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Eastern Capitals and Dalmatian Riviera

Two Week Tour to Austria, Slovenia & Croatia

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14 Days
4 Countries

Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

10 Cities

Vienna, Maribor, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Trogir, Split, Mostar, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik

19 Meals

6 Dinner with Wines, 13 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Multi-Country Tours

A Multi-Country tour is an excellent way to experience several top European destinations in just one trip. Visit famous sites, wander the city streets with locals, indulge in delicious meals in family homes, and fully immerse yourself in the highlights and history of each place. The perfect sampler, Multi-Country tours are an excellent choice for first-time travelers to Europe.

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From Vienna to Ljubljana and onto Dubrovnik, this grand tour takes in the natural wonders of Plitvice National Park, the historic wartime Sarajevo Tunnel of Hope and the ancient town of Trogir—founded by the Greek Empire over 2000 years ago. Beginning the journey in royal style, a Schönbrunn Palace tour in Vienna brings the dynasty of the Habsburgs to life as a Local Expert guides you through the palatial ballrooms, and stately grounds. In the Slovenian capital, the intoxicating aromas of Ljubljanan’s Central Market are food for the soul, while the Croatian capital of Zagreb showcases the architectural grandeur of its twin towns. A tour of the Dalmatian Riviera serves up the 1700-year-old cellars of Split and the pearl of the Adriatic—Dubrovnik.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Vienna

Welcome to beautiful Vienna. Enjoy your afternoon in the Austrian capital before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant, for a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

The rooftop of St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
Hilton Vienna Park View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hilton Vienna Park

About the Hotel

Vienna, Austria

The award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels. Set in the heart of the city, you are just moments away from the sights. Elegant and comfy rooms, combined with excellent service ensure a relaxing and refreshing stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers in Vienna, Austria
Vienna Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a drink, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant. 

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Authentic Dining

Day 2

Exploring Stately Vienna

Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and explore its formal gardens at your pace. Then get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. 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. Perhaps join an optional evening to a Country Mansion to indulge in Classic Austrian dishes. And don't forget to experience a performance of the waltzes and classical music for which Vienna is world-renowned!

Discover the gardens of Schonbrunn Palace Vienna, Austria
Hilton Vienna Park View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hilton Vienna Park

About the Hotel

Vienna, Austria

The award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels. Set in the heart of the city, you are just moments away from the sights. Elegant and comfy rooms, combined with excellent service ensure a relaxing and refreshing stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Guests and Local Expert at Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gil...

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Top Rated Highlights Vienna Opera House Vienna, Austria
Vienna Orientation

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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
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...

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Optional Experiences Viennese Concert & Glass of Champagne, Vienna, Austria
Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glas...

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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.

Vienna-Maribor-Lubljana, Maribor, Slovenia
Hotel Lev Ljubljana View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Lev Ljubljana

About the Hotel

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hotel Lev Ljubljana is in a fantastic location at the absolute heart of the city. After seeing the sights, perhaps unwind with a walk through the gardens of nearby Tivoli Park, or reflect on the day with a drink in the trendy Lobby Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Drava River in Maribor, Slovenia
Maribor Orientation

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.

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Slovenian Dinner

Escape the city and venture into the charming Slovenian countryside for a night of local cuisine, music, and culture at the historic Pr' Krač touri...

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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 treats you to a tasting. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Postojna Caves? In the evening, choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

A dragon statue on dragon bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Hotel Lev Ljubljana View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Lev Ljubljana

About the Hotel

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hotel Lev Ljubljana is in a fantastic location at the absolute heart of the city. After seeing the sights, perhaps unwind with a walk through the gardens of nearby Tivoli Park, or reflect on the day with a drink in the trendy Lobby Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Central Market Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana Central Market Visit

Spend time with your Local Expert in the glorious Central Market and learn about some of the Slovenian delicacies on display and relish in a tasting.

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The triple bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana City Tour

Explore this elegant capital with your Local Expert, to see the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St Nicholas and Triple Bridge.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine at your chosen restaurant in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana Dine-Around Evening

Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening - a culinary experience not to be missed.

