From the Julian Alps to the Dalmatian Coast

Discover lively, compact Slovenia and laid-back, life-loving Croatia on this 10-day overland adventure. Enjoy both the green and glorious Julian Alps of Slovenia and the white beaches, blue skies, rocky islands, cream-colored limestone buildings and red-tiled roofs of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Begin in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, where traces of Belle Époque Vienna remain, then drive a mere 70 miles to the sophisticated capital of Slovenia, lovely Ljubljana.

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  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 travelers
  • Travels to:
    Balkans, Croatia, Slovenia
  • Flexible Essential:
    Zagreb to Dubrovnik

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Board a traditional wooden pletna boat gliding across Lake Bled
    Board a traditional wooden pletna boat and glide across icy blue Lake Bled to lovely Bled Island, propelled by a gondolier with two long oars...
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  • Walk Dubrovnik’s wide city walls
    Take a leisurely walk within Dubrovnik’s wide city walls that have protected it since the 13th century; punctuated by sturdy square fortresses and round towers, the walls...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over two decades of Balkans travel experience
  • Many individuals and groups have chosen MIR to guide them to Croatia and Slovenia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-3: Zagreb, Ljubljana

Begin in Croatia’s Hapsburg-influenced capital, Zagreb, then visit the sophisticated capital of Slovenia, lovely Ljubljana.


  • Zagreb, capital and largest city of Croatia
  • Iconic St. Mark’s Church, famous for its 1880 tile roof with the medieval Croatian coat of arms and the emblem of Zagreb picked out in brilliant colors
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Days 4-5: Bled, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj, Porec

Continue through the splendid Julian Alps to board a traditional boat gliding across glacial Lake Bled to the little island in its middle. Zip down south to the Adriatic in Croatia and take a jaunt around the Istrian Peninsula, dotted with winsome red-roofed resort towns and reminders of Roman and Venetian rule.


  • 11th century tower of Bled Castle overlooking Lake Bled in the Julian Alps
  • Opatija, Croatia, one of the most famous resort towns in the Mediterranean
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Days 6-10: Plitvice, Sibenik, Split, Trogir, Dubrovnik

Admire the dramatic karst scenery and the cascades of Plitvice National Park, before heading back to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, explored in ancient times by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians. Experience six UNESCO Sites, including Diocletian’s Palace and the harmonious Old City of Dubrovnik.


  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompassing a series of waterfalls connecting 16 beautiful lakes
  • UNESCO-listed medieval walled Old Town of Trogir, filled with Gothic and Romanesque churches, palaces and public buildings
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Tour Dates & Prices

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Group Size

This itinerary is available on a custom, private basis. Contact us for more information.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located superior tourist class hotels throughout the itinerary. Call for hotel upgrade prices.
  • Breakfast daily, per the itinerary. Lunches and dinners are left independent to allow for exploration.
  • Local guides in each city.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers are available at additional cost.) MIR arranges for travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private van or car (type of vehicle depends on the size of your party). Note, one vehicle and driver will be used throughout the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.



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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in the Balkan countries or in nearby Bulgaria or Romania. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

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Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are designed to be comfortable for travel in this part of the world, they will vary from four star to small, moderate three star hotels, some quite small with basic amenities and services. It is important to keep in mind that the countries of the Balkans may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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