10 day Budapest to Dubrovnik via Slovenia
from 1799 €
Open the gate of Royal Budapest, get a healthy portion of Green Slovenia, and travel through the Croatian mainland and the scenic Adriatic coast from Split to Dubrovnik – embrace diversity! Choose this tour if you like a little bit of everything; imperial city of Budapest, charming town of Ljubljana, National parks of Plitvice Lakes and Krka falls, romantic scenic Adriatic coastal road, and medieval Venetian town of Dubrovnik. It’s beautiful!
Welcome to Hungary!
Budapest city tour –
Tihany Peninsula –
Heviz lake –
Maribor stroll – Ljubljana city tour – overnight Ljubljana
Hike in Vintgar Gorge – Lake Bled –
Lake Bohinj –
LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA – PIRAN – LJUBLJANA
Postojna cave – Coastal town of Piran – overnight Ljubljana
LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB, CROATIA
Welcome to Croatia!
Zagreb city tour –
ZAGREB – PLITVICE – TROGIR
Hike in Plitvice Lakes National Park – Velebit mountain pass –
TROGIR – SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
City tour of Split and Diocletian’s palace – Scenic Adriatic coastal road drive – overnight Dubrovnik
City tour of Dubrovnik with Franciscan monastery – optional tours – overnight Dubrovnik
DUBROVNIK – tour ends
Possible transfer to the airport.
Or continue with a Post tour.
ABOUT THIS TOUR
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Type of Travel: escorted, with local guides
Group Size: max 8
Recommended for: families, couples, individuals, friends – private groups that want Safe travel
When to travel: throughout the year
Transportation: modern A/C van
Inclusive: main entrances
Accommodation: 4* hotels
Meals: 9 breakfasts, Food tour with wine in Ljubljana
Twin city of Budapest Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river
Explore Balaton lake area, Hungarian countryside at Tihany peninsula and dip in lake Heviz healing thermal waters
See 400 years old vine in Maribor and take a culinary journey through Slovenia in the capital of the country, Ljubljana
Hike through Vintgar gorge and enjoy the play of the water, Bled Lake beauties, a Trademark of Slovenian tourism in the heart of the Julian Alps
The Queen of the caves – Postojna cave magical underground formations and Venetian legacy of the medieval town of Piran on the Adriatic coast
Zagreb City Tour with Lower and Upper part of the city
Hike in Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s first national park, and enjoy the colors of nature
City tour of Split and Diocletian’s palace and Little Venice of Dalmatia – Trogir
A scenic drive on the Adriatic coast – one of Europe's most majestic drives
City tour of Dubrovnik, The Pearl of Adriatic, with a Franciscan monastery
Optional Game of Thrones Tour and/or Optional sunset dinner cruise around the Dubrovnik town walls
Thank you for making our first private tour so memorable! You lead with an air of professionalism that is very reassuring to your travellers. We were constantly impressed with your knowledge of history and passion to relate it to us. We hope we return back to your country in the future!
DAY 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – tour starts
Highlights: Twin city of Budapest Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river
Welcome to Budapest, the capital of Hungary! Some time to freshen up at your hotel and meeting your Travel Director. “Few European cities can rival Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river”, says The Guardian. Start your exploration of this fabulous city by a panoramic drive to see the historic Buda castle district and the view of Budapest underneath. Then cross the river of Danube, pass by Hungarian State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica, and learn about Hungary’s most important national leaders at Heroes’ Square. Take a walk through the City park, perhaps buy a souvenir at Vaci Street or simply relax on the Danube promenade, taking in the panorama of Gellert Hill and the Citadel, while snapping a photo of the Chain Bridge. Your local guide’s insight into the city will add to the experience for sure. Instead of dinner in a restaurant, perhaps board a boat to enjoy Hungarian cuisine during the cruise on the Danube.
