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Premium Rome to Dubrovnik

23 Days Starting in Rome and ending in Dubrovnik

Visiting: Rome, Siena / Monteriggioni / San Gimignano Region, San Gimignano Region, Pisa / Lucca / Florence, Florence, Venice, Postojna Caves / Ljubljana / Bled, Lake Bohinj / Bled, Motovun / Rovinj, Plitvice, Plitvice Lakes National Park / Zadar, Zadar, Sibenik / Split, Split, Korcula, Dubrovnik

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

ZMPXC

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Low

Age range:

15-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

From storied cities to glittering coastlines, uncover the best of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia on a 23-day Premium adventure. Travel through the rustic heart of Tuscany, explore the wonders of Venice, Pisa’s Leaning Tower and Rome’s Colosseum. Discover the beaming waters of Lake Bled and the underground world of the Postojna Caves and the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Get away from the modern world and in with the locals on the remote island of Lastovo, take in ancient riches on Korcula island and stroll the legendary streets of Dubrovnik. Throw in expert local leaders, buckets of sunshine and some of Europe’s best food and you have an adventure to remember.

Highlights

  • Experience three memorable feature stays - a converted castle hotel in the rolling vineyards of Tuscany's Chianti region, a tranquil hotel on a private island in Istria and an exquisite guesthouse on the unspoiled Lastovo Island.

  • Explore Rome’s iconic Colosseum under moonlight during an evening tour. Walk in the footsteps of gladiators without the jostling daytime crowds.

  • Uncover the natural beauty of the region during visits to Lake Bled and Plitvice Lakes National Park and ride a cable car up Mt Vogel for exceptional views over Lake Bohinj and the foothills of the mighty Alps.

  • Immerse yourself in local culture as you head out with a fisherman from Lastovo Island, helping to bring in the daily catch and enjoying an on-board lunch of the freshest seafood imaginable.

  • Delight in regional specialties during an organic wine-tasting at a family garden vineyard in Tuscany and a truffle and Istrian wine tasting in Motovun.

  • Delight in regional specialties during a wine-tasting at a family garden vineyard in Tuscany and a truffle and Istrian wine tasting in Motovun.

  • Explore Rome’s iconic Colosseum under moonlight during an Exclusive Experience evening tour. Walk in the footsteps of gladiators without the jostling daytime crowds.

  • Enjoy three memorable Feature Stays - a converted castle hotel in the rolling vineyards of Tuscany's Chianti region, a tranquil hotel on a private island in Istria and an exquisite 1776 building in Split.

  • Delight in a truffle tasting in Motovun during an Exclusive Experience. Truffles are combined with local speciality dishes and a sommelier will pair your tasting with suitable Istrian wines to try.

  • Explore scenic Croatian towns with glittering harbors and ancient facades, including the resort town of Opatija and seaside Sibenik, where you'll explore the 15th century stone Cathedral of St. James, decorated with 71 sculpted faces.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Romanico Palace Hotel or similar

Meals Included: dinner

Welcome to Rome! Enjoy a complimentary transfer to your hotel and settle in. If you arrive with time to spare, the city’s magnificent buildings are best appreciated on foot, so perhaps wander in search of an espresso. Your Italian adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, where you will meet your local leader and fellow travellers. Once the formalities are out of the way, get your first taste of Italy over an included dinner with your group at an excellent local restaurant. Sitting down to dinner in Rome means experiencing generations of culinary know-how and timeless traditional recipes. Once your leader introduces you to some of Italy’s best dishes, you’ll understand why this country is so renowned for great food.

Included Activities:
-Rome - Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurant
-Complimentary Arrival Transfer

Day 2: Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Romanico Palace Hotel or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast

From incredible ancient monuments to glamourous restaurants and boutiques, Rome is a city of great beauty and diversity. Today your leader will take you back in time as you learn about historical monuments during an orientation walk of the city. Marvel at the Roman Forum, the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Venezia, the Spanish Steps and Via Dei Condotti. Stop in at a local bar for a quick coffee or gelato. The afternoon is free for you to explore as you please – perhaps take the chance to visit the majestic Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica. Rome’s grandiose Colosseum is its most iconic site, and this evening you’ll have the opportunity to avoid the daytime crowds and explore the Colosseum by night. Follow the footsteps of gladiators and Roman emperors as your leader shares the unbelievable history of this great arena.

