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This Croatia to Venice tour explores a magnificent part of old, unspoiled Europe. The scenery is gorgeous, the outdoor cafés are enticing, the people are unbelievably friendly, the villages are picturesque and inviting, and there are wonderful castles, palaces, and fascinating ancient ruins. From magnificent works of art and rich cultural history, to authentic culinary experiences, this will be an unforgettable tour of a lifetime!
Your accommodation throughout the tour will be lovely, boutique style hotels with private baths. In Dubrovnik, the beautiful hotel is located on the cliffs above Dubrovnik’s prestigious St. Jacob precinct. You will spend two nights in the charming Croatian city. In Split, you will stay in a marvelous hotel located in the Pavlović Palace on the historic Pjaca (Piazza), just steps from the Diocletian Palace, for two nights. Next, a centrally-located hotel will be your home for two days in Zagreb. In Ljubljana, Bled, and Venice, you will also stay in lovely hotels for two nights in each one of the cities.
Depart and fly to Dubrovnik.
The journey begins in Croatia at the Dubrovnik Airport (DBV), from which you will take a shuttle to the beautiful hotel on the cliffs above Dubrovnik’s prestigious St. Jacob precinct. Dubrovnik, the “pearl of the Adriatic,” is built on a rock overlooking the sea.
Narrow streets, beautiful small squares, and countless monuments and historical sites await you. You will take a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik and have a little time to explore before our first gourmet dinner in Croatia. Overnight stay will be in Dubrovnik.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will have time to explore this wonderful city with a local guide who will show you around the old city and explain the history behind the city the city walls.There will be free time to enjoy this city in the afternoon.
Whether you head straight for more historical sites, indulge in a little shopping, or relax at an open-air café, watching the hustle-and-bustle of city life, you will be sure to enjoy yourself this afternoon and evening. Overnight stay will be in Dubrovnik.
You begin the day with a drive along the Dalmatian Coast to the vibrant coastal city of Split. Upon arriving in Split, you will enjoy lunch and check in to our marvelous hotel located in the Pavlović Palace on the historic Pjaca (Piazza), just steps from the Diocletian Palace. You will have time to explore this fascinating city before dinner at a fine local restaurant. Overnight stay will be in Split.
You will spend the day touring Split and Trogir with an expert guide. You begin in Split where the 4th-century Roman emperor Diocletian, intending to retire here, built a spectacular palace. After weaving our way through narrow streets and small squares, you enjoy lunch before heading to the next destination.
The enchanting medieval city of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts one of the most famous examples of Croatian religious architecture, the Romanesque Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. When the guided tour comes to an end, you enjoy free time in Split. Overnight stay will be in Split.
You will depart Split for the capital city of Zagreb. On the way, you stop at the National Park of the lakes of Plitvice, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the “series of beautiful lakes, caves, and waterfalls” created by “waters flowing over the limestone and chalk” over thousands of years. %After exploring the park on foot and by boat, you continue to Zagreb. Dinner is at the centrally located hotel. Overnight stay will be in Zagreb.
Zagreb, the largest city in Croatia, is a lively city situated along the Sava River. In the morning you have a guided walking tour of the city. Then, the afternoon is free to explore Zagreb on your own. At night, you dine at a wonderful local restaurant. Overnight stay will be in Zagreb.
A short drive over the Slovenian border takes you to the magical city of Ljubljana. The old city center of Ljubljana is remarkable for its unique Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. Many buildings bear the mark of the master architect Jože Plečnik.
After a guided stroll through the old city center, you will take a boat cruise on the Ljubljana River, passing under bridge after bridge crossing the river, the most famous of which is the Tromostovje (Triple Bridge). At night, you will eat at the hotel’s lovely restaurant. Overnight stay will be in Ljubljana.
Two of Slovenia’s most famous attractions are the Lipica (or Lipizzaner) horses and Škocjan Caves. You begin the day with an excursion to the Lipica Stud Farm. Charles II, Archduke of Austria, trying to leverage the strategic advantage of finely bred Andalusian horses, built a royal stud farm in 1578 in the Karst, a region of similar soil and climate as that of Spain.
After this visit, you will drive to the village of Lokev for lunch, before continuing on to the Škocjan Caves. This “exceptional system of limestone caves comprises collapsed dolines, some six kilometers of underground passages with a total depth of more than 200 meters, many waterfalls, and one of the largest known underground chambers,” was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.
After this visit, you can stop in Škofja Loka or Kranj, both of which have excellently preserved medieval architecture and a quaint city center. You will return to the hotel for the last night in Ljubljana.
In the morning, you will depart for the last stop in Slovenia, the fairy-tale town of Bled. Situated at the foot of Mount Triglav, Lake Bled is “as romantic and magical as they come and without a doubt the most beautiful lake in the Alps.” On the lake, you will take a traditional pletna boat to the island and also visit Bled Castle.
Lunch will be at the restaurant famed for having the absolute best Kremšnita (Bled custard cream cake). You will take a beautiful walk along the lake this afternoon. Overnight will be in Bled.
In Bled, you will be very close to the renowned Goriška Brda, a hilly wine region comprising over 2,000 hectares of vineyards between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. Today you explore this region, enjoying lunch and a winery visit along the way. You return to Bled for the last evening in Slovenia.
The last stop in Slovenia is the medieval coastal resort of Piran. You will spend the day exploring the stunning medieval coastal town of Piran. The center of the town is the Piazza Tartini, surrounded by picturesque houses and historical buildings. The town hall is decorated with the lion of St Mark, a fitting transition to the next destination on the tour. Continuing on to Venice, you arrive at the hotel in time for a lovely dinner.
After a guided walking tour in the morning, you are free to explore this magical city for the rest of the day. The hotel is in an ideal location in the heart of Venice. With over 200 palaces on the Grand Canal alone, 107 churches, and an unparalleled number of celebrated works of art, Venice is a truly indescribable city.
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for the return flight.
This culinary and culture tour takes place in Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy.
During this holiday, you will have the chance to enjoy tasty local cuisine. For example, you will enjoy a gourmet dinner in Croatia and other delicious Croatian dishes. During the stops in Split, Zagreb, and Bled, local restaurants will offer you authentic culinary experiences. Additionally, when in Bled, take part in a lunch at a restaurant famed for having the absolute best kremšnita (Bled custard cream cake).
You will have endless choices of exciting activities in Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. During your free time, you may head straight for more visits to historical sites, indulge in a little shopping, or relax at an open-air café, watching the hustle-and-bustle of the city life.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dubrovnik Airport (DBV).