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Essential Slovenia (7 days)

Exeter International

Ljubljana, Slovenia To Ljubljana, Slovenia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Ljubljana, Slovenia
None None

Afternoon arrival into Ljubljana – Slovenia’s capital and largest city.   You will be met by your private driver and guide, who will be waiting for you just outside of Customs, after you pick up your luggage.


The area around the present city of Ljubljana has been populated since the Bronze Age, when the earliest known settlement consisted of wooden houses erected on stakes. Later, a Roman settlement called Emona was created in 15 AD, only to be sacked and devastated by the Huns, led by Attila, in 452 AD. The settlement was gradually revived and received town rights in the 12th Century.  In 1335, Ljubljana came under Austrian Habsburg rule, which lasted until 1918.


After a brief rest at your hotel, you may depart on a tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Your guide will take you to explore the old mediaeval city by the river Ljubljanica, with its numerous historical monuments and a dominating old castle, as well as the world's second oldest philharmonic society where Gustav Mahler started his career!  


Today you will start with a walk through the Old Town district with your guide.  


Ljubljana’s Old Town is located on the right (eastern) bank of the Ljubljanica River and at the foot of the historic Castle Hill. You may start your tour in front of the Baroque Town Hall building - the seat of the municipal government, which is highlighted by its clock tower and the inner courtyard surrounded by pillars and arcades.  The building was originally erected in the 16th century and rebuilt in the early 18th century.


In Town Square (Mestni Trg), in front of the city hall, you will see the famous Fountain of the Tree Rivers, which was originally designed in the second half of the 18th Century by the Italian Baroque sculptor Francesco Robba and became his most famous work. The figures with vases represent the rivers Ljubljanica, Krka, and Sava. Robba was inspired by Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers on Piazza Navona in Rome.  


Also in the Town Square, you will see the Cathedral of St. Nicholas – a popular local landmark. This Baroque church was designed in the early 18th Century by a Jesuit architect to resemble a Latin cross. The interiors still contain much of the original Italian Baroque decor and frescoes. Left of the main altar, you can see the distinctive chair designed by Joze Plecnik - a famous Slovene architect who practiced in Vienna, Belgrade, Prague and Ljubljana. Plecnik transformed Ljubljana through works such as the Church of St. Francis, civic improvements including new bridges, the waterfront and the banks along the River Ljubljanica, as well as major buildings such as the monumental University Library.


Continuing further south, you will pass through the Old Square (Stari Trg) and the Upper Square (Gornij Trg) which form a pedestrian promenade lined with historic houses and small cafes and shops, many decorated with dragons – the city’s symbol.  


Next, you may take the funicular or board a small train which will take you to the top of Castle Hill. The Ljubljana Castle offers some great views over the city and the surrounding countryside. The castle was first mentioned in 1144 and was later enlarged and completely surrounded by a wall with towers and a drawbridge. Gradually losing its strategic importance in the area, the castle began falling into disrepair. In the early 20th Century, the castle was redesigned partially and used as a prison and a military stronghold. Since the 1970s, long and extensive renovation works have been underway.  


You may continue across the Dragon Bridge - an Art Nouveau masterpiece adorned with dragons, and stroll alongside the western bank of the Ljubljanica River to the centrally located and bustling Preseren Square. It is named after Slovenia’s greatest poet who also wrote the lyrics to the national anthem. A statue of Preseren with a muse above his head is situated in the center of the square. On the south side of the square, the Ljubljanica River is crossed by the city's most famous bridge – the Triple Bridge, designed by Joze Plecnik who added the side spans to the already existing central part of the bridge.  


Later, your guide will take you to the Slovene Philharmonic Hall. The date 1701 is proudly displayed on the building of the Slovene Philharmonic - the year in which the second academy of music in Europe, the Academia Philharmonicum Labacensis, was founded in Ljubljana. The Academia boasted honorary members such as Beethoven, Paganini, Haydn and Brahms. Beethoven, to express his gratitude for the honorary membership bestowed upon him, sent a handwritten annotated copy of his 6th Symphony, which is still kept today in the musical collection of Ljubljana’s National and University Library. Gustav Mahler also lived in Ljubljana in the years 1881-82 and worked here as a conductor.


