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A week in Friuli Venezia Giulia: archeology, food and sailing

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8 Days - 8 Nights
Availability : Sept '20 - Dec '21
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This is a self-guided tour itinerary that we suggest for solo travelers, families, couples or small groups, traveling with their own means of transport, but it can be organised also for a group, and in this case we can provide the transport and a tour manager to accompany you around and give you always the best experience. 

The ideal season is from April to October, but the beach is best enjoyed from June to September, depending on your preferences in temperature!

This is a “best-of” tour with some of the highlights in the region, it includes the beautiful archeological areas and basilica of Aquileia, once a capital of the Roman empire, the medieval and romanesque sites in Cividale del Friuli both UNESCO heritage sites. The Castle of Miramare with its gardens will enchant you, as will the sad story of its famous creator the Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg, and his Belgian wife Charlotte. 

The tour includes also (how could it not?) some beach time in different areas, a lot of delicious food and a sophisticated wine tasting in a beautiful atmosphere, and finally, if you wish, a day out on a sailing boat in the stunning Gulf of Trieste. The boat for the sailing activity is wheelchair adapted by the local association Dis-Equality and the Naval League of Trieste.

Contact us to get a quote! This is the perfect option if you want to make your planning easy for the accessible accommodation and activities, and save money at the same time.

Departure & Return Location

Trieste, Italy (alternative departure points or itineraries can be arranged)

Price Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation with B&B formula
  • Specialised guide during the excursions mentioned
  • Sailing day
  • Day tours according to your choice

Price Excludes

  • Airport transfers
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Meals

Complementaries

  • 1 bottle of a delicious local wine
Inclusive features

This is the ideal package if you are travelling by car, but we can also arrange for transport during your stay, with a private driver, and set up a group tour.

This holiday package includes history, nature, local food and wine and the beach, all the resources and activities are suited for people with mobility needs, but also for people with visual impairments, travelers with learning disabilities and a SL interpreter can be organised for you as well. 

The accommodation is all wheelchair adapted: we can of course send you photos so that you can choose the best option, and full descriptions of the accommodation’s accessibility features. 

The tour guides are available in various languages: Italian, English, French and German and SL (depending on the language).

Addresses and contacts of medical centres, also for dyalisis, are available. Nursing services and medical equipment can be rented, just contact us and we’ll get you everything you need for a safe and relaxed holiday.

  • Electric wheelchair user
  • Manual wheelchair user
  • Parkinson friendly
  • Hearing impaired
  • Diabetes friendly
  • Learning disability
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Trieste

We start right away with an exploration of Trieste, from the lower part, the shores of the Trieste waterfront with Piazza Unità d’Italia, the largest square Europe overlooking the sea and the Audace Pier, with it’s history. The tour includes the historic center, where you will observe the various historical architectures, from the Roman to the conteporary, the Grand Canal and the Teresian village, the new city, built by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and a symbol of Trieste’s multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan character.
You guide will take you up to the Colle di San Giusto, where you can admire the Castle. Stop for a walking tour of the Cathedral of San Giusto: accessible from the side and internal door without any obstacle. You will also then discover the Porto Vecchio, an example of industrial archeology, Barcola the place chosen by
for the thermal baths and luxurious villas, today one of the most loved places in Trieste, the Victory Lighthouse and the wonderful Miramare Castle, the princely residence of Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Carlotta, one of the most beautiful and visited castles in Italy.

Stop at the Castle for a guided tour, which includes the gardens. 
We will end the day with an aperitivo, a fundamental rite in Italy! in one of the typical places of the Jewish Ghetto or in Via Torino, where the locals hang out.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2Ancient Aquileia: the capital of the Roman empire, and beautiful Grado on the sea

Breakfast and departure for Aquileia, a worldwide famous Unesco World Heritage Site. Rich and flourishing city of the Roman Empire, famous for its port and defensive walls, Aquileia is now a village with a fascinating open-air archeological area. You will visit the patriarchal basilica where the floor mosaic, dating back to the 4th century AD, is the largest in Europe. You will discover the history of Christian Aquileia from the early centuries and the so-called Holy Sepulcher. The classic tour includes: a visit to the archaeological excavations which is a walk among the remains of the forum, the river port and the houses (free admission – the route is accessible to all the road surface is partly on asphalt and partly in gravel, all flat, but a little long and in some moments without the possibility of shade), the visit to the Basilica (free admission – there are glass walkways that could scare people with mobility problems but do not present any oscillation or possibility of breakage). The crypt of the frescoes is not accessible to people in wheelchairs as there are irregular steps . The archeological museum is accessible in all its parts to people with mobility problems and is equipped with a lift. 

