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Two Week Slovenia & Croatia Coast, Islands & Lakes Tour

This sample 15-day (14 nights) itinerary covers Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar and Dubrovnik. These are some of the hidden gems of Europe, and each is a destination with a unique charm all its own. Slovenia is a natural paradise, with a laid-back atmosphere that's perfect for a holiday. As you make your way south you'll get a chance to enjoy some of Croatia's most magnificent beaches and natural landscapes. The lovely city of Dubrovnik is the perfect place to conclude an adventurous yet relaxing two-week vacation. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, bus and ferry tickets, transfers and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. Our Destination Manager in the region will provide assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options, including boutique-style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five-star level. From our first-hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.
Slovenia
• Ljubljana
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Croatia
• Rovinj
• Plitvice
• Trogir
• Hvar
• Dubrovnik

Itinerary


3 Nights in Ljubljana

Day 1

When you arrive at the Ljubljana airport, you'll be greeted and taken to your centrally located accommodation.

Included : Ljubljana Airport Transfer

Day 2

Optional: Private City Walking Tour
Ljubljana never fails to win over visitors with its charm and natural beauty. Most of the Old Town has been converted to a pedestrian-only zone, so it’s easy to explore the highlights on foot. Today we recommend a two-hour private walking tour with a local guide so you can skip the tourist traps and see the best of the city. You’ll head up to the castle for spectacular views, but also take time to stroll along the river in the center. Ljubljana has a wonderful restaurant and cafe scene, and many great venues are right on the water.

Ljubljana Private Walking Tour
Ljubljana Private Walking Tour
Duration : 2 hours
Activity level : Light
Local Life: Vodnik Square and Market
Today we suggest venturing into Vodnik Square, where you’ll find an excellent market, with fresh fruits and vegetables, local specialities and crafts that make wonderful souvenirs. The square is easy to find in the center, as it goes from Dragon Bridge to the Triple Bridge. There’s also some interesting architecture here, including the statue of the priest and poet Valentin Vodnik, who gives the square its name.

Vivid History: Ljubljana Castle Museum
Today we recommend exploring one of most striking parts Ljubljana’s skyline, the Ljubljana Castle. Set on a hill overlooking the entire city, you can reach the castle by foot, bike or funicular. You’ll find a museum that will tell you everything about the history of the city and the surrounding region. This is a great way to get a more in-depth picture of the rich story of Ljubljana’s founding. Tickets are only 10 euro and include a funicular ride back downtown. The view from the tower of the castle is a must-see.

Day 3

Lake Bled & Bohinj Self-Guided Day Trip
On this day the rent a car representative will deliver you the car. It will be the car with an Manual transmission but please let us know if you will need an automatic and we will upgrade for additional fee. The GPS is also available for the additional fee. Slovenia is relatively small, so it’s easy enough to explore. From Ljubljana, our top recommendation is a day trip to Lake Bled and the stunning surrounding area. Here you can spend the afternoon enjoying the gorgeous glacial lake and medieval castle situated on an island. This place is a Slovenian icon, and it’s easy to see why. The entire town has a fairy tale atmosphere that will astound you. It's about a 45 minute drive from Ljubljana so you'll be there in no time at all. You can stroll along the alluring jade water, hike through the surrounding forests, or even pilot a boat to float romantically over the lake. No trip to Slovenia is complete without a visit to this tranquil setting. If you like fish dishes, try the fresh local trout. Other places of note are Vintgar Gorge, a 1.6 km long gorge with steep depths and vertical walls which we recommend visiting after seeing the center of Bled, where you can have lunch and a short walk to take some pictures. Be sure to try rich local cream cake! After the gorge you could visit another even more picturesque and peaceful lake, Bohinj in the heart of the Triglav National Park before heading back to Ljubljana.

Included : 7 days rental of a VW Up Manual or comparable to be delivered in Ljubljana and returned in Split

Day 4

A morning start is recommended for your drive to Rovinj as there are some fascinating stops along the way. About halfway there, we suggest touring the Postojna caves as well as visiting the nearby Predjama Castle. Built into the side of a cliff, it is a truly marvellous sight. Read more about Postojna and Predjama here.
Ljubljana

