Venice to Split small group tour

A journey through the Adriatic region, this Venice to Split small group tour is a balance of natural beauty, cultural discovery and epicurean delights. Excellent local guides add another level of immersion, as does the use of carefully chosen locally owned hotels throughout.
Welcome dinner in Venice Explore the labyrinthine Postojna Cave network by open-topped train Guided tour of Ljubljana Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj Truffle and wine tasting in Motovun Plitvice Lakes National Park Sightseeing around Zadar Stay in a historic boutique hotel on arrival in Split
£4190£3562To£4525excluding flights
9 Days
Croatia, Italy, Slovenia
Small group
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Single supplement £835.
Up to £670 off selected dates.
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Description of Venice to Split small group tour

This superb Venice to Split small group tour gives you a thorough introduction to the cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes of the Adriatic region. Relish carefully selected experiences along a nine-day route that takes in a wealth of must-see destinations.

Beginning in Venice with a welcome dinner at a renowned seafood restaurant (it’s definitely worth arriving a day or so earlier to explore the City of Bridges), you’ll meet the rest of your group – a maximum of 15 people – and your tour leader, before continuing over the border into Slovenia.

Slovenia is perhaps most known for its gorgeous capital city, Ljubljana, and two breathtaking lakes in Bohinj and Bled. You’ll enjoy guided sightseeing around each of them, with ample time to capture some really special photographs. Beforehand, though, it’s an open-topped train ride underground, into the immense Postojna, the largest karst cave in Europe and a geological wonder.

On day four you cross into Croatia, and spend a memorable morning in the town of Motovun, whose forests are a paradise for truffle-hunters. Learn the secrets of finding and cooking with these delicacies, as you pair truffles with wines, and try a Croatian speciality, fritaja (omelette). In the afternoon you’ll reach the pretty town of Rovinj on the Adriatic coast, staying in a hotel on its own peaceful island. The following day the pace of the tour eases up as you spend the morning relaxing, perhaps with a swim in the ocean, before continuing on to Plitvice Lakes National Park after lunch.

Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, presents a beguiling landscape of clear turquoise waters, fed by tumbling waterfalls and accessed by wooden walkways. Your tour leader will be happy to recommend a few easygoing walking routes to admire the scenery, before you finish the day with a guided sightseeing tour around the walled city of Zadar, former capital of Dalmatia, where you’ll be spending the night.

In Zadar, another free day for you to spend as you please. Small group holidays are ideal for solo travellers and you may decide to pair up with one or two others to visit the fish market, tour nearby Krka National Park, or take a boat trip around some of the islands in Kornati National Park just off the coast.

Finally, you reach Split, with its picturesque setting on the Adriatic a fitting place to bid your group farewell. But not before a stay in a boutique hotel that was, in the 1700s, the first café in Split. Your accommodations throughout the tour, like the restaurants your group dines in, will be locally owned and operated wherever possible. It means that your holiday brings the maximum financial benefit to the places you visit, and also makes for a more authentic and thereby enjoyable experience. Zivjeli!


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£4190£3562To£4525excluding flights
Single supplement £835.
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Holiday information

Top tip:
Try and travel outside summer if you can . Temperatures can easily reach 40C in parts of the Adriatic region during July and August.
Trip type:
Fully escorted small group tour.
Activity level:
Moderate to low.
Hotels, and a boutique property that was once the first café in Split.
8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners.
Accommodation and meals as above. All transport by private vehicle including airport transfer on arrival. Activities per itinerary. Services of professional tour leader.


2 Reviews of Venice to Split small group tour

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2023 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Each destination varied and amazing. Our group and leader were a delight.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Good shoes, though the distances were not great, you should be able to walk a few kms easily to keep up.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Service industry for sure. I think as much as it could be.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Perfect. Many from our group did two sequentially and loved both.

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2023 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Really difficult to say, so many lovely things. Probably Plivice National Park

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Good idea to tack on a day before in Venice and day after in Split - both cities are worthy of more time than trip alone allows

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes as we all travelled together with local guide

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. Hrvoje is a great guide, very knowledgeable about local history, friendly, caring and patient and

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


We show we understand why water is too precious to waste and, when it rains, we savour every drop. We provide training to trip leaders on water consumption best practices and how to encourage their travellers to follow these principles too. As tap water is generally safe to drink along the Adriatic Coast and in Slovenia, we encourage travellers to bring a reusable water bottle that they can refill throughout the trip. This reduces the number of single-use plastic water bottles disposed of by our travellers. We continue to work with local suppliers on water management initiatives. For example, encouraging hotel owners to provide water refill stations, and in-room signage requesting short showers, repeated towel use and turning taps off.

Where possible we choose to travel by land rather than air. By minimizing the use of flights on our trips, we are making journeys more stimulating and more sustainable for travellers. This trip around the Adriatic Coast does not include any flights, providing all transport by road or boat. We ensure our vehicles are fuel-efficient and well maintained with regular servicing. We use vehicles that are an appropriate size to suit the group size. For example, we wouldn’t use a 16-seater van if we only had five people travelling with us. We optimize our driving routes to reduce travel time and our carbon footprint, and we turn the engine off when travellers are visiting a site and not in the vehicle.


Our trips maximize the opportunity for travellers to engage meaningfully with local culture and communities. Many experiences on our trips also support traditional cultural practices – whether artisanal, culinary or otherwise. In turn, this helps to sustain and preserve these traditional practices so that future generations may continue to learn, enjoy and benefit from them. This trip includes truffle and wine-tasting in Motovun, Croatia. The region’s forests are well-known for their black magic, and travellers will get to learn about the truffle-hunting history of the region, sample Croatian omelettes topped with truffle, washing it down with an expertly paired glass of wine, recommended by our sommelier host.

The best folk to show you the heart of a destination are the ones that live there, which is why we work exclusively with local leaders. Our leaders are not only travel experts, they’re teachers, travel gurus and enthusiastic purveyors of grassroots experiences. They’ll just as easily steer you through the laneways of a city as help you strike up a conversation with the locals – and all with a smile. On this trip through Slovenia and Croatia, travellers will also be joined by an expert local guide in Zadar for an afternoon tour of this beautiful town. Our local guide is a long-time friend of ours, having guided our groups around Zadar for many years. Passionate and knowledgeable, travellers are sure to gain incredible insights and secret tips from our Zadar specialist.

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