Romance of Venice & Croatia

8 days from $4,848 per person*
  • Enchanting private gondola ride through the scenic inner canals of Venice.
  • Private guided tour to the charming city of Verona, of Romeo & Juliet fame.
  • Tour Croatia's scenic Istria region and enjoy a wine tasting.
  • With private guide, tour Rovinj, one of the most photogenic cities on the Mediterranean.
  • Carefully curated premium accommodations.
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Surrender to the romance and picturesque beauty of Venice and Istria. Charming old world neighbours set apart only by the tip of the Adriatic Sea, Italy's canalled city of Venice and Croatia's Istrian Peninsula, share a remarkable beauty and wonder that manages to captivate the hearts of those lucky enough to embrace it. Stroll the cobbled walkways of Venice and see Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Cathedral with your very own private guide. Take a romantic evening gondola ride through the city's canals, the best way to soak in the majesty of Venice. Spend a day with a private guide venturing to the charming city of Verona, where Juliet's balcony (of Romeo & Juliet fame) can be seen. Transfer to Rovinj in Croatia's Istrian Peninsula, and step back through 3,000 years of history, exploring nearby town of Pula, before your guide acquaints you with the baroque photogenic beauty of Rovinj. Set out on a wine tasting excursion, and leave yourself time to relax, and explore at your own leisure.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Venice
    Venice
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (Venice Island) with Meet & Greet - WaterTaxi/Assistant/Driver
    • Italy - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Venice
    Venice
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral & Glass Showroom (4 hrs) - Guide
    • Tour - Private - Gondola Ride & Dinner - Gondola/Dinner
  • Day 3 Venice
    Venice
    • Tour - Private - Verona - City of Romeo and Juliet (8 hrs) - WaterTaxi/Escort/Guide/Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 4 Venice to Rovinj
    Venice to Rovinj
    • Transfer - Private - Piazzale Roma Car Terminal - WaterTaxi/Assistant/Driver
    • Venice - Rovinj [2.5 hrs] - Luxury Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Croatia - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Rovinj
    Rovinj
    • Tour - Private - Rovinj & Pula (6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Rovinj
    Rovinj
    • Tour - Private - Istria with Wine Tasting (6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Rovinj
    Rovinj
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Rovinj
    Rovinj
    • Rovinj - Venice [3hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Venice

Upon your arrival you will be treated to Meet & Greet assistance that will be waiting for you outside of customs. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private water taxi driver at the airport and accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Palazzo Sant`Angelo (4*)

With its unique vintage flare and Venetian fashion, Palazzo Sant'Angelo will capture the sense of time traveling in Venice. Its location sits right in front of the famous Grand Canal, making every morning a perfect stroll among the picturesque Venetian scene. This elegantly restored hotel welcomes guests with an entrance of Palladian pavement, warm hues, and an old stone fireplace. The suites at Palazzo Sant’Angelo feature stunning vistas over the waters of the lagoon, the lush garden or a quaint Venetian side street. Start your morning at the cozy breakfast room, and your evenings at the hotel bar that conveniently overlooks the Grand Canal.

Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gondola on the Grand Canal
Gondola on the Grand Canal
Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Palazzo Sant'Angelo Hotel
Palazzo Sant'Angelo Hotel

Day 2: Venice

Meet your English-speaking guide in the hotel lobby to embark on an exciting four-hour tour where you will discover the most renowned sites in Venice with a walking tour of Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square and Cathedral. A prime example of Gothic architecture, the open-faced rooms and ornate façade demonstrate the splendor of this beautiful city. Climb the Golden Staircase and cross the Bridge of Sighs, spanning the palace to a historic prison across the canal. Visit St. Mark’s Square with elegant buildings and cafes, the site of many musicians and artists, and the magnificent St. Mark’s Cathedral. Get an explanation from your guide outside of the basilica prior to entering, as they are not allowed to give narration inside. Follow your guide through the impressive interior of the cathedral, and proceed to the glass showrooms where you have an opportunity to purchase authentic Venetian glassware. Entrance fee to Doge`s Palace and Basilica is included.

