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Jewels of the Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia

FROM THE ALPS TO DUBROVNIK

 

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For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on these remarkable Slovenia, Croatia tours and Adriatic tours. Reserve by December 15, 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your Adriatic tours include
  • 2 nights in Zagreb
  • 2 nights in Bled
  • 2 nights in Opatija
  • 1 night in Plitvice Lakes
  • 1 night in Split
  • 4 nights in Dubrovnik

 

  • Historic Zagreb
  • Lake Bled
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Roman Ruins (Split)
  • Old Dubrovnik
  • Montenegro

For an in-depth look at the highlights of this amazing journey to Croatia & Slovenia, click here to take a look at photos recently taken by a smarTours traveler in May 2016!

  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK) or Philadelphia (PHL) via American Airlines/Croatia Airlines
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Europe transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at deluxe and first class hotels
  • 19 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D) 
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking tour director throughout

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Apr 12** Apr 25 $ 2699 $ 2799 $ 3099
Apr 26** May 9 SOLD OUT
May 10* May 23 $ 2999 $ 3099 $ 3399
May 17** May 30 $ 2799 $ 2899 $ 3199
May 24* Jun 6 $ 2899 $ 2999 $ 3299
Jun 7** Jun 20 $ 2999 $ 3099 $ 3399
Jul 12** Jul 25 $ 3199 $ 3299 $ 3599
Aug 23 Sep 5 $ 3299 $ 3399 $ 3699
Sep 6 Sep 19 $ 2999 $ 3099 $ 3399
Sep 20 Oct 3 $ 2899 $ 2999 $ 3299
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $499.
* May 10 & May 24 depart from and returns to JFK. Please note: on the return from Dubrovnik to JFK, there are two layovers (one in Zagreb and one in Paris).
** Apr. 12, Apr. 26, May 17, Jun. 7, Jul. 12, Aug. 23, Sep. 6 & Sep. 20 depart from and return to Philadelphia (PHL).
For more information on tours of Croatia, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating Croatia & Slovenia tours,  the “Jewels of the Adriatic“, begin as you depart today on your overnight flight to Europe.
Day 2
Arrive Zagreb (Croatia).
Arrive in historic and elegant Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. You are greeted at the airport and escorted to your deluxe downtown hotel. Along the way, you’ll witness the signs of a prospering city and country. Visitors from around the world are warmly welcomed here! This evening, your tour director hosts a briefing followed by welcome dinner. Sheraton Hotel (D)
Day 3
Morning guided tour to explore some of the highlights of gracious Zagreb. Visit the Upper Old Town and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and St. Marks Church. You’ll also visit colorful Jelacic Square and wander the surrounding narrow alleys. Proceed to the historic Mirogoj Park Cemetery, known for its opulent sculptures and arcades. The remainder of the day is free to explore this delightful city on your own and perhaps visit the impressive Mimara Museum with its unique arts and crafts collection. (B)
Day 4
Zagreb/Ljubljana/Bled (Slovenia).
After breakfast, journey through the lush countryside and cross the nearby border to the Republic of Slovenia. Arrive in the thriving capital of Ljubljana where you’ll explore the unique architecture and admire the work of Joze Plecnik, a 20th-century architect and Ljubljana native, that made significant contribution to restoring the city that suffered from a devastating earthquake in 1895. You’ll also see some buildings that survived the earthquake and still stand in the charming historic old town. The old town is dotted with small shops and numerous outdoor cafes and restaurants. Stroll along the riverside promenade and visit the bustling and colorful open air market. This afternoon proceed to the enchanting resort town of Lake Bled, situated on the lakeshore and surrounded by the majestic Julian Alps. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight. Golf Hotel or Park Hotel (B,D)
