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Venice, Lake Bled & Croatia
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Venice, Lake Bled & Croatia

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Travelling through three neighbouring countries over seven days, this is the perfect holiday for anyone with a wanderer’s soul.  Compare the changing cultures and landscapes around you as you travel between historic cities, magnificent mountain scenery and the beautiful coastline of the Adriatic. 

In Italy, enjoy a full day excursion to the iconic city of Venice, as well as some relaxing time by the beach in Lido di Jesolo. In Slovenia, discover the quaint capital of Ljubljana and be awed by the spectacular scenery of the Julian Alps and beautiful Lake Bled, with its central island and clifftop castle. Finally, in Croatia you will explore the region of Istria and visit the exquisite coastal towns of Poreč, Rovinj and Pula.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Italy: Euro (€)

Slovenia: Euro (€)

Croatia: Kuna (HRK)

Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU members do not need a visa, however non-EU members should check with their local embassy. 
Airport
Venice Marco Polo Airport is located on the mainland 4.3 miles north of the city in Tessera. The journey to your hotel in Lido di Jesolo will take approximately 40 minutes. The return transfer from Poreč will take approximately three hours. 
Climate

In Italy and Croatia the weather is mostly warm and dry in autumn. Temperatures will be cooler in the mountain areas of Slovenia.

Food & Drink

For a true Venetian experience try tasty risottos, thin crust pizzas and slow cooked meats matched with a delicious glass of local wine. Fresh fish, stuffed veal, roasted lamb, pheasant and pork are all popular meat dishes, while dumplings, while goulash and Gnocchi pasta are common vegetarian dishes in Croatia. Slovenian food is simple and hearty, with many cream based dishes such as mushroom soup, pork sour soup and Chicken Paprika.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

April’s Fools Day by Josip Novakovich

The Sound of Blue by Holly Payne

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

 

Holiday highlights

The Amphitheatre in Pula 

The most famous monument in Pula is the Amphitheatre, also known as the Pula Arena. It was built in the first century BC, around the same time as the Colosseum in Rome, and played home to many gladiator fights. It is thought that when it was originally built, the amphitheatre could hold up to 20,000 spectators and was later used for medieval fairs and military ceremonies. 

Motovun 

The medieval town of Motovun in northern Istria is perhaps one of the most famous and charming places in the region. Located on the hilltop, the town watches over the valley of the River Mirna. For centuries, tourists have been coming to Motovun to discover the history within its walls and appreciate the natural beauty of the valley.

Poreč

The former Roman colony of Poreč is rich in history, and features classic Romanesque architecture as well as stunning Venetian gothic palaces. There is something for everyone in Poreč, whether it’s exploring the historical city walls or relaxing on the pristine beaches that spread across 37km of coastline. Poreč is also home to several galleries and museums, many still housed in private dwellings which make for a unique experience.

Wines of Istra

The Phoenicians and Greeks introduced grapevines to Istria.  Today, numerous high quality wines are produced on the Peninsula, thanks to its fertile soil and sunny hillsides.  Istrian Malvazija is a pale gold wine with a pleasingly delicate freshness, while the native red Teran is purple to ruby red in colour and has a lively fruit aroma. Of special note are Istria’s muscat varieties ; Momjan Muscat and Poreč Muscat rose. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Italy: Euro (€)

Slovenia: Euro (€)

Croatia: Kuna (HRK)

Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU members do not need a visa, however non-EU members should check with their local embassy. 
Airport
Venice Marco Polo Airport is located on the mainland 4.3 miles north of the city in Tessera. The journey to your hotel in Lido di Jesolo will take approximately 40 minutes. The return transfer from Poreč will take approximately three hours. 
Climate

In Italy and Croatia the weather is mostly warm and dry in autumn. Temperatures will be cooler in the mountain areas of Slovenia.

