Highlights of the Adriatic: Venice, Rovinj, Split, Hvar

A 10 day trip to Croatia & Italy 
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Take in the scene of the Piazza San Marco with your morning cup of espresso. Hunt for the world’s foremost culinary delicacy before a delectable three-course lunch. Feast upon Croatian fare as you gaze over of Hvar. From the first glimpse of sunrise to the fading of the stars, you can be sure Italy and Croatia will always enchant you.

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Venice Grand Canal
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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Venice, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, Venice, Livade, Vis Island

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival Venice

Your English speaking hostess will meet you at Marco Polo Airport and she will transfer you to your hotel, by private AC deluxe sedan car first and then private motor launch.

Arrival to hotel Bonvecchiati Palace; check-in.

Remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure.

What's Included: transfer, accommodation

Day 2: Private Tour of Venice

Venice is called La Serenissima, "the most serene," a reference to the majesty, wisdom, and monstrous power of this city that was for centuries the unrivaled mistress of trade between Europe and the Orient and the bulwark of Christendom against the tides of Turkish expansion. "Most serene" could also describe the way lovers of this miraculous city feel when they see it, imperturbably floating on its calm blue lagoon. Built entirely on water by men who defied the sea, Venice is unlike any other town. No matter how many times you've seen it in movies or on TV, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could ever imagine. Its landmarks, the Basilica di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale, seem hardly Italian: delightfully idiosyncratic, they are exotic mixes of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance styles.

Shimmering sunlight and silvery mist soften every perspective here, and you understand how the city became renowned in the Renaissance for its artists' rendering of color. It's full of secrets, inexpressibly romantic, and at times given over entirely to pleasure.

You'll see Venetians going about their daily affairs in vaporetti (water buses), aboard the traghetti (traditional gondola ferries) that carry them across the Grand Canal, in the campi (squares), and along the calli (narrow streets). They are nothing if not skilled—and remarkably tolerant—in dealing with the veritable armies of tourists from all over the world who fill the city's streets for most of the year.

In three hours we can either focus on the most popular places in town such as: St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, and on some other less known places but even of great interest mainly located at Castello district.

We start from St. Mark’s, a large auditorium surrounded by buildings that were the heart of the Republic: the basilica, Palazzo Ducale, the Procuratie and the library. This is the wider open space in Venice and was therefore the appropriate place for the unfolding of the many civil and religious processions, which in time became a real tourist attraction.

We move then to one of the oldest campi in the city, Santa Maria Formosa, where the different buildings around us give us the opportunity to become familiar with the elaborate styles of the Venetian architecture. Arriving at Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, where there is the greatest building in the city, the monastery church of the Dominicans and beside it you can admire the ancient seat of the Scuola di San Marco with its marble facade. We take a break near the house of Marco Polo located before the splendid view of the most famous bridge in Venice, Rialto. Over the bridge we enter into commercial and financial heart of the old Republic, Rialto itself: now understood as a market fruit, vegetables, meat and fish and one of the liveliest parts of town. After the tour, sitting in one of the wine bars in the area, you can relax and enjoy a tasty cicchetto and drinking a good glass of wine.

What's Included: breakfast, walking tour, accommodation

Day 3: Private Transfer Venice - Rovinj

Your English speaking hostess will meet you at the hotel and escort you to Venice harbor San Basilio where you will embark Venezialine catamaran for a cruise to Rovinj.

Late this evening, meet your local assistant at the Rovinj harbor to escort you to Villa Tuttorotto. Villa Tuttorotto check-in. Remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 4: Istria Countryside – Truffle Hunting Demonstration

This morning, after leisure breakfast, meet your licensed English speaking guide for a truffle hunting tour in Livade.
The culinary chefs agree upon one thing only: the truffle should be placed at the very top of the gastronomic delicacies list. And after all, what is a truffle really? Perhaps an odd looking potato-like bulb of highly unpleasant smell, but once you get used to it and its culinary uniqueness, you become a true and eternal admirer. Use the exceptional opportunity of having a private demonstration of truffle hunting. This morning after leisure breakfast, meet your guide and driver and have a transfer to Livade where you will meet the hunter and his dogs.

Village of Livade (Motovun Forest) is one of the most important centers of truffle farming of the world. Today you will have a special demonstration by a local farmer with his sniffer dogs who will explain how the truffles are harvested and being accompanied by Nikola and his dogs you will try your luck in finding truffles as well.

