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Perian

Hi I’m Perian. I’m originally from Toronto and now live in Italy. I frequently visit Croatia throughout the season in search of new off the beaten track experiences and charming boutique properties for my clients.

Perian

Croatia Specialist

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Overview

  • from $9,095 PP
  • 14 Nights
  • Private
  • Apr - Oct
  • Easy
  • 10hrs from NYC
  • Dubrovnik

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Highlights

If you can’t decide between Italy and Croatia for your next getaway, why not both? It’s easy to explore these two captivating countries in one trip thanks to their close proximity. This 14-night tour will bring you to many highlights, with seven nights in Rome, Florence and Venice followed by seven nights in Opatija, Plitvice, Split, and Dubrovnik. Look forward to many private guided tours that bring the sights to life through expert local knowledge along with plenty of opportunities to sample the region’s mouthwatering cuisine and fine wine too. A unique tasting experience will be enjoyed in Ston, world-famous for its oysters, and you’ll get to explore some Croatian islands with a memorable speed boat trip to popular Hvar and the renowned Blue Cave on Bisevo Island. Your accommodation has all been hand-selected with stays in 4- and 5-star hotels and as always, you’ll have access to 24/7 support provided by our dedicated staff.

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At a Glance

  • Days 1/3
    • Rome

      • Transfer to Rome hotel
      • Private Ancient Rome tour
      • Private Vatican City tour
  • Days 4/5
    • Florence

      • Transfer via premium class train to Florence
      • Private Florence with the Accademia Gallery walking tour
      • Private day trip to San Gimignano & Siena
  • Days 6/7
    • Venice

      • Transfer to Venice via premium class train
      • Private Taste of Venice tour
  • Days 8/9
    • Opatija

      • Transfer to Opatija with a stop in Trieste to visit Miramare Castle
      • Private Explore Istria tour
  • Day 10
    • Plitvice Lakes

      • Transfer to Plitvice Lakes hotel
      • Private tour of Plitvice Lakes
  • Days 11/12
    • Split

      • Transfer to Split hotel
      • Private Split city tour
      • Group speedboat trip to Blue Cave & Hvar
  • Days 13/15
    • Dubrovnik

      • Transfer to Dubrovnik hotel with a stop in Ston for oyster-tasting
      • Private Dubrovnik city tour with cable car
      • Private wine & oyster tour
      • Transfer to Dubrovnik airport
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    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 Rome: Arrival into Rome

    Rome, Italy

    Upon arrival at the airport in Rome, you’ll be met by your private driver for transfer to your hotel in the heart of it all with top attractions like the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain within a 15-minute walk away. After checking in you might want to enjoy a relaxed stroll, perhaps stopping to toss a coin in the famous fountain. Legend tells that if you turn around, facing away from the fountain, and toss it over your shoulder, you’re guaranteed a return visit to Rome. There are many shops to browse and cafes for unwinding with a glass of wine while people-watching too.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Artemide, Rome

    Day 2 Rome: Private Ancient Rome Tour

    Colosseum in Rome, Italy

    Join your private guide for the half-day Ancient Rome tour that brings you to the ancient heart of the city to explore the Roman Colosseum and the Roman Forum. You’ll be immersed in the history of the Roman Empire, first visiting the Roman Colosseum which dates back to the 1st century AD, used for nearly 500 years as a venue for gladiator games, including brutal fights between man and beast, battle re-enactments, and more. Nearby, the Roman Forum served as the hub of life in the city, hosting celebrations, festivals, rituals, and funerals from 500 BC through 410 AD when the Roman Empire began to fall.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Artemide, Rome

    Day 3 Rome: Private Vatican City Tour

    Vatican, Rome

    Today you’ll visit Vatican City on a half-day tour with your private guide. It may be in Rome but it’s an independent state that even has its own militia to protect the pope, a flag, and coins. You’ll witness one of the most extensive collections of Renaissance art in a vast complex of museums that includes the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Geographical Maps. Of course, it’s also home to the Sistine Chapel so you’ll get to marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes too. A visit to the world’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica which holds Michelangelo’s Pieta is included as well.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Artemide, Rome

    Day 4 Florence: Train to Florence. Private Florence with the Accademia Gallery Walking Tour

    Florence, Italy

    This morning you’ll travel to the train station where you’ll ride to Florence, premium class tickets in hand. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by your private driver for a transfer to your hotel. Take time to refresh before enjoying a walking tour that visits many top sights. You’ll see Santa Croce Church, the burial place for Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, and other Italian greats, in addition to visiting Florence Cathedral, the town hall, and Pallazo Vecchio. The Accademia Gallery is a highlight where you’ll get to see the beautiful original statue of David by Michelangelo, sculpted from 1501 to 1504.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Balestri, Florence

