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Highlights of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia

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Lake Bled, Slovenia
Tour Style: First Class
15 Days from $3,218 per person

Pretty seaside villages along the Dalmatian coast are your reward for some serious At Leisure sightseeing in the European capitals of Vienna, Ljubljana and Zagreb. Saunter through the pristinely beautiful Plitvice National Park and spend a day relaxing on the island of Hvar, exploring the gorgeous coastline on foot and taking a step back to a more peaceful time.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Waltz your way through Vienna, the City of Music. On arrival at Vienna Airport transfers will operate at 10am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive past some of the city's dazzling sights.

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    hotel:Hilton Danube
  3. Soak up the elegance and style of this Imperial capital with a Local Specialist who will share such iconic sights as the Opera House, Parliament, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the 13th century Hofburg Palace. Spend some time at leisure or join an Optional Experience to nearby Bratislava. This evening perhaps indulge in a concert of classical music.
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  4. We journey south towards the Semmering Pass, stopping in Graz to view its charming Old Town and symbolic clock tower on top of the Schloßberg. We continue via the picturesque Austrian Riviera, across the Slovenian border, to the rustic natural retreat of Lake Bled.
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    hotel:Park
  5. Spend the day at leisure, admiring Lake Bled's crystal clear waters from the comfort of a boat and gaze in wonder at the fairy-tale castle clinging dramatically to a cliff that rises up from the lake's edge. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Slovenia's largest glacier lake, ascending Mt. Vogel by cable car for inspiring views.
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  6. A short journey brings us to Ljubljana, where a Local Specialist will share some of the Slovenian capital's most iconic sights including the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle, from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city. Travel south across the Croatian border to the exquisite National Park of Plitvice where you will join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour. Admire the cascade of spectacular waterfalls and crystal clear waters reflecting green, grey and blue against the lush landscapes.
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    hotel:Jezero
  7. Today, we travel to Croatia's sun-kissed Dalmatian coast to the city of Split where we will meet our Local Specialist for a fascinating tour of the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace. View the Cathedral and Baptistery of Split, once the Temple of Jupiter, before traveling to the glamorous island of Hvar for a relaxing three-night stay.
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    hotel:Amfora
  8. Set your watch to island time and enjoy a leisurely guided walking tour with a Local Specialist to Hvar's Old Town. See the 16th century Cathedral and loggia built by famed Venetian architect Sanmicheli. Explore the peace of a village where time has stood still and enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch cooked in a traditional style under a clay bell.
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  9. Restore your spirit, relaxing in beautiful surrounds. Explore the gorgeous rocky coastline on foot or join an Optional Experience to admire the vivid purple fields of lavender and indulge in delicious locally produced vintages.
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  10. Meander south along the picture-perfect Dalmatian coast past charming villages to the ancient city of Dubrovnik – its terracotta rooftops appear to tumble into the waters of the cerulean Adriatic.
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    hotel:Ariston
  11. Saunter along the solid city walls, marble streets and labyrinthine lanes of this stunning medieval city, joining your Local Specialist for a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the main sights. Admire the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries, before spending time at leisure. This evening we enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
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  12. Tread in the footsteps of Lord Byron and George Bernard Shaw who were intoxicated by the charm of this fascinating city. Climb the medieval ramparts imagining a time when Dubrovnik fought for its freedom against Ottoman attacks or consider joining an Optional Experience to Montenegro to see the only fjord in southern Europe.
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  13. We leave the splendor of Dubrovnik behind as we head north to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, our home for the next two nights. This evening we dine at our hotel.
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    hotel:The Westin
  14. Join a Local Specialist this morning for an exploration of the upper and lower towns of this traditional medieval city where you'll see the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, the Opera House and St. Mark's Church, with its colorfully tiled roof. The afternoon is yours to meander through the Old Town, twirling your Šestine umbrella as you ramble along its hidden cobblestone lanes or consider an Optional Experience into the surrounding countryside. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebration with our newfound friends and Travel Director.
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  15. Bid your travel companions a fond farewell at the end of a memorable At Leisure vacation together. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Zagreb Airport at 7 am and 11.30 am. Conditions apply.

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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 $980 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $120 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $136 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Vienna Airport transfers will operate at 10:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Zagreb Airport at 7:00 am and 11:30 am.

Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe.

