Venice and the Istria Peninsula
The Best of the Adriatic
- Discover Venice and the best of the Istrian Peninsula
- Explore the canals and bridges of beautiful Venice
- 5 days of hire car included for you to get around Istria at your leisure
- Enjoy the beaches and wooded coastlines
- And discover charming villages and historical cities like Pula, Porec and Rovinj
- 7 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 5 days car rental
- Stroll around Venice and take a gondola trip along the Grand Canal Visit the Amphitheatre of Pula – built around the same time as Rome’s Colosseum The Italian influence is very evident in the language, culture and cuisine Istria is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy stunning natural beaches
- Check out the website of the local tourist office: www.istra.hr
- To be able to drive through Slovenia on your way to Croatia, it is necessary to buy a “vignette” toll sticker, which allows you to travel on motorways and expressways
Day 1: Flight to Venice.
Arrive at the airport 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight to Venice. Check-in, boarding and flight to Italy. On arrival, you’ll make your own way to your hotel. Check-in and spend the rest of the day beginning to discover this charming city. Night in Venice.
Day 2: Venice.
You’ll have all day to continue exploring Venice. The city is built in the middle of a lagoon on several islands and is characterised by its canals and bridges. St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica are some of the most outstanding landmarks. Walk, stroll and enjoy every nook and cranny. Few places in the world are as inviting for losing yourself and discovering the sights. And you are sure to visit charming places such as the Rialto Bridge and the market of the same name or the lively Jewish Quarter. Night in Venice.
Day 3: Road trip to the Istrian Peninsula.
First thing in the morning, pick up your hire car and set off for the Istrian Peninsula, also known as the Magic Land. Leaving Italy behind, you’ll pass through Slovenia on your way to Croatia – a journey of approx. 250 km. You’ll have the next few days to explore the area and enjoy its fantastic beaches, especially if you travel in summer. But Istria is much more than just sunshine and beaches. And you’ll be able discover and savour it little by little. Night in Istria.
Day 4: Pula and its beaches.
Spend a day discovering Pula, the largest city in Istria and a genuine treasure trove for lovers of culture. Strolling through its old town is a journey through history against the backdrop of its imposing Roman amphitheatre. Other highlights include the Arch of the Sergii, from the first century BC, Hercules’ Gate and Germine’s Gate, the Temple of Augustus, the Arena and the Roman Theatre, not to mention the always busy central square known as the Forum. Although the historical treasures that the city conceals are certainly impressive, what really attracts holidaymakers to the area is its wild 190 km-long coastline with crystalline waters and spectacular beaches. Some are very well set up for tourism and others are completely unspoiled and overrun with vegetation. Night at your accommodation in Istria.
Day 5: The medieval town of Rovinj.
Very close to Pula is the charming city of Rovinj and it is well worth spending a day of your stay there. An old fishing village known for its therapeutic benefits, today it is a major tourist centre. Walk along the narrow alleys of its medieval old town and enjoy a truly Mediterranean atmosphere. Visit the Church of St. Eufemia – one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Istria – which also boasts spectacular views: the coast and its 22 islands, natural heritage of incalculable value. Night in Istria.
Day 6: Porec – the heart of the west coast.
On another of your days in Istria, you should visit Porec, which has grown from being a small coastal village to becoming an important tourist resort. It is noted for its cultural and leisure activities as well as the history it conceals in its old town, especially the Euphrasian Basilica and its mosaics – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll among its colourful houses and discover the many beaches it has in its surrounding area, especially the rocky Brulo Beach and Laguna Beach, ideal for children as there are designated areas for them to swim in. Night at your accommodation in Istria.
Day 7: Rabac and surrounding area.
Spend your last day on the Peninsula relaxing and enjoying the beaches and coves close to your accommodation or make the most of it by taking a trip to the east coast to discover Rabac – the pearl of the Adriatic – located in the Gulf of Kvarner. A wonderful setting and a large pebble beach waiting to be explored. You can finish off your day visiting the old mining town of Labin, which today is a modern cultural centre full of art galleries, artists’ studios and quaint bars, and boasting a highly intellectual atmosphere. Return to your accommodation in Istria for the final night.
Day 8: Return home.
Today you’ll have to head home, so we suggest you choose a flight in the late afternoon. Set off with enough time to travel the 250 km that separate you from Venice. Get up early and make the most of the journey by stopping off to visit a town or two on the way. Return your hire car to Venice Airport. Check-in, boarding and flight home. Arrival and end of the trip.
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