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Dubrovnik to Venice Tour

From €1285pp
Depart From
Tour starts from Dubrovnik
Departure Date
Departures from May to October 2020
9 Nights
Croatia, Italy, Slovenia
From €1285pp
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Enjoy the natural wonders and culinary delights of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.

Discover the rich artistic heritage, incredible natural attractions and acclaimed cuisine of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy on this ten-day small group adventure from Dubrovnik to Venice.

Soak up Split’s stunning ocean views, Dubrovnik's famous walls and wander through the pristine natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Become acquainted with Croatia’s capital Zagreb, explore Ljubljana’s Old City and be romanced and entranced by Venice. Taking in both famous landmarks and lesser-known attractions, this trip is bound to enthral European novices and aficionados alike.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • Split is a haven of relaxation and culture. Unwind with a walk along the waterfront promenade and admire the impressive Diocletian's Palace.
  • Stroll through Plitvice Lakes National Park, marvelling at luminous lakes and waterfalls that appear to have been sketched by an artist.
  • Croatia's amazing array of food specialities mix multiple European influences, and Zagreb harnesses the best of them. Feast on Mediterranean fresh seafood, Italian-influenced antipasti and the crunchy, doughy dessert of fritule.
  • Explore the streets, medieval buildings and restored castle of Ljubljana’s charming Old Town on foot.
  • Romantic Venice is like no other city in the world. Be enamoured with its labyrinth of alleyways and canals, lagoon islands and endless historic attractions.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • Please note that only some of our hotels will have air-conditioning, and is virtually non-existent on public transport.
  • As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart.
  • Rooms can be rather small, especially compared to American or Australian standards, and in most cases bathroom facilities will be shared rather than en-suite. Please note that a single supplement is not available on this trip.

Day 1: Dubrovnik

Dobro Dosli! Welcome to Croatia. The undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik is a beautiful white stone town surrounded entirely by city walls. Although it experienced devastation during the war in the early 1990s, the old town – with its tiled roofs and stone buildings – remains as charming as ever, with extensive restoration to return it to its original splendour.

With the sparkling water of the Adriatic in the background, Dubrovnik is picturesque, full of character, and its old town can easily be covered on foot. After tonight's group meeting, perhaps head out for a walk around Dubrovnik. Later on, possibly enjoy a meal with the group so you can get to know your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Hostel (1 night)

Special Information:  Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm today, and you can arrive at anytime before then – check with reception to confirm the time and place. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the accommodation by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early.

We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.

Day 2: Dubrovnik

Today is free to explore the beaches and scenery of this idyllic coastal city. Take a walk along the city walls of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame, enjoying breath-taking views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Visit Big Onofrio's Fountain, built by architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th-century to supply water to the city. Perhaps check out the Franciscan monastery, home to one of the world's oldest continuously-functioning pharmacies, founded in the 13th-century, or the Sponza and Rector's Palaces, the only Renaissance buildings in the city to survive a devastating earthquake and fire in 1667.

You might like to check out the city's War Photography Museum, or if you have time, take a boat trip to nearby Lokrum Island, where you will find the French-built Fort Royal Castle, a monastery, and a botanical garden that dates back to when the Austrian archduke Maximilian had his holiday home on the island. Otherwise, Banje beach is an ideal spot to relax and savour the Adriatic views.

Accommodation: Hostel (1 night)

Optional Activities:

  • Lokrum Island Boat Trip - HRK150
  • Franciscan Monastery - HRK30
  • War Photography Museum - HRK50
  • City Walls Walk Dubrovnik - HRK150
  • Museum of Croatian War of Independence - Mt Srd - HRK30
  • Game of Thrones Tour - HRK200
  • Rector's Palace - HRK120
  • Church of St. Blaise - Free
  • Srd Hill Hike - Free

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Split

Take a public bus up the coast to Split (approximately 5 hours). If Dubrovnik is considered the heart of Dalmatia, Split is certainly its soul. Situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, it's the second largest city in Croatia.

