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Go off the beaten track in Northern Italy, Slovenia & Croatia

Join us as we travel the back roads through plunging gorges and soaring mountains; discovering clifftop fortresses and Riviera-style villages; tasting delicious local wines and savouring countless regional specialities along the way.

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DURATION
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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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  • restaurantSelected meals

About this holiday

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Your tour at a glance

This journey through Northern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia captures the beautiful diversity of these three mesmerising countries and is sure to be one to remember.

  • Savour a unique wine tasting experience at the Poli Grappa Museum in Bassano del Grappa
  • Take in the scenery on a traditional pletna boat across Lake Bled in Slovenia
  • Explore the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Inclusions

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  • 9 nights in boutique accommodation
  • 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Experienced Tour Leader and Driver
  • Maximum 18 Passengers

Accommodation

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On your tour you will spend 9 nights in charming boutique accommodation with en-suite bathrooms of 3-star/4-star standard ranging from country inns to town centre hotels.

Travel dates

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Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.

Twin Share from $5,699 per person / Sole use from $6,839 per person

  • Fri 16 Jun - Sun 25 Jun 2023
  • Fri 14 Jul - Sun 23 Jul 2023
  • Fri 15 Sep - Sun 24 Sep 2023

Please call our friendly travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your seat today. Why not extend your stay and see more of Europe? Our friendly Australian team can happily help arrange our flights, accommodation and travel insurance.

Itinerary

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Please note the following itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Day 1 - Venice

Welcome to Venice – the magnificent floating city boasting unparalleled elegance, grandeur and romance. Meet your travel companions and Tour Leader at the hotel, before settling into a delicious welcome meal at a local restaurant. Saluti!

  • Accommodation: Hotel Ca' dei Conti (or similar)
  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Venice - Bassano Del Grappa

After breakfast, we’ll board the mini-coach and set a course for our first stop – Maser, where a wine tasting session at the historic Villa di Maser winery awaits us. Grapes from this ancient winery are grown in 33 hectares of carefully selected, eco-friendly vineyards – and our palettes are sure to appreciate the care and attention placed in each bottle. Then: onwards to Bassano del Grappa, a historic town that’s famous for its 13th century Ponte Vecchio. After getting better acquainted on an orientation tour, we’ll enjoy some free time for lunch. Later, we’ll pay a visit to the Poli Grappa Museum – where we’ll learn about the history of the local tipple and enjoy a tasting, of course! This evening will be ours to explore Bassano Del Grappa at our own pace or put our feet up back at the hotel.

  • Accommodation: Belvedere Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Bassano Del Grappa - Rovereto - Bassano Del Grappa

Today we’ll delve into Rovereto’s fascinating history on a locally guided walking tour. As we go, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the imposing Rovereto Castle, Italian Historical War Museum and the Bell of the Fallen – which commemorates those who fell in the Great War in Trentino. Cast with the bronze of all nations who participated in World War I, it’s 100 tolls at dusk are a testimony to world peace. Following our tour, we’ll enjoy a sumptuous included lunch at a local restaurant – before returning to Bassano Del Grappa for an evening spent at our leisure.

  • Accommodation: Belvedere Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Bassano Del Grappa - Belluno - Lake Bled

Before we bid farewell to Italy, we’ll make one more stop in picturesque Belluno. A historic old town with breathtaking views and Renaissance-era buildings – we’ll enjoy an orientation tour with our Tour Leader before lunching at our leisure. Then: we’ll cross the border into spectacular Slovenia. Enjoy the scenic back roads as we travel to the enchanting Lake Bled region – our home for the next two nights. This evening, we’ll be free to spend some time relaxing before tomorrow’s trip to the iconic lake.

  • Accommodation: Triglav Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Lake Bled

First on today’s agenda: we’ll enjoy a guided tour of mesmerising Bled Castle. One of the oldest castles in Slovenia, our guide will educate us on the fascinating history and let us in on a few secrets, before we settle down to an included lunch in the castle restaurant. This afternoon we’ll take to the water for a locally-crafted pletna boat ride to the small island in the centre of Lake Bled – where we’ll visit the Baroque Church of the Assumption. Upon returning to the mainland, we’ll savour an afternoon spent at our leisure or dining at our hand-picked accommodation’s restaurant.

