Balkan Holiday from Ljubljana

Explore the most fascinating destinations in three countries on the south side of the Alps.

Start
Ljubljana
Finish
Dubrovnik
Length
9 nights/10 days
Difficulty
Leisurely

Highlights

Balkan Holiday from Ljubljana in a nutshell

  • Tour through the Balkans, from the Alps in Slovenia, to the coast of Montenegro
  • Stop in must-see locations and UNESCO heritage sites
  • Enjoy the Mediterranean vibes of the Adriatic coast of Croatia and feel the mixture of cultures in Bosnia
  • Visit iconic sights, such as Lake Bled, the Plitvice National Park and Dubrovnik
Agent
Jovan
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Choose your type of Holiday:
Shared: 
1890€
per person

Avaliable group tour dates

30.4.2021 - 9.5.2021
4.6.2021 - 13.6.2021
2.7.2021 - 11.7.2021
13.8.2021 - 22.8.2021
24.9.2021 - 3.10.2021
Guided private:
2690€
per person
Self guided:
1190€
per person
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Description

A list of carefully selected must-see destinations from Ljubljana to Dubrovnik awaits. This amazing expedition begins with sightseeing around Slovenia’s lovely capital, Europe’s little green gem, and the nearby mountainous region of Lake Bled. After exploring the highlands, with their alpine lakes, scenic valleys and hidden gorges, it’s off to the Karst, home to world-famous Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle.

Crossing the southern border, it’s time to stroll around Zagreb, the magnificent capital city of Croatia. Zagreb’s architecture and charming old town will leave you breathless, as will the natural grandeur of Plitvice National Park, a forest reserve with captivating terraced lakes and waterfalls within a limestone canyon. For a dose of culture, we continue to the Dalmatian town of Šibenik, visit the ancient jewel of Trogir, before heading to Bosnia and its renowned heritage town of Mostar.

It wouldn’t be a Balkan trip if we didn’t offer some more Adriatic splendour, so it’s back to Croatia and the coastal city of Split, which is just a boat ride away from the picture-perfect islands of Hvar and Vis. And the final leg of our journey is reserved for the medieval town of Ston and the most famous port in Dalmatia – Dubrovnik. We believe the latter needs no introduction, but just to give you a teaser: the fact that Game of Thrones was filmed there is the least interesting thing about this incredible walled time capsule.

Oh, did we mention you can extend your holiday? Well, you can! There are several incredible add-on options you can choose from, like discovering Croatian Istria, Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo, cruising to the Kornati Islands or hopping down to Montenegro’s Kotor. A superbly diverse blend of history, culture, people and breath-taking natural phenomena would be a nice way to describe this Balkan Holiday of a lifetime. For more, please check out the itinerary and let’s hit the road!

Included in price

English-speaking guide*
Comfortable transportation*
9 nights 3* accommodation with breakfast
All entrance fees as in the itinerary
Tourist tax

Itinerary

Day 1 - Ljubljana

We start our adventure on the “Sunny Side of the Alps” in Slovenia’s cute subalpine capital. Strolling around Ljubljana, you will get to see all the main sights and learn about its rich history. The Old Town is bound to charm you with its timeless architecture and the medieval castle above the city offers yet another perspective of this amazing place. The colourful markets and squares and the green Ljubljanica River, which winds through the heart of it all, will surely leave a lasting impression.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Ljubljana
Optional extra charge
Transfer from Ljubljana airport
Day 2 - Bled & Bohinj

The second day promises some more of Slovenia’s awe-inspiring beauty. We will pop over to Lake Bled. It’s arguably the symbol of Slovene tourism. The alpine lake with a church in the middle and an ancient castle standing guard atop of a colossal cliff is beyond impressive. The afternoon will be spent walking through a glorious gorge and visiting another wonderful lake called Bohinj. Not to mention a cable car ride to the top of the Vogel mountain for some panoramic shots.

Walking:
Steep slope to Bled Castle/99 steps on Bled Island/3km (1.8 mi) distance in Vintgar Gorge (*CLOSED in winter - opening times subject to weather conditions in early spring and late autumn)
Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Ljubljana
Included:
Bled Castle entrance fee
Pletna boat ride to Bled island
Optional extra charge
Entrance fee to the church on the island
Day 3 - Postojna Cave

Have you heard of Postojna Cave? It’s a spellbinding cave located in the Slovenian Karst. It’s the oldest tourist cave and one of the most stunning in the world. There’s even a special creature living in its depths called ‘the human fish’ or ‘baby dragon’. It’s where we’re headed on the third day, so be prepared to be amazed. A photo stop and an optional visit of the nearby Predjama Castle, the largest ‘cave castle’ on the planet, is also planned.

