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Croatia's Istrian Riviera & Lake Bled

8 days from £799*
Departing: June - October 2018
* Price shown: 14 October 2018 from Southend - SEN
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Dates available:

  • 20th May
  • 27th May
  • 24th June
  • 1st July
  • 8th July

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.

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 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
Bristol
Bristol 24 June 2018 £1039
Bristol
Bristol 01 July 2018 £1089
Bristol
Bristol 08 July 2018 £1189
Bristol
Bristol 26 August 2018 £1009
Bristol
Bristol 09 September 2018 £1034
Bristol
Bristol 07 October 2018 £889
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 08 July 2018 £1219
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 26 August 2018 £1129
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 September 2018 £1099
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 October 2018 £979
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 01 July 2018 £1089
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 09 September 2018 £1099
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 30 September 2018 £989
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 07 October 2018 £969
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 14 October 2018 £959
Liverpool
Liverpool 26 August 2018 £1069
Liverpool
Liverpool 09 September 2018 £919
Liverpool
Liverpool 30 September 2018 £924
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 June 2018 £1289
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 July 2018 £1139
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 July 2018 £1159
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 26 August 2018 £1189
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 September 2018 £1018
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 30 September 2018 £989
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 October 2018 £819
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 October 2018 £809
London Luton
London Luton 01 July 2018 £1199
London Luton
London Luton 08 July 2018 £1059
London Luton
London Luton 26 August 2018 £1089
London Luton
London Luton 09 September 2018 £979
London Luton
London Luton 30 September 2018 £879
London Luton
London Luton 07 October 2018 £819
London Luton
London Luton 14 October 2018 £849
London Stansted
London Stansted 08 July 2018 £1119
London Stansted
London Stansted 26 August 2018 £1139
London Stansted
London Stansted 09 September 2018 £1064
London Stansted
London Stansted 30 September 2018 £879
London Stansted
London Stansted 07 October 2018 £859
London Stansted
London Stansted 14 October 2018 £849
Manchester
Manchester 01 July 2018 £1139
Manchester
Manchester 26 August 2018 £1359
Manchester
Manchester 30 September 2018 £1089
Manchester
Manchester 14 October 2018 £959
Southend
Southend 09 September 2018 £969
Southend
Southend 30 September 2018 £865
Southend
Southend 07 October 2018 £810
Southend
Southend 14 October 2018 £799

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 offer is valid from 6th April and applies to new bookings departing on 24th June & 1st, 8th July 2018 only. Offer is valid from all airports offering the date. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (LATE3) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

***Low deposits of £79pp apply to new bookings made between 30th March and 30th April 2018 (inclusive) only. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes: Lapland; Andre Rieu in Maastricht; Andre Rieu in Vienna; Deep South Rhythm, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise; Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies; Canada's Rocky Mountaineer; Seychelles Island Cruise; Darjeeling and Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom; Classic South Africa; Victoria Falls to Cape Town - Under African Skies; Cape Town, the Garden Route and Big Five Safari; Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu; and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Croatia's Riviera & Lake Bled reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Croatia's Riviera & Lake BledScores 7.8 out of 10 based on 226 reviews
(6 out of 10)

BERTRAND

Wickford Couple
Interesting but could be improved i.e.
Too long journey from airport to hotel; all trips involved long (6-8 hours) coach trip; hotel had only outside connection between rooms and reception/restaurant, not pleasant in cold, wet conditions; no lounge area in hotel for after dinner relaxation.
Pick-up and drop off at airport was a long way from the terminal (particularly in the heavy rain) could have been dropped off outside terminal.
Otherwise a pleasant location with plenty to do/see locally.
Confirmed traveller: 29 October 2017
Published on: 11 November 2017
(3 out of 10)

TERENCE

Burgess Hill Single traveller
Opatija is a lovely little town to be in but it is much too far away from places to be visited.
The flight from Gatwick left far too late in the day. The drive by coach from Venice to Opatija was too long and very exhausting.
The plate of food that met us on arrival at midnight was insufficient.
Lots of choices, dishes, at mealtimes but truly the quality wasn’t that good.
I didn’t go on two of included coach outings. They were too far away from the hotel and one appeared very daunting - certainly not suitable for anyone past retirement age.
Confirmed traveller: 29 October 2017
Published on: 10 November 2017