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Slovenia & Croatia

Slovenia and Croatia, two countries lavishing in beauty both natural and man-made

14 nights from £1499 pp

Depart: UK Airports

Get to know alluring Lake Bled, the pretty Slovenian capital Ljubljana, historic Zagreb and the exuberant seaside city of Split…

Departures from UK airports are available throughout the year. Flight schedules vary between airports and seasons so please contact us for details of flights operating from your local airport. The price is based on two people sharing a twin/double room and may vary depending on the choice of departure date and airport. All holidays are tailor-made with extra nights, single rooms and hotel upgrades available at a supplement.

Your itinerary

Day 1

Fly direct to Munich. On arrival join the private transfer to your hotel where you will spend one night.

Day 2

Make your own way to the railway station for the included journey by rail across Bavaria and through Austria to Slovenia. (Train departs Munich 1217 arriving in Lesce Bled at 1750.) On arrival in Lesce Bled join the private transfer from the railway station to your hotel where you will spend 4 nights.

Day 3

Lake Bled: Free time to explore the town of Bled and its beautiful surroundings. The Slovenian resort town of Bled nestles in the foothills of the Julian Alps along the emerald green waters of Lake Bled. A trip up to the 11th century Bled Castle will reward you with the finest view of Bled island, the town of Bled and of the wider countryside of the Gorenjska region. A boat trip across the shimmering water to the Bled Island, where once a temple to the ancient Slavic goddess of love Živa used to stand, is a lovely way to spend the day. After the local population was converted from paganism to Christianity in 745, goddess Živa was replaced with the Christian Virgin Mary. In 1465, a single-nave Gothic church was built on the island. The addition of a monumental staircase with 99 stone steps in the 17th century brought with it a local wedding tradition. In order to get married the groom should carry his bride up all of the 99 steps!

Day 4

Lake Bled: The 6km long trail around Lake Bled is just long enough for a relaxing walk or bike ride. The trail also leads to higher points, noted for their splendid views. 

Day 5

Bled: The town of Bled itself is quaint and picturesque. A stroll along the grassy lakeside promenade is a lovely way to spend the morning. Take a break at one of the many cafés to sample the Kremsnita. Bite through a golden crispy crust made from butter dough to a delicious vanilla cream topped with whipped cream and a further crispy layer of butter dough and icing sugar.

Day 6

Join the private transfer from your hotel to the railway station in Lesce Bled for the included journey by rail to the Slovenian capital, Ljubjlana. The journey time is approximately 1 hour and there are regular trains running throughout the day. On arrival in Ljubljana make your own way to your hotel where you will spend 3 nights.

Day 7

Ljubljana: Two earthquakes have shaped the architectural beauty of the city. The first in 1511 destroyed most of the medieval city. The rebuilding of the city was under the instruction of only the finest Italian architects, many of whose ornate staircases, facades, churches, palaces and public buildings are still there for you to see today.  A second earthquake in 1895 resulted in the city's native son, Joze Plecnik, restyling large parts of the city in Neo-Classicist and Secessionist styles.

Day 8

Ljubljana: Be sure to visit Ljubljana Castle. The castle's Outlook Tower and ramparts offer some of the most beautiful views of the city, while the castle houses a museum exhibition on Slovenian history, a puppet museum, and a number of historical rooms such as the Chapel of St George, the Prison, and a video presentation room called Virtual Castle. Ljubljana Castle, which can quickly be reached by funicular railway.

Day 9

Make your own way to the railway station for the included journey by rail to Zagreb. (The train departs at either 0845 or 1445 and the journey time is approximately 2hrs 30mins.) On arrival in Zagreb make your own way to your hotel where you will spend 3 nights.

Day 10

Zagreb: The Croatian capital is a glorious Austro-Hungarian city awash with churches, museums and art galleries. The city is divided into upper and lower areas, which in days gone by constituted two separate towns. Now united as one city, each part still retains peculiar characteristics. Standing in the middle of the two halves is the impressive main square, Trg Bana Jelacica. Gorni Grad, the upper town is the oldest part of the city and working your way through the winding cobbled streets is a joy. Climb the Lotrscak Tower, built in the 13th century to protect the city gates and reward yourself with spectacular views over the city.

Day 11

Zagreb: The lower town, Donji Grad, is known for its elegant squares, gardens, wide boulevards and parks. A funicular railway links both parts of the city.  It is in the lower town that most of the city's numerous museums are located. Explore the museums and discover the history, art and culture of both Zagreb and Croatia and the rest of the world to boot. 

