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Lakes & Mediterranean Harmony Escorted Tour: Venice to Split

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,110

This southern Europe tour takes you through some of the continent’s less visited, yet most beautiful areas. Explore the picturesque surrounds of Lake Bled, and journey down the sparkling Dalmatian Coast.


This 8-day escorted trip, staying in three star plus accommodations. Sets out from beautiful Venice, travelling through Slovenia and Croatia to the historic coastal town of Split.

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice, then set out for the Lake Bled region, widely regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful. Tour Lake Bled itself, hopping a boat to the island and Bled Castle, where you can ring the famous wishing bell. Then continue on to lesser known gem, Lake Bohinj. The following day, cross the border into Austria for views of the Alps, exploring the lake regions, as well as the university town of Klagenfurt.

On your way to Croatia, stop in at Postojna Caves, one of the largest underground cave systems in Europe, and Predjama Castle. Over the border, visit a family-run brewery, then enjoy a sightseeing day through the romantic town of Istria-Rovinj. Croatia is not a country of big ticket sights, but rather, those small, personal discoveries that can really define a holiday. Rovinj in particular is a great city for these, including an olive oil tasting, and a visit to its 3000-year-old city centre. Then travel through to Opatija, followed by a boat ride on Lake Bajer. Lunch allows you to sample the unique tastes of Croatia, including smoked deer ham, wild boar salami, breaded frog legs and specialty breads and cheeses.

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s oldest protected national park on your way to Split, a city that dates back to Roman times, and is another UNESCO World Heritage site. A walking tour takes you to Diocletian’s Palace, the Grgur Ninski Statue and the Bell Tower of St Domnius. Then stay overnight, with a farewell dinner, sampling traditional Dalmatian fare before your departure.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,110

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Day 1

Arrival at Mestre

Individual arrival to Hotel Russott in Mestre.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Russott

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    Hotel Russott



    Positioned in strategic position, Russott Hotel Venezia is the ideal solution for who wants to use his car to reach Venice (a 10-minute bus ride away). It is in the new San Giuliano Park, one of the largest in Europe, which offers numerous leisure activities ...

    Positioned in strategic position, Russott Hotel Venezia is the ideal solution for who wants to use his car to reach Venice (a 10-minute bus ride away). It is in the new San Giuliano Park, one of the largest in Europe, which offers numerous leisure activities with trails to jogging, cycling and walking. The bar features regular entertainment and offers aperitifs.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Conference Centre
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Front desk safe
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Multi-lingual Staff

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Day 2

Mestre - Venice - Bled

Meeting point with tour leader at the hotel reception at 10 AM. 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 at Hotel Triglav (or similar).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Triglav

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    Hotel Triglav



    Newly opened in April 2009 after extensive renovations, this 4-star hotel, first opened in 1906, and is only 200 metres from Lake Bled. All rooms and suites are comfortably equipped with many amenities, including air conditioning, and offer beautiful lake views. Enjoy a delicious buffet ...

    Newly opened in April 2009 after extensive renovations, this 4-star hotel, first opened in 1906, and is only 200 metres from Lake Bled. All rooms and suites are comfortably equipped with many amenities, including air conditioning, and offer beautiful lake views. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in the lake-view restaurant or unwind in the indoor pool, Finnish sauna or relaxation and reading room.

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Day 3

Bohinj

Enjoy a relaxing tour of glacier Lake Bled, one of the most popular destinations in Slovenia for it's picturesque setting. After Bled Castle boat ride time 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 abundance of photo ops, as will the entire day. Overnight on Lake Bled at Hotel Triglav (or similar).

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Day 4

Klagenfurt and Worth Lake

Today you will visit the neighbor 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 popular vacation spot, the 20 km long Lake Wörth. You will 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, you will drive to a lunch on the shore of Worth Lake. Overnight in Bled at Hotel Triglav (or similar).

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Day 5

Bled - Postojna and Predjama Castle - Rovinj

Today, you will continue your trip towards Croatia and stop at the Postojna Caves. One of the largest underground caves system 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 years old story of its predecessors and Postojna. Arrival to the enchanting coastal town of Rovinj in the late afternoon. Overnight in Rovinj at the Hotel Eden (or similar).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Eden

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    Hotel Eden



    The Hotel Eden is wedged right between a peninsula covered by a one hundred years old park forest and a quiet cove. The old city centre of Rovinj is just a 20 minute walk away. Covered by the ample shade of the pine forest park, ...

