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Delights of Croatia and Dalmatian Coast

Overview

Travel by Coach 0 Days
6 Included Excursions
  • Enjoy the views along the Dalmatian Coast
  • Explore popular Dubrovnik and capital Zagreb
  • Discover Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • See pretty Ljubljana and Lake Bled
  • Visit interesting Montenegro

Croatia’s beautiful landscape will be laid bare for us on this exceptional Grand Tourer holiday, which travels to Dubrovnik, then on to Split. We’ll continue our journey along the stunning Dalmatian Coast with a stay in Zadar, before spending time in Bled in Slovenia.
This holiday will take us through the amazing scenery Croatia and Slovenia are known for, with their beautiful coastlines and bustling cities.

We’ll start by taking an overnight ferry ride from Ancona in Italy to Croatia’s Split, after which we’ll make the journey to Dubrovnik. Staying at a Valamar Hotel on the Babin Kuk peninsula, we’ll be based here for four nights and will enjoy two included excursions. These will include a sightseeing tour of the city, plus a trip to Montenegro.

Departing Dubrovnik we head along the coast to Split, staying overnight, before our next night travelling via Trogir to Zadar. From there, we’ll journey to Zagreb, travelling through the beautiful Plitvice National Park with an experienced tour guide to give us insight into the landscape.

We’ll then cross the border into Slovenia, enjoying a city tour of Ljubljana before staying in Bled for two nights. We’re sure to experience many amazing sights throughout our holiday, journeying through some of Croatia’s best destinations.

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Itinerary

Day One - UK to France

Relax aboard our Grand Tourer coach, crossing by Eurotunnel to Calais, then we will have dinner en route to our overnight hotel. (D)

Day Two - France - Milan
We journey from France to the Milan area today and our overnight hotel. (B,D)

Day Three - Milan - Split
Today we visit Loreto which is situated on the bank of the Musone river. Famous for the ‘Holy House’, which since medieval times has been believed to be the very home in which Virgin Mary lived, conceived and raised young Jesus. We then continue our journey to Ancona, where we embark on our overnight ferry service to Split. (B,D)

Day Four - Split - Dubrovnik
Arriving at breakfast into Split, we disembark our ship and continue southwards calling at the enchanting town of Ston on the Peljesac peninsula, home to the longest fortifications in Europe. On to our four-star Valamar Hotel in Dubrovnik, where we stay for four nights. (B,D)

Day Five - Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is steeped in architecture and this morning we enjoy a guided walking tour to introduce us to this wonderful city, before an afternoon to relax and explore at leisure. (B,D)

Day Six - Dubrovnik
Famously described as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', Dubrovnik has a beautiful old town, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take time to explore or you may choose to join our optional Three Islands boat trip. (B,D)

Day Seven - Montenegro
Today we venture out on a guided trip to Montenegro, to see the unspoilt coast. Ports of call include the charming coastal towns of Kotor and Budva. We head back to Dubrovnik in time for dinner, and our final night stay. (B,D)

Day Eight - Dubrovnik - Split
We leave Dubrovnik this morning for a coastal drive to Split. Why not join our optional walking city tour to see more of this this exuberant city. Tonight we stay at the four-star Hotel President. (B,D)

Day Nine - Split - Zadar
On our leisurely route back, we visit Trogir, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site home to many interesting sights including the Cathedral of St Lawrence. We continue to Zadar, which boasts an historic old town with Roman ruins and medieval churches, as well as cosmopolitan cafes. Why not join our optional walking city tour to discover more. We will stay at the four-star Hotel Kolovare tonight. (B,D)

Day Ten - Zadar - Zagreb
We continue our journey today, and enjoy a guided tour into stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, situated in the mountainous Karst region of Croatia and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later we arrive in to the colourful capital of Zagreb, where we will check into our the four-star Hotel Panorama for a two night stay. (B,D)

Day Eleven - Zagreb
Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. Zagreb is also called a city of museums as there are more of them per square foot than any other city in the world. Take advantage of our optional city tour to discover more. (B,D)

Day Twelve - Zagreb - Bled
Journeying back up through Slovenia, we call at the vibrant capital of Ljubljana for an included city tour of this fabulous city. We continue to beautiful Bled for a two night stay at the four-star Hotel Kompas. (B,D)

