Vienna to Dubrovnik Trip Notes

Vienna to Dubrovnik

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the trip notes for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Last Modified: 19 Aug 2016
Vienna to Dubrovnik
Trip code: AMSNC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Travel from Vienna to Dubrovnik on a tour through Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia. Discover a region where the past continues to weave its spell through alpine towns and green valleys, and emanates from medieval castles and austere monasteries - getting a sense of the hidden magic of Central Europe. Traversing nine countries, there is much to see and plenty of opportunity to experience the culture and the people of this enchanting pocket of Europe. Better yet, there's loads of flexibility for you to do it your own way. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: From 1st of January 2017 this trip will run at slightly improved itinerary. On Day 8, instead of staying in the town of Kudowa Zdroj in Poland, we will spent a day in small village within Gory Sowie region and will visit an underground military complex from the II Word War, learn about the history of the region and its dark secrets. This change comes in to effect as a result of past traveller’s feedback as well as the more convenient connections between new location and further destination – Krakow.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationEmergency contact
ThemesAccommodation NotesVisas
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionWhat to take
Why we love itMealsClimate and seasonal information
ItineraryMoney mattersTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderA couple of rules
Physical ratingSafetyResponsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesJoining point instructionsFeedback
Group sizeFinish point
Your fellow travellersFinishing point instructions
Is this trip right for you?
- - Sections of this trip will be travelled by train. The journey from the Tatra Mountains to Budapest will be especially long, taking approximately 10 hours and with at least 3 changes. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning, toilets, a snack bar (or vending machine) and power points. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
- - On day 5 & 6 we will stay in private apartments in Prague. everal separate apartments are located in the city centre so you may be a short walk away from your other group members and your leader. Most of the apartments have fully equipped kitchens and you can choose to buy your own groceries and supplies for meals. Please note the apartments are not hotels, which means there's no reception, room service or daily cleaning service, no televisions or washing machines, but plenty of charm and the location is perfect.
- - On day 12 we plan to go for a day’s hike in High Tatra Mountains. To fully enjoy the day, you should have a basix level of fitness. Please also make sure you bring appropriate clothing and footwear; rain coat and sturdy trainers or walking boots are a must.
- - As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead.
- - Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
- - As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
- - This trip is designed to give you a fair amount of free time so you can explore each destination at your own pace. We will, however, take you on regular orientation walks, so you'll be on your feet quite a lot. While this may be tiring for some, it’s the best way to get your head around a place and to set yourself up for further discoveries.
Why we love it
- - Soak up the royal history of Krakow's Wawel Castle and step back in time with a stroll through the city's medieval main square
- - Immerse yourself in the history, architecture and bohemian vibes of the Czech Republic. Soak up the smooth sounds of jazz at a low-lit bar in Prague before stepping right into a fairytale in the World Heritage-listed town of Cesky Krumlov
- - So much of what is great about Europe can be found in Vienna. Revel in the city's rich offerings of art, history and music and stroll along the eclectic Ringstrasse
- - Enjoy a scenic walk along the banks of the River Danube in Budapest. Threaded with bridges and hemmed in by castles and historic city buildings, Europe’s second longest river is also one of its most beautiful
- - Hike in the picturesque Tatra Mountains and traverse the steep slopes via funicular, gondola and electric steam train
- - A sobering tour of Auschwitz concentration camp offers insight into one of the most tragic periods in human history
- - Cross the Chain Bridge in Budapest and take the funicular up to Buda Castle for beautiful views over Pest
- - Sip Serbian wine at a family-run vineyard in quaint Sremski Karlovci, just outside of Novi Sad. Known as the Serbian Athens, Novi Sad has been built, destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries
- - Wander through Belgrade’s Bohemian quarter and grand 19th-century boulevards, before launching yourself into its animated nightlife
- - Witness Mostar's famous bridge divers hurl themselves from the stones of a bridge that has stood their for centuries
- - Sarajevo is one of the most scenically located cities in Europe. See the sights on a guided walking tour and learn about its recent history as a city under siege

