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The Great Balkan Fairytale from Ljubljana

Zagreb, Croatia

Small Group Tour Details

Visit: Ljubljana, Bled, Postojna, Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Sremski Karlovci, Novi Sad, Budapest, Timisoara, Hunedoara, Alba Iulia, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Targu Mures, Bucovina, Brasov, Bran, Sinaia, Bucharest

Day 1: Ljubljana

Upon arrival to Venice, Trieste or Ljubljana airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore at your own pace.

Day 2: Ljubljana

This morning, we will first head to Bled, beautifully set in the Julian Alps. A sightseeing tour of Bled features the charming town, the lakeshore and a visit to the imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. After the visit of Bled return to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, for a walking tour. See the sights of the old city centre, including the picturesque open-air Central Market, Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall and Robba's Fountain.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Ljubljana - Postojna - Zagreb

After breakfast, we head to Postojna, home to one of the largest caves in Europe, Postojna Cave. Tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, continue to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Zagreb

This morning enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is free to explore the winding streets of the Old Town.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Zagreb - Plitvice - Split

Travel to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Then we continue our journey to Split.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Split

Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Finally, see the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Split - Korčula

This morning is free at leisure for you to do some last minute exploring, shopping or relaxing in Split. In the afternoon, we head to the island of Korčula. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. After check-in, there will be some free time to enjoy this beautiful island.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Korčula - Dubrovnik

The beautiful medieval town of Korčula has streets arranged in the shape of a fish bone, which ensures the flow of fresh air and protects from strong winds. According to legend, the famous adventurer Marco Polo was born here. After the visit, head to Dubrovnik.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Dubrovnik

Start the day with a walking tour of Old Dubrovnik this morning. Visit the Rector's Palace and see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and Sponza Palace. Next, see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, enjoy the picturesque setting, shop or simply relax.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Dubrovnik - Mostar

Today, we continue our trip towards Mostar. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva in the medieval times. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Mostar - Sarajevo

Travel to Sarajevo, the capital of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city of Sarajevo has been influenced by several cultures and civilizations over its long history. On your city tour, visit the Turkish Bazaar Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, the Olympic Stadium and Gavrilo Princip Museum.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Sarajevo - Belgrade

Today we depart Sarajevo and travel to Belgrade, Serbia. upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Belgrade

With a history dating back more than 7,000 years, Belgrade is a fascinating city to visit. Your morning sightseeing tour includes the city's main attractions: the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically situated at the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers; Republic Square and Mihajlova Street; Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city; and Tito's Memorial. The afternoon is free.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Belgrade

In the morning, depart for Sremski Karlovci, the museum city that was the centre of culture and religion in Serbia during the 18th and 19th centuries. After a short stop with a wine degustation included, we continue to Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina. It is the administrative, economic, cultural and university centre of the region, which also has the well-preserved Petrovaradin Fortress that faces the city from the other side of the Danube. Return to Belgrade.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Belgrade - Budapest

Today we travel to Hungary and the capital city of Budapest. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel before enjoying some free time.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Budapest

In 1873, the twin cities of Buda and Pest joined with ancient Obuda to form a new, unified city, Budapest. Charming and beautiful, the city was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. Your morning sightseeing tour includes views of all the main attractions: The Parliament, Royal Palace and the Castle Hill area, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes' Square and Gellert Hill with its Citadel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this exciting city on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 17: Budapest - Timisoara

In the morning, depart for Timisoara. Romania’s third largest city (after Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca) is also one of the country's most attractive urban areas, built around a series of beautifully restored public squares and lavish parks and gardens. With western Romania's nicest hotels and finest restaurants, it makes a perfect base for exploring the Banat region.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Timisoara - Hunedoara - Alba Iulia - Sibiu

In the morning we travel to Hunedoara, where iron has been extracted since the Iron Age. One of its most memorable buildings is the Corvin Castle, a fine example of secular Gothic architecture with spiky, spooky fantasy topped with asymmetrical pointed towers and turrets. Continue to the city of Alba Iulia, a symbol of national unity in Romania. Built on 13th century foundations, the imposing Habsburg citadel is star-shaped with seven bastions and successive walls. Head to Sibiu for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 19: Sibiu

Morning free at leisure. In the afternoon we take a panoramic walk through the city of Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and bears a strong resemblance to a southern German or Austrian town. The old city centre has retained a largely Saxon aspect and managed to fuse the Middle Ages with the new.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 20: Sibiu - Sighisoara - Targu Mures

Today, we travel first to the picturesque city of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Dracula. It is the only inhabited fortified citadel in Romania and is an enchanting city of sloping roofs, pastel facades and cobbled streets. We continue to Targu Mures.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 21: Targu Mures - Piatra Neamt

