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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your travels draw to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik airport at 5 am, 9 am and 11:30 am.
13 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee.
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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