Vienna to Venice

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Sitting cozily between Austria and Italy, Slovenia has always been an important transit country with good connections to all parts of Europe. On route from the prominent imperial city of Vienna to the world-wide known romantic city of Venice, you pass by Slovenia’s lovely capital Ljubljana and get to see the country’s’ greatest attractions.

Our multi-day tour package Vienna to Venice includes visiting Slovenian capital Ljubljana along with Slovenian greatest attractions, such as Lake Bled, Piran, Portorož, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, as well as Venice, the magical city of marble palaces, and Austria’s capital Vienna. We begin and conclude the tour in Vienna, thus making it a well-structured round tour to show you the best of this area.

Slovenia is a country full of natural treasures, as nearly one third of Slovenia is under natural protection and 60 % of it is covered with forest. Wherever you go, you will be surprised to find the sea so near the Alps and the Karst, the Pannonian Plain will soon change into vast forests, and the cultivated fields will transform into hills, covered with vineyards and fruit trees. The inhabitants of the “Green Heart of Europe” are hospitable, kind and hardworking. Slovenian towns are relatively small and never more than one step away from nature.

Venice, with its canals and prestigious palaces, is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities and most popular destinations in the world. It is known as “the Queen of the Adriatic” and features glorious architecture, romantic gondolas and picturesque scenery.
Wiener Schnitzel or Sacher Torte? Vienna is simply one of a kind. Baroque streetscapes, imperial architecture from the times of the Habsburg monarchy, museums and palaces, exquisite cuisine, coffee-house culture and vibrant urban scene create a unique and colourful offer that never disappoints!

Highlights: Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Portorož, Trieste, Piran, Venice, Vienna

 

TOUR DETAILS

Day 1: Arrival

Our agent will welcome you at the Vienna International Airport and take you to Ljubljana for hotel check-in (after 14:00). You will have time for unpacking and lunch, afternoon free. We recommend an evening walk through Ljubljana, proclaimed by the European institutions the »European Green Capital 2016«. Overnight stay in Ljubljana.

Day 2: Ljubljana, Lake Bled

After breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a panoramic sightseeing tour of Ljubljana to show you its main attractions, from Prešeren Square and Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) to Town Square with its baroque fountain and Town Hall. We will climb the Ljubljana Castle Hill and admire its panoramic view of this lovely city. You will have one hour free for visiting the castle (optional) or enjoying a coffee break.

In the afternoon, we will drive to another part of Slovenia – Gorenjska (Upper Carniola) Region – to the most renowned tourist place in Slovenia, Lake Bled. As Bled is a place for relaxation and enjoyment, you will hear all the relevant stories, facts and directions/tips on the way and learn more about Bled upon arriving there. You can decide how you want to spend the next few hours at leisure at the resort by yourself and choose from the possibilities you will learn about. Our guide can take you on a tour of the majestic Bled Castle (optional), which is located on a steep 139 m high cliff overlooking the lake and offers a heavenly view of Lake Bled, as well as the surrounding alpine mountain tops and valleys. Bled Castle, first mentioned in 1011, is one of the oldest Slovenian castles. You can admire the old wooden Gutenberg printing press and the castle’s smithy, while Bled Castle is also famous for being one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Europe. Alternatively, you can take a pleasant walk around the lake or join a “pletna” boat ride to the island in the middle of the lake, which is named after the town of Bled and is, in fact, the only island in Slovenia. You can take a look at an impressive medieval church and its “wishing bell”. After that experience, you can take some time to treat yourself to a good cup of coffee, enjoying the beautiful view of the lake at the foot of Pokljuka and tasting the traditional local dessert “kremšnita” (cream cake), which has been made in Bled for over 60 years. Another possibility is visiting the magnificent Vintgar Gorge nearby (typically open April – November). Return to Ljubljana in the evening, overnight stay in Ljubljana.


Day 3: Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Portorož

After breakfast, we will visit the Postojna Cave, one of the largest Karst landmarks in the world. An electric train will take us through the tunnels of the cave, which is with its 20 km long cave system the most impressive and the most visited cave in Europe. We will be able to spot human fish, the most famous cave animals in the world that used to be believed to be dragon offspring. We will continue with a tour of the mighty Predjama Castle from the 12th century, mounted on a 123 m high cliff above the Lokva River. There are many mysterious tales and legends about the castle and its knights. The most famous of them all is the story of Knight Erazem of Predjama, who rebelled in the 15th century against the emperor and became the first Slovenian Robin Hood. Today’s castle is from the Renaissance period and incorporates a museum. Our day comes to an end in Portorož, the modern capital of Slovenian tourism, where the remaining afternoon is free for exploring the town. With its Mediterranean climate, unforgettable sunsets over the Adriatic Sea, spa and wellness centres, this is the place to visit when you want to relax and be pampered. Overnight stay near Portorož.

Day 4: Trieste, Piran

After breakfast, we will hop across the Italian border to Trieste, a city of great importance for the Habsburg dynasty and ruled by many more throughout history, with the second largest port in Italy. We will visit the city centre and the mesmerising Miramare Castle (entrance optional), built by Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian I for himself and his wife Charlotte of Belgium. It shows its visitors an example of a luxurious aristocratic residence, which has preserved its original furnishings. The Slovenian coastal road will lead us to the lovely town of Piran, also called “little Venice”. We will walk through its narrow streets and beautiful squares up to the church of St. George to see the view of three countries – Slovenia, Italy and Croatia, as well as nearby salt fields. The salt there is acquired from the sea in a unique, traditional and natural way: with the help of the sun, petola mud and wind. Overnight stay near Portorož.

