Adriatic Treasures: Croatia to Venice

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Adriatic Treasures: Croatia to Venice



Tour Description:

A necklace of historic cities, sprawling vineyards & gor­geous beaches – along a sun-drenched coastline that's best described in jewels... There's a reason why the Adriatic Coast is a must-go travel destination… 
Find history chronicled in medieval villages, Roman ruins and castle keeps and traditions you can taste at vineyards, markets and bakeries... Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic; Split, nestled against a turquoise sea; Zagreb, a diamond in the rough; Ljubljana, a city of ruby red wine; Istria, bucolic and blessed with garnet soil, emerald valleys and sapphire seas; and Venice, gilded with gemstone palaces, laced with canals and graced with treasures that are nothing less than exquisite... Explore them up close and in depth through cultural experiences equally dazzling.

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Dates & Pricing

Thursday 06 Jun 24 — Tuesday 18 Jun 24Starting at $9,990Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Thursday 13 Jun 24 — Tuesday 25 Jun 24Starting at $9,990Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Check Mark Icon Disclaimer: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and in USD. All promotions are valid for new bookings only, capacity controlled and valid on select dates and departures. Individual Terms and Conditions will apply to all promotions. Any promotion can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please speak with your Pavlus Travel Planner for complete vendor terms and conditions, including eligible tour and cruise dates.


Destination & Sightseeing

A necklace of historic cities, sprawling vineyards & gor­geous beaches – along a sun-drenched coastline that's best described in jewels... There's a reason why the Adriatic Coast is a must-go travel destination…  Find history chronicled in medieval villages, Roman ruins and castle keeps and traditions you can taste at vineyards, markets and bakeries... Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic; Split, nestled against a turquoise sea; Zagreb, a diamond in the rough; Ljubljana, a city of ruby red wine; Istria, bucolic and blessed with garnet soil, emerald valleys and sapphire seas; and Venice, gilded with gemstone palaces, laced with canals and graced with treasures that are nothing less than exquisite... Explore them up close and in depth through cultural experiences equally dazzling.

Highlights
TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS – Unparalleled views abound on scenic drives along the Adriatic Coast of Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro, with visits to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Meet the former Croatian Minister of Tourism in Zagreb for an opportunity to learn firsthand about local current affairs and post war tourism changes
  TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Experience an early opening visit and private electric underground train tour of Postojna Caves in Croatia where a subterranean paradise awaits your discovery
TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Lunch in the Knights' Hall in Trakošćan Castle
Wine and olive oil & tastings at private family-owned farm
Learn all about the art of truffle hunting when you visit a family farm for an opportunity to meet the dogs who hunt truffles and taste the underground treasures with the farm's owners

ITINERARY

Arrive Dubrovnik
Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik. A transfer is included upon your arrival from Dubrovnik Airport to Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik – a historic hotel overlooking the Adriatic Sea, just steps the medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet a lecturer this evening who shares expert insights, past and present, about the country formerly known as Yugoslavia and the places you'll explore on this trip, before joining him for an intimate welcome dinner at a popular restaurant, accompanied by a private performance of traditional Croatian a capella "klapa" singing.

Old Town by land & sea
Rise and shine this morning for a day of cultural delights. Ride a cable car to the top of Srd Hill for dazzling views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding landscapes. Get a closer perspective when you descend for a walking tour through Old Town and visit the Main Square. Dubrovnik's Old Town is completely surrounded by enormous stone walls that date back to the 10th century; view them from the outside on a boat ride along the walls. En route back to your hotel, stop in the village of Gruda to meet an "academic artist" who serves as the keeper of local traditions. During your visit, she will present a step-by-step tutorial on silk making as you are treated to homemade juice and cake typical of this region.

Kotor & Montenegro
Cross the border into neighboring Montenegro and drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor for a walking tour of this historic city (also known today for its large population of cats, a contemporary symbol of the city), and a visit to the Maritime Museum. Continue to the tiny bay-front village of Perast, built by wealthy sea captains during the 17th and 18th centuries. Walk past the town's stone houses to the pier for a sail to the man-made islet of Our Lady of the Rocks, topped by a lone church and steeped in legends. Back on shore, enjoy views of Montenegro's coast on your return trip to Dubrovnik for dinner at your hotel.