Day 12

Make your own way to the railway station for the included journey by rail to Split. Be prepared for an early start, the train departs at 0735 arriving in Split at 1337. On arrival make your own way to your hotel where you will spend 3 nights.

Day 13

Split: Croatia's second largest city sits under a dramatic mountain backdrop on a beautiful stretch of Adriatic coastline. With a history dating back to Roman times, Split offers an abundance of Roman ruins and Gothic and Baroque architecture.  The city is also, of course, an exuberant seaside town which perfectly blends the old with the new. Step inside Diocletian's magnificent palace dating back to 295 AD and be greeted by a mass of shops, restaurants, and bars.

Day 14

Split: If you are feeling adventurous, take the local bus for a day trip to Trogir. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the town is situated on a small island (although connected to the mainland by a very short bridge) and its wonderful sights (including the must-see cathedral, possibly one of the best in Croatia) can be easily covered in a day. 

Day 15

Join the private transfer from your hotel to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

Your Holiday Price Includes

 Direct flights from Munich airport returning from Split
 1 night central 3* hotel, Munich sharing a twin/double room
 4 nights central 3* hotel, Lake Bled sharing a twin/double room
 3 nights central 3* hotel in Ljubljana, sharing a twin/double room
 3 nights central 3* hotel in Zagreb sharing a twin/double room
 3 nights central 3* hotel in Split, sharing a twin/double room
 Standard class rail travel from Munich to Lesce Bled
 Standard class rail travel from Lesce Bled to Ljubljana
 Standard class rail travel from Ljubljana to Zagreb
 Standard class rail travel from Zagreb to Split
 Return private airport transfers
 UK Air Passenger Duty
 Airport Taxes
 Services of Our 24 hour duty manager
 Checked Baggage

Your Holiday Hotels

Our opinion... A modern, well-maintained hotel convenient for the railway station and Marienplatz.

Location... Just a 5-minute walk from Munich Main Station and a 15-minute walk from Marienplatz Square.

Accommodation... All rooms are ensuite and soundproofed.They come with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, minibar, telephone, television, room safe and hairdryer.

Facilities... The hotel serves a buffet breakfast and offers free tea and coffee in the lobby from 7am to 11pm.

Transport... Central station and all the public transport connections are close by.

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Our opinion… A modern 4-star hotel with great facilities. Its grounds border Lake Bled and offer fine views of the picturesque town of Bled and its medieval castle.

Location... Cankarjeva 2 Bled. A great lakeside location from which to explore. A choice of restaurants, bars & shops just a 5 minute walk away.

Accommodation…95 well-furnished rooms with lake or park view.

Facilities… Amenities include a squash court, a wellness centre featuring an indoor swimming pool beneath a solarium-style roof, a sauna and fitness room. The hotel also offers a restaurant & bar.

2 Reviews

Our opinion… Great hotel in beautiful Ljubljana.

Location… City Hotel Ljubljana is located in the heart of Ljubljana, at the beginning of the traffic-free area and only a 3-minute walk from the Prešeren square.

Accommodation… Room facilities include shower/tub, toilet, hairdryer, broadband Wi-Fi, IP phone, cable TV, safe and air conditioning. All rooms are non-smoking. Smoking areas are located in front of the hotel entrance and on the hotel terrace.

Facilities…  The hotel has a restaurant and bar. In summer, you can enjoy the terrace overlooking the Ljubljana castle. 

Transport… The main railway and bus stations are located only 400 m from the hotel.

1 Reviews

Our opinion... An ideal location from which to explore Zagreb.

Location... Only a 10-minute walk from the hotel through Zrinjevac Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Zagreb, will bring you to the main square and the historic centre of the city.

Accommodation... All rooms are ensuite and come with air conditioning, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, free Wi-Fi internet access and hairdryer.

Facilities... The hotel has a breakfast room and aperitif bar.

Hotel is opposite the main railway station and close to the bus station.

1 Reviews

Our opinion... Great location.

Hotel Slavija has a superb location within the walls of Diocletian's palace, right in the heart of Split, making it the perfect base for exploring all this great city has to offer.

Accommodation... All rooms are carpeted and equipped with air-conditioning, a phone, cable TV, private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer and free toiletries. An iron and ironing board is available upon request and free of charge. The hotel also offers WiFi Internet access free of charge.

Restaurant and roof top terrace.

300m from the harbour, train and bus stations.

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