The Adriatic is hotter than hot right now, with these destinations being the top of explorer's lists all over the globe. Perfect for those wanting big sights, sun-filled days, lip smacking eats and old world charm, this trip is an all-round bucket-list ticker, and then some. Starting in the Eternal City, you'll be going deep with epic ancient Roman sights to get you right into the Italian way of life, before taking on a lot more destinations, falling in love time and time again.
- See the city sights including the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
- See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
Rome to Florence
- Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see where his David was gifted to the Florentines, Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
Florence to Venice
- See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
- See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
- Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
Venice to Ljubljana
- See Ljubljana's castle & old town
Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes
- Visit the UNESCO Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice to Split
- See Diocletian's Palace in Split
Split to Dubrovnik
- See the fortified city & the Old Port
Salerno to Rome via Pompeii
- In Depth Explorer
Day 1 Arrive Rome
Sun filled days, hot summery nights, traveller you've arrived in Rome for just over two weeks of adventure, ticking off 8 countries as you do it. On arrival set your eyes upon Rome with heightened love and appreciation for the great country she's nestled in. Get a glimpse of the greats, maybe down some pizza and stroll the streets in la mode of leisure knowing you have all day tomorrow to see the sites.
Day 2 Rome
We're excited to get started in the Eternal City. With the day to explore, you could explore Pope's house and gawk at the magnitude of the St. Peter's Basilica, then there's free time to explore the ancient ruins including the Colosseum, before taking on the cute cobbled streets. Why not get your fix of Italian food for lunch, like arancini and caprese...because when in Rome! We would suggest taking to thestreets of the Trastevere tonight to rub shoulders with the locals over a glass of red and toast an awesome first full day on the trip.
Day 3 Rome to Florence
We leave a little bit of our heart in Rome, but we're not done with Italy just yet, there are two iconic cities to explore before our time in Italy is done.
The Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. We'll become history buffs on a guided walking tour before we learn the art of leather. Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at an optional dinner in the hillsides - think olives, cured meats, crostini & wine. Later, you could keep it moving back in the city, and experience Florence by night.
Day 4 Florence to Venice
Florence, you've been heavenly, but today we have the floating city on our horizons and we can't wait. Pizza, piazzas … we're coming in hot.
The floating city of gondolas, canals and pretty bridges - what a splendid way to continue our Italian love affair. A guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.
Day 5 Venice to Ljubljana
Venice we love you, but there's more to see and we're ready. Today brings us another country to tick off our bucklet list, and although the name is hard to pronounce, it packs some serious punch! Although you might find nods to neighbouring countries within Slovenian culture, a distinct identity has evolved from this melody of influences. After our guided walking tour, explore the bohemian art district of Metelkova Mesto, sit by one of the cities atmospheric watercourses & try all the incredible food on offer.
Day 6 Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes
Next up is another day to explore, a new country to conquer, but first something altogether drop dead gorgeous....
A strong introduction to Croatia is on the cards today with cascading teal forest pools at Plitvice Lakes. Why this place is not famous world over as one of the prettiest places in Europe, we have no idea. Wander the cute wooden bridges with waterfalls either side, stopping for plenty of selfies along the route as you contemplate just how good life is and bask in the glory of mother nature.
Day 7 Plitvice to Split
We'll hit the road again for our next stop on the agenda, the harbourside city of Split.
It's time to get nautical here on the coast of Croatia and explore her sun-soaked, seafront glory. We'll start you off right with a visit to Old Town Split and Diocletian's Palace for a taste of ancient history amongst the cobbled streets. It would be downright wrong not to indulge in some local tastes tonight too, so opt for a traditional Croat dinner to fuel up on before the night ahead. Later no doubt feeling festive, you could hit the town to explore the city by night!
Day 8 Split to Dubrovnik
There's always something new to see and experience, and with a free morning you could hit the streets to get inspired by the Old Town vibes, or simply just to grab one last delicious gelato before our next stop, the walled city of Dubrovnik. The drive along the Dalmatian coastline to Dubrovnik is a sightseeing must do all on its own. On arrival in the city you'll be greeted by limestone walls; an Old Town filled with quintessentially Croatian cafes and plenty of clubs; and a mountain meets sea situation will see you falling in love within seconds. After you've been guided around the city by our team, you'll be armed with the knowledge to pick out a waterside rock bar where you can swim and indulge 'til your heart's content. Tonight over dinner with the crew, spirits will no doubt be high, we're only 1 day into what might be the best trip of our lives, and the show's not over yet!
