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18 Day Italy and Croatia Tour with Flights

Rome - Venice - Florence - Dubrovnik - Zagreb - Split

Roundtrip full-service carrier international flights

Walk the beautiful Cinque Terre in Italy

See the UNESCO Heritage Plitvice Lakes National Park

Modern air-conditioned coach transportation

From $5,499 $7,999 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


Almost 3 weeks of some of Europe's most charming and historical sights. 

Starting off in the ancient capital of Rome and Vatican City, you'll continue on to take in Italy's highlights like Florence, Venice, and Cinque Terre.

The second half of the tour will take you to Croatia's UNESCO Heritage Plitvice Lakes National Park, Dubrovnik (very well known to fans of Game of Thrones), and the capital city of Zagreb.

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18

Day 1

Australia

Your journey begins today with your flight to Italy!

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Rome

Welcome to Rome! The first day of the tour is an arrivals day: meet up with your tour guide at our accommodation in the afternoon and prepare for the tour of a lifetime! If you arrive early, head into the city and see some of the sites that make Rome famous the world over. An ancient city that has seen the rise and fall of entire empires, there is no shortage of historical real estate to feast your eyes on. Not to mention designer shopping and brilliant food. Tonight, you’ll meet the rest of the tour group at our included welcome dinner.

Accommodation: America Palace Eur or similar, Rome

Meals included: inflight and dinner

Day 3

Rome

Today you’ll take a guided walking tour of the city, stopping off at the landmarks that have made Rome a perennial favourite with travellers all over the world. See ancient Roman architecture, medieval buildings, Renaissance artworks and more remnants of Rome’s illustrious past as capital of this incredible country – and of the Roman Empire at large. Be sure to see sightseeing highlights like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and the countless other attractions that make Rome famous the world over.

Later, you’ll have the option of taking a guided walking tour of the Vatican City. Marvel at glittering artworks, vast marble halls and opulent architecture – all part and parcel of the Vatican’s status as the seat of papal power. Eating and drinking well is also an important part of Roman life, and as they say, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ Try excellent Italian cuisine, and be sure to grab a famous Roman gelato while you’re sightseeing!

Accommodation: America Palace Eur or similar, Rome

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

Rome Venice

Leaving the capital behind, drive through the region of Umbria. Known as the 'fruit bowl of Italy', it is famous for its produce, food and beautiful mountainous landscapes. Prepare for one of the most spectacular sights in Europe as we approach Orvieto, a city perched dramatically atop sheer vertical volcanic rock. Take the funicular up to the historic centre, where you'll have some free time to explore and see the sights, including the exquisite facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto, the papal residence and the Albornoz fortress, before travelling on to Venice. You have the evening free to relax at the hotel or explore Venice with the option to join your tour leader on a twilight water taxi cruise of the Venetian canals.

Accommodation: Elite Residence or similar, Venice

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Venice

You’ll start your day in Venice with an orientation tour led by your tour leader so you can get your bearings, after which you have free time to explore this unforgettable city at your leisure. Every visit to Venice should include a gondola ride, which your tour leader can organise for you, as well as a trip further out into the lagoon to visit Murano and Burano. These islands are famous for their glass-blowing and lace-making crafts respectively, and rows of beautiful multi-coloured houses. Alternatively you can simply relax and soak up the sun on the sandy beaches at Jesolo or Lido. There’s also The Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace to see – and any number of culinary delights to sample too!

Accommodation: Elite Residence or similar, Venice

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Venice Florence

Today, making your way to the beautiful city of Florence, you'll stop along the way in Lake Garda for a photo opportunity. Then, continue to Florence for a guided walking tour. Learn more about the heritage of this city, which stretches back through the ages to encompass Renaissance artworks and Roman ruins. Sights to see in Florence include Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and of course Michelangelo’s David. A cultural and political focal point during the Renaissance, Florence is endowed with a huge variety of important buildings and famous artworks. Then head to your accommodation in Tuscany.

