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Captivating Italy & Croatia Private Tour

  • Duration14 Nights
  • StylePrivate Tour
  • When to GoApr - Oct
  • Price GuideFrom $8,977 Per Person
It’s easy to visit multiple countries in Europe in a relatively short amount of time, but many travelers aren’t aware of how close Italy and Croatia are. They share a maritime border, while the town of Trieste in Italy is just 30 miles from Umag in Croatia. Discover the rich history of Rome, the incredible art in Florence, and the delights of Venice, then head to Croatia to take in everything from magnificent waterfalls and idyllic beaches to mouthwatering food and fabulous wine while visiting Opatija, Plitvice, Split, and more. You’ll stay in 4- and 5-star hotels, enjoy private luxury transfers and private tours led by knowledgeable local guides. Plus, a day trip to stunning hilltop towns in Tuscany, a fresh oyster tasting experience, and a thrilling excursion to multiple Croatian islands with swim stops in crystal-clear turquoise waters, a boat tour into the Blue Cave, and a visit to sunny Hvar are included too.

At a Glance

  • Days 1 - 3
    • Rome

      • Arrival into Rome & private transfer to hotel
      • Private Ancient Rome tour including the Roman Colosseum
      • Private Vatican City tour discovering the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and the Sistine Chapel
  • Days 4 - 5
    • Florence

      • Train to Florence. Private Florence with the Accademia Gallery walking tour
      • Private day trip to San Gimignano & Siena exploring magnificent palaces and Piazza del Campo
  • Days 6 - 7
    • Venice

      • Train to Venice with free time to explore
      • Private Taste of Venice tour learning about the local life with artisan workshops and lively markets
  • Days 8 - 9
    • Opatija

      • Private transfer to Opatija with a stop in Trieste to visit Miramare Castle
      • Private Explore Istria tour including Hum, Motovun and a winery visit
  • Day 10
    • Plitvice Lakes

      • Pivate transfer to Plitvice Lakes National Park & private tour of the lakes
  • Days 11 - 12
    • Split

      • Private transfer to Split & private city tour including Diocletian’s Palace
      • Group speedboat trip to Blue Cave & Hvar with swim stops
  • Days 13 - 15
    • Dubrovnik

      • Private transfer to Dubrovnik with a stop in Ston for oyster tasting
      • Private Dubrovnik city tour with cable car
      • Private transfer to Dubrovnik Airport
  • Meet Our Expert

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    Michela

    Croatia Specialist

    Having grown up in Italy, I was introduced to Croatia over a decade ago and I immediately fell in love. Like Italy its adorned with spectacular coastline, charming Old Towns and warm and welcoming locals at every turn.

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    What's Included

    • 14 nights in 4 or 5-star accommodation
    • Daily breakfast at all hotels
    • Private airport arrival and departure transfers
    • Private land transfers as noted on itinerary
    • Train tickets (premium class) from Rome to Florence and Florence to Venice
    • Private guided tours in Rome, Vatican City, Florence, San Gimignano and Siena, Venice, Istria, Plitvice Lakes, Split, and Dubrovnik
    • Group speedboat excursion to Blue Cave & Hvar with swim stops
    • Miramare Castle entrance in Trieste
    • Mt. Srd cable car ride in Dubrovnik
    • Wine tasting in Istria
    • Ston oyster tasting experience
    • 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
    • Flexible, personalized itinerary based on your interests

    What's not Included

    • International flights from your country of origin
    • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel staff
    • Any meals, tours, or activities other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
    • Optional tours
    • Incidental local expenses - souvenirs, laundry, taxis, etc
    • Visas for Italy and Croatia. Your consultant will advise of any required visas and how to obtain them
    • Travel insurance - we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip

    Day by Day Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arrival into Rome

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      Begin this captivating tour in the Eternal City, one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations as the center of the Roman Empire with some of the most recognizable landmarks, including the Roman Colosseum. You’ll be met by our driver upon arrival at the airport for a private transfer to your hotel which is a short walk from the famous Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. After checking in and taking time to refresh you might take a stroll to soak up the atmospheric streets, browse the shops and find an enticing café to sit down with a drink while people-watching.

