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Jewels of Dalmatia

Discover the treasures of the Balkan states and the spectacular countryside of south-eastern Europe. Experience the romance of Venice and Budapest, visit medieval cities, relax in charming coastal villages and explore stunning national parks.Explore captivating HungaryArrive in Budapest, capital city of Hungary and our new home for two nights. Budapest is a fascinating city split over the Danube River, where the two parts, Buda and Pest, are linked by a series of bridges. Our tour travels through scenic Balatonfured and on to historic Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Here we take a sightseeing tour of the colourful old town. We continue through the scenic landscapes of Bosnia to Sarajevo. Sarajevo has been influenced by a number of cultures and is a fascinating place to visit. The next is stop is Dubrovnik, a real highlight of this tour. Here we have time to relax and get to know this wonderful town. With its ancient city walls, narrow cobblestone streets and colourful shops, being in Dubrovnik is like stepping back in time.Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Plitvice LakesFrom Dubrovnik we head to Split and the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park comprises 16 terraced lakes and is surrounded by densely-wooded hills. Here we take some time to enjoy the park and wander around the lower lakes - the scenery is breathtaking.Be spellbound by Slovenia and fall in love with VeniceContinuing through Europe, we travel to Slovenia. We spend time at picturesque Lake Bled and in the charming town of Ljubljana. With its fairytale streets and colourful open-air markets, Ljubljana is a real jewel of Europe. The last stop on our fantastic tour is the romantic city of Venice. Here there is time to relax and explore as we visit the famous Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned coaches
  • Tipping Made Easy, $220pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3 to 4 star)
  • 17 breakfasts and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Discover the treasures of Hungary

  • Enjoy an extensive tour of Budapest including Castle Hill's beautiful buildings and cobblestone streets, the famous Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion, and Heroes Square & Gellert Hill with its Citadel.

Witness age-old culture and stunning landscapes in Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • Tour the cosmopolitan capital of Sarajevo with its Turkish heritage and lively cafe scene. Enjoy exploring the four quarters of the city; each providing endless opportunities for relaxation, sightseeing and unique experiences.
  • Be enchanted by the town of Mostar with its beautiful 16th/17th century mosques, medieval buildings and cobbled streets that survived the war completely. Walk across the most celebrated Ottoman Bridge that links the two sides of the town.

Beauty, culture and ancient architecture awaits you in Croatia

  • Get acquainted with the fascinating city of Zagreb and admire its old world graciousness, lively energy and friendly locals.
  • Be rewarded with views of the shimmering Adriatic Ocean, beautiful marble streets and baroque buildings as you walk along the ancient city walls of medieval Dubrovnik.
  • Visit the always buzzing, exuberant city of Split and enjoy a tour of the world’s most impressive Roman Monument, the Diocletian’s Palace.
  • Discover the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park as your guided walking tour showcases its magnificent turquoise lakes, waterfalls and cascades.
  • Spend two nights in Opatija, often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic’. Enjoy an orientation tour of this remarkable seaside resort town and learn all about its splendid past.
  • Take a full day excursion to the heart shaped peninsula of Istra and spend some time exploring the ancient Roman Town of Poreč as well as the fishing village of Rovinj, considered the star attraction of Istria.

Slovenia, the land of pristine landscapes and friendly faces

  • Marvel at the two million year old stalagmite and stalactite formations at the Postojna Caves, a series of caverns, halls and passages some 20km long and hallowed out by the Pivka River.
  • Explore the oldest Slovenian mining city of Idrija, located in the green hills of the Julian Alps and well known for its mercury mine and world famous lace.
  • Be mesmerised by the mountain resort of Bled. With its emerald green lake, iconic fairy-tale church steeple perched atop the tiny rock at the middle of the lake and its medieval castle clinging to a cliff top, this is truly a magical place to behold.
  • Visit the well preserved and pretty capital city of Ljubljana and admire its dazzling hilltop castle, emerald green river, al fresco cafes on the banks of the promenade, youthful vibrancy and cultural creativity.