Day 1 Vienna
Touch down in Vienna and soak up the splendour of Austria's capital on a walking tour. Pass the Gothic St Stephen's Cathedral and the enchanting Hofburg Palace before continuing around the Ringstrasse. In free time, get lost in the marbled halls of the Sisi or Leopold museums and stop to fill up on local delights like Sachertorte or a Wiener wurste.
Day 2 Vienna
Join your leader for a walk through the city's compact centre this morning, which should take around two hours. Stop at the gothic looking St. Stephens Cathedral, wander past the neo-classical grandeur of the Graben and onwards to the Hofburg Palace. Finish your orientation of the city at the State Opera House, one of the world's most important opera houses and the heart of classical Viennese culture. Art lovers have a vast choice of museums, from the Albertina to those located in the Museum Quarter. In the evening, perhaps head out for some Viennese cuisine.

You have the rest of today to explore Vienna and its surrounds. You might like to head out to Schoenbrunn for a guided audio tour of the summer palace, designed by Empress Maria Theresa. The Gloriette Monument has incredible views of Vienna and the palace gardens are free to all visitors, but there's a charge for entrance and tours of the palace.

Notes: Avoid long queues at Schoenbrunn Palace by pre-booking your tickets at: Also, the Spanish Riding School doesn't operate throughout the summer months. You will need to book tickets in advance to see the performance of the Lipizzaners. Phone: +43 (0)1 505 77 66 55 or e-mail to arrange tickets.
Included Activities
  • Vienna Orientation Walk
    Optional Activities
    • Belvedere Gallery - EUR13
    • Albertina Museum - EUR13
    • Sisi Museum - EUR12
    • Spanish Riding School practice - EUR28
    • St Stephen's Tower - EUR5
    • Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR14
    • Hofburg Palace and Sisi Museum - EUR12
    • Leopold Museum - EUR13
    • Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR10
    • Vienna Boys Choir - EUR70
      Day 3 Cesky Krumlov
      Cross into the Czech Republic and travel to bohemian Cesky Krumlov. With its cobblestone alleys and impressive old buildings, this is a city straight out of a fairytale. Discover the surrounding countryside on a two-wheeled excursion and if time permits, pay an optional visit to a local brewery or enjoy a guided castle tour.
      Included Activities
      • Cycling trip (weather and season permitting)
        Day 4 Cesky Krumlov
        Take an optional guided walking tour of Cesky Krumlov today, which includes commentary of the mysteries that lie behind every shopfront and house on the crooked little streets. A visit to the Cesky Krumlov brewery - where tours are often conducted in English - will give you a glimpse of the brewing tradition that has existed in this town for hundreds of years. For those who want a bit more culture, and time permitting, visit the Egon Schiele Art Centrum and browse the gallery that's dedicated to the Austrian painter.
        Optional Activities
        • Brewery tour - CZK130
        • Guided walking tour - CZK300
        • Egon Schiele Art Centrum - CZK160
        • Raft/canoe trip - CZK1400
        • Guided castle tour - CZK250
          Day 5 Prague
          Travel to Prague, the 'City of a Hundred Spires', which never fails to charm with its gorgeous architecture, crooked streets and internationally renowned jazz scene. Mosey through the Old Town for a slice of Bohemia, visit Prague Castle, check out restaurants hidden away in old vaulted cellars and take a day trip out to the World Heritage-listed Sedlec Ossuary, or ‘Bone Church’.
          Optional Activities
          • Urban Adventure - Prague Discovery - EUR64
          • Urban Adventure - Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Tour - EUR63
          • Urban Adventure - Bohemian State of Mind - EUR58
            Day 6 Prague
            Today is free to explore Prague, so perhaps take a walk around the Jewish Quarter and pay respects at the Gothic looking Old Jewish Cemetery. This is Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, with 12,000 tombstones and 100,000 graves. The city also has one of the longest-standing and respected jazz scenes in Europe. If you should find yourself out until the early hours in an atmospheric jazz club, have a wander along Charles Bridge or Old Town Square as the sun rises for magical photo opportunities.
            Optional Activities
            • Jewish Quarter - CZK480
            • Kafka Museum - CZK200
            • Day Trip to Kutna Hora - CZK250
            • Mucha Museum - CZK240
            • Museum of Communism - CZK190
            • Prague Castle - CZK350
            • Sedlec Ossuary - CZK90
            • Church of St Barbara - CZK60
            • Town Hall Clock Tower - CZK105
            • Bike tour - CZK490
            • The Dancing House - Free
            • John Lennon Wall - Free
              Day 7 Prague
              This morning spend time at Prague Castle, the biggest in the Czech Republic, where you'll find the famous St. Vitus Cathedral and colourful alleyway of the Golden Lane. A bike tour through the city is a great way to see a lot of the city's sights and attractions in a short period of time. If you make time, take a day trip to region of Bohemia and visit Kutna Hora. The Bone Church (Sedlec Ossuary) is a particularly unique experience. Possibly use your evening to head out for dinner with the group.
              Day 8 Kudowa Zdroj
              Travel to Kudowa Zroj, the oldest spa city in Europe. Go walking along trails in Table Mountain NP then soak tired muscles in the thermal baths that are celebrated as having therapeutic properties.
              Included Activities
              • Kudowa Zdroj Nature Reserve entrance
                Day 9 Krakow
                Cross the border into Poland and stop to pay respects at the sombre Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum before continuing on to Krakow. Wander through the streets of the atmospheric Old Town that once housed Polish kings, see St Mary's Church and be sure to indulge in some traditional pierogi.
                Included Activities
                • Guided visit to State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
                  Optional Activities
                  • Urban Adventure - Communist Krakow Adventure - EUR37
                  • Urban Adventure - Polish Krakow Adventure - EUR37
                  • Jewish Krakow Adventure - EUR39
                  • Urban Adventure - Home Cooked Krakow - EUR38
                    Day 10 Krakow
                    Today, explore the city in your own time. Discover Wawel Royal Castle, which sits atop a hill next to the Vistula River. Check out the 13th century town square of Rynek Glowny, poking your head into the impressive St. Mary's Basilica. If you can tear yourself away from Krakow, head out to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a network of tunnels and chambers some 135 metres below the ground. Don't miss a look at the elaborate salt chandeliers and carvings in the Blessed Kinga Chapel.