Enjoy some time at one of the outdoor cafes along the river or continue exploring Ljubljana’s squares and bridges before transferring back to your hotel for the remainder of the evening at your leisure.

Day 2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
None Breakfast

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience

This morning, meet your guide and driver for your tour in Ljubljana, where a local sculptor will be expecting you at his atelier to introduce you to his art. After meeting the artist and learning the basics of his craft, you will have a chance to begin creating your own sculpture from wax or alumina mixture with the professional help and guidance of your host. At the end of the session, you will be more than welcome to take your artistic creation with you or purchase some of the sculptor’s work.  


Exeter International Extraordinary Experience

Later, on the highway through the Dolenjska (meaning lowland) region, you may enjoy a brief stop and a private tour of the Mokrice castle’s wine cellar with the castle’s sommelier. The Mocrice castle is an impressive medieval structure overlooking the gentle slopes of the Gorjanci hills. It was once the home of noble families and a key defense point against the invading Ottomans. Painstakingly restored, it is now a resort featuring a hotel, a restaurant, and a golf course. You can take a walk under the over 100 year-old sequoias in the English park and sample some fine local wines and cuisine in the castle’s cellar. The cost of lunch is not included in your itinerary.


Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 3
Bled, Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Vila Bled Breakfast

This morning after check out, transfer to Bled, where you will be staying at the delightful Relais & Chateaux Vila Bled, the former residence of President Tito.


After settling into your hotel, you will enjoy a tour of the charming Alpine lake towns of Bled and Bohinj. We suggest a visit to the lake and a boat ride to the Virgin Mary Baroque Church, which stands in the middle of the island. The lake was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. After the last Ice Age, the Bohinj glacier deepened the natural tectonic hollow and gave into its present form. Some hundred steps lead from the island’s dock to the church, which is a popular wedding destination. The tradition commands that the groom carries his bride up the steps and to the church to prove his fitness for marriage.  


Today, you will also visit the beautiful and historic Bled Castle, which is also the oldest in the country. In 1004, the German Emperor Henrik II gave the Bled estate to the Austrian Bishop Albuin of Brixen as a gift. The building was expanded and fortified since then and today there are several buildings that make up the castle complex, arranged around two courtyards, which are connected with a staircase.The small chapel on the upper courtyard was built in the 16th Century and renovated in the Baroque style around 1700, when it was also painted with illusionist frescoes making it seem bigger than it actually is. Today the castle is preserved as a museum, where you will be able to see various exhibits depicting the history of the region. Enjoy the sweeping views over the lake and the surrounding mountains.  


Proceed to the beautiful Bohinj region, which is divided into the Upper and Lower Bohinj Valley. There are twenty-four typical Alpine villages in these two valleys. In the Upper Valley by the lake, visit the gothic St. John the Baptist Church, which has well-preserved frescoes from the 15th and the 16th centuries. The journey continues with cable car ride to mountain Vogel  (5000 ft), from where there is a wonderful view of the Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps. Return to Bled through the Lower Valley.

Day 4
Bled, Slovenia
Vila Bled Breakfast

This morning, your guide and driver will take you to visit Maribor, along Slovenia’s Oldest Wine Route. Starting in Maribor, where the Old Vine - the oldest vine in the world grows, continue through the countryside to eastern Kozjak via Kamnica, Kalvarija, Mestni vrh, Piramida, Meljski hrib, Maleãnik, Celestine and Nebova. You will be treated to private wine tastings at some of the most select vineyards!


Late afternoon return to Bled and evening at leisure.


Tip! The end of September is a particularly good time to go to Maribor for the Autumn Embrace of the Vine Festival! This cultural extravaganza takes place in the main squares of Maribor and is a celebration of open-air concerts, colorful fruit and flower vendors, and is a true smorgasbord of local flair and tradition!

