14 Day Dalmatian Isles, Croatia & Slovenia

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is moderately active and over various surfaces. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. Walking tours will cover uneven surfaces like cobbled streets and some slopes. The walking tour of Plitvice Lakes is approximately 3 hours and a moderately active pace.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • International flights New York-Dubrovnik, Venice-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Dubrovnik
    • 1 night Korcula Island
    • 2 nights Hvar
    • 1 night Split
    • 2 nights Opatija
    • 2 nights Ljubljana
    • 1 night Venice
  • Italian city hotel taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 23 meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners (including a home hosted dinner and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Share a meal with a Dubrovnik family as guests in their home.
  • Explore the magnificent Dalmatian Islands of Korcula and Hvar.
  • Visit a family-owned tavern in Hvar and enjoy delicious local fare along with traditional music.
  • Tour magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a network of 16 terraced basins.
  • Board an authentic pletna on Lake Bled, a unique rowing boat used for generations.
  • Stop at the Sheppard Museum in Bohinj, where farm-fresh cheeses are ripe for your tasting.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is moderately active and over various surfaces. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. Walking tours will cover uneven surfaces like cobbled streets and some slopes. The walking tour of Plitvice Lakes is approximately 3 hours and a moderately active pace.

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Croatia
Depart for Dubrovnik, Croatia

