Grand Tour Balkan & Central Europe 2020 – 15 days tour

BUS TOURS / moderate / guided

  • 15 days / 14 nights
  • Novi Sad, Brno, Beograd, Sarajevo, Mostar, Ljubljana, Graz, Dubrovnik, Opatija, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, České Budějovice, Český Krumlov, Prague, Zadar, Rovinj, Plitvice Lakes
  • Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegowina, Serbia, Hungary

Highlights

  • tour of Your life
  • cities with special vibe
  • wine and beer tasting, local food and tastings
from - EUR per person
  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY

Experience the magic of the Balkans and discover central Europe in fifteen days.

Make this journey the crown of your life. Travel through many foreign countries, visit their most famous cities, get to know the culture and life of the inhabitants, stay in the best hotels.

Experience the flavors of traditional food, let wine be a melody for your palate and don’t miss to try the most famous Prague beer.

If you’re wondering whether you should visit Prague, wonder no more. By the Guinness Book of Records as the largest castle complex in the world Prague Castle took first place. If you are a true beer lover, Prague is a place you should definitely visit.

Definitely inescapable are Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by unspoiled nature and České Budějovice, the home of Budvar beer, the original Budweiser beer!

Discover the charms of Vienna, its specialties, unique charm, vibrancy and history. Explore the Old Town of Bratislava and fall in love with his narrow alleys. Absorb all the magic of Budapest, also known as “Queen of the Danube”.

Nowhere else in the world will you find outstanding architecture of all styles in such a concentrated area as in Graz. Find out why Ljubljana is the city of dragons and reveal to everyone his legend.

Explore Rovinj, one of the most “photogenic” town in the Mediterranean, once a fishing town, today a tourist resort. Breathtaking town of Hum (inner Istria), in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest town in the world, is also worth visiting. Enjoy walking through Angiolina Park, St. Jacob Park and Margarita Park, monuments of garden architecture situated in Opatija. Take the most wonderful memories, one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy in the most spectacular sunset in Zadar where the „sea organ“ let the ocean make music. Indulge in the history of Roman emperor Diocletian, exploring his palace in Split and learn more about stunning Dubrovnik as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.”

Admire the culture and the sights of Mostar and Sarajevo. Experience the life in Belgrade, “Berlin of the Balkans” located in the heart of Serbia.

Learn more about one of the most beautiful cities in this part of Europe, Novi Sad, known also as “the Serbian Athens” due to its remarkable culture and history.

Although Prague will completely stole your heart, in the region known as Moravia you’ll find the Czech Republic’s second largest city, Brno where you will discover its many delightful public spaces and complete the fifteen days journey.

Discover the magic of every place and make your favorite postcard!

DAY 1  – ARRIVAL IN PRAGUE


where:
Prague

accommodation:
5* hotel in Prague

taste:
3 course dinner menu in 5* hotel

itinerary:
14:00-17:00 checkin hotel Prague
19:00 dinner

 

DAY 2 – PRAGUE


where:
Prague

accommodation:
5* hotel in Prague

explore:
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, a country located at the heart of Central Europe. Prague is best explored on foot; from Wenceslas Square on one side of the city to Prague Castle on the other is just a 30-minute stroll. We will also explore Vyšehrad, Charles Bridge, Old Town Hall, Golden street and many other interesting historical sites.  Watching the Astronomical Clock strike an hour, witnessing the old Jewish Ghetto, spoting a 7-foot tall Sigmund Freud and admiring the Lennon Wall are definitely things on our schedule list.

taste:
– rich buffet breakfast at 5* hotel in Prague
– quick lunch at local restaurant – traditional Bohemian menu including brewery goulash or pheasant
– dinner with live Bohemian music at local restaurant including Slivovitz brandy, appetizer, roast pork knuckle or other meat specialty , dessert and famous Prague beer

itinerary:
07:00-09:00 breakfast
10:00-13:00 city tour
14:00 lunch
19:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 10km (30 min) through the city of Prague

