Private Tour of Croatia & Slovenia
Croatia & Slovenia
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At the foot of Mount Medvednica, on a plain overlooking the Sava River, lies Zagreb, Croatia’s vibrant capital city. The city boasts a charming medieval old town with some impressive 18th- and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture and lovely cafe-lined pedestrian cobbled streets. While the Upper Town is the site of the Gothic, twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral and the 13th-century St. Mark’s Church, the Lower Town area contains the city's main square as well as some excellent shops, parks, galleries and more museums per square foot than any other city in the world. Visitors will also find an ever-increasing choice chic bars and restaurants, as well as the chance to see some of Croatia's most important cultural sights.
Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital and largest city, is set on the magnificent Ljubljanica River that gently meanders through the Old Town, providing a picturesque backdrop to the quaint cafes and tempting restaurants that line the banks. This tranquil setting belies a dynamic and fast-growing capital packed with compelling sights and a lively nightlife bolstered by its vibrant student population. Ljubljana is known for its many fascinating museums. These include the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historical exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures. While seminal Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik shaped the city’s overall appearance, Ljubljana has also been heavily influenced by the Hungarians, Austrians and Italians. These eclectic influences permeate many aspects of city life, including its food, drink and its myriad architectural styles.
One of the most picture-perfect towns in the Mediterranean, the Croatian fishing port of Rovinj, is idyllically set on the west coast of the Istrian Peninsula. This charming destination features heritage architecture, blue flag beaches and incredible natural surrounds. The beautiful Baroque-period Church of St. Euphemia with its bell tower is without a doubt one of the most popular attractions in Rovinj. Cobblestoned streets lead visitors on a journey of discovery through labyrinthine alleyways, while the picturesque islands of the Rovinj Archipelago dotting the coast provide ample opportunity for the more adventurous to explore these ‘outstanding scenic wonders’. Don’t miss a visit to Lone Bay, a popular pebble-strewn beach situated just south of the town. Explore the Old Town, cycle along the coast, scuba dive the wreck of the Baron Gautsch or sample traditional cuisine at one of the many romantic dining options.
Split, the second largest town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is famed for its exquisite beaches and the fortress-like complex at its centre, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, this sprawling UNESCO World Heritage site is encircled by white stone walls and contains some lovely courtyards lined with an array of galleries, shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several historical houses. Add to this an impressive backdrop of dramatic coastal mountains and the glistening waters of the Adriatic, and it is not difficult to see why the locals frequently claim that theirs is, "The most beautiful city in the world".
Dubrovnik is a well-preserved historical city in southern Croatia, known for its distinctive 16th century Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls. After a disastrous earthquake in 1667, the medieval town was rebuilt by Baroque planners and the city’s historic core seems to have been suspended in time ever since. Set-piece churches and public buildings blend seamlessly with green-shuttered stone houses, forming a perfect ensemble relatively untouched by the twenty-first century. Its impressive historical buildings range from the Baroque St. Blaise Church to the Renaissance Sponza Palace and the Gothic Rector’s Palace, which is now a history museum. Add to this a few exquisitely manicured gardens and some panoramic views of the Adriatic, and it is not difficult to see why Dubrovnik has long been Croatia’s most popular tourist destination.
Located in northwest Croatia (but also encompassed in part by Slovenia and Italy), the small peninsula of Istria lies between the Gulf of Trieste and the Kvarner Gulf. Boasting clean ocean waters, quiet coves, and gorgeous sandy shores, the coast is a summer holiday paradise, while the lush hills and grasslands of the interior, yielding fine wines and delectable fresh produce, beckon to be explored. Rovinj, a romantic village featuring cobbled streets, lively markets, and inviting restaurants, is a must-see. History enthusiasts should head to Pula to see ancient ruins and a Roman Amphitheatre, while nature lovers and active types will enjoy the tranquillity and verdant landscapes of hilltop town Hum. Head to Labin and Rabac for breathtaking beaches and Motovun for truffle hunting.
Set in south-central Croatia, Rakovica is the name of the municipality and a small picturesque village which is known for its idyllic position. It serves as the gateway to the breathtakingly beautiful Plitvice Lakes and provides an excellent base for visitors to explore the incredible natural surrounds featuring lush forests, rushing rivers, and hidden caves. The undeniable highlight of the area is the nearby Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is one of the oldest and the largest national parks in Croatia. The park is world famous for its network of 16 magnificent crystalline lakes which cascade into each other via waterfalls and its unique mountainous karst formations. Visitors can also look forward to viewing the stalactites and stalagmites of the impressive Caves of Barac. Other popular activities include: horse riding, quad biking and mountain biking.
Set on the glorious south coast of Croatia, Dalmatia is an enthralling region that often surpasses expectations. One of the four historic regions of the country, it boasts an impressive number of heritage sites, found in the interesting medieval towns which watch over the stunning turquoise waters, as well as some mesmerising ancient walled cities and breathtaking Roman monuments. Some of the cleanest waters in Europe can be enjoyed here, and, along with the idyllic white beaches and lush vegetation, make for a heavenly holiday experience. Nature lovers will particularly enjoy exploring the Krka National Park, with its spectacular waterfalls and stunning blue pools. Night-owls head to Novalja for partying, while Pag island provides insight into some unique regional culture.