Slovenia-Austria, 8 days

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
– Vienna – Schonbrunn – Habsburg monarchy summer palace – Unesco Heritage Site
– Ptuj – the oldest city in Slovenia with fantastic castle, vine cellar, good food and excellent spa complex
– Ljubljana – Caste and old city cafes, bars and restaurants
– Bled with beatiful lake and breath taking alpine scenery
– Postojna cave – the most extensive cave complex in Europe
– Salzburg – Mozart birth place and Unesco World Heritage Site

Day 1: Arrival to Vienna.  
Take your rental car at Vienna airport and drive to your hotel in hart of Vienna.  Vienna is unquestionably one of Europe’s great cities, its subtler charms sometimes go overlooked. Visitors who do visit this Hapsburgian playground will discover that Viennese delights come in many forms. The city’s cultural treasures, for one, are almost overwhelming in their abundance. Baroque cathedrals mingle with medieval churches, and everywhere is art, music, and more art. Austria’s most famous palace, Schönbrunn, was built to rival Versailles, and touring it is like passing through a giant, gilded music box. Vienna’s actual music box, the stunning Vienna State Opera, is also unforgettable, and worth visiting even if you can’t score tickets for a performance (which can be surprisingly inexpensive). Vienna also has attractions for those with a passion for the outdoors. Boating and water sports take place on the famous Danube, and escape to the verdant pleasures of the Wienerwald is quick and easy. The local cuisine is, fittingly, also rich and delightful. Fine restaurants offer perfectly executed schnitzel, savory goulash, and the decadent Sacher Torte. Or watch dusk melt into evening while devouring a char-grilled sausage at a laid-back wine garden. The fine blend of natural and man-made treasures makes time spent in Vienna both stimulating and uniquely relaxing. Bring your opera glasses and your hiking boots. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Vienna – the capital city of Austria
After breakfast departure from the hotel for Vienna City Tour. We will drive you around Vienna’s Ringstrasse, a leafy boulevard around the heart of the city and the location of many impressive buildings, for example the State Opera House, the Hofburg (Imperial Palace), the Museums of Fine Arts and Natural History, the Parliament, the Burgtheater, the City Hall and the University. Our guide will show you the most interesting and famous places of Vienna. Afternoon sightseeing  of Habsburg monarchy summer palace – Schonbrunn, Together with its ancillary buildings and extensive park, it is one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria. Scheduled as a listed monument, the whole ensemble, including the palace, the park with its numerous architectural features, fountains and statues and not least the zoo – the oldest of its kind in the world – was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1996. Night in Vienna.

Day 3:  Vienna  – Graz – Maribor – Ptuj (285 km, cca. 3.5 hours drive)
After breakfast drive south of Vienna on motorway to Slovenia. On the way, after 2 hours drive we suggest to stop in city of Graz, which is the capital city of southern province of Austria, Styria. Today Graz is important student and economic centre of southern Austria. Walk in old, medieval part of the city and visit excellent museum of medieval weaponry.   Then continue drive south and after 60 km you will enter Slovenia. Then it is short drive (cca. 45 minutes) to Ptuj, the oldest city in Slovenia, which is more then 2000 years old. This night you will sleep in hotel which is opposite Ptuj Spa which is one the biggest spa complex in Slovenia. Hotel has also theirown spa complex, with healthy thermal water. We suggest you to walk in old part of city (cca. 10 minutes walk along river Drava) and visit Ptuj castle which seats on top of the hill above the city. Visit also famous vine cellar which is more then 200 years old . Ptuj area is well known vine area and you should taste some of their vine. Overnight in hotel.   

Day 4:  Ptuj – Ljubljana – the capital city of Slovenia (cca. 130 km, 1.5 hours drive)
Breakfast. Free morning for using hotel spa complex . After lunch drive to Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. Arrival to Ljubljana after approximately 90 minutes. In the Slovene capital of Ljubljana, Central European flair mixes with southern zest for life. Even though Ljubljana, located along the Save and Ljubljanica rivers, is not one of Europe’s largest capitals, it possesses a unique appeal. The city is especially lively along those rivers, where the numerous cafes, pubs, and bars seem to guarantee pleasant evenings in this lively and cheerful city. The city’s young artists and galleries also lend the city a special charm; those interested in the alternative art scene should definitely visit the squatters’ compound occupying the former barracks known as Metelkova. Tolerated by the city, it has enabled the development of an alternative culture in Slovenia. Anyone with a soft spot for the Middle Ages should visit the city’s castle, which towers over the city centre. Overnight in hotel.

Day 5 : Ljubljana – Postojna cave –  Bled (cca. 150 km, 2 hours)
After breakfast drive to Postojna cave (cca. 40 minutes drive) and visit one of the biggest caves in Europe. Cave in which you enter by train is full of stalagnite and stalactites and other wonders. But the biggest attraction is Human Fish, animal which live only in this cave and nowhere else. After visiting cave short drive to Predjama Castle, situated in front of another cave which is connected to Postojna cave. Predjama Castle is considered one of the best medieval castles in Slovenia.Then will drive to Bled ( approx 80 km, 1 hour 20 minutes). Visit of Bled, its medieval castle, which stands firmly and proudly high on the cliff above the lake. From there one has a beautiful view over the lake and the surrounding mountain peaks. You can try the unique experience of making a boat trip to the island in the middle of the lake. It’s one of the nicest sightseeing places in Slovenia. When in Bled you have to try famous KREMŠNITA (cream cake).  Since its origin they produced many milions and its recipe is still the mistery. Overnight in hotel with the view on lake, castle and mountains.

Day 6: Bled – Salzburg (cca. 230 km, 2.5 hours)
Breakfast.  Then return to Austria through 7 kilometers long Karavanke Tunnel. On the way to Salzburg you will pass Alps so beautiful scenery will shorten your trip to Salzburg. After check inn to your hotel we suggest  pleasant stroll through the historical center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, ST. PETER’S CHURCHYARD, the monumental Domplatz and Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. Taste a traditional local specialty, a chocolate Mozart Kugel… Overnight in hotel.

Day 7: Salzburg – Vienna (cca. 300 km, 3 hours)
Breakfast. You can spend some more time in Salzburg and visit former underground salt mine which is highly recommended or drive directly to Vienna and spend time there in case you did not see everything you planned upon arrival. Alternatively you can take less direct route to Vienna and enjoy beautiful scenery on the road. Overnight in hotel. 

Day 8: Vienna – Airport
After breakfast free time until drive to airport. Drop your car and fly to your destination. End for tour.  

PRICE: ON REQUEST

Price includes:
– 7 nights in double rooms based on breakfast
– rental car of your choice, unlimited kilometers, all insurances, taxes

Price does not include:
– entrance fees
– personal costs
– international flights
– all meals except breakfasts
– all tolls, parking, petrol

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