Day 5
Bled, Slovenia
Vila Bled Breakfast

This morning, your guide and driver will meet you in the hotel lobby at 10:00 AM for a full day of exploring the Slovenian Adriatic coast. Your transfer to the country’s only 30-miles-long shore will take about 1.5 - 2 hours.  


You will start with an overview tour of Koper - Slovenia’s main commercial port and an industrial hub, but also a city with long and eventful history where Slovene and Italian are both official languages. Koper’s Old Town still boasts some well-preserved architectural monuments from its glory days in the 10th - 15th centuries when it was a major outpost in the active Adriatic sea-trade of the Venetian Republic. Koper gradually grew to become the capital of the Venetian Istria province (now part of Croatia) hence its modern Italian name Capodistria – the Head of Istria.  


This morning, you will stroll along the pedestrian street, which has been connecting the port and the Old Town center for centuries, before reaching the Belgramoni Palace which now houses Koper’s Regional Museum, where a variety of historical and art exhibits are displayed.  Further west, the Old Town Square is still named after the former Yugoslavian president Tito and is surrounded by a maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with Venetian-style buildings. You will see the Cathedral of the Assumption – the largest cathedral in Slovenia, and the 12th-century Rotunda of John the Baptist. Also in this area, one cannot miss the 15th-century Praetorian Palace which was once the residence of the Venetian mayor of the city and has now been fully restored.  


After some time for lunch (not included in the cost of your trip), you will meet your driver and guide for the afternoon trip down along the coast and to the small and charming town of Piran – a true open-air museum of medieval architecture and culture and one of Slovenia’s main tourist attractions. It is believed that the town’s name comes from the Greek word ‘pyr’ meaning ‘fire’ after the fires illuminating the entrance to the harbor to assist the passing ships. Similar to Koper, Piran too became part of the mighty Venetian Republic in the 10th century and most of the town’s elaborate and beautiful buildings come from this period.


You may start your tour from the Tartini Square and the statue of the famous Italian composer and violinist who lived in the 17th- 18th centuries and was renown throughout Europe. The square is surrounded by some magnificent Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Classical buildings, such as the Church of St. Peter and the Town Hall. The red 15th-century Venetian Palace is the oldest structure on the square and was built for a wealthy merchant in the traditional Venetian Gothic style.  The St. Peter Church has stood on this square since the 13th century and the imposing St. George Cathedral dates from the 14th century but was decorated in the Baroque style in the 17th century. The cathedral’s tower offers the best views over the city for those willing to climb the some 150 stairs to the top. At the end of your tour, we recommend a stroll along the harbor promenade which leads to a lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula.  


Transfer back to your hotel for an evening at your leisure.

Day 6
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Bled, Slovenia
None Breakfast

Today, visit the Maribor Region of Slovenia, just across the border from Croatia, which produces excellent Chardonnays. On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 of every year, you can experience and participate in the festival celebrating “In the Embrace of the Old Vine.”

 

“The Old Vine or Stara trta, the oldest vine in the world, symbolizes the rich wine culture in Maribor and Stagers and at the same time stands for the start and the end of all wine roads that weave their way over the hills and vineyards around the city. In its honour the cycle of events entitled From the Vine to Wine conclude with the main event In the embrace of the Old Vine.This event is becoming bigger and bigger every year and is meant for expert's consultations and general public.”

 

Continue through central Slovenia (possibly stopping overnight in Bled at the Relais Chateaux Vila Bled and Spodnija Idrija at the Relais Chateaux Kendor Manor hotel) and via the wine route dating back to the Archduke Janez of the Hapsburg empire, and transfer into Slovenia’s south western wine growing region (Vipava valley & Dobrovo)


You may visit the following wineries:  

  • Goriska brda Wine Cellar -  was conferred a gold medal for its chardonnay bagueri 2003.  

  • Agroind Vipava 1894  - Bronze medal for its chardonnay lanthieri 2001  

  • Simsic cellar – Bronze medal for its chardonnay reserve 2002.  

 

Slovenian winemakers won one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at the 12th international wine competition Chardonnay du monde 2005.  


Transfer back to Ljubljana.


