An Austro-Hungarian Journey 2021/2022

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : July, September, November - December
Start: Vienna, Austria
End: Budapest, Hungary

An Austro-Hungarian Journey: 2 nts Vienna, 1 nt Graz, 2 nts Ljubljana, 1 nt Zagreb, 1 nt Heviz

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Immerse yourself in the magic of the Christmas season on this tour of Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary’s most festive attractions. Starting in enchanting Vienna and finishing in cheerful Budapest, this seasonal adventure is filled with music, natural wonders, delicious foods and bustling markets – making it the ideal winter break for those seeking a taste of traditional Central Europe.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / UP TO 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Attend a soul – stirring classical Christmas concert at the Kursalon in Vienna
– Learn traditional Slovenian recipes at a cooking class in Ljubljana
– Browse the stalls at Zagreb Christmas market, Europe’s most beautiful Christmas market

Pick Up Location & TIme

Hotel Post (Vienna)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA (Budapest) (Google Map)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Viennese coffee house experience. Classical music concert in Vienna. Cheese tasting session in Piber. Honey tasting session at Bled Castle Beehouse
  • Underground train ride in Postojna Cave. Slovenian cookery class. Danube river cruise in Budapest
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: St Stephen's Cathedral, the Lipizzaner Stud, Postojna Cave, Lake Heviz

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Vienna

A city filled with artistic and architectural masterpieces – we’ll meet our Tour Leader and fellow travel companions in Austria’s romantic capital of Vienna. Over an included welcome meal tonight, we’ll get to know one another and clink glasses over the incredible adventure ahead. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Post (or similar)

Day 2Vienna

Our day will begin exploring magical Vienna, where we’ll enjoy a walking tour of the town centre’s most iconic landmarks with a local guide. Along the way, we’ll have time to marvel at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg Palace and Graben Street – before taking lunch at our leisure. The rest of the afternoon will be ours to enjoy an authentic Viennese coffee house or spent exploring the Museum Quarter before moving on to a local restaurant of our choosing. And this evening? We’ll round off the day at the elegant Kursalon music hall, where we’ll be treated to a classical concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Post (or similar)

Day 3Vienna – Piber – Graz

After breakfast, our first stop of the day will be Piber – where we’ve an appointment to keep at the Lipizzaner Stud, home to one of Europe’s oldest purebred horses. Whilst we’re here, we’ll learn about the 400-year-old tradition of breeding these magnificent horses – and perhaps have the chance to see the foals with their mothers. Then: it’s onwards to a nearby dairy, where we’ll gain a fascinating insight into the cheesemaking process and have the opportunity to sample some local cheese, ham and wines. This afternoon, we’ll set a course for Graz – enjoying a free evening to explore the bustling Hauptplatz (Old Town Square), narrow medieval streets lined with Renaissance architecture and abundance of local restaurants. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Gollner (or similar)

Day 4Graz – Lake Bled – Ljubljana

Farewell, Austria! Today our journey will continue into Slovenia as we set our sights on the awe-inspiring Lake Bled. Undeniably picturesque with a serene Alpine vista, Lake Bled is sure to be one for the photo books! When we arrive, a unique experience awaits us at the castle: a visit to the famous Beehouse, which celebrates the Carniolan bee. After enjoying a tour and honey tasting session, we’ll move on to Ljubljana – where we’ll have the evening free to walk the romantic cobbled streets in search of a local restaurant for dinner. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Cubo (or similar)

Day 5Ljubljana

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy an in-depth walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Along the way we’ll pass the National Library, Prešeren Square and follow the Ljubljana River to the Three Bridges – before enjoying some free time to explore the city’s medieval streets and quaint markets at our own pace. This afternoon, we’ll try our hands at a Slovenian recipe or two during an included cookery class. The best part? We’ll be able to eat our delicious creations afterwards! Appetites satisfied; the evening will be yours to spend as you please. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Cubo (or similar)

Day 6Ljubljana – Novo Mesto – Zagreb

On today’s agenda: a stop at Novo Mesto, a city situated on a picturesque bend of the Krka River. After enjoying a traditional Slovenian lunch in the historic centre, we’ll move on to Zagreb – where we’ll embark on a guided city tour. Hear fascinating stories and legends from the locals who know them best, as we visit the most historic areas of Zagreb. This evening is yours to spend relaxing at our hotel or dining at a delightful local restaurant. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Park 45 (or similar)

Day 7Zagreb – Hévíz

Today we’ll shake off any aches and pains with a visit to the biggest thermal lake in Europe: Hévíz. After lunch at our leisure, we’ll have the chance to take a dip in the warm thermal waters conveniently located on our hotel’s doorstep. With beautiful water lilies peppering the lake’s surface – and humid air rising all around us – this truly is an unforgettable experience. Back on dry land, we’ll regroup this evening for a farewell dinner. What an incredible week it’s been! (B,D)

Accommodation: Bonvital Hotel Hévíz (or similar)

Day 8Hévíz – Tihany – Budapest

Today, we’ll make tracks to our final destination – enjoying a scenic drive along the picturesque Balaton Lake as we go. We’ll make a brief photo stop at the Abbey of Tihany to admire the magnificent views, before moving on to vibrant Budapest – where our tour will come to a close. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2021 and 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: November 21 $5,049 $6,059
2021: December 7 $5,049 $6,059
2022: May 24 $3,969 $5,159
2022: June 21 $3,809 $4,949
2022: July 19 $3,809 $4,949
2022: August 16 $3,809 $4,949
2022: September 13, 27 $3,809 $4,949
2022: December 10 $3,569 $4,639

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departure.

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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