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Croatia & Italy: Dubrovnik to Venice

12 days |  15 days with Florence extension
12 days |  15 days with Florence extension
Group size1538 travelers

4.7 star rating

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Uncover a treasure trove of culture and history along the Adriatic.

What do you get when you pair Croatia, one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, with Italy, one of the world’s most talked about destinations? A trip that seamlessly combines a laid-back coastal lifestyle with a historical legacy. Trace the Venetian empire’s influence over the region as you travel from Dubrovnik to the Istria Peninsula and on to Trieste and Venice.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 food tasting
  • 6 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Dubrovnik
  • Ston
  • Ivan Mestrovic Gallery
  • Diocletian’s Palace
  • Shellfish farm visit
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dubrovnik today.

Dubrovnik2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Dubrovnik
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Croatia! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik
Included meal: Breakfast

Set on a peninsula on the Adriatic, Dubrovnik’s massive walls have served as the city’s calling card for centuries. Today, you’ll take a guided tour of the historic locale.

  • Stop at a viewpoint to soak in panoramic views of the Old Town, coast, and nearby Lokrum Island
  • Pay a visit to the 13th-century Franciscan Monastery, which boasts the most extensive library in the region
  • Enter the impressive Rector’s Palace and the city’s ornate cathedral

Enjoy a free evening in Dubrovnik or add an excursion.

Scenic Dubrovnik Coast Cruise & Dinner

From $129 per person

Split Region2 nights
Day 4: Split Region via Ston
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Travel north and stop on the Peljesac peninsula to visit the city of Ston.

  • View the city walls, which stretch for almost five miles and are some of the longest in Europe
  • Meet with local shellfish farmers on the seafront and board their ship to learn more about the cultivation of shellfish
  • Tour the shellfish farm then enjoy a tasting of their oysters and mussels
  • Enjoy free time to explore the quaint, coastal city

Continue on to the Split region and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Split
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a guided tour of Split, a coastal city with a local culture that seamlessly combines tradition and modernity.

  • Examine sculptures, drawings, and paintings at the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery
  • Enter Diocletian’s Palace, an enormous third-century palace complex
  • View the monuments to the city’s varied cultural influences, including Gothic churches, Renaissance palaces, Venetian fortifications, and an Egyptian sphinx

Spend free time in Split or add an excursion.

Adriatic Trogir

From $135 per person

Istria Peninsula2 nights
Day 6: Istria Peninsula via Zadar
Included meal: Breakfast

As you travel to the Istria peninsula, stop on the Dalmatian Coast to visit Zadar.

  • Join a local guide and walk along the seaside promenade
  • Listen to the sounds created when water and air are pushed through a one-of-a-kind Sea Organ
  • See the town’s ancient Roman ruins

After, continue on to the Istria peninsula.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Rovinj
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to the western coast of the Istria peninsula and join a local guide for a tour of the Venetian-style city of Rovinj.

  • Walk through Balbi’s Arch to enter the Old Town
  • Step inside the Baroque Church of St. Euphemia
  • Learn about the bell tower, which dominates the city’s skyline and resembles the one connected to St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
  • Admire the unbeatable views of the Adriatic Sea

Enjoy free time on the Istria peninsula or add an excursion.

Pula, Istria Wine Tasting & Dinner

From $185 per person

Trieste2 nights
Day 8: Transfer to Trieste & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Croatia and travel to Trieste, Italy. You’ll meet up with a local guide and learn about the city’s multicultural history during a sightseeing tour.

  • Stroll through the Old Town and Austrian Quarter, passing through Unity Square
  • View the remains of an ancient Roman theater and pass by the Castello di San Giusto
  • Enter the Castello di Miramare, a striking waterfront castle built in the mid-1800s

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 9 Free day in Trieste
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Trieste or add an excursion.

Slovenia: Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle

From $165 per person

Venice2 nights
Day 10: Transfer to Venice
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Venice where you’ll board a water taxi, or vaporetto, and cruise along the Venetian Lagoon to your hotel.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Venice
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Admire historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

  • Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and enter St. Mark’s Basilica
  • View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in the 1340s
  • Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge’s Palace and the New Prison
  • See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise

From $125 per person

Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

From $225 per person

Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Florence.

Extension to Florence
Not ready to say arrivederci? Continue your trip in the Tuscan capital of Florence, where Renaissance beauty and really (really) good food are practically everywhere. Travel there by train, then enjoy sightseeing with a local guide.
Florence3 nights
Day 12: Train to Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Board a train and travel to Florence.

