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The Best of Italy & Slovenia in 2 Weeks

This sample 14 day (13 nights) itinerary covers Rome, Florence, Venice in Italy, The Julian Alps & Ljubljana in Slovenia. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, train tickets, transfers (airport & train station as well as long distance transfers from Venice to the Julian Alps and on to Ljubljana) and several city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. Our Destination Manager in the region provides assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options including boutique style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five star level. From our first hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.
Italy
• Rome
• Florence
• Venice
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Slovenia
• Julian Alps
• Ljubljana

Itinerary


3 Nights in Rome

Day 1

After you land at Rome's Fiumicino airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by a driver holding a sign with your name on. The journey to your accommodation in the center of Rome should take around an hour.

Included : Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer

Day 2

First Time in Rome
You'll be introduced to the layout and history of Rome today. Riding in a golf cart through the picturesque cobbled streets of the historical center of Rome flanked by beautifully built aristocratic palazzi, our eyes will be enchanted by the white travertino marble churches and they will feast on the famous variety of colours that make Rome unique. This tour is designed to get you oriented in the city and the main sights in the great center of Rome without duplicating the city's signature attractions such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum and the Vatican. On this tour you'll learn all about Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Farnese and Piazza Navona as well as getting a little outside the obvious and crossing over the Tiber to the Trastevere neighborhood.

Rome By Golf Cart Private Tour
Rome By Golf Cart Private Tour
Maximum group size : 4
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Rome By Golf Cart Private Tour

Day 3

Optional: Focus on Ancient Rome with a group or private tour
Rome's origin story unfolds when you visit the Colosseum and the adjacent Roman Forum. Hear about life in ancient Rome and soak in the grandeur of these testaments to a lost civilisation. We can arrange for a private guide to explain how the Colosseum was built and what happened to it in the years since. Afterwards the tour proceeds to the Roman Forum, the center of political life of the city and ultimately the Empire, finding out the different purposes of the buildings whose columns and porticos still stand today. If you'd prefer the atmosphere of a group tour, which for parties of 4 or fewer can also save some money, we can instead arrange for spaces on a tour by a reputable group tour company.

Colosseum & Roman Forum Private Tour
Colosseum & Roman Forum Private Tour
Maximum group size : 12
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Moderate
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour
Duration : 3 Hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 4

Today it's time to bid arriverderci to the Eternal City. You're headed to Italy's art palace, Florence. The high speed train service gets you there in just over an hour and a half. We've included standard class tickets in your package but can upgrade these to business class for an extra fee. We will also arrange for a driver to take you to Roma Termini station in plenty of time for your departing train.
Included : Rome Train Station Transfer, Rome - Florence Standard Class Train Tickets
Rome

A little about Rome

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

3 Nights in Florence

Day 1

Upon arriving to Florence's main station, Santa Maria Novella, we'll arrange for our driver to pick you up from the platform and take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Included : Florence Train Station Transfer

Day 2

The Best of Florence in a Day
This group tour combines visits to the Accademia to see Michaelangelo's famous David, the Uffizi Gallery to admire the must-see works of the Renaissance and a walking tour of the historical center. After the Accademia visit in the morning you'll have a lunch break when you're free to grab a quick bite to eat before rejoining the group for the walking tour and Uffizi visit.

Treasures of Florence Group Tour
Treasures of Florence Group Tour
Duration : 5-6 hours (incl lunch break)
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Treasures of Florence Group Tour

Day 3

Optional: The Artistic and Historic Gems of Pisa and Lucca
Pisa's leaning tower is one of the global icons of Italian beauty and uniqueness. Beside the architectural masterpieces of the Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa offers a lively experience. This is especially true in the evening along the Arno river embankments, where restaurants and cafes are popular with locals. Another city, Lucca is a hidden treasure of medieval beauty, with one of the best-preserved systems of defensive walls in the world, making it ideal for scenic strolls and cycling. There's also a central square built inside the ancient Roman amphitheatre. Join one of our private or group tours to see just Pisa, or Pisa and Lucca.

Pisa & Leaning Tower Half Day Group Tour
Pisa & Leaning Tower Half Day Group Tour
Duration : 6 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Pisa & Lucca Full-day Group Tour
Pisa & Lucca Full-day Group Tour
Duration : 11.5 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Pisa and Lucca Full-day Private Tour from Florence
Pisa and Lucca Full-day Private Tour from Florence
Duration : 8 hours
Activity level : Light

Day 4

Your time in Florence has drawn to a close but there's plenty more Italian splendor ahead of you as you push north to the magnificent maritime city of Venice. We have included standard class train tickets for the high speed train service which takes around two hours. We'll arrange for our driver to pick you up from your accommodation and take you to Florence Train Station.
Included : Florence - Venice Standard Class Train Tickets, Florence Train Station Transfer

A little about Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and home to the region’s greatest Renaissance art and architecture. The Renaissance actually started here, and today the city’s numerous cathedrals and art galleries show the evidence of this rich and inspiring period. You’ll want to see the Duomo Cathedral and the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s “David.” Botticelli and Da Vinci are here too, at some of the city’s other amazing galleries. 

