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Venice to Dubrovnik / Split: Grand Tour of Central Europe & the Enchanting Balkans

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14 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people




Number of Persons 
Group Price 8+ Pax2940€
Group Price 2-7 Pax3675€
Solo Traveler Price6983€

Embark on a captivating journey through Central Europe and the Balkans in this 14 days tour form Venice to Dubrovnik.  This 14 days tour of Central Europe and the Balkans combines some of the most charming capitals, once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, with the diversity and the uniqueness of the Balkans.

Important information:

* All participants are responsible for having their own health/travel insurance.

* Single Supplement: To guarantee tour departure even for one participant we require a single supplement. If other participants join this tour, you will be refunded 50% of the single supplement amount (1280 Euros) and your room occupancy will still be private. We organize small groups up to 8 pax. Please contact us if you are a larger group of participants for a quotation.

* Please note that prices are calculated on double/twin/triple/quadruple room occupancy in a 3 stars hotel accommodation.

* Single room occupancy is possible on 45 Euros extra charge per night per person in a 3 stars hotel accommodation.

* Hotel upgrade is possible on extra charge.

* Children pricing: Age 0 – 1.99 Free of charge; Age 2+ full fare.

* Choose Balkans reserves the rights to add other participants in and during the tour program. If you are interested in a private tour, please contact us for a quotation.

* Private tour is possible on 585 Euros/person extra charge.

* Tour’s schedule or itinerary may be affected/adopted due to; weather, Acts of God, labour strikes, bank holidays, site temporary closure/renovation or other external forces outside the Company’s control.

* On request this tour may also depart from other cities of Italy or other countries such as Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia or Serbia. Please contact us for more information on the extra costs.

* Please note that Choose Balkans needs to receive the net (full) quoted amount. Transaction and payment fees are on the sender (you in this case). We will notify you with a print screen of the amount received at our account as soon as we receive your down payment.

* Please note that Credit/Debit card payments are possible at our office in Tirana and apply a 5% bank commission.

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  • Trieste
  • Trieste old town
  • Piazza Unità d'Italia
  • Pass by Cathedral of San Giusto
  • Pass by Castle of San Giusto
  • Piazza della Borsa
  • Ljubjana Old town
  • Tromostovj (three bridges) in Ljubjana
  • Villach
  • Graz
  • Hauptplatz in Graz
  • Vienna
  • Schönbrunn Gardens
  • Belvedere Gardens
  • Rust in Austria
  • Lake Neusiedl in Austria
  • Old Town Hall in Bratislava
  • Michael's Gate in Bratislava
  • Bratislava Castle
  • Danube River
  • Győr City
  • Györ’s Town Hall
  • Cathedral of The Virgin Mary in Győr
  • Györ Synagogue
  • Pedestrian street Baross Gabor
  • The Heroes' Square in Budapest
  • Buda Castle in Budapest
  • Subotica City Hall
  • Cathedral of St. Teresa of Avila
  • Subotica Synagogue
  • Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad
  • Sremski Karlovci
  • Belgrade Fortes
  • Republic Square in Belgrade
  • Zvornik
  • Sarajevo old town
  • Latin Bridge in Sarajevo
  • Stari Most bridge
  • Old Bazaar of Mostar


Day 1 Venice – Tireste – Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Day 1 Venice – Tireste – Ljubljana (Slovenia)

After having experienced the wonderland of bridges, towers, piazzas, canals, churches and gondolas, Venice (by yourself), our tour leader will come and pick you up at the meeting point Piazzale Roma at 10:00 am. This incredible journey begins by driving towards Trieste, a charming city located in northeastern Italy. Trieste has a unique cultural identity due to its historical position at the crossroads of Italian, Slavic, and Germanic influences. This is reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and traditions. Our first stop will be Piazza Unità d'Italia, the main square. The square is surrounded by stunning architecture, elegant cafes, and historic buildings. We will wander through the charming streets of the Old Town, where we will explore the Cathedral of San Giusto and the Castle of San Giusto for a glimpse into Trieste's history. We will walk towards Piazza della Borsa, a historic square dominated by the beautiful Old Stock Exchange building. The piazza was the trade center of the city throughout the 19th century.
We will continue our journey towards Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. This enchanting city is a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. We will visit the old town center where we will admire the bridges, parks, and squares designed by the famous Slovene architect, Joze Plecnik. In the city's center, atop a hill, we can admire the medieval Ljubljana Castle, which boasts architectural accents from the Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance period. We will continue our journey towards Tromostovje, the iconic trio of bridges which symbolize unity between the historical, medieval, and modern parts of the city. As we cross the bridges, take in the views of the charming riverside and the lively atmosphere of the city. After a day full of explorations, we will relax and enjoy an overnight stay in Ljubljana.

