12 Day Albania, Montenegro, Croatia & Slovenia

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12 Day Albania, Montenegro, Croatia & Slovenia
Rogner Hotel Tirana
Bianca Resort & Spa Kolasin
Lacroma Hotel Dubrovnik
Hotel Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik
Hotel Atrium Split
Hotel Jezero Plitvice Lakes
Park Hotel Bled
Rikli Balance Hotel Bled

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Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers returning from Venice on Day 12 should select flights that depart no earlier than 6:30 am. Bled is approximately a 4 hour drive from the Venice airport. For all flights departing Venice between 6:30 am and 8:00 am the pick-up time from hotel will be at 1:30 am. The last transfer to Venice is approximately 7:00am.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is moderately active and over various surfaces. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. Walking tours will cover uneven surfaces like cobbled streets and some slopes. The longest day spent on the bus is between Opatija and Split, but will include numerous spots for lunch and breaks.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Tirana, Venice-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Tirana
    • 2 nights Kolasin
    • 2 nights Dubrovnik
    • 1 night Split
    • 1 night Plitvice Lakes
    • 2 nights Bled
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • View the National History Museum, adorned with a gigantic mosaic mural known as “The Albanians”, Tirana
  • Visit Moraca Monastery, the largest medieval Orthodox monument in Montenegro, Kolasin
  • Tour Durmitor National Park, formed by glaciers and traversed by rivers and underground streams, Montenegro
  • View Cetinje, at the foot of Mt Lovcen with its colorful architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Visit King Nikola Museum, a former palace, Cetinje
  • View the spectacular fjord like Bay of Kotor
  • Rector's Palace, an outstanding blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture & Franciscan Monastery, Dubrovnik
  • Walk the cobbled streets to the 4th century Palace of Diocletian, Split
  • Tour magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a network of 16 terraced basins, Plitvice
  • Postojna Caves, a network of passages, galleries and chambers, Postojna
  • Bled Castle, the oldest in Slovenia, perched on a steep cliff high above the lake, Bled

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is moderately active and over various surfaces. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. Walking tours will cover uneven surfaces like cobbled streets and some slopes. The longest day spent on the bus is between Opatija and Split, but will include numerous spots for lunch and breaks.