Sit back and relax this evening on a marvelous and enchanting half hour gondola ride through the Grand Canal and inner canals of Venice. You will breathe the atmosphere of this ancient city built on water. The tour begins from the Bacino Orseolo Gondola station (near hotel Bonvechiati, right behind St. Mark’s Square) at 7:00 pm where it ends again at approximately 7:35 pm. You will enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant La Terrazza of Bonvecchiati, where you can enjoy a typical Italian/Venetian style dinner together with a welcome drink (additional drinks not included). The restaurant is located right on Bacino Orseolo and is a 2 minute walking distance from the gondola station. Inclusions: Gondola & 3 Course dinner with Welcome Proseco drink.

Accommodation: Palazzo Sant`Angelo (4*)
Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Doge`s Palace
Doge`s Palace
Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gondola Ride
Gondola Ride

Day 3: Venice

Meet your English-speaking escort at the hotel for your transfer by water taxi to Venice mainland terminal. You will departure from Venice with your private driver and travel for approximately 1 hour and a half before you reach Verona. Lying on the banks of the River Adige, Verona is one of Italy’s most charming cities, known as the “Rome of Nothern Italy” for its amazing amount of Roman remains like the Arena amphitheatre, the Roman Theatre, the Gavi Arch and the Ponte Pietra stone bridge. During Medieval ages, the city was also enriched by its long-term rulers Della Scala family with unique monuments such as the Castelvecchio massive building. As you start your walking tour, you will be stricken by the amazing “Arena” amphitheatre built by the Romans in the 1st century AD, once with a capacity for 30,000 spectators, and nowadays hosting Opera performances during the summer. Walk along Via Mazzini, the shopping street leading to charming Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Signoria, both surrounded by elegantly decorated buildings. You will also get a chance to see the “Arche Scaligere” tombs of the Scaligeri family (exterior) and the 13th century house of Juliet with its pretty balcony and statue (exterior), entrance included. Take a transfer back to Venice and water taxi to go back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Palazzo Sant`Angelo (4*)
Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Arena di Verona
Arena di Verona

Day 4: Venice - Rovinj

Take a private water taxi transfer with assistance to and from the Piazzale Roma car terminal. 

Relax on your transfer from Venice to Rovinj with a private vehicle and driver. The approximate transfer time is 2.5 hours.

Please note that drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer, this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.

A welcome package with a city map and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Monte Mulini (5*)

Set in a lush Mediterranean landscape on a hillside, the Monte Mulini hotel overlooks a beautiful small bay and offers sweeping sea views. At the same time it is only a short stroll along the marina from Rovinj, one of the most picturesque and romantic towns in the Mediterranean. The hotel features a bold architectural concept, with warm, natural materials, carefully selected details and a perfect synergy of design, functionality and elegance.  Featuring modern French cuisine and boasting the widest wine list in Croatia, the restaurants at the Hotel Monte Mulini have helped redefine the area’s culinary scene. Meanwhile, the spa which was inspired by the Mediterranean, is made up of a three-story Art, Wellness & Spa Centre and includes hydrotherapy pools, saunas, relaxation zones and 12 treatment rooms. With four pools and a range of sun loungers and bar seating, the 4,300 square-foot pool complex overlooks the sea and Lone Bay and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind!

Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Monte Mulini Hotel Property
Monte Mulini Hotel Property

Day 5: Rovinj

Meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby for a private half day tour to the town of Pula. Pula is the largest town on the Istrian peninsula and offers a diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. The rich itinerary of its three thousand year old history, where every step you take through the old town is a landmark, begins and ends with the Roman amphitheatre, popularly called the Arena of Pula. Built in the 1st century AD, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome, it was once the site of gladiator fights. In the Middle Ages it was the site of knights tournaments and fairs and today it is the venue for summer performances.  While strolling through Pula you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture: the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi from the 1st century B.C., Hercules’ Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus, Arena and Small Roman Theatre in the town centre. A unique experience will be moments of relaxation in the main town square, which has managed to retain its role as the meeting place since the Augustan Age. Then you will continue with your guide and driver towards Rovinj, one of the most “photogenic” towns in the Mediterranean. Once a fishing town, it now offers a warm Mediterranean setting to its visitors. Experience the sights of this magical town while strolling with your guide up narrow streets to the magnificent church of St. Euphemia, the town’s most important monument. This baroque building made in Venetian style was dedicated to the saint and martyr whose sarcophagus was miraculously washed ashore somewhere around the year 800.

Accommodation: Monte Mulini (5*)
Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pula
Pula

Day 6: Rovinj

Meet your guide and driver at the hotel to begin your exploration of the Istrian Peninsula with a private wine and olive oil tasting. This region has always attracted those who consider gastronomy as one of the most important reasons for traveling. The alluring gastronomic character of Istria consists not only of the exquisite Mediterranean seafood of the coast but also of the products of the inland’s gardens, orchards, and vineyards. As a whole, the gastronomy of Istria represents a complete harmony of flavors and it is yours to discover. On your tour, you will travel to Grožnjan, an ancient hilltop village in northwestern Istria. Grožnjan takes great pride in its wealth of tradition, cultural heritage, and natural beauty, all of which is ennobled by art. Today, numerous cultural and historical landmarks serve as backdrops for cultural manifestations and entertainment in numerous private galleries and studios. On the way back, you will stop in a charming village of Momjan for a private wine tasting in Kabola Winery. Throughout the past, Momjan area was known as one of the most productive wine regions in Istria. It even provided the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy with wine. Today you will also get a chance to taste Kabola’s wines (muscat, malmsey, teran) that carry their own label.

Accommodation: Monte Mulini (5*)
Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hilltop village of Grožnjan
Hilltop village of Grožnjan

Day 7: Rovinj

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Monte Mulini (5*)

Day 8: Rovinj

Enjoy a private transfer from Rovinj to Venice with vehicle and driver.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Palazzo Sant`Angelo (4*): Venice

With its unique vintage flare and Venetian fashion, Palazzo Sant'Angelo will capture the sense of time traveling in Venice. Its location sits right in front of the famous Grand Canal, making every morning a perfect stroll among the picturesque Venetian scene. This elegantly restored hotel welcomes guests with an entrance of Palladian pavement, warm hues, and an old stone fireplace. The suites at Palazzo Sant’Angelo feature stunning vistas over the waters of the lagoon, the lush garden or a quaint Venetian side street. Start your morning at the cozy breakfast room, and your evenings at the hotel bar that conveniently overlooks the Grand Canal.

Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Palazzo Sant'Angelo Hotel
Palazzo Sant'Angelo Hotel

Monte Mulini (5*): Rovinj

Set in a lush Mediterranean landscape on a hillside, the Monte Mulini hotel overlooks a beautiful small bay and offers sweeping sea views. At the same time it is only a short stroll along the marina from Rovinj, one of the most picturesque and romantic towns in the Mediterranean. The hotel features a bold architectural concept, with warm, natural materials, carefully selected details and a perfect synergy of design, functionality and elegance.  Featuring modern French cuisine and boasting the widest wine list in Croatia, the restaurants at the Hotel Monte Mulini have helped redefine the area’s culinary scene. Meanwhile, the spa which was inspired by the Mediterranean, is made up of a three-story Art, Wellness & Spa Centre and includes hydrotherapy pools, saunas, relaxation zones and 12 treatment rooms. With four pools and a range of sun loungers and bar seating, the 4,300 square-foot pool complex overlooks the sea and Lone Bay and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind!

Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Monte Mulini Hotel Property
Monte Mulini Hotel Property
Romance of Venice & Croatia Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Suite View
Suite View

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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