UK & IRELAND
- UK Pre & Post Cruise Options
- London City Stay
- Edinburgh City Stay
- Belfast City Stay
- Dublin City Stay
- Other Cities
- London and Heart of England
- Highlights of Scotland
- Highlights of Ireland
- England Wales and Scotland
- England's South West
- Essential England
- English Heritage
- In the Footsteps of the Royals
- Castles of Scotland
- Whisky and The Flavour of Scotland
- A Pilgrimage to Britain and Ireland
- Celtic and Roman Heritage
- Harry Potter's Enchanting England
- Music Legends
- Bond Style
- Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen
- London for Singles
WESTERN & SOUTHERN EUROPE
- Simply Italy
- Northern Italy & the Lakes
- Swiss Rail Tours - Glacier Express
- London & Paris
- Amsterdam City Stay
- European Pilgrimage Tour
- Explore France: Paris & Nice
- European Pre Cruise Options
- Portugal & Spain
- Italy - Rome, Florence & Venice
- London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris
- Barcelona City Stay
- Paris City Stay
- Highlights of Europe
- Southern European Highlights
CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE
- Best of Eastern Europe
- Charms of Croatia and Slovenia
- Croatia Island Hopping Cruise
- Balkans Adventure
- Highlights of Bulgaria
- Budapest City Stay
- Prague, Warsaw & Baltic States
- Prague City Stay
- Vienna City Stay
- Christmas Markets in Central & Eastern Europe
- Austria, Slovenia, Croatia & Hungary
- From Warsaw to Hamburg
- Europe's Imperial Capitals
- Lapland Explorer
- Greenland - A Place Like No Other On Earth
- Norway - All the Way North!
- Scandinavian Capitals
- Prague, Warsaw & Baltic States
- Grand Tour of Iceland
- Incredible Iceland
- Norway’s Spectacular Fjords and Glaciers
PRE & POST CRUISE
CHARMS OF CROATIA AND SLOVENIA
If you dream about sapphire waters in the shade of ancient walled towns, breathtaking countryside, natural beauty, delicious seafood followed by the great wine and uncommon culture, Croatia will be the best of your choice.
Slovenia is the first country in the world to be declared a green destination based on the Green Destinations Criteria. Situated in the heart of Europe, Slovenia is a country between the Alps, Mediterranean Sea, mysterious Karst with more than 11,000 karst caves and Pannonian Plain, rich in healthy water springs.
Let yourself to be enchanted by this unique combined experience!
Arrive at Zagreb Airport and make the short transfer to your city centre hotel overlooking one of the pretty main squares.
Croatia’s capital city contrasts continental and Mediterranean culture and is an up and coming destination amongst classical European cities. Zagreb’s architecture is reminiscent of Prague, Budapest or Vienna with a medieval upper town and a host of galleries, squares and parks.
Our sightseeing tour includes all the highlights, Ban Jelacic Square where pretty fountains divide the upper and lower town, Zagreb Cathedral, the tallest structure in the city, and Dolac open air market where you will find locals buying produce used in their daily cooking. Zrinjevac Park spreads over an area of 12,000 square meters, bringing a small haven to the centre of Zagreb. Overnight in Zagreb
After a hot or cold buffet breakfast at the hotel we head to Croatia’s most popular attraction, the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
A UNESCO world heritage site since 1979, the beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. A boat ride is the perfect way to explore the park and there will be ample photo opportunities as well as an included lunch in one of the restaurants here. Tonight – sample local cuisine such as Štrukli – a traditional meal of the city in a selected local restaurant. Overnight in Zagreb
Zagreb has more than 30 museums and a host of galleries as well as being an great location for discovering a choice of shopping outlets – today is the perfect time to indulge in the two activities. After breakfast we’ll visit to one of the cities museums such as: "The Museum of Broken Relationships” - winner of the Kenneth Hudson Award for ‘most innovative Museum in Europe’ the museum encourages discussion and reflection on the fragility of human relationships and the political, social and cultural circumstances surrounding the stories being told.
Alternatively, for a more traditional museum experience, a visit the Zagreb Ethnographic Museum is a good choice.
For afternoon shopping we will visit Kaptol Centar - the city's best known shopping mall houses luxury boutiques, supermarkets, cafes and a Movieplex cinema or Radiceva Street located close to the main city square offers many small shops selling souvenirs, paintings and antiques. There are numerous jewellery and shoe shops nearby to complete your look.
The lovely final evening in Croatia would be a visit to the Croatian National Theatre - established in 1895 in a beautiful neo-baroque building, Zagreb’s National Theatre puts on productions of drama, opera and ballet throughout the year. The theatre also mounts productions by Croatia’s most renowned playwrights and composers. Overnight in Zagreb
After breakfast head to Ljubljana, one of Europe’s smallest capitals.
On a guided afternoon tour head to the centre where the River Ljubljanica flows through the city’s heart, leading to beautiful buildings, baroque façades and a wonderful medieval centre comprising of three squares. Ljubljana Castle is a must visit and is enjoyably reached by a traditional funicular. Perched on top of a hill and originally a medieval fortress, this impressive complex dominates the skyline. Enter the castle’s courtyard and take in the splendid views. Overnight in Ljubljana
Have a rich breakfast in the hotel and start your day with a visit to Lake Bohinj, a favourite for nature lovers as the influence of tourism here is more limited than its famous sister, Lake Bled and the Julian Alps that rise up in its back drop are a photographers delight - after a little time walking or exploring by boat we’ll head over to Bled.
An orientation sightseeing starts with a tour around Lake Bled, the picturesque, emerald-green wonder with a church on its tiny island near the northern borders of Slovenia. Visit Bled Castle, a medieval fortress atop a steep cliff more than 100 meters above the lake and take a boat ride to visit St Mary Church on Bled Island.
Possible dinner in Bled Castle would be a real highlight this evening as contrasting colours of the lake and mountains at dusk and lighting of the castle make it a perfect evening venue – menu options to follow. Overnight in Ljubljana
After breakfast – we will explore more of the highlights of Slovenia – firstly heading to the Postojna caves, one of the most extensive in Europe. You’ll learn about the formation of the caves which were carved over thousands of years by the Pivka River on a guided train ride and discover the unique formations of the Stalagmites and stalactites here.
Then we will make our way to Piran a delightful town with medieval architecture and a chance to make a wine tasting in a local vineyard – or if nature should prevail a visit to the Salina Salt Pans for a tour of the wildlife haven is in order.
Why not make the most of the final day of this wonderful tour by calling in at Motovun, a Croatian hill town close to the Slovenian border where in a converted farmhouse a selection of truffle dishes will be served – and a truffle souvenir shop for those wishing to take a sample back home. Overnight in Ljubljana
Transfer to Zagreb airport for your return flight.