                    Krakow has many cellar restaurants and pubs. Perhaps end the day indulging in a few drinks and a plate of pierogis in one of the city's cheerful establishments.
                    Optional Activities
                    • History Museum - PLN8
                    • Galicia Jewish Museum - PLN15
                    • Schindler's Tour - PLN65
                    • Wawel Royal Castle - PLN25
                    • Walking tour - PLN30
                    • St. Mary's Basilica - PLN10
                    • Wieliczka Salt Mines - PLN84
                    • Cloth Hall 'Sukiennice' Krakow - Free
                    • Rynek Underground Museum - PLN19
                      Day 11 Tatra Mountains
                      Limber up for trekking in the Tatra Mountains, where the crisp air and lush mountainscape makes for an unforgettable experience. When the terrain becomes too challenging, give muscles a rest aboard the funicular railway. Enjoy warm hospitality at the small alpine resort of Tatranska Lomnica.
                      Included Activities
                      • Gondola, Tatranska Lomnica
                      • StareSmoke Electric train
                      • Smokovec Funicular
                        Day 12 Tatra Mountains
                        Between the months of April and October, the group will go on an included hike in the Vysoke Tatry mountains. The Tatras, the highest range of the Carpathians, stretch for about 60 kilometres across the Polish-Slovakian border and are a trekker's dream. There are many hiking options to choose from depending on your energy and enthusiasm levels. You may notice that some parts of the forest have been destroyed. This was the result of a tornado-like storm in 2004 that decimated approximately 10,000 hectares of timberland. In the afternoon, head back to the accommodation for a barbecue dinner (weather permitting).