Enjoy a free afternoon in this stunning seaside town, exploring the historic streets, and make sure you see the World Heritage-listed Diocletian's Palace. Alternatively, for a more in-depth introduction to this fascinating city why not join an optional guided tour with a local guide.

Accommodation: Pension (1 night)

Optional Activities:

  • City Museum - HRK20
  • Marjan Hill Hike - Free
  • Gallery of Fine Arts - HRK40
  • Split Cathedral & Tower - HRK45
  • Diocletian's Palace - HRK42
  • Fish Market - Free
  • Hiking in Mosor with Traditional Dinner - EUR64
  • Cooking Class including Lunch/Dinner - EUR80
  • Ivan Mestrovic Gallery - HRK40
  • Urban Adventures - Dalmatian Wine and Dine - EUR100
  • Urban Adventures - Wars, Warriors and Reforms - EUR35

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Split

Enjoy a free day in Split. At the heart of its atmospheric Old Town is a fascinating city-within-a-city – the remains of a 3rd-century palace built for Roman Emperor Diocletian. Some places might have protected such an impressive complex in a museum, but not enigmatic Split. These ancient walls now house a vibrant mix of shops, cafes, restaurants and houses.

Step back in time strolling its sprawling maze of passageways and courtyards and you’ll also find a 16th-century synagogue and a courtyard often filled with music. If your feet get tired, why not sample Croatia’s fine coffee culture with a frothy kava from a cafe on the Riva waterfront promenade, a prime spot for people watching. In the evening, Split boasts an increasingly bustling nightlife scene.

Accommodation: Pension (1 night)

Day 5: Plitvice Lakes National Park / Zagreb

Today you will visit one of Croatia's most beautiful sites – Plitvice Lakes National Park (approximately 3 hours). The park was given World Heritage status 20 years ago and is 19 hectares of wooded hills that surround 16 stunning turquoise lakes, all connected by a series of waterfalls. The area is populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and some rare bird species, and the thick, primeval forest vegetation of beech trees, fir spruce and white pine adds another element to the park's beauty.

You’ll have free time to explore here or simply follow your leader to see the best spots – all trails in the national park are well marked so it's difficult to get lost, but please follow the national park rules, which your leader will outline to you. A series of wooden walkways pass over the landscape, ensuring that there's as little impact on the park as possible. Look to the canopy for over 120 species of birds, including hawks and owls. After your memorable visit to the lakes, drive to Croatia's capital, Zagreb (approximately 3 hours).

Accommodation: Hostel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Picnic in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Meals Included: Lunch

Special Information: Today will involve a lot of walking, so please make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes.

Day 6: Zagreb

Take a morning orientation walk with your leader who will point out local amenities and attractions you might want to visit along the way, so ask any questions you might have about the city during the walk. The rest of the day is free, so check out both the upper town and the lower town to understand the city's culture.

The tallest building in town is the gothic Zagreb Cathedral, with iconic twin spires that dominate the city's skyline. Ban Jelacic Square is the city's central point, which is surrounded by multiple structures that reflect different periods of Zagreb's past. There is so much to see and do here, the hard thing is deciding what to choose. There are a number of excellent museums to visit including the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships.

Accommodation: Hostel (1 night)

Optional Activities: 

  • Mirogoj Cemetery - Free
  • Zagreb Cathedral - Free
  • Lotrščak Tower - HRK20
  • Museum of Broken Relationships - HRK40
  • The Croatian Museum of Naive Art - HRK25
  • Mimara Museum - HRK40
  • Zagreb City Museum - HRK30
  • Ivan Meštrović Atelier - HRK30
  • Zagreb Funicular - HRK4
  • Urban Adventures - Made in Croatia: Crafts & Cuisine - EUR63
  • Urban Adventures - Wine & Dine - EUR108
  • Urban Adventures- Secrets and Legends of Zagreb - EUR71

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Ljubljana

Travel by train across the Slovenian border and arrive in the cosmopolitan capital (pronounced 'Lyub-Li-Yana') (approximately 3 hours). On arrival into Ljubljana, check in to your accommodation and then head out on a short orientation walk with your leader. The rest of the day is free for you to delve deeper into this beautiful city. Located in the centre of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a city full of style and sophistication, history, monuments, churches, museums and great restaurants.

