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Highlights of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia

14 Day Austria, Slovenia & Croatia Tour

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14 Days
4 Countries

Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro

9 Cities

Vienna, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Zagreb

21 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 13 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners, 1 Lunch

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 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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A vibrant Austria, Slovenia and Croatia trip filled with travel adventures in Central Europe. Waltz your way through Vienna, take a rowboat across Slovenia’s fairy-tale Lake Bled and explore the magical walkways, waterfalls and lakes of Plitvice National Park in Croatia.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Vienna

Waltz your way through Vienna, the 'City of Music' – a fitting introduction to an unforgettable At Leisure journey through some of Europe's most enchanting landscapes. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's dazzling sights.

St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Renaissance Wien Hotel Vienna
Included Meals Welcome Reception
Iconic Experience The rooftop of St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
Vienna Orientation

Bask in the unforgettable sights of Vienna. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Discover Imperial Vienna

Soak up the elegance and style of this imperial capital. Your Local Specialist will share such iconic sights as the Opera House, Parliament, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the 13th-century Hofburg Palace, at the heart of Vienna. Explore the narrow lanes of ‘Am Hof' before spending time at leisure immersing yourself in the Kaffee culture of the city, or perhaps join an Optional Experience to nearby Bratislava. This evening, you could choose to indulge in Vienna's intoxicating musical scene, attending a classical music concert hosted in one of the city's halls, churches or palaces.

The Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Renaissance Wien Hotel Vienna
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava Discovery

Visit Bratislava, capital city of the Slovak Republic, stretching along both banks of the Danube River. We’ll enjoy a guided tour with our Local Sp...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Vienna, Austria
Viennese Concert

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 th...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant with drinks and traditional musical entertainment Vienna Austria.
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to Stunning Lake Bled and Ljubljana

Today we journey south to Slovenia and the rustic natural retreat of Lake Bled, set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. Consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the mystical Bled Island and admire Lake Bled’s crystal clear waters. Later, we travel to Ljubljana where we stay for two nights.

Santa Maria Church on Lake Bled, Slovenia
Accommodation One66 Hotel Ljubljana
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled Orientation

Take the day to enjoy the forests and mountains of Lake Bled.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Jewels of Slovenian countryside in Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled And Castle Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we’ll enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bled, learn Slovenian history and traditions and take a traditional "Pletna" boat ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Ljubljana Sightseeing and At Leisure

A Local Specialist will share some of the Ljubljana's most iconic sights, including the Cathedral, Three Bridges Square and Castle. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or join an optional experience to Postojna Caves this afternoon. This evening why not join a Slovenian Dinner. 

Tromostovje Bridge and Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Accommodation One66 Hotel Ljubljana
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Tromostovje Bridge and Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana City Tour

Explore this elegant capital with your Travel Director. See the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Triple Bridge.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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

Optional Experiences farm dinner, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Venture to Plitvice Lakes

Travel south across the Croatian border to the exquisite Plitvice Lakes National Park, where you will enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour along the wooden pathways suspended over mesmerizing natural landscapes. As you absorb the irresistible beauty of many lower lakes and caves that are all magically connected by waterfalls, you’ll see first-hand why this is justifiably one of Croatia’s most beloved places and an important natural treasure that deserves to be preserved for generations to come. 

Boardwalk at National Park of Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Accommodation Hotel Palcich
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO-listed protected area
Visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park

Admire the irresistible beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO-listed protected area and home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 6

Off to Split and Hvar Island

Today, we travel to Croatia's sun-kissed Dalmatian coast to the city of Split. Here, we'll meet our Local Specialist and Dive Into Culture on a tour of the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace, a veritable fortress built as the would-be retreat for the 4th-century Roman Emperor after which it is named. 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.

The Bell Tower at Diocletian Palace in Split, Croatia
Accommodation Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit the Diocletian Palace in Split, Croatia
Discover the ancient fortress of Roman Emperor Diocletian

See the ancient fortress built in Split as a retirement residence for Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century.

