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Croatia & Slovenia Solo Travel Tours

Enjoy the best of this solo travel tour of Croatia on this incredibly scenic discovery, including stays in Slovenia, and highlight visits to Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Travel Solo in Croatia

Starting out with a three night stay in Dubrovnik enjoy two and three night stays at most destinations, while touring with other solo travellers along the coast and visiting the best of the countryside. Dubrovnik’s coastal position and UNESCO World Heritage listed Old City makes for an amazing start to your travels.

Discover the treasures of the Balkan states and the spectacular countryside of south-eastern Europe and a visit to Hvar Island off the coast of Split. Experience the romance of Lake Bled, visit medieval cities, relax in charming coastal villages and explore Plitvice Lakes stunning national park. With group dining included along the way you will enjoy handpicked experiences that highlight local food including wine tastings and tastings of local delicacies.

Ending in the capital of Croatia, enjoy a highlight farewell in Zagreb including a guided tour.

This is a small group experience, only for solo travellers.

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Loved my Croatia trip with Encounter. So much culture, history and variety in this tour. Our tour guide Ales and our driver were awesome. As a solo you will meet other like-minded people. It was one of my favourite trips - ever!

Karen, 65 years, NSW

First time traveller to Eastern Europe and what a lovely surprise it was. .....picture postcard moments at every place we visited. If you have never been to Eastern Europe then would recommend this tour as a great introduction to the wonders of the East. 

Sharyn, 54 years, NSW



  • 13 nights of accommodation (mostly 4 star hotels)
  • 13 hotel breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 wine tasting event, Hvar Island
  • 6 quality dinners including welcome and farewell dinners


  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees for visits included on the itinerary


  • Private air-conditioned coach
  • Boat excursions
  • Open cart/carriage train ride through Postojna Caves


  • Hotel porterage where available
  • City taxes
  • Small group, not more than 18 travellers

# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.
Tips for tour personnel are customary, please allow for this in your budget.

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers if booking a tour only package
  • Tips for service personnel
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Porterage at hotels or other places of transfer
  • Any applicable visa fees
  • Porterage at airports
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses

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  • A welcome dinner hosted by a local family in Dubrovnik hinterland
  • Enjoy a guided tour of The Old City of Dubrovnik including entry to the Franciscan Monastery & Rector’s Palace
  • A day trip to Montenegro
  • A visit to Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Two night stay in Split
  • Ferry trip to Hvar Island with private island touring
  • Visit a winery on the island Hvar, including tastings
  • Overnight stay in Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Visit the hilltop top of Kastav
  • Visit the incredibly captivating Postojna caves
  • Three night stay in stunning Dubrovnik and Opatija
  • A relaxed two night stay in Bled, Julian Alps of Slovenia
  • A farewell dinner in a local brewery restaurant, Zagreb
  • The best of small group touring, maximum 18 travellers

DAY 1        

Dubrovnik Arrival

Welcome to Croatia.  You visit starts with a relaxed three night stay in beautiful Dubrovnik. Meet with your tour director in the early evening for a welcome drink and a tour briefing. The evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Welcome drink


  • Group meeting and welcome drink with your tour director  

DAY 2        


This morning, we set out for a sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik. The Old City of Dubrovnik is UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listed. On our morning tour we visit the Franciscan Monastery, with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to make your own discoveries.

This evening, we are hosted by a local family, in the hills of Dubrovnik for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner


  • Half day guided city tour of the Old City of Dubrovnik
  • Entrance fees to the Franciscan monastery & Rectors Palace
  • Welcome dinner 

DAY 3        

From Dubrovnik, Croatia to Kotor, Montenegro

Today we cross the border to visit neighbouring Montenegro. It’s a full day’s excursion to Montenegro - a small country with magnificent mountains rising above the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy exploring Montenegro's contrasting natural attractions, and learning of its interesting history, culture and tradition. After entering Montenegro, we first drive to Perast, from where we take a boat trip to the “Our Lady of the Rock” islet. According to legend, local seamen kept an ancient oath after they found the icon of Madonna and child on a rock in the sea in the 1400’s, and on the return from each journey, laid a rock in the bay, and over time forming the islet.

