Croatia's Istrian Riviera & Lake Bled
7 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £849.00.
Based on the shores of the Adriatic in the genteel resort of Opatija, this wonderful holiday includes three marvellous excursions. Discover the delights of the Istrian Riviera; journey into beautiful Slovenia to the shores of exquisite Lake Bled; and spend a wonderful day in the verdant surroundings of the glorious Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy a week-long stay in elegant Opatija, former retreat of the Viennese elite
Discover Pula's stunning Roman amphitheatre
Visit pretty Rovinj
Exquisite Lake Bled - Slovenia's most charming attraction
Stunning waterfalls and breathtaking scenery in the Plitvice National Park
Seven nights' half-board accommodation in the four-star Grand Hotel Opatijska Cvijeta, Opatija
Return flights to Venice or Pula
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Venice or Pula, transfer to Opatija - set on the Kvarner Gulf in a sun-kissed corner of the Adriatic Sea - and check in to your hotel.
Day TwoToday is free to enjoy the hotel facilities, or to discover the grandeur and delights of Opatija, which has welcomed guests to its elegant shores for over 170 years. It boasts a charming marina, a shore-side promenade, a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants, and several jetties from which swimmers can take a dip.
Day ThreeThe first of your included tours takes in some of the beauty of the Istrian peninsula in the company of your Tour Manager. Highlights will include the provincial capital, Pula, famed for its vast Roman amphitheatre. You'll also discover the remarkable Lim Fjord, one-time hideaway of the pirate Captain Morgan.
From here, you'll continue to stunning Rovinj, where the pastel buildings rise right out of the water. Climb through the narrow streets to enjoy the tremendous view, before returning to the harbour-front below - perhaps to enjoy a well-deserved ice-cream!
Day FourToday's memorable excursion takes us on a long but rewarding scenic journey north, into Slovenia. Here, beautiful Lake Bled is ringed by forested hills and looks out at an off-shore island crowned by a Baroque church. Enjoy lunch (payable locally), or perhaps take a gondola (pletna) across to the island (payable locally). You'll return to Opatija this evening in time for dinner.
Day FiveRest and relax in your hotel and its surroundings, or join today's optional boat trip and head across the blue waters to Krk, the largest of the Kvarner Gulf island group. From there you'll cross the narrow strait to Cres to explore historic Beli town. Enjoy a traditional 'fish picnic' on board the boat.
Day SixThe last of the included excursions travels inland to stunning Plitvice National Park, Croatia's most celebrated and most visited natural attraction. Explore by foot and discover 16 separate bodies of water linked by a series of rushing waterfalls and rapids, each tumbling down time-weathered terraces.
Day SevenOur final optional excursion into Slovenia visits one of the world's most famous caves, the giant cavern at Postojna. Travel two miles underground by train and then walk, with a personal 'audio-guide', through an illuminated netherworld of stalactites and stalagmites. We'll also visit historic Prejama Castle which clings to the sheer cliff face in the entrance to another of the region's huge caves.
Day EightTransfer to the airport to board your flight back to the UK, after a visit to a truly delightful region. Back to top
AccommodationGrand Hotel Opatijska Cvijeta
This well-located hotel is housed in three different buildings, which cascade from street level down to the Camelia building that overlooks Opatija's harbour and seafront promenade.
The hotel has a fine spa offering a wide range of treatments (payable locally), a sauna, a hot tub, 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. Superior rooms are located in the Camelia building.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe 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.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, 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 transfersWe 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.
Special requirementsIf 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.
Disabled accessThe 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.
Activity levelsDue 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 BledThe journey from your hotel to Plitvice National Park and Lake Bled will take approximately three hours.
Airport development feesAn 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 GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit 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. Back to top