Food & Drink

For a true Venetian experience try tasty risottos, thin crust pizzas and slow cooked meats matched with a delicious glass of local wine. Fresh fish, stuffed veal, roasted lamb, pheasant and pork are all popular meat dishes, while dumplings, while goulash and Gnocchi pasta are common vegetarian dishes in Croatia. Slovenian food is simple and hearty, with many cream based dishes such as mushroom soup, pork sour soup and Chicken Paprika.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

April’s Fools Day by Josip Novakovich

The Sound of Blue by Holly Payne

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Lido di Jesolo

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Morning

Lido di Jesolo

Fly to Venice Airport in the morning, where you will be met by your friendly local guide and transferred to your hotel in Lido di Jesolo. 

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Afternoon

At Leisure

Spend the afternoon at leisure in Lido di Jesolo. Explore the many cafés, restaurants and shops as well, of course, as the stunning ten mile stretch of beach for which the area is known. 

Day 2 - Venice

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Morning

Venice City Tour

Depart from your hotel on a full day excursion, and prepare to be enchanted by the atmospheric canals, tiny alleyways and busy squares that make up the real Venice.  On your morning guided tour you will approach the city in an included water taxi, and see memorable highlights such as St. Mark's Cathedral, Ca’ d’Oro and the imposing Palazzo Ducale. 

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Afternoon

At Leisure

In the afternoon, explore the city at your own pace. Observe the lifestyle of the Venetians and the beautiful piazzas, bridges and dwellings that adorn the quaysides. Take a photograph on the Rialto Bridge, shop for carnival masks, or feed pigeons in St. Mark’s Square!

Day 3 - Ljubljana & Lake Bled

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Morning

Ljubljana City Tour

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and travel by coach to the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana.  Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s highlights, including Ljubljana Castle and the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River.

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Afternoon

Travel to Lake Bled

In the afternoon, continue your journey to the lakeside town of Bled in the Julian Alps. Check in to your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the town at your leisure. A walk along the lakefront is the perfect way to take in the stunning scenery of this remarkable place. Your local guide will be happy to offer suggestions of activities to suit your interests. 

Day 4 - Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj

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Morning

City Tour & Visit to Bled Castle

This morning, take a guided tour of Bled, including a boat trip to Bled Island, which lies in the centre of the lake’s glacial blue waters. The small island is home to a church, small museum and the historic South Staircase, a set of 99 steps built in 1655. Later, visit the medieval Bled Castle which overlooks the lake from its imposing clifftop perch. 

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Afternoon

Lake Bohinj

Roughly half an hour from Bled is Lake Bohinj, the largest lake in Slovenia. Less well known, but just as beautiful as Bled, Lake Bohinj is a popular spot for fishing, swimming and hill walking. Take a cable car trip up to Mount Vogel to marvel at the striking views before enjoying a panoramic drive around the lake. 

Day 5 - Triglav National Park

Morning

Triglav National Park

Today you will embark on a full day excursion around Triglav National Park, home to the highest mountain in Slovenia. In the morning, pay a visit to Planica Ski jump centre where the very first ski jump over 100m was achieved in 1936 on what was then the largest jumping hill in the world. Continue along your scenic mountain route towards Bovec via Vršič Pass, the highest pass in the Julian Alps, and the Soča Valley. Known as "The Emerald Beauty," the Soca is one of few rivers in the world to retain its emerald green colour throughout its length.

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Afternoon

Bovec & Tarvisio

Located in the Bovec Basin below the eastern slopes of Mount Kanin, the town of Bovec provides a charming base for many adventure and water sports in the area. Explore the town and enjoy time for lunch and refreshments before beginning your journey back to your hotel in Bled via the ski resort town of Tarvisio.

Day 6 - Postojna Caves & Poreč

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Morning

Postojna Caves

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and embark on a morning excursion to the Postojna Caves to admire the network of tunnels, halls and karst features. Here you will see the unique cave railway, the blackened entrance which was damaged by fire during World War II, and the impressive Congress Hall, which is now used as a concert venue. Enjoy some free time before beginning your drive to Poreč.

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Afternoon

Poreč

On arrival in Poreč, your guide will take you on a short city tour through the old town to view its churches, medieval walls, round towers, and Gothic and Baroque houses. Poreč’s most famous monument is the UNESCO protected architectural complex of Euphrasius Basilica, which is one of the best examples of early Byzantine architectures in the Mediterranean. You will then have some free time to explore the town at your own pace before checking into your hotel for dinner. 

