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From Venice to Dubrovnik Tour

DURATION: 12 days / 11 nights

Join Us through the incredible landscapes of natural diversity and vast historical heritage Private tour of four countries; Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Twelve amazing days along the coast of Adriatic. Discover Venice – the Floating City, Rovinj – the most Romantic city on the Adriatic, Hvar, Šibenik and Split and travel back to the Ancient Roman Empire!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Venice, “the Floating City”
  • Rovinj, romance capital of the Adriatic
  • Motovun, town tour and truffle lunch
  • Pula, for visit,  it’s great Roman amphitheater
  • Visit and tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Šibenik, the oldest Crotian city
  • Split, 1700 years old Diocletian palace
  • Hvar, the sunniest Island in Croatia
  • Dubrovnik “the pearl of the Adriatic”

Day 1

Venice Airport - Venice

Welcome at the Marco Polo Airport in Venice, Italy. Transfer to the Venice Old town, check in to a hotel. After You accommodate, We invite You for a welcome drink with your tour guide where You will get the first impression of the tour. Hotel Overnight stay in Venice.

Day 2

Venice City Tour

After breakfast, You shall meet your guide at the hotel lobby for a Walking tour of Venice. This exceptional city found its place in the Venetian lagoon along the Adriatic shoreline. Built on the group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges, the whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works of art by world’s greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and others. This quite a unique setting got the whole city and its lagoon listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We shall walk to the Piazza San Marco and visit the St. Mark’s Basilica Cathedral that displays some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. We shall continue with our walk and you will get a chance to see the Teatro la Fenice, Scala del Bovolo and walk to the famous Rialto Bridge – the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal. The area of Rialto Bridge holds one of the most lively parts of Venice, the Rialto Market. It is the heartbeat of Venice’s everyday life. There we shall take a walk through its stalls of fruit, vegetables, fish etc. and experience the colorful and vital local life. After the tour with the guide, we invite you to visit Ca’Macana – Possibly the best workshop of traditional venetian masks. Ca’ Macana workshop has produced the world’s best Venetian masks since 1986. The workshop not only offers Venetian masks for sale, but has revitalized the old tradition of Venetian carnival masks by offering a steady stream of new designs while remaining true to the original, authentic techniques for producing Venetian masks. From harlequin to bauta masks, Ca’ Macana – called by some the best mask shop in Venice – is one of the most well-respected and recognized producers of Venice carnival masks in the world. Afternoon You will have a free time at leisure and Hotel overnight in Venice.

Day 3

Venice - Rovinj

After the breakfast, meet your driver ready to take you to Rovinj – the most romantic place on the Adriatic!  The town of Rovinj is the right destination for all of the guests seeking a sentimental atmosphere. After checking in to Your Rovinj hotel, the local guide will take you for a sightseeing tour of this charming town. You will enjoy the charms of one of the most colorful and charming Istrian coastal towns whose beauty lays in its narrow stone-paved alleyways and squares rich in medieval, gothic, renaissance, and baroque buildings. After the tour, You will have a free evening at leisure and Hotel overnight in Rovinj.

Day 4

Rovinj – Motovun – Pula – Rovinj

After breakfast, we’ll take you to discover the continental part of Istria – the green oasis with many hills, vineyards and quiet medieval hilltop towns like. Its landscape is often compared to the one of Tuscany or Provence. On our Istrian tour, we will also try some of the world-known specialties of Istrian cuisine. Our first stop for a day is the medieval hilltop town of Motovun. Its location, overlooking the vast Motovun forest rich in truffles and hillside vineyards, makes it one of the most beautiful and unique Mediterranean old towns. After exploring the stones of an old medieval fortification you will have time for lunch (optional). We can have the opportunity to experience a traditional Istrian truffle lunch. Beyond any doubt, truffles are gastronomical jewels. Their star status amongst the mushrooms they, first of all, owing to their unique, exquisite taste and aroma and the fact that they are so rare and difficult to collect. Also do not forget, throughout the recorded history, truffles have been treasured as a potent aphrodisiac! When one’s family has been in the truffle business for decades, truffle aroma often permeates the house. The kitchen of Mirjana Kotiga is a place where many delicious and adventurous truffle wonders are created, from rich chocolate truffle cakes to fabulous Mirjana ‘s ravioli or truffle strudel, just to mention some of them. After time in Motovun to our next destination for a day, Pula – for visit,  it’s great Roman amphitheater and the interesting old town with 2000 years old history. The City Tour will give you an insight into the rich history of this town. You will learn about Remains of ancient Roman times. We will visit ancient  Amphitheater, then we go past the remains of the Hercules’ temple, to the Catedral, then to Forum Romanum with Augustus Temple, and the City Hall. Returns in  Rovinj and free time at leisure, Overnight stay in Rovinj.

