The old world charm of Venice and the Istria Peninsula will sparkle like precious gems during your Italy itinerary along the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Walk in the footsteps of the Roman Empire and in the wake of the Venetian Republic as you delight in a customizable experience of the photogenic woodlands and the crystal clear turquoise of the Adriatic. Ride a gondola along narrow canals and then stroll down the cobbled lanes of a medieval hilltop fortress. Sip wine from a family estate...
Venice – Arrive in Charming Venice and Cruise on the Grand Canal
The grand city of Venice still calls back to the eponymous Republic known for its masquerades and feasts, shimmering glasswork and romantic gondola rides through the canals. The labyrinthine cobbled streets lead to more than 400 arched bridges that connect the nearly 120 small islands that create the cityscape. St. Mark’s Campanile crowns the elegant skyline of the historical city at more than 320 feet tall, shining with a golden weathervane that depicts archangel Gabriel. Your flight will land at Venice Marco Polo Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival.
The city opens along the Grand Canal where millions of wooden plinths help support the famous marble and stone structures found around the lagoon. You will step into a private boat to begin your introduction to the legendary city as the sunlight washes over the two-mile stretch of the Grand Canal, the island’s main highway while vaporettos glide past and speedboats cast whitewater in their wake. Your guide will welcome you aboard and highlight the iconic gondolas as they drift down the narrow canals with private boats moored against the cobbled pathways.
You will pass the Palazzo Corner della Ca’ Grande, which offers a prime example of the city’s architectural aesthetic during the High Renaissance in the 16th century. The structure was designed to impress passersby and visitors with elaborate Ionic columns on the first floor and Corinthian columns on the second story. Your guide will lead you to the private dock that connects to your luxurious hotel after the tour. The splendors of your accommodation will emanate from the preserved historical charm of aristocratic Venice now blended with the modern amenities.
Venice – Discover Architecture and Culture with a Tour and Gondola Ride
Venice – Enjoy Historical Verona on a Full Day Guided Tour
Rovinj – Transfer to Gorgeous Croatia for a Welcoming Tour of Rovinj
Rovinj – Relish Venetian and Roman History in the Croatian Town of Pula
Rovinj – Delight in a Wine and Olive Oil Tour near Groznjan and Momjan
Rovinj – Relax in the Enchanting Beauty of Croatia with a Day at Leisure
Rovinj – Depart for Home
- Experience the quiet drama of the Venetian lagoon with a private gondola ride along the secluded canals
- Witness the gilded adornments of St. Mark’s Basilica, including the remarkable gold altarpiece crested with precious gems
- Discover the chic boutiques, a preserved Roman amphitheater, and the home of Juliet Capulet while touring Verona, Italy
- Wander the cobbled streets of the largest town on the Istrian Peninsula at Pula to find Roman ruins and a 19th-century Austro-Hungarian naval port
- Indulge in the unique customs in the historical center of Rovinj, located on a former island that connects to the mainland
- Visit the small hilltop towns of Groznjan and Momjan that overlook the lush valleys to enjoy the culture and sample the wine and olive oil on a family estate
- Witness the grand palaces of Venice designed to impress visitors from around the globe while on a private cruise on the Grand Canal
- Traverse the elegant seaside promenade of Opatija and dip into the refreshing waters of the Adriatic Sea in secluded coves
The marvels of the Adriatic Sea embody prestigious histories and vibrant culture with opulent palaces and idyllic scenery. Enjoy an immersive 8-day Italy itinerary that will encompass Venice and the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia. Your journey will begin with your arrival at Marco Polo Airport in Venice. Your private transfer will escort you to the docks along the Grand Canal where you will board your boat. Relish a private tour of the waters of the Grand Canal to view the opulent palaces and remarkable bridges that demonstrate the city’s historic prosperity. You will disembark at your hotel then enjoy dinner in the comforts of a gourmet restaurant that will bring your first taste of Venetian cuisine.
Wake the next morning, and your guide will greet you at your hotel and escort you through the fabled beauty of St. Mark’s Square with the golden mosaics of the Basilica and the hidden chambers of the Doge’s Palace. Glide along the narrow and secluded canals of the city on a private gondola tour before indulging in the flavors of the city with a gourmet dinner accompanied by a glass of Prosecco. The following day, you will travel with your guide to the historical center of Verona to discover the ancient Roman artifacts, dramatic castles, and the home of Juliet Capulet from Shakespeare’s tragic love story before returning to Venice for the evening.
The next day, your private transfer will escort you away from the city on the lagoon and across the borders of Slovenia and Croatia to reach the seaside town of Rovinj. Settle into the comforts of your hotel that overlooks the Adriatic before embarking on a walking tour of the historical city center. Travel next to Pula, the largest town on the Istrian Peninsula, to explore the Roman amphitheater and medieval architecture. Explore the peninsula more the following day with a visit to the hilltop town of Groznjan.
Tour the fortress and quiet medieval streets before transferring to Momjan, and then stroll along a vineyard and olive orchard to learn about the history of wine and olive oil in the region. Sample the seductive flavors before returning to Rovinj. The next day will be at your leisure to bask in the beauty of Rovinj or traverse the marvels of the peninsula at your preferred pace. Visit the fishing village of Opatija or visit the castle at Pajin before your vacation concludes with your private transfer there to greet you at your hotel and escort you back to Venice, Italy for your flight home. You could also extend your travel, so find inspiration from our other travelers as their travel reviews for Italy provide more ideas and inspiration.
$2,467 per person (excluding international flights)
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