Included Activities:
-Rome – Coffee Granita (Coffee semi-frozen dessert)
-Rome – Guided walking tour
-Rome – Nobleman’s home visit and lunch (Exclusive Experience)

Optional Activities:
-Vatican City - Vatican Museum
-Vatican City - St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator
-Rome - Venezia Palace
-Rome - Galleria Borghese
-Rome - Pantheon
-Rome - Castel Sant'Angelo
-Rome - Christian Catacombs
-Rome - Keats-Shelley Memorial House
-Rome – Colosseum

Day 3: Siena / Monteriggioni / San Gimignano Region

Location: Siena / Monteriggioni / San Gimignano Region

Accommodation: Terre Rosse or Villa San Giorgio (Feature Stay) or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

Today you’ll take a private vehicle to the gorgeous city of Siena, where your leader will show you the most interesting sights on an orientation walk. At the city’s heart is Piazza del Campo – home to the biannual Palio horse race, and nearby is the stunning Siena Cathedral. Next you’ll visit Monteriggioni – a charming medieval walled town. Over a dozen towers are spread throughout the town, once used to defend Sienese territory from the Florentines. You will have time to explore this tiny hilltop spot before arriving at your Feature Stay accommodation near San Gimignano. This country hotel with cinematic views of a tree-studded landscape and a refreshing outdoor pool is a fine spot to unwind. Tonight, indulge in an included gourmet dinner at your hotel with your group – the food is made with local ingredients and pays homage to traditional Tuscan dishes, with a modern twist.

Included Activities:
-Siena - Orientation Walk
-Monteriggioni - Orientation Walk
-Chianti Region - Gourmet Dinner

Day 4: San Gimignano Region

Location: San Gimignano Region

Accommodation: Terre Rosse or Villa San Giorgio (Feature Stay) or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

Start the day with a visit to San Gimignano – the 'Town of Fine Towers'. Explore the medieval Old Town centre and its fine Gothic and Romanesque architecture, with your leader on hand to answer any questions inspired by your explorations. This region is also renowned for its ancient Vernaccia grapes, which are the basis for one of Tuscany's finest white wines. Your group will visit a local agriturismo, where you’ll explore the vineyards and sample some of their celebrated wine, before enjoying an included lunch featuring regional cheese, fine olive oil and bruschetta. Return to your Feature Stay accommodation for another delicious dinner.

Included Activities:
-San Gimignano - Agriturismo Winery Tour & Tasting

Day 5: Pisa / Lucca / Florence

Location: Pisa / Lucca / Florence

Accommodation: Hotel Laurus al Duomo or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today you’ll visit Pisa. It’s not always possible to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa due to its precarious state, but as your leader shares the history of this legendary building, you will have the opportunity to photograph it from the ground. Your next stop is Lucca, where you’ll take a short walk along the city’s beautifully preserved Renaissance walls.

Next up, depart to Florence where you’ll discover the city on an orientation walk with your leader. Marvel at the Duomo cathedral, visit St. John's Baptistery and hear stories of the Medici family who ruled over the city during the Renaissance. Cross the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge and stop by the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy. Established in 1221, this is believed to be the oldest operating pharmacy in the world. You’ll visit the Giardino delle Rose for a sweet-scented walk among 400 rose species before heading to Piazzale Michelangelo for sweeping views of Florence’s timeless skyline.

Included Activities:
-Florence - Orientation Walk
-Pisa - Pisa Visit & Orientation walk
-Lucca - City Walls & Orientation Walk

Optional Activities:
-Pisa - Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 6: Florence

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Hotel Leonardo da Vinci or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning join a private guided walk of Florence you will earn about its Glorious past and the notable families that made Florence an important centre for culture, economy and politics.
Your tour includes a visit of the Galleria dell ‘Accademia, an art museum renowned for its collection of sculptures, including the iconic statue of David by Michelangelo.

Enjoy a free afternoon at your own pace – ask your leader for some local tips on the best way to spend the day. Visiting the Uffizi while you are here is highly recommended – it is one of the oldest galleries in the world, and a building of great beauty. And be sure to head to Piazzale Michelangelo for sweeping views of Florence’s timeless skyline. Sample some of the culinary delicacies on offer from across Tuscany, with dishes known for their freshness, simplicity and quality. Olive oil, beans and herbs are a feature here. Two standout dishes of the region are bistecca alla fiorentina, a large steak sliced on the bone and shared between multiple diners, and ribollita, a simple, hearty soup of bread, vegetables, and beans. Panforte is the signature sweet treat.