Orašac Village, Mostar & Split
Depart for Split this morning, driving through Dalmatian landscapes of seaside villages and farmland to the village of Orašac, founded in 1040. A family-hosted visit to a private farm reveals the time-honored steps of producing olive oil the old-fashioned way and includes a morning snack of fresh cow cheese, home-grown vegetables, warm-from-the-oven bread and wine. Drive to Bosnia for a visit to Mostar and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. Damaged during the 1990s conflict, the Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been rebuilt, as have many of the edifices in the Old Town. A guided walking tour ends with a visit to the Museum of Herzegovina. Late afternoon, drive to Split for a two-night stay.

Meštrovíc's art & Diocletian's Palace in Split
See the acclaimed collection of works by Croatia's premier modern sculptor, Ivan Meštrovíc, at the gallery he built as his private residence. Drive to Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Roman emperor Diocletian as his retirement home between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries using local limestone and Brac marble; the city of Split later grew up around the palace. A walking tour of the vast palace complex includes the palace cellars. The rest of the day is yours to explore Split as you please.

Krka National Park & Fly to Zagreb
Take a scenic drive to Krka National Park to see its spectacular waterfalls and inherent natural beauty. From there, board a boat and sail to Skradin for a visit to ROCA, the House of Dalmatian Smoked Ham, a talk with a farmer and a wedding-style lunch featuring traditional culinary specialties and entertainment. Fly to Zagreb this afternoon for a two-night stay in Croatia's capital city.

Discover Zagreb & meet Croatia's former Tourism Minister
Strategically located at the crossroads where western and eastern Europe meet, Croatia's capital city of Zagreb is a blend of old and new, informed by wars and steeped in culture. Start off your day by meeting Croatia's former Minister of Tourism for a discussion on current affairs before setting out to explore Zagreb on foot, the best way to experience this fascinating city. Join our local guides for a walking tour that includes the neo-Gothic Cathedral, a cheese tasting at the fresh market, the main square and a funicular ride to the Upper Town, where you will have lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the day is free to spend as you please; enjoy dinner at your leisure at your hotel tonight.

Trakošćan Castle & Ljubljana
One of the most impressive castles in Croatia, Trakošćan Castle dates back to the 13th century and reflects myriad architectural styles and restorations over its 800+-year history. Costumed knights and ladies-in-waiting welcome you to the castle for a tour and lunch inside the Knights' Hall, open exclusively for Tauck guests only. Your final destination today is Ljubljana, Slovenia, where your high-rise city-center hotel overlooks the heart of the city. Take a walking tour of Slovenia's capital before enjoying a taste of local culture during dinner at a popular local restaurant.

Tauck Treats at Ljubljana Castle
Ride a funicular up to Ljubljana Castle this morning; savor panoramic city views and tastings of local cookies, teran liqueur and honey. Drive next to a gingerbread-making workshop in a country village to see how these beloved decorated pastries have been made for centuries, with a tasting of course! Lunch is followed by a visit to 1,000 year-old Bled Castle that includes a live printing demonstration, a talk with the cellar master about the castle's famous wines and entrance to the upper courtyard museum to learn about the history of Bled. Return to Ljubljana to spend the rest of the day and evening as you wish.

Postojna Caves & a truffle farm
We've arranged an early morning, Tauck Exclusive, visit to a subterranean world of caverns, halls and passages some two million years in the making when you explore the surprise-filled Postojna Caves from aboard a private electric train and on a guided walk. Then, you're off for an experience at a family-owned truffle farm, where you'll learn about the truffle-hunting process, meet the dogs who sniff out this underground delicacy, and enjoy a tasting followed by a light lunch. Arrive early this evening in Rovijn, located on the west coast of the Istrian Peninsula for a two-night stay.

Pula and dinner at a local tavern
Arrive in Pula, at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula, for a visit to its great amphitheatre, constructed between 27 BC – 68 AD, much of it still standing and used today. Enjoy lunch at your leisure in the fishing village of Rovinj. Late afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the House of Batana, dedicated to the flat-bottomed fishing boat (batana) that symbolizes the town's enduring seafaring traditions. Board a boat for a cruise along the Old Town peninsula to a local tavern for dinner with entertainment.

Explore Venice & the Doge's Palace
Travel from Croatia to Venice, Italy, today, arriving in the "City of Canals" midday for a walking tour and a visit to the Doge's Palace. We invite you to join us this evening for a farewell dinner at your historic hotel, just steps away from Piazza San Marco.

Journey Home
Tour ends: Venice. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Hotel Metropole to Venice's Marco Polo Airport. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.

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