Slovenia & Croatia: Hidden Coves and Ancient Treasures by Sea

Set sail by small motor cruiser through the crystal blue water of the Adriatic Sea to medieval villages, hidden coves and the picturesque coastlines of Croatia.
Rating (4.72)
Program No. 22587RJ
12 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Set sail by small motor cruiser through the crystal water of the Northern Adriatic Sea to medieval villages, hidden coves and the picturesque coastlines of Croatia. Learn how communities of the Northern Adriatic have been linked through history as you explore ancient white-stone streets constructed by the Romans and marvel at towering mountains, picture-perfect lakes and striking Venetian Gothic architecture. Understand the influence of the past as you discover ruins of ancient villages with experts and walk among the splendor of historic national parks.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience Lake Bled, where postcard-perfect scenery includes a hilltop castle surrounded by the breathtaking Julian Alps.
  • Learn about the complex history of the Northern Adriatic with expert lectures and excursions that reveal well-preserved ruins of the Roman and Venetian empires.
  • Discover Postojna Cave, venturing underground to explore a subterranean world filled with elaborate stalagmites and stalactites.

General Notes

Please note that this program operates in two directions, with some dates operating from Split (Croatia) to Ljubljana (Slovenia) and others operating from Ljubljana (Slovenia) to Split (Croatia). Select dates of this program have an available extension program titled “Extension: Croatia’s Capital and Beautiful Lakes” (#23227), which visits the Croatian capital, Zagreb, as well as the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park. On the departures this program extension is offered, it is offered post-program for dates that operate in the direction of Ljubljana to Split and pre-program for dates that operate in the direction of Split to Ljubljana.
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Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History
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The Bridge on the Drina
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The Balkan Express
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A Traveller's History of Croatia
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Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook
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City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas
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The Balkans, A Short History
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The Hired Man
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Yugoslavia, Death of a Nation
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