- Travel in a small group of 10 to 18 passengers
- All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
- Enjoy a ride on the Ring Tram in Vienna
- Electric train through the Postojna Caves
Croatia, Slovenia, Austria
Coach, Funicular, Train
A magical and charming Christmas small group tour to Austria, Slovenia and Croatia awaits. Discover the baroque architecture of Vienna, the charming streets of Ljubljana, the serenity of Lake Bled, the Roman ruins of Split, the stunning beauty of the Plitvice Lakes, and more – all with the added touch of Christmas magic. Classic European Christmas markets abound on this small group tour that will make you fall even more in love with Europe.
Austria, Slovenia and Croatia are all home to charming capital cities. From Vienna’s baroque architecture and rich history, to Ljubljana’s pretty streets, bridges and landscapes, to Zagreb’s vibrant culture and location between the slopes of the Medvednica Mountains and the northern bank of the Sava River, discover the charm during a mix of guided city tours and free time.
Christmas lovers, we’ve got you covered with this one! Charming Christmas markets abound in Europe equipped with everything from ice skating rinks, mulled wine, delicious food, stalls selling Christmas decorations and more. Discover the Christmas markets of Vienna, Ljubljana, Bled and Zagreb during this small group tour.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park turns into a winter wonderland during the winter season. The lakes vibrant colored water is surrounded by bare trees and, more often than not, snow covered landscape and sidewalks. With constant freezing temperatures causing the lakes to freeze over, the national park really does turn into a real-life winter wonderland.
Welcome to Vienna! The Austrian capital is a charming European city with impeccable Baroque architecture and a rich history. Consistently named one of the most livable cities in the world, Vienna’s atmosphere and culture adds to its charm.
After arriving in Vienna, we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant together with our fellow travelers and small group tour leader.
We begin exploring Vienna this morning after breakfast. Our city tour takes us through this magnificent city as we admire its Baroque architecture including a visit to St Stephen’s Cathedral. Here, we step inside the Romanesque and Gothic cathedral known as the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and learn more about its significant history.
After our city tour, we learn about Austria’s snow globe industry with a visit to the Original Viennese snow globe factory and museum. Invented over 100 years ago in Vienna, the family business continues to produce its traditional snow globes that were first manufactured in 1920. At the factory we enjoy a demonstration of the company’s manufacturing process and have the chance to purchase our own snow globes before returning to the city center for an afternoon of free time.
We meet back up in the late afternoon to hop on the city’s expansive Ringstrasse tram, the circular boulevard that runs around the historic Old Town. Our ride allows us to take in the Christmas lights of the city before we enjoy our first Christmas market of the tour. Sip on mulled wine and take in the enchanting sights of the market – from the lights, the decorations, the stalls and of course, the Christmas tree!
We cross the border today into Slovenia. It may be small in size, but Slovenia is packed full of charming cities with stunning architecture and friendly locals. After breakfast this morning we travel to Slovenia’s Maribor. Here, we enjoy a walking tour through the city making our way to the oldest vine in the world. The vine has remained firmly in the ground of Maribor for more than 450 years. We taste some wine before continuing towards Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana.
This evening we enjoy a visit to Ljubljana’s Christmas markets before enjoying free time for dinner.
Ljubljana, an increasingly popular destination for travelers to Europe, is ours to explore today. We begin with a morning of sightseeing that allows us to see some of the city’s best attractions including the Central Market. We catch a ride on the funicular that takes us from Krek Square to the Ljubljana Castle. Once at the Castle, we enjoy sweeping views over the city below.
Lake Bled with its serene, sapphire-toned lake, charming villages and alpine fresh air is our destination this afternoon. We enjoy free time to pick up some lunch, enjoy a walk around the stunning lake and visit the local Christmas markets before returning to Ljubljana to enjoy our evening at leisure.
The Croatian coastal town of Opatija is our destination today. Once a hotspot for the Austro-Hungarian elite during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today Opatija is a picture-perfect coastal town on the Adriatic Sea.
We begin our travels to Opatija after breakfast this morning. En-route, we stop at Slovenia’s Postojna Cave system, one of the country’s most magnificent sights. Thought to be nearly 12 million years old and created by the Pivka River, 12 miles of tunnels, caverns and passages create a labyrinth for us to explore. Upon arrival in Opatija, we enjoy an early evening walking tour of the city, making a special stop at Choco World for a chocolate tasting.
We continue along the Croatian coast today, making our way to the country’s largest coastal city Split. We depart Opatija after breakfast and make our way to Zadar. Here, Roman ruins and medieval churches meet bustling cafes and picturesque views. We have some time to ourselves to enjoy the city and a bite to eat for lunch before a guided city tour.
We arrive in Split in the early evening with time at leisure.
We embark on a city tour of Split this morning where we witness the influence of the Roman Empire in this region. We visit one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments, Diocletian’s Palace before viewing Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and St Doimus Cathedral.