Day 7
Ljubljana, Slovenia
None Breakfast

This morning, you will be privately transferred to the airport for your onward journey.  Consider extending your trip to Croatia.

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Description

A sample itinerary for FIT touring in Slovenia.

About Us

For 25 years, Exeter International has established itself as the leading deluxe specialist operator to Central and Eastern Europe, Russia & Central Asia. We use our intimate regional knowledge and expertise to create unique, often limited access travel experiences. Our multi-national, multi-lingual specialists craft authentic insider experiences, created with imagination. When you book with Exeter International you can expect the top guides in each city pre-reserved weeks in advance, matched to your preferences. Our specialists have also been recognized by the Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure top agent list since their inception.

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Contact your Virtuoso Advisor for more information.

Terms & Conditions

Visas & Passports  –

Russia requires visas of United States citizens and Exeter International will arrange for the invitation required for a visa upon

booking. Each traveler will be responsible for one passport photo, a completed visa form, one photo copy of the information pages of his/her passport, the invitation, and the visa processing fee. If the traveler would like, Exeter International will obtain all visas at additional cost. Each traveler is responsible for his/her own passport, which must be valid for six (6) months after the completion of the participant’s tour. Exeter International is not responsible for the refusal of a visa to any traveler by any consulate. In the event of visa refusal, any and all expenses/cancellation fees shall be borne by the traveler.


Payment Policies - Deposit Requirements

Small Group Tours - Deposits ($500) per person, for group tours are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and are non-refundable and nontransferable. We will hold your reservation for one week after you book your tour without a deposit. Some special programs (cruises and trains) may have different deposit policies.


Independent Programs -

 A 10% or $250 per person (whichever is greater) non-refundable deposit is required to confirm an independent travel program. No Services are confirmed prior to deposit being received.


Payment Policies – Final Payment

Final payment is due 60 days prior to the commencement of travel. If final payment is not received 60 days prior to departure, your reservation will automatically be canceled. Some special programs (cruises and trains) may have different final payment policies.


Prices and Services – All taxes are included in program prices.


Payments –

Payments must be made in Tampa, FL to Exeter International at least eight weeks prior to departure and are accepted by check, cash or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card for credit card payment. Please note that payment for any services a traveler wishes to add once travel commences must be made in United States Dollars to the Exeter International local representative. We cannot accept personal checks or travelers checks overseas.


Hotels –

The tour cost assumes double occupancy in all hotels. Single supplements will be calculated based on exact dates of travel. We reserve the right to substitute hotels of equal or superior quality.


Transfers & Vehicles –

Exeter International will supply its travelers with personal transportation to and from all train stations, airports and ports, as described in the tour description. Baggage assistance is included for one piece of luggage per person, but tour participants should be prepared to handle their own bags at certain times during the tour. Please read carefully the Exeter International Travel Tips publication. We cannot guarantee air-conditioned vehicles in some cities. Touring and transfers will be by regular 4 passenger cars unless you have specifically ordered a

luxury car for your tour.


Scheduling –

Please note that due to circumstances beyond the control of Exeter International, the tour may not be deliverable exactly as described (i.e. theater scheduling, hotel occupancy, etc.), BUT Exeter International will substitute scheduled or advertised events, hotels, and restaurants with alternatives of equal or greater value and quality. All hotels, restaurant and airline space is subject to their management’s approval. Exeter International will make every effort to guarantee this package as is, but conditions will sometimes mandate minor changes to the program. Reservations are nontransferable.


Expedited Services


Expedited Bookings –

All bookings confirmed less than six weeks before departure will require expedited procedures. The cost for expedited

bookings is $250 per booking.


Expedited Documents –

If final travel documents are required more  than four (4) weeks in advance of the departure date, a $50 expedited documents fee applies to the booking. If overnight delivery of documents is required at any time, a fee of $35 will be applied to the booking.


Itinerary Changes –

Once a group or individual travel itinerary has been confirmed, an amendment fee of $100 per revision will be charged. The traveler will also be responsible for any additional expenses that may be incurred due to a voluntary itinerary change.