Included Activities:
-Florence - Galleria dell ’Accademia admission
-Florence – Highlights of Florence Guided walk

Optional Activities:
-Florence - Museo dell'Opera di S.Maria del Fiore
-Florence - Pitti Palace (Boboli Gardens, Museo Argenti, Costume Gallery, Porcellain Museum)
-Florence - Bargello Museum
-Florence - Palazzo Vecchio
-Florence - Uffizi Gallery
-Florence - Medici Chapels
-Florence - Baptistry
-Florence - Duomo & Campanile
-Florence - Accademia

Day 7: Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

In the morning, head to the railway station and take a high-speed train to Venice. Upon arrival your leader will take you on an orientation walk so you can get acquainted with the city’s maze of canals and learn about its unique history. Lunch today is a tasting of cicchetti – Venice’s version of tapas. Enjoy a delicious array of small dishes such as black ink calamari, polenta with seafood and seasonal vegetables. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. The Grand Canal, the quaint shopfronts that line the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco are all worthy sights to visit, or simply meander around the tiny cobbled streets and discover the beautiful markets, cafes, galleries and churches. A Venetian gondola ride down the canals is a must, as is a taste of the region’s dessert speciality, tiramisu.

Included Activities:
-Venice - Orientation Walk including Fondaco Terrace Rooftop
-Venice – Traghetto boat ride
-Venice - Farewell Dinner at Local Restaurant

Day 8: Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio or similar

Meals Included: dinner

The day is yours to explore more of marvellous Venice. You may like to catch a ferry to the island of Murano to tour its glass blowing factories, or to the nearby Burano to learn about its famous lace production. A meeting will take place at your hotel at 6pm this evening to welcome any new travellers joining you for the next part of your adventure. After the meeting tonight, join your leader and small group for dinner at a fabulous local restaurant. Venice is famous for fantastic seafood and fresh Veneto vegetables – perhaps try some fritto misto, a delicious mix of fried seafood, or risotto with asparagus.

Included Activities:
-Venice - Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurant
-Complimentary Arrival Transfer

Optional Activities:
-Venice - Chicchetti & Wine Tour of Venice Urban Adventure
-Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs
-Venice - Gondola Ride
-Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury
-Venice - St Mark's Campanile
-Venice - Traghetto Ride
-Peggy Guggenheim Collection
-Venice - Accademia Gallery

Day 9: Postojna Caves / Ljubljana / Bled

Location: Postojna Caves / Ljubljana / Bled

Accommodation: Hotel Lovec or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast

Farewell Venice in the morning and travel to the Postojna Caves, where you will take some time out for lunch before exploring. A network of 20 kilometres of passages, galleries and chambers, Postojna is the largest classic karst cave in Europe. Begin with a two-kilometre open-top train ride through narrow tunnels into the jungle of stalactites and stalagmites. In the vast chambers the electric lighting allows you to admire the size and splendour of the underground world, and the leader will explain the geology of these natural wonders. Continue to Ljubljana, a city full of style and sophistication. On arrival take a guided tour around the Old Town with your leader. Learn about the city’s history as you visit Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall, Cathedral of St Nicholas and the Dragon Bridge. You'll also pay a visit to the open market under arcades before continuing to the lake side town of Bled.

Included Activities:
-Postojna - Caves Visit
-Ljubljana - Walking Tour
-Ljubljana - Castle visit & funicular

Day 10: Lake Bohinj / Bled

Location: Lake Bohinj / Bled

Accommodation: Hotel Lovec or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

This morning you’ll drive through the misty Sava Bohinjka Valley to beautiful Lake Bohinj, the largest permanent natural lake in Slovenia. Take a cable car to the top of Mt Vogel, where you will be greeted by simply astonishing views of evergreen woods sloping down the mountains to touch the brilliant blue waters. Take some time to enjoy this amazing area before returning to Bled, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then embark on some sightseeing. Take a Pletna boat ride (a wooden, awning-covered boat rowed by a special oarsman) to the island on Lake Bled and climb up the 99 steps to St Mary's Church. Enjoy a free evening. Be sure to seek out the famous Bled cream cake, which isn’t hard; nearly every cafe and cake shop in town claims that theirs is the best.