Did you know that a white truffle (Tuber magnatum Pico), of 1.31 kilogram found by Giancarlo Zigante in the River Mirna valley on the 2nd November 1999, is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Today, you will enjoy a 3 course truffle menu at the restaurant Zigante who's owner is the very same founder of the giant truffle Mr. Giancarlo.

Remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, tour, lunch, truffle hunting, accommodation

Day 5: Private Transfer Rovinj – Split; Catamaran Hvar

This morning, meet your driver at the Villa Tuttorotto for a private transfer to Split.

With planned arrival to Split at 16:00 catch your catamaran bringing your directly to Hvar town; approx. arrival 18:05.
Meet your local assistant to walk you to hotel Palace 3*. Hotel Palace check-in.

Remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 6: Group One Day Sailing Tour Hvar island – Vis Island – Hvar Island

We sail from Hvar across the Vis channel to the north shore side of Vis island. Vis is the most outer lying larger Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea. Its turbulent history goes back in the time of Neolithic, through Greek period to the time when Venice was governing the island. After the 2nd WW it was closed for public, because it used to be military base of Yugoslav army... That changed after Croatia got its independence and today Vis island is proud of limpid waters and protected submarine world rich with sunken ships and magic marine images that has been hidden for years.

We will sail to Green Cave and do swimming/snorkeling stop in the cave. After, we will visit one of beautiful bays or lagoons for more relaxing time while enjoying a good company and food, swimming in crystal clear waters. After the lunch we sail back to Hvar town. We return back to Hvar around 6pm.

What's Included: breakfast, full sailing day, picnic lunch on board, accommodation

Day 7: Day at Leisure in Hvar

Spend the day at leisure. You may decide to explore the town independently or enjoy sun and sea on one of the surrounding beaches.

What's Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 8: Private Hvar off-road SUV Tour

This morning meet your driver guide at the hotel lobby and start your full day off-road tour of Hvar island.

There is not one person who hasn’t at least heard of Hvar, if he wasn’t that lucky to have visited Hvar already. Hvar is famous for its well indented coast, clean beaches and plenty of sunshine, untouched nature, lavender odor, olives and wine. This island is also proud to have the highest number of sun hours in Europe 2 700 hours of sunshine a year.

A short drive along a dirt road leads to Malo Grablje, a small village abandoned decades ago. Upon arrival there will be a short walk through that picturesque village founded in the 16th century.

After Malo Grablje you will proceed to Velo Grablje and the next stop is Vidikovac with such a perfect view of the deepest bay on the island. After the short stop the drive continues to the highest peak of the island, Saint Nicholas (626 m). From the highest peak of the island you will have a 360 degree unobstructed view of the island and across to islands of Brac, Korcula and Vis. Below the high point of St.Nicholas on a sloping sunny hillside lies Sveta Nedija, a village surrounded with steep vineyards which are very difficult to tend. It is famous far and wide for the high quality red wine it produces from the plavac grape.

Driving down the hill you will be surprised by the variety of the sun-soaked island paradise of Hvar, accented with vineyard-covered hills, olive groves and undulating fields of rosemary and lavender. Your lunch will be served at a local tavern in abandoned medieval village of Humac. This Tavern with its interior in local style, organic vegetables production and food preparation sends you back to lives of people from Hvar from centuries ago.

Preparation of food in the tavern is traditional. The most interesting is under the bell shaped lid (“peka”) which is covered with live coal. For the lunch you can choose: octopus, lamb, veal or chicken with potatoes as a side dish.
After the lunch we continue along the north coast to Vrboska where we stop at Soline beach for relax and a swim.

As our Hvar Off-Road Tour comes to an end, you will be transferred back to Stari Grad where you will catch a ferry back to Split.

What's Included: breakfast, off-road tour, lunch, transfers, accommodation

Day 9: A Free Day in Venice

Enjoy the day at leisure in Venice. We recommend you take a public boat to the islands of the lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Bonvecchiati Palace hotel staff will happily provide you with the information on the vaporetto which is to be taken and all other information on how to get to the islands.

What's Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 10: Private Venice – Venice airport

It is time to leave Venice and depart for home with memories of a wonderful trip.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer

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