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Essential Slovenia & Croatia (12 days)

Exeter International

Ljubljana, Slovenia To Zagreb, Croatia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2019


Day 1
Bled, Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Vila Bled None

Arrival in 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.

You will transfer approximately 25 miles to the Lake Bled and the delightful Relais & Chateaux Vila Bled, a former residence of the Yugoslavian President Tito, where you will be staying during your stay in Slovenia.

Day 2
Bled, Slovenia
Vila Bled Breakfast

You will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 10:00 AM and will transfer back to Ljubljana for a guided walk through the Old Town district to take in the city’s ambience influenced by centuries of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultural influences.  

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 the 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.  

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

Day 3
Bled, Slovenia
Vila Bled Breakfast

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This morning, after again meeting your guide and driver in the hotel lobby at 10:00 AM, you will transfer back to 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.  

This afternoon, you will return to your hotel for an evening at your leisure.

Day 4
Bled, Slovenia
Vila Bled Breakfast

This morning, your guide will meet you at 10:00 AM for a tour of the charming Alpine lake towns of Bled and Bohinj. The lake itself was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. After the last Ice Age, the glacier deepened the natural tectonic hollow and gave it its present form. We suggest a walk around the lake and a traditional boat ride to the Baroque Church of the Assumption, which stands in the middle of an islet. 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.  

Later 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.  

Later today, you will 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 Bohinj, you may decide to visit the gothic St. John the Baptist Church, which has well-preserved frescoes from the 15th and the 16th Centuries. The journey continues with a cable car ride to the mountain Vogel (5.000 ft), from where there is a wonderful view of the lake and the surrounding parts of the Julian Alps. You will return to Bled and your hotel through the Lower Valley.

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.  

You will later transfer back to Ljubljana an on to Bled and your hotel for an evening at your leisure.  

Day 6
Bled, Slovenia
Vila Bled Breakfast

This morning, your personal driver and guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for the trip to Slovenia’s Karst region, located between the capital Ljubljana and the Adriatic coast and stretching across the border with Italy. This area is in essence a huge limestone plateau famous for its massive cave systems, which were cut into the soft stone by underground rivers and some of which are now protected as UNESCO Heritage sites.  

You will visit the famous Postojna Cave - the longest cave system in Slovenia and one of its top tourist sites. The Postojna Cave is the only cave in the world featuring a cave train, so you will be able to admire the sheer size and the powerful charm of its underground world, resplendent with huge stalactites and stalagmites forming some extraordinary shapes. After the exhilarating train ride, you will explore the rest of the cathedral-like caverns on foot and will learn more about the region’s unique geological past.  

Next, following a short drive along a meandering mountain road, you will visit the scenic Predjama Castle – a true masterpiece of medieval architecture. The castle was built under a natural rock arch high up a limestone cliff overlooking the valley. The first castle was actually a small fortress deep inside the cave to make it more inaccessible and easily defended. Over the centuries, the original Gothic castle was redesigned and reshaped many times, gradually moving away from the cave. The present castle was thus called Predjama, meaning ‘in front of the cave’.  

Continuing further south-west, your next stop will be at the village of Lipica located near the Italian border and surrounded by small pine forests and vineyards. You will be invited to visit the world famous stud farm and riding school of the Lipizzaner horses, the gracious "four- legged aristocrats". The stud farm was founded in 1580 by the Austrian Archduke Charles in order to provide horses for the Habsburg army and the court in Vienna and nowadays proudly continues the 400-years-old tradition of breeding and training the famed white horses. The regal Lipizzaner stallions were made famous by the Spanish Riding School in the Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. You will tour the Lipizzaner stables and may enjoy an unforgettable performance of the classical “high school” of dressage riding.

You will transfer back to the lake Bled and your hotel for an evening at your leisure.  

Day 7
Zagreb, Croatia
Bled, Slovenia
Esplanade Hotel Breakfast

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Today, after meeting your guide and driver, you will transfer south-east to Ljubljana and on the highway through the Dolenjska (meaning lowland) region, where 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.