DAY 1 - Depart for Albania
Depart for Albania

DAY 2 - Arrive in Tirana
Arrive in Tirana, capital of Albania and center of the political, economic and cultural life of the country. Meeting and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers celebrates your arrival in Albania
Overnight: Tirana
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Tirana City Tour
Today, discover the city of Tirana. Morning sightseeing begins at Skanderbeg Square, bustling heart of the city, named for Skanderbeg, the Albanian national hero; his equestrian statue dominates the center of the plaza. On to the Et'hem Bey Mosque closed under communist rule but reopened in 1991, serving as a symbol of the rebirth of religious freedom in Albania. Continue to the soviet built Palace of Culture with its first stone symbolically placed by Nikita Khrushchev. End the tour at the National History Museum, adorned with the stirring gigantic mosaic mural known as “The Albanians”. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own or, join the optional tour to Kruje. The visit will take you back in time and give you a wonderful cultural experience. Walk through the old bazaar, visit the Ethnographic museum and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Kruje Tour & Dinner
Overnight: Tirana
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Shkodra on the Way to Kolasin
Depart Tirana to Shkodra, an important cultural center and one of Albania's oldest cities, on the east side of Shkodra Lake. Drive by the ruins of mythical Rozafa Castle, one of the largest and most famous castles in Albania, with its fascinating history dating back to the early Bronze Age. Then, cross the border into Montenegro, the jewel of the Mediterranean, nestled on the beautiful Adriatic coast with its lovely beaches and crystal-clear lakes. Enjoy a visit to the impressive Moraca Monastery with its huge stone walls, the largest medieval Orthodox monument in Montenegro, built in 1252. Arrive in the spa town of Kolasin, situated in the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountains; an ideal location with expansive vistas of the surrounding Bjelasica, Sinjajevina, and Komovi peaks. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Kolasin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Durmitor National Park
After breakfast, depart the hotel to breathtaking Durmitor National Park, formed by glaciers and traversed by rivers and underground streams, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the Tara river canyon, which has the deepest gorges in Europe, the dense pine forests are interspersed with clear lakes and harbour a wide range of endemic flora. Stop at Biogradsko, considered the most picturesque lake in the Balkan Peninsula with its serene and natural beauty. Return to the hotel, with time to enjoy some of the resort's delightful amenities. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Kolasin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Podgorica & Cetinje on the Way to Dubrovnik
Travel to Podgorica, cultural center of Montenegro, built amongst five rivers. As most of the city was destroyed during WW II, Podgorica is now completely rebuilt with modern buildings and many open green spaces. Continue to Cetinje at the foot of Mount Lovcen, a treasure of Montenegrin cultural and historical heritage, with its colorful architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the Cetinje Museum, a historical complex with four sections: history, art, ethnographic and archaeological. Then, drive along a steep road down to the fjord-like Bay of Kotor - the view is unforgettable. Along the way, see the spectacular scenery of the Dalmatian coast and jewel-like town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik; see the astonishing views of the city known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
Enjoy the many delights of Dubrovnik today. The splendid medieval ramparts are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe, and its magnificent Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its wealth of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, and palaces. The walking tour of Old Dubrovnik highlights the city's treasures within the 800-year-old walls including the Rector's Palace, an outstanding blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. See the monumental Sponza Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in the city, preserved in its original form. Under the City Bell Tower on Luza Square stands Orlando’s Column, dedicated to the knight that saved the city in the 9th century. Then on to view the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is yours. Spend the time strolling along the impressive ramparts overlooking the shimmering Adriatic Sea, or visit the Maritime Museum in St. John's Castle. Be sure to watch the beautiful sunset tonight and walk along the cobbled streets, with its buildings glowing and the fortifications accented against the night sky. Don't miss the optional cruise and dinner tour of ST. Jakov (St. James) beach in Dubrovnik one of the most beautiful beaches. A motor boat ride will take you around the Old City walls to St. Jakov Beach, where you will enjoy a three-course dinner and Dalmatian wine. Afterward, return to the Old City Port
Optional: Cruise & Dinner
Overnight: Dubrovnik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Split Walking Tour
Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the dramatic Adriatic coast, past charming old fishing villages and brand-new resorts, to the UNESCO, protected the seaside town of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Upon arrival, begin a walking tour along the cobbled streets of the Old Town featuring the historic inner city with its dominating Roman influence, built around the 4th century Palace of Diocletian. This spectacular palace is the largest and best-preserved building of the Roman era on the Adriatic coast. Built for Emperor Diocletian, it represents a precious example of Roman architecture. See the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Domnius built in the Middle Ages, and the Temple of Jupiter, with its headless black sphinx guarding the entrance. Spend the remainder of the day discovering the town independently, or taking a leisurely stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Split
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Trogir Visit and Drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Morning drive to historic Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400 BC. Here, admire the three-naved 13th century Venetian Cathedral of St. Lovro, one of the finest architectural works in Croatia and the stunning Cipiko Palace. Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a magnificent wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by thundering waterfalls and a huge primeval forest. This area, known as a geological phenomenon, is celebrated as one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. After enjoying the beauty of the park, travel to the town of Plitvice for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Plitvice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 - Opatija & Postojna Caves on the Way to Bled
Today, you return to the coast and travel along the striking Bay of Kvarner to the remarkable seaside resort of Opatija, a gem of Croatia's Adriatic coast, with its rich history, picturesque surroundings, and gorgeous beaches. Time to enjoy the pleasures of this area before journeying north to the Postojna Caves in Slovenia, a network of passages, galleries, and chambers. This is the largest and the most visited show cave in Europe. Travel aboard the specially designed cave train with electric lighting that allows you to observe the splendor of the underground world, where the geological past is recorded in a unique manner. You'll be dazzled by the stalactites and stalagmites in a variety of shapes and colors. Afterward, on to the lovely city of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps. Visit the medieval town of Radovljica and take a short walk through its old section. This evening choose the optional Tour of Radovljica with dinner
Optional: Tour of Radovljica with dinner
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 - Bled City Tour
Bled, with its rich natural beauty ranks among the world's most beautiful alpine resorts, also renowned for its mild, healing climate and its thermal lake water. With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps, Bled is Slovenia's most popular resort. The tour begins at the imposing 11th century Bled Castle, the oldest in Slovenia, perched on a steep cliff high above the lake, creating a dramatic backdrop to the city. This is a medieval fortress, with huge towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering breathtaking views. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Bled independently, or, join the optional tour to lake Bled and lake Bohinj. Enjoy a scenic ride on a unique small rowing boat called a "Pletna," to the island in the middle of the lake. After disembarking the boat, visit the island's old church housing an impressive art collection. You'll have some free time to enjoy the magnificent views from the island. Later, the boat will bring you back ashore and you will continue by motor coach to another Alpine lake resort - Bohinj, beautifully incorporated amidst the dense woods and spectacular mountains. The journey will take you through some very old typical Slovenian villages with gorgeous landscape. This evening, celebrate your last night in Slovenia with your travel companions at a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 - Depart Slovenia
Morning transfer to Venice Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Kruje Tour & Dinner