Cancellation Policies –

Up to 8 weeks prior to departure: Deposit is nonrefundable 8 weeks to 14 days prior to departure: 50% cancellation fee 13 days or less prior to departure: 100% cancellation fee Reservations made at Russian and non-Western hotels are nonrefundable within 30 days of departure. Travelers are liable for airline and hotel cancellation fees as stated in their agreements. For all cruise and train bookings, please refer to the cancellation policies outlined in the specific Terms & Conditions for that program. All cancellations must be received in writing. If Exeter International must cancel your trip, you will be fully refunded.


Guaranteed Departures and Small Groups -

All Exeter International tours are guaranteed departures unless specifically noted with a minimum group size in the tour description. In small groups (less than 8 guests), the guides will act as the tour mangers in each of the cities. For all groups larger than 8 guests a tour manger will meet the group upon arrival in the first city of the tour and travel with this group throughout the duration of the tour. Certain events and meals may be changed slightly for small groups, as described in the brochure.


No Smoking –

 For the enjoyment of all passengers, smoking is not allowed on Exeter International buses and cars or while the group is together on tour or at meals.


Insurance –

Exeter International highly recommends that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. This may be purchased directly through Exeter International or through your travel agent.


What is included –

Your tour includes everything that is specifically stated in the tour description. Breakfast (usually buffet) is usually provided daily; lunch and dinner will be provided only as stated in the tour description. Meals always include tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages and mineral water are not included in meals, unless specifically noted. Visa fees are not included in tour prices.


Exeter International’s Responsibility –

Exeter International reserves the right, but is not obligated, to not accept or retain as a tour passenger any member whose

condition or physical needs or conduct impede the operation of the tour or affect the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of the tour’s other participants. A refund of the unused portion of the tours is the limit of Exeter International’s liability if such a person is asked to leave the tour.

Exeter International acts only on behalf of hotels, restaurants, train lines, boat lines, its owners, operators or contractors (all herein called contractors) providing services in connection with Exeter International’s tours. In the absence of negligence on Exeter International’s part, Exeter International is not responsible for personal injury or property damage or loss arising out of the act or negligence of any direct air carrier, hotel or other person rendering any of the services or accommodations offered herein. The traveler agrees to the foregoing, and also agrees that Exeter International will not be or become liable or responsible for any loss, default, or injury of any person, company, or other legal entity engaged to supply the same. Exeter International accepts no responsibility for losses or expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strikes, hotel overbooking, social and labor unrest, terrorist activities, war, quarantine, or any other causes, actions or omissions, or conditions over which it has no control.


Additional Terms – Venue for all claims or disputes shall be exclusively in Hillsborough County, Florida, whose Courts, using Florida Law, shall have exclusive jurisdiction. Damage claims against Exeter International shall be limited to the value of the particular item in dispute and not for any incidental, consequential, or special damages. Exeter International assumes responsibility for representations it makes, but not for those made by others and including, but not limited to, any employee of Exeter International or independent travel agent. Payment for reservations on any Exeter International tour shall constitute consent to all the provisions in the General Information and Conditions published herein and is binding on all tour and travel participants.


All tour prices include the cost of planning and operations and are based on the tariffs, fuel costs and exchange rates in effect November 1, 2009 and are subject to change without notice at any time prior to payment in full of tour services.


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Highly recomended

By: KandeeB


Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2013

Exeter International was staffed with first class personnel from the drivers to the EXTRAORDINARY guides through out the trip. The vehicles used to transport us were luxurious. The hotels were commensurate with the level of quality expected by the cost and located in the most advantageous sites. Totally organized and stress free experience.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg
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Great high-end travel company

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2013

Does superb job for demanding high-end travel Customized travel with excellent guides and programs. You pay but you get what you pay for.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner
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Highly recommend

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2013

Exeter was very well organised with very good guides and drivers. Our requests were responded to with professional speed. Some of our hotels could have been better. But we understand that they were the best available. We would have no hesitation using this agency again and recommending them to others.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale
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Pampered Travel

