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2019 Dalmatian Rhapsody

Have the trip of a lifetime & take in some of the most popular and spectacular sights in south-eastern Europe, in the ultimate tour & cruise holiday.

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Tour Overview

Our 2019 “Dalmatian Rhapsody” takes in some of the most popular and spectacular sights in south-eastern Europe! Visiting stunning Slovenia, Croatia and its beautiful islands, Bosnia and Hercegovina and even Montenegro, we see iconic sites such as majestic Lake Bled, the beautiful Plitvice Lakes and the old Roman city of Split. We also take a relaxing mini-cruise on the serene turquoise waters of the Adriatic through the Croatian Islands on our beautifully appointed mini-cruise boat for seven days.

Visiting famed Croatian islands such as Hvar, Vis, Korcula and Mljet we take in the cuisine, culture and even the famed Croatian wine of these beautiful islands while enjoying the relaxed pace of a cruising holiday. Many swimming opportunities along the way in the crystal clear waters or sunbathing on the top deck of our well-appointed mini-cruise boat complete with dining and bar facilities. We have two nights in beautiful and historic Dubrovnik and two nights in the latest jewel of the Adriatic, Montenegro with its majestic fjord at Kotor and beachside resort of Budva as well as fascinating stops in Mostar and two nights in Sarajevo in Bosina and Hercegovina. our Dalmatian Rhapsody is the ultimate “tour and cruise” holiday in this spectacular part of Europe!

Highlights (20 days Ljubljana to Zagreb)

  • Welcome Dinner in Ljubljana Castle including return funicular ride
  • Ljubljana site-seeing tour w/local guide
  • Day trip to Lake Bled and Bohinj incl. traditional “pletna” boat to Bled island and Cable Car to Mt Vogel
  • Visit to Bled Castle with local guide
  • UNESCO listed Postojne Caves visit and guided tour
  • UNESCO Plitvice Lakes visit with local guide
  • Split walking tour of Old Town and “Diocletian’s Palace”
  • Highlight “konoba” dinner in Split
  • 7-day mini-cruise including 7 breakfasts and lunches on board
  • “Blue Cave” entry on island of Bisevo (weather permitting)
  • Walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town with specialist local guide
  • Visits to Perast, it’s island and Kotor town on Bay of Kotor and highlight lunch
  • Budva walking tour of Old Town with local guide
  • Visit to Sveti Stefan
  • Highlight Dinner in Budva
  • Cable Car and Homeland War Museum in Dubrovnik
  • Highlight Dubrovnik Dinner
  • Walking tour of Mostar with local guide including the Old Bridge
  • Tito’s “D Bunker” visit outside Sarajevo
  • City tours of Sarajevo (including Tunnel Museum) and Zagreb with local guides
  • Highlight Bosnian Dinner with local entertainment
  • Visit to Kumrovec visit and Highlight lunch in Gresna Gorica

Other Inclusions

  • Drives through Slovenian, Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovinian country-sides
  • Spectacular Bay of Kotor drive in Montenegro
  • Visit to Trogir
  • Group photo (one per couple/single)
  • Hotel porterage
  • Mini-Cruise port taxes
  • All tips to Tour Director, Tour Driver, hotels and Mini- Cruise Crew

Highlights (4 day Budapest Extension)

  • Danube River Highlight Dinner Cruise
  • Budapest City Tour with local guide incl. Heroes’ Square, Pest, Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion visits
  • Parliament House guided visit
  • Highlight Final Dinner

Other Inclusions

  • Visit to Tihany on Lake Balaton
  • Drive through Hungarian countryside
  • Hotel porterage
  • All tips to Tour Director, Tour Driver, hotels

Tour Pace

Plenty of relaxing two night stopovers and a stunning 7-night cruise through the Croatian islands ensure that this is definitely more like a relaxing “holiday” than a fast-paced “tour”! For those joining the relaxing, three-night extension in Budapest, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the major highlights of the city as well as free-time to shop, explore or head to the famed thermal baths of this beautiful city.

We have many city and village walking tours as well as visits to sites such as Plitvice lakes and Bled Island. These require a certain amount of fitness and ability to walk up stairs and pathways (i.e. Bled Island 99 steps, Plitvice lakes ~2hour walk on paths etc).

QUICK FACTS

DURATION

20 or 23 Days

COUNTRIES

Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Hercegovina and Optional Hungary Extension

DEPARTURES

20th August, 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

PRICING

20 Day Ljubljana to Zagreb trip:                AU$9,990 pp twin share

(Please contact us for Single Supplement Pricing and options)

Budapest 4-day extension:                           AU$1,950 pp twin share

Single Supplement Budapest Extension: AU$575

TOUR MAP

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 / ARRIVE LJUBLJANA

Welcome to Ljubljana!
After making your own way to and checking into our central 4 star tour hotel, you’ve time to relax and settle in. Later this afternoon we enjoy a Welcome Drink and tour briefing at our hotel. We then head out for an orientation tour of Slovenia’s beautiful capital city. Afterwards we enjoy an included local highlight meal up in the Ljubljana Castle to settle into our 20 or 23 day adventure! (HD)