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Meal Summary

13 nights, 13 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Explore the peace of a village where time has stood still and enjoy a family lunch cooked in a traditional style under a clay bell using ingredients from the family's farm, which also breeds horses

Small Group Sightseeing

  • Enjoy a guided walking tour in Dubrovnik with a group size of no more than 25 guests

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Vienna, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Split, Hvar Island and Zagreb

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours in Vienna, Ljubljana, Split, Hvar Island, Dubrovnik, Zagreb
  • Visit Graz, Plitvice National Park and Diocletian's Palace while in Split
  • View the 16th century Cathedral of Hvar Island
  • See the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna, the Clock Tower of Graz, the Opera House and Castle of Ljubljana, the Old City of Dubrovnik, the Archbishop's Palace of Zagreb

Reviews

Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Excellent air travel connections. Fantastic group of people and great tour director Marisa. Good program although the reverse trip from Zagreb to Vienna would be more exciting. A very good driver, polite and a true gentleman. And weather, I don't know how much GET petitioned in heaven, was perfect.
Vacation : A little too expensive and without optional tours you couldn't experience the ethnic food. The food in hotels was the same as in USA.
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Vacation:
Service rating : Tour Director and driver were superb! -- 5 stars Hotel locations could have been a closer to city center in Vienna and Dubrovnik (4) Destinations and optional excursions very enjoyable (4.5 stars) -- great mix of city, history, and scenic venues.
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Vacation : see previous comment -- ......
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Croatia, Austria 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 (€) and in Croatia is the Kuna (kn). 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 in Croatia, Austria and Slovenia. 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. 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. 

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.

Bled

Lake Bled And Castle Exploration

Adult Price: € 53

With our Local Specialist, we’ll enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bled, learn Slovenian history and traditions and take a traditional "Pletna" boat across the lake. We'll visit the Church of St. Mary's with its wishing bell and then visit 1,000-year-old Bled Castle to explore its ancient interior and experience spectacular aerial views of the region.

Alpine Jewels And Lake Bohinj

Adult Price: € 49

A half-day visit with our Local Specialist to Slovenia’s largest glacier lake. We'll see mountain villages and photo-worthy vistas along the way before taking a cable car up Mt Vogel (1600mt/ 5200f) for spectacular views and breathtaking scenery. We'll continue along the shores of Lake Bohinj, where we'll admire the stunning views and see the 13th-Century frescoes of St John's Church.

Traditional Slovenian Village Experience

Adult Price: € 50

Come with us on a journey to Radovljica, a well-preserved medieval alpine village. After a walking tour with a Local Specialist, you’ll enjoy a meal at a traditional Slovenian Inn where you’ll be entertained by local musicians, and see the famous living gingerbread museum.

Dubrovnik

Sunset Cruise And Dinner

Adult Price: € 57

Our sunset cruise takes us along the spectacular Dalmatian coast to one of the secluded bays where we'll enjoy a delicious local dinner with drinks. To complete the evening, we'll cruise outside the old city walls and explore the beautiful illuminated city of Dubrovnik, before returning by coach to our hotel. (n.b. This optional is weather dependent and may not be available on all departures)

Panoramic Cavtat

Adult Price: € 31

Journey along the coast for a relaxing trip to the picturesque village of Cavtat, arriving at the harbour on our own chartered boat. Enjoy a leisurely stroll with our Local Specialist in the medieval old town and take the opportunity to sample one of the many local seafood restaurants while admiring the yachts in the marina.

Dalmatian Dinner With Klapa Singers

Adult Price: € 55

Tonight we’ll drive above the amazing city walls, down to the Old Town of Dubrovnik, where you’ll enjoy a dinner of seafood specialities washed down with local wine, in one of the city's best restaurants. Klapa singers will also perform traditional Dalmatian songs in their own distinctive style.

Hvar

Sights And Tastes Of Hvar

Adult Price: € 35

Take a scenic drive towards Stari Grad with our Local Specialist, with views of Stari Grad Plain - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reaching Vroboska you’ll stroll to the Vina Pinjata cellars, where you’ll meet the owners and enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by delicious prsut (dry smoked ham), cheese, homemade fish pate and fresh bread.

Montenegro

Montenegro Adventure

Adult Price: € 56

We drive south along the Adriatic coast into the country of Montenegro. At the border we meet our Local Specialist, and embark on a panoramic boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks island, constructed by local sailors over six centuries in veneration of a holy relic discovery. Afterwards we sail across the Bay of Kotor, past spectacular fjord-like scenery, approaching the fortified town of Kotor, surrounded with steep mountains and protected by UNESCO. After a guided walking tour, we will have free time to enjoy delicious local cuisine and buy last Montenegrin souvenirs before returning to Dubrovnik. Please see the Visa Information section of this document.

Vienna

Bratislava Discovery

Adult Price: € 43

Visit Bratislava, capital city of the Slovak Republic, stretching along both banks of the Danube River. You’ll enjoy a guided tour through the city and discover the secrets of this beautiful baroque city; scene of Empress Maria Teresa’s coronation and setting for one of Mozart’s first concerts.

Dinner And Viennese Concert

Adult Price: € 100

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.

Viennese Concert

Adult Price: € 54

You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine during the interval.

Zagreb

Kumrovec with Food and Drinks

Adult Price: € 55

A scenic drive out of Zagreb with our Local Specialist brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. You’ll see his house, now a museum, and have time to explore the museum village. Later, share a meal of delicious regional specialities in a picturesque restaurant with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

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