Alps, Central and Eastern Europe

Alps, Central & Eastern Europe

Country Roads

Eastern Capitals and the Dalmatian Riviera (Summer 2018)

Duration: 15 days Visiting: Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
  • Reviews
  • Dates & prices

Embark on a journey to areas of stunning natural beauty and historical significance.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Vienna.

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

  3. Day 3

    Exploring Stately Vienna.

    Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Then get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls. It showcases many of the capital's architectural highlights, including the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence, the Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continuing exploring.

  4. Day 4

    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 location, head to the beloved city of Ljubljana.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring Lovable Ljubljana.

    (Relaxed Start) Your Local Expert will reveal the Baroque elegance of the Slovenian capital. The medieval castle stands as an ancient guardian, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas testify to its historical importance, while the Triple Bridge spans the river adorned with cafes 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 and regales you with a tasting of local specialties. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. In the evening, choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Zagreb’s Twin Towns.

    Journey into Croatia where on arrival in Zagreb, you meet your Local Expert for an exploration of this capital. Donji Grad, the Lower Town, is devoted to business, art and spacious parks, where streets are wide and airy and the layout is designed to give a sense of grandeur. See the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square and continue to Ban Josip Jelacic Square en route to the cathedral. The medieval Upper Town, is a network of little streets, stretching between the Kaptol and Gradec hills. View the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    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 Donji Grad? Maybe try the local cuisine in one of Zagreb's interesting restaurants or cafes?

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    On to Plitvice National Park.

    Journey south to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. Your 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-metre-high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views. Spend the evening at Jezero Hotel, situated in a stunning location at the heart of the National Park and close to the lakes.

  9. Day 9

    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 400 B.C. 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. Your Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares. See St. Duje's, which was originally Diocletian's Mausoleum and the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate. Your exploration then continues underground as you are guided through the Cellars. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity to dine like a true local at a traditional Konoba.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring Split.

    (Relaxed Start) Always buzzing, this lively city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. See Dalmatian life as it’s really lived with a full day free to explore Split and its surrounds. Why not join the Optional Experience to discover the largest Dalmatian island, Brač? The adventure includes sailing to the island and venturing to the highest peak for incredible views before visiting the island's oldest settlement and stopping for a light lunch.

  11. Day 11

    Mostar to Sarajevo.

    In the morning, cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina to Mostar. During your guided walking exploration with your Local Expert, see the famous Stari Most, or Old Bridge, reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the Croat–Bosniak War. The cobbled old town stretches on both sides of the bridge and is filled with shops selling Turkish-style souvenirs. Continue to Sarajevo, a town with a turbulent past - in 1914 it was the site of the assassination that sparked World War I and more recently, it endured the longest siege in modern military history. Follow 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 warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles.

  12. Day 12

    Sarajevo, the City of Culture.

    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 Baščaršija, the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans in the 15th century. In the afternoon, enjoy time at your leisure.

  13. Day 13

    Medjugorje and Dubrovnik.

    In the morning, travel south to stop at the small town of Medjugorje, made famous by 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 your 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.

  14. Day 14 - Relaxed Start

    Optional Montenegro Experience.

    In the morning, why not visit Montenegro? This Optional Experience travels to Kotor, where your camera can capture one of the most beautiful parts of the bay as you learn the history of the area, before returning to Dubrovnik with a short cruise. As the sun begins to set, and should the weather permit, join your fellow travel companions as you sit back and enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik. Admire the most important feature of the city, the mighty city walls rising straight from the cliffs, perfectly-preserved from the Middle Ages. While cruising, enjoy a Celebration Dinner of typical Dalmatian Coast cuisine, washed down with local drinks - wine and grappa being the most famous. After toasting a fabulous journey, your cruise will moor in the old town harbour for another look at Dubrovnik.

  15. Day 15

    Depart Dubrovnik.

    Your travels draw to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik airport at 05:00, 09:00 and 11:30.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Mostar: Learn the history and symbolic significance of Stari Most and explore the old town with your Local Expert.
  • Sarajevo: Gain a personal insight into a city under siege! Visit the Tunnel of Hope, and speak with a resident who lived through the 44-month blockade and was privy to the city's secret lifeline.
  • Ljubljana: Explore this elegant capital to see the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Triple Bridge. Spend time with your Local Expert in the glorious Central Market and learn about some of the Slovenian delicacies on display.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dubrovnik: Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Expert. Walk the stone-paved streets of the Old Town to see Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and the medieval city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
  • Vienna: A private tour with a Local Expert showcases the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace, rich in Rococo and glittering gold. Spend some time in the formal gardens.
  • Zagreb: Your Local Expert guides you this two-tiered capital. Explore Donji Grad, the Lower Town, and see the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square, Ban Josip Jelacic Square and the cathedral. In Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town, view the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.
  • Plitvice Lakes: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, guided by your Local Expert.
  • 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. See Diocletian's Mausoleum, now St. Duje's and the Temple of Jupiter, now a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Dubrovnik: Join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a sunset cruise, admiring the impressive city walls from the water. Then sit down to a delicious Celebration Dinner of local Dalmatian-Coast cuisine and drinks, and raise a glass to toast your adventures.
  • Ljubljana: Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening – a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Dining Summary: 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips 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 Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. 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.

Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glass of champagne along with some of the most famous works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (On occasion dinner will be included EURO 103)

Adult Price: EUR 58.00

Code: VIE0002

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

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 59.00

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

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 54.00

Code: LJU0001

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 60.00

Code: ZAG0001

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

Bosnian Evening at Inat Kuca, the House of Spite

Join us for a Bosnian evening at one of the landmark and most important traditional houses in Sarajevo. Inat Kuća, the ‘House of Spite’, situated on the Miljacka river opposite the imposing City Hall, will transport you back to Ottoman times as we enjoy a feast of the most typical Bosnian cuisine with drinks while enjoying an evening of local culture & folklore. A wonderful evening in authentic surroundings at the heart of old Sarajevo.

Adult Price: EUR 57.00

Code: SAR0006

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.

Adult Price: EUR 54.00

Code: DUB0016

Accommodation

 

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 (Traditional) - Slovenia

Hotel Lev Ljubljana is in a fantastic location at the absolute heart of the city. After seeing the sights, perhaps unwind with a walk through the gardens of nearby Tivoli Park, or reflect on the day with a drink in the trendy Lobby Bar.

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

Zagreb (Traditional) - Croatia

Conveniently located in Zagreb's historic Old Town, the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel is perfectly situated for your stay. Spacious rooms are comfortable and traditionally-decorated, while the hotel's Piano Bar offers a trendy atmosphere, where you can enjoy a drink and reflect on your day of sightseeing.

Hotel Jezero Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes (Contemporary) - Croatia

Hotel Jezero is situated in a stunning location at the heart of Plitvice Lakes National Park and close to the lakes.

Hotel President Solin Split

Split (Traditional) - Croatia

The modern Hotel President Solin is conveniently located just a few minutes from the ancient city of Split and the famous Diocletian’s Palace.

Hotel Bristol Sarajevo

Sarajevo (Traditional) - Bosnia

This hotel is one of the landmark hotels in Sarajevo and Bosnia & Herzegovina. It is fantastically-located on Wilson's promenade by the right side of the Miljacka River.

Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (Contemporary) - Croatia

Overlooking the sea in the beautiful Lapad Bay, the Kompas hotel was fully renovated in 2015 andis only a 2 minute walk to the beach and close to the popular promenade.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10949 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 15 September, 2018

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    Trip: Interesting places.Highlights were Lake Bled, Plitvice National Park, the dinner with a Sarajevo family and Dubrovnik.

    Service: Tour Director Alex was knowledgeable,personable and consistently helpful and positive. Driver,Dario was also professional.

  • 15 September, 2018

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    Trip: Loved every place we went to. Wish we were allowed more time in certain in towns. Just not enough shopping time! .

    Service: The tour director was well organized and informative of where we went. When asked a question he would answer or get the answer for us. Job well done!

  • 06 September, 2018

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    Trip: Only suggestion is maybe the tour could be longer whereby could spend longer in Split and Dubrovnik.

    Service: We only have positive feedback for your organisation as it doesn’t ever disappoint. From the wonderful coaches and drivers, special tour directors and special hotels.

  • 04 September, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was very good. Very busy but thoroughly enjoyable. Karin is a brilliant tour director as were the local guides.

    Service: Shocking - we could get no confirmation that the trip we wanted was going to go ahead or not. Cancelling our trip on 29 May left us very little time to make changes.

  • 04 September, 2018

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    Trip: Very busy. Great local guides.

    Service: Our tour director was brilliant. Trip was great despite it not being our original trip of choice.

  • 23 August, 2018

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    Trip: There was a good mix of culture history and beautiful scenery. A highlight was meeting the locals plus going on yne back country roads. We tend not to be shoppers so didn't require the amount of free time offered.

    Service: We would recommend and travel again ourselves

  • 18 August, 2018

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    Trip: Exceeded my expectations. Beautiful scenery. We visted all the highlights I wanted to see

    Service: Excellent. All questions answered and was fully informed.

  • 18 August, 2018

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    Trip: Great tour and one possible area for improvement is to have more variety in the types of activities towards the end of the tour. Eg cultural activities (museums) might be a good offering to break up the monotony

    Service: Well organised tour with excellent tour director and scenic locations

  • 18 August, 2018

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    Trip: most interesting gave a good insight to the region very informative

    Service: yes customer service was excellent

  • 18 August, 2018

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    Trip: Loved the 2 night stays in most places. All the city tours were excellent. The hotels were first class. The breakfasts at the hotels were top class. Everyone needs a great breakfast to begin the day.

    Service: Everything was done well. From the information night in Ajax Ontario through to e mailing us just before the trip and also for sending out surveys like this to see how they could improve their service I would definitely recommend them and have already done so many times.

  • 04 August, 2018

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    Trip: Lovely scenery, pretty & quaint towns. Great lunch at Cresna Gorica, enjoyable Konoba Dinner...best was dinner with a family in Sarajevo. Bosnian evening at Inat Kuca was disappointing though. Farewell dinner on the bay in Dubrovnik was perfect. Hotels were generally v good.

    Service: I can always rely on the tour director and coach driver to take excellent care of us.

  • 28 July, 2018

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    Trip: We were not rushed, but more time in Montenegro would be better.

    Service: Tim was excellent! Always positive and upbeat, and took care of all of our needs and questions. Went out of his way to call the airlines everyday to track down our missing luggage.

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