Your visit of Kruje will take you back in time and give you a wonderful cultural experience. Kruje is best known as the hometown of Skanderbeg, Albania's national hero, and is where the Ottomans were successfully resisted for nearly 35 years until 1478. Visit of the Ethnographic museum, a walk though the old bazaar and a dinner in a local restaurant will complete the experience.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #3 01 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $77.00
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Cruise & Dinner

Sv.Jakov (St.James) beach in Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. A motor boat ride will take you around the Old City walls to St. Jakov Beach, where you will enjoy a three course dinner and Dalmatian wine. After dinner return to the Old City Port. Enjoy a glimpse of Dubrovnik by night before boarding your bus at Pile Gate to return to the hotel. Boat ride depends on weather conditions.

Departs at 5:45 pm. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $78.00
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Tour of Radovljica with dinner

This evening, visit the little medieval town of Radovljica and take a short walk through its old section. Later, stop at a popular and traditional country inn. Your dinner will include a selection of traditional Slovenian dishes and wine.

Departs at 7:00 pm. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #10 01 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $57.00
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Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj

Bled with its surroundings of natural beauty, is a jewel among the Alpine resorts. Enjoy a scenic ride on a unique small rowing boat called a "Pletna," to the island in the middle of the lake. After disembarking the boat, visit the island's old church housing an impressive art collection. You'll have some free time to enjoy the magnificent views from the island. Later, the boat will bring you back ashore and you will continue by motor coach to another Alpine lake resort – Bohinj, beautifully incorporated amidst the dense woods and spectacular mountains. The journey will take you through some very old typical Slovenian villages with gorgeous landscape. Your excursion will end later in the afternoon.
*During winter months operation of this tour is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Departs at 11:30 am. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #11 01 Nov 2017 - 31 May 2018 $51.00
01 Jun 2018 - 31 May 2019 $50.00
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12 Day Albania, Montenegro, Croatia & Slovenia, April 2018
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We had a great time. Our first experience with you guys. Timing and sights visited were good. Accomodations were far better than expected considering the cost of the trip. Special mention our host Gabriella and driver Dragan were exceptional. Gabriella would have to be the best guide we have come across ever - and we are experienced travellers. One point I would like to make is we as Australians really appreciated that Gate 1 acknowledged that we are not comfortable with tipping and that this component was included in the cost - keep this going.

Roman C. Collinswood, AU
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, April 2018
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It was just great. Our guide, Nickolina, was exceptional. The countryside and towns were very picturesque, clean, and safe. It was a very informative, enjoyable, and interesting trip.

Marilyn M. Kirkwood, MO
12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, April 2018
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We loved every minute of this trip. Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia are unbelievably beautiful and our Tour Guide, Elvis, was outstanding. We gained insights on Yugoslavia's complicated history, met many interesting people, could not believe the scenery and were very grateful for the extra dinner Gate 1 provided (with musicians!), as some in our tour were delayed by weather, and the tickets for Dubrovnik's famous walls. It was fascinating to meet so many people who had taken multiple numbers of Gate 1 trips. One couple was up to 12! And while you have no control over this, our weather was exceptional for the entire tour.

Janet H. Beaverton, OR
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, April 2018
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Our trip was perfect! Beautiful countries, great itinerary, great hotels, lovely meals and an awesome tour manager, Tina, and an excellent driver, Mario, made our trip a truly memorable one. Tina's care and regard for each and every traveler, her sense of humor, her management skills were such that everyone on the trip felt respected and cared for.

Madhu U. Naperville, IL
13 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia with Venice, April 2018
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Once again we are 100% satisfied with your services. Croatia and Slovenia are both breathtaking offering the best of the Croatian Riviera and the Julian Alps. Our guide Elvis was awesome. Beaches, gardens, churches, architecture, outdoor cafes, open air markets, castles, forts, snow topped mountains, robust coffee, creamy gelato and so much more gave us everlasting memories. Looking forward to our next trip with Gate 1.

Ofelia G. Rio Grande City, TX
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, March 2018
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We had a fabulous trip! Croatia and Slovenia are so beautiful and we enjoyed learning about each place that we visited. We also found the food and drink prices very economical. We had the best tour guide, Gabrijela Golub. She was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, punctual, considerate and caring.We can’t say enough good things about her! We would love to visit these 2 countries again some day and would definitely travel with Gate 1 again!

