From Ljubljana to Zagreb via Split

Our multi-day tour package From Ljubljana to Zagreb via Split is perfect for those who wish to discover Slovenia and Croatia but might be a bit short on time or want to continue their vacation in other countries afterwards leaving from Zagreb Airport. Stunning nature spots, vibrant towns, UNESCO Heritage Sites, hidden corners of Northern Adriatic, and more - our professional tour guide will show you all during this 8-day journey!

Highlights: Ljubljana, Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Lake Bled, Lipica Stud Farm, Škocjan Caves, Piran, Trogir, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Zagreb

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  • Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
  • Tour package includes:
  • Pick-up at Jože Pučnik Airport Ljubljana,
  • Drop-off at Zagreb Airport,
  • All transportation per program,
  • Sightseeing per program,
  • Entrance fees to: Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Lipica Stud Farm, Škocjan Caves, Diocletian’s Palace, Klis Fortress, Plitvice Lakes,
  • Private vehicle with driver,
  • English-speaking guide,
  • 7 breakfasts,
  • 7 overnight stays on twin/double sharing basis in 3* or 4* hotels: 3 nights in Ljubljana, 2 nights in Split, 2 nights in Zagreb,
  • All applicable tolls, fees and taxes.

TOUR DETAILS


Day 1: Arrival, Ljubljana

Our agent will welcome you at the Jože Pučnik Airport Ljubljana and take you to your hotel for check-in (after 14:00). You will have time for unpacking and lunch and in the afternoon, our tour guide will take you on a panoramic sightseeing tour of Ljubljana, proclaimed by the European institutions the »European Green Capital 2016«. To feel its cozy urban vibe, we will walk through the scenic Old Town and see its main attractions, from Prešeren Square and Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) to Town Square with its baroque fountain and Town Hall. We will walk up the Ljubljana Castle Hill and admire its panoramic view of this lovely city. Overnight stay in Ljubljana.

Day 2: Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Lake Bled

After breakfast, we will visit the Postojna Cave, one of the largest Karst landmarks in the world. An electric train will take us through the tunnels of the cave, which is with its 20 km long cave system the most impressive and the most visited cave in Europe. We will be able to spot human fish, the most famous cave animals in the world that used to be believed to be dragon offspring. We will continue with a tour of the mighty Predjama Castle from the 12th century, mounted on a 123 m high cliff above the Lokva River. There are many mysterious tales and legends about the castle and its knights. The most famous of them all is the story of Knight Erazem of Predjama, who rebelled in the 15th century against the emperor and became the first Slovenian Robin Hood. Today’s castle is from the Renaissance period and incorporates a museum.

In the afternoon, we will drive to another part of Slovenia – Gorenjska (Upper Carniola) Region – to the most renowned tourist place in Slovenia, Lake Bled. On our way there, we will visit the magnificent natural attraction Vintgar Gorge. As Bled is a place for relaxation and enjoyment, you will hear all the relevant stories, facts and directions/tips on the way and learn more about Bled upon arriving there. You can decide how you want to spend the next few hours at leisure at the resort by yourself and choose from the possibilities you will learn about.

Our guide can take you on a tour of the majestic Bled Castle, which is located on a steep 139 m high cliff overlooking the lake and offers a heavenly view of Lake Bled, as well as the surrounding alpine mountain tops and valleys. Bled Castle, first mentioned in 1011, is one of the oldest Slovenian castles. You can admire the old wooden Gutenberg printing press and the castle’s smithy, while Bled Castle is also famous for being one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Europe. Alternatively, you can take a pleasant walk around the lake or join a “pletna” boat ride to the island in the middle of the lake, which is named after the town of Bled and is, in fact, the only island in Slovenia. You can take a look at an impressive medieval church and its “wishing bell”. After that experience, you can take some time to treat yourself to a good cup of coffee, enjoying the beautiful view of the lake at the foot of Pokljuka and tasting the traditional local dessert “kremšnita” (cream cake), which has been made in Bled for over 60 years. Return to Ljubljana in the evening, overnight stay in Ljubljana.

Day 3: Lipica Stud Farm, Škocjan Caves, Piran

We will start today’s excursion by visiting Lipica. It is an important equestrian center from the times of the Habsburgs. The main attraction of Lipica is a stud farm, where you will have the unique opportunity to observe horses in pasture. Our trip will continue to the Škocjan Caves, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Škocjan Caves system consists of caves, through which the Reka River flows, which represent the most important underground phenomenon in the Karst. The Slovenian coastal road will lead us to the lovely town of Piran, also called “little Venice”. We will walk through its narrow streets and beautiful squares up to the church of St. George to see the view of three countries – Slovenia, Italy and Croatia, as well as nearby salt fields. The salt there is acquired from the sea in a unique, traditional and natural way: with the help of the sun, petola mud and wind. Return to Ljubljana in the evening, overnight stay in Ljubljana.

Day 4: Ljubljana - Trogir - Split

After an early breakfast, we will head towards Croatia. We will drive along the scenic Adriatic Highway and visit the UNESCO town of Trogir. This pretty Dalmatian town is set within medieval walls on a tiny island, linked by bridges to the mainland and the Čiovo Island. We will be able to see a number of beautiful intact buildings from its age of glory between the 13th and 15th centuries. We will arrive in Croatia’s second largest city Split in the late afternoon/evening. Overnight stay in Split.

