Day 1: Venice
Arrival transfer from airport to hotel. Welcome drink. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant and overnight.
Day 2: Venice and the Lagon Islands
Buffet breakfast. This morning you will join your private English speaking guide to explore the city center of Venice with St. Mark’s Square and view the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Admire the Canal Grande, Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Sights, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Then continue to Doge’s Palace, official residence of the Venetian ruler. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon your tour will continue exploring the beauty of the Venice Lagoon, visiting Murano, the city famous for its glass production, and the colorful city of Burano where you will have the chance to attend to a lace making workshop by an authentical Italian Nonna. Return by private boat to your hotel. Overnight.
Day 3: Gorizia - Postojna - Ljubjana
Buffet breakfast. Morning departure to the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, located at the border with Slovenia. Friuli is one of Italy’s least touristy region, but nevertheless a great destination for the discerning traveler looking for art cities, deliciously wild landscapes and the fascinating Slovenian-Croatian-Austrian Italian cultural mash up. We will reach the town of Gorizia, an oft-shifting border zone throughout much of its history and scene of some of the most bitter fights of WWI’s eastern front, and most recently also an Iron Curtain checkpoint. Walking tour. Lunch in a local restaurant. We will cross the border and arrive in Slovenia, where our next stop will be at Postojna Caves, one of Slovenia’s most notable natural sights. Tour of the the caves by a small cave train. We then continue to Predjama Castle, part of which is pressed next to a 400 feet tall vertical cliff, was originally home of the legendary outcast knight Erasmus. Following the visit continue to Ljubjana. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: B - D
Day 4: Bled Castle - Ginger Bread Museum
Buffet breakfast. Morning walking tour of Ljubjana. You will see all the major sights in Ljubljana including the main square with the Prešeren monument, Franciscan Church and Three Bridges, Congress Square (Park of the Star), the National University Library, Križanke Monastery, the New Square, the Cobbler’s Bridge, the Old Square, just to name a few. Lunch on your own and free time to own discovery. After lunch continue to Lake Bled. Here we will a walk around the lake and taste the ‘kremšnita’ vanilla-custard-and-cream cake, one of the best known Slovenian desserts. Boat ride to the Bled Island and visit the museum at Bled Castle. On the way back to Ljubljana, stop at the famous medieval town Radovljica and visit to Lectar gingerbread museum. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: B - D
Day 5: Socerb Castle - Piran - Saline Nature Park - Opatja
Buffet breakfast. Today we will reach Croatia by driving along the Slovenian coast. First stop for photo at Socerb Castle, which offers marvelous views of the Slovenian coast. Next drive along the coast to reach the Istrian village of Piran, lunch based on typical seafood dishes and some free time to stroll around the medieval streets. Continue through the modern coastal town of Portorožand and reach the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, where we will get acquainted with the rich tradition of sea-salt harvesting in Slovenia. Afterward continue to the remote village of Hrastovlje outside of the city Koper and visit the famous Church of the Holy Trinity. Then snap photos of the acclaimed Gothic fresco, “Dance of Death” (Dance Macabre). Following the visit arrival in Opatja later in the day. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: B - L - D
Day 6: Cruise on Kvarner Bay
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will visit the island of Krk in the Kvarner bay. This beautiful island has been a monument to life and culture for over two thousand years. Explore the most important sights of city Krk, visit small islet Košljun and taste homemade prosciutto, cheese and wine in a unique local tavern in Vrbik. Return to the Optaja. Leisurely walk through the city with your guide. Dinner and overnight. (Boat excursion is subject to weather conditions).
Meals: B - D
Day 7: Lipizza - Trieste - Treviso
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we say goodbye to Slovenia and return to Italy but before crossing the border we stop in Lipizza to visit the Lipizzaner Stud Farm where the famous Lipizzaner horses have been bred since 1580. A local guide will take us on a tour of the farm and give us an insight into the breeding and training of Lipizzaner. Continue to Trieste and stop for lunch on your own followed by a tour of the city. Trieste is an amazing Italian city with a rich historical and cultural background that played a strong role for the economy of the Hapsburg Empire and later Austria Hungarian monarchy. The famous coffee brand Illy is originated from here. Don’t miss the chance to savor a “caffe nero” before strolling the city streets with your guide. Continue to the Miramare Castle, located on the tip of the promontory of Grignano. The castle was built by the Archduke Maximilian of Hapsburg and was the residence of Sissi, Empress of Austria. Its position overlooking the sea, provides wonderful views over the Gulf of Trieste. Continue to Treviso. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: B – D
Day 8: Departure
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Venice airport.
- Welcome drink
- 7 nights in 4* charming hotels
- 15 meals (7 Breakfast, 2 3-course lunch with drinks included 1 3-course dinner in a local restaurant in Venice with drinks included, and 5 3-course dinner at hotel drinks included)
- Tasting of “kremsnita” vanilla -custard and cream cake in Bled
- Tasting of homemade prosciutto, cheese and wine at local tavern in Vrbik
- Tasting of Cafè nero in Trieste
- Boat excursion to island of Krk
- Excursion to Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle with entrance fees included
- Excursion to Bled with visit of Bled Castle with entrance fees included
- Excursion to Scovilje Salina Nature Park with entrance fees included
- Visit to the Lipizzaner Stud farm in Lipizza
- English speaking guide during guided tours (Venice, Trieste)
- Skip the line entrance ticket to Doge’s Palace
- Deluxe AC motor-coach as per itinerary
- Airport transfers
- Porterage in/out at all hotels
- Ignas Tour English speaking tour director throughout the trip
- Headsets throughout the trip
- Tips, City Taxes and everything not listed under “Included features”
Ignas Tour Hotel Collection
- Hotel Bonvecchiati 4* or similar
- Radisson Blue 4* or similar
- Design Hotel Royal 4* or similar
- Villa Corner della Regina 4* or similar
* Price per person sharing a double/twin room:
|Dates||8 guests||16 guests||25 guests|
|01/07/17 - 03/15/17
11/01/17 - 12/20/17
|€ 1599||€ 1259||€ 1109|
|03/15/17 - 04/03/17
10/01/17 - 10/31/17
|€ 1779||€ 1429||€ 1289|
|04/30/17 - 06/30/17
08/30/17 - 09/30/17
|€ 1929||€ 1599||€ 1449|
|Single supplement: € 219|
*The itinerary is on request and rates are subject to the availability of the hotels at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change if travel occur during trade shows, bank holidays or special events and supplements may be applied.