From Vienna to Istanbul with Aegean Cruise (REL) - 2016 / 2015

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23 Day Tour from Vienna to Athens


From Vienna to Istanbul with Aegean Cruise
Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire
Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire
The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria
The Austrian countryside
View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral
A church on an Austrian mountaintop
Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos
Croatia is the crossroads between the Pannonian Plain and the Mediterranean Sea
The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos
The beautiful Austrian landscape

Vacation Overview

For the traveler who wishes to see it all, this is the perfect vacation to explore Eastern Europe from Vienna to Istanbul. Visit the must-see sights and hear about the long and fascinating history as you journey through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Republic of Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey.
Tour highlights include the city of Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 4th-century Diocletian's Palace, a well-preserved fortress; Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik, a gothic-renaissance palace dating to the 15th century; the Old Bridge in Mostar, the city's symbol built in the 16th century; the ancient Holy Sofia Church, built in the 6th century and today a symbol of Sofia; the city of Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Macedonia; the Old Mosque in Tirana, Albania; and Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, dating back to the 6th century, and Blue Mosque, the 17th-century mosque with beautiful blue tiles in its interior.
Scenic highlights include Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and forests. Also visit stunning Kotor in Montenegro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled into the Bay of Kotor, the Mediterranean Sea’s deepest natural fjord.
Globus has also included some unique experiences on this Eastern Europe tour. You'll visit the Stare Selo Ethnological Museum, an outdoor museum in the heart of the village of Kumrovec, Croatia, where you’ll learn what life was like in this rural area at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. In Sarajevo, Globus has included a visit to the Sarajevo Tunnel built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian War.
At the end of your tour, embark on a beautiful 7-night cruise from Istanbul. Visit Kusadasi, Santorini (weather permitting), Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chicos, and Mykonos. It’s a great way to end your Eastern Europe tour!


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VIENNA
Welcome dinner with Heurigen wine at a local restaurant in Grinzing; guided sightseeing, visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral

KUMROVEC
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the Stare Selo Ethnological Museum and enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant

ZAGREB
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral

PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK
Walking tour

ZADAR
Guided sightseeing

SPLIT
Guided walking tour, visit Diocletian’s Palace; special dinner with wine at a local restaurant

MOSTAR
Take pictures of the famous Mostar Bridge

SARAJEVO
Guided sightseeing, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the Sarajevo Tunnel

DUBROVNIK
Guided walking tour, visit Rector’s Palace

KOTOR
Guided walking tour

TIRANA
Guided walking tour, visit the National History Museum

OHRID
Guided walking tour of the Old Town

SKOPJE
Guided sightseeing, see the statue of Alexander the Great

SOFIA
Guided sightseeing, visit Holy Sofia Church

ISTANBUL
Guided sightseeing, including visits to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Gran Bazaar; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

CRUISING
Six-night cruise to Istanbul, Kusadasi, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios, Mykonos

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


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. (Dinner)

The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire The Vienna City Hall 
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DAY 2Vienna

Your guided sightseeing features a drive along the Ringstrasse. Pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the 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)

View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral 
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DAY 3Vienna–Kumrovec, Croatia–Zagreb

Enter Croatia, and stop in the town of Kumrovec for Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 Area

Guided sightseeing this morning 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 beautiful Adriatic coast for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Zadar Area–Split

Your Local Guide will tell you 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-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, to replace the older wooden bridge. Continue to Sarajevo, where the Olympics took place in 1984, and the first city in Europe to own 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. An incomparable visit has been included to the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 A church on an Austrian mountaintop The gorgeous rolling hills of the Austrian countryside 
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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–Tirana, Albania

Enjoy a visit to the Republic of Montenegro and 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. Your Local Guide will take you on a walk along its winding, cobblestone streets to marvel at the picturesque squares and Romanesque churches. Next is Albania, a country that was closed to tourists for many years. 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

Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour and hear 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. Visit the National History Museum at Skanderbeg Square. 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. Reportedly, Ohrid once had 365 churches—one for each day of the year. Time afterwards to relax and enjoy this charming area. (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; and the ALEXANDER THE GREAT STATUE on Macedonia Square. Later, cross the border and arrive in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Sofia

Hear about the history of this fascinating city during your guided sightseeing tour. 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)

Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople 
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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 features visits to TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans, the HAGIA SOPHIA, Sultan Ahmet’s BLUE MOSQUE, the ROMAN HIPPODROME, and the GRAND BAZAAR. (Breakfast)

Blue Mosque 
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DAY 15At Leisure in Istanbul

Full day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city—a relaxing optional boat cruise on the Bosporus, followed by a visit to the Underground Cistern brought to life in Dan Brown’s bestseller Inferno, is available. Tonight, a 156313.png special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant in Kumkapi district. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 16Istanbul (Embarkation)

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

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DAY 17Cruising: Kusadasi

Arrive in Kusadasi. An optional excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The ancient site of Ephesus with its fascinating library of Celcus Discover the Turkish port of Kusadasi Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkeys Aegean coast Kusadasi is on the Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district 
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DAY 18Cruising: Santorini, Greece

This morning, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Join one of the optional shore excursions either to the volcano or up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Santorini, Greece Santorini, Greece Discover Santorini Discover Santorini, Greece, the Black Pearl of the Aegean 
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DAY 19Cruising: Aghios Nicholaos, Crete

Early arrival in Aghios Nicholaos on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, and an optional excursion can be booked. Plenty of time to enjoy the ship’s amenities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 20Cruising: Rhodes–Symi

Two ports of call today: first, 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. Next, Symi, located in the southern Dodecanese and renowned for its beautiful harbor. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 21Cruising: Chios–Mykonos

The island of Chios is situated in the northeastern part of the Aegean and close to Asia Minor. Besides its fine beaches, Chios has many attractions and is famous for its Mastic tree. Next, 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 22Lavrion (Disembarkation)–Athens

After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and transfer to Athens. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon’s crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman temple dedicated to Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (Breakfast)

The Parthenon is a temple to the Greek goddess Athena The Parthenon 
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DAY 23Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach; cruise ship . Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 lunches; 11 three-course dinners with wine, including special dinners in Vienna, Split, and Istanbul; 6 à-la-carte dinners while cruising.


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANTHONY MICALEFF

Years of Experience: 18 years

After years of extensive travelling and touring, I make it a priority to share my personal experiences and bring my guests inside the story that each country has to offer. After all, a wise man once said, "Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you rich."

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the From Vienna to Istanbul with Aegean Cruise:

  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Historic Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
  • Acropolis Athens
  • Historic areas of Istanbul
  • Old Bridge of the old city of Mostar
  • Old city of Dubrovnik