Ex-Yugoslavia in 12 Days (Dubrovnik to Venice tour)

North-East Slovenia, ex-Yugoslavia

Visit 4 countries – Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro,
Bosnia & Herzegovina – that used to be a part of Yugoslavia and discover the
beauties of this region.

  • Departure: By request
  • Price: From 2230 € per person

Begin your tour in Dubrovnik, one of the 10 best preserved medieval walled cities, take a day trip to Montenegro, the smallest of the former Yugoslav republics and to Bosnia & Herzegovina to visit Mostar, the setting of one of the most famous bridges in the world. Explore the ancient Split and its Roman heritage and venture out to Trogir, a harbour on a small island. We will depart the Croatian coast and continue to the oldest national park in Southeast Europe, the UNESCO-listed Plitvice National Park, one of the most popular destinations in Croatia and an absolute must-see natural sight – a beautiful system of lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Stop in Zagreb, the capital in Croatia, and continue to Slovenia, to the eastern wine-growing region of Bizeljsko and taste some of the excellent local wines. Visit Celje and continue to Ljubljana, take a half-day trip to Postojna cave – Slovenia’s number one attraction and to Predjama castle, one of the most spectacular medieval buildings in the world. Visit the Alpine region of lakes Bled and Bohinj and drive across the Pokljuka mountain plateau within the Triglav national park. We will take you through the magnificent Soča river valley down to Goriška Brda wine region and taste some of their excellent mediterranean wines.

Tour highlights

Lake Bled

A trip to Bled, one of Slovenia's top attractions, must be a part of any visit to Slovenia. We visit Lake Bled, the/a world-famous Alpine lake renowned for a medieval castle perched on a cliff above the lake. We visit the museum at Bled castle and enjoy the bird’s eye view of the lake and its island with the Church of the Assumption.

We take a traditional pletna boat to Bled island. Time permitting, we go for a short stroll along the lake or have a coffee and “kremšnita” (vanilla cream cake, the most famous dessert in Slovenia)

Postojna cave & Predjama castle

This day trip stirs your imagination with millions of years of natural history, and stories of knights and dragons. Join numerous visitors that have marvelled at the beauty of Postojna cave, an indisputable tourist highlight of Slovenia, on a 5 kilometre visit that includes an exciting underground train ride. Postojna cave is also a home to a peculiar animal of many names, a cave salamander. In Slovene, we call it 'the human fish', otherwise known as an olm or a proteus. Some like to call it a baby dragon.

We also take you to the nearby Predjama, which boasts a castle built into a rock cliff, and share the legends that surround it.

Goriška brda region

Forget Provence and Tuscany; Slovenia’s region of Goriška Brda is Europe’s next hidden gem, waiting to be explored.

This is a land of gently rolling hills, covered with orchards and vineyards and dotted with small, forgotten villages.The gentle climate assures ideal growing conditions for grapes and Mediterranean fruits: cherries, peaches and apricots.

There is no mass production here, but the wine growers of Goriška Brda are world famous for the quality of their wine, and wine connoisseurs will recognise many of the names as we travel through Goriška Brda.

Soča river valley

The Soča river valley is an enchantingly scenic part of Slovenia and even though it is located on the other side of the Julian Alps it can be easily reached in a day trip from Ljubljana.

The Soča river has one of the most amazing colours you will ever see and you can follow its lively rapids from the source to the spectacular carved gorges, all the way down to where it slows down and becomes deeper and more secretive. The river is not the only spectacular sight in the valley since you are accompanied by eminent mountain peaks and wondrous waterfalls for most of the way. The whole area is also pervaded by memories of the battles that were fought in this valley during WWI, which can be traced in the war cemeteries and memorials.

Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia is one of its top 3 attractions, and it is a perfect base to enjoy any day trips in Slovenia. Explore its medieval old town and the old Roman ruins, admire the river banks and bridges of the Ljubljanica river, and take the funicular up to Ljubljana castle for great views of the city and the Alps. Relax in Tivoli park and in the numerous restaurants and cafés where people of all ages meet. Marvel in the architectural beauties, marked by influences of neighbouring Italian and Viennese styles of the previous centuries.

Dubrovnik (Croatia)

A top attraction in Croatia, Dubrovnik is known as the jewel of the Dalmatia region. The seven-century old fortification walls around this historical city give it a certain charm that is unparalleled on the Adriatic coast, and it is considered to be one of the 10 best preserved medieval walled cities, making Dubrovnik an extremely popular destination on the Croatian coast. Recently it became famous as the film set for the popular TV-series, Game of Thrones and parts of the new Star Wars movies. Explore the city on a walking tour, enjoy the evening views and the atmosphere of this UNESCO heritage site.

