Eastern Capitals & the Dalmatian Riviera

Lake Bled, Slovenia
15 Days from $2,835 per person

Embark on a journey to areas of stunning natural beauty and historical significance.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Vienna Airport, your airport transfer will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    hotel:Hilton Vienna (2 nights).
  3. Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your cameras ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building.
    hotel:Hilton Vienna.
  4. In the morning, cross the border into Slovenia and journey to its second largest city, Maribor. After spending time in this charming location, head to the ‘beloved' city of Ljubljana.
    hotel:Lev Hotel, Ljubljana (2 nights).
  5. A Local Expert will reveal the Baroque elegance of the Slovenian capital. The medieval castle stands as ancient guardian, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas testify to its historical importance, while the Triple Bridge spans the river adorned with cafés and restaurants. Spend time in the glorious Central Market, rich with the heady aromas of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat and spices. Your Local Expert will share insights into some of the Slovenian delicacies on display. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, you are invited to choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Lev Hotel, Ljubljana.
  6. Journey into Croatia and on to the country's capital, Zagreb. On arrival, guided sightseeing will take you through the squares of the Lower Town to the cathedral. Then walk through the medieval Upper Town to see the Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and Lotrščak Tower.
    hotel:Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb (2 nights).
  7. A free day to relax and enjoy a city that is bursting with culture. Perhaps spend time exploring one of the many museums or browsing the shops in the Lower Town (Donji grad) area.
    hotel:Sheraton, Zagreb.
  8. Journey south to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. A Local Expert will lead you through zig-zagging timber footbridges and the crystal blue-green beauty of Plitvice National Park; a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon to see the 70-meter-high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Jezero Hotel, Plitvice Lakes.
  9. The green forests give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters as you travel to Trogir, a historic town founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1,700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the old town. A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's, (originally Diocletian's Mausoleum), the Temple of Jupiter (today, a baptistery) and the Golden Gate, before venturing underground.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:President Solin/Atrium Hotel, Split (2 nights).
  10. A full free day to explore Split and see Dalmatian life as it's really lived. Always buzzing, this lively city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity to have dinner in a traditional 'Konoba'.
    hotel:President Solin/Atrium Hotel, Split.
  11. In the morning, cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina and and stop with at the small town of Medjugorje. A now famous religious site due to six children, who claim to have seen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Continue to Sarajevo, a town with a turbulent past - in 1914 it was the site of the assassination that sparked WWI and more recently, it endured the longest siege in modern military history.
    meal(s):BB, RD
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Sarajevo (2 nights).
  12. Morning sightseeing with a Local Expert introduces you to the Sarajevo War Tunnels Museum, housing part of the secret tunnel that was the city's lifeline during the Bosnian war. Talk to one of the survivors, for whom the siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment in his life. Continue to the Baščaršija, the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans in the 15th century. In the afternoon, relax during free time.
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Sarajevo.
  13. Journey to Mostar and with a Local Expert, walk across the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge), reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the war. The cobbled old town stretches on both sides of the bridge and is filled with shops selling Turkish-style souvenirs. Cross the border, back into Croatia and journey to the walled town of Dubrovnik. On arrival, join a Local Expert to explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the old town. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
    hotel:Croatia Hotel Cavtat, Dubrovnik (2 nights).
  14. In the morning, there is an optional visit to Montenegro. Start with Kotor, situated on the only fjord on the Adriatic coast. Capture forever on film one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of this area. Then head to the picturesque town of Budva where there is free time for lunch before returning to Dubrovnik. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the evening Celebration Dinner, loosened in spirit and bonded by magical miles, expect a hubbub of clinking glasses, laughter and conversation. The food will be fragrant and fresh, the setting out of this world and the memories unforgettable.
    hotel:Croatia Hotel Cavtat, Dubrovnik.
  15. Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 09:00 & 11:30.

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13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences


  • Enjoy the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace with a Local Expert.


  • Spend time with a Local Expert in the glorious Central Market and learn about some of the Slovenian delicacies on display.

Plitvice Lakes:

  • Marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


  • With a local historian, explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace - now in the heart of modern day Split.


  • Gain a personal insight into a city under siege! Visit the ‘Tunnel of Hope', and talk with a resident who lived through the 44-month blockade and was privy to the city's secret lifeline.


  • Learn the history and symbolic significance of the Stari Most Bridge and explore the old town.
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8 Apr 17 22 Apr 17 $3,150$2,835pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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2 Sep 17 16 Sep 17 $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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23 Sep 17 7 Oct 17 $3,295$2,966pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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30 Sep 17 14 Oct 17 $3,295$2,966pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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Departure will stay at alternative accommodation of similar standard in Split.

undefinedDepartures will stay at alternative accommodation of similar standard in Vienna.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $690 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $123 per person.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Croatia, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in Austria and Slovenia is the Euro (€), in Croatia is the Kuna (kn), and in Bosnia-Herzegovina is the Convertible Mark. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Croatian cuisine is hearty, fresh, and flavorful, and is a mix of local traditions and neighboring influences. Meals often begin with bread, cured meats and cheese.  Along the Dalmatian coast you’ll find a variety of seafood dishes and Mediterranean flavors like rosemary, oregano, sage, lemon, and olive oil. For an authentic coastal meal try octopus peka and scampi na buzaru (scampi cooked in garlic, tomato and white wine). Further inland you might like to try the rich Štrukli (baked cheese in pastry dough). Pizza and pasta dishes are also ubiquitous. For dessert, try palačinka, a kind of crêpe served with jam, chocolate sauce, and other decadent fillings. Croatia also produces high quality lagers and a selection of good wine.

    Austrian cuisine is hearty and satisfying and reflects regional influences from Italy, Hungary, Germany and the Balkans. Try a variety of sausages including the popular Wiener Schnitzel and Viennese specialties such as gulasch (goulash) and apfelstrudel (apple strudel).

    Slovenian cuisine is greatly influenced by neighboring countries. You’ll find everything from Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta, gnocchi and risotto to Hungarian specialties like goulash and beef stew.

  • We suggest that you pack a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is less common in Europe than in the U.S. When dining out, a service fee is sometimes included in the bill. If not, it’s appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity for good service.

     At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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