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Postojna Cave, Postojna, Slovenia
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 wonderful s...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Zagreb’s Twin Towns

Spend the morning in Slovenia during which you can join an optional visit to stunning lake Bled, or relax with locals in a nearby café before journeying into Croatia, where on arrival in Zagreb, you meet your Local Expert for an exploration of this capital. Take a walk to see the art Pavillion, the academy of Sciences and Art and pass Zrinjevac Park. We then board the city's funicular to St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower, take a walk back down through the Stone gate and back to the Square.

Welcome to Zagreb, Croatia
Sheraton Zagreb View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Sheraton Zagreb

About the Hotel

Zagreb, Croatia

Conveniently located in Zagreb's historic Old Town, the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel is perfectly situated for your stay. Spacious rooms are comfortable and traditionally-decorated, while the hotel's Piano Bar offers a trendy atmosphere, where you can enjoy a drink and reflect on your day of sightseeing.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights St Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb City Tour

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 Jo...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Funicular to the upper Town in Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb Funicular Ride to Gornji Grad

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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Lake Bled Cruise, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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 ste...

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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 cafes or join an Optional Experience to the charming village of Kumrovec and meet a local to hear their perspective on the region's history?

Park Zrinjevac in Zagreb, Croatia
Sheraton Zagreb View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Sheraton Zagreb

About the Hotel

Zagreb, Croatia

Conveniently located in Zagreb's historic Old Town, the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel is perfectly situated for your stay. Spacious rooms are comfortable and traditionally-decorated, while the hotel's Piano Bar offers a trendy atmosphere, where you can enjoy a drink and reflect on your day of sightseeing.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences Croatian countryside experience in Kumrovec, Croatia
Croatian Countryside Experience

Journey through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Zagorje region with our Local Expert to the charming village of Kumrovec. We'll visit the ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

On to Plitvice National Park

Journey south to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders.
Explore Plitvice with Insight Choice. Choose between two MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences: Join a Local Expert to explore Plitvice National Park and learn how the site actively carries out research to monitor the natural habitat of species. Alternatively, meet the industrious woman of the Tara Community Center, where  handicrafts are produced, enabling employment and engagement in the community.

Walk through the Plitvice National Park
Hotel Lyra View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Lyra

About the Hotel

Plitvica, Croatia

Having only opened in July 2018, Hotel Lyra is a brand new hotel ideally located within the stunningly gorgeous Pltivice Lakes National Park. This boutique boutique property features contemporary design and furnishings throughout and will ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay in the heart of natural beauty.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Resort
Make Travel Matter Explore the Plitvice National Park​, Croatia
Learn about Habitat Conservation at Plitvice National Park

Join a Local Expert to explore Plitvice National Park. Learn about the studies taking place to monitor and protect the natural habitat, and educati...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Make Travel Matter Visit the Tara Community Centre at the Plitvice National Park, Croatia
Visit the Tara Center at Plitvice National Park

Through its income the Tara Center has built a small community Center that is used by the Tara Citizens’ Association, a collective of mostly older ...

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Make Travel Matter

Day 8

Along the Dalmatian Coast

The green forests give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters as you travel to Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a historic town founded by the Greeks more than 2,300 years ago. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace, before continuing to the historic port of Split. The Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here, and today it forms the heart of the Old Town of Split. With your Local Expert, explore the 1,700 year-old palace cellars, and learn the story of the infamous emperor.
Continue through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's - 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.

 

Town of Trogir in Dalmatia, Croatia
Hotel President Solin View Hotel Details
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Hotel President Solin

About the Hotel

Split, Croatia

The modern Hotel President Solin is conveniently located just a few minutes from the ancient city of Split and the famous Diocletian’s Palace.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Cathedral of St. Lawrence in Trogir, Croatia
Trogir Orientation

See the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Fruit Square in the Old Town of Split, Croatia
Split City Tour

Join a Local Expert and discover Diocletian’s Palace as you walk through its well-preserved Cellars. See the Temple of Jupiter, St Duje’s Bell Towe...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Visit Diocletians Palace Split, Croatia
Visit Emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split

Explore above and below the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace. A Local Expert guides you through labyrinthine streets to see St. Duje's, the Temple...

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Optional Experiences Konoba dinner in Split, Croatia
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, acc...

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Day 9

Exploring Split

Always buzzing, lively Split has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. See Dalmatian life as it’s lived with a full day free to explore Split and its surroundings. Why not join an Optional Experience to discover the beautiful Dalmatian island, Hvar? Explore the historic Old Town with your Local Expert before having free time to relax by the seafront or admire the stunning views from the hilltop fortress.

