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Northern Italy, Slovenia & Croatia

3 countries23 cities
7 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Ethno house, Plitvice Lakes
Taste the 'Good Life' on a stunning journey through northern Italy and the beautiful Italian and Slovenian Alps. Relax in the Lake District, taste your way through Parma, Modena and Bologna, enjoy the romance of Venice and marvel at the Dolomites. Experience the beauty of Lake Bled and Plitvice Lakes then enjoy a 7-night cruise down the sun-drenched Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik.A feast for the sensesWe travel north from Milan to beautiful Lago Maggiore, the perfect place to relax and admire the idyllic settings of the famous Lake District. In Parma, enjoy the Parmesan Cheese and prosciutto and then sample the region's famous balsamic vinegar in Modena. Try the local tortellini and taste your way through the Gelato Museum in Bologna. Through the medieval city of Ferrara, we make our way to ever-romantic Venice to discover its hidden piazzas, lane and waterways and enjoy the old-world charm.Alpine AdventureIn the northern Italian Alps we'll enjoy some of the most interesting mountain scenery in the world, characterised by craggy peaks, and discover some of the area's unique war history. We cross the border into Slovenia to the picturesque alpine town of Bled. Taste locally produced cheeses, tour the castle and enjoy the forest setting.The sparkling AdriaticWe venture east into Croatia and stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, a series of 16 terraced lakes and falls renowned for their azure, green and blue colouring. In Zadar board a deluxe yacht for a 7-night cruise down the picturesque Dalmatian coast, taking in the towns and islands of Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 7-night cruise on board M/S Karizma or M/S Adriatic Queen deluxe yacht
  • Tipping Made Easy, $430pp pre-paid
  • Port taxes of $135pp (subject to change)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 12 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in Ethno houses, Plitvice Lakes
  • 7-night Adriatic cruise, shore excursions are included daily
  • 21 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (excluding cruising)
  • English-speaking locally based cruise director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

La Dolce Vita

  • Take a guided tour of idyllic Lago Maggiore, visiting some of the islets on the lake.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Como, taking in its many churches, museums, parks and palaces, and ride the funicular railway to enjoy the views from high above the picturesque city.
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Como to the beautiful town of Bellagio. Ride the gentle waves as our cruise give us the perfect viewing point to admire the charming villas adorning the shore.
  • Taste some of the local delicacies in Parma, best known as the home of Parmesan cheese and prosciutto.
  • Explore Modena and its medieval centre, now filled with bustling piazzas, market stalls and a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral.
  • Taste some of the balsamic vinegar for which the Modena region is famous.
  • Take a walking food tour of the city of Bologna, famous for its culinary delights and characterised by its red-brick palazzi, towers and lengthy porticoes.
  • Visit the Gelato Museum - with a tasting so you can pick your favourite!
  • Stop in the medieval city of Ferrara, one of Italy's hidden treasures.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Venice, the most alluring city in the world, showcasing St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica, Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • See magic in the hands of a master craftsman at a Glass Blowing Factory as they create a piece of art work before your very eyes.
  • Take a chairlift to enjoy a beautiful view of the Dolomites and explore the 5 Torri Open-Air War Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.
  • Discover stunning Lake Misurina on a walking tour with your guide and enjoy the healing properties of the mountain air.

Slovenia, the land of pristine landscapes and friendly faces

  • Be mesmerised by the mountain resort of Bled. With its emerald green lake, iconic fairy-tale church steeple perched atop the tiny rock at the middle of the lake and its medieval castle clinging to a cliff top, this is truly a magical place to behold.
  • Indulge in tasting of the locally produced cheeses at the Alpine Dairy Farming Museum.
  • Marvel at the two million year old stalagmite and stalactite formations at the Postojna Caves, a series of caverns, halls and passages some 20km long and hallowed out by the Pivka River.
  • Visit the well preserved and pretty capital city of Ljubljana and admire its dazzling hilltop castle, emerald green river, al fresco cafes on the banks of the promenade, youthful vibrancy and cultural creativity.

Beauty, culture and ancient architecture await in Croatia

  • Stop in the fascinating city of Zagreb and admire its old world graciousness, lively energy and friendly locals.
  • Discover the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park as your guided walking tour showcases its magnificent turquoise lakes, waterfalls and cascades.
  • Be guided on an extended walk of the spectacular Plitvice Lakes.

Cruise Croatia's sparkling Adriatic coastline

  • Take a walking tour of Zadar. Admire the old walls built in the 16th century and the largest cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia.
  • Spend the evening in Sali, a quaint town on the island of Dugi otok.
  • Explore stunning Kornati National Park with more than 140 islets, numerous coves and crystal-clear water.
  • See the magnificent waterfalls in Krka.
  • Enjoy some time at leisure in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Trogir.
  • In Split take a walking of the historic inner city and see one of the world's most impressive Roman Monumenta, the Diocletian's Palace.
  • Cruise to Bol on Brac Island, said to have the best beach in Croatia - the Golden Horn.
  • Discover Hvar on a sightseeing tour including the first public theatre in Europe, the Franciscan Monastery and other historic sights.
  • Take a walking tour through the charming town of Korcula and visit the Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark.
  • Explore the beautiful Great and Small Lakes in Mljet National Park.
  • Be rewarded with views of the shimmering Adriatic Ocean, beautiful marble streets and baroque buildings as you walk along the ancient city walls of medieval Dubrovnik.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
25
Price From
AUD $13,345
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
26 Apr 201920 May 2019Limited SeatsAUD $12,530
10 May 201903 Jun 2019Limited SeatsAUD $12,530
24 May 201917 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $12,530 
07 Jun 201901 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $12,730 
21 Jun 201915 Jul 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $12,730
12 Jul 201905 Aug 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $12,730
26 Jul 201919 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $12,730
09 Aug 201902 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $12,730
23 Aug 201916 Sep 2019Limited SeatsAUD $12,730
06 Sep 201930 Sep 2019Fully BookedAUD $12,530 
27 Sep 201921 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $12,530
ItineraryExpand
Northern Italy, Slovenia & Croatia

