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Eastern Capitals & the Dalmatian Riviera

Operated by: Insight Vacations

15 Days from $3,825 per person
Lake Bled, Slovenia

Countries Visited

Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro

Locations Visited

Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Vienna

    On arrival at Vienna airport, your transfer will leave for your hotel at 10 am, 1 pm or 3 pm. Join your Travel Director at 5:30 pm for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Vienna
  2. Day 2 Exploring Stately Vienna

    Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Then get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls. It showcases many of the capital's architectural highlights, including the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence, the Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continuing exploring.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Vienna
  3. Day 3 Maribor and Ljubljana

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Lev Ljubljana
  4. Day 4 Exploring Lovable Ljubljana

    Your Local Expert will reveal the Baroque elegance of the Slovenian capital. The medieval castle stands as an ancient guardian, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas testify to its historical importance, while the Triple Bridge spans the river adorned with cafes 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 and regales you with a tasting of local specialties. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. In the evening, choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Lev Ljubljana
  5. Day 5 Zagreb’s Twin Towns

    Journey into Croatia where on arrival in Zagreb, you meet your Local Expert for an exploration of this capital. Donji Grad, the Lower Town, is devoted to business, art and spacious parks, where streets are wide and airy and the layout is designed to give a sense of grandeur. See the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square and continue to Ban Josip Jelacic Square en route to the cathedral. The medieval Upper Town, is a network of little streets, stretching between the Kaptol and Gradec hills. View the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
  6. Day 6 Zagreb at Leisure

    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 Donji Grad. Maybe try the local cuisine in one of Zagreb's interesting restaurants or cafés.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
  7. Day 7 On to Plitvice National Park

    Journey south to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. Your 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 interconnected lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon to see the 230-foot-high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views. Spend the evening at Jezero Hotel, situated in a stunning location at the heart of the National Park and close to the lakes.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Lyra
  8. Day 8 Along the Dalmatian

    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 400 B.C. 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. Your Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares. See St. Duje's, which was originally Diocletian's Mausoleum and the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate. Your exploration then continues underground as you are guided through the Cellars. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity to dine like a true local at a traditional Konoba.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel President Solin
  9. Day 9 Exploring Split

    Always buzzing, this lively city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. See Dalmatian life as it's really lived with a full day free to explore Split and its surroundings. Why not join an Optional Experience to discover the largest Dalmatian island, Brač? The adventure includes sailing to the island and venturing to the highest peak for incredible views before visiting the island's oldest settlement and stopping for a light lunch.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel President Solin
  10. Day 10 Mostar to Sarajevo

    In the morning, cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina to Mostar. During your guided walking exploration with your Local Expert, see the famous Stari Most, or Old Bridge, reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the Croat–Bosniak War. The cobbled old town stretches on both sides of the bridge and is filled with shops selling Turkish-style souvenirs. Continue to Sarajevo, a town with a turbulent past—in 1914 it was the site of the assassination that sparked World War I and more recently, it endured the longest siege in modern military history. Follow the scenic route to Sarajevo for a unique and rewarding insight into the local way of life as you are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savor the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Swissotel Sarajevo
  11. Day 11 Sarajevo, the City of Culture

    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. You will also see the Latin Bridge where Austrian Crown Prince, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated. Continue to Baščaršija, the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans in the 15th century. In the afternoon, enjoy time at your leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Swissotel Sarajevo
  12. Day 12 Medjugorje and Dubrovnik

    In the morning, travel south to stop at the small town of Medjugorje, made famous by six children who claim to have seen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Cross the border back into Croatia and journey to the walled town of Dubrovnik. On arrival, join your 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Croatia Cavtat (Sea View Rooms)
  13. Day 13 Optional Montenegro Experience

    In the morning, why not visit Montenegro? This Optional Experience travels to Kotor, where your camera can capture one of the most beautiful parts of the bay as you learn the history of the area, before returning to Dubrovnik with a short cruise. As the sun begins to set, and should the weather permit, join your fellow travel companions as you sit back and enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik. Admire the most important feature of the city, the mighty city walls rising straight from the cliffs, perfectly-preserved from the Middle Ages, before your cruise moors in the Old Town Harbor. Later, enjoy a Celebration Dinner of typical Dalmatian Coast cuisine, washed down with local drinks—wine and grappa being the most famous.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Croatia Cavtat (Sea View Rooms)
  14. Day 14 Depart Dubrovnik

    Your travels draw to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik airport at 5 am, 9 am and 11:30 am. 

    meals Breakfast
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Included Quality Dining

