Discovering the Hidden Treasures of Croatia & Slovenia

  • Christina Ferreira
  • 12 Sep 23

In this blog, I will take you on a virtual tour of the amazing spots we discovered on our Croatia & Slovenia small group tour! I loved every minute of this tour and we will uncover some hidden gems, dive into fascinating history, and savour mouthwatering culinary experiences that truly define these stunning countries.

Photo Credit: Christina Ferreira

Photo Credit: Christina Ferreira



Exploring the Enchanting Postojna Caves

Slovenia - Postojna Caves boasts a wealth of cave formations in different shades of colourPhoto Credit: Adam Dickson

A hidden gem in Slovenia, the Postojna Caves is a 24-kilometre-long karst cave system that continuously captivates visitors with its enchanting allure. Embark on a ten-minute train ride to journey deep into the earth's crust as you explore these remarkable limestone formations. Stalagmites and stalactites abound, creating a magical underground world that seems straight out of a fairy tale. The sheer size and complexity of the caves will leave you in awe, while the knowledgeable guides provide intriguing historical and geological insights.


Dubrovnik: Timeless Beauty and History

Croatia - beachfront view of DubrovnikPhoto Credit: Jeremy Van Heerde

Dubrovnik is not just a picturesque destination but also steeped in a rich history that has shaped its very identity. Wander through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and immerse yourself in the city's medieval charm. Marvel at the impressive city walls that once protected the city from invasions, and explore the heritage sites that stand as a testament to Dubrovnik's resilience throughout the centuries. Whether it's the Franciscan Monastery or the iconic Dubrovnik Cathedral, each corner holds a story waiting to be discovered.

Pro tip

Dubrovnik, Croatia's coastal gem, offers breathtaking views when explored from above. As you ascend to the city walls, you will be greeted with a mesmerising vista that stretches across the Adriatic Sea. The terracotta rooftops, centuries-old buildings, and shimmering azure waters combine to create a scene straight out of a postcard. Discovering Dubrovnik from this elevated perspective allows you to truly appreciate the city's architectural beauty and its fascinating blend of history and modernity. Our tour includes a cable car ride that takes you to a viewpoint overlooking the entire city.


Ljubljana: A Step Back in Time

Slovenia - town square in LjubljanaPhoto Credit: Annelieke Huijgens

Nestled in the heart of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a city that takes you on a whimsical journey through time. With its charming mix of Baroque, Art Nouveau, and Renaissance architecture, the capital city exudes a sense of bygone elegance. As you wander along the Ljubljanica River, which stretches for 41.5 kilometres, you'll be greeted by colourful buildings, quaint cafes, and numerous bridges - including the iconic Triple Bridge - each with its own story to tell. Take a stroll through the vibrant squares such as Prešeren Square and Congress Square and immerse yourself in the relaxed pace of life that permeates this captivating city.


Plitvice National Park: Nature's Masterpiece

Croatia - Veliki Prštavac waterfall in Plitvice National ParkPhoto Credit: Paul McInerney

Step into a world of unparalleled natural beauty at Plitvice National Park, Croatia's oldest and most stunning national park, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. This pristine paradise is a cascading wonderland of 16 interconnected lakes, numerous waterfalls, and lush vegetation. A beautiful wooden boardwalk crisscrosses the lakes, allowing you to experience the wonderful natural beauty up close. As you explore, marvel at the intricate network of terraced lakes, where unique geological processes have formed the natural dams and waterfalls.


Mt Vogel: Alpine Majesty

Slovenia - view of Mt Vogel from a cable carPhoto Credit: Christina Ferreira

Slovenia's magnificent landscapes extend beyond the cityscapes. Our Croatia & Slovenia tour takes us to Mt Vogel, a breathtaking alpine peak nestled on the shores of Lake Bohinj. As you ascend to the summit via cable car, which rises to an impressive 1,922 metres above sea level, you'll witness a panorama of majestic mountains, including the Julian Alps, lush valleys, and crystal-clear lakes stretching as far as the eye can see. The fresh mountain air invigorates your senses, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Triglav National Park, the only national park in Slovenia. The peaceful serenity of this alpine paradise will leave you in awe of nature's grandeur, and you'll understand why this region is a hiker's and a nature lover's dream come true.


Burek: A Savoury Pastry Extravaganza

Croatia & Slovenia - burek pastryPhoto Credit: Christina Ferreira

Exploring Croatia and Slovenia wouldn't be complete without savouring the delectable dishes that define these regions.

First, let’s indulge in a culinary delight: Burek. This savoury pastry extravaganza is embraced by both Croatia and Slovenia, offering a delicious twist to your taste buds. Made with layers of delicate pastry, mixed with various fillings such as cheese, meat, or spinach, Burek is a must-try dish that embodies the rich flavours and culinary traditions of the Balkans. Found at most local bakeries or street vendors, savour this heavenly delight that perfectly balances crispiness, indulgence, and satisfaction.


Bled Cream Cake (Kremsnita)

Slovenia - Kremsnita, also known as the Bled cream cakePhoto Credit: Ales Petric

As you find yourself by the tranquil shores of Lake Bled, be sure to treat yourself to a slice of heaven known as Bled Cream Cake, or Kremsnita. This delectable dessert is a true delight for the senses. With its origins dating back to the 18th century, its creamy vanilla custard and delicate puff pastry layers create a heavenly symphony of flavours and textures. With each bite, you'll experience a perfect harmony of sweet indulgence and a touch of nostalgia for a bygone era. Pair it with a cup of aromatic coffee or simply admire the stunning lake views as you savour every last bite.


Croatia & Slovenia FAQs:

What is the best time to visit Croatia and Slovenia?

The best time to visit these countries depends on your preferences. Summer (June to August) is famous for warm weather and coastal activities, while spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) offer pleasant weather with fewer crowds. Winter (December to February) is ideal for skiing in Slovenia.

Is English commonly spoken in Croatia and Slovenia?

English is widely spoken in tourist areas, especially in hotels, restaurants, and shops. Most signage and information for tourists are available in English as well.

What are the must-visit attractions in Croatia and Slovenia?

Some must-visit attractions in Croatia include Dubrovnik's Old Town and Plitvice Lakes National Park. In Slovenia, don't miss Ljubljana Castle, Lake Bled, and Triglav National Park.

What currency is used in Croatia and Slovenia?

Croatia and Slovenia use the Euro (EUR). It's advisable to carry some local currency for small expenses, but credit cards are widely accepted.


Discover Croatia & Slovenia with Bunnik Tours

In Croatia & Slovenia, hidden treasures await those who seek adventure, beauty, and culinary delights. From the mesmerising vistas of Dubrovnik to the enchanting underground world of the Postojna Caves, these destinations offer a tapestry of experiences that will leave you forever captivated. Whether you're exploring historic cities, immersing yourself in nature's masterpieces, or savouring the unique flavours of local delicacies, Croatia and Slovenia have something special for every traveller.

If you’re ready to discover all of this for yourself, our impressive Croatia & Slovenia small group tour has got you covered. If you have any questions about this blog or any of our other tours that cover these beautiful regions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly Travel Specialists on 1800 286 645.


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