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FROM VIENNA TO ATHENS WITH GREEK CRUISE EXTENSION ID INSIDE CABIN - 2017

Tour Code - REL-ID 23 days - VIENNA to ATHENS $7949 AUD

For the traveller who wishes to see it all, this is the perfect vacation to explore Eastern Europe from Vienna to Athens. 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 Greece.

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; Mostar’s Old Bridge, the city's symbol built in the 16th century;  the National History Museum in Tirana, Albania;  the city of Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Macedonia;  the ancient Holy Sofia Church, built in the 6th century and today a symbol of Sofia, and the Rila Monastery in Bulgaria; plus Thessalonika’s Basilica of Saint Demetrious and Athens’ Acropolis in Greece.

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. 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.

These are just some of the many highlights on this Eastern Europe tour. You’ll also have a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Athens. At the end of your tour, embark on a beautiful 7-night cruise from Athens. Visit Santorini, (weather permitting), Izmir, Nauplia, Crete, Rhodes, Cesme, and Mykonos (weather permitting). It’s a great way to end your Eastern Europe tour!



  LOCAL FAVOURITES

Visit the Stare Selo Ethnological Museum and enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant
Visit the Sarajevo Tunnel
Enjoy a guided tour on the monastery in Rila

Standard Features

Destinations

  • VIENNA
    Welcome dinner with Heurigen wine at a local restaurant in Grinzing; guided sightseeing, visit St. Stephen's Cathedral.
  • KUMROVEC
    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; a special dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
  • MOSTAR
    Take pictures of the famous Mostar Bridge.
  • SARAJEVO
    Guided sightseeing, 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.
  • RILA
    Guided visit of the monastery.
  • THESSALONIKA
    Guided sightseeing, visit the Basilica of St. Demetrious.
  • ATHENS
    Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis; farewell dinner at local restaurant.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Motorcoach; cruise ship.
  • CRUISING
    Seven-night cruise to Santorini, Izmir (Turkey), Nauplia, Crete, Rhodes, Cesme (Turkey), Mykonos.
  • HEADSETS
    Throughout the tour.
  • FREE WI-FI
    available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
  • Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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6
17

Full buffet breakfast (B) daily
12 three-course dinners (D) with wine, including special dinners in Vienna, Zagreb, Split, and Athens.

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
    Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with Heurigen wine. (D)

  2. VIENNA.
    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. (B)

  3. VIENNA-KUMROVEC, CROATIA-ZAGREB.
    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. (B,D)

  4. ZAGREB-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. (B,D)

  5. ZADAR 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. (B,D)

  6. SPLIT-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. (B,D)

  7. SARAJEVO-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. A visit has been included to 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. (B,D)

  8. DUBROVNIK.
    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. (B)

  9. DUBROVNIK-KOTOR, REPUBLIC OF MONTENEGRO-TIRANA, ALBANIA.
    Enjoy a visit to the Republic of Montenegro and 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 Tirana, capital of Albania. (B,D)

  10. TIRANA-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. (B,D)

  11. OHRID-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. (B,D)

  12. SOFIA.
    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. (B)

  13. SOFIA-RILA-THESSALONIKA, GREECE.
    Head south to reach the village of Kocherinovo, from where a scenic trip takes you high up towards the RILA MONASTERY, a beacon of the Bulgarian nation during half a millennium of Ottoman rule. The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because throughout the centuries, it has always been the spiritual, educational, and cultural centre of Bulgaria. Continue through the Struma Valley, Spartacus' mountainous homeland, before crossing the Greek border and arriving in Thessalonika. (B,D)

  14. THESSALONIKA-ATHENS.
    During your guided sightseeing, see the White Tower, the Arch of Galerious, the biggest triumphal arch of the Roman Empire, the Rotonda, and visit the BASILICA OF SAINT DEMETRIOUS. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the bay from the walls of the Upper City. On the way to Athens, drive along the eastern and southern side of Mount Olympus and through the battlefield of Leonidas and the 300, the Spartan forces he led during the Second Persian War, and the famous Battle of Thermopylae. (B,D)

  15. ATHENS-LAVRION (EMBARKATION).
    Head for Lavrion, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. As you settle into the cruising routine, you can sunbathe, sip cool drinks, and relax in the pool. (B,D)

  16. CRUISING: SANTORINI.
    This morning, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the "Black Pearl of the Aegean." Consider joining an optional excursion to the volcano or to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas.(B,L,D)

  17. CRUISING: IZMIR, TURKEY INCLUDED EXCURSION.
    Cruise towards Izmir, Turkey's second-largest port. Don't miss the included guided visit to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus, with its Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian origins. (B,L,D)

  18. CRUISING: NAUPLIA.
    This morning, arrive in Nauplia. A full day in this charming city allows you time to stroll along the spectacular waterfront and historic buildings crowned by Palamidi fortress, which overlooks 15th-century Bourtzi Castle in the middle of the harbour. (B,L,D)

  19. CRUISING: CHANIA & RETHYMNON, CRETE INCLUDED EXCURSION.
    Chania, Crete's second-largest city, awaits today! Drive from Souda Port to lovely Chania for a guided walking tour of this fascinating port. Stroll down Venetian streets and see the arsenals near the harbour, the Mosque of the Janissaries - built in 1645, and the Splantzia Quarter. Also visit Rethymnon, which is famed for its Medieval architecture and its lovely Venetian port. (B,L,D)

  20. CRUISING: RHODES INCLUDED EXCURSION.
    Our port of call this morning is Rhodes; join an included excursion to Lindos. See the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient temple of Athena. Later at the old city of Rhodes walk through D'Amboise Gate along the Street of the Knights. (B,L,D)

  21. CRUISING: CESME, TURKEY-MYKONOS, GREECE.
    Two ports of call are on tap today. First up: coastal Cesme, known as Kysos in ancient times. Situated on the tip of the Cesme Peninsula, this popular resort area is one of the best wind- and kite-surfing destinations in the world. Maybe walk along its picturesque seafront or haggle for bargains at the street market. Next, discover mountainous Mykonos (weather permitting) with its iconic windmills, dazzling white houses, trendy boutiques, and shaded tavernas. (B,L,D)

  22. LAVRION, GREECE (DISEMBARKATION)-ATHENS.
    After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and return to Athens. The remainder of the day is free for last-minute shopping in the Plaka district. This evening, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)

  23. ATHENS.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
08 Sep 2017 30 Sep 2017 $7949 AUD N/A View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
(from)
Twin Price
(from)
Triple Price
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PRE VIENNA 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $147 AUD $101 AUD $84 AUD
PRE VIENNA 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $184 AUD $136 AUD $106 AUD
PRE VIENNA 01 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $150 AUD $103 AUD $87 AUD
PRE VIENNA 01 May 2017 30 Jun 2017 $169 AUD $122 AUD $98 AUD
POST ATHENS 01 Mar 2017 30 Nov 2017 $200 AUD $112 AUD $88 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $197 AUD
INCLUDED Port Charges $386 AUD

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