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Slovenia, Istria & the Dalmatian Coast Self-Drive

11 days - Self Drive Tour (3/4 star - Manual Vehicle)

Zagreb - Ljubljana - Bled - Rovinj - Postojna - Plitvice Lakes - Trogir - Split - Dubrovnik
Inclusions: 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 8 day car hire (CDMR Opel Astra 1.6 or similar), arrival and departure transfers, services of local representatives.
Exclusions: additional meals, sightseeing tours and entrance fees.

Vehicle Hire:
Inclusions: Unlimited kilometres, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection (TP), airport surcharge and taxes.
Exclusions: Vehicle one-way drop-off fee (approx. EUR80, payable locally), foreign use cost, Vignette for Slovenia, parking fees, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Super Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), fuel, additional equipment (baby seat, roof rack, ski rack etc), additional days.

Note: Minimum age for vehicle rental is 21 years and a valid drivers licence must have been held for at least 2 years.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
2019
Mar-Nov: Daily

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
2020
Mar-Nov: Daily

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Tour Itinerary (please click here)

DAY 1 ZAGREB
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to begin your discovery of Croatia's charming capital.

Stay at
Best Western Hotel Astoria (4 star)

DAY 2 ZAGREB
Today explore Zagreb at your leisure, or pre-book an optional privately guided city tour to learn of the history and legend of Croatia’s capital. With a history dating back to 1094, there is much to see in both the "Upper" and “Lower” Towns such as the Assumption Cathedral, Church of St. Mark, Jelacic Square and the Parliament building. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

DAY 3 ZAGREB – LJUBLJANA – BLED
Your driving adventure begins as you collect your rental vehicle and leave Zagreb and cross the border into Slovenia to visit the charming capital of Ljubljana. You may wish to enjoy lunch here (not included) and take in an optional guided walking tour to see the highlights of the old city including the Old Town, picturesque open-air Central Market and baroque Town Hall. Afterwards drive the short distance to Bled to overnight by the lake. (B)

Approximate driving distance
Zagreb to Ljubljana (approx. 143km - 2 hours)
Ljubljana to Bled (approx. 55km - 1 hour)

Stay at
Hotel Astoria (3 star)

DAY 4 BLED
This morning you may take an optional tour of Bled, a stunning jewel of the Julian Alps. Visit the town’s sights including Bled Castle which is perched on a cliff high above the lake, offering magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. Alternatively you may wish to take a pletna (traditional boat) ride to the island in the middle of the lake, or a scenic drive to visit Lake Bohinj. (B)

Approximate driving distance
Bled to Bohinj (approx. 26km - 30 minutes)

DAY 5 BLED – POSTOJNA – ROVINJ
Today you will return to Croatia and the picturesque fishing village of Rovinj. En-route stop at the impressive Postojna Caves, home to one of the largest cave systems in Europe. In Rovinj, check in at your hotel before exploring the winding cobbled streets of this charming Mediterranean Old Town centred around the hilltop church of St. Euphemia. (B)

Approximate driving distance
Bled to Postojna (approx. 104km - 1.15 hours)
Postojna to Rovinj (approx. 140km - 2 hours)

Stay at
Hotel Eden (4 star)

DAY 6 ROVINJ & THE ISTRIAN PENINSULA
Spend your day in Rovinj or jump in the car to explore the stunning coastal towns and small hilltop villages of the Istrian Peninsula. This region is famous for its local produce including fresh seafood, truffles, olive oils and wine. A drive around the interior or coast will reveal many opportunities to indulge in the flavours of Istria. (B)

DAY 7 ROVINJ – PLITVICE
Drive inland to one of Croatia’s most spectacular sights, Plitvice Lakes National Park. This UNESCO-listed park with its cascading waterfalls connecting a series of terraced turquoise lakes offers a wonderful stay in the heart of mainland Croatia. Overnight at Plitvice Lakes. (B)

Approximate driving distance
Rovinj to Plitvice (approx. 260km - 3 hours)

Stay at
Hotel Jezero (3 star)

DAY 8 PLITVICE – TROGIR – SPLIT
Today, return to the coast and the Dalmatian port city of Split, via a recommended stop in the artistic centre of Trogir The highlights of Split are its Roman heritage and the 4th century Diocletian's Palace, the heart of the inner city. Explore the many Roman and Gothic structures that lie within the walls of the palace on your own or pre-book an optional guided sightseeing tour. (B)

Approximate driving distance
Plitvice to Trogir/Split (approx. 260km - 3 hours)

Stay at

Hotel Marul (4 star)

DAY 9 SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
This particular journey is one of the most scenic drives in the world; enjoy the views as you hug the coastline, delicately winding between dramatic cliff walls and the sparkling Adriatic. (B)

Approximate driving distance
Split to Dubrovnik (approx. 230km - 4 hours)

Stay at
Hotel Lero (4 star)

DAY 10 DUBROVNIK
Surrounded by ramparts and fortresses, Dubrovnik is a treasure trove carefully preserved over the centuries. You may explore by yourself or pre-book an optional privately guided city tour. There is so much to see in medieval Dubrovnik: the Old Town, pedestrian Stradun, Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery, not to mention a walk along the top of the city walls. Car rental return. (B)

DAY 11 DUBROVNIK
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. (B)

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