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Croatia’s Istrian Riviera & Lake Bled

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* Price shown: 23 Apr 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW
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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.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham23 Apr 2017 £709.00
Birmingham30 Apr 2017 £719.00
Birmingham07 May 2017 £765.00
Birmingham14 May 2017 £795.00
Birmingham28 May 2017 £985.00
Birmingham11 Jun 2017 £905.00
Birmingham25 Jun 2017 £865.00
Birmingham09 Jul 2017 £895.00
Birmingham27 Aug 2017 £899.00
Birmingham10 Sep 2017 £865.00
Birmingham24 Sep 2017 £835.00
Birmingham08 Oct 2017 £805.00
Birmingham15 Oct 2017 £765.00
Birmingham22 Oct 2017 £765.00
Bristol23 Apr 2017 £719.00
Bristol30 Apr 2017 £729.00
Bristol07 May 2017 £775.00
Bristol21 May 2017 £805.00
Bristol04 Jun 2017 £835.00
Bristol18 Jun 2017 £835.00
Bristol02 Jul 2017 £905.00
Bristol03 Sep 2017 £875.00
Bristol17 Sep 2017 £845.00
Bristol01 Oct 2017 £815.00
Bristol08 Oct 2017 £815.00
Bristol15 Oct 2017 £785.00
Bristol22 Oct 2017 £775.00
Cardiff04 Jun 2017 £935.00
Durham Tees Valley10 Sep 2017 £975.00
East Midlands23 Apr 2017 £679.00
East Midlands30 Apr 2017 £689.00
East Midlands07 May 2017 £735.00
East Midlands14 May 2017 £765.00
East Midlands28 May 2017 £930.00
East Midlands11 Jun 2017 £875.00
East Midlands25 Jun 2017 £835.00
East Midlands09 Jul 2017 £865.00
East Midlands27 Aug 2017 £869.00
East Midlands10 Sep 2017 £835.00
East Midlands24 Sep 2017 £805.00
East Midlands08 Oct 2017 £775.00
East Midlands15 Oct 2017 £745.00
East Midlands22 Oct 2017 £735.00
Edinburgh23 Apr 2017 £729.00
Edinburgh30 Apr 2017 £739.00
Edinburgh07 May 2017 £785.00
Edinburgh21 May 2017 £815.00
Edinburgh04 Jun 2017 £845.00
Edinburgh18 Jun 2017 £845.00
Edinburgh02 Jul 2017 £915.00
Edinburgh03 Sep 2017 £885.00
Edinburgh17 Sep 2017 £855.00
Edinburgh01 Oct 2017 £825.00
Edinburgh08 Oct 2017 £825.00
Edinburgh15 Oct 2017 £795.00
Edinburgh22 Oct 2017 £785.00
Humberside11 Jun 2017 £1025.00
Humberside17 Sep 2017 £955.00
Inverness25 Jun 2017 £975.00
Isle Of Man24 Sep 2017 £945.00
Leeds Bradford14 May 2017 £825.00
Leeds Bradford21 May 2017 £875.00
Leeds Bradford04 Jun 2017 £855.00
Leeds Bradford11 Jun 2017 £935.00
Leeds Bradford18 Jun 2017 £955.00
Leeds Bradford25 Jun 2017 £895.00
Leeds Bradford02 Jul 2017 £925.00
Leeds Bradford09 Jul 2017 £925.00
Leeds Bradford27 Aug 2017 £939.00
Leeds Bradford03 Sep 2017 £935.00
Leeds Bradford10 Sep 2017 £935.00
Leeds Bradford17 Sep 2017 £955.00
London Gatwick23 Apr 2017 £659.00
London Gatwick30 Apr 2017 £689.00
London Gatwick07 May 2017 £735.00
London Gatwick14 May 2017 £765.00
London Gatwick21 May 2017 £765.00
London Gatwick28 May 2017 £910.00
London Gatwick04 Jun 2017 £795.00
London Gatwick11 Jun 2017 £875.00
London Gatwick18 Jun 2017 £795.00
London Gatwick25 Jun 2017 £835.00
London Gatwick02 Jul 2017 £865.00
London Gatwick09 Jul 2017 £865.00
London Gatwick27 Aug 2017 £869.00
London Gatwick03 Sep 2017 £835.00
London Gatwick10 Sep 2017 £835.00
London Gatwick17 Sep 2017 £805.00
London Gatwick24 Sep 2017 £805.00
London Gatwick01 Oct 2017 £775.00
London Gatwick08 Oct 2017 £775.00
London Gatwick15 Oct 2017 £745.00
London Gatwick22 Oct 2017 £735.00
London Stansted07 May 2017 £735.00
London Stansted14 May 2017 £765.00
London Stansted21 May 2017 £765.00
London Stansted28 May 2017 £955.00
London Stansted04 Jun 2017 £795.00
London Stansted11 Jun 2017 £875.00
London Stansted18 Jun 2017 £795.00
London Stansted25 Jun 2017 £835.00
London Stansted02 Jul 2017 £865.00
London Stansted09 Jul 2017 £865.00
London Stansted27 Aug 2017 £869.00
London Stansted03 Sep 2017 £835.00
London Stansted10 Sep 2017 £835.00
London Stansted17 Sep 2017 £805.00
London Stansted24 Sep 2017 £805.00
London Stansted01 Oct 2017 £775.00
London Stansted08 Oct 2017 £775.00
London Stansted15 Oct 2017 £745.00
London Stansted22 Oct 2017 £735.00
Manchester14 May 2017 £815.00
Manchester21 May 2017 £865.00
Manchester04 Jun 2017 £845.00
Manchester11 Jun 2017 £925.00
Manchester18 Jun 2017 £845.00
Manchester25 Jun 2017 £885.00
Manchester02 Jul 2017 £915.00
Manchester09 Jul 2017 £915.00
Manchester27 Aug 2017 £919.00
Manchester03 Sep 2017 £885.00
Manchester10 Sep 2017 £885.00
Manchester17 Sep 2017 £855.00
Newquay Cornwall01 Oct 2017 £935.00
Norwich18 Jun 2017 £955.00

