Itinerary Highlights
  • From Venice, which you can go back to again and again, to Istria's vibrant coastline and Ljubljana's central European charm
  • Your specially chosen accommodation includes a Venetian palace and rooftop pool in Ljubljana.
  • The itinerary includes a private tour of Venice and discovering the hidden treasures of Istria. Getting up close and personal with Ljubljana - the right choice
  • All our additional services are included, such as our local Concierge service

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To both sides of the Adriatic Sea

Venice and Rovinj, which lies on the west coast of Istria, have increased the number of crossings. You'll notice a similarity between the bell tower at St. Mark's Square and the one at the Church of St. Euphemia in Rovinj. And with good reason, too. One was modelled on the other. The resulting synergy between the two cities makes for a very cool combo on a single trip. The glistening Mediterranean Sea that stretches from Lido Beach to the small Istrian coves, ties these places together. Once you reach the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, you'll be surprised to see that there are yet more striking similarities with Italy, not least the pervading scent of pine, thyme and truffle across the balmy countryside.
Two-thirds of the way through your holiday and it's time to head to b]Ljubljana in Slovenia. The end of the trip is a delightful contrast with first two coastal destinations.

Your trip

At each stop, you'll stay in a charming and elegant hotel. Your first few nights really set the tone; you'll be staying in a Venetian palace. Your hotel in Rovinj made an impact during the Belle Epoque and it still does to this day. In Ljubljana, you'll stay in a cutting-edge hotel in the old town, a combination which is characteristic of Slovenia. Mostly for the transport; in Venice, you'll glide along the water by water-taxi, vaporetto (waterbus) or gondola; in Rovinj and Ljubljana, bicycles, taxis and a decent pair of shoes is all you'll need. You'll cross the Adriatic Sea in a hydrofoil. We will provide a car for you in Croatia and Slovenia, which will allow you travel the miles and cross the landscape in complete freedom. For this itinerary, we have included a private tour of Venice and a day in the depths of Istria, which is known for its fine art in the west and its warm rustic feel in the east. Taking a deep dive into exploring Ljubljana is also included in the itinerary. If there's anything you want to change or add during your trip, just get in touch with our local Concierge.

Route

Everything is 100% tailored to you
DAY 1

Flight to Venice

Transfer by water-taxi and two-night stay in a small Renaissance palace. The decor highlights many Renaissance features, such as the ceilings. Some rooms are in the classic Venetian style, dominated by pink, red, green, silks, and antique furniture. Others are more contemporary in design, with pale hues and sleek lines. All are very comfortable and very well furnished - the bathrooms are no exception. Breakfast is served in the dining room or, when the weather permits, on the terrace overlooking a canal. A small courtyard, decorated with green plants, is a pleasant place to relax.

DAY 2

Venice

Included in the itinerary - An introduction to Venice. Having a guide is the best way to unlock the secrets of the many sites, monuments and buildings. Although Venice is one of the most visited cities in the world, there are still secrets and mysteries to be uncovered, if you head off the tourist trail. A guide will accompany you on your morning tour to get to know the city. Afterwards, the sestieri, canals, palaces, churches, museums, and squares are all yours! It's not just the streets that you'll explore, but the lagoon and its islands too.
The first task is figuring out the vaporetto (water bus) system works. Luckily, it's really quite simple. You'll start with a visit to the Grand Canal, which is only a few steps from the hotel, St. Mark's Square, the basilica and its mosaics, the Doge's Palace, a coffee and a zaletti at Florian, the Gallerie dell'Accademia (with works by Carpaccio, Piero della Francesca, Bellini, etc.) and the Bridge of Sighs. Then take a walk around the fish market of Rialto (selling eels, latterini, slipper lobsters, anchovies, etc.), the Pinault collection of contemporary art at the Punta della Dogana, and finish off with a gondola ride. In the bacari, taste sardines prepared with onions, raisins, and pine nuts, spaghetti 'al nero di seppia' (in cuttlefish ink), polenta and cod brandade. Walk along the canals, rest in little squares, enter courtyards and get a little lost. It is well worth looking in all the nooks and crannies.

