Slovenia to Croatia Adventure
A Croatia and Slovenia activity holiday you won’t forget
This 8-day tour will take you from the base of the Julian Alps in Slovenia to Croatia’s Adriatic coast, and finally to world-famous Plitvice Lakes. We’ll start by exploring Ljubljana, Slovenia’s charming capital, and magical alpine lakes in Bled and Bohinj. After Slovenia, we will visit some of Croatia’s most beautiful places – the idyllic region of Istria and magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park.
You will explore beautiful places with amazing scenery and experience local cuisine, with a good mix of nature, activities, culture, and history in two different countries.
|2||Kayaking||Lake Bohinj||Bled||Breakfast, Dinner|
|3||Hiking||Lake Bled||Bled||Breakfast, Dinner|
|4||Sunset Sea Kayaking||Rovinj||Rovinj||Breakfast, Lunch|
|5||Hiking||Ucka Nature Park||Motovun||Breakfast, Dinner|
|6||Cycling||Istrian Countryside||Motovun||Breakfast, Dinner|
|7||Hiking||Plitvice Lakes||Plitvice||Breakfast, Dinner|
Arrival in Ljubljana
Our tour begins in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s charming capital city. The small city has a green soul and a high level of environmental awareness, making it one of Europe’s most liveable capitals. The car-free city center and tree-lined banks of the Ljubljanica River make it a fantastic place to explore on foot or by bicycle. You’ll have plenty to do if you decide to spend an extra day or two here before the start of the trip.
In the early evening on Day 1, we will meet for a welcome drink, dinner and a trip overview. In addition to getting to know the guides and fellow travelers, we’ll discuss the adventures that await us over the coming week.
Accommodation: Ljubljana; Meals: Dinner.
Lake Bohinj Kayaking
After breakfast, we have about a 2-hour drive to the shores of Lake Bohinj. The clear blue waters framed by mountains provide a picturesque setting for today’s kayaking adventure. We’ll enjoy a leisurely paddle through the lake’s calm waters, with plenty of time to swim and admire the scenery. You’ll have some free time after paddling to take a stroll along the lake and get a snack before we head to Bled for the rest of the day.
Accommodation: Bled; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Lake Bled Hiking
Lake Bled has been known as a paradise for centuries, impressing visitors with its natural beauty, wealth of legend, and special powers to restore well-being. The most beautiful view of Lake Bled and its surrounding alpine peaks is from the hiking paths wrapping around the lake. We will hike one of the loop trails around Lake Bled so that you can experience the beauty of this area and immerse yourself in nature. Our hike will be around 4-5 hours long, easy to moderate level of difficulty and full of exciting views and stops.
In the afternoon you will have time to relax and get some coffee or a refreshing drink next to the lake. For those who want to try more activities, there will be options for swimming, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, row boat excursions, and more.
Accommodation: Bled; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Transfer to Istria, Sunset Sea Kayaking
Today we say goodbye to Slovenia and make our way to Croatia’s Istrian peninsula. In about 3 hours, we will reach our destination – the charming seaside town of Rovinj. The historic town rises from the sea on a small peninsula surrounded by 14 stunning islands. We’ll have lunch together, get settled into our accommodation, and then will have some free time in the afternoon to just relax or enjoy a walk through the town’s narrow, meandering streets.
In the evening, we’ll meet for a sunset kayaking trip offering a breathtaking new perspective of Old Town Rovinj. We’ll paddle to the Golden Cape, Sveta Katarina Island, and hidden beaches. One of our secret spots includes optional cliff jumping into the crystal clear sea. As we head back to shore, we’ll float in our kayaks and watch the sun slowly sink beneath the horizon.
Accommodation: Rovinj; Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Hiking Ucka Mountain
This morning we leave the Istrian coast and head inland, where some of the peninsula’s most beautiful landscapes await. Our first stop of the day is Ucka Nature Park, an area known for its unique climate and lush forests.
We’ll hike through woodlands up to Vojak (1,401 meters above sea level), the highest peak in Istria. At the summit, we are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Istria’s rolling green hills, the shimmering Adriatic Sea, Kvarner Islands and Velebit Mountains in the distance. On a clear day, it is possible to see the Italian Alps and Trieste! The hike will take around 3-4 hours and is an easy to moderate level of difficulty.
After the hike, we’ll drive to the captivating town of Motovun, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval hilltop settlements in Istria. After settling into our accommodation, we’ll have the chance to take a stroll along the old defense walls, have dinner with truffles – a local specialty – and enjoy a gorgeous sunset over the Mirna River Valley.