                        Notes: There may be still be considerable snow in April and May, which may prevent us from choosing our usual hiking route. Please ensure you bring extra warm clothes and waterproof boots in April. Having said that, the crisp clear atmosphere and fewer tourists make this a fantastic time to visit.
                        Included Activities
                        • Hiking in the Vysoke Tatry mountains (not between Nov and Mar)
                          Optional Activities
                          • Summer Luge - EUR3
                          • Bike rental- Tatranska Lomnica - EUR10
                          • Spa treatment in Grand Hotel Praha (starting from price) - EUR20
                          • Ski Museum - EUR3
                            Day 13 Budapest
                            Arrive in Budapest, the eclectic capital of Hungary. Budapest is a city of two halves - literally. Buda, on the west bank, features rolling hills while Pest, on the east bank, has a grid-like layout. Linking the two is the Chain Bridge, which spans the sparkling River Danube. Marvel at the Castle District, see former communist monuments at Statue Park and trawl through a host of museums and galleries. Then, why not end the adventure at one of the thermal baths scattered around the city, complete with whirlpools, submerged seats and chessboards.
                            Optional Activities
                            • Bike Ride - HUF6000
                            • Great Synagogue - HUF3500
                            • House of Terror - HUF2000
                            • Hungarian National Museum - HUF1600
                            • Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF2900
                            • Parliament Tour - HUF5200
                            • Pub Crawl - HUF5000
                            • Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
                            • Thermal Bath - HUF4500
                            • Urban Adventures - Budapest Custom Tour - EUR35
                            • Urban Adventures - Buda Castle Explorer - EUR44
                            • Urban Adventures - Bites & Sights - EUR63
                            • Urban Adventures - Happy Hour Budapest - EUR55
                            • Budapest Central Market - Free
                              Day 14 Budapest
                              Today you have a full free day to explore Budapest. Known as 'The Pearl of the Danube', Budapest is a great city to enjoy from the water. Perhaps take a boat trip along the river or catch a funicular up to the castle for spectacular views of the Parliament Building. If you're an art buff, visit the Museum of Fine Arts at Hero's Square, which offers free English tours of the permanent collections from Tuesday to Saturday. Perhaps head to Statue Park to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One unmissable activity is a soak in Budapest's hot thermal baths. The pools vary in temperature, and some even feature whirlpools or seats where you can enjoy a game of chess. You might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventure day tours, such as the Budapest Custom Tour or Bites and Sights. Check them out at

                              Note: Many museums throughout Europe are closed on Mondays. If you are interested in a particular museum, you may want to check opening times and plan your arrival into Budapest accordingly.
                              Day 15 Budapest
                              Szia! Welcome to Hungary. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please check with the hotel reception about where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

                              In the evening after the welcome meeting, perhaps take a night walk along the Danube River to see the surrounding buildings and bridges lit up in lights, or head out with some of your new travel buddies to one of Budapest's funky 'ruin pubs'.
                              Day 16 Budapest
                              Today you have another full free day to explore Budapest. With so much to see and do, hiring a bicycle is another great way to move between the sights. Perhaps head to Statue Park to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city after the fall of the Iron Curtain. You might like to take a tour of the beautiful Hungarian State Opera House, or check out the Museum of Fine Arts or the Hungarian National Museum.

