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Luxury

Jewels of Northern Croatia & Slovenia with Croatia In-Depth & Sarajevo

23 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBQLS23
  • 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 31 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 47 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in Sarajevo and Logar Valley
  • Expert APT expedition leader and team

Map & Itinerary

Jewels of Northern Croatia & Slovenia with Croatia In-Depth & Sarajevo NOBQLS23 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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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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  • Breakfast

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.


Hike in the valley, ride a bike, take a horse and carriage ride, visit a wooden granary or tour a farm and try some archery.

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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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  • Breakfast
  • 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

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 a delicious local dinner.

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  • Dinner

Transfer to Rovinj then board your boutique vessel for your cruise along Croatia’s coast.

Stay: 10 Nights, MV Queen Eleganza

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Explore Rovinj and visit St Euphemia church this morning before sailing on the Brijuni Islands. The 14 Brijuni Islands comprise one of Croatia’s national parks that was once the summer retreat of former Yugoslav leader, Tito. A morning excursion will explore Veliki Brijun, including its Roman Villa, a nine-hectare safari park created by Tito to house the exotic animals gifted to him by world leaders and the Church of St Germain.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive at the tip of the Istrian Peninsula and visit the former Roman settlement now known as Pula. On an afternoon tour, discover one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world, The Arena. Built in the 1st century AD, it was designed to host gladiatorial contests with seating for up to 20,000 spectators.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Continue to the beautiful island of Pag, where weather permitting, perhaps enjoy a swim straight off the deck. Later arrive in Rab and meander through the narrow old alley of the picturesque Old Town. Tonight, your ship will moor overnight in Rab.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Experience Zrmanja Gorge, an incredible waterway that flows into the Adriatic. At the dramatic entrance to the gorge, board a motor launch for a cruise to Obrovac, including a lunch of local delights.


Pass through the archipelago of islands within Kornati National Park on your way to Zadar, where you will enjoy a guided walk. Enjoy your Signature Experience, before your ship overnights in Zadar.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visit the spectacular waterfalls of Krka National Park, where you will see Skradinski Buk, teeming with waterfalls and cascades. Walk along the wooden jetties and bridges to admire the falls, flora and fauna.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

On a tour of Split, discover the fascinating inner city built around the World Heritage-listed Diocletian's Palace. You will also see the remains of Split’s historic structures, including Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and its cathedral. Then sail to World Heritage-listed Trogir for time to explore. Continue to Šibenik, where you will have dinner on board as the ship docks overnight.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Aerial view of Trogir city and water

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board a small boat for a journey along the valley of the emerald green Cetina River. Over centuries, the river has formed a magnificent canyon into the surrounding mountains. Visit Radman’s Mills, which dates back to 1722, where the mill was used to grind cereals for the locals of Omis.


Cruise this morning to Omis, where you will enjoy your Signature Experience. Set sail for Split where you will moor overnight. This evening, you have the option to dine in one of the restaurants on the Riva Promenade.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in Makarska, a popular coastal town for the locals set to the backdrop of the striking Biokovo mountains range. Discover its historical centre, then re-board your ship and set sail for Hvar, where your ship will moor overnight.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Marco Polo’s family home before strolling among olive groves and sampling local wine.


Wander the charming cobbled streets of Korčula's Old Town, making a stop to inspect the Cathedral of St Mark. Sail onto Dubrovnik this afternoon and set out for a guided tour of this walled city on arrival.

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  • Breakfast
  • 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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  • Breakfast

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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  • Dinner

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.

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary