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Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days

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Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days

Description

Embark on a 12-day journey through the less-visited areas of the Alps and Adriatic, where Germanic, Latin, and Slavic cultures coexist harmoniously. Traverse Prosecco and Dolomites, explore Slovene lake districts, and discover the beauty of Istria and the Croatian islands. Immerse yourself in the crossroads of cultures and languages, rich in history, from Prosecco region to the heart of Europe.

Day 1
VENICE AIRPORT - PROSECCO REGION
Embark on your private tour with a seamless arrival at Venice or Trieste airport. Your guide will be there to meet you and escort you to the enchanting Prosecco Region. Check in at Hotel Villa Abazzia 5* in Follina or a similar choice for a delightful two-night stay. Indulge in a welcome dinner with wine, setting the perfect tone for your comfortable and memorable journey. (D)
Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 2 - VENICE AIRPORT - PROSECCO REGION
Day 2
PROSECCO REGION

Explore the enchanting Prosecco region on a full-day journey through its scenic roads and vineyards. Enjoy a panoramic drive to Cartizze, where the first winery awaits with a cellar tour and wine tasting. After a lunch break in Valdobiadene, continue to the second winery to savor their exquisite wines. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel, granting you the freedom to enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your leisure. Make the most of your hotel's facilities, and tonight's dinner is on your own. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Prosecco region on this private tour. (B)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 3 - PROSECCO REGION
Day 3
PROSECCO REGION - DOLOMITES MOUNTAINS

Awake just an hour away from the stunning Dolomites, a part of the Alps. A scenic journey awaits, taking you to the exclusive Alpine resort of Cortina, slated to host the next Winter Olympics. After a leisurely stroll and lunch, proceed to the picturesque Misurina lake, surrounded by the already beautiful Dolomites. Enjoy a lakeside walk, capture photos of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, shop for souvenirs, and head north to Dobbiaco for an overnight stay at Hotel Orso Grigio 4* or a similar option. Check-in and savor a delightful dinner at a local restaurant. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Dolomites on this private tour. (B, D)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 4 - PROSECCO REGION - DOLOMITES MOUNTAINS
Day 4
DOBIACCO - LIENZ - KLAGENFURT - BURGHOCHOSTERWITZ CASTLE - KRANJSKA GORA

Embark on a remarkable journey covering three countries in a day—starting in Dobbiaco, Italy, venturing into Austria, and later reaching Slovenia, all within a 200-kilometer stretch without border controls. The Alpine region unfolds its endless beauty, featuring picturesque sites, villages, towns, and mountain peaks. Our coffee stop awaits in the charming town of Lienz, followed by a visit to Burghochosterwitz Castle, one of Austria's most impressive medieval castles with a rich history and museum. Heading south, we'll cross into Slovenia and conclude our adventure in Kranjska Gora, an exclusive Alpine resort for skiing and hiking. Enjoy a free evening with a variety of Slovene and international cuisine options for dinner, as we stay at the welcoming Hotel Boutique Skipass 4* or a similar option for two nights. Immerse yourself in the diverse Alpine culture on this private tour. (B)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 5 - DOBIACCO - LIENZ - KLAGENFURT - BURGHOCHOSTERWITZ CASTLE - KRANJSKA GORA
Day 5
KRANJSKA GORA - LAKE BLED - LJUBLJANA - KRANJSKA GORA

We are going to spend the day in Slovenia, visiting two iconic places. Beautiful and world famous Lake Bled and its Capital city, Ljubljana.

Your guide will drive around the lake stopping at the best  picture stops, you’ll have the time for coffee and famous Bled cake. Then continue to Ljubljana, lovely Capital city of one of the smallest countries of Europe. Its charming pedestrian area along  the river has enchanted many visitors from all over the world, it will leave you speechless, as well.

Your guide will take you for the orientation walk an give you the history and curiosities of the town, then you’ll have time to explore it on your own.

Upon return to Kranjska Gora we’ll take you for a typical Slovenian dinner. ;please use american english and make it simple, not poetic, use SEO target words and phrases for travel industry selling private tours. (B, D)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 6 - KRANJSKA GORA - LAKE BLED - LJUBLJANA - KRANJSKA GORA
Day 6
KRANJSKA GORA - VRSIC PASS - BOVEC - KOBARID - UDINE

