18 Day Itinerary - Prague, Vienna, Budapest & Croatia

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Day 1: Arrival in Prague

Today you will arrive in the capital city of the Czech Republic (Czechia). Upon arrival, one of our drivers will be waiting for you at the airport to drive you to your centrally located hotel. You can begin exploring the historical center of Prague with a visit to the Old Town Square. Here you'll find sights including Tyn Church, the Astronomical Clock and the Old Town Hall.

Day 2: Private Walking Tour & Sightseeing

Begin your first full day in Prague with a 3 hour private guided walking tour of some of the city's highlights. Cross Charles Bridge, visit the charming Little Quarter, home to the John Lennon Wall before taking a tram up to the nearly eleven hundred year old Prague Castle. After your tour, choose to spend some time exploring Prague Castle's many sights including St Vitus Cathedral or head up to Strahov Monastery, home to one of the world's most beautiful libraries. You may also wish to head back down to the Little Quarter to further discover this quaint area of Prague.

Day 3: Prague Sightseeing

Despite being nearly 700 years old, the New Town (Nové Město) is the youngest of the original five independent towns that made up Medieval Prague. This morning you may wish to explore the New Town's large variety of shops and Wenceslas Square that sits at its heart. In the afternoon head to Vysehrad, Prague's historical fort for a peaceful stroll away from the tourist center. Here you'll find beautiful vistas over the city and the beautiful St. Peter & St. Paul Basilica. Later, visit the architectural beautiful neighborhood of Vinohrady, famous for its Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Baroque buildings.

Day 4: Journey to Vienna

A private transfer will collect you this morning to take you to Prague Station for your train journey to Vienna. On arrival take a taxi to your centrally located hotel before your guide meets you for your guided walking tour of Vienna's historical center. After your tour you are free to further explore the Inner City, home to sights such as St. Stephen's Cathedral, Mozart's House and the famous Graben shopping street.

Day 5: Vienna Sightseeing

Start your day with a visit to the heart of the Habsburg Empire. Here you'll find the Hapsburg Palace and the Spanish Riding School. If you have time, we highly recommend a visit to the Imperial Treasury or Albertina Museum. In the afternoon, visit another two of Vienna's gems, the Karlskirche and the Belvedere Palace, home to the famous works of Gustav Klimt. For those interested in wine, you may also want to visit Grinzing in the evening. Despite its closeness to the city center, a visit to Grinzing seems to transport you to the countryside, as quaint cottages and cozy old farmhouses create a charming village atmosphere.

Day 6: Vienna Sightseeing

Start your day with a trip to Schonbrunn Palace, the magnificent Baroque palace most famously associated with the Empress Maria Theresa. Take a tour of the imperial staterooms and stroll through the beautiful park grounds that surround the palace. For those with children, you may wish to visit the famous Schonbrunn Zoo. In the afternoon, head back into the city and explore the numerous sights of the Ringstrasse, Vienna's central ring road. Sights here include the Kunsthistorisches (Art History) Museum or the Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History) Museum and the neo-Gothic town hall. In the evening, head to one of the most enjoyable places for an evening out in Vienna – Spittelberg, known for its range of quirky bars and restaurants.

Day 7: Journey to Budapest

This morning you will depart Vienna for your train journey to Budapest. On arrival into Hungary's Capital City, our driver will meet you and take you directly to your centrally located hotel. From there, you are free to explore Central Budapest and its famous Central Market using your detailed itinerary. Sights include St Stephens Basilica, the vibrant market, Chain Bridge and Váci street, home to many boutique shops and a many of Pest's most interesting architectural monuments, as well as several historic churches.

Day 8: Private Walking Tour & Sightseeing

Our local and knowledgeable guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and take you on a half day private guided walking tour of Budapest's highlights. During your tour you will take in a gorgeous vista of the city from the Fisherman's Bastion, explore the winding streets of the Castle District, gaze in awe at the striking interior of St. Stephen's Basilica, travel along the city's most elegant avenue with the help of Europe's oldest subway, and more. In the afternoon further explore the castle district and in the evening, take a relaxing dip in one of Budapest's most famous thermal baths, the Szechenyi Baths.

