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Venice, Croatia’s Cities & Plitvice Lakes

Italia & Croatia in 11 Days, 9 Nights in Destination

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The essental guided tour of Croatia’s key sites, with the added bonus of beginning your journey in the magical city of Venice!

Trip Highlights

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    Dubrovnik
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    Opatija
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    Plitvice Lakes
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    Split
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    Zagreb
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    Venice

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  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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Accommodation: 9 Nights

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Day 2 to 4

NH Venezia Laguna Palace

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Venice Mestre

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The hotels we select comply with our high standards and requirements per category. The allocation is dependent on availability and seasonality, so you can be assigned any of our selection, including the following: Best Western Hotel Tritone, Hotel Plaza Venice, voco Venice Mestre - The Quid

Itinerary

Begin your adventure in beautiful Venice, exploring its waterways and captivating architecture. Next, head to Croatia! Touch down in Dubrovnik, known for its atmospheric old town. Enjoy the enchanting historic sights of Split before immersing yourself in the magnificent nature of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Enjoy a few days in the upmarket resort town of Opatija before exploring vibrant Zagreb.

1st Day: Canada - Night on board
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Ready to explore the wonders of Venice and discover the hidden treasures of Croatia? Head to your departure airport to catch a flight to Venice*, known as ‘The Floating City’ as it sits upon 150 canals. Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

 

2nd Day: Venice
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Arrive in the romantic city of Venice, transfer to the hotel* and enjoy the rest of the day in the historic and enchanting Venice Mestre, the mainland town connected to Venice by rail and road bridges over the lagoon. Spend the night at your leisure and embrace the convenience of numerous transportation options, such as the frequent trains/buses to Venice center. The train station/bus stop is at walking distance from your hotel and it will take you to the iconic Venice center.

Venice built across more than 100 small islands, Venice is a pleasure to explore on foot as you get lost in the labyrinthine streets, stumbling across hidden cafes and cultural gems along the way. Get out and discover the plentiful delights of this eternal city, such as the immense Piazza San Marco. Overnight stay in Venice Mestre.

*Important: please bear in mind that the accommodation included in Venice is located in Venice Mestre, which is situated outside the island, approximately 15 minutes away by train, bus or Taxi.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
NH Venezia Laguna Palace or similar

3391 Reviews

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3rd Day: Venice
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a guided walking tour through Venice, through the fascinating streets and across the canals; a crossroads of culture where East meets West. Admire the Basilica and Piazza of San Marco next to Gothic-style Doge's Palace, the Campanile and the Clock Tower stand. Soak up the lively atmosphere of the Campo, a bustling square next to the Church of Santa Maria. Continue to marvel at the grand Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo, uncover legendary tales of Marco Polo and finally return to St. Mark’s Square by strolling through the main Venetian shopping street, the Mercerie, and immerse yourself in the historic buzz of the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue discovering this unique city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Venice Mestre.

*Optional Gondola Ride Experience: One of the most famous characteristics of Venice is its historic gondolas and now you can be a part of this legacy yourself! Experience an unforgettable 35-minute gondola ride through the charming waterways of Venice including the iconic Grand Canal. The quintessential Venetian experience! Note: Please note that it is a shared gondola (up to five people for each one) so you might have to share it with other people.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
NH Venezia Laguna Palace or similar

3391 Reviews

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Activities

included
Guided City Tour of Venice

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Gondola Ride in Venice

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4th Day: Venice - Dubrovnik
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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, transfer by road from Venice Mestre to the airport to catch your flight to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Touch down and transfer to your hotel. Situated in southern Croatia overlooking the glistening waters of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is well-known for its incredible old town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with stunning architecture and a vibrant cultural and foodie scene. Once settled at the hotel, spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring Dubrovnik's atmospheric alleyways and taking in the sweeping sea views. You may even recognise parts of the old town from the popular television series Game of Thrones! Dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Adria Dubrovnik or similar