Day 5: Split

After breakfast, we will go on a sightseeing tour of Split and visit Diocletian’s Palace, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List (*entrance optional). At the beginning of the 3rd century, it was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian, born in the town of Solin near Split. A walk around the 1700-year-old palace is actually a walk through the heart of today’s Split. On the central square called the Peristil, we are actually standing on the original cobbled almost two thousand years old Roman street. We will also see the Temple of Jupiter, Cathedral of Split, St. Domnius Liberty Square or Prokurative and much more. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore the city by yourself and feel its vivacious vibe. Overnight stay in Split.

Day 6: Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast, we will visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This natural beauty presents sixteen lakes in beautiful blue-green pastel colors, which reflect the surrounding forests. The water in the waterfalls flows from lake to lake, creating a unique landscape. Plitvice Lakes National Park is listed as one of the natural heritage sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Our journey will continue towards Zagreb - the capital city of Croatia. Overnight stay in Zagreb.

Day 7: Zagreb

After breakfast, we will go on a panoramic city tour of Zagreb. We will see Donji grad, Kaptol with the Zagreb Cathedral, the largest church in Croatia, Gornji Grad, Bloody Bridge, Stone Gate and St. Mark's Square. Afternoon is free to explore Zagreb on your own. Overnight stay in Zagreb.

Day 8: Departure

Check-out, transfer to Zagreb Airport.

PLEASE NOTE:

In the case of unexpected events (traffic conditions, weather conditions or other inconveniences that we cannot influence), we can change the order of trips and sometimes the contents to make the tour as logistically convenient as possible.


What to see in Ljubljana

Our tour guides can take you on sightseeing tours of Ljubljana to show you its main attractions, from Prešeren Square and Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) to Town Square with its baroque fountain and Town Hall. Another thing you cannot go without is climbing the Ljubljana Castle Hill and admiring its panoramic view of this lovely city.

What to see in Bled

As the most photogenic place you can visit in Slovenia, Bled offers breathtaking panorama. The best view is inarguably from the Bled Castle, but there is a lot to see down by the lake, too. The traditional pletna boats are known as the “gondolas of Bled”, beautifully crafted by the locals. If you are in a pampering mood, you can take a lovely ride with the coachmen Fijaker – a special Bled tradition on its own.

What to see in/near Postojna Cave

The illuminated trail leads through the Great Mountains (Kalvarije) across the Russian bridge, built by Russian prisoners during World War I in 1916, to the beautiful Tubes’ Hall, White Hall and Red Hall – until Brilliant Passage, where the most famous stalagmite Brilliant, the symbol of the Postojna Cave, is located. In a large concert hall, you can see an aquarium with human fish, the most famous cave animals in the world.

What to see in/near Split

Split’s main attractions are the famous Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman building heritage in the world), Temple of Jupiter, Cathedral of Split, Klis Fortress, Galerija Meštrović, St. Domnius Liberty Square or “Prokurative”, Fruit’s Square and the central square “Peristil”.

What to see in Plitvice Lakes National Park

This natural beauty will amaze you with 16 lakes in striking blue-green pastel colors. The mineral-rich water flows from lake to lake, creating a unique landscape with beautiful waterfalls and cascades. The park is heavily forested, providing a refreshing natural environment for you to discover.

What to see in Zagreb

Must-see attractions in Zagreb are Donji grad, Kaptol with the Zagreb Cathedral (the largest church in Croatia), Gornji Grad, Bloody Bridge, Stone Gate and St. Mark’s Square. As Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb has a lively urban, cultural and art scene full of lovely cafés, events, gallery and other exhibitions.

What to do in Ljubljana

Visiting Tivoli Park is a must! You can walk under the oak trees, see an open-air exhibition and feel the care-free urban vibe there. You can take a Ljubljanica Boat Cruise, go SUP-ing or treat yourself to some gelato in one of the ice-cream shops. The best cafés and restaurants are found in the Old Town, laid-back during the day and full of life and lights during the night.

What to do in Bled

After the initial amazement, you can take a closer look at the lake, watch the peaceful sailing of the swans, chill on the beach, look out for local craft and have a delicious lunch. You can go rowing on Lake Bled or swimming during warmer months. The best way (or the only way?) to conclude your visit is by tasting the Bled cream cake, one of the symbols of Bled!

What to do in/near Postojna Cave

Guided tour of Postojna Cave includes walking and driving by an underground train, where you can admire 5 km of tunnels, passages and spectacular halls. By Hotel Jama in front of the cave, you can visit the souvenir shop and get a baby dragon of your own. Inquire about additional experiences and activities in the area!

What to do in/near Split

Split is a 17-centuries-old Croatian town of great history and cultural heritage that you can discover on a sightseeing city tour. You can visit Trogir, a small island near Split (UNESCO World Heritage Site), nearby wineries and vineyards, forests, jogging trails, recreational terrains and beaches with extraordinarily clean sea.

What to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

It takes about 6 hours to explore the park on foot. If you don’t have that amount of time, you can explore the upper lake section, which takes 2 hours. Plitvice Lakes National park is perfect for relaxation and contemplation, as the nature is truly astounding. It is also popular for bird watching and hiking. Note that swimming is not permitted in any of the lakes.

What to do in Zagreb

For the best cultural experience of Zagreb, you must visit its colourful markets, starting with “Britanski trg” (British Square), the oldest open-air market only 10 min walking distance from the main square. If you wish to escape from the city rush, you can stroll through the Maksimir Park, visit the Botanical Gardens or take a trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park.