  • Accommodation: Triglav Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6 - Lake Bled - Ljubljana - Postojna Cave - Rovinj

This morning we’ll bid a fond farewell to Lake Bled and continue our journey to Slovenia’s capital: Ljubljana. Here, we’ll learn more about the city’s major sights on a locally guided walking tour and take the funicular up to the famous castle for incredible views over this enchanting city. Then: we’ll have the opportunity to visit the impressive Postojna Cave and take an unforgettable train ride through the mesmerising subterranean system. We’ll round up our day in the quaint seaside town of Rovinj – where the evening will be free for us to leisurely explore the narrow, cobbled streets in search of a local restaurant for dinner.

  • Accommodation: The Melegran (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Rovinj

Today, we’ll have a full day to explore Rovinj at our own pace. Whilst you’re here, we recommend paying a visit to the Church of St Euphemia – the largest Baroque building in Istria with spectacular views over the city. Enjoy wandering through the winding cobbled streets and picturesque squares of Old Town, before stopping for a refreshing drink at a harbourside cafe. This evening, a unique culinary experience awaits at a local restaurant.

  • Accommodation: The Melegran (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - Rovinj - Opatija - Rastoke - Plitvice Lakes

Today’s first stop will be the chic coastal town of Opatija – where we’ll have some free time to wander at our own pace and enjoy coffee at a local cafe. Then: we’ll continue on to the charming village of Rastoke – which is known for its many beautiful waterfalls and 18th-century mills. After paying a visit to a local mill, we’ll arrive at our final destination: the stunning Plitvice Lakes region. This evening we’ll be free to relax at our hotel and enjoy the excellent restaurant at our leisure.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Fenomen (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Plitvice Lakes - Smiljan - Zadar

A tour highlight is on the agenda this morning! After breakfast, we’ll visit one of Croatia’s most astounding natural sites: the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Here, we'll explore the walking trails that hug the lakes – and watch as the water transforms from emerald green to azure blue. Once we’ve finished exploring, we’ll continue north to the village of Smiljan – the birthplace of famous inventor Nikola Tesla. Here, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the Tesla House Museum before moving on to the coastal city of Zadar. Tonight, we’ll look back on our incredible adventure and clink glasses over a delicious farewell dinner.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Kolovare (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10 - Zadar - Split

The tour may be coming to an end, but we have a few historical treasures to uncover before we say our goodbyes. Our Tour Leader will show us around the ancient Roman and Venetian ruins within Old Town, as well as the grand 12th-century St Anastasia’s Cathedral – before we board the mini-coach one final time to reach our final destination. Upon arrival in Split, our tour will come to a close.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Questions

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Where do I meet my Tour Leader upon arrival? Your Tour Leader will usually meet you in the arrival hotel’s reception area at the tour’s listed start time. If you can’t see your Tour Leader, look out for any notices posted in the lobby or ask a member of the hotel staff.

Do you provide airport transfers? For Europe and UK tours, airport transfers are not included in your tour price – however, we can book transfers for you as an additional service.

How much luggage can I bring? As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited. Each guest may bring one piece of main luggage of a standard size of no more than 158cm (when the length, width and height is added together) and weighing no more than 20kg. You may also bring one small carry-on bag per person. If you have more luggage, please make arrangements to store it prior to joining the tour. We are unable to carry extra luggage on the mini-coach.

What clothes should I bring? A suggested packing list will be provided in your pre-departure information. We suggest packing for variable weather conditions. We also suggest a pair of good shoes for walking tours.

What level of mobility do I need?: You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate mobility scooter or wheelchair users. If you have any medical issues, please declare them to us in advance of your tour. If you are in any doubt as to whether our tours are suitable for you, please check with us.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

  • $200 per person deposit due within 7 days of booking, full payment required 60 days prior to departure.
  • Deposit is non refundable but will be issued as a credit to use within 1 year of cancellation. Further cancellation fees within 60 days of travel.