A border land, where at least four different languages are spoken and even more cultures can be experienced. Friuli Venezia Giulia is a region rich in history and folklore, a place of passage between Eastern and Western Europe, where culture and traditions meet between the Alps and the sea, creating an unparalleled cultural panorama.
A journey through the most significant places in Friuli can only begin with Trieste, the city that best depicts the soul of the whole region. Among the streets that welcomed the writers like Svevo, Joyce, and Saba you can enjoy the beautiful Piazza Unita' D'Italia, the largest square in Europe!
The Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region is a hidden gem situated in the northeast region of Italy bordering Austria, Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea. It is home to the sharp-peaked Dolomite Mountains, lush vineyards producing exceptional white wines, mouthwatering prosciutto and a unique, particular cultural and historical identity.
- Private car, van transfer Trieste Airport/Trieste hotel and departure transfer Ponzano Veneto hotel/Venice Marco Polo Airport
- 3 nights in Trieste at the superior first class Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace (or similar)
- 2 nights in Udine at the first class Astoria Hotel (or similar)
- 2 nights in Ponzano Veneto at the first class boutique Relais Monaco Country Hotel & Spa (or similar)
- Daily buffet breakfast
- 2 hour morning tour of Trieste with English speaking guide/ lecturer including a visit of Miramare Castle
- Private chauffeur-driven car, van transfer in the afternoon from Trieste to the nearby Carso Plateau, adjacent to Slovenia
- Lunch with wine at the Bajta Fattoria Carsica in Sgonico
- Full day excursion from Trieste to Capo d’Istria and Pirano, Slovenia
- Private car, van transfer Trieste to Udine
- Private two hour walking tour of Udine
- Private car, van excursion to the Collio Wine Region
- Private two hour walking tour of Aquileia
- Winery visit with wine tasting & lunch at the acclaimed Adriano Gigante Estate
- Prosciutto di San Daniele Tasting
- Welcome Drink in Ponzano Veneto
- Spa Entrance at the newly opened Relais Monaco Country Spa
DAY 1 – TRIESTE
Private car, van arrival transfer Trieste Airport/ to your centrally located Trieste hotel. Check in and room assignment.
Time to relax and adjust to the time difference before jump starting your exploration of the capital of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region with its Roman origins.and former port city for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city was annexed to Italy in 1915 following the Word War 1 Armistice.
DAY 2 – TRIESTE – CARSO PLATEAU – TRIESTE
Buffet breakfast at hotel and depart for a morning private guided walking tour in the historical center. We will discover the charm, history and traditions of this wonderful city overlooking the sea: we will go up the Colle di San Giusto hill to visit the beautiful Cathedral and the ancient roman remains, then we will discover Borgo Teresiano, the center of Habsburgic Trieste, rich seaport of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, a little seaside Vienna: with the magnificent main square Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, the Grand Canal and the Orthodox churches, witnesses of the city's multicultural and multi religious past. Enjoy a guided visit to the picturesque Miramare Castle located directly on the Gulf. In the afternoon, depart by private car/van and English speaking driver to the Carso Plateau, a limestone borderline with neighboring Slovenia and a famous Worl War I battlefield. We stop in Sgonico for a winery visit, wine tasting, followed by lunch with wine at the quaint Bajita Fattoria Carsica. One of the revelations of recent years has been the surge in popularity of ‘orange wine’. Ranging in color from dark yellow to a brownish amber, the taste is vaguely reminiscent of rose’ but with a deeper and more sour edge to it. Return to Trieste in the late afternoon, passing the half submerged Bell Tower in the middle of Lake Resia.
DAY 3 – TRIESTE – CAPO D’ISTRIA – TRIESTE
Buffet breakfast at hotel and depart for a full day of exploring neighboring Slovenian gems. Our first stop will be in Capo d’Istria, now known as Koper, a well preserved medieval port city in Slovenia. Stop to view the Praetorian Palace with its gothic loggia, the Da Ponte Fountain which resembles the Rialto Bridge, the Cathedral of the Assumption and Tito Square. Free time for lunch on your own before continuing to Pirano, now known as Piran, a Slovenian resort city jutting out onto the Adriatic Sea. Stop to see Tartini Square, the frescoed Tartini House, birthplace of the famous violinist, the Town Hall, the Venetian Stone Lion and St. George’s Cathedral. We return to Trieste in the late afternoon.