    Day 5 Florence: Private Day Trip to San Gimignano & Siena

    San Gimignano, Italy

    An exciting day trip with your private driver/guide brings you to the medieval hilltop towns of San Gimignano and Siena. The “Town of Fine Towers,” San Gimignano features uniquely preserved 11th-century tower houses and encircling walls, providing a remarkable skyline you’ll see upon approach. After visiting, enjoy a typical local meal at a farmhouse for lunch and then continue to Siena to meet a local guide for a tour. Your introduction includes Piazza del Campo, the main square which hosts the 13th-century city hall and a soaring bell tower. It’s also the hub of local life and world-famous for its biannual II Palio horse race.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Balestri, Florence

    Day 6 Venice: Train to Venice

    Venice's Grand Canal, Italy

    It’s time to head to Venice, taking a private transfer to the train station with your premium class tickets in hand. Upon arrival, you’ll transfer to your hotel in the “Floating City,” just a short walk from the famous St. Mark’s Square. After settling in, you might want to do a little exploring on your own, perhaps riding the elevator to the top of St. Mark’s Campanile, the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica which soars over 323 feet above the city as the tallest structure in Venice. You’ll get a bird’s-eye view over the city and even the Dolomites on a clear day.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia, Venice

    Day 7 Venice: Private Taste of Venice Tour

    Venice, Italy

    Enjoy an in-depth look at many of the highlights in Venice on the “Taste of Venice” tour. Meet your private guide in St. Mark’s Square where you’ll see St. Mark’s Basilica, the Torre dell ’Orologio (clock tower) the 14th-century gothic-style Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs connected to the palace over Rio di Palazzo. Head to the central part of the city to explore the oldest area, the Rialto district with its markets and artisan workshops revealing the most authentic side of Venice.  Enjoy people-watching at the historic Rialto Market with its colorful produce and fresh seafood, where many locals do their shopping.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia, Venice

    Day 8 Opatija: Transfer to Opatija with a stop in Trieste

    Miramare Castle, Trieste

    It’s time to begin the second portion of your trip, with a private transfer provided to Opatija, Croatia, a little less than a three-hour drive away. Your scenic journey will be broken up with a stop to visit Trieste where we’ve arranged for your entrance to Miramare Castle, a majestic 19th-century white castle overlooking the sea surrounded by a park filled with rare and exotic trees. Upon arrival to Opatija, a spectacular seaside town with a backdrop of the Ucka Mountains on the Istrian Peninsula, you’ll check into a sea view room at your hotel. Afterward, you might enjoy the indoor and outdoor saltwater pools.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Ambasador, Opatija

    Day 9 Opatija: Private Explore Istria Tour

    Istria Wine, Croatia

    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.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Ambasador, Opatija

    Day 10 Plitvice Lakes: Transfer to Plitvice Lakes NP & Private Tour

    Plitvice

    Plitvice is the perfect overnight stop between Istria and Split, allowing you to explore one of Croatia’s most popular attractions, Plitvice Lakes National Park. You’ll have your own private guide for a walking tour that explores either the Upper Lakes or Lower Lakes section, or both. No matter what your decision is, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning cascades like Veliki Slap, the “Great Waterfall,” Mali Prstavac, and Veliki Prstavac. The 16 interconnected lakes provide fantastic photo-ops in brilliant shades ranging from deep emeralds to vibrant aquamarines. At the tour’s conclusion, hop on the panoramic train to return to the park’s north entrance.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Degenija, Plitvice

    Day 11 Split: Transfer to Split. Private City Tour

    Split

    A private transfer brings you to your hotel in Split from Plitvice. Settle in and then enjoy a comprehensive tour of the historic center. Start at the palace’s south wall to appreciate its grandeur, heading inside to explore the incredibly well-preserved Roman architecture, much of which dates to the early 3rd century. Discover the hidden cellars, Peristyle Square, and St. Domnius Cathedral, originally built as Diocletian’s Mausoleum. Continue to the north entrance, leaving the palace to explore the cobbled streets of the medieval Old Town. Conclude at the Riva waterfront promenade. Lined with many bars and restaurants, stick around afterward to take advantage of them.

    • Preferred Hotel Piazza Heritage Hotel, Split

    Day 12 Split: Group Speedboat Trip to Blue Cave & Hvar

    Blue Cave, Bisevo, Croatia

    Embark on an adventure to multiple Croatian islands with a full-day tour starting with some unforgettable swim stops, including Vis Island, swimming off the shores of stunning Stiniva Beach, framed by high cliffs, followed by uninhabited Budikovac and a “secret bay” in the Pakleni islands, ideal for snorkeling with crystal-clear blue waters. Next, visit Bisevo Island, home to the world-famous Blue Cave. When conditions are right, the sun beams its rays through a crack in the roof, illuminating the interior with a stunning, brilliant blue glow. Conclude in Hvar with lunch and free time to explore the shops and historical attractions in Hvar Town.