Continue for lunch in Grado, lovely town by the sea, with great fish restaurants. 

Accommodation in hotel and guided tour of the historic center to discover the early Christian buildings of the Campo dei Patriarchi and the remains of the ancient Roman settlement, in alternative: afternoon at the beach!

Day 3At the beach

Full day free to enjoy the beach or the local SPAs, we will provide you with all the information on the accessibility of both resources so you can choose how to spend your day relaxing.

On either evening, depending on your preferences, we can organise a wine tasting in town and a fish dinner.

Day 4The island of Barbana

Breakfast and transfer to the port for boarding the motorboat for the island of Barbana, a tiny island – located within the Grado lagoon – on which stands a sanctuary of ancient origins with a miraculous story from the times of the plague. 
Transfers are organized by motorboats and each leg takes about 25 minutes. All services on the island are wheelchair accessible: sanctuary, chapel, restaurant, bar and toilets. Lunch at the sanctuary in a cute local restaurant.

Free afternoon and dinner.

Day 5The Isonzo river natural reserve

The day is all about nature! The  Isonzo Rivermouth Natural Reserve is also called the “Italian Camargue”: freshwater swamps, vast salty wetlands, reeds, woods and meadows: the reserve is the ideal habitat for many animal species and in particular for birds, sedentary and migratory. Not surprisingly, it was recognized as one of the best areas in Italy for birdwatching. Its heart, the Cona island which houses the visitor center, is internationally famous among the experts.
It can also be visited on rainy days, as there are comfortable indoor observatories and facilities
specially created for visitors, which also include a wheelchair adapted itinerary.  
If you want to do some horseriding, a specialised instructor is available to take you to explore the park on horseback (optional and to be booked
in advance).
Return and dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6Industrial heritage

After nature, we are back to culture, this time in the 1900, to discover the story of the shipyards of Monfalcone, famous  also for the construction of many cruise ships. 

The visit in Monfalcone includes the Art Nouveau villas of the shipbuilder company directors, and the “workers’ village”, with the typical architecture and social project behind their planning. Finally, a visit at the multimedia museum of the shipbuilding, Museo della Cantieristica, for a full immersion in the history and technical aspects of building ships across history, with interactive videogames and  immersive atmospheres: perfect for all ages. 

Day 7Udine and Cividale

Breakfast and departure for Udine, meeting with the guide and guided tour of the center with its squares of Venetian charm and ancient buildings: from Piazza Libertà, defined as “the most beautiful Venetian square on land”, to Piazza Matteotti (or delle Erbe). Udine in the eighteenth century was the city of Giambattista Tiepolo who here he reached his artistic maturity. Aperitif with the “Taj di Vin” in a typical tavern.

Transfer to Cividale and lunch in a typical city restaurant. Afternoon guided tour of the city, founded by Julius Caesar with name of Forum Iulii, from which the name Friuli comes, in 568 AD. Cividale became the seat of the first Lombard duchy in Italy and later, for some centuries, the residence of the Patriarchs of Aquileia. The city preserves significant Lombard evidence, first of all the Tempietto, one of the most extraordinary and mysterious western early medieval architecture example.
The Lombard Temple is completely accessible.

Back to the hotel for dinner.

Day 8Your choice! Local food and wine or adapted sailing (or both)

For this last day you can choose two itineraries (or prolong your trip to do both!).

Option 1: Discover the local foods and wines

The itinerary includes a visit to a local artisanal cheese producer, a visit to a producer of cured ham in San Daniele, a lunch and finally a wine tour in a winery, with final wine tasting. You will be accompanied by a local guide specialising in food and wine tours.

 

Option 2: Adaptive sailing

Experience sailing in one of the most beautiful gulfs in Italy: the Gulf of Trieste. The local association Dis-Equality, in collaboration with the Naval League of Trieste, has a number of sailing boats that can be used to take people with various abilities sailing. 

With experienced local instructors you will have a day out by boat and see the region from a different, stunning perspective!

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