A little about Ljubljana

Ljubljana enjoys a central postion which makes it the ideal base for exploring the rest of Slovenia. It is a crossroads culturally due to its location, on one hand you can see the Central European influence from Austria and Slavic countries in the city's architecture and language. On the other hand there is a strong Mediterranean and Balkan influence which is brought out in their laid back approach and the city's cafe culture. People are often surprised how westernized and advanced Slovenia is putting it more in a class with its Austrian neighbors than its Eastern European counterparts. The surrounding areas of the city are packed with natural beauty and cultural sights bearing witness to the city's dynamic history. There is diverse range of places to satisfy culinary desires as the local cuisine is also heavily influenced by its neighbors in all directions. Wine lovers will find Slovenia to be a hidden gem. One of the best ways we have found to get to know Ljubljana and Slovenian cuisine at the same time is on a food tour, which will take you on a gastronomical tour of the whole country while walking around the center. The city layout is tourist friendly as the Old Town has an ever expanding pedestrian zone and a great way to see Ljubljana is by bike taking advantage of the numerous bike lanes spread out across the city.

3 Nights in Rovinj

Day 1

After your sight seeing stops, you'll probably arrive in Rovinj in the late afternoon, perfect to check in to your accommodation. Relax after your drive with an evening stroll around Old Town and the lively harbor area.

Day 2

Optional: Get to know Rovinj with an expert guide
On your first day in Rovinj we recommend getting a feel for the city with a private walking tour. This two-hour tour will be led by a local guide who knows all the ins and outs of the place. You’ll see all the main attractions including the St. Euphemia Church, the town clock, and Balbi’s arch. St. Euphemia Church is a stunning example of Baroque architecture that dominates Rovinj’s Old Town, as it is built on the top of the hill. Inside you’ll see the preserved body of St. Euphemia from the 6th century. This orientational tour will introduce you to the rich history of Rovinj and all of Istria, as well as Italy’s influence on the region.

Rovinj Private Walking Tour
Rovinj Private Walking Tour
Duration : 2 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Optional: Let's go truffle hunting!
Croatian cuisine is mostly associated with seafood, but local truffles also play a big role. These savoury mushrooms are some of the most sought-after ingredients in the world. Today we recommend a four-hour truffle hunting adventure near lake Butoniga in central Istria, about 45 minutes from Rovinj. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation and driven to the area, where you’ll start with a welcome drink and a feast of truffle products. Then, accompanied by a truffle hunting dog, you’ll hike to locations where truffles grow in nature, and with a little luck find some of your own. At the end of the day you’ll head back to your host’s house for a traditional dish with your fresh truffles and a glass of Istrian wine.

Adventure Truffle Hunting Group Tour
Adventure Truffle Hunting Group Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 3

Optional: Private Istria Tour
Istria is a region of romance and myth. It’s also so beautiful that it’s often compared with Italy’s Tuscany. But in order to experience the best of Istria, you’ve got to get outside of Rovinj. To do so, we recommend this private full-day Istria tour. From the hills to the coasts you’ll see the best of the region, and also taste some of the local cuisine. This is a suggestion for a private tour while you can easily explore the region on your own with the car you have rented.

Istria Private Tour
Istria Private Tour
Duration : 8 hours
Activity level : Easy

Day 4

Lots of options for you as you make your way to Plitvice. You might want to explore more of Istria, so we suggest a visit to Pula. Driving along Kvarner Bay will certainly take your breath away, and we also recommend stopping for a visit to the coastal resort town of Opatija, once the seaside retreat of the Habsburg era nobility.

A little about Rovinj

Rovinj used to go by Rovigno, and to Italian-speakers it still does. This city was once part of the Republic of Venice and this is evident from the street names in Italian to the Venetian touches to the architecture. This laid-back spot also has a full cultural calendar, with numerous festivals taking place in the warmer months. We’ll help you get to know the local culture, with possible activities like a local wine tasting, a fish cooking masterclass with a local chef, or a truffle hunting adventure in nearby Croatia. Then, to work up an appetite for your next delicious meal, you could rent bikes and cruise through the breathtaking Zlatni Rt Park. You’ll definitely want to visit the local market too. History buffs will love visiting the local cultural heritage museum, which gives great insight into the region. When you’re ready to get in the car, a day trip to Pula is always fun. This busy port town hosts a large market packed with delectable local specialities, and also boasts a Roman amphitheater. You could even arrange a full-day private tour through the gorgeous region of Istria, where more delights await you inland.

1 Night in Plitvice

Day 1

Have a leisurely drive from Rovinj to take in the sights along the way. We'll advise you on how best to reach your Plitvice accommodation and with a later afternoon arrival you'll be perfectly timed to check in and relax.

Day 2

There are many interesting stops on your way from Plitvice to Trogir today. Our suggestion would be to stop and visit Zadar town, famous for the unique sea organ and greetings to Sun. The other stop would be Krka Waterfalls, another national park very close to Trogir. If you make any of these stops you will probably arrive in Trogir in the later afternoon, a perfect time to check in at your accommodation.