Grand Hotel Opatijska Cvijeta

Opatija

This well-located hotel is housed in three different villa buildings that overlook Opatija's harbour and seafront promenade.

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Grand Hotel Adriatic

This well-located hotel is a 15-minute walk from the centre of Opatija, and only 50 meters from the sea and the Lungomare promenade.

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Further Information

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Activity levels

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.

Croatia's Istrian Riviera and Lake Bled Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Croatia's Riviera & Lake BledScores 7.7 out of 10 based on 112 reviews
(7 out of 10)

Carol

Solihull Couple
The hotel was very good and the staff were helpful. Our room was fine, with a huge bed, but it would of been nice to have a balcony and sea views that many others on our trip were given. It would of been helpful to know in advance about the currency required for trips and that it is not possible to hire an iron at this hotel. We decided against two of the trips as they involved 7/8 hours per day sitting on a coach. Spent the time exploring the local area instead, which was very lovely with good views and coastal walks. Generally felt in the hotel and locally there was not much understanding of vegetarian diets, but usually there was a good choice of salads and vegetables.
Confirmed traveller: 23 October 2016
Published on: 08 November 2016
(8 out of 10)

JOHN

Leighton Buzzard Couple
A good holiday, a bit noisy during the early hours of the morning, due to bin collection and the garage beneath the hotel rooms. Rooms a good size, very clean.
Food good plenty of variety.
Confirmed traveller: 23 October 2016
Published on: 03 November 2016
(7 out of 10)

MARY

Gosport Single traveller
Would suggest a closer airport is used i.e. Zagreb. Possibly two centre holiday as the 4 hour coach journey to Pitvic too much after previous coach trip of 3.5 hours to Lake Bled. A hard core of passengers gave up on the included and optional trips due to this, and wanting to see the local area. It was unfortunate that the weather was rather wet but I knew that from the forecast prior to departure. The hotel was excellent, but then I seemed to have been allotted the best room of any of the group. Had I been in a room as a lot of the group that looked into another hotel building, with no sun/sea view/ and with the excavator ploughing up the ground inbetween the buildings I certainly would not have been amused. Especially the couple who had paid for an upgrade and got nowhere by trying to secure a better room. There were empty rooms on my floor with french windows on to a large terrace with a more open view.
Confirmed traveller: 23 October 2016
Published on: 03 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

SEAN

Irlam, Manchester. Couple
An amazing holiday from which I learned so much about the former Yugoslavia.
Confirmed traveller: 23 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

MICHAEL

Caterham, Surrey Couple
Very nice holiday but we found the trips too far from base so we often had 3 hours travelling to place leaving only a small amount of time for looking around and having lunch before a 3 hour return journey. One trip to waterfalls meant we had to take snacks with us as there was no time for lunch. The excursions were really to wonderful places but just took to long on coach. We do have a complaint about the flight ticketing arrangements. We had to check into easyJet before going so we could download boarding pass. This is all normal but you had put two other people on the site we had to check into. We could not download our boarding passes because the other two people had not checked in. I looked 2 or 3 times a day but they never checked in. I phone you company and they said if they hadn't checked in 5 days before flight they would sort it out. I phoned again 5 days before and the team then checked these two people in themselves thus leaving the site open for me to download our boarding passes. We didn't know these other people they had no connection with us. This is a terrible way to do the booking and made me feel very stressed as I couldn't download until they checked in. I did not want to wait till the last moment to do the download. I don't understand why it is done this way. Other people on the holiday said they were on their own site.
Confirmed traveller: 16 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

STEPHEN

Derby Couple
Although we really enjoyed this holiday, we did find the coach travelling rather lengthy. We flew from East Midlands to Treviso which meant about 4 hours travelling to Opatija, arriving about 1:30am. We were prepared for this but it was still rather tiring. Fortunately the next day was free so were able to recover. Probably better to fly to Pula but I don't think this option was available when we booked.
The trips into Slovenia were also heavy on travel - 4 hours to get to destination, 3 or 4 hours visit, then 4 hours back again. Admittedly you are seeing the beautiful countryside, but 8 hours travelling is a bit excessive. Hotel Grand 4 Flowers is very good but our room was a bit tired, especially the bathroom.
In a nutshell, if you don't mind the travelling we would recommend this holiday and Newmarket.
Confirmed traveller: 16 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

ANN

Glasgow Single traveller
Lovely holiday but time taken in coach for some trips was too long.
Food was great except for last evening when there were poor choices for vegetarians and no fish.
Confirmed traveller: 16 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016