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

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Welcome in Dubrovnik! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Dubrovnik

Beautifully situated on a promontory jutting into the Adriatic Sea, 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 3Dubrovnik. Excursion to the Republic of Montenegro

A real treat today: first, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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, also known as Europe’s southernmost fjord. 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. Relax and drink in the splendid natural beauty as you enjoy a lunch of local specialties that has been prepared for you. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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

DAY 4Dubrovnik–Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina–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 5Sarajevo

Hear about the assassination of the Archduke of Austria in 1914, the recent Bosnian war, and see the main sights with a Local Guide. Then, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the SARAJEVO TUNNEL, built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian war. (Breakfast)

A church on an Austrian mountaintop The gorgeous rolling hills of the Austrian countryside The Austrian countryside The beautiful Austrian landscape 
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DAY 6Sarajevo–Split, Croatia

Enter Croatia and travel south to the Dalmatian Coast and 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)

Croatia is the crossroads between the Pannonian Plain and the Mediterranean Sea 
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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 7Split–Zadar–Plitvice

Stay along the Adriatic coast and stop in the pretty coastal city of Zadar. Hear about the turbulent history of this city, fighting off the Venetians, crusaders, and Turks over the centuries. Turn inland and arrive in peaceful Plitvice for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8Plitvice–Zagreb

Time to soak in the pure beauty of the NATIONAL PARK, famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and forests. 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 9Zagreb

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, and more, plus a visit to the majestic CATHEDRAL. Exciting optional excursions are available to make the most of your stay, like an excursion to Kumrovec or to try out traditional dishes in one of Zagreb’s fine restaurants. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Zagreb–Ljubljana, Slovenia

Enter Slovenia and arrive in its elegant capital, Ljubljana. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the medieval castle, the impressive City Hall, and a visit to magnificent ST. NICHOLAS’ CATHEDRAL. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11Ljubljana. Excursion to Trieste, Italy

Enjoy a side trip to Trieste in Italy, an important city during the Habsburg Monarchy from 1382 until 1918. After World War I, in 1920, it became part of Italy under Mussolini. The Faro della Vittoria (Light Tower) was built under the Fascist regime, and remains the city’s landmark today. In order to truly experience the Italian atmosphere, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste the traditional Illy cappuccino at one of the local cafés. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Ljubljana–Vienna, Austria

Leave Slovenia and the Alps behind you and drive through the loveliest part of Austria. Cross Semmering Pass and arrive in the capital, Vienna. Meet your Local Guide and start your sightseeing, including 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 awesome ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. 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 Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria The beautiful Austrian landscape 
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DAY 13At Leisure in Vienna

Today is your chance to join exciting optional excursions, such as the Vienna Woods, historic Schönbrunn Palace, Bratislava in Slovakia, or to just explore this magnificent city on your own. Enjoy a farewell dinner with Heurigen wine, the best way to say, “Auf Wiedersehen, Wien!” (Breakfast, Dinner)

Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire Vienna The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world 
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DAY 14Vienna

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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