Please note: You will need to handle your own baggage during the train transfer.

Spend a free evening in Florence or add an excursion.

Florence Home-Hosted Dinner

From $125 per person

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Set off to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance, with a local guide.

  • Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo
  • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture
  • Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo
  • See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine life

Enjoy a free afternoon in Florence or add an excursion.

Accademia Gallery

From $89 per person

Day 14: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day exploring Florence or add an excursion.

Tonight, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers.

Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns

From $175 per person

Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.7 star rating

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    Croatia Tour - Our first time in Croatia
    10/1/23 by 3rd-time traveler Anonymous

    Croatia was a beautiful place to visit. We found the people to be very gracious and everyplace we went to be very clean and well kept. GoAhead as usual had everything well organized and we saw a lot in 10 days.

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    BOYAN the Magnificent
    9/10/23 by 1st-time traveler Carl

    Carl Great trip hotels were first class and breakfast buffet outstanding. No super early wake ups and nice bus with excellent driver Stipe. The provided dinner meals and meal on dinner cruise in Dibrovnik were not so good when mid price local restaurants seemed very good. BOYAN our leader was jus...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/10/23

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    9/10/23 by 2nd-time traveler Kelly

    Boyan, our tour guide was the best. I would book his tours from now on. Hotels and food in Croatia were the best on the tour. Missed the archeological tour on way to Trogir as it was closed. Disappointed with that The Hotel Giorgione in Venice was NOT worth the money we paid. Two people in a tiny ...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hotel LERO
    Hotel LERO

    This contemporary hotel is located in Lero, just outside of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Guests enjoy the Piano Bar, pool, and spa. Nearby you’ll find Bellev...

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    Atrium Hotel
    Atrium Hotel

    This modern hotel is located in Split. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and indoor pool. Nearby, you’ll find the Archaeological Museum Split,...

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    Valamar Crystal Hotel
    Valamar Crystal Hotel

    This modern hotel is located in the center of Poreč along the Adriatic coast. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and outdoor pool. Nearby you’ll find Bru...

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    Hotel NH Trieste
    Hotel NH Trieste

    This modern hotel is located in the Borgo Teresiano neighborhood. Guests enjoy a restaurant, gym, and café-bar. Nearby you’ll find Piazza Ponterosso, ...

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    Hotel Giorgione
    Hotel Giorgione

    This charming hotel is located in the Cannaregio district in central Venice. Guests enjoy a private courtyard, pool, and billiards area. Nearby, you’l...

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    Hotel Diplomat
    Hotel Diplomat

    This charming hotel is located near the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find t...

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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • In order to enter Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
    • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
    • Beginning in 2025, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must register for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to enter many European countries.
    • Passport holders from over 60 visa-exempt countries (including the U.S. and Canada) will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to visit 30 European countries. That means that even if you’ve previously traveled to any of these European countries without a visa, starting in 2025, you’ll need to get ETIAS authorization to visit them again. If you’re traveling to multiple countries with this requirement, you only need to complete the form once. All Go Ahead travelers are responsible for obtaining their own ETIAS travel authorization before departure. For more details, please visit our Help Center.
    • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code CRI.
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    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk for at least 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
    • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
    • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as stepping between boats and uneven docks.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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    Transportation & arrival information
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Dubrovnik and depart from Venice (or Florence on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
    • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
    • Water taxi rides in Venice are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a train ride from Venice to Florence.)
    • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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    Baggage allowance
    • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
    • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
    • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
    • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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    Clothing & packing tips
    • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
    • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
    • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
    • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
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    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
    • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code CRI.
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    • In Croatia, you may like to try traditional Balkan dishes, such as duvec (vegetables and meat), moussaka (eggplant and minced meat), sarma (minced meat and rice), and raznjici (grilled veal or pork). Almost every region of the country produces its own varieties of wine, each of which are quite delicious.
    • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries.
    • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.
    • Tuscany, on the tour extension, is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces, and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit, and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region.
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    Electricity & air conditioning
    • Croatia and Italy operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Type C or F plugs with two small, round pins.
    • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
    • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
    • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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    • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
    • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
    • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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    Time zone
    • Croatia and Italy are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
    • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
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    • You will use the euro on tour.
    • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
    • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
    • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
    • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
    • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
    • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
    • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
    • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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    Purchasing excursions on tour
    • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
    • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
    • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
    • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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