East of Europe and Venice - ENGMARKET

Duration

12 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Vienna

Available

April 2022 / March 2023

Cities to visit: Vienna; Maribor; Zagreb; ; Sarajevo; Mostar; Medjugorje; Dubrovnik; Split; Plitvice; Opatija; Postojna, Notranjska; Bled; Ljubljana; Venice, Véneto

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!. On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.
Highlights: City tour of Vienna. Vienna gardens of the immense Schönbrunn Palace. Evening transfer.
09.00 hrs.- Vienna - start with a scenic sightseeing tour of Vienna to know the most important places of interest including the Opera , the Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History , Parliament , the Royal Theatre , City Hall and the University. Passing by the Church of San Carlos, we arrive to the Belvedere Palace where we will walk through the gardens from where we are offered a fabulous view of the city. ( If the English-speaking group has fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanis h).
Directly afterwards, we head the Schönbrunn Palace where visitors can stroll around and enjoy its beautiful gardens.
In the evening we go to the City Hall Square to enjoy the lighting and the nightlife in the neighbouring streets, and where we will have dinner with cuisines from around the world (including Austrian, Chinese , Indian and Italian). Return to hotel.-
Total distance covered: 380 km
Scenery: Beautiful scenery most of the way, above all at the border between Austria and Slovenia, picturesque villages, lakes and mountains.
07:30 hrs. - Vienna – Departure -.
11:00 hrs. - Maribor - Arrival -. Time for a stroll in Slovenia’s second largest city, overlooked by its castle.
13:00 hrs. - Maribor - Departure -.
16:00 hrs. - Zagreb – Arrival -. From the hotel, we start a panoramic tour of Zagreb with a local guide to admire its two hills, the ancient quarter, the high city and the new districts of the Croatian capital. The visit will last around two hours. There will be free time after this. Dinner included for all of our passengers.
Total distance: 415 km
Scenery: Mountains, ancient castles.
Note: Please bring your passport in hand as we will cross to Bosnia. Sometimes this journey may suffer delays due to traffic or border delays.
07:30 hrs. - Zagreb - Departure. We travel to Bosnia. Areas of hills and forests in the center of Croatia.
09.30 hrs.- Border crossing procedures entering Bosnia (sometimes they can be delayed). We travel through the region where the ruined houses remind us of the war and ethnic conflict in Bosnia that took place in the 1990s.
10.30hrs- Bania Luka. Arrival and time for a walk through the capital of the autonomous entity of Republika Srpska and the second largest city in Bosnia, after Sarajevo, where its boulevards and gardens as well as its fortress and orthodox cathedral stand out.
11.30 hrs- Bania Luka, departure. We continue through densely wooded regions.
13.00 hrs- Jajce- arrival in what is perhaps the most beautiful town in Bosnia, with its cultural mix, its mosque, its fortress and its impressive waterfall. Time for a walk and lunch.
14.30hrs- Jajce, departure and continuation to the capital of Bosnia.
17.30 hrs.- Sarajevo - Arrival. We include a panoramic city tour with local guide. We will talk about the conflict that existed in Bosnia and Sarajevo, we will walk through the historical center with strong Turkish influence (its bazaars, mosques..). Dinner included.
Total distance: 285 km.

Scenery: Beautiful landscapes throughout the whole route: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and picturesque villages. Arrival in Dubrovnik with beautiful seascapes.
Notes: Please bring your passport in hand, as today we cross to Croatia.
We will still have some time to explore Sarajevo, where we will visit the Tunnel of Hope that in 1993 saved the city in the 30 months siege of Sarajevo during the war by connecting the besieged city through a tunnel with free Bosnia.
10.30 hrs. - Sarajevo - Departure. Very beautiful landscapes between mountains and valleys.
13.00 hrs.- Mostar .- Free time to stroll and have lunch in this very picturesque city, its streets are full of lively commerce and small restaurants. The high stone bridge separated the Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim communities.
16.00 hrs.- Departure. Just 20 km away you will find:
16.30 hrs.- Medjugorge.- Arrival. A place where thousands of Catholic pilgrims come. They believe that the Virgin Mary continues to appear on the top of the mountain. Time to walk next to its main church and urban center.
17.30 hrs. - Medjugorge - departure. Departure to Croatia. Border procedures (which may take a while). Very beautiful coastal scenery.
20.00 hrs- Dubrovnik- Arrival.-Accommodation may be in Catvat, on the coast near the city. Dinner included.
N.B.- Depending on the date, accommodation can be provided either in Dubrovnik or in Cavtat, a coastal town near Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik - In the morning we begin with a tour with the local guide of the city of Dubrovnik. We are undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: hanging on a rock, surrounded by walls, by the Adriatic Sea. We start including a cable car ride. From the top of the mountains we can admire the best views of the city. Afterwards, we will walk to visit its historic center, an architectural heritage jewel. In the visit, we include the entrances to the Franciscan Monastery, which holds the oldest pharmacy in Europe; the entrance to the cathedral of Dubrovnik is also included.
Free time during the afternoon.
Return at the end of the afternoon to our hotel . Dinner included.
Note: Instead of Dubrovnik, accommodation could be provided in Cavtat , a coastal town near the city.
Note: Due to weather or maintenance, sometimes the cable car does not operate, in these cases we will offer entrance to the walls of Dubrovnik where you will also have fantastic views of the city and the bay.
Total distance: 240 km.