Optional Nm 1: Danube dinner cruise in Budapest (2,5 hours)
DAY 2: BUDAPEST – TIHANY – HEVIZ, HUNGARY
Highlights: Explore Balaton lake area, Hungarian countryside at Tihany peninsula and dip in lake Heviz healing thermal waters
After breakfast, depart from Budapest towards Lake Balaton, the essence of Hungarian rural beauty and also Hungary’s version of Provence. Scenic roads will take us through tiny villages of whitewashed houses and interesting formations of nature. We stop at Tihany Peninsula, a pearl of Balaton Lake and the first designated landscape protection area of the country. Visit Tihany Abbey, a Benedictine monastery established at Tihany in the Kingdom of Hungary almost 1000 years ago. Second part of the day is reserved for Heviz, our miniature spa paradise. The town of Heviz is located near Lake Heviz, the world’s second-largest thermal lake. The water that breaks out from a spring cave, with a temperature of 40 °C (104 °F) and even on the coldest winter days doesn’t drop below 24 °C (75 °F), makes bathing in the lake possible year-round. Afternoon and evening at leisure, perhaps try out the healing powers of thermal waters and afterward enjoy a lovely dinner in one of the many restaurants in town.
DAY 3: HEVIZ – MARIBOR – LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
Highlights: See 400 years old vine in Maribor and take a culinary journey through Slovenia in the capital of the country, Ljubljana
Morning departure to Slovenia, a country rich with natural treasures, harmonious architecture, charming rustic culture, and sophisticated cuisine. First, we stop in Maribor, Slovenia’s second-largest city, to see the oldest vine in the world, which survived fires, floods, diseases and is still capable to squeeze a couple of liters of wine each year, for the last 400 years. We will take a walk through the city of Maribor, proclaimed European Capital of Culture 2012. In the afternoon we arrive in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, a charming city that has a feel of a metropolis with small-town friendliness. Our city tour will be combined with a food tour, a culinary journey through the country. Slovenian cooking borrows a little something from each of its neighbors – Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Balkans. With a car-free city center, Ljubljana offers a pleasant walk along the riverbank and is never boring, with tempting cafes, museums, parks, and shops. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: breakfast, food tour
DAY 4: LJUBLJANA – BLED – BOHINJ – LJUBLJANA
Highlights: Hike through Vintgar gorge and enjoy the play of the water, Bled Lake beauties, a Trademark of Slovenian tourism with a 1000-year-old castle, Triglav National Park in the heart of the Julian Alps and Lake of Bohinj
After breakfast, a morning drive to the sunny side of the Julian Alps. First, we start with a picturesque hike in a 1,6 km/1 mi long Vintgar gorge* which carves its way through the vertical rocks and is graced with waterfalls, pools, and rapids. A short ride brings us to the shores of the beautiful glacial lake of Bled surrounded by the Julian Alps. Bled is a trademark of Slovenian tourism, a nature escape of peace and fresh mountain air. Ready to feel the history? A medieval gothic castle of Bled, built on 130 m/426 feet high cliff, offers a journey back in time. An optional visit to the tiny island of Lake Bled with a traditional wooden rowing boat will offer a chance to ring a bell of wishes, most possibly 500 years old tradition. Let’s go deeper into Triglav National Park and drive through picturesque alpine villages and pastures to the biggest Slovenian lake, Bohinj.
*Vintgar gorge is open to visitors from Easter time till November 1st.
DAY 5: LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA CAVE – PIRAN – LJUBLJANA
Highlights: The Queen of the caves – Postojna cave magical underground formations, Venetian legacy of the medieval town of Piran on Adriatic coast
Have you heard about baby dragons from Slovenia? It sounds like a fairy-tale, right? Postojna cave is a number one visited attraction in Slovenia, also called the Queen of the caves. A system of chambers, halls, and passages that we enter by open train adds to the experience of depths and adventure, that continues by foot. Countless stalagmite and stalactite formations are lit well enough even to take pictures. You will hear about Slovenia’s most unusual creature that lives in the cave. A short drive away is the Adriatic coast and the beautiful town of Piran, where we go next. For more than 500 years, Piran was part of the Venetian Republic. Narrow winding streets, houses huddled close together, beautiful squares and churches, are a perfect place to wander around this well-preserved medieval town. Perhaps an afternoon gelato on the seaside promenade before we head back to Ljubljana. Evening at leisure.
