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Balkan Beauties

Carved out of the Adriatic coast, Croatia and Slovenia are countries of age-old monuments, scenic villages and cities, dramatic seascapes, and Balkan passion. Once ruled by countless kingdoms and empires, they fascinate with their complex history.

Location:

Zagreb, Plitvice, Opatija, Piran, Ljubljana and Bled

Location:

Zagreb, Croatia (ZAG), Opatija, Croatia, Piran, Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Bled, Upper Carniola, Slovenia, Zagreb, Croatia (ZAG), Croatia, Slovenia

11  Days | 9  nights

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Zagreb (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • Private airport transfers in Zagreb
  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • Private transfers as per itinerary with English-speaking driver
  • Bus ticket from Zagreb to Plitvice
  • 3 More Moments activities included:
    • Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park (guide not included)
    • Full-day Istrian Classics tour (transportation, entrance to Arena Pula and Lime Boat Cruise)
    • Entrance to Postojna Cave (audio guide included)
  • Earn and redeem Aeroplan® Miles

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Zagreb.

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Day 2

Welcome to Zagreb

Upon arrival in Zagreb, enjoy a private transfer to your hotel and check in. Take the rest of the day to explore Zagreb's gorgeous Austro-Hungarian monuments and architecture.
 

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Day 3

Zagreb: At leisure

Enjoy the day exploring the city as you like. Walk through the historical upper town, Gornji Grad, with its famous 13th-century cathedral. Check out the city's impressive monuments, including St. Mark's Church and the Presidential Palace. Stroll through Lenuci's Horseshoe park right in the city centre, or head out to a cocktail bar in the evening for tasty snacks and delicious Croatian wine.

 

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 4

Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park (approx. 276 km)

After breakfast, enjoy a private transfer to the Zagreb bus station to take the bus to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (entrance included).

More Moments Activities Included:
Plitvice Lakes National Park:

Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Take in the beauty of the region and seek out your perfect picnic spots or great photo op.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 5

Zagreb – Opatija (approx. 43 km)

After breakfast, take a private transfer to Opatija. The seaside city, often called the Pearl of the Adriatic, is located in the bay of Kvarner and has the longest tradition in tourism in Croatia — 170 years!

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 6

Opatija: Istrian Classics Tour (approx. 394 km)

After breakfast, enjoy a private transfer to the Istrian Peninsula, specifically to the romantic town of Pula, where you’ll start your Istrian Classics tour including sightseeing in Pula and Rovinj. 

 

More Moments Activities Included:
Istrian Classics Tour:

Istria is rightfully considered one of the most attractive Croatian destinations for lovers of culture, art and history. Pula is the largest Istrian town and the first stop on our journey. The famous Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. You’ll also be equally impressed by the Temple of Augustus, the Golden Gate and other monuments from the Roman period. After this, head back towards the sea and tour the Lim Canal, one of the largest natural gems of Istria, with a short break (lunch included) before returning to Rovinj. One of the most charming towns of the Mediterranean will delight you with its narrow stone streets and squares, as well as the diverse culinary and entertainment offer.

Meal(s): breakfast, lunch
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Day 7

Opatija – Piran (approx. 83 km)

This morning, enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Piran. Located on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast, Piran is known for its long pier and Venetian architecture. Tartini Square is flanked by the Gothic red Venetian House and the frescoed Tartini House. The latter is the birthplace of violinist Giuseppe Tartini. The 19th-century town hall has a stone lion, a symbol of the former Republic of Venice. St. George’s Cathedral, nearby, has remarkable 17th-century paintings and marble altars.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 8

Piran – Postojna - Ljubljana (approx. 122 km)

Today, take private transfer to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia with a stop in Postojna (entrance to Postojna caves included). Upon arrival in Ljubljana, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Wander around the city to see the most significant sights of the old city centre, the picturesque open-air Central Market, the Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall and Robbas’s Fountain.

More Moments Activities Included:
Postojna Caves (entrance):

Home to one of the largest caves in Europe. See five-metre-tall bright white stalagmite formations and olms. Explore the cave’s fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls by miniature electric train.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 9

Ljubljana – Bled (approx. 55 km)

After breakfast, take a private transfer to Bled. After checking in to your hotel, head out to discover this amazing town in the foothills of the Julian Alps and along the glacial Lake Bled. On a cliff overlooking the lake is the 11th-century Bled Castle, which houses a museum, chapel and printing press. Atop a small island in the lake's centre is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria, with its steep staircase and bell tower.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 10

Bled – Zagreb (approx. 196 km)

After breakfast, take a private transfer to your hotel in Zagreb. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 11

Zagreb - Return to Canada

After breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Zagreb, Croatia (ZAG)
Hotel Jadran(or similar)
Opatija, Croatia
Grand Hotel Adriatic II(or similar)
Piran, Slovenia
Hotel Piran(or similar)
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Hotel City Superior(or similar)
Bled, Upper Carniola, Slovenia
Hotel Astoria(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Bed size(s): 1 double bed or 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (2 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

Land portion offered daily from July 1 to October 31 2020

Packages offered from June 30 to September 26, 2020

MORE TO KNOW

Not included

  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance

HOTEL CHECK-IN/OUT

Check in: 3:00 p.m.
Check out: 12:00 p.m.

ACTIVITIES

The More Moments activities/excursions mentioned in the itinerary are all included in the package, but may be rescheduled to take place on an earlier or later day, depending on availability and operational day.

Pricing display

Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.