Day 1: Vienna
Welcome to Vienna. Morning at leisure and In afternoon, get best introduction to the beautiful city of Vienna, tour the sights by coach and boat. As you travel along the Danube you'll pass the Prater and Kunsthaus, as well as driving through the lovely Vienna Woods. On the tour you'll see the following from both land and water: - the Danube Tower, a landmark of modern Vienna - the impressive architecture of the United Nations buildings - the multicolored Kunsthaus and Hundertwasserhaus buildings - the Knusthaus - the Prater Traveling to the hills of the Vienna Woods, you'll enjoy magnificent views over vineyards and the city, and pass through the romantic wine-growing village of Grinzing Inclusions: - Hotel pickup - River Cruise - Local guide Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes Departure Point: Tour departs from centrally located Vienna hotels. Departure Time: 2.45pm Return details: Concludes at the State Opera or at Schwedenplatz Overnight in Vienna.
Day 2 : Austria - Vienna
Day to explore Austria's other great city, Salzburg - home of Mozart and beautiful Mirabell Gardens and Palace. Travel through the stunning Austrian alps and lakes on this fantastic day trip to Salzburg. The tour includes guided walking tour of the city of Salzburg. Traveling to Mozart's town of birth you'll be enchanted by the beautiful Salzkammergut landscape with its mountains and lakes, and where the Emperor Franz Joseph and his family used to spend their holidays. Skirting the Lake Fuschl and Lake Wolfgang you will reach Salzburg, where you will have free time for lunch. Discover Salzburg with an afternoon walking tour through the old city. Your guide will show you the most important sights of the old Bishop's Seat including the Cathedral, the Festival Hall, St Peter's Abbey Church and its graveyard (the tomb of Mozart's sister Nannerl). Among the busy shopping streets you'll see no. 9 Getreidegasse, where the famed Wolfgang Mozart was born and lived until he was 17 years old. While passing through the gardens of Mirabell Palace you will see the statue of the Pegasus, the winged horse and perhaps here, the song 'Do-Re-Mi' from the movie Sound of Music will come to mind- On your return journey to Vienna, enjoy great views as your coach passes through Fortress Hohensalzburg, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Your tour concludes with a drop off at Vienna State Opera or your selected hotel. Inclusions: - Hotel pickup and drop-off - Walking tour - Professional guide - Transport by air-conditioned coach Duration: 13 hours Departure Point: Tour departs from select Vienna hotel Departure Time: 7:15am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Vienna.
Day 3: Ljubljana - Slovenia
Train transfer to the Ljubljana - capital city of Slovenia. Day at leisure and In evening see Ljubljana is one of the most charming capitals in Europe. It's crammed with cobblestone streets and ancient buildings. And one of the best ways to get to know the culture is by attending this dinner and folk dance event. Feast on traditional Slovenian fare and sip wine while watching locals perform centuries-old folk dances. Learn about Slovenian folklore, take part in traditional games, and enjoy a special gift on the way out. Slovenia, a country tucked between Austria, Hungary, Italy and Croatia, sometimes gets overlooked by travelers doing the grand tour of Europe. This is a mistake. Ljubljana is one of the most underrated capital cities in Europe, and you'll gain a new appreciation of Slovenian culture and history at this traditional folk dance and dinner show. Make your way to central Ljubljana to enjoy this evening of merriment. When you get to the restaurant, you're greeted with klojce, (traditional Slovenian schnapps) and some dried fruit. Then, take a seat at your table and sink your teeth into four traditional courses, washed down with a glass of Slovenian wine. Everything from vegetable soup to peasant-style chicken (pork option is available upon request) to salad to a traditional dessert is offered. Between each course, enjoy some folksy entertainment. Watch three charming dance performances, and then after your main course, take part in Slovenian dances and games such as poutertanc, which translates as 'the cushion dance.' Learn, too, how to polka. Inclusions: - Welcome schnapps and dried fruit - 4-course dinner - One glass of wine - Live entertainment - Souvenir Duration: 2 hours Departure Point: Central Ljubljana. Departure Time: 7pm. Overnight in Ljubljana
Day 4: Ljubljana-Slovenia's Julian Alps
Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel, and depart for Lake Bled in Slovenia's Julian Alps, in an air-conditioned minivan. During your roughly 1-hour journey, admire rural Slovenia and listen as your guide describes the glacier-formed lake and the legends that surround Bled Island, the church-topped islet in its center. On arrival, drink in the views of the lake and towering mountains, and gaze up at medieval Bled Castle, the fortress perched high on a cliff above the water. Then, ride a two-oared pletna to the island and enjoy free time to explore, visit the Church of the Assumption of Mary (own expense) or sample some scrumptious potica at the island cafe. Next, drive up to Bled Castle and delve inside the red-turreted fortress. Absorb the bird's-eye views of the lakes from the walls and visit the museum to chart the castle's story from its roots in the 11th century. Return to the lakeside for free time to walk around, and if you wish, sample a local speciality, kremnita vanilla cream cake (own expense). Then, after a break for lunch (own expense), travel onward to your next stop, Predjama Castle. Marvel at this remarkable cliffside castle and hear how it was extended through the centuries after being built in 1202. Then, either choose to explore its stairways and chambers on your own or with a guide. Lastly, continue to nearby Postojna Cave, Slovenia's most-visited tourist attraction. Ride the mini-train into the depths of this 13-mile (21-km) subterranean network and then follow a guide through its eerie caverns. Ogle the bizarre stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations and hear tales of how the caves were created and the rare amphibians that live in its underground rivers the blind salamanders known as 'human fish.' Then, return to your minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana, with a drop-off at your hotel. Inclusions: - Hotel pickup and drop-off - Transport by air-conditioned minivan - Driver/guide - Pletna boat ride ticket - Admission to Bled Castle, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes Departure Point: Your centrally located Ljubljana hotel Departure Time: 8am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Ljubljana.
Day 5: Ljubljana - sightseeing
Day begin with a pickup from your centrally located Ljubljana hotel in the morning, and then travel by air-conditioned minivan to kocjan Caves Regional Park. As you travel, hear from your driver-guide how the kocjan Caves are one of only two cave systems in the world to have received UNESCO World Heritage status. Spend up to two hours exploring the largest subterranean canyon in the world via an underground walkway on the Reka River, strolling past otherworldly formations of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as sinkholes, gorges, abysses and natural bridges. Continue to the village of Lokev,established bythe Knights Templar, an ancient order founded in the 12th century.With your guide, stroll through the tiny village to the Gothic 15th-century Churchof Mary Help of Christians,and see its defense tower.Then, enjoy around an hour of free time for lunch (own expense) at one of the local restaurants. Next, travel to Lipica, a quaint village in the Municipality of Seana where Lipizzaner horses one of the oldest breeds of horses in Europe originate from. Visit the Lipica Stud Farm, established in the late 16th century by the Habsburgs as their royal stables, and discover how it was here that Lipizzaners were first bred. Enjoy a 1.5-hour walking tour of the grounds and get up close to these iconic white-coated stallions. Depending on the day, you may also have the opportunity to watch a 45-minute classical horse show. When the time comes, return to your minivan and head back to Ljubljana, where your tour concludes at your hotel. Inclusions: - Hotel pickup and drop-off - Local guides - Transport by air-conditioned minivan - Admission to kocjan Caves Regional Park - Admission to Lipica Stud Farm - 45-minute classical horse show (dependent on day of tour) Duration: 9 hours Departure Point: Your centrally located Ljubljana hotel Departure Time: 8:30am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Ljubljana.
Day 6: Ljubljana - Zagreb
Train transfer to The city of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, on the historic and political threshold between East and West, illustrates both the continental and Mediterranean spirit of the nation it spearheads. Stroll around and feel like local and enjoy the city which is protected from the cold northern winds by the mountain of Medvednica and opens up to the rest of the world thanks to a spacious plain and the Sava river. Zagreb, with a population of nearly one million, contains almost a quarter of the entire population of Croatia. Overnight in Zagreb.