919 Reviews

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5th Day: Dubrovnik
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a sightseeing tour of the old town. Completed in the thirteenth century, the ancient city of Dubrovnik remains largely unchanged. Its medieval ramparts encircle the Old Town, which can be entered through one of two historic gates. After crossing an impressive stone bridge under the watchful gaze of the city’s patron Saint Blaise, explore the broad, stone-paved promenade known as Stradun. Some of the most prominent sights in the city include St. Blaise Church, the Renaissance-era Sponza Palace and the Gothic Rector’s Palace. After the tour, take some free time to explore the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Adria Dubrovnik or similar

919 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour of Dubrovnik

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6th Day: Dubrovnik - Split
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Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Dubrovnik behind as you set off for Split this morning. The third-largest city in the country, Split sits on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and is spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings. In fact, Split is one of the most sought-after coastal destinations in Croatia. Once settled at the hotel, get out and enjoy a walking tour of Split Old Town, including a visit to the remains of the Diocletian Palace, built by the emperor of the same name in the 4th century. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight stay in Split.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Corner or similar

145 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour in Split

Moderate

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7th Day: Split - Plitvice Lakes - Opatija
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Breakfast at the hotel. Your journey of discovery through Croatia continues today with a visit to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place of exquisite natural beauty. Home to 16 lakes, this coveted natural environment invites you to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Accompanied by an expert guide, take a walk through the ancient woodlands before following the path across Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes). Visit the Lower Lakes before exploring the different trails and sections of the park on a 3-4 hour visit. Afterwards, continue to Opatija, a coastal town known for its Habsburg-era villas and beautiful beaches, where you'll spend the evening at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Opatija.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Imperial Opatija or similar

75 Reviews

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Activities

included
Guided Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park

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8th Day: Opatija
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Breakfast at the hotel. Take a city tour of Opatija to discover its rich history and aristocratic legacy! Situated on the picturesque Kvarner Bay, it was once a favourite spa resort of the Habsburgs and other European aristocrats, such as Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Walking through the colourful Angiolina Park, home to exotic plants, and along the Lungomare promenade surrounded by charming Austro-Hungarian villas and residences, you can still feel the unique appeal of charming Opatija. After the walking tour, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, perhaps enjoying the city's beaches or doing some souvenir shopping. Overnight stay in Opatija.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Imperial Opatija or similar

75 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour of Opatija

Moderate

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9th Day: Opatija
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Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a relaxing day in Opatija at your leisure, perhaps exploring the Croatian Museum of Tourism or enjoying the delicious Mediterranean cuisine on offer here. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to the Istrian Peninsula and the Pula Colosseum.* Overnight stay in Opatija.

*Optional Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum: Discover the charms of the Istrian Peninsula and visit the spectacular 2000-year-old Colosseum in Pula. Afterwards, spend some time at your leisure in Rovinj before truffle-tasting in Motovun.

Please note this optional requires a minimum of 6 participants in order for it to operate. If there are not enough participants, the optional excursion will be cancelled and you will be refunded for it when you return from your trip.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Imperial Opatija or similar

75 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum

Moderate

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10th Day: Opatija - Zagreb
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Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to head to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, home to an abundance of culture and history. Arrive in Zagreb and set off on a walking tour to explore the most emblematic sights in the city. In the medieval-era Upper Town pay a visit to St. Mark's Church, famous for its tiled roof, as well as the Parliament Building, Government Palace and countless other historical buildings. The remainder of the day is free to get a taste of the Croatian capital at your leisure. Be sure to stroll along Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes and the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Overnight stay in Zagreb.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Grand Hotel Zagreb or similar

7 Reviews

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Activities

included
Walking Tour of Zagreb

Moderate

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11th Day: Zagreb - Night on board
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After a final breakfast at the hotel, it's time to head home.* At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to Canada. Arrive in Canada and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Included activities

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Meeting point: Alilaguna Tickets Office. In front of the Royal Garden. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities.

Guided City Tour of Venice

Included activity for day 3 in Venice

Take a guided walking tour through Venice to learn about the culture and artistic heritage of the city. Stroll through the city, visit the iconic Rialto Bridge and cruise on the Giudecca Canal!

