Day 1 Arrival at Zagreb Airport
Welcome to Croatia
On arrival at Zagreb International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day is free, for you to explore the city at your own pace.
Zagreb, Croatia’s northwestern capital, is distinguished by its 18th- and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture. At its center, Upper Town is the site of the Gothic, twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral and 13th-century St. Mark’s Church, with a colorfully tiled roof. Nearby is pedestrian-friendly Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes. Lower Town has the main square, Ban Jelačić, plus shops, museums and parks.
Overnight in Zagreb
Day 2 Zagreb
Breakfast at the hotel.
Guided sightseeing tour of Zagreb, featuring the views of historic Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament and the Government Palace.
Day 3 Zagreb-Postojna-Ljubljana
Transfer to Postojna. Optionally, you will have the chance to visit to the breathtaking Postojna cave system. A ride by electrical train is followed by a guided walk through a series of cave halls with drop stones, pillars and translucent curtains that create unforgettable impressions. Do not miss the chance to see the famous Proteus Anguinus, or “human fish” as it is popularly called here. Transfer to Ljubljana.
Postojna is a town in the traditional region of Inner Carniola, 35 kilometers from Trieste, in southwestern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Postojna. The area is known to have been populated since the paleolithic era due to the discovery of a cave settlement near the town of Postojna called Betal Rock Shelter (Betalov spodmol). The town lies on the Pivka River. Written sources first mention the settlement in the 13th century and in 1432 it became a borough. It was proclaimed a town in 1909. From the late Middle Ages, it was part of the Duchy of Carniola and hence of the Habsburg Monarchy. It was under Italian rule between 1918 and 1943 (nominally to 1947) and was part of the province of Trieste as Postumia.
Ljubljana is Slovenia's capital and largest city. It's known for its university population and green spaces, including expansive Tivoli Park. The curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city's old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures.
Overnight in Ljubljana
Day 4 Ljubljana-Bled-Ljubljana
Transfer to Bled, where you will explore this beautiful Alpine pearl on your own. Walk along the lakeshore or visit the imposing Bled Castle for a breathtaking view of Bled Lake. Do not miss the chance to take a traditional Pletna boatride and ring the whishing bell in the small church on the island. Transfer back to Ljubljana, where an experienced local guide will take you through the elegant Baroque streets, over the picturesque Triple and Dragon Bridge, past the beautiful St Nicholas Cathedral. Later take some time to enjoy the atmosphere of the squares and riverbanks or take a Funicular ride to Ljubljana Castle.
Bled, a Slovenian resort town in the foothills of the Julian Alps, is set along the glacial Lake Bled. On a cliff overlooking the lake is the 11th-century Bled Castle, which houses a museum, chapel and printing press. Atop an inslet in the lake's center is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria and its steep staircase and bell tower.
Day 5 Ljubljana-Ptuj-Maribor
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia, which has been inhabited from Roman times. Nowadays, the town is famous for its castle, which you can visit on your own. Transfer to Maribor area.
Ptuj is a town in northeastern Slovenia that is the seat of the Municipality of Ptuj. Ptuj, the oldest recorded city in Slovenia, has been inhabited since the late Stone Age and developed from a Roman military fort. Ptuj was located at a strategically important crossing of the Drava River,along a prehistoric trade route between the Baltic Sea and the Adriatic.[ Traditionally the area was part of the Styria region and became part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire. In the early 20th century the majority of the residents were of German extraction, but today the population is largely Slovenes. Residents of Ptuj are known as Ptujčani.
Maribor is a Slovenian city set amid wine-region hills on the Drava River. On Glavni Trg, the old town's main square, the Renaissance-style Town Hall dates from 1515. On nearby Grajski Trg square, 15th-century Maribor Castle houses a frescoed Knights' Hall and the Regional Museum of Maribor, with extensive displays of regionalartifacts. To the southwest, Maribor Pohorje is a prominent ski resort.
Overnight in Maribor
Day 6 Maribor-Vienna
Explore the city of Maribor on your own. Then later proceed to Vienna.
Maribor is the second biggest Slovenian city, nestled in the foothills of Pohorje. See the majestic Gothic Cathedral, visit the lively Main Square and discover the legends of the Franciscan Church. Descend to the Drava river bank to see the oldest wine tree in the world (listed in the Guinness book of records). Transfer to Vienna.
Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the MuseumsQuartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.
Overnight in Vienna
Day 7 Vienna
Explore the glorious Vienna on your own– once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire. Spend the day sightseeing, shopping or just enjoying a piece of famous Sacher cake.
Day 8 Vienna-Budapest
Breakfast at the hotel. Prepare yourself for check out at the hotel as your driver will pick you up and transfer you to Budapest, where you will have the chance to explore this city on your own. Discover the royal palace in the Buda part or cross the Danube River to walk around the vivid Pest. Optionally, you will have the chance to take a Danube cruise and admire the city from this perspective.
Overnight in Budapest
Day 9 Budapest / End of trip
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 6590/- Per person, Prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights.
Destinations: Zagreb,Postojna, Ljubljana, Bled, Ljubljana, Maribor, Vienna, Budapest.
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Economy class airfare from Dubai / Zagreb / Budapest / Dubai.
2 nights / 3 days accommodation in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna & Budapest based on double room occupancy.
1 night / 2 days accommodation in Maribor based on double room occupancy.
Arrival and departure transfers on private car.
Sightseeing tours in Zagreb & Ljubljana.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
Adriatic Coast: Pretty seaside villages along the Dalmatian coast are your reward for some serious At Leisure sightseeing in the European capitals of Vienna, Ljubljana and Zagreb. Saunter through the pristinely beautiful Plitvice National Park and spend a day relaxing on the island of Hvar, exploring the gorgeous coastline on foot and taking a step back to a more peaceful time.
Croatia-is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it's also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Its inland capital, Zagreb, is distinguished by its medieval Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and diverse museums. The major coastal city Dubrovnik has massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings.
Slovenia-a country in Central Europe, is known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes. On Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, the town of Bled contains a church-topped islet and a cliffside medieval castle. In Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, baroque facades mix with the 20th-century architecture of native Jože Plečnik, whose iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the tightly curving Ljubljanica River.
Austria-is a German-speaking country in Central Europe, characterized by mountain villages, baroque architecture, Imperial history and rugged Alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schönbrunn and Hofburg palaces. It has counted Mozart, Strauss and Freud among its residents. The country’s other notable regions include the northern.
Hungary-is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Its capital, Budapest, is bisected by the Danube River. Its cityscape is studded with architectural landmarks from Buda’s medieval Castle Hill and grand neoclassical buildings along Pest’s Andrássy Avenue to the 19th-century Chain Bridge. Turkish and Roman influence on Hungarian culture includes the popularity of mineral spas, including at thermal Lake Hévíz.
Trip Planning: The planning stage of your trip can be instrumental in its success and an enjoyable part of the experience itself. You have a world of options...and plenty to consider.
Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to the respective consulates. Croatia consulate website: www.vfsglobal.com/croatia/uae/
Slovenia, Austria & Hungary are part of the 26 Schengen State Countries.
Transportation: Figuring out how to get around is one of your biggest pre-trip decisions. Get our holiday expert best advice on deciding between your options. Based on your trip itinerary, our experts will help you choose wisely. You'll also find a wealth of practical travel tips.
Money: Use your money wisely. Know the best time to use cash or card — and how to avoid unnecessary fees either way — as well as tipping etiquette, and how shoppers can take advantage of VAT refunds.
Phones and Technology: Phones and other smart devices can be huge time-savers...or expensive distractions. Get our tips for making the best use of technology during your trip, and for calling home with or without your own phone.
Packing Light: On your trip you'll meet two kinds of travelers: those who pack light and those who wish they had.
Sleeping and Eating: Your hotel and restaurant choices can be a matter-of-face chore…or they can provide rich opportunities to connect with locals and their culture.
Health & Hygiene: Take comfort: Doctors, hospitals, launderettes, and bathrooms aren’t that different. Dealing with them can even be part of the fun of travel.
Sightseeing & Activities: Once you're on the ground, the real fun begins…but it pays to have a thoughtful plan. Our experts will help you get oriented to your surroundings, use your sightseeing hours wisely, and find your way off the beaten path.
Things do & see:
Zagreb-Capital of Croatia; during any time of the day and every day of the week people living in Zagreb are enjoying the city with a cup of coffee. The Flower Square is full with chairs to sit and enjoy the city. Zagreb also offers a lot of different museums, parks, the Jarun lake (with a lot of nice clubs that are working during the spring and summer), shopping opportunities, restaurants, and small bakeries.