 

*Optional add on - 3 days of Istria (Poreč, Rovinj, Motovun, Grožnjan, Pula, Opatija):

You can spend an extra 3 days travelling down the Istrian Peninsula where the coastal towns are exceptionally beautiful, the climate is more than pleasant and the cultural ingredients of the place are super interesting and diverse. 

Walking:
1.5 km (0.9 mi) distance in Postojna Cave/200+ steps in Predjama Castle
Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Ljubljana
Included:
Postojna Cave entrance fee
Optional extra charge
Predjama Castle entrance fee
Day 4 - Zagreb

Next on the list is Slovenia’s wonderful neighbour, Croatia. Or rather its flourishing capital Zagreb, to be precise. Steeped in culture, Zagreb offers a long list of sightseeing attractions, which are in walking distance from each-other and the streets are never too overcrowded, making sightseeing a dream. The Neo Gothic Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church, the charming old town and its pulse - all add to this attractive city’s appeal.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Zagreb
Highlights:
Zagreb old town
Zagreb cathedral
Day 5 - Plitvice National Park

Strap in for day five! It’s time to enter the wonderland that is the Plitvice National Park. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice is Croatia’s first national park. It boasts incredible limestone formations, characterised by dreamlike waterfalls and 16 terraced lakes. Interlinked with walkways and hiking trails which wind around and across the water, the lakes are a fantastic way of spending the day. In the evening, we arrive in the Dalmatian coastal town of Zadar and spend the night in this historically significant port.  

Optional add on - 1 day of Kornati Islands:

The Kornati Islands are an archipelago off the Dalmatian coast, near the city of Zadar. The islands are a national park, the natural beauty of which is beyond comparison. A day trip to Kornati is certainly an add-on option worth exploring.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Zadar
Included:
Plitvice National Park entrance fee
Highlights:
Plitvice Lakes National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Great Waterfall
Flora and fauna of Plitvice Lakes
Zadar and UNESCO world heritage site
Day 6 - Towns of Šibenik & Trogir

A short drive south from Zadar takes us to Šibenik, where we will spend day number 6 on a walking tour of the town’s lovely sights. These include the 15th-century Cathedral of St. James with its 71 sculpted faces, the 14th-century Prince’s Palace, and the white stone St. Michael’s Fortress with its open-air theatre and views of Šibenik Bay and the neighbouring islands. From Šibenik, the road leads to Trogir, a truly fascinating medieval town connected to the mainland and an adjacent island by bridges. Trogir is a well-preserved blend of Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque architecture you won’t find anywhere else. Our curiosity sufficiently quenched, the evening will be spent in Croatia’s second largest city of Split.  

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Split
Highlights:
Šibenik and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Trogir and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 7 - Split

The way you spend the seventh day of your Balkan Holiday is your call. You can either explore Split’s gorgeous old centre, hop on a boat tour of Hvar and Vis, two of the most beautiful islands in the Southern Adriatic, or visit the roman ruins of Solin, once the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Whichever option you choose, be sure a very thrilling time will be had and unforgettable scenes witnessed.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Split
Highlights:
Split and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Roman heritage of Split
Dalmatian coast with islands
Optional extra charge
Boat trip to Hvar & Vis islands
Solin entrance fee
Day 8 - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Our next stop takes place in another country. It involves a tour of Mostar, the cultural heritage gem of southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Situated on the Neretva River, Mostar is known worldwide for its iconic Old Bridge, a reconstructed medieval arched bridge that connects the two sides of the city. The narrow alleys and fragrant market stalls will be our constant companions as we discover the history and amazing Turkish heritage of this storybook town, including the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque and the views its minaret boast.

Optional add on - 2 days of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia:

Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo is truly a city worth visiting. It’s steeped in history and a hub of cultural symbiosis. A two-day addition to your holiday will take you to see all the highlights Sarajevo has to offer and feel the rhythm of this classic Balkan beauty. 

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Mostar
Included:
Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque entrance fee
Highlights:
Mostar old town and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Turkish heritage of Bosnia
Mostar bridge
Day 9 - Ston and Dubrovnik

All good things must come to an end, but how brilliant is it when they do so in such a spectacular fashion. We’re talking about the last pitstops of our Balkan adventure. The first is Ston, an ancient settlement with roots reaching back to Illyrian antiquity. Ston is where a giant wall had been constructed centuries ago and remains a must-see attraction in the region.