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Dubrovnik
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, transfer to the hotel. You'll have the Balance of the day is at leisure, to rest or explore on your own. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner. Then perhaps you'll stroll to the charming St. Saviour Church
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Explore Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik stands as one of Europe's most beautifully preserved medieval cities, surrounded by ramparts, watchtowers, and the azure Adriatic Sea. Within its walls, spend the morning exploring a treasure trove of rich history, admiring the Rector's Palace and touring the Franciscan Monastery, home to a 30,000-volume library and a 14th-century pharmacy. Enjoy stunning views of the Old Town and the Adriatic when you walk along the city's fortress wall. This 1¼ -mile stroll around Dubrovnik's perimeter offers a breathtaking perspective of red-roofed stone buildings and ancient, narrow alleys. Later, visit a local artisan to learn about traditional craftsmanship that still thrives today. End the day as the guests of a local family who have invited you to join them for a home-prepared dinner
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Full Day in Dubrovnik
Today is at leisure to explore Dubrovnik on your own or join the optional tour to Montenegro, the "Jewel of the Mediterranean" nestled on the gorgeous Adriatic coast. Drive towards the stunning Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in southern Europe. On to the charming coastal town of Perast where a short boat ride takes you to the 15th century "Our Lady of the Rocks" Church perched on an islet in the bay. Time to admire the marble alter, fine paintings, silver plaques and panoramic views before driving to Kotor surrounded by old fortress walls, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leisure time to walk the winding cobblestone lanes of the Old City before returning along the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik. Tonight, enjoy a walk along Dubrovnik's cobbled streets; see the glowing buildings and the fortifications accented against the night sky
Optional: Montenegro Excursion (AM)
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - Ferry to Korcula
After breakfast, take the ferry to the lovely Dalmatian Island of Korcula, birthplace of the legendary explorer Marco Polo. Arrive in time for lunch, then walk to its Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, with stunning Adriatic views. The rest of the day is free to discover this pretty island town on your own. Your Tour Manager can point out a dinner spot where you can try local seafood specialties
Overnight: Korcula Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Sunday - Ferry to Hvar
This morning, travel back to Korcula town and sail by ferry to the mainland. After lunch at a local restaurant in Ston, drive north along the beautiful Adriatic coast to the small town of Drvenik. Embark on a ferry to the island of Hvar, rated as one of the world's Top 10 islands by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. With its dramatic karst landscape, rocky shores, lavender fields, and pristine beaches, you'll quickly understand why
Overnight: Hvar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Monday - Explore Hvar & Visit a Local Tavern
Today, discover the treasures of Hvar on your own. Perhaps you'll relax on one of the island's beautiful beaches. Board a boat to the Pakleni Islands, just off Hvar's coast, where secluded coves make for fine snorkeling and swimming. Or indulge in a spa treatment at the hotel. This afternoon, visit a family-owned tavern. The owners have invited you to join them for delicious local fare and traditional music - perhaps some klapa, a form of a cappella singing
Overnight: Hvar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Tuesday - Ferry to Split & Discover Diocletian's Palace
Today, ferry back to the mainland to explore Split, Croatia's grand 1,700-year-old city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a walking tour, marvel at its rich culture and Renaissance and Gothic architecture. At the heart of its waterfront is Diocletian's Palace, the 3rd-century "retirement home" intended for the Roman Emperor of the same name. Admire its lovely peristyle courtyard, Cathedral of St. Domnius, and Roman temples. Many of the palace's structures were built with the gleaming white marble quarried from the nearby island of Brac. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight, dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Split
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Browse Morning Market, Tour Plitvice Lakes & Transfer to Istrian Peninsula*
Greet the day among Croatian vendors setting up shop at Split's lively market. Find locally grown fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and wines here, as well as clothing, bags, and trinkets. Perusing these stalls is a great way to strike up a conversation with the locals. Later, drive to the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These 16 terraced lakes descend 300 feet in 4 miles down a wooded hillside via a series of waterfalls. After time to explore, continue to the seaside town of Opatija, beautifully sheltered between the Gulf of Kvarner and Ucka Mountain on the dramatic Istrian Peninsula. Tonight, have dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Opatija
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Full Day in Opatija
Enjoy a full day at leisure in the seaside town of Opatija, with its rich history, picturesque surroundings and gorgeous beaches, once a gathering spot for the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Alternatively, join the optional tour to the Istrian Peninsula that begins in Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. Afterwards, the tour continues to the resort town of Rovinj where you will enjoy free time exploring the old town and its narrow lanes before returning to Opatija
Optional: Full Day Istrian Peninsula (AM)
Overnight: Opatija
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Tour Ljubljana, Slovenia
Cross into Slovenia this morning and stop for a tour of its capital, Ljubljana. View its vast open-air market; the Baroque Venetian inspired City Hall; Robba Fountain, inspired by Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain in Rome; the Triple Bridge, which connects the old and new cities; and the Parliament. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Ljubljana
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - Visit Bled Island & Countryside Drive to Bohinj
This morning, travel to Bled, situated on the pristine shores of Lake Bled in the spectacular Julian Alps. Explore Bled Castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the lake. Continue your day on Bled's spellbinding lake aboard a pletna, a traditional rowing boat. The destination is the tiny island that adds such charm to this vista. The island's church is home to a wonderful art collection. Later, drive through gorgeous landscapes and typical Slovenian villages to Bohinj, an alpine resort town nestled amidst dense woodlands. A stop at the Sheppard Museum gives a farm-fresh taste of locally produced cheese. Return to Ljubljana in time for dinner on your own
Overnight: Ljubljana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Sunday - Explore Venice
Transfer to Venice this morning, once the center of an empire that oversaw the entire Adriatic. Upon arrival, travel by boat to the Island of Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Then continue by boat along the famed Grand Canal, lined with elegant palaces and bridges. After lunch on your own, enjoy a walking tour of Piazza San Marco, with time to visit the Basilica and view the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and Campanile (bell tower). This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a delightful Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Monday - Depart Italy
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Please note this a very active day with a walk down to the Plitvice Lakes. Walk around the lakes is moderate and good walking shoes are advisable.

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Croatia
Depart for Dubrovnik, Croatia