Dubrovnik-An ancient walled city on the Adriatic coast. One of the most visited places in the Balkans.
Plitvice Lakes-Beautiful nature landscape of lakes. Natural wonder wearing all shades of gold and red
Makarska-One of the most visited tourist spots on the Adriatic Sea.
The Blue Cave-A precious gem among Croatia's nature highlights
Pag Cheese Season-Famous cheese from Pag island is a national pride of Croatia, known as Paški sir
Hiking-Climb spectacular mountains, traverse lush woods, enjoy freedom and harmony with nature
Kayaking-A great way to explore Croatian coastline
The Best Sunsets-Famous Adriatic sunset in Zadar impressed Alfred Hitchcock
White Water Rafting-Fast rivers of Croatia are perfect for white water rafting
Diving-Clear waters of the Adriatic are popular with divers. Take a chance to explore marine life, ship wrecks and underwater caves
Hvar Island-A flowery kingdom on the Croatia's most sunny island
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing-Good conditions for windsurfers and kite surfers during the summer
Peka-A signature cooking technique for Croatian cuisine
Wild Figs-Enjoy this nutritious sweet fruit while in Dalmatia
Sinjska Alka-A medieval equestrian knightly competition in Sinj that is part of UNESCO list
Rijeka Carnival-Winter holiday season in Rijeka is highlighted by the biggest carnival in Croatia with costumed parades and performances, lots of music and dancing.
Donkey Race-Visitors get a chance to hop on a donkey and speed up in Tisno during the annual donkey race
Oysters Season-Locally produced oysters and mussels is a must try for seafood lovers
Olive Harvest-Olives are the matter of pride in Croatia
Kumpanjija Performance-See a unique historical dance on Korcula Island with sword fights
Nights of Diocletian-In Split, do as Romans do during a colourful carnival at Diocletian Palace
Fried Dormice-A grilled dormouse—a rather unusual dish for modern European cuisine
Truffle Season-A chance to find the next biggest truffle in the world
Crni Rizot (Black Risotto)-If you like seafood, this is a must try of Croatian cuisine
Ribarska Festa-Fisherman festivals in an Istrian town of Vrsar is a unique experience, available at Adriatic
Kopacki Rit-Exciting birdwatching on one of the largest wetlands in Europe
Skiing and Snowboarding-Northern Croatia boasts a few decent skiing locations in winter.
Coast and Karst-The southwestern side of Slovenia with hills, caves and the coastline.
Julian Alps (Bled, Idrija, Jesenice, Triglav National Park)-The mountainous northwest lakes and Mount Triglav.
Central Slovenia (Kamnik, Kranj, Ljubljana)-The central region with the capital city.
Southeastern Slovenia (Dolenjske Toplice, Kočevje, Novo Mesto)-The southeastern region with Krka and lower Sava rivers.
Pohorje-Savinjska (Savinja and Šalek Valley,Celje, Trbovlje, Velenje, Žalec)-The northern region with mountains and the Savinja river valley.
Eastern Slovenia (Maribor, Ptuj, Murska Sobota)-The northeastern region with the Drava and Mura rivers, and numerous vineyards.
Logar Valley Natural Park-one of the most beautiful alpine valleys, Lonely Planet described it as "a land of incomparable beauty"
Savinja and Šalek Valley-great place for active holidays, picturesque land of natural parks and Pippi Family Festival
Bled-mountain lake with an island and a castle
Škocjan Caves-a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Julian Alps-hiking, skiing, Nordic walking
Postojna Caves-enjoy the 5 km ride through giant caves
Soča/Isonzo Valley-where the emerald-coloured river flows
The Kolpa River-one of the intact rivers in Slovenia comprised of a 113 km long strip of land that borders Croatia
Triglav National Park-home of the national symbol, Mount Triglav where you can enjoy exploring the Posočje area, canyoning, rafting, paragliding, hiking and mountaineering
Radovljica-tiny picturesque town in the Upper Carniola
Piran/Pirano-charming picturesque coastal town
Ankaran/Ancarano-pleasant town on Adriatic coast beween Triest and Piran
Vienna-The wine-growing capital of the world. What memories are made of: sitting in a vineyard, a glass of wine and Vienna silhouetted by the evening sun.
