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Highlights of Austria, Slovenia & Croatia

Lake Bled, Slovenia
15 Days from $3,015 per person

Pretty seaside villages along the Dalmatian coast are your reward for some serious sightseeing in the European capitals of Vienna, Ljubljana and Zagreb. 

Take a walking tour through the pristinely beautiful Plitvice National Park and spend a day relaxing on the island of Hvar, exploring the gorgeous coastline on foot or perhaps boarding a cruise to one of the other islands.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Vienna. Spend the afternoon relaxing or take a stroll. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive. This will be the perfect introduction to this magical city.
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    hotel:Hilton Danube
  3. Admire Vienna's sights as you drive along the imperial boulevards with your Local Specialist. See the Opera House, Parliament, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace. Explore the oldest parts of the city near ‘Am Hof' on your walking tour. Spend time sightseeing on your own or join an excursion to nearby Bratislava. Tonight consider enjoying a concert of Viennese music.
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  4. Heading south towards the Semmering Pass, stop to view the galleried courtyards and famous clock tower at Graz. Continue via the beautiful Austrian Riviera and cross the Karawanken Mountains to the Slovenian border. Arrive later in Lake Bled, an earthly paradise and your home for the next two nights. A beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape set amid forests and mountains.
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    hotel:Park
  5. Spend the rest of the day as you please or explore more of the scenic surroundings by taking part in an Optional Experience.
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  6. It is only a short drive to Ljubljana where your Local Specialist shows you the sights including the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum and Castle, and Three Bridges Square. Drive south to the Croatian border and through the forested National Park of Plitvice. Admire the waterfalls and lakes of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site on your walking tour with your Local Specialist. See lakes of crystal clear water in many colorful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls.
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    hotel:Jezero
  7. Travel through scenic Croatian countryside to Split, the largest city in Dalmatia. Meet your Local Specialist for a fascinating tour of the UNESCO World Heritage designated Diocletian's Palace. Visit the substructure, before viewing the Cathedral and the Baptistery of Split, once the Temple of Jupiter. Later travel to the beautiful island of Hvar for a relaxing three-night stay.
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    hotel:Amfora
  8. This morning enjoy an included excursion on the island of Hvar to see the 16th century Cathedral and loggia built by the Venetian architect Sanmicheli. For lunch, a very special Be My Guest dining experience at a rustic Konoba in a shepherd's village overlooking the Adriatic awaits you.
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  9. A full day to relax in beautiful Hvar. Enjoy the swimming pool at your hotel, explore the gorgeous coastline on foot or perhaps take a cruise to one of the other islands.
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  10. Today drive along the coast to Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic. The scenery is spectacular.
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    hotel:Ariston
  11. This morning join 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. Spend free time relaxing, exploring the lively market, or perhaps enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal of traditional cuisine at a local restaurant.
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  12. Your Travel Director will be happy to advise how best to use your free time. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Montenegro to see the only fjord in southern Europe and the 2,500 year old town of Budva.
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  13. Your Croatian adventure continues as you head north to the capital Zagreb, your home for the next two nights. Dine this evening at your hotel.
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    hotel:Westin
  14. Zagreb is a traditional medieval European city with a wealth of historic monuments. Your Local Specialist shows you the highlights including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, St. Mark's Church and the Opera House. Spend free time exploring the winding streets of the Old Town or consider an excursion into the surrounding countryside. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebration.
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  15. Say farewell to your companions as this memorable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply.
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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

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
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price AvailabilityPrice
11 May 17 25 May 17 checkmark $3,350pp
$3,350 pp
18 May 17 1 Jun 17 checkmark $3,350$3,015pp
$3,350 $3,015 pp
25 May 17 8 Jun 17 checkmark $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 pp
1 Jun 17 15 Jun 17 checkmark $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 pp
8 Jun 17 22 Jun 17 $3,625$3,263pp
$3,625 $3,263 pp
15 Jun 17 29 Jun 17 $3,625$3,263pp
$3,625 $3,263 pp
22 Jun 17 6 Jul 17 $3,675$3,308pp
$3,675 $3,308 pp
29 Jun 17 13 Jul 17 checkmark $3,675$3,308pp
$3,675 $3,308 pp
6 Jul 17 20 Jul 17 $3,675$3,308pp
$3,675 $3,308 pp
13 Jul 17 27 Jul 17 $3,725$3,353pp
$3,725 $3,353 pp
20 Jul 17 3 Aug 17 $3,725$3,353pp
$3,725 $3,353 pp
27 Jul 17 10 Aug 17 $3,725$3,353pp
$3,725 $3,353 pp
3 Aug 17 17 Aug 17 $3,725$3,353pp
$3,725 $3,353 pp
10 Aug 17 24 Aug 17 $3,725$3,353pp
$3,725 $3,353 pp
17 Aug 17 31 Aug 17 checkmark $3,725$3,353pp
$3,725 $3,353 pp
24 Aug 17 7 Sep 17 $3,695$3,326pp
$3,695 $3,326 pp
28 Aug 17 11 Sep 17 $3,695$3,326pp
$3,695 $3,326 pp
31 Aug 17 14 Sep 17 $3,695$3,326pp
$3,695 $3,326 pp
4 Sep 17 18 Sep 17 $3,695$3,326pp
$3,695 $3,326 pp
7 Sep 17 21 Sep 17 $3,695$3,326pp
$3,695 $3,326 pp
11 Sep 17 25 Sep 17 $3,695$3,326pp
$3,695 $3,326 pp
14 Sep 17 28 Sep 17 checkmark $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 pp
18 Sep 17 2 Oct 17 $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 pp
21 Sep 17 5 Oct 17 $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 pp

 

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 $850 p.p.

