Adriatic Discovery: Northern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia 2024/2025

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9 Days / 10 Nights
Availability : April to November
Start: Venice, Italy
End: Split, Italy

Adriatic Discovery: Northern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia: 1 nt Venice, 2 nts Bassano Del Grappa, 2 nts Lake Bled, 2 nts Rovinj (Croatia), 1 nt Plitvice Lakes, 1 nt Zadar

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or to book. 

Join us as we travel the back roads through plunging gorges and soaring mountains; discovering clifftop fortresses and Riviera-style villages; tasting delicious local wines and savouring countless regional specialities along the way. This journey through Northern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia captures the beautiful diversity of these three mesmerising countries and is sure to be one to remember.


Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

  • Savour a unique wine tasting experience at the Poli Grappa Museum in Bassano del Grappa
  • Take in the scenery on a traditional pletna boat across Lake Bled in Slovenia
  • Explore the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Pick Up Location & TIme

Hotel Ca’ dei Conti (Venice)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA( Split) (Google Map)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary


  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.


Day 1Venice

Welcome to Venice – the magnificent floating city boasting unparalleled elegance, grandeur and romance. Meet your travel companions and Tour Leader at the hotel, before settling into a delicious welcome meal at a local restaurant. Saluti! (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Ca’ dei Conti (or similar)

Day 2Venice – Bassano Del Grappa

After breakfast, we’ll board the mini-coach and set a course for our first stop – Maser, where a wine tasting session at the historic Villa di Maser winery awaits us. Grapes from this ancient winery are grown in 33 hectares of carefully selected, eco-friendly vineyards – and our palettes are sure to appreciate the care and attention placed in each bottle. Then: onwards to Bassano del Grappa, a historic town that’s famous for its 13th century Ponte Vecchio. After getting better acquainted on an orientation tour, we’ll enjoy some free time for lunch. Later, we’ll pay a visit to the Poli Grappa Museum – where we’ll learn about the history of the local tipple and enjoy a tasting, of course! This evening will be ours to explore Bassano Del Grappa at our own pace or put our feet up back at the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Belvedere Hotel (or similar)

Day 3Bassano Del Grappa – Rovereto – Bassano Del Grappa

Today we’ll delve into Rovereto’s fascinating history on a locally guided walking tour. As we go, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the imposing Rovereto Castle, Italian Historical War Museum and the Bell of the Fallen – which commemorates those who fell in the Great War in Trentino. Cast with the bronze of all nations who participated in World War I, it’s 100 tolls at dusk are a testimony to world peace. Following our tour, we’ll enjoy a sumptuous included lunch at a local restaurant – before returning to Bassano Del Grappa for an evening spent at our leisure. (B,L)

Accommodation: Belvedere Hotel (or similar)

Day 4Bassano Del Grappa – Belluno – Lake Bled

Before we bid farewell to Italy, we’ll make one more stop in picturesque Belluno. A historic old town with breathtaking views and Renaissance-era buildings – we’ll enjoy an orientation tour with our Tour Leader before lunching at our leisure. Then: we’ll cross the border into spectacular Slovenia. Enjoy the scenic back roads as we travel to the enchanting Lake Bled region – our home for the next two nights. This evening, we’ll be free to spend some time relaxing before tomorrow’s trip to the iconic lake. (B)

Accommodation: Bled Rose Hotel (or similar)

Day 5Lake Bled

First on today’s agenda: we’ll enjoy a guided tour of mesmerising Bled Castle. One of the oldest castles in Slovenia, our guide will educate us on the fascinating history and let us in on a few secrets, before we settle down to an included lunch in the castle restaurant. This afternoon we’ll take to the water for a locally-crafted pletna boat ride to the small island in the centre of Lake Bled – where we’ll visit the Baroque Church of the Assumption. Upon returning to the mainland, we’ll savour an afternoon spent at our leisure or dining at our hand-picked accommodation’s restaurant. (B,L)

Accommodation: Bled Rose Hotel (or similar)

Day 6Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Postojna Cave – Rovinj

This morning we’ll bid a fond farewell to Lake Bled and continue our journey to Slovenia’s capital: Ljubljana. Here, we’ll learn more about the city’s major sights on a locally guided walking tour and take the funicular up to the famous castle for incredible views over this enchanting city. Then: we’ll have the opportunity to visit the impressive Postojna Cave and take an unforgettable train ride through the mesmerising subterranean system. We’ll round up our day in the quaint seaside town of Rovinj – where the evening will be free for us to leisurely explore the narrow, cobbled streets in search of a local restaurant for dinner. (B)

Accommodation: The Melegran (or similar)

Day 7Rovinj

Today, we’ll have a full day to explore Rovinj at our own pace. Whilst you’re here, we recommend paying a visit to the Church of St Euphemia – the largest Baroque building in Istria with spectacular views over the city. Enjoy wandering through the winding cobbled streets and picturesque squares of Old Town, before stopping for a refreshing drink at a harbourside cafe. This evening, a unique culinary experience awaits at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Melegran (or similar)

Day 8Rovinj – Opatija – Rastoke – Plitvice Lakes

Today’s first stop will be the chic coastal town of Opatija – where we’ll have some free time to wander at our own pace and enjoy coffee at a local cafe. Then: we’ll continue on to the charming village of Rastoke – which is known for its many beautiful waterfalls and 18th-century mills. After paying a visit to a local mill, we’ll arrive at our final destination: the stunning Plitvice Lakes region. This evening we’ll be free to relax at our hotel and enjoy the excellent restaurant at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Fenomen (or similar)

Day 9Plitvice Lakes – Smiljan – Zadar

A tour highlight is on the agenda this morning! After breakfast, we’ll visit one of Croatia’s most astounding natural sites: the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Here, we’ll explore the walking trails that hug the lakes – and watch as the water transforms from emerald green to azure blue. Once we’ve finished exploring, we’ll continue north to the village of Smiljan – the birthplace of famous inventor Nikola Tesla. Here, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the Tesla House Museum before moving on to the coastal city of Zadar. Tonight, we’ll look back on our incredible adventure and clink glasses over a delicious farewell dinner. (B, D)

Accommodation: Hotel Kolovare (or similar)

Day 10Zadar – Split

The tour may be coming to an end, but we have a few historical treasures to uncover before we say our goodbyes. Our Tour Leader will show us around the ancient Roman and Venetian ruins within Old Town, as well as the grand 12th-century St Anastasia’s Cathedral – before we board the mini-coach one final time to reach our final destination. Upon arrival in Split, our tour will come to a close. (B)

Dates and Prices:
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: June 27 $5,789 $6,949
2024: August 29* $5,629 $5,429 $6,749 $6,549
2024: September 5, 12, 26  Sold Out Sold Out
2024: October 24* $5,129 $4,929 $6,149 $5,949
2024: November 7 $5,129 $6,149
2025: April 17 $5,219 $6,279
2025: May 1, 8, 15 $5,489 $6,579
2025: June 5, 12 $5,529 $6,639
2025: June 26 $5,789 $6,949
2025: July 10 $5,789 $6,949
2025: August 14 $5,789 $6,949
2025: August 28 $5,629 $6,749
2025: September 4 $5,629 $6,749
2025: September 11 $5,729 $6,879
2025: September 25 $5,579 $6,699
2025: October 9 $5,279 $6,329
2025: October 23 $5,129 $6,149
2025: November 6 $5,129 $6,149

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures. 

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Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or  to book.

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Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack



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