Lora G. Versailles, KY
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, April 2018
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Our trip throughout Croatia and Slovenia was excellent, and even better than I had anticipated . Our tour guide, Jelena, was fantastic! She was dynamic, organized, patient and thorough. Gate 1 is truly a first class operation. The hotels were excellent with good service. The motorcoach was comfortable. Our luggage was handled with proficiency. We enjoyed the extra dinners that Gate 1 provided also. We’re looking forward to traveling with Gate 1 in the future.

Marjorie N. Woodstock GA
13 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia with Venice, March 2018
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The trip surpassed my expectations. The whole experience was wonderful. Our guide was superb, Marina gave delightful insights each day . The hotels were top notch. I would recommend this trip to anyone and I have already.

Paul H. Hurley, WI
13 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia with Venice, March 2018
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It was terrific! Our tour coordinator Sandy, who traveled with us from Venice to Venice, was outstanding. She was organized, communicated very clearly, obviously experienced and able to anticipate potential challenges and problems before they occurred. We learned about the history of and current situation of Croatia and Slovenia, and enjoyed the beauty of both countries. It was a trip well worth taking!

Linda W. San Francisco, CA
10 Day Essential Croatia & Slovenia, March 2018
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It was the most amazing trip. It was much more beautiful and enjoyable than I ever imagined. Our guide Zoran was the greatest!!!! He was very knowledgeable, smart, personable and hard working. He's probably the bust guide I've ever had on a trip. Our bus driver Zdravko was also amazing. Even though he didn't speak English, he was so very nice. I always felt safe with his driving, and the way he could maneuver the bus was incredible! We definitely got our moneys worth and more. Thank you to Gate 1 for a very memorable vacation.

Lisa S. Maumelle, AR
13 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia with Venice, March 2018
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Fabulous trip.!! We’ll organized, so many personally guided tours in everyplace we visited. Knowledgeable staff, smooth transitions, excellent meals and transportation. Can’t praise your company enough!!

Mary G. Pasadena, CA
10 Day Essential Croatia & Slovenia, March 2018
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Our trip was fabulous. Marina Benkovic is an extraordinary tour guide; she is so personable and knowledgeable. We had the most fun with her and she is an asset to Gate 1. I would pick another trip just knowing she’d be my guide! The travel arrangements were perfect. There wasn’t too much bus time yet we were able to see a variety of the country. Who else can say they visited 4 countries in 9 days and not feel like you’re on a bus the whole time?! Our hotels were lovely. The tour guides in each destination were knowledgeable and friendly. The locals were wonderful, friendly, and most welcoming to foreigners. I will definitely recommend Gate 1 to anyone wishing to do a tour. Tour groups aren’t for everyone, and I admit I was a little skeptical (as I usually travel independently) but I thoroughly enjoyed my trip.

Alice M. Mt Pleasant, SC
10 Day Essential Croatia & Slovenia, March 2018
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The trip was fantastic! Marina the tour guide was outstanding, members of the tour group were friendly and great to be with and the tour along the Dalmatian coast was picture perfect. Even the weather cooperated! I have been on a number of Gate1 tours and this was one of the best!

Patricia J. Centreville, MD
12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, February 2018
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I have been on many Gate 1 trips and this was the most amazing and wonderful experience I can describe. Tour supervisor Kristijan was superb. Kind, very knowledgeable and a great asset to the Gate 1 program. "True story." Professional, and with great breadth of experience, his historical and cultural knowledge added greatly. I cannot say enough about the Croatia and Slovenia experience. The day programs added immensely and driver Stepjan wielded the bus expertly through poor driving conditions. I can only look forward to another Gate 1 trip and shall cherish the memories of Croatia and Slovenia for years to come.

Nadia D. Edina, MN
10 Day Essential Croatia & Slovenia , February 2018
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Excellent trip! Beautiful scenery, interesting historical structures, great food, and excellent guides. I would recommended this trip to anyone seeking a wonderful vacation.

David P. Piedmont, OK
10 Day Essential Croatia & Slovenia, February 2018
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We had a great time! The scenery was beautiful and our guide Sandra and driver Tiho both were very good hosts.

Larry C. Kemah, TX
13 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia with Venice, December 2017
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It was a great trip and we were extremely happy with the tour. Great tour guides, bus driver, hotels, and more.

Darin R. Abbotsford, BC, CA
12 Day Albania, Montenegro, Croatia & Slovenia, October 2017
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We enjoyed the trip to Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, and Slovenia. The scenery was beautiful, the towns were very interesting, the tour was well organized, and the group of people on the tour got along very well. The tour guide, Maja, did an excellent job. All in all, we greatly enjoyed the trip.