Day 2 / LAKE BLED EXCURSION and BOHINJ DAY TRIP

This morning we travel by coach to the most visited and photographed site in Slovenia, stunning Lake Bled. We use the traditional “pletna” boats to visit the pretty little island in the lake, the most picturesque place in Slovenia! Afterwards a visit to the stunning Bled castle for spectacular views over the lake and Julian Alps before perhaps trying “kremna rezina”, the best vanilla slice in the world! We then travel to nearby Bohinj to take the spectacular cable-car ride up Mt Siklav for breathtaking views of the Slovenian Alps. Upon returning to Ljubljana, free time to explore this beautiful charming capitol. (B)

Day 3 / LJUBLJANA to PLITVICE LAKES

Departing our hotel we visit the spectacular World Heritage listed Postojne Caves taking both the train and walking through this amazing UNESCO site. We then head further south and east, crossing the border into Croatia and continuing to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Plitvice Lakes.  We arrive into the quiet local village of Jezerce and have a relaxing evening in this peaceful village by the National Park. (B,D)

Day 4 / PLITVICE LAKES to SPLIT

This morning, with a local guide, we visit the Upper Lakes, a scenic wonderland consisting of many turquoise colored lakes, powerful waterfalls and surrounded by an enchanting ancient forest in this World Heritage site. Later, we head further south through the spectacular Dinaric Alps. We continue down to the Dalmatian coast where we visit the ancient port city of Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Classical architecture mixed with the jet set and their motor yachts combine in this beautiful walled city. Afterwards, a short drive brings us to famed Split for our two-night stopover in our 4 star Radisson Blu Resort hotel. (B)

Day 5 / SPLIT AT LEISURE

We start our day with a tour of this famed coastal city with a local expert guide. Sites include Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace and the Golden Gate. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this fascinating city and hunt for souvenirs, just relax and watch the world go past from a fancy café or enjoy the facilities of our resort style hotel. This evening a highlight “konoba” dinner at a lovely coastal village with local seafood specialties and local entertainment await! (B,HD)

Day 6 / CRUISING: SPLIT to BRAC

Today we join our wonderful floating home for the next seven nights! Be prepared to see why the Dalmatian Coast has become one of the most popular destinations of the last ten years. Our well-equipped ship will slowly make it’s way down the spectacular coastline and throughout the islands with ample stops in the next seven days to swim and relax in the waters of the Adriatic. First stop is the port of Bol, the oldest village on the island of Brač, famed for “Zlatni Rat (“Golden Horn”) sandy beach. Spend your afternoon swimming and relaxing in this beautiful area and tonight explore the local restaurants. (B,L)

Day 7 / BRAC to HVAR

Enjoy breakfast overlooking the Adriatic as we cruise towards Hvar island and the town of Hvar itself, the “French Riviera” of the Adriatic. Even with its glamorous feel, Hvar still remains authentic to its roots with its cobble-stoned streets, authentic architecture and 7th C fortress overlooking the town. Join in on a local walking tour of the Old Town before free-time to explore this beautiful town. (B,L)

Day 8 / HVAR to VIS

Early this morning we cruise to Vis, one of the outermost lying islands along the coast. An idyllic island that over the centuries has been used as a strategic military port and is famous for the nearby “Blue Cave” (entry included) with it’s spectacular turquoise waters refracted from below. Should the weather and wind be unsuitable to visit Vis, the captain shall choose an alternative stop. (B,L)

Day 9 / VIS to VELA LUKA

Leaving Vis, we cruise to the western side of Korčula island and to the port of Vela Luka – “Big Harbour”. Located in a deep, sheltered bay, lined with coves, Vela Luka is famed for it’s agriculture and in particular the olive oil produced here. With a handful of restaurants, Vela Luka is becoming increasingly popular during the summer months. (B,L)

Day 10 / VELA LUKA to KORCULA

Relax as we cruise around the enchanting island of Korčula that legend says was the birthplace of Marco Polo. It’s beautiful old town almost completely surrounded by water, was mostly built in the 15th C from local stone and decorated by the local stonemasons. On arrival,an included walking tour of the old town and this evening, a highlight local village dinner. (B,L,HD)

Day 11 / KORCULA to MLJET

Continuing south-east today we reach the peaceful island of Mljet, renowned for it’s National Park and natural beauty. Time to relax or explore the island and its salt lakes and 12th C Benedictine Monastery. Perhaps even try kayaking or cycling on the island before watching a magical sunset from our top deck. (B,L,HD)

Day 12 / MLJET to DUBROVNIK

Our last day of cruising brings us to the true jewel of the Adriatic, medieval Dubrovnik, described by George Bernard Shaw as “Heaven on Earth”. We disembark into this walled city in the afternoon and begin with an included walking tour with a local guide. Time then to walk the ancient walls, shop along the “Stradun” or enjoy the food and bars of this famous city. With it’s marbled streets, medieval defensive walls and turrets, Dubrovnik is often referred to as “The Jewel of the Dalmatian Coast”. (B,L)