                              Note: Many museums throughout Europe are closed on Mondays. If you are interested in a particular museum, you may want to check opening times and plan your arrival into Budapest accordingly.
                              Optional Activities
                              • Bike Ride - HUF6000
                              • Great Synagogue - HUF3500
                              • House of Terror - HUF2000
                              • Hungarian National Museum - HUF1600
                              • Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF2900
                              • Parliament Tour - HUF5200
                              • Pub Crawl - HUF5000
                              • Thermal Bath - HUF4500
                              • Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
                              • Danube Boat Trip - EUR15
                              • Urban Adventures - Buda Castle Explorer - EUR44
                              • Urban Adventures - Bites & Sights - EUR63
                              • Urban Adventures - Happy Hour Budapest - EUR55
                              • Urban Adventures - Budapest Custom Tour - EUR35
                              • Budapest Central Market - Free
                                Day 17 Osijek
                                Today take a six-hour train through the Hungarian Puszta to the Slavonian capital of Osijek. Osijek features an enchanting medieval citadel, as well as the New Town, only a short walk along the banks of the Drava. Many cafes line the river, inviting you to join in on the Croatian national pastime: people watching.
                                Day 18 Osijek
                                Today is a free day to explore Osijek and its surrounds. Perhaps take an optional trip to nearby Vukovar. The town's ruined water tower now stands as a memorial of the ethnic war that raged in this region during the early 1990's. You might prefer to visit the small provincial town of Dakovo, about 30 kilometres out of Osijek. The town is dominated by an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral. While here, don't miss seeing a workout session at the Lipizzaner horse training stables. You could also use the day to visit the wetlands of Kopacki Rit National Park, or take part in a local wine and food tasting. However you're feeling, there are plenty of options to chose from today.
                                Optional Activities
                                • Vukovar Day Trip - HRK120
                                • Day Trip to Dakovo, Kopački Rit Nature Reserve and Tikveš Castle (including lunch) - HRK300
                                • Half-day Trip to Batina Hill and Kamenac Village - EUR12
                                • Museum of Slavonia - HRK10
                                • Osijek Archaeological Museum - HRK10
                                • Bike Hire - HRK75
                                  Day 19 Novi Sad / Sremski Karlovci
                                  Today cross into Serbia by bus and head to the historic town of Novi Sad (approximately three hours). Sitting on the banks of the Danube River, the city is surrounded by fertile farms and vineyards and features an interesting mix of Serbian cultural heritage and Austro-Hungarian architecture. The group will visit a local vineyard in Sremski Karlovci to see the workings of a family-run wine making business. Also attached is a unique honey museum where you can sample the local produce.
                                  Included Activities
                                  • Honey Museum Sremski Karlovci
                                    Optional Activities
                                    • Petrovaradin Fortress - Free
                                    • Museum of Vojvodina - RSD150
                                    • City Museum of Novi Sad - RSD300
                                      Day 20 Belgrade
                                      Travel by two-hour train or bus to Belgrade. Known as the' White City', Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and is an important intersection between Eastern and Western Europe. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the city. In the evening, head down to Skadarska Street in the Bohemian Quarter to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively entertainment.
                                      Included Activities
                                      • Guided Tour Belgrade
                                        Day 21 Belgrade
                                        Today is a free day to further discover Belgrade. You might like to take a 90-minute cruise along the Danube River, passing the Kalemegdan Fortress, Pancevo Bridge and the artist village of Zemun. The markets near the Hram Svetog Save (St Sava Church) and Pijaca Venac will keep you occupied for hours. Perhaps take a stroll through the Nikola Tesla Museum to learn about the life and work of Serbia's greatest inventor, or check out the city's Ethnographic or Military Museums. If the weather is warm, why not brave the crowds on Ada Ciganlija beach, where you can swim, take part in water-sports or simply soak up the sun with a cocktail? Throughout the summer months, Belgrade hosts a variety of musical and cultural events and the city is abuzz with people and activities.
                                        Optional Activities
                                        • Military Museum - RSD150
                                        • National Museum - RSD300
                                        • Ethnographic Museum - RSD150
                                        • River Cruise - RSD500
                                        • Nikola Tesla Museum - RSD500
                                        • Tito’s Mausoleum (House of Flowers) - RSD300
                                        • Sveti Sava Church - Free
                                          Day 22 Sarajevo
                                          Today travel by bus through beautiful countryside to Sarajevo. The journey will take around seven hours in total, so sit back and enjoy the scenery. Sarajevo is Bosnia and Herzegovina's small but vibrant capital. More than ten years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe's most beautiful destinations. On arrival, embark on an orientation walk to gain insight into the history and culture of the city. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija, Sarajevo's oldest bazaar. Try the local speciality of bosanski cevapi (grilled minced meat mixed with mild spices).
                                          Included Activities
                                          • Guided Tour Sarajevo
                                            Day 23 Sarajevo / Mostar