Included Activities:
-Bled - Pletna Boat Trip on Lake Bled
-Lake Bohinj - Cable Car to Mt Vogel
-Lake Bohinj - Day Trip

Optional Activities:
-Bled - Castle
-Triglav National Park - Vintgar Gorge

Day 11: Motovun / Rovinj

Location: Motovun / Rovinj

Accommodation: Island Hotel Istra or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast

Farewell Slovenia this morning and drive to Motovun, one of Croatia’s most interesting towns. Motovun sits on the top of a cone-shaped hill surrounded by the natural diversity of the bountiful Mirna River Valley, whose forests are famous for truffle hunting. The medieval charm of the town is still found in its well-preserved architecture. Today you will have the chance to sample the delectable local product during a truffle tasting combined with fritaja (Croatian omelette), a local speciality. Your sommelier will pair your tasting with suitable Istrian wines to try, such as the famous Malvazija. Continue on to the romantic Croatian town of Rovinj, one of the best-kept towns on the Adriatic Coast. Among Rovinj's qualities is the beautiful, architecturally intact old town centre, and its venetian-style St. Euphemia Church. Tonight’s accommodation is set on a private island just a short boat ride from Rovinj. Away from the pressures of the mainland, here you’ll experience total tranquillity on your own slice of paradise. The hotel makes the most of its scenic setting, with stunning views at every turn.

Included Activities:
-Motovun - Truffle & Wine Tasting
-Rovinj - Orientation Walk
-Motovun - Town Walls Walk

Day 12: Plitvice

Location: Plitvice

Accommodation: Hotel Lyra or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

Spend a leisurely morning enjoying your hotel, and perhaps enjoy a swim in the sparkling ocean surrounding your island hotel. In the afternoon, head to your next destinaiton. Arrive at your accommodation, tucked away in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 13: Plitvice Lakes National Park / Zadar

Location: Plitvice Lakes National Park / Zadar

Accommodation: Hotel Kolovare or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today you will explore one of Croatia's most beautiful sites – Plitvice Lakes National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is fairy-tale land of wooded hills, rare creatures, turquoise lakes and stunning waterfalls. Enjoy some time to discover the park’s wonderful trails. Your leader will recommend the best routes to take to suit your interests and will outline the rules of the park. After your memorable visit to the lakes, drive to the walled city of Zadar. For centuries Zadar was the capital city of Dalmatia, and the city's rich heritage is visible at every step. Take an afternoon sightseeing tour of this splendid city with a local guide. Learn the ancient history of the Roman Forum built in the first-Century and St Donatus' Church. Visit the reconstructed Romanesque St Grisigono's Church, St Mary's bell tower, St Anastasia's Cathedral, and the People's Square. Lastly, you will visit the Three and Five Wells Squares. There is also an opportunity to visit the Gold and Silver Museum. In the late afternoon top off the day with a sunset drink overlooking the bay.


Included Activities:
-Plitvice Lakes National Park - Entrance & Hike
-Zadar - Sightseeing Tour with Local Guide
-Zadar - Sunset Drink

Day 14: Zadar

Location: Zadar

Accommodation: Hotel Kolovare or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast

The day is yours to continue to get to know Zadar. Speak to your leader for advice on how to tailor a perfect day in this city – there’s so much to do, the hard part is deciding what to choose. There are a number of excellent museums to visit including the Museum of Church Art, the Archaeological Museum and the National Museum. Don't forget to visit the famous ‘Greeting to the Sun’ and the ‘Sea Organ’, two of the more modern sights of Zadar. The latter is a man-made organ on Zadar's Riva that works with the motion of the waves and 35 pipes to create a musical soundscape. You could also visit the vibrant fish markets of this port town, take a dip in the clear coastal waters, or explore the cafe culture and do some people watching. If Plitvice whetted your appetite for waterfalls, take an optional tour to Krka National Park. Or, explore some of the 89 sun-soaked islands of Kornati National Park.

Optional Activities:
-Zadar - Krka National Park Day Trip
-Zadar - Kornati National Park Day Trip
-Zadar – Gold and Silver of the city of Zadar Museum
-Zadar – Museum of ancient glass
-Zadar - Archaeological Museum

Day 15: Sibenik / Split

Location: Sibenik / Split

Accommodation: Santa Lucia Heritage Hotel (Feature Stay) or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast

After breakfast, drive to Split, making a stop in the quaint town of Sibenik. Walk amongst the stone houses, churches, narrow alleys and lanes, where past and present sit in harmony. Visit St Jacob's Cathedral, a 15th-century jewel that’s UNESCO protected, before taking some time for lunch. Continue on to your final destination of Split. This is Croatia's second largest city, located in the heart of the Dalmatian coast and set on the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea against a backdrop of coastal mountains. Check into your Feature Stay accomodation, a charming boutique hotel with centuries of history (it started its life in the 1700's as the first cafe in Split!), situated on the most beautiful square in the city. This evening you may like to head to one of Split’s excellent restaurants with your group for dinner.