Accommodation: Motovun; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Cycling Istrian Countryside
Our cycling trip today takes us on country roads that wind through rural Istria’s medieval hilltop villages, vineyards, olive groves and forests. The route passes through the picturesque hillside towns of Oprtalj and Groznjan, which we will have time to explore on foot. The second half of the trip follows the Parenzana, an old railroad bed that is now popular among cyclists and hikers. We’ll pedal through old railroad tunnels and over bridges until we reach the Mirna River Valley, enjoying spectacular views of the countryside along the way.
Accommodation: Motovun; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Hiking Plitvice Lakes National Park
Today we leave Istria and drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park, located in one of Croatia’s scenic mountain regions. Plitvice is among the most beautiful and unique natural areas in Europe. The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 due to its stunning sequence of turquoise lakes separated by travertine barriers and over 90 waterfalls.
As we walk along the park’s wooden paths and bridges, we’ll take in views of 16 gorgeous lakes, fairy-tale forests and cascading waterfalls fed by both the Black and White Rivers. The seemingly endless beech and pine forests surrounding the lakes are home to extensive wildlife including deer, brown bears and wolves, numerous caves and an interesting karst landscape. You can bring snacks to enjoy a picnic lunch in this pristine, natural area, or purchase food inside the park. After the hike, we’ll have the chance to admire the lakes from a different perspective on a short bus ride that will take us back to the starting point.
We’ll stay overnight in the Plitvice area and enjoy one last dinner together as a group before saying goodbye in the morning.
Accommodation: Plitvice; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Today our tour comes to an end. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time, but we recommend avoiding early departing flights. Group transfers from Plitvice Lakes may be available to Zagreb or Rijeka airports – please inquire when booking your tour to make arrangements. If you decide to extend your stay in Croatia, your guide(s) will happily recommend other wonderful things to do and places to visit – especially local favorites that you won’t find in most guidebooks.
|Adult (double room)||3300,00 €|
All prices are per person, with a minimum of 4 people per group. We can do the tour for groups of less than 4, but the price for each person will be higher. Private tours are also available – contact us for more details.
This 8-day trip typically runs from Saturday to Saturday. Please send us an inquiry with your requested travel dates and we will get back to you with our availability.
8-day trip price includes:
- 7-nights accommodation
- 2 meals per day (dinner only on day 1, breakfast only on day 8)
- use of equipment
- 6 days of organized activities
- national park entrance fees
- local taxes, sea and river permits
- skilled English-speaking guide and assistance
- ground transportation
- international airfare to/from Croatia
- items of a personal nature
- optional gratuities for your guide(s)
- beverages and meals not stated in the itinerary
- optional day trip
- airport transfers (may be available for an additional charge, please inquire when booking)
A deposit equal to 50% of the price of the trip is due at the time of booking in order to reserve your dates. The remaining balance is to be paid at least 14 days before the departure date. We accept payment via bank transfer – details will be provided to you upon booking.
If you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, you will be subject to the following cancellation policy:
- Cancellation 60 days or more before the departure date: the deposit is fully refundable.
- Cancellation 30-59 days before the departure date: the deposit is partially refundable – you will receive half of your deposit back, minus the cost of any bank fees.
- Cancellation 15-29 days before the departure date: the deposit is non-refundable.
- Cancellation within 14 days of departure date: full cost of the trip is non-refundable.
We recommend purchasing travel insurance in order to protect your investment from unforeseen circumstances.
How to book: please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +385 91 764 1300
Maximum number of participants: Maximum number of participants: 8 guests per group. Larger groups on request.
Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
Single use rooms are available upon request with a 25% surcharge. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible.
Activities: Cycling, walking, hiking, sea kayaking
Activity level: Easy to moderate
Accommodation: 3-star bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and hotels. 1 night in Ljubljana, 2 nights in Bled, 1 night in Rovinj, 2 nights in Motovun, 1 night in Plitvice
Meals and dietary requirements: All arrangements regarding dietary requirements can be made upon request. We can provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals. Lunches are sometimes picnic-style, which allows for flexibility along our route. You will be able to buy lunch and snacks from local shops.
Arrival and departure transfers: Transfers to/from the starting and ending points are not included in the price but they can be arranged with your booking agent. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. If you choose to stay longer in Croatia, our guides will provide you all the information needed to continue your adventure – that includes recommendations regarding places to visit, hotels and restaurants all over Croatia. We love our country and know it well, and we will be happy to help you enjoy the rest of your journey.