Highlights of Eastern Europe

Explore the capitals of Eastern Europe on this multi-country trip. Visit Austria, Germany, Poland and more. Explore ‘east’ and ‘west’ in the Croatian city of Zagreb, visit the Hungarian Sea, pay homage to those who lost their lives at Auschwitz, and discover the sights in Prague.

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

Day 1: Arrive Vienna

Tune into the enchanting musical heritage of Vienna, your launch pad to a grand adventure through the highlights of Eastern Europe. After checking in, join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing walking tour of Old Town Vienna, revealing insights into the Habsburg dynasty, once one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards and the beloved St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its colourful tiled roof. This evening, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick off our exciting holiday.

Hotel: Hilton Danube Waterfront

Day 2: Vienna – Lake Bled

We cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains and into the lush green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later at Lake Bled, an exquisite natural retreat set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. During your free time, you could consider taking a boat trip on its crystal clear waters to admire the castle, which clings dramatically to a cliff rising up from the lake’s edge. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Park, 2 nights

Day 3: Lake Bled

Spend the day at your leisure, up the romantic atmosphere of this Alpine lake setting. Perhaps take a boat ride along the lake’s tranquil waters, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.

Day 4: Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb

We leave the emerald waters of Bled behind and arrive in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, where we will join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour to see its Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle. We cross into Croatia and travel to its capital, Zagreb – our home for the next two nights. You’ll have a free evening to spend as you wish. Consider heading to Tkalčićeva Street to indulge in the flavours of traditional fruit brandy.

Hotel: International, 2 nights

Day 5: Zagreb

Explore a tale of two hilltop settlements and Zagreb’s scenic cityscape, to this day lit by gas lamps in the Upper Town. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will share the landmarks of the city’s Lower and Upper Town, including the Gothic Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Opera House and St. Mark’s Church, with its exquisitely coloured roof. Spend the rest of the day on your own, paying homage to the patron saint of Zagreb at its Stone Gate, or enjoying the city views from Strossmartre.

Day 6: Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest

Crossing the border into Hungary, we enjoy a photo stop on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and affectionately known by locals as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. We continue to the romantic capital of Budapest – our home for the next two nights. Perhaps, sail along the Danube on a scenic river cruise, enjoy an evening of Hungarian wine tasting or relax in the healing waters of the Szecheyni Spa Bath as the sun sets.

Hotel: Danubius Margitsziget, 2 nights

Day 7: Budapest

Today, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour of the Castle district to admire picture-perfect views of the Danube and Fisherman’s Bastion with its towers representing the seven Magyar tribes who formed the Hungarian nation. See the imposing Parliament and the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Later we meet the Schieszl family and ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner.

Day 8: Budapest – Slovakia – Kraków

The exquisite natural landscape of Slovakia provides a scenic backdrop for our journey to Poland, past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. We arrive in the enchanting city of Kraków. Consider an evening of lively Polish entertainment with dinner, or perhaps visit a traditional Polish Wódka Bar.

Hotel: Qubus, 2 nights

Day 9: Kraków

A leisurely walk through the beautiful streets of Kraków this morning with our ‘Local Specialist’ will include such highlights as the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, recognised as the most historically and culturally significant site in Poland. We continue through the Old Town with a visit to the Mariacki Church and view of the Cloth Hall. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own or consider visiting a traditional milk bar. Enjoy a slice of Polish Sernik Babci in the Old Town Square or join an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Day 10: Kraków – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – Warsaw

Our journey this morning takes us to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a poignant reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Travelling to Jasna Góra Monastery, we ‘Dive Into Culture’ and rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims, who have journeyed to the famous shrine for centuries to see the iconic Black Madonna of Częstochowa. This evening, we arrive in the elegant Polish capital of Warsaw, where we will dine tonight at our hotel.

Hotel: Leonardo Royal, 2 nights

Day 11: Warsaw

Connect with the youthful energy of Warsaw, a city that has triumphed over the tragedy of war and the shackles of communism. This morning, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ visiting the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed to retaliate against the Warsaw Uprising. You’ll also see the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, immortalised in the Roman Polanski film – The Pianist. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights on your own, or celebrate the talents of Chopin during a private recital of Chopin’s works.

Day 12: Warsaw – Berlin

Journey across Poland’s patchwork countryside along the Autostrada Wolnośki (Motorway of Freedom) which was first initiated by Nazi Germany to connect Berlin with Poland and left unfinished for decades after World War II. Continue west into Germany and arrive in Berlin, a capital city with an enviable youthful verve and charisma. Here you’ll enjoy an evening at leisure to explore the city your way.

