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Enjoy dishes freshly prepared in front of you by professional chefs in first-grade restaurants. Join us from 25th of September to 2nd of October 2020.
Enjoy dishes freshly prepared in front of you by professional chefs in an intimate setting. Join us from 6th to 12th of October 2020.
Hotel in Kamnik and Casa Oasa in Koper are just a few spots where you can relax during our tour. Join us while we showcase this amazing country and discover more hidden gems...
Would you like to travel to popular destinations but avoid the crowds?
Then ask us about private sailing through Croatia's national parks like Kornati and Krka ...
Slovenia has a piece of everything - Adriatic coastline, Alpine Mountains, pristine Rivers and Lakes...
Take this journey with us and meet the locals and experience this unique lifestyle!
Describing Slovenia doesn't do it justice. The only way is to experience it like a local. Let us take you on a journey of a lifetime with one of our carefully curated tours!
Touring wonderful Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro. This 25 days grand Balkan tour leads you through some of the best places of this region such as Lake Bled and Bohinj, Goriska Brda, Piran, Zadar, Krka and Plitvice national parks, Dubrovnik in Croatia and Kotor and Cetinje national park in Montenegro.
Immerse yourself in these beautiful countries while we organize your tour in the best possible way. Small groups – up to 10 people in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Van.
You will be interacting with the locals and be introduced to their way of life. You will be guided through the geographical diversity of these countries and experience their rich culture. On top of that, we organize events with culinary diversity. For instance, an intimate setting while engaging in conversation with the chef!
Embark on this tour and discover Hidden Treasures of Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro. In other words, we will take you to private wineries with award-winning wines. You will be able to see the breathtaking lakes and waterfalls of Triglav national park. We will discover Slovenia’s stunning underworld of Dinaric Karst and much more.
Croatian national parks, UNESCO heritage sites like Plitvice lakes and Dobrovnik’s city walls.
Montenegrian jewel, the Kotor Bay and panoramic views from the mountain Lovcen with King Njegos mausoleum.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to give us a call or drop us an e-mail to book your tour now. You can also use the web booking system.
Prices for 25 days tours are calculated for 10 people minimum. We can cater for less, but the price would increase. In case of any un-clarity please contact us and we will be glad to assist you with your needs.
In addition to our information, you can check out this link to their National Tourism Agency https://slovenia.si/
Want to attend a different touring Slovenia exploration? Check our offer https://www.hiddentreasuretours.com.au/booking/
The adventure begins with private transfer to your boutique accommodation, in the centre of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. You will be delighted to find this charming accommodation is only a short stroll from Park Zrinjevac and less than kilometre from the City’s Old town centre. Relax with a free afternoon, perhaps exploring the archaeological museum nearby or the famous Dolac, so full of life and colour. Tonight, is the first of many exciting food experiences, indulge in this wonderland of food, get to know your tour leader, and explore the details of your coming itinerary. (D) Staying in Zagreb 2 nights
After enjoying our breakfast, we set off for Rastoke village and the UNESCO national park, Plitvice lakes.
Spot some of Rastoke’s many water-powered mills. Discover the amazing geological and cultural significances common to both areas.
Have your camera ready and be in awe of Plitvice’s lake system comprised of seemingly endless lakes, cascades, waterfalls and rapids! Enjoy a 4-5 hours walking tour, ride with an electro boat and return journey on a panoramic train ride.
Again, this evening a sumptuous dinner awaits in Zagreb where you can relive the day and relax for the evening. (B, L, D)
Before you say farewell to Zagreb for now, join us for a guided stroll around Zagreb’s old city centre with the famous Mark’s church, Lotrscak tower, Ban Jelacic square, Zagreb Cathedral and more. Tick your bucket list with a visit to Mirogoj – with its rich Gothic wonderland adorned with spectacular tombstones and lavish cloisters. Here you can capture your own picture-perfect moments to take home your own special experience at one of Croatia’s most loved destinations.
After crossing the Croatian-Slovenian border our journey takes us through Otocec and the charming 13th century Otocec Castle. Learn how Slovenia’s only river Castle survived through the Renaissance and Second World War. Enjoy the serenity of the castle gardens; look for abundant wildlife such as swans, native bird species and spot even a cheeky fish or two.
This afternoon we arrive in Kamnik c1229 and your first unique Slovenian family hosted accommodation. Be delighted with the distinctive boutique rooms, rich in heritage and tradition.
Enjoy a short stroll through the city centre and on up to Mali Grad or Little Castle. Soak up the delightful town views then wander back for the luscious three course meal awaiting.
