VENICE TO VIENNA
Visiting Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Slovakia
|Tour Start Date:
05 Sep 2013
|Tour Finish Date:
||16 Sep 2013
Please note: Prices are based on 2 persons sharing a twin or double room.
Singleroom supplement applies for those noth wishing to share.
Rates are correct at 01 Oct 2011. US$/AU$ rates subject to currency fluctuation
05 Sep. Arrive Venice
Arrival in Venice and make your way to the Hotel Plaza in Mestre. Tonight we’ll visit the island city of Venice and take dinner on the Grand Canal. (B,D)
After breakfast we will meet our guide at the Doges Palace and start a walking tour of this island city. Free time for lunch before we depart for the 2.5hr drive into Slovenia and our destination, Lipica. Check-in and dinner at Hotel Maestoso. (B,D)
07 Sep. Lipica
This is one of the highlights of our tour. We start this morning with a guided tour of the stables during the tour we’ll learn about the history of this renowned breed of horses. Following the tour, there will be a carriage ride through the grounds of the estate. At 3.00pm we’ll enjoy a performance of the stallions in the pavilion, and you have free time to continue exploring the stud, coach museum and art gallery. This evening we travel 20kms to a farmhouse restaurant for a typical Slovenian meal with locally produces wine. (B,D)
08 Sep. Lipica – Bled
This morning we take an hour's drive to Postojna to visit the 3rd largest cave complex in the world. The tour includes a 3km train ride, a 1 km walk, and a 3km train back to the start point. We then continue our journey to Lake Bled, the "pearl" of Slovenia. Early afternoon check-in at Grand Hotel Toplice. Dinner will be taken in a local restaurant.(B,D)
09 Sep. Bled
After a leisurely breakfast, we take a “pletna” boat across the lake to Slovenia’s only island. Here you can climb the 99 steps to the church, which legend says a groom must carry his new bride up to ensure a long and healthy marriage. We return to the bank and you have the afternoon at leisure to explore the town or take a walk around the lake. There is an optional visit to Vintgar Gorge for those who would like to take the scenic 1-mile walk (each way) through the spectacular gorge. Dinner at your leisure this evening. (B)
10 Sep. Bled – Ljubjlana – Bled
Today we have an excursion to the capital of Slovenia. Free time to explore the city - perhaps take a walk up to the castle for panoramic views of the city and surrounds. We'll return to Lake Bled and take dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)
11 Sep. Bled – Koeflach
Today we depart for Austria, stopping in the town of Villach for a while before continuing toward our next destination, the town of Koeflach, near Piber. Afternoon check-in at Hotel Herold and dinner will be taken in the hotel. (B,D)
12 Sep. Koeflach/Piber
The day most people have been waiting for! We have a VIP Backstage Pass to visit the stable and museum complex. Everything you wanted to know about the famed Lipizzaner stallions you will learn here. You’ll see some new foals, as well as some of the “retired” stallions from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. After a visit to the morning workout arena and time in the Carriage Museum – you’ll have free time to explore the stud. This afternoon we take a drive up into the nearby mountains to see the young stallions in their summer pastures. This will be their last day before their “procession” down the mountain to the town of Koeflach. Tonight dinner is at your own leisure. (B)
13 Sep. Koeflach – Vienna
It just keeps getting better!! Today we witness the parade of the Lipizzaner stallions from their mountain pastures down to Koeflach town centre. You have the chance to walk with the stallions for their last 2 kms to the town, where they will then be introduced by name to excited on-lookers, and blessed by the local priest. Music and festivities will abound throughout the town for most of the day! We then leave late afternoon for our final stop – Vienna. Late afternoon check-in at Hotel de France. Tonight we take a group dinner in the nearby Melkerstiftskeller. (B,D)
14 Sep. Vienna
The highlight of our tour! A gala performance in the Spanish riding School!! We have been fortunate enough to secure front-row seats in the VIP Box in order to give you what we believe are the best views of the performance. Following the performance, we have a special guided tour of the stables, where you can meet some of the “stars” of the show. After time for lunch, we take a short journey 70kms to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. We have a guided tour here with “Big George”, then free time to explore and find a local restaurant for the evening meal. We then return to Vienna.(B)
15 Sep. Vienna.
This morning we have a short city tour followed by a guided tour of the Palace of Schoenbrunn where we visit 22 of the former State Apartments. Free time in the beautiful gardens before we return to our hotel. The afternoon is at leisure for personal sightseeing, visiting the old town or shopping. Tonight we take our farewell meal at the Passauerhof, a “heuriger” in the wine village of Grinzing.(B,D).
16 Sep. Vienna – onward travel.
Sadly our tour finishes after breakfast. Transfers can be arranged to suit your travel requirements.
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Main Tour price includes:
- 11 nights hotel accommodations, room with private facilities
- Buffet breakfast daily at all hotels
- 8 dinners, at hotels or local restaurants
- Travel in deluxe coach with reclining seats and AC
- Tour Manager from arrival in Venice until departure in Vienna
- Guided sightseeing tours as listed in itinerary
- Entrance fees where necessary
- Ticket for guided tour of Lipica stables and afternoon performance
- Carriage ride through the Lipica estate
- VIP ticket for guided tour of stud farm at Piber
- Visit to mountain pastures to see the young stallions
- Ticket to gala performance at Spanish Riding School in Vienna
- Porterage of one suitcase per person at hotels
- All local service fees, taxes and road tolls
Does not include:
- International airfare
- Meals other than those listed as being included
- Optional activities or tours
- Gratuities to tour driver and tour manager
A valid passport is required to travel. No visas are necessary for Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Slovakia for Australian passport holders. Other nationalities should check if they require any visas.
The tour is based on a minimum of 10 paying passengers. If the tour falls below 10 persons, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly, change hotels and type of transportation used. The tour maximum will be 16 persons.
A nonrefundable deposit of $350 per person is required to confirm a place on the tour. Final balance is due no later than 15 June 2012.
After confirmation and payment of deposit, there is a cancellation fee of $350 per person up until 01 July. After that date, the following cancellation fees apply.
Between 01 July and 14 July $500 per person
Between 15 July and 31July $1500 per person
Between 01 August and 14 August $2000 per person
On or after 15 August No refund
There may be separate cancellation fees levied by the airline who has supplied the air tickets.
Please note that this tour will be strictly limited to 16 persons due to the limited availability of the tickets for the Spanish RidingSchool performance.
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