    The Hotel Eden is wedged right between a peninsula covered by a one hundred years old park forest and a quiet cove. The old city centre of Rovinj is just a 20 minute walk away. Covered by the ample shade of the pine forest park, a curved seawater pool is situated only a few steps away from stone and pebble beaches. Explore the flavours of Croatian national cuisine at Burin or savor the sizzle of the Oleander and Lovor Grill. Those on a liquid diet should try the Aperitiv bar.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • ATM
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Child Care
    • Childrens Pool
    • Coffee/Tea in Lobby
    • Elevator
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Outdoor Pool (Seasonal)
    • Sauna
    • Self Parking
    • Tennis

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Day 6

Istriatour

Your day will start with sightseeing 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, you will visit the dominating Basilica of St. Euphemia and enjoy the stunning panorama views. Depart towards Livade for a sample of one the Istrian tastiest treasures, the truffle. The rest of the day offers a unique sensory experience - olive oil tasting rich in green scent and flavor of various sorts of extra virgin olive at one of the most renowned local producers. Afterwards, you will visit one of the best preserved amphitheaters in the world, the jewel of Pula, a 3000-year-old city, administrative center of Istria. Overnight in Rovinj.

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Day 7

Rovinj - Opatija - Lake Bajer - Plitvice Lakes

Travelling from Croatia's biggest peninsula, you will drive through Opatija. You will have time at leisure to enjoy this wonderful little town full of magnificent villas and old hotels, 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 you pass Gorski Kotar Region, you will arrive to a picturesque little place Fuzine to explore the Vrelo Cave. With everlasting impressions from the green lungs of Croatia, lunch is awaiting for you at the heartwarming restaurant Bitoraj, will be the blend of the traditional, home made food of the region. Through the lush green scenery the trip continues to water empire of Plitvice Lakes. Overnight in the Plitvice area at the Hotel Degenija (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Degenija

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    Hotel Degenija



    Degenija Hotel is a recently renovated Rakovica, Croatian accommodation, unique to experience peace and relaxation in an idyllic setting during your Croatian holiday. Close to the towns of Plitvicka Jezera and Korenica, Degenija Hotel is just 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Plitvice Lakes National Park, ...

    Degenija Hotel is a recently renovated Rakovica, Croatian accommodation, unique to experience peace and relaxation in an idyllic setting during your Croatian holiday. Close to the towns of Plitvicka Jezera and Korenica, Degenija Hotel is just 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which draws thousands of visitors each year with its gorgeous walking paths, lakes, and waterfalls. The watermills in the village of Rastoke and the natural beauties in the town of Bihac are also nearby. The Degenija Hotel is surrounded by a large garden and offers gorgeous al fresco dining areas. Featuring a welcoming atmosphere, the in-house cafeteria is the perfect place to relax and surf on the complimentary wireless Internet while enjoying a refreshing drink.

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    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lobby
    • Parking
    • Reception

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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 world's most impressive national parks. Your journey continues towards Split for a short evening walk through the UNESCO World Heritage site, the largest city on the Adriatic coast. On your walking tour, you will explore Diocletian's Palace, built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century and see the Grgur Ninski Statue and will see the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St Domnius. Farewell dinner in a typical Dalmatian restaurant - konoba. Overnight in Split at Hotel Cornaro (or similar).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Cornaro

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    Cornaro



    The Cornaro Hotel is located at the very centre of Split, one of the most beautiful Mediterranean cities. The ancient surroundings and interior elegance are complemented by discreet placement of the latest technology thoughtfully integrated throughout each room bringing guests high-definition television and wireless high-speed ...

    The Cornaro Hotel is located at the very centre of Split, one of the most beautiful Mediterranean cities. The ancient surroundings and interior elegance are complemented by discreet placement of the latest technology thoughtfully integrated throughout each room bringing guests high-definition television and wireless high-speed internet access. It's the combination of personal touch, remarkable people, exceptional city central location and property full of charm that create the Cornaro Hotel experience.

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Day 9

Departure

After the breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. Transfer to Split Airport or your Croatia cruise by Katarina Line.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 28; May 12; Jun 16; Sep 15; Oct 6.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All transfers as per itinerary in modern motor-coach or van with AC
  • Tour manager 
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 unique gastronomical experience at renowned manufacturers including olive oil tasting and beer tasting
  • Local guides in Venice, Bled, Klagenfurt and Split
  • 2 lunches in a restaurant (Woerther lake area, Fuzine-bajer Lake area)
  • 1 farewell dinner 
  • Porterage, and entrance fees (Bled boat ride, Bled city, Postojna Cave and Castle, Bajer Lake boat ride, Plitvice Lakes National Park including boat ride, and the Amphitheatre Pula).

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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