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Adriatic Treasures: Croatia to Venice – Tauck 2018

Prices from $8,590 for 13 Days – Tauck World Discovery

Priced in Australian Dollars, per person based on double occupancy

OVERVIEW

There’s a reason why the Adriatic Coast is a must-go travel destination – and on our 13-day trip, you’ll find history chronicled in medieval villages, Roman ruins and castle keeps; traditions you can taste at vineyards, markets and bakeries; and art you’ll enjoy at workshops and presentations for Tauck guests only – and experience five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Three nights in Dubrovnik include an Old Town walking tour, a Croatian wine tasting and a visit with a local artist in the village of Gruda for a chat and a silk making demonstration; you’ll also visit the Maritime museum in Kotor and spend time in Porto Montenegro. Meet the owners of a local farm house en route to Split where you’ll learn about traditional olive oil production – and in the town of Mostar, ancient and modern history converge on a walking tour with a local guide. In Split, visit visit the Mestrovic Gallery to see the works of Croatia’s premier modern sculptor and explore the island of Brac. En route to your flight to Zagreb for a two-night stay, take a drive through scenic Krka National Park, sail to Skradin, visit a farm for a taste of local Dalmatian ham and Croatian cultural traditions. Upon arrival in Zagreb you’ll have cocktails with a former Minister of Tourism for a discussion about pre- and post-war changes; your visit also includes a walking tour, a market visit and funicular ride. Have lunch in Trakoscan castle – a Tauck Exclusive – before arriving in Ljubljana for a two-night stay; guided exploration includes a castle, gingerbread making and insights about printing and wine making in Bled Castle. Your two-night stay in Istria starts with an exclusive pre-opening visit to Postojna Caves and exclusive insights at the Karlic family truffle farm; olive oil tasting in the countryside; exploration of Rovinj; and a beer pairing dinner in a beer factory. This incredible week ends in Venice where an overnight stay includes a walking tour, a visit to the Doge’s Palace and a very special farewell reception and dinner.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Welcome to Dubrovnik

Tauck’s Croatia tour begins at 6:30 PM at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik. A transfer is included upon your arrival from Dubrovnik Airport to the Hilton Imperial, Dubrovnik, a historic hotel overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet a lecturer this evening who shares expert insights, past and present, about the country formerly known as Yugoslavia and the places you’ll explore on this trip, before joining him for an intimate welcome dinner at a popular restaurant.

MEALS : D

LODGING : HILTON IMPERIAL DUBROVNIK

Day 2 Old Town Dubrovnik by land & sea

Rise and shine this morning for a day of cultural delights. Ride a cable car to the top of Srd Hill for dazzling views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding landscapes. Get a closer perspective when you descend for a walking tour through Old Town and visit the Main Square. Dubrovnik’s Old Town is completely surrounded by enormous stone walls that date back to the 10th century; view them from the outside in on a boat ride along the walls. Wine tasting is on the menu this afternoon during a visit to a winery where you sample wines made from ancient grapes known as “Malvazija” with the guidance of a renowned viniculture engineer. En route back to your hotel, stop in the village of Gruda to meet an “academic artist” who serves as the keeper of local traditions. During your visit, she will present a step-by-step tutorial on silk making as you are treated to homemade juice and cake typical of this region.

MEALS : B

LODGING : HILTON IMPERIAL DUBROVNIK

Day 3 Kotor & Montenegro

Cross the border into neighboring Montenegro and the tiny bay-front village of Perast, built by wealthy sea captains during the 17th and 18th centuries. Walk past the town’s stone houses to the pier for a sail to the man-made islet of Lady of our Rocks, topped by a lone church and steeped in legends. Back on shore, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor for a walking tour and a visit to the Maritime Museum. En route back to Dubrovnik, explore the port of Montenegro.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : HILTON IMPERIAL DUBROVNIK

Day 4 Orašac village, Mostar & Split

Depart for Split this morning, driving through Dalmatian landscapes of seaside villages and farmland to the village of Orašac, founded in 1040. A family-hosted visit to a private farm reveals the time-honored steps of producing olive oil the old-fashioned way and includes a morning snack of fresh cow cheese, home-grown vegetables, warm-from-the-oven bread and wine. Drive to Bosnia for a visit to Mostar, known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. Damaged during the 1990s conflict, the Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been rebuilt, as have many of the edifices in the Old Town. A guided walking tour ends inside a Turkish house where a resident who lived through the bombings of the 1991-1995 war shares personal stories of survival. After lunch, drive to Split for a two-night stay.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : HOTEL PARK

Day 5 Meštrovíc’s art & Diocletian’s Palace in Split

See the acclaimed collection of works by Croatia’s premier modern sculptor, Ivan Meštrovíc, at the gallery he built as his private residence. Drive to Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Roman emperor Diocletian as his retirement home between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries using local limestone and Brac marble. A walking tour of the vast palace complex includes the palace cellars. Your explorations continue on a ferry ride to Brac Island where you will enjoy a family-style lunch in Donji Humac overlooking the bay. Visit Jaksíc gallery after lunch, going behind the scenes to see the artist’s studio and myriad works of art, and continue to Bol for a close-up look at its landmark beach. A late afternoon ferry brings you back to Split for time at leisure.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : HOTEL PARK