Day 2 Ljubljana – Lake Bled – Villach (Austria) – Graz
Day 2 Ljubljana – Lake Bled – Villach (Austria) – Graz

After breakfast we enjoy a scenic drive to Lake Bled, a picturesque alpine lake surrounded by mountains. Lake Bled is often mentioned as the pearl of the Slovenian Alpine region due to its emerald-green waters, picture-perfect postcard church on the island, medieval castle on the rocky cliff, and some of the highest peaks of the Slovenian Alps as the background. Take a short walk along the lakeshore as the beauty of the surrounding mountains reflects off the lake surface. After exploring the natural wander of Lake bled, we will drive towards Villach (Austria) a lovely small Austrian town with roots back in Roman times. It’s old town center, Altstadt is one of the most picturesque in southern Austria. Have some free time to stroll through the old town and visit local shops, bars and restaurants. We drive towards Graz which is our final destination for today. Overnight in Graz.

Day 3 Graz – Vienna
Day 3 Graz – Vienna

After breakfast, get ready to explore the charming city of Graz, one of the best-preserved historical cities in Europe. Graz is often referred to as ‘Vienna’s little sister’, known for its charming Old Town, cultural attractions, and vibrant atmosphere. It is one of only two European cities to hold two UNESCO titles. The Old Town and Eggenberg Palace have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 2011 Graz was also awarded UNESCO City of Design. The Main Square (Hauptplatz) is the beating heart of the city, where locals and visitors gather and hang out. Feel the lively atmosphere of the old Market Square and admire Rathaus while learning about the history of Graz. Have some free time before driving to the capital of Austria.
Our first stop in Vienna will be Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, where we will visit Sisi’s Gardens. We will take a leisurely stroll through the Parterre, the Orangery Garden, and the Neptune Fountain. Admire the flowerbeds, sculptures, and the overall serene atmosphere. Later we will head to Belvedere Palace gardens, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, impressive art collections, and beautifully landscape. Belvedere is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The formal French-style gardens feature geometric patterns, sculptures, fountains, and flowerbeds. Have some free time to relax and enjoy the beautiful views. Overnight in Vienna.

Day 4 Vienna's Sweet and Savory Food Scene– Vienna
Day 4 Vienna's Sweet and Savory Food Scene– Vienna

Today we will join on a culinary adventure around Vienna, and discover the incredible sweet and savory food scene in Austria’s dazzling capital city. Indulge in all things sweet and savory on this Vienna food tour that will give you a total introduction to Austrian cuisine, from upscale dining to delicious street food. With your local guide by your side, you’ll skip past the tourist traps and discover the city’s culinary highlights in some of our favorite local neighborhoods. We’ll sample classic Austrian dishes like goulash, käsekrainer (sausage with cheese), tafelspitz (boiled beef), and/or krautfleckerl (cabbage and noodles). We will also get to taste some Austrian sweet treats like apricot dumplings and homemade cake. Wash it all down with a beer or spritzwein, and a coffee or tea in a local cafe.
After this unique adventure have some free time to wander around Vienna city center on your own and explore its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. Do not miss a walk near Stephansplatz, the central square of Vienna; Rathaus (Vienna City Hall), an impressive Gothic-style building. Pass by Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper), one of the most iconic and prestigious opera houses in the world. End your day with a drink and enjoy the scenic views of the city. Overnight in Vienna.

Day 5 Vienna (Austria) – Rust – Bratislava (Slovakia)
 Day 5 Vienna (Austria) – Rust – Bratislava (Slovakia)

After breakfast we will continue our journey by driving towards our first destination for today, Rust in the region Burgenland, known as a wine region of Austria. While we drive through the hilly vineyards, you can enjoy a magnificent view over the Lake Neusiedl, part of UNESCO world heritage. After our scenic drive we will reach Rust, famous for its well-preserved historic center, charming streets, and traditional Austrian architecture. We will walk through the picturesque old town with colorful houses decorated with flower boxes, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Do not miss the possibility to visit one of the small shops, where you can get creative souvenirs and decorations made of natural materials such as tartar or wood form the wine barrel. Have some free time to visit the vineyards overlooking the lake where you can enjoy your meal and sample some of the region's best wines. After our visit to Rust we will drive by the lake and head towards Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Overnight in Bratislava.

