THREE CAPITALS AND MORE - LJUBLJANA, BUDAPEST, BELGRADE (SLOVENIA, HUNGARY, SERBIA) (9 DAYS)
DAY 01: LJUBLJANA Arrival to Ljubljana. It has won the European Green Capital Award for 2016. Transfer to hotel. Overnight stay.
DAY 02: LJUBLJANA Start the city tour that consists of a walk around the old city centre and a tourist train ride to the castle hill. After an ascent to Ljubljana Castle’s outlook tower with a beautiful panoramic view of the city, we descend the hill on foot to the old city centre. We'll pass the Town Hall and continue through the historical city centre, well known for its unique architecture, which is the legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods and, most notably, the work of the famous 20th century architect Joze Plecnik. Why not end the tour with a boat ride on Ljubljanica river? Free time in the afternoon. Transfer to Maribor. Overnight stay.
DAY 03: MARIBOR–PTUJ-MARIBOR It is surrounded by wine-growing hills on all sides. Its historic town centre is marked by an Austrian influence, and we will admire the lively and colourful squares – Grajski trg (Castle square), Slomskov trg (Slomsek square) and Glavni trg (Main square), and of course Lent, the old river port. It is possible to cover all these attractions on a walking tour of Maribor. At the heart of Lent, the oldest vine in the world still grows in front of the Old Vine House. The confirmed age of this “Zametovka” or “Modra Kavcina” vine is over 400 years, which won it a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest noble vine in the world still bearing grapes. The Old Vine is a symbol of the rich wine culture of Maribor, Styria, and all of Slovenia.The pinnacle of Maribor’s culture has been the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2012. We will also visit Ptuj, the oldest and quite possibly the prettiest small city in Slovenia. Built on top of huge wine cellars on the banks of the river DravaHistorically, it is one of the most important places in the country, and its 2000-year history. A view from the castle above the city is simply breathtaking. Return to Maribor. Overnight stay.
DAY 04: MARIBOR – BUDAPEST Early morning departure to the Hungarian capital Budapest. We will start the tour in the Castle district and during a short walk we will show you the main attractions of the area. St. Matthias Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion (from where you can enjoy a beautiful panorama). There will be a photo stop infront of the Royal palace at the end. Passing the Elisabeth Bridge we will arrive to Pest and show you the famous Central Market Hall. It is a real pleasure to see it. Then we will stroll around the famous Vaci street for a while. During the tour you will also see the largest Synagogue in Europe and the City Park. We will pass by Europe’s largest thermal spa and stop at the Heroes’ Square (with statues of the most famous Hungarian kings and dukes). Later we will take the Andrássy Avenue to downtown Pest, pass by the Opera House and the St. Stephen’s Basilica. We will also see the Houses of Parliament. That impressive building was built in the Gothic Revival style. It is 268 m (879 ft) long and 123 m (404 ft) wide. Its interior includes 10 courtyards, 13 passenger and freight elevators, 27 gates, 29 staircases and 691 rooms (including more than 200 offices!) Overnight stay.
DAY 05: BUDAPEST-DANUBE CRUISE-BUDAPEST This full day boat tour of the mighty Danube is ideal for people who want to combine history with nature and would like to enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside in Hungary. You will see historic monuments and art memorials while your guide provides a lively narrative of Hungarian life. You will visit the 750-year-old Royal Residence at Visegrád, at Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, you will pause at the largest cathedral in the country (the tallest building in Hungary) and the 18th biggest church in the world) and see the burial sites of famous cardinals as you gaze across the water towards Slovakia. You will stop at an artists' village in Szentendre, a baroque city located where the Danube River meets the Pilis Mountains. You will have time to visit some of the museums, such as the world-famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum, where the buildings and people are made of marzipan. Return journey to Budapest. If you are travelling from May through to September, this will be a magical boat cruise. Return to hotel. Overnight stay.
DAY 06: BUDAPEST–PECS Early morning coach ride to the Hungarian city of Pecs. Pécs is a must if you decide to go to Hungary. Home to the world-famous Zsolnay ceramics and the largest Turkish ruins in Hungary. In the Middle Ages, Pécs was a centre of education and learning. The University of Pécs was founded in 1367, among the first universities in Europe. Pécs has a rich history of more than 2,000 years. You will see The Necropolis of Sopianae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the most iconic building the Gazi Kasim Mosque on Széchenyi square, a Barbican and monumental Cathedral. We will stroll around Király Street with many baroque-style buildings. Next we will drive to Vojvodina, the north area of Serbia, to a lovely small town called Subotica. Overnight stay at Subotica.
DAY 07: SUBOTICA-BELGRADE Sightseeing tour of Subotica. We will see the most important sights of this town. The City Hall is a true symbol of Subotica. This artistic secession of buildings, decorated with famous Zsolnay ceramics, was built between 1908 and 1910. Rajhl Pallace is called „Gaudi – the like building“ and is one of the most beautiful buildings in Subotica. The other sights are the Sinagoge, the Palace of commercial bank, the Palace of Mikse Demetra and a few more. We will have a break at the City Palace, built in Vienna secession. Departure to Kelebija, to an impressive horse farm registered for Lipizzaner horse breeding since 1993. Today, it is an impressive complex spanning over a territory of 20 ha of arranged space. There are a few objects built in a Pannonia style placed among flowerbeds, decorative greenery and long tree avenues. You can choose drive by carriages, or simply enjoy the perfect nature. In the afternoon we will continue the tour to Belgrade. Overnight stay.
DAY 08: BELGRADE We will do a panoramic and walking city tour of Belgrade. We will pass the new Belgrade business district, Belgrade Arena venue, the Dedinje residential district with its numerous villas, the House of flowers, former Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz Tito`s memorial house, the Royal Palace, St. Sava Temple, the biggest Orthodox temple in the Balkans, Slavija Square, the Parliament building, Republic square, Knez Mihajlova pedestrian zone, St. Michael`s Cathedral with the gold-plated carved iconostasis and the magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress with its large park area. We will have a big traditional dinner with traditional music and entertainment for our farewell dinner. Overnight stay in hotel.
DAY 09: BELGRADE Transfer to the airport/end of services.