Experience outdoor adventures, delicious food, and a wealth of culture and history on this two-week luxury adventure across Croatia and Slovenia. Start in the port town of Rovinj, where you'll hunt for tasty truffles and explore Brijuni National Park. Then, cross the border to see Slovenia's Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. Head back to Croatia for a foodie tour in Zagreb and hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park, finishing in ancient Dubrovnik to tour the Old Town and boat to the Elafiti Islands.


  • Hike to Rovinj's hilltop Cathedral of St. Euphemia for incredible city views
  • See the otherworldly caverns of Slovenia's Postojna Cave 
  • Discover crashing waterfalls amid the lush greenery of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Taste briny oysters straight from the pristine waters of Ston Bay

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Rovinj (Croatia), Guided City Tour, Fine Dining at Restaurant Puntulina Rovinj
Day 2 Truffle Hunting Excursion, Visit Istria's Hilltop Towns Rovinj
Day 3 Discover Brijuni National Park Rovinj
Day 4 Transfer to Ljubljana (Slovenia), Visit Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Ljubljana
Day 5 Walking Tour of Ljubljana, Dinner at a Michelin Restaurant  Ljubljana
Day 6 Day Trip to Lake Bled & Bled Castle, Transfer to Zagreb (Croatia) Zagreb
Day 7 City Highlights Walking Tour, Foodie Fun in Zagreb Zagreb
Day 8 Guided Visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park, Transfer to Split Split
Day 9 Guided Walking Tour of Split, Dinner at Zrno Soli Restaurant  Split
Day 10 Day Trip to Hvar: Explore the Island's Towns & Villages Split
Day 11 Ston Bay Oyster Tasting, Transfer to Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 12 Explore Dubrovnik's Old Town Dubrovnik
Day 13 Boating Excursion to the Elafiti Islands Dubrovnik
Day 14 Depart Dubrovnik  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Rovinj (Croatia), Guided City Tour, Fine Dining at Restaurant Puntulina

You'll feel the Venetian influences in Rovinj as you take your first stroll along the waterfront

Welcome to Croatia! Your flight arrives in Pula, where you'll meet your private driver and transfer to Rovinj, a charming port city located on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula. Upon arrival, check in at the Hotel Adriatic, an artsy boutique hotel located in Rovinj's historic center. Here, you'll find intimate rooms and suites decorated with tasteful local art and offering views of the island of St. Catherine, Rovinj's Old Town, or the main square. Their on-site restaurants serve trendy cuisine inspired by the French Riviera, and their rooftop bar is the perfect spot to watch the sunset after a day of exploring.

After check-in, meet with your guide and set out on a privately guided city tour. Step back in time via the cozy cobblestone streets of the Old Town, getting lost in the Venetian-inspired architecture and alleyways. Stroll along colorful Grisia Street, where you might find an open exhibition of local painters, and make your way to the hilltop Cathedral of St. Euphemia, a Baroque church built in the 1700s that overlooks the city. Make a stop at the local farmer's markets and end with a visit to peaceful Punta Corrente Park

Tonight, you'll be dining at the fabulous Restaurant Puntulina. Founded in 2004 within the former Pellizzer family home, the restaurant focuses on innovative local cuisine with a distinct Italian influence. Embrace the Mediterranean charm and flavors, sampling fresh seafood, fine wine, and delectable desserts, all accompanied by gorgeous views of the sea. 

Day 2: Truffle Hunting Excursion, Visit Istria's Hilltop Towns

See why Istria is called "Little Tuscany" as you explore its hilltop towns and forests 

Experience one of Istria's most popular pastimes: truffle hunting! The hills of Istria are blanketed with damp and dark woods, the perfect environment for the elusive truffle. Your driver will transport you to the town of Buzet, where your privately guided tour pairs you with a professional truffle hunter, seeking out truffles in the Mediterranean forests. Meet the dogs trained to hunt this delicacy, tromping through the forest with them as they search out their fungal prey. After what is sure to be a successful hunt, visit a nearby restaurant to enjoy local wines and a truffle-themed meal.

Later, learn more about Croatia's history with a visit to the hilltop towns of Grožnjan or Motovun. Grožnjan is renowned for its many artists, with more than 20 galleries as well as some lively annual festivals, including a jazz festival in July. You can also visit Motovun, an enchanting walled town cresting a 908-foot (277 m) hill, originally fortified by the Venetians in the 14th century. Views from the top of town are astounding, with Gothic and Romanesque buildings all around. Another well-known festival, the Motovun Film Festival, takes place here each summer.

