you’ll find Uvala ...

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    Atrium Hotel
    Atrium Hotel

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

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    Lyra Hotel Plitvice
    Lyra Hotel Plitvice

    This modern hotel is located in the village of Licko Petrovo Selo in Plitvice. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, wellness area, and bar. Nearby you’ll fi...

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    Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
    Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

    This traditional hotel is located in Zagreb’s Donji grad neighborhood. Guests enjoy a heated indoor pool, a spa, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll fi...

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    Exe Lev
    Exe Lev

    This contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Ljubljana. Guests enjoy views of the city, fitness center, and on-site coffee house. Nearby you'll ...

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    Hotel Park Bled
    Hotel Park Bled

    This contemporary hotel is located on the shores of Lake Bled. Guests enjoy a wellness center, indoor pool, and bicycle rentals. Nearby, you’ll find t...

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