Afterwards, a visit to the fortified city of Kotor, UNESCO’s World heritage listed and one of Montenegro’s most popular attractions. The Venetian fortress town dates back to 168 BC and is a fascinating labyrinth of alleyways, churches, palaces, souvenir shops and eateries. The old nucleus of Kotor today is considered to be the best preserved medieval urban entity in the Mediterranean.

Visit Budva, located on a small peninsula surrounded by beaches and the Adriatic Sea, with a group lunch and some free time.  We will be back to Dubrovnik in the evening. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 


  • A full day’s excursion to Montenegro
  • Visit Perast, to go to the “Our Lady of the Rock” islet
  • Visit the fortified city of Kotor, UNESCO’s World heritage listed
  • Visit Budva, with lunch and free time included 


Dubrovnik – Mostar – Split

Today, on our way to Split, we cross the Croatian border to Bosnia & Herzegovina, another country of the former Yugoslavia. We make a visit to Mostar - where “the east meets west” - divided by the Neretva River, and also by religion and culture from one bank to the other and we visit a local mosque and a traditional Turkish house. There’s time at leisure to enjoy lunch before we continue onto Split.  After the day out, we have a relaxed group dinner at our hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


  • Cross the Croatian border to Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Visit Mostar with entry to the Mosque & Turkish house
  • Arrive to Split
  • Dinner at the group hotel, Split. 

DAY 5        

Split – Hvar Island 

No visit to Split is complete without a visit to one of the nearby islands. With our private tour bus will take the public ferry across to the town of Sari Gard on the island of Hvar. We will be on the ferry early today to make the most of our visit to beautiful nearby Hvar Island.

From Stari Grad, we drive through the fields of Hvar towards the main town – Hvar. Expect stunning views driving along the panoramic road above the city of Hvar. Enjoy a walking tour through the historical old town, where you will see the piazza, the Arsenal, the first public theatre in Europe. Plus, take some time at leisure for lunch. For hiking fans there’s the chance to walk up to the town fort overlooking the harbour, and take in the lovely scenic views of the Pakleni islands.  Before heading back to Split, enjoy wine tasting at one of the island’s wineries, including the most renowned wine, the red plavac mali. 

Dinner tonight is at your leisure to make your own arrangements in stunning Split.

Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting  


  • Return public ferry transfer Split to Hvar Island
  • Private touring on the island of Hvar.
  • A guided walking tour through the historical old town of Hvar Island
  • Some leisure time for lunch, Hvar Island
  • Local wine tasting at one of the island’s wineries  


Split – Plitvice Lakes National Park 

This morning, we take in the sights of Split, with a guided tour including the Diocletian’s Palace on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage, with the Peristyle, the Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral.

After, we depart for Trogir, a picturesque medieval town where we visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence and some free time. From Trogir we continue to Plitvice Lakes.  It’s been a full day of touring and the evening concludes with a relaxed, traditional dinner at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


  • A morning guided tour of Split
  • Entry to the Diocletian palace & cathedral, Split
  • Visit Trogir, with entry to Trogir cathedral
  • Travel to Plitvice Lakes
  • Traditional dinner at the group hotel 


Plitvice Lakes National Park – Opatija

We aim to make the most our day, setting out first thing after an early breakfast to tour Plitvice Lakes National Park, and to avoid some of the crowds that travel to the National Park for day trips from other destinations. Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites and is a natural phenomenon. There are sixteen lakes – true jewels, each at a different levels and joined by a series of cascading waterfalls.