Day 3: Discover Brijuni National Park

Hike or cycle around Roman ruins and unspoiled island nature at Brijuni National Park

Immerse yourself in nature today with a privately guided tour of Brijuni National Park, a string of Adriatic islands located about 12 miles (20 km) from Rovinj. Your guide will transport you to Fazana, and you'll ferry over to Veliki Brijun, the park's largest island. There are multiple walking trails here, as well as bike rentals, or you can make your way straight to the beach.

Veliki also has a miniature train that will take you on a tour of Roman ruins, a Byzantine fortress, and a safari park, home to elephants, zebras, ostriches, and peacocks. You'll also see the infamous White Villa, the former home of Communist leader Josip Broz Tito. This afternoon, ferry back to Fazana and return to Rovinj, where you can relax at the hotel or explore some of the city on your own.

Day 4: Transfer to Ljubljana (Slovenia), Visit Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

Discover Slovenia's magnificent Predjama Castle, built within a cave

You're off to Croatia's next-door neighbor, the picturesque country of Slovenia. Meet your private driver in the morning and cross the border to Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital. Ljubljana is considered one of the country's most important cities, with a rich history and cultural heritage. Upon arrival, you'll check in at your accommodations, the Zlata Ladjica Boutique Hotel, a 5-star retreat located just steps away from the famed Ljubljana Castle. Rooms here feature understated, elegant decor with luxury linens, soaking tubs, and city or river views, as well as amenities that include a wellness spa and an on-site gastropub.

Take some time to rest and regroup, then head out on a privately guided tour of one of Slovenia's most popular sites, Postojna Cave Park. Visit the underground world of Postojna Cave, a karst cave that stretches more than 15 miles (24 km) and is the second-longest cave system in Slovenia. Take a ride on their underground train and see this fascinating subterranean realm, and stop to hike through cave areas such as Great Mountain, the Concert Hall, and the Brilliant Passage.

Continue to Predjama Castle, a medieval castle built right into the mouth of a clifftop cave. Predjama is the largest cave castle in the world, and inside, you'll see just how many of its walls were hewed straight out of the rock. Learn about the legendary Erazem Predjamski, Slovenia's own Robin Hood, and how he was under siege in the castle for a year (ending when one of his trusted servants betrayed him). Then, return to Ljubljana and try the local golaž (goulash meat stew) for dinner before an evening stroll along the river.

Day 5: Walking Tour of Ljubljana, Dinner at a Michelin Restaurant 

Stroll along the lovely waters of the Ljubljana River on a private walking tour

See more of Ljubljana today on a privately guided walking tour. Your guide will escort you around town, with stops at sites such as Ljubljana Castle, which sits atop Castle Hill and overlooks the downtown area. The castle is considered one of the city's primary landmarks, a medieval fortress that is thought to have been originally constructed in the 11th century.

Wander through the Old Town and visit Presern Square, taking in the impressive architecture and lively crowds, and stroll across the Triple Bridge, which consists of three bridges that span the river. Your guide will explain the history behind different buildings and sites as you go, finishing with a peaceful walk along the serene shores of the river.

This evening, have dinner at Hiša Franko, a Michelin-starred restaurant fronted by the famed chef Ana, who has created a cuisine that reflects her inspirations, travels, and memories. Enjoy a farm-to-table experience with locally grown produce, wild-harvested plants, and organic meats and cheeses. Menus are seasonally curated in order to make use of only the freshest ingredients, all accompanied by flavorful local wines. 

Day 6: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Bled Castle, Transfer to Zagreb (Croatia)

Explore the fairy-tale surrounds of Lake Bled today

This morning, meet your driver to travel to Bled, a quaint town on the shores of Lake Bled. On a privately guided tour around the lake, see the famed Bled Castle (the oldest in Slovenia) perched on the clifftop above while your guide explains its cultural significance. Stop along the way to admire the lake, its picturesque island, and the colorful flat-bottomed pletna boats that take visitors across the lake.

These unusual boats are operated by a single rower with two long oars, making for a peaceful cruise across the water. You'll have the option of hopping onboard one yourself, stopping at Bled Island to see the historic church there. Visit Bled Castle and the castle museum for insight into the history of the area, and take in the endless views of the lake. You can also take a walk along the lakeshore if you'd like. End the tour at a local café,  sampling Bled's specialty dessert, kremna rezina, a vanilla and custard cream cake.