Day 5: Venice

After breakfast, our guide will take you to Venice for a panoramic city tour of this wonderful lagoon port, which is also the capital of the Veneto Region. You will get to see the famous St. Mark’s Square and Basilica with its exceptional gold mosaics, the Grand Canal and bridge Rialto, the Doge’s Palace and the evocative Bridge of Sighs, and much more. While walking to St. Mark’s Square and around the town, you will get to feel the romantic Venetian ambience and admire its attractions along the way. While it can be hard sometimes to find your way around the narrow streets of Venice, our guide will make it a piece of cake to navigate them! We will of course also find some time to enjoy high-end shopping, delightful coffee and delicious tiramisu. Return to Portorož, overnight stay near Portorož.
*Upon request: 2-hour-long shopping trip to the outlet village Noventa di Piave near Venice (optional).

Day 6: Vienna

After breakfast, we will head towards Vienna. After check-in, we will go on a guided walking city tour, where you can learn more about Vienna and its attractions. We will see the Vienna State Opera, Maria Theresa Square and City Hall, which was built in the prominent Neo-Gothic style, and many other sites en route: the main city promenade Kärntner Straße, which leads to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the most famous Viennese cathedral; as well as the former imperial palace Hofburg Palace, which hosted emperors of the Habsburg dynasty, and walk around the Hofburg area (outside). It was the principal imperial winter residence, while Schönbrunn Palace was the summer residence. Today it serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. Overnight stay in Vienna.

Day 7: Vienna

After breakfast, we will go on another city tour to get to know Vienna better. The bus tour includes a panoramic ride through the 5.2 km long circuit “Vienna Ring Road”, which surrounds the Innere Stadt. The famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud walked around the Ring daily. From there you can spot prominent Vienna’s buildings: UNO City (Vienna International Center), Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater Park, Austrian Parliament, Imperial Court Theatre, City Hall, University, Vienna State Opera, Museum of Art History, and Museum of Natural History. We will of course also visit the famous Baroque palace Schönbrunn Palace with its glorious gardens, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List – right after a short photo stop by the Belvedere Museum. Overnight stay in Vienna.


Day 8: Departure

Check-out, transfer to the Vienna Schwechat Airport.

 

Our tour package includes:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at the Vienna Schwechat Airport,
  • All transportation as per program,
  • Sightseeing as per program,
  • Entrance fees to: Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Schönbrunn Palace,
  • Private vehicle with driver,
  • English speaking guide,
  • 7 breakfasts,
  • 7 overnight stays on twin/double sharing basis with tourist tax in 3* or 4* hotels:
  • 2 nights in Ljubljana, 3 nights in Portorož or near, 2 nights in Vienna.

PLEASE NOTE:

In the case of unexpected events (traffic conditions, weather conditions or other inconveniences that we cannot influence), we can change the order of trips and sometimes the contents to make the tour as logistically convenient as possible.

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What to see in Ljubljana

Our tour guides can take you on sightseeing tours of Ljubljana to show you its main attractions, from Prešeren Square and Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) to Town Square with its baroque fountain and Town Hall. Another thing you cannot go without is climbing the Ljubljana Castle Hill and admiring its panoramic view of this lovely city.

What to see in Venice

Venice is a true feast for the eyes that never disappoints! Definitely a must-see when in Venice, the Grand Canal (Canal Grande) amazes with its reflections of the glorious Venetian architecture situated by its banks. Doge’s Palace is one the most prominent attractions, which captures its visitors with intriguing history, architecture and heavenly views from the Bridge of Sighs.

What to see in Vienna

Vienna is a former imperial city with a high quality of life and world-wide known tourist attractions such as the Vienna State Opera, Maria Theresa Square and City Hall, the main city promenade Kärntner Straße, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, Schönbrunn Palace with its glorious gardens (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Belvedere Museum.

What to do in Ljubljana

Visiting the Tivoli Park is a must! You can walk under the oak trees, see an open-air exhibition and feel the care-free urban vibe there. You can take a Ljubljanica Boat Cruise, go SUP-ing or treat yourself to some gelato in one of the ice-cream shops. The best cafés and restaurants are found in the Old Town, laid-back during the day and full of life and lights during the night.

What to do in Venice

To discover the world-famous Venetian culture, there are numerous museums, art galleries, palazzos and palaces you can visit. The heart of Venice is by St. Mark’s Square with its Basilica and Campanile San Marco, with cafés and restaurants nearby. If you wish to ride a bit further away than the canals, you can take a trip to the lagoon islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.

What to do in Vienna

When in Vienna, you simply have to taste the most famous Viennese delight Sacher Torte (we recommend Hotel Sacher Wien, where it was originally made) and drive around “Vienna Ringstrasse”, which surrounds the Innere Stadt and offers a view of Vienna’s prominent buildings: UNO City, Giant Ferris Wheel, Austrian Parliament, Imperial Court Theatre, City Hall, University, Museum of Art History and Museum of Natural History. On the top of our to-do list is also visiting the Viennese Prater amusement park.