A little about Plitvice

The Plitvice Lakes are one of the most beautiful natural settings in Croatia. A visit here is always a joy. The national park has been UNESCO-listed as a World Heritage Site since 1979 and it’s easy to see why. You’ll find 16 lakes here in a stunning array of colors. Surrounding the lakes for 200 miles, the park has numerous hiking trails and plenty of places to appreciate the scenery. The lakes themselves stretch across five miles. This is nature at its most untouched!

1 Night in Trogir

Day 1

You'll most likely arrive in Trogir later in the afternoon, in time to check into your accommodation. Then relax for the evening with a stroll through the Old Town and along the beautiful port.

Day 2

A short half hour drive to Split will begin your day. At the port, you'll drop off you rental car and then we suggest storing your bags and exploring the Old Town for a few hours - you can read more about Split on our website. While in Split, we will provide tickets on the ferry to Hvar, about a one hour journey. The port, bag check and Old Town are all within walking distance of one another, so this day is easily managed.
Included : Split - Hvar Ferry
Trogir

A little about Trogir

Trogir is has been called a city museum. With a history stretching back more than 2,300 years, there’s something ancient everywhere you look. History, culture and architecture comes together in the oldest part of Trogir, an island surrounded by city walls. You’ll see traces of Roman, Greek and Venetian art and design here as you wander the quaint streets and narrow alleyways. Combine this charm with the beaches and lush green hills that surround Trogir, and you’ve got a picture perfect holiday destination. You’ll love relaxing as you explore the city, and enjoy day trips to national parks, wineries and beautiful coastal towns. There’s much to do in and around Trogir, and the activities perfectly balance the city and the lovely beaches of nearby Ciovo. After learning more about the history of the city and seeing its most impressive sites with a local guide, you can enjoy fine Croatian cuisine at the city’s best restaurant. From fresh seafood to grilled specialities, Croatian cooking is always robust and full of flavor. Trogir is situated near some of Croatia’s most pristine national parks. The UNESCO-listed Plitvice lakes are breathtaking, with emerald water and natural wonders. When you’re ready to venture farther afield, you’ll also want to visit the Sibenik and Krka waterfalls, a full-day trip that will have you relaxing in an Edenic setting. This is a wonderful place to unwind.

3 Nights in Hvar

Day 1

Upon arriving in the port of Hvar, you will be met and brought to your accommodation.

Optional: Wine Tasting Tour
There are numerous vineyards and a long history of winemaking in Hvar. Today we recommend getting a taste of the local vinous culture, with a fully guided four-hour wine tasting tour. You’ll stop at two wineries, where you’ll taste six different wines, along with two dessert wines. The tour is designed to be informative, and above all, fun.

Hvar Wine Tasting Group Tour
Hvar Wine Tasting Group Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Easy
Included : Hvar Port Transfer

Day 2

Optional: Vis Blue Cave Group Excursion
One of the best-known characteristics of Croatia is the deep blue water off the coast. We recommend getting more in-depth, literally, with an eight-hour blue cave group excursion. After a brisk trip by speedboat you’ll arrive at the islet of Bisevo, the location of the Blue Cave, a natural phenomenon that can be entered only by small boats. Here you’ll admire the play of light off the water, before continuing on to the fishing village of Komiza, where you’ll have free time to swim and explore before returning to Hvar, with the possibility of a stop at the Pakleni archipelago if time allows.

Vis Blue Cave Group Speedboat Tour
Vis Blue Cave Group Speedboat Tour
Duration : 8 Hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 3

Optional: Off Road Tour Excursion
Hvar is Europe’s sunniest island, a gorgeous combination of beaches and olive groves, fisherman and grape growers. There’s plenty to see, and a full-day off-road excursion is the perfect way to see it. You’ll be treated to an off-road tour through typical old villages, combining amazing scenery with authentic local charm. The unspoiled nature, panoramic views, and luscious groves are a sight to behold. You’ll enjoy the tour with your own local guide, stopping for a delicious lunch of Croatian delicacies along the way.

Hvar Off-road Island Group Tour
Hvar Off-road Island Group Tour
Duration : 8 hours
Activity level : Light
Optional: Private Pakleni Islands tour
Today is a great day to charter your own boat and skipper to explore the Pakleni archipelago, with white sand beaches and quiet villages with delicious local restaurants. With your own boat, you’ll be able to make your own itinerary, exploring the many hidden coves and the picturesque coastline at your leisure.