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

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Active

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City Tour of Dubrovnik

Included activity for day 5 in Dubrovnik

Set off on a sightseeing tour of the old town. Some of the most prominent sights in the city include the St. Blaise Church and the stone-paved promenade known as Stradun.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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City Tour in Split

Included activity for day 6 in Split

Enjoy a walking tour of Split's old town, including a visit to the remains of the Diocletian Palace, built by the emperor of the same name in the 4th century.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Guided Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Included activity for day 7

Accompanied by an expert guide, take a walk through the ancient woodlands before following the path across Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes). Next, enjoy a boat ride on the Lower Lakes before exploring the different trails and sections of the park.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Active

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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Meeting point: Calle Larga dell'Ascensione 1256, behind the entrance of Museo Correr in San Marco Square at 11am. Optional tour available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time

Gondola Ride in Venice

Suggested activity for day 3 in Venice

One of the most famous characteristics of Venice is its historic gondolas and now you can be a part of this legacy yourself! Experience an unforgettable 30-minute gondola ride through the charming waterways of Venice including the iconic Grand Canal.

Duration 00:35h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Optional

Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum

Suggested activity for day 9

Discover the charms of the Istrian Peninsula and visit the spectacular 2000-year-old Colosseum in Pula. Afterwards, spend some time at your leisure in Rovinj before truffle-tasting in Motovun.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main Canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Venice, Zagreb - Canada.
  • Flight: Venice - Dubrovnik. *
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  • 9 nights hotel accommodation in Superior category hotels.
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  • 9 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
  • All transfers
  • Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.**
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Guided Walking Tour in Venice, City Tours of Dubrovnik & Split, Guided Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park, City Tour of Opatija and a Walking Tour of Zagreb.
  • Guide/s during the excursions.
  • Tour leader from day 5 to 11***
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*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Tax*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

*Accommodation tax in Italy must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 6 € per person per night).

Meeting points in Italy: the included tours will depart from designated meeting points. The location of the meeting points will be included in your trip details. Transfers to the meeting points are not included.

*Documentation of the internal flights will be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

Hotel ratings in Italy & Croatia are not governed by the same standards as those in Canada, so please keep this in mind when selecting your desired accommodation category.

Due to the nature of the destination the terrain can be uneven at times, it may require you to walk on a rocky path, and up and down hills.

For wheelchair users this trip is upon request, please contact us for further information.

About Italy:

*The shuttle service from the airport to the hotel will wait for you up to one hour after the arrival of your flight. If your flight is delayed or you experience issues collecting your luggage please get in touch with the local provider.

Please note: the Italy part of this itinerary is an independent tour, not a group tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip, nor will you be travelling in a group. As an independent tour, the dates of the excursions may differ based on the availability of the tours. The final date will be available on the voucher uploaded on your Exoticca account prior to departure.

Meeting points: the included tours will depart from designated meeting points. The location of the meeting points will be included in your trip details. Transfers to the meeting points are not included.

**The order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary are subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.

Important: please bear in mind that the accommodation included in Venice is located in Venice Mestre, which is situated outside the island, approximately 25-30 minutes away by train, bus or Taxi.

**If you visit during a religious or an official event or during a national holiday, certain attractions may be closed.

Important: The availability of some activities cannot be guaranteed during major holidays, including Christmas & Holy Week.

Important: Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities.

About Croatia:

Please note that Excursion to Istrian Peninsula & Pula Colosseum requires a minimum of 6 participants in order for it to operate. If there are not enough participants, the optional excursion will be cancelled and you will be refunded for it when you return from your trip.

***For groups consisting of 2 to 6 people you will not have a tour leader. Instead, you will have 1hour a day meeting with a our local representative in each city where you have an overnight.

  • Italy
  • Croatia
    • Entry requirements

      Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity required.

    • Visa

      No visa is required to enter the country.

    • Currency

      Euro.

    • Language

      Italian.

    • Electricity

      220 V. Adapter required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers.

    • Time zone

      GMT + 01:00.

    • Other useful information

      Italian cuisine is one of the most prominent in the world. The national dish is pasta.

    • Tourist Office website

      http://www.italia.it/en/home.html

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 778 807 9750 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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