This adventure bounds from the medieval monuments of Split, through the ancient streets of old-town Zadar and then north to the island of Rab. Take a blissful beach break, then cross into Slovenia discover the enchanting surrounds of Bled. If you're after forest hikes, seaside relaxing, breathtaking sights and scrumptious food, this jam-packed journey, offering a taste of Croatian and Slovenian culture, is for you.
Day 1 Split
Arrive early to explore the many sights in this busy centre of the Dalmatian Coast including the impressive ruins of the Diocletian's Palace with its sprawling Roman-style basements and Temple of Jupiter.
Day 2 Zadar
Board a local bus and take a scenic coastal route through vineyards and olive groves to seaside Zadar. Perhaps spend the afternoon admiring stunning collections of gold and silverwork housed in elaborate churches, then watch a magnificent sunset while listening to the harmonic sounds of the bizarre Sea Organ. Take time out to embrace the warm atmosphere of coastal Croatia at a small bar or cafe - perhaps try maraskino - a liqueur produced in Zadar since 1821.
Days 3-5 Rab Island
Soak up the sun on pristine, sandy beaches or sail to a nearby island to find a more secluded spot. Rab has been welcoming visitors for centuries and the paved village streets, gleaming, white bell towers and warm locals are sure to charm. Be immersed in the natural beauty of the island on a hike or a bike ride through the lush Kalifront forests.
Days 6-8 Bled
Cross the border into Slovenia and travel into the Julian Alps. With a mountainous backdrop, picturesque lake and impressive fortress, Bled is a wonderful place to conclude the adventure. Perhaps cycle around the Lake Bled shoreline, row a boat out to the island or hike in the nearby Vintgar Gorge. Be sure to take in the sweeping views from Bled Castle - a medieval fortress perched on top of a cliff, overlooking stunning Lake Bled. Celebrate the end of the trip by indulging in a slice of kremsnita, the local dessert.