Day 6 Krka National Park & fly to Zagreb

Take a scenic drive to Kkra National Park to see its spectacular waterfalls and inherent natural beauty. From there, board a boat and sail to Skradin for a visit to Roca, the House of Dalmatian Smoked Ham, a talk with a farmer and a wedding-style lunch featuring traditional culinary specialties and entertainment. Fly to Zagreb this afternoon and enjoy a cocktail conversation with the former Minister of Tourism before dinner at the hotel.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : ESPLANADE ZAGREB HOTEL

Day 7 A taste of daily life in Zagreb

Strategically located at the crossroads where western and eastern Europe meet, Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb is a blend of old and new, informed by wars and steeped in culture. The best way to experience it is on foot. Join our local guides for a walking tour that includes the neo-Gothic Cathedral, a cheese tasting at the fresh market, the main square and a funicular ride to the Upper Town where you will have lunch. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure in town or back at your hotel.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : ESPLANADE ZAGREB HOTEL

Day 8 Trakoscan Castle & Ljubljana

One of the most impressive castles in Croatia, Trakoscan Castle dates back to the 13th century and reflects myriad architectural styles and restorations over its 800+-year history. Costumed knights and ladies in waiting welcome you to the castle for a tour and lunch inside the Knights’ Hall, open exclusively for Tauck guests only. Your final destination today is Ljubljana, Slovenia, where your Art Nouveau-style city-center hotel overlooks Prešeren Square, the Triple Bridge and the Ljubljana Castle. Take a walking tour of Slovenia’s capital city before enjoying a taste of local culture during dinner a popular restaurant.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : GRAND HOTEL UNION

Day 9 Tauck treats at Ljubljana Castle

Ride a funicular up to Ljubljana Castle this morning; experience the castle’s Time Machine tour and savor panoramic city views and tastings of local cookies, teran liqueur and honey. Drive next to a gingerbread making workshop in a country village to see how these beloved decorated pastries have been made for centuries, with a tasting of course! Lunch is followed by a drive to 1,000 year-old Bled Castle. Your visit includes a live printing demonstration, a talk with the cellar master about the castle’s famous wines and entrance to the upper courtyard museum to learn about the history of Bled. Return to Ljubljana to do as you wish.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : GRAND HOTEL UNION

Day 10 Postojna Caves, truffles & fritaja

Tauck has arranged an exclusive early morning visit to a subterranean world of caverns, halls and passages some two million years in the making when you explore the surprise-filled Postojna Caves from aboard a private electric train and on a guided walk. Head off for another Tauck Exclusive experience at a family-owned truffle farm. Meet the dogs who sniff out this underground delicacy, have a glass of grappa from the vineyard and sit down for a taste of the region’s famous scrambled eggs, cooked just for you by the lady of the house. Continue on from Slovenia back into Croatia to Savudrija on the Istrian Peninsula for a two-night stay.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : KEMPINSKI HOTEL ADRIATIC ISTRIA

Day 11 Pula, olive oil & a beer pairing dinner

Drive to Pula at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula for a visit to its great amphitheatre, constructed between 27 BC – 68 AD with much of it still standing today. Continue on to a family-run olive oil farm in Vodnjan, renowned for producing one of the top 15 olive oils in the world, for a tasting tour. Enjoy lunch at your leisure in the fishing village of Rovinj before returning to the hotel. Dinner tonight is a special affair at San Servolo brewery and includes a guided tour of the production process, expert insights by the beer master, and a beer pairing dinner featuring six beers and six courses, presided over by a professional beer sommelier. To top off a great evening, a guitar player will entertain with a repertoire of traditional Istrian songs.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : KEMPINSKI HOTEL ADRIATIC ISTRIA

Day 12 Explore Venice & the Doge’s Palace

Travel from Croatia to Venice, Italy, today, arriving in the “City of Canals” midday for a walking tour and a visit to the Doge’s Palace. We invite you to join us this evening for a farewell dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant in your historic hotel, just steps away from Piazza San Marco.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : METROPOLE HOTEL

Day 13 Journey home from Venice

Tauck’s Croatia tour ends in Venice. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Metropole Hotel to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.

MEALS : B

DATES & PRICES

Date Triple Double Single
May 10, 2018 $8,892 $9,360 $11,713
May 17, 2018 $8,892 $9,360 $11,713
May 31, 2018 $8,892 $9,360 $11,713
June 7, 2018 $8,892 $9,360 $11,713
June 14, 2018 $8,892 $9,360 $11,713
June 21, 2018 $8,892 $9,360 $11,713
August 30, 2018 $9,212 $9,740 $12,223
September 2, 2018 $9,212 $9,740 $12,223
September 16, 2018 $9,212 $9,740 $12,223
September 20, 2018 $9,212 $9,740 $12,223
October 4, 2018 $8,523 $8,990 $11,248
October 11, 2018 $8,523 $8,990 $11,248

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