Scenic Slovenia & Croatia

Surround yourself in the greens and blues of this exhilarating holiday! Discover the lush forests and countryside of Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea along the Croatian coast. Add to this the breathtaking natural wonders of the Postojna Caves, Plitvice National Park, and the Neretva Gorges, as well as man-made splendors of the historical city centers in Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik. See the rebuilt Mostar Bridge and Sarajevo, famous for its unique blend of cultures. Also visit Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, before returning to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s gateway to the Alps—a magnificent holiday!

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Ljubljana, Slovenia

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore some of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, with the help of the CosmosGO application. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: M Hotel

Day 2: Ljubljana – Postojna Caves – Zadar, Croatia

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights on this tour is a visit to the Postojna Caves. Your included visit is comprised of a Train Ride and a walking tour, which will allow you to see what are possibly Europe’s most extensive and best-known caves. Then, into Croatia, travelling along the coast to Zadar. Over the centuries, Zadar was ruled by Venetians, Austro/Hungarians, by italy after WWi, and today it belongs to Croatia. Learn more during the included guided tour.

Hotel: Porto Hotel

Day 3: Zadar – Split – Dubrovnik

Drive south to Split to visit with a Local Guide the former hometown of Roman Emperor Diocletian, his Palace, and Jupiter Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See more of the lovely Dalmatian Coast before reaching Dubrovnik.

Hotel: Tirena Hotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is the best-preserved Croatian medieval city and the liveliest in Dalmatia. Visit the Franciscan Monastery and the Rector’s Palace, where the Local Guide will give you a full commentary, including the history of this beautifully preserved medieval architectural wonder-a popular filming location for TV series and movies, including The Last Jedi, James Bond, and Game of Thrones. Sign up for an interesting optional excursion to Konavle.

Day 5: Dubrovnik – Neretva Gorges – Mostar, Bosnia – Bosniaherzegovina – Sarajevo

Enjoy a scenic drive into the rugged beauty of the Neretva Valley. Stop in Mostar, where a Local Guide shows you the Turkish Quarter with the Turkish House, the Mosque, and the reconstructed 16th-century bridge. On to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina and certainly the most Turkish-looking city in the Balkans-famous for its mosques, markets, and bazaars. Discover the city with a Local Guide and get acquainted with its architectural highlights, including the Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque.

Hotel: Bosnia Hotel

Day 6: Sarajevo – Plitvice National Park, Croatia

Travel north today back into Croatia to visit the country’s famous Plitvice National Park. Enjoy a walk with a Local Guide through the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder. its 16 lakes, wooded hills, waterfalls, and cascades make it one of Europe’s most loved national parks.

Hotel: Jezero

Day 7: Plitvice – Zagreb – Ljubljana, Slovenia

Get to know Croatia’s capital on the included city tour. The city is packed with historic buildings, such as the gothic St. Marcus Church. Continue to Ljubljana, where a Local Guide will help you appreciate its imperial beauty.

Hotel: M Hotel

Day 8: Ljubljana

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 15$2,209.00$2,727.00
April: 22$2,309.00$2,827.00
April: 29$2,409.00$2,927.00
May: 06, 13, 20$2,409.00$2,927.00
May: 27$2,449.00$2,967.00
June: 03, 10, 17, 24$2,449.00$2,967.00
July: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$2,599.00$3,117.00
August: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,599.00$3,117.00
September: 02, 09, 16$2,599.00$3,117.00
September: 23$2,449.00$2,967.00
September: 30$2,409.00$2,927.00
October: 07$2,309.00$2,827.00
October: 14$2,159.00$2,677.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Balkan Delight

The astonishing natural beauty and charming medieval cities of the Balkans show few signs of the conflicts that have shaped this region. See the Sarajevo War Tunnels, the historic inner city of Split and ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik. Admire the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe and Plitvice’s crystal clear lakes, plunging waterfalls and emerald green landscapes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Zagreb