Day 7 - Rovinj & Pula

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Morning

Rovinj

This morning you will visit the idyllic harbour town of Rovinj, known as the ‘Blue Pearl of the Adriatic’, where you will take a walking tour with your guide. Enjoy some free time to explore the town’s narrow paved streets, tall houses and small squares before departing for Pula.

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Afternoon

Pula

On arrival in Pula, take a city tour to see the town’s magnificent architecture, including the Triumphal Arch of the Sergii, the Gate of Hercules, and the Twin Gates and the Temple of Augustus. A highlight of the day will be a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre, known as the Arena of Pula, which was built back in the 1st century and was the site of many gladiator fights. Spend the remainder of your afternoon exploring Pula at your leisure. Return to Poreč for dinner and your last night in Croatia.

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

Check out of your hotel early and depart for Venice airport for your flight home. Travel time: 3 hours approx.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hotel Le Soleil 4

With a perfect beachfront location in Lido di Jesolo, Hotel Le Soleil boasts a bright, contemporary style. Rooms are pleasingly decorated in restful tones and the excellent leisure facilities include a spa and free bicycle rental. The hotel offers easy access on foot to the resor... read more read more read more

With a perfect beachfront location in Lido di Jesolo, Hotel Le Soleil boasts a bright, contemporary style. Rooms are pleasingly decorated in restful tones and the excellent leisure facilities include a spa and free bicycle rental. The hotel offers easy access on foot to the resort's shops, restaurants and cafés.        

Hotel address
Hotel Le Soleil
Via Treviso, 3
30016 Lido di Jesolo
Italy
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Rikli Balance Hotel 4

Located in the heart of Bled, Rikli Balance Hotel (ex Hotel Golf) - Sava Hotels & Resorts sits at an elevated position, giving it panoramic views of Lake Bled, its Castle and the Julian Alps. It features a modern spa centre with indoor and outdoor pools. Free Wi-Fi ... read more read more read more

Located in the heart of Bled, Rikli Balance Hotel (ex Hotel Golf) - Sava Hotels & Resorts sits at an elevated position, giving it panoramic views of Lake Bled, its Castle and the Julian Alps. It features a modern spa centre with indoor and outdoor pools. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

All of the rooms at the Rikli Balance Hotel are air-conditioned and have a balcony. They are equipped with satellite TV, safe and a minibar. Private bathroom includes a shower or a bath tub and a hairdryer. 

Hotel address
Rikli Balance Hotel
Cankarjeva cesta 4
4260 Bled
Slovenia
Lake Bled
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Hotel Diamant 4

Valamar Diamant Hotel is ideally located in Istria, just 200 metres from the sea and a short stroll from the historic centre of the charming town of Poreč. Surrounded by pine forests and pristine beaches, it offers a range of recreation and relaxation options, including freshwate... read more read more read more

Valamar Diamant Hotel is ideally located in Istria, just 200 metres from the sea and a short stroll from the historic centre of the charming town of Poreč. Surrounded by pine forests and pristine beaches, it offers a range of recreation and relaxation options, including freshwater pools, sporting facilities and themed dinners.  

Hotel address
Hotel Diamant
Brulo 1
52440
Porec
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Valamar Zagreb Hotel 4

Valamar Zagreb Hotel is a modern hotel which enjoys a great location, just 200 metres from the beach and a pleasant seafront stroll from the Old Town of Poreč.  Surrounded by tranquil Mediterranean parkland, the hotel features a ‘show cooking’ restaurant and a large panorami... read more read more read more

Valamar Zagreb Hotel is a modern hotel which enjoys a great location, just 200 metres from the beach and a pleasant seafront stroll from the Old Town of Poreč.  Surrounded by tranquil Mediterranean parkland, the hotel features a ‘show cooking’ restaurant and a large panoramic terrace, while the spacious, well equipped rooms ensure a comfortable stay.

*Sea facing rooms may be requested.  A supplement applies.  Please note that sea views may be restricted due to the presence of trees in the hotel grounds

Hotel address
Valamar Zagreb Hotel
Pical 1, 52440 Poreč, Croatia


Porec
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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