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Dubrovnik
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, transfer to the hotel. You'll have the Balance of the day is at leisure, to rest or explore on your own. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner. Then perhaps you'll stroll to the charming St. Saviour Church
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Explore Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik stands as one of Europe's most beautifully preserved medieval cities, surrounded by ramparts, watchtowers, and the azure Adriatic Sea. Within its walls, spend the morning exploring a treasure trove of rich history, admiring the Rector's Palace and touring the Franciscan Monastery, home to a 30,000-volume library and a 14th-century pharmacy. Enjoy stunning views of the Old Town and the Adriatic when you walk along the city's fortress wall. This 1¼ -mile stroll around Dubrovnik's perimeter offers a breathtaking perspective of red-roofed stone buildings and ancient, narrow alleys. Later, visit a local artisan to learn about traditional craftsmanship that still thrives today. End the day as the guests of a local family who have invited you to join them for a home-prepared dinner
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Dubrovnik
Today is at leisure to explore Dubrovnik on your own or join the optional tour to Montenegro, the "Jewel of the Mediterranean" nestled on the gorgeous Adriatic coast. Drive towards the stunning Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in southern Europe. On to the charming coastal town of Perast where a short boat ride takes you to the 15th century "Our Lady of the Rocks" Church perched on an islet in the bay. Time to admire the marble alter, fine paintings, silver plaques and panoramic views before driving to Kotor surrounded by old fortress walls, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leisure time to walk the winding cobblestone lanes of the Old City before returning along the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik. Tonight, enjoy a walk along Dubrovnik's cobbled streets; see the glowing buildings and the fortifications accented against the night sky
Optional: Montenegro Excursion (AM)
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Ferry to Korcula
After breakfast, take the ferry to the lovely Dalmatian Island of Korcula, birthplace of the legendary explorer Marco Polo. Arrive in time for lunch, then walk to its Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, with stunning Adriatic views. The rest of the day is free to discover this pretty island town on your own. Your Tour Manager can point out a dinner spot where you can try local seafood specialties
Overnight: Korcula Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Thursday - Ferry to Hvar
This morning, travel back to Korcula town and sail by ferry to the mainland. After lunch at a local restaurant in Ston, drive north along the beautiful Adriatic coast to the small town of Drvenik. Embark on a ferry to the island of Hvar, rated as one of the world's Top 10 islands by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. With its dramatic karst landscape, rocky shores, lavender fields, and pristine beaches, you'll quickly understand why
Overnight: Hvar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Explore Hvar & Visit a Local Tavern
Today, discover the treasures of Hvar on your own. Perhaps you'll relax on one of the island's beautiful beaches. Board a boat to the Pakleni Islands, just off Hvar's coast, where secluded coves make for fine snorkeling and swimming. Or indulge in a spa treatment at the hotel. This afternoon, visit a family-owned tavern. The owners have invited you to join them for delicious local fare and traditional music - perhaps some klapa, a form of a cappella singing
Overnight: Hvar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday - Ferry to Split & Discover Diocletian's Palace
Today, ferry back to the mainland to explore Split, Croatia's grand 1,700-year-old city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a walking tour, marvel at its rich culture and Renaissance and Gothic architecture. At the heart of its waterfront is Diocletian's Palace, the 3rd-century "retirement home" intended for the Roman Emperor of the same name. Admire its lovely peristyle courtyard, Cathedral of St. Domnius, and Roman temples. Many of the palace's structures were built with the gleaming white marble quarried from the nearby island of Brac. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight, dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Split
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Browse Morning Market, Tour Plitvice Lakes & Transfer to Istrian Peninsula*
Greet the day among Croatian vendors setting up shop at Split's lively market. Find locally grown fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and wines here, as well as clothing, bags, and trinkets. Perusing these stalls is a great way to strike up a conversation with the locals. Later, drive to the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These 16 terraced lakes descend 300 feet in 4 miles down a wooded hillside via a series of waterfalls. After time to explore, continue to the seaside town of Opatija, beautifully sheltered between the Gulf of Kvarner and Ucka Mountain on the dramatic Istrian Peninsula. Tonight, have dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Opatija
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Full Day in Opatija
Enjoy a full day at leisure in the seaside town of Opatija, with its rich history, picturesque surroundings and gorgeous beaches, once a gathering spot for the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Alternatively, join the optional tour to the Istrian Peninsula that begins in Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. Afterwards, the tour continues to the resort town of Rovinj where you will enjoy free time exploring the old town and its narrow lanes before returning to Opatija
Optional: Full Day Istrian Peninsula (AM)
Overnight: Opatija
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Tour Ljubljana, Slovenia
Cross into Slovenia this morning and stop for a tour of its capital, Ljubljana. View its vast open-air market; the Baroque Venetian inspired City Hall; Robba Fountain, inspired by Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain in Rome; the Triple Bridge, which connects the old and new cities; and the Parliament. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Ljubljana
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Visit Bled Island & Countryside Drive to Bohinj
This morning, travel to Bled, situated on the pristine shores of Lake Bled in the spectacular Julian Alps. Explore Bled Castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the lake. Continue your day on Bled's spellbinding lake aboard a pletna, a traditional rowing boat. The destination is the tiny island that adds such charm to this vista. The island's church is home to a wonderful art collection. Later, drive through gorgeous landscapes and typical Slovenian villages to Bohinj, an alpine resort town nestled amidst dense woodlands. A stop at the Sheppard Museum gives a farm-fresh taste of locally produced cheese. Return to Ljubljana in time for dinner on your own
Overnight: Ljubljana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Thursday - Explore Venice
Transfer to Venice this morning, once the center of an empire that oversaw the entire Adriatic. Upon arrival, travel by boat to the Island of Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Then continue by boat along the famed Grand Canal, lined with elegant palaces and bridges. After lunch on your own, enjoy a walking tour of Piazza San Marco, with time to visit the Basilica and view the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and Campanile (bell tower). This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a delightful Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Depart Italy
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Please note this a very active day with a walk down to the Plitvice Lakes. Walk around the lakes is moderate and good walking shoes are advisable.