The second is none other than Dubrovnik, one of Europe’s oldest and best-preserved trading ports. Known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled by a massive stone wall from the 16th century, Dubrovnik is guaranteed to make you fall madly in love with its architecture, which spans through the centuries and includes the baroque St. Blaise Church, the Renaissance Sponza Palace and the Gothic Rector’s Palace. Its limestone-paved streets are lined with shops and restaurants that give Dubrovnik its unique “when old meets new” charm.

Accommodation:
Overnight stay in Dubrovnik
Included:
Ston walls entrance fee
Dubrovnik walls entrance fee
Highlights:
Town of Ston
Ston Walls
Dubrovnik old town
Dubrovnik Walls
Day 10 - Dubrovnik and departure

Spend your last morning in Dubrovnik, exploring the town's secrets before saying goodbye to the beautiful Adriatic holiday.

Optional add on - 1 day to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro:

Not that far from Dubrovnik is the small state of Montenegro. An optional extension of your Balkan experience is a visit to Kotor, a charming medieval old town with a rich and ancient history and breathtakingly stunning surrounding landscape. 

Meals:
Breakfast
Optional extra charge
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport
Jovan
Talk to our Holiday expert
Choose your type of Holiday:
Shared: 
1890€
per person

Avaliable group tour dates

30.4.2021 - 9.5.2021
4.6.2021 - 13.6.2021
2.7.2021 - 11.7.2021
13.8.2021 - 22.8.2021
24.9.2021 - 3.10.2021
Guided private:
2690€
per person
Self guided:
1190€
per person
INQUIRE NOWContact us

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the pickup and which transfers are included?

The included pickup in the price published on our website is in Ljubljana and drop-off at the end of the holiday is in Dubrovnik. For any changes, please notify us upon booking. The included transfers are all the transfers between places and/or activities specified in the itinerary.

Who will be our guide?

On your holidays you will have an experienced tour leader/tour guide, who will look after you for the entire duration of the tour. At some locations, city tours are conducted by professional local guides. All of our guides will make sure that you will receive expert guiding combined with great fun and memorable experiences.

Where do I eat when the food is not included?

Both our back office team and our guides know where to go. We can give you recommendations or even pre-book some places for you. You can be adventurous and find places on your own. Either way, let us know if you would like any sort of help.

I have food restrictions. Are there restaurants for me?

It really depends on the level of your restriction. Vegetarian options are fairly easy to find in Slovenia and Croatia, but vegan dishes, on the other hand, are extremely hard to come by in rural areas and in smaller towns. Please note, that the places where we stop off for lunch are often traditional and may have difficulties accommodating you outside of their standard menu. We suggest you keep this in mind.

What should I wear? Do I have to bring anything with me?

It is important to dress for the season. Slovenia has all 4 seasons, so please check the weather forecast before the holiday regarding temperatures and rainfall. When you are close to the Alps, you can see all 4 seasons change in the same day, so your best bet is to always bring an extra layer and rain gear. Croatia gets very hot, especially during the summer, so we advise you to do as locals do and bring your swimsuits to cool off in the balmy Adriatic. Visiting religious buildings, such as churches and mosques, you will need modest clothing that covers your knees and shoulders.

Will I have some time to myself?

If you want to, sure! We are well aware that some people love to stay in groups while others prefer some more alone time on their trip. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do things your way. It is your holiday, after all! As long as you respect the group timings and locations designated by your guide, please feel free to customize your itinerary and create your own adventure!

What are the “optional add-ons” mentioned in the itinerary?

We want to give you the opportunity to really see the best of the Balkans, so for those of you prepared to spend a longer holiday in our region, we offer the option to extend your holiday for a few days in some areas. We believe that these places should not be missed if you have a few extra days you can spare.

Holiday Types

Self-guided

For travellers that want flexibility and independence. We organize the holidays of your choice, but the adventure of getting around is all yours. You will get a fly & drive itinerary with activities, accommodations and travelling tips with full support of our team for any emergencies or concerns. 

Small group

For solo travellers or travellers who wish to meet other like-minded souls, don’t want to stress about trip planning and would maybe like to enjoy some time on their own as well. You will be travelling with our tour leader in a small group of maximum 8 people in a comfortable van with accommodation, entrance fees and a detailed plan of activities arranged. For guaranteed tour departures we have a minimum of 4 people.

Guided private

For travellers who want a holiday based on their preferences and needs. You don’t need to worry over itinerary planning or your next move, and at the same time you can enjoy the holidays at your own pace and take as much time on your own whenever needed. We take care of the entire organization and provide you with a professional guide, accommodation, transportation and plan of activities.

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