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Adriatic Adventure: Slovenia & Croatia

From Slovenia’s jagged peaks to Croatia’s sunset-streaked coast, this European adventure packs in fairytale lakes, hilltop towns and plenty of gourmet food. Welcome to the good life.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
  • Arrival transfer included
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Stay in hand-picked 4-star hotels
  • Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip

Flashpackers must provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.

About your trip

Gourmet dining in a Slovenian castle, sunshine and wine in Croatia’s take on Tuscany… If it’s a European adventure with a touch of finery you’re after, you’ve just struck gold.

First stop: Slovenia. Small but perfectly formed, this diminutive country packs in vast peaks, glacial lakes and wild bear-filled forests. Against this scenic backdrop, you’ll dine on gourmet food in Ljubljana’s castle restaurant. You’ll hike the dramatic Vintgar Gorge, canoe through the Bohinj Valley and witness the beauty of fairytale Lake Bled.

Then it’s over to Croatia and the northern region of Istria, likened to Tuscany for its countryside flecked with medieval hilltop towns, wineries and restaurants. Here, you’ll stay in a boutique vineyard hotel, hunting for truffles by day and clinking glasses by night. You’ll visit Pula’s spectacular Roman amphitheater, relax on Rovinj’s sunset-streaked coast and explore the culture-packed capital, Zagreb. Welcome to the good life.

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A welcome castle dinner
  • Touch down in Ljubljana – one of Europe’s greenest capitals – and meet your private Flash Pack transfer to journey to your central hotel
  • Explore the cobbled streets of the old town with its piazza cafes and varied architecture lining the emerald Ljubljanica River
  • Take a funicular up to the hilltop castle for a welcome dinner of haute cuisine and world-class Slovenian wine as you get to know your group
Lakeside beauty
  • Hike through the dramatic Vintgar Gorge along a 1.6-kilometer trail of wooden walkways and bridges suspended from the rock face
  • Spend a few hours exploring Lake Bled, with its clifftop castle and turreted island chapel
  • Transfer to your hotel on the shores of Lake Bohinj: bigger and wilder but every bit as beautiful
Clear-water paddling
  • Wake up surrounded by the lush forests and mountains of Triglav National Park in the heart of the Julian Alps
  • Learn to canoe on one of Europe’s longest rivers, mastering the basic paddling techniques before tackling some rapids
  • Ride the Vogel cable car for spectacular views over beautiful Lake Bohinj; spend some free time exploring and hiking amongst the rugged high peaks
Istria through a lens
  • Travel to the Croatian region of Istria, a heart-shaped peninsula dotted with pine forests and olive groves, where lunch at a local restaurant awaits
  • Check in at your luxe hotel, the award-winning Roxanich Winery, complete with on-site gastro restaurant and gorgeous valley views
  • Explore the pretty town of Motovun equipped with a Polaroid camera, setting off in groups to complete a series of fun challenges
Truffles & award-winning wine
  • Visit the nearby town of Buzet, the truffle capital of Croatia, where you’ll set out with an expert truffle hunter in search of the gourmet fungi
  • Enjoy lunch in a beautiful setting before heading to the medieval town of Grožnjan, where countless art studios and boutiques line the cobblestone streets
  • End your day with a gourmet wine tasting of the region’s finest bouquets
Roman ruins & Rovinj
  • Journey south to the southern tip of Istria, where the region’s capital, Pula, is studded with ancient Roman sites
  • Take a walking tour of the city, stopping by the 2,000-year-old oval amphitheater that doubles as a concert venue, and enjoy some free time to explore
  • End your day in Rovinj, whose Venetian-inspired old town is set on a tiny peninsula; soak up the atmosphere of the bustling seafront backed by pretty pastel houses
Relax by the sea
  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a free day ahead; your Pack Leader will be full of ideas and inspiration for things to see and do
  • Climb the narrow streets of Rovinj’s old town to the hilltop St Euphemia Church, blessed with stunning views over the Adriatic Sea
  • Hire a bike to explore the nearby Golden Cape Forest Park and spend a relaxed afternoon swimming off the rocks in one of the secluded bays
On to the capital
  • Travel to the laid-back town of Pazin where you’ll have the option to zipline over the gorge, reaching speeds of 30 mph as you soar across the abyss
  • Spend your final afternoon exploring Croatia’s dynamic capital, Zagreb, with its historic Upper Town dotted with church spires
  • Gather with your group for a final farewell dinner and raise a toast to your nine-day Balkan adventure
Time to fly
  • Say goodbye to your Flash Pack group – now firm friends – and make your own way to Zagreb airport for your onward flight
  • It’s back to reality with a bump as you look back on a fairytale adventure and question if it happened at all. The way to know it was all real? That feeling of newfound wonder and your WhatsApp group of new friends

Our Favorite Hotels

Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.