DAY 6: LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB, CROATIA
Highlights: Zagreb City Tour with Lower and Upper part of the city
Morning departure from Ljubljana to Zagreb, Croatia. Drive through the Eastern part of Slovenia towards Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Welcome to Croatia! Our introduction to Zagreb starts at the central square ‘Trg Jelacica’ and continues to the Upper Town with a ‘Lotrscak Tower’ where a cannon is fired every day at noon. Zagreb’s most photographed building is a multi-colored tile roof of St Mark’s church, not far from the Parliament ‘Sabor’ and presidential palace ‘Ban’s palace’. We pass through the Stone Gate, where people quietly pray at the shrine of the Virgin Mary, while we continue to the Lower Town of Zagreb. Stroll at Tkalciceva street filled with ‘bohemian’ cafes, visit a fruit and vegetable market at ‘Dolac’, and complete the tour at the Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary. Evening at leisure.
DAY 7: ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES – TROGIR
Highlights: Hike in Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s first national park, drive through Velebit mountain range, Little Venice of Dalmatia – Trogir
After breakfast, we will drive to the biggest and most famous Croatian National Park – Plitvice Lakes, one of Europe’s great natural wonders. Get ready for a beautiful experience in nature, with zig-zagging timber footbridges over azure-colored lakes. The Lakes of Plitvice are a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnected lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. The green forests of the park give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters. After the hike in the Plitvice Lakes National park, we drive towards the Adriatic sea. Witness a dramatic change in landscape, as you travel through Mediterranean olive groves on your way to the town of Trogir. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Little Venice of Dalmatia, or The Stone Beauty – Trogir, is a remarkable example of urban continuity. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. Enjoy an evening at leisure and perhaps take a stroll in the old town of Trogir.
DAY 8: TROGIR – SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
Highlights: City tour of Split and Diocletian’s palace, Enjoy a scenic drive on the Adriatic coast and relaxed evening in Dubrovnik
After breakfast, start your day with a private city tour of Split, explore the ancient streets of the former Diocletian’s palace, now a lively residential area one simply cannot imagine before seeing it. One of the most significant Late-Roman historical monuments is listed on a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your local guide will take you to some places you might saw in a TV fantasy drama, Game of Thrones. Explore the underground substructure of Diocletian’s palace to understand the magnificence of this ancient building. No visit to Split can be accomplished without a visit to its green market or Pazar, as locals call it. Split open market is one of the town’s iconic spots, an excellent place to explore and to blend with locals. Early afternoon departure to Dubrovnik. A scenic road from Split to Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful stretches of land in the Mediterranean. It is comparable to the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Arrive in Dubrovnik, check-in at your hotel, and time to relax.
DAY 9: DUBROVNIK
Highlights: City tour of Dubrovnik with a Franciscan monastery, optional Game of Thrones Tour, and Optional sunset dinner cruise around the Dubrovnik town walls
After breakfast, a morning tour of the old town of Dubrovnik, ‘paradise on earth’ according to George Bernard Shaw. Join a private walking exploration of the “Old Dubrovnik,” a UNESCO World Heritage site, guided by a local guide. Get a glimpse into local life, as you explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th-century bastions of Dubrovnik Old Town. Visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s oldest pharmacy, learn about Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral, and perhaps ascend on top of the Dubrovnik City Walls to see the town’s hidden spots. The medieval fortress makes for a memorable workout. From every point, the walls give visitors a glimpse into the city’s construction and centuries of defense. For all the Game of Thrones fans, choose an option to visit filming locations for the King’s Landing and other GOT locations in the popular TV series. The afternoon is at leisure or maybe join a sunset dinner cruise around the mighty walls of the old town.
Optional Nm 2: Game of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik (2 hours)
Optional Nm 3: Sunset dinner cruise around Dubrovnik walls (evening)
*Find a detailed description of optional tours under the price section
DAY 10: DUBROVNIK – tour ends
Possible transfer to the airport. Safe travels!
Important message: If you need a transfer to the airport or want to continue with extension travel to neighboring countries, let us know – we will handle everything for you.
*Find a description of a suggested post-tour, below.
You like the area and want to visit more exciting places around here? Take a look at our suggestions, choose what you like and let us organize a Post-tour for you.
Elafiti islands hopping (full day)
Take a private speedboat to Elafiti islands, one of the country’s most popular destinations and a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. A cluster of 14 islands along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast makes it a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. We will visit the archipelago’s largest three, car-free islets, Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan, stop for swimming and snorkeling.