 

DAY 3 – PRAGUE


where:
Prague, Český Krumlov, České Budějovice

accommodation:

4* hotel in České Budějovice

explore:
Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lively, cosmopolitan town with a unique atmosphere surrounded by unspoiled countryside. Dominated by a Castle stretching over the meandering Vltava River, Český Krumlov‘s narrow cobblestone streets wind along romantic nooks between patrician houses where you’ll find attractive exhibits of world- renown artists, music festivals and concerts, and theatre performances. The cosy inns, coffee shops, and ancient taverns entertain a diverse international crowd.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in 5* hotel in Prague
– traditional lunch in brewery including soup, pork or beef, dessert and beer
– buffet dinner in 4**** hotel in České Budějovice

itinerary:
07:00-09:00 breakfast
09:00 check-out hotel Prague
09:30-12:00 bus ride
14:00 lunch
15:00-16:00 city tour
18:00 check-in hotel České Budějovice
19:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 175 km (2,5 h)

 

DAY 4 – VIENNA


where:
České Budějovice, Vienna, Bratislava

accommodation:
4* hotel in Bratislava

explore:
Vienna, also described as Europe’s cultural capital, is a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. It boasts outstanding infrastructure, is clean and safe, and has all the inspiration that you could wish for in order to discover this wonderful part of Europe. Vienna is a dream city for anyone with a romantic streak or an interest in history – narrow, medieval alleyways, imperial squares, Schönbrunn Palace and majestic architecture along the Ring boulevard. Also, Vienna has been synonymous with music for centuries, and was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss.
– The Capital of the Slovak Republic – Bratislava, also referred to as the Beauty on the Danube can not only boast interesting history but it also is the centre of the most dynamically developing region of central Europe at present. Town stretches on both banks of the Danube and in the foothills of the Little Carpathian Mts. One of the city dominants which can be seen from far distance is The Castle of Bratislava. The most attractive part of Bratislava is the Old Town where the most historical sights as well as cultural institutions are concentrated. Its tiny lanes offer an ideal atmosphere for romantic walks to those who love to follow signs of history in the middle of modern world. The significant structures in the historic centre of the city are all parts of the Monument Town Reserve.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in 4* hotel in České Budějovice
– traditional Austrian lunch in Vienna including Wienerschnitzel or sausages
– 3 course dinner in 4* hotel in Bratislava

itinerary:
07:00-08:00 breakfast
08:00 check-out hotel České Budějovice
08:30-11:30 bus ride
11:30-13:00 city tour Vienna
13:00 lunch in Vienna
14:00-15:30 bus ride
15:30-17:30 city tour Bratislava
18:00 check-in hotel Bratislava
19:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 275 km (4,5 h)

 

DAY 5 – BRATISLAVA AND GRAZ


where:
Bratislava, Graz, Ljubljana

accommodation:
4* hotel in Ljubljana

explore:
Graz is the capital city of Styria and Austria’s second-largest city after Vienna. Its historic centre (Altstadt) is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe. In 1999, the city’s historic centre was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and in 2010 the designation was expanded to include Eggenberg Palace (German: Schloss Eggenberg) on the western edge of the city. Graz was designated the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003 and became a City of Culinary Delights in 2008.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in 4* hotel in Bratislava
– lunch in Graz
– dinner in 4* hotel in Ljubljana

itinerary:
07:00-08:30 breakfast
8:30 check-out hotel Bratislava
8:30-12:00 bus ride
12:30-14:30 sightseeing and lunch in Graz
15:00-17:30 bus ride
18:00 check-in hotel Ljubljana
19:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 460 km (5 h)

 