Day 5
Start your day with a guided stroll around emerald-green Lake Bled. You’ll also visit the Bled Castle perched high on a cliff above the lake. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration of this charming village. You may join a relaxing cruise around the lake. (B)
Day 6
Lake Bled/Postojna Caves/Opatija (Croatia).
Slovenia’s pastoral countryside unfolds as you depart Lake Bled today to the mysterious Postojna Caves, the second largest in Europe. Here, ride a train to view the impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Later, proceed to the fashionable Riviera town of Opatija, arriving at your seaside hotel in time for dinner. Grand Hotel Adriatic I (B,D)
Day 7
Opatija/Optional Istria Peninsula Excursion.
Today is at leisure to explore Opatija’s Austro-Hungarian grandeur, stroll along the waterfront promenade or relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants. You may join a delightful optional excursion to the picturesque towns dotted along the scenic coastline and the exciting surrounding landscape. (B)
Day 8
Opatija/Plitvice Lakes.
Enjoy a thrilling ride today to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a string of 16 turquoise colored lakes linked by 92 waterfalls and cascades and surrounded by densely wooded mountains and lush vegetation. This afternoon enjoy a short scenic boatride and a leisurely walk along the lakeshores. Admire the awesome waterfalls and the magnificent natural beauty. Your hotel is located inside the National Park! Jezero Hotel (B,D)
Day 9
Plitvice Lakes/Zadar/Split.
Depart beautiful Plitvice National Park. Later, drive to Zadar, the oldest Slavic town on the Adriatic Sea and once famed cultural center. Pause here for an orientation tour that includes a visit to the Roman Forum’s ruins. Continue along the spectacular coast to Trogir, the center of artistic activities where scholars from around the world gather to study and paint. Arrive in Split in time for dinner. Radisson Blu Hotel . (B,D)
Day 10
Split/Dubrovnik.
Located in the center of the Dalmatian coast and nestled between the mountains and sea, Split is a picturesque ancient town built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. On your guided tour, visit the impressive Emperor’s Palace built in the 3rd century. This afternoon, delight in a breathtaking drive along the spectacular Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic, dotted with palm trees, olive groves and idyllic fishing villages. Late this afternoon arrive in Dubrovnik, one of Europe’s best preserved walled cities founded in the 7th century and now declared a World Heritage Site. Arrive at your seaside hotel. Lapad Hotel (B,D)
Day 11
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is certain to enchant any visitor! Thick age-old walls surround the ancient port town. The winding cobblestone streets are filled with old red-tiled roof houses and distinctive medieval age buildings. Enjoy a guided walking tour through “Old Dubrovnik” and see the harbor, the Franciscan monastery and view the stately Baroque Cathedral. The afternoon and evening are at leisure to discover the treasures of the historic old town at your own pace. (B)
Day 12
Montenegro Excursion.
Today, drive across the border to the Republic of Montenegro and the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay and learn about the rich history of the area. You’ll then take a boat ride to “Our Lady of the Rocks,” one of the two islets off the coast of Perast, a charming old town on the Bay of Kotor. The largest building on the islet is a Roman Catholic Church that was built with the help of the sailors who passed by the bay, with each sailor making their own unique contribution to the construction of the church. Later, after enjoying brief visits to Perast and Budva, return to Dubrovnik via a short ferry ride across the scenic bay. (B)