(B, L, D) Staying in Kamnik 2 nights
After enjoying a traditional breakfast, we will set off for Velika Planina- Big Pasture at 1,500m for fresh air, sunshine and a step back in time. Imagine your surrounds of Alpine peaks on one side and lush green valley on the other.
Meet Peter, a local shepherd, and glimpse into how it was for the very first European Shepherds. You will relive stories of the past and savour the taste sensations of a traditionally prepared generous lunch of local stews. Perhaps Peter may even treat you with a taste of homemade schnapps!
Later in a day we follow the medieval part of Kamnik where the story of Veronika guides us to two castles of Kamnik, Mali grad and ruins of Stari grad. Stroll along the beautiful medieval street Sutna, complete with historic signboards and memories of lively artisans of the past.
Before it’s time to finish to the day with local cuisine at “Cubr”, we have a little surprise on the way to a local beekeeper – a little more traditional Slovenian “magic”.
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Depart from Kamnik to Lake Bled, a-fairy-tale place. We embark on a “pletna” – a traditional Slovenian boat that takes us to the lake’s island. This small island is perfect to enjoy the views from all sides. Try a local delicacy or maybe carry your beloved one up the 99 steps – which is a traditional that the groom has to do on the wedding day to prove he is worth marrying. After our trip to island, we will set ourselves up in our next accommodation, “Pr Ledrar”. Our host, Marjan Vidic has been taking people to island on a “pletna” for more than 50 years. He has a lot of stories to tell, one being, how he took Tito-ex Yugoslavian lifetime president to island.
Lake Bohinj is our next destination. We take a cable car to Vogel to enjoy a mesmerising view over the lake and surrounding mountain tops of Julian alps. Alternatively, we will take a boat ride to the other side of the lake and walk to Savica waterfall to embrace its healing properties.
On the way back to Bled stopping for a dinner at Kristal resort, famous amongst others for their chocolates which are all homemade.
(B, L, D) Staying in Lake Bled 2 nights
We collect our e-bikes and explore all corners of Lake Bled. First destination will be Zaka, where normally people swim as it is official public beach. After a refreshing swim we have an option to climb a nearby hill, which offers best views over the lake, island and the castle. Later we head to the other side of the lake, into the city. We will taste the best vanilla slice Bled has to offer and continue our ride to the castle. In the afternoon we will conclude our cycling tour and enjoy dinner at the local restaurant where they make typical Slovenian dishes. (B, L, D)
From Lake Bled we drive to another hidden gem of this incredible country – Postojna cave. Be prepared to be taken away by this Dinaric Karst phenomena and its compelling underworld. We will also be visiting Predjama Castle – this picturesque, magnificent, mysterious castle has been perched in the middle of a 123-meter-high rocky cliff for over 800 years. Its romantic exterior and location are complimented by the idyllic River Lokva, which disappears underground deep below the castle. Learn of the history surrounding the renowned robber baron Erasmus Predjamski. Can you solve the mystery of his death?
Prepare yourself for a sumptuous feast tonight in the famous Slovenian wine region of Goriska Brda. At Klinec, meet your Host Uros who is famous for his mouth-watering prosciutto. Soak up the intimate dining experience, where you can sit back and enjoy the views across Goriska Brda’s endless vineyards na zdravjel – cheers!
(B, L, D) Staying in Goriska Brda
This morning you will look forward with anticipation to one of the most beautiful areas on the Adriatic Coast where, after a short drive and settling in our accommodation, we cycle from Koper to Izola. You will adore the quaint little coastal townships and fishing villages, with their Italian and Venetian influences – a seaside paradise. A must is a dip into the sea!
A very special invitation to a boutique olive grower’s estate awaits this afternoon. Ready yourself to become a true connoisseur. Discover the secrets, flavours and textures of this golden oil.
Finish your day in relaxation with the finest of homecooked dining from ‘Nona’s secret recipes‘ and stunning views overlooking the groves and valleys below.
(B, L, D) Staying in Koper 2 nights
Today we embark on a trip to Piran. situated on a peninsula jutting out into the open sea. Entering Piran you will feel the bustling atmosphere of a lively medieval town. Mind you, there is (almost) no traffic in Piran so you can freely and safely walk around on your own. Strolling through the maze of little streets you will marvel at the Venetian architecture and the town sights such as the Tartini square where you will find the statue of the famous violinist, “Giuseppe Tartini”. A short, but steep stroll will take us to Piran’s town walls, which offer stunning views over the town. Guided by local will reveal all about the history of this small fishing town and how it developed to today’s renown coastal hotspot. We will return to Koper in the late afternoon.
