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From Twin city of Budapest through Green Slovenia to Adriatic coast in Dubrovnik – embrace diversity.

SHORT ITINERARY

BUDAPEST. source UNESCO
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DAY 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – tour starts

Arrival to Budapest – welcome dinner – overnight Budapest
BUDAPEST, source Todays Homepage
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DAY 2: BUDAPEST TWIN CITY

Budapest walking city tour – drive to Buda hill – afternoon at leisure – overnight Budapest
GRAZ, Popp Hackner
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DAY 3: BUDAPEST – TIHANY – HEVIZ

Depart Budapest – Tihany – Heviz – overnight Heviz
MARIBOR, source Matej Vranic
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DAY 4: HEVIZ – MARIBOR – LJUBLJANA

Depart Heviz – Maribor city tour – arrival to Ljubljana – Food & Wine city walk – overnight in Ljubljana
LAKE BLED, source Franci Ferjan
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DAY 5: LJUBLJANA – BLED – BOHINJ – LJUBLJANA

Vintgar gorge – Bled lake – Bled castle – Bohinj lake – lunch – overnight in Ljubljana
PREDJAMA CASTLE, source Bostjan Burger
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DAY 6: LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA CAVE – PREDJAMA CASTLE - LJUBLJANA

Postojna cave – Predjama castle – beer tasting and lunch – overnight in Ljubljana
PIRAN, source Ubald Trnkoczy
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DAY 7: LJUBLJANA – SKOCJAN CAVES – PIRAN - LJUBLJANA

Skocjan caves – lunch in Karst tavern – stud farm Lipica – coastal town of Piran – overnight in Ljubljana
ZAGREB, source In Your Pocket Guide
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DAY 8: LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA – ZAGREB, CROATIA

Depart Ljubljana to Zagreb – Zagreb city tour – funicular ride – overnight Zagreb
PLITVICE LAKES, source Kvarner-Express
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DAY 9: ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES – TROGIR

Depart Zagreb – Plitvice lakes hike – dinner – overnight Trogir
SPLIT, source Earth Trekker
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DAY 10: TROGIR – SPLIT – DUBROVNIK

Split city tour – Diocletian’s cellars – dinner– overnight Dubrovnik
DUBROVNIK, source Croatia.hr
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DAY 11: DUBROVNIK, PEARL OF ADRIATIC

Dubrovnik city tour – Franciscan monastery – panoramic drive above the old town – free afternoon – overnight Dubrovnik
MONTENEGRO, source Panoramio
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DAY 12: DUBROVNIK – (KOTOR, MONTENEGRO)

Optional Montenegro excursion – farewell drink – overnight Dubrovnik
STRADUN, source Croatia.hr
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DAY 13: DUBROVNIK – tour ends

Safe travels!

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Country: Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, (Montenegro)

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights

Type of Travel: escorted, with local guides

Group Size: maximum 8 (van), maximum 26 (public bus tour)

Recommended for: families with older children, couples, individuals, friends

Transportation: modern A/C van or tour bus

Inclusive: main entrance fees

Accommodation: 4* or 3* hotels

Meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, wine tasting, beer tasting

Physical Rating:     

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – tour starts

Welcome to Budapest, the capital of Hungary! ‘Few European cities can rival Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river. Its two sides, Buda and Pest, were separate cities until 1873, and they retain their own distinct identities, the former run through with ancient history, the latter noisier, earthier and more cosmopolitan. In Buda you’ll find royal palaces, Ottoman-era spas and wooded hills, while over in Pest you can pore over a clutch of fine museums, fantastic art nouveau buildings and a resurgent Jewish quarter.’, says The Guardian.
Upon arrival to your hotel some time to freshen up. In the evening meet your Tour guide at your hotel for orientation briefing, followed by a lovely welcome dinner.

