CENTRAL EUROPE & ADRIATIC CRUISE

Cultural tour of Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary & Croatia

The Central European capitals of Prague. Vienna, Budapest and Zagreb offer an incredibly rich variety of art treasures, dating to the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and modern times. On this-15-day tour you will explore these historic cities, enjoy delicious cuisine and listen to beautiful music. You will also explore nature, visiting the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. To top it all off you will enjoy a weeklong cruise, on board a small luxurious ship exploring a host of beautiful places in Croatia along the shimmering Adriatic Sea.

Tour Information
Tour Duration : 15 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Avg. Tour Size : 25 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Prague (CZECH REPUBLIC)
(D)
Day 02: Prague
(B)
Day 03: Prague/Vienna (Drive) (AUSTRIA)
(B)
Day 04: Vienna
(B, D)
Day 05: Vienna/Budapest (Drive) (HUNGARY)
(B)
Day 06: Budapest
(B, D)
Day 07: Budapest/Zagreb (Drive) (CROATIA)
(B, D)
Day 08: Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes/Split
(B)
Day 09: Split/Bol/Stari Grad (Cruise)
(B, L)
Day 10: Stari Grad/Hvar/Vis (Cruise)
(B, L)
Day 11: Vis/Vela Luka (Cruise)
(B, L)
Day 12: Vela Luka/Korcula (Cruise)
(B, L)
Day 13: Korcula/Mljet (Cruise)
(B, L, D)
Day 14: Mljet/Dubrovnik (Cruise)
(B, L)
Day 15: Depart Dubrovnik
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Prague (CZECH REPUBLIC)

Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel. There’s time to relax before meeting our fellow travelers and Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner.

Overnight: Angelo By Vienna House, Prague (2 nights) (D)

Day 02: Prague

Built on seven hills and both banks of the Vltava River, Prague is one of the most alluring cities in Europe. Our tour of the Historic Centre of Prague* starts with panoramic drive to see famous Wenceslas Square, Strahov Stadium and Castle Square. We then embark on a walking tour, visiting the Royal Castle of Hradcany with the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and the Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower. We cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague, viewing the Jewish Ghetto, the Town Hall and the world-famous Astronomical Clock. The remainder of the day is free. We suggest attending an optional concert or cultural performance. (B)

Day 03: Prague/Vienna (Drive) (AUSTRIA)

Today we head to Vienna, the "City of Waltz." After our arrival we have plenty of free time to begin exploring Austria’s lovely capital on our own. The Historic Centre of Vienna* developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century.

Overnight: Hilton Hotel, Vienna (2 nights) (B)

Day 04: Vienna

On a morning sightseeing tour, we visit the Hofburg Palace, once the center of the Habsburg monarchy, see the Belvedere Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the UN Buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other remnants of the city’s imperial history. Our afternoon is at leisure.  In the evening we gather for a dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 05: Vienna/Budapest (Drive) (HUNGARY)

Today we journey to Budapest. The afternoon we are free to explore this fascinating city, which features the remains of monuments such as the Roman city of Aquincum and the Gothic castle of Buda, which have had a considerable influence on the architecture of various periods. It is one of the world's outstanding urban landscapes and illustrates the great periods in the history of the Hungarian capital.

Overnight: Radisson BLU or Zara Continental Hotel, Budapest (2 nights) (B)

Day 06: Budapest

Our morning sightseeing tour of Budapest includes views of all the main attractions: The Parliament, Royal Palace and the Castle Hill area, including the Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes' Square, and Gellert Hill with its Citadel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this exciting city on our own. Tonight, we enjoy a dinner with entertainment at a typical Csardas restaurant. (B, D)

Day 07: Budapest/Zagreb (Drive) (CROATIA)

We journey along the banks of the Lake Balaton, cross the border into Croatia and head to Zagreb. An afternoon sightseeing tour of Croatian capital will take us through the historic Upper Town. See St. Mark’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament and the Government Palace. We enjoy our dinner at our hotel.

Overnight: Westin Hotel, Zagreb (1 night) (B, D)

Day 08: Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes/Split

We journey south to visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park*. The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. We enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with its 16 terraced lakes surrounded by wooded mountains and lush vegetation. We then head to Split and the port to embark on our ship. We meet our fellow travelers and our Cruise Manager later at an on-board Welcome Reception.

Overnight: M/S Freedom or M/S Adriatic Queen, Cruise (7 nights) (B)

Day 09: Split/Bol/Stari Grad (Cruise)

In the morning we explore the Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian*. The ruins of Diocletian's Palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area. Afterwards we sail to Bol, home of one of the best beaches in Croatia, the Golden Horn. This vast, golden pebble beach is quite unique, as it changes shape and position depending on the direction of the winds. Afterwards we head to Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe. (B, L)

Day 10: Stari Grad/Hvar/Vis (Cruise)

A quick sail gets us to towards Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet-set. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town of Hvar, visiting the first public theatre in Europe, the Franciscan Monastery and several other historical sights. We then cruise towards Island of Vis. The town Vis, the antique Issa, was founded around 397 B.C. Our tour of Vis features the town’s waterfront. Our evening is at leisure. (B, L)

Day 11: Vis/Vela Luka (Cruise)

After breakfast set sail for Korcula Island, thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Our port of call for the day is Vela Luka (the “big harbor”) town, dating back to pre-historic times. After our lunch onboard, we disembark in Vela Luka and depart for an afternoon tour of Korcula, featuring a visit of an olive oil factory, the Barilo ethno museum and a local winery to taste some local wine and cheese. We return to our ship, for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 12: Vela Luka/Korcula (Cruise)

This morning we sail along the beautiful island of Korcula and have time for swimming. We then take a walking tour through the narrow, cobbled streets of the town of Korcula, including a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Our evening is free to discover the town and enjoy dinner on our own at one of many local restaurants. (B, L)

Day 13: Korcula/Mljet (Cruise)

Today we set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park encompasses five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). This lovely island was supposedly a favorite holiday spot for the Greek hero Ulysses! Tonight, we will enjoy a Captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Mljet/Dubrovnik (Cruise)

In the morning we sail to Dubrovnik*, the “Pearl of Adriatic”. Here we take a walking tour of the old town and visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy. The remainder of the day is free to discover this lovely city on our own. (B, L)

Day 15: Depart Dubrovnik

After breakfast it’s time to disembark.  We will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport for your departure flight. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2019

Jun 08* & 29; Jul 13; Aug 31**; Sep 14, 21 & 28

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Tour Price

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Departure(s) 2019 Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Double lower deck cabin
Jun 08 US$ 3840 • CA$ 5184 US$ 2150 • CA$ 2903
Jun 29; Jul 13; Aug 31; Sep 14 & 21 US$ 3750 • CA$ 5063
Sep 28 US$ 3640 • CA$ 4914


Notes

• Jun 8: operated aboard M/S Adriatic Queen in main deck cabin.
• Aug 31: operated aboard M/S Freedom & M/S Adriatic Queen.
• This tour is not part of our small group journeys. Please contact us for other tours within the same region.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 25 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Professional Cruise & Tour Director
  • Entrance fees to museums & sites included in the itinerary
  • Headsets will be provided during included sightseeing tours
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Port taxes (currently US$ 100 per person)
  • Supplement for main deck US$ 200 per person
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare
(International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1100

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1100

USA(East Coast)
US$ 900

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and average tour size of 25 participants.
Also please note that this tour is NOT part of our small group journeys.

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.