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Adriatic Horizons

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The one that sees you walk the footsteps of Romans on an 8 day adventure

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    8 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Rome, Florence, Venice, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Split, Lake Bled, Krka National Park

Top Experiences

9 included & 8 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

    Included

    Rome

  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace

    Included

    Florence

  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice

    Included

    Venice

  • See Ljubljana's castle & old town

    Included

    Ljubljana

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

    Rome

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

    Florence

Adriatic Horizons

9 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • Explore the colourful city of Ljubljana on a guided walking tour
  • See Ljubljana's castle & old town
  • Get included entry to the spellbinding lakes of Plitvice National Park
  • See one of the world's best preserved Roman buildings: Diocletian's Palace, Split

8 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Get a taste of Italy's capital with a foodie walking tour of Rome's Trastevere district EUR 47.00
  • Tuscan Evening EUR 46.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo EUR 17.00
  • Ride a train through the spellbinding Postojna Caves and spot stalagmites and stalactites EUR 28.00
  • Watch a classic Slovenian folk show as you enjoy a traditional feast EUR 34.00
  • Enjoy a farm-to-table Croatian meal at a family-run restaurant with figs, olives, wine & more EUR 42.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    8 nights in Hotel

    We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels with twin share rooms and bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.

About this trip

Not much time on the clock but wanting a slice of the hottest corner of Europe right now? Hello Adriatic Horizons. Visiting the big sights of Italy, then taking it down into the more remote spots of Slovenia and Croatia, this trip is perfect for those wanting to tick some serious boxes in just over a week. From walking in the footsteps of ancient Romans, to soaking up the vibes at the Instagram-worthy Plitvice Lakes, this each day is different, and down right amazing. 

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Map & Itinerary

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  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  2. 1 1 night

    Florence

  3. 1 1 night

    Venice

  4. via via

    Lake Bled

  5. 1 1 night

    Ljubljana

  6. 1 1 night

    Plitvice

  7. via via

    Krka National Park

  8. 1 1 night

    Split

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DAY 1 - Rome

Rome

Sunfilled days, hot summery nights, traveller you've arrived in Rome. On arrival 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 and stroll the streets in la mode of leisure knowing you have all day tomorrow to see the sites. 

Stay

Hotel Marco Aurelio (or similar)

DAY 2 - Rome

Rome

With a whole day to explore, there's free time to walk amongst the ancient ruins scattered around the city. Visit the famous Colosseum, home to some of the biggest spectacles of powerful Imperial Rome, with its labyrinthine chambers that once housed wild animals and gladiatorial contestants now open to the public to view. Or take to the cute cobbled streets for your fix of Italian food, with lunch specialities like arancini, caprese salad and of course, fresh pasta.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

  • Get a taste of Italy's capital with a foodie walking tour of Rome's Trastevere district

    EUR 47.00

DAY 3 - Rome to Florence

Rome

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. 

Florence

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 - think olives, cured meats, crostini & wine. Later, you could keep it moving back in the city, and experience Florence by night. 

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

DAY 4 - 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 can't wait. 

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. 

Stay

Michelangelo Hotel Mestre (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice

  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square

  • See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 23.00

  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo

    EUR 17.00

DAY 5 - Venice to Ljubljana

Venice

Venice we love you, but there's more to see and we're ready. Today brings us another country to tick off our bucket list, and although the name is hard to pronounce, it packs some serious punch! 

Lake Bled

Ljubljana

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.

Stay

Ljubljana Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore the colourful city of Ljubljana on a guided walking tour

  • See Ljubljana's castle & old town

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Ride a train through the spellbinding Postojna Caves and spot stalagmites and stalactites

    EUR 28.00

  • Watch a classic Slovenian folk show as you enjoy a traditional feast

    EUR 34.00

DAY 6 - Ljubljana to Plitvice

Ljubljana

Bye Ljubljana! We have places to go and people to see, namely, Croatia. And on our way to the Dalmation coast, we have a very important stop with scenery that will blow your mind...

Plitvice

Cascading turquoise-hued waters and jewel-like pools await us at Plitvice Lakes. Why this place isn't famous world over as one of the prettiest places in Europe, we have no idea, but for now it's like an extra special secret world. Wander the cute wooden bridges with waterfalls either side and stop for plenty of selfies along the route, as you contemplate the beauty and glory of Mother Nature.

Stay

Bellevue Hotel Plitvice (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Get included entry to the spellbinding lakes of Plitvice National Park

DAY 7 - Plitvice to Split

Plitvice

We'll hit the road again for our next stop on the agenda, the harbourside city of Split.

Krka National Park

Split

It's time to get nautical here on the coast of Croatia. Spend the afternoon exploring 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! 

Stay

Hotel Dalmina (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See one of the world's best preserved Roman buildings: Diocletian's Palace, Split

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy a farm-to-table Croatian meal at a family-run restaurant with figs, olives, wine & more

    EUR 42.00

DAY 8 - Depart Split

Split

The adventure packed with No Regrets moments has come to an end, oh how much we've seen! With social details swapped and phone numbers exchanged we farewell each other, no doubts with plans for a reunion trip already in full swing. Japan Unrivalled, anyone? 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).