Stupendous Slovenia & Croatia
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Dive into culture, connect with locals and explore jaw dropping landscapes. Cruise the waterways of Venice, explore the romantic landscapes of Slovenia and witness natural beauty in Croatia.
Your Holiday Package Includes:
- $1,000 Air credit per person
- 3 Nights accommodation in Venice including breakfast
- Grand Canal Boat Trip in Venice
- 11 Day guided holiday from Zagreb to Dubrovnik
- 10 Nights accommodation in cherry-picked hotels
- 14 Meals, including breakfast daily
- Services of an expert Travel Director
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi
- Private transfers between airport and accommodation throughout
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
***Rate based on twin share for travel 21 April to 4 May 2022. Other dates available, a surcharge may apply.***
***Solo traveler pricing also available.***
A city of marble palaces built atop a lagoon, where roads don’t exist and instead relies on canals and waterways to get about the city.See what’s hiding in the narrow backstreets: neighbourhood churches lined with Veroneses and priceless marbles, convents graced with ethereal Bellinis. Or, at the end of Venice’s signature S-shaped waterway, the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco rest.
Grand Canal Boat Trip
Small Group Venice boat tours provide the ideal sightseeing tours. View the city from a completely different perspective. Escape the hordes of tourists to discover a relaxing and rewarding experience as you glide down the main street of Venice. On our boat tour you'll travel in a luxurious motor-launch, limited to a maximum of 9 participants so that everyone can sit outside to enjoy an intimate experience of the waterways while listening to the detailed commentary of your expert Venice tour guide. In the first part of this tour, cruise down the Grand Canal at a relaxed pace with numerous photo opportunities as your friendly and knowledgeable guide introduce you to the splendid Palaces, Churches, Bridges and other Monumental buildings that line the main waterway of Venice. Learn the history and evolution of the main street of Venice, and be entertained by anecdotes about the famous and infamous people that once lived along this celebrated waterway. In the second part of this marvelous sightseeing tour sit back and enjoy a delightful journey through the minor canals. As you travel through four of the city districts of Venice you'll get a full overview and enjoy picture postcard views of the most romantic parts of the city.
Day 1: Zagreb
Embark on an off-the-beaten track discovery of Croatia. The capital city of Zagreb is your springboard to an enchanting journey through what was once a troubled region and is today a land of diverse cultures and traditions. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive.
Day 2: Bled
Spend the morning exploring Zagreb with a Local Specialist before travelling through romantic landscapes to the lakeside resort town of Bled, where we’ll stay the next two nights.
Day 3: Bled
Today explore this magnificent setting on your terms, but not before a scenic boat ride on Lake Bled's crystal-clear waters to Bled Island to view its Church of the Assumption. This evening, at our Be My Guest experience, savour local Slovenian flavours as you Connect With Locals at a traditional dinner with a local family.
Day 4: Opatija
We leave the beauty of Bled behind for one of Europe’s smallest capitals. Embark on an orientation tour of Ljubljana this morning, admiring its Old Town, bridges and castle. We continue to the seaside resort of Opatija.
Day 5: Opatija
Seaside splendour is on the agenda and you’ll start your day in the coastal city of Pula on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. A visit to the 1st century arena with a Local Specialist will unravel the city's historical role as a strategic location for the Romans, Ostrogoths, Venetians and Allied Forces in World War II. Later, we head to the fishing port of Rovinj, where we wander through the Old Town and witness it's Mediterranean influences. Return to Opatija for some free time. See the statuesque nymph, her hand outstretched to cradle a seagull as a symbol of this region, and admire the belle-époque architecture.
Day 6: Plitvice
The extraordinary natural beauty of Plitvice takes centre stage today as we embark on a guided walking tour with a Local Specialist along the wooden pathways that are suspended over these mesmerising natural landscapes. You’ll enjoy an unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you admire the cascade of spectacular waterfalls and crystal-clear waters reflecting green, grey and blue against the lush landscapes. You’ll feel the special significance of this place, which is undeniably one of Croatia’s most beloved natural treasures and be grateful that through your visit you have helped to preserve it for generations to come. Thoroughly enchanted by the experience, you’ll settle in for your overnight stay at Jezero Hotel, located in the very heart of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a short stop from Kozjak, Plitvice’s largest lake.
Day 7: Split
Today, we visit the walled island of Trogir with a Local Specialist. The stone town is connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges and will delight lovers of art, and Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque architecture. We continue our journey to Split, where we’ll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour and Dive Into Culture when we visit Diocletian's Palace, built for the emperor's retirement. Spend the evening on your own, or join an Optional Experience to enjoy traditional Dalmatian flavours.
Day 8: Split
Delve into centuries of heritage on this free day in Split. Consider a full-day Optional Experience to one of the Dalmatian islands. Ascend the bell tower for magnificent views of the sprawling terracotta roofs and white marble façades that edge on to the Adriatic, or savour the city's delicious gastronomy at cafés tucked away in hidden lanes.
Day 9: Dubrovnik
The impressive walls of Dubrovnik beckon, but not before we stop to admire the extraordinary walled city of Ston, with its dramatic views and laid-back fishing village atmosphere. Dive Into Culture and visit Europe's oldest salt pans where you'll hear how salt has been harvested here since ancient times. We continue to Dubrovnik this evening.
Day 10: Dubrovnik
Tread in the footsteps of Lord Byron and George Bernard Shaw, who were intoxicated by the allure of Dubrovnik. With your Local Specialist, you’ll embark on a Small Group Sightseeing tour past the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries, before spending time on your own. As our journey comes to an end, join your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 11: Dubrovnik
Our time together comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
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Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest suite category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 16 November 2021 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included. Air credit is applicable on airline of choice, subject to availability and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.