From Anywhere: Slovenia and Croatia - October 1 - 12 2019 12-day tour by land and cruise

October 1 - 12, 2019: 4-days guided sightseeing touring Slovenia by land, 8-days Croatia Adriatic Sea Cruise aboard the deluxe Stella Maris, from Porec to Dubrovnik.

Slovenia, located in Central Europe, known for its mountains, caves, ski-resorts, lakes, and the capital city of Ljubljana. Steeped in historic churches, local wineries, architecture, lots of green space and riverbanks lined with cafes, pubs, and boutiques. Its neighbor, Croatia, with a long coastline and rich history on the Adriatic Sea, encompassing more than a thousand islands, it's also crossed by the Dinaric Alps.

Arrange your flight to ensure you arrive in Ljubljana by Oct. 2, 2019. In most cases, you will depart your home city on October 1, 2019.

Day 1: October 1, 2019: Depart your US home location

Day 2: October 2, 2019: Arrive in Ljubljana
Upon arrival to Ljubljana International airport (LJU Jože Pučnik Airport ) meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Free time to freshen-up before meeting your tour manager and fellow travelers at the welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight. (D)

Day 3: October 3, 2019: Tour Ljubljana
A morning walking tour on Slovenian capital, Ljubljana includes sights of the old city center, featuring the picturesque open-air Central Market, Cathedral, Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's Fountain. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover green capital on own. (B)

Day 4: October 4, 2019: Touring Ljubljana - Bled - Bohinj - Ljubljana
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, travel to Bled, beautifully set in the Julian Alps. A sightseeing tour features the charming town, the lakeshore, and a visit to the imposing Bled Castle. Enjoy some time at leisure to discover this quaint city on own, perhaps shop for souvenirs or taste typical Bled Cream cake. Following, drive to the heart of the Triglav National Park, as we visit Bohinj. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery; crystal clear lake waters and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn) and enjoy a stunning view over mount Triglav. Visit the Sheppard Museum and enjoy cheese of the region, before we drive back to our hotel in Ljubljana. (B)

Day 5: October 5, 2019: Ljubljana - Postojna - Sezana - Porec to board cruise.
Head south to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, continue to Sezana for a visit to a local winery and its cellars, and wine tasting. Our last stop is in Porec where you will board a cruise. Settle in your cabin, before attending a Welcome reception followed by dinner this evening. (B, TW, WD)

Day 6: October 6, 2019: Porec – Rovinj – NP Brijuni – Pula
As you sail along the Istrian Peninsula, stop in a romantic town of Rovinj. Feel its past times as you walk around the Old Town's cobbled narrow streets, winding at the foot of the Church of St. Euphamia, the favorite gathering place of artists from around the world. Continue sailing to the Brijuni National Park, once the personal State Summer Residence of President Marshal Josip Broz Tito. Arriving at the island, a part of heaven discloses in front of your eyes in the unique harmony of flora, fauna, and heritage. Following the visit, lunch aboard, before we reach Pula, arguably one of the most beautiful of Istrian cities. Your guide will share some exciting stories of antiquity, as you walk the footsteps of the ancients and visit the Amphitheatre. The rest of the day is at leisure in lovely Pula. (B, L)

Day 7: October 7, 2019: Mali Losinj – Zadar
Morning visit of Mali Losinj, located in the island with the same name. Thanks to its mild climate, pinewoods, and air, the island of Mali Losinj is an ideal place to recreate your body and spirit. Lunch aboard, while continuing our journey towards Zadar, with a swimming stop at one of the small islands along the way. Dinner aboard, while we set our compass south to Zadar. (B, L, D)
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Day 8: October 8, 2019: Zadar – Krka NP – Primosten
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zadar, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. Zadar historical center is a compact pedestrian zone, perfect to explore on foot. Set out on a walking tour and admire the old walls built in 16th century by Venetians as a defense from Turks. You will also see the 16th century Port Gate where the Venetian lion still guards the entrance, the Square of the Five Wells, Church of St. Donat, the Roman Forum and the largest cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia. Return to the ship and enjoy your lunch, while sailing to Vodice. Next up is Krka National Park, with its magnificent waterfalls. After your visit here, coach to Primosten where your yacht is anchored. Your evening is at leisure in town. (B, L)

Day 9: October 9, 2019: Split – Hvar
Welcome to Split! Start the day with a walking tour, featuring the historic inner city built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Board your ship for lunch, and cruise towards Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island. Hvar is a favorite holiday destination for international celebrities and yachters; thus, beyond all the glitz and glamour, Hvar town is a charming seaside resort with 8 centuries of architecture waiting to be explored. On a walking tour breathe in the pine-scented breeze, as you absorb vistas of the old town with the picturesque little streets and the first public theatre in Europe. For the rest of the day, keep this as your point of reference before exploring the labyrinth of backstreets of town, pop into craft shops, cafes and restaurants, tucked into old Venetian palaces. (B, L)

Day 10: October 10, 2019: Korcula – Mljet
This morning, the clear waters of the Adriatic will bring us to our next destination: the magical island of Korcula and its fairy-tale like walled town bearing the same name believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Enjoy breakfast on board, before we discover the walled city with a local guide. The walking tour takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark, before returning to the boat for lunch. As you dine, set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park features five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Big and Small Lake. Captain’s dinner with live entertainment aboard our ship tonight. (B, L, D)

Day 11: October 11, 2019: Dubrovnik
This morning, sail into beautiful Dubrovnik. After breakfast, morning walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy. Return for lunch on board and the rest of the day enjoy at leisure to discover this lovely city at your own pace. Tonight, say farewell to your new friends at dinner in the local restaurant. Return to your cabin for the last night onboard this lovely cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 12: October 12, 2019: Depart Dubrovnik
Disembark after breakfast. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik International airport (DBV - also know as Čilipi Airport) for your flight home. (B)

Note: many flights from Dubrovnik on October 12, 2019 back to the US have a "forced-overnight" in Frankfurt. In this case, the hotel in Frankfurt will not be included in the price.

Not included in cost: Port tax, gratuities for guides, drivers & crew, transfers outside of this itinerary and flights. Arrange your flights so that you arrive in Ljubljana no later than Oct. 2, 2018, and depart Dubrovnik on Oct. 12, 2019.

Of you would like to arrive or depart on different dates or into different cities, let us know and we can help arrange hotel and transfers (not included cost).

For Air travel, we recommend working with Johnna Cardenas at World Wide Travel

To book a tour call us at 1-888-477-4787 or send us an email and a member of our team will contact you within 24 hours.