ZAGREB to SPLIT via Ljubljana, Bled,  Motovun, Rovinj, Pula, Postojna Caves & Castle and more

DAY 1  FRIDAY  (20 AUGUST)  –  ZAGREB     

  • Overnight Zagreb – Hotel Dubrovnik 4**** including breakfast & welcome dinner
  • Interesting –  For a brief background & history click on – ZAGREB

Welcome to Croatia

On arrival at Zagreb airport. Grab a taxi to the hotel and after checking in take a wander around this very interesting Austro-Hungarian city as our hotel is right in the middle of it. At its center is the Gothic, twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral and 13th-century St. Mrak’s Church, which we will visit tomorrow. Take it easy as tomorrow we will be guided to some amazing sites.

Our welcome dinner will be at a nearby Croatian restaurant where we can all get to know one another.


  • Overnight Ljubljana –   Hotel Mrak 3*** including breakfast
  • Interesting –  For a brief background & history click on –  Ljubljana

After we have had our breakfast, we will be joined by a local guide at the reception where we will  depart on a leisurely walking tour of Zagreb.

We will begin by heading toward the lower part of town, to visit the  Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary built in the 11 century and whose courtyard boasts an eye-catching marble column that holds a golden statue of the Virgin Mary and four golden angels, a prelude to the many treasures inside.

We will continue our stroll thru the old town with its lovely old streets, squares, buildings and shops as well as  St Marks church with its unique, tiled roof that graces most local guidebooks and brochures, the 13th century St. Mark’s church stands proudly in St. Mark’s square

On returning to our hotel we will check out before departing for Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia only 150 kilometres from Zagreb and taking about a 2 hour  scenic drive.

Slovenia –  in Central Europe, is known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes. Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, with its baroque facades mix with the 20th-century architecture.

After arriving in Ljubljana, we will check into our hotel then have the rest of the evening free to wander around this lovely city and tomorrow we will be guided and visit  some of its unique sights.

DAY 3 SUNDAY   (22 August) LJUBLJANA  

  • Overnight Ljubljana –   Hotel Mrak 3*** including breakfast

After breakfast we will head off for guided walking tour that will include the Dragons bridge that crosses the Ljubljanica River close to the cities Central Market. Then visit Prešeren Monument and the famous Cobblers bridge and many other interesting sites.

After the tour for those who are interested we will take the funicular up to the citie’s landmark the  incredible Ljubljana Castle situated above the city on “Castle Hill”. Originally a medieval fortress, constructed in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 12th century. It offers some of the most beautiful views of the city and houses a museum exhibition on Slovenian history, a puppet museum, and a number of historical rooms such as the Chapel of St George, the Prison, and a video presentation room called Virtual Castle.

Rest of the day is at leisure to explore and browse around this beautiful city which has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures. As well as great shops and restaurants.

DAY 4  MONDAY   (23 August) LJUBLJANA   –   BLED

  • Overnight Bled –   Hotel Kompas 4**** including breakfast
  • Interesting –  For a brief background & history click on – Bled

Today we travel to Bled a Slovenian resort town in the foothills of the Julian Alps and next to Lake Bled. The old part of the town called Radovljica is one of the best preserved town structures in Slovenia with houses dating from the 15th and 16th century.

The lovely old town charms with its position atop a natural promontory, with a varied selection of authentically preserved architecture, as well as museums, galleries and other attractions. Enjoy a walking tour of Bled with your local guide.  Rest of the day is free and at leisure.

DAY 5 TUESDAY   (24 August)  BLED – POSTOJNA – BLED   

  • Overnight Bled –   Hotel Kompas 4**** including breakfast & lunch

We have a big day ahead of us beginning with a relaxing but very interesting boat ride to the island in the middle of Lake Bled to visit the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, with its steep staircase and bell tower. On the way we pass the medieval 11th-century Bled Castle which we will also visit.

After our trip to the island we will again head off on another boat ride and visit the incredible Postojna  Castle and Caves where we will have lunch. Then head off  to have a fantastic experience visiting the Postojna Cave, the second-longest cave system in the country.

Postojna Cave is the only karst cave with a railway, which was built more than 140 years ago. The unique tourist train will take you to the underground network of karst corridors, galleries and halls. During an hour-and-a-half-long guided tour, you will learn about all of the most important karst features: the largest, 16-metre-high stalagmite known as the Skyscraper, the crystal white symbol of Postojna Cave –and the most famous underground animal – the olm or the human fish.