Embark on a mountainous adventure as we head to Vrsic Pass, the highest mountain pass in Slovenia. The journey unfolds southward, offering breathtaking scenery and several short, awe-inspiring stops. In the town of Bovec, we'll pause briefly before continuing to Kobarid. Here, you'll visit the award-winning Museum of World War I, where Austrians and Italians engaged in fierce battles for years. Ernest Hemingway, a witness to these events, dedicated one of his major works, 'A Farewell to Arms,' to this area. After exploring the WWI museum in Kobarid, we'll proceed to Italy, reaching the unoffical capital of the Friuli region, Udine, for a two-night stay at Hotel Astoria 4* or a similar option. Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of this cross-border journey on our private tour. (B)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 7 - KRANJSKA GORA - VRSIC PASS - BOVEC - KOBARID - UDINE
Day 7
UDINE - CIVIDALE - COLIO/ BRDA WINE REGION - UDINE

Commence your day with a guided walking tour of Udine's historic center, exploring its rich heritage. Visit the Tiepolo Museum, dedicated to the renowned 18th-century Venetian painter, Tiepolo, whose significant works are housed in the museum. Discover Tiepolo's masterpieces and the influence he left on art in Udine.

In the afternoon, venture into the Collio/Brda wine region, spanning both the Italian and Slovenian borders. Uncover the unique terroir of this renowned wine region, where the vineyards produce exceptional wines. Indulge in a delightful dinner at one of the esteemed wineries, featuring a wine pairing experience. Savor the flavors of Chardonnay, Sivi Pinot, Tokaj, Sauvignon, and Beli Pinot, immersing yourself in the local wine culture on this private tour. Start the day with a walking tour of the historic center of Udine and the visit to Tiepolo museum. This Venice born painter, from 18th century worked a lot in Germany and Spain, decorated the throne room in Royal Palace in Madrid, as well. Some of his major works are kept in Udine museum.

Then we’ll head of to Cividale, a town established by Julius Cesar that later became the Longobard capital city. Nowadays charming medieval little town attracts visitors from all over; its major site being the Devil’s bridge over the Natisone river. After some time for lunch we’ll continue to Colio/Brda wine region partly on Italian, partly on Slovenian side of the border. In one of the renowned wineries we’ll enjoy the typical dinner with wine paring. (B, D)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 8 - UDINE - CIVIDALE - COLIO/ BRDA WINE REGION - UDINE
Day 8
POSTOJNA CAVES - PREDJAMA CASTLE - OPATIJA

Embark on a journey through three countries today. In the morning, we'll head to Slovenia to explore two of its major attractions. First, the magnificent Postojna Caves, a captivating underground world, followed by Predjama Castle, recognized by National Geographic as one of the top 10 castles in Europe. Later, our journey continues to Opatija in Croatia, a pearl of the Adriatic and an exclusive beach resort for over a century. Our Croatian home for the next two nights is Hotel Milenij 5* or a similar option. Enjoy your free evening in this charming Adriatic destination on our private tour. (B)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 9 - POSTOJNA CAVES - PREDJAMA CASTLE - OPATIJA
Day 9
OPATIJA - ISLAND OF KRK - OPATIJA

Start your day with leisure time on the beach or by the pool. For the more active, consider a hike along the Franz Joseph seaside promenade.

In the afternoon, embark on a half-day trip to the Island of Krk, Croatia's largest island connected to the mainland by a spectacular bridge. Enjoy a scenic drive, explore the town of Vrbnik, savor a seafood dinner, and return to Opatija. Experience the best of coastal relaxation and island adventure on our private tour. (B, D)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 10 - OPATIJA - ISLAND OF KRK - OPATIJA
Day 10
OPATIJA - PULA - ROVINJ - TRIESTE

Explore the Istrian Peninsula today, starting from Opatija and following the scenic coastal road to the tip of the peninsula, the town of Pula. Witness one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman Amphitheaters and continue north to the medieval island town of Rovinj. After lunch, head inland to visit the magnificent artist hilltop town of Groznjan, concluding the day just a few kilometers north in the Italian town of Trieste. Our hotel, Savoia Excelsior 4* or a similar option, overlooks the seaside promenade and is steps away from the magnificent Piazza Unita. Enjoy a free evening on our private tour. (B)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 11 - OPATIJA - PULA - ROVINJ - TRIESTE
Day 11
TRIESTE

Begin your day with a walking tour of Trieste, once the main port of the Austrian Empire. Dive into a coffee tasting experience and visit the Emperor's brother's castle, Miramare, where you'll uncover insights into the Habsburgs and Maximilian's tragic end in Mexico. The afternoon is free for you to explore and shop at your leisure. In the evening, your guide will lead you to an unforgettable farewell dinner on our private tour. (B, D)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 12 - TRIESTE
Day 12
TRIESTE - TRIESTE AIRPORT

As your unforgettable tour concludes, we'll ensure a smooth transfer to Trieste or Venice airport. If you desire more time in the area, we're happy to arrange transportation to any other destination in the neighborhood. Until we meet again, safe travels! (B)

