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Croatia & Italy: Dubrovnik to Venice

12 days |  15 days with Florence extension
12 days |  15 days with Florence extension
Group size1538 travelers

4.6 out of 5 stars

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walls of ston landpark in croatia
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Uncover a treasure trove of culture and history along the Adriatic.

What do you get when you pair Croatia, one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, with Italy, one of the world’s most talked about destinations? A trip that seamlessly combines a laid-back coastal lifestyle with a historical legacy. Trace the Venetian empire’s influence over the region as you travel from Dubrovnik to the Istria Peninsula and on to Trieste and Venice.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 food tasting
  • 7 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Dubrovnik
  • Ston
  • Ivan Mestrovic Gallery
  • Diocletian’s Palace
  • Shellfish farm visit
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dubrovnik today.

Dubrovnik2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Dubrovnik
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Croatia! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik
Included meal: Breakfast

Set on a peninsula on the Adriatic, Dubrovnik’s massive walls have served as the city’s calling card for centuries. Today, you’ll take a guided tour of the historic locale.

  • Stop at a viewpoint to soak in panoramic views of the Old Town, coast, and nearby Lokrum Island.
  • Pay a visit to the 13th-century Franciscan Monastery, which boasts the most extensive library in the region.

Enjoy a free evening in Dubrovnik or add an excursion.

Scenic Dubrovnik Coast Cruise & Dinner

From $95 per person

Split Region2 nights
Day 4: Split Region via Ston
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Travel north and stop on the Peljesac peninsula to visit the city of Ston.

  • View the city walls, which stretch for almost five miles and are some of the longest in Europe.
  • Meet with local shellfish farmers on the seafront and board their ship to learn more about the cultivation of shellfish.
  • Tour the shellfish farm then enjoy a tasting of their oysters and mussels.
  • Enjoy free time to explore the quaint, coastal city.

Continue on to the Split region and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Split
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a guided tour of Split, a coastal city with a local culture that seamlessly combines tradition and modernity.

  • Examine sculptures, drawings, and paintings at the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery.
  • Enter Diocletian’s Palace, an enormous third-century palace complex.
  • View the monuments to the city’s varied cultural influences, including Gothic churches, Renaissance palaces, Venetian fortifications, and an Egyptian sphinx.

Spend free time in Split or add an excursion.

Adriatic Trogir

From $99 per person

Istria Peninsula2 nights
Day 6: Istria Peninsula via Zadar
Included meal: Breakfast

As you travel to the Istria peninsula, stop on the Dalmatian Coast to visit Zadar.

  • Join a local guide and walk along the seaside promenade.
  • Listen to the sounds created when water and air are pushed through a one-of-a-kind Sea Organ.
  • See the town’s ancient Roman ruins.

After, continue on to the Istria peninsula.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Rovinj & Pula
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to the western coast of the Istria peninsula and join a local guide for a tour of the Venetian-style city of Rovinj.

  • Walk through Balbi’s Arch to enter the Old Town.
  • Step inside the Baroque Church of St. Euphemia.
  • Learn about the bell tower, which dominates the city’s skyline and resembles the one connected to St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
  • Admire the unbeatable views of the Adriatic Sea.

This afternoon, travel to Pula—the largest city on the Istria peninsula, and be introduced to its Roman roots and ruins during a guided tour.

  • Visit Pula Arena, one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world.
  • Walk through the city to view the Temple of Augustus which was built for Augustus Caesar and is one of the most complete architectural sites outside of Italy.
  • Pass by the Arch of the Sergii and the Gate of Hercules.
Trieste2 nights
Day 8: Transfer to Trieste & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Croatia and travel to Trieste, Italy. You’ll meet up with a local guide and learn about the city’s multicultural history during a sightseeing tour.

  • Stroll through the Old Town and Austrian Quarter, passing through Unity Square.
  • View the remains of an ancient Roman theater and pass by the Castello di San Giusto.
  • Enter the Castello di Miramare, a striking waterfront castle built in the mid-1800s.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 9 Free day in Trieste
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Trieste or add an excursion.

Slovenia: Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle

From $125 per person

Venice2 nights
Day 10: Transfer to Venice
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Venice where you’ll board a water taxi, or vaporetto, and cruise along the Venetian Lagoon to your hotel.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Venice
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Admire historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

  • Stroll through the iconic St. Mark’s Square and view St. Mark’s Basilica.
  • View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in the 1340s.
  • Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge’s Palace and the New Prison.
  • See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise

From $89 per person

Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

From $165 per person

Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Florence.

Extension to Florence
Not ready to say arrivederci? Continue your trip in the Tuscan capital of Florence, where Renaissance beauty and really (really) good food are practically everywhere. Travel there by train, then enjoy sightseeing with a local guide.
Florence3 nights
Day 12: Train to Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Board a train and travel to Florence.

Please note: You will need to handle your own baggage during the train transfer.

Spend a free evening in Florence or add an excursion.

Florence Home-Hosted Dinner

From $89 per person

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Set off to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance, with a local guide.

  • Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo.
  • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
  • Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo.
  • See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine life.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Florence or add an excursion.

Accademia Gallery

From $65 per person

Day 14: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day exploring Florence or add an excursion.

Tonight, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers.

Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns

From $125 per person

Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing trip
    4/24/24 by 2nd-time traveler Mary

    This was one of our best trips to Europe. The visited cities were wonderful and the guides very informative, especially about local history. But hands down our tour director, Aleksandra , made this such an awesome trip. She is truly an outstanding tour director. I would love to take another trip wi...

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Croatia Italy trip
    4/24/24 by 1st-time traveler Bonnie

    We had a wonderful trip visiting two beautiful countries, Croatia and Italy. Our tour director, Alessandra (Alex) was a wonderful storyteller, hilarious at times, smart, caring, anticipating needs, and firm in her management of time. She somehow could relate to many personalities and become a fa...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/13/24

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Splendid 1st vacation abroad
    4/24/24 by 1st-time traveler Darrell

    Our tour expirience was superb from the seaside to the Toscana, cities and vineyards. The rich heritage of these places, present culture and life today was all represented so well. The local guides add an insight we wouldn’t have acquired any other way. What kept my review from being a 5 star was 1 ...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hotel LERO
    Hotel LERO

    This contemporary hotel is located in Lero, just outside of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Guests enjoy the Piano Bar, pool, and spa. Nearby you’ll find Bellev...

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    Atrium Hotel
    Atrium Hotel

    This modern hotel is located in Split. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and indoor pool. Nearby, you’ll find the Archaeological Museum Split,...

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    Crystal Sunny Hotel
    Crystal Sunny Hotel

    This modern hotel is located in the center of Poreč along the Adriatic coast. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and outdoor pool. Nearby you’ll find Bru...

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    Hotel NH Trieste
    Hotel NH Trieste

    This modern hotel is located in the Borgo Teresiano neighborhood. Guests enjoy a restaurant, gym, and café-bar. Nearby you’ll find Piazza Ponterosso, ...

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    Hotel Giorgione
    Hotel Giorgione

    This charming hotel is located in the Cannaregio district in central Venice. Guests enjoy a private courtyard, pool, and billiards area. Nearby, you’l...

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    Hotel Diplomat
    Hotel Diplomat

    This charming hotel is located near the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find t...

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