Tour – Boutique Slovenia & Venice
9 days / 8 nights including: Ljubljana, Lake Bohinj, Lake Bled, Postojna, Lipica, Rovinj, Porec, Motovun, Trieste, Venice, Murano & Burano
Day 1: Ljubljana – Arrival
Arrival at Ljubljana International Airport. Meet your private English speaking driver and transfer to your hotel. Take the funicular up to Ljubljana Castle, the hilltop centerpiece of the town, and enjoy a welcome dinner of contemporary Slovenian specialties within the castle walls. Accommodation and overnight.
Day 2: Ljubljana
Breakfast at hotel. Day dedicated to discover the capital of Slovenia. Ljubljana is vibrant, artsy and architecturally fascinating, thanks to Jože Plecnik, the early 20th century Slovenian architect who designed many of the city’s highlights. On a toiur of the old city, stroll through the lively Central Market and see the Krizanke theater complex, a medieval monastery repurposed as a festival space bz Plecnik in the 1950s. Then visit two more of his masterpieces: The National and University Library and a Triple Bridge. Board a private boat to cruise the Ljubljanica River as a chef prepares a barbecue lunch on a deck. This afternoon, explore this charming city on your own.
Day 3: Lake Bohinj – Lake Bled
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, head northwest to the gem-colored lakes of Bohinj and Bled, two Slovenia’s most treasured natural wonders. From the shores of serene Lake Bohinj, take a gondola to the top of the Mount Vogel to see some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps. Then drive to Lake Bled and stop in the village of Stara Fuzina to taste the local cheese and wine. Upon arrival in Bled, a gondolier oars us across the lake aboard a traditional wooden pletna boat to visit the 17th century Church of the Assumption perched on a tiny island. Follow a footpath up to medieval Bled Castle, Slovenia’s oldest, which clings to cliffs overlooking the water. Accommodation at hotel and overnight.
Day 4: Postojna – Lipica – Rovinj
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning drive to two-million-years old Postojna Cave, one of the largest karst cave systems in the World. Then, proceed to Lipica region, renowned for the graceful Lipizzaner horses bred here. Meet these regal creatures on a private tour of the centuries-old Lipica Stud Farm and estate. On the road to Rovinj, the “Pearl of Istria”, set on a spit jutting into the Adriatic, stop at a farm restaurant for a delicious lunch on Slovenian specialties made with local ingredients. Arrival to Rovinj and accommodation at hotel. Overnight.
Day 5: Rovinj – Porec – Motovun
Breakfast at hotel. Spend a full day exploring the incomparable peninsula of Istria Having belonged to Venice, then Austria, then Italy until World War II, this triangle of Croatia has a culture all its own. Delve into the ancient Roman town of Porec with a local guide and travel into the wine region around Motovun. Sample local truffles over lunch at Zigante Tartufi, one of the top purveyors of Istrian truffles, considered among the finest in the World. Visit one of the region’s renowned family-owned vineyards and enjoy a tasting of local wines. Overnight in Rovinj.
Day 6: Rovinj – Trieste – Venice
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, meet your private driver and drive to Trieste. Head up to Miramare Castle for a visit and take a walking tour of the town and its immense central square. In the afternoon, arrive to Venice and accommodation at your hotel. Overnight.
Day 7: Venice
Breakfast at hotel. Day dedicated to sightseeing tour of the famous “Serenissima”. At the oldest gondola workship in Venice, see craftsmen producing the graceful boats that ply the city’s legendary canals. Set off on a walking tour of Venice and meet its famous monuments.
Day 8: Venice – Murano & Burano
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, cruise to Murano, an island known for its distinctive glass, and watch glassmakers at work at Seguso family workshop, founded in 1397. Continue to the island of Burano, known for its handcrafted lace, and enjoy time to wander amid brightly painted houses and narrow lanes. Cap of the day with a private, after-hours tour of the Basilica di San Marco and a farewell dinner. Overnight.
Day 9: Venice – Departure
After breakfast, private boat transfer to Venice Airport.