Triple Discount: $110 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $100 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Vienna Airport transfers will operate at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 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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  • 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.

Reviews

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Service rating : Pleasant experience with Barbara Gardner. She was helpful and knowledgeable. This is the second trip we have planned with her.
Product : Itinerary was spectacular. Tour director, Marisa Lukovich was top notch. Give that girl a raise! Our driver was also excellent. I would recommend this trip to anyone. I would have liked hotel rooms with a view (not always on the back side) and the Westin in Zagreb was in need of updates and repair.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Service rating : we felt cheated this is not the old GET we have been travelling with for years which I have been led to believe by my fellow companions on this trip does not exist any more - it is a name only - in the past I had one agent at the home office when I called now it is anybody - we travel UNIWORLD but I will call them directly and book with them only if they are still independant
Product : it was all a drive by - too fast, too short at sites, too long on the bus too too much travel and too little site seeing - staff at hotels were very good and really tried to do their best - tour guides were fine except one in Slovenia - Gasper tried his very best but was hampered by pushing the sale of optional trips - I felt sorry for him
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointing experience. While every trip and destination is unique, we strive to provide a consistent value and level of service. There is a lot of ground covered on this trip which means some long days driving. We apologize if we missed the mark for you.

Grand European Travel
Monday, October 5, 2015
Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Service rating : I have been on some dozen or so tours with GET. I have rated most of the tours with good marks, but increasingly we have been disappointed with the fact that GET depends on optional tours to provide a good coverage. I see that reflecting the profit motive of the company--advertising a tour that is semi-complete, unless many optional tours are taken.
Product : The tour attempted to crowd too much into the schedule--by strongly promoting the optional tours. Some of those logically should have been part of the standard tour. If all the optional tours were taken, the schedule was much too busy and crowded out free time to explore new places/cities of interest. Most members of this tour were older/retired types who needed a bit slower pace--with even some additional consideration about restroom stops. The tour covered many regions of interest, but often with many steps to climb, making it a less-then-leisurely tour. Members with any walking handicaps were challenged. At times, members were at some risk because of the walking or boating adventures, particularly those at night. I was disappointed, too, that GET/Trafalgar cancelled and combined some tours to fill this one almost completely to the maximum. A group of 45 is too many for the optimum handling of the needs of the travelers. The Croatian coach driver was excellent. The Slovenian tour director seemed to be dedicated to doing a good job. Because of his cultural background, I expect I have to make some allowance there for what I consider inadequacies in the tour management.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Our Optional Experiences are designed to complement our itineraries and offer our guests an element of flexibility to tailor their vacation to their own preferences. Some of our guests prefer to use this time to explore independently and at their own leisure or just relax. A full list of all Optional Experiences are included with our travel documents which are delivered 3-4 weeks prior to travel. Nonetheless we understand your concerns and we thank you for bring them to our attention.

Grand European Travel-Guest Relations
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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Service rating : Very knowledgeable and entertaining tour director - Nick Krohn
Product : Too little time to really see the cities, have lunch, relax, and do some shopping. Every day was very rushed. This was rated as a leisurely tour. It was not.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Service rating : Another superb trip, & the Travel Director was excellent as well.
Product : Much more than we expected. The vacation was magnificent.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Service rating : Tour and tour guide were excellent.
Product : It was even better than I expected.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Service rating : We love GET but you really let us down on our May 2014! We were not aware of ANY changes until we reached Vienna! Instead of GET, we ended up with TRAFALGAR! We were extremely disappointed and did NOT book to travel with such a large group of people! Turns out there were many inconsistencies with our travel plans.
Product : A beautiful trip! Breathtaking views of the Adriatic and inside of Croatia. Have recommended this trip to many friends. A larger number of people made it difficult to get daily tour guides to handle us. Some of our tours felt rushed accordingly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. We do indicate in our brochure that this tour is operated by our sister company. We also try to clearly note this on payment receipts and tour documents. I apologize if this was not made clear to you at the time you booked.

Grand European Travel-Guest Relations
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Service rating : Enjoyed tour very much with best tour guide.
Product : The hotel room in Vienna, facing Danube river was sooo beautiful...very memorable.
I enjoyed eating lunch outside Zagreb, in a vinyard. Food was superb..
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Monday, September 1, 2014
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Service rating : everything was very good
Product : excellent accommodations and arrived at each location early enough so we were not rushed.

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