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Adriatic Unearthed (Start Split)

Perfect for those wanting big sights, sun-filled days, lip smacking eats and old world charm, this trip around the best of the Adriatic is an all-round bucket-list ticker, and then some, for those with a little more time on the clock. Starting in the sun-drenched city of Split, you'll find out why Croatia is right at the top of any keen travellers bucket list, then with a lot more destinations on offer for the next two weeks, you'll be dropping plenty of 'OMGs' as you fall in love with place after place.

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: BBAUS/164843
  • Starts: Split, Croatia
  • Finishes: Split, Croatia
You will Visit
  • Split
  • Dubrovnik
  • Tirana
  • Corfu
  • Bari
  • Salerno
  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Venice
  • Ljubljana
  • Plitvice

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Split

Oh la la it's the Dalmatian coast and we are going to soak up that sun like the bosses that we are. On arrival, make tracks to your hotel and relax for the day, or take a stroll waterside for some people watching, and no doubt raising a glass of ice cold beer to toast the days ahead...because you can.

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Day 2: Split to Dubrovnik

There's always something new to see and experience, and with a free morning you could hit the streets to get inspired by the Old Town vibes, or simply just to grab one last delicious gelato before our next stop, the walled city of Dubrovnik. The drive along the Dalmatian coastline to Dubrovnik is a sightseeing must do all on its own. On arrival in the city you'll be greeted by limestone walls; an Old Town filled with quintessentially Croatian cafes and plenty of clubs; and a mountain meets sea situation will see you falling in love within seconds. After you've been guided around the city by our team, you'll be armed with the knowledge to pick out a waterside rock bar where you can swim and indulge 'til your heart's content. Tonight over dinner with the crew, spirits will no doubt be high, we're only 1 day into what might be the best trip of our lives, and the show's not over yet!

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Day 3: Dubrovnik to Tirana via Budva

Now that we've done all things Dubrovnik, we'll coast our way to the Albanian city of Tirana. All good journeys are broken up by pit stops in Rivieras with sandy beaches, medieval towns & ancient religious sites. Crossing into Budva, we'll make a lunch stop in Montenegro. We arrive in the capital city of Albania after some serious mountain landscapes. This city is buzzing with life since the post-communism in the 1990's, boasting buildings painted in bright primary colours, cool cafes, streets and parks that are perfect for exploring. Explore this hidden gem by night, then head to bed knowing that city hangs are a thing of the past with our next stop, two nights in sun-drenched Corfu.

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Day 4: Tirana to Corfu

Tirana Goodbye city, hello beach hangs! It's southbound today into glorious Greece, one of the world's most soughtafter holiday destinations and 100% bucketlist worthy. Corfu With two days of sunshine ahead, spirits will be at an all time high. Get excited for the next two days over dinner with the group, no doubt grabbing some refreshments and exploring the island by night!

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Day 5: Corfu

Corfu The best version of island time? Greek island time. And you'll settle straight into it on the dream scene of Corfu. A heritage listed old town, water sports aplenty & the option to hit the seas again on a cruise or devour an Ionian Dinner with the crew - this is what your first day in Greece will look like.

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Day 6: Corfu Port on Overnight ferry to Bari Port

Another day, another chance to get salty & eat a smorgasbord of feta, olives and grapevines stuffed with delectable rice and kick back on island time. Before we lose all sense of reality and morph into sea-soaked island dwellers, we're making tracks to Italy for more, pizza, pasta and piazza's of course! After the sun has set, we'll set sail on our overnight ferry ride to Bari, where your feet will touch Italian soil once again.

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Day 7: Bari Port to Salerno

Good morning Italy, we waste no time this morning and make our way to Salerno.Our first taste of Italy is the charming city of Salerno, explore the vibrant historical centre, stroll past medieval churches and eat pasta at one of the local trattorias. Take a dip in the turqouise ocean or take a walk along the stunning tree-lined promenade followed by an afternoon aperitivo.

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Day 8: Salerno to Rome via Pompeii

One of the world’s most popular places to explore, take to the cobbled streets maybe stopping for lemoncello treats along the way, as you explore this perfect spot. We’re heading back to where it all began, but not before the majestic site of Mt. Vesuvius will appear on the horizon on our trip to the Eternal City. This afternoon we’ll be back city side in the Italian capital of Rome.

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Day 9: Rome

Sunfilled days, hot summery nights - this is what Rome is all about. Set your eyes upon Rome with heightened love and appreciation for the great country she's nestled in. Get a glimpse of the greats, maybe down some pizza for dinner and stroll the streets in la mode of leisure knowing you have all day tomorrow to see the sites.

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Day 10: Rome

With the day to explore, you could explore Pope's house and gawk at the magnitude of the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica, then there's free time to explore the ancient ruins including the Colosseum, before taking on the cute cobbled streets. Why not get your fix of Italian food for lunch, like arancini and caprese...because when in Rome!

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Day 11: Rome to Florence

We leave a little bit of our heart in Rome, but we're not done with Italy just yet, there are two iconic cities to explore before our time in Italy is done. The Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. We'll become history buffs on a guided walking tour before we learn the art of leather. Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at an optional dinner in the hillsides - think olives, cured meats, crostini & wine. Later, you could keep it moving back in the city, and experience Florence by night.

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Day 12: Florence to Venice

Florence Florence, you've been heavenly, but today we have the floating city on our horizons and we can't wait. Pizza, piazzas … we're coming in hot. Venice The floating city of gondolas, canals and pretty bridges - what a splendid way to continue our Italian love affair. A guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.

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Day 13: Venice to Ljubljana

Venice we love you, but there's more to see and we're ready. Today brings us another country to tick off our bucklet list, and although the name is hard to pronounce, it packs some serious punch! Although you might find nods to neighbouring countries within Slovenian culture, a distinct identity has evolved from this melody of influences. After our guided walking tour, explore the bohemian art district of Metelkova Mesto, sit by one of the cities atmospheric watercourses & try all the incredible food on offer.

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Day 14: Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes

Next up is another day to explore, a new country to conquer, but first something altogether drop dead gorgeous.... A strong introduction to Croatia is on the cards today with cascading teal forest pools at Plitvice Lakes. Why this place is not famous world over as one of the prettiest places in Europe, we have no idea. Wander the cute wooden bridges with waterfalls either side, stopping for plenty of selfies along the route as you contemplate just how good life is and bask in the glory of mother nature.

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Day 15: Plitvice to Split

We'll hit the road again for our next stop on the agenda, the harbourside city of Split. It's time to get nautical here on the coast of Croatia and explore her sun-soaked, seafront glory. We'll start you off right with a visit to Old Town Split and Diocletian's Palace for a taste of ancient history amongst the cobbled streets. It would be downright wrong not to indulge in some local tastes tonight too, so opt for a traditional Croat dinner to fuel up on before the night ahead. Later no doubt feeling festive, you could hit the town to explore the city by night!

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Day 16: Depart Split

There you have it, the astonishing beauty of Croatia and its cluster of islands. You probably always imagined you'd be blown away by it, but the new squad of life-long pals will be the real surprise. Round Two: Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey?

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • You'll spend your epic adventure in twin-share hotel accommodation. Look forward to resting your head on comfy pillows, with facilities you want when you travel
      Staff
    • Don't fret, you'll be accompanied by the best Drivers, Trip Managers and English-speaking Local Guides around. Whether providing local knowledge or lols, our team members are people you can trust 100%. Not to mention your new squad of Contiki travel buddies
      Food
    • Wake up each day to hearty breakfast each and every day to keep these easy and hassle free. We'll also throw in 4 tasty and delicious dinners to keep hunger pangs at bay, with the rest of the time free for you to follow your nose around this delicious part of the world. Fresh seafood, gelato, pizza, pasta...the list, and options, are endless
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Tour Highlights:
  • See the fortified city & the Old Port
  • See Mt. Vesuvius
  • See the city sights including the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see where his David was gifted to the Florentines, Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
  • See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See Ljubljana's castle & old town
  • Visit the UNESCO Plitvice Lakes
  • See Diocletian's Palace in Split