Later this afternoon, you will continue across the border with Croatia and to the country’s capital city of Zagreb. Upon arrival in Zagreb, you will check in at your deluxe hotel and enjoy an evening at your leisure.  

The history of Zagreb dates as far back as the 11th century when the Hungarian King Ladislaus founded a diocese here on the Kaptol Hill. Gradually, a settlement developed on the neighboring hill Gradec. Today, this settlement is Zagreb's Upper Town - one of the best preserved medieval urban centers in Croatia. As a sign of gratitude for offering him a safe haven from the Tatars, King Bela IV of Hungary offered the town’s citizens autonomy and independent judicial system. According to a legend, Bela left the city a cannon to be fired every day so that it did not rust. Since 1 January 1877 the cannon has been fired from one of the towers every day at noon.

Day 8
Zagreb, Croatia
Esplanade Hotel Breakfast

At 10:00 AM this morning, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby to take you on an overview walking tour of Zagreb’s main sights.  

Strolling through the newer part of Zagreb – the Lower Town, you will see the Croatian Academy of Art and Science where the original of the historic Baska Tablet (Bascanska ploca) - the oldest written monument in Croatian language, dating back to the 11th Century, is kept. The Strossmayer’s Gallery of Old Masters is also located within the Academy and holds valuable works of art by Croatian, Italian, French, Flemish and other artists, including the works of El Greco and Carpaccio. As its name suggests, the gallery was started by the local bishop Josip Strossmayer who donated his own private collections of about 600 works of art.  

Continuing your walk, you will reach the Jelacic Square, which is lined with lively cafes and shops and Baroque buildings. From here, you will continue to the historic Upper Town (Gornji Grad), which incorporates the once separate hill settlements of Kaptol and Gradec and the area of which is mostly pedestrian. In the Kaptol, you will visit the Church of the Assumption of the St. Virgin Mary, simply called The Cathedral, which can house up to 5000 worshipers.  The church was originally built in the 11th century, when the bishopric was established here, but was destroyed a couple of centuries later by the invading Tatars. Rebuilt, it was devastated again, this time by an earthquake, in 1880. The current Neo-Gothic building was restored after the earthquake by the Austrian architect Hermann Bolle.  

Right next to the Cathedral, you will wander around the colorful stalls of the Dolac - the city’s most popular farmers’ market which includes a traditional open-air part, where fruit and vegetables are sold, but also an indoor part where the fish, meat, and dairy stall are located. Also on the Kaptol hill, you will also see the towering spires of St. Stephen’s Cathedral - the most prominent landmark on the city’s skyline.

From the Dolac, you will cross into the Upper Town over the Blood Bridge (Krvavi Most) so called because it crosses the small creek which once separated the often warring neighborhoods of Kaptol and Gradec. Entering Gradec, you will see the oldest surviving part of its fortifications – the Stone Gate, which now houses a chapel with a painting of the Virgin with a Child from the 17th century.  

You will also see the Ban’s Palace, now home to the Croatian government offices, and the 14th-century Church of St. Mark, with its distinctive roof of colored glazed tiles depicting the coats of arms of Zagreb and Croatia. While in the Old Town, we suggest that you do not miss the historic stone city gates and the Lotrscak (Robbers’) Tower, whose cannon is fired daily at noon. The tower dates from the 13th century and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. In the past, the tower also had a bell which was sounded every evening to signal the closing of the city gates and urge Zagreb’s residents to hurry back behind its protective walls or risk being robbed outside. This is how the name of the tower came to being.  

Before leaving the Upper town, you may stop by the 17th Century church, dedicated to St. Catherine. It was built by the Jesuits next to the Jesuit monastery and is considered to be one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the city. Its interiors include some Baroque reliefs, including one by Francesco Robba, who also designed the Robba Fountain in Ljubljana.  