By: KandeeB


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Exeter provides luxury travel with all the hassles and worries removed. The quality of their drivers and guides is first rate. From the minute you arrive until your final departure you are in excellent hands. The itinerary is well thought out and provides many special visitations not offered to other tourists. I have heartily recommended Exeter to several people without any reservation.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Recommended

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2014

We have used Exeter on a prior trip and were equally happy with them this time. We did have a Russian Visa situation which could have been serious, but was resolved quickly.The guide spoke very good English and was knowledgable in history and art along with the local architecture. The driver was also very safe in a chaotic traffic system.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

highly recommend

By: BB


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Highly recommended

By: Mkt123


Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2014

We were connected with local English speaking guides and drivers that gave us an inside view of each country we traveled to. The experience was priceless.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Rhodes

Oustanding Guides

By: J & W


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2014

All of the services provided by Exeter were truly outstanding. The hotel accommodations were excellent. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and well organized. The drivers were prompt and courteous. The suggestions for restaurants and additional things to do and see were very good. The printed booklet of helpful hints and language support was a nice bit of support for travelers who are visiting countries for the first time.
Travel Advisor:  Sara Krutsinger

Across the Russian Far East

By: Judee 544


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2015

Everything was perfectly planned and resulted in a wonderfully exciting trip with all of our interests and needs taken into account. going on such an adventurous and challenging trip, so far away when one is no longer young could have been quite difficult, but instead was nothing but a fabulous experience. Wonderful guides and wonderful experiences on the Trans-Siberian Express and the cities of the Russian Far East, and a lovely hotel at the end in Moscow.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Rubenstein

Excellent Russian Trip

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2016

Exeter provided all of our guides and support for a 9 day family trip to Russia - very well informed, personable guides and smooth transportation. We were a bit hesitant to go to Russia but highly recommend - the trip of a lifetime !
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman
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Germany

By: TheGrapevine


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

Take out trip insurance - not going to bash - but you get the idea.....
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1st Class

By: Carlos Gavidia


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2017

From the beginning to the end this organization really surprised me! From getting our travel visas for Moscow to every detail of the tour pick up transfers and tours through the city were perfectly executed
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

Uzbekistan

By: Podge84@aol.com


Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

Exeter was excellent with tour logistics and great guide. Seamless trip.
Travel Advisor:  Britt Gerber

Great planning and service

By: WWII And Cold War History


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Exeter planned an excellent two week trip for me and my three teenagers. We went to Poland, Germany and Amsterdam. We focused on WWII and Cold War history. The plan was thoughtful and well paced. When I had questions Exeter staff responded promptly. A very good experience.
Travel Advisor:  Josh Friedman

St. Petersburg Tour

By: B Snead


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Our driver and guide could not have been better. Polite and accommodating for the three days we were in St. Petersburg. We saw a lot of attractions, got some behind the scenes tours and were able to access some sights prior to the general public. I would use Exeter again without hesitation!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Guide

By: Hodges


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Exceeded all expectation. Super cost effective to compared to Oceania.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Germany & Russia

By: Oz


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

I strongley reccomend Exeter for shore excursions. Their staff and vehicles were first class, and the value was tremendous. We never felt uncomfortable or worried about being back to the ship on time. True professionals.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great tour

By: mt


Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2017

Knowledgable, efficient and friendly tour operators!

Baltic Cruise

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Fantastic tour service. Their guides and drivers were outstanding. Guides all had an excellent knowledge of the city and the history. We are very pleased that Ralph recommended Exeter. When comparing notes with others that had used the tours supplied by the ship, we learned that we had seen and accomplished much more than they had. Our guides were able to make special arrangements that others could not. Will always use Exeter when it is available
Travel Advisor:  Ralph Iantosca

Great tour

By: Ann


Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2017

Everything was wonderful. Very nice guide and well informed about the places we visited.

