Advent in Zagreb and Ljubljana
Discover Christmas traditions, twinkling lights and local festive food and drink in two of South Eastern Europe’s most welcoming capitals. Join us in Ljubljana, the delightful Slovenian capital, to explore the riverside city’s Christmas market and enjoy its friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Then cross the border into Croatia, heading to Zagreb. Here, the Christmas market voted the Best in Europe for the last three years waits to charm you.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Outbound flight from the UK
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.
Day Two: Included Ljubljana Christmas Markets tour
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.
Day Three: Included day in Zagreb
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.
Day Four: Fly back to the UK
Bid farewell to your Slovenian hosts, and transfer back to airport for the return flight.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
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.
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.
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.