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This afternoon you may visit the Mimara museum, housed in a 19th - Century Neo-Renaissance palace. You will have a private tour of its extensive collection of art from around the world with a museum curator. The more than 3,500 works of art are chronologically arranged from prehistory to the 20th Century. Some of the most famous exhibits include works by Raffaello, Caravaggio, and Canaletto; some 60 paintings by Dutch masters including Rembrandt; works by Flemish masters such as Rubens and Van Dyck; Spanish masters like Velasquez and Goya; and more than 120 paintings by French artists such as Delacroix, Manet, Renoir, and Degas. The archaeological section of the museum includes some 200 artifacts from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Pre-Columbian America, Crete, Greece, Etruria, Rome, and early medieval Europe.

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Your next stop will be the Museum of Arts and Crafts where one of the curators will be expecting you to take you around. The building was designed by Hermann Bolle with the special purpose to house and display the works of local craftsmen and artists. Nowadays, some 160,000 exhibits depict Croatia’s cultural history. The collections include jewelry, fabrics (embroidery, tapestries), metalwork (tableware, bells, and wrought iron), furniture, local and European ceramics (pottery, china, and stoneware), as well as musical instruments, sculptures, clocks and watches, and an extensive library of some 50,000 volumes on the subject of arts and crafts.  

Have the evening at your leisure to enjoy the charming ambience of the cobble-stoned streets of the Lower Town full of boutiques, cafes and bookshops.

Day 9
Zagreb, Croatia
Esplanade Hotel Breakfast

This morning, after meeting your guide and driver in the lobby of the hotel, you will head south of the city to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the most spectacular national parks in the whole of Croatia.  

The park is located in the very heart of the country, where an area of over 100 square miles is covered with lakes, waterfalls, and forest, now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage. The park contains 16 lakes, separated by natural dams, which can be explored on foot, using the sign-posted paths along their shores, or on the footbridges. In addition, electric buses and boats take visitors around the area following fixed routes.

The lakes are famous for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue, and which change constantly depending on the concentration of minerals or micro-organisms in the water and the angle of the sunlight. The whole plateau is densely forested, featuring a mixture of Alpine and Mediterranean vegetation, and is the home to a variety of animal and bird species.  

You will enjoy a guided tour of the park, which is done mostly on foot, but also includes short train and boat rides. Your driver will be waiting for you at the park’s entrance to take you to Zagreb, where the rest of the evening will be at your leisure.  

Day 10
Zagreb, Croatia
Esplanade Hotel Breakfast

This morning, after meeting your guide and driver, you will embark on a tour of Zagreb’s most important Jewish heritage sites.  

It is believed that Jews first settled in Zagreb in the Middle Ages, but were later expelled by the Habsburg rulers in the 15th – 16th centuries. Some returned in the 1800s, when Jews were again granted civil rights, and founded their first community in Zagreb, which prospered by 1940 to include some 12,000 members and numerous Jewish centers and social organizations. In the period 1941 – 1943, Croatia was a puppet Nazi state ruled by the Fascist Ustasa regime, which carried mass atrocities against Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies. As a result, by 1943 most Zagreb Jews were either executed or deported to the nearby Jasenovac concentration camp, or to Auschwitz in Poland, and the city’s Great Synagogue was destroyed.  

Nowadays, the city has a small but active Jewish community of around 1,500 members and their building includes a prayer room, a research center, and a library with books and periodicals dating back to the 16th century believed to be the largest one on the Balkans.  

The city’s main cemetery park– Mirogoj, which is located a few miles north of the city, is rather remarkable from an architectural standpoint as it includes an imposing main building and a church surrounded by arcades (where many famous Croatians rest), adorned with cupolas, statues, and greenery. The main part of the cemetery was designed by the Austrian architect Hermann Bolle, who also led the restorations of Zagreb’s Cathedral after the 1880 earthquake. The cemetery is still used by all religions and has a Jewish section which replaced two earlier Jewish cemeteries. An imposing statue of Moses stands as a Holocaust Memorial.  

You will later return to your hotel for an evening at your leisure.  

