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Breathe in the crisp mountain air as an alpine trail leads you through aromatic hill-side forests to reveal hidden crystalline waterfalls and pristine lakes that mirror this remarkable natural paradise.

Soak up all the movement and color of charming Ljublijana in Slovenia where you’ll tour the historic sites of the old city center, and take a trip to the nearby 1000-year-old mountain town of Bled where you’ll hike mountain trails that lead you through a paradise of alpine lakes and crystalline waterfalls. Cross into Croatia and explore it’s thriving capital city of Zagreb; visit the stunning network of 16 lakes hidden among forested hills and a series of cascading waterfalls at Plitvice; take a walking tour of historic Split where you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Diocletian’s Palace; spend some time in beautiful stone-built Dubrovnik where you’ll visit a Franciscan monastery; and take a trip into the hinterland to discover the ancient Mediterranean town of Cavtat. ... Show More »

From ancient towns and thriving cities, to pristine alpine environments and long stretches of beach, the many contrasts of Slovenia and Croatia provide a rich playground for the travel enthusiast. Your experienced team of English-speaking guides and private drivers will reveal the colorful history of medieval villages and ancient castles, and you’ll experience a true sense of place in a collection of luxury hotels that draw together the region’s finest accommodation options.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Ljubljana
    Ljubljana
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - with Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Slovenia - Welcome Package
    Hotel Cubo (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Ljubljana
    Ljubljana
    • Private - 1/2 Day City tour - Guide
    Hotel Cubo (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Ljubljana
    Ljubljana
    • Private - Bled and Bohinj Tour (8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Hotel Cubo (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Ljubljana to Zagreb
    Ljubljana to Zagreb
    • Transfer - Private - Ljubljana - Zagreb [(1 hr,35 mins)] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Croatia - Welcome Package
    • Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3hrs) - Guide
    Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Zagreb to Split
    Zagreb to Split
    • Transfer - Private - Zagreb - Split [with Plitvice Lakes National Park (8hrs)] - Vehicle/Local Guide/Driver
    Hotel Luxe (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Split
    Split
    • Private - Split & Trogir (7hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Hotel Luxe (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Split to Dubrovnik
    Split to Dubrovnik
    • Transfer - Private - Split - Dubrovnik [3.5hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3hrs) - Guide/Vehicle/Driver
    Excelsior (5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • Private - Konavle Region with Cavtat (with Lunch, 6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private - Pearl in the Moonlight Evening Cruise - Yacht/Guide
    Excelsior (5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Ljubljana

A privately driven vehicle with guide will provide a transfer.

A welcome package with  a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Hotel Cubo (4*)

When developing the Hotel Cubo, the goal was to add a new asset to the selection of hotels in Ljubljana: a hotel capable of providing all the services of large hotels, but with a distinct, intimate atmosphere that can only be created by a small property where the staff can pay special attention to each and every guest. Hotel Cubo is housed in a historic, protected building that has been enriched with a fresh, modern design to create an impressive contrast. The property has an excellent location, spacious rooms and very select furnishings to represent absolute refinement. All rooms have been recently renovated so that each guest will notice that only superior materials and equipment were used during renovation in order to provide maximum comfort.  Dining at Hotel Cubo is an absolute treat featuring hearty breakfasts, light lunches and superb wine selections.  At Hotel Cubo, service comes first, and this is why the focus when hiring was intensively on quality staff and their willingness to perform with excellence, dedication and heart, all the while welcoming each guests as if they have just arrived to a staff members’ own home.

Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Hotel Cubo
Hotel Cubo

Day 2: Ljubljana

Enjoy a walking city tour of Ljublijana and see some of the most significant sights of the old city center such as the picturesque Central open-air market and the Three Bridges, both designed by famous architect Joze Plecnik, as well as the Baroque Town Hall and Robba's Fountain. Visit Ljubljana Castle and Virtual Museum.