Early afternoon we depart the National Park for Opatija, with a stop along the way in Rastoke Village, a small village in a picturesque setting.  Tonight, indulge in a relaxed gourmet dinner in our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


  • Plitvice Lakes National Park visit
  • Travel from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Opatija
  • A stop at Rastoke Village
  • A gourmet dinner at the group hotel, Opatija


Opatija and Kastav

Opatija is a coastal town on Croatia’s Adriatic Sea. Well known as a fashionable town, with a rich history and highly scenic.  A relaxed day ahead starting with a morning walking tour of Opatija including a stroll along the old sea promenade, see the girl with the seagull statue and the oldest hotel on the Adriatic coast (built in 1884).

In the afternoon we drive up to Kastav and take a walking tour of this medieval hilltop town from where we will have a great panoramic view to Opatija and the whole Kvarner bay. Walk along the tiny streets, where some artists have their galleries, see the historical main square, city gate, town loggia and the ruins of the St. Mary church, which was never finished. During the visit we will taste authentic local delicacies in one of the Inns in Kastav. We return to Opatija and the rest of the day is at your leisure to soak up the atmosphere of this good-looking town.

Meals: Breakfast, Local Tastings 


  • A morning guided walking tour of Opatija
  • A return drive from Opatija to Kastav
  • A guided walking tour of the medieval hilltop town, Kastav
  • Tastings of local delicacies at one of the Inns in Kastav
  • Free time in Opatija later in the afternoon and evening 


Visit Istria 

From Opatija we are well located to take an excursion to the Istrian peninsula. It’s a full day out and we visit Rovinj, perhaps the most beautiful city in Istria with its unique location on a small peninsula with the St. Euphemia church dominating the location. Here you will hear the legend of St. Euphemia, a young Christian girl from Constantinople, who refused to give up Christianity, and was thrown to the lions. After Rovinj we continue to a local rural tavern where an Istrian lunch enjoyed with a glass of local wine and delicious olive oil will be served. Before returning to Opatija, we will make a stop in Pula, to visit their Colosseum. The amphitheatre was built in the 1st century and it is the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world.  By early evening we return to Opatija.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 


  • Return transfer from Opatija to the Istrian Peninsula with a full day’s excursion
  • Visit Rovinj, perhaps the most beautiful city in Istria
  • Lunch at a local rural tavern for an Istrian lunch with local wine
  • A stop in Pula, to visit the Colosseum 

DAY 10

Opatija - Postojna (Caves) – Bled

From Opatija we make our way to the incredibly captivating Postojna caves for a guided tour.  

Marvel at this underworld! Postojna cave was created millions of years ago and is an incredible kingdom of stalactites and stalagmites. Take a ride on the underground train and enjoy a 3.7km long journey on the world's only double-track cave railway. Postojna is among the biggest and most visited caves in the world. Only 8°C inside the cave all year round – bring a sweater!

There will be time for some lunch then onwards to Bled to arrive mid afternoon and enjoy some hours at leisure before dinner tonight at a local restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


  • Transfer from Opatija to Bled via Postojna
  • Postojna caves entry and guided tour
  • Free time for lunch, Postojna caves
  • Later afternoon free time in Bled
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

DAY 11


Bled is a beautiful town in the foothills of the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Enjoy a relaxing tour of glacier Lake Bled, one of the most popular destinations in Slovenia for its picturesque settings. Ride on board a traditional boat towards the only island in Slovenia with a visit of the church and some time at leisure. Afterwards we visit the Bled castle and admire this wonderfully historic city, the lake and surrounding mountains – on a clear day you can see Slovenia’s highest mountain, Mount Triglav. Our final stop will be Lake Bohinj, one of the best kept secrets in the area, which will give you abundance of photo opportunities, as will the entire day. The later afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 


  • A relaxing tour of glacier Lake Bled including a traditional boat ride
  • Visit to Bled castle
  • Visit Lake Bohlin
  • Later afternoon and evening free time in Bled  

DAY 12

Bled - Ljubljana – Zagreb

From Bled we drive to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city before travelling back into Croatia to arrive to Zagreb in the evening. In Ljubljana, there’s a walking tour of the baroque old town. We visit the main attractions like the Triple Bridge and river, the university building, Old Town Road, Prešerne Square and the dragons at the dragon bridge. After the visit, drive further to Zagreb to arrive in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast 


