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Gondolas and Gastronomy - Venice and Croatia

Venice & Istria

Enjoy a couple of days taking in the beautiful sights of Venice before traveling by boat across the turquoise waters of the Adriatic to Croatia for some well earned relaxation in Istria, staying at a boutique hotel overlooking the sea.

At a Glance

  • A perfect mix of culture and relaxation

  • Combine the iconic vistas of Venice with the dramatic landscape and azure waters of the Croatian coastline

  • Immerse yourselves in the romantic charm of Venice. Have fun getting lost together and discovering hidden gems among the cobbled streets and intricate waterways of this stunning city.

  • Enjoy a glass of Prosecco overlooking the Grand Canal before indulging at an intimate Italian trattoria.

  • Take a Gondola through the quiet waterways off the Grand Canal - a surprisingly peaceful way to experience this unique city.

  • Dive into the clear blue waters of the Adriatic from the pontoon in front of your hotel. The sea literally sparkles on the sunny day.

  • Hire a boat and explore the small islands dotted along this stretch of the Croatian coastline, or cycle into the national park for a picnic on one the hidden beaches.

  • If you want a break from the sun lounger, stroll from your hotel into the medieval town of Rovinj, rich in cultural and historical heritage

Culture, Honeymoon, Spa & health

Insider's View

The transfers were brilliant, particularly the transfer from Venice airport to the hotel, what a start to a vacation!! We felt like film stars. - CM 08/11

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.


Discover the wonders of Italy’s floating city before crossing the sea to Croatia. Your vacation begins at the wonderfully luxurious Bauer Il Palazzo hotel set on Venice’s Grand Canal and just a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square). By day you can explore the cobbled streets, finding your way to the market by the Rialto Bridge, indulge yourself in the diverse culture or hop on a Gondola and glide down the waterways to wherever takes your fancy. For a spectacular bird's eye view of the city and out across the bay take the lift to the top of the Campanile. By night you can treat yourself in some of the designer shops before having dinner somewhere deliciously Italian.

Across the Adriatic Sea, you will come to Monte Mulini, a beautiful hotel nestled among pine trees and overlooking the azure waters. The hotel is set in a quiet bay on the edge of a National Park so you can take in the beautiful views from your sun bed 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 harbor town of Rovinj, with its Roman ruins, craft markets and Venetian-style gastronomy.





Fly to Venice
3 nights

Venice, Italy

Bauer Il Palazzo
4 nights

Istria, Croatia

Monte Mulini
Fly home from Istria

Location & 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 center.

When to go

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 vacation 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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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

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