13 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

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

Top Rated Highlights

  • Ride the funicular from Lower Town to Upper Town in Zagreb • cruise the bay of Dubrovnik at sunset
  • Visit Schönbrunn Palace • Ljubljana's Central Market • Plitvice National Park, Korana Canyon and Tomicevo Pogledalo • Diocletian's Palace in Split • Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope
  • City tours of Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Mostar, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik all with Local Experts
  • See the Hofburg Imperial Residence and Opera House in Vienna • Maribor's architecture • Trogir's Cipiko Palace • Stari Most in Mostar • the quaint town of Medjugorje
  • Vienna: A private tour with a Local Expert showcases the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace, rich in Rococo and glittering gold. Spend some time in the formal gardens.
  • Vienna: During your orientation led by your Travel Director, travel along the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
  • Maribor: Led by your Travel Director, explore this charming city, the second largest in Slovenia. Take a moment to appreciate the blend of old and new architecture.
  • Ljubljana: Explore this elegant capital with your Local Expert, to see the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St Nicholas and Triple Bridge.
  • Ljubljana: Spend time with your Local Expert in the glorious Central Market and learn about some of the Slovenian delicacies on display.
  • Zagreb: Your Local Expert guides you this two-tiered capital. Explore Donji Grad, the Lower Town, and see the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square, Ban Josip Jelacic Square and the cathedral.
  • Zagreb: Ride the funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town, to view the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.
  • Plitvice Lakes: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, guided by your Local Expert. Visit Korana Canyon to see the falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views.
  • Trogir: See the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Split: 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. See Diocletian's Mausoleum, now St. Duje's and the Temple of Jupiter, now a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate.
  • Split: Sightseeing with your Local Expert continues through the old town. Walk through the Jewish Quarter to reach Narodni Trg, the center of Old Split. Continue to Trg Braće Radić, translated as the Square of the Radić brothers, but better known to the locals as Voćni Trg, or the Fruit Square.
  • Mostar: Learn the history and symbolic significance of Stari Most and explore the old town with your Local Expert.
  • Sarajevo: A Local Expert will show you the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans, known as Baščaršija. You will also see the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated.
  • Medjugorje: Explore this quaint town as your Travel Director leads you on an orientation.
  • Dubrovnik: Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Expert. Walk the stone-paved streets of the Old Town to see Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and the medieval city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
  • Dubrovnik: As the sun descends and should the weather be favorable, enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik.
  • Scenic Drives: Throughout your journey, witness the beauty of the Carinthian Lakes, Plitvice National Park and the Dalmatian Coast.
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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Vienna

Dinner In A Country Mansion

Cross the Danube, passing the famous Prater Park en route to one of Austria's most famous restaurants. Former patrons include Napoleon, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Liz Taylor and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once through the door of this historic country mansion you're transported to a different world! Old memorabilia, autographed photos and other paraphernalia cover the ceilings, walls and even the rest rooms. Choose from traditional Austrian fare, enjoy unlimited drinks and be serenaded by musicians at your table. A fun-filled experience never to be forgotten!
Adult Price: €63

Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glass of champagne along with some of the most famous works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (On occasion dinner will be included EURO 103)
Adult Price: €58

Ljubljana

Slovenian Dinner

The mighty medieval fortress of Ljubljana Castle sits on top of a hill, high above the city. From the panoramic viewing terraces, survey the terracotta tiled "roof scape" of the Old Town. Then retire to the beautiful setting of the castle courtyard for drinks and a wonderful dinner of traditional Slovenian cuisine.
Adult Price: €59

Visit to Postojna Caves

Deep beneath the Slovenian Karst lies a magnificent underground world of limestone caves. Shaped by nature over millions of years, this UNESCO World Heritage site is visited by thousands every year. During your 90 minute guided tour, you’ll travel by electric mini-train through a maze of mysterious corridors before exploring the vast limestone caverns by foot.
Adult Price: €48

Excursion To Lake Bled

Drive through the pretty Slovenian countryside to the tranquil shores of Lake Bled. Surrounded by stunning views of the Julian Alps, an oarsman steers his traditional wooden 'pletna' across the turquoise glacial waters towards the tiny island that rises in the middle. Ascend the 99 stone steps to the pilgrimage church where the famous “wishing bell” has been ringing out since 1534. After making your wish, enjoy coffee and a delicious pastry by the lake, followed by some free time for unforgettable photo-ops!
Adult Price: €54

Zagreb

Kumrovec & Lunch/Dinner

Journey through beautiful rolling countryside of the Zagorje region to the charming village of Kumrovec. Visit the simple peasant house of the late Marshal Tito for a local perspective into this region's complicated and bloody history. The surrounding properties have been restored to represent village life of some 100 years ago. Later, enjoy a farm-to-table meal with drinks in a picturesque restaurant much favoured by the locals. Magnificent views of the rolling, vine-clad hills and Veliki Tabor Castle come as a bonus!
Adult Price: €60

Split

Konoba Dinner

For the authentic Dalmatian cuisine experience, dinner in a traditional ‘konoba’, is a must. Friendly staff serve a variety of seafood or meat, accompanied by good local wine and entertaining Dalmatian musicians. A night to make you fall in love with the tastes and flavours of the Adriatic.
Adult Price: €51

Day Trip To Brač Island

A stunning day exploring Brač, the largest island of Dalmatia and a place of stunning beauty, nature and history. Enjoy a picturesque sail across turquoise blue waters to arrive at Supetar, the biggest town on the island. Upon arrival we journey up to Vidova Gora, the island's highest peak for magnificent views of Brač and nearby island Hvar and the stunning Adriatic coastline. We continue with a visit to Skrip, the island’s oldest settlement with megalithic walls dating from the 12th-century B.C. Then, we'll learn about traditional olive oil-making and enjoy an tasting before a light home-made lunch of local specialties.
Adult Price: €67

Sarajevo

Tito's Secret Bunker and Konjic Dinner

Journey southwest of Sarajevo to visit what was once Yugoslavia’s most closely guarded secret, “Tito’s Bunker”. Taking 26 years to build and draining billions of state dollars, the nuclear shelter could house up to 350 members of Tito’s inner circle. Today it's an enduring legacy of a bygone era and an unlikely space for international contemporary art. After, we'll visit the nearby historic town of Konjic to learn about the town’s UNESCO protected craft of woodcarving and then relax with an authentic dinner of regional flavours in this Ottoman-influenced town.
Adult Price: €56

Dubrovnik

Excursion to Kotor, Montenegro

Drive southward along the coast into Montenegro and the pretty town of Kotor, situated on the Adriatic's only fjord, listed with UNESCO world heritage sites. Visit one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of the area.
Adult Price: €54

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