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Early morning departure to cross the Slovenian-Croatian border. Drive to Zadar, the oldest city in Croatia. Our afternoon arrival ensures you can witness the famous Zadar seaside sunset- have your camera ready!
Walk along the promenade and then stop where the sunset receives a special greeting – a modern light installation called “Greetings to the Sun” which appears to share a dance full of light with the setting sun, this is accompanied by the unique sound of the “Sea Organ”. Finishing the day with stopping at local Konoba, enjoying local delicacies as we listen to traditional Dalmatian singing.
(B, L, D) Staying in Zadar 2 nights
Morning guided tour of Zadar, the history of this coastal town with Roman, Byzantine and Venetian architecture. Afternoon free at your leisure. To the locals Zadar is a place to ‘pomalo’ which means “take it easy.” They say to stroll the streets slowly, enjoy meandering through St Donatus’ Church and the remains of ancient Roman Forum but also take the time to just sit and be.
*alternative option -visiting Krka national park
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Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Once you are all settled at your accommodation, you can anticipate an exciting afternoon riding the cable car to Mount Srdj.
Discover why the views from Mount Srdj are a must see and must photograph experience. In the evening conclude your day with a lively dinner in the old town … čas za zabavo – party time!
(B, L, D) Staying in Dubrovnik 2 nights
Today’s adventure begins early to avoid the heat of the day with an incredible climb up the City Walls, known to be some of the largest in Europe. You will be amazed by the well-preserved ancient forts, towers and bastions. Finish up this guided two-hour tour with a walk-through the Old Town.
Enjoy your free time wandering through the Old Town. Walk the bustling limestone paved streets to shops and restaurants in the Stradun (or Placa). Explore the beautiful St Blaise Church and discover the pagan history of the site and how the current structure rose from the ashes reborn as you see it today. Soak up the variety of classic architecture, artworks and furnishings in Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic styles by visiting the Sponza Palace and the Rector’s Palace Museum.
Later this afternoon our local guide showcases the quieter, less known corners of Dubrovnik.
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After a morning of leisure, its Srecno pot (bon voyage or safe travels) as we head to our sailing boat, unpack and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine or champagne.
(B, L, D) * Please note: the sailing route is weather dependent and may change accordingly.
Dobro jutro (good morning) to your first day at sea and welcome to the Island of Mjet, a luscious green jewel set in the deep blue Mediterranian Sea. A wealth of treasures will draw your attention. Choose from gentle sandy shorelines, exploring unique underwater sea life and the twin salt water lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero. Tantalise your tastebuds with local wines, olives and melt in your mouth Mljet goats cheese. Your mission – discover which one we like to most. In the afternoon we are going to board our vessel to sail towards Korcula. (B, L, D)
Korcula has become quite busy in recent years, with people calling it “Little Dubrovnik.” It’s not hard to see why, however where it differs though, is the lack of crowds. There are plenty of sandy beaches, little restaurants and wineries to explore. Our first stop will be the fortified town also named Korcula, on the protected east coast of the island. Strolling through the St Mark square, climbing the stairs of St Mark’s church to get to the Bell tower and hoping we won’t experience the deafening sound of the bells announcing noon! Getting lost in the maze of narrow streets to find a best coffee. Later in the day we will find the secret beach to refresh ourselves before continuing our journey.
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Hvar is the longest and the sunniest Croatian island. History states that it was populated already in the prehistoric times and later inhabited by the Illyrians, who came into conflict with the Greek colonizers in the 4th century BC. In Oglavak and Koščak (near Sućuraj on the east cape of island) was the position of the Illyrian queen Teuta place. Hvar accepted the Greek settlers but was the only one that had an Ionic settlement (Pharos, today Stari Grad). Hvar played an important role in the Roman-Illyrian conflicts, when its rulers (Demetrije Hvaranin) tried to preserve its independence. In Roman times Hvar lost its earlier importance.
Enjoying the old town’s city centre or climb to the fortress Fortica. You also have an option to go to the Benedictine monastery if you are interested in lace craft. The tour of Hvar also includes the visit to the winery. At this stage we will be all geared for the return to our boat as we will have smile on our faces and mellow mind.
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This tiny Croatian island gets star billing the Mamma Mia sequel. And, with beautiful beaches, 17th-century architecture and great seafood restaurants, it’s easy to see why. When the rest of the country started to open up to tourism in the 1960s, Vis was kept off limits by the Yugoslav army. There’s still a legacy of 16 abandoned army bases across the island.