Accommodation: Hotel Cubo (4*)
Robba's Fountain
Robba's Fountain

Day 3: Ljubljana

Visit the thousand year old Slovenian town of Bled, located amidst mountains in the middle of an Alpine lake, and visit St. Mary-s Church as well as the Castle, perched high on a cliff above the lake. This is an ideal place where tourists can discover the walking and mountain trails around the lake while enjoying the amazing views. You will continue to beautiful lake Bohinj, which lies in the heart of Alpine paradise. There we will have a short walk to the beautiful crystal cascades of Savica waterfall, one of the sources of the Sava River, Slovene longest River. Entrance fees included in the tour cost.

Accommodation: Hotel Cubo (4*)
Vintgar gorge
Vintgar gorge

Day 4: Ljubljana - Zagreb

Enjoy a transfer from Ljubljana to Zagreb with a private vehicle and driver.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

An English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a half day private walking tour of Zagreb. The capital of Croatia illustrates both, the continental and the Mediterranean spirit of the nation it spearheads. Take in the Ban Jelacic, the main city square, and head up to the historic Upper Town. Steeped in history, here you will see the churches of St. Marks and St. Catherines, the Cathedral. Then make your way to the Lower Town where you can view the Croatian National Theatre and experience the remainder of the afternoon at leisure visiting shops or cafes.

Accommodation: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*)

Opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the Orient Express, the uber-stylish Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is an architectural gem. Located within easy reach of key attractions such as the Cathedral and the Art Pavilion, the city’s most iconic hotel combines art deco glamour with every contemporary convenience. Long-established as a haven for A-List movie stars, politicians, singers and artists, the hotels' fairy tale exterior and gracious guest accommodation make it easily the most prestigious hotel in Zagreb. The property boasts a long list of awards for hotel service, cuisine, interior design, and bartending. Traditional luxury including magnificent marble bathrooms is complimented by modern technology to make each room a haven of relaxation. The property offers a variety of dining experiences including the Zinfandel's Restaurant, Le Bistro, and the Esplanade 1925, the hotel's lounge and cocktail bar.

Zagreb
Zagreb
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Day 5: Zagreb - Split

Enjoy a private transfer from Zagreb to Split with a guided 4-hour stop at Plitvice Lakes, a complex of 16 lakes located between the mountains of Mala Kapela. The 19.5 hectares of wooden hills enclose the lakes by a series of waterfalls and cascades. Admire the landscape formed by the mineral-rich waters that carve new paths through the rock, and enjoy your time in the middle of nature. You will meet your local guide at the park before entering. Entrance fees are included.

Accommodation: Hotel Luxe (4*)

Hotel Luxe is situated in the very centre of Split on one of its main streets. They are just steps away from ancient and cultural monuments, including the 1700 year-old historic core of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel’s ideal location guarantees easy access to all important parts of the city. Within walking distance is the famous Diocletian Palace as well as the bus terminal, railway station, and the ferry. The hotel is also just a short walk from the city’s most popular sandy beach, Bacvice and its blue clear sea. Split’s wonderfully forested park, it's "green soul", Marjan Hill is also just a short stroll through the Varos section of the city that begins at the end of the waterfront Riva.

Split
Split
Hotel Luxe
Hotel Luxe

Day 6: Split

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a private sightseeing tour of Split, a 1700 years old town with famous Diocletian’s Palace, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Your guide will take you for a walk through this living monument and all its magnificent sights. You will visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the patron-saint of Split, the temples of the Palaces, as well as the suites of the Emperor. You will explore the waterfront promenade of Split, the lively open green market and the monuments not only from antiquity, but also from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods. From here you will have a transfer to Trogir– a marvel of cultural and historical monuments dating as far back as the 4th Century BC.  Set on a small island just off the mainland, Trogir is a tiny charming town surrounded by impressive fortress walls. Your guide will walk you through all the magnificent monuments of the town: St. Lawrence Cathedral, the Old City Hall from the 15th Century, the city walls, the Kamerlengo tower, the relaxing waterfront promenade etc. After some time on your own, your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel in Split. Entrance fees included.

Accommodation: Hotel Luxe (4*)
Trogir
Trogir

Day 7: Split - Dubrovnik

A transfer from Split to Dubrovnik with a private vehicle and driver is provided. The transfer should take approximately 3.5 hours.

