The Eastern Discovery - 14 days land only

From the Schönbrunn Palace to the mighty Parthenon in Athens, learn the stories of an area steeped in history.
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Price:
R46 890
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DETAILS
Starting fromR46 890
Package ValiditySelected departure dates: 06 MAY 2018 - 07 OCT 2018.  *** Book between NOW - 29 JAN 2018 & pay a R3000 deposit within 7 days and pay the balance by 29 JAN 2018 & SAVE R5210, discount already included in the price ***
Duration14 days
DestinationEurope (Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania & Greece)
Starts inVienna
Ends inAthens

 

Description

- Return airport/hotel transfers
- 13 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily
- Selected dinners
- Touring by luxury coach
- Assistance of a Tour Director
- Sightseeing in all towns & cities visited
- Exclusive experiences

Day 1

Welcome to Vienna.

Leave Vienna airport for your hotel with transfers provided at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:00. Vienna is famous for its delicious coffees and pastries so why not stroll to a local cafe after checking in? At 17:30, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 2

Stately Vienna and the Habsburgs.

Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Continue sightseeing around the famous Ring Road, built parallel to the old city walls. After seeing the Opera House, the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche, the afternoon is at your leisure to explore.

Day 3

Zagreb’s Twin Towns.

Head through Styria’s forested mountains, past Graz and over the Slovenian border to reach the 700-year-old university town of Maribor. Follow the Drava River through Croatia before heading for its capital, Zagreb, to explore with your Local Expert. Donji Grad, the Lower Town, is devoted to business, art and spacious parks, where streets are wide and airy and the layout is designed to give a sense of grandeur. See the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square and continue to Ban Josip Jelačić Square en route to the cathedral. Board the city's funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town. It's a network of little streets, stretching between the Kaptol and Gradec hills. View the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.

Day 4

Relaxed Start

The Crystal blue-green Lakes of Plitvice.

(Relaxed Start) Take this morning to relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities. In the afternoon depart for your next hotel, located inside the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5

Plitvice Lakes, Ancient Trogir and Split.

With a Local Expert, explore the Plitvice Lakes, a scenic wonderland of 16 lakes flanked by thundering waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon's 70-metre-high falls and Tomićevo Pogledalo for views over the park. Travel along the coast and visit Trogir, which was founded by the Greeks in 400 B.C. and is renowned for its beautiful cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace. Continue to the historic port of Split.

Day 6

Diocletian’s Palace and Dine-Around in Dubrovnik.

Your Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares. See St. Duje's, which was originally Diocletian's Mausoleum and the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate. Venture into the basement rooms, thought to have housed the Emperor's slaves. Travel alongside sparkling deep blue seas and the rocky islands of the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik. For dinner, choose from a selection of hand-picked, local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

Day 7

Relaxed Start

Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic.

(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert to explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions. See the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain, the city walls, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. The remainder of your stay is yours to explore as you wish. Perhaps soak up the sun by your hotel's pool, relax at a cafe or embark on an optional cruise?

Day 8

Scenic Drive to Kotor and Tirana.

Just over the border, visit the old town of Kotor. Admire the bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its still azure waters lapping at the edge of the medieval towns, dotted between the surrounding mountains. Then travel through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro and Albania. Continue to the warmhearted capital of Tirana, for sightseeing with your Local Expert.

Day 9

Across the cobalt-blue waters to Corfu.

Journey across Albania to Greece where you set sail for the cobalt-blue waters of Corfu. Renowned since Odysseus for its untamed beauty and strategic position in the Mediterranean, Corfu remains an island where it is easy to escape the crowds and relax.

Day 10

Relaxed Start

Relax in Corfu.

(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Corfu. Perhaps explore the Old Town, head to one of the island's incredible beaches, or take a cruise around the island?

Day 11

Delphi, Centre of the Ancient World.

Set off from your island paradise for Delphi, a spectacular cliff-side amphitheatre and worthy of its status as the centre of the ancient world.

Day 12

Delphi sightseeing and on to Athens.

Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words.’ Then, it's on to Athens! In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

Day 13

Relaxed Start

The Glory of Athens.

(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert for a morning of city sightseeing. Enjoy the glory of ancient Greece from the Parthenon and Acropolis to the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of the Wingless Victory and Hadrian's Arch. This afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace.

Day 14

Depart Athens.

Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Athens airport.