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Venice, Trieste and the Coast of Croatia

Charming Trieste
Any travel experience that starts with a stay in Venice can’t be all bad but it can be extremely good if it continues on to the intriguing (and often overlooked) city of Trieste. A short trip into Slovenia brings you into Croatia one of the hottest destinations in Europe and justifiably so. You will visit Opatija the former playground of the Austro-Hungarian Aristocracy then on to split and Hvar before culminating your trip in the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik.
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Traveler's Overview12 Days $7,965 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels, most meals, wine or your choice of other beverages with all included meals, 1st Class train from Venice to Trieste, private guides throughout and transfers and touring by private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons on request
Trip Dossier

Personal Highlights:

• Dinner with wine on a terrace located directly on the Grand Canal
• Exploring Slovenia’s Postojna Caves in a miniature electric train
• A private tour of the multi-colored houses in Rovinj, known as the “ Tuscany of Croatia”
• Staying at a hotel in Split within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace, the last such palace to be built by the Roman Empire
• A relaxing day on the island of Hvar
• Your residence in Dubrovnik, a former villa, overlooking the walled city and the sea

Day 1 Depart USA

You board your flight for the overnight journey to Venice where your exploration of the Adriatic Coast begins


Day 2 Welcome to Venice

You arrive in Venice in the morning where your guide is waiting to escort you to your private boat which will take you across the lagoon to the city of Venice. When you arrive in Venice your guide will provide an introductory tour of Venice's waterways, concentrating on the Grand Canal. You will see all the former palazzos and homes of the former merchant princes before being dropped off at your hotel which is, itself, a former palazzo and located right on the Grand Canal. You disembark and the rest of the day is at leisure to begin your own exploration of Venice or just to relax. Tonight enjoy dinner on a terrace right on the Grand Canal


Day 3 An Introduction to Venice

After breakfast your guide meets you for the start of your walking tour in Venice. You will start in St. Mark's Square. Your first stop will be the Doges Palace where you will learn about the history, art and culture of the Venetian Republic. This former seat of government is richly decorated by some of the most important artists of the 16th Century and this is especially so in the Doge's private apartments which you will also visit. You cross the Bridge of Sighs to see the old prison of the republic before returning to St Mark's Square where you enter Saint Mark's Church. This was originally the Doge's private chapel but is now the Venetian cathedral and is a rare example of Byzantine Art with its golden mosaics and the "Pala d'Oro" (Golden Altar), rich in enamels, precious stones and jewels. After lunch near St. Mark's square the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to allow you the chance to explore on your own This evening is open to allow you to select from one of the fine restaurants and within walking distance of your hotel.

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Day 4 The Train to Trieste

In the morning you board your water taxi for the trip up across the lagoon to Mestre where you board the train for Trieste. While is now part of Italy, the city has a long and turbulent history. For centuries it was closely aligned with the Hapsburgs and provided the Austro-Hungarian Empire with a port on the Adriatic. After World War 1 it was designated as a free city and stayed that way until occupied by the communists after World War II. They were evicted and the US occupied the city until 1954 when it became part of Italy. Upon arrival in Trieste you are met by your guide and taken on a tour of the city. In the evening your hotel offers a delightful dining opportunity.

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Day 5 A Touch of Slovenia

Trieste actually sits on a thin sliver of land between the Adriatic and the country of Slovenia which was formerly part of Yugoslavia. After breakfast you head inland across the border of Slovenia to visit the Postojna Caves, one of the largest in Europe which you view from an electric train as it journeys about three miles through this natural wonder. You then continue on to cross the border into Croatia and head for the resort city of Opatija which was a playground for the Austro-Hungarian Aristocracy. You waterfront hotel actually started out as a villa used by a Prince and the elegance still remains.

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Day 6 Visiting Rovinj and Pula

Today you will explore aspects of Istria which has a strong Italian influence not only because of its proximity to Italy but the fact that it was part of Italy from 1918 to 1947. Your first stop will be Rovinj which has been referred to as the "Tuscany of Croatia" but with its multi-colored houses along the waterfront it reminds us more of the Venetian islands or the Cinque Terre. You will be the judge however. After lunch you head further down the coast to the town of Pula which is most well known for its Roman Amphitheatre which was built in the 1st Century B.C. It seats 22,000 and is the sixth largest in the world. You will also see Hercules Gate, the Temple of Augustus and the Temple of Jupiter before returning to your hotel.

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Day 7 Driving to Split

Today you head further south along the Adriatic Coast heading for Split, the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. First however you stop at the charming island of Trogir which is a Unesco World Heritage Site and has the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic architecture in all of Central Europe. Of particular note is the Portal of the Church of St. Lawrence carved by the sculptor Radovan in 1240. Also of Interest is the fortress on the harbor built by the Venetians in the 9th Century. You have lunch in Trogir before heading to Split and your hotel.

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Day 8 A Walking Tour of Split and the Ferry to Hvar

Since your hotel is located within the old city and actually within the walls of Diocletian's Palace, you can have a leisurely breakfast before meeting your guide for a walking tour. The palace dates from the end of the third century AD and was one of the last palaces of the Roman Empire to be built. Diocletian's mausoleum and the Temple of Jupiter are fully preserved, though in the Middle Ages they were converted to Christian edifices. After lunch you are taken to the port where you board a ferry to the island of Hvar. Upon arrival you are escorted to your luxury hotel right on the waterfront.

