Duration:16 Nights/17 Days
Arrive at the Vienna International airport, clear immigration, meet and greet with tour guide and transfer to hotel then the tour guide will escort you to the front desk for check-in formalities to get the room key. Short orientation tour of Vienna city.
Vienna (Austria) – Zagreb (Croatia)
Departure for Croatia. Zagreb is Croatia’s north-western capital and most important city as well. Zagreb has culture, arts, music, architecture, gastronomy and all the other things that make it a place to be in any traveller’s list.
Zagreb (Croatia) – Split (Croatia)
Visit Zagreb: named “the city with a million hearts”, for the million inhabitants that it shelters, Zagreb is the most important city of the Republic of Croatia and its cultural capital. Ideally placed between the Mount Medvednica and the Rio Sava. Walk along the suggestive old town of Zagreb, happening for the Gornji grad (High City) – of narrow streets and with two doors of access, as the famous Door of Stone – where you will find all kinds of historical buildings, as the Church of San Marcos, the Museum of the city of Zagreb and the spectacular Palace Klovic. Departure to Split.
Split (Croatia) – Dubrovnik (Croatia) –
After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to the coastal city of Split, built around the remains of the Diocletian Palace which dates back to the Roman era. Wander inside and take in Peristil Square where you can see an original Egyptian sphinx which was brought from Egypt by Roman emperor Diocletian. Another sphinx can be found near St John’s Church, which was originally a Roman temple. We take an included tour of the Diocletian Palace or climb the campanile bell tower next to the palace’s mausoleum for spectacular views from the top.
If you want to relax there are plenty of al fresco bars and restaurants to choose from along the seafront, as well as gelati bars and cheaper pizzerias off the main roads. There is plenty of delicious Italian-influenced local cuisine to choose from, often at very reasonable prices. Afternoon transfer to Dubrovnik.
The 'Pearl of the Adriatic', situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration programme co-ordinated by UNESCO.
Dubrovnik (Croatia) – Budva (Montenegro)
Our next visit is to the seaside town of Budva in Montenegro. Budva (not to be confused with the Czech beer Budvar) is 2,500 years old, one of the oldest and most popular settlements on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro. This vibrant seaside town is well known for its sandy beaches, historic old town, diverse nightlife, and beautiful examples of Mediterranean architecture.
Budva (Montenegro) – Pristina (Kosovo)
After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to Kosovo. Visit the Monastery of Gracanica. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the church of the monastery is an outstanding example of Byzantine architecture and a unique combination of edges, faces, windows and domes. Visit the Kosovo Polje - monument sacred to the nationalism of Serbia, now protected by UN forces.
Pristina (Kosovo) - Skopje (Macedonia)
Visit the Monastery of Decani, founded in 1327 by St. Stephen Uros III. In 1331 King Stephen was murdered by his son Dusan. Lived and died a holy martyr Stephen was buried in the church of the monastery, where his body still completely intact, resting in the shrine in front of the iconostasis. The monastic complex includes the church dedicated to the Ascension of Christ, the dormitories of Milos and Leontije, the refectory, the Arhimandriija (the abode of the abbot), the bell tower and the tower entrance. visit the Monastery of Pec. Situated at the throat of Rugovo, a few kilometers from the town of Pech, the monastery contains four churches built over two centuries by some Serbian archbishops and patriarchs. The oldest, dedicated to the Holy Apostles, and also known as the Church of San Salvatore, was built around the middle of 1200 by Archbishop Arsenie I, successor of St. Sava (the founder of the Serbian Church). Afternoon transfer to Skopje.
Visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon located on a hill overlooking the city of Skopje. Visit the Macedonian capital: the National Museum, the Church of St. Kliment Ohridski, the Fortress, the Church of St. Spas with its incredible iconostasis six meterrs high and ten meters long, made entirely by brothers Filipovski from 1819 to 1824. Visit the Memorial dedicated to Mother Teresa and the place where once stood the house of his birth. Visit the ancient Muslim quarter.
Skopje (Macedonia) – Sofia (Bulgaria)
After breakfast departure to Bulgaria. Stop to visit the famous Rila monastery (UNESCO). Time for walking and lunch at Rila Monastery, where you can admire the fascinating scenery of the forest.
Continue to Sofia. At the suburbs of Sofia visit the Boyana Church (UNESCO). The small church is an unique example of the medieval church architecture in the Balkans. The building was erected and then three times repaired in different historical periods, in fact it is constructed at the end of X century, but it undergoes its first change in XIII and the second in XIX century. What really make it special are its frescos on the interior.
