Advent in Croatia and Slovenia

Discover two of Europe’s most welcoming, vibrant capitals, where colourful festive markets brim with Advent magic and wonder.

Join us in the heart of Europe as you head to the delightful Slovenian capital to enjoy the compact, riverside city’s Christmas market and laid-back, friendly atmosphere. Then cross the border into Croatia, and journey to Zagreb, where a market voted ‘Best in Europe’ for the last three years waits to charm and enthral you. Full of traditional magic, twinkling lights and festive fare, this is a perfect start to Christmas for all.

What does this price include?

  • Three nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at your chosen hotel
  • A walking tour of Ljubljana
  • A visit to Zagreb and its Christmas markets
  • Return flights from the UK to Ljubljana, Zagreb or Venice
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • Fly to Ljubljana, Zagreb or Venice, and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Ljubljana. Settle in, and perhaps head out to discover the city. Ljubljana is filled with festive magic and romance, its streets clad in glittering light and decorations, at this time of year. Wander the riverside walkways, cross elegant bridges and discover the city's enchanting Baroque Old Town. You'll find a vast choice of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from, and our friendly tour manager will be on hand to point you in the right direction.

  • Join your tour manager for a walking tour of Ljubljana and its wonderful Christmas markets, this morning. A compact walkabout university city, Ljubljana is a delightful place to wander that was named Green Capital of Europe in 2016. The city centre straddles the River Ljubljanicat – its old town watched over by a majestic medieval castle – and there are fantastic panoramic views across to the Julian Alps from the castle observation tower. Each year, Christmas markets appear in four separate locations across the city – both riverbanks, the central market and the courtyard of the city’s castle – offering a mix of handicrafts, Christmas gifts, and food and drink to enchanted visitors and locals alike.

  • Today you'll journey east by coach, through the Slovenian countryside into north-western Croatia, to the cultured, historic Croatian capital, Zagreb. Begin your day here in Ban Jelacic Square where the iconic equestrian statue of Count Josip Jelacic and an elegant sunken fountain contrast with the bustle of the tram stops on one side and the cafes on the other.

    Stop for a drink or snack in the covered pavilion that is the heart of the city's Advent celebrations, then head out to wander the stalls of the surrounding Christmas market and explore the rest of the city. Don't miss the short funicular ride to the ancient upper town, Gradec, or the live nativity scene that springs up in front of the city's Neo Gothic cathedral. In the surrounding parks the paths are strung with lanterns, and you'll find stalls are filled with artists’ wares and wintertime treats like strukle – a warm, sweet pastry. The sight of the skaters on Tomislav Square’s vast ice rink; the nosy, fun-filled combination of great food and live music on offer at the Fooling Around market; and the traditional market in Zrinjevac Park, all contribute to a wonderful day.

  • Bid farewell to your Slovenian hosts, and transfer back to airport to board your flight home.


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Hotel Ljubljana Park, Ljubljana

Close to the city’s heart, surrounded by parkland with a view of the castle, this modern, eco-friendly hotel is an ideal base for your stay.

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Hotel Lev, Ljubljana

The four-star Hotel Lev boasts an exceptional location in the heart of Ljubljana, just 450 yards from the expansive Tivoli Park and 950 yards from the historic Old Town, making it the perfect base for exploring the city.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 40 minutes from Ljubljana, 2 hours from Zagreb and 2 hours 40 minutes from Venice.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 holiday includes hand luggage on your flights. Additional hold luggage allowance can be purchased direct from the airline when you check in for your flight.

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