      Accommodation Options:

      • Hotel Artemide 1

        Hotel Artemide

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      • Villa Spalletti Trivelli

        Villa Spalletti Trivelli

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    • Day 2

      Private Ancient Rome tour

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      Today you’ll get a more in-depth look at the heart of the Roman Empire with a half-day private guided tour. Your visit includes the Roman Colosseum where some 50,000 spectators came to watch famous battle re-enactments, dramas, and gladiator games that included brutal fights between man and beast. Afterward, you’ll head to the nearby Roman Forum which was the center of life in the city for more than 900 years between 500 BC and about 410 AD. Important political, religious, and social activities took place on the low-lying land between Capitoline and Palatine hills, with some of the most impressive monuments and temples located there.

    • Day 3

      Private Vatican City tour

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      A half-day private guided tour brings you to Vatican City today. It’s located in Rome but it’s the world’s smallest fully independent nation-state. You’ll explore the vast museum complex, walking through the Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries to view fascinating artifacts. Step inside the Sistine Chapel, the pope’s personal place of worship where you can stand beneath Michelangelo’s incredible frescoes like The Creation of Adam. St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church and the symbolic heart of the Catholic church will be visited too. It’s believed to be the burial site of Saint Peter and holds multiple sculptures, including Michelangelo’s Pieta.

    • Day 4

      Train to Florence. Private Florence with the Accademia Gallery walking tour

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      Heading to your next destination, transfer by water taxi to the train station, with premium class tickets for your ride to Florence. A private transfer brings you to your hotel overlooking the Arno River just a few minutes on foot from Uffizi Gallery. Once you’ve settled in, join a private guide for a walking tour that includes Santa Croce Church, the burial place for famous Italians like Rossini, Galileo, and Michelangelo. Marvel at the Florence Cathedral, constructed in gothic style between 1296 and 1436, Pallazo Vecchio and the town hall. The highlight is the Accademia Gallery, which hosts the original Statue of David by Michelangelo.

      Accommodation Options:

      • Hotel Balestri 1

        Hotel Balestri

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      • Rocco Forte Florence main

        Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy

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    • Day 5

      Private day trip to San Gimignano & Siena

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      Enjoy a day trip to two of the most popular destinations in Tuscany, San Gimignano, and Siena, both of which offer spectacular medieval architecture and beautiful scenery. Discover the stunning skyline of San Gimignano, a UNESCO-listed site with numerous well-preserved towers known as the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages.” Afterward, head to a farmhouse nearby for a typical local meal and then continue to Siena. A local guide will meet you for a tour through the narrow, centuries-old streets to admire magnificent palaces and Piazza del Campo, world-famous for hosting the biannual II Palio horse race. It also includes the 13th-century city hall.

    • Day 6

      Train to Venice

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      Once again you have premium class tickets for the train, but this time you’ll be traveling to Venice. A private transfer will get you to the train station and upon arrival, you’ll be assisted with a transfer to your hotel, a short stroll from St. Mark’s Square, one of the most famous landmarks in the city. It’s also home to iconic buildings like Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Once you’ve checked in and taken time to refresh, you might want to marvel at the incredible details on the buildings and then head directly up the Campanile, for a magnificent view over the city.

      Accommodation Options:

      • Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia 1

        Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia

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      • Ca Sagredo Hotel

        Ca’ Sagredo Hotel

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    • Day 7

      Private Taste of Venice tour

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      Join an expert guide to get a closer look at the famous “Floating City” on the Taste of Venice Tour. Meet up in St. Mark’s Square and look forward to hearing the stories behind the buildings, including the clock tower, basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs that’s connected to it, hovering over Rio di Palazzo. Venture to the Rialto District, the oldest area of the city, home to the monumental Rialto Bridge that crosses the Grand Canal. You’ll be immersed in local life with artisan workshops and lively markets where residents and chefs like to do their shopping.

    • Day 8

      Transfer to Opatija with a stop in Trieste

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      With seven nights behind you, it’s time for the second part of your trip. Say farewell to Venice, taking a private transfer to Opatija, about a 140-mile drive away. You’ll stop en route to visit 19th-century Miramare Castle in Trieste on your own. The large park with rare and exotic trees that surrounds it, overlooking the sea from above, provides a stunning contrast with vibrant green meeting deep blue. In just a little over an hour, you’ll reach the seaside town of Opatija where you’ll check into a sea view room at your hotel with the rest of the day enjoyed at leisure.