Split (Croatia)

The second largest city in Croatia and the largest city in Dalmatia, Split is a remarkable monument of Ancient Roman heritage on the Croatian coast. It boasts a fortress that was built for the Emperor Diocletian as a residence for his retirement and other traces of this ancient city's history. Explore the ancient streets of the city, discovering a bit of history on every corner, and indulge in a cup of delicious coffee on Split’s famous waterfront.

Trogir (Croatia)

A UNESCO-listed town, Trogir, is a harbour founded by Greek colonists. A wonderful example of a modern town preserving its historic roots, Trogir lies on a small island and boasts an abundance of churches, palaces, towers and even a fortress, with architecture unparalleled in all of Central Europe. Travel back in time by walking the streets of Trogir, discovering all the ways its rich past has influenced both its architecture and its culture.

Kotor (Montenegro)

Kotor is an old Mediterranean port on the coast of Montenegro, still surrounded by old Venetian walls in a secluded fjord-like gulf just underneath a mountain range, giving it a breath-taking panorama.

Mostar (BIH)

Mostar, a historic town in Bosnia and Herzegovina with one of the most famous bridges in the world built by the Ottomans, makes a great destination for a day trip from the Croatian coast. The turkish influence is still very present throughout the heart of this old town, a UNESCO heritage site.

Plitvice National Park (Croatia)

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest and largest national park in Croatia. One of the earliest natural sites to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage register, The Plitvice Lakes National Park is famous for its sixteen lakes with their ever changing colours and its multitude of incredible waterfalls. Combined with its rich diversity of flora and fauna and its quaint traditionally built mills and sawmills, Plitvice are truly a sight that cannot be forgotten. Opt for one of the park’s eight tours of the lakes, from the shorter visit of the Great Waterfall and the more easily accessible lakes and caves, to the longer walk of the park’s entire lakeside, and enjoy the incredible sights guaranteed to leave you breathless.

Zagreb (Croatia)

The capital of Croatia is the very heart of the country’s modern culture, art and academic life. Zagreb’s rich history seeps from the city’s facade of a modern metropolis with small streets and old buildings which might resemble other Central European capitals, and a combination of Austro-Hungarian and socialist architecture. Walk through the quaint cobbled streets of its medieval quarter, visit its many art galleries and stop for coffee at one of the numerous cafes found at every corner. Take the city tram for a true experience of Zagreb.

MAPS & AREA

Map view for Ex-Yugoslavia in 12 Days (Dubrovnik to Venice tour)

Tour details
  • DAY 1: Arrival in Dubrovnik. Overnight Dubrovnik
  • DAY 2: Dubrovnik walking tour with a local guide. Overnight Dubrovnik
  • DAY 3: Day trip to Kotor (Montenegro). Overnight Dubrovnik
  • DAY 4: Daytrip to Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina). Overnight Split
  • DAY 5: Split walking tour with a local guide, Trogir. Overnight Split
  • DAY 6: Plitvice national park. Overnight Zagreb
  • DAY 7: Zagreb walking tour. Bizeljsko wine region, Celje old town. Overnight Ljubljana
  • DAY 8: Ljubljana walking tour, Postojna cave, Predjama castle. Overnight Ljubljana
  • DAY 9: Lake Bled, Vintgar gorge, Pokljuka plateau, Lake Bohinj. Overnight Bled
  • DAY 10: Soča river valley, Triglav national park, Kobarid. Overnight Goriška Brda
  • DAY 11: Goriška Brda region. Overnight Goriška Brda
  • DAY 12: Venice airport transfer, departure

We reserve the right to change the sequence of trips.

Price: from 2230 € per person
Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price per person 7700 € 4570 € 3530 € 3010 € 2700 € 2500 € 2350 € 2230 €

Prices vary on the number of passengers in the party and the type of accommodation (available: hostel, B & B, farmstay, hotel 3-/4-/5-star, boutique & luxury). These prices are calculated with 4* hotel accommodation based on maximum 8 people sharing. They are subjected to the accommodation availability and prices. For groups of more than 8 people, the price changes with bus prices.

Price includes:

  • Private driver/guide
  • Private transport
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees: Dubrovnik city walls, Kotor cathedral, Mostar mosque, Diocletian
    palace in Split, Plitvice national park, wine tasting, Celje castle, Postojna cave,
    Predjama castle, Bled castle, traditional pletna boat ride to Bled island, Vintgar gorge (from
    April to October), Kobarid WWI museum

Optional extras:

  • Food and beverages