DAY 3

Venice - Rovinj (Croatia)

Hydrofoil crossing to Rovinj Three-night stay at the marina. Built in 1913, the hotel has a surprisingly modern, urban feel. There are pictures everywhere. The communal areas have beautiful parquet floors in shades of grey and blue. The colours vary from room to room. The rooms are extremely comfortable; in some of them, the bathtub is next to the bed. The parquet floors add a touch of style to the rooms. The hotel brasserie serves delicious Swedish-inspired cuisine, a unique choice for the Adriatic coast. The day spa, steam room and gym also reinforce the hotel's wellness values. You can borrow bicycles to get around town.

DAY 4

Rovinj

Rovinj was an island until 1763. A bridge was then built across the water to connect it to the mainland. After all, the most prosperous city in Istria had to be easy to access. Today, its beautiful peninsula is encircled by the town, which is dominated by the bell tower of the Church of St. Euphemia. At the top, the statue of St. Euphemia rotates with the breeze. In the church, with its baroque decoration, you'll find the sarcophagus of this young saint martyred at Chalcedon. As you explore the alleyways of the historic city, you'll see more than just quaintness - here there is a genuine, old European charm. Pick up the hire car.

DAY 5

Rovinj

Included the itinerary - Hidden Treasures of Istria. A private guide will take you on a tour of the Istrian hinterland. Here there is an undulating landscape, where castles and steeples sit atop the hills, large swathes of forest sweep the slopes, olive groves form pale islets whose green contrasts against shades of pewter, and vineyards stand out for their symmetrical geometry. The smells of the sea and vegetation penetrate the air. The cicadas provide the soundtrack to the countryside. Stop in Groznjan, a small village with a large population of artists. Here visual artists, musicians and dancers have found a spiritual home. Sample some of the local truffles from Motovun at lunch. Then you'll visit the village, which has preserved Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance artwork.

DAY 6

Rovinj - Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Head to Ljubljana and return the hire car. Two-night stay on the east bank of the Ljubljanica river, at the foot of the castle.

DAY 7

Ljubljana

Here you'll find an array of stunning architecture, from the St. Nicholas Cathedral with its stunning window dressings, to the Triple Bridge over the Ljubljanica river and Preseren Square, home of the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. The castle, however, still gets top billing. Its origins date back to the 12th century but most of what you see today was built in the late 15th century. The castle is reaches by funicular. The viewpoint at the top affords a lovely view over the city. The public rooms recount the country's history. And as the docks are just lovely, you'll then float along the river in a wooden boat. This city cruise reveals parts of Ljubljana that are unknown to pedestrians.
Option - Getting up close and personal with Ljubljana.

DAY 8

Ljubljana - return flight

Transfer to the airport and return flight.

A la carte

Getting up close and personal with Ljubljana

Nothing is pre-planned for this outing, but first and foremost you will meet your guide, who will discuss with you what you do and don't like, and will tailor the tour accordingly. You can discover everything from the latest trends in mainstream music, traces of Habsburg romanticism to the best potica (nut roll) in town.
Option - Half day

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip is £2,300 to £2,900 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost will vary depending on several factors, including the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average cost for this trip is £2400 per person.
  • Flights to Venice and return from Ljubljana, by scheduled airline
  • Airline taxes
  • Private transfers
  • Crossing Venice/Rovinj by hydrofoil
  • Car hire for three days
  • Two-night stay in Venice in a double room with breakfast
  • Private tour of Venice with a private guide
  • Three-night stay in Rovinj in a double room with breakfast
  • Private Hidden Treasures of Istria tour, with a guide
  • Two-night stay in Ljubljana in a double room with breakfast
  • Our on-site Concierge service
  • A few of the benefits of travelling with us
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