From the Alps to the Adriatic
September 23 - October 1, 2020
$4,298 from Washington, D.C.
Here's a veritable trifecta for the bargain-hunting traveler. Slovenia's architectural treasures seem perfectly set amidst her natural wonders, including a Venetian-style coastline and Alpine peaks as far as the eye can see. Croatia's chic towns along the Istrian Peninsula charm her visitors with period architecture set above winding cobblestone streets and a delectable food and wine scene. And then there's Venice: The many waterways that link this archipelago of 118 islands once earned her the nickname "La Serenissima," though a gondola float up the Grand Canal will quickly reveal that serenity has its livelier side.
Our itinerary begins in Slovenia's seaside resort town of Portorož with an afternoon at leisure and a luxurious stay at the grand Kempinski Palace Portorož. Our travels then take us to the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia for a truffle-hunting tour. Back in Slovenia, we'll explore the coastal town of Piran, renowned for its Venetian architecture, and then visit the home of the famous Lipizzaner horses. Thereafter, we'll tour the romantic castle on Lake Bled, then take in the iconic sites of Solvenia's capital, Ljubljana. An optional excursion includes Pula, Croatia's best-preserved Roman ruins. Our main program includes Rovinj, with all the exuberance and color of a traditional Mediterranean fishing village. Later, we'll drive to Trieste for a visit to the imposing Castello de Maramare overlooking the azure Adriatic Sea. Finally, we'll head to Italy for the splendors of Venice — the Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square, along with La Serenissima's fashionable boutiques, glass blowing exhibits, the enchanting labyrinth of the city itself and, yes, that gondola.
Like other Traveller programs, this tour offers a feast for your senses, showcasing some of the Adriatic's lesser known destinations, charming local cultures and natural wonders. Did we mention that roundtrip air is included?