Harmon A. Wayne, NJ
12 Day Albania, Montenegro, Croatia & Slovenia, September 2016
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It was great and I will highly recommend to our friends! The Gate 1 itinerary was just the right combination of nature and "old" things to do and see. The location choice for the optional dinner by the beach was excellent. Our driver (Drauko?) drives and appearance a true professional. Our tour guide Maja is the best, helpful, enjoys her job, and quite knowledgeable - an asset for Gate 1.

Mienrado Y. Diamond Bar, CA
15 Day Croatia, Bosnia & Slovenia with Venice, September 2015
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Good trip! Well organized by Gate1. Everything went as planned. We were met by your representatives promptly at every location. Our tour director, Jon, was always helpful whenever we had a problem, he provided excellent background information for every location we visited, and he was always a pleasure to deal with. The local guides were well informed and they did a good job as well. We were also pleasantly surprised by the quality of hotels chosen by Gate 1. On the Croatia tour program you pack a lot of sights into a two week period.

Roderic Y. Bowie, MD
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, February 2015
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Our trip was AMAZING. It was our first time using Gate 1 Travel and all we can say is that we were IMPRESSED by the service we received. My husband actually prefers a "do-it-yourself" approach when it comes to travelling but he told me during and after our trip that if the service we will be getting is going to be the same, then he doesn't mind booking "organized" tours with Gate 1 Travel again.

Our trip went well from the start, from our airport transfer to Opatija, and to the everyday itinerary which took us to a lot of beautiful places. Our guide Kristijan is the best. He is so approachable, funny and friendly. He made the long bus rides more "bearable" with his stories and jokes. Our driver is Vlado, who is also friendly in his quiet way. Both of them made our trip more enjoyable.

Here are some of our observations/ comments from the tour:

1.       All the Gate 1 representatives/ partners we had contact with were professional and respectful.

2.       We liked the itinerary. It was enriching historically and culturally. We saw a lot but not to the point of overwhelming us.

3.       The hotels we stayed at were generally good but some supposed 5 star hotels are dated; like you will notice that the furniture and the upholstery were old.  Most hotels were centrally located which was a plus especially when we have free time to walk around.

4.       We liked it that we were given free time to do some stuff on our own and not "pushed" to see a particular store or establishment.

5.       We liked the "surprise" dinner sprang up on us on our way to Split. The restaurant is called "Epitium" and the food is so good it became a "standard" in all our other dinners. The group had a great time "bonding".

6.       We liked the Pula and Montenegro excursions.  The dinner at the medieval village in Bled though, we could have forgone. The wine and bread when we were in the cellar was good but the fish served is just okay. Maybe for winter time, Gate 1 can have an alternative activity/ excursion as it was already dark when we were in the medieval village and there's really nothing much to see. It seemed we just had dinner.

7.     We appreciated Kristijan meeting us on our departure time ensuring that our luggages were on the transfer bus, our breakfast boxes are ready and introducing us to the driver of the bus. Considering it was 3:00 am, I'll say he is one accommodating trooper (first group left at 1:00 am).

We would like to say kudos to the Gate 1 partner in Croatia (I believe it's Kompas), our guide Kristijan and our driver Vlado for making our trip memorable.

A special "thank you" to you too Kimber, for answering my/our questions from the moment we booked until the "end" with our last minute questions/requests. You've made our "first" impression with Gate 1 Travel a positive experience. We will definitely use Gate 1 Travel again for our future "adventures".

Gladys D. Toronto, ON
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, October 2014
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It was an amazing experience, great hotels, delicious food. Was beyond my expectation. Our tour directors Blaz and our driver Miro were both outstanding . Thank you and I am planning for my next trip.

Elizabeth E. San Diego, CA.
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, October 2014
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The trip was terrific. Our guide (Jasmina) was incredible and made the tour very special. You have a real treasure in her. Thanks for your help with the planning of this trip. Everything went according to plan, which was great.


Marc P. Toronto, Ontario
9 Day Croatia with 7 Day Adriatic Sea Cruise, May 2014
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We absolutely loved our cruise along the Dalmatian Coast on MV Vita with Gate 1 Travel.

It exceeded all our expectations, I know we were very spoilt having only 14 passengers booked on the boat and with a wonderful crew of 7 enthusiastic and very welcoming people, we were very well looked after. The passengers were all fantastic people and it was like being away with a group of friends. The coastline is just spectacular, the weather was perfect and the boat was brand new and very comfortable and did I mention the food? It was amazing!

