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Jewels of the Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia

FROM THE ALPS TO DUBROVNIK

 

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on these remarkable Slovenia, Croatia tours and Adriatic tours. Reserve by December 28, 2018 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 Philadelphia (PHL) or New York (JFK)
  • 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 10 Apr 23 $ 2699 $ 2799 $ 3099
Apr 17 Apr 30 $ 2899 $ 2999 $ 3299
Apr 24* May 7 $ 2999 $ 3099 $ 3399
May 1 May 14 $ 3199 $ 3299 $ 3599
May 8 May 21 $ 3199 $ 3299 $ 3599
May 15 May 28 SOLD OUT
Jun 5 Jun 18 $ 3299 $ 3399 $ 3699
Jun 19* Jul 2 $ 3299 $ 3399 $ 3699
Jul 10 Jul 23 $ 3499 $ 3599 $ 3899
Aug 21 Sep 3 $ 3299 $ 3399 $ 3699
Sep 11 Sep 24 $ 3399 $ 3499 $ 3799
Sep 24^ Oct 8 $ 3199 $ 3299 $ 3599
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $549.
* Apr 24 ’19 & Jun 19 ’19 departures include international flights from Philadelphia. Please note there are two stops on the return flight.
^Sep 24 departure features an additional night in Zagreb
All other trips depart from and return to New York (JFK).
For more information on tours of Croatia, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 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 which must be received within 48 hours 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 or similar (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. Rikli Balance Hotel or similar (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 or similar (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 or similar (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. Corner Hotel or similar (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 or similar (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. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Zagreb
Afternoon Kumrovec Tour with Dinner ($59 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 ($46 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 ($56 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 ($64 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 ($74 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

2019: Apr. 10, Apr. 17, May 1, May 8, May 15, Jun. 5, Jul. 10, Aug. 21, Sep. 11, Sep. 24

British Airways

New York (JFK)

6:30PM

8:00PM

2019: Apr. 24

American Airlines and Croatia Airlines

Philadelphia (PHL)

6:30PM

3:00PM

2019: Jun. 19

American Airlines and Croatia Airlines

Philadelphia (PHL)

7:00PM

3:00PM

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

The above 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.

LAND ONLY TRAVELERS

International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.

Main Tour: Land only services start upon independent check in at Zagreb hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land Only services end after breakfast at Dubrovnik hotel on Day 14 of the itinerary listed on our tour page.

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.

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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by harveena regupathy on Blank Business Name
Jewels of the Adriatic Tour

Just returned from an amazing, well organized "Adriatic tour". Had a wonderful time. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone. It is a beautiful, scenic part of the world! Elvis Kidric our Tour Director was phenomenal. He is well informed, relatable, attentive to the needs of all group members, caring and humorous. His attention to detail was remarkable. We had an excellent driver too. We look forward to joining many more smarTours to different destinations. My sister will be going to Egypt with smarTours based on our great experience.

by Tom & Dona McClelland on Blank Business Name
Great Tour!

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational group tour made so by our tour guide, Roc. His knowledge of the area and the history of the former Yugoslavia was extraordinary. His best skill was keeping the group under control and on time. Hotels and meals were great and the sights were memorable. We highly recommend this tour.

by Carla Sharpe on Blank Business Name
Jewel of the Adriatic

The magic began after a very long journey to Zagreb airport on July 12, 2018. We were greeted by Elvis! From that very moment until we said goodbye, he made our Croatian experiance nothing short of SPECTACULAR! Thank you yo Smartours and Elvis for the best adventure ever! Xoxo

by Bonnie Mack on Blank Business Name

This was my 19th trip with smarTours in 21 years – and it was absolutely wonderful! My first visit to the area (formerly Yugoslavia) was 41 years ago, and the beauty of the countries brought me back 14 years ago with smarTours. Our guide Rok filled our minds with the incredible history of the area – from ancient times to current. Meanwhile, we absorbed the breathtaking scenery in the care of our most capable driver Sludgen, as he navigated the winding roads through and around the mountains.

Someone commented that the Dalmation Coast of Croatia was more beautiful than Italy's Amalfi Coast (or our own California coastline, for that matter). Absolutely true, because the Croatian coast is probably longer. There are 1,000 islands that parallel it, and the mountains seem to tumble into the turquoise waters below. All along the drive, from Zadar to Montenegro, communities with red-tiled rooftops dot the bays and inlets.

For anyone who loves culture and history, this is the trip for you – but if you just want to absorb absolute beauty, you won't be disappointed!

by THOMAS H. LEACH on Blank Business Name
JEWELS OF THE ADRIATIC

Our recent "Jewels of the Adriatic" trip was one of our best ever. Our tour guide Valentina was to quote an old saying is "AS GOOD AS IT GETS" She is bright, delightful, knowledgeable person who went far beyond the norm to insure every minute of our tour was safe, interesting and a learning treat. We can't say enough....A JOB WELL DONE.

by HECTOR ABBUD on Blank Business Name

One of the best vacation trips I ever had, incredible places, excelent food and not to mention great lager beer. truly recommendable

by Carol Alfus on Blank Business Name
There aren't enough superlatives

From lakeside castles to shimmering coastline, mountains, terraced lakes, waterfalls, walled cities, Roman ruins...Croatia and Slovenia were one fabulous surprise after another! Our tour director, Elvis, guided us with humor and patience. His stories made the distant and recent histories of these countries come alive for us. This was my first experience with SmarTours, and I will definitely be coming back for more!

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.

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