LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 28th FEBRUARY
JUST £75 PER PERSON*
The stunning scenery of Croatia and Slovenia
Stay in a four-star hotel on the shores of Adriatic, in the charming, historic resort of Optaija, and join three fascinating included excursions on this wonderful eight-day holiday. Discover the highlights of the Istrian peninsula and the beautiful shores of Slovenia's Lake Bled, and spend a day in the spectacular surroundings of Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Croatia's Istrian Riviera and Lake Bled Tour Highlights
- Enjoy a week-long stay in Opatija, former retreat of the Viennese elite
- The unbroken ring of Pula's Roman amphitheatre
- Visit the pretty fishing port of Rovinj
- Lim Fjord, one-time hideaway of Captain Morgan
- Visit the emerald-green waters of Slovenia's famous Lake Bled
- See Plitvice National Park's chain of terraced lakes and cascading waterfalls
What does the price include?
- Seven nights' half-board accommodation at the four-star Grand Hotel Opatijska Cvijeta, Opatija
- Return flights from the UK to Venice or Pula
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- Visits to Pula, Rovinj and Lim Fjord on a tour of the Istrian Peninsula
- Excursions to Lake Bled in Slovenia and to Plitvice National Park in Croatia
- The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Must see: The olms (or, as locals call them, "human fish") in the giant cave complex at Postojna. These aquatic salamanders are completely blind, live up to 100 years and can survive for 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."
Your Base: A Four-Star Hotel In Opatija, Croatia
Elegant Opatija's great hotels and casinos once welcomed visitors to the Austro-Hungarian equivalent of the Cote d'Azur. Today its elegant shores boast a charming marina, shore-side promenade and jetties (ideal for swimming), plus a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants. Other highlights include the 14th-century Benedictine Abbey of Saint Jacob from which the town takes its name ('opatija' means abbey in Croatian).
Croatia's Istrian Riviera and Lake Bled Tour Itinerary
Day One: Fly to Croatia or Italy
Fly to Pula or Venice, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach to your four-star hotel in Opatija on the Adriatic's Croatian coast.
Day Two: Leisure day in Opatija
Today, you're free to relax, unwind and enjoy the hotel facilities, or head out to explore Opatija's attractive town centre.
Day Three: Included Istrian Peninsula excursion
On today's full-day excursion, you'll see the very best of Istria. Explore the provincial capital, Pula, famed for its vast Roman amphitheatre. See Lim Fjord, a wooded gash in the coastline that, according to local legend, once served as a hiding place for Welsh pirate (and later governor of Jamaica) Captain Henry Morgan. And visit Rovinj, which rises Venice-like out of the water, its narrow streets and pastel-painted buildings leading ever upwards to the Baroque church of St Euphemia.
Day Four: Included Slovenia and Lake Bled excursion
Today's long but memorable excursion takes us, north and across the Slovenian border, to Bled. Slovenia's most visited resort, Bled sits on the forested shores of beautiful Lake Bled amid the high peaks of the Julian Alps. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere over lunch (payable locally), and perhaps ride a gondola-like pletna to Bled Island, which sits in the middle of the lake crowned by a pretty Baroque church.
Day Five: Optional Krk and Cres islands excursion
Spend your day relaxing in and around Opatija, or join our optional boat trip into the Kvarner Gulf. Your first stop will be Krk - a former Roman and Venetian outpost, and the largest island in the Gulf (and indeed the entire Adriatic). From here you'll cross to the less populated, but almost identically sized island of Cres to explore the pretty harbour of its main port, Cres Town.
During the day, you'll also have the chance to enjoy the simple but delicious flavours of a traditional Croatian 'fish picnic' prepared by the crew of your boat.
Day Six: Included Tour of Plitvice National Park
The last of our included excursions takes you inland to stunning Plitvice National Park, Croatia's most celebrated natural attraction. The park's greatest treasure is a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls and rapids 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: Optional Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle excursion
On today's optional excursion we'll journey into neighbouring Slovenia one last time, to visit one of the world's most famous caves - the giant cavern at Postojna. Travel two miles underground by train, then let a personal 'audio-guide', lead through the illuminated world of stalagmites and stalactites.
During the day, you'll also visit Predjama Castle, a remarkable Renaissance castle that clings to a sheer cliff face a the mouth of another of the region's immense caves.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK
Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.
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.
*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th and 28th February 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.