DAY 4 – TRIESTE - UDINE
Buffet breakfast at hotel and check out. Private car, van transfer from the Trieste hotel to the City of Tiepolo, Udine. Check in and room assignment.Upon arrival, private car/van transfer to your centrally located hotel for check in and room assignment. In the afternoon, enjoy a private guided walking tour of this charming little city with a distinctly Venetian flavor. See Piazza Libertà, the Loggia del Lionello and the clock tower bears the Lion of St. Mark and Two Moors. We'll stroll down the most characteristic streets and visit the 14th-century Cathedral and the Oratorio della Purità that host celebrated paintings by the last of the great Venetian artists, Tiepolo. Through its Palladio-designed passageway, we'll then reach the beautiful castle on top of a hill from where we'll enjoy wonderful views over the town and unique countryside with the gorgeous Alps and beautiful hills in the background.
DAY 5 – UDINE – AQUILEIA – COLLIO WINE REGION - UDINE
Buffet breakfast at hotel and depart for a full day of exploration to two very unique venues. Our first stop will be in Aquileia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once one of the largest and wealthiest cities of the Early Roman Empire, the city was destroyed by Attila in the mid-5th century. Most of it still lies unexcavated beneath the fields, and as such it constitutes the greatest archaeological reserve of its kind. We will visit the patriarchal basilica that played a key role in the evangelization of a large region of central Europe. Stop to view the splendid 4th century mosaics. We continue to the Collio Wine Region. Thanks to the warm currents from the Adriatic Sea, grapes are kept dry and the mountains to the north protect the region from cold winds. We will stop in the heart of Friuli-Venezia Giulia at the acclaimed Adriano Gigante Wine Estate, surrounded by a natural amphitheater of vineyards for a winery visit, wine tasting followed by lunch featuring local specialties and wine. Return to Udine in the late afternoon.
DAY 6 – UDINE – SAN DANIELE DEL FRIULI – PONZANO VENETO
Breakfast/Prosciutto di San Daniele Tasting/Welcome Drink
Buffet breakfast at hotel and check out. We depart by private car/van past endless views over the rolling countryside to San Daniele del Friuli, internationally known for its prosciutto ham that has been produced here for centuries. View the Duomo of San Michele Arcangelo, the Biblioteca Guraneriana, and Tagliamento River. Stop at a local prosciutto curing house and discover firsthand the delicious varieties crafted here followed by a tasting. We continue to Ponzano Veneto, home to the headquarters of United Colors of Benetton, one of the biggest Italian fashion houses and clothing labels in the world. Check in and room assignment at your spa hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Drink by the poolside.
DAY 7 – PONZANO VENETO
Buffet breakfast at hotel and enjoy a full day at leisure. A Day Pass to the hotel’s newly opened state of the art spa is included. Pamper yourself at the sensory pool with hydro jets, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, Hammam, Aromarium, ice fall, salt wall and emotional showers. We can also arrange optional visits to nearby prosecco houses or to Venice.
DAY 8 – DEPARTURE
Buffet breakfast at hotel and check out. Private car, van transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your return flight to the States, or extend your stay!
Accommodation, Departure Dates and Prices
PRICING PER PERSON
VALID FOR TRAVEL APRIL 1, 2021 - OCTOBER 31, 2021
PARTY SIZE FIRST CLASS PACKAGE
2 Participants $3,049.00
3 Participants $2,349.00
4 Participants $2,199.00
6 Participants $1,849.00
8 Participants $1,699.00
Single Supplement $2,500.00
Extra nights at any of the included hotels are available upon request at a supplementary cost based on travel dates. Vacation may be personalized to suit. Larger parties welcome. Please contact us for a price quote and details.