From Venice discover the coastal town of Opatija and the glorious Plitvice Lakes before ending in stunning Split in time to start your Croatian sailing cruise.
Wednesday. Venice - Opatija. Upon arrival into Venice international airport or Venice train station you will be met and transferred by road to the attractive coastal resort of Opatija on the Croatian Riviera. A transfer is also offered at 11am from Tronchetto Bus Station or from hotels in the Venice area (excluding Venice Island). After hotel check-in there's free time to relax before dinner this evening.
Overnight: Opatija | Dinner
This morning we have a short guided tour of Opatija, a famous summer and winter resort of the 19th century Austro-Hungarian elite such as Willhelm II, Franz Josef, Gustav Mahler and Isadora Duncan, which is dotted with stunning Hapsburg era villas. Learn about the rich history of Opatija as we explore the town with our guide, taking in its beautiful architecture, parks and fountains. We'll pass the beautiful Villa Angiolina and while strolling along Lungomare promenade we'll see the Croatian Walk of Fame, inspired by the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which honours famous Croatians in fields ranging from science to sport. The rest of the day is free for you to continue exploring the town or head to the beach to enjoy some rest and relaxation.
Overnight: Opatija | Breakfast
Opatija - Plitvice Lakes - Split. We bid farewell to Opatija this morning and travel to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. This stunning national park consists of 16 lakes all connected by a series of waterfalls. Discover the beautiful scenery on a 3 hour walk across walkways and around the turquoise blue waters. Later we'll enjoy a boat ride on Kozjak Lake, the largest and lowest lake in the national park. After experiencing this pristine setting we take a street train back to the entrance.
Departing Plitvice Lakes we continue our journey to Split and arrive in the early evening. After hotel check-in spend the rest of the evening at leisure in this vibrant city, where you can enjoy a taste of Dalmatian life.
Overnight: Split | Breakfast
Saturday. This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Split including the Diocletian Palace, originally built as a retirement palace in the 4th century for the Roman Emperor, the remaining architecture forms roughly half of the old town of Split. In 1979 the historical old town of Split was granted World Heritage status by Unesco. We return to our hotel later this morning before checking out.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room/cabin. The 'Single supplement' is compulsory for solo travellers or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room/cabin and the amount needs to be added to the per person price. The single supplement offers the comfort of your own room and is also available to any other person wanting their own room/cabin.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Hotel Palace Bellevue , Opatija
Ideally situated just a stone’s throw from the beach Hotel Palace Bellevue is an ideal base for a relaxing stay in Opatjia. The hotel, housed in a beautiful historical building, boasts a blend of tradition and modernity with amenities such as flat screen TV’s and an indoor swimming pool. The bedrooms are decorated in subtle pastel colours and luxurious furnishings with private ensuite bathrooms. A large terrace offers al fresco dining during the evening.
Hotel Bristol, Opatija
The Hotel Bristol has been carefully restored to its former glory. This hotel is set in an imposing building of imperial Austro-Hungarian architecture, looking out across Angiolina Park to the Adriatic Sea. Spacious, bright and well decorated rooms offer free wifi and ensuite facilities. The restaurant serves delicious local and international dishes on a terrace with a stunning view.
Hotel Cornaro, Split
A seamless fusion of traditional and modern, Hotel Cornaro is well known for its professional and friendly service, with an enviable location right in the heart of the city. Diocletian's Palace and the Split City Museum are a 2 and 8 minute walk from the hotel, respectively. The rooms are stylishly decorated with large beds and elegant furnishings and flat screen TV’s. At this hotel you’ll find an inviting rooftop bar which offers wine tasting of local Croatian wines.