Day 9 Dubrovnik to Tirana via Budva
Now that we've done all things Dubrovnik, we'll coast our way to the Albanian city of Tirana. All good journeys are broken up by pit stops in Rivieras with sandy beaches, medieval towns & ancient religious sites. Crossing into Budva, we'll make a lunch stop in Montenegro. We arrive in the capital city of Albania after some serious mountain landscapes. This city is buzzing with life since the post-communism in the 1990's, boasting buildings painted in bright primary colours, cool cafes, streets and parks that are perfect for exploring. Explore this hidden gem by night, then head to bed knowing that city hangs are a thing of the past with our next stop, two nights in sun-drenched Corfu.
Day 10 Tirana to Corfu
Goodbye city, hello beach hangs! It's southbound today into glorious Greece, one of the world's most soughtafter holiday destinations and 100% bucketlist worthy.
With two days of sunshine ahead, spirits will be at an all time high. Get excited for the next two days over dinner with the group, no doubt grabbing some refreshments and exploring the island by night!
Day 11 Corfu
The best version of island time? Greek island time. And you'll settle straight into it on the dream scene of Corfu. A heritage listed old town, water sports aplenty & the option to hit the seas again on a cruise or devour an Ionian Dinner with the crew - this is what your first day in Greece will look like.
Day 12 Corfu Port on Overnight ferry to Bari Port
Another day, another chance to get salty & eat a smorgasbord of feta, olives and grapevines stuffed with delectable rice and kick back on island time. Before we lose all sense of reality and morph into sea-soaked island dwellers, we're making tracks to Italy for more, pizza, pasta and piazza's of course!
After the sun has set, we'll set sail on our overnight ferry ride to Bari, where your feet will touch Italian soil once again.
Day 13 Bari Port to Salerno
Good morning Italy, we waste no time this morning and make our way to Salerno.Our first taste of Italy is the charming city of Salerno, explore the vibrant historical centre, stroll past medieval churches and eat pasta at one of the local trattorias. Take a dip in the turqouise ocean or take a walk along the stunning tree-lined promenade followed by an afternoon aperitivo.
Day 14 Salerno to Rome via Pompeii
One of the world’s most popular places to explore, take to the cobbled streets maybe stopping for lemoncello treats along the way, as you explore this perfect spot. We’re heading back to where it all began, but not before the majestic site of Mt. Vesuvius will appear on the horizon on our trip to the Eternal City.
This afternoon we’ll be back city side in the Italian capital of Rome, where the adventure first began.
Day 15 Depart Rome
The adventure packed with No Regrets moments has come to an end, oh how much we've seen! With social details swapped and phone numbers exchanged we farewell eachother, no doubts with plans for a reunion trip already in full swing. Japan Unrivalled, anyone?
14 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
14 breakfasts, 4 dinners
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
Touring with Contiki
Started by one man with big dreams in 1962, Contiki now offers over 300 trips to 6 continents for 18 to 35 year olds, with the mantra #NOREGRETS. It’s their way of life; it’s about changing your perspective on the world, walking in other’s shoes, witnessing different cultures, religions, and ways of living; it’s about living in the moment, pushing past your comfort zone, challenging yourself to do the things you never thought possible.
Contiki believe that travel is so much more than just ticking boxes and saying you were there. It’s not about doing things for the sake of doing them, or seeing things just because you should. For them, travel is all about experience. It’s the number of sunsets you’ve watched with best friends, the number of ancient landmarks you’ve visited, the number of times you’ve defied your comfort zone and done the extraordinary. So that’s what their trips are all about – the #NOREGRETS experiences that will make you, the traveller, richer than your wildest dreams.
Their incredible experiences encompass all interests and cultures – bathing in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, seeing the pyramids of Giza, walking the Great Wall of China, roadtrip along Route 66, watch the sunrise over Uluru, party in Las Vegas, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, zipline through the Costa Rica rainforest, see the Mona Lisa, fly over the Grand Canyon or cuddle a Koala. The cost of your trip ensures Contiki take care of all your travel arrangements, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, organised activities, plenty of free time and optional ‘me’ time activities to put your own unique stamp on your travel experience.
Contiki cater to all travellers, whether you want to cram in as many destinations as possible and experience everything or stick in one region for a while for an in depth exploration to really get under the skin of the country, they have the trip for you and many other options in between. Choose a purely water-based adventure with their Sailing, Cruise and Beach holidays, or snowy travels with the Winter holidays and even purely camping accommodation to make the most of your holiday budget but still see and experience all your destination has to offer.
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