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Luxury

Croatian Island Discovery With Northern Croatia, Slovenia & Sarajevo

21 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBQLS21
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Uncover historic Hvar

Explore Hvar's Old Town walk, including the iconic main square which is the largest piazza in Dalmatia.

Visit the Home of Lipizzan Horses

Visit a stud farm in the Slovenian town of Lipica where the world famous Lipizzan horses originated.

See the wonders of Mostar

Sample the local street food and see the magnificent Stari Most, then explore the local bazaar of Kujundžiluk.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 29 destinations
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities
  • 12 nights authentic accommodation
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in two locations
  • Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors
  • A wide range of onboard beverages on board cruise
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 43 meals

Map & Itinerary

Croatian Island Discovery with Sarajevo, Northern Croatia & Slovenia NOBQLS21 Map 2020
Ljubljana to Sarajevo

Reverse Trip

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Be met on arrival in Ljubljana and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Ljubljana, Hotel Cubo

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  • Dinner

Embark on a guided discovery of Ljubljana today and make sure you have your camera handy to capture views from Ljubljana Castle. You will also delight in a wine tasting, where you will sample fine Slovenian varieties. The evening is yours at leisure.

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  • Breakfast

Farewell Ljubljana as you make your way to the Logar Valley, where you’ll be astounded by the stunning scenery that greets you the moment you enter the valley. This rarely visited region is tucked away and offers a harmonious blend of peace and nature. Tonight, enjoy dinner accompanied by local entertainers.

Stay: Two Nights, Logar Valley, Hotel Plesnik

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps get active and embark on a hike in the valley. For a more leisurely option, perhaps take a relaxing horse and carriage ride, or maybe visit a traditional wooden granary.


You can’t make a bad decision when it comes to choosing today’s sightseeing inclusion, as they all perfectly showcase the best that the Logar Valley region has to offer.

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  • Breakfast

In Slovenia’s alps, the villages of Vogel and Bohinj offer incredible vistas and evergreen slopes. Continue to Lake Bled and arrive at your hotel, which is part of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. With a history spanning 80 years, your hotel is set on the shores of Lake Bled, which is an idyllic place for dinner this evening.

Stay: Bled, Grand Hotel Toplice, Lake View Room

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Board a traditional Pletna boat and enjoy a cruise on Lake Bled to the island. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of Bled Castle, whose origins date back to 1004. Later, continue to your hotel in Portorož.

Stay: Two Nights, Kempinski Palace Portorož in a Superior Sea View Room

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  • Dinner
View across a lake surrounded by lush green bushland, Slovenia

Explore the World Heritage-listed Skocjan Caves, which is also the largest known underground canyon in the world. Afterwards, visit a stud farm in Lipica, which is famous for breeding beautiful Lipizzan horses. A national treasure of Slovenia, this is the original farm that was responsible for perpetuating this breed, which are provided to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. This evening, you will enjoy a discovery of beautiful Piran.

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Be treated to a superb three-course wine pairing dinner, with every ingredient (including the wine and olive oil) sourced on site of the property of the Wine Hotel and Restaurant Meneghetti.


Explore the fascinating Salt Pan, which are quite rare as salt is still produced here using centuries-old processes of natural crystallisation. Later, gain an insight into truffle hunting, including a delicious truffle tasting. This evening, be treated to a superb three-course wine pairing dinner, with every ingredient (including the wine and olive oil) sourced on site of the property of your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Bale, Wine Hotel and Restaurant Meneghetti

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, enjoy a private cruise along Lim Fjord, engulfed by stunning steep mountains on either side of you. Disembark your cruise in Rovinj, the jewel in the crown of the Istrian Peninsula and one of the Mediterranean’s last authentic fishing ports. Enjoy a walking tour before dinner at Spacio Matika. When you enter the restaurant, it’s as if you have stepped back in time, as you will truly feel the authentic atmosphere with great hospitality, local home-made wines, live music, and of course, delicious food.

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Explore the historic walls on tiny inland village of Hum on the way to Opatija, where you will then board your boutique vessel for your cruise along Croatia’s coast.