Meals: dinner
Overnight: Budapest

DAY 2: BUDAPEST TWIN CITY

Start your day with a panoramic drive in Hungary’s lovely capital, UNESCO listed Budapest, featuring the historic Buda Castle District, where you can take a photo at Fisherman’s Bastion and the 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Cross Danube river, pass Hungarian State Opera House and the neo-classical structure of St. Stephen’s Basilica, one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest. Continue to Heroes’ Square. There you’ll see the impressive statues of Hungary’s most important national leaders. After taking a walk through the City Park, beloved by locals and visitors alike, you’ll come to the Vajdahunyad Castle, constructed in 1896 as part of the Millennial Exhibition, which celebrated 1,000 years since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin. Spend some time at Vaci Street, a strip well-known for its shops and trinkets. Maybe take a walk along the Danube Promenade, taking in the panorama of Gellert Hill and the Citadel, while snapping a photo of the Chain Bridge. Your local guide’s insight of the city and suggestions what to do in your free time will come in handy for afternoon/evening at leisure.

Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Budapest

DAY 3: BUDAPEST – TIHANY – HEVIZ

Depart from Budapest to Heviz with a stop at Tihany. Lake Balaton is the essence of Hungarian rural beauty. Hungary’s version of Provance. You will enjoy the scenic ride while passing tiny villages with century-old whitewashed houses and admire amazing formations of nature. Visit the pearl of Balaton, Tihany Peninsula. Thanks to the special attributes of its landscape, its geological specifics, its diverse flora and fauna, it was the first designated landscape protection area of the country. Visit Tihany Abbey, a Benedictine monastery established at Tihany in the Kingdom of Hungary almost 1000 years ago. Continue towards Heviz, your miniature spa paradise for the rest of the day. The town of Heviz is located near Lake Heviz, the world’s second-largest thermal lake. The water breaks out from a spring cave, with a temperature of 40 °C (104 °F) and even on the coldest winter days doesn’t drop below 24 °C (75 °F). That makes bathing in the lake possible year round. The lake’s healing properties have been well known for centuries, people lived here even at the end of the Stone Age, but foundations of bath culture were laid by the Romans in the 2nd century. The city and the bath began developing significantly in the 18th century, related to the Festetics family, who started scientific research about using the water for healing. Afternoon at leisure, perhaps try out the healing powers of thermal waters and later in the evening enjoy a lovely dinner at your hotel.

Meals: breakfast, dinner
Overnight: Heviz

DAY 4: HEVIZ – MARIBOR – LJUBLJANA

Depart from Graz to Ljubljana. Stop in Slovenia’s second largest city, Maribor; European Capital of Culture of 2012. Maribor is a home of the oldest – 400 years old – vine in the world. We will have a lovely stroll through this city of wine, friendly people, great sights and monuments before we get to our final destination of the tour – Ljubljana. Centrally located capital city of Slovenia has a feel of metropolis with small-town friendliness. With over 50,000 students it is a city with a young vibe and great respect for seniors. With over 10,000 cultural events that take place in the city every year, Ljubljana is called a city of culture. Boosting with a rich history; from the legacy of Roman Emona; through to the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau to modern Ljubljana that was shaped by the strong personal style of Jože Plečnik, it is also a home of one of the oldest philharmonic orchestra in the world. By arrival to Ljubljana, we take you on a culinary journey of Slovenian food and drinks. Our excellent graded Slovenian food & wine city walk in Ljubljana includes a selection of Slovenian typical dishes and wines. Along with tastings in different restaurants, we will visit Ljubljana’s best features like Plecnik’s Triple bridge, baroque St. Nicholas Cathedral, Renaissance City hall and Art Nouveau street. We will not let you leave hungry of food nor information.

Meals: breakfast, dinner (replaced by several tastings)
Overnight: Ljubljana

DAY 5: LJUBLJANA - BLED - BOHINJ - LJUBLJANA

Start your day excursion to the sunny side of the Julian Alps. Enjoy a picturesque hike in a 1,6 km/1 mi long Vintgar gorge* which carves its way through the vertical rocks and is graced with waterfalls, pools and rapids. A short bus ride brings us to the shores of the beautiful glacial lake of Bled surrounded by the Julian Alps. This place is a nature escape for those searching peace and fresh mountain air. To step back in time, we will visit a typical medieval gothic Bled castle built on 130 m/426 feet high cliff. Optional visit to the tiny island of Lake Bled in the middle of the lake is possible with a traditional wooden rowing boat called pletna. In the island’s church, you can ring a bell of wishes, a tradition, that is most possibly 500 years old. Let’s explore deeper in Triglav National Park and drive through picturesque alpine villages and pastures full of hayracks to the biggest Slovenian lake – Bohinj. Optional cable car ride to Mt. Vogel** where you will be rewarded with astonishing views of mountain peaks and lake Bohinj on your palm. If you decide to get a lift above the clouds, let us give you a hint: Lunch up there tastes even better!

