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, on a guided walking tour, 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.

Start
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Finish
Venice, Italy
Countries
Croatia,
Italy,
Slovenia
Themes
Explorer
Code
ZMRI
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
129kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Stroll along Split’s scenic waterfront promenade
  • Admire the beautiful lake scenery of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Sample Croatian specialties in Zagreb
  • Amble through Ljubljana’s Old City
  • Encounter the cultural riches of Venice

Itinerary

Welcome to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. 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 ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. As the meeting is in the evening, there won't be too much time to explore afterwards. Perhaps head out for a small walk around Dubrovnik to help find your feet. Later on, possibly enjoy a meal with the group so you can get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2 is free to explore the beaches and scenery of this idyllic coastal city that overlooks the Adriatic. The walled city of Dubrovnik is a great place to discover on foot, with its cobblestone streets, tiled roofs, white washed walls and stone buildings. Stroll down the main street of Stradun that runs straight through the World heritage listed Old Town, with its baroque monuments and gothic buildings. Be sure to check out the 13th-century Franciscan Monastery, which has one of the world's oldest, continuously functioning pharmacies or relax on the pristine Banje beach.

Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive to the welcome meeting in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
On Day 3, take a public bus for about three hours up the coast to Split. Situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, it's the second largest city in Croatia. On arrival, the next two days are free for you to explore this historic setting. Split grew out from Diocletian's Palace and you can almost see it evolving in a multitude of different ways. Some cultures might have made the palace a museum, but the city of Split has always been a dynamic and vibrant place, and the palace houses many businesses and homes. Interact with the locals of Split at Marmontova fish market or the markets just outside of the palace walls. On Day 4, take a day trip out to the island of Brac and visit the town of Supetar. Spend a day exploring this island or simply take it easy, lie on the beach and enjoy the sun with a drink in your hand.
On Day 5, travel by bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park and continue later in the day to Zagreb (approximately five hours of driving in total). Plitvice Lakes National Park is a forested area of waterfalls and blue lakes, which is fed by Bijela and Crna (White and Black) Rivers. Walk around the upper and lower lakes, exploring grottoes, pine trees and search for an abundance of wildlife. A series of wooden walkways pass over the landscape, ensuring that there's as little impact upon the park as possible. Look to the canopy for over 120 species of birds, including hawks and owls. Butterflies hover through the trees and patches of whitebeam, hornbeam and flowering ash transform the park in the autumn.

Leave Plitvice Lakes National Park behind and head to Zagreb, where you'll go on an orientation walk on arrival. Your leader will point out local amenities and attractions you might want to visit along the way, so ask any questions you want to know about the city during the walk. Day 6 is a free day in Zagreb, so check out both the upper town and the lower town to understand the city's culture. There are also a number of museums to explore focusing on art, history and archaeology.

The tallest building in town is the gothic Zagreb Cathedral, with iconic twin spires that can be seen from virtually everywhere in the city. Ban Jelacic Square is the city's central point, which is surrounded by multiple structures that reflect different periods of Zagreb's past. One of the more unusual places you could visit is the Museum of Broken Relationships, which documents the history of failed relationships and unrequited love.
On Day 7, Travel by train for around two and a half hours to Ljubljana (pronounced 'Lyub-Li-Yana'), the cosmopolitan capital of Slovenia. On arrival into Ljubljana, check in to your accommodation and then head out to get to know the city. Located in the centre of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a city full of style and sophistication, history, monuments, churches, museums and great restaurants. There's also plenty of action for adrenaline junkies, from cycling, hiking and skiing, to canyoning, caving and boating.

In your free time you can visit Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Dragon Bridge or the open market under the arcade. Alternatively, there may be time on Day 8 to take a day trip to Bled. With a stunning lake, a castle, a picturesque island church and plenty of outdoor activities, Bled is a great place to explore.
On Day 9, travel by bus to one of the world's most unique cities - Venice (approximately 3.5 hours). A grand city of canals, Venice is built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges. Still rich with artistic masterpieces, modern Venice combines history with contemporary life through food, performance, art and architecture. Enjoy free time to explore. The best way to do this is by foot, taking in all the famous sights - the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace (the ruler of Venice), the Piazza San Marco with its golden Basilica, and of course, the evocative Bridge of Sighs. Wander the cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges.

There are shops, markets, galleries and churches around every corner. Don't miss taking a gondola trip through the romantic canals or sampling a slice of region's desert speciality, tiramisu (coffee-soaked sponge cake). On the final day of the trip, there are no activities planned and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Bus, Ferry, Private vehicle, Public bus, Train
Accommodation
Hostel (6 nights), Hotel (1 night), Pension (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Reviews

Our Dubrovnik to Venice trips score an average of 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.

Split to Venice , June 2015

Split to Venice , June 2015