  • Transfer from Bled to Zabgreb, Croatia via Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city
  • A guided walking tour of the baroque old town of Ljubljana 

DAY 13


After breakfast, enjoy a morning walking tour of Zagreb. From the hotel we take a walk to the fortified, medieval Upper Town and visit St. Mark’s church, with its multicolor tiled roof, Parliament, the government palace, and many fine old buildings including a visit of the cathedral of Zagreb. Another highlight is the Lotrščak tower, with its cannon firing every day at noon, and a very mystical place - Zagreb’s Stone Gate, the most significant shrine in Zagreb. During the walking tour, the cathedral of Zagreb will also be visited. The afternoon is free to wander around the city until we meet again for our farewell dinner at a local brewery restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


  • A morning walking tour of Zagreb.
  • Afternoon free in Zagreb
  • A farewell dinner at a local brewery restaurant.

DAY 14

Depart Zagreb

After breakfast, your Scenic Croatia & More tour comes to an end.   


Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance, we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.  


Any content in this publication maybe subject to change or correction, and without notice.  

We have taken great care to prepare and publish the trip information and in good faith we believe it to be accurate at the time we published the information.  However, as is the nature of travel, plans may need to change from time to time and often unexpectedly.

If trip details need to change, in most cases your final documentation issued prior to your departure will be updated.  However, it’s also possible that an itinerary change may be necessary while on the trip. It could be related to unexpected weather or road conditions or another example could be an announcement of a closure of a facility we planned to use. In these cases, we will make all best endeavours to provide an alternative, of equivalent or similar standard.

Information in this publication is in part, and for full trip details please refer to our website.

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Hotel Lapad




Hotel Marvie


Plitvice Region


Hotel Palcich








Hotel Rikli Balance




Hotel Dubrovnik


Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

If we arrive before the hotel check in time, the hotel will store our luggage until check in time. If luck is on our side, it’s possible hotels may have our rooms (or some of the rooms for our group) ready before the official check in time. As a guide, hotel check in times for most parts of the world range between 2pm to 3pm.

Encounter Travel books all hotels so that if you take your own room you have the same standard room as two people sharing.  This is to avoid common practice in Europe where a room for one person is allocated (a single room) and the room standard and/or size is less than that of a room for two people.  Also throughout Europe the beds can be somewhat smaller than an average sized beds in Australia.  For example a standard double sized bed is from 137 – 187cm, in Europe the beds are smaller and average between 120 and 140cm.

If you think that you have been given the incorrect room type anytime while on tour, speak directly to the hotel or your tour director who can sort this out for you at the time. Advice to us after the fact or on your return means we can’t make amends.

Please note, if sharing it’s more regular in Europe that beds are singles.

Lapad Encounter Travel Scenic Croatia

Hotel Lapad, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hotel Marvie, Split, Croatia

Rikli Balance Encounter Travel Scenic Croatia

Hotel Rikli Balance, Bled, Slovenia

Palcich, Plitvice Encounter Travel

Hotel Palcich, Plitvice Region

Zagreb, Croatia - Dubrovnik


A jewel in Dubrovnik crown with over a century long tradition. A 4 star hotel well located to explore the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. The hotel cherishes along term dedication in keeping the precious heritage alive.


A new, 4 star hotel in Split just 2 kilometres from the old town. The restaurant features a combination of Mediterranean and modern cuisine, with a carefully designed gluten-free offer and menus for guests with special dietary needs. There is also Mareo Bar serving morning coffee or evening cocktails. Spacious rooms, a pleasant ambiance and modern facilities make for a very comfortable stay. 


This boutique 4 star hotel is located just 6km from the first entrance to the national park. Apart from being ideal for lovers of Plitvice Lakes. The hotel consists of a total of 27 rooms and suites, restaurants, wine bar, lobby bar, meeting rooms, gym, wellness with pool, jacuzzi and sauna.