Day 13
A full day at leisure to explore splendid Dubrovnik on your own, join an optional excursion or shop for local arts and crafts in the colorful local market. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 14
Dubrovnik/USA.
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight. Your memorable Croatia & Slovenia Tours end as you arrive the USA later today. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance your visit to Slovenia & Croatia tours, your tour director will offer you several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. All rates are in US dollars. Payment can be made in US dollars (cash) or major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). Optional tours are subject to a minimum of 12 participants and may therefore be cancelled if this minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Zagreb
Afternoon Kumrovec Tour with Dinner ($58 per person, dinner included)
This afternoon embark on a short scenic drive outside Zagreb to Kumrovec on the banks of the Sutla River. This town was the birthplace of the late Marshal Tito, the president of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Visit Tito’s home, now a museum as well as the Ethnological Museum with fascinating well-preserved old village houses. Later, follow the winding road through the Zagorje hills to a nearby restaurant located in an old farmhouse, offering magnificent views of a 15th century castle. Here, enjoy a sumptuous dinner of delicious local specialties and wines! After dinner return to your hotel in Zagreb.

Bled
Afternoon Excursion to Lake Bohinj & Boat Ride on Lake Bled ($43 per person)
Bled with its surroundings of natural beauty, is a jewel among the Alpine resorts. Here, don’t miss an enjoyable ride on a special small boat called “Pletna” to the scenic island located in the middle of the lake. Visit the island’s old church housing an impressive art collection. You’ll have some free time to enjoy the magnificent views from the island. Later the boat will bring you back ashore and you’ll embark on a drive to the nearby resort of Lake Bohinj, beautifully set amidst dense woods and spectacular mountains. Your journey will take you through some old Slovenian villages surrounded by amazing landscape. Return to Lake Bled later this afternoon. 

Bled
Slovenian Village Dinner ($52 per person, dinner included)
This evening, drive from Bled to the nearby quaint medieval village of Radovljica. Here, enjoy a walk through the old section of the town. Later, savor dinner in typical Slovenian restaurant, housed in a 500 year-old building, serving sumptuous Slovenian traditional dishes. Wine is included with dinner. Return to Bled later this evening. 

Opatija
Full Day Istrian Peninsula Excursion ($63 per person).
Enjoy a delightful guided excursion to the picturesque towns dotted along the scenic coastline of the sun-kissed Istrian Peninsula. Travel through the beautiful countryside filled with olive groves and vineyards, old villages and delightful sea resorts. Arrive in Pula, a strategic port since ancient Roman times and tour the impressive Roman Amphitheater, one of the largest of its kind in the world.  Continue your journey to the resort of Rovinj. This is a charming town with narrow winding streets, small squares and old palaces built in Venetian style. Here, enjoy some free time to explore independently before driving back to Opatija.

Dubrovnik
Cruise & Dinner ($72 per person, dinner included)
St. James Beach in Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful beaches in this area. Most attractive pictures of the old city were taken from there. To get to the beach is a special treat. You will be picked up by bus at your hotel and taken to the port to board a motor boat which will take you around the old city walls to St. Jakov Beach, where the staff will be waiting for you with a three course dinner with excellent Dalmatian Wine. When dinner is over the boat will bring you to the old city port. The bus will be waiting by the pile gate to bring you back to the hotel.

Dubrovnik
Full Day Excursion Mostar ($54 per person, lunch included)
Drive through the marvelous gorge of Neretva River past the Bosnian border to Mostar. Enjoy views of recently reconstructed 16th century single arch stone bridge and walk through old part of the city where you’ll see the remains of the Turkish quarter. After the guided walking tour savor an included lunch in local restaurant. Try traditional dish made of minced meat, Cevapcici. Drive back to Dubrovnik and arrive in the late afternoon.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from the US and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. You need to arrive at the designated airport at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure. Schedules are as follows:

Departure Date

Airline

Departure Airport

Depart

Return

2017: May 10, May 24, Oct. 4

American Airlines and Croatia Airlines

New York (JFK)

6:30PM

4:00PM

2017: Apr. 12, Apr. 26, May 17, Jun.7, Jul 12, Aug. 23, Sep. 6, Sep. 20 

American Airlines & Croatia Airlines

Philadelphia (PHL)

8:30PM

2:00PM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Croatia Airlines & American Airlines do not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are not required to the countries visited for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations (including Montenegro). Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip. You’ll need to mail smarTours one photocopy of your passport with your final payment.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

The airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tourPlease make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

While some of the cities visited in Croatia and Slovenia are located close to the Alps region and central Europe, which is normally cooler, other cities on the tour, especially as you travel south along the coast, enjoys milder, Mediterranean weather. You may expect average daytime temperatures in the 50’s in March and November; 60’s in April and October, 70’s in May and September and 80’s in June through August. Evening and overnight temperatures are cooler.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $15-25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

 

