Active holidays in Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia
DAY 1: BUDAPEST
Private transfer from airport to Budapest hotel. Check in at the hotel and free time.
Tip of the day:
– for some relaxation: SZECHENYI SPA BUDAPEST
DAY 2: BUDAPEST
Private guided tour of Budapest. Visit Castle Hill, one of the undisputed must-see attraction in Budapest. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the 700-year-old Matthias Church, houses from the Middle Ages, and the Royal Palace, Fishermen’s Bastion. Stroll along the cobblestone streets between colorful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades, and don’t miss the amazing views of the city from Gellért Hill (Photostop). Crossing Margaret-Bridge (Margaret-Island), then get acquainted with busy Pest: the inner city of Pest passing by St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Parliament Building, Heroes’ Square, Opera, Central Market hall and Váci Street, a pedestrian precinct and perhaps the most famous street in Budapest.
The rest of the day free time to enjoy this fascinating city.
DAY 3: BUDAPEST
Free day to explore city on your own. You can visit Dohány street Synagogue and Hungarian Jewish Museum, Great Central Market Hall, or you can take an inside walking tour of Parliament or walk to the top of Gellert Hill (with the Cave and Statue of Libery) and below the hill to the Gellert Bath Palace Spa (book tickets in advance for Spa).
Enjoying a Budapest dinner cruise is a real treat to the eyes, the mind and the palate. The dinner cruises are either a la carte, served dinner, or buffet style (the dishes are self served and inclusive in buffet dinners). On all dinner cruises, you can choose from several kinds of meals (meat dishes, vegetarian options, soups, salads, desserts).
Tip of the day:
– SZECHENYI SPA BUDAPEST
– STRUDEL HOUSE
– DISCOVER CITY ON BIKES
DAY 4: BUDAPEST – BALATON LAKE – BLED
Balaton Lake trip: Stroll by the Balaton Lake, Hungarian sea. First stop at Tihany, probably one of most unique town along shore of Balaton. The town of Tihany stands on the peak of a small hill, which provides beautiful views to Lake Balaton and the Inner Lake (Belső-tó), a popular fishing spot. The best-known symbol of the town is the twin-towered Tihany Benedictine Abbey. The viewpoint next to this lovely white church is one of the best in the area. On the eastern side of the hill, you will find many charming restaurants offering tables with panoramic views, and wineries with tasty white wines from the Balaton region. Tihany is famous for its large fields of lavender, which are alive with bloom in the spring. There’s also a Lavender House Visitor Centre and of course famous Paprika House.
Continue to another fascinating spot – the Tapolca Caves that you can only navigate through by boat and is strictly protected cave, which was discovered more than 100 years ago. All year round the temperature is about 18 °C in the cave. Balaton Lake is famous for its wine, plenty of spas which you can combine with sightseeings and cruising around by boat on Balaton Lake.
From Balaton area continue further to Slovenia to Bled, one of the pearls of Slovenian beauty. Check in at the hotel and free evening to enjoy in relaxing mountain fresh air.
DAY 5: BLED – BOHINJ – BLED
First stop at the heart of Triglav National Park, Bohinj Lake. Ascend to the top of Mt. Vogel with stunning view to Bohinj region, Lake and highest Slovenian mountain. Afterwards, free time to relax by the lake. Additionally, you can do 1,5 hour walk to the peak of Mt. Vogar and feel the mountains in real. On the top take a real Alpine lunch and enjoy fascinating view point in peace.
Possible also to visit Savica Waterfall, symbol of Slovenian Nation. Return back to Bled.
DAY 6: BLED
After breakfast enjoy famous Bled and visit Bled Lake and Bled Castle. The castle stands on a rock approximately 100 yards above the lake with wonderful views of the town, lake and surrounding countryside. The castle museum has a large collection of armor and weapons from the 16th to 18th centuries.
After castle visit, time to try worldwide known cream cake.
Drive by famous pletna boat to the lake island with church on in and ring the wish-bell.
Tip of the day:
– optional activities in Bled Area:
1. VISIT SCHNAPPS CELLAR
2. MEET LAST HEARDSMAN
3. BEEKEEPING AMBROZIC IN VICINITY OF BLED
4. RESTAURANT AVSENIK
5. HIKE ABOVE BLED LAKE, easy-hiking option
6. VINTGAR GORGE
DAY 7: BLED – BOVEC – SOCA VALLEY – BLED
Private transfer to Bovec.
After breakfast, head to the world famous Slovenian ski centre, Kranjska Gora. Passing highest mountain pass and down to Soca Valley.
On the way stop at some fabulous points while passing mountain pass. Head to Soca Valley and to Bovec.
Activity options: hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, zip-line.
Tip of the day:
– optionally in Soca Valley: KOBARID MUSEUM OF WWI
DAY 8: LJUBLJANA
Transfer to Ljubljana. Our guide will take you to the medieval Old Town with all main attractions such as the Triple Bridge, St. Nicholas Cathedral, and more. When arrive to Dragon Bridge, we ascend to the top of the hill by cable car where mighty Ljubljana Castle stands.
Rest of the day explore the medieval Old Town on the banks of Ljubljanica River, visit the city’s bustling central market and discover boutique shops and charming restaurants.
LJUBLJANICA RIVER BOAT RIDE + OPTIONALLY WINE TASTING ON THE RIVER: Enjoy in style while you drive by boat through main river of Ljubljana, passing by major attractions of Ljubljana while enjoy in wine tasting of selected top Slovenian wines.