Day 5

Rovinj – Rastoke village - Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast in Hotel, We are continuing our tour and we proceed towards the Plitvice Lakes National Park – which is one of the most known UNESCO World Heritage sites in Croatia. On the way to the lakes, We’ll stop at Rastoke – an idyllic watermill village we often like to call ”the Small Lakes of  Plitvice”. You will see the unique structure of well preserved wooden watermills on the waterfalls of river Slunjcica. The village found its place at the foot of the 19th century Napoleon’s army Magazine (storage) since the area of Rastoke was the eastern border part of Napoleon’s Empire. It has an important autochthonous ecologic and ethnographic legacy.  After the tour of Rastoke to the next destination, Plitvice. In the National Park will walk along the majestic string of sixteen cascaded lakes connected with beautiful waterfalls. The tour of the National Park will take approximately 3 hours. and will include a boat ride over the big lake and a train ride through the parking area at the end.  After the tour, you are going to enjoy a Traditional local lunch in one of the local restaurants. You will enjoy the stunning countryside landscape and local homemade folk-cuisine specialties together with excellent local wines! Following the lunch, Our trip ends in the evening, hotel check-in and overnight stay Plitvice Lakes.

Day 6

Plitvice Lakes - Šibenik town - Farm to table - Split

Following the breakfasts, We are continuing our journey to Split – Our first stop for a day is a city of Šibenik –  the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. Over the centuries it’s been the home to acclaimed inventors, scientists, actors & sportspeople and the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere adds to its overall charm. During the tour, we will visit St Jacob Cathedral, one of a kind monument on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Made of stone exclusively, its unique constructions were both bold and unusual for that time. The cathedral, the Renaissance town hall, the Prince’s castle, the neighboring churches, and palaces – all are a part of a remarkable square, often cited as the most beautiful one in Croatia. After Sibenik, we will take a short drive inland where is the charming rural village of Konjevrate. Where you will discover a small ethnic museum, delicatessen shop, vineyard, olive grove, simply a gastronomic heaven spread out on 3000 square meters. A local man runs a family-run establishment making award-winning prosciutto. He shows & explains the whole process and you’re invited to try your hand at cutting your own slice and complementing it with homemade cheese, bread, season vegetables, and domestic Merlot wine. The combination of a pleasant interior,  culinary specialties makes the meal in this taverna fine surprise, while the variety of other property parts make it the ideal destination for every nature, history and countryside lover. The drive continues to Split is on local roads seeing the charming Dalmatian countryside.

Day 7

Split - Unesco Trogir - Salona ruins - Split

This the day is reserved to explore a 1.700,00-year-old Split town and Diocletian palace – This Private Tour starts in front of the south wall of Diocletian’s Palace where you’ll see the full view of its scale and hear how and why the Diocletian palace was built. You’ll explore the untouched basements, make your way to the central Peristyle square and visit what was originally Diocletian’s mausoleum and is nowadays the second oldest building structure in the world still used as a cathedral. Over 1,700 years old!

Later we will forward to a city of Trogir where we will take you into the past time by retelling the stories and legends of Trogir. Greek, Roman, Venetian history on a small island connected to one, make this one of the most interesting historic oasis on the Adriatic Sea. On the entrance into the St. Lawrence Cathedral, you will see it’s a majestic portal of Radovan, the most significant medieval portal in this part of Europe. After we will come to the Tower of Kamerlengo, which was the Venetian governor’s palace. While strolling through this interesting city which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, this tour will give you the best introduction to its importance and impressive sights. On our return, we will visit the ancient Roman ruins of Salona. Salona dates back to the 2nd century BC and had all the infrastructure of all other Roman towns and reached its peak in the 3rd & 4th centuries AD, due to the fact that it was the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian. You’ll see the defense walls, aqueduct, basilicas, thermal baths, theater, sarcophagi, amphitheater, and more interesting sights. Seeing Salona puts the whole Roman era into perspective.