Then, it's time to transfer back to Croatia and its capital, Zagreb. This thriving metropolis is known for its Austro-Hungarian architecture, historic Upper and Lower Town districts, and lively, colorful atmosphere. Arrive at the Amadria Park Capital Hotel, a luxury accommodation located near Ban Jelačić Square and the city's Green Horseshoe string of parks. Rooms and suites blend traditional decor with Art Deco flair, and you'll have options for city or atrium views, private balconies, and amenities that include a winter garden, restaurant, and lobby bar. Unwind at the hotel tonight, or step out to see some of the city. 

Day 7: City Highlights Walking Tour, Foodie Fun in Zagreb

Stroll through Zagreb's lively Dolac Market

Begin your exploration of Zagreb today with a privately guided city tour. Meet your guide and start with a winding walk through the small streets of Gornji Grad (Upper Town), a neighborhood stretching between the two hills of Kaptol and Gradec and the oldest part of the city. Visit the bustling Dolac Market and sample fresh produce and other treats, and see St. Mary's Cathedral, located right next door.

Continue to St. Mark's Church, with its famed multicolored roof, and see Lotrščak Tower, from which the Grič cannon is fired every day at noon. Your guide will share stories and legends about the region's history along the way, culminating with a funicular ride down to Donji Grad (Lower Town), where you'll find parks and boulevards such as the Lenuci Horseshoe, as well as the neo-Baroque Croatian National Theater.

Later today, discover not only the spectacular cuisine of Croatia's continental region but also the flavors of the Dalmatian Coast and hills of Istria. Meet your guide and head out on a private food tour, starting in Zagreb's central square, Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica. Make your way around the city core, satisfying your stomachs with assorted local fare. Try dishes such as sarma (cabbage rolls) or zagorski strukli, a delicious pastry prepared with savory or sweet ingredients. Your guide will explain the traditions and significance of each dish, leaving you with a better understanding of Croatia's expansive gastronomic culture. 

Day 8: Guided Visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park, Transfer to Split

Hike around the lush greenery of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Set off from Zagreb this morning to spend the day at Plitvice Lakes National Park, a must-visit highlight for any traveler to Croatia. This UNESCO-protected area encompasses 74,000 acres (30,000 ha), with a chain of 16 terraced lakes and more than 90 cascading waterfalls, all of which flow into a limestone canyon. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests, with wooden walkways that make for easy access and several hiking trails.

Your privately guided tour takes you through the dense greenery, walking along the trails of your choice as you keep an eye out for fish, birds, and other wildlife. Learn about the ecosystems of the park and its history, and finish with a boat ride that takes you across crystal-clear lakes and right up to crashing waterfalls.

Have lunch at the park, then depart for Split, the second-largest city in Croatia and the largest in the coastal region of Dalmatia. Split offers a wealth of history and culture, with cobblestone streets, amazing architecture, and panoramic views of the sea. Your driver will drop you at the Cornaro, a 5-star hotel located just steps from some of Split's most popular sightseeing spots. Rooms here offer a timeless grandeur, with luxury furnishings and options for sea or city views, not to mention a fabulous rooftop pool and bar. Your evening is free to enjoy dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant. 

Day 9: Guided Walking Tour of Split, Dinner at Zrno Soli Restaurant 

Walk the ancient halls of Diocletian's Palace in Split

Take a deep dive into the history and culture of Split with a private guide. This two-hour tour takes you through the Old Town, where you'll see sites such as the Cathedral of St. Dominus, built in the fourth century and a stunning example of Romanesque architecture. Be sure to climb the bell tower for amazing views of the city. Visit Diocletian's Palace, one of the best-preserved Roman buildings in the world, and its Peristyle Square, then finish with a hike up Marjan Hill. Nicknamed the "lungs of the city," you'll find centuries-old churches, large pine trees, and incredible views. 

Your taste buds are in for a treat tonight as you head out for a fine dining experience at Zrno Soli. Celebrated in the Michelin Guide Croatia for five consecutive years, this extraordinary space offers creative Mediterranean cuisine created with local ingredients, fresh fish, and homegrown produce. Delight in a gastronomy that extends beyond plate and palate, touching on the social, spiritual, and material aspects of the traditions that make up Croatian life. Afterward, return to your hotel to rest up for tomorrow's adventures or take an evening walk around town. 