Embark on an epic discovery of the Balkans. The capital city of Zagreb is your springboard to a fascinating journey through what was once a troubled region and is today a land of diverse cultures and traditions which you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy with newfound friends. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn, 2 nights

Day 2: Zagreb

The paved squares and steep alleyways of Zagreb are ours to explore this morning as we join a ‘Local Specialist’ to delve into the city’s rich medieval and religious history. See the majestic cathedral on Kaptol and St. Mark’s Church, with its vividly coloured tiled roof. Admire the Opera House, then take a stroll around the 17th-century Ban Jelačić Square. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own – enjoy panoramic city views from Strossmatre, pay tribute to Zagreb’s patron saint at the Stone Gate or wander through the Old Town, twirling your Šestine umbrella as you ramble through its labyrinthine lanes. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Kumrovec, birthplace of the iconic leader Tito and enjoy a delicious meal of regional specialities with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

Day 3: Zagreb – Sarajevo

We journey to Sarajevo, whose rich religious and multicultural heritage has earned it the nickname, the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’. Its centuries-old religious history is reflected in its beautiful synagogues, mosques, and Orthodox and Catholic churches. Delving into the depths below Sarajevo, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ for an insider tour of the Bosnian war tunnel which allowed food, war supplies and humanitarian aid to come into the city, and people to get out. Hear war-time tales of bravery and tragedy. This evening, join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Novotel Bristol, 2 nights

Day 4: Sarajevo

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided walking tour of the city’s Old Town, past the largest mosque in the Balkans, the Eternal Flame and the Sarajevo Roses that are dotted across the city as a stark reminder of the turmoil Sarajevo endured decades ago. During your free time this afternoon perhaps ramble along Copper Street seeking treasures, or drink from the fountain of Sebilj to secure your return to Sarajevo.

Day 5: Sarajevo – Mostar – Dubrovnik

We journey to the secluded coves and dramatic cliffs of the Dalmatian coast that for centuries have attracted famous artists, actors and aristocrats. En route to Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, we stop at the magnificent Mostar Bridge. A ‘Local Specialist’ will provide tales of this impressive bridge over the Neretva River and the bridge keepers who watched over it in medieval times – giving Mostar its name. The 16th-century bridge, built by Sinan the great Ottoman architect, was destroyed during the war and has been rebuilt using age-old traditions. Enjoy some free time to explore the town, before continuing to the ancient city of Dubrovnik. This evening, consider joining a private sunset cruise with dinner, enjoying the best views of this enchanting city from the water.

Hotel: Ariston, 3 nights

Day 6: Dubrovnik

Stroll through the limestone streets of this stunning medieval city, joining a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the main sights of Dubrovnik with a ‘Local Specialist’. Admire the Rector’s Palace, Onofrio’s Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Consider taking an afternoon boat ride to the seaside oasis of Cavtat. This evening, we travel to Osojnik and ‘Connect With Locals’, joining the Muhoberac family for a traditional ‘Be My Guest’ dinner in the village their ancestors have lived in for over 500 years.

Day 7: Dubrovnik – Excursion to Montenegro

Dazzling natural surrounds are ours to enjoy today as we travel to the Republic of Montenegro, where we will meet a ‘Local Specialist’ and head towards the mouth of the Bay of Kotor. Celebrate centuries of history in the charming town of Kotor, with its Venetian palaces and medieval churches. We return to Dubrovnik this evening and dine tonight at our hotel.

Day 8: Dubrovnik – Split

We pass old fishing villages and modern resorts, arriving in the vibrant city of Split. Enjoy a sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’ featuring the historic inner city. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and admire the façades of Diocletian’s Palace, which today forms half of the Old Town of Split. See Split’s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Spend the evening on your own, or join an Optional Experience to savour traditional Dalmatian flavours.

Hotel: Corner, 2 nights

Day 9: Split

Indulge in a full free day to discover Split on your terms. Ascend the bell tower for magnificent views of the sprawling terracotta roofs that edge onto the Adriatic or consider a full-day Optional Experience to one of the Dalmatian islands.

