Jewels of the Adriatic Sea: Croatia and Italy Tour

A 16 day trip to Croatia & Italy 
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Croatia is filled with magic, from the stunning scenery of its breathtaking islands to the ancient allure of the Old Towns of Zadar and Dubrovnik. If you’ve ever wished to search for truffles and sail the Adriatic, explore the cities of Dalmatia and revel in the sunset over the Adriatic Sea, this is the journey you’ve been waiting for.

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Sailing is a popular activity in Croatia because of its stunning coastline.
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Motovun, Rovinj, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Vis Island, Brac Island, Dubrovnik, Venice, Pula

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival Venice

Meet your English speaking driver at the Venice airport customs exit holding a welcome board with your name on it to transfer you to Venice.

An English speaking hostess will wait for you for at Venice airport for a private transfer by luxury AC sedan car first and then by motor launch to the hotel in Venice. The hostess will assist you throughout the transfer

As you check in your hotel Londra Palace you will spend the evening at leisure.

What's Included: transfer, accommodation

Day 2: Day at Leisure in Venice

Spend the day at leisure in Venice.

What's Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 3: Venice - Rovinj

Today, after check-out Londra Palace and meet your driver for a transfer to Motovun.

You will find your private motor-launch waiting for you at the boat stop soon out the hotel Londra Palace, for your private transfer to Piazzale Roma.

In Piazzale Roma you will meet your driver for the transfer to Croatia.

Arriving to Motovun in the early afternoon hours, meet your rent-a-car agent for vehicle pick up. Remainder of the afternoon, spend free at leisure exploring the region independently.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, rental car, accommodation

Day 4: Motovun – Livade Truffle hunting - Rovinj

This morning check-out of hotel Kastel Motovun, meet your licensed English speaking guide for a truffle hunting tour in Livade. It is your guide that will be driving your car-rental vehicle, bringing you to Livade meeting point with the truffle hunter.

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 Guiness 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.

After lunch, you will drop off your guide to her vehicle in Motovun. On you way from Motovun to Rovinj, you will be following your guides car all the way to Monte Mulini.

Check-in hotel Monte Mulini. Remainder of the afternoon spend free at leisure.

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

Day 5: Rovinj Day at Leisure

Today, spend the day free at leisure in Rovinj.

What's Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 6: Self-Drive Rovinj - Zadar

This morning, after leisure breakfast, check-out hotel Monte Mulini for your self-drive to Zadar. On your way, you may decide to have a stop in Pula for independent exploration.

Pula situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula is the largest city of Istria County. It has been Istria’s administrative center since ancient Roman times.You may start at the historic center of the city at its most famous landmark, the Pula amphitheater. One of six of the largest surviving Roman amphitheaters in the world, it was once the scene of bloody gladiator fights. Today it is Pula’s main cultural venue and is known for its music and film festivals. From here you may continue walking along the fragments of the ancient city walls. Along the way, you will come to The Hercules Gate.

Today you may want to visit the Church of St. Francis and the Franciscan monastery that is adjacent to it. The Franciscan monastery in Pula, as in other parts of Croatia, is still in function. The church of St. Francis was built in the 13th century along with the monastery and is a fine example of Gothic architecture. It’s most impressive feature is the Rose window that adorns the majestic entrance to the church.

As you descend towards the waterfront, you will come across the Basilica of St. Mary of Formosa. Today all that remains are fragments of the once large basilica of Byzantine design. Off to the side of the Basilica you will see the Arch of the Sergii. Smaller than the Hercules Gate, the arch is distinctly Corinthian in style.

You may also wish to enter the Archaeological Museum of Istria, which contains several exhibits from Neolithic times to the medieval period of objects found in Pula and the surrounding areas.

Arrival Zadar in later afternoon hours.

What's Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 7: Self-drive Zadar – Split

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, check-out of hotel Bastion and store your luggage in the hotel’s luggage room.

Being in Zadar, you most definitely want to explore this city. The small capital of North Dalmatia, with its old town being a good rival to Dubrovnik. A very ancient town, standing on an almost-isle with much of the old town walls still intact. There are many remarkable quarters and monuments just waiting for you to discover. In the Roman quarter you'll find a Forum and the Church of St. Donat, an impressive building built by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine in the 9th century AD.

Sea Organ, Zadar's newest feature a place where human ideas and skills are joined with the energy of the sea, waves, high and low tide, a place of relax, thinking and conversation accompanied by the continual concert of the mystical tones of the “Orchestra of Nature”

“It must be the most beautiful sunset in the world!” mumbled Alfred Hitschcock while sitting on Zadar’s waterfront 43 years ago. Among others, you will visit the church of St. Donatus and “The Gold and Silver” of the City of Zadar.

Afternoon self-drive Zadar – Split airport. At the Split airport, you will drop off the car rental and be met by your driver for a private transfer to Split.

