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7 Days / 6 Nights

Tour Overview:
Travel from plunging gorges to soaring mountains. Discover cliff-top fortresses and Riviera-style villages. Taste wines and fresh-pressed olive oils, among countless local specialities. This journey through Italy, Slovenia and Northern Croatia captures the beautiful diversity of these unforgettable countries.

Day 1 - Mestre - Venice - Mestre
Discover the beauty of the world's most famous floating island - Venice. To start, we meet and embark on a walking tour, ticking off the major sites before we launch into our first local experience together - participating in a traditional mask decorating course. Here, we create individual masterpieces with the help of our local guide. With free time to explore before the sun dips below the horizon, we meet for dinner at a local trattoria in Mestre. (D)

Accommodation: Ai Pini

Day 2 - Mestre - Lake Bled - Ljubljana
As we leave Venice this morning it's time to look onwards to the next country, Slovenia. We visit Lake Bled and enjoy a boat ride to a small island on the lake to visit The Church of the Assumption. Afterwards, enjoy free time on the lake followed by a visit to Lake Bled Castle. Evening brings us to Ljubljana to enjoy time to yourself. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Cubo

Day 3 - Ljubljana - Opatija
This morning, we make time for a walking tour of Ljubljana before we carry on to Opatija for a local wine tasting session. This mouthwatering experience allows the chance for you to taste wines of the region. This afternoon, we continue our exploration of Opatija on a walking tour before we retire for the night. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Palace Bellevue

Day 4 - Opatija - Motovun - Rovinj - Opatija
Prepare your tastebuds for an exclusive truffle tasting in Motovun this morning as we meet with a local family and sample one of Istrian's tastiest treasures. Our next stop is Rovinj, where we stroll along historic streets, soaking up the atmosphere of this sleepy coastal village. Wander the labyrinth of cobbled streets before we meet with unique art galleries and the Basilica of St. Euphemia. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Palace Bellevue

DAY 5 - Opatija - Plitvice Lakes
Today we discover one of Croatia's most astounding natural sites: the cascading lakes of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice National Park. Walking trails hug the lakes, allowing us to journey on foot and watch as the water transforms from emerald green to azure blue. To give this beautiful region the justice of a full day's exploration, tonight we stay in a nearby town. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Degenija

Day 6 - Plitvice Lakes - Smiljan - Split
After satisfying our appetite over breakfast, we continue north to the town of Smiljan, the birthplace of Nikola Tesla - a famous inventor. As we continue south we enter central Dalmatia where our local host treats us to a homemade lunch filled with Croatian specialties. Before the sun goes down, we reach Split where the night is yours to enjoy. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Luxe

Day 7 - Split
To make the most out of our day, we meet after breakfast to embark on a walking tour of Split and to explore Diocletian's Palace. Split is known for its thriving cafe culture, with countless coffee spots, bars and restaurants welcoming guests long into the evening. Soak it all up before we meet for a farewell cooking class together just outside Split, making it the perfect spot for a final, farewell lunch. (B,L)

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  2018      
         
  Departure: May - Sep, 2018  
     
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
  Jun 09 $4,035 $4,925 On Request
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Inclusions:
  • 6 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 evening meals (D)
  • Mask decorating experience in Venice
  • Local guides in Venice & Lake Bled
  • Truffle tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Croatian cooking class
  • Entrance included to: St Mark's Basilica, Plitvice Lakes, Nikola Tesla house, Bled Castle, Bled Island & Diocletian's Palace

Exclusions:

  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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