Pakleni Islands Private Speedboat Tour
Pakleni Islands Private Speedboat Tour
Duration : 8 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

It's an early start today for the only departure of the day to Dubrovnik, the city on the sea that you've heard so much about. Skipping a length ferry ride to Split and then a bus ride down the coast, instead you will speed along above the waves on a catamaran ferry. You will reach Dubrovnik around midday, so you'll have plenty of time to explore in the afternoon. Alternatively, if you would prefer taking the opportunity to sight see along the way, we recommend our private transfer option. For an additional fee, we can arrange for a private driver to pick you up in Hvar and bring you straight to Dubrovnik. If you choose, you can stop along the way, perhaps to explore Ston, the oyster capital of Croatia, on the Peljesac peninsula.
Included : Hvar Port Transfer, Hvar - Dubrovnik Ferry
Hvar

A little about Hvar

One of the gems of the Adriatic, Hvar is more than a beautiful coastal town. It’s also an ancient epicenter of culture, boasting the oldest communal theater in Europe, the largest square on the Croatian coast and a stunning medieval fortress dating back to the 7th century. There’s a little bit of everything here, from history and architecture to modern culture, outdoor adventures and isolated beaches. Whether you want a vacation that’s action-packed or something more relaxing, Hvar -- named one of the top 10 world summer party spots by MSN -- will offer more than enough variety to please you. The longest of the Adriatic islands, Hvar’s fertile landscape makes it perfect for growing grapes, giving you several local vineyards to visit. Be sure to sample the local cuisine, which emphasizes freshly caught fish, baked bread and vegetables grown on the island. We can offer a tasting tour at the finest local vineyards. Those seeking an active vacation will not be disappointed either, as there are several possibilities for sailing, swimming, exploring the sea caves along the coast. You can also take a hike in the hills overlooking Hvar, and go offroad with a local guide. This is a relaxing destination with warm locals. It’s an ideal summer vacation spot.

3 Nights in Dubrovnik

Day 1

We will arrange to have someone on hand at the port to greet you as you get off the boat and then transfer you to you Dubrovnik accommodation.

Optional: Get to Know Dubrovnik on a Private City Walking Tour
Dubrovnik is truly a gem of the Adriatic. The city has been on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List since 1979. We recommend taking a private 1.5-hour walking tour of the Old City that will show you the old city including the elegant main street and its most important sites: The Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio’s Fountains, Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Column, City Bell Tower, Church of St Blaise, and Rector’s Palace. It’s an ideal way to get oriented in the city and set yourself up for further exploration. Continue your day in Dubrovnik after the tour with a ride on the cable car up Mount Srd' to take in the views or get another view of the town by walking the ancient walls that surround the city. If you'd prefer to see Dubrovnik from afar then take a boat trip to Lokrum Island, an oasis of nature and tranquility just 10 minutes from the old town harbor.

Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour
Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour
Duration : 1.5 hours
Activity level : Light
Included : Dubrovnik Port Transfer

Day 2

Optional: Explore Outside the City Walls
Let’s get the adrenaline pumping today, shall we? A sea kayaking excursion or a buggy adventure are two great activities we highly recommend. The Buggy Safari is an hour-long excursion that lets you drive off road to see wildlife, fortresses, former minefields and war sites. It all culminates in a dramatic 360° view of the entire region from Srd mountain. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the off-road site, then you’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. If you’d rather explore sea than land, a three-hour sea kayaking excursion is your best choice. You’ll paddle along the walls of Dubrovnik, getting a new view of the city, then go for a swim in one of the secluded coves, where you’ll really become one with nature. Your kayak is equipped with a water-tight barrel so you don't need to worry about your valuables or camera getting wet!

Buggy Safari Adventure Group Tour
Buggy Safari Adventure Group Tour
Duration : 1 hour
Activity level : Moderate
Sea Kayaking Group Tour
Sea Kayaking Group Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Optional: Cook Local
If you have a taste for great food, we’ve got the perfect day for you if you opt for this cooking class. Today you will head out into the Konavle countryside. Here in a 500-year-old farmhouse, you’ll have a half-day cooking class that will teach you about local gastronomy as well as Croatian culture and history. Start by picking fresh vegetables from the garden, then prepare a four-course lunch or dinner with an expert chef. When you sit down to dine, you’ll also have excellent local wines and brandy. It’s a great way to get hands on with Croatian gastronomic culture, and have a great time doing it! If you need our local staff can arrange for transfers both ways, if you don't have a designated driver.

