The Wonders of Venice & Croatia
Venice – Rovinj – Plitvice Lakes – Split – Hvar - Dubrovnik
Our unique Croatia and Italy tour will provide the opportunity for you to visit the best these wonderful countries have to offer, with enchanting UNESCO listed ancient cities, breathtaking and picturesque countryside. Combine a handpicked selection of beautiful and captivating Adriatic cities and idyllic islands with captivating and romantic Venice.
It’s not surprising that Italy (Venice in particular) and Croatia are currently so popular and this is a special and unique private tour .
|Private transfer to Venice hotel. Explore the city.||Venice|
|Private Walking Tour of Venice, Gondula ride.||Venice|
|Private transfer to the Croatian town of Rovinj in Istria.||Rovinj|
|Private tour of Istria. Wine-tasting & visit hilltop villages.||Rovinj|
|Private tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park||Plitvice Lakes|
|Private transfer to Split. Private Guided tour.||Split|
|Visit Krka National Park & Trogir.||Split|
|Catamaran to Hvar Island. Explore the medieval town. Private tour.||Hvar|
|Speedboat tour of the Blue Cave & Komiza.||Hvar|
|Catamaran to Dubrovnik. Cable Car Experience.||Dubrovnik|
|Visit neighbouring Montenegro and ancient Kotor.||Dubrovnik|
|Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport.|
Arrival in Venice
The romantic city of Venice, a city certainly like none other. After your airport transfer, take a moment to settle into the comforts of your luxurious hotel. Where streets should be, Venice has its famous canals including the Grand Canal with its shimmering waters, a photographer’s dream. What was once a once a wealthy trade centre between Europe and the East, is now a mixture of palaces and churches which reflect centuries of history. Getting lost in Venice’s narrow alleys is as much a part of exploring this wonderful city, as is enjoying an expresso or delicious ice cream from a Gelateria on the Piazza San Marco. Enjoy one of the cafes, that offer the rich aroma of fresh coffee, around the 118 connected islands that create the single city of Venice.
Venice – Private Walking Tour
Discover the hidden gems of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Venice on an action-packed private walking tour where you will explore its narrow streets and cross some of the 400 wonderful bridges. Our experienced local guide will enlighten you with stories of local secrets as you visit a variety of iconic sites such as St. Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal and Doge’s Palace. You will also have the opportunity to discover Venice’s rich art scene and admire the beautiful architecture including lavish palaces, churches and towers above the narrow canals and rippling waters of the Venetian Lagoon. The opulent palace of Ca d’Oro offers a perfect example of Venetian Gothic architecture. Finish the afternoon by taking a relaxing gondola ride down the hidden passageways and beneath the arc...
Your driver will collect you from your hotel and drive you to the charming medieval fishing port of Rovinj which competes with Dubrovnik as Croatia’s most photographed destination. You will check in to the 5-star Hotel Lone which is just a 10 minute walk to the centre of the town. Rovinj was originally built on an island but has since been connected to the mainland. Take a stroll through the postcard-pretty cobbled streets and admire the colourful facades of the local buildings. Visit the hilltop church of St Euphemia to view the lofty steeple that dominates the skyline, and the pebble beaches of Lone Bay. Enjoy a traditional local meal whilst admiring the exquisite views. This area is irresistibly photogenic.
Rovinj, Istria (optional wine tasting tour of the Istrian region)
Today is a memorable private tour of the Istria region through the dreamy countryside dotted with traditional villages, that will overwhelm you with their beauty. You will visit the Kozlovic Winery which is hidden in a secret valley and has been founded on the family tradition of four generations of the Kozlovic family. There will be an inspiring guided tour of the wine cellar with a full explanation of the wine production process, as well as a tasting of the delicious Istrian wines. You will discover the charming hilltop medieval fortified villages of Motovun and Groznjan with its vibrant ambience and maze of cobbled streets full local of arts and crafts.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
You will take a private transfer to one of Croatia’s most popular destinations. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the country’s most visited and photographed tourist attractions. This natural beauty spot boasts 16 inter-linked terraced lakes, breathtaking cascading waterfalls and a plethora of gorgeous flora and indigenous fauna. Walk along the pathways and wooden bridges that span the crystal-clear waters of the lakes and enjoy a scenic ride on an electric boat. For a panoramic view of the spectacular landscape scenery, board the train that circumnavigates the paradise park.