City tour of Sofia: Church of St. Sofia, Church of St. George, Aleksandar Nevski Memorial Cathedral: the wonderful building rises gloriously in the centre of the town. Officially opened in 1912, in honor of the 200.000 Russian warriors died in the liberation war. Visiting the National Theatre, the Narodno Sabranie Square. Free time to explore the capital by your own.
Sofia (Bulgaria) – Bucharest (Romania)
Departure to Bucharest. Flower-festooned parks, gardens, and wide boulevards shaded by century-old trees contribute to Bucharest’s beauty. The highlight of your sightseeing tour is a visit to the open-air VILLAGE MUSEUM, a unique collection of traditional farmhouses, cottages, wind and watermills, and artisans’ workshops from all parts of the country. The Local Guide will also show you other places of interest, including the Government Victoria Palace, the Royal Palace, and the Savings Palace. There is also an afternoon optional visit to the Romanian Parliament, known as the “House of the People. “
After breakfast Visit the Bucharest city. Evening is free for own.
Bucharest (Romania) – Brasov (Romania)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Brasov. On the way to Brasov, stop in Sinaia in the Prahova Valley. This is a lovely ski resort, almost 3,300 feet above sea level. While in Sinaia there will be time to visit the SINAIA MONASTERY and PELES CASTLE, considered among the most romantic in the world. Only a few more miles and you reach Brasov, a lovely medieval town famous for its town square filled with baroque architecture and outdoor cafés.
Brasov (Romania) – Belgrade (Serbia)
After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to Belgrade.
Belgrade (Beograd) is the capital of Serbia, and has a population of around 1.6 million. It is situated in South- Eastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has since ancient times been an important focal point for traffic, an intersection of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe. Visit the historic part of the capital - the bohemian quarter, Skadarlija, with its old Serbian buildings such as the residence of Princess Ljubica, the donation of Captain Misa, the Dositej School, and the Bajrakli Dzamija Mosque. Visit of the Church of Saint Sava, the largest Orthodox Church in the Balkans. Evening walk in the center to admire the Palace of Parliament, the Government, and the Kalemegdan - the most beautiful and biggest park in Belgrade, which is also the most important cultural and historical complex, in which the Belgrade Fortress stands high above the Sava and Danube confluence. The name Kalemegdan applies only to the spacious plateau surrounding the Fortress, which was turned into a park in the eighties of the XIX century. When the
Fortress served as Belgrade's chief military stronghold, the plateau was a place from which the enemy was kept under observation and where preparations were made for combats. Its name derives from the Turkish words kale (fort) and megdan (field). The Turks also called it Fichir-bair, which means "the contemplation hill". In the afternoon excursion to the Zemun district situated on the other bank of the river Sava. It houses the Millennium Tower, built on the hill of Gardos by the Hungarians in 1896 to celebrate 1000 years of the Magyar presence in Pannonia. Zemun was built on the ruins of the Roman city of TAURUNUM, which was destroyed by the Huns in the fifth century and again fortified by the Byzantines
in the ninth century. In 1891 were discovered the remains of a shrine of the Roman era in which they celebrated the gods Dionysus and Hercules, likely the popular cult of the Balkan provinces.
Belgrade (Serbia) – Budapest (Hungary)
After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to Budapest.
City tour of Budapest. We start the tour from the Chain Bridge. First, we take the Margaret Bridge and drive over to Buda. We stop in the Castle District and during a short walk we show you the main attractions of the area. We walk to Matthias Church and to the Fishermen’s Bastion (from where you can enjoy the beautiful panorama).Next, we drive to the Gellért Hill (Citadel) and show you the most spectacular view of Budapest. We then take you across the Elisabeth Bridge to Pest and show you the famous Central Market Hall, followed by the largest Synagogue of Europe and the City Park. We pass by Europe’s largest thermal spa, the Budapest Zoo and the Amusement Park, after which stop at the Heroes’ Square (with statues of the most famous Hungarian kings and dukes). We then take the Andrássy Avenue to downtown Pest, pass by the Opera House and the St Stephen’s Basilica. We then get off the bus again and take an interior visit of the impressive neo-gothic House of Parliament (guided tour incl.). During the tour we offer a brief overview of the last 1000 years of Hungarian history.
Budapest (Hungary) – Vienna (Austria) – Departure
After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to Vienna Airport.
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