Day 7: Zagreb - Plitvice
Start your day with a pickup from your Zagreb hotel, then travel south by air-conditioned vehicle to the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. The oldest and largest of Croatia's national parks, Plitvice is an oasis of interwoven azure-green lakes, thundering waterfalls, gushing streams, mossy caves and dense forest. On arrival, after roughly two hours on the road, set off at a leisurely pace to explore the surrounding forest with your expert guide. Walk amid the towering beech, spruce and fir trees, and hear the rustle of wildlife stirring below the carpet of lush ferns. Admire the rare wild flowers that line the forest trails and have your camera ready as you pass over the pretty wooden bridges that offer jaw-dropping views of the lakes. While the trails are steep and the route takes in some 300 steps, it is well worth it for the excellent vantage points. Next, give your legs a well-earned rest and take a ride in an electric boat around one of the lower lakes. As you glide across the water, notice how clear it is despite the lake's vivid turquoise appearance from afar. Following your boat ride, continue your route on foot, taking in ever more stunning views as you ascend to the higher lakes. Then, dependent on your preferences, hop aboard a bus or train for your final panoramic tour of this magnificent geological wonder. After, enjoy around 1.5 hours of free time. Perhaps stop off at a cafe inside the park to recharge with some lunch (own expense). Then, return to your vehicle for the journey back to Zagreb, where you tour concludes with a hotel drop-off. Inclusions: - Hotel pickup and drop-off - Expert guide - Transport by air-conditioned vehicle - Entrance fee to Plitvice Lakes National Park - Electric boat ride - Sightseeing by electric train or bus Duration: 11 hours Departure Point: Your centrally located Zagreb hotel Departure Time: Pickups start at 7:30am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Zagreb.
Day 8: Dubrovnik - Sightseeing
Fly to Dubrovnik is a one-town tourist industry on its own. As stunning as the clear blue sea around it, the former centre of the independent Republic of Ragusa invites superlatives and attracts the lion-s share of year-round visitors. In afternoon departs from Dubrovnik, where an instructor will greet you. No experience is necessary -- you will receive training on how to kayak and snorkel safely, and how to use the equipment provided (included) before you start your adventure! Then it's ready, steady, paddle! You will kayak beneath the old city walls, near the St Lawrence fortress and the city harbor, for an amazing opportunity to see Dubrovnik from the water. Take in views of the breathtaking scenery and your close encounter with nature. Next, stop at Betina Beach for snacks and water. Then grab your snorkeling gear to discover the underwater world and say hello to the fish. There is truly no more unusual way to see Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea, making this kayak and snorkel trip an unforgettable experience. Inclusions: - Bottled water - Small-group tour - Snacks - Use of snorkel and kayak equipment (double-, sit-in kayaks) - Professional instructor - Free hotel pickup and drop-off Duration: 3 hours Departure Point: Central Dubrovnik Departure Time: 4:30pm Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 9: Dubrovnik - Sightseeing
Discover the delights of Dubrovnik and beyond on this full-day tour, led by an expert guide. Delve into the UNESCO-listed Old Town and see top sights such as Sponza Palace and Onofrio's Fountain on a walking tour. Then, gawk at the incredible views of the Dalmatian Coast from atop Mt Sr before continuing to Konavle Valley, where you'll sample local wine and tuck into a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. End your tour in the charming coastal town of Cavtat, famed for its 2,000-year-old harbor. Begin your day with a pickup from your hotel in central Dubrovnik. Then, hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and travel to the city's UNESCO-listed Old Town. With your expert guide leading the way, traverse the maze of cobbled streets and experience firsthand the history and culture of this magnificent walled city. Snap photos of the circular Onofrio's Fountain and pass by the impressive Sponza Palace. Cross the main square to the Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption and learn how it was rebuilt in the 18th century following a devastating earthquake. See also the Rector's Palace and the Church of St Blaise. After around 1.5 hours exploring the Old Town, enjoy around an hour of free time to continue sightseeing independently. Then, return to your minivan and journey to Mt Sr, the 1,352-foot (412-meter) mountain that towers over the city. Marvel at the picturesque terracotta-tiled rooftops of Dubrovnik Old Town as you ascend the mountain's slopes. At the summit, step out of your vehicle and drink in the stunning aerial views of the city and the Dalmatian Coast. It is said that on a clear day you can see sights up to 37 miles (67 km) away. Next, travel to the idyllic Konavle Valley, home to dozens of villages settled amid the pine trees, cypresses and olive trees. Stop at a local restaurant to sample local wine during a guided tasting session. Then, tuck into a delicious Dalmatian lunch that may include traditional dishes such as peka, a dish that is cooked in a covered pot and put directly into the embers of a fireplace. With your appetite sated, continue to Cavtat, a pretty medieval town set in a secluded bay. Explore the town briefly with your guide to get your bearings, and then enjoy around 1.5 hours of free time. When the time comes, return to your minivan and travel back to Dubrovnik, where your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel. Inclusions: - Hotel pickup and drop-off - Professional guide - Transport by air-conditioned minivan - Wine tasting - Lunch Duration: 11 hours Departure Point: Your centrally located Dubrovnik hotel Departure Time: 8am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 10: Dubrovnik - Sightseeing