Day 10: Split – Trogir – Plitvice

This morning, we visit the walled island of Trogir with a ‘Local Specialist’. The stone town is a boon for lovers of art and Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque architecture churches. We leave the coast and journey to the forested National Park of Plitvice, where we will dine tonight at our hotel.

Hotel: Jezero

Day 11: Plitvice National Park Sightseeing – Zagreb

The tranquil turquoise, emerald and grey waters of Plitvice’s multitude of lakes and waterfalls are explored today on a walking tour with a ‘Local Specialist’. Amble past the scenic natural landscapes, admiring the lush green vegetation in this UNESCO World Heritage site. We return to Zagreb for a final Farewell Dinner together, reminiscing over an enchanting Balkan exploration.

Hotel: Hotel Park 45

Day 12: Depart Zagreb

Our time together comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04, 18$3,850.00$5,020.00
May: 02, 09, 16$4,025.00$5,195.00
May: 30$4,150.00$5,320.00
June: 06, 13$4,175.00$5,345.00
June: 27$4,350.00$5,520.00
July: 11, 25$4,350.00$5,520.00
August: 08, 22$4,350.00$5,710.00
August: 29$4,250.00$5,610.00
September: 05, 12, 19$4,250.00$5,610.00
September: 26$4,150.00$5,510.00
October: 10$4,025.00$5,195.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Eastern Capitals & The Dalmatian Riviera

From Imperial Vienna, join those in the know who are heading for the sun-drenched islands of Dalmatia. Embark on a journey to areas of stunning natural beauty and historical significance.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Vienna

On arrival at Vienna airport, your transfer will leave for your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

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Treasures of the Balkans

This is where the sway of the Mediterranean meets Central Europe and blends with the exotic East. From the Danube to Dracula’s castle, there is history at every turn.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Bucharest

Transfers depart Henri Coandă International Airport at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 for your hotel, which is one of the city’s most sophisticated and prestigious landmarks. At 18:00, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner served with wine.

Join a Local Expert for a sightseeing to view University Square and the former communist headquarters. Visit the immense Parliament Palace, one of the largest buildings in the world. Travel along the Prahova Valley to the elegant mountain resort of Sinaia to visit Peleș Castle, the former summer residence of Romania’s first royal family. Led by a local historian, admire the lavish rooms filled with art, armour and tapestries. Continue through the Carpathian Mountains to the charming medieval city of Brașov, founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights. This evening you are treated to a sumptuous dinner at a local restaurant.

With your Local Expert, take a walk around Town Hall Square, lined with beautiful red-roofed houses and dominated by the Black Church. Then, picture a horse and carriage careering up a wet mountainous road, thunder booming and lightning illuminating the medieval fortress guarding the Transylvanian border. Visit Bran Castle, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel and discover if this popular image of Dracula’s castle is true or like the vampire story itself, only a myth.

Day 4: Veliko Tarnovo

Cross the Danube into Bulgaria and continue to Veliko Tarnovo, the City of the Tsars, where houses cling to the cliffs of the River Yantra, making it one of the country’s most beautiful towns. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner of local specialties and wine, followed by an authentic folklore show.

Day 5: To Sofia

In the morning, see the Monument of the Assens, before meeting your Local Expert to climb up to the ruined Tsarevets Fortress, a reminder of the town’s former imperial status. Enjoy the stunning views over the old Bulgarian capital and the Yantra Valley. Arbanasi is one of Bulgaria’s most beautiful villages and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The frescoed churches and fortified dwellings offer a unique insight into the former wealth and spiritual commitment of the settlement. Visit a traditional 17th century merchant’s house and the Church of the Holy Nativity. Cross the Balkan Mountains to Bulgaria’s modern day capital of Sofia. On arrival, sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you to St. Sofia Church, across the square from the golden domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the archaeological complex, dominated by the church of St. George Rotonda.

Day 6: Sofia at Your Pace

Enjoy the day at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Rila Monastery or enjoy a fascinating insight into the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria?