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz, 2 nights

Day 13: Berlin

Ascend an icon of reunification this morning as you witness spectacular panoramic views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Then join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour through the city’s great landmarks, including the Neoclassical Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building, lovingly restored after it fell into disuse after World War II. Spend the afternoon people-watching on Friederichstrasse with an Fassbrause or join an Optional Experience to discover Berlin’s turbulent past.

Day 14: Berlin – Dresden – Prague

Travel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden – its iconic domes and spires almost entirely rebuilt after the Allied Forces left their deep scars on the city during World War II. Hear about its restoration during your orientation tour as you stroll through its streets to see the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. We leave Germany behind and travel to the Czech Republic, arriving later in glorious Prague, straddling the mighty Vltava. Spend your evening savouring hearty Czech flavours during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Vienna House Diplomat, 2 nights

Day 15: Prague

Explore exquisite Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades as you ramble through the ancient streets of Prague with your ‘Local Specialist’ who will share insights into the city’s centuries-old history. Marvel at Prague Castle, the 14th-century Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, with its Astronomical Clock and hourly Walk of the Apostles. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then enjoy the rest of the day free to explore or relax. Perhaps indulge with some delicious sweet pastry Trdelník in the Old Town Square, admire the view from Petrin Hill or consider a relaxing cruise on the Vltava.

Day 16: Prague – Tábor – Vienna

Journey through the lush green and golden landscapes of southern Bohemia, stopping in Tábor, once a Hussite stronghold. Later, we travel to the imperial city of Vienna, where we’ll enjoy a final Farewell Dinner together with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Hotel: Hilton Danube Waterfront

Day 17: Depart Vienna

Say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an epic adventure together through eastern Europe.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 17, 24$5,125.00$6,395.00
May: 01, 08, 15$5,125.00$6,395.00
May: 22, 29$5,150.00$6,420.00
June: 05, 12$5,125.00$6,395.00
June: 19, 26$5,095.00$6,365.00
July: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$5,095.00$6,365.00
August: 07, 14$5,095.00$6,365.00
August: 21$5,195.00$6,465.00
August: 28$5,250.00$6,520.00
September: 04$5,250.00$6,520.00
September: 11, 18, 25$5,225.00$6,495.00
October: 02$5,125.00$6,395.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 16 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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Slovenia Regional Discovery

Baroque facades mixed with the 20th-century architecture, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, and charming towns amidst mountains, caves and rivers – this 8 Day Slovenia Regional Discovery is not to be missed.

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

Day 1: Arrive Ljubljana

Tucked between Italy, Austria and Croatia, Slovenia maybe small but delivers big with beautiful alpine villages, cliffside castles, emerald lakes and a stunning coastline. On arrival, check into your wonderful hotel and relax. The EU dubbed Ljubljana the Green Capital of Europe for its pedestrian focused centre. This together with cafés along the banks of the Ljubljana River, beautiful Plečnik designed buildings, museums and street atmosphere makes for a vibrant party feel.

Hotel: Intercontinental Ljubljana or Hotel Cubo or Urban Hotel or Hotel Galleria or Vander Urbani Resort or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Ljubljana

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Ljubljana’s main attractions in the old town including the Kresija Building, Robba Fountain, Ljubljana Cathedral, Ljubljana Castle, Town Square, Cobblers Bridge, Triple Bridge, Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, Prešeren Square and Dragon Bridge. The afternoon is available at leisure. Options include the National Museum of Slovenia or The Museum of Modern Art.

Day: 3 Ljubljana – Žiče – Maribor – Ljubljana

Enjoy a full day excursion into the countryside. Visit Žiče Charterhouse, an ancient 12th century monastery. Explore the ruins and visit the exhibition. Continue into the Štajerska wine region. The area surrounding Maribor is known for its aromatic whites. Enjoy a delicious lunch and tasting at a winery before continuing to Maribor, a medieval pedestrian village. Visit the Main Square, Cathedral and ‘Stara Trta’, the world’s oldest vine at 400 years, before returning to Ljubljana.

Day 4: Ljubljana – Škofja Loka – Lake Bled

Visit the town of Škofja Loka to explore Loka Castle, Loka Museum and the town square’s famous pastel-hued 16th century houses. Continue to Lake Bled, set in a picturesque location surrounded by mountains and forests. On arrival, visit Bled Castle, the oldest in Slovenia dating to 1011AD. The rest of the day is available at leisure to absorb the breathtaking scenery.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Toplice or Hotel Triglav or Vila Bled or Villa Istra or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Lake Bled – Vintgar Gorge – Kranjska Gora – Lake Bled

Today, discover more of Slovenia’s stunning natural beauty. Visit the Triglav National Park and the 1600 metre Vintgar Gorge which features sheer canyon walls between 50 and 100 metres in height. Also visit the picturesque Šum Waterfall, the largest river waterfall in Slovenia. Continue to the alpine resort of Kranjska Gora for an independent lunch before crossing the panoramic Vršič Pass to visit the gorgeous emerald green Lake Jasna surrounded by stunning alps.

