• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice, Postojna, Bled, Zagreb
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Availability: DAILY, April - October
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Highlights

  • Dubrovnik
  • Split
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Postojna Cave
  • Lake Bled
  • Ljubljana
  • Zagreb
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9 days from Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Postojna Cave, Lake Bled, Ljubljana to Zagreb OR REVERSE

Follow the itinerary of one of our most popular Tours every year. See the best of Croatia and Slovenia. Combine with a 7 night cruise beforehand from Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik and have the best of both worlds, land and sea.

You can do the original direction, Dubrovnik to Zagreb, or the reverse, Zagreb to Dubrovnik

Also available as an Escorted Tour or a Private Chauffeured Tour, see below

Itinerary

9 days from Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Postojna Cave, Lake Bled, Ljubljana to Zagreb (or vice versa)

Self-drive tour available in either direction Double/twin or triple rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually a double bed with a single bed. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.

Also available as a private guided tour with daily departures Dubrovnik to Zagreb: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/106/private-tour-dalmatian-sunshine-dbk-zag-8nts/
Also available as an Escorted Tour Dubrovnik to Zagreb (set departures): https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/1/dalmatian-sunshine-croatia-and-slovenia-tour-8nts/


OUR PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE CAR HIRE, SO THAT YOU MAY ADD ANY CAR YOU WISH FROM ANY CAR HIRE COMPANY.

FAQ:https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-you-go/


SUGGESTED ITINERARY ZAGREB TO DUBROVNIK (SOUTHBOUND) (or reverse as below):

Day 01, arrive Zagreb
Pick up your car rental at Zagreb airport and drive to hotel. Overnight in Zagreb

Day 02, in Zagreb (B)
In Zagreb see historic Upper Town, St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament and Government Palace and explore the winding streets of the old town. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 03, to Ljubljana (143 km, approx. 2h drive ) and Bled (55 km, approx. 1h drive from Ljubljana) (B)
Leave Croatia and head to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. See the most significant sights of the old city center, the picturesque open-air Central Market (Sundays closed), the Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's Fountain, take a funicular to Ljubljana castle or just enjoy lunch on the river bank at one of many restaurants. Then, continue to Bled. Overnight in Bled.

Day 04, in Bled (B)
An Alpine lake surrounded by high peaks, Bled was “discovered” by travelers in the middle of the 19th century. Since then, a small town of hotels, villas, and restaurants has developed around the lake, turning Bled into a lively, all-seasons resort. Explore the charming town and the lakeshore, and visits imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Perhaps drive to Lake Bohinj this afternoon, another Alpine Jewel, just 26 km (30 min drive) from Bled. Overnight in Bled.

Day 05, to Postojna (98 km, approx. 1h15min drive), Opatija (61 km, approx. 1h30min drive), and Plitvice (190 km, approx. 3h drive) (B)
Today we drive south, to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, continue to the beautiful bay of Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija. After some free time, journey back inland to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Note: Opening times for the Postojna Cave depend on month of arrival, entrance to the cave every full hour, visit takes 1h30min

Day 06, to Trogir (256 km, approx. 3h drive) and Split (28 km, approx 40min drive) (B)
Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. After the tour, head to Trogir, the center of artistic activities where scholars from around the world gather here to study and paint. Continue to Split. Overnight in Split.

Day 07, to Dubrovnik (237 km, approx. 4h drive) (B)
explore the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Then see the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. In the afternoon proceed towards Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 08, in Dubrovnik (B)
Dedicate your day to the most beautiful town of Dalmatia. Visit the Rector's Palace, see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column, Sponza Palace, the Dominican Monastery, and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 9, depart Dubrovnik (B)
Drop off the car at Dubrovnik airport or Dubrovnik downtown.



