Slovenia & Croatia & Montenegro
Our multi-day tour package Slovenia & Croatia & Montenegro has been one of our most popular multi-day tours since the pandemic. It is a wholesome tour starting in Ljubljana and ending in Podgorica with these three countries' brightest attractions. If there is only one tour you would choose from this area which combines lovely towns, striking nature, the best beaches, and UNESCO sites, this is the tour for you!
Highlights: Ljubljana, Lipica Stud Farm, Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Lake Bled, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Budva, Cetinje, Lovćen National Park
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- Duration: 9 nights / 10 days
- Tour package includes:
- Pick-up at Jože Pučnik Airport Ljubljana,
- Drop-off at Podgorica Airport,
- Transportation per program,
- Sightseeing per program,
- Entrance fees to: Ljubljana National Museum, Lipica Stud Farm, Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Bled Castle, Diocletian’s Palace, Klis Fortress, Lovćen National Park,
- Private vehicle with driver,
- English-speaking guide,
- 9 breakfasts,
- 9 overnight stays on twin/double sharing basis in 3* or 4* hotels: 4 nights in Ljubljana, 2 nights in Split, 1 night in Dubrovnik, 2 nights in Budva,
- All applicable tolls, fees and taxes.
Day 1: Arrival
We will welcome you at Jože Pučnik Airport Ljubljana and take you to Ljubljana for check-in (after 14:00). You will have time for unpacking and lunch, this day is spent at leisure. A great welcome to Slovenia would be a traditional folklore show and dance with dinner in the evening (*optional). Overnight stay in Ljubljana.
Day 2: Ljubljana
After breakfast, we will go on a sightseeing tour of Ljubljana. To feel its cosy urban vibe, we will walk through the scenic Old Town and see its main attractions, from Prešeren Square with the famous pink Franciscan Church and Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) to Town Square with its baroque fountain, Town Hall. We will walk up the Ljubljana Castle Hill and admire a panoramic view of this lovely city. We will also visit Ljubljana National Museum and the lovely Tivoli Park. If you wish to drive somewhere on this day, the bus will be available from 11:00 to 19:00 and up to 200 km (*all parking fees are paid additionally on the spot). Overnight in Ljubljana.
Day 3: Lipica Stud Farm, Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle
After breakfast, we will drive to Lipica Stud Farm, home of the Lipizzaner horse. Lipica Stud Farm is one of Slovenia’s top attractions by being the oldest European stud farm continuously breeding one of the oldest cultural horse breeds – Lipizzaners a.k.a. “Lipicanci” (Slovene). The history of the Lipica estate dates back to the 16th century, while the Lipizzan breed, such as it is known today, was developed in the times under the Empress Maria Theresa in the 18th century. The hippodrome was built in 1977 and it often hosts Classical Riding School performances of the Equestrian Club Lipica to show off the gracious and elegant movement of Lipizzaner horses, which has been practised to perfection. The stud farm is also a popular venue for picnics, weddings and protocolar events.
We will continue with the visit to 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. Return to Ljubljana in the evening, overnight stay in Ljubljana.
Day 4: Ljubljana Marketplace, Lake Bled
After breakfast, we will visit Ljubljana’s Marketplace, which is particularly lively on Saturdays with colourful stands offering fresh produce and traditional goods, as well as a covered market with local products and Saturday’s exclusive – an outdoor organic section. In the afternoon, we will drive to Gorenjska (Upper Carniola) Region – to the most renowned tourist place in Slovenia, Lake Bled. We will start with 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. After that, 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. 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 5: 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 6: Split
After breakfast, we will drive to the famous Klis Fortress and descend to the ancient amphitheatre ruins in Solin near Split. In the afternoon, we will go on a sightseeing tour of Split and visit Diocletian’s Palace, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 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. Overnight stay in Split.
Day 7: Dubrovnik
In the morning, we will head towards the coastal town of Neum, where we will pass the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina for 5 km, and then return to Croatia. We will continue on the scenic coastal road along the Pelješac peninsula and pass through the Elaphite Islands to Dubrovnik. We will explore the city, which is the pearl of southern Dalmatia, an old town listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We will experience the charm of the remaining buildings from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic, enjoy the view of the Renaissance architecture with some traces of Gothic, see the Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, the central street Stradun, the Sponza Palace and the church of St. Blasius, a majestic cathedral. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Day 8: Kotor, Budva
After breakfast, we will drive along the coastline to Kotor, feasting our eyes on the marvellous landscape passing by. The Bay of Kotor is also known as “the most southern fjord in Europe”. During our 2-hour visit, we will explore the old city centre and stroll around this small medieval fortified town, which boasts 18 churches, a basilica and 2 monasteries. The Venetian influence left its own distinctive mark on the architecture of the old town, which is under the protection of UNESCO. Overnight stay in Budva.
Day 9: Cetinje, Lovćen National Park, Crnojević River
After breakfast, we will visit Lovćen National Park, where we can see the Mausoleum of P. Petrović Njegoš – the founder of Montenegro (*entrance to the Mausoleum is optional). We will visit Cetinje, the historical capital of Montenegro, and admire the beautiful colour of the Crnojević River (Rijeka Crnojevića), which flows into the famous Skadar Lake. During our drive through the Cetinje County, an old panoramic road offers multiple photo stops with amazing views and attractions. Overnight stay in Budva.
Day 10: Departure
Check-out, transfer to Podgorica Airport.
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 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 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/near Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is an old town listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with remaining buildings from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic and Renaissance architecture with traces of Gothic. A must-see are the Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, the central street Stradun, Sponza Palace, Church of St. Blasius, Lovrijenac Fort and the famous Walls of Dubrovnik.
What to see in Budva
The Old Town of Budva is a UNESCO-protected area. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Budva is the statue of the dancer called “The Ballerina from Budva.” You can see the magnificent Church of the Holy Trinity from the 18th century located in the heart of the Old Town ramparts, surrounded by the impressive palm trees.
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 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.
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/near Dubrovnik
When in Dubrovnik, there are numerous attractions you can discover. If you are interested in historical heritage, you can visit the Museum of Croatian War of Independence or Gornji Ugao Tower. For nature lovers and leisure tourists, you can take a trip to the Island of Lokrum or Korčula Island, Mount Srd or relax on the Sveti Jakov Beach.
What to do in Budva
If you are an animal lover, you simply must visit Budva's "cat café"! You can also chill at the Casper bar with a wide selection of drinks and a vivid DJ scene. You can go on a cruise around Montenegro's largest island - Sveti Nikola. Of course, we cannot forget to mention Hollywood's favorite resort - the renowned Sveti Stefan islet, or the romantic little town of Petrovac.