Meals: buffet breakfast
Overnight: Ljubljana

*Vintgar gorge is open to visitors from Easter time until November 1st.
**Mount Vogel visit is weather permitted.

DAY 6: LJUBLJANA - POSTOJNA CAVE - PREDJAMA CASTLE - LJUBLJANA

Today we will take you to the home of baby dragons and knights. It sounds like a fairytale, right? Number one visited attraction in Slovenia is the Queen of the caves – Postojna cave. It is a system of chambers, halls and passages that you enter by open train which adds to the experience of depths and adventure. Countless stalagmite and stalactite formations are lit well enough even to take pictures. You will hear about Slovenia’s most unusual creature that we are fond of and call a human fish. A short drive away there is one of a kind, the Renaissance-style Predjama castle which has a reputation for being the most hunted castle in Europe. It is nestled in the mouth of a cave and is set within a 123-meter-tall (404 feet) rock face. Let us walk you through the story of chateau’s famous resident knight Erazem Lueger. Drive back to the capital to learn more about beer making in the city’s largest brewery and its museum and enjoy the best part of the process; beer tasting*. Traditional lunch that will compliment brewer’s nectar, is included in this beer experience.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and beer tasting
Overnight: Ljubljana

*for beer tasting you need to be minimum 18 years old. On Sundays and public holidays brewery is closed and will be replaced by tasting in suitable pub/bar.

DAY 7: LJUBLJANA – SKOCJAN CAVES – PIRAN - LJUBLJANA

Morning start to a place that looks like something out of The Lord of the Rings. Skocjan caves are a UNESCO protected site. The real attraction here is the largest underground cavern in all of Europe. What steals the show from other caves are spectacular views from many footbridges overlooking underground canyon and the underground river flowing inside the cave. As you walk along, you have to remind yourself that what you see is real. Lunch in traditional Karst tavern. On the way to the coast, we shortly stop in Lipica stud farm, home to almost 400 Lipizzaner horses, nourishing a tradition of over 400 years. Photo stop in the edge of Karst that offers views over Slovenian coast and Italian town of Trieste. On the coast is the town of Piran where Venetian Republic has left its legacy that one can feel in narrow winding streets, houses huddled close together, beautiful squares and churches. Enjoy some free time wandering around this well preserved medieval town with cafes and ‘gelaterias’ lined on the seaside promenade. Head back to Ljubljana and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Meals: breakfast, traditional Karst lunch
Overnight: Ljubljana

DAY 8: LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB, CROATIA

Morning departure from Ljubljana to Zagreb, Croatia. Drive through Dolenjska region in Slovenia towards Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city. Zagreb is a trendy city that has roots in Central European urban culture, enriched by Mediterranean and Balkan traditions. It is also a city of green parks and walks. Upon arrival to Zagreb, you will have an escorted city walk and see vibrant parts of the capital of Croatia; start at Zagreb’s central square ‘Trg Jelacica’, take the shortest city funicular in the world to reach Upper town where you can enjoy the views over Zagreb Lower town, stop at ‘Lotrscak Tower’ where a cannon is fired every day at noon, optional visit of rewarded Museum of broken relationships (an innovative concept that displays mementos of failed relationships and the stories that surround them) and/or Gallery of Naive Art, take a picture of Zagreb’s most photographed multi-colored tile roof of St Mark’s church, pass Parliament ‘Sabor’ and presidential palace ‘Ban’s palace’, stop to see people praying in front of the shrine of Virgin Mary at Stone Gate, walk on Tkalciceva street filled with little cafes that could only be described as ‘bohemian’, visit fruit and vegetable market at ‘Dolac’, enter Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary whose spires are visible from afar and complete the circle. After city walk, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Suggestions and pointers will be given to you by your guide: take a walk at Esplanade Park, enter some of the many museums, buy flowers at the flower market, have lunch in numerous restaurants and taverns, shop your way around the city and enjoy yourself.

Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Zagreb

DAY 9: ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES – TROGIR

Depart from Zagreb to Split. Stop at Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of Europe’s great natural wonders, for a beautiful 3-4-hour experience in nature. Zig-zagging timber footbridges will lead you through the blue-green beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnected lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primaeval forest. Complete the experience with a short cruise that takes you into the heart of this natural wonder. The green forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters. Witness a dramatic change in landscape, as you travel through Mediterranean olive groves on your way to a historic town of Trogir. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Little Venice of Dalmatia or The Stone Beauty – Trogir, is a remarkable example of urban continuity. First settlement dates back to the Ancient Greek period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. Enjoy a stroll in the old town before dinner.

Meals: breakfast, dinner
Overnight: Trogir

DAY 10: TROGIR - SPLIT – DUBROVNIK

Depart from Trogir to Dubrovnik. Start your day with a guided tour of Split, explore ancient streets of former Diocletian’s palace, now a lively residential area one simply cannot imagine before seeing it. One of the most significant Late-Roman historical monuments is listed on a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your local guide will take you to some places you might saw in a fantasy drama, Game of Thrones. Explore the underground substructure of Diocletian’s palace to understand the magnificence of this ancient building. No visit to Split can be accomplished without a visit to its green market or Pazar, as locals call it. It is one of the town’s iconic spots, an excellent place to explore and to blend with locals. Early afternoon departure to Dubrovnik. Scenic road from Split to Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful stretches of land in the Mediterranean. It’s comparable to the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Arrival to Dubrovnik, dinner and time to relax.

Meals: breakfast, dinner
Overnight: Dubrovnik

DAY 11: DUBROVNIK, PEARL OF ADRIATIC

Morning tour of the walled town of Dubrovnik, ‘paradise on earth’ according to George Bernard Shaw. Join a walking exploration of the “Old Dubrovnik,” a UNESCO World Heritage site, guided by a Local guide. Get a glimpse into local life, as you explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th-century bastions of the Old Town. Walk past Onofrio’s Fountain, visit the Franciscan Monastery, where Europe’s oldest pharmacy lies, admire Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral, many museums and perhaps ascend on top of the City Walls to see town’s hidden spots. The medieval fortress makes for a memorable workout. The stone ramparts, gates, bastions, forts, and towers that they connect span nearly 2 km/1.2 miles. From every point, the walls give visitors a glimpse into the city’s construction and centuries of defence. Afternoon is at leisure or maybe hop on a cruise around the mighty walls of the old town.

Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Dubrovnik

Day 12: DUBROVNIK – (KOTOR, MONTENEGRO)

Spend the day at leisure or enjoy an optional visit to Montenegro. Your chosen excursion sees you journeying along the coast and cross the border to Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor (or “the Boka”); once known as Europe’s southernmost fjord, it is actually a ria (a long, narrow inlet). Your guide will introduce you to the region’s many legends and stories. Before arriving at the very end of Boka Bay, stop at the town of Perast to take a short cruise to the island, where a beautiful Catholic church, Our Lady of the Rocks, sits. Island’s local guides will share with you stories of the former glory and wealth that seamen brought from far away seas to the town of Perast. Continue along the bay, to many a photographer’s dreams, to the pretty port town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy orientation walk and free time before returning back to Dubrovnik. Since this is our last evening together on a tour, we will raise our glasses over a farewell drink to wish each other ‘Safe travels’!

Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Dubrovnik

DAY 13: DUBROVNIK – tour ends

Safe travels!

Meals: breakfast or breakfast box (depends of your check out)
Note: If you need a transfer to the airport or want to continue with extension travel to neighboring countries, let us know – we will handle everything for you.