Day 6 Day tour of Bratislava
 Day 6 Day tour of Bratislava

After breakfast we will visit Bratislava, a charming city alongside the Danube. Exploring the medieval Old Town Hall, we will learn more about the ancient history of Slovakia. Bratislava's Old Town is known for its many churches and cultural institutions, it is also the location of most of the foreign states embassies and important Slovak institutions. We will head to Michael's Gate, the only gate that has been preserved from the medieval fortifications, and it ranks among the oldest of the town's buildings. After exploring the old town, we will walk up to the iconic Bratislava Castle, overlooking the city. The castle was built in 9th century and it stands on the hill above Danube River. The view from the castle offers an amazing spot worth a picture of Bratislava. In the afternoon we will return to the city center. Bratislava's café culture is legendary, have some free time and try the famous coffee in one of the Bratislav’s traditional coffee shops where the aroma of roasted coffee beans fills the air. Overnight in Bratislava.

Day 7 Bratislava – Győr (Hungary) – Budapest
Day 7 Bratislava – Győr (Hungary) – Budapest

Our journey continues towards Hungary. Our first stop will be the picturesque “City of Rivers”, Győr. The city is filled with a rich history, baroque architecture and tasty Hungarian food. The center of the city is surrounded with multi-color homes and churches. We will wander the historic streets and visit the Györ’s Town Hall where you cannot miss the 59-meter tower and its green top. This Neo-Classical building has been open since 1898. Győr has many churches all around the town, however, do not miss a visit to Cathedral of The Virgin Mary which was built in Roman style in the 11th century. After we will walk towards Györ Synagogue, its colossal grey dome can be spotted from far away. The architecture of this building was used as an inspiration for other synagogues across all central Europe. We will walk along the pedestrian-only street Baross Gabor. The street is filled with numerous cafes, shops, bars, and restaurants. Have some free time to taste the delicious Hungarian food and the famous blueberry beer. Later we will drive towards Budapest. Overnight in Budapest.

Day 8 Day tour of Budapest
Day 8 Day tour of Budapest

Today we will explore the “Queen of the Danube”, Budapest. This scenic city is known for its singular mix of Baroque, Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture. The capital of Hungary is divided by the Danube into two parts: traditional "Buddha" and cosmopolitan "Pest". Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. We will pass by the Saint Stephen’s Basilica, the largest church in Budapest with neoclassical style. After we will stroll along the boulevards, the Opera, the Parliament building, Heroes' Square, and the 19th-century Fisherman's Bastion with its spectacular views over the city. We will learn more about the historical and cultural significance of the Hungarian capital by visiting the Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of the city. We will cross over bridges and discover the Baroque-style Street. You can't miss Budapest at night when the city dresses up, free evening to explore on your own this amazing city, and take in the atmosphere. Overnight in Budapest.

Day 9 Budapest – Subotica (Serbia)
Day 9 Budapest – Subotica (Serbia)

Our destination for today will be Subotica in Serbia, rich cultural heritage assets, intricately Our destination for today will be Subotica decorated buildings, multicultural spirit and European charm – these are the features that make this city distinctive. In Subotica, you will be eye-full of the vibrant colors, and outstanding architecture of the city due to its once importance and wealth during the Austro-Hungarian empire. We will visit the center of Subotica which is not dominated by a cathedral or a church, but by the City Hall. It is surrounded by the park, fountains and a huge square. Subotica is known for its relaxed atmosphere, good food, and quality wines. After a walk through the city center, enjoy time to explore Subotica’s streets and squares and taste the far-known local cuisine. We will visit the Cathedral of St. Teresa of Avila and the Synagogue. After the city center visit, you will have the opportunity to explore the town center by yourself and enjoy a coffee in the Austro-Hungarian influenced city. Overnight in Subotica.

Day 10 Subotica – Novi Sad
Day 10 Subotica – Novi Sad

Right after breakfast, we will start our journey towards Novi Sad, considered to be the cultural capital of northern Serbia. Located on the historical border of two former empires – the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman, as a result you will be able to distinguish among the mixture of melting cultures influencing the town through centuries. You will immediately notice the Austro-Hungarian as well as the Ottoman influences. The town has a unique Baroque architecture characterizing some of its most important buildings. Not to be missed is the Petrovaradin Fortress also known as the Gibraltar on the Danube. We will be able to explore the old town walking through the pedestrian streets passing by Zmaj Jovina and Dunavska. Have some free time to enjoy the city on your own. Overnight in Novi Sad.

