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Northern Italy, Slovenia & Croatia

Taste the ‘good life’ in northern Italy and breathe the pristine air of the beautiful Italian and Slovenian Alps. Relax in the Italian Lake District, taste the cuisine of Parma, Modena and Bologna and feel the romance of Venice. Experience the beauty of Lake Bled and Plitvice Lakes before a 7-night cruise down the sun-drenched Dalmatian coast.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 Split board a yacht for a 7-night cruise down the picturesque Dalmatian coast, taking in the towns and islands of Trogir, Bol, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Mijet, Šipanska Luka 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 Adriatic cruise
  • Tipping Made Easy, $250pp pre-paid 
  • Port taxes, $70pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 13 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 2 nights in Ethno houses, Plitvice Lakes
  • 7 nights in a standard cabin on board an Adriatic cruise
  • 22 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and captain's dinner

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 sightseeing tour of the world's capital for fashion and design, Milan.
  • 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.
  • Taste some of the balsamic vinegar for which the Modena region is famous.
  • Explore Modena and its medieval centre, now filled with bustling piazzas, market stalls and a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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. 
  • Enjoy a city tour and an evening at leisure in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Trogir.
  • Cruise to Bol on Brac Island, said to have the best beach in Croatia - the Golden Horn.
  • Take a sightseeing tour on the island of Hvar, renowned for its lavender fields and eternal sun. 
  • Enjoy a morning cruise to Bisevo island, home to a striking blue cave.
  • Enjoy a free evening to explore the captivating island of Vis.
  • Take a walking tour through the charming town of Korčula.
  • 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.

Please Note: The Adriatic cruise featured within this tour is not privately chartered by Bunnik Tours, and as such, you may also be travelling with other passengers on board and during shore excursions.

Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
26
Price From
AUD $12,895
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
23 Apr 202018 May 2020AvailableAUD $12,245
07 May 202001 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $12,245
21 May 202015 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $12,445
04 Jun 202029 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $12,545
18 Jun 202013 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $12,345
02 Jul 202027 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $12,245
16 Jul 202010 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $12,345
30 Jul 202024 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $12,345
13 Aug 202007 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $12,345
27 Aug 202021 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $12,345
10 Sep 202005 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $12,645
24 Sep 202019 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $12,445
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Northern Italy, Slovenia & Croatia

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

Please Note: 30 July 2020 departure will be spending 3 nights in Ljubljana, instead of Lake Bled.

Please note: Due to fluctuating weather conditions, our sightseeing on day 11 is subject to change.

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Milan

Welcome to Milan! The world's capital for fashion and design. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Milan - Lago Maggiore

Discover the glamorous city of Milan today on a sightseeing tour. We’ll admire the intricate Duomo, Sforzesco Castle and visit the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery. Next we travel to Lago Maggiore in the beautiful Lake District. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. 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. [B]

Day 5. 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'll take a scenic cruise on Lake Como to the beautiful town of Bellagio, enjoying the views of the charming villas adorning the shore. [B]

Day 6. 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 where we will taste some of the balsamic vinegar for which the area is famous. [B]

Day 7. Bologna

Characterised by its red-brick palazzi and lengthy portics, 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 8. Bologna - Venice

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

Day 9. Venice

A place like no other, a day exploring Venice will leave lasting memories. Today’s highlights include Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, Piombi Prison and the Basilica. The afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure. [B]

Day 10. Venice - Dolomites

Enjoy the views as we make our way to the Dolomites in the northern Italian Alps, also known as the 'fossil archipelago'. Enjoy some free time here to explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 11. 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 and enjoy the healing properties of the mountain air. Learn more

Day 12. Dolomites - Lake Bled

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

Day 13. 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 14. Postojna & Ljubljana Excursion

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

Day 15. Lake Bled - Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes National Park

This morning we cross the border and stop in Zagreb, the Croatian capital, and take a 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 greens to steely greys and blues. [B,D]

Special Experience: Stay overnight inside the national park, and only 400 metres from the highest waterfall.

Day 16. Plitvice Lakes National Park

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. [B,D]

Day 17. Plitvice Lakes National Park - Split

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

Day 18. Cruising: Split - Trogir

Today we'll take a city tour of Split, where we walk through Diocletian's Palace before sailing to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Trogir where we’ll discover this historic city centre on a walking tour. This evening is at leisure for you to explore. [B,L]

Day 19. Cruising: Trogir - 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 20. Cruising: Hvar - Vis

We set sail for the beautiful island of Bisevo to explore its famous cave, known for having a striking blue glow. We continue sailing to our final port for the day, Vis. Enjoy time at leisure in this jewel among the Adriatic islands. [B,L]

Day 21. Cruising: Vis - Korčula

We arrive in Korčula in the early afternoon and enjoy a walking tour of its character-filled cobblestone streets. This evening is at your leisure. [B,L]

Day 22. Cruising: Korčula - Šipanska Luka

Today we sail to the lovely island of Mljet and enjoy free time to explore the Great and Small Lakes in the national park. Next, we continue to Šipanska Luka island before enjoying a captain’s dinner in the evening, complete with live music for our entertainment. [B,L,D]

Day 23. Cruising: Šipanska Luka - Dubrovnik

We sail into Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Our sightseeing will include Orlando’s column and Sponza Palace. [B,L]

Day 24. Dubrovnik

Disembark Cruise: We farewell the crew and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 25. In Transit
Day 26. Arrive in Australia