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Dive Into Culture

Day 7

Explore Beautiful Hvar Island

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 Connect With Locals over lunch cooked in a traditional style under an iron bell at our exclusive Be My Guest experience. Savor the heavenly flavors of locally produced ingredients against the backdrop of the vivid-blue Adriatic before returning to Hvar for an evening at leisure.

Boats at Milna Port in Hvar, Croatia
Accommodation Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Lunch cooked in a traditional style family farm in Hvar
Enjoy a lunch Cooked in Traditional Style using Ingredients from the Family's Farm

Explore the peace of a village where time has stood still and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch cooked in a traditional style under an iron bell using ingr...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Pakleni islands near Hvar, Dalmatia, Croatia
Hvar City Tour

Take a tour of the beautiful Island of Hvar with your Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 8

Hvar Island Your Way

Restore your spirit, relaxing in beautiful surrounds on this full free day to do as you wish. Explore the gorgeous rocky coastline on foot or join an Optional Experience taking in the island's sights and tastes, with a stop at one of Europe's oldest settlements, Stari Grad.

Narrow street and café in Hvar, Croatia
Accommodation Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences See the sights & enjoy the tastes of Hvar, Croatia
Sights and Tastes of Hvar

Take a scenic drive to one of Europe's oldest settlements - Stari Grad, taking in views of the UNESCO World Heritage Stari Grad Plain. Our Local Sp...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Cross the Water to Dubrovnik

Journey south along the picture-perfect Dalmatian coast, past seaside villages to the medieval city of Dubrovnik – its terracotta rooftops, fortified walls and white limestone façades almost tumble into the waters of the Adriatic.

Fortress in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation Royal Hotel Ariston Dubrovnik
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Pakleni islands near Hvar, Dalmatia, Croatia
Scenic Drive Along The Dalmatian Coast

Discover the beauty of the Dalmatian Coast.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise and dinner in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Sunset Cruise And Dinner

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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Pouring extra virgin olive oil into a glass bowl
Dinner at the Olive Mill

A short drive outside Dubrovnik lies the quaint village of Orašac, where we'll visit an ancient olive oil mill to learn how olive oil was produced ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Uncover the Picturesque City

Wander within the solid city walls on a Small Group Sightseeing tour. Your Local Specialist unveils the labyrinth of lanes and main sights of this medieval city. Admire the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries, before spending time on your own, perhaps soaking up intoxicating seafood flavors at a seaside restaurant or enjoying the lively atmosphere of a local market. This evening, we enjoy a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

View of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation Royal Hotel Ariston Dubrovnik
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik City Tour

Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Specialist during a sightseeing walk in a small group. Walk the stone-paved streets of the Old To...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise and walking tour in Cavtat, Croatia
Panoramic Cavtat

Journey along the coast for a relaxing trip to the picturesque village of Cavtat, arriving at the harbor on our own chartered boat. Enjoy a leisure...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Dubrovnik Your Way

Spend the day on your terms exploring the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. Tread in the footsteps of Lord Byron and George Bernard Shaw, who were intoxicated by the allure of Dubrovnik. Climb the medieval ramparts, imagining a time when Dubrovnik fought for its freedom against Ottoman attacks. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to Montenegro to see the incredible Bay of Kotor.

View of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation Royal Hotel Ariston Dubrovnik
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Kotor in Montenegro
Montenegro Adventure

We drive south along the Adriatic coast into the country of Montenegro. A Local Specialist takes us on a panoramic boat trip of Our Lady of the Roc...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

On to Colorful Zagreb

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.

The Jelacic Square in Zagreb, Croatia
Accommodation Zonar Zagreb
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

Uncover Zagreb’s Treasures

Join a Local Specialist this morning for an exploration of the Upper and Lower Towns of this traditional medieval city. See the majestic Cathedral, the Opera House and St. Mark's Church, with its colorfully tiled roof. The afternoon is yours to stroll through the Old Town, twirling your Šestine umbrella as you ramble along its hidden lanes, or consider an Optional Experience to Kumrovec in the countryside. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebration with our newfound friends and Travel Director.

St. Marks Church in Zagreb, Croatia
Accommodation Zonar Zagreb
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience St Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb City Tour

Take in the scenic landscapes of Zagreb. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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

A scenic drive out of Zagreb with our Local Specialist brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavi...