After this amazing tour we head back to our hotel in Bled and rest up ready for the next phase of our journey.

DAY 6 WEDNESDAY   (25 August)  BLED –  MOTOVUN     

  • Overnight Motovun –   Hotel Vela Vrata 4**** including breakfast & light lunch
  • Interesting –  For a brief background & history click on – Motovun

After breakfast we’re off again to Istria – Croatia’s wonderful wine country.  Istria, formerly Histria, is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and the Kvarner Gulf. It is shared by three countries Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. We will enjoy the ride as we travel through this scenic countryside and arrive in Motovun in Istria.

This hilltop medieval town is famous for its lovely ramparts – In ancient times, both Celts and Illyrians built their fortresses at the location of present-day Motovun. The name of the village is also of Celtic origin, derived from the word Montona, meaning “a town in the hills”   Now it’s a  focal point for truffle gastronomy.

On arrival we will be taken on an exciting truffle hunting adventure that will including a light lunch. Then once we have checked into our hotel, we will be taken on a walk around the amazing city walls.

DAY 7  THURSDAY (26 August)   MOTOVUN to PULA then to ROVINJ returning to MOTOVUN

  • Overnight Motovun –   Vela Vrata 4**** including breakfast
  • Interesting –  For a brief background & history click on – Rovinj
  • Interesting –  For a brief background & history click on – Pula

After breakfast we depart again to experience more of Istria – Croatia’s wonderful wine country. we will make our way towards the town of Rovinj were we will enjoy a walking tour of the town  providing valuable insight into this beautiful town’s history and culture.

After Rovinj, we will visit Pula one of the biggest towns in the area and the home of one of the most preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. Here we will have a local sightseeing guide to lead them through the remnants of the roman empire in Pula.  Settled in the prehistoric era and valued for its strategic location

Pula has been occupied, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. The Romans, Ostrogoths and Venetians, as well as the Allied Forces in World War II, have each administered the city.  On the way back to Motovun we will stop and enjoy a wine tasting at one of the many local wineries.


  • Overnight Split –   Hotel Corner 4**** including breakfast & Farewell dinner
  • Interesting –  For a brief background & history click on –  Split

After breakfast we head off for Split through Croatia’s heartland.  Enroute we will visit the amazing Krka National Park which lies about 10km inland from Sibenik.

Krka National Park is named after the Krka River, covering an area of just over 142 square km and includes two thirds of the Krka river itself. The top attraction of the Park are its magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk falls which are one of Croatia’s most famous sights.

Other highlights include the small island of Visovac and Roski Slap waterfall. A boat trip through the park (included in the entrance ticket) is a great way of seeing much of the Park.

After our boat ride we will head off for Split arriving in the evening to check into our hotel and have our farewell dinner and a good rest after a long but exciting day.

DAY 9   SATURDAY (28 August )    SPLIT – CRUISE

After breakfast we will meet our guide for a very interesting  walking tour of Split Old Town. It is hard to believe that Split is already 17 centuries old, dating back to the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian who decided to build his Palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona.  During these 1700 years the Palace slowly turned into a city, which to this day lures visitors with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its natural and cultural heritage.

Our walk through the ancient city takes us through time, with great examples of ancient architecture like Peristyle, the middle aged Romanesque Church and Gothic Palace, Renaissance portals of the noblemen’s houses, Baroque facades and modern architecture superbly merged in the rich heritage.

Once our walk is over, we will transfer to the Port and embark on our cruise aboard the MS New Star. Once we are settled, we will set sail to commence our next adventure aboard the lovely MS New Star beginning with a “Welcome  Lunch” were we can meet our crew and fellow passengers.

Price PRE-TOUR OPTION  20 thru 28 August 2021 – 9 Days / 8 Nights

Minimum travellers per Group – Minimum 20 passengers
Price per person * – AU$2,280.00

* Based on shared twin / double bedroom
* If the numbers change the cost will change accordingly.

Price includes:

  • 8 nights’ Accommodation in 3 & 4**** hotels including breakfast
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners + 2 Lunches
  • Porterage and Tourist Tax included
  • Air Conditioned Tourist Class Coaches for 20 passengers or more
  • English speaking driver
  • Guided Walking Tours in:
    -Zagreb – Ljubljana – Bled – Motovun – Rovinj –  Pula –  Split
  • Entrance fees included in:
    -Postojna Cave – Predjama Castle –  Bled Castle – Pletna Boat Ride – Truffle Hunting,