Welcome to Budapest. Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s most ancient and fascinating cities. You will be met at the airport by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred* to your hotel situated on the banks of the Danube River.
Two Night Stay: Budapest
Your morning tour will visit both towns of Buda and Pest, linked by the famous Chain Bridge. Guarded by two lion statues on both bridgeheads, the suspension bridge offers one of the city’s most beautiful views. Enjoy seeing Heroes’ square, Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the medieval town on Castle Hill.
This morning after breakfast we depart Budapest and travel south through gentle countryside towards Croatia. After arriving in its capital Zagreb this afternoon, we enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel.
Two Night Special Stay: Zagreb
This morning take in the sights of the city, whose most noteworthy buildings were constructed during Croatia’s golden age in the 19th century. Enjoy the architecture of the Archbishop’s Palace, Opera House, Cathedral and St Mark’s Church before taking a journey to the quaint village of Kumrovec. SCENIC ENRICH: Drive to a charming restaurant located in a gorgeous rural landscape for a delicious lunch before you discover the history of Yugoslavia’s President Tito on a visit to an open air museum showcasing traditional village houses, including the house where he was born and which today hosts a large collection of memorabilia on the former leader. On return to Zagreb, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Croatian capital.
Today leave Croatia for the time being as you travel to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This evening we enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant
Two Night Stay: Sarajevo
Sarajevo, is best known for the turmoil of war in the former Yugoslavia. But since then much has changed and Sarajevo has surfaced to become a vibrant metropolis full of life and cultural heritage. The unique mixture of Western and Eastern styles, the way of life, and the pleasant and good natured people is what gives Sarajevo its unique feel and that is why many people refer to Sarajevo as the city with a Soul. On your Included tour visit the Bascarsija in the heart of old Sarajevo, Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum. SCENIC ENRICH: Tonight you will be treated to a home hosted dinner of traditional Bosnian cuisine in a private family home.
On your transfer from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik, stop in the beautiful city of Mostar. On your guided tour of the city, visit the Turkish house and the Old Bridge which was built by the Ottoman Empire in 1565. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before your journey to the impressive Dalmatian coast line.
Three Night Special Stay: Dubrovnik
The walled old town of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World heritage site and has remained largely unchanged since medieval times. The prosperity of the town has always been based on maritime trade and in the Middle Ages it rivalled Venice as a maritime power. On your Included guided walking tour see Onofrio’s Fountain, the Rector’s Palace and The Old Pharmacy in the Franciscan monastery. The Old Pharmacy was opened in 1317 and is the third oldest pharmacy in Europe however the only one still operating today. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining: This evening, choose to dine at one of three superb local restaurants.
Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) a full day excursion down the ever-changing South Adriatic coast to the country of Montenegro, a country of great natural beauty and immense cultural heritage. Discover the Bay of Kotor, the pearl of the medieval Mediterranean, which will be presented in its full beauty with the Romanesque Cathedral of St Triphun encircled by walls and fortresses included on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Your experience of Montenegro will finish with a visit to Budva, a small town which is believed to be one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast; or (2) the walled old town of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World heritage site and has remained largely unchanged since medieval times. Enjoy a walk around the medieval ramparts which enclose the town and provide magnificent vistas of both the sea and the famous city of red roofs and grey stone.
Drive to the coastal city of Split. Join a local guide for your Included city tour, which will reveal the remains of the massive Imperial Palace of Diocletian, constructed from 293 AD, primarily as a retirement home. Visit the church which is thought to be the oldest in the world and which is still used for services today.
Overnight Stay: Split
This morning is your last chance to enjoy the sea-breeze before you turn inland and enjoy the rugged natural scenery of the Balkans as we leave Split behind and head towards the unique Plitvice National Park. This afternoon we walk along meandering pathways as you view a series of emerald green lakes, stepped and linked by increasingly impressive waterfalls.
Overnight Stay: Plitvice
This morning we cross into Slovenia and arrive in its capital Ljubljana. On your Included tour you will see the Opera House, National Museum, Franciscan Church and St. Nicholas Cathedral.
Two Night Stay: Ljubljana
One of Europe’s most picturesque and iconic settings is your destination today – Lake Bled, formed after a glacier retreat and overlooked by the famous Bled Castle. SCENIC ENRICH: Step back in time and take a traditional wooden ‘Pletna’ boat to the stunningly beautiful island in the lake and visit the historic Church of St Mary with its wishing well – you may wish to ring the bell for good luck. Following a short drive visit one of the many picturesque local villages. SCENIC ENRICH: Enjoy coffee and cake at the famous lakeside Villa Bled, former residence of President Tito, where he hosted global statesmen in the post-war years.
Today visit Slovenia’s greatest tourist site – the Karst Caves at Postojna. A mini-train will take you underground through a series of beautiful halls adorned with stalagmites and stalactites, unique shapes that will leave you spellbound. We continue our journey to Italy, arriving in magnificent Venice – the most unique city in the world! Cruise up the Grand Canal by private motor launch past ornate and gilded Palazzos and Palladian churches to your superbly located hotel. SCENIC ENRICH: Tonight we take a romantic gondola serenade and glide under ancient bridges amongst the breathtaking canals.
Two Night Special Stay: Venice
Appreciate the wealth and power that pervaded this maritime city state in times past during your Included walking tour of the city. Enjoy the bustling cafés in the square, see the clock tower ‘dei Mori’, the Campanile and visit both the stunning Basilica of San Marco and the spectacular Doge’s Palace. Choose from the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) a private lagoon cruise visiting some of the many islands surrounding Venice; or (2) a guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum. We then enjoy dinner at Antico Pignolo, a traditional restaurant located alongside one of the city’s canals.
After breakfast your Scenic Tours Representative will transfer* you on your scheduled shuttle to Venice airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Please schedule onward flights for midday).
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.