Old town of Split Croatia
Hotel President Solin View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel President Solin

About the Hotel

Split, Croatia

The modern Hotel President Solin is conveniently located just a few minutes from the ancient city of Split and the famous Diocletian’s Palace.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences Enjoy a boat trip to Hvar with a tour, Croatia
Day Trip to Hvar

Join us for a day trip to Hvar, one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. We'll depart by boat from Split harbor and will soon explore Hvar's h...

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Day 10

Mostar to Sarajevo

In the morning, cross the border into Bosnia & 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 experience the local culture.

Guests enjoy a dip near the old bridge Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Swissotel Sarajevo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Swissotel Sarajevo

About the Hotel

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Swissotel Sarajevo is a luxury, five-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of Sarajevo, ideal for your two-night stay. This newly opened hotel features traditional design with a contemporary feel, while your elegantly decorated room features state-of-the-art modern comforts to ensure a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Explore Mostar with your Local Expert, Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina
Mostar City Tour

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

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine At Home in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Dine At Home in Sarajevo

You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner and drinks. Savor the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture.

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Authentic Dining

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. You will also see the Latin Bridge where Austrian Crown Prince, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated. Continue along the Milajacka river and see the historic Hapsburg center of the city. In the afternoon, enjoy time at your leisure.

Sebilj Fountain in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Swissotel Sarajevo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Swissotel Sarajevo

About the Hotel

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Swissotel Sarajevo is a luxury, five-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of Sarajevo, ideal for your two-night stay. This newly opened hotel features traditional design with a contemporary feel, while your elegantly decorated room features state-of-the-art modern comforts to ensure a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Town Hall in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo City Tour

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 Lat...

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Top Rated Highlights

Insight Choice Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Visit Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope with a Bosnian War Survivor

Meet an expert of the Bosnian War for a visit to Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope and hear a first-hand account of when the city was under siege for 44 mo...

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Insight Choice

Optional Experiences Try authentic Bosnian coffee Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Charm of Old Sarajevo

For centuries Sarajevo has been a place where East meets West, where different people and religions lived side-by-side. Start exploring the old tow...

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Day 12

On to Dubrovnik

Cross the border 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 and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.

The Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation Hotel Ariston
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights See the Rector’s Palace Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik City Tour

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 a...

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Top Rated Highlights

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. Later, enjoy a Celebration Dinner of typical Dalmatian Coast cuisine, accompanied by local wines.

Old town harbour of Dubrovnik Croatia
Accommodation Hotel Ariston
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Top Rated Highlights Sunset from the water Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik Sunset Cruise

As the sun descends and should the weather be favourable, enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik Celebration Dinner

Toast the culmination of your journey with a typical Dalmatian Coast Celebration Dinner, accompanied with wine and grappa.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Optional Montenegro Experience
Excursion to Kotor, Montenegro

We'll drive South along the coast with our Local Expert into Montenegro and the pretty town of Kotor, situated on the Adriatic's only fjord, listed...

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Day 14

Depart Dubrovnik

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

Narrow marble streets in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Included Meals Breakfast

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Vienna Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gil...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Vienna Orientation

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.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Maribor Orientation

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.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ljubljana Central Market Visit

Spend time with your Local Expert in the glorious Central Market and learn about some of the Slovenian delicacies on display and relish in a tasting.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ljubljana City Tour

Explore this elegant capital with your Local Expert, to see the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St Nicholas and Triple Bridge.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Zagreb City Tour

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 Jo...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Zagreb Funicular Ride to Gornji Grad

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.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Learn about Habitat Conservation at Plitvice National Park

Join a Local Expert to explore Plitvice National Park. Learn about the studies taking place to monitor and protect the natural habitat, and educati...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Visit the Tara Center at Plitvice National Park

Through its income the Tara Center has built a small community Center that is used by the Tara Citizens’ Association, a collective of mostly older ...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Trogir Orientation

See the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Split City Tour

Join a Local Expert and discover Diocletian’s Palace as you walk through its well-preserved Cellars. See the Temple of Jupiter, St Duje’s Bell Towe...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split

Explore above and below the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace. A Local Expert guides you through labyrinthine streets to see St. Duje's, the Temple...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Mostar City Tour

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

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Sarajevo City Tour

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 Lat...