PRICE

NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRAVELLINGPRICE PER PERSON IN EUR
17800 €
24600 €
33600 €
43100 €
52750 €
62550 €
72400 €
82300 €

Included in the price: 

  • Small groups of maximum 8 travellers
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 12 nights First Class accommodation (2 nights in Budapest, 1 night in Heviz, 4 nights in Ljubljana, 1 night in Zagreb, 1 night in Trogir, 3 nights in Dubrovnik)
  • City hotel taxes, tourist taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners; including welcome dinner in Budapest and Slovenian food & wine city walk in Ljubljana with 5 food tastings and 4 different wines, wine tasting, beer tasting
  • Entrance fees: Tihany Abbey, Vintgar gorge, Bled castle, Postojna cave, Predjama castle, Brewery museum*, Skocjan caves, funicular in Zagreb, National Park Plitvice Lakes, Diocletian’s cellars, Franciscan Monastery
  • Services of local English-speaking tour guide throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing
  • Active itinerary with unique features

*Brewery museum is closed on Sundays and public holidays and will be replaced by suitable pub/bar

Not included in the price (private van tour): 

  • Transfer from/to the airport (from 29 EUR per person one way)
  • Everything that is not listed in the ‘Included in the price’ sector
  • Personal expenses (meals, drinks, shopping etc.)
  • Gratuities
  • Supplement for single room from 773 EUR (per person per tour)

Pick up: 

By itinerary in the program.

Accommodation: 

  • Budapest: NH Budapest city 4* or similar
  • Heviz: Palace Hotel Hévíz 4* or similar
  • Ljubljana: Central Hotel 4* or Hotel Galleria 4* or Allegro Hotel 4* or similar
  • Zagreb: Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria 4*, Hotel Dubrovnik 4*, Hotel 9 4* or similar
  • Trogir: Hotel Vila Sikaa 4*, Hotel Trogir Palace 4* or similar
  • Dubrovnik: Hotel Uvala 4*, Hotel Adria 4*, Hotel Zagreb 3*, Hotel Aquarius 3* or similar

Note: 5* star hotels upon request

 

 

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Included in the price: 

  • Small groups of maximum 26 travellers
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 12 nights First Class accommodation (2 nights in Budapest, 1 night in Heviz, 4 nights in Ljubljana, 1 night in Zagreb, 1 night in Trogir, 3 nights in Dubrovnik)
  • City hotel taxes, tourist taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners; including welcome dinner in Budapest and Slovenian food & wine city walk in Ljubljana with 5 food tastings and 4 different wines, wine tasting, beer tasting
  • Entrance fees: Tihany Abbey, Vintgar gorge, Bled castle, Postojna cave, Predjama castle, Brewery museum*, Skocjan caves, funicular in Zagreb, National Park Plitvice Lakes, Diocletian’s cellars, Franciscan Monastery
  • Services of local English-speaking tour guide throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing
  • Active itinerary with unique features

*Brewery museum is closed on Sundays and public holidays and will be replaced by suitable pub/bar or other brewery

Not included in the price: 

  • Transfer from/to the airport (from 29 EUR per person one way)
  • Everything that is not listed in the ‘Included in the price’ sector
  • Personal expenses (meals, drinks, shopping etc.)
  • Gratuities
  • Supplement for single room from 773 EUR (per person per tour)

Pick up: 

By itinerary in the program.

Accommodation: 

  • Budapest: NH Budapest city 4* or similar
  • Heviz: Palace Hotel Hévíz 4* or similar
  • Ljubljana: Central Hotel 4* or Hotel Galleria 4* or Allegro Hotel 4* or similar
  • Zagreb: Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria 4*, Hotel Dubrovnik 4*, Hotel 9 4* or similar
  • Trogir: Hotel Vila Sikaa 4*, Hotel Trogir Palace 4* or similar
  • Dubrovnik: Hotel Uvala 4*, Hotel Adria 4*, Hotel Zagreb 3*, Hotel Aquarius 3* or similar

Note: 5* star hotels upon request

 

 

You are welcome to contact us.

We are flexible in adjusting program to your needs.
Suggestions: traditional meals, wine tastings, visit of museums, sports activities, hikes etc.

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