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 29 reviews
Fantastic tour

This trip with Smartours through Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Montenegro was one of the best I've experienced.. Our guide, Rok was very informed and and shed light on the complex history of the area. The balance of the guided and the free time was excellent and the hotels and accommodation very nice. I am recommending smarTours to others as well. They are a great value for a very quality trip.

by Jerry Strum on Blank Business Name
smarTours Croatia

We have traveled through many parts of Europe, most of the trips organized on our own. This trip with Smartours through Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Montenegro was just awesome. Honestly one of the most beautiful areas we have ever seen. We learned so much about the history of this area besides seeing the beautiful views and towns and so much about the people and their struggles. Our guide Rok did a fabulous job of keeping the group organized and on time and in telling us so many facts about the cultures, history and much about the recent history through Communism and the 1990's wars. The trip was relaxing as everything was organized and timely. Our hotels were all excellent. Many meals included. Typically a nice overview guided tour was offered of each new location but you have very much time on your own to explore. The other members of the tour were very nice and we all enjoyed a common bond early on in the trip. Bottom line is I would highly recommend Smartours for your next trip. They are a great value for a very quality trip. We certainly will be using them again!

by Debbie Ford on Blank Business Name
Beautiful countries, great tour

Terrific tour, it covered some beautiful country. Our guide, Elvis, was wonderful. He shared insight, stories, and history of the region very nicely, had good wine recommendations(!), and was a pleasure to be with each day. Hotels were very good and well located, the bus was new and very comfortable. We were about the only first-time smarTours travelers on the bus, most others had traveled with them for years. I think we will join them! Thank you for a relaxing holiday, smarTours.

by Michael and Carolyn Stransky on Blank Business Name
Everything was awesome!!!

Carolyn and I recently returned from our May/June Croatian tour (Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro) with two other couples. This was our fourth SMARTOURS experience.
We have previously been to China, Thailand, Turkey, Israel and Jordan. As on everyone of our tours we experienced all we had expected and more. As always the tour guides are exceptional.
Our guide, Elvis, from Slovenia met all our expectations. Elvis was very knowledgeable about the local geography, history, architecture, religion, and culture. He was a master at introducing us to each locale and advising us about possibilities for us to explore, either with the group or on our own. Elvis was exceptional in every way: hints on customs, where to get cash changed, where to eat, what to see and the itinerary allowed plenty of opportunities for free time and tour time.
All our hotels were very nice, always in a great location with amenities in close proximity. Our bus was brand new and very comfortable and our driver, who was with us the entire trip, was equally affable, pleasant and helpful. All in all we have enjoyed this and all our SMARTOURS. When our friends ask us about our trip they are amazed at how much of the country we have experienced, how much we enjoyed our accommodations and the exceptional value we received for our money. When we consider the entire cost of the trip includes flight to and from the USA, all local flights, ground and water transportation, excellent hotels, most of our meals, admission to attractions (often not having to wait in lines to purchase tickets or wait in a queue), expert tour guide and expert local guides, we get exceptional value for our money. No one we know has expressed similar satisfaction with their tour results and overall value with any other tour company. We will stick with SMARTOURS. Thank you for another great experience. See you soon.
Mike and Carolyn

by Lisa Land on Blank Business Name

I purchased the Jewels of the Adriatic Tour as a college graduation present for my daughter and I. We had the BEST time! The tour was well organized , on time, entertaining, informative, beautiful scenery, historical etc... Our Tour Guide RoK (Rock) was amazing. He made sure we were always on time, He was well prepared, entertaining, knowledgeable about the history and culture. He thoroughly answered all of our questions and concerns. He gave clear directions. We absolutely loved this trip! Other positive notes: Mario our bus driver was excellent, and we enjoyed meeting all the other fun people on this tour.
Thank you SmarTours we will be back!

by Elizabeth Meyer on Blank Business Name
Full of History

What a beautiful part of the world! I travel a great deal and thought I knew the history of this area. Our guide, Elvis, was so well versed that I learned a great deal. Smartours is my favorite travel company. Rather than spending lots of money on wine and advertising, they keep their prices low. This is why I choose them. The hotels are still nice, the guides are super, and the food is good. This tour and all that I have taken with Smartours had a nice balance between scheduled time and optional tours. The optional tours are reasonably priced and interesting so I usually take all of them.

by martha copeland on Blank Business Name
Croatia with Elvis

Leaving from jfk May 11 to 24th. Excellent guide and wonderful trip. Much more than I expected!! The only thing was early wake -up calls! although I understand why.

by Dale & Mary Bjerning on Blank Business Name
Even more than we hoped for!