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Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Visit Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope with a Bosnian War Survivor

Meet an expert of the Bosnian War for a visit to Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope and hear a first-hand account of when the city was under siege for 44 mo...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Dubrovnik City Tour

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 a...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Dubrovnik Sunset Cruise

As the sun descends and should the weather be favourable, enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

6 Dinner with Wines, 13 Breakfasts

Vienna Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a drink, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant. 

Ljubljana Dine-Around Evening

Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening - a culinary experience not to be missed.

Dine At Home in Sarajevo

You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner and drinks. Savor the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture.

Dubrovnik Celebration Dinner

Toast the culmination of your journey with a typical Dalmatian Coast Celebration Dinner, accompanied with wine and grappa.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hilton Vienna Park
Hotel Lev Ljubljana
Sheraton Zagreb
Hotel Lyra
Hotel President Solin
Swissotel Sarajevo

Optional Experiences

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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...

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Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glas...

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Slovenian Dinner

Escape the city and venture into the charming Slovenian countryside for a night of local cuisine, music, and culture at the historic Pr' Krač touri...

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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 wonderful s...

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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 ste...

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Croatian Countryside Experience

Journey through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Zagorje region with our Local Expert to the charming village of Kumrovec. We'll visit the ...

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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, acc...

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Day Trip to Hvar

Join us for a day trip to Hvar, one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. We'll depart by boat from Split harbor and will soon explore Hvar's h...

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Charm of Old Sarajevo

For centuries Sarajevo has been a place where East meets West, where different people and religions lived side-by-side. Start exploring the old tow...

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Excursion to Kotor, Montenegro

We'll drive South along the coast with our Local Expert into Montenegro and the pretty town of Kotor, situated on the Adriatic's only fjord, listed...

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Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • Official Language(s) across Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Austria German is the official language of Austria, Croatian is the official language in Croatia and Slovene is the official language in Slovenia; Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian are the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Currencies used in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Croatian Kuna (HRK) is the currency used in Croatia, the Euro (€) is the currency used in Austria and Slovenia and the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) is used in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Capital Cities: Vienna (Austria), Zagreb (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Time Zone(s) in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Austria has a diverse climate due to its varied topography, but it is predominantly characterized by a temperate continental climate. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). Winters can be cold, particularly in the mountainous regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and significant snowfall in the alpine areas. The western parts of Austria are influenced by the Alpine climate, with cooler temperatures and heavier precipitation, especially during the winter months. Precipitation is evenly distributed during the year, with slightly higher rainfall in the summer months.

Croatia has a diverse climate, with three main regions: coastal, inland, and mountainous. The coastal regions, including cities like Dubrovnik and Split, have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), and mild winters averaging around 10°C (50°F). Inland areas, such as Zagreb, have a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) or higher, while winter temperatures can drop below freezing. The mountainous regions, like the Dinaric Alps, experience colder and harsher winters with heavy snowfall, making them ideal for winter sports. Rainfall is generally higher along the coast and decreases inland, with the wettest months being October and November.

Slovenia experiences a diverse climate due to its varied geography. The coastal regions have a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Inland areas, including the capital Ljubljana, have a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers, while the Alpine regions have a mountainous climate with colder temperatures and significant snowfall during winter. The country's weather can be influenced by the Adriatic Sea, leading to occasional heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Overall, Slovenia offers a mix of climatic conditions, making it suitable for various outdoor activities and tourism throughout the year.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a diverse climate due to its varied geography. In the northern regions, the climate is continental with hot summers and cold winters, experiencing occasional snowfall. In the southern areas, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The central regions have a mixture of these two climates. Spring and autumn are generally mild and pleasant throughout the country. Rainfall patterns vary, with more precipitation in the mountainous areas and less in the lowlands.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Our trip was perfect from start to finish- we had no problems with our air arrangements, no lost luggage and our transfers occurred as planned. The weather was nearly perfect. Our travel director was excellent. Our bus driver delivered us safely to our destinations and was always prompt and helpful.
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We experienced much more in our 14 days than we would have been able to do on our own. We particularly enjoyed our dinner with the local Bosnian family in Sarajevo.
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