Konavle Farmhouse Private Cooking Class
Konavle Farmhouse Private Cooking Class
Duration : 4-5 hours
Activity level : Easy
Optional: Elaphite Islands Exploration
Today why not explore the Elaphite islands with a private speed boat and skipper at your disposal? You can enter and see some of the Elaphiti hidden caves, swim on sandy beaches and visit villages on the islands. Take a walk on the island of Lopud, with two monasteries, 30 churches and a number of ruined noble buildings. This tour is perfect getaway from the busy old city center and a great example of typical Dalmatian island culture. Beautiful spots for swimming, sightseeing, walking or just enjoying the sun on the boat or on the beach is all this day is about.

Private Speedboat Elaphite Island Tour
Private Speedboat Elaphite Island Tour
Duration : 8 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 3

Optional: Visit a neighboring country
Today’s a great day to get out of the city and see something new. We have two equally unforgettable suggestions, Mostar and Montenegro. Located in a beautiful valley between the high mountains of Herzegovina about two hours from Dubrovnik, Mostar is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The town is exceptional for its dwellings and monuments assembled harmoniously over the centuries, thanks to favorable geographical conditions and a sound economic climate. Mostar’s most famous landmark is an Ottoman stone bridge which connects the city in two parts over the Neretva River. Montenegro is one of region’s last undiscovered secrets. Located less than one hour’s drive from Dubrovnik, Montenegro offers an unforgettable experience; exceptional natural beauty in combination with a rich history and culture. You’ll enjoy the view above the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kotor Bay with its numerous small settlements. It is a country of contrasts, the new and the old, the mountains and the sea, sun and snow and all of this a little more than a stone’s throw from Dubrovnik.

Mostar Group Tour
Mostar Group Tour
Duration : 11 hours
Activity level : Light
Montenegro Group Tour
Montenegro Group Tour
Duration : up to 12 hours
Activity level : Light
Optional: Peljesac Wine & Oyster Tour
Today, why not spend a day exploring some of the finer things in Croatian life, like wine, seafood and boats. Oyster fans should undoubtedly head for Peljesac, renowned for having the best oysters in Croatia. You’ll see the gorgeous scenery and blue bays of the Peljesac peninsula, where you’ll taste excellent wine from Croatia’s most famous wine region. You’ll stop at two wineries for tastings and take a 10-meter boat to an oyster and mussel farm, where you’ll have a light lunch of excellent, fresh shellfish.

Peljesac Wine and Oyster Tasting Private Tour
Peljesac Wine and Oyster Tasting Private Tour
Duration : 7 hours
Activity level : Easy
Private Speedboat Elaphite Island Tour
Private Speedboat Elaphite Island Tour
Duration : 8 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

A driver will pick you up at your Dubrovnik accommodation and drop you off at the airport for your departing flight.
Included : Dubrovnik Airport Transfer

A little about Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik offers an unusual blend of modern culture and ancient tradition. Marble-like polished limestone streets, a labyrinth of alleyways and breathtaking architecture compose the unique atmosphere of the Old Town. You’ll experience a true variety of sightseeing, leisure and outdoor adventures here. Dubrovnik’s most stunning feature is the 82-foot tall city wall which extends more than a mile. Game of Thrones fans will be in luck, as we offer a special tour to local set locations. King’s Landing never looked so good! There’s a rich selection of live performances for music lovers here, as concerts are performed daily, and in July and August the Dubrovnik Summer Festival of music, theatre and dance brings incredible performers from around the world. The nightlife is also exciting, with restaurants, cafes and bars that will keep you socializing until dawn. You’ll be staying in beautiful accommodation within short walking distance to all the major sites, so you’ll be able to sample a little of everything. But there are also several exciting day trips and cruises to enjoy. From kayaking through hidden coves to an authentic Croatian cooking class, vineyard tours, and trips as far afield as Montenegro, you’ll have more than enough to fill your itinerary.

What's Included

Below you will find all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package.

Should you wish to add any optional tours and excursions listed on the Itinerary tab, please let us know.


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Ljubljana
  • Ljubljana Airport Transfer
  • 7 days rental of a VW Up Manual or comparable to be delivered in Ljubljana and returned in Split
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Rovinj
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Plitvice
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Trogir
  • Split - Hvar Ferry
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Hvar
  • Hvar Port Transfer
  • Hvar Port Transfer
  • Hvar - Dubrovnik Ferry
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Dubrovnik
  • Dubrovnik Port Transfer
  • Dubrovnik Airport Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager.
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives.
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations.
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance.
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, containing detailed destination information and tips on the best that these cities can offer.


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