Day 11 Novi Sad – Sremski Karlovci – Belgrade
Day 11 Novi Sad – Sremski Karlovci – Belgrade

Novi Sad region is also very famous about the culture of wine production and high quality of fine wines. We will learn more about the region’s tradition on wine production in Sremski Karlovci, the center of Serbian culture in the 18th century and famous for the well-respected wine cellars. Sremski Karlovci is a real gem of Serbian culture and spirituality, which feels like a ‘museum town’ with its Baroque center. It is said that every building, house and street in the city have their own stories to tell. Sremski Karlovci has its own legend which claims that whoever drinks from the Four Lions fountain located in the city center will surely return to Karlovci and get married there. After the tour you will have some free time to taste different wine specialties of the region, by enjoying the spectacular views of the vineyards. Overnight in Belgarde

Day 12 Belgarde (Serbia) – Zvornik (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Sarajevo
Day 12 Belgarde (Serbia) – Zvornik (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Sarajevo

After breakfast we will visit Belgrade. Our first stop will be Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park, built on the confluence of two big rivers Sava and the Danube. The view of the city from the Fortress is breathtaking. In the Upper Town of the Belgrade Fortress, you will visit the Pobednik monument with a history dating back to 1913. The park is a huge green area with beautiful trees and peaceful paths. We will walk through Knez Mihailova, the social midpoint of Belgrade locals until we reach Republic square.
After we will drive towards Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zvornik is a captivating town that seamlessly blends history, culture, and natural beauty. Situated along the banks of the serene Drina River, Zvornik offers a unique experience for both travelers seeking historical insights and those yearning for a tranquil escape. Have some free time to have lunch and try the local dishes or simply walk around the charming streets of Zvornik. Overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 13 Sarajevo – Mostar
Day 13 Sarajevo – Mostar

Today we will visit Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today’s itinerary includes walking on uneven terrain, while visiting some of the ruins during our Sarajevo tour. You can still see many reminders of the Yugoslav War in bullet holes and cannon marks all around town. The tour will cover the stories of origins of Sarajevo and the medieval Bosnian Kingdom. We will visit the Ottoman and Austria-Hungarian parts of Sarajevo, which both with its stunning markets, bazaars, mosques, churches and synagogues will reveal the true nature of the real European Jerusalem. We’ll make sure to visit the Latin Bridge and learn the story about how WWI was triggered right here, in the heart of Sarajevo. The bridge received its name because it connected the right bank of the Miljacka with the Catholic quarter of the city, which was informally called "Latinluk" in Ottoman times. Sarajevo is well known for its various delicious meat dishes and desserts. Our tour continue the city of Mostar. We will, of course, visit the iconic Old Bridge also known as Stari Most, part of UNESCO world heritage and built in a typical Islamic architectural style in the 16th century. We will also wander through the Old Bazaar with its colourful streets and lively atmosphere. The city has stones with “Don’t Forget” all around the town, commemorating the city’s history. Mostar combines the old with the new, which you will notice while wandering through the streets. There are several beautiful old mosques, bustling Turkish bazaars, and a maze of cobbled alleyways. Overnight in Mostar

Day 14 Mostar – Transfer Day to Dubrovnik or Split (Croatia)
Day 14 Mostar – Transfer Day to Dubrovnik or Split (Croatia)

This is the last day of your Central Europe and Balkans adventure marking the end of this amazing experience through the rich history and culture of this part of the World. Your tour leader will take you to the Croatian border. Our local representative (driver) will shuttle you to your hotel in Dubrovnik or Split. We hope this has been a wonderful experience with great memories to cherish for a lifetime.


  • BB (Accommodation and Breakfast) for all overnights in 3 star hotels
  • Private transport provided by the company
  • Food Tour in Vienna
  • Professional tour leader
  • Pick up at the meeting point (Piazzale Roma).
  • Hotel drop off in Dubrovnik or Split
  • Entry tickets for the ‘’will be visited’’ sites
  • Tourist taxes
  • International car insurance
  • Road taxes
  • Petrol
  • Lunches, Dinners, Drinks & Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal spending
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the included
  • * Tips are not a must in the Balkans, however, our recommendation is to tip the tour leader/driver as an international practice to tip good service.

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BB for all overnights
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Personal Tour Guide
Road taxes
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