Venice, Slovenia & Croatia

8 Days from £899 | September 899

The ‘Serenissima’ – the ‘most serene’ Venetian republic, governed much of the Adriatic. The Winged Lion of St Mark – the city’s emblem – can be seen in modern-day Slovenia and Croatia – look out for it when you travel between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia taking in such highlights as the Roman mosaics of Aquileia, the star-shaped Venetian fortress of Palmanova, and the wonderful white Lipizzaner horses in their Slovenian stud farm.

Venice, Slovenia & Croatia

New Holiday. Our Overall Holiday Satisfaction Score, as measured across all our holidays, up to December 2019, was 90.3%*
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 3 nights hb on the Venetian Coast, 4 nights hb on the coast in Portoroz in Slovenia
  • Included excursion into Croatia
  • Visits to Venice at night, Aquileia, Palmanova, and to the Lipica Stud Farm

Day One: Direct flight to Venice or Treviso airports. Transfer to your hotel (40 minutes from Venice airport, one hour from Treviso) for two nights half-board accommodation in Lido di Jesolo, a resort town with 10 miles of beach.

Day Two: Free morning in resort with lunch included in the hotel today instead of dinner. After lunch you will depart on an included afternoon and evening excursion to Venice allowing you to see the world’s most romantic city not just in the daytime, but also sparkling under its lights! To get to Venice, there is a 40-minute coach transfer to Punta Sabbioni, from where you travel to Venice by boat across the waters of its Lagoon, arriving close to Piazza San Marco. After a walking tour  accompanied by a local guide, you will have free time to explore – don’t miss the graceful Rialto bridge, which crosses the world’s most beautiful street, the Grand Canal!

Day Three: Today you drive east towards the border with the former Yugoslavia. Your first stop is at Aquileia – nowadays a small town but once the fourth city of the Roman Empire. The 4th-century mosaics in the Romanesque basilica are not to be missed, and include early scenes from the life of Christ. You continue the short distance to the impressive ninepointed star-shaped town and fortress of Palmanova, founded in 1593 to defend Venice from the growing strength of the Hapsburgs, and later taken by Napoleon. Apart from the impressive walled fortifications, there is also a 17th-century cathedral. You continue onto the Istrian peninsula, entering Slovenia for four nights’ half-board accommodation in Portoroz – the ‘Port of Roses’. Though evidently a modern seaside resort with all amenities, it dates from the 13th century and was popular as a spa resort for Austro-Hungarian officers in the early 20th century. It has a long seafront promenade, and stands just 13 miles from Italy, and 5 miles from Croatia. 135 miles today.

Days Four to Six: Free in resort with an included excursion into the rolling Croatian countryside visiting Pazin, Gracisce, and Porec. At Pazin, the Pazincica River disappears underground to form three lakes. The 100m deep abyss is believed to have been the inspiration for the writings of Dante and Jules Verne. There is a viewpoint into the chasm from near the town’s well-preserved 10th-century castle. Just 4 miles further on is the sleepy, undiscovered medieval town of Gracisce, where you make a stop before heading to Porec. Although nowadays a popular tourist resort, Porec is much more than that: the 6th-century UNESCO-listed Basilica contains some of Europe’s finest Byzantine mosaics, and there are Venetian towers and a small Roman temple, dedicated to Neptune. 102 miles today. There is also an optional excursion available to the Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle. Postojna’s cave system is one of the region’s most-visited attractions – they claim to have had 37 million visitors since they began counting when Archduke Ferdinand came calling in 1819! 5km of the 24km cave formation is visited, partly on foot and partly on a special underground train. Stunningly-spectacular Predjama Castle was built into a cavern 125m up a sheer rock face 800 years ago. It was here that robber-baron Erasmus famously defied a year-long siege in the 15th century thanks to supplies brought into the castle via the network of passages underneath. In your free time you can relax in Portoroz or take the local bus or walk the 3km to the pretty town of Piran at the tip of the headland.

Day Seven: Today you leave Slovenia for Italy, calling en-route at the Lipica Stud Farm. Founded in 1580, it is the oldest single-breed stud farm in Europe, and still houses over 300 of these majestic white horses. A guided tour will include the Velbanca, the estate’s oldest surviving stable dating from 1704. You leave Lipica and travel to Lido di Jesolo for the last night, again on a half-board basis. 116 miles today.

Day Eight: Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Venice, Slovenia & Croatia

New Holiday. Our Overall Holiday Satisfaction Score, as measured across all our holidays, up to December 2019, was 90.3%*
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL SALUS ****, Lido di Jesolo (first two and last nights)
The hotel is a two-minute walk from the beach and has a bar, restaurant and lounge and an outdoor pool. Bedrooms have air-conditioning, satellite tv, minibar, and a bathroom with shower and hairdryer. (www.hotelsalus.com)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 71%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Hotel NEPTUN****, Portoroz (four nights)
The hotel is centrally situated above the promenade. It has a lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool (seasonal), indoor pool, spa and fitness room. Bedrooms have satellite flat screen TV, free wifi, minibar, bath or shower, wc and hairdryer. Most rooms have a balcony. Rooms with sea view are available at a supplement. (www.lifeclass.net/en/hotels/act-ion-hotelneptun/)
New Hotel for PTS. However, our overall hotel satisfaction score average, up to December 2019, was 82.5%.
Escorted Holiday - Venice, Slovenia & Croatia
Holiday code: 7VLP
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £140
Travel Insurance: £59.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 07/06/2020 at 3:47:06

New Holiday - the comments below are from our other holiday in this area.

PTS

Our Tour Director was very good at making sure everyone was looked after and helped people to achieve the aim of the visit in the ways they were able. She was always cheerful. Our Coach driver was excellent and made our journeys very comfortable and relaxing (it's the first time I've ever slept on a bus). Enjoyed our first time with Preferred Travel and would recommend the company.

Mrs N, Kelso

Well organised trip. Good use of time. Varied activities, Venetian walk was excellent giving good insight into 'secret' corners of Venice. Ljubljana guide was a gem and excellent. Enjoyed the National Park trip and would thoroughly recommend this holiday. Both hotels clean & staff always friendly.

Ms C, Yorkshire

The holiday as a whole was excellent and our tour guide was really good, pleasant and helpful.

Mrs S, Belfast

Excellent holiday - well organised with efficient and personable tour director.

Ms H, Essex

A very enjoyable holiday - very well organised by the TD who was extremely efficient and helpful.

Mrs A, Essex

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