Best of the Balkans: Slovenia & Croatia | Adventure People
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Best of the Balkans: Slovenia & Croatia

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$4995/ Adult

Private departures available on the date of your choice for 2+ people.

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What's Included

✅ Accommodations – Carefully chosen 4-star hotels (1 night in Ljubljana, 3 nights in Bled, 1 night in Rijeka, 1 night in Plitvice Lakes National Park, 3 nights in Zadar, 3 nights in Split)
✅ Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
✅ Airport Transfers
✅ All transportation for included activities
Ljubljana Old Town & Castle Tour
✅ Bled Castle Entrance Fees
✅ Bled Castle Printing Works
✅ Bled Castle Wine Experience
✅ Dinner at Bled Castle
✅ Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride at Lake Bled
✅ Self-Guided E-Bike Tour to Vintgar Gorge
✅ Predjama Castle Entrance Fees
✅ Predjama Trek Through Three Caves
✅ Entrance Fee at Nehaj Fortress
✅ 2-Day Pass at Plitvice Lakes National Park
✅ Zadar Private Walking Tour
✅ Entrance Fee at Paklenica National Park
✅ Kornati National Park Boat Tour
✅ Entrance fee at Krka National Park
✅ Entrance Fee at Klis Fortress + Olive Oil Museum & Tasting
✅ Private Split Walking Tour
✅ Private Boat Tour to Trogir, Blue Lagoon, Hvar & Pakleni Islands
✅ Snorkeling Equipment

What's Excluded

❌ Airfare
❌ Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
❌ Beverages & Meals not specified
❌ Optional Activities
❌ Tips for your local guides & drivers
❌ Any Visas, Inoculations, or COVID Tests (if required)
❌ Personal Expenses
❌ Travel Insurance

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Overview

Embark on a mesmerizing 12-night journey through the Balkans, uncovering diverse landscapes and cultures. Explore Slovenia’s awe-inspiring castles and Croatia’s enchanting national parks, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, renowned for its stunning waterfalls and pristine beauty. Your adventure begins in Slovenia’s picturesque capital, Ljubljana, with its thriving cultural scene, followed by the enchanting Lake Bled in the Julian Alps, a haven for hiking, paragliding, paddleboarding, and canyoning. This expedition blends thrilling activities with serene natural beauty and cultural treasures, promising an unforgettable and immersive experience.

Adventure Highlights

⭐ Watch the sunrise over the Julian Alps from a hot air balloon!

⭐ Discover why Lake Bled is and adventure enthusiast’s dream.

⭐ Explore the Predjama Castle and the cave that runs underneath.

⭐ Wind through the streets of Rijeka and then venture to the important pilgrimage sites of Trsat Monastery & Trsat Castle.

⭐ Discover the Nehaj Fortress, erected in 1558 when the Turks and Venice were at the peak of their power.

⭐ Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Croatia’s oldest national park, renowned for its stunning natural scenery, including 16 lakes, lush forests, and cascading waterfalls.

⭐ Go hiking in Croatia’s second oldest national park, Paklenica National Park, and visit the Manita Pec Cave.

⭐ Explore the historic town of Hvar and discover why it regularly finds itself listed in the world’s top ten of the most beautiful places in the world.

⭐ Visit Krka National Park, with its magnificent waterfalls including the famous Skradinski Buk Falls which are one of Croatia’s most famous sights.

⭐ Climb the Game of Thrones Klis Fortress, a medieval fortress built into a rocky ridge with an incredible birds-eye view of the city of Split, the Adriatic Sea, and surrounding islands.

⭐ Enjoy swimming in peaceful bays and snorkeling in the clearest water in the Mediterranean.

⭐ Explore Diocletian’s Palace in Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Group Trip Dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE
May 8, 2025 - May 20, 2025 Available $4,995

A 25% deposit per person is required to reserve your spot on this trip and payment is due in full by February 7, 2025, but you are free to make payments any way you prefer as long as you are paid in full by the due date.

