September 15-24, 2024
Experience dinner at a castle • Discover the magic of picture-perfect Lake Bled • Explore Tolmin Gorge and Triglav forest • Sample artisan foods
• Relax in the serenity of the Soča valley
The scenery, fresh air, laid-back pace, and Old-World charm of Slovenia and Croatia is a slice of heaven! You’ll be captivated by the dramatic glory of the Julian Alps. Water is another prominent feature on your tour. Count on cascading waterfalls, rolling rivers, crystal clear lakes, and the shimmering Adriatic Sea.
Private local guides
10 Days in Slovenia & Croatia’s Istrian coast
Lake Bled, Vintgar Gorge
Day 1, Sept 15 – Welcome to Slovenia! Arrive in Ljubljana and enjoy private transportation to your hotel. Enjoy time to rest and relax before meeting your travel companions for a welcome dinner at Ljubljana Castle.
Day 2, Sept 16 – Picture Perfect. Visit Vintgar Gorge, a canyon cut deep into towering hills by Radovna River’s turquoise waters. Make your way to Lake Bled, often called the most beautiful lake in the world. Take in the iconic castle and cathedral and hike to an overlook.
CULTURE & HISTORY IN THE SOčA VALLEY
Soča Valley, Triglav Park, Tolmin Gorge
Day 3, Sept 17 – Local cuisine. At the foot of the Alps, learn about the area’s specialty Tolmin cheese from a local artisan. Wind your way down to a village in the Soča Valley. Enjoy dinner on your own or indulge at a Michelin-star restaurant (optional).
Day 4, Sept 18 – Explore Triglav park. Today your guide will take you to some of the best trails and vistas as you explore Slovenia’s national gem. Expect to be mesmerized with one breathtaking view after another.
Day 5, Sept 19 – Mountain sunrise. Greet the morning with a spectacular view and an in-depth discovery of World War I history. Visit one of Europe’s best history museums. Learn of the area’s unique honey and the bees that make it before a visit to Kozjak Waterfalls.
Day 6, Sept 20 – Walled city. Learn about Istria’s regional meats, cheese and wines at the home of a local artisan. Then explore the small walled city of Motovun and the many boutique shops it offers. Continue on to the colorful seaside town of Rovinj.
ISTRIA & THE ADRIATIC SEA
Day 7, Sept 21 – Charming Rovinj. Enjoy a relaxing day around Rovinj. There’s so much to explore! Discover the cobblestone streets, small shops, and quaint cafes. Laze by the seaside or take a light hike. Meet with your travel companions for a sunset cruise on the Adriatic.
Day 8, Sept 22 – Local artisans. Today’s highlights include a visit to a small art colony overlooking the Mirna Valley. Then an olive oil tasting to learn flavors nuances and how this exceptional product is made.
OLD WORLD CHARM
Day 9, Sept 23 – Castles & Old World Charm. Start out your day touring Predjama Castle. Then get a historical walking tour of the Old World city of Ljubljana, a visitor’s dream.
Day 10, Sept 24 – Final goodbyes. After breakfast, say final goodbyes to your traveling companions before preparing for your flight home. We hope you come again!
Due to weather and other factors, itinerary is subject to change. For activity level, please see FAQ.
Explore Slovenia & Croatia’s Istrian Coast
Sept 15 – 24, 2024
based on double occupancy
Space is limited!
How is this tour unique?
Besides discovering the beauty of these destinations, you’ll experience hands-on cultural opportunity that many don’t get. You’ll discover insights on culture and history from a local and have fun while doing it. And with every Niteo Tour, you benefit those making a difference in the community. Your vacation does a world of good!
What does the tour price include?
- Small group experience
- Private multi-lingual guide
- Private ground transportation, inclusive of airport transfer
- Nine nights in great hotels
- All activities and entrance fees per the itinerary, unless listed as optional
- All breakfasts and one other meal daily
- Hands-on cultural experiences
- Personalized customer service, including detailed packet with cultural information, travel tips, and suggested packing list.
Does not international airfare, alcoholic beverages and gratuities.
What are some cultural activities included in this tour?
Here’s a sampling:
- Discover history through the eyes of family in the Soca valley
- Visit a local artisan who features some of Istria’s best food
- Learn the nuances of flavors at an olive oil tasting