Mostar and Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina (full day)
Why not visit another country? The UNESCO protected town of Mostar and a famous pilgrimage site of Medjugorje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This makes a great day trip for you to get a look into an oriental flavored Mostar and an important Roman catholic religious site of Medjugorje. We will have an orientation tour in Mostar and Medjugorje.
Kotor bay and Kotor town in Montenegro (full day)
Visit Montenegro, a country south of Croatia, offering magnificent views while driving on the coastal road in UNESCO protected Boka bay. Visit the only artificial island in Adriatic, Our lady of the rocks, and explore another UNESCO-protected town of Kotor, hidden behind the centuries-old walls. We will make several photo-stops in Boka bay, visit the island church and enjoy free time in the town of Kotor.
Konavle Valley with dinner (half day)
Konavle valley is often compared to Tuscany, a must-visit destination for lovers of nature and foodies. We will visit an ancient fort on a cliff, Sokol tower, that was most likely used for military purposes. The countryside of Dubrovnik offers peaceful surroundings, breathtaking scenery, and excellent restaurants serving great local wines. Delicious dinner included.
Resort town of Cavtat (half day)
Cavtat is a small place located 45 min south of Dubrovnik. It is known as the oldest settlement in the Dubrovnik region, with the first inhabitants known to live there during ancient Greece time. Today, Cavtat is popular among reach and famous yacht owners, seeking privacy and normality of everyday life. After an orientation tour, free time to explore this cute little town and perhaps ascend to Mestrovic designed mausoleum of the historic Croatian family Račić, sitting in the cemetery with a magic view over Adriatic. Or simply stroll the promenade with a gelato in your hands.
PRICE: from 1799 € per person
Included in the price:
- Small groups of a maximum of 8 people
- All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
- 9 nights First Class accommodation (1 night in Budapest, 1 night Heviz, 3 nights in Ljubljana, 1 night in Zagreb, 1 night in Trogir, 2 nights in Dubrovnik)
- City hotel taxes, tourist taxes
- Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 Slovenian food & wine city walk in Ljubljana
- Entrance fees: Vintgar gorge, Bled castle, Postojna cave, Predjama castle, funicular in Zagreb, National Park Plitvice Lakes, Diocletian’s cellars, Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik
- Services of local English-speaking Travel Director throughout
- Services of the local guides in Budapest, Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik
- Comprehensive, guided sightseeing
- Active itinerary with unique features
- Transfer to/from the airport (from 29 eur per person)
- Optional Danube dinner cruise (evening)
- Optional tour Game of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik (2 hours)
- Optional tour Dinner cruise around Dubrovnik walls (evening)
- Personal expenses (meals, drinks, shopping etc.)
- Supplement for a single room from 450 EUR (per person per tour)
For groups bigger than 8, please contact us.
OPTIONAL TOUR IN BUDAPEST
DAY 1 – Optional Nm 1: Danube dinner cruise in Budapest (2,5 hours)
Enjoy Budapest’s landmarks on a Danube River cruise, while you savour world-known Hungarian cuisine accompanied with a pleasant music. The cityscape includes Hungarian Parliament and Buda Castle district twinkling with lights. Sail under the illuminated Chain Bridge and enjoy UNESCO-listed riverbanks, glass in hand.
OPTIONAL DAY TOURS FROM DUBROVNIK
DAY 9 – Optional Nm 2: Game of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik (2 hours)
Dive into an unforgettable experience of GOT on the spot where it all took place in real life – Dubrovnik. Experience real King’s Landing and other filming locations. Our licensed guide will be with you explaining and debating during the whole tour. There are many variations of the GOT Tour, from Dubrovnik’s old town only to extensions with The magical city of Qarth in Lokrum island. Tell us about your preferences and we will make it happen.
DAY 9 – Optional Nm 3: Dinner cruise around Dubrovnik walls (evening)
When sunset begins, we sail out and take a tour around Dubrovnik. A dinner cruise is an authentic Dubrovnik-style experience that you can’t miss! Approximately two hours of cruising, a romantic dinner at sunset, and the view of the town walls from the sea is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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