Tip of the day (optionally):
– LJUBLJANA CASTLE
DAY 9: SEPTEMBER – SKOCJAN CAVES – PIRAN – LJUBLJANA
In the morning drive to Karst region and visit Skocjan caves. Due to their exceptional significance, the Škocjan Caves were entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986. International scientific circles have thus acknowledged the importance of the Caves as one of the natural treasures of planet Earth. Ranking among the most important caves in the world, the Škocjan Caves represent the most significant underground phenomena in both the Karst region and Slovenia.
Private transfer further to Piran, coastal Slovenian town. Sightseeing of picturesque medieval Piran, the pearl of the Slovenian Adriatic Sea, with strong Venetian influence and unusually open square to the sea. Here, we can visit the Maritime museum or ascend on the top of the hill where St. George’s cathedral overlooks Piran with one of the best panoramic views to all Slovenian coast. In late afternoon return back to Ljubljana.
Tip of the day (optionally additional wine & culinary options):
– TRUFFLE HUNTING WITH TRUFFLE TASTING
– SPECIAL DOMESTIC LUNCH / DINNER IN CEJKOTOVA HOME
– WINE TASTING AT BORDON AND RODICA WINERY
– LIPICA STUD FARM
DAY 10: LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT
Sightseeing of Plitvice Lakes, the oldest and the biggest national park in Croatia, under the UNESCO protection since the 1979. You will stroll along the sixteen beautiful and crystal clear lakes with numerous cascades and waterfalls.
Continue to Split. Free evening.
DAY 11: SPLIT – HVAR
After breakfast Catamaran / Ferry from Hvar to Split.
In the morning head to Hvar with catamaran. Meet our guide who will take you to Hvar Old Town, which is best known for its medieval buildings which are the legacy of four centuries of Venetian rule. The town is the site of the oldest municipal theatre in Europe which opened in 1612. Perched high on a hill overlooking the town, the gleaming white limestone walls of the medieval Spanjol Fortress afford breath- taking views for those that climb to their summit. (optional) You will also visit the Cathedral and the Arsenal followed by time at leisure to lunch and enjoy Hvar Town’s stone-paved harbour front, the Venetian piazza and yacht harbour with views across the sparkling Adriatic Sea.
Tip of the day:
– UNDERWATER WINE TASTING
– WINE TASTING OF FUTURE MILLENNIUM
DAY 12: HVAR
Day trip from Hvar to Vis island. Option as Group tour or private speedboat tour. Program sample is as a Group tour:
Of all the Croatian islands, Vis is the most mysterious – even to locals. The furthest of the main Central Dalmatian islands from the coast, Vis serving as a military base for the Yugoslav army, cut off from foreign visitors for 40 years. The isolation preserved the island from development and drove much of the population to move elsewhere in search of work. Vis’ lack of development has become its drawcard as a tourist destination. International and local travellers alike now flock to Vis, seeking authenticity, nature, gourmet delights and peace and quiet.
Stop by first cave – Green Cave and jump into the water and swim directly to the cave. Pay attention while swimming back out of the cave – you can observe fantastic almost fluorescently intensive blue color of the water while splashing the water. Continue to Blue Cave – stop at the cashier where you need to buy a ticket for a cave. When waiting for small boat which will take you to the Blue Cave, take some picture in the vicinity of boarding.
Continue to Komiža town, authentic place preserved as a real Mediterranean town from the past. In Komiza drive by boat into the restaurant with tasty lobster dinner for the end of a day. Return back to Hvar.
Other activities instead of Vis island trip: SCUBA DIVING IN HVAR
DAY 13: HVAR
Day for snorkeling or any other activity stated below.
Tip of the day:
– SCUBA DIVING IN HVAR
– CYCLING ON HVAR ISLAND
DAY 14: HVAR – DUBROVNIK
Catamaran/ferry from Korčula to Ston.
After arrival to Dubrovnik, check in at the hotel.
Continue with Dubrovnik guided tour of the old town of Dubrovnik. The great George Bernard Shaw wrote: „Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik” and he was as many others overjoyed by the beauty and rich history of this old town under the UNESCO protection. Its glorious walls, with their fortresses and bastions, offer a unique walk with view of the magical Elafiti islands. Guided walking tour through historical streets and sightseeing of city’s most renowned historic monuments. Each part of Dubrovnik can surprise you with some overwhelming experience. From the Onofrio fountain to the City bell tower, along its main street, Stradun, Dubrovnik’s famous street of limestone, polished by years of footfall and in many other small and quiet cobblestone streets, every step in this town will be an experience par excellence.
Tip of the day :
– enjoy evening in Dubrovnik: CAVE BAR MORE
DAY 15: DUBROVNIK
Free day or choose among other activities below.
OPTION 1 – MONTENEGRO DAY TRIP: From Dubrovnik, visit Montenegro, a diminutive southeast European country that boasts big things: the UNESCO-World Heritage-listed Bay of Kotor, the walled seaside town of Budva, and the eye-pleasing city of Kotor, situated within Europe’s southernmost fjord. Have some free time to explore Kotor and Budva on your own and then enjoy a ferry ride across the Bay of Kotor on your way back to Dubrovnik.
OPTION 2 – DUBROVNIK SEA KAYAKING TO THE ISLAND OF LOVE (HALF DAY TRIP): Discover secret bays in turquoise clear water & visit Island of Love & hidden cave beach.
DAY 16: DUBROVNIK
Flight back home.
– 15x accommodation in rooms with breakfast as stated above
– Transportation, guides and entrance fees as per itinerary