Day 8

Split - Hvar town - Pakleni Islands - Milna - Split

This day we have a bonus from Us, booking a boat and skipper for a day. This tour starts in Split Marina where you will meet Your skipper and step in into a comfortable boat that will take you to Hvar Town and Pakleni Islands. Our first stop for a day is Milna bay on the island of Brac. Milna is a typical fisherman village known as well as a Sailing paradise. Time for coffee on the beautiful promenade. After a short break, time to leave Milna and transfer to Hvar town. Upon your arrival, our skipper will take you through Hvar’s history covering numerous stories that can only be spoken. Get lost in the rich history of town Hvar. Highlights of the tour are the oldest theatre in Europe, the famous image of “The Last Supper”, work of Matteo Pontonia, located in the Franciscan monastery in Hvar. We recommend taking a 20 min walk to climb up to the fortress Španjola – Fortica, built in the 16th century to defend the town from Turks. From Hvar is very easy to reach with a boat Pakleni islands, just 10 minutes away and we are surrounded by its sandy beaches where you can enjoy in turquoise crystal sea for swimming, snorkeling and rare natural beauties, like the smell of lavender and rosemary bushes. Cocktails, crystal blue sea, and beach parties combine so fine on a hot sunny day. The light is fading fast into the sea so we need to find a good place to best enjoy the sunset. After enjoying all day it is time to return to Split at 6:30 p.m. 

Day 9

Split - Mostar town - Ston town - Dubrovnik

Leaving Split and transfer to Dubrovnik – We are leaving Split and heading South to the town of Mostar – We shall drive along the Konavle valley and following the road of river Neretva –  Our first destination for a day is a city Mostar. Mostar is a town where the East meets the West, the place of mixed cultures and historical sites, including the most famous Old Bridge. A city of stone, historical, political and cultural center of Hercegovina. Mostar is the city of contrasts, wide roads, narrow streets, the traditional Kujundziluk (old bazaar), a city in which the culture and art of the east and west meet. The world-famous Stari Most (Old Bridge) is Mostar’s indisputable visual focus. The bridge’s swooping stone arch was originally built between 1557 and 1566 on the orders of Suleyman the Magnificent and has been entered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List!

On our way to Dubrovnik, Our second stopover will be at little town Ston at the beginning of the Pelješac Peninsula, which is also called the Croatian Empire of Wine.  Ston is famous for the longest stone wall in Europe (5.5 km), salt cultivation farming and oyster growing farms, since Roman times. Ston oysters are acknowledged natural aphrodisiac and made this region world-famous. Here we have an option to set up a boat tour and tasting at the local family-owned farm. Panoramic boat ride on a beautiful wooden boat through the Bay of Mali Ston and presentation of the local man running is an absolute must-do while in Croatia. If you like oysters you will find Yourself in an oyster paradise. After the oyster tour, we have an option to visit a local winery ”Miloš’‘.  The production of grapes and wine in Ponikva on the peninsula of Pelješac has been a Miloš family tradition for many generations. Production is based on the indigenous variety of Plavac Mali. Today, Miloš winery owns 15 hectares of vineyards on some of the highest quality positions of the Pelješac peninsula. Miloš vineyards are situated between the steep cliffs of the Prapratno bay and the village of Ponikva. Miloš winery is specialized in the production of exclusive wine from Plavac Mali variety. They make a selection of grapes based on the position and preparation of the vineyard, the year of the harvest, way the grapes were picked, the weather and clearly the technology in the cellar. This means that every type of wine demands a different procedure. In Miloš winery they make different types of wine: dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, and natural dessert wines. In the family-owned house, we have a presentation and tasting from the owner. We expect to arrive in Dubrovnik in the afternoon. Time at leisure and overnight Stay in Dubrovnik. 