But there’s more to do in Florence than admire art. It’s a beautiful and very romantic place, and even a stroll through the streets is charming. Add a handful of world-class restaurants, delectable local wine and cuisine, and that warm Tuscan welcome, and you have a destination unlike any other. Visiting Florence also perfectly situates you for exploring Tuscany. There are many easy day trips that will take you through picturesque landscapes of hills and vineyards in the heart of Italy.

3 Nights in Venice

Day 1

You'll arrive in Venice at the city's main train station, Santa Lucia. Since Venice is a very unique city, transport options vary greatly based on the location of your hotel. Because the transport could vary, we won't include it in this package. You may find a vaporetto (water bus) to be the best option; there are stops right outside the train station and lines from here run to most points around the city.

Day 2

Introducing Venice: A Private Tour
Venice is a magical city, and today you’ll discover the best it has to offer, with a private three-hour tour with your own personal guide. You’ll get a feel for the layout of the city and appreciate some of its legendary landmarks. After being picked up at your accommodation, you’ll head toward the elegant Piazza San Marco, which is enclosed by buildings from the ancient republic. The shining gold of the Byzantine St. Mark church is sure to impress you. Later you’ll wind your way through the Castello district, including the large campo Santa Maria Formosa. Before reaching the famous Rialto bridge you’ll stop by the square of San Giovanni e Paolo and the Marco Polo House. From the top of the bridge you’ll be able to take in the wonders of the Grand Canal. At this point you’ll be right in the market, which is a lovely place to enjoy a glass of wine along with local recipes. Here you’ll conclude your tour in true Italian style.

First Time in Venice Private Tour
First Time in Venice Private Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Included : First Time in Venice Private Tour

Day 3

Venice: A City for Lovers
Venice is a city of dreams and romance. A vacation here with your sweetheart will be a memory you’ll cherish forever. It’s hard to go wrong when you’re strolling along the canals in one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world. You can enjoy a variety of excellent tours on land and water that will help you explore all of Venice’s secrets. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants and bars to visit, and the lights and live music on St. Mark’s square at night are just lovely. The atmosphere throughout the city is incomparable. Every little alley leads to some new discovery, and the ever-present sound of the sea is enchanting. But of course, no romantic visit to Venice is complete without a gondola ride. As you get close in your own private gondola, floating along on the gentle current as waves lap up against stairs leading to ancient palaces, you’ll know why Venice has always been a city for lovers.

Day 4

Today you'll be traveling to the lovely Julian Alps. Your driver will pick you up at your accommodation. The trip takes about 3.5 hours but we recommend stopping along the way in Trieste, Postojna or Predjama, which we can arrange for an extra fee. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.
Included : Venice - Kobarid/Bovec Private Transfer

A little about Venice

Venice is a legendary city with a charm and atmosphere all its own. The city was constructed on more than 100 islands connected by a series of canals, most of which are lined with gorgeous palaces, beautiful churches, and all sorts of impressive architecture. While the city isn’t huge, it is packed with pedestrian-only streets and quaint, winding alleys that will keep you exploring for days. The city is very popular with tourists year-round, so you certainly won’t be the only travelers walking through the streets with camera in hand. This being Italy, the cuisine in Venice is delicious, and we can especially recommend the Cicchetti of Venice tour. Cicchetti are Venetian tapas, and this tour will introduce you to some of the city’s most iconic eateries and its most delicious recipes. If it’s your first time in Venice, we can organize a tour to show you all the most important sites. And since no trip to the city of canals is complete without a boat ride, we offer a number of ways for you to get a new point of view of the city and its magnificent architecture. It’s easy to while away your time in Venice, discovering new secrets around every corner.

2 Nights in Julian Alps

Day 1

Your driver will bring you straight to your accommodation.

Day 2

Hiking

The Julian Alps is one of the best destinations for hiking in Europe and that's why we highly recommend going for a hike while you're here. These unspoiled mountains are a breath of fresh air for walkers and mountaineers, who come to enjoy the lush green valleys, crystal-clear rivers and dramatic limestone peaks. Wherever you are in the Julian Alps, it is possible to discover the natural beauties on foot. There are more than 7,000 kilometers of marked trails in the mountains of Slovenia, along which there are 165 mountain lodges, huts and bivouacs. The Julian Alps offer an abundance of both easily accessible trails and more difficult ones, so hikers of all levels can enjoy themselves here.


Day 3

Today you'll be leaving the Julian Alps and heading to lovely Ljubljana. You'll take your time along the way and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery and cities in between. This full-day transfer takes about 9 hours. It includes visits to Bled and Bohinj, both marvellous destinations, as well as stops along the way in Kobarid or Bovec. You can choose the stops with your driver based on your interest, whether you'd like to hike, raft, walk or just relax in nature.
The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.
Included : Kobarid/Bovec - Ljubljana Private Transfer with stops in Bled and Bohinj
Julian Alps

A little about Julian Alps

For travelers who like spending time in nature, it doesn't really get any better than The Julian Alps. This mountain range in northwestern Slovenia offers a wealth of picture-perfect landscapes, pristine hiking trails, rafting opportunities and much more. It's the perfect destination for a holiday that combines outdoor activities with relaxation. From hiking and swimming to rafting and cycling, there's more than enough to make your stay unforgettable. Besides the natural wonders, some of Slovenia's most notable towns are located in the region, including the beautiful Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, and the historic Fort Kluze. You will also have ample opportunities to enjoy the local cuisine, which features plenty of freshwater fish. The Edenic beauty of The Julian Alps will charm you, and the local hospitality will allow you to tailor your stay here to your own interests, whether that's conquering mountain peaks, or floating blissfully on one of the many emerald-green lakes and rivers.