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Day 9 A Day on Hvar

Today you have the chance to relax on this delightful island. "I know paradise now, I know Hvar", goes the local saying and we think you will agree. The island is known as the Croatian Madeira because of its lush vegetation and mild climate. A walk along the waterfront promenade and through the old town reveals a wealth of historical medieval and Renaissance buildings as well as the yachts of the jet set. Since your hotel is located on the waterfront you can people watch as you have dinner and then take the opportunity to walk off dinner with a walk along the promenade


Day 10 The Pearl of the Adriatic

After breakfast, you take the ferry to the mainland where you meet up with your guide for the drive to the walled city of Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". You check into your hotel, a former villa, overlooking the sea and have a chance to have lunch. Since your villa is so close, after lunch you will walk with your guide inside the walls. Once inside you have the chance to visit the Dominican and Franciscan monasteries which are beautiful examples of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Other monuments of significance include the Onofrio fountain, the Rector's Palace and the Sponza Palace. After your visits you walk down Stradun, the old town's pedestrian promenade filled with fine shops, cafes and boutiques before returning to the hotel.

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Day 11 A Private Day in Dubrovnik

The city, as seen from your villa's balcony or restaurant is a breathtaking sight, entirely surrounded by massive gray walls of stone, interspersed with four gates, three forts, five bastions and fourteen square towers. Today you have the day free to wander into town as you see fit or to spend time at the pool or enjoying a delightful alfresco lunch and then going into Dubrovnik for people watching. In the evening say goodbye to Croatia with a farewell dinner

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Day 12 Return to USA

In the morning, your car will be waiting to take you to the airport where you begin your return to the USA arriving back later that same day

Days 2 - 3

Ca' Sagredo
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Located in the very heart of Venice, Ca’Sagredo Hotel typifies the perfect Venetian Palazzo hotel – where exceptional decoration and style combine with contemporary chic. Just a short walk from the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, this luxury five-star boutique hotel surpasses the expectations of even the most discerning of guests. Dating back to the 15th Century, the hotel retains many examples of its glorious past; period furnishings, precious fabrics and magnificent art works can be seen throughout. Each of the hotel’s spacious rooms and suites is elegantly decorated; most offer wonderful views onto the Grand Canal. The theme of luxury is also reflected in the hotel’s restaurant, L’Alcova, which has a panoramic terrace on the waterfront.
Day 4

Savoia Excelsior Palace
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In the heart of the city, overlooking the fabulous Gulf of Trieste, the Savoia Excelsior Palace , constructed during the Austrian imperial era, has been totally renovated with an elegant blend of traditional and contemporary style. The aesthetically appealing choices of the furnishings and details evoke the warm and stylish Mittel-European atmosphere. The rooms have been created to appeal to both business clientele as well as leisure travelers. Looking through the wide windows of the restaurant, bar and lobby areas, a fantastic view overlooking the gulf can be admired. The lounge, conceived as the true sitting room of the hotel, is lighted by a magnificent skylight ceiling which recalls the winter gardens of the Belle Époque.
Days 5 - 6

Hotel Milenji
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Once, Opatija was a favorite destination of numerous Hapsburg elite and even today it has preserved its exceptional beauty and unique harmony with nature. Through the building styles of its splendid villas guests can feel the spirit of days gone by and experience the way of life of Austro-Hungarian noblemen from the time of the Empress Sisi. Today those villas have been transformed into top quality hotels. The first, in fact the southern part of the Milenij Hotel was built in 1836 as a luxurious villa, at first known as the Hasslinger and later as Al mare Villa. The Villa of that time experienced its prosperity in 1898 after setting up a terrace area which soon became a well known cafe. During the government of the Kingdom of Italy, it carried the name Cafe Principe Umberto, in honor of Prince Umberto who once was visited it. Over the years, the villa has changed and experienced numerous modifications. 1908 is particularly important thanks to the famous architect Carl Seidl who designed the old part of today’s Hotel Milenij as an upgrade of the already existing villa. Its reconstruction was finished in 1910 when a completely new building that had no great similarities with the previous one was constructed.
Day 7

Hotel Marmont
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Marmont Hotel was named after Napoleon´s commander, marshal Auguste Frédéric de Marmont, who first began building roads in Dalmatia in the early 19th century. The hotel is located in the heart of the vibrant old city, inside the walls of the Diocletian Palace which has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. That is one of the reasons why the hotel is an extremely appealing place for all who want to be inspired by the Mediterranean spirit and to sense the rhythm of life in this city.
Days 8 - 9
Island of Hvar

Riva, Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel
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Dazzlingly unique interiors with massive murals and quirky cubist furnishings lie behind the 100-year-old façade of Riva, Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel. Nestled on the quayside of the Croatian island of Hvar, overlooking a line of moored yachts, the hotel has a trendy waterfront terrace, sublime sea views and delicious Mediterranean food. Everything here roars with originality, from the waterfront terrace, BB Club, complete with comfy sofas, to sassy, bright interior décor and glass-walled bathrooms. Sip a cocktail and ‘people watch’ from the terrace, which is transformed into a chic dance venue when the sun goes down.
Days 10 - 11

Villa Orsula
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Villa Orsula’s sea view rooms boast incomparable views of the Old Town walls. Built in the 1930s, Villa Orsula's gracious architecture is influenced by the Orient and creates a stylish atmosphere of luxury. The stylish décor and personalized service make Villa Orsula the ideal retreat. The wellness centre offers professional body treatments; massages and therapies to revitalize body and soul and a fully equipped gym and indoor swimming pool are available to help guests maintain fitness levels. The three restaurants offer stylish dining with views of the Adriatic and Dubrovnik city walls. The beach area offers a private beach with stunning sights of the city walls. Relax with a refreshing drink and light lunch from the Beach Terrace restaurant and bar, just a few yards from the water’s edge.