Highlights of Austria Slovenia and Croatia - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

15 days

from $4050 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Sep 2015.
"Great sights, beautiful scenery"
Valerie , Jul 2014

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 sun-dappled path to a humble ‘konoba' in an isolated village on Hvar Island, where you dine with a Croatian family on traditional dishes cooked under a clay bell.

Trip type:
At Leisure
Trip code:
CHSC

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to Vienna.

  • 2.

    ARRIVE VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)

    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

  • 3.

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    Admire Vienna's sights as you drive along the Imperial Boulevards with your Local Specialist. 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

  • 4.

    VIENNA – GRAZ – LAKE BLED (2 NIGHTS)

    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

  • 5.

    LAKE BLED AT LEISURE

    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

  • 6.

    LAKE BLED – LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE LAKES

    It is only a short drive to Ljubljana where your Local Specialist shows you the sights, including the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum and Castle, and Three Bridges Square. Drive south to the Croatian border 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 Specialist. See 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

  • 7.

    PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT – HVAR ISLAND (3 NIGHTS)

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Amfora

  • 8-9

    HVAR SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    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 rustic konoba in a 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

  • 10.

    HVAR ISLAND – DUBROVNIK (3 NIGHTS)

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ariston

  • 11-12

    DUBROVNIK SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    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, 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

  • 13.

    DUBROVNIK – ZAGREB (2 NIGHTS)

    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

    Westin

  • 14.

    ZAGREB SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    Zagreb is a traditional medieval European city with a wealth of historic monuments. Your Local Specialist shows you the highlights including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, St. Mark's 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

  • 15.

    ZAGREB – RETURN HOME

    Say farewell to your companions as this memorable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply. Please note: Your coach returns to Vienna from Zagreb on the final day. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Vienna will be the Trafalgar Vienna hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be approximately 6.00pm, depending on traffic conditions.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Visit a local family at their simple and charming rustic 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 Specialists

    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.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours of Vienna, Ljubljana, Split, Hvar Island, Dubrovnik and Zagreb
  • 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
  • Visit Graz, Plitvice National Park, Jupiter's Temple and Diocletian's Palace while in Split, the 16th century Cathedral of Hvar Island

Dining

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

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry to the Island of Hvar in the Adriatic Sea and return to mainland.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Vienna

  • Dinner And Viennese Concert

    Adult Price: €99.00 A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.
  • Viennese Concert

    Adult Price: €52.00 You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.
  • Bratislava Discovery

    Adult Price: €42.00 Visit Bratislava, capital city of the Slovak Republic, stretching along both banks of the Danube River. You’ll enjoy a guided tour through the city and the castle, and discover the secrets of this beautiful baroque city; scene of Empress Maria Teresa’s coronation and setting for one of Mozart’s first concerts.

Bled

  • Lake Bled And Castle Exploration

    Adult Price: €46.00 You’ll enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bled before entering the 1000-year-old castle to explore its ancient interior. Later we’ll take a traditional 'Pletna' boat for a short cruise to the only island in the lake, where you’ll visit the Church of St. Mary's with its wishing bell.
  • Alpine Jewels And Lake Bohinj

    Adult Price: €43.00 A half-day visit to Slovenia’s largest glacier lake, we'll see mountain villages and make a photo stop in Studor, before reaching Lake Bohinj. There you’ll take a cable car up Mt Vogel (1600m) to see the beautiful mountain scenery. Later, there’s time to relax beside the lake and visit St John's Church, adorned with 13th century frescoes.
  • Postojna Caves Experience

    Adult Price: €47.00 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.

Hvar

  • Sights And Tastes Of Hvar

    Adult Price: €33.00 Take a scenic drive towards Stari Grad with our Local Specialist, with views of Stari Grad Plain - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reaching Vroboska you’ll stroll to the Vina Pinjata cellars, where you’ll meet the owners and enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by delicious prsut (dry smoked ham), cheese, homemade fish pate and fresh bread.

Dubrovnik

  • Sunset Cruise And Dinner

    Adult Price: €56.00 Our sunset cruise takes us along the spectacular Dalmatian coast to one of the secluded bays where we enjoy a delicious and typical local style dinner on a unique location overlooking the old port of Dubrovnik. We then cruise outside the old city walls as the sun sets and dock in the historic old port. To round off our evening we have time to enjoy the beautiful illuminated old city of Dubrovnik before we return by coach to our hotel. (NB. This optional is weather dependent and may not be available on all departures.)
  • Dalmatian Dinner With Klapa Singers

    Adult Price: €54.00 Tonight we’ll drive above the amazing city walls, down to the Old Town of Dubrovnik, where you’ll enjoy a dinner of seafood specialities washed down with local wine, in one of the city's best restaurants. Klapa singers will also perform traditional Dalmatian songs in their own distinctive style.
  • Montenegro Adventure

    Adult Price: €55.00 Join us on a drive into Montenegro, where you’ll meet your Local Specialist for a guided walking tour of Kotor. You’ll have the chance to view the exclusive resort of Sveti Stefan (time allowing), and take a tour of beautiful Budva with free time for lunch. Please see the Visa information section of this document.
  • Dubrovnik And Cavtat Panoramic Cruise

    Adult Price: €30.00 You’ll enjoy a cruise around Dubrovnik’s city walls and view its stunning churches, towers and 16th century skyline. Then journey onwards along the coast to the picturesque village of Cavtat, with its magnificent views of Dubrovnik and surrounding areas.

Zagreb

  • Kumrovec And Lunch

    Adult Price: €54.00 A scenic drive out of Zagreb brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. You’ll explore his house, now a museum, and share a lunch of local specialities in a picturesque restaurant, with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.
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