Stoncica lighthouse and the Green Grotto – Zelena Spilja are just two of the attractions we visit today. We won’t forget about the fishing village. With every step we get closer to narrower streets and glimpse into the past. It seems like the time has stopped in Vis. And so it will for you as we enjoy some local delicacies. (B, L, D)
Lastovo is a genuine heaven for lovers of nature, sailing, good food and wine, fishers who angle for tuna and other trophy fish. In addition to the beauty of its unspoiled nature, the island is famous for its carnival in which all the island residents participate by wearing beautiful folk costumes. Special tourist attractions of the island are the famous Lastovo chimneys that were once status symbols of old Lastovo families. If weather (and heat) allows you will climb a nearby hill called Hum to enjoy the breath-taking views over the island and islets of the Lastovo archipelago. Family run fish restaurant will be our hidden spot to cool off from the heat and the climb. As the sun goes down, sit back and admire the night sky drawing infinite number of stars…
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By now your bodies and souls will be enjoying the endless sunshine and crystal-clear waters. Today, you will be sailing back towards Dubrovnik where you will spend your last night on the boat.
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Drive along the coast of Adriatic Sea will take us to Kotor. A UNESCO World Heritage site, The Old Town of Kotor was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and it’s a beautiful monument itself. The first thing to do is wander the narrow, romantic streets of this historic gem of a town. Every corner of the old town hides a story just waiting to be told. Time stands still, so while passing under ornate balconies you yourself will be part of the magical scene.
*Later we climb the fortress of San Giovanni (also known as Saint John and Sveti Ivan) and the spectacular view of The Old Town and The Boka bay will truly take your breath away. The 1355 steps to the top of the fortress take you past a 15th century church, ruins of military buildings and finally to the top of the fortress, where a castle once stood. Aside from bragging rights after conquering the challenging hike, people come for the stunning views over the Bay of Kotor. And they’re worth every step. Dinner at the old town. *Climbing the fortress is optional.
(B, L, D) Staying in Kotor 4 nights
The drive today takes us high above the bay, along winding Old Austro-Hungarian roads from 19th century, revealing the breath-taking scenery below. NP Lovćen depictures Montenegro above the clouds, and with climbing 461 steps to the peak, it feels like being on top of the world!
At the altitude of 1.660 meters we visit the tomb of the greatest Montenegrin ruler Njegoš and admire the wide horizon showing 70% of Montenegrin land. On our descent we are going to stop at the locals and try to bargain a good price for the local cheese and prosciutto.
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Morning free at your leisure, afternoon you will visit locals for the true Balkan party/feast. Experiencing traditional gathering will keep you on toes. Make sure you stay quite reserved with local schnapps tasting – it can cause a bit of a hangover. But again, we’re on holidays so why not!
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Little coastal town of Perast will charm you with its 16 churches and 17 formerly grand palaces. St. Nikola church in the main square, built in 1691 impresses with 55m tall bell tower. It also had the biggest bells in Europe back in 18th century.
You cannot go pass the two landmarks of Perast, actually situated in the middle of the water: St George Island and Our Lady of the Rock. The latter is the only artificially built island on the Adriatic sea and was built on the rock after the two Venetian sailors from Perast discovered an Icon of the Virgin Mary on in in 1452!
Discover the iconic places while history is revealed by the local guide!
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As we are lifelong friends now, we never say “Goodbye.” We embark on the drive to Podgorica airport to wish you a safe trip home. Relive incredible memories and moments of a trip that will never be forgotten. (B, L)
Legend: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Transport: Luxurious Mercedes Benz Van V-Class
Entry fee, activities: to Savica waterfall, Postojna cave and Predjama castle, entry fee to Lipica stud farm, Boat ride to Bled island in a traditional “pletna”, Bike ride around Bled island, bike ride from Koper to Izola, Plitvice Lakes, Krka and Kornati national park Dubrovnik walls, Funicular to mount Srdz in Dubrovnik, Boat tour in Kotor, National park Lovcen, MNE
Fine dining dinner (multiple course menu): At Cubr, Kamnik, Goriska Brda: Klinec estate, Balkan feast in Monte Negro, other meals as per itinerary
Accommodation: 4* star level in small family owned establishments
Luxury Gullet: type Tango or higher level, boat size 25m or more
Type of gullet depends on number of customers, Tango in description is suitable for 12 people
14th – 23rd May – 10 days
4th – 13th June – 10 days
6th – 12th October – 7 days
Relaxed, friendly and informal tour, just what our bodies needed.