Hotel Rikli Balance is a modern 4 star hotel with a touch of sustainability. Hotel rooms tell the stories of the Carniolan honey bee, of traditional Gorenjska embroideries, honey dough hearts, spruce from the nearby Pokljuka plain, and Arnold Rikli, the Swiss healer who founded a natural health resort in Bled in the 19th century. Look for local and traditional dishes at the hotel restaurants and visit the wellness centre for a relaxing Alpine or honey treatment.

Wi Fi: Free


A wonderfully located 4 star hotel in the middle of everything, at the main Zagreb square. With its perfect location in downtown Zagreb, most of the main city points are only minutes away from the hotel. To make your stay easy & simple in Zagreb, the tram stop is located right in front of the hotel & the taxi stop I right next to the hotel.

Wi Fi: Free 

Some twin share rooms may have single beds.
Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

If we have confirmation of hotel Wi-Fi inclusion we state it above. However if Wi-Fi is not stated it does not mean that a hotel is without Wi-Fi. Most hotels have Wi-Free;  free or otherwise for a service fee. Our inclusion of free Wi-Fi above is not a guarantee as this can change without notice due to telco service interruptions or changes to hotel policy.

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Arrive to: Dubrovnik, Croatia   
Depart from: Zagreb, Croatia 

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section on our website.

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

If joining the tour from outside Australia, once you have secured your place on the tour please talk to our travel team about making your own flight arrangements, and at this time please ask our travel team about airport transfer options.

Airport Transfers are available with select nominated flights when you book your airfare with us, as part of your package.


Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 18 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
A reasonably full tour schedule but there is some time at leisure throughout the itinerary. There are a number of guided city walking tours included, and hence it remains a fairly active itinerary.  The itinerary details the full days of touring of which there are a number however for long days some of this is travel day between distances.

The tour includes two border crossings. Generally, border crossings do not experience delays but there can be unexpected reasons why a border crossing may have delays.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.  Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

Visit our Travel Fitness page for more information about the Tour Pace guide.

Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Breakfasts are mostly likely to be buffet. For included lunches or dinners we seek out venues that represent the local food. In most cased, included meals will be set menus with some choices. If you have special diet needs please check with us before booking that these can be catered for with the meals included.  Another of meals have been hand selected for to suit our small group experience and avoid large coach tourist destinations.

This is a small group, private tour with tour director and driver.  

The role of your TOUR DIRECTOR is to lead the group, take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

Tipping your tour guide, driver and local guides is customary. Please allow for this in your travel budget.

Touring is by a private, air conditioned 29-seater coach.  There is also some short boat travel included as part of itinerary excursions. While visiting the Postojna caves there is an underground open carriage train ride through the cave system – the caves are huge and spacious but if you suffer claustrophobia ask your guide about what to expect. If the group is very small; 7-9 passengers a 18 seater Sprinter vehicle may be used.


For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit.

Checked Luggage Maximum Weight:
While on tour, one piece of checked luggage not exceeding 23 kilograms in weight is permitted. Porterage, where available, is included for one piece of checked luggage.

On tour, checked luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.

Hand Luggage Maximum Weight/Information:
One piece of hand luggage, such as your day pack can be carried with on your person while in the touring vehicle.

Visit our Croatia Travel Guide on our website for destination information. 

These pages contain helpful details including the currency and weather information. 


Loved my Croatia trip with Encounter. So much culture, history and variety in this tour. Our tour guide Ales and our driver were awesome. As a solo you will meet other like-minded people. It was one of my favourite trips - ever!

Karen, 65 years, NSW

First time traveller to Eastern Europe and what a lovely surprise it was. .....picture postcard moments at every place we visited. If you have never been to Eastern Europe then would recommend this tour as a great introduction to the wonders of the East. 

Sharyn, 54 years, NSW

The Croatia tour is one of the best tours I have been on. Not only is the scenery absolutely beautiful but the small group I travelled with were 20 wonderful people. The tour director was the best ever too. Had a fab time. Loved every minute.

Val, 65 years, NSW
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