Day 2: Mestre - Venice - Bled
Meeting point with tour leader will be at the hotel reception at 10:00am. Departure towards Venice followed by sightseeing of this unique floating city. Enjoy a walking tour with an English speaking guide before returning back to land and continuing towards Slovenia. Dinner and overnight in the Bled area.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Bled - Bohinj - Bled
Enjoy a relaxing tour of glacier Lake Bled, one of the most popular destinations in Slovenia for its picturesque setting. After the Bled Castle boat ride, time will be at leisure on the islands. The terrace of the castle affords wonderful views of the lake and surrounding mountains, on a clear day you can see Slovenia’s highest mountain, Mount Triglav. Our final stop of the day will be the Lake Bohinj, one of the best kept secrets in the area, which will give you an abundance of photo ops, as will the entire day. Overnight on Lake Bled.
Day 4: Bled - Klagenfurt - Wörth Lake - Bled
Today we visit the neighbouring country of Austria, which means this day will offer plenty of views of the Alps, impressive at any time of the year. In the historic county of Carinthia, enjoy a panoramic tour of a popular vacation spot, the 20 km long Lake Wörth. We continue to the charming Klagenfurt, University town with the beautiful Lindworm Fountain dominating the old city square, the Altplatz. After the visit and before returning to Bled, we drive to the shore of Worth Lake for lunch. Overnight stay in Bled.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Bled - Postojna & Predjama Castle - Rovinj
Today we continue our trip towards Croatia and stop at the Postojna Caves. One of the largest underground cave systems in Europe hides wondrous geological creations and is home of the olm. Next destination, Renaissance Predjama Castle situated on a high cliff, tells the 700 year old story of its predecessors and Postojna. Arrival to the enchanting coastal town of Rovinj in the late afternoon. Overnight stay in Rovinj.
Day 6: Rovinj - Istria tour
Our day will start with sightseeing of one of the most romantic towns in Istria, Rovinj. A walk through labyrinths of cobbled streets will lead you through some of the most picturesque streets in Istria and numerous galleries of unique art pieces. At the hilltop, we will visit the dominating Basilica of St. Euphemia and enjoy the stunning panoramic views. Departure towards Livade for a sample of one Istria's tastiest treasures, the truffle. The rest of the day offers a unique sensory experience, olive oil tasting rich in green scent and flavour of various sorts of extra virgin olive at one of the most renowned local producers. Afterwards, visit one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world,the jewel of Pula, a 3000 year old city, the administrative centre of Istria. Overnight stay in Rovinj.
Meals: Breakfast, Tastings
Day 7: Rovinj - Opatija - Lake Bajer - Plitvice Lakes
Travelling from Croatia’s biggest peninsula, we drive through Opatija. You will have time at leisure to enjoy this wonderful little town full of magnificent villas and old hotels and the once famous winter resort of Austrian elite. Take a stroll through Lungomare promenade, visit Angiolina park or simply enjoy a coffee break at Wagner's terrace. After we pass through the Gorski Kotar Region we arrive at a picturesque little place, Fuzine to explore the Vrelo Cave. With everlasting impressions from the green lungs of Croatia, lunch is awaiting us at the heartwarming restaurant Bitoraj with a blend of the traditional, homemade food of the region. Through the lush green scenery, the trip continues to the water empire of Plitvice Lakes. Overnight stay in the Plitvice area.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Plitvice Lakes - Split
After breakfast, let yourself be carried away by the fascinating labyrinth of evergreen woods and lakes interconnected with stunning waterfalls. The UNESCO protected oldest Croatian national park proudly carries the title of one of the world’s most impressive national parks. Our journey continues towards Split for a short evening walk through the UNESCO World Heritage site, the largest city on the Adriatic coast. On our walking tour we explore Diocletian's Palace, built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century, see the Grgur Ninski Statue, the Cathedral and the Bell Tower of St Domnius. Farewell dinner in a typical Dalmatian restaurant - konoba. Overnight stay in Split.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Departure Split
After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. Transfer to Split Airport or your Croatia cruise.
Escorted Package Includes:
- All transfers as per itinerary in modern motorcoach / van with AC
- Tour Manager
- 6 x overnight with breakfast, 2 x overnight with half board (breakfast and dinner) in 4* hotels except in Plitvice area 3* hotel
- 2 x unique gastronomical experience at renowned manufacturers including: truffle tasting and olive oil tasting
- Guided tours of Venice, Bled, Klagenfurt, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes and Split
- Entrances: Venice Vaporetto, Bled boat ride + Bled church, Bled Castle, Postojna Cave and Castle, Vrelo Cave, Plitvice Lakes National Park including boat ride and Amphitheatre Pula
- 2 x lunch in a restaurant (Woerther lake area, Bajer Lake area)
- 1 x farewell dinner
- Optional tours and gratuities
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Anything not listed under inclusions
Hotels (or similar):
- Bled: Hotel Park or similar
- Rovinj: Hotel Eden / Hotel Istra or similar
- Plitvice area: Hotel Plitvice or similar
- Split: Hotel Cornaro / Hotel Radisson Blu or similar
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (kl)