A private transfer to the vibrant seaside town of Split. Best known for its imposing UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, Split is Croatia’s second largest city. On arrival, join our private guided tour of the Old Town to discover the popular major highlights of the city, with a brief history lesson on the local historical details. Split is embellished with ancient Roman and medieval architecture that enhances its rich heritage. Spend the evening promenading along the Riva waterfront, hiking to the top of Marjan Hill, or dining on delicious local cuisine in a jovial atmosphere.
Split – Optional trip to Krka National Park and city of Trogir
The medieval island town of Trogir is a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site that features a well- preserved Old Town with many interesting historic architectural structures and landmark buildings. It’s also home to the majestic Kmerlengo Castle and tower, and a wealth of delightful Gothic-Renaissance and Baroque period attractions that date back thousands of years. From the top of the bell tower, of the 13th century Cathedral of St Lawrence, you can enjoy breathtaking views. Bask in the beauty of the Krka Waterfalls National Park where you will explore the pathways and wooden bridges that wind through the natural wonderland. Admire the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, and swim in Roški Slap.
Today we transfer by catamaran to one of Croatia’s most famous and must-see locations – the wonderful island of Hvar. Hvar Town is set against a backdrop of sun-bleached white houses and tranquil turquoise sea and exudes the magical Mediterranean charm of yesteryear. For the best views over the town centre, hike to the top of Fortica Fortress. Explore the island’s maze of meandering streets and the quaint cafes, restaurants and shops selling unique artisan crafts and wonders. Escape to the neighbouring Pakleni islands, or enjoy free evening time relaxing in the welcoming, friendly atmosphere of this jet-set island.
Hvar – Blue Cave & Komiza speedboat, small group tour
Today we visit the magnificent Blue Cave (also known as the Blue Grotto) to discover its unique illumination attraction, a natural phenomenon that can only be accessed by speedboat. The sun’s rays create an atmospheric blue light as they filter through and catch the water. The nearby Green Cave, Monk Cave and Stiniva Cove offer wonderful swimming opportunities and a chance to relax in spectacular natural scenery. Enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating swim in peaceful crystal-clear waters or jump off cliff sides and snorkel to your heart’s content. In the afternoon, we visit the little fishing town of Komiža and sample the freshly caught fish at a popular local beachfront restaurant.
Our final destination is the UNESCO World Heritage site listed Dubrovnik which requires little introduction, affectionately known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, due to its many marble wonders. You will travel by high speed Catamaran from Hvar Island. After arrival at your hotel, join our private guided tour of the Old Town and enjoy a glimpse of the many famous places where the hit TV show Game of Thrones was filmed. The historic medieval city boasts protective defensive walls, majestic palaces and ornate churches. Wherever you look you will discover a unique magical charm and magnificent architecture. You will also take a trip on the Srd Hill cable car to experience breathtaking views of the old town and Elaphiti Islands and can enjoy a delicious meal whilst gazing at the mesmeris...
Dubrovnik (Optional trip to Montenegro)
Explore the iconic sights and wander through the town of Dubrovnik at your leisure and we recommend that you take a stroll along the top of the medieval city walls. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to visit the city of Kotor in neighbouring Montenegro. The UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and was at one time the settlement of the Romans and early Christians. Ancient city walls surrounding the Fortress of Saint Ivan also protect the city of Kotor and stretch out for two miles in total. You will also have an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views around the beautiful Kotor Bay.
Return Transfer to the airport
You will be collected by private transfer from your hotel and driven to Dubrovnik airport after a very memorable experience of two incredible countries.
- Return flights from the UK
- 11 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in 4 or 5 star rated hotels
- Private taxi transfers between all hotels, ports and airports as per the itinerary
- Catamaran transfers as indicated on the itinerary
- Private city walking tours of Venice, Split & Dubrovnik
- Entrance and tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Small-group speedboat tour of the Blue Cave & Komiza
- Cable car ride to the summit of Srd Hill in Dubrovnik
- Flexibility – you can select how many nights you would like to spend in both Pula and Rovinj as this holiday will be tailor-made for you
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