                                            Today head out of Sarajevo for a day trip to Mostar. Mostar was the most heavily bombed city in Bosnia during the war. The town has since been rebuilt, however, and now features on UNESCO's World Heritage list. On arrival, head to the famous Stari Most bridge, which made headline news during the Yugoslav wars. There's an interesting museum about its history next to the bridge itself. In the evening return to Sarajevo, where you'll enjoy a cooking class and included dinner with the group.
                                            Included Activities
                                            • Cooking Class & Dinner Sarajevo
                                            • Mostar Day Trip
                                              Optional Activities
                                              • Mostar - Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque & Minaret - BAM4
                                              • Mostar - Old Bridge Museum - BAM5
                                              • Mostar - War Photo Exhibition - BAM6
                                                Day 24 Sarajevo
                                                Enjoy a free day in and around Sarajevo. You could take an optional day trip out to the thermal springs and green parks of Ilidza, the source of the River Bosna. You might prefer to discover local history with a visit to the Sarajevo War Tunnels, or learn about the tragedies faced by the city's Jews at the Jewish Museum. Perhaps get cultural with a stroll through the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, or get active with some white water rafting on the Neretva River.
                                                Optional Activities
                                                • Svrzo's House - BAM3
                                                • National Museum - BAM6
                                                • Tunnel Museum - BAM10
                                                • Jewish Museum - BAM3
                                                • Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina - BAM5
                                                • Ilidza Park and Springs - BAM15
                                                  Day 25 Durmitor National Park
                                                  Catch a five-hour bus through beautiful countryside to Montenegro. Get back to nature and into the heart of stunning Durmitor National Park. This World Heritage site was formed by glaciers and is crisscrossed with rivers, lakes and underground streams. Enjoy a hike through the mountains and keep an eye out for some of the 163 species of bird or 50 species of mammal the region is home to. Then tuck into a delicious barbecue dinner on the terrace of the guesthouse.
                                                  Included Activities
                                                  • Durmitor National Park Hiking
                                                    Day 26 Kotor
                                                    Today drive to Kotor. This World Heritage-listed city is set on a secluded bay. Head out on a short orientation walk, checking out the ancient Cathedral of St Tryphun. The tour will also take you past the South Gates of Kotor (the Gurdich Gate) and the Armoury Square. Afterwards, you might like to climb the hills behind the city to visit Kotor's ruined castles. A one-and-a-half hour hike to the fortress at the top rewards you with magnificent views across town.
                                                    Day 27 Kotor
                                                    Today you have the opportunity to take part in optional day trips out of Kotor. Perhaps take a cruise on Kotor Fjord, visiting grottos and the island church in the middle of the bay. Alternatively, consider a trip to Budva, a mere 30-minute busy ride out of Kotor. With its busy beaches and charming Old Town, Budva is Montenegro's version of Miami. Enjoy a final night in Kotor.
                                                    Optional Activities
                                                    • Cruise on Kotor Fjord - EUR30
                                                    • Budva Day Trip - EUR6
                                                    • Kotor Maritime Museum - EUR4
                                                    • St. Tryphon’s Cathedral - EUR2
                                                    • Kotor Fortress - EUR3
                                                      Day 28 Dubrovnik
                                                      Depart Montenegro on a three-hour bus along the beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik. On arrival, head out on a guided walk along the city walls, enjoying views of the sparkling Adriatic Ocean. You'll also visit Big Onofrio's Fountain, built by the European architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city. After the tour, perhaps check out the 13th-century Franciscan monastery or the Sponza and Rector's Palaces, the only Renaissance buildings in the city to survive a devastating earthquake and fire in 1667. You might like to check out the city's War Photography Museum, or even take a boat trip to nearby Lokrum Island. At the end of your journey, perhaps you'd prefer to simply unwind on a beach. On the last night of your trip, why not enjoy one last meal with the group and toast to your adventures?
                                                      Included Activities
                                                      • City Walls Walk Dubrovnik
                                                        Day 29 Dubrovnik
                                                        Today your adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned and you are free to depart at any time.
                                                        Optional Activities
                                                        • Game of Thrones Tour - HRK200
                                                        • Franciscan Monastery - HRK30
                                                        • Beach Chair Rental - HRK75
                                                        • Fish Picnic Cruise - HRK300
                                                        • Lokrum Island Boat Trip - HRK75
                                                        • War Photography Museum - HRK40
                                                        • Rector's Palace - HRK70
                                                        • Museum of Croatian War of Independence - Mt Srd - HRK30
                                                        • Hike up Mt Srd - Free
                                                          Itinerary disclaimer
                                                          ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                                                          A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
                                                          Physical rating