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - day 13 - TRIESTE - TRIESTE AIRPORT
  • Transportation in modern luxury passenger mini-van with extra leg room
  • Transfer to Folina hotel from Venice or Trieste airport on Day 1
  • Transfer  from Trieste hotel to Triste or Venice airport on Day 12
  • 11 nights accomodation based on double/twin bed occupancy in a 4  or 5 star hotels
  • Full time professional English speaking guide/driver on the tour.
  • Entrance fees to Pula Amphiteater, Kobarid WW1 museum, Hochosterwitz castle, Postojna caves, Predjama Castle, Miramare Castle and Tiepolo museum in Udine.
  • Local guides for Klagenfurt, BurgHoch Osterwitz Castle, Postojna Caves, Kobarid War museum, Trieste and Udine.
  • All breakfasts, six dinners with drinks,...
  • Parking fees, permits and motorway tolls.
  • Basic insurance and organization.
  • Overnight city tax
  • Prosecco region wine tour and tasting
  • Dolomites scenic drive
  • Lake Misurina visit and photo stop
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo old town visit
  • Dobiacco old town visit
  • Burghochosterwitz castle visit
  • Julian Alps scenic drive
  • Drive around Lake Bled
  • Ljubljana Old Town walking tour
  • Kobarid WW I award winning museum visit
  • Udine walking tour with local guide
  • Cividale, UNESCO town orientation walk
  • Colio/Brda wine region scenic drive and wine paring dinner
  • Postojna Caves visit
  • Predjama Castle photo stop
  • Opatija seaside promenade stroll
  • Pula Roman Amphitheatre guided tour
  • Rovinj, pearl of Adriatic visit
  • Istria scenic drive with Groznjan visit
  • Trieste Old town walking tour with local guide
  • Miramare castle visit

Alps to Adriatic tour begins: Folina, Italy
Transfers from Venic or Trieste airport on Day 1
Other airports on request.

Alps to Adriatic tour ends: Trieste, Italy
Transfers to Trieste or Venice airport on Day 12
Other airports on request.

testimonials

Vienna to Venice tour 13 days - October 2022

Best kept secret of Slovenia. There's a part of me that hesitate to write this review because I want to keep Slovenia 4 Seasons as a secret to myself. This is the best tour operator that I have ever engaged in the past decade. Andrej had been very patient in email exchange from July until October, revising, and requoting the itinerary couple of times. As someone with Tourism background, I have to give my guide Stefan a very high marks because he excel in every aspect as a guide and even more with his attention to small details. Several days with Stefan going around Slovenia, Trieste, and Salzburg was one of the best European trip I have ever experienced. Of all the European countries I have visited, Slovenia is definitely the most beautiful, organic, and peaceful. Slovenians are very very nice people as well whether in cities, villages, Apls, or sea side. And I have never experience a single bad food in Slovenia, even supermarket popcorn was good. Once I experienced Slovenia with Stefan, it's difficult for me to enjoy other European countries because the benchmark is really high. My suggestion is to visit Slovenia after you have visited all the European countries then close it with Slovenia and engage Slovenia 4 Seasons as your tour operator.

Fenny S., Dubai

Aquileia UNESCO site tour - April 2023

Hello Andrej. We’re back home, back to all these responsibilities! It was a delight to be so well taken care of by you and your team during our recent excursions with you! Sonia in Udine area and Stefan everywhere else were excellent…considerate, knowledgeable, fun to be with! We will most certainly contact you when we head back to that lovely part of the world. Best regards!

Sylvia Clark, Usa

Plitivice Lakes UNESCO site tour - October 2018

2 Day Private Tour Istria and Transfer Trieste to Zagreb

Great experience. Our guide, Bart, was a fountain of knowledge, professional and on time. So much better than driving ourselves. From Trieste we saw Rovinj and Grisignan one day and then Postojna Caves, the castle, Ljubljana and ending in Zagreb the next day. Bart knew a perfect viewing spot where we could see 3 countries (see photo). Custom private tour is the way to go. Would highly recommend their service.

Neal, Rhode Island, USA

Neal, Rhode Island, USA

Hemingway’s trail, Soča valley and WWI tour - April 2018

“Fantastic Two Day Road Trip with Andrej and Our Family (kids age 9 and 12) - Highly Recommended!” Great tour! Thanks to Andrej for an epic two day road trip through the stunning valleys and vineyards of Slovenia and the nearby ports of Italy. So glad that I didn't penny pinch and attempt the self-guided rental car tour. Andrej is a true pro who quickly relaxed our family (kids 9 and 12) through a rare combination of mellow yet Phd level local knowledge, subtle yet perceptive tweaks to the tour based on the kids' needs and skilled/safe driving skills. We highly recommend Slovenia 4 Seasons for a family tour. Van B, USA