2 Nights in Ljubljana

Day 1

When you arrive in Ljubljana, your driver will take you directly to your accommodation.

Day 2

Local Flavor: Food Tasting Tour
Today you’ll be exploring the local gastronomy with an experienced foodie guide who knows all the best restaurants and food stalls in the city. Your group will meet at the Preseren monument on Preseren Square at noon. From there you’ll sample delicious seasonal produce, tasting a variety of traditional dishes at stops throughout the center. This is the best Slovenian food in the world. Along the way you’ll have a few glasses of wine and spirits. It’s the best way to taste this diverse, delicious gastronomic culture.

Ljubljana Food Tasting Group Tour
Ljubljana Food Tasting Group Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Ljubljana Food Tasting Group Tour

Day 3

A driver will pick you up at your accommodation and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight.
Included : Ljubljana Airport Transfer
Ljubljana

A little about Ljubljana

Ljubljana enjoys a central postion which makes it the ideal base for exploring the rest of Slovenia. It is a crossroads culturally due to its location, on one hand you can see the Central European influence from Austria and Slavic countries in the city's architecture and language. On the other hand there is a strong Mediterranean and Balkan influence which is brought out in their laid back approach and the city's cafe culture. People are often surprised how westernized and advanced Slovenia is putting it more in a class with its Austrian neighbors than its Eastern European counterparts. The surrounding areas of the city are packed with natural beauty and cultural sights bearing witness to the city's dynamic history. There is diverse range of places to satisfy culinary desires as the local cuisine is also heavily influenced by its neighbors in all directions. Wine lovers will find Slovenia to be a hidden gem. One of the best ways we have found to get to know Ljubljana and Slovenian cuisine at the same time is on a food tour, which will take you on a gastronomical tour of the whole country while walking around the center. The city layout is tourist friendly as the Old Town has an ever expanding pedestrian zone and a great way to see Ljubljana is by bike taking advantage of the numerous bike lanes spread out across the city.

Reviews from past guests

Overall rating:
(4.9/5 based on 3 reviews)

Reviews from guests who have traveled with us to at least half the destinations in this itinerary


It was really smooth and easy working with JayWay Travel to plan the trip. JayWay Travel set up comfortable accommodations that were centrally located.   The transfers they arranged to/from airports and train stations made it really easy to travel to different cities.

- Traveled to Rome, Florence, Venice in September 2018 - rating:
(4.8/5)

JayWay Travel turns the intimidating prospect of traveling in a foreign country for the first time into an amazing experience, with as many options available to choose from as you could possibly want. Trepidation and worry melt away as all the details of traveling within the country and seeing all the sights are taken care of by people who know what they are doing!

- Traveled to Venice, Florence, Positano, Rome in May 2018 - rating:
(5/5)

"JayWay was a fabulous way to travel—essentially assisted independent travel, with great staff, itineraries, hotels, transportation, transfers, restaurant suggestions, and optional tours. Having someone to consult with a few weeks before the trip and a local cell phone and someone helpful to call if we needed anything made it perfect."

- Traveled to Ljubljana, Bled, Kobarid, Julian Alps, Rovinj, Plitvice, Trogir, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Mostar & Kotar in May 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

What's Included

Below you will find all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package.

Should you wish to add any optional tours and excursions listed on the Itinerary tab, please let us know.


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Rome
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport Transfer
  • Rome By Golf Cart Private Tour
    Duration : 3 Hours
    Includes : Private English-speaking guide, Golf cart and driver
    Excludes : Tip for a guide
  • Rome Train Station Transfer
  • Rome - Florence Standard Class Train Tickets
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Florence
  • Florence Train Station Transfer
  • Treasures of Florence Group Tour
    Duration : 5-6 hours (incl lunch break)
    Includes : Guide, Entrances to Accademia and Uffizi
    Excludes : Meals and drinks, Tip for your guide
  • Florence - Venice Standard Class Train Tickets
  • Florence Train Station Transfer
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Venice
  • First Time in Venice Private Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Guide
    Excludes : Tip for the guide
  • Venice - Kobarid/Bovec Private Transfer
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Julian Alps
  • Kobarid/Bovec - Ljubljana Private Transfer with stops in Bled and Bohinj
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Ljubljana
  • Ljubljana Food Tasting Group Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Guide, Food Tasting
    Excludes : Tip for the guide
  • Ljubljana Airport Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager.
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives.
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations.
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance.
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, containing detailed destination information and tips on the best that these cities can offer.


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