Leave central Dubrovnik in the early morning, and travel by luxury, air-conditioned minivan to Split - roughly three hours north. Sit back and relax as you travel, admiring the gorgeous coastal scenery while chatting with your guide about the places you want to see. Your itinerary is flexible and your guide will happily tailor it to your interests. After arriving in Split, stretch your legs on a walking tour of the center. The coastal town's A-list attraction is Diocletian Palace - an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site that nearly encompasses the town. Originally built as an ornate home for Emperor Diocletian, the palace became a city in its own right as more buildings were added to it throughout the ages. Stroll around Peristyle Square within the palace grounds, listening to tales about the extravagant Emperor Diocletian while seeing sights like the Cathedral of St Duje with its magnificent bell tower. Pose for photos next to the Temple of Jupiter - a beautifully preserved Roman monument - and then head out of the palace grounds to discover the rest of Split's delights. Stop to rub the foot of the Gregory of Nin Statue for luck, and then amble over to Republic Square (Prokurative), a Mediterranean-style plaza lined with elaborate Neo-Renaissance buildings. Hear about the concerts and cultural events that take place here, and then pass Mestrovic Gallery - a museum dedicated to the work of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. Enjoy a break for lunch (own expense), and then perhaps spend your afternoon either continuing sightseeing around town to learn more about Split's history, or perhaps checking out the city beaches. In the late afternoon return to your minivan and travel south to Dubrovnik. Your tour finishes at the start point in the early evening. Inclusions: - Hotel pickup and drop-off - Private guide - Transport by minivan Duration: 14 hours Departure Point: Your centrally located Dubrovnik hotel Departure Time: 6am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 11: Dubrovnik - Montenegro-Kotor
Be amazed by the beauty of Montenegro on a day trip from Dubrovnik to some of the country's main towns and sites. Take in views of the upa Dubrovacka and Konavle valleys on a scenic drive along the beautiful Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) and take a guided visit to the charming town of Perast. Enjoy an optional boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks island and continue with a walking tour and free time in Kotor on the Adriatic Coast. Admire views of the Sveti Stefan islet on the way to Budva before relaxing on a ferry ride back to Dubrovnik. On this small-group tour, you will receive personalized attention from your guide. After pickup from your Dubrovnik hotel, get ready for an exciting day in Montenegro! Relax in a comfortable minivan and take in views of Dubrovnik's old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you leave the Croatian city behind and continue through the beautiful upa Dubrovacka valley and the Konavle region. Next, cross the border to Montenegro and admire the picturesque Montenegro coast, offering a varied palette of ocean-blue colors. Drive along the Bay of Kotor and stop at the charming coastal town of Risan. Continue with a visit of Perast, another beautiful small town, located at the foot of St Elijah Hill. Here, you have the option to board a local boat (own expense) and head to Our Lady of the Rocks island to visit the 17th-century Baroque-style church. Continue to Kotor by minivan and enjoy a sightseeing walking tour of the town, one of the best-preserved medieval towns on the Adriatic Coast, and discover the area's important sailing tradition. Visit St Tryphon Cathedral with your guide, before enjoying free time to explore on your own. Get back in your comfortable minivan and relax on the drive to the Sveti Stefan islet and resort. Take in views of the beautiful Adriatic Sea and learn the interesting history of this location from your guide. Admire views of the Montenegro coast as the drive continues toward the coastal town of Budva. Here, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town, take time to wander around Budva Old Town on your own, relax on a beautiful sandy beach, and satisfy your appetite with lunch at a local restaurant (own expense). To end your tour, take a short ferry trip across the Bay of Kotor and enjoy a scenic drive along the coastal roads of Montenegro back to your Dubrovnik hotel. Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned minivan - Local guide - Hotel pickup and drop-off - Ferry - Entrance fee to the Old Town of Kotor Duration: 11 hours Departure Point: Centrally located Dubrovnik hotels Departure Time: 7:30am Return details: Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 12: Dubrovnik - Departure
Tour Conclude! Proceed to the airport for your onward journey.