Scenery: Beautiful coastal landscapes on the Dalmatian coast.
08:30 hrs. - Dubrovnik. Today´s route will be exciting. Beautiful landscapes following the Dalmatian coast.
12.15 hrs. - Split -. Free time for lunch.
14: 00/14: 30 hrs . - Visit with local guide of this impressive city that emphasizes the immense Palace of Diocletian (entrance included) . We will visit the roman palace, the alleys, and enjoy a great view over the sea. Duration of the visit of about two and a half hours.
Free time afterwards.
Total distance: 450 km.

Scenery: Varied, mountains, lakes, plateaus.
Note : Wear comfortable shoes, you will need them in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. We also recommend you to wear warm clothing.
08:00 hrs. - Split-Departure. We travel to the north of Croatia following the coast.
11:30 hrs. - Plitvice Lakes National Park, site declared World Heritage by Unesco; Entrance included to the park where you will be able to admire its lakes. The entrance gives you the right to use the boats of the park to approach the falls or, if you prefer, the inner train to approach the most picturesque places. Time to visit and have lunch.
15:00 hrs. - Plitvice National Park - Departure - We continue to the north.
18:15 hrs. - Opatija. Elegant Croatian coastal town that followed the tourist line of the Côte D´Azur or the Italian Riviera. Dinner and accommodation.
Note: i n exceptional circumstances, either for meteorological reasons or due to tourist density, it may not be possible or advisable to use the train or/nor boat in Plitvice.
Total Distance: 230 Km.
Scenery: Very different from those of previous days: alpine type, with forests, high peaks and lakes.
Note: Carry your passport, it will be required when you pass to Slovenia. Wear a jacket for Postojna where there may be a strong temperature difference between the inside and the ouside of the cave.
07.30 hrs.- Opatija -departure. We leave to Slovenia. Mountains covered with forests, picturesque villages along the route.
09.30 hrs- Postojna-Arrival . We will know one of the world´s biggest and most visited caves in Europe with more than 20 km of galleries and lounges. We will visit it partially in an enabled tourist train where we will travel 3 km of its natural universe of stalactites and stalagmites (entrance and train ticket included).
11.00 hrs- Postojna, exit.
12.30 hrs. - Bled. Between mountains and forests, on the edge of the lake, a very beautiful Slovenian enclave on the shore of a lake in the middle of which there is an islet where the bell tower of a monastery stands out at the foot of a medieval castle. We include a boat trip around Bled’s lake and a visit of the monastery on the islet.
Time for lunch in the tourist town of Bled.
15.30 hrs. Bled-departure.
16.30 hrs. - Ljubljana - Arrival - Time to visit the small capital of Slovenia, a beautiful central European city, meeting point throughout the history of Slavs, Germanic and Mediterranean. It emphasizes its castle. We make a two hours visit with local guide that will make us know the peculiarities of this small country and its capital.
Dinner included and accommodation.
Note: During winter, in order to be able to visit Ljubljna during the daylight hours, this may take place before departure to Maribor.
Total distance covered: 240 km . Scenery: Mediterranean scenery.
NOTE: Have your passports to hand, we are entering Italy. There may sometimes be delays in arrival due to crowding at the borders.-
Free time to see the little capital of Slovenia, a beautiful central European city and a meeting point in history for Slavs, Germans and peoples of the Mediterranean. Its castle stands out.
16:30 hrs. - Ljubljana - Departure -. After the following mountains covered by dense forests, we come to the Adriatic and enter Italy.
20:00 hrs. – Venice - Arrival -. Accommodation in the Mestre area.
08.30 hrs- In the morning we include a boat transfer to the area of Saint Mark in Venice, a city built on more than 100 islands connected by bridges. We include a walking tour with a local guide around the city of canals. Afterwards, we shall be able to visit the Murano glass factory city. It is marvellous to see the technique of crystal blowing. Free time. In the afternoon, some might like to take the chance to have a trip on a gondola.
18.30 hrs.- Transfer to the hotel from the area of St. Marcos. You will have the chance to eat dinner in the Mestre area, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Indian, Oriental, Italian, etc.).
After breakfast, end of our services.

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