Discover the Croatian Riviera and Slovenia's Lake Bled.
If you've seen images, read the reviews and heard a lot of good things about Croatia, but weren't quite sure where to start, this is the ideal holiday for you.
Based in a well-placed shore-side hotel, in the relaxed resort of Opatija, this eight-day trip includes three excursions, all designed to make the most of your time in this unique part of the world.
As well as discovering the Istrian Riviera, you'll also journey into beautiful Slovenia, to the shores of Lake Bled, and spend time in the Plitvice Lakes National Park (a place that words simply cannot do justice).
See what else awaits you on this tour of Croatia and Slovenia, then why not book today?
Croatia's Istrian Riviera and Lake Bled Tour Highlights
What you can look forward to
- Enjoy a week-long stay in Opatija, former retreat of the Viennese elite
- Discover Pula's well-preserved Roman amphitheatre
- Visit the pretty fishing port of Rovinj
- Discover remarkable Lim Fjord, one-time hideaway of Captain Morgan
- Visit the emerald-green waters of Slovenia's famous Lake Bled
- See the the Plitvice National Park, famed for its chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined together by cascading waterfalls
It's all included in the price
- Seven nights' half-board accommodation at the four-star Grand Hotel Opatijska Cvijeta, Opatija
- Return flights to Venice or Pula
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- Visit to Pula, Rovinj and Lim Fjord on a tour of the Istrian Peninsular
- Journey to Lake Bled in Slovenia
- Explore the natural beauty of Plitvice National Park
- Fully escorted by a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms available at a supplement
Must try: Our relaxing boat cruise to Krk and Cres islands, accompanied by a traditional Croatian fish picnic.
Muse see: The giant cave chasms of Postojna, to see proteus (or, as the locals call them, 'human fish'), which are completely blind, can live up to 100 years and can survive 14 years without food.
Fascinating fact: Pula's vast, Roman amphitheatre is the only one in the world to have four side towers and have all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved.
You say: "Excellent value for money. Stunning location. Good balance of included trips, optional trips and free time."
Croatia's Istrian Riviera and Lake Bled Tour Itinerary
Every day a new experience
Day One: Arrive in Venice or Pula, and transfer to Opatija
Fly to Venice or Pula, transfer to Opatija (set on the Kvarner Gulf in the Adriatic Sea), and check in to your four-star hotel.
Day Two: Enjoy your hotel and the town of Opatija
Today, you're free to relax, unwind and enjoy the hotel facilities, or you can head out to explore Opatija's attractive town centre. With a marina, shore-side promenade and jetties (ideal for swimming), plus a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants, you won't be short of things to see and do. Other highlights include the old 14th-century Benedictine abbey, Opatija Sv. Jakova ('Abbey of Saint Jacob'), from which the town derives its name: Opatija means 'abbey' in Croatian.
Day Three: Explore the Istrian peninsular and visit Pula
Today's included tour takes in the beauty of the Istrian peninsula. You'll discover the provincial capital, Pula, famed for its huge Roman amphitheatre. You'll also discover the remarkable Lim Fjord, one-time hideaway of the pirate Captain Morgan.
From here, you'll continue on to stunning Rovinj, where the pastel buildings protrude from the water's edge. Ascend through the narrow streets to enjoy the view, before returning to the harbour-front below, perhaps to enjoy a well-deserved ice-cream.
Day Four: Journey into Slovenia and visit Lake Bled
Today's excursion takes you on a long, yet rewarding, scenic journey north, into Slovenia. Here, Lake Bled is ringed by forested hills, and looks out at an off-shore island crowned by a Baroque church. Enjoy lunch (payable locally), or perhaps take a gondola, known locally as a pletna, across to the island (payable locally). You'll return to Opatija in time for dinner.
Day Five: The option to visit the islands of Krk and Cres
Rest and relax in your hotel and its surroundings, or join today's optional boat trip and head across to Krk, the largest of the Kvarner Gulf island group, and a long-standing centre of Croatian culture. From there, you'll cross the narrow strait to Cres, home to beautiful Renaissance buildings and a harbour. Plus, you'll also get to enjoy a traditional 'fish picnic' on board the boat.
Day Six: Visit Plitvice National Park
The last of the included excursions takes you on a journey inland, to the stunning Plitvice National Park, Croatia's most celebrated natural attraction. The park comprises a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls that cascade into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, while the Lake Kozjak ferry links the upper and lower lakes.
Day Seven: The option to visit both the vast cavern at Postojna and Predjama Castle
The final optional excursion takes you into Slovenia, to visit one of the world's most famous caves, the giant cavern at Postojna. Travel two miles underground by train, and then take a walk, with a personal 'audio-guide', through an illuminated world of stalactites and stalagmites. You'll also visit Predjama Castle, a remarkable Renaissance period castle that clings to a sheer cliff face and is built within a cave mouth.
DayEight: Return home to the UK
Transfer to the airport to board your flight back to the UK.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours from Venice and Treviso airports and one hour 20 minutes from Pula airport.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Due to the nature of the landscapes explored (national parks, lakes and countryside), this holiday is not recommended for customers with walking difficulties.
Plitvice National Park and Lake Bled
The journey from your hotel to Plitvice National Park and Lake Bled will take approximately three hours.
Airport development fees
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.