15 days - Best of Croatia and the East Europe

The extraordinary landscapes of Plitvice National Park, Croatia

Route

A MunichB LjubljanaC Plitvička jezeraD DubrovnikE SarajevoF BGG BpH DunajI Praga

Day 1: Munich

The first day of the tour is our arrivals day. Meet your fellow travellers, and depending on what time you arrive, head into Munich and see the sights ahead of the start of your tour. A city that exhibits both prosperity and a certain amount of comfort and cosiness, Munich’s apparent contradictions will delight the avid explorer. Along with modern high-powered industry, designer shopping districts and sleek BMWs, you’ll find a wealth of cultural hotspots in Munich. Even with all its smart sophistication, Munich has a certain charm that visitors find irresistible. Tonight, meet your fellow explorers and get to know them over a stein as we take you to a traditional German beer hall for dinner and to get a taste of German culture. Prost!
Private airport transfer. Dinner. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 2: Munich - Ljubljana

Heading for the Slovenian capital, we stop at Salzburg on the way for a comfort stop. Featuring gorgeous architecture, a formidable cliff-top fortress and imposing cliffs in the distance, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in a fairy tale. This was also Mozart’s home-town – see if a little of the genius rubs off! We also stop at Lake Bled for a photo stop. The lake is situated in the Julian Alps and surrounds Bled Island in the middle of the lake, and is overlooked by the medieval Bled Castle on the north shore. On arrival in Ljubljana, we’ll have a walking tour of this little gem of a city. Despite its small size, you’re sure to be entranced by the beauty of this city, which features a wealth of cultures, activities and sights. Ljubljana Castle overlooks the city, and dates back to the 16th Century. Tonight, after dinner, explore a little more and take advantage of the fact that pretty much everything is just a stroll away!
Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 3: Plitvice NP

Today, you will be treated to some of the most picturesque natural landscapes, in the whole of Europe as we’re off to Croatia, visiting the world-famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. Stroll along the boardwalks and marvel at the incredible natural scenery of Croatia’s largest national park. Filled with waterfalls, lush vegetation and countless lakes, this is one of the most beautiful stops on the tour, so keep your cameras handy! Once we’ve got an eyeful, and a full camera-load of shots, we take you to your hotel in Split. After dinner, you can take a stroll around this historic town, including the sprawling Diocletian’s Palace complex.
Breakfast

 

Day 4: Dubrovnik

Heading south, we make our way to the walled city of Dubrovnik. This is a city that’s always buzzing, with just the right mix of modern delights and traditional attractions. Once we reach Dubrovnik, a local tour guide awaits to take you on a walking guided tour of the old town. You will be acquainted with this stunning walled city, with a maritime history dating back to the Middle Ages. The city is a tapestry of spectacular architecture - including churches, monasteries, fountains and museums. Learn about the city’s history, stroll the marble streets, take a walk along the ancient city walls or try one of the many charming restaurants. You have plenty of time to explore, so don’t rush - you have a full free day tomorrow.
Breakfast

 

Day 5: Dubrovnik-(free day)

Take the time to explore the city further - with most of the main attractions located within the city walls in the ‘old town’, it is very easy to plan your day and navigate the streets. Want the best views of the ‘old town’ and islands? Catch the cable car to the top of Mount Srdj and enjoy! It is highly recommended for a scenic sunset photo or two. Visit one of the city’s many museums, the Maritime Museum is one of the most popular, or maybe just browse the shops and make a few purchases particularly in the traditional jewellery shops where you can find unique handmade silver or gold jewellery. For those who really want to explore further afield, you can choose our optional excursion to Montenegro! Take a full day to experience one of Europe’s lesser-visited gems. Discover the natural beauty and rich history as we drive through charming countryside to the UNESCO Heritage listed town of Kotor. The old port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period, and is a picturesque Mediterranean landscape. This day trip also includes photo stops at Verige and Perast, and a stop at the picturesque coastal town of Budva. When we return to Dubrovnik, finish off your day with a sunset drink at one of the many bars that offer stunning views of the city.
Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 6: Dubrovnik - Sarajevo

Leaving Dubrovnik behind, we travel on to Sarajevo, stopping on the way in the enchanting Balkan town of Mostar. Mostar is an enchanting and historical place, which offers a splattering of numerous religious buildings and churches, and a vast collection of Roman, Greek, Croatian and Ottoman influences. Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and has returned from the brink of destruction in the 90s, becoming famed for its East-meets-West atmosphere. Learn all about the city’s troubled past in a walking tour of this fascinating city.
Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 7: Sarajevo - Belgrade

Saying goodbye to Sarajevo, we make our way to the Serbian capital of Belgrade. We will enjoy a tour of the city with a local guide, who will introduce us to the city's highlights, including Republic Square, Bohemian Quarter (Skadarlija), Kalemegdan park and Belgrade fortress. A fascinating place, Belgrade radiates gritty exuberance in its many architectural contrasts with socialist blocks set amongst more grandiose buildings. Belgrade is where the Sava River meets the Danube. Knez Mihailova (Prince Mihailo Street) is a pedestrian street with historical buildings on either side, with many grand coffee houses, and is protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable landmarks of the city.
Breakfast

 