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Hotel Bohinj

Nestled at the base of the soaring Julian Alps, this hotel has an idyllic setting within Triglav National Park. It’s just a stone’s throw to beautiful Lake Bohinj – ideal for a morning dip – while the shops, restaurants and cafes of Ribčev Laz village are right on your doorstep.

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Roxanich Winery, Motovun

Enjoy fabulous views of the Mirna Valley from this striking design hotel, connected via a tunnel to an award-winning vineyard. Each room is different but equally chic, blending Italian Sixties decor with elements reflecting Istria’s rich heritage. And the wine, of course, is excellent. 

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Angelo d'Oro, Rovinj

This former 17th-century Bishop’s Palace is one of the few heritage hotels in Rovinj’s atmospheric old town. Expect centuries-old stone floors and vintage ceiling murals, antique-filled bedrooms overlooking the sea, and a gorgeous plant-filled garden courtyard.

Important Notes

Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code

Fly into Ljubljana International Airport (LJU) in Slovenia and out of Zagreb Airport (ZAG).

What time should my flight arrive? (to arrive in time for the welcome meeting)

We recommend booking a flight that lands in Ljubljana before 2:30pm on Day 1 of your adventure. The welcome meeting and dinner will be from 5pm onwards starting at the hotel. The hotel is about 30 minutes from the airport.

Are airport transfers included?

If you arrive on Day 1 of your adventure, or you book pre-tour accommodation with us, your airport arrival transfer will be included. If you book alternative pre-tour accommodation or are arriving by another mode of transport you must arrange your own arrival transfer.

Arrival transfers are private to Flash Pack and will be in groups depending on flight times. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived.

We don’t offer a departure transfer as Flashpackers leave at different times of the day and many stay for extra nights. However, your Pack Leader will offer you support with finding a local taxi.

Are tips included?

Please note that tips are not included in the cost of this adventure. Suggested amounts per person are:

  • Pack Leader: 10-20 EUR per day
  • Driver: 5 EUR per day
  • Local tips: your Pack Leader will be able to advise on how much to tip local guides, porters, waiters, etc. Some Pack Leaders will collect a tipping kitty (approximately 28 EUR) at the welcome meeting to take care of local tips.

However, all tips are at your discretion depending on what you feel comfortable with.

Do I need a visa?

Up-to-date visa and entry information can be found using our official partner, Sherpa, who can help you arrange a visa if needed.

You can also find essential travel advice – including security and local laws, as well as passport and visa information – on the government website of your home country:

Please be aware that passport and visa requirements can change before departure, so it’s important to stay updated with the latest information.

What vaccinations and medication will I need?

While we are not medical professionals and cannot offer personalized medical advice, we want to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable adventure. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

1. Consult with a healthcare professional

We recommend scheduling an appointment with your travel nurse or doctor at least eight weeks before your adventure. This will give you ample time to receive any necessary vaccines or medications.

2. Up-to-date medical advice

3. Government travel advice

4. Medication tips

If you take prescription medication, ensure you bring enough to last the entire adventure, plus a few extra days in case of travel delays. Carry a copy of your prescription with you in case you need to visit a clinic while abroad.

We hope this information will help you prepare for a safe and healthy adventure.

What will the canoeing be like?

The Sava River is usually calm and wide, offering gentle paddling while you soak in the stunning scenery. Some sections feature grade I-II rapids. Helmets and other safety equipment will be provided.

After heavy rainfall, the river can rise and the rapids become more challenging. If the water levels become too high the canoeing activity will be replaced with canoeing or paddleboarding on Lake Bohinj.

Will the itinerary change?

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

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