• Perhaps you'd like time at Lipica’s famous Lipizzaner stud farm?

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  • Lake Bled and its Church of the Assumption of Mary. Slovenia.

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  • Tartini Square, named for the violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini. Piran, Slovenia.

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  • Magnificent St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Rome.

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  • Trevi Fountain. Toss a coin in, and you'll be guaranteed a return visit to Rome.

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  • Stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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  • Stari Most, the Old Bridge. Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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  • Dubrovnik, Croatia. A surprise at every turn.

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Italy, Slovenia, & Dalmatia. A Family Exploration.

Looking for a family destination far off the beaten path? Someplace that’s wonderfully quirky and full of personality (and ancient ruins, whenever possible)? Does the exercise leave you scratching your head? Look beyond Western Europe for a stellar family journey: from Rome to Slovenia's cities and countryside, around Croatia, a bit of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and back to Rome, a perfect place to begin and end this extraordinary family jaunt.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia

Type:Custom Journeys/Family Journeys


Sample Journey

This 24-day journey was created for a family that expressed not only an interest in cultural things, but also a desire for hiking, caving, and other outdoor activities. They had an accomplished young horseback rider in the family as well as several enthusiastic artists. Please remember, as you read on, that R. Crusoe & Son will create a journey of any length to fit the needs and wishes of your own family, to address the particular interests of your children (and the adults among you), to add age-appropriate activities, and to create a tour just for you and yours.

Day 1: United States
• Overnight flight to Italy.
Overnight in flight
Day 2-5: Rome, Italy
• Land in Rome.
• City tour including Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Borghese gallery and gardens.
• Vatican City including Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Square and Basilica.
• Pizza-making lesson and dinner.
• Imperial Rome including Forum, Triumphal Arch of Constantine, Curia, Colosseum, Capitoline Hill.
Overnights in Rome

Day 6: Trieste; Portoroz, Piran, Secovlje, Slovenia
• Fly to Trieste, drive to Portoroz.
• Tour medieval Piran.
• Secovlje salt pans.
Overnight in Portoroz
Day 7: Lipica, Stanjel, Portoroz
• Drive to Lipica for Lipizzaner riding lesson or Skocjan (UNESCO World Natural Heritage site) cave exploration, Cerkvenik Bridge, Stanjel Castle.
• Return to Portoroz.
Overnight in Portoroz
Day 8: Lipica, Postojna, Koper, Portoroz
• Lipizzaner riding lesson or Predjama Castle.
• Postojna caves.
• Leisure time in Portoroz or option to Koper old town.
Overnight in Portoroz

Day 9: Ljubljana, Lake Bled
• Drive to Ljubljana, old city tour including Tivoli Castle, Franciscan Church, Town Hall.
• Drive to Lake Bled, boatride and tour.
• Return to Ljubljana.
Overnight in Ljubljana

Day 10: Triglav National Park, Ljubljana
• Hike Triglav National Park.
• Return to Ljubljana.

Overnight in Ljubljana

Day 11: Umag, Novi, Rovinj, Porec, Croatia
• Drive to Croatian coastal towns of Umag and Novi, continue to Rovinj, old town tour.
• Drive to Porec, Basilica Euphrasiana.
• Return to Rovinj.
Overnight in Rovinj

Day 12: Pula, Inner Istria, Rovinj
• Drive to Pula, Roman remains.
• Inner Istria towns including Motovun, Groznan, Hum, Zigante Truffle Palace.
• Return to Rovinj.

Overnight in Rovinj

Day 13: Opatija, Rijeka, Plitvice Lakes National Park
• Drive to Opatija coastal town, port town of Rijeka, Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Overnight in Plitvice

Day 14: Plitvice Lakes National Park
• Hiking and boating.
Overnight in Plitvice

Day 15-16: Zagreb, Medvidnica Nature Park
• Drive to Zagreb, old city tour including Kaptol, Gradec.
• Archaeological Museum, Mirogoj Cemetery, Dolec Market.
• Medvidnica Nature Park hike.

Overnights in Zagreb

Day 17: Split
• Fly to Split, city tour including Piazza dei Signori, Diocletian's Palace, cathedral, Roman Temple of Jupiter.

Overnight in Split

Day 18: Trogir Island, Split
• Day-trip to Trogir (UNESCO World Heritage site), old town tour.

Return to Split.

Overnight in Split

Day 19: Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Ston, Dubrovnik, Croatia
• Drive to Mostar, Stari Most Bridge, Tabacica Mosque, leisure time.

• Ston medieval town.
• Drive to Dubrovnik.

Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 20: Dubrovnik
• Morning at leisure.
• Old town tour including Pile Gate, Stradun, Franciscan Monastery, Rector's Palace, Maritime Museum, market.
Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 21: Mljet Island, Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik
• Boat to Mljet National Park, walk, kayak, bicycle.
• Elaphiti Islands including Kolocep, Sipan, Skocibuha Villa, Lopud Monastery.
• Return to Dubrovnik.

Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 22: Dubrovnik, Konavle, Dubrovnik
• Meet Dubrovnik artist's family in private home.
• Visit an artist in her Konavle home and studio, private painting lesson.
• Return to Dubrovnik.

Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 23: Rome, Italy
• Fly to Rome.

Overnight in Rome

Day 24: Rome; United States
• Fly home

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