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Eastern Capitals and the Dalmatian Riviera (Summer 2017)

Duration: 14 days Visiting: Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Optional experiences
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Embark on a journey to areas of stunning natural beauty and historical significance.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Vienna

    Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. On arrival at Vienna Airport, your airport transfer will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

  2. Day 2

    Exploring Stately Vienna

    Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your cameras ready for a drive around the famous ring road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial residence and Parliament building.

  3. Day 3

    Maribor and the Capital City of Ljubljana

    In the morning, cross the border into Slovenia and journey to its second largest city Maribor. After spending time in this charming city, head to the ‘beloved’ city of Ljubljana.

  4. Day 4

    Exploring ‘Lovable’ Ljubljana

    (Relaxed Start) A Local Expert will reveal the Baroque elegance of the Slovenian capital. The medieval castle stands as ancient guardian, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas testify to its historical importance, while the Triple Bridge spans the river adorned with cafés and restaurants. Spend time in the glorious Central Market, rich with the heady aromas of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat and spices. Your Local Expert will share insights into some of the Slovenian delicacies on display. The rest of afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, you are invited to choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.

  5. Day 5

    Zagreb’s Twin Towns

    (Relaxed Start) Start the morning by journeying into Croatia and on to the country's capital, Zagreb. On arrival, guided sightseeing will take you through the squares of the Lower Town to the cathedral. Then walk through the medieval Upper Town to see the Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and Lotrščak Tower.

  6. Day 6

    Zagreb at Leisure

    (Relaxed Start) A free day to relax and enjoy a city that is bursting with culture. Perhaps spend time exploring one of the many museums or browsing the shops in the Lower Town (Donji grad) area.

  7. Day 7

    On to Plitvice National Park

    Journey south to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. A Local Expert will lead you through zig-zagging timber footbridges and the crystal blue-green beauty of Plitvice National Park; a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon to see the 70-meter-high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views.

  8. Day 8

    Along the Dalmatian Coast to Split

    The green forests give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters as you travel to Trogir, a historic town founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1,700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the old town. A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's, (originally Diocletian's Mausoleum), the Temple of Jupiter (today, a baptistery) and the Golden Gate, before venturing underground. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity to have dinner in a traditional 'Konoba'.

  9. Day 9

    Exploring Split

    (Relaxed Start) A full free day to explore Split and see Dalmatian life as it’s really lived. Always buzzing, this lively city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity.

  10. Day 10

    Sarajevo, The City of Culture

    Arrive in Sarajevo, a town with a turbulent past - in 1914 it was the site of the assassination that sparked WWI and more recently, it endured the longest siege in modern military history.

  11. Day 11

    Sarajevo Sightseeing

    Morning sightseeing with a Local Expert introduces you to the Sarajevo War Tunnels Museum, housing part of the secret tunnel that was the city's lifeline during the Bosnian war. Talk to one of the survivors, for whom the siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment in his life. You will also see the Latin Bridge where Austrian Crown Prince, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated. Continue to the Baščaršija, the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans in the 15th century. In the afternoon, relax during free time.

  12. Day 12

    Medjugorje and Dubrovnik

    In the morning, travel south to stop with at the small town of Medjugorje. A now famous religious site due to six children, who claim to have seen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Cross the border, back into Croatia and journey to the walled town of Dubrovnik. On arrival, join a Local Expert to explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the old town. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.

  13. Day 13

    Optional Montenegro Experience

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, there is an optional visit to Montenegro. Start with Kotor, situated on the only fjord on the Adriatic coast. Capture forever on film one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of this area. Then head to the picturesque town of Budva where there is free time for lunch before returning to Dubrovnik. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the evening Celebration Dinner, loosened in spirit and bonded by magical miles, expect a hubbub of clinking glasses, laughter and conversation. The food will be fragrant and fresh, the setting out of this world and the memories unforgettable.

  14. Day 14

    Depart Dubrovnik.

    Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 09:00 & 11:30. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Vienna: Enjoy the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace with a Local Expert.
  • Ljubljana: Spend time with a Local Expert in the glorious Central Market and gain an insight into some of the Slovenian delicacies on display.
  • Split: With a local historian, explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace - now in the heart of modern day Split.
  • Sarajevo: A personal insight into a city under siege! Visit the ‘Tunnel of Hope’, and talk directly with a resident who lived through the 44-month blockade and was privy to the city's secret lifeline.
  • Mostar: Learn the history and symbolic significance of the Stari Most Bridge and explore the old town.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Plitvice Lakes: Marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vienna: See St Charles’ Church. Tour the Ring Road past the New Imperial Palace, Opera House, Parliament building.
  • Ljubljana: See the Castle, Cathedral of St Nicholas, Triple Bridge and City Hall.
  • Zagreb: See Roosevelt Square and Ban Josip Jelacic Square. Tour the Upper Town to view the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St Marks Church and the Lotrščak Tower.
  • Split: See St. Duje’s, the baptistery and the Golden Gate on your guided tour through the labyrinthine streets.
  • Sarajevo: Tour the Bacarsija to see the Mosque and Olympic Stadium.
  • Mostar: Walk across its famous bridge, explore the old town.
  • Dubrovnik: See Onofrio’s Fountain, Rector’s Palace and city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Ljubljana: You will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around evening – a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Dubrovnik: Join your Tour Director for a palate-pleasing Celebration Dinner and joyous evening with wine and good cheer.
  • 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Dubrovnik: Hotel Croatia Cavtat lies in an exceptionally beautiful and secluded location on a peninsula overlooking the Adriatic on one side and the picturesque old town of Cavtat on the other.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Airport transfers at scheduled times on the first and last day of your escorted journey.