DAY 6 – LJUBLJANA AND ROVINJ


where:
Ljubljana, Postojna, Rovinj

accommodation:
Hotel Lone Rovinj 5*

explore:
Ljubljana offers everything a metropolis does yet preserves its small-town friendliness. A lively green city combining the charm of a small capital and the self-confidence of large European cities. In Ljubljana the old meets the new; and it seems that history has spent all of the settlement’s five millennia preparing it to become the nation’s capital. It is home to numerous theatres, museums and galleries, and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in 4* hotel in Ljubljana
– lunch near Postojna cave
– 3 course dinner in Hotel Lone Rovinj 5***** based on fresh local produce with unique well-being food concept Choose Well = Eat Well

itinerary:
07:00-08:00 breakfast
08:00 check-out hotel Ljubljana
08:00-10:00 city tour Ljubljana
10:00-11:00 bus ride
11:30 Postojna cave
14:00 lunch
15:00-17:30 bus ride
18:00 check-in hotel Rovinj
19:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 190 km (3 h)

 

DAY 7 – INNER ISTRIA AND OPATIJA


where:
Rovinj, Livade, Hum, Opatija

accommodation:
Hotel Ambasador Opatija 5*

explore:
Rovinj is a city on the western coast of Istria and it is one of the leading tourist destinations on the Adriatic thanks  to its healthy, Mediterranean climate. According to research, Rovinj has the best micro-climate thanks to which tourism started developing in the 19th century.
– The town of Hum is in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest town in the world. It’s located at the height of 349 m on top of a hill. The town of Hum was founded in the 11th century,
when the Hum castle was built on the place of the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement.
Opatija is a Croatian coastal town on the Adriatic Sea. A fashionable resort in the 19th century, it’s dotted with Habsburg-era villas. The Lungomare is a promenade that snakes along the coastline, offering views of the town and  neighboring islands. The 1800s Villa Angiolina, set in a garden of exotic plants, houses the Croatian Museum of Tourism.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in Hotel Lone Rovinj 5*
– truffle tasting
– traditional Istrian lunch at the Kolinasi Tavern -“maneštra” with corn, “fuži” with truffles, gnocchi with veal, mistletoe-schnaps and dessert
– chocolate praline tasting
– dinner in Hotel Ambasador Opatija 5*

itinerary:
07:00-08:30 breakfast
08:30 check-out hotel Rovinj
08:30-10:00 city tour Rovinj
10:00-11:00 bus ride
11:00-12:00 truffle degustation in Livade
12:00-12:30 bus ride
12:30-13:45 city tour Hum
14:00 lunch at Kolinasi
15:00-16:00 bus ride
16:00-18:30 city tour and praline degustation in Opatija
19:00 check-in hotel Opatija
20:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 125 km (3,5 h)

 

DAY 8 – PLITVICE LAKES AND ZADAR


where:
Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar

accommodation:
Hotel Kolovare Zadar 4*

explore:
Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, and already on 8 April 1949, it was proclaimed Croatia’s first national park. Lakes were internationally recognised on 26 October 1979 with their inscription onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. The lake system is comprised of 16 named and several smaller unnamed lakes, cascading one into the next. Due to the geological substrate and characteristic hydrogeological conditions, the lake system has been divided into the Upper and Lower lakes.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in Hotel Ambasador Opatija 5*
– local cuisine lunch including lamb or other specialties near Plitvice Lakes
– dinner in Hotel Kolovare Zadar 4*

itinerary:
07:00-09:00 breakfast
09:00 check-out hotel Opatija
09:30-12:00 bus ride
12:30-14:00 tour Plitvice Lakes
14:00 lunch
15:00-17:00 bus ride
18:00 check-in hotel Zadar
19:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 320 km (4,5 h)

 