Day 6: Lake Bled – Predjama Castle – Škocjan Caves – Piran

Depart Lake Bled for a tour of Predjama Castle, built within a cave mouth to make access difficult. The structure dates to the 13th century and features a hidden passageway. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Škocjan Caves. International scientists recognise the exceptional significance of the caves and have declared them one of the natural treasures of the world. The caves were inhabited in prehistoric times; are one of the largest known underground canyons in the world; it contains a microclimate hosting a special ecosystem; and aesthetically is naturally beautiful. After your guided tour, continue to the charming seaside town of Piran.

Hotel: Hotel Piran or Kempinski Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Piran

Enjoy the day at leisure in Piran, known for its long pier and Venetian architecture. The old town is one of the best preserved historical towns on the Adriatic. Stroll the narrow streets within the old town wall, through the main square, along the pier and through the markets.

Day 8: Piran – Lipica – Ljubljana

Visit the charming village of Lipica and enjoy a guided tour of the renowned Lipica Stud Farm, an establishment that first bred Lipizzaner horses back in the 16th century. The farm visit includes trail riding, carriage rides, museum tours and stud performances. Afterward, return to Ljubljana or Piran for your onward journey. Options include a departing catamaran from Piran to Venice.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from LjubljanaFrom $4,590.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: English Speaking Guides
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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Experience Slovenia

Experience the whole of Slovenia in this comprehensive 7 day tour. From castles to caves, and then onto the coast. Back up into the mountains to see tranquil lakes and snack on divine cream cakes. Finish back in Ljubljana and you can even take a free transfer to Venice if you wish to continue your journey in Italy.

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

Day 1 Ljubljana or Venice

Arrive in Ljubljana or Venice Airport (approx 3 hour drive) and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or to begin exploring. This evening, meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for an orientation meeting and welcome drink.

Hotel: Hotel Lev

Day 2: Ljubljana – Postojna – Piran

This morning will include a sightseeing tour of Ljubljana before departing for the Karst Region in the south. At Postojna Caves you will experience the adventure of exploring one of Europe’s largest cave systems by miniature electric train. After this tour you will next visit a nearby wine producer for Teran wine and prosciutto tasting. Your day continues with a drive to Piran located on the beautiful Slovenian coast for dinner and overnight.

Hotel: Hotel Piran

Day 3: Piran – Portoroz – Nova Gorika

A morning tour of Venetian-inspired Piran is followed by a visit to the nearby resort of Portoroz. Continue to the hilly region of Gorisca Brda. Discover the charming town of Smartno and have dinner at a local tourist farm. Overnight in Nova Gorica.

Hotel: Hotel Perla

Day 4: Nova GorikaSoca Valley – Bled

Drive along the emerald-green Soca River to Kobarid, featured in Hemmingway’s Farewell to Arms and visit the town’s World War I museum. In the afternoon, arrive at Slovenia’s gem, the idyllic town of Bled situated in the midst of the Julian Alps.

Hotel: Hotel Bled Rose, 3 nights

Day 5: Bled

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of beautiful Lake Bled and visit its imposing castle perched high on the surrounding cliffs. On return to the lake shore taste the famous Bled cream cake. In the afternoon take a tour to one of Slovenia’s oldest towns, Skofja Loka, dominated by its medieval castle. After the sightseeing tour visit Nace homestead and taste some of the local products.

Day 6: Bled – Bohinj – Bled

Today take an excursion to idyllic Lake Bohinj, equal in beauty to the popular Lake Bled. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the lake shore and take a cable car to Mt. Vogel from where you will admire the Julian Alps. Enroute, visit the Shepherd’s Museum where some of Slovenia’s top quality cheese is produced. Take in the magnificent vistas of the valley and mountains at Lake Bohinj before returning to Bled for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7: Bled

Your Experience Slovenia tour concludes after breakfast with a departure transfer to Ljubljana or Venice Airport (approx 3.5 hour drive) for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 27 $2,930.00$3,670.00
May: 25 $2,930.00$3,670.00
June: 08, 29 $2,930.00$3,670.00
August: 03, 24 $2,930.00$3,670.00
September: 07, 28 $2,930.00$3,670.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: Escorted by a professional English-speaking Tour Manager
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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