Targu Mures remains a noticeably Hungarian town. Dating back at least to the 14th century it has long been an important commercial and academic centre. After the visit that includes the Palace of Culture, we continue to Piatra Neamt through the Bicaz Gorge, the largest gorge in Romania, admiring the beauty of the landscape, the Red Lake and its hill station.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 22: Piatra Neamt - Bucovina - Piatra Neamt

Depart to the Bucovina region to visit its monasteries, the most representative monuments of Moldovan art. Declared a World Heritage Site, these monasteries are one of the most important legacies of Byzantine art in the world, in which their brightly coloured interior and exterior fresco paintings stand out. Visit of the Monasteries of Sucevita and the black pottery workshops of Marginea. In the afternoon, visit the Voronet Monastery, considered the best architectural and pictorial example in the region, called the "Sistine Chapel" in the East. Return to Piatra Neamt.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 23: Piatra Neamt - Brasov

In the morning, we depart Piatra Neamt and travel south to Brasov. Arrival in the afternoon, followed by a tour of the fascinating medieval city of Brasov. Visit the old town and see the exterior of the Black Church, the most representative Gothic monument in Romania.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 24: Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest

Continuation towards the town of Bran. Visit of its famous Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. In the afternoon arrival in the city of Sinaia, known as "the pearl of the Carpathians" because of its beauty. In the afternoon, we will visit the wonderful Peles Palace, the former summer residence and retreat place of the royal family, built in the second half of the 19th century by the first King of Romania, Carlos I.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 25: Bucharest

We will get to know the Romanian capital, once known under the nickname "Little Paris". The visit will take us to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the Military Club of the Nation, the Military Academy and the Arc de Triomphe. Bucharest is Romania's capital and largest city, as well as the most important industrial and commercial centre of the country. With 2 million inhabitants in the city proper and more than 2.4 million in the urban area, Bucharest is one of the largest cities in Southeastern Europe.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 26: Bucharest

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Arport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes:

  • 25 nights' Accommodation in 4* and 5* hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Airport transfers
  • Professional English speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Licensed local guides
  • Entrance fees included: Bled Castle, Postojna Cave, Zagreb Cathedral, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Diocletian's Palace, Rector's Palace, Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, Gavrilo Princip Museum, Kalemegdan Fortress, wine degustation, Petrovaradin Fortress, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Corvin Castle, Palace of Culture, Monasteries of Sucevita, black pottery workshops of Marginea, Voronet Monastery, Dracula's Castle, Peles Palace
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Service charges and hotel taxes

 

Sightseeing Tours Included:

  • Ljubljana
  • Bled (Bled Castle)
  • Postojna (Postojna Cave)
  • Zagreb (Cathedral)
  • Plitvice (Plitvice Lakes National Park)
  • Split (Diocletian’s Palace)
  • Korčula
  • Dubrovnik (Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery)
  • Mostar
  • Sarajevo (Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, Gavrilo Princip Museum)
  • Belgrade (Kalemegdan)
  • Sremski Karlovci (wine degustation)
  • Novi Sad (Petrovaradin Fortress)
  • Budapest (Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church)
  • Timisoara
  • Hunedoara (Corvin Castle)
  • Alba Iulia
  • Sibiu
  • Sighisoara
  • Targu Mures (Palace of Culture)
  • Painted Monasteries of Bucovina (Sucevita and Voronet Monasteries, Ceramica neagra Marginea)
  • Brasov
  • Bran (Dracula’s Castle)
  • Sinaia (Peles Palace)
  • Bucharest

Not Inlcuded:

  • Hotel extras /telephone, mini bar, etc
  • Additional meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa procurement

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Ljubljana: Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza 4* 
  • Zagreb: Hotel Westin 5* / Sheraton 5* / Dubrovnik 4* 
  • Split: Hotel Briig 4* 
  • Korčula: Hotel Liburna 4* / Marko Polo 4* 
  • Dubrovnik: Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* / Argosy 4* 
  • Mostar: Hotel Mepas 5* / Eden 4* 
  • Sarajevo: Hotel Europe 5* / Radon Plaza 5* 
  • Belgrade: Hotel Moskva 5* / Hotel Prag 4* 
  • Budapest: Hotel Lion’s Garden 4* 
  • Timisoara: Hotel Continental 4* 
  • Sibiu: Hotel Continental Forum 4* 
  • Targu Mures: Hotel Continental Forum 4* 
  • Piatra Neamt: Hotel Central Plaza 4* 
  • Brasov: Hotel Aro Palace 5* / Ambient 4* 
  • Bucharest: Hotel Capitol 4* 

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (km)

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