DAY 9 – SPLIT AND DUBROVNIK


where:
Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik
accommodation:
5***** hotel in Dubrovnik

explore:
Zadar is an ancient city, built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic, full of historical and cultural monuments. It is three thousand years old, a city of old, tumultuous and dynamic history, often destructed, looted, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful. Zadar is a city rich in spirutual and material culture, as well as  in a touristic identity created in the present. It was created around the Roman forum, a city inside well-kept walls, a city of old Croatian monuments. Sea Organ is situated on the western end of Zadar’s Riva, and can be observed as a differently shaped part of the coast which consists of several stairs that descend into the sea. This site is a blend of human ideas and skills and the energy of the sea, waves, tide and flood, a place for relaxation, contemplation and conversation while listening to an endless concert of mystic harmonies of the “Orchestra of Nature”.
– The only Roman emperor that volunterely left his trown was emperor Diokletianus and exactly he, in 3 ct. AD, built the palace where today stands the city of Split. East and west wall of the palace are 216 m long, on the south 181 m and north 175 m. The visitors of Split will be impressed by the architecture from this period. “The most beautiful city on the
Mediterranean”- for decades this city was so described by its visitors who are always impressed by the old town which looks like the background for the historical movie. Also, nearby is Trogir, whose value of its old town has been recognized by the world and it is on the UNESCO list of the world cultural heritage.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in Hotel Kolovare Zadar 4*
– seafood/mediterranean lunch in Split
– dinner in 5***** hotel in Dubrovnik

itinerary:
07:00-09:00 breakfast
09:00 check-out hotel Zadar
9:30-11:00 city tour Zadar
11:00-13:00 bus ride
13:00 lunch
14:00-15:00 city tour Split
15:00-18:30 bus ride
18:30 check-in hotel Dubrovnik
19:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 390 km (5,5h)

 

DAY 10 – DUBROVNIK


where:
Dubrovnik

accommodation:
5* hotel in Dubrovnik

explore:
– Huge sturdy stone walls enclose Dubrovnik’s historic centre and it is possible to walk along them to enjoy  the best views of the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and the surrounding lush green islands. Dubrovnik’s Baroque churches, monasteries and palaces; its Renaissance fountains and facades, are all intertwined with gleaming wide  marble-paved squares, steep cobbled streets and houses, all of which have also remained unchanged for centuries.  Dubrovnik has been a prominent Game of Thrones filming location since Season 2, as King’s Landing, the capital of
the Seven Kingdoms. Also, the Old Pharmacy in Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik is one among the oldest  pharmacies in Europe. It was founded in 1317 as an in-house pharmacy for Franciscan friars which was later introduced to the public servicing the whole Town’s population and even beyond the town’s walls.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in 5* hotel in Dubrovnik
– lunch at Srđ with spectacular view on the old town Dubrovnik
– dinner in 5* hotel in Dubrovnik

itinerary:
07:00-09:00 breakfast
10:00-13:00 city tour Dubrovnik
14:00 lunch Srđ
15:00-18:00 free afternoon or optional excursion
19:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
no bus rides

 

DAY 11 – MOSTAR AND SARAJEVO


where:
Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo

accommodation:
5* hotel in Sarajevo

explore:
Mostar is the chief city and, historically, the capital of Herzegovina. It is situated in mountainous country along the Neretva River and lies on the Sarajevo-Ploče rail line.
Sarajevo is the political, financial, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a prominent center of culture in the Balkans. Due to its long history of religious and cultural diversity, Sarajevo is sometimes called the “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. It is one of only a few major European cities to have a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue within the same neighborhood.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in 5* hotel in Dubrovnik
– traditional Bosnian lunch in Mostar
– dinner in 5****** hotel in Sarajevo

itinerary:
07:00-08:30 breakfast
08:30-11:30 bus ride
11:30-13:00 city tour Mostar
13:00 lunch
14:00-16:00 bus ride
16:00-18:00 city tour and dinner in Sarajevo
19:00 check-in hotel Sarajevo

 

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 270 km (5 h)

 