Wendy H. New South Wales, Australia
11 Day Affordable Croaita & Slovenia, April 2014
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Our trip was amazing! It was our first tour with Gate 1 and we were very impressed. We definitely will use Gate 1 again! Everything was well organized and went smoothly. We were very pleased with our hotels, and the breakfast buffets that were provided were outstanding. Our tour director/guide, Kristijan, on our bus was so knowledgeable, with a good sense of humor, was helpful and professional. We learned so much from him.

Karl E. Peoria, AZ
12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, March 2014
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Our group was extremely happy and satisfied with our Croatia/Slovenia experience. Our tour guide, Elvis, was most knowledgeable in history, patient, courteous, and friendly. We consider him as a most exemplary tour guide. The hotels we stayed were all excellent, breakfast was overflowing with food!

Our bus was always clean, almost brand new. Our driver was very cautious and safe. There were some long stretches of driving from point to point. But we were always rewarded with places of interest and historic value at the end of the long day. I look forward to another trip with Gate 1, and will certainly recommend Gate 1 to family and friends. Thank you for a most memorable and enjoyable tour!

Elena G., Philippines
12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, March 2014
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Everything went great. Very good hotels and tour directors. Weather was perfect, and warm.

Opatija was beautiful and the Adriatic was as clear as the Caribbean and I cannot believe they can grow oranges and lemons that far north. The old town of Dubrovnik was very interesting and the tour guide's suggested restaurant was truly marvelous. Bled was picture perfect and Venice was wonderful even though we had been there before, however we had not been to the Murano section via an extremely fast water taxi.

The week we added on in Italy was marvelous as well. Loved Rimini, right on the Adriatic and the hotel staff was great. Saw some great mosaics in Ravenna. Then we went to Vicenza which was great old city and made side trips to Verona and Padua.

Charles R. Weyers Cave, VA
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, March 2014
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The trip was great! Wonderful history, beautiful countries, and we were blessed with perfect weather! I must add that our tour leader, Jasmina, was outstanding. She was a wealth of information, was so knowledgeable about the history of the area, and seemed to enjoy sharing it with us. We would have loved the trip regardless, but having her as our tour guide made it extra special. It was, truly, a memorable experience.

Carol H. Redmond, OR
13 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia with Venice, March 2014
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It was wonderful! I had no knowledge or experience about Croatia/Slovenia and Montenegro, so this was an incredible chance to learn! Peter was an extraordinary guide and kept us well organized and on schedule. He gave us insights that we never would have gotten on our own.

As usual, Gate 1 was the best way to see this part of the world for a much better price than we could have achieved on our own, with personal attention and delightful companionship of the others in the group. In Venice, Joia arranged for us to have our gondola ride a day earlier because of the weather. All in all, it was a fabulous experience. Thanks for helping us arrange it so well.

Anna J. Rockford, IL
13 Day Austria & Croatia with 7 Day Adriatic Coast Cruise, June 2013
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Our trip was fantastic. The two tour coordinators (Blase and Martin) were terrific, giving us just enough information at each site and also leaving us a good amount of free time to discover on our own. The Princess Aloha was a beautiful boat and the crew was fantastic, as well as, fun to be with. We loved how amazingly organized everything was over the course of 13 days. On the boat cruise, we met some many people with varying backgrounds and from many different parts of the world....a tremendous group of people. We have traveled to many places in our fortunate lives, but this trip may have topped them all. Thank you, Gate 1, for thinking of everything and making this a memory we will forever share.

Theresa A. Snyder, NY
15 Day Croatia, Bosnia & Slovenia with Venice, May 2013
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Dare I say this turned out to be our best tour yet?  We loved every moment of it. We had no problem with a large group, especially as our tour guide, Anton, kept us moving. Taking a tour has its pluses and minuses, inasmuch as we may have personally wanted to spend more time at some places and avoid others, but when you factor in the amount of lost time we would have had should we have gone on our own (even with a GPS), we saw and did far more than we could have done on our own.

And we were very impressed with all of the sites. Zagreb was a wonderful surprise, Dubrovnik was as interesting as it seemed to be from all of the Rick Steves and other travel shows we had seen, the day in Montenegro was long and tiring, but we saw the country so we can check it off our bucket list, Diocletian's palace was very interesting, the Plitvice Lakes were perfect, as was Lake Bled and the Slovenian countryside, and Opitija was a delightful lunch stop. Venice is always beautiful, although very expensive.

This was our second Gate 1 trip and we look forward to traveling with you again in the future.