INCLUDED:
• Accommodation in selected hotels on BB basis and all taxes
• Breakfast daily


NOT INCLUDED:
• Car Hire (price on request for different vehicles)
• GPS
• Tips/gratuities
• Meals or drinks other than breakfast
• Parking (most hotels offer parking from 10 EUR/day, some need to be pre-booked)
• Sightseeing Tours
• Entrances



Classic Hotels:
• ZAGREB: Hotel BW Astoria / Hotel Dubrovnik 4star or similar
• BLED: Hotel Park 4star or similar
• PLITVICE: Hotel Jezero 3star or similar
• SPLIT: Hotel BW Art 4star or similar
• DUBROVNIK: Hotel Neptun / Hotel Lero / Grand Hotel Park 4star or similar

Premium Hotels (price on request):
• ZAGREB: Hotel Esplanade 5star (superior room) or similar
• BLED: GH Toplice 5star (lake view room) or similar (Note: hotel does not have twin rooms)
• PLITVICE: Hotel Jezero 3star or similar
• SPLIT: Atrium 5star or similar
• DUBROVNIK: Rixos Libertas 5star (superior room with sea view) or similar


Standard Hotels (price on request):
• ZAGREB: Hotel Jadran 3star or similar
• BLED: Hotel Astoria 3star or similar
• PLITVICE: Hotel Jezero 3star or similar
• SPLIT: Hotel BW Art Depandance (Annexe) 3star or similar
• DUBROVNIK: Hotel Ivka / Valamar Hotels 3star (classic room) or similar

Accommodations

Great accommodations are provided.

Essential Information

HOTELS:

Classic Hotels:
• ZAGREB: Hotel BW Astoria / Hotel Dubrovnik 4star or similar
• BLED: Hotel Park 4star or similar
• PLITVICE: Hotel Jezero 3star or similar
• SPLIT: Hotel BW Art 4star or similar
• DUBROVNIK: Hotel Neptun / Hotel Lero / Grand Hotel Park 4star or similar

Premium Hotels (price on request):
• ZAGREB: Hotel Esplanade 5star (superior room) or similar
• BLED: GH Toplice 5star (lake view room) or similar (Note: hotel does not have twin rooms)
• PLITVICE: Hotel Jezero 3star or similar
• SPLIT: Atrium 5star or similar
• DUBROVNIK: Rixos Libertas 5star (superior room with sea view) or similar


Standard Hotels (price on request):
• ZAGREB: Hotel Jadran 3star or similar
• BLED: Hotel Astoria 3star or similar
• PLITVICE: Hotel Jezero 3star or similar
• SPLIT: Hotel BW Art Depandance (Annexe) 3star or similar
• DUBROVNIK: Hotel Ivka / Valamar Hotels 3star (classic room) or similar

Inclusions

INCLUDED: • Accommodation in selected hotels on BB basis and all taxes • Breakfast daily

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Car Hire (price on request for different vehicles - includes 2nd driver and all one-way fees)
  • • GPS
  • • Tips/gratuities
  • • Meals or drinks other than breakfast
  • • Parking (most hotels offer parking from 10 EUR/day, some need to be pre-booked)
  • • Sightseeing Tours
  • • Entrances

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out here:

Before You Go (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise (small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Private Charter (private gulets and yacht charter)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://www.discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions

Cruise Ship Photos

 

 

 

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 01, arrive Zagreb
  • Day 02, in Zagreb (B)
  • Day 03, to Ljubljana (143 km, approx. 2h drive ) and Bled (55 km, approx. 1h drive from Ljubljana) (B)
  • Day 04, in Bled (B)
  • Day 05, to Postojna (98 km, approx. 1h15min drive), Opatija (61 km, approx. 1h30min drive), and Plitvice (190 km, approx. 3h drive) (B)
  • Day 06, to Trogir (256 km, approx. 3h drive) and Split (28 km, approx 40min drive) (B)
  • Day 07, to Dubrovnik (237 km, approx. 4h drive) (B)
  • Day 08, in Dubrovnik (B)
  • Day 9, depart Dubrovnik (B)