Included Activities:
-Sibenik - Orientation Walk
-Sibenik - St. James Cathedral

Optional Activities:
-Split - Fish Market - Free
-Split – Highlights of Split Urban Adventure
-Split - Marjan Hill Hike - Free
-Split - Ivan Mestrovic Gallery
-Split - Archaeological Museum
-Split - Diocletian's Palace Cellars
-Split - St Domnius Cathedral and Tower
-Split - Ethnographic Museum
-Split - Gallery of Fine Arts
-Split - City Museum

Day 16: Split

Location: Split

Accommodation: Santa Lucia Heritage Hotel (Feature Stay) or similar

Meals Included: dinner

Dobro dosli! Welcome to Croatia. Your adventure begins in Split – right on the Adriatic coast, this is Croatia’s second-largest city, combining stunning architecture with timeless tradition. You’ll be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel when you arrive, ready for a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive early, you might like to visit the Mestrovic Gallery, which displays the remarkable work of one of Croatia’s greatest sculptors. After the meeting, get to know your fellow travellers and group leader over dinner at one of Split’s excellent restaurants and maybe try some brudet (a rustic seafood stew) and rozata (a creamy custard pudding). Tonight, you’ll stay in your Feature Stay – Santa Lucia Heritage Hotel in the Pjaca (the most beautiful square in Split).

Included Activities:
-Split - Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurant
-Complimentary Arrival Transfer

Day 17: Split

Location: Split

Accommodation: Santa Lucia Heritage Hotel (Feature Stay) or similar

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, you’ll head out on a sustainable Urban Adventure – Unveiling Split’s Living History. Led by a licensed heritage interpreter, stroll through the historic streets of Split, unveil the city's hidden gems and get a glimpse into the lives of those who call this 1700-year-old city their home. Wander through cobblestoned streets in the footsteps of past emperors and kings and learn about how Split has evolved over the centuries, now embracing eco-friendly initiatives like solar power and waste management. Explore the workshops of local artisans and witness the skill and passion of their creations. This afternoon is free to explore the seaside city at your own pace – maybe find the perfect seafood restaurant with sweeping views of the coast and tuck into some fresh cuisine over a glass of wine. Or, head back to your Feature Stay and chill on the la luce terrace or in the secret garden.

Included Activities:
-Split - Walking Tour with Local Guide
-Split - Diocletian's Palace Visit

Optional Activities:
-Split - Fish Market - Free
-Split - Marjan Hill Hike - Free
-Split – Highlights of Split Urban Adventure
-Split - City Museum
-Split - Ivan Mestrovic Gallery
-Split - St Domnius Cathedral and Tower
-Split - Ethnographic Museum
-Split - Diocletian's Palace Cellars
-Split - Archaeological Museum
-Split - Gallery of Fine Arts

Day 18: Korcula

Location: Korcula

Meals Included: breaksfast

Take a morning ferry to Korcula – a paradisical island off the Dalmatian Coast. When you arrive in the afternoon, head out on a walking tour with a local guide dressed in traditional costume to the folklore treasury of Korcula Town. Here, traditional costumes and items are displayed exclusively for Intrepid tour groups (other tour groups don't have permission) and learn about the history of this island, whose population is almost entirely made up of ethnic Croats. After, maybe hit one of the hidden beaches like Vela Przina or Proizd, wander the orange-topped architecture in the Old City or soak up some of the local wine culture among the olive groves.

Included Activities:
-Korcula Island - Korcula Old Town Orientation Walk

Day 19: Korcula

Location: Korcula

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Get ready for an exciting, custom-made half-day tour around Korcula today. You'll explore the rich history of the island and visit places that are less impacted by tourism, supporting the local community. First, visit the Ethnographic Museum Barilo in Blato and explore the impressive collection, which includes agricultural tools, ceremonial clothes, traditional costumes, kitchen utensils and handicrafts that give a unique insight into the daily lives of the owners' ancestors. Wander the house and garden, then join your hosts for a tasting of local liqueurs, brandies, arancini, fried almonds and dried figs, prepared according to traditional recipes. After, head to Vela Luka to see the 20,000-year-old Vela Spila archaeological site and cave. Take a short walk over the cave for beautiful panoramic views of the archipelago and the bay below. Visit the archaeological museum before heading out to a local village for lunch and a wine tasting of local drops, at a small family winery among the hills. 