The delights of the Wachau World Heritage Trail-Revel in the cultural and culinary delights of the charming Wachau Trail overlooking the Danube.
Eating and Drinking in Graz, the Capital of Delight-Styrian specialities and delicacies are not available everywhere because the Styrians enjoy eating and drinking them themselves.
Tour the Styrian vineyards by bike-When touring the Styrian vineyards it's hard to decide which is nicer - the cycling or the rest breaks.
Salzburg-metropolis with a green backdrop. So much greenery might make you forget you are in an important cultural centre - but not quite. Discover the "green" city of Salzburg
National Park Hohe Tauern & Wildlife Watching-The National Park Hohe Tauern, the biggest conservation area in the Alps, is home to some extremely rare species of wild animal. With the help of the rangers from the national park you can watch them.
Four Mountains, Three Lakes-The Joy of Hiking-Visitors to one of Austria’s most appealing hiking destinations can now enjoy themselves without worrying about luggage. KAT-Walk: Experience Magnificent Peaks
Kitzbühel-is much more than just a legendary playground for celebrities. Follow a long-distance hiking trail into the peaceful mountain scenery of the Kitzbüheler Alps and discover long-forgotten worlds.
The Green Ring: fabled and secret trails-Encounter mythical creatures, modern legends and mystical natural locations along the Green Ring circular trail.
The Power of Pitztal Stone Pine Trees-The people of the Pitztal have known about the soothing power of the stone pine for centuries and are more than happy to share its beneficial effects with visitors.
Wonder-full lake Weissensee-Blooming orchids, rare birds of prey, a turquoise mountain lake and deliciously prepared local fish for lunch.
Alpine Beaches-The lakes in Austria are the pure zest of life, drinking water pure and enticing, they gleam under white limestone peaks in the summer sun.
Ötz Valley - a Tirolean High-A landscape full of colours and contrasts. The Ötz Valley is Tirol’s longest side valley with a length of 67 kilometres. At the start of the valley lies the village of Haiming. The end of the valley is characterised by the largest glacier region of the eastern Alps, which can be enjoyed by visitors in both summer and winter.
Zell am See-Kaprun-Here you will find a crystal clear lake, lush green Alpine pastures, a snow-covered glacier, and the health-promoting climate of the health resort of Zell am See. That's why Zell am See-Kaprun is one of the top destinations in Austria.
Gastein Valley-Crystal clear mountain air, beautiful natural scenery and a host of outdoor activities have made Gastein a premier destination for spa and health breaks since the early 1800s.
The World’s largest Ice Caves-The World of Ice Giants brings you into the largest ice caves in the world. One of the true wonders on earth, the caves are a wondrous underground world of natural ice sculptures and formations. Discover a world of natural beauty.
St. Anton am Arlberg-The promise that your holiday dreams will come true. In winter 340 km of pistes, 200 km of off-piste and 94 lifts wait to be explored. In summer this typical Tirolean village is surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks and green meadows with brightly-coloured flowers.
Summer in Alpine Pastures-Relaxation and calm, between heaven and earth. A day of fresh air in the mountains. And, with plenty of time for unexpected discoveries, Austria is one summer holiday destination that you'd return to in a second.
Bathing Lakes in Carinthia-Carinthia is not known as "Austria's Riviera" without reason. This South Eastern corner of Austria is blissfully warm in summer, providing excellent swimming and tanning oppurtunties at its many beautiful lakes.
Spanish Riding School-The oldest riding school worldwide, which has been practising and maintaining the classical art of riding in the Renaissance tradition of the High School for 450 years.
Vienna Boys' Choir-The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world. For nearly five hundred years it has been one of the enduring symbols of Austria.
Music festivals in Austria-Austria is world known for it's first class music festivals and composers. It counts as a very special experience to attend one of those events, which are celebrated in great style.
Salzburg Marionette Theater-Discover the fascinating world of the Salzburg Marionette Theater and see for yourself how the master puppeteers bring to life the expertly carved puppets, captivating their audience with performances of The Sound of Music, Mozart Operas or Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Architectural Highlights Salzburg-If cities had a taste, Salzburg would certainly be sweet. This is not only because Salzburg’s most famous delicacy, the Mozartkugel, is made of the finest nougat and marzipan. It is above all because of the fairytale charm of the Baroque city and its modern architectural counterpoints.