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Milan - Lago Maggiore

Welcome to northern Italy! After arriving in Milan, we transfer to Lago Maggiore in the beautiful Lake District. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Lago Maggiore

Spend a perfect day discovering this stunning location. Visit the islands and enjoy the views looking out over the brilliant blue lake, dotted with tiny, flower-filled islets. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Lake Como Excursion

Enjoy a walking tour of beautiful Lake Como today. Here we ride the funicular railway to enjoy the views from high above the picturesque city. We then take a scenic cruise on Lake Como to the beautiful town of Bellagio, enjoy the views and admire the charming villas adorning the shore. [B]

Day 5. Lago Maggiore - Bologna

On our way to Bologna we stop in the town of Parma, the birthplace of parmesan cheese and prosciutto. We'll enjoy a tasting and sightseeing tour before continuing to Modena. We'll taste some of the balsamic vinegar for which the area is famous. [B]

Day 6. Bologna

Characterised by its red-brick palazzi and lengthy porticos, the city of Bologna is also famous for its cuisine. We'll discover the sights, and tastes, on a walking food tour. [B,L]

Special Experience: We'll also enjoy a visit to the Gelato Museum dedicated to the history of artisan gelato, with tastings of course!

Day 7. Bologna - Venice

Today we make our way to ever-romantic Venice, stopping along the way in the medieval city of Ferrara, one of Italy's hidden treasures best known for its Renaissance buildings. [B]

Day 8. Venice

A place like no other, a day exploring Venice will leave lasting memories. Today's highlights include Piazza San Marco and the Basilica. We'll also witness magic in the hands of a master craftsman at a traditional glass blowing factory. [B]

Day 9. Venice - Dolomites

Enjoy the views as we make our way to the Dolomites in the northern Italian Alps, also known as the 'fossil archipelago'. [B]

Day 10. Dolomites

Special Experience: Today we'll make our way up the mountains to the open-air Museum of the 5 Torri, which bears the scars of WWI battles fought between the Italians and the Austro-Hungarians. [B]

Optional Walking Discovery: Discover stunning Lake Misurina on a walking tour with your guide and enjoy the healing properties of the mountain air. Learn more

Please note: Due to fluctuating weather conditions, our sightseeing today is subject to change.

Day 11. Dolomites - Lake Bled

We cross the border this morning and make our way to the picturesque town of Bled, in the heart of the Slovenian Alps. [B]

Day 12. Lake Bled

The region around Bled is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Here we enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour including a visit to Bled Castle. [B]

Special Experience: We'll visit the Alpine Dairy Farming Museum and taste some of the locally produced cheeses.

Day 13. Postojna & Ljubljana Excursion

Today we explore the incredible Postojna Caves, with more than 20km of passages, galleries and chambers. We'll also stop in the leafy capital of Ljubljana for a sightseeing tour. [B]

Day 14. Lake Bled - Plitvice Lakes NP

This morning we cross the border and stop in Zagreb, the Croatian capital. We'll take a morning sightseeing tour of this fascinating city. After lunch, we travel to stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. These 16 terraced lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey and blue. [B,D]

Special Experience: Stay overnight within Plitvice Lakes National Park, and only 400m from the highest waterfall.

Day 15. Plitvice Lakes NP

This morning we explore the spectacular lower lake section on a guided walking tour that will showcase its magnificent turquoise lakes, waterfalls and cascades.

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not discover more of this natural phenomenon on an extended walk with your guide? Learn more

Or - spend the afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the tranquility. [B,D]

Day 16. Plitvice Lakes NP - Zadar

Embark Cruise: After breakfast we transfer to the port of Zadar to board our deluxe yacht for a cruise along the picturesque Dalmatian coast. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner on board the ship. [B,D]

Day 17. Cruising: Zadar - Sali

Zadar's Old Town centre is perfect for exploring on foot. Discover its 16th century relics on a walking tour this morning. After lunch we set sail for Sali. This evening is at your leisure. [B,L]

Day 18. Cruising: Sali - Sibenik

Explore the coast's beautiful national parks today. Visit Kornati this morning, home to more than 140 islets with numerous coves and crystal-clear waters, and discover magnificent Krka Falls this afternoon. This evening is at your leisure. [B,L]

Day 19. Cruising: Sibenik - Trogir - Split

After a morning sailing we visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Trogir before continuing to stunning Split. Here we'll take a walking tour of the historic city centre. This evening is at leisure for you to explore. [B,L]

Day 20. Cruising: Split - Bol - Hvar

This morning we anchor in Bol, said to have the best beach in Croatia - the Golden Horn. We continue to the beautiful island of Hvar this afternoon. We'll enjoy a sightseeing tour to see Europe's first public theatre and the Franciscan Monastery. This evening is at your leisure. [B,L]

Day 21. Cruising: Hvar - Korcula - Mljet

We arrive in Korcula in the early afternoon and enjoy a walking tour of its character-filled cobbled streets. Later we sail to the lovely island of Mljet and tour the Great and Small Lakes in the national park. Enjoy a captain's dinner tonight. [B,L,D]

Day 22. Cruising: Mljet - Dubrovnik

We sail into Dubrovnik, the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. Our sightseeing will include the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and Sponza Palace. [B,L]

Day 23. Depart Dubrovnik

Disembark Cruise: We disembark and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 24. In Transit
Day 25. Arrive Australia