Exeter International

By: Goodwitch


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

All guides were great and expedited airport service was fantastic
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Smith

St Petersburg

By: Swan


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Absolutely fabulous
Travel Advisor:  Sherrie Coffey

Custom Guided Tour

By: JJ


Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2017

The tour guides and drivers were outstanding plus. They were very personable, always early, and their local knowledge was excellent. All of them were eager to please and all adapted to the changing crowd situation caused by weather, national holiday, or political meeting.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Well run independent travel to Russia

By: Susan and Murray Morrison


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

From getting visas for us to planning a private visit to Russia for us, Exeter International was top notch. No detail was overlooked. The guides that Exeter provided were outstanding, spoke fluent English, had a good grasp of Russian history and were willing to accommodate our every interest. The guides were truly experts about their cities: museums, palaces, and surroundings. In addition, the guides were friendly and helpful. Exeter ran a well organized, well thought-out tour of Russia for the two of us.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

Family time and fun

By: Jane


Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2018

My experience with Exeter was positive. The drivers were on time and very courteous. There was water in the cars for us. They had information to offer as we drove to destinations. They were accommodating to our schedules and were very helpful if we had questions. We missed walking around the interior of a famous church due to the day the tour was scheduled. There were services going on and we could not enter. Another tour was partly taken up by a long walking tour to get to a castle. I would have rather spent time inside the castle. We had to exit with the guide and missed a lot of interesting things. Too bad we were not allowed to stay inside on our own to see more.
Travel Advisor:  Stephanie Miller Murphy

less common places tour

By: ssunsfanatic


Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

good tour to less visited places in Bergen. We had been to the more common tourist sites.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Central Europe

By: Tour of Central Europe and QM2 to NYC


Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

Vienna, Prague, Krakow, Berlin, Hamburg. Wonderful hotels, wonderful guides, wonderful restaurants. Not one single mistake or hiccup. Exeter does an outstanding job.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

St. Petersburg

By: SandStar


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

We had a wonderful trip. Hotel was excellent. They were able to accommodate our special requests and schedule. We highly recommend the local guide, Anya, who was extremely knowledgeable about local and Russian history.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Zelisko

Exeter tour guides

By: smcknight


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

We had basically positive experiences both days we toured with Exeter guides. The first day there was a little too much emphasis placed on taking us to "gift shops" and expecting us to buy tourist trinkets. The heat and the crowds may have been easier to bare if we had gone to the Hermitage in the early morning instead of wasting 45-50 minutes in a trinket shop. The second guide was very professional and led us seamlessly through Catherine's palace and the palaces on the canal in St. Petersburg.
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer

Every detail was perfect!

By: Beth


Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2018

Exeter was a joy to work with. Our drivers and tour guides were helpful, friendly, and very knowledgeable. I traveled with my 13-year-old daughter, and our tours were uniquely tailored to interest her. I had heard horror stories about obtaining Russian visas. Not for us! Exeter took care of everything, and quickly. I loved the custom packet that they sent me in advance of the trip. It listed our itinerary in detail, helpful phone numbers, restaurant recommendations, and travel tips that were specific for our destinations. I would enthusiastically recommend Exeter for travel planning.
Travel Advisor:  Andre Koester

St. Petersburg tour

By: Rocky Mountain Flier


Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2018

Becky recommended Exeter International for my party of four. We all agreed after two full days of touring with our guide and driver that we would not have wanted to see St. Petersburg any other way. Our guide was excellent and very informed and we liked the driver too. We were able to avoid the long lines and were admitted to areas of the palaces that other visitors would never have the opportunity to see. We invited her to join us for lunch on both days whereby we learned even more about St. Petersburg.
Travel Advisor:  Becky Sullivan

Exeter/Norwegian Tour

By: Lien


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2018

Exeter (Jody Ricottone) coordinated my recent sole tour of Norway. This involved guides in three cities, hotels in those cities and in two fjordside locations, trains and ferry, rental car and other transfer arrangements. I was very pleased with everything, including that Jody paid close attention to what I wanted and was responsive to my requests. Her recommendations and examples of somewhat similar sole tours really assisted me in my planning. The entire trip went off without a scheduling hitch, and introduced me, as I had wished, to Norwegian sites and experiences I never would have seen or had without Jody's good work.
Travel Advisor:  Wanda Worsley