Included Activities:
-Korcula - Local Winery lunch and wine tasting
-Vela Luka - Vela Spila
-Korcula - Custom half day tour

Day 20: Korcula

Location: Korcula

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today is a free day in Korcula. You might like to spend the day lazing at one of the hidden beaches and soak up the sun, taking a dfip in the glittering waters of the bay. Alternatively, maybe head to another local winery and support the local community with some delicious cuisine and a glass of wine (or three). Perhaps continue your explorations of the Old Town tonight, taking in the stocky Revelin Tower and impressive defensive walls before stopping for dinner in one of the island’s many restaurants.

Included Activities:
-Korcula – Blato Ethno House Barilo

Optional Activities:
-Korcula - Traditional Moreska Dance Performance
-Korcula – Hop on hop off boat
-Korcula – City Museum
-Korcula - Mljet National Park visit (including the ferry)

Day 21: Dubrovnik

Location: Dubrovnik

Meals Included: breaksfast

You’ll begin the journey to Dubrovnik today, stopping at Trsteno along the way – a small village just 20 km away from Dubrovnik. Here, you’ll tuck into a delicious brunch of local products made by a local family on their farm and presented by the famous Croatian chef Katija Paseta. Soak in the garden views and morning sun and then be treated to an olive oil tasting (a bottle of this locally produced kitchen necessity makes for the perfect souvenir!). Visit the arboretum next door – this is the oldest monument of garden architecture and the only arboretum in Croatia that dates back to the 15th century. This is also a Game of Thrones filming location but is far less crowded with fans than Dubrovnik’s Old Town. As you spot filming locations you recognise from the show (well away from the tourist crowds), take in the gorgeous views of the Elaphiti Islands and the Adriatic Sea below. Continue to the medieval walls of picturesque Dubrovnik, where you’ll have a free evening to find the best spot for dinner.

Included Activities:
-Dubrovnik - City Walls
-Trsteno - Arboretum visit
-Trsteno - Olive Farm tasting and brunch

Day 22: Dubrovnik

Location: Dubrovnik

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

The day is free to explore Dubrovnik at your leisure. This gorgeous city offers a wealth of experiences to cater to every taste, so maybe ask your leader for some suggestions. Maybe visit the historical Rector's Palace and marvel at the ornate Venetian-Gothic architecture or sip a beer on the terrace of one of Dubrovnik’s teetering cliff bars. Take a Game of Thrones walking tour to some more filming locations if you're a fan, or just people-watch over an espresso. Tonight, you'll be treated to a sunset sail on the glittering Adriatic waters. On a private boat, you'll sail to the Elafiti Islands, taking in the stunning coastal scenery during golden hour. Go for a couple of swims off the boat and then hit land and visit the picturesque fisherman's village of Lopud. Here, you'll toast to an incredible trip with the group over a farewell dinner of local cuisine. Sail back to Dubrovnik just in time to enjoy the view of Old Town from the sea during sunset and toast to an unforgettable memory with some nice local wine.

Included Activities:
-Dubrovnik - Sunset Sailing

Day 23: Dubrovnik

Location: Dubrovnik

Meals Included: breaksfast

Your trip ends after breakfast this morning. If you're looking to extend your stay and soak more of Dubrovnik's unique beauty, additional accommodation can be arranged for you – just speak to your booking agent.   

What's Included

  • Rome - Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurant

  • Rome - Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

  • Rome - Orientation Walk

  • Monteriggioni - Orientation Walk

  • Rome - Afterhours Visit to the Colosseum

  • Siena - Orientation Walk

  • San Gimignano - Agriturismo Winery Tour & Tasting

  • Chianti Region - Castello Gourmet Dinner

  • Lucca - City Walls & Orientation Walk

  • Florence - Orientation Walk

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Accommodation

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.
  • Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.
  • OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
  • TWIN SHARE BASIS
  • Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.
  • CHECK-IN TIME
  • Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
  • PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
  • If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
  • FACILITIES
  • Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges.

Transport

  • TRAINS
  • The main mode of transportation on this trip is by train. Italian long-distance and inter-regional trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning. Toilets are always available. Some of the trains have snack bars (or vending machines) and power points next to the seats but that cannot be guaranteed on every journey. Regional and metropolitan trains are usually a bit more basic and can be quite busy, but this just adds to the experience. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long (and short) distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre of your next destination.

Important Information

  • 1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
  • 2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room?on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip?and is subject to availability. There are a limited number of single supplements available per trip departure. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are international flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, Complimentary arrival airport transfer

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, except optional activities

  • Is this trip right for you

    Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of intrepid travel charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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