                                                          Included activities
                                                          Vienna Orientation Walk
                                                          Cycling trip (weather and season permitting)
                                                          Kudowa Zdroj Nature Reserve entrance
                                                          Guided visit to State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
                                                          Gondola, Tatranska Lomnica
                                                          StareSmoke Electric train
                                                          Smokovec Funicular
                                                          Hiking in the Vysoke Tatry mountains (not between Nov and Mar)
                                                          Honey Museum Sremski Karlovci
                                                          Guided Tour Belgrade
                                                          Guided Tour Sarajevo
                                                          Cooking Class & Dinner Sarajevo
                                                          Mostar Day Trip
                                                          Durmitor National Park Hiking
                                                          City Walls Walk Dubrovnik
                                                          Important notes
                                                          A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.

                                                          Group size
                                                          Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
                                                          Your fellow travellers
                                                          GROUP TRAVEL
                                                          As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                                                          SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                                                          Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

                                                          SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
                                                          A single supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information. The price of the Single Supplement includes all nights of the tour with the following exceptions:
                                                          - Days 3-4 - Cesky Krumlov
                                                          - Days 26-27 - Koto
                                                          Guesthouse (3nt), Hostel (1nt), Hotel (16nt), Pension (5nt), Private apartment (3nt)
                                                          OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
                                                          The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

                                                          TWIN SHARE BASIS
                                                          Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share basis (unless noted otherwise in the day-to-day itinerary). Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.

                                                          CHECK-IN TIME
                                                          Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

                                                          PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
                                                          If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

                                                          Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges.
                                                          Meals introduction
                                                          While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each others company. There's no obligation to do this though.

                                                          Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

                                                          There are some basic breakfasts included on this trip which may simply include bread/toast or pastries, butter, jam, coffee/tea/juice (or similar).
                                                          22 breakfasts, 1 dinner
                                                          Bicycle, Metro, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Train

                                                          TRANSPORT IN EUROPE
                                                          Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself, that's why we like to travel the local way – whether that means mingling with commuters on a train in Spain, cycling past a historic chateau in France, or encountering the world's most extravagant public transport system on the Moscow Metro. In Europe, you are guaranteed to travel by genuine local public transport wherever possible, which puts you right in the centre of the action.
                                                          Money matters
                                                          The EURO:

                                                          The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. All other European countries still have their own national currencies.

                                                          The local currency of Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF), in Serbia it is the Serbian Dinar (RSD), in Bosnia & Herzegovina the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) and Croatia uses the Croatian Kuna (HRK). After independence Montenegro has adopted the common currency of the European Union, the Euro (EUR), even though they are not a member of the EU.

                                                          The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Europe is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can withdraw local currencies easily at airports, major train stations and most city centres, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning. When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place. Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. We recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services.