Day 13 / DUBROVNIK to BUDVA

Bidding farewell to our ship and Dubrovnik, we travel by coach southeast to the nearby border of beautiful Montenegro, one of the world’s newest countries! Driving around the spectacular Bay of Kotor, we stop at charming Perast to visit the “Church of Our Lady of the Rocks” on one of it’s tiny islands. We include a lunch in this charming village with it’s spectacular backdrop. Afterwards, we stop in the nearby ancient city of Kotor. Time for a relaxed lunch and a stroll in the old town as the mega-yachts of the Russian billionaires watch over the town from the port. We then make our way down the coast to the pretty Montenegrin seaside resort of Budva with it’s castle set on the island in it’s bay. After checking into our hotel we have an included buffet dinner in this 5 star resort. (B,L,D)

Day 14 / BUDVA AT LEISURE

A full day at leisure to explore or relax in this splendid and popular Montenegrin seaside resort. Lie on the beach and swim in the Adriatic, the town is yours to explore. Perhaps visit pretty Sveti Stefan just outside of town. Tonight, we take a relaxed walk through Budva’s charming little fortified Old Town before enjoying a highlight dinner along the city’s busy and exciting sea promenade. (B,HD)

Day 15 / BUDVA to DUBROVNIK

Departing Budva, we cross back into Croatia and arrive back to Dubrovnik where we ride the cable-car to Mt Srđ to visit the Homeland War Museum in the fortress and enjoy spectacular views over the city and coastline before time to further explore the city. This evening we have a lovely dinner overlooking the medieval walls of the Old Town of this famed UNESCO city. (B, HD)

Day 16 / DUBROVNIK to SARAJEVO

Leaving the coast, we cross into Bosnia and Hercegovina with a fascinating lunch-stop in Mostar, famed for its unique UNESCO bridge that was rebuilt after the Homeland War. A local guide shows us this famous town before continuing northwards to arrive into the lovely capitol of Sarajevo for our 2-night stay. We take a relaxing walking tour of this city known as the “Jerusalem of Europe” with a local guide. Synagoues, mosques, Orthodox and Catholic churches, all in the one city. An evening then at leisure to explore the many dining options right by our central 4-star hotel. (B)

Day 17 / SARAJEVO

With a rich religious and cultural history, we explore Sarajevo, “The Thi morning we journey to the infamous “D Bunker” of Tito. Built in the 50s and 60s as nuclear bunker for Tito, it’s existence was unknown to the people of Yugoslavia and Bosnia right up until the early 200s.  Returning to Sarajevo, we then visit the tunnels built by the Bosnian Army during the siege of the 90’s wars and used to transport people, food, aid and supplies between neighbourhoods. Time to explore at your own leisure before joining a traditional Bosnian Dinner with local music and dancing in a fascinating local restaurant. (B, HD)

Day 18 / SARAJEVO to ZAGREB

Heading north-westwards, we cross back into Croatia and upon reaching Zagreb take a walking tour of the Old City with a local expert guide. We see the Zagreb Cathedral, marketplace and lovely old center of the Croatian Capitol before arriving to our hotel. (B,D)

Day 19 / ZAGREB

This morning we drive to the village of Kumrovec, the birthplace of former Yugoslav President, Josip Tito. We take a local tour of his birthplace before heading to nearby picturesque Veliki Tabor Castle for a photo stop and a delightful lunch in this pretty part of North-western Croatia. This evening is at leisure to enjoy the many dining options around our central hotel located right on Zagreb’s main square.  (B)

Day 20 / TOUR ENDS or ZAGREB to BUDAPEST EXTENSION

Those on the 20-day trip, your holiday sadly comes to an end after breakfast. For those joining the 4-day Budapest extension, we cross over into Hungary and stop for lunch at pretty Tihany, located on continental Europe’s largest lake, the Balaton or “Hungarian Sea”. Continuing on, we finally reach the glorious capitol, Budapest where we stay in our central 4-star hotel for three nights. Time to settle in before our introduction to Budapest, a highlight dinner-cruise to see just why this magnificent city is often called “The Paris of the East”. (B,HD)

Day 21 / BUDAPEST

With a local guide, we take a driving and walking tour around the two separate parts of the city divided by the Danube, Buda and Pest. Heroes’ Square, Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion and the Great market Hall all included! This afternoon is free to explore the city at leisure from our central 4-star hotel. Perhaps try the famous thermal waters of one of Budapest’s famed baths, enjoy the gypsy music along the famous Duna Corso promenade or shop on Vaci St. (B)

Day 22 / BUDAPEST

This morning, we take a drive out to the lovely little village of Szentendre with all it’s local handicrafts and traditional foods and architecture. Upon returning to the city we visit the spectacular Parliament House for a guided tour of this stunning building. Free time to explore this afternoon before a final highlight Hungarian dinner in a 100yo cellar complete with gypsy music to recount the last 22 days of our holiday! (B,HD)

Day 23 / END BUDAPEST

Our wonderful “Dalmatian Rhapsody” adventure finishes after breakfast. Enjoy further time exploring Budapest or continue your holiday onto your next destination. “A viszonlátásra!” (B)

DEPARTURES

20th August, 2019

PRICING

From $9,990 per person twin share (20-day tour)

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