Discover the wonders of Italy’s floating city before crossing the sea to Croatia. Your holiday begins at the wonderfully luxurious Bauer il Palazzo hotel set on Venice’s Grand Canal and just a stone’s throw from St Marc’s square. By day you can explore the cobbled streets, finding your way to the market on the rialto bridge, indulge yourself in the diverse culture or hop on a Gondola and glide down the waterways to wherever takes your fancy. By night you can treat yourself in some of the designer shops before having dinner somewhere deliciously Italian.
Across the Adriatic Sea, you’ll come to Monte Mulini, a beautiful hotel right on the coast. The hotel is set on the edge of National Park so you can take in the beautiful views from your sunbed whilst getting lost in a good book. For a great day out you can hire a little boat and head off with a picnic to discover Istria’s hidden beaches. In the evenings, enjoy a short stroll along the waterfront to the medieval harbour town of Rovinj, with its Roman ruins, craft markets and Venetian-style gastronomy.
|Stay||Location / Route||Overnight|
||Fly London to Venice||Day flight|
||Venice, Italy||Bauer Il Palazzo|
||Istria, Croatia||Monte Mulini|
||Fly Istria to London||Day flight|
When to travel
Venice is a city that can be enjoyed at all times of the year. The months from Easter to October are the main tourist season when hotels can be difficult to come by at short notice. The other two really popular spells are during the Carnival in February (the 10 days up to Shrove Tuesday) and the weeks on each side of Christmas. Summer (mid July to the end of August) isn't necessarily the best time to go to Venice. Apart from the hordes of tourists, the air can be humid and unpleasant. The climate will often result in clouds of mosquitoes and other insects invading the lagoon, and the smell emanating from the water can be very unpleasant. Italians holiday in August, so many shops and restaurants close during this time.
The warmest months of the year in Croatia are July and August, during which time the daytime high temperatures will hover around the low 30°C's. The coldest months of the year on average are January and February, during which time the daytime highs will be around 12°C. The rainiest months of the year are generally November and December, with the summer months being fairly dry.
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Location and directions
Venice & Istria
Bauer Il Palazzo is located in the heart of Venice, overlooking the bustling Grand Canal, 2-minutes from St Mark's Square. From Venice is then onto Istria and Hotel Monte Mulini which is located right next to the sea in Lone Bay overlooking the rocky beach, south of Rovinj, only 2 km from the town centre.
How to get there
2-hour British Airways flight to Venice Airport. Private Water Taxi directly to Bauer Il Palazzo from the airport dock takes about 30-minutes. Alternatively, the Alilaguna (public water-ferry) leaves every hour from the airport dock to San Marco and takes about 45-minutes.