Arriving Split, check-in your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening free at leisure.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 8: Split Half-Day Walking Tour

This morning, your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby for your overview walking tour of Split’s historic district, dominated by the Diocletian’s Palace. The Diocletian Palace is also a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. The city of Split spills over the palace walls and people still live in 17 century old towers and houses; Peristil square with St. Duje’s cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint of Split, is a bustling center of the city. Diocletian’s mausoleum, Jupiter’s Temple, the Vestibul and the Golden Gate are among Split’s best known landmarks. The Diocletian’s underground vaults house an enormous market selling everything from trinkets to flowers, fruit and vegetables, while the waterfront is full of life and charming cafes.

Remainder of the evening spend free at leisure. You may decide to visit city’s hill park Marjan that was used as relaxation are for the citizens as far as from 3rd century. Today, it is recreational area with tennis courts, running trails and beaches.

What's Included: breakfast, walking tour, accommodation

Day 9: Split – Hvar

This morning after, a bit earlier than usual, check-out your hotel and let you be assisted to Split port from where you will catch a ferry bringing you to Hvar island.

After two hour ferry drive you will reach Stari Grad, where you will be awaited by your English speaking driver to transfer you to Hvar town.

Arrival Hvar town; check-in your hotel. As you will have an early arrival, store your luggage in the luggage room and have independent exploration of Hvar Old Town.

Remainder of the day spend free at leisure.

What's Included: breakfast, ferry, transfer, accommodation

Day 10: Hvar Day at Leisure

This morning spend the day at leisure in Hvar.

What's Included: breakfast, accommodation

Overnight hotel Adriana 4*; double room sea view including breakfast

Day 11: Start of the Island Hoping Sailing (private) / Hvar – Vis Island 

NOTE: Approximate duration of sail each day 5 hours. No meals are included

This morning at 10:00 am, meet your skipper at the hotel lobby to assist you with your luggage. You will embark...... 

Today’s coordinates will bring you to Komiza (Vis island).

We arrive during late afternoon in Komiza on the island of Vis, and spend the night there. Vis is the most outerlying larger Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea. Its turbulent history goes back to the time of Neolithics, through the Greek period to the time when Venice was governing the island. After the 2nd WW it was closed to the public, due to it’s use as a military base for the Yugoslav army. After Croatia’s independence, Vis today is an island proud of its limpid waters and protected submarine world, rich with sunken ships and magic marine images that have been hidden for years.

What's Included: overnight on board in Vis

Day 12: Sailing Komiza (Vis island) – Milna (Brac Island)

We stop in one of Milna’s hidden bays for swimming and snorkeling (gear is included), so you can explore the underwater world while taking a break. Milna is a small 16th century village located on the western part of the island of Brac. It is famous for it’s marvelous bay, the birthplace of many of the worlds’ sailing captains and ships of the 18th and 19th century!

What's Included: overnight on board in Milna (Brac island)

Day 13: Milna (Brac Island)

We leave Milna in the morning and sail off to Split. In Split port, you will be awaited by your driver to transfer you privately to Dubrovnik. Arrival Dubrovnik, later this afternoon. Check-in your hotel in Dubrovnik and spend remainder of the afternoon free at leisure.

What's Included: transfer, accommodation

Day 14: Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, meet your guide for a half day private walking tour of Dubrovnik Old City.

You will start at the Ploce Gate (East Gate) which is one of the two extremities of the walled city. As you descend down the stone steps of the fortification you will see the old Harbor Front of the city overlooking the Adriatic and the islands off the coast. As you continue, you will come to Dubrovnik’s Main Square of the Loggia Loza. It is situated at the eastern extremity of the Stradun, which runs through the walled city from East to West. The square is located in the heart of Dubrovnik, and is surrounded by its most important buildings.

You may visit the Church of St. Blaise with its distinctive baroque façade. Next door, you may step into the Rector’s Palace. The Rector was the highest authority in the city and his palace now houses the Museum of Dubrovnik. Over 15,000 works are on display documenting the economic and cultural history of the city.

Today your guide will also take you into the Dubrovnik Cathedral and its treasury famous for its ancient relics including a fragment of the cross on which it is believed that Jesus was crucified.

As you walk down the Stradun, your guide will deviate up a long flight of stairs to take you to the Dominican museum. Housed in the Dominican monastery, this is an absolute must for those interested in the Dubrovnik and Venetian schools of art. There are several paintings dating back to the 16th century including works by Titian.

Remainder of the day spend free at leisure.

What's Included: breakfast, walking tour, accommodation

Day 15: Dubrovnik Day at Leisure

Today, spend the day at leisure in Dubrovnik.

What's Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 16: Dubrovnik Departure

Early this morning, meet your driver at the hotel Bellevue lobby for a private transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

Check-in for your flight onward.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer

Price

Price 

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