Explore mysterious, magical and romantic Venice

  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the most alluring city in the world, showcasing St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Basilica, Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • See magic in the hands of a master craftsman at a Glass Blowing Factory as they create a piece of art work before your very eyes.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
21
Price From
AUD $9,525
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
ItineraryExpand
Jewels of Dalmatia

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive in Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s vibrant capital. Meet your fellow travellers and tour director tonight for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Budapest

Facing each other across the Danube River, the former cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of beautiful bridges. Today we’ll take an extensive tour of the Castle Hill area and its beautiful buildings, the Fisherman’s Bastion, famous Matthias Church, the Hers’ Square and Gellert Hill. This evening we dine in a local Csarda restaurant for a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Budapest - Zagreb

Sit back and enjoy the views over the countryside as we travel south-west to the 'Hungarian Sea’ and Europe’s largest body of fresh water, Lake Balaton. This afternoon we cross the border into Croatia and make our way to the capital, Zagreb. [B]

Day 5. Zagreb

We take a morning sightseeing tour of this fascinating city and its impressive 900-year-old Upper Town. We see the churches of St Mark’s and St Catherine’s and visit the Cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the cobblestone streets at your own pace and admire its old-world graciousness and friendly, lively energy. [B]

Day 6. Zagreb - Sarajevo

Today we cross the border into Bosnia & Herzegovina and make our way to the historic capital, Sarajevo. A cosmopolitan city full of history and a Turkish heritage, it is often called the 'Jerusalem of Europe’. Here we enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of the four quarters. [B]

Day 7. Sarajevo - Dubrovnik

We venture south to Mostar, where its famous Ottoman Bridge, bustling gold alley and numerous mill house restaurants lining the banks of the river set an enchanting scene. Later this afternoon we continue to beautiful Dubrovnik, set against a backdrop of the shimmering Adriatic Ocean. [B]

Day 8. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most photographed towns in the Mediterranean. This morning we enjoy a walking tour of this historic walled city. Sights will include the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column, Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace. [B,D]

Special Experience: Enjoy the hospitality of the locals at a special home-hosted dinner.

Day 9. Kotor Excursion

We spend the day touring the tiny country of Montenegro. Admire the beauty of the Dalmatian coast as we drive along the rugged Bay of Kotor, dotted with charming little villages. [B]

Day 10. Dubrovnik - Split

We head north along the spectacular coast to Split. Enjoy the incredible scenery as we pass sheer cliff faces and bright turquoise waters. In Split, we tour the historic city centre, built around the remains of the world’s most impressive Roman monument - the Diocletian’s Palace. [B]

Day 11. Split - Trogir - Plitvice Lakes

Today we stop in the town of Trogir, where artists from around the world gather to paint. This afternoon we travel to stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. These 16 terraced lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey and blue. [B,D]

Special Experience: Stay overnight in the national park, only 400m from the highest waterfall.

Day 12. Plitvice Lakes

This morning we explore the spectacular lower lake section on a guided walking tour that will showcase its magnificent turquoise lakes, waterfalls and cascades. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy the tranquillity. [B,D]

Day 13. Plitvice Lakes - Opatija

We travel to the imperial resort town of Opatija. Famous for its grand spa hotels and superb location on the beautiful bay of Kvarner, it is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic’. We’ll take an orientation tour on arrival to learn about its splendid past. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. [B]

Day 14. Opatija

Enjoy a full-day excursion along the beautiful, heart-shaped Istrian Peninsula. Visit Eufrasius Basilica at the ancient Roman town of Porec, the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula and the charming fishing port of Rovinj. [B]

Day 15. Opatija - Bled

Today we visit the incredible Postojna Caves, with more than 20km of passages, galleries and chambers filled with two million year old stalagmite and stalactite formations. On the way to Bled we stop inIdrija, a mining town in the green hills of the Julian Alps that is also home to a lace-making tradition dating back more than 500 years. Here we’ll visit the Gewerkenegg Castle, built in the 1520s to serve as the headquarters for the mercury mine. [B]

Day 16. Bled

The region around Bled is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Set amongst stunning mountain peaks and brimming with forests and greenery, waterfalls and streams, it is characterised by the iconic church steeple that perches atop a tiny island in the middle of the lake. Here we enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour including a visit to Bled Castle, before we visit the lake valley of Bohinj. [B]

Special Experience: Visit Bohinj Shepherd Museum and taste the locally produced cheeses.

Day 17. Bled - Venice

Enjoy the morning at leisure before we depart forthe picturesque Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. This beautiful city features a hilltop castle, emerald green river and a buzzing al fresco cafe culture.

Special Experience: See Ljubljana from a different angle on a boat ride along the Ljubljanica River.

This afternoon we make our way to the ever-romantic city of Venice. [B]

Day 18. Venice

A place like no other, a day exploring Venice will leave lasting memories. Today’s highlights include Piazza San Marco and the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. We’ll also witness magic in the hands of a master craftsman at a traditional glass blowing factory, watching as they create a work of art before our eyes. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19. Depart Venice

Today we bid farewell to Venice and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. In Transit
Day 21. Arrive in Australia