Italy & Croatia

Italy and Croatia
Uncover the history of ancient Rome; stand in the legendary Colosseum, marvel at the Sistine Chapel, feel the heartbeat of political life in the Forum Romanum, all while enjoying the vibrant city culture and delicious Italian fare. Poised between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia has been passed between competing kingdoms, empires and republics for millennia resulting in the rich cultural legacy that each has left behind. Whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the city’s marble streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 Ciao Rome
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Rome city walk
Spanish StepsTrevi FountainPantheonPiazza Navona
Details: Rome city walk
Baroque-en hearted? Revive your spirits with a walk past Rome's most beautiful and unusual Baroque fountains. At the foot of the Spanish Steps, elegant cafes once favoured by visiting Brits and Americans surround the central fountain. The water pressure here was so low that the artist had to sink the fountain into the ground to get any water going through it, so he went ahead and designed the fountain to look like a sinking ship. There's no shortage of water pressure at the nearby Trevi Fountain, a Baroque extravagance designed by master sculptor Bernini. At the Pantheon, you'll see the largest concrete dome ever constructed. An oculus, or hole, in the dome lets sunlight into the beautiful temple, dedicated to all the gods.
Day 3 Rome Landmarks
Rome guided walking sightseeing tour with Whisper headsets
Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel visitSt. Peter’s Basilica visitColosseum visitPiazza VeneziaForum Romanum visit
Authentic trattoria dinner
Details: Rome guided walking sightseeing tour with Whisper headsets
Gods and gladiators, glory and gore. Ancient Rome lives on in its spectacular monuments, flavoring the frenetic present with tastes of the past. Don a space-age Whisper headset to get the inside scoop on the most spectacular, the Colosseum, a grisly battle arena that seated more than 45,000. An enormous retractable roof awning system kept spectators cool on sunny days. The nearby Forum provides a glimpse into everyday ancient life, with markets, meeting places, and temples all combined into one vast space. Move into Christian Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica, the triumphal Renaissance church flanked by rows of columns radiating outward like welcoming arms. Within the church Michelangelo’s masterpieces are on display, the “Pietà” in the main church and the recently restored ceiling frescoes and “Last Judgment” in the Sistine Chapel. Continue your trek through time at Piazza Venezia, site of the enormous monument to Victor Emmanuel II, Italy’s first king, and of the Palazzo Venezia, where Mussolini set up his headquarters and from whose porch his mother was said to eavesdrop on citizens below. (The Sistine Chapel is closed on most religious holidays and Sundays, except for the last Sunday in each month).
Day 4 Rome--Durres
Lunch in Pompeii
Travel to Bari
Overnight ferry to Durres
Details: Pompeii Guided Sightseeing
Stop to see the city where time stood still, literally. Once an important Roman city with 20,000 residents, Pompeii was frozen in time nearly 2000 years ago, when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the city under 30 feet of mud and volcanic ash. Forgotten for centuries after the eruption, Pompeii was discovered in the 1600s and is now completely excavated. On your tour you will learn how Romans of all classes lived their lives--not only from large public structures, but from details like political graffiti, bars, and street signs.
Day 5 Durres--Budva
Kruje Castle visit
Skanderbeg Museum visit
Details: Travel to Budva via Tirana, Kruje and Shkoder Lake
Tirana is the cultural and political center of Albania. The cityscape is covered in a riot of colors and street art, the perfect backdrop for enjoying delicious gelato as you stroll past the many shops and quaint cafés. Albania's national hero, Skanderbeg, was born in Kruje, and although it was over 500 years ago, there's still lots of pride in the fact that he and his forces defended Kruje from the Ottomans until his death. You’ll come face-to-knee with a statue of Skanderbeg wielding his mighty sword with one hand in the heart of town, and that’s just the beginning. Kruje's houses appear to sit in the lap of the mountain. An ancient castle juts out to one side, and the massive Skanderbeg Museum juts out of the castle itself. Kruje's sights can be covered in an hour or two, making this a great stop en route to stunning Lake Shkoder before arriving in Budva.