Traveling solo? No problem!
On our group trips, we offer free roommate-matching and will pair you with a same-sex roommate, so you are never obligated to pay the single supplement fee. 

Want Your Own Room?
Single Supplement is available for $958 (based on availability)

By booking this trip, you agree to the Booking Terms and Conditions.

Is This Trip Right for You?

  • The accommodations included in this itinerary are 4-star hotels. 

  • This trip includes a couple of boat tours, so you should come prepared if you are prone to seasickness.

  • This tour requires a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 16 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. 

  • There is the opportunity to go snorkeling on this trip and you must know how to swim and be comfortable being in the ocean for you to participate.

  • There are some long walks and short hikes on this trip, so a reasonable level of fitness is recommended. Please download the day-to-day itinerary carefull to find out more details on each day’s activities. Activities can be opted out if you want to refrain from participating. 

  • One of the pleasures of traveling in Europe is the ease at which cities can be explored on foot. We recommend you pack comfortable walking shoes for this trip. 
  • A single supplement is available if you’d prefer to not share a room on this trip, but is based on availability.

  • If traveling during the summer, it can get hot (over 40°C/ 104°F), so it’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. 

  • Hotels in Europe often don’t have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together and hotels can be small by American standards. 
  • Please be aware that the Croatian coast if very hilly and mountainous, which means lots of steps are an inherent feature of the landscape. You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines. Also, cobblestone streets become very slippery when wet and are also not great for rolling suitcases. 

Sustainability Commitment

At Adventure People, we are committed to sustainable tourism practices that respect and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the  destinations we visit. We prioritize eco-friendly transportation options, such as promoting the use of public transport and walking or cycling where feasible, to minimize our carbon footprint. Our tours support local communities by partnering with family-owned businesses and artisans, ensuring that economic benefits are shared locally. We advocate for responsible tourism behaviors among our guests, encouraging respect for historical sites, conservation of water resources, and reduction of plastic waste. By promoting these values, we aim to provide enriching travel experiences while contributing positively to the environments and communities we visit.

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DAILY ITINERARY

  • Arrive in Ljubljana

    Day 1

    Upon arrival, a driver will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to our starting hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia's vibrant capital, which exudes an enchanting blend of old-world charm and modern vitality.

    Overnight in Ljubljana - City Hotel Ljubljana

    Day 1
  • Depart Ljubljana | Lake Bled | Ljubljana Old Town & Castle Tour | Bled Castle & Printing Works | Dinner & Wine Tasting at Bled Castle

    Day 2

    This morning, take a walk through the historical city center of Ljubljana, and get to know the city's history, art, architecture, and way of life in the past and present through its major sights. Next, we’ll head to Lake Bled where we'll visit one of the oldest castles in Slovenia and enjoy a wine tasting followed by dinner. 

    Overnight at Lake Bled - Hotel Lovec

    Day 2
  • Lake Bled | Sunrise Hot Air Balloon | Self-Guided E-Bike Tour to Vintgar Gorge

    Day 3

    This morning, watch the sunrise over the Julian Alps from a hot air balloon! Imagine floating peacefully close to a beautiful deep green Lake Bled and the mighty Julian Alps, as the sun rises slowly above the distant Karavanke mountain range. This afternoon, we will embark on a 4-hour self-guided e-bike tour from Lake Bled to Vintgar Gorge. 

    Overnight at Lake Bled - Hotel Lovec

    Day 3
  • Lake Bled | Free Day at Lake Bled

    Day 4

    Lake Bled is one of the most picturesque spots to visit in Slovenia. The combination of natural beauty and a wide range of adventure activities make it a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering something for everyone, from thrill-seekers to those seeking a serene escape amid stunning landscapes. Today, you’ll have the day free to choose your own adventure.

    Overnight at Lake Bled - Hotel Lovec

    Day 4
  • Depart Lake Bled | Predjama Cave & Castle | Free Time in Rijeka

    Day 5

    After breakfast, we’ll depart Lake Bled for our drive to Rijeka, a Croatian port city on Kvarner Bay in the Northern Adriatic Sea, known as the gateway to Croatia’s islands. First, we’ll visit the Predjama Castle, ranked as one of the ten most fascinating castles in the world! Predjama Castle, often referred to as Predjamski Grad in Slovenian, is a remarkable medieval fortress dramatically perched within the mouth of a cave in the picturesque karst landscape of southwestern Slovenia.

