Highlights of Austria Slovenia and Croatia 2014

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Hofburg Palace in Vienna, AustriaAustrian Parliament Building at dusk in Vienna, Austria
Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Austrian Parliament Building at dusk in Vienna, Austria
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
    At Leisure 2014
  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Gentle in pace, this trip allows you to discover some of Europe's prettiest towns and cities, stunning scenery – like the lakes and falls of Plitvice – and the shores of Hvar Island. It's Insider moments like… walking down a quiet path, lit by lanterns of flickering candles, into a humble 'konoba' to dine with a Croatian family. In a rustic isolated village, they cook your dinner the traditional way, under a clay bell. The flavours of the veal or lamb are unique – but so is the setting, overlooking the Adriatic on the idyllic Hvar Island, where you are staying for three nights. Welcoming you into their quaint stone walled tavern, which has limited electricity and running water, they share their simple island life.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Overnight flight to Vienna.

  • Day 2


    Welcome to Vienna! Spend the afternoon relaxing or take a stroll. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive. This will be the perfect introduction to this magical city!

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Hilton Danube

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Admire Vienna's sights as you drive along the Imperial Boulevards with your Local Expert. See the Opera House, Parliament, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace. Explore the oldest parts of the city near 'Am Hof' on your walking tour. Spend time sightseeing on your own or join an excursion to nearby Bratislava. Tonight, consider enjoying a concert of Viennese music.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    South towards the Semmering Pass, stop to view the galleried courtyards and famous clock tower at Graz. Continue via the beautiful Austrian Riviera and cross the Karawanken Mountains to the Slovenian border. Arrive later in Lake Bled, an earthly paradise and your home for the next two nights. A beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape set amid forests and mountains.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Park

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    See this picturesque resort during your orientation. Spend the rest of the day as you please, or take a relaxing optional cruise on the glassy lake.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    It is only a short drive to Ljubljana where your Local Expert shows you the sights, including the Opera house, Cathedral, National Museum and Castle, and Three Bridges Square. Drive south to the Croatian border near Karlovac, and through the forested National Park of Plitvice. Admire the waterfalls and lakes of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site on your walking tour with your Local Expert. See the lakes of crystal clear water in many colourful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Jezero

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Travel through scenic Croatian countryside to Split, the largest city in Dalmatia. Meet your Local Expert for a fascinating tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site Diocletian's Palace. Visit the substructure, Cathedral and the Baptistery of Split, once the Temple of Jupiter, and more! Later, travel to the beautiful island of Hvar for a relaxing three night stay.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Amfora

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8 to Day 9


    Enjoy an included excursion on the island of Hvar to see the 16th century cathedral and loggia built by the Venetian architect Sanmicheli. Enjoy a very special Be My Guest dining experience in a family home in a rustic shepherd's village overlooking the Adriatic. On your second day relax, sightsee or cruise to one of the other islands.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining / Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10


    Today drive along the coast to Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic. The scenery is spectacular!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ariston

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11 to Day 12


    You have two full days to experience the delights of this stunning medieval city! On the first day, enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the main sights. Admire the Rector's Palace, the city walls, Onofrio's fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Spend free time relaxing, exploring the lively market, or perhaps enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Consider joining an optional experience to Montenegro to see the only fjord in southern Europe and the 2,500 year old town of Budva. Your Travel Director will be happy to advise how best to use your free time. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal of traditional cuisine at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal / Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 13


    Your Croatian adventure continues as you head north to the capital Zagreb, your home for the next two nights! Dine this evening at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: The Westin

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Zagreb is a traditional medieval European city with a wealth of historic monuments. Your Local Expert shows you the highlights including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, St. Marks Church and the Opera House. Spend free time exploring the winding streets of the old town or consider an excursion into the surrounding countryside. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebration.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 15


    Say farewell to your companions as this memorable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Visit a local family at their simple and charming rustic home or konoba. Enjoy a delicious and authentic meal cooked under a clay bell. Take home memories of your friendly hosts on Hvar Island as well as the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
  • Local Expert in Vienna, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Split, Hvar Island and Zagreb.
  • Small Group Sightseeing In Dubrovnik, enjoy a guided walking tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours of Vienna, Ljubljana, Split, Hvar Island, Dubrovnik and Zagreb.
  • Visit Graz, Plitvice National Park, Jupiter's Temple, Diocletian's Palace while in Split, the 16th century Cathedral of Hvar Island.
  • See the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna, the Clock Tower of Graz, the Opera House and Castle of Ljubljana, the Old City of Dubrovnik and the Archbishops Palace of Zagreb.


  • 13 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.
  • 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 4 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Ferry to the Island of Hvar in the Adriatic Sea and return to mainland.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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