DAY 12 – BELGRADE


where:
Sarajevo, Belgrade

accommodation:
5* hotel in Belgrade

explore:
Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkan Peninsula. Lying on the main artery connecting Europe and Asia, as well as, eventually, the Orient Express, Belgrade has been a popular place for travellers through the centuries. The historic areas and buildings of Belgrade are among the city’s premier attractions. They include Skadarlija, the National Museum and adjacent National Theatre, Zemun, Nikola Pašić Square, Terazije, Students’ Square, the Kalemegdan Fortress, Knez Mihailova Street, the Parliament, the Church of Saint Sava, and the Old Palace. On top of this, there are many parks, monuments, museums, cafés, restaurants and shops on both sides of the river. The hilltop Avala Monument and Avala Tower offer views over the city. Belgrade has a reputation for vibrant nightlife; many clubs that are open until dawn can be found throughout the city. The most recognisable nightlife features of Belgrade are the barges (splav) spread along the banks of the Sava and Danube Rivers.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in 5* hotel in Sarajevo
– traditional lunch at one of the famous Belgrade restaurants
– dinner with live music in Belgrade

itinerary:
07:00-09:00 breakfast
09:00-14:00 bus ride
14:00 lunch
15:00-18:00 city tour Belgrade
18:30 check-in hotel Belgrade
20:00 dinner with live music

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 310 km (5 h)

 

DAY 13 – NOVI SAD AND BUDAPEST


where:
Belgrade, Novi Sad, Budapest

accommodation:
4* hotel in Budapest

explore:
Novi Sad is the city of young people, music, fun and great nightlife. It is the home of EXIT festival, one of the best music events in Europe. The Petrovaradin fortress, that is the symbol of the city, dates from the Middle Ages, but it were the Austro-Hungarians that gave it the look it has today. During the ages, that settlement grew into one of the most beautiful cities in this part of Europe – Novi Sad, known also as “the Serbian Athens” due to its remarkable culture and history. The city lies on the banks of the Danube river and numerous international tourist cruisers stop in its harbour.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in 5* hotel in Belgrade
– lunch in Novi Sad
– dinner in authentic restaurant with Hungarian specialties and „chardash“ dance in Budapest

itinerary:
07:00-09:00 breakfast
09:30 check-out hotel Belgrade
09:30-11:00 bus ride
11:00-13:00 city tour Novi Sad
13:00 lunch
14:00-17:30 bus ride
18:00 check-in hotel Budapest
19:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 390 km (5 h)

 

DAY 14 – BUDAPEST


where:
Budapest, Brno

accommodation:
4* hotel in Brno

explore:
Budapest, city, capital of Hungary, and seat of Pest megye (county). The city is the political, administrative, industrial, and commercial centre of Hungary. The site has been continuously settled since prehistoric times and is now the home of about one-fifth of the country’s population. Once called the “Queen of the Danube,” Budapest has long been the focal point of the nation and a lively cultural centre. The city straddles the Danube (Hungarian: Duna) River in the magnificent natural setting where the hills of western Hungary meet the plains stretching to the east and south. It consists of two parts, Buda and Pest, which are situated on opposite sides of the river and connected by a series of bridges. Explore Parliament building, Gellért Baths, Heroes’ Square, Danube Promenade, Fisherman’s Bastion and much more.

taste:
– buffet breakfast in 4* hotel in Budapest
– lunch near Parndorf area
– dinner in 4* hotel in Brno

itinerary:
07:00-09:00 breakfast
09:30-11:30 city tour Budapest
11:30-14:00 bus ride
14:00-16:00 shopping time and lunch in Parndorf
16:00-18:00 bus ride
18:00 check-in hotel Brno
19:00 dinner

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 360 km (4,5 h)

 

DAY 15 – DEPARTURE FROM BRNO


where:
Brno

accommodation:
4* hotel in Brno

taste:
buffet breakfast in 4* hotel in Brno

itinerary:
07:00-09:00 breakfast
09:00 check-out hotel Brno
10:00-12:30 bus ride to Prague airport

total distance (bus ride duration):
approx. 200 km (2,5 h)

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