Enjoy a half day walking tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik owes its special charm to the historic monuments that testify to its rich history. While strolling down Stradun, the main street, you will get to stop and visit the Franciscan Monastery of the “Order of Friars Minors” that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. Continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and visit the Church of St. Blasius, the patron-saint of the town. Discover Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary and its treasury. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore this stunning town on your own. We recommend you to take a walk along the city walls, visit one of the numerous museums or take a funicular ride to the top of the Srđ hill. Entrance fees to Franciscan Monastery, Recto'rs Palace, and Cathedral of the Virgin Mary are included.

Accommodation: Excelsior (5*)

Since opening in 1913, the Excelsior has become an iconic landmark among the five-star hotels in Dubrovnik. This time-honoured building – a blend of old and new – is uniquely located on a cliffside, with magnificent views from every floor, over to the island of Lokrum in one direction and the Old Town in another. The hotel lies at the foot of Croatia's sun-kissed southern tip across from Italy in the Adriatic Sea, just 20 minutes from Dubrovnik's international airport, within walking distance to the historical Dubrovnik Old City and all the major attractions.  Aside from the spectacular setting, the property also boasts tranquil gardens in which to stroll; four fine-dining restaurants - all offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea; and a private beach back-dropped by the UNESCO-protected Old Town.With superb facilities, fine location and excellent service the Excelsior is the perfect accompaniment to any stay. All 158 bedrooms including and 15 deluxe and 2 presidential suites provide guests with every modern amenity. The elegant terraces, with their stunning city and sea view, form part of the overall experience in a setting that is both truly intimate and archetypically Mediterranean.

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Excelsior (5*)
Excelsior (5*)

Day 8: Dubrovnik

This morning meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby for a private tour of the Dubrovnik Hinterland – the region of Konavle. The region of contrasts and exceptional beauty, mountains and valleys, green hills and naked stone; inclines down to the cozy coves of small fishermen villages. Your first destination is the ancient Mediterranean town of Cavtat. Your guide will take you for a stroll through this picturesque little town – its cobbled streets with traditional red-roofed houses, narrow stairways and charming promenade along the shore. Your walk will take you to the top of the hill, where you will discover the extraordinary Mausoleum of Račić Family,. Continue your exploration of the countryside of Konavle. In the village of Čilipi, you will be welcomed by a local family on their humble rural estate of Bakicevo. You will enjoy their hospitality in a unique ambiance of a traditional stone-built house. Your hosts will take you around their garden where they grow various sorts of vegetables in an old-fashioned way. The ingredients that will be used for your lunch today come from their garden. With the alluring scents of the local cuisine, your hosts will prepare the traditional Dalmatian specialty of peka – food prepared under the iron bell, for you.  After this delicious lunch, your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel. Includes entrance fees for Racic Mausoleum,Soko Fortress and lunch at Bakicevo rural estate.

Experience Dubrovnik in a unique romantic way. Meet your driver for a private transfer to the town port where a skipper will be waiting for you to take you on a one-of-a-kind, privately chartered cruise around Dubrovnik city walls and the island of Lokrum. The amazing views and ambiance will be spiced up with delicious bites of the famous Ston oysters and a glass of wine for ultimate pleasure. Immerse yourself into the enchanting flavors and scents and discover the finest views of the Pearl of Mediterranean. After this romantic cruise, you may continue to enjoy Dubrovnik and its dazzling nightlife – in the endless bar, lounges and night clubs.