Day 10: Day Trip to Hvar: Explore the Island's Towns & Villages

If you're feeling adventurous, opt for a hike or bike ride around Hvar

After breakfast, meet your guide and catch a ferry to the island of Hvar, known for its beautiful beaches, top-notch restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. Spend the day getting to know the island, starting in Jelsa, where you can stroll the main square and grab a coffee at one of the many cafés, and Stari Grad, one of Europe's oldest towns. Discover Stari Grad's Riva promenade, lined with centuries-old Venetian buildings, colorful shops, and sea views at every turn.

Visit lesser-known sites around the island with your guide, who will curate the tour to include specific places you'd like to visit or activities you'd like to try. You can rent bikes, visit Tvrdalj Palace, once the home of Croatian poet Petar Hektorović, or hike up Stari Grad's Glavica Hill for views of the whole countryside. End the day with lunch at a local konoba (tavern), then enjoy some free time in Hvar Town before returning to Split by ferry. 

Day 11: Ston Bay Oyster Tasting, Transfer to Dubrovnik

Take a detour to the Pelješac peninsula to taste local oysters and wines 

The last part of your travels takes you to Dubrovnik, one of the most ancient fortress cities in Europe, with a long and storied history showcased in its historic Old Town. Depart with your private driver in the morning, making a stop at the settlement of Ston along the way. The village sits on Ston Bay, which is known for its oyster farming and production. 

Take some time to walk around town, then head out on a boat to visit the oyster farms. The bay's waters are an unusual mix of freshwater and seawater, an essential component to growing the perfect oyster. As a result, Ston oysters are considered some of the best in the world. You'll get a firsthand look at the farming process, learning more about how the oysters are grown and harvested, and sample these delicacies directly from the sea.

Return to shore in time to taste local wines at a nearby vineyard before continuing the drive to Dubrovnik and your accommodations at the Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik, a 5-star retreat that sits carved into the cliffs above Miramare Bay. Enjoy expansive views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, rooms with a clean, contemporary style, and an on-site spa and restaurant. Tonight, relax at the hotel and take advantage of its many amenities, or see more of the city on your own. 

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Day 12: Explore Dubrovnik's Old Town

Take a private tour among Dubrovnik's walled Old Town

See more of the fabled Dubrovnik on a privately guided two-hour walking tour. Navigate the narrow streets of the Old Town with your guide as they highlight the history of various landmarks. Walk along Stradun, the main street that was once a canal, and see Onofrio's Fountain, built in the 1400s as part of the water system. Visit the quarantine buildings, where travelers stayed in isolation until cleared of potential illnesses, and end at the clock tower, a 100-foot (30 m) landmark that dates back to the 15th century.

Refresh with drinks on the terrace of Buza Bar, which is built right into the city walls, then spend the rest of the day sightseeing on your own. Visit sites such as Minčeta Tower and the gardens of Trsteno, where HBO's "Game of Thrones" series was filmed. Ride the Dubrovnik Cable Car to the top of Mount Srđ for panoramic views of the city, then hit up some of the local boutiques for souvenir shopping. 

Day 13: Boating Excursion to the Elafiti Islands

Spend a day swimming and snorkeling in the blue waters around the Elafiti Islands

Located just off the coast of Dubrovnik, the Elafiti Islands, or Elaphites, is an archipelago of 13 islands. The three main islands (and the only ones inhabited) are Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan, and all boast great swimming beaches, snorkeling, and a very relaxed vibe. This morning, embark on an exclusive full-day boating trip to visit these islands, with stops along the way to swim and snorkel in the quiet coves and peaceful waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Visit Koločep, the smallest of the main islands and closest to Dubrovnik. This is a "car-free" island, with multiple walking trails that take you through restful green forests and along quiet beaches. There are two villages on the island, both within walking distance of each other, and you can get a bite to eat here or check out some of the historic buildings, which include the pre-Romanesque St. Anthony and St. Nicholas churches.

Stop at the island of Lopud, where you can relax on Šunj Beach, a peaceful spot with shallow, calm waters. Just above the beach, make the easy hike to the 15th-century church of Our Lady of Sunj, which has an unusual wooden Renaissance-Baroque altar. End the day on Šipan, where you'll find more beaches, restaurants, and bike rentals to cruise around the island.

Day 14: Depart Dubrovnik

Say your farewells to Dubrovnik before today's departure
Your two weeks of luxury in Croatia come to a close today. At the appointed time, your private driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to the airport to catch your flight home or to your next destination. Safe travels! 

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Map of Luxury Nature & Culture in Croatia & Slovenia - 14 Days
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