For lunch today, we travel to the Stella Croatica village where we enjoy a 3-course meal of Croatian Christmas dishes. With a motto “tradition does not mean to look after the ash, but to keep the flame alive”, our small group connects with the proud cultural heritage that is passionately coupled with a modern twist.
This afternoon we travel to the nearby city of Trogir. Situated on a tiny island, surrounded by medieval walls, Trogir is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. We embark on an early evening sightseeing tour of the Old Town and cathedral before making our way back to Split for the rest of the evening at our leisure.
[Breakfast and Lunch]
Our final destination is Croatia’s capital Zagreb. The cultural, scientific and economic center of the country, Zagreb is situated between the slopes of the Medvednica Mountains and the northern bank of the Sava River.
We make our way from Split to Zagreb after breakfast, stopping along the way at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Renowned for their range of distinctive colors from azure to green, grey or blue, the cascading sixteen lakes formed by runoff from the mountains are a stunning sight to see. We enjoy a walk of the upper lakes before lunch at a local restaurant.
We arrive in Zagreb in the early evening and enjoy free time for the night.
[Breakfast and Lunch]
We begin our day today with a guided city tour of Zagreb. The tour includes views of St Mark’s Church, St Catherine’s Church, the Parliament and Government Palace. We tour Zagreb Cathedral, whose twin Gothic spires stand out against the city skyline.
We discover the craft of Croatian gingerbread making today. Inscribed in 2010 on the Representative List of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Croatia’s gingerbread craft is steeped in tradition. We learn about the craft while decorating our own love heart shaped gingerbread, the most common shape made in Croatia.
We enjoy free time in the afternoon where we can explore more of Zagreb, including the city’s charming Christmas markets. This evening we enjoy a group farewell dinner together.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We bid farewell to our new friends and to the charming wonders of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
Modern and contemporary, the Pentahotel Vienna is a superior hotel located in the heart of Vienna. Rooms feature modern styling and are equipped with air-conditioning, free wifi and more. The onsite restaurant serves delicious meals while the bar offers a variety of beverages. The hotel’s location makes it easy for guests to explore all that the city has to offer.
Austria’s largest 4-star hotel, the Austria Trend Hotel Ananas offers a comfortable stay in the heart of Vienna. The hotel’s prime location means the city sights of Vienna are just steps away. Spacious and stylishly furnished, each room features air-conditioning, free wifi, a safe deposit box and more, while the hotel offers two onsite restaurants and a bar.
Overlooking the busy streets of Ljubljana, Hotel Slon is situated in the heart of Slovenia’s capital, close to the city’s attractions. Equipped with modern facilities throughout, the hotel features a spa and fitness center and onsite restaurant. Rooms feature free wifi, a coffee maker, air-conditioning, a safe deposit box and more, making for a comfortable stay in Ljubljana.
A scenic waterfront location meets modern luxury and style at the Amadria Park Grand Hotel. Enjoy garden or sea views from guest rooms which have had their interiors upgraded in March 2019. Exuding luxury and style, the interior of the guest rooms are hard to fault and are accompanied by modern amenities – air-conditioning and heating, a safe deposit box and more. The hotel’s facilities include a wide range of restaurants and the ‘Wellness Oasis’ – a combination of pools, saunas, spas, baths and the property’s own slice of beachfront.
Housed in a historic 1896 Habsurg Villa, the Hotel Agava is a charming, fairytale-like property situated in the center of Opatija. Old-world style meets modern amenities in the guest rooms which feature a safe deposit box, air-conditioning and heating, free wifi and more. An onsite restaurant and café with a terrace situated on the main street of Opatija are perfect dining options for guests.
Centrally located in the heart of Split and just steps away from the city’s cultural and historical sights, Hotel Luxe offers superior boutique accommodation. Modern styling can be found throughout the hotel and in guest rooms that feature air-conditioning, free wifi, a safe deposit box and more. Onsite wellness and fitness centers are available to guests.
Traditional art deco glamour and first-class service greets you at the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel. Dating back to 1925, the hotel offers a luxurious stay in the heart of Croatia’s capital, close to all the major attractions. Elegantly styled rooms are spacious and feature a separate seating area and a marble bathroom, accompanied by free wifi, a safe deposit box, soundproofing and air-conditioning. Four dining options are on offer at the hotel which also boasts an onsite spa center.
The official currency in Austria is the Euro. It is recommended that you take Euro with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.
The official currency in Slovenia is the Euro. It is recommended that you take Euro with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.
Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.
The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.
To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our Europe tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with Europe’s historic architecture, picturesque cobblestone streets and stunning landscapes. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in Europe.
We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 14:00h in order to take part in your welcome dinner.
*Prices shown are in USD.
The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.
Tipping has been included in the tour price for drivers, porters, waiters and your specialist local guide. Tipping for the small group tour leader has not been included and is at your client's discretion.
For 2020, tipping for your small group tour leader has also been included.
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