Day 10

Dubrovnik City Tour

After breakfast, you will meet with Your guide at the hotel lobby and start with a Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik ”the pearl of the Adriatic”. Enjoy a pleasant walk in the city center of Dubrovnik, a city called the Pearl of the Adriatic. Each corner of this legendary city is its own unique experience. This memorable tour begins at the monumental Pile Gate, located at the top of Stradun, the splendid main promenade street of the Old Town. Feel free to visit the Franciscan Monastery. A little further is the Cathedral which was built on the ruins of a 12th church. Feel free to climb the stairs to the walls that allow you to walk around the Old town, or take a cable car for a stunning view of the famous red tile roofs and the sea. After the tour, we are taking a car to the Cavtat town and Konavle valley – Konavle is well known as Dubrovnik countryside, a region located in the southeast part of Croatia. This area of farms, vineyards and stone houses, welcome all the hosts who are searching for local tradition or way of life. For sure, food, local cuisine, and wine are the best and fastest way to understand local culture and immerse to local philosophy of life, This tour takes you to the home of a local family in Konavle, their history, tradition, and commitment to the place where they live is something that makes them very proud. After the lunchtime to see Panorama of Dubrovnik – We are taking a car up to the Srđ Fort where we enjoy Panorama above the old town and cup of coffee in the local place to stay – the rest of the day is yours at leisure! Dubrovnik is yours to discover!

Day 11

Dubrovnik - Perast village - Kotor town – Dubrovnik

Morning departure from Dubrovnik, Pick up at the place of your accommodation at 8.00/8.30 am. to start the panoramic drive from Dubrovnik to Montenegro. The drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor Town will take around two hours. Pass through Zupa Dubrovacka and Konavle valleys and enjoy a scenic drive along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Driving around the Bay of Kotor to our first stop for a day, the seaside village of Perast, where you will take a local boat to Our Lady of the Rocks monastery. At the island, we will visit a church and the museum. After the Perast, You ‘ll continue to Kotor town, a medieval seaside walled town famous for its maze of streets and unique history. Within those walls lie labyrinthine marble lanes where churches, shops, bars, and restaurants surprise you on every corner. On your tour of Kotor, You’ll be guided with a local licensed guide through the old town and have all your question’s answered. One of the must-dos, when you visit Kotor, is climbing the city walls to see the bay from above. Starting from the very back of the old town, over 1350 steps lead up the mountain to a fortress at the top. It cost us 8 euro each for access to the steps, but it’s a pretty casual arrangement – The path to the top is a mix of narrow steps and a rubble path, so you’ll need good shoes. It’s much easier to use the steps, but you will need to move aside onto the stony part to let people past. About halfway up, you’ll come to the 16th-century Church of Our Lady of Remedy. This tiny church has a welcomingly-cool interior and plenty of steps to collapse on after the climb. If you carry on up the mountain you’ll reach the fortress of San Giovanni. On the way back refresh Your self with the cold water, cake or beer in a local pub. After lunch, free time at leisure, and returns to Dubrovnik.

Day 12

Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik Airport

Today is the last day of our tour, the departure day. Your guide will drive You to Dubrovnik Airport with a complimentary transfer to the airport. We Wish You a safe journey back home and We hope that You will have a great memory of these days spent with Us!

The tour includes:

  • Complimentary Airport Pick up and Drop off
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle at disposal per program
  • Professional knowledgeable English speaking driver
  • Professional guidance sightseeing of Venice, Rovinj, Pula, Motovun, Plitvice Lakes, Trogir, Split, Hvar, Mostar, Ston, Dubrovnik, Kotor
  • All cost related to vehicle – gas, parking, highway tolls
  • All costs related to the driver 
  • Available Wi-Fi in the vehicle

Kindly note: You can do accommodation by Yourself or we can book a hotel for You!

  • Accommodation in 5 and 4-star hotels, breakfast included 
  • 2 night in Venice, 2 nights Rovinj, 1 night Plitvice Lakes, 3 nights Split, 3 nights Dubrovnik

Activities:

History and culture, Sightseeing, Gastronomy, for individuals, couples, and families

Transportation:

We have a wide selection of vehicles, in order to satisfy all your needs. You will have on disposal one of our comfortable vehicle for the safe and comfortable journey and extra luggage capacity. All of our vehicles are new from 2017., 2018, year, low mileage, providing safe and comfortable journey!

From Venice to Dubrovnik in pictures

Please note that the itinerary can be fully customized according to Your budget, time and preferences!  For instance, the starting point of the tour can be Dubrovnik Airport. Get in touch at info@croatia-private-tours.com for more information’s and price offer! 

Have Questions?

Speak to a journey specialist at +385 99 694 1644 or send us your inquiry