Accommodation: Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio or similar, Florence

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

Cinque Terre

This morning you'll head to La Spezia, the gateway to the Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre literally means ‘Five Lands’ and consists of five picturesque coastal cliff-side towns linked by rail and footpath - Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. With cars and motorcycles banned from the towns, you’ll have a wonderful time exploring the towns by train or by foot. Later in the afternoon we'll head back to the Tuscan region, stopping off in Pisa to see the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa. Now over 800 years old, it’s a classic sight in Italy and gives you the opportunity to take a picture 'holding up' the tower!

Accommodation: Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio or similar, Florence

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

Florence Rome

This morning we make our way through one of the world’s most picturesque countryside landscapes, admiring Tuscan farmhouses, vineyards and olive groves as we drive by. Our first stop of the day will be in San Gimignano, a small walled hill town. Known as the 'Town of Fine Towers', it offers beautiful Romanesque and Gothic architecture and 12 well-preserved tower houses. We'll then make the short drive to Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for the 'Palio' horse race held twice a year in the main piazza, or public square. You'll enjoy a wine tasting accompanied with antipasto, before heading back to Rome and round the off the day with a farewell dinner together on our last night of the tour in Italy.

Accommodation: America Palace Eur or similar, Rome

Meals included: breakfast, Antipasto and dinner

Day 9

Rome

After breakfast, explore Rome at leisure. Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Accommodation: America Palace Eur or similar, Rome

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 10

Rome

Free day at leisure.

Accommodation: America Palace Eur or similar, Rome

Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

Rome Zagreb

Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. Meet your tour guide, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel International or similar, Zagreb

Meals included: breakfast, inflight (if applicable) and dinner

Day 12

Zagreb Plitvice

Morning city tour of Zagreb, including the fortified Upper Town, the city's historical centre, St. Mark's Church with its multicoloured roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theatre and the University.

After the city tour we drive to Plitvice, tour the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is on the UNESCO's List of World Natural Heritage. Sixteen lakes, each at a different level, are joined in a series of cascading waterfalls. Surrounded by dense wood Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of a rare and unique beauty. Dinner and overnight stay in Plitvice.

Accommodation: Hotel Degenija or similar, Plitvice

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 13

Plitvice Split

Morning departure for Trogir where we visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Continuation to Split, where you'll enjoy a city tour, including the Diocletian's Palace on the UNESCO's List of World Cultural Heritage with the Peristyle, the Jupiter's Temple and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight stay in Split.

Accommodation: Hotel President or similar, Split

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 14

Split Dubrovnik

After breakfast, depart for Dubrovnik. Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, which is included in the UNESCO's List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe's third oldest pharmacy, the Rector's Palace and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

Accommodation: Hotel Adria or similar, Dubrovnik

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 15

Dubrovnik

Today, you are free to explore Dubrovnik at leisure. Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It's known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Adria or similar, Dubrovnik

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 16

Dubrovnik

Free day at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Adria or similar, Dubrovnik

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 17

Dubrovnik

Free day at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Adria or similar, Dubrovnik

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 18

Australia

Transfer to the airport for your flight home to Australia.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth
  • International flights with Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways (subject to availability)
  • Airport transfers
  • 16 nights hotel accommodation on twinshare basis
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary: 16 breakfasts, 1 Antipasto and 7 dinners
  • Transportation in a modern air conditioned coach travel with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet
  • Sightseeing with entry fees as mentioned
  • Services of your English Speaking tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip

 

Accommodation

Rome - America Palace Eur or similar
Venice - Elite Residence or similar
Florence - Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio or similar
Zagreb - Hotel International or similar
Plitvice - Hotel Degenija or similar
Split - Hotel President or similar
Dubrovnik - Hotel Adria or similar

All Traveldream deals are backed by a 14-day refund guarantee! 

Exclusions

  • Entry visas
  • Meals not included
  • All drinks
  • Any additional requests
  • Tips (Driver, Representative & Guide)

 

Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full-price voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years or older. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

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