    Overnight in Rijeka - Old Town Inn

    Day 5
  • Depart Rijeka | Nehaj Fortress | Plitvice Lakes National Park (Lower Lakes)

    Day 6

    Depart Rijeka for our journey inland to Plitvice Lakes National Park. But first, we’ll make a stop at Nehaj Fortress, also known as the Nehaj Castle, which is a historic fortress located near the town of Senj on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. It is one of the most iconic and well-preserved fortresses in the region, with a rich history dating back to the 16th century. Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s largest national park covering almost 30,000 hectares. This afternoon, follow the Lower Lakes trails from Lake Kozjak and return via the Supljara Cave trail, which leads to a panoramic viewpoint of the Lower Lakes region.

    Overnight in Plitvice Lakes National Park - Hotel Jezero

    Day 6
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park (Upper Lakes) | Zadar Walking Tour

    Day 7

    Spend the morning exploring the trails in the Upper Lakes section of Plitvice Lakes National Park before the crowds arrive. This afternoon we’ll have a guided walking tour through Zadar’s old town and discover the city’s rich history, well-known for its Roman ruins, medieval churches, museums, and the most beautiful sunsets in the world. 

    Overnight in Zadar - Hotel A’mare

    Day 7
  • Zadar/ Paklenica National Park

    Day 8

    Paklenica National Park, established in 1949, it is Croatia’s second oldest national park behind Plitvice Lakes. We’ll be hiking the Velika Paklenica to Manita Pec trail in Paklenica National Park. This 4.6-mile out-and-back trail is generally considered a challenging route. 

    Overnight in Zadar - Hotel A’mare

    Day 8
  • Zadar/ Kornati National Park & Telascica

    Day 9

    Today we’ll take a boat tour to Kornati National Park to spend the day in the pristine waters of the Adriatic Sea. We’ll swim, snorkel, and stop by the shores along the way for sightseeing, hiking, and relaxing on the beach.

    Overnight in Zadar - Hotel A’mare

    Day 9
  • Depart Zadar | Krka National Park | Klis Fortress | Split

    Day 10

    Today, we’ll visit several of the filming locations for the television series, Game of Thrones. Our first stop will be at Krka National Park, named after the Krka River. The next stop is the Klis Fortress, a historical medieval fortress built into a rocky ridge giving visitors an incredible birds-eye view of the city of Split, the Adriatic Sea, and surrounding islands. This evening, we’ll arrive in Split, the second-largest city in Croatia and the largest city on the Adriatic coast. 

    Overnight in Split - Hotel Luxe

    Day 10
  • Split | Half-Day Walking Tour of Split | Free Time in Split

    Day 11

    Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Split as our guide takes us through 1,700 years of history within the walls of the UNESCO-listed historical cities of Split. This promises to be a captivating journey through history, culture, and architectural beauty. This afternoon, enjoy some free time in Split.

    Overnight in Split - Hotel Luxe  
     

    Day 11
  • Split | Trogir, Blue Lagoon, Hvar & Pakleni Islands Private Tour

    Day 12

    This morning we’ll embark on a private yacht and spend our day exploring several amazing locations, all of them just a short boat ride away from Split. Discover the town of Trogir, explore the beautiful turquoise water of the Blue Lagoon, visit the famous town Hvar and the collection of fourteen untouched Pakleni islands, and let the tranquility of Milna on island Brac calm your mind and soothe your soul.

    Overnight in Split - Hotel Luxe

    Day 12
  • Split | Departure

    Day 13

    Today is departure day and time to say goodbye to your new friends until the next adventure. There are no planned activities today and at the appropriate time, a driver will pick you up and take you to the airport.

    End of Tour/ Departure

    Day 13

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