10 days/9 nights
Rome and Croatia vacation is a unique way to explore the highlights of both Italy and Croatia. Explore Rome on your walking tour and visit all the best-known sites of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum, the Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Take a full-day excursion that takes you off the beaten path to experience just a taste of all that is so essentially Italian in part of Tuscany and Umbria, the most suggestive areas of our country. Next, transfer to Split, the center of the magnificent Dalmatian coast. Explore the Diocletian Palace and the abundance of historical, cultural, and architectural treasures of this city. Take a full-day excursion to the Plitvice Lakes National Park and enjoy a boat ride and a hike around the lakes and waterfalls. End your vacation in Dubrovnik, the most beautiful city on all of the Adriatic coast, and explore its Old Town. Escape one day to Mljet Island National Park and relax in its serenity and lush vegetation.
Arrival to Rome airport, followed by private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. According to legend, Ancient Rome was founded by the two brothers, and demi-gods, Romulus and Remus, on 21 April 753 BC. The legend claims that, in an argument over who would rule the city (or, in another version, where the city would be located) Romulus killed Remus and named the city after himself. Overnight at Hotel Artemide, Rome.
Your guide will not only educate you on the history, politics, and architecture of the Eternal City, but will also make the life past times of ancient Rome come to life on a stage second-to-none in the world. Make the unparalleled experiences of gladiators, emperors, slaves, Vestal Virgins, senators, merchants, gods and goddesses your own. Visit all the best-known sites of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum, the Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Overnight at Hotel Artemide, Rome.
Enjoy the history and culture of Italy. Dream the rolling landscapes of the Renaissance artists. Imagine Italian food and wine. Combine it all in this full day excursion that takes you off the beaten track to experience just a taste of all that is so essentially Italian in part of Tuscany and Umbria, the most suggestive areas of our country. Departing from Rome and heading north crossing the Tiber valley, we reach Cortona. This town has changed little since the Middle Ages. More recently depicted in the Oscar winning film La vita e bella and described by American novelist Frances Mayes in Under the Tuscan sun, Cortona is enjoying a renewed popularity. Here, we stroll through the history center, discovering its hidden corners and absorbing the atmosphere of this picturesque town. After a drive along the shores of Lake Trasimeno, lunch will be served in a typical countryside restaurant. In the afternoon driving through the gentle hills of Chianti region, we reach the hilltop town of Montepulciano. The deep ruby red wine, Vino Nobile, of this town is worldwide famous. We visit one of its oldest wine cellars, carved out of the tufo rock, to discover some of the secrets of the winemaker and of course to taste the final result. Overnight at Hotel Artemide, Rome.
Transfer to Rome airport followed by one way flight to Split. Arrival to Split followed by transfer to your hotel. Split is a fascinating town with great art, culture, authentic cuisine and excellent entertainment. This eternally young city with around 200 thousand inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian’s palace at its heart, which is also the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO world heritage site. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Le Méridien Lav, Split.
Spend the morning admiring this beautiful city and enjoy the wealth of its architectural and cultural sights. Begin your walking tour of Split, also included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, with a visit to the 4th century Diocletian Palace. First, walk the well-preserved ancient cellars; for here is where one can truly experience this magnificent palace. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral, which is considered to be one of the oldest in the world. The Cathedral was built on the remains of an ancient shrine. And across the Cathedral is the Temple of Jupiter, which today is used as a baptistery. Admire the Cathedral of St Duje, the patron of Split, originally the mausoleum of the palace, for which is considered the oldest Cathedral in the World. Overnight at Le Méridien Lav, Split.
Drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park for a unique experience. Enjoy this tranquil oasis of natural beauty. It is one of Europe’s most stunning nature reserve parks, and was truly created by nature. The park consists of 16 connecting lakes and sport unique cascades of murmuring waterfalls. Plitvice Lakes National Park was recognized and protected by UNESCO as part of the world’s natural heritage in 1979. Take a boat ride across the largest of the lakes and admire the incredible views of the crystal clear water & amazing waterfalls. Overnight at Le Méridien Lav, Split.
Transfer to Dubrovnik with optional stop along the way in Ston on Pelješac Peninsula, for wine and oyster tasking. Dubrovnik will mesmerize you on every step of your walking tour! Visit and adore its medieval and renaissance streets and squares. Start your explorations at the Onofrio’s Fountain and troll the Stradun, the main city’s promenade. Among many historical and cultural sites in the city, on this tour you will visit the Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in the world and the Treasury of the Cathedral. The Franciscan monastery is built in the Romanesque-Gothic style and along with its cluster is considered to be a masterpiece of architectural arts. The Old Pharmacy, located inside the Franciscan monastery, was opened in 1317. Second highlight is the impressive baroque Cathedral with its Treasury, built to replace the Romanesque Cathedral destroyed in the Great Earthquake in 1667. The reconstructed Cathedral is a three-hall building containing a rich treasury and a line of paintings by top art masters, such as Padovani, J. Palma the Younger, G.G. Savoldo, Parmigianino and many others. Overnight at Hotel Rixos, Dubrovnik.
Experience the magic of Mljet Island featuring two connected salty lakes –Great Lake and the Small Lake. Take a boat ride St. Mary’s Benedictine monastery and a small church dating to the 12th century. Enjoy lunch and do not miss the opportunity to do what locals do here — swim in the crystal clear waters of the lakes, relax, invigorate and recharge in the deep shade and the serenity of the island. You will be surrounded by beautiful, rich forest and narrow pathways that you will find ideal for hiking and biking. Overnight at Hotel Rixos, Dubrovnik.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure discovering everything else this magnificent city has to offer. Overnight at Hotel Rixos, Dubrovnik.
Private transfer from the hotel to Dubrovnik airport.
Hotel Artemide ****, Rome
Hotel Le Méridien Lav *****, Podstrana, Split
Hotel Rixos Libertas *****, Dubrovnik