    • Preferred Hotel Piazza Heritage Hotel, Split

    Day 13 Dubrovnik: Transfer to Dubrovnik with a stop in Ston

    Oyster & Wine Tour, Croatia

    It’s time to say farewell to Split, with your private driver/guide picking you up at your hotel upon checkout. While your destination is Dubrovnik, after about 90 minutes there will be a special stop in the fishing village of Ston, world-famous for its oysters which are considered some of the world’s best, thanks to the high concentration of salt and minerals in the bay. You’ll hop on a boat for a short ride, enjoying the fabulous Mali Ston bay scenery on the way to a fresh oyster tasting. Upon arrival at your Dubrovnik hotel, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Kompas, Dubrovnik

    Day 14 Dubrovnik: Private Dubrovnik City Tour with Cable Car

    Dubrovnik Cable Car

    Get to know one of Croatia’s top destinations, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” on a private walking tour through its walled medieval Old City. Follow your local guide to learn more about its history while discovering the sights like Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, and the Franciscan monastery, home to one of the oldest still active pharmacies in Europe, dating to the 14th century. Afterward, we’ve arranged for you to enjoy a cable car ride to the top of Mount Srd on your own. Your reward for the ascent is a dazzling bird’s-eye view over Dubrovnik’s walled historic center, the endless turquoise sea, and nearby islands.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Kompas, Dubrovnik

    Day 15 Dubrovnik: Departure

    Old Town of Dubrovnik

    After 14 nights of bliss, your captivating Italy and Croatia private tour ends today. Upon checkout at your hotel, you’ll be met by your driver for a private transfer to the airport. If you’d like to extend your time here or perhaps visit one of the neighboring countries like Montenegro, our travel experts will be happy to help. Otherwise, we wish you a safe journey home and hope to host you again on another memorable trip.

      Preferred Hotels

      Hotel Artemide

      Hotel Artemide, Rome

      Hotel Artemide is housed in a 19th-century building with a prime location within a 20-minute walk of many attractions, including the Spanish Steps, Roman Forum, and the Roman Colosseum. It boasts a romantic rooftop bar and restaurant with an enchanting ambiance ideal for sipping tasty cocktails and enjoying highly-rated Italian dishes.

      Hotel Balestri

      Hotel Balestri, Florence

      Located along the Arno River in a picturesque location just a five-minute walk from the famed Uffizi Gallery and the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge, Hotel Balestri is an upscale boutique hotel housed in a late 18th-century building. The highlight is its fabulous rooftop terrace boasting panoramic views over the city.

      Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia

      Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia, Venice

      Set within a 16th-century palazzo, Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia is just a short walk from St. Mark’s Square. An upscale boutique hotel offering an intimate, personalized stay with just 32 rooms, all include beautiful antiques, Venetian décor, and Murano glass chandeliers. Some feature original 18th-century ceiling frescoes.

      Hotel Ambasador, Opatija

      Hotel Ambasador, Opatija

      Hotel Ambasador overlooks the sea providing magnificent views while continuing Opatija’s tradition as a wellness resort. It boasts a fabulous spa with themed treatments, indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, whirlpools, saunas, crystal and steam baths, and an ice fountain. It has its own private beach dotted with deck chairs and umbrellas and hosts a wide range of activities for kids and adults.

      Hotel Degenija Plitvice Lakes

      Hotel Degenija, Plitvice Lakes

      Hotel Degenija is a four-star hotel that’s ideal for those who want to be close to Plitvice Lakes National Park while enjoying modern amenities. Bike rentals are available for riding the area’s many trails and with the Korana River a quick pedal away, it’s easy to enjoy a refreshing summer dip.

       

      Piazza Heritage Hotel

      Piazza Heritage Hotel, Split

      The gorgeous boutique Piazza Heritage Hotel sits right in the heart of Split’s cultural and historical town center in the busy Pjaca Square, which is filled with quaint little restaurants that spill out onto the cobbled streets. The air-conditioned luxury rooms each come exquisitely finished with modern amenities and comfortable period furnishings, as well immersive views over the rooftops of the old town

      Hotel Kompas

      Hotel Kompas, Dubrovnik

      A traditional hotel with its white exterior overlooking the deep blues of the Adriatic. Just moments away from ‘Uvula,’ the famous tree-lined promenade and serene pebbly beach. Beautiful rooms are finished in neutral pastels and adorned with contemporary furnishings, with floor-to-floor windows that flood each room with an abundance of natural light.

      What's Included

      • 14 nights in 4- or 5-star hand-selected hotels on a B&B basis
      • Private airport transfers to/from Rome and Dubrovnik
      • Private transfers throughout as per itinerary
      • Premium class train tickets from Rome to Florence and Florence to Venice
      • Private guided tours in Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Venice, Istria, Plitvice Lakes, Split, and Dubrovnik
      • Entrance to Miramare Castle
      • Private guided day trip to San Gimignano and Siena from Florence
      • Istria wine tasting
      • Group Speedboat Trip to Blue Cave and Hvar with swim stops
      • Fresh oyster tasting in Ston
      • Dubrovnik cable car ride
      • 24/7 staff support

      What's Not Included

      • Return airfares
      • Optional gratuities
      • Any excursions and entrances into attractions not included or optional on the itinerary
      • We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance

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