Day 6 Budva--Dubrovnik
Kotor guided sightseeing tour
City wallsSt Tryphon Cathedral visit
Travel to Dubrovnik
Details: Travel to Kotor via St. Stefan
Sveti Stefan is a fortified island village connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway; its 15th century stone villas overlook an impeccable pink-sand beach and tempting turquoise waters. The island was nationalized in the 1950s and is now part of—and owned by—the luxurious Aman resort. The township that’s sprung up onshore also carries the same name and offers stunning views of the island in all its glory.
Details: Kotor guided sightseeing tour
Though it's sometimes called a "little Dubrovnik," Kotor is low-key, less ambitious, and much smaller than its more famous neighbor. Visitors find that Kotor—with its special spice that's exciting to sample—is a hard place from which to tear yourself away. In the Middle Ages, this natural harbor on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro was an important artistic and commercial center with its famous schools of masonry and iconography. A large number of the monuments, including four Romanesque churches and the town walls, were severely damaged by the 1979 earthquake but the city has been restored, largely with UNESCO’s help.
Day 7 Dubrovnik--Hvar
Dubrovnik guided sightseeing tour
Onofrio's Fountainmedieval city wallsRector's PalaceFranciscan and Dominican monasteriesOld Pharmacy visit
Travel to Sucuraj by ferry
Travel to the island of Hvar
Details: Dubrovnik guided sightseeing tour
Surrounded by Medieval walls, entering the city of Dubrovnik is like stepping back in time. Once inside, you’ll first visit the historic Dominican monastery, followed by a stop at the picturesque Franciscan monastery—home to the third oldest European pharmacy, open continuously since 1317. Next on the agenda is Onofrio’s Fountain, a 16 sided drinking fountain built in 1438, and still in operation today. Finally, the ornate beauty of Rector’s Palace provides a perfect exclamation point to the rich culture of this ancient city.
Day 8 Hvar--Dubrovnik
Travel to Drvenik by ferry
Travel to Dubrovnik via Neum
Details: Hvar guided sightseeing tour
Highlights of this Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress and the main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Hvar Cathedral. Hvar Town, the island’s capital, offers swanky hotels, elegant restaurants and a general sense that life should be lived luxuriously on sun-soaked beaches. The northern coastal towns of Stari Grad and Jelsa are far more subdued and low-key. Hvar's interior hides abandoned ancient hamlets, craggy peaks, vineyards and the lavender fields for which the island is famous.
Day 9 End Tour

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    Day 9 Dubrovnik--Split
    Travel to Split
    Split guided sightseeing tour
    Diocletian's Palace visitPeristil SquareSt. Duje's Cathedral
    Details: Split guided sightseeing tour
    Located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, the ancient city of Split represents the historical and cultural magnificence of Croatia’s storied past. Perhaps the most splendid and well-known attraction to be seen in this enchanting city is Diocletian’s Palace. Finished in 305 AD, the Palace today represents the world’s most complete remains of a Roman Palace. Further heightening your experience is a visit to Peristil Square, coupled with a stop at the impossibly beautiful Cathedral of St. Duje. As a true testament to the importance of the historic center of Split, the entire area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
    Day 10 Split--Zagreb
    Travel to Zadar
    Travel to Zagreb via Plitvice
    Details: Sea Organ
    The Zadar Sea Organ is exactly what its name implies: a real musical instrument built into Zadar’s harbor and played by the lapping waves of the Adriatic Sea. With roughly 35 organ pipes built into the concrete, the Sea Organ can be heard by passersby and offers the listener a truly unique aural experience each and every time.
    Details: Plitvice National Park visit
    One of Croatia’s biggest attractions, Plitvice Park is known for its grand collection of waterfalls, lakes and forests. You’ll be entranced by the continually changing colors of the park’s sixteen lakes, and you’ll feel at peace as you soak in the natural beauty of the region. The park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979, a tribute to its unique and stunning beauty.
    Day 11 End Tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 6 overnight stays (8 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • 1 overnight stay in cabins on ferry
    • Full European breakfast daily
    • Dinner daily (except where Lunch is noted on itinerary)
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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