Day 9: Budapest Sightseeing

Even more of Budapest's top sights can be visited today, starting off with a morning tour of The Hungarian Parliament building. In the afternoon, head out of the city to Szentendre, a charming cobblestone town nestled alongside the Danube River. Szentendre means St. Andrew in English, and the town is located only about ten miles north of Budapest, but with its idyllic village atmosphere it could not be more different. In the evening, either head up to Gellert Hill for a stunning sunset over the city, or spend the evening in Gellert baths, another of Budapest's famous thermal bath houses.

Day 10: Budapest Sightseeing & Journey to Zagreb

Andrássy Avenue is Budapest's most prominent street and a World Heritage Site since 2002. Spend the morning strolling along this beautiful avenue, home to several museums including the superb House of Terror Museum. In the afternoon, say goodbye to Budapest and board your train to Zagreb, Croatia's Capital City.

Day 11: Private Walking Tour & Sightseeing

Spend your morning with one of our friendly guides as you explore the main sights of vibrant Zagreb. Highlights include Zagreb cathedral, the short funicular connecting the lower and uppers parts of the city. In the afternoon, spend time in Zagreb's Old Town.

Day 12: Journey to Plitvice Lakes

Be prepared for a busy day as you set off early this morning to visit one of Croatia's top sights, Plitvice Lakes! Plitvice Lakes National Park is an astounding 8-kilometre (5-mile) stretch of 16 lakes that cascade one into the other over a terraced sequence of barriers formed over millennia. Thanks to its mineral-rich waters, the Park's lakes practically glow with a brilliant turquoise hue when seen from afar, and are crystal clear up close.

Day 13: Journey to Split

Your own personal English-speaking driver will pick you up directly from your hotel in Plitvice and drive you directly to Split. In the afternoon, spend two hours on a private guided walking tour through Diocletian's Palace and Split's Old Town. After your tour, you may wish to spend more time exploring the labyrinth of alleyways and the numerous sights of the palace.

Day 14: Excursion to Trogir

With its collection of palaces, belfries and narrow cobbled lanes radiating out from an antique central square, medieval Trogir is one of the most charming towns on the Dalmatian Coast; its historic sights give any other town in the Adriatic a run for their money. Spend the day here exploring its old stone walls and glistening seaside promenade. Later, return to Split and discover the Veli Varos neighborhood and hike up to the Marjan Peninsula with its hilltop café and city views.

Day 15: Journey to Dubrovnik via Mostar

Your own personal driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you all the way to the southern Dalmatian coastal city of Dubrovnik via a detour to the beautifully reconstructed old Ottoman town of Mostar in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Mostar was heavily damaged in the Balkans wars of the early 1990s, but the historic core of the town has been restored to its glorious former self, including its iconic arched bridge from which you can watch daredevil divers plunging into the rather shallow waters below, and all its old mosques. After you leave Mostar you'll stop over at the stunning hamlet of Počitelj in the Neretva River valley before heading on to Dubrovnik. In the evening you can begin exploring Dubrovnik's Old Town.

Day 16: Private Walking Tour & Sightseeing

Start the day off with a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Nestled in a sublimely attractive location on what was once an island surrounded by intoxicatingly azure waters, the ancient city of Dubrovnik enjoyed centuries of independent city-state existence up until the early 19th century as the Republic of Ragusa. By playing off its rivals, Venice and the Ottoman Empire, against each other it was able to accumulate vast fortunes as a safe trade route into the Balkan hinterland and thus create a remarkably beautiful city and gargantuan fortifications that remain astonishingly well preserved to today. In the afternoon, you can explore these fortifications with a walk around the City Walls that run for an incredible 2km around the city. In the evening, head up to Mount Srd by cable car and enjoy a spectacular sunset over Dubrovnik. 

Day 17: Cavtat and Lokrum Island

Your last full day in Dubrovnik begins with a visit to Cavtat. The cosmopolitan center of the town, where fishing and tourist boats jostle with gleaming jet-set yachts the size of battleships, is criss-crossed with cobbled streets lined with traditional red-roofed brownstone houses that climb back from the blue of the waterfront. This is an ideal half-day excursion from Dubrovnik where you can while away the hours exploring the town or soak up the sun on a rare sandy beach nearby. In the afternoon, head back to Dubrovnik and visit Lokrum Island, situated just a stone's throw from the city walls.

Day 18: Departure from Dubrovnik

Today you say goodbye to Dubrovnik and journey home. Our driver will collect you from your hotel and take your directly to the airport at your chosen departure time. Speak to one of our travel consultants if you wish to extend your trip!

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