Tour: REL - 2013 (REL) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Vienna, Austria

Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with Heurigen wine in the pretty wine village of Grinzing. (Dinner)

Vienna The Vienna City Hall Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria 
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DAY 2Vienna

Meet your Local Guide and start your sightseeing with vistas of Prater Park with its giant Ferris wheel and a drive along the elegant Ringstrasse. Pass the impressive State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz, and visit Strauss House. Tonight you may join an optional evening out for dinner and a concert in one of Vienna’s many concert halls. (Breakfast)

The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world Visit Viennas famous ferris wheel, also known as the Riesenrad 
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DAY 3Vienna–Kumrovec, Croatia–Zagreb

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enter Croatia, and stop in the town of Kumrovec for a visit of the open-air Stare Selo ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM, and for an early dinner with regional specialties. Then, head for Zagreb, capital of Croatia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Croatia is the crossroads between the Pannonian Plain and the Mediterranean Sea 
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DAY 4Zagreb–Plitvice–Zadar

Meet your Local Guide and start your morning sightseeing, which features all important landmarks of the Lower and medieval Upper Town, such as the Parliament, Stone Gate, the Archbishop’s Palace, plus a visit to the majestic CATHEDRAL. Continue to Plitvice, and soak in the pure beauty of the NATIONAL PARK, famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and forests. Drive towards the Adriatic coast and stop in the pretty coastal city of Zadar. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Zadar–Split

During your orientation this morning, hear about the turbulent history of this city, fighting off the Venetians, crusaders, and Turks over the centuries. Continue to Split, the ancient Spalato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your guided walking tour, learn about the history of this captivating resort and visit the labyrinth of 4th-century DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE, a well-preserved fortress and a living part of the Old Town. This evening, enjoy a special dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 6Split–Mostar, Bosnia-Herezegovina–Sarajevo

Enter Bosnia-Herzegovina and stop in the city of Mostar. Admire the OLD BRIDGE, the city’s symbol, ordered by Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman ruler in 1566, replacing the older wooden bridge. Continue to Sarajevo, where the Olympics took place in 1984, and which is the second city in the world (after California) that owned an electric tram network. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Sarajevo–Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hear about the assassination of the Archduke of Austria in 1914, the recent Bosnian war, and see the main sights with a Local Guide. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite An incomparable visit has been included: visit the SARAJEVO TUNNEL, built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian war. Return to Croatia and arrive in Dubrovnik, beautifully situated on a promontory jutting into the Adriatic Sea. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The beautiful Austrian landscape The Austrian countryside The gorgeous rolling hills of the Austrian countryside A church on an Austrian mountaintop 
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DAY 8Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik was once an independent maritime republic rivaling Venice. Enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide and see the impressive ramparts, erected during the Crusades to protect the town against land attacks, and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. You will also visit the 15th-century RECTOR’S PALACE. Afternoon and evening at leisure; an optional boat cruise is available. (Breakfast)

Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world 
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DAY 9Dubrovnik–Kotor, Republic of Montenegro–Budva–Tirana, Albania

Enjoy a visit to the Republic of Montenegro: first, visit stunning Kotor on the northern part of the Montenegrin coastline. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is fringed by mountains and nestled into the Bay of Kotor, the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean Sea. Protected by an impressive wall since the early Middle Ages, the city has one of the best preserved medieval Old Towns in the Adriatic, and your Local Guide will take you on a walk along its winding, cobblestone streets to marvel at the picturesque squares and Romanesque churches. Later, continue to Budva, dating back to the 5th-century BC and considered one of the Adriatic’s oldest settlements. Next is Albania, a country that was closed to tourists for a long time. Continue to the capital, Tirana. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 10Tirana–Ohrid, Macedonia

During your morning sightseeing, your Local Guide will tell you about the turbulent history of this interesting city that was originally founded as an Ottoman town and became Albania’s capital in 1920. Occupied by Fascist forces during World War II, and under communist influence after the war, the city is an interesting mixture of architecture. Your next destination is Ohrid, with its beautiful lake, where a guided walking tour features the OLD TOWN with its picturesque houses and many churches. Apparently, Ohrid once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite This evening is your chance to taste the traditional Boza. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Ohrid–Skopje–Sofia,Bulgaria

Stop in the capital of Macedonia, Skopje, and meet your Local Guide. Hear about Macedonia’s proud history and see its main sites, like the Millennium Cross, built to celebrate 2,000 years of Christianity; the Memorial House of Mother Theresa, who came from here; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite and the ALEXANDER THE GREAT STATUE on Macedonian Square. Later, cross the border and arrive in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Sofia

Meet your Local Guide and hear about the history of this fascinating city. Sofia was known as Serdica centuries before Christ, and was even ruled for a while by Alexander the Great’s father, Philip of Macedonia. Visit the ancient HOLY SOFIA CHURCH. (Breakfast)

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DAY 13Sofia–Istanbul, Turkey

Leave Bulgaria and continue to Istanbul, founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, renamed Constantinople in 330 AD when the Roman emperor Constantine the Great selected it the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, and finally called Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul 
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DAY 14Istanbul

The city on the Bosporus remains one of the most exciting places in the world. Its strategic location as gateway between Orient and Occident, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean predestined it for a turbulent history. Guided sightseeing starts at TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Then, visit Sultan Ahmet’s BLUE MOSQUE, followed by the ROMAN HIPPODROME. Tour the HAGIA SOPHIA and the SPICE BAZAAR with its tiny shops. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine and traditional BELLY DANCERS at a local restaurant has been prepared to celebrate the success of your tour with your traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Blue Mosque 
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DAY 15Istanbul (Embarkation)

Morning at leisure before embarkation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 16Cruising: Mykonos

Plenty of time this morning to relax on board while cruising towards Mykonos. This afternoon, discover the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander at whim through narrow paved streets lined with trendy boutiques and shady tavernas before returning on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos 
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DAY 17Cruising: Mykonos

Hundreds of tiny chapels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 18Cruising: Patmos & Kusadasi, Turkey

Two ports of call today. First the tiny Greek island of Patmos where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collections is well worth a visit. Next, is Kusadasi. An optional excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Kusadasi is on the Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district Ephesus is one of the most beautiful and ancient sites, once known as the capital of the Asian Province of the Roman Empire Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkeys Aegean coast Explore the tiny Greek island of Patmos 
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DAY 19Cruising: Rhodes

All day is dedicated to the island of Rhodes Explore the Old Town with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. An optional excursion is available to Lindos to see Athena’s fabulous temple, or, if sightseeing isn’t your thing, Rhodes’ sun-drenched public beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 20Cruising: Crete & Santorini

Early arrival in Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, and an optional excursion can be booked. This afternoon, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Thera for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy the breathtaking views of Santorini Santorini, Greece Discover Santorini Visit Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” 
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DAY 21Lavrion (Disembarkation)–Athens

After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and return to Athens. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (Breakfast)

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DAY 22Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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