50 Years - The Sound of Music-Who can't hum at least a few bars of 'Edelweiss' or 'The Hills Are Alive'? The story of the Von Trapp family continues to resonate with fans all over the world as the popular 1965 musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer remains a beloved favourite, inspiring plenty of visits to the 'The Sound of Music' city.
Shopping in Vienna-is refreshingly different. Shopping streets and pedestrian zones offer luxury goods and good values - at jeweler's shops as well as antique stores, art stores, and fashion designer boutiques.
Salzburg's Cathedral District-The DomQuartier Salzburg was the seat of power from which the city’s prince-archbishops expanded their influence over the region. The blend of architecture, secular beauty and sacred splendor on display makes a tour of the DomQuartier a unique experience.
Hohensalzburg-Discover the more than 900-year-old Hohensalzburg Fortress, an evidence of Salzburg’s medieval history. Take a ride or walk to the largest, fully preserved fortress in central Europe.
Innsbruck - Capital of the Alps-If there was ever a city at one with nature and its mountain environment it is Innsbruck, and there are countless reasons for staying in the Tyrolean capital or one of its 25 nearby Village Resorts.
Castles and Palaces-Austria is filled with magnificent castles and palaces, grandiose witnesses of a bygone era. Follow the footsteps of emperors and knights and let history come alive.
Swarovski Kristallwelten-Mela at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in July and August! At every step you will find something new to delight the senses and will get in touch with Indian personalities.
Budapest-(Hungarian pronunciation approximates to "boo-dah-pesht") is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life increasingly appreciated among European youth and, last but not least, an exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed "Paris of the East". In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.
Hollókő-is a preserved traditional settlement in Hungary. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Baths-Thermal waters abound in Hungary with over 1000 thermal springs in the country (more than 100 just in the Budapest area) many of which have been turned into baths and spas. The most famous being the Szechenyi baths in Budapest. It was completed in 1913 and built in Modern Renaissance style. This is the biggest thermal bath complex in Europe, its venue is the Budapest City Park. There are, however, hundreds of individual baths all around the country. The cave baths at Miskolc-Tapolca and the spa at Egerszalók are some nice examples. The first thermal baths were erected by the Romans more than 2000 years ago.
Budapest History Museum-There are three major sections. The Roman Antiquities and Archaeology section (Aquincum Museum). The Medieval section (Castle Museum). And the Modern Age section (Kiscelli Museum).
Holocaust Memorial Center-It is an interactive exhibition that shows original documents and objects from the Holocaust. There is also a library, bookshop, a coffee shop, and the Braham Information Centre. (also guided tours are available)
House of Terror Museum-Its exhibitions commemorate the victims of the racist and communist regimes in Hungary in the 20th century. (including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building.) It portrays the country's relationship with Nazi Germany and the Soviet
Lake Balaton-The biggest lake in Central Europe and there are numerous villages on its edges catering to tourists. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations.
Birdwatching-Hungary is an excellent destination for birdwatching (aka birding) holiday. There are wooded hills, vast fish-pond systems and grasslands, the puszta. Particularly good areas include the Kiskunsag and Hortobagy National Parks and the Aggtelek, Bukk and Zemplen Hills.
Horse riding-Vast areas of open countryside coupled with the long traditions of horsemanship make Hungary an ideal country for riding. Wide open plains in the south and forested hills in the north offer varied riding terrain.
Aggtelek-is a village in northern Hungary, close to the Slovak border.
Győr (German: Raab)-is a city in Western Transdanubia in Hungary. It is in Győr-Moson-Sopron county. Győr is located in the northwestern part of Hungary, close to the Slovakian and the Austrian borders.
National Park Hortobágy - The Puszta is a first and biggest national park in Hungary. The park is a part of the Great Plain
Tokaj-is a small town in north-eastern Hungary, famous worldwide for its white wines. It is the center of Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region. There is as well a region called Tokaj in south eastern part of Slovakia. Produces very similar Tokaj wines to hungarian ones, some may be different particularly new modern wines. Historically original Tokaj region was split after WW1 by Trianon agreement and there is ongoing fight of Hungarian wine-makers (supported by politicians) to deny Slovak Tokaj wine producers and their qualities.