This incredible vacation begins with two overnights in Vienna, once the center of the Habsburg Empire. Head across scenic Semmering Pass, through Styria and Carinthia, and via the Alps to Ljubljana in Slovenia. Continue to the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and overnight in Split, with a visit to 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace, then cross into Bosnia-Herzegovina to visit the pilgrimage town of Medjugorje. In Dubrovnik, admire the impressive Crusade-era ramparts before continuing to picturesque Plitvice National Park. North to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, then enter Hungary with a stop at beautiful Lake Balaton and two nights in cosmopolitan Budapest.Book Now Ask a Question
VIENNA, AUSTRIA Arrival to hotel and free time to rest or to explore the city. Dinner and overnight.
Morning sightseeing starts with vistas of Prater Park with its giant Ferris wheel and the United Nations City on the banks of the Danube River. Then, drive along Ring Boulevard, pass the State Opera House and the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian Imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz, and visit St. Stephen’s cathedral. An optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace and an evening out to one of Vienna’s concert halls can be arranged.
VIENNA – LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
Scenic Semmering Pass, stately Styrian crossroads towns, and Carinthian lakes and resorts provide the ever-changing Alpine backdrop to today’s journey through the loveliest parts of Austria to Slovenia and its elegant capital, Ljubljana. Sightseeing features of the medieval castle, the impressive City Hall, and a visit to magnificent St. Nicolas cathedral.
Enjoy a full day at leisure. There is plenty of time to explore at your own pace, and to stroll along the Ljubljanica River or through the many attractive parks. An optional excursion to Lake Bled is available
LJUBLJANA – SPLIT, CROATIA Enter Croatia and travel south to the Dalmatian Coast and Split, the ancient Spalato. During your guided walking tour, learn about the history of this captivating resort and visit the labyrinth of 4th-century Diocletian’s palace, a well-preserved fortress and a living part of the Old Town.
SPLIT – MEĐUGORJE, BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA – DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
This morning, enter Bosnia and Herzegovina and stop for lunch in Međugorje, a famous pilgrimage town. Re-enter Croatia and admire stunning seascapes as you drive along the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dubrovnik, beautifully situated on a promontory jutting into the Adriatic Sea, was once an independent maritime republic rivaling Venice. Enjoy a walking tour and see the impressive ramparts, erected during the Crusades to protect the town against land attacks, and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. You will also visit the 15th-century Rector’s palace. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
A full day on your own to just relax or choose one of the interesting local excursions.
Enjoy a pleasant drive north through the Croatian countryside to Plitvice for your overnight stay
PLITVICE – ZAGREB
Time to soak in the pure beauty of the national park, famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and forests. Then, head for Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Meet your Local Guide and start your afternoon sightseeing, which features all important landmarks of the Lower and medieval Upper Town, such as the Parliament, Stone Gate, the Archbishop’s Palace, and more, plus a visit to the majestic cathedral.
Time to soak in the pure beauty of the national park, famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and forests. Then, head for Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Meet your Local Guide and start your afternoon sightseeing, which features all important landmarks of the Lower and medieval Upper Town, such as the Parliament, Stone Gate, the Archbishop’s Palace, and more, plus a visit to the majestic cathedral
ZAGREB – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
A whole day to explore the city on your own: wander through the main center and browse through the shops or visit one of the excellent museums and art galleries. Ask for suggestions for exciting optional activities. Tonight is your chance to try out traditional dishes in one of Zagreb’s fine restaurants
Morning sightseeing of elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century Matthias coronation church and Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is at leisure.
After breakfast, preparations for the trip home
Services: Overnight with breakfast in Vienna, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Plitvice, Zagreb and Budapest. Guided tours in Vienna, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Budapest. Entrance and guided tour of Plitvice lakes national park including electric boat and train rides. Visit of Međugorje and Abbey of Tihany.