Optional experiences

Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Excursion to Kotor, Montenegro

Drive southward along the coast into Montenegro and the pretty town of Kotor, situated on the Adriatic's only fjord, listed with UNESCO world heritage sites. Visit one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of the area. Then a short ferry ride whisks you across the bay on your way back to Dubrovnik.

Adult Price: EUR 55.00

Code: DUB0016

Excursion To Lake Bled

Drive through the pretty Slovenian countryside to the tranquil shores of Lake Bled. Surrounded by stunning views of the Julian Alps, an oarsman steers his traditional wooden 'pletna' across the turquoise glacial waters towards the tiny island that rises in the middle. Ascend the 99 stone steps to the pilgrimage church where the famous “wishing bell” has been ringing out since 1534. After making your wish, enjoy coffee and a delicious pastry by the lake, followed by some free time for unforgettable photo-ops!

Adult Price: EUR 49.00

Code: LJU0001

Slovenian Dinner

The mighty medieval fortress of Ljubljana Castle sits on top of a hill, high above the city. From the panoramic viewing terraces, survey the terracotta tiled "roof scape" of the Old Town. Then retire to the beautiful setting of the castle courtyard for drinks and a wonderful dinner of traditional Slovenian cuisine.

Adult Price: EUR 56.00

Code: LJU0002

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 UNESCO World Heritage site is visited by thousands every year. During your 90 minute guided tour, you’ll travel by electric mini-train through a maze of mysterious corridors before exploring the vast limestone caverns by foot.

Adult Price: EUR 48.00

Code: LJU0003

Home-Hosted Dinner

A unique and rewarding insight into the local way of life. Small groups of 5 or 6 guests are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles.

Adult Price: EUR 49.00

Code: SAR0001

Charm of Old Sarajevo

For centuries Sarajevo has been a place where East meets West, where different peoples and religions lived side-by-side. Start with a guided visit of the biggest Mosque in the Balkans. Enjoy a light lunch in the old Bascarsija quarter before visiting Brusa Bezistan to see the legacy of tolerance and how Sefardies found a new home in Sarajevo after expulsion from Spain. Then a unique experience! Learn how the locals prepare and drink Turkish coffee - a real ceremony in this part of the world. They even have a word for pleasure it derives - coffee with ceif!

Adult Price: EUR 38.00

Code: SAR0002

Konoba Dinner

For the authentic Dalmatian cuisine experience, dinner in a traditional ‘konoba’ (stone daylight basement), is a must. Friendly staff serve a variety of seafood or meat, accompanied by good local wine and entertaining Dalmatian musicians. A night to make you fall in love with the tastes and flavours of the Adriatic.

Adult Price: EUR 51.00

Code: SPL0001

Day Trip To Brač Island

A stunning day exploring Brač, the largest island of Dalmatia and a place of stunning beauty, nature and history. Enjoy a picturesque sail across turquoise blue waters to arrive at Supetar, the biggest town on the island. Upon arrival we journey up to Vidova Gora, the island's highest peak for magnificent views of Brač and nearby island Hvar and the stunning Adriatic coastline. We continue with a visit to Skrip, the island’s oldest settlement with megalithic walls dating from the 12th-century B.C. Then, we'll learn about traditional olive oil-making and enjoy an tasting before a light home-made lunch of local specialties.

Adult Price: EUR 67.00

Code: SPL0002

Dinner In A Country Mansion

Cross the Danube, passing the famous Prater Park en route to one of Austria's most famous restaurants. Former patrons include Napoleon, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Liz Taylor and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once through the door of this historic country mansion you're transported to a different world! Old memorabilia, autographed photos and other paraphernalia cover the ceilings, walls and even the rest rooms. Choose from traditional Austrian fare, enjoy unlimited drinks and be serenaded by musicians at your table. A fun-filled experience never to be forgotten!

Adult Price: EUR 62.00

Code: VIE0003

Kumrovec & Lunch/Dinner

Journey through beautiful rolling countryside of the Zagorje region to the charming village of Kumrovec. Visit the simple peasant house of the late Marshal Tito for a local perspective into this region's complicated and bloody history. The surrounding properties have been restored to represent village life of some 100 years ago. Later, enjoy a home-made meal with drinks in a picturesque restaurant much favoured by the locals. Magnificent views of the rolling, vine-clad hills and Veliki Tabor Castle come as a bonus!

Adult Price: EUR 55.00

Code: ZAG0001

Accommodation

 

Hilton Vienna

Vienna (Central) - Austria

Complimentary Wifi

With views over the city and neighbouring Stadtpark, the Hilton Vienna is just a short walk from attractions like the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Hotel Lev Ljubljana

Ljubljana (Central) - Slovenia

Complimentary Wifi

Hotel Lev, Ljubljana

Sheraton Zagreb

Zagreb (Central) - Croatia

Complimentary Wifi

Sheraton, Located in the city centre, all guestrooms are well appointed with modern amenities.

Jezero Hotel Plitvice

Plitvice (Scenic) - Croatia

Complimentary Wifi

Jezero Hotel, Plitvice

President Solin Atrium Hotel Split

Split (Central) - Croatia

Complimentary Wifi

President Solin/Atrium Hotel, Split

Bristol Sarajevo

Sarajevo (Central) - Bosnia

Complimentary Wifi

Croatia Hotel Cavtat Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (Scenic) - Croatia

Complimentary Wifi

Croatia Hotel Cavtat, Dubrovnik

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