James V. Los Angeles, CA
9 Day Croatia with 7 Day Dalmatian Coast Cruise, May 2013
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We had a great cruise in Croatia. The Princess Aloha was terrific, as was the food because it was the best we've ever had on a cruise. The best part was the tour manager, Martin. He's a real asset for your company. He made sure that everyone had their needs attended to, with the best possible service. With his unique style, he turned a bunch of strangers into an extended family who got along better than my actual family, but that's another story! We will be visiting new made friends in South Africa, England, as well as in our own state, California. Martin is a true gem!! We look forward to our next Gate 1 experience.

David S. Santa Monica, CA
9 Day Croatia with 7 Day Dalmatian Coast Cruise, May 2013
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It was the most amazing trip, we wouldn't change a thing. The itinerary allowed us to see a variety of places with ease as opposed to a do-it-yourself trip and each location was a lot of fun. Everyone employed by the Princess Aloha were extremely hardworking, warm and friendly folks. We enjoyed getting to know them, especially Helen and Ivan. The ship itself was very classy and the perfect size for our needs. Our tour guide, Martin, was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and an important key to our good time. 

Also, this was our first vacation using Gate 1 and were very pleased with your organization and service. We are already recommending it to all our friends and family. We definitely will be looking for more Gate 1 trips in the future!

Jenn G. Douglaston, NY
12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, May 2013
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We had a wonderful time! The hotels were great. We fell in love with the Istrian Peninsula. How wonderful! We had been to Split before, but this time we got a much better understanding of Diocletian's Palace. Dubrovnik, what a wonder! We took the cable car up to the top of the mountain, walked the wall, visited the shops and places to eat, and got to know some locals. Montenegro was beautiful and the road to Cetinje was a bit heart-stopping. I would not have wanted to miss that.

Zagreb was a neat place to explore and would have been nice to have more time there, but we got to see the main sights. Slovenia was an Alpine wonder. We loved it and also could have stayed longer. Lake Bled was so peaceful and pretty. We walked around the lake and also took a boat to the church, on the island. I rang the bell, but the bell nearly took me off the floor!! It was a good trip, kept us moving, but was a very worthwhile trip at a very affordable price. Thanks again Gate 1!

Janet C. Alexandria, PA
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, April 2013
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My trip was fantastic! Elvis was an amazing tour guide. He was very professional, capable and knowledgeable. He handled every situation with the upmost expertise. The hotels were wonderful and certainly were 4 and 5 stars. Stephan was an excellent driver and we always felt totally safe with him at the wheel. I am already planning my next Gate 1 trip. Thanks for a fabulous experience in Croatia/Slovenia.

Margo B. Ontario, Canada
12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, April 2013
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It was FANTASTIC and will go with Gate 1 again. Our guide, Elvis, was the best and made it so interesting, plus he spent every minute with the group, answering questions and taking an interest  in each of us. He also kept things organized and low key. Great group to travel. I would highly recommend this itinerary and going at this time of year before the crowds. The weather was mild and sunny most days, with rain at night. Hotels were all 4 star and up, lovely flowers everywhere, and friendly people.

Joyce R. Lyons, OR
12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, April 2013
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The trip was awesome! Can't believe how nice everything was and our tour guide, Maja, was great. The hotels were all first class and I had almost all water views. I was pleasantly surprised with everything. The weather and sights were all beautiful too. We traveled with a great group of people, which helps also. I have to say that our first organized tour was a great success and we will book with Gate 1 again.

Kathleen S. Fairfax, VA
12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, April 2013
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The trip was awesome! Can't believe how nice everything was and our tour guide, Maja, was great. The hotels were all first class and I had almost all water views. I was pleasantly surprised with everything. The weather and sights were all beautiful too. We traveled with a great group of people, which helps also. I have to say that our first organized tour was a great success and we will book with Gate 1 again.

Kathleen S. Fairfax, VA
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, April 2013
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The first and lasting thing that comes to mind when reminiscing about this tour is our tour guide, Kristijan. In an intelligent, competent and measured way he dove into the history of this beautiful land and its troubled people which required broad and in depth knowledge of 2000 years of events that have shaped their character and left evidence in countless and rare structures for all of us to see. With a unique sense of humor he made this fast-paced tour a true highlight which is the more remarkable that he himself had to experience the recent war years and its atrocities as a young man himself. His demeanor and conduct were impeccable and elegant. His English, pronunciation, knowledge of "Americanisms" and well trained speaker skills combined were inspiring and we submit likely even for the dullest tourist. He was visible at all times, the first to come, the last to go and we all felt safe and guarded.

As to the tour, we already said it was fast paced, its logistics well thought through and the choices of hotels quite satisfactory, the rooms comfortable and clean and foremost we could open windows or access balconies.