Van B, USA

Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - July 2017

Hi Andrej, What a fantastic trip! Overall, Slovenia is one of the prettiest countries we as a family have visited together and working with your company truly made the experience authentic and more of an adventure than a tourist trip.We touched on a lot at the farewell dinner, but below is just overall feedback. Highlights: - Starting in a major city and working out to the farm/ country side of Austria and Slovenia - Sound of music tour was good, but there does need to be a bit more, which is why going to the Eagles Nest was perfect *recommend for other travelers - Farm house in Slovenia - Definitely we could have spent another day just relaxing there or walking to the nearby river - Sailing - Breaks up the trip from walking tours and museums and got us out on the water - Staying in Trieste was the best option out of all the towns visited - Dinner at Stari Podrum - One of the best - Cave experience - Visiting the mountain towns Thank you again! Great experience. Jackie Delie, USA

Jackie Delie, USA

Balkan tour Croatia, Serbia, Bolgaria, N. Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro – 12 days - May 2023

Hi Andrej I would like to express my appreciation for the way we were looked after on our trip. Stefan was fantastic and no praise is great enough for him. Although it was unfortunate that we were on our own, it did mean we could deviate from the original tour program in Sarajevo and Dubrovnik and see things we did not see on our first trip. I must add that the walking and climbing of steps did take its toll on our legs, we survived, but I don't think we could keep up with a younger bunch. Once again, thank you for a fantastic trip. Best wishes!

Alastair&Jen, SA

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - July 2017

“Spectacular scenery with 5-star personalized and attentive service!” My multigenerational family, including two toddler daughters and 70 year-old mother, loved our experience with Slovenia 4 Seasons! We serendipitously found their brochure in the lobby of our hotel, the Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste. Thus began the best part of our trip, which up until then had consisted of lovely but somewhat impersonal train rides through the Swiss Alps and a self-guided (i.e. lots of walking in the hot sun, waiting in line behind hordes of other tourists, overpaying for water taxis) tour of Venice. We had the time of our lives with Slovenia 4 Seasons, with our jovial tour guide Jernej regaling us with the history and culture of Slovenia and Italy as we were driven smoothly in an air-conditioned and very comfortable minivan through the pristine countryside and perfectly preserved storybook villages of Slovenia--just about half an hour from Trieste, but so orderly and clean compared to Italy--and unspoiled due to its status as a hidden gem and also the national character of cleanliness and pride in caring for their small but self-sufficient country. On the first day, we drove up the mountains to a hilltop playground where my daughters gleefully swung on monkey bars seemingly located at the top of this new world, then back downhill through rich green forests, and around picturesque stone and stucco clad villages, each with a proud little church that hosts every villager's wedding, funeral, and a book that contains hundreds of years of ancestry records. Our tots found the bumpy cobblestone streets of Groznjan, a beautifully-preserved and refreshingly uncrowded medieval Croatian village, to be as charming as they were fun and challenging for their little feet to traverse, an entertaining obstacle course on the way to a feast of sumptuous prawns and grilled fish. We ended the day in Lipica, the site of the Lipizzaner stud farm with gorgeous white horses as well as three roly-poly ponies that the girls delighted in meeting. The next day Jernej took us to the graceful capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, where we visited the colorful and spotless and bustling city center and delicious Farmer's Market. The highlight for the girls, however, was a fantastical indoor playground--Mala Ulica--with a little kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and cafe where they were served freshly squeezed orange juice, grilled cheese, and milk. It was hard to convince them to leave, but our next stop was the most spectacular yet--the dramatic Predjama Castle, built into the side of a cliff with a soaring network of caves extending overhead and through to the other side of the mountain. Jernej introduced us to his friends at the welcoming onsite restaurant, where we dined on savory venison goulash. Our experience with Slovenia 4 Seasons could not have been better or more personalized to our needs and interests--Jernej was willing to literally drive us anywhere we wanted to explore, and stop anywhere for photo ops--and allowed us to see and do so much more, in comfort and safety, than ever would have been possible on our own. We wish we could take them with us on all of our travels--having spent time with tour guides from all over the world, their service truly stands out for their attentiveness, flexibility, creativity, and warmth. We can't wait to go back and see more with Slovenia 4 Seasons!

Josephine, California, USA

Trieste Miramare Castle and Karst tour - June 2015

Dear Andrej, Thanks a lot for a wonderful trip in Trieste and Slovenia. We really had a good time. Thank goodness we accepted your suggestion on our final day. We would have missed beautiful places and now we can tell our friends what they shouldn't miss. Thanks again on behalf of my friends and myself for your professional tour and your company. We hope to meet you again in the future. Best wishes, Rodrigo, José Ignacio, Charo and Juan, Valencia, Spain

Rodrigo, José Ignacio, Charo and Juan, Valencia, Spain

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