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Adriatic Unearthed

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The one that combines the magic of the Mediterranean with the allure of the Balkans

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    15 days

  • Countries

    7 Countries

  • Meals

    14 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Rome, Florence, Venice, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Corfu, Overnight Adriatic Ferry, Salerno, Lake Bled, Krka National Park, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Budva, Bari, Pompeii

Top Experiences

11 included & 17 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

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

    EUR 41.00

    Rome

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

    Florence

  • Take a Captain's Cruise across the glittering med with lunch, swim stops and watersports, Corfu

    EUR 43.00

    Corfu

Adriatic Unearthed (Start Rome)

11 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
  • See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town
  • See Mt. Vesuvius

17 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
  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal EUR 39.00
  • Take a Captain's Cruise across the glittering med with lunch, swim stops and watersports, Corfu EUR 43.00
  • Explore Corfu by night and taste its delicacies with a foodie walking tour EUR 35.00
  • Car Hire EUR 65.00 - 200.00
  • Water sports Corfu EUR 15.00 - 45.00
  • Indulge in a traditional Italian feast on the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast EUR 60.00
  • Dinner ‘La Dolce Vita’ EUR 40.50
  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica and the art of the Vatican Museums EUR 41.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 14 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    14 nights in Hotel

    You'll spend your epic adventure in twin-share hotel accommodation for 13 nights and 1 night on an overnight ferry. Look forward to resting your head on comfy pillows, with facilities you want when you travel.

About this trip

The Adriatic is hotter than hot right now, with these destinations being the top of explorer's lists all over the globe. Perfect for those wanting big sights, sun-filled days, lip smacking eats and old world charm, this trip is an all-round bucket-list ticker, and then some. Starting in the Eternal City, you'll be going deep with epic ancient Roman sights to get you right into the Italian way of life, before taking on a lot more destinations, falling in love time and time again. 

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • 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

  9. via via

    Bosnia & Herzegovina

  10. 1 1 night

    Dubrovnik

  11. via via

    Budva

  12. 1 1 night

    Tirana

  13. 2 2 nights

    Corfu

  14. 1 1 night

    Overnight Adriatic Ferry

  15. via via

    Bari

  16. 1 1 night

    Salerno

  17. via via

    Pompeii

  18. 1 1 night

    Rome

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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 - Split to Dubrovnik

Split

Split it's been fantastic, but we have to leave for other Croatian gems further down the coast.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

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. Tonight over dinner with the crew, spirits will no doubt be high and the show's not over yet!

Stay

Petka Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Admire the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik from the water with an Adriatic cruise and meal

    EUR 39.00

DAY 9 - Dubronvik to Tirana via Kotor

Dubrovnik

Now that we've done all things Dubrovnik, we'll coast our way to the Albanian city of Tirana. 

Budva

All good journeys are broken up by pit stops in Rivieras with sandy beaches, medieval towns & ancient relgious sites. Crossing into Budva, we'll make a lunch stop in Montenegro.

Tirana

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. 

Stay

Doro City Hotel (or similar)

DAY 10 - Tirana to Corfu

Tirana

Goodbye city, hello beach hangs! It's southbound today into glorious Greece, one of the world's most sought-after 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! 

Stay

Divani Palace (or similar)

DAY 11 - 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. 

Stay

Divani Palace (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a Captain's Cruise across the glittering med with lunch, swim stops and watersports, Corfu

    EUR 43.00

  • Explore Corfu by night and taste its delicacies with a foodie walking tour

    EUR 35.00

  • Car Hire

    EUR 65.00 - 200.00

  • Watersports

    EUR 15.00 - 45.00

DAY 12 - Corfu to Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Corfu

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 pizza, pasta and piazzas 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.

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Stay

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

DAY 13 - Overnight Adriatic Ferry to Salerno via Bari

Overnight Adriatic Ferry

Bari

Good morning Italy, we waste no time this morning and make our way to Salerno.

Salerno

Today could see you tick off another bucket list sight, where you could opt to visit breathtakingly the Amalfi Coast, making sure your camera is fully on charge for colourful houses cascading down the mountainside in sun-bleached hues.

Stay

Ancora Hotel Pontecagano Salerno (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Indulge in a traditional Italian feast on the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast

    EUR 60.00

DAY 14 - Salerno to Rome via Pompeii

Salerno

Rise & shine! This morning we're hitting the cobblestones & headed for Pompeii, where we'll dedicate our time to exploring this archeological wonder.

Pompeii

Once a totally vibing hang-out of the ancient Romans, Pompeii is now a living time capsule showcasing the remains of a Roman city and its residents, with walls, mosaics & activities perfectly preserved thanks to the catastrophic eruption of Mt Vesuvius covering the entire town with ash in 79AD. We're being treated to a guided walking tour around these real-life Roman streets. The saying 'stepping back in time' is about to take on a whole new meaning...

Rome

This afternoon we'll be jolted back to modern city life as we pull in to Rome, Italy's bustling capital. Gather your travel family and make the most of your final evening together with a special optional group dinner 'La Dolce Vita'.

Stay

Hotel Marco Aurelio (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Mt. Vesuvius

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tonight, do as the Romans do! Besides delicious Italian food & wine, tonight's dinner is all about atmosphere – complete with live music & traditional Italian songs

    EUR 40.50

  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums

    EUR 41.00

  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii

    EUR 24.50

DAY 15 - Depart Rome

Rome

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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