Day 11
Zagreb, Croatia
Esplanade Hotel Breakfast

This morning, your driver and guide will meet you at 10:00 AM to take you on a day trip outside of the city and to one of the most spectacular yet rarely visited by international tourists areas of the country. This idyllic region, which the locals call Zagorje (beyond the mountains), is characterized by small villages, vineyards, and castles from the period of the Austrian Empire.  

Only about an hour-drive north of the capital, the beautifully preserved Trakoscan Castle was built on a hilltop in the late 13th century as part of a defense fortification network against the Ottomans. It was first mentioned in the mid-15th century as one of the properties to be granted by King Sigismund of Austria to the local Celje family, which also ruled over the entire Zagorje region. Later, the castle changed hands several times and was even abandoned and neglected for a while, which caused its rapid dilapidation. It was only around the middle of the 19th century that another influential family – the Draskovic, became interested in the castle once again and turned the building into a residential Neo-Gothic manor house, while the surrounding grounds were transformed into a park with a lake and gardens. Nowadays, some of the castle’s rooms are turned into a museum where furniture, armory, and pieces of art are displayed.  

Later today, you will continue your trip north-east to reach the historic town of Varazdin. First mentioned in the 12th century because of its thermal springs, it was later declared a free town and gained prominence and wealth because of this status thus becoming an important trade and administrative center.  To preserve the town from the Ottoman attacks, it was fortified in the shape of a typical medieval burg. In the early 13th century, the Knights Hospitaller came to Varazdin, where they built a church and a monastery. Similar to the Trakoscan castle, Varazdin was for a while owned by the Celje aristocratic family but changed hands many times in the following centuries. In the 15th – 16th centuries, the town was badly damaged by fires and Ottoman attacks, bus was completely rebuilt and prospered even becaming the administrative capital of Croatia in the second half of the 19th century. The present castle building dates from the 19th century and houses and art gallery with some excellent works by Flemish, Dutch, and Italian masters, as well as  museum featuring collections of arms, furniture, porcelain, and handicrafts.  

You may enjoy a leisurely tour of Varazdin’s Old Town and see the Gothic-style Town Hall – the oldest building in Varazdin, and the Rococo-style Draskovic Palace. Other architectural monuments in the Old Town include the Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption, which was originally built by Jesuit monks in the 17th century; the National Theater, and the Herzer Palace.

En route back to Zagreb, you may wish to make a stop in the picturesque village of Kumrovec, which is mainly famous for being the birthplace of the former Yugoslav dictator Marshal Tito, to visit his house-museum.  

Your driver and guide will take you back to Zagreb and your hotel for an evening at your leisure.

Day 12
Zagreb, Croatia
None Breakfast

You will check-out from your hotel and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for the transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2013

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Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2015

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Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

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Baltic Cruise

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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

Russia St. Petersburg

By: Jay Johnson

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

The guide and driver were both wonderful and full of knowledge and professionalism. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone. They also had great suggestions for lunch venues, during our stay in and about St. Petersburg.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Johnson

Russia Private Tour

By: Susan

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2018

We engaged Exeter to provide a private tour in St Petersburg, Russia. Exeter was outstanding!! We had a guide, Anya Smirnova, and driver for 3 days and it was a fabulous experience. Anya spoke perfect English and was able to relate the sites we saw to Russian history and culture in a fascinating manner. We asked her many, many questions that she readily answered. Her knowledge was extensive. We had special entry to the exhibits, bypassing the long normal entry lines. We had the flexibility to see what was of interest to us, and the ability to visit sites that the ship tours did not include. For lunch we stopped at wonderful restaurants that served authentic Russian food at reasonable prices, which was far better food than on the ship. The day at Peterhof Palace, with the extravagant fountains and grotto, was especially memorable. Our experience with Exeter was outstanding and I would highly recommend them for future private tours.

Great Tour Group

By: Tommy

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

We had a four day touring experience with Exeter in Prague and both my wife and myself could not be happier. Peter, our driver met us for the transfer from our ship to Prague right on time and throughout our tour