Lona H. Miami, FL
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, April 2013
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The first and lasting thing that comes to mind when reminiscing about this tour is our tour guide, Kristijan. In an intelligent, competent and measured way he dove into the history of this beautiful land and its troubled people which required broad and in depth knowledge of 2000 years of events that have shaped their character and left evidence in countless and rare structures for all of us to see. With a unique sense of humor he made this fast-paced tour a true highlight which is the more remarkable that he himself had to experience the recent war years and its atrocities as a young man himself. His demeanor and conduct were impeccable and elegant. His English, pronunciation, knowledge of "Americanisms" and well trained speaker skills combined were inspiring and we submit likely even for the dullest tourist. He was visible at all times, the first to come, the last to go and we all felt safe and guarded.

As to the tour, we already said it was fast paced, its logistics well thought through and the choices of hotels quite satisfactory, the rooms comfortable and clean and foremost we could open windows or access balconies.

Lona H. Miami, FL
12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, March 2013
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Overall it was wonderful. We were satisfied about Gate 1 Travel's choice of hotels. Our tour guide, Brane, and our driver were great. The trip exceeded my expectations. One of the travelers said, comparing with the other travel agencies she used, Gate 1 is better and she will use Gate 1 again. The trip was well organized and because of this experience, we will be using Gate 1 Travel in the future and will refer to friends and families.

Edna L. Twp Washington, NJ
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, March 2013
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We had a great time. We were picked up promptly at the airport in Venice. Our driver was very nice and the bus was comfortable. Everyone on the trip got along well. Our tour guide, Rok, was great and very informative. He ran the tour efficiently and was very pleasant. The bus driver was excellent. The trip was a little hectic, but we got to see a lot of sights. The local guides were good - the best one, was the guide we had in Split.

All the hotels were beautiful and clean. The breakfasts and dinners that were included were delicious and plentiful. We enjoyed the pools.We attended the optional dinner at the Country Inn and we had a blast!

Gloria J. Elkton, MD
12 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, March 2013
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We had a wonderful time. The guide, Rok, made history come alive for us. He was extremely knowledgeable, had great communication skills, was friendly, personable and had a great sense of humor. He was tactful when he needed to be especially about bus departures. Every evening he would place a piece of paper with our name on the bus seat so there was never any confusion about which seat you were to occupy that day. Every day he would call ahead to the next hotel to obtain our room numbers so that when we arrived at the hotel, all we had to do was pick up our keys. It eliminated so much confusion in the hotel lobby.

We traveled on four Gate 1 tours during our recent vacation and Rok's attention to details should be a benchmark for all other tour managers. One last comment: We had the Whispers on Rok's tour and they were so helpful! Unless you are standing near the guides, you cannot hear what is being said. The Whispers eliminated travelers trying to always be in the front of the group to hear! We will be traveling again with Gate 1 in September and hope that our experiences will be as positive on those trips.

Janet P. Paradise, CA
13 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia with Venice, February 2013
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Nothing surprise us any more! The day we arrived Venice, Italy, Rok(tour manager) is there to greet us at the airport. Then we drove to Croatia to see the beautiful countryside. The hotel location, as expected, was at the center of the city. From Porec to Dubrovnik and everytown in between to Zagreb, we got a chance to see and spend time in each town. Beautiful country! Rok is very knowledgeable of the old Yugoslav and told us about the the break up and the present situation. My wife's favorite was the Gate 1 Travel sponsored tour, Ferro Lazzarini Murano Handmade Art Glass Factory, bought a 20" Venetian Classic Design Vase. Lastly, in Venice, Italy, we did a gondola ride and it was such an out of this world experience! There is no other romantic ride comparable.

Socrates B. Anchorage, AK
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, December 2012
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It was great! I had a wonderful time and enjoyed the countries we visited. The Adriatic is so pretty as were the Alps and the lovely countryside. The hotels were very good. As usual Gate 1 met my expectations of a relaxing and interesting trip, with the right balance of siteseeing and history, learning about the culture and countries, and free time. I am looking forward to my next trip.

Mary K. Lawrenceville, GA
11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia, October 2012
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We haven't stopped bragging about how wonderful the trip was. Our guide Kristian was so knowledgeable, thoughtful, funny, polite, professional, etc. Every city, town and village was so impressive. Our driver was also polite, professional and the safest driver in all of Croatia. They both allowed us to enjoy every minute of our tour. We've told friends, neighbors and family from Long Island & NY City all the way down to Florida to save up & tour with Gate 1. 

Raymond B. Hicksville, NY

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