Day 7: Skopje

Cross the border and continue to the Macedonian capital of Skopje, an ultra-modern city juxtaposed by an ancient bazaar, where Turkish influences can still be seen and felt. Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert.

Day 8: Ohrid and Tirana on the Move

Making your way to the border, stop by the scenic Lake Ohrid for lunch. As you cross into Albania and journey to Tirana, renowned for its friendly locals, you are joined by a resident expert. Continue to the landmark Skanderbeg Square for an insider’s look at the Albanian capital.

Journey through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro to the Old Town of Kotor, known as Stari Grad. Located beside a beautiful bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen, its no surprise it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue over the Croatian border to the fortified port of Dubrovnik where you are at leisure to explore the Old Town, bustling with street artists, cafes and restaurants.

Day 10: Dubrovnik

Join a Local Expert for a morning of exploring the stone-paved streets within the 16th century bastions. See Onofrio’s Fountain and the Rector’s Palace, the city walls and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. The rest of the day is free for you to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. Perhaps enjoy an Optional Experience to a stunning town on the Adriatic coast, Cavtat, where you can wander along the pine-forest paths beside the crystal-clear sea. At night you may choose from a fine selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

Day 11: Dubrovnik, Paradise on Earth

Spend a day at leisure in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Sunbathe by the pool or stroll with friends along the ancient city walls. Perhaps explore some of the filming locations of the award-winning series ‘Game of Thrones’ and appreciate the enterprising spirit of the Old Harbour? As the sun starts to set, maybe take a relaxing cruise to admire the city and its incredible walls from the water.

Journey to Mostar. With your Local Expert, see the famous Stari Most, the Old Bridge, reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the war. Explore the cobbled Old Town stretching on both sides of the bridge and filled with shops selling souvenirs. Continue your travels following 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. Savour the authentic cuisine and traditional Bosnian coffee as you hear inspirational stories.

Start the morning with sightseeing. Visit the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum and talk to one of the survivors, for whom the Siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment in his life. With a Local Expert, see the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated sparking World War 1. The rest of the afternoon is for you to explore as you wish.

Day 14: The Serbian Capital of Belgrade

Trace your way along the Drina river, that lies on the border of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Take in beautiful landscapes of lush, green mountains that create magical forest canyons, winding your way through deep valleys as you make your way to Belgrade.

Join a Local Expert to see the best of Belgrade including Terazije Street, the national museum and national theatre in Republic Square, as well as a visit to the famous St. Sava Church. Finish your sightseeing at the Kalemegdan Fortress, situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or continue exploring on your own.

Day 16: Across to Budapest

Journey north and cross the Province of Vojvodina to reach Palić on the Hungarian border. See the picturesque lake, where you can admire the art nouveau buildings. Continue on through the vast wilderness of the Puszta, where once cowboys rustled up goulash under the stars. Your destination will be Budapest on the Danube.

Venture into the heart of Buda’s medieval Castle District with a Local Expert to visit Matthias Church and take in the view of the immense Hungarian Parliament Building from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes’ Square and travel down elegant Andrássy Boulevard. Enjoy time to wander through the Central Market Hall. Spread over three levels, the market is a foodie’s paradise, brimming with aromatic food stalls offering delicious salamis, spicy paprika, delicious Tokaji wines and an array of flavoured Pálinkas, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. Tonight you are in for a treat with your Celebration Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest’s most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine.

Day 18: Depart Budapest

Departure transfers arrive at Ferenc Liszt International Airport at 07:00 and 11:00.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 27$6,295.00$7,585.00
May: 11, 18$6,295.00$7,585.00
May: 25$6,325.00$7,655.00
June: 08$6,325.00$7,655.00
June: 15, 22$6,450.00$7,655.00
July: 06, 20 $6,450.00$7,925.00
August: 03, 17, 24$6,450.00$7,925.00
August: 31$6,495.00$7,925.00
September: 07, 14$6,495.00$8,025.00
September: 21$6,395.00$7,585.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 10 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 17 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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