                                                          SPENDING MONEY
                                                          When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                                                          BUDGET Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. We suggest EUR 745.00 for meals not included on this trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

                                                          If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: In local markets and basic restaurants and cafes - round your bill up to the nearest €1. In more up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill. Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides. You may also have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers. You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €2-€4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

                                                          EMERGENCY FUNDS:
                                                          We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.
                                                          Group leader
                                                          All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

                                                          Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
                                                          Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                                                          We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                                                          Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                                                          For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

                                                          FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                                                          Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

                                                          TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
                                                          Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

                                                          PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                                                          While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
                                                          Joining point
                                                          Magdas Hotel
                                                          Laufbergergasse 12
                                                          Phone: +43 017200288
                                                          Joining point instructions
                                                          To arrive at the joining point in Vienna, a taxi from the airport will cost approximately EUR35. Alternatively, you can catch the CAT from the airport to Landstrasse - Wien Mitte. The service runs from 06:06 to 23:30 daily and takes just 16 minutes. A Single Ticket costs EUR11. Tickets can be purchased in the baggage collection hall at Vienna Airport or in the station.

                                                          For Hotel Magdas, once you arrive at Landstrasse - Wien Mitte it is a 15-20 minute walk. From the corner of Invalidenstrasse and Marxergasse head north on Markthallenbrucke towards Obere Viaduktgasse. Continue straight ahead onto Hintere Zollamtsstrasse for 300 mts. Turn right onto Radetzkystrasse, continue left on Radetzkystrasse until you have crossed over the Canal. Turn right onto Schuttelstrasse and then left onto Laufbergergasse. The hotel is at the end of the street (200 mts) on the right.

                                                          If you have pre-booked an arrival transfer, your driver will be holding a board with the Intrepid logo or your name at the arrivals hall.
                                                          In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you're unable to locate the driver, please contact the emergency phone number: +43 699 1386 2065
                                                          Finish point
                                                          Hostel Sol
                                                          Obala Ivana Pavla II 13
                                                          Phone: +385 20 610 300
                                                          Finishing point instructions
                                                          An airport bus service operates from Pile Gate and meets all departing flights. Please check with reception as to exact times. Alternatively they are able to organise a transfer for you.

                                                          Pre booked departure transfer: If you have pre booked a departure transfer to the airport, you will be collected at the hotel reception 3,5 hours before your flight departure time. In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you are not able find the driver, please contact the emergency phone number: +385 98 285 298 OR +385 99 2129 789.
                                                          Emergency contact
                                                          While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                                                          We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                                                          You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                                                          For general contact details please use the following page:

                                                          In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Europe Office can be reached on the number listed below:

                                                          Peak Europe: +49 867 791 866 57

                                                          Peak Marrakech: +49 86779186657
                                                          Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                                                          Visas are currently not required for Australian, New Zealand, US or Canadian passport holders wishing to visit Europe. Some EU nationals may travel in Europe using only an identity card, however it is your responsibility to check with the relevant authorities if this applies to you.
                                                          What to take
                                                          On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are lightly to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.


                                                          TRAVELLING ON LOCAL TRANSPORT
                                                          It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary that your luggage gets stowed separately (and unattended). The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.

                                                          WATER BOTTLE
                                                          Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.
                                                          Climate and seasonal information
                                                          Due to a World Youth Days from 20 to 28.07.2016 and from 1 to 3.08.2016 the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum will be closed for the visitors. This will affect AMSB160716 & AMSNC160716 departures. Instead, the group will take part in organised visit to ‘Jewish Krakow’ (Jewish Krakow Adventure) and Schindler's Tour.

                                                          Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
                                                          All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                                                          You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
                                                          Travel insurance
                                                          Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                                                          When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                                                          If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                                                          A couple of rules
                                                          Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                                                          Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                                                          Responsible Travel
                                                          We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.


                                                          DRESS CODE
                                                          In general, there are few dress restrictions in Europe. Note when visiting churches, monasteries or other religious sites modest dress is required - shorts or skimpy tops may not be permitted, for both men and women.

                                                          The Intrepid Foundation
                                                          Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                                                          The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                                                          Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation on this trip include:

                                                          * Fond Ohrozenych Deti (Fund for Children in Need) assists children in need who are unable to get effective help from the government. This includes asylum houses for disadvantaged single parents and their children, free advice, holiday camps and tutoring for young adults to help them start independent lives. They also provide financial help for foster families, which allows siblings to stay together.

                                                          After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.