In your free time, you can wander around the old city centre, renowned for its unique architectural appearance. he Old Town consists of three main squares and Baroque houses, and you can visit the Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and the Dragon Bridge.

Stop at the central Preseren Square, dedicated to the Slovenian romantic poet, France Preseren. With views of the Triple Bridge and Ljubljana Castle on one side, and a magnificent Franciscan church on the other, you’ll feel like you’ve walked right into a scene from a beautiful postcard. Maybe also drop by the open market under the arcade.

Accommodation: Hostel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Ljubljana

Today is a free day to further explore Ljubljana. You have the option of going a day trip to Bled. Gifted with immense natural beauty, Bled ranks among the most beautiful of alpine resorts. Its fairy tale-like scenery which includes a castle, a stunning lake and a picturesque island topped with a church, is a dream to explore. Maybe head to the 11th-century cliff-top Bled Castle.

Take a Pletna boat ride (a wooden, awning-covered boat rowed by a special oarsman) across sparkling Lake Bled to its island, then climb the 99 steps to St Mary's Church. Be sure to seek out the famous Bled cream cake. It isn’t hard to find; nearly every cafe and cake shop in town claims their cream cake is the best. There's also plenty of action for adrenaline junkies: rafting, caving, cycling, canoeing, boating and swimming, to name a few.

Accommodation: Hostel (1 night)

Optional Activities: 

  • Urban Adventures - Ljubljana Bites & Sights - EUR59
  • Bled - Day Trip - EUR15
  • Dragon Bridge - Free
  • Metelkova Neighbourhood - Free
  • Ljubljana Castle and Funicular - EUR10
  • Urban Adventures - Bohemian Slovenia - EUR63
  • Urban Adventures - Socialism and the City - EUR60

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9: Venice

This morning, travel by bus to one of the world's most unique and romantic destinations – Venice (approximately 3.5 hours). Renowned for its canals, Venice is comprised of hundreds of small islands connected by nearly 400 bridges; a watery wonderland of towers, piazzas, canals, churches and gondolas. Rich with artistic masterpieces, modern Venice combines history with contemporary life through food, performance, art and architecture.

Its famous sights – such as the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace (the ruler of Venice), the Piazza San Marco and the evocative Bridge of Sighs – are easily explored by foot. Wander the cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges and you’ll find shops, markets, galleries and churches around every corner.

Don't miss the chance to take a gondola ride through the romantic canals and sample a slice of tiramisu (coffee-soaked sponge cake), the region’s specialty. In the evening, perhaps join your fellow travellers for a final group dinner at a local restaurant and try two other local specialities, fresh lobster and squid ink pasta.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: Venice

Your trip comes to an end today and there are no planned activities. Venice is a charming city with much to do. We recommend staying a few extra days to make the most of your time here. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you, subject to availability. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Optional Activities:

  • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR5
  • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
  • Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR20
  • Venice Traghetto Boat Ride - EUR2
  • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • Urban Adventures - Chicchetti of Venice - EUR80
  • Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR14
  • Urban Adventures - Canal & Aperitivo Experience - EUR113
  • Urban Adventures - Treviso Gourmet Discovery - EUR180
  • Urban Adventures - Sweet Taste of Venice - EUR52

Price is per adult sharing and includes: 

  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Transport: Train, Public bus, Private vehicle
  • Accommodation: Hostel (6 nights), Hotel (1 night), Pension (2 nights)
  • Included activities:
    • Plitvice Lakes National Park
    • Picnic in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Please ask us about adding great value:

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