This was our first experience with smarTours and we were very pleased with everything. Travel arrangements to and from Croatia worked out well with limited layover time. The hotels we stayed in were very nice. Our tour director, Rok, was OUTSTANDING. The bus was only 6 months old and was very nice and the bus driver was excellent. We will definitely consider using smarTours again for another adventure.

by Terry Welch on Blank Business Name
Croatia

A fabulous trip! Well organize with a great tour guide, Elvis. Great hotels, cities, and optional tours made for a nice variety of experiences. Would like to have more time in Split and the Istrian peninsula.

by Joe and Kathy Miller on Blank Business Name
Excellent Value

Tour started in Zagreb on April 28, 2016, in Zagreb.1. Outstanding tour director Rok. Absolutely wonderful2. Driver Draggie (sp?) was great and coach was a really fine ride.3. Hotels and hotel food was good. Some better than others, but none were unacceptable. We spend a lot of time comparing various tour companies before booking, and we think that we got the very best value for our money
4. Optional tour: Kumrovec (Tito's birthplace) was not that great but ok. Dinner that came with the tour was ok. Would not particularly recommend this option. Stay in Zagreb5. Optional tour: Boat ride on Lake Bled. First class time. Michael was our boat dude, and he was really interesting. Island is pretty. Take this option!
6. Optional tour: Slovenians Village Dinner at Radovlijica. Food was good, wine was great, entertainment was good. This one was well worth it. Surprised at the value on this one. Don't miss it! 7. Optional Tour: Full Day Istrian Peninsula: I could imagine spending more time on the Istrian Peninsula. Pula's Roman ruins are amazing and the local guide was very good! Rovinj is just breath taking. Don't miss8. Optional tour: Dubrovnik Cruise and Dinner. This was absolutely spectacular. Wonderful ride at late afternoon and dinner in view of the old town, the water, the sunset. WOW! However, the dinner was pretty bad (cold) and the bathrooms were flooded. However, it is a beautiful idea, and I recommend it highly if dinner problems are fixed.9. Optional tour: Excursion to Mostar. Do not miss this one! Extremely good value and a whole country and culture that you would miss!!! Local guide was really good. The bridge that everyone goes to see is worth the time, but the nice lunch over looking the bridge and river is the best. Nice marketplace that is different from the typical. take it!10. Lake Bled.... Mighty nice walk around the lake, I recommend. Visit to the Bled Castle is good. Could have stayed longer! Be sure to take the optional boat ride. Spectacular natural beauty11. Postojna Caves: This is included. Nothing quite like it. Tour is well done, and you get to see quite a bit of the cave.12. Pliitvice Lakes. This has to be one of the prettiest places in the world. The Walk around the various lakes with the local guide is strenuous but beautiful. Unfortunately, the local guide was more interested in getting done quickly instead of showing us the beauty. Everyone had difficulty in keeping up with her, and she simply abandoned us along the way. I would have been hurt had not a member of our group and another group rescued me. I hope smarTours makes different arrangements for a local guide. I reported this to Rok our tour director.13. Split: MORE TIME IN SPLIT! This is beautiful place. The local guide who did Diocletian's palace and the local town was outstanding. The dinner at the Epetium dinner the arrival night was good and the special entertainment was good.14. Zadar and Trogir were good. The ruins in Zadar are good!15. Well, the highlight of the trip is Dubrovnik. The old town is just amazing. Be sure to walk the wall.... although, one does need to be in good shape; One can walk part of the wall as we did. Lots of steps. Good local tour guide.16, Farewell dinner was just great!

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