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Croatia's Istrian Riviera & Lake Bled

8 days from £849*
Departing: April - October 2019
* Price shown: 28 April 2019 from LTN - EZY2191
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £79 PER PERSON*

The stunning scenery of Croatia and Slovenia

Spend a week on the shores of the Adriatic, in the charming, historic resort of Opatija, 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.

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).

Your Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Croatia or Italy

Fly to Pula or Venice and transfer by coach to your hotel 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 historic Beli town, charmingly set on a hilltop overlooking its picturesque harbour.

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. Explore the park by foot, joining the walkways and hiking trails that wind around and across the water, or take the Lake Kozjak ferry that 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 you 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.

Departure Airport Date Price From
BRS
BRS 28 April 2019 £869
BRS
BRS 05 May 2019 £959
BRS
BRS 19 May 2019 £999
BRS
BRS 02 June 2019 £1009
BRS
BRS 16 June 2019 £1009
BRS
BRS 30 June 2019 £1049
EDI
EDI 28 April 2019 £879
EDI
EDI 05 May 2019 £989
EDI
EDI 19 May 2019 £1029
EDI
EDI 02 June 2019 £1049
EDI
EDI 16 June 2019 £1049
EDI
EDI 30 June 2019 £1079
LBA
LBA 05 May 2019 £1009
LBA
LBA 12 May 2019 £1059
LBA
LBA 19 May 2019 £1079
LBA
LBA 26 May 2019 £1229
LBA
LBA 02 June 2019 £1119
LBA
LBA 09 June 2019 £1119
LBA
LBA 16 June 2019 £1119
LBA
LBA 23 June 2019 £1169
LBA
LBA 30 June 2019 £1169
LBA
LBA 07 July 2019 £1239
LBA
LBA 01 September 2019 £1269
LBA
LBA 08 September 2019 £1249
LBA
LBA 15 September 2019 £1189
LBA
LBA 22 September 2019 £1119
LBA
LBA 29 September 2019 £1109
LBA
LBA 06 October 2019 £1089
LBA
LBA 13 October 2019 £1089
LGW
LGW 28 April 2019 £849
LGW
LGW 05 May 2019 £929
LGW
LGW 12 May 2019 £969
LGW
LGW 19 May 2019 £969
LGW
LGW 26 May 2019 £1119
LGW
LGW 02 June 2019 £979
LGW
LGW 09 June 2019 £979
LGW
LGW 16 June 2019 £999
LGW
LGW 23 June 2019 £1049
LGW
LGW 30 June 2019 £1049
LGW
LGW 07 July 2019 £1099
LGW
LGW 01 September 2019 £1099
LGW
LGW 08 September 2019 £1079
LGW
LGW 15 September 2019 £1029
LGW
LGW 22 September 2019 £979
LGW
LGW 29 September 2019 £969
LGW
LGW 06 October 2019 £949
LGW
LGW 13 October 2019 £949
LHR
LHR 28 April 2019 £999
LHR
LHR 05 May 2019 £959
LHR
LHR 12 May 2019 £999
LHR
LHR 19 May 2019 £999
LHR
LHR 26 May 2019 £1149
LHR
LHR 02 June 2019 £1009
LHR
LHR 09 June 2019 £1009
LHR
LHR 16 June 2019 £1029
LHR
LHR 23 June 2019 £1079
LHR
LHR 30 June 2019 £1079
LHR
LHR 07 July 2019 £1129
LHR
LHR 01 September 2019 £1129
LHR
LHR 08 September 2019 £1109
LHR
LHR 15 September 2019 £1059
LHR
LHR 22 September 2019 £1019
LHR
LHR 29 September 2019 £999
LHR
LHR 06 October 2019 £979
LHR
LHR 13 October 2019 £979
LPL
LPL 01 September 2019 £1129
LPL
LPL 08 September 2019 £1099
LPL
LPL 15 September 2019 £1029
LPL
LPL 22 September 2019 £979
LPL
LPL 29 September 2019 £969
LTN
LTN 28 April 2019 £849
LTN
LTN 05 May 2019 £929
LTN
LTN 12 May 2019 £969
LTN
LTN 19 May 2019 £969
LTN
LTN 26 May 2019 £1119
LTN
LTN 02 June 2019 £979
LTN
LTN 09 June 2019 £979
LTN
LTN 16 June 2019 £999
LTN
LTN 23 June 2019 £1049
LTN
LTN 30 June 2019 £1049
LTN
LTN 07 July 2019 £1099
LTN
LTN 01 September 2019 £1099
LTN
LTN 08 September 2019 £1079
LTN
LTN 15 September 2019 £1029
LTN
LTN 22 September 2019 £979
LTN
LTN 29 September 2019 £969
LTN
LTN 06 October 2019 £949
LTN
LTN 13 October 2019 £949
MAN
MAN 12 May 2019 £1059
MAN
MAN 26 May 2019 £1229
MAN
MAN 09 June 2019 £1119
MAN
MAN 23 June 2019 £1169
MAN
MAN 07 July 2019 £1239
MAN
MAN 08 September 2019 £1249
MAN
MAN 22 September 2019 £1119
MAN
MAN 06 October 2019 £1089
SEN
SEN 01 September 2019 £1099
SEN
SEN 15 September 2019 £1029
SEN
SEN 29 September 2019 £969
SEN
SEN 13 October 2019 £949
STN
STN 28 April 2019 £849
STN
STN 05 May 2019 £929
STN
STN 12 May 2019 £969
STN
STN 19 May 2019 £969
STN
STN 26 May 2019 £1119
STN
STN 02 June 2019 £979
STN
STN 09 June 2019 £979
STN
STN 16 June 2019 £999
STN
STN 23 June 2019 £1049
STN
STN 30 June 2019 £1049
STN
STN 07 July 2019 £1099
STN
STN 01 September 2019 £1099
STN
STN 08 September 2019 £1079
STN
STN 15 September 2019 £1029
STN
STN 22 September 2019 £979
STN
STN 29 September 2019 £969
STN
STN 06 October 2019 £949
STN
STN 13 October 2019 £949

Grand Hotel Opatijska Cvijeta ★★★★

This well-located hotel is housed in three different buildings, which cascade from street level down to the Camelia building that overlooks Opatija's harbour and seafront promenade.

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.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

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.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*This low deposit offer applies to new bookings made between 11th September and 3rd October 2018 only. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.