      Accommodation Options:

      • Hotel Ambasador Opatija

        Hotel Ambasador Opatija

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      • Hotel Milenij

        Hotel Milenij

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    • Day 9

      Private Explore Istria tour

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      For food and wine lovers there may be no better way to experience its flavours than this private tour. Start by sampling local delicacies and brandies in Hum, the world’s smallest town. While it may be the world’s smallest town with just one street looping around its historic walls, it has an especially enchanting atmosphere. Continue your journey to Motovun, which is arguably Istria’s most beautiful hill town. Here you will have the chance to sample local wines whilst enjoying the view overlooking numerous vineyards.

    • Day 10

      Transfer to Plitvice Lakes National Park & private tour

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      As you’ll be making your way to Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park provides an ideal overnight stop. One of the top attractions in the country, enjoy a private walking tour with a local guide that will be customized to your fitness level and desires. You can explore both the Upper Lakes and Lower Lakes or choose to explore just one section. Either way, you’ll see many stunning lakes in brilliant shades of blues and greens with countless waterfalls laced in between. A panoramic train takes you back to the north entrance at the tour’s conclusion and you’ll enjoy a stay in a hotel nearby.

      Accommodation Options:

      • Hotel Degenija 2

        Hotel Degenija

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      • Hotel Fenomen 2

        Hotel Fenomen

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    • Day 11

      Transfer to Split. Private city tour

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      This morning, continue to Split with your private driver. After checking into your hotel, join a local guide to tour the historic center, nearly half of which is covered by Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. Gaze up at the ancient walls before heading through the “Golden Gate” to discover some of the world’s most well-preserved Roman architecture. You’ll get to see the famous cellars featured in “Game of Thrones” and the Cathedral of St. Domnius, originally built as Diocletian’s Mausoleum. Outside the palace, stroll through the medieval Old Town, ending at the Riva promenade where you can enjoy a drink or dinner on your own.

      Accommodation Options:

      • Piazza Heritage Hotel 2

        Piazza Heritage Hotel

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      • Hotel Park Split

        Hotel Park Split

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    • Day 12

      Small group speedboat trip to Blue Cave & Hvar

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      An exciting day trip awaits as you’ll visit multiple islands on a full-day tour. Look forward to memorable swims in crystal-clear turquoise waters at Stiniva Beach on Vis Island, uninhabited Budikovac, and a hidden bay in the Pakleni islands, known for its outstanding snorkeling with remarkable visibility. At Bisevo Island, you’ll hop in a smaller boat to tour the Blue Cave, witnessing a magical phenomenon of Mother Nature that illuminates the interior in a brilliant blue glow. Sunny Hvar is your final stop, where you’ll enjoy lunch and leisure time to explore Hvar Town with its many shops and historical sites.

    • Day 13

      Transfer to Dubrovnik with a stop in Ston

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      After checking out of your Split hotel, you’ll be met by your private driver for transfer to your final destination, Dubrovnik. At about the midway point, you’ll stop for a very memorable tasting. The village of Ston is internationally renowned for its oysters, with the delicacies considered some of the best in the world. Taking a boat to the middle of Mali Ston Bay, you’ll get to sample their delicious flavors and discover the reasons why they’re so tasty. Once at your hotel in Dubrovnik, the rest of the day is yours – perhaps enjoy the pool or beach before dining in the elegant restaurant.

      Accommodation Options:

      • Hotel Kompas 1

        Hotel Kompas

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      • Villa Dubrovnik 1

        Villa Dubrovnik

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    • Day 14

      Private Dubrovnik city tour with cable car

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      A tour of Dubrovnik’s Old City is a must for any Croatia visitor and today you’ll join a local guide to discover the gothic- and Renaissance-style buildings through the eyes of an expert. Stroll the limestone-paved Stradun, a pedestrianized street, marveling at everything from Sponza Palace and Rector’s Palace to a 14th-century pharmacy that’s one of Europe’s oldest still active pharmacies. We’ve also arranged your entrance to the Mount Srd cable car which will take you to its summit for a bird’s-eye view over the historic center, the walls, the sea, and islands nearby. A celebratory dinner in a rooftop eatery would be an ideal finale.

    • Day 15

      Departure from Dubrovnik

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      Your 15th day marks the end of an incredible adventure. As it’s never easy to say goodbye, if you don’t have to, we’d be happy to arrange a bespoke addition to your itinerary to explore Montenegro or other enchanting destinations. Otherwise, you’ll be met by your private driver for transfer to Dubrovnik’s airport to catch your flight home, taking memories of a lifetime (and, hopefully, plenty of photos) with you.

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