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Day 14

Journey Home

Our time together has come to an end. Bid your travel companions a fond farewell at the end of a memorable At Leisure holiday together.

Street in Zagreb, Croatia
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Vienna Orientation

Bask in the unforgettable sights of Vienna. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lake Bled Orientation

Take the day to enjoy the forests and mountains of Lake Bled.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ljubljana City Tour

Explore this elegant capital with your Travel Director. See the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Triple Bridge.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park

Admire the irresistible beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO-listed protected area and home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the ancient fortress of Roman Emperor Diocletian

See the ancient fortress built in Split as a retirement residence for Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a lunch Cooked in Traditional Style using Ingredients from the Family's Farm

Explore the peace of a village where time has stood still and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch cooked in a traditional style under an iron bell using ingr...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Hvar City Tour

Take a tour of the beautiful Island of Hvar with your Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Along The Dalmatian Coast

Discover the beauty of the Dalmatian Coast.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Dubrovnik City Tour

Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Specialist during a sightseeing walk in a small group. Walk the stone-paved streets of the Old To...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Zagreb City Tour

Take in the scenic landscapes of Zagreb. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Ferry to the Island of Hvar in the Adriatic Sea
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Vienna, Ljubljana, Plitvice National Park, Split, Hvar Island, Dubrovnik and Zagreb with a Local Specialist
Visit Diocletian's Palace in Split
View the Cathedral of Hvar Island
See the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna, the Castle of Ljubljana, the Old City of Dubrovnik and the Cathedral of Zagreb

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Bratislava Discovery

Visit Bratislava, capital city of the Slovak Republic, stretching along both banks of the Danube River. We’ll enjoy a guided tour with our Local Sp...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Viennese Concert

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 th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake Bled And Castle Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we’ll enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bled, learn Slovenian history and traditions and take a traditional "Pletna" boat ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sights and Tastes of Hvar

Take a scenic drive to one of Europe's oldest settlements - Stari Grad, taking in views of the UNESCO World Heritage Stari Grad Plain. Our Local Sp...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sunset Cruise And Dinner

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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner at the Olive Mill

A short drive outside Dubrovnik lies the quaint village of Orašac, where we'll visit an ancient olive oil mill to learn how olive oil was produced ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Panoramic Cavtat

Journey along the coast for a relaxing trip to the picturesque village of Cavtat, arriving at the harbor on our own chartered boat. Enjoy a leisure...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montenegro Adventure

We drive south along the Adriatic coast into the country of Montenegro. A Local Specialist takes us on a panoramic boat trip of Our Lady of the Roc...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Croatian Countryside Experience

A scenic drive out of Zagreb with our Local Specialist brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavi...

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Additional Cost Applies

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Austria, Slovenia & Croatia

  • Official Language(s) across Austria, Slovenia and Croatia: Austria German is the official language of Austria, Croatian is the official language in Croatia and Slovene is the official language in Slovenia
  • Currencies used in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia: Croatian Kuna (HRK) is the currency used in Croatia and the Euro (€) is the currency used in Austria and Slovenia.
  • Capital Cities: Vienna (Austria), Zagreb (Croatia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Time Zone(s) in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Austria, Slovenia and Croatia 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 and Croatia.
  • 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.

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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Independent Reviews
James Mcgee
Review date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Service
flawless info and planning, and a great tour manager.
Vacation
quite well planned and informative
Teodozyj Kolasa
Review date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Service
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.
Gary Mark
Review date: Friday, June 16, 2017
Service
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.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.


Friday, June 16, 2017
Vacation
see previous comment -- ......
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Service
Pleasant experience with Barbara Gardner. She was helpful and knowledgeable. This is the second trip we have planned with her.
Vacation
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Service
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
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
Vacation
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
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Service
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.
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
Vacation
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Service
Very knowledgeable and entertaining tour director - Nick Krohn
Vacation
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Service
Another superb trip, & the Travel Director was excellent as well.
Vacation
Much more than we expected. The vacation was magnificent.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Service
Tour and tour guide were excellent.
Vacation
It was even better than I expected.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Service
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.
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
Vacation
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.
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