Accommodation: Excelsior (5*)
Evening privately chartered cruise
Evening privately chartered cruise
Cavtat
Cavtat

Day 9: Dubrovnik

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Accommodation:

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hotel Cubo (4*): Ljubljana

When developing the Hotel Cubo, the goal was to add a new asset to the selection of hotels in Ljubljana: a hotel capable of providing all the services of large hotels, but with a distinct, intimate atmosphere that can only be created by a small property where the staff can pay special attention to each and every guest. Hotel Cubo is housed in a historic, protected building that has been enriched with a fresh, modern design to create an impressive contrast. The property has an excellent location, spacious rooms and very select furnishings to represent absolute refinement. All rooms have been recently renovated so that each guest will notice that only superior materials and equipment were used during renovation in order to provide maximum comfort.  Dining at Hotel Cubo is an absolute treat featuring hearty breakfasts, light lunches and superb wine selections.  At Hotel Cubo, service comes first, and this is why the focus when hiring was intensively on quality staff and their willingness to perform with excellence, dedication and heart, all the while welcoming each guests as if they have just arrived to a staff members’ own home.

Hotel Cubo
Hotel Cubo
Standard Double Room
Standard Double Room

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*): Zagreb

Opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the Orient Express, the uber-stylish Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is an architectural gem. Located within easy reach of key attractions such as the Cathedral and the Art Pavilion, the city’s most iconic hotel combines art deco glamour with every contemporary convenience. Long-established as a haven for A-List movie stars, politicians, singers and artists, the hotels' fairy tale exterior and gracious guest accommodation make it easily the most prestigious hotel in Zagreb. The property boasts a long list of awards for hotel service, cuisine, interior design, and bartending. Traditional luxury including magnificent marble bathrooms is complimented by modern technology to make each room a haven of relaxation. The property offers a variety of dining experiences including the Zinfandel's Restaurant, Le Bistro, and the Esplanade 1925, the hotel's lounge and cocktail bar.

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
Superior Room
Superior Room

Hotel Luxe (4*): Split

Hotel Luxe is situated in the very centre of Split on one of its main streets. They are just steps away from ancient and cultural monuments, including the 1700 year-old historic core of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel’s ideal location guarantees easy access to all important parts of the city. Within walking distance is the famous Diocletian Palace as well as the bus terminal, railway station, and the ferry. The hotel is also just a short walk from the city’s most popular sandy beach, Bacvice and its blue clear sea. Split’s wonderfully forested park, it's "green soul", Marjan Hill is also just a short stroll through the Varos section of the city that begins at the end of the waterfront Riva.

Hotel Luxe
Hotel Luxe
Prestige Suite
Prestige Suite

Excelsior (5*): Dubrovnik

Since opening in 1913, the Excelsior has become an iconic landmark among the five-star hotels in Dubrovnik. This time-honoured building – a blend of old and new – is uniquely located on a cliffside, with magnificent views from every floor, over to the island of Lokrum in one direction and the Old Town in another. The hotel lies at the foot of Croatia's sun-kissed southern tip across from Italy in the Adriatic Sea, just 20 minutes from Dubrovnik's international airport, within walking distance to the historical Dubrovnik Old City and all the major attractions.  Aside from the spectacular setting, the property also boasts tranquil gardens in which to stroll; four fine-dining restaurants - all offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea; and a private beach back-dropped by the UNESCO-protected Old Town.With superb facilities, fine location and excellent service the Excelsior is the perfect accompaniment to any stay. All 158 bedrooms including and 15 deluxe and 2 presidential suites provide guests with every modern amenity. The elegant terraces, with their stunning city and sea view, form part of the overall experience in a setting that is both truly intimate and archetypically Mediterranean.

Excelsior (5*)
Excelsior (5*)
Excelsior (5*) Terrace
Excelsior (5*) Terrace
  • Vanessa Oquendo — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours.

  • Marilynn Weaver — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!

  • Ann Saxon — November 06, 2013 — Europe

    Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family.

  • Coby Scherr — November 05, 2013 — Europe

    Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours.

  • Couples Dellinger & Hubbell — November 06, 2013 — Europe

    We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back.

  • John Edstrom — October 22, 2013 — Europe

    Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!

  • Kevin Wilshere — October 19, 2013 — Europe

    Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch.

  • Chery Westlund — November 07, 2013 — Europe

    My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again.

  • Randy Gramlich — October 07, 2013 — Europe

    Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease.

  • Jay Steffan — September 24, 2013 — Europe

    We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.

    We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip.


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