Day 8: Belgrade - Budapest

Stopping off in Novi Sad – which boasts all the best bits and none of the stress of larger cities in Serbia – we travel onward to Budapest. Blessed with natural beauty (it straddles the Danube River) as well as baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture, this is a city to behold. Get a good overview of it all with our Budapest driving tour on arrival. Starting on the Pest side of the Danube, head across the river and stop at the Fisherman’s Bastion for spectacular views of the city and the river below. See the Houses of Parliament and drive along the river admiring the city – take note of spots to revisit tomorrow on your free day.
Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 9: Budapest (free day)

With traces of the past evident in the interesting and unusual details, this is your chance to get up close and personal with Budapest. Look out for remnants of the conflicts of WWII and the uprising of 1956, try Hungarian cuisine (so much more to it than just goulash), sample world-renowned wines, and soak your weary rambler’s bones in one of the city’s bath-houses – something Budapest has been known for since the Roman times, with some 123 thermal and 400 mineral springs from 14 different sources. Then, maybe catch the sunset with an evening stroll along the Danube.
Breakfast

 

Day 10: Budapest - Vienna

Leaving Budapest behind, we head for the grandeur of Vienna, stopping for a comfort stop in Bratislava (Slovakia). On arrival in Vienna we’ll take a driving tour of the city – which ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Few cities can show off such cultural and historical splendour and maintain a profile as an exciting, modern city, but Vienna does it well. Along with a musical past that includes luminaries like Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, and artworks by masters like Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka, Vienna has a buzzing modern culinary scene, cheerful, bustling pubs and bars, and a host of clubs and music venues in which to dance the night away.
Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 11: Vienna - Prague

On the way to Prague today, we will be visiting Mauthausen concentration camp, where we’ll learn about a darker chapter in Europe’s history. A labour camp during the Second World War, this was where hundreds of thousands of political prisoners lost their lives. We’ll also take a comfort stop in Český Krumlov. Blessed with a spectacular castle and a wealth of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, Český Krumlov is often thought of as a sort of mini-Prague. On arrival in Prague, we’ll take a walking tour of this incredible city, which since freeing itself from communism has joined other European jewels like Paris, Rome and Amsterdam to take its place as one of Europe’s most fascinating destinations. Famous for its art, architecture, cobbled lanes and ancient chapels, this is also home to some of Europe’s finest beer. Your local tour guide will proudly escort you through the historic streets, pointing out the features of the ‘Old Town’, Primatial Palace, Slovak National Theatre and the Main Square. For dinner, experience authentic Czech cuisine at our local restaurant on your first night in Prague.
Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 12: Prague (free day)

Today, take the time to explore, perhaps revisiting some of the sights you saw on your walking tour. Sample the local cuisine (including the much-lauded and hugely varied beers), visit art galleries, admire the weird and witty sculpture that adorns the city’s public spaces, and marvel at the soaring gothic and baroque architecture. Highlights of the day might include the majestic Prague Castle, the famous Charles Bridge, the ‘Old Town’ and the Jewish Quarter. The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square is a ‘must see’ - the intricate puppetry and show performed on the hour draws hundreds of people throughout the day and night. For those who wish to put your stamp on the city, visit legendary Lennon wall - a tribute to John Lennon and words of peace, which is added to on a daily basis by the thousands of visitors to the city.
Breakfast

 

Day 13: Prague - Munich

On our way back to Munich, we take a comfort stop in Nuremberg. Bavaria’s second-largest city, you’ll find incredible architecture here, painstakingly restored using original stone after the bombings of the Second World War. Your last night of the tour sees you back in Munich for you to enjoy as you see fit. Relax in your hotel, get together with your new-found friends from the tour for a farewell dinner, or maybe revisit one of the beer halls that welcomed you so warmly at the beginning of your adventure.
Breakfast

 

Day 14: Free day in Munich

Spend your day shopping around Mariahilf street or one of the major department stores. If you are after bargains head to Ingolstadt Village Outlet mall with more than 110 brand stores with savings of up to 60% off the regular prices. Alternatively you can also take one of our optional tours and spend your day exploring Munich and its vicinity.
Breakfast, overnight accommodation.

 

Day 15: Aufwiedersehen.

After breakfast get ready for your private transfer to Munich airport for your flight back home. In case your departure time is in the afternoon or evening you can continue shopping or take one of our half day optional tours before heading to the airport.
Breakfast. Private transfer to the airport.

 

What's Included:

• 14 night’s accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
• 14 Breakfasts, 7 dinners.
• 11 Included Experiences, (including guided walks, orientation walks, driving tours of certain regions.)
• Free Wi-Fi in hotels
• Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
• Return private airport transfer on the first and the last day.
• Services of your tour leader from day 1 till day 13 who will be on hand with advice and tips and ensure that you get the most from your trip.
• All taxes and fees
• Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days and arrival and departure days).
• A complimentary memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

MUNICH

Hotel Dolomit, Munich
B&B Munich City West, Munich

 

LJUBLJANA

Hotel Park
M Hotel 
City Hotel

 

SPLIT

Hotel Dujam, Split

 

DUBROVNIK

Hotel Adriatic, Dubrovnik

 

SARAJEVO

Hotel Grand

 

BELGRADE

Hotel Park Belgrade

 

BUDAPEST

Ibis Budapest City

 

VIENNA

Ibis Wien Messe
Ibis Budget Wien
Renator Hotel
Senator Hotel
Ibis Budget Wien St Marx

 

PRAGUE

Ibis Mala Strana
Charles Central Hotel
Hotel Adeba
Hotel Duo
Hotel Krystal