Stay: Eight Nights, MV Queen Eleganza

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  • Dinner

Arrive in the beautiful island of Krk, where weather permitting, your ship will drop its anchor so you can enjoy a swim right off the deck. Later, sail to Rab and meander through the narrow old alleys of the historic and picturesque Old Town.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in Pag, where you will have the chance to take a refreshing dip straight off your deck. Later, continue to Zadar and enjoy a guided walk of its well-preserved Old Town, Roman Columns, Romanesque churches and Renaissance palaces. Your ship will dock here overnight, where perhaps you may like to try one of the local taverns.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In the traditional village of Radošić, sample some of the local brandy and home-made doughnuts on arrival, then watch on as the locals perform a dance that has been passed through generations since the 18th-century. Afterwards, enjoy a cooking demonstration of how the villagers make their bread, before a tour of the village and dinner.


Cruise among the 140 islands that make up the Kornati archipelago, teeming with natural beauty, coves and clear blue waters. After navigating around the islands, perhaps go for a swim. Afterwards, dock in Šibenik and travel to the traditional village of Radošić, where you will enjoy an authentic Signature Experience. Later, return to your ship in Šibenik, where your ship will dock overnight.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, head to beautiful Krka National Park. Here, explore the dramatic waterfalls, where you will see Skradinski Buk, a large natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other. Take a walk along wooden jetties and bridges to admire the falls, and the unique flora and fauna. Return to the ship and continue cruising to the island of Hvar, where you will enjoy dinner on board as your ship moors overnight. Afterwards, perhaps take a post dinner stroll through the town.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Embark on a guided walking discovery of Hvar’s stunning Old Town. Commence in the iconic main square, which is the largest piazza in Dalmatia, then see the cathedral and the Franciscan Monastery. Continue to the Benedictine Nunnery, where we hear about the aloe lace still produced today by the nuns. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon cruising to Vis, one of the main Croatian Islands that was used as a military base for the Yugoslav army and only opened up to tourism in 1989. This isolation and lack of development is the island’s main attraction, as it is filled with natural beauty. Enjoy dinner on board as your ship moors overnight. You also have the option to experience life like the locals and visit a tavern.

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Head to the beautiful island of Komiža, where you will board a local boat to the neighbouring island of Biševo. Here, visit its Blue Grotto, a coastal cave whose waters shine a hue of blue when the sun’s rays pass through an underwater opening, while the rocks beneath gleam a silver shimmer. Return to your ship and sail to Korčula, where you’ll stroll along the medieval streets flanked with palaces. Tonight, dine on board, then perhaps go ashore for an evening stroll or maybe check out the local night life.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Ancient village set along the waters edge, Croatia

Cruise to Mljet, one of the few Dalmatian islands that was never ruled by Venice. During an exploration of its national park, discover its unspoilt beauty, including its pristine turquoise lakes. Afterwards, perhaps stop for a swim on the island of Jakljan before continuing to your last port of call, Dubrovnik. Here, embark on a guided discovery of this walled city. Tonight, come together to share a farewell dinner.

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  • Dinner

Disembark your ship in Dubrovnik and travel to Mostar in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stay: Mostar, Hotel Mepas or similar

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Enjoy a tour of Mostar this morning. Sample the local traditional street food, burek, then see Stari Most – Old Bridge, a magnificent stone arc between medieval towers, then explore the local bazaar of Kujundžiluk. After lunch at a local restaurant, we set off for Sarajevo.

Stay: Two Nights, Sarajevo, Hotel Europa or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit Sarajevo’s old town, including the Baščaršija, the city’s old bazaar and city centre dating back to the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isaković founded the town. Stroll along Kazandžiluk – also known as Coppersmith’s street, and see the Yellow and White bastions. Alternatively, journey to Bijambare Nature Park and explore the ancient Bijambare caves.


Choose your sightseeing today. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner.

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This morning after breakfast transfer to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

Aerial shot of Queen Eleganza ship

The Boutique MV Queen Eleganza

With just 18 cabins, the boutique MV Queen Eleganza is purpose-built for Croatia and offers an intimate atmosphere.

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Swim straight off the deck

Your small ship comes with its very own activity platform, allowing you to swim in the warm Adriatic waters.

In Expert Hands

Throughout your journey, APT cruise and tour directors are always on hand to ensure your journey runs smoothly.

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