On arrivals day in Dubrovnik, you will be met and transferred to a luxury hotel for a one-night stay. Enjoy a welcome reception dinner in the elegant surrounds of your hotel where you can meet your fellow travellers and tour staff.
Since its foundation in the 13th century Dubrovnik has been attacked many times but it is now restored as one of the great cities of the Mediterranean, essentially unchanged for 700 years. We will tour the city travelling through Ploce Gate to visit the Franciscan Monastery with one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, the Old Harbour, St Laurence Fortress and the Rector’s Palace. We have lunch overlooking the Adriatic and have free time to wander the narrow streets.
This evening we make the short journey by bus to the Golden Eagle Danube Express which is stationed at Capljina. Settle into your private en-suite cabin before enjoying dinner on board.
This morning we arrive into the historic city of Mostar, the crossroads of many civilizations, cultures and three religions. Mostar was one of the most important cities of the Ottoman Empire. The town’s renowned stone arch bridge linking the Christian and Muslim areas was re-built in the summer of 2004. We also visit Turkish House and the mosque before walking through the narrow, bazaar streets, where you can shop for traditional souvenirs and handicrafts.
After lunch on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express we travel onto the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo which is an intriguing blend of Eastern and Western culture; it has mosques and minarets, an ancient bazaar and an atmospheric old Turkish quarter. Discover the city’s poignant history through a truly absorbing tour detailing the horrors of the Balkan War. Sarajevo suffered from the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. The scars of war are still evident as we travel past war-torn buildings and we make a special visit to the Tunnel Museum under Sarajevo Airport. Your guide, who lived through the 1992-1996 conflict, brings to life in touching fashion the struggles the citizens of Sarajevo faced during the siege of the city.
This morning we are in the port city of Rijeka, situated on Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic. Crowned the European Capital of Culture in 2020 due to its rich Habsburg heritage and cultural projects, we make a short visit to the city's Maritime Museum, housed in the former palace of the Austro-Hungarian Governor.
Then we continue to nearby Postojna Cave where we have exclusive entry as we ride an underground train deep into the cave and tour the network of magnificent halls, a myriad of cave formations and mysterious animals.
Ljubljana is a delightful city, a combination of ancient architecture and a youthful culture. Our morning city tour includes visits to Preseren Square, Three Bridges, Dragon Bridge and Plecnik Market.
In the afternoon, the train climbs through the Julian Alps to Lake Bled which, with its island, church and castle is an incredibly picturesque alpine lake situated at the foothills of the Alps in north-western Slovenia.
Today we travel by steam* train, which dates back to 1887, to Lake Chiemsee before crossing the lake by boat to visit the Herrenchiemsee New Palace. The palace was commissioned in the late 19th-century by Bavarian king, Ludwig II. Designed to echo Versailles and pay homage to Louis XIV, the palace is one of the most lavish royal buildings in Germany.
Following dinner on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express we arrive into Vienna for a one-night stay.
*Steam haulage is subject to availability.
Following breakfast on the final morning you will be transferred to the airport for onward departures.
Why not extend your stay in Vienna to explore more of the city at your leisure? Please contact us for hotel options, touring programmes and rates.