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Eastern Capitals & the Dalmatian Riviera

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Tour Style: Premium
15 Days from $3,263 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 10:00, 13:00 & 15:00. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Hilton Vienna.
  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. It showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue exploring. 

    meal(s):BB
    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.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Lev Hotel, Ljubljana.
  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, DW
    hotel:Lev Hotel, Ljubljana.
  6. 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 Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb.
  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 Donji grad area.

    meal(s):BB
    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, which was originally Diocletian's Mausoleum, the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, and the Golden Gate, before venturing underground. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity to have dinner in a traditional Konoba.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:President Solin, Split
  10. 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 surrounds. Why not join the 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.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:President Solin, Split.
  11. In the morning, cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina to Mostar. During your guided walking exploration with your Local Expert, cross 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.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Sarajevo
  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. 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.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Sarajevo.
  13. 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.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Kompas, Dubrovnik
  14. In the morning, why not visit Montenegro? This journey starts with Kotor, situated on the only fjord on the Adriatic coast, where your camera can capture one of the most beautiful parts of the bay as you learn some of the compelling history of this area. You would then continue to the picturesque town of Budva where there is free time for lunch before returning to Dubrovnik. 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. While cruising, enjoy a Celebration Dinner of typical Dalmatian Coast cuisine, washed down with local drinks - wine and grappa being the most famous. After toasting a fabulous journey, your cruise will moor in the old town harbor for another look at Dubrovnik.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hotel Kompas, Dubrovnik.
  15. Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 05:00, 09:00 & 11:30.

    meal(s):BB

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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 $790 p.p.

Triple Room Discount $120 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $162 per person.

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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

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.

Ljubljana:

  • Explore this elegant capital to see the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Triple Bridge. Spend time with your
    Local Expert in the glorious Central Market and learn about some of the Slovenian delicacies on display.

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.

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.

Sarajevo:

  • 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.

Mostar:

  • Learn the history and symbolic significance of the Stari Most Bridge and explore the old town with your Local Expert.

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. 

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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 24 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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