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Full Day Montenegro

Drive towards the stunning Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in southern Europe. On to the charming coastal town of Perast where a short boat ride takes us to the 15th century "Our Lady of the Rocks" Church perched on an islet in the bay. Time to admire the marble alter, fine paintings, silver plaques and panoramic views before driving to Kotor surrounded by old fortress walls, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leisure time to walk the winding cobblestone lanes of the Old City before returning along the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik.

Departs at 7:30 am. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

Day #4 01 Apr 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $64.00
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Full Day Istrian Peninsula

Begin with an orientation tour of Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. Visit a Roman Amphitheater, the sixth largest of its kind to be preserved in the world today. Afterward, proceed to the beautiful resort town of Rovinj where you will enjoy free time exploring the old town and its narrow lanes before returning to Opatija.

Departs at 8:00 am. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #10 01 Apr 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $63.00
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Full Day Montenegro

Drive towards the stunning Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in southern Europe. On to the charming coastal town of Perast where a short boat ride takes us to the 15th century "Our Lady of the Rocks" Church perched on an islet in the bay. Time to admire the marble alter, fine paintings, silver plaques and panoramic views before driving to Kotor surrounded by old fortress walls, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leisure time to walk the winding cobblestone lanes of the Old City before returning along the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik.

Departs at 7:30 am. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

Day #4 01 Apr 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $64.00
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Full Day Istrian Peninsula

Begin with an orientation tour of Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. Visit a Roman Amphitheater, the sixth largest of its kind to be preserved in the world today. Afterward, proceed to the beautiful resort town of Rovinj where you will enjoy free time exploring the old town and its narrow lanes before returning to Opatija.

Departs at 8:00 am. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #10 01 Apr 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $63.00
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Dalmatian Isles, Croatia & Slovenia, June 2016
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All went very smoothly without any worries at all. The tour leader Sandra was outstanding, the group of 14 was really nice, the bus driver was very calm, capable and professional. All of the hotels and local tours were great too. This was our first Gate 1 tour and I would certainly recommend it and do another in the future.

Linda L. NSW, Australia
Dalmatian Isles, Croatia & Slovenia, May 2016
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We had a wonderful time and we love Gate 1. I chose this trip over other tour company trips and also over the other Gate 1 Croatia trips because it went to the islands of Hvar and Korcula. My sister and I fell in love with these islands and of the ferry rides between them, along with all of the places the tour had on its itinerary. We loved it so much that we are talking about doing this exact trip again. Hopefully Gate 1 will offer this same tour in the future. The most important thing we learned about Gate 1 was that your tour gave us time to explore the places we visited. With Globus and Insight these trips usually gave us one hour. This hour is supposed to be enough time for a guided tour, having something to eat, going to the bathroom, which usually involved a wait, browse alone in the city and go shopping along with a 20 minute walk back to the bus, which is absolutely ridiculous. The bottom line being you we're lucky to get to go to the bathroom in the time between the guided tour ending and heading back to the bus. It leaves you feeling that you have been cheated. This trip we came away with the feeling that we really did get to spend time and explore these towns on our own. Also, the tour director we had was incredible, and he really added to the enjoyment of the trip.

Kerry C. Reno, NV
Dalmatian Isles, Croatia & Slovenia, April 2016
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We arrived home Sunday morning and are still reminiscing about the Dalmatian Coast trip. Our Yuge was perfect, giving us history, keeping track of our safety, making everything easy and the area guides were great. I have already been looking at other Gate 1 trips for next year! We met very nice people from all over, both in our tour group and our country hosts. Thank you.

Elaine W. Olympia, WA