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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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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.




  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



Hilton Vienna

Vienna (Contemporary) - Austria

Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels.

Hotel Lev Ljubljana

Ljubljana (Contemporary) - Slovenia

Sheraton Zagreb

Zagreb (Central) - Croatia

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

Jezero Hotel Plitvice

Plitvice (Scenic) - Croatia

Jezero Hotel, Plitvice

President Solin Atrium Hotel Split

Split (Central) - Croatia

President Solin/Atrium Hotel, Split

Bristol Sarajevo

Sarajevo (Central) - Bosnia

Croatia Hotel Cavtat Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (Scenic) - Croatia

Croatia Hotel Cavtat, Dubrovnik


Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7828 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 05 November, 2017


    Trip: Great itinerary and an awesome, educational and touching experience. Many great highlights to take away with us. However, for those who chose to do all optional extras they missed out on relaxed starts as there were some real early starts which made for long tiring days. Some of the driving days were too long with insufficient break times. While there were some breaks that were time wasting, time management could have been handled better in parts.

    Service: Efficient team who handled our late booking in a timely manner. Good customer service. Would recommend Insight Tours. Our group consisted of quite a number of time wasting slow individuals. Some guests felt the pace of the tour especially the walking parts were geared towards the slow guests which made it frustrating for the rest of the group. Rather then hurrying the guests that were slow and time wasting along during our walks, other guests were often asked to slow down to wait for them.

  • 22 October, 2017


    Trip: I'Ve already done so in the previous question.

    Service: Everything was well organised and executed. The itinerary provided new and wonderful experiences. Accommodation was great.

  • 22 October, 2017


    Trip: Wonderful experiences.. each day brought unique ones.

    Service: Extremely well organised and operated... top excursions. I would definitely recommend Insight to others

  • 21 October, 2017


    Trip: Please refer to above comment.

    Service: A well thought out itinerary, however, I think that the visit to Montenegro should have been included, not an optional extra.

  • 21 October, 2017


    Trip: as above.things could always be better.

    Service: our tour guide was on top of her job the only area that at times was not clear was where we sat each day, due to the bus being changed halfway through the trip. also on one night we were assigned a room on the smokers floor near the lift. floor six. how i dont know. luck of the draw!1. after one night we were moved to another floor smoke free. we didnt do an insight tour to end up in a smokers room . this was in sariavo a smoke filled hotel that did not allow alcohol consumption. ( good choice ) also why we went to the lakes in the busy part of the day where it was all single file and not at all relaxing needs to be about overcrowding. there was a few optional tours that should have been part of the normal tour.

  • 21 October, 2017


    Trip: the itinerary was fine but I thought the optional tour to Montenegro on the final day should have been an inclusion.

    Service: The places visited were fantastic, the guide and driver were excellent and the group we toured with was very sociable.

  • 21 October, 2017


    Trip: Best tour we have been on. We saw many interesting places, met many fascinating people and enjoyed many new and diverse experiences.

    Service: We were very impressed with our tour director; really, she was a big part of our sastisfaction. And, we really liked the itinerary - most hotels were also pretty good. Oh, and the bus driver was also a gem.

  • 17 October, 2017


    Trip: Great cities. We enjoyed the walking tours as we arrived, so we could get our bearings The only thing that I would recommend is an extra day in Dubrovnik, as many flights departs early am.

    Service: The tour was well planned, accommodations were fabulous and Sharon Tooman, our tour director, was the best.

  • 16 October, 2017


    Trip: Our guide changed the itinerary just slightly to give us more time in Dubrovnik which was very interesting. I would have liked to visit the towns Zadar and Sibenik especially as they were on the way from Plitvice Lake and omitted the trip to Sarajevo. Perhaps the islands of Hvar and Korcula would have also been a possible stop too.

    Service: I have traveled twice with Insight Vacations and this year's trip was exactly what I expected. Loved every minute of it, especially seeing Dubrovnik and Kotor. Would go back again to spend more time in Trogh. Hotels were spot on for comfort and convenience. Our guide was very knowledgeable regarding the cities and areas we traveled to and the country itself. If there was one draw back it would be the flight reservations, while the flights were ok the times allowed between flights to change planes were not sufficient. And while I know that due to the tour that I originally signed up for did not go and I was rescheduled it would have been nice to go from LAX to Vienna NOT LAX to Charles De Gaul to Vienna. This was a very long day especially as there was a flight leaving from LAX to Vienna which left 5 min before my flight. Returning the flight times were short too. If not for wheelchair assist I would not have made my flights.

  • 12 October, 2017


    Trip: All stops were exciting and informative.

    Service: I would recommend them

  • 08 October, 2017


    Trip: There were too many optionals and more should have been included in the price.

    Service: The trip proceeded flawlessly and we got to see everything that was promised.

  • 07 October, 2017


    Trip: Excellent accommodations,wonderful itinerary,great staff all around.Great time!

    Service: Excellent itinerary,beautiful hotels,best staff ever,only thing could improve on might be just a little more time on our own in area like Montenegro.Otherwise could not have been any more pleased.Look forward to using your company again.

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