Day Thirteen - Bled
Sheltered by picturesque mountains, Bled reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which guests from all over the world love to return. Why not join our optional full day excursion to Bled Castle and Bohinj Lake. (B,D)

Day Fourteen - Bled - Stuttgart
We say goodbye to Bled today and journey onwards to the Stuttgart area, travelling through the Austrian Tyrol region along the way. (B,D)

Day Fifteen - Stuttgart - France
We continue across into France, where we will stay overnight. (B,D)

Day Sixteen - France - UK
We travel back to Calais, and then make our onward journey home. (B)


Hotel Valamar Argosy

Your hotel in Dubrovnik will be one of the beautiful 4 star rated properties belonging to the Valamar Hotel group and final details will be confirmed on your travel documents.

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Dubrovnik Sightseeing Tour

Dubrovnik is a truly stunning city, with an exceptional coastline and views out over the Adriatic Sea, plus historic architecture and attractions. In addition to this, the city enjoys a lively culture that makes it a superb place to stay.

We’ll take a guided walking tour of the city to find out more about its impressive heritage, and so we’ll be able to see some of its best landmarks. These include the beautifully preserved city walls, which date from the 7th century, as well as the Old Town, Rector's Palace, St. Saviour Church and much more.

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En Route: Visit to Ston

We call at the well preserved town of Ston, famous for its salt works and historic walls. The walls are 5km in length, making them the longest defense structure in Europe.

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En Route: Ljubljana City Tour

We’ll stop in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana when travelling to Bled, and will be able to enjoy a guided city tour of the area in order to find out more about its excellent heritage. With a backdrop of the Alps, as well as a beautiful mixture of architecture, this is certainly a fascinating city.

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En Route: Plitvice National Park

For stunning Croatian landscape, there’s no better place than Plitvice National Park. We’ll journey through this national park when travelling to Zagreb, and will get the benefit of an experienced guide. As we’re driving through the marvellous landscape, our guide will be able to impart knowledge of the local area to aid us in understanding this unique location.

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En Route: Trogir

While we’re travelling from Split to Zadar, we’ll journey through Trogir, which sits on the Dalmatian coast and has a UNESCO centre. The town dates from ancient times, having first been founded in 3rd century BC by the Greeks, and it still maintains much of its history. This includes Kamerlengo Castle, the city gate, and a number of palaces.

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Full Day: Montenegro Tour

We’ll tour two of Montenegro’s best locations during this excursion, which will see us travelling to the town of Kotor, then on to the town of Budva. Kotor is filled with history, thanks to its excellently persevered fortifications which were built during Venetian times. When we visit, we’ll be able to learn more about this past, while touring the town’s best sights. 

Our next calling point will be the lovely coastal town of Budva, which is famous for its excellent beaches and Mediterranean architecture. It’s one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic coast.

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Optional Excursions

Full Day: Bled Castle And Bohinj Lake

Located in Slovenia, Bled Castle is an iconic medieval fortress, seemingly plucked from a fairy tale. The castle is built on a rocky precipice which juts out over the lake below. It dates from the 11th century and has been restored to its former glory, now housing a museum dedicated to the town of Bled and the surrounding lake. 

When we visit, we’ll get to explore the castle, as well as experiencing the beautiful Bohinj Lake.

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Split Walking Tour

Split is filled with amazing sights, and we’ll get to admire many of them during our optional walking tour of the city. This city enjoys a fascinating heritage which we’ll get to explore during our visit, which will take us through Split’s most popular areas so we can see the sights and marvel at the attractive architecture.

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Three Islands Boat Trip

We’ll take an excellent three islands boat trip while we’re in Dubrovnik, which will take in the lovely Elaphiti Islands off the coast of the city. These beautiful islands feature stunning landscapes and are wonderful to admire, ensuring we have an enticing excursion.

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Zadar Walking Tour

Zadar, with its assortment of intriguing Roman ruins, medieval architecture and cosmopolitan culture is an amazing place to stay, and we’ll get to take an optional walking tour of the area in order to find out more about its history.

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