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Balkan Escape

8 Days 2 Countries 4 Cities

Discover how Croatia and Slovenia have emerged as vibrant nations proudly showcasing their diverse culture.

 

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Balkan Escape

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    • Christmas Highlights: The 21 December 2019 departure will celebrate Christmas in Bled. This specially arranged festive meal celebration will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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    Zagreb, Croatia

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      • Christmas Highlights: The 21 December 2019 departure will celebrate Christmas in Bled. This specially arranged festive meal celebration will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      A troubled past has shaped a promising future. Discover how Croatia and Slovenia have emerged as vibrant nations proudly showcasing their diverse culture, heritage and natural landscapes to the world.


      Trip type: Regional Explorer i

      Trip code: WBESA

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 7 breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR of Zagreb, Rovinj and Ljubljana

        • ORIENTATION of Opatija and Bled

        • VIEW the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and St Mark's Church in Zagreb, the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle in Ljubljana

        • SEE the Baroque St. Euphemia Cathedral in Rovinj


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


      1. Arrive Zagreb (2 Nights)

      Immerse yourself in the cultural diversity and scenic beauty of the Balkans, starting your journey in the Croatian capital, Zagreb. Spend your day wandering through the Old Town on your own before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      Westin

      2. Zagreb Sightseeing and At Leisure

      Join a Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour through the paved squares and steep alleyways of Zagreb. Explore the city's rich medieval heritage and see such sites as the Cathedral on Kaptol, the Archbishop's Palace and St. Mark's Church, with its vividly coloured tiled roof. You'll have the rest of the day to explore the city at leisure. Stroll along the romantic promenades of Strossmatre, people-watch at Ban Jelačič Square or climb up Lotrščak Tower for views of the city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the birthplace of iconic leader Tito and enjoy a delicious meal of regional specialities with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      3. Zagreb – Opatija (2 Nights)

      A leisurely start to our day sees us drive south towards the Kvarner Gulf and the seaside promenades of Opatija. Sit back and watch the meadows, forests and farmlands roll past - a lush countryside dotted with terracotta-roofed villages and castles as you journey to Croatia's exquisite Istrian Peninsula. Views of beautiful parks and elegant villas greet you as you arrive, a testament to Opatija's Austro-Hungarian heritage. This evening you'll join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Grand Adriatic

      4. Opatija Free Day – Excursion to Rovinj

      For a bit of Venetian flair, we travel to the Croatian fishing port of Rovinj this morning. Here we'll join a Local Specialist and wander through its Old Town to see such sights as the Baroque St. Euphemia Cathedral with its square campanile. We'll 'Dive into Culture' and savour the flavours of the region's famous white truffles before returning to Opatija for some time to explore on our own. See the statuesque nymph, her hand outstretched to cradle a seagull and admire the belle-époque architecture which once attracted members of Europe's high society.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      5. Opatija – Ljubljana – Bled (2 Nights)

      We head north to the enchanting Slovenian capital of Ljubljana today. A Local Specialist will reveal the stories behind many of the city's iconic sights including the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle, from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city. Good food and good company are guaranteed as we 'Connect With Locals' over a memorable Be My Guest lunch with a local Slovenian family. Our journey continues to Bled in the Julian Alps, where we'll spend the next two nights in romantic lakeside surrounds. Dinner is at our hotel tonight.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Be My Guest
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Rikli Balance

      6. Bled Free Day

      The day is yours to explore at your leisure. Spend the day admiring your pristine surrounds. Take an invigorating walk along the lake shore for better views of Bled Castle which clings dramatically to a cliff or indulge in a slice of the local kremšnita cake after an ice-skating session if the lake has frozen over. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Slovenia's largest glacier lake or visit the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      7. Bled – Zagreb

      We leave our dazzling natural surrounds behind, returning to Zagreb where we end our journey. Slovenia's forests give way to the pastoral landscapes of central Croatia. Tonight, we join our fellow travellers for a celebratory Farewell Dinner and say a fond živjeli to lasting memories.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Farewell Dinner
      Hotel
      Westin

      8. Depart Zagreb

      Our time together comes to an end after breakfast. We bid new friends goodbye and transfer to the airport for our return home.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-za/tours/balkan-escape?season=winter%202019%202020&tripcode=wbesa for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Join a family in Ljubljana for a traditional Be My Guest lunch, featuring local flavours and stories about life in one of the world's greenest cities. (Day 5)

      • Dive into Culture
        Savour the flavours of Rovinj's famous white truffles, which are best sampled at this time of year. (Day 4)

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Zagreb, Rovinj and Ljubljana

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR of Zagreb, Rovinj and Ljubljana

        • ORIENTATION of Opatija and Bled

        • VIEW the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and St Mark's Church in Zagreb, the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle in Ljubljana

        • SEE the Baroque St. Euphemia Cathedral in Rovinj


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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