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Venice, Slovenia and Croatia

The Grand Tour of the Adriatic at your leisure

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Discover the Adriatic with this 15-day trip across three countries by hire car. Starting your adventure in enchanting Venice, the first stage of your trip where you’ll spend 2 nights, you’ll discover the very best of Slovenia, the green heart of Europe, and Croatia, the Mediterranean at its most authentic. You’ll visit cities with special charm like Ljubljana and Dubrovnik; you’ll enjoy the purely Mediterranean atmosphere of cities such as Zagreb, Zadar and Split; and you’ll explore incredible landscapes like Lake Bled and the Triglav and Plitvice National Parks.

Highlights

  • Flights to Venice – the start and finish point of your trip
  • Travel around three countries at your leisure by hire car included in the trip
  • You’ll discover beautiful cities like Venice, Ljubljana, Zadar and Dubrovnik
  • You’ll experience the Mediterranean atmosphere of Split and Pula
  • Combine your trip with nature excursions: Bled and the Triglav National Park and the Plitvice Lakes

Including

  • 14 nights in the chosen accommodation
  • Return flights (tax included)
  • 12 days car rental

Tour suggestion

  • To be able to drive through Slovenia, it is necessary to buy a “vignette” toll sticker, which allows you to travel on motorways and expressways
  • Visit the website of the Venice Tourist Office: www.turismovenezia.it
  • Organise your visits in Slovenia through the website of its Tourist Office: www.slovenia.info
  • And also through the Tourist Office of Croatia: www.croatia.hr

Your itinerary

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Day 1: Flight to Venice.

Arrive at the airport 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight to Venice. Check-in, boarding and flight to Italy. On arrival, you’ll make your own way to your hotel in Venice. Check in and spend the rest of the day beginning to discover this charming city. Night in Venice.

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Day 2: Venice.

You’ll have all day to continue exploring Venice. The city is built in the middle of a lagoon on several islands and is characterised by its canals and bridges. St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica are some of the most outstanding landmarks. Walk, stroll and enjoy every nook and cranny. Few places in the world are as inviting for losing yourself and discovering the sights. And you are sure to visit charming places such as the Rialto Bridge and the market of the same name or the lively Jewish Quarter. Night in Venice.

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Day 3: Venice - Bled/Triglav National Park.

First thing in the morning, pick up your hire car and head off on your trip around the Adriatic. Leaving Italy behind, you’ll head into Slovenia, known as the green heart of Europe. Drive to Kobarid, the site of one of the most important battles of World War I. Continue to the Vršič Pass, which crosses all of the Triglav National Park to the Soca Valley, known as the green river valley and the setting for films such as The Chronicles of Narnia. Night in the Bled area or in Bohinj in the Triglav National Park. (Total journey approx. 280 km).

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Day 4: Triglav National Park.

Spend the day exploring this stunning natural environment. The options are endless: you can go on excursions around the area of Lake Bohinj and visit the mountain lakes and beautiful waterfalls; explore charming villages; take a canoe trip on Lake Bohinj; hire a bike; discover small country churches in impossible places; and take a scenic cable car ride. You can also visit Bled with its picturesque island in the middle of an alpine lake and its famous castle from which you can enjoy some of the best views of the area. Night at your accommodation in Bled or Bohinj.

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Day 5: Bled/Triglav National Park - Skofja Loka - Ljubljana.

Continue your journey through Slovenia until you reach Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Before arriving, stop off in the charming medieval city of Skofja Loka with its charming historical centre. Once in Ljubljana, discover the unique architecture of the city, which is often compared to Prague for the castle overlooking the city, and Vienna, for the elegance of its architecture. It is a very pleasant city to explore on foot: discover the modernist architecture of Jože Plečnik; wander through the backstreets of the old town and along the banks of the river that runs through Ljubljana. Cross its bridges, especially the Triple Bridge, one of the most iconic images of the city. Night in Ljubljana. (Total journey approx. 70 km).

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Day 6: Ljubljana - Zagreb.

Today you arrive in Croatia, the third stage of your trip. Driving to Zagreb, the capital city of the country and the largest city in the Republic of Croatia. The historic centre of Zagreb has a lovely mix of cobbled streets, buildings and churches and modern shops, restaurants and cafés. Stroll along Ilica street, the longest street in the city, take the funicular up to Gornji grad and visit Lotrscak tower, Saint Mark’s church and the huge Kamenita vrata, among others. Overnight stay in Zagreb. Total tour approx. 375 km.

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Day 7: Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes - Zadar.

Set off for Plitvice Lakes early in the morning. Enjoy the wonderful countryside of the Mala Kapela and Pljesivica mountains and their 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. Carry on towards Zadar. Its walled historic quarter is located on a peninsula and is connected to land by a bridge, which is the symbol of the city. There are many different archaeological gems and monuments waiting to be discovered. However, the most noteworthy in Zadar is its beautiful sunset. Accommodation in Zadar. The tour covers around 270 km today.

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Day 8: Zadar - Split.

The tour continues towards one of the most famous cities of the region of Dalmatia. Particularly noteworthy in Split are Diocletian’s Palace, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the cathedral of Saint Domnius, patron saint of the city, and the Republic Square, etc. However, the greatest attraction of the city is its youthful spirit and lively atmosphere. If you’re looking to escape from it all, just go out of the city a little to find Marjan hill, a forestry park where you can enjoy peaceful countryside and wonderful views. Overnight stay in Split. Total tour 160 km.

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Day 9: Split - Dubrovnik.

The next stop on your trip is considered the “Crown Jewel” of the Adriatic. Although the area surrounding Dubrovnik is spectacular, for many it has become too touristic as a city. But don’t let that stop you. Dubrovnik, surrounded by almost 2 km of medieval walls, is a real outdoor museum and was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik. (Total tour approx. 145 km.)

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Day 10: Dubrovnik.

Day spent discovering the former Ragusa. Among its countless monuments are Pile Gate (western entrance to the historic quarter), the Franciscan monastery, Orlando’s column, Sponza Palace, Onofrio’s Fountain and the Rector’s Palace, among others. And if you’re travelling in the summertime, go for a swim on Gradska Plaza beach, very close to the medieval city. You can also drive to Montenegro and visit Kotor, the only fiord in the Mediterranean. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

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Day 11: Dubrovnik - Sibenik and Krka National Park.

On your way north, we suggest you stop in Trogir (around a 3-hour drive from Dubrovnik), one of the most charming cities of the Dalmatian region, before reaching Sibenik. The fortresses of Saint Anne and Saint John are noteworthy at the highest part of the city of Sibenik. Below is the Old Town, with its network of steep, narrow streets. What is well worth a visit here is Krka National Park, where you can enjoy lovely countryside with waterfalls in an incomparable setting. Overnight stay in the Sibenik/Krka area.

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Day 12: Sibenik/Krka - Krvarner Gulf.

Start on your way back to the north of Croatia. On your way you can visit the island of Pag, which is noteworthy for its sharp coastline and its wild coves and beaches, its historic quarter and good food (particularly white wine and sheep’s cheese). Then carry on to Rijeka, one of the most important Mediterranean ports, where you can visit the Stari grad (old city) and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat, one of the most typical sights of the city. Nearby is the residential town of Opatija, site of the former summer homes of the most select European aristocracy. Overnight stay in Rijeka or Opatija. Total tour: approx. 350 Km.

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Day 13: Kvarner Gulf - Istrian Peninsula.

Visit the Istrian Peninsula today, very close to Slovenia and Italy. Pula, the largest city of the peninsula and an old quarter full of history under an imposing Roman amphitheatre, has almost 200 km. of wild coastline. Nearby is Rovinj, a city with special charm and an old fishing village that is now an important tourist centre with a truly Mediterranean atmosphere. Porec, in the heart of the western coast, stands out for its culture and leisure activities, as well as the history told by its old quarter and its coloured houses. Overnight stay in your accommodation in Istria. (Total tour approx. 140 km.)

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Day 14: Istria - Trieste.

Make the most of the morning to discover the treasures of the Istrian Peninsula, either strolling around its pretty towns or having a swim at the beach. Or start your day early discovering the Slovenian coast and some of its Adriatic cities with their magnificent architecture, such as Piran or Koper. On arriving at Trieste, go for a walk around to visit the city. Overnight stay in Trieste. approx. 120 km in total.

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Day 15: Return flight.

Today you have to go back to Venice to take your return flight. Trieste is around 160 km from Venice. Depending on the departure time of your flight, make the most of the last few hours to visit the region. Get to Venice airport in plenty of time so that you can return the car and check in for and board your return flight. Arrival at your city of origin. End of the trip and of our services.



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