8 Day holiday - Flights from 8 UK airports
Croatia's Istrian Riviera
& Lake Bled
STUNNING COASTAL SCENERY
Discover the treasures beside the blue Adriatic - Roman glories, stunning scenery and one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes.
Spend a week in a beautifully appointed shore-side hotel in the genteel, colourful resort of Opatija - a favourite destination of the Viennese elite during the Habsburg Empire, and now one of Croatia’s premier holiday havens - and join three marvellous included excursions. You’ll enjoy the delights of the Istrian Riviera, journey into beautiful Slovenia to the beautiful shores of Lake Bled and spend a wonderful day in the spectacular surroundings of Croatia's glorious Plitvice National Park.
Visit exquisite, emerald-green Lake Bled, Slovenia’s most charming attraction
Discover Pula's stunning Roman amphitheatre
See the stunning waterfalls and breathtaking scenery in Plitvice National Park
Enjoy a week in Opatija, former retreat of the Viennese elite
Visit the pretty fishing port of Rovinj
Lim Fjord, one-time hideaway of Captain Morgan
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Grand Hotel Opatijska Cvijeta, Opatija
Return flights to Venice or Pula
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers throughout
Visits to Pula, Rovinj and Lim Fjord on a tour of the Istrian Peninsula
Excursions to Lake Bled in Slovenia and to Plitvice National Park in Croatia
The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
Day One - Fly to Croatia or Italy
Arrive in Venice or Pula, and transfer to your hotel in Opatija, on the Kvarner Gulf, one of the most sun-kissed corners of the Adriatic Sea. If transferring from Italy, you'll pass briefly into Slovenia then into Croatia on the way to your hotel.
Day Two – At leisure in Opatija
Today you're free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel, or to discover the delights of Opatija, which has welcomed guests to its elegant shores for over 170 years. With an air of grandeur befitting its status as the former Austro-Hungarian counterpart to the Côte d’Azur (and similarly sheltered from the north winds by a backdrop of forested hills) Opatija is one of Croatia’s most popular modern-day resorts. See its charming marina, shore-side promenade, wide range of shops, bars and restaurants – especially in the pretty Volosko neighbourhood – and several jetties from which swimmers can take a dip into the inviting water.
Day Three – Included Istrian Peninsula excursion
On the first of our included tours you'll see some of the beauty of the Istrian peninsula in the company of our friendly tour manager. Highlights will include bustling Pula, the provincial capital famed for its vast Roman amphitheatre, the immense arches of which tower over the city’s port and ancient centre. You’ll also discover remarkable Lim Fjord, a wooded gash in the coastline that, according to local legend, once served as a hiding place for Welsh pirate (and later governor of Jamaica) Captain Henry Morgan. You’ll visit stunning Rovinj, which rises Venice-like out of the water, its narrow streets and pastel-painted buildings leading ever upwards to the Baroque church of St Euphemia. Make the climb to enjoy the tremendous view, before returning to the harbourfront below, perhaps to enjoy a well-deserved ice-cream.
Day Four – Included Slovenia and Lake Bled excursion
Today’s long but memorable excursion takes you north through scenic countryside into Slovenia, and past the country’s capital Ljubljana, to beautiful Lake Bled. Ringed by forested hills and looking out across the usually still waters to an island crowned by a Baroque church, Bled itself is a wonderful resort town surrounded by nature's glories. Enjoy the views of Bled Castle, which overlooks the town from a lofty perch on the opposite shore, before spending time enjoying the lakeside resort. Stop for lunch (payable locally), or perhaps take gondola-like pletna across to the island (payable locally). The energetic can even choose to row themselves!
You’ll return to Opatija this evening in time for dinner.
Day Five – Optional Krk and Cres islands excursion
Rest and relax in and around your hotel, today, or join our optional boat tour to explore two contrasting islands lying off the beautiful Croatian coast. Board your vessel for the day in Opatija, and head out into the Kvarner Gulf. Your first stop will be Krk (pronounced "Kirk") a former Roman and Venetian outpost, and the largest island in the Gulf (and indeed the entire Adriatic). Across a narrow strait, Cres ("Tsress") is slightly smaller and less inhabited than its neighbour. Explore the historic fishing port of Beli, charmingly set on a hilltop overlooking its picturesque harbour.
During the day, you'll also have the chance to enjoy a traditional Croatian 'fish picnic' prepared by the crew of your boat.
Day Six – Included Tour of Plitvice National Park
The last of our included excursions takes you inland to Plitvice - justifiably Croatia’s most celebrated and most visited natural attraction. Here, 16 bodies of water are surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and linked by a series of rushing waterfalls and rapids that tumble down the ancient, time-weathered terraces. After a drive through the beautiful scenery of Croatia’s interior, you’ll spend time exploring the park on foot before returning to Opatija this evening.
Day Seven – Optional Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle excursion
Spend a final day in the hotel or Opatija, or join our final tour and cross the border into Slovenia once again, heading to the rolling Karst region, which has lent its name to anywhere in the world where underground streams and caves are found.
Today, you’ll visit the giant chasm at Postojna to travel two miles underground by train then walk with a personal audio-guide through a wonderfully illuminated netherworld of stalactites and stalagmites where the strange ‘human fish’ – a tiny amphibian – lives out its sightless life.
After a fascinating visit, you’ll journey to Predjama Castle, a remarkable Renaissance castle that clings to a sheer cliff-face at the mouth of another of the region's immense caves, its upper floor stairwells carved from the bedrock.
Return to Opatija to enjoy dinner and the last evening of your holiday.
Day Eight – Fly back to the UK
Transfer to the airport to check in for your flight home, after a wonderful stay in this delightful corner of the world.
Your Accommodation Choices
Croatia's Istrian Coast & Lake Bled Hotels
This well-located hotel overlooks a harbour, and a seafront promenade that takes you all the way to the centre of Opatija.
GRAND HOTEL OPATIJSKA CVIJETA
This modern hotel has spacious, well-appointed rooms with coffee-makers, microwaves and fridges. Other facilities include an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre.
Facilities & Amenities
The hotel has a fine spa offering a wide range of treatments (payable locally), a sauna, a Jacuzzi, and a swimming pool with an indoor and outdoor area. Other amenities include pretty gardens, a restaurant and a bar with Wi-Fi.
Each room has air conditioning, satellite TV, a hairdryer, a fridge, internet access, a safe and a telephone. Sea-view rooms are available for a supplement.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately three hours from Venice and Treviso airports and one hour 20 minutes from Pula airport.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Due to the nature of the landscapes explored (national parks, lakes and countryside), this holiday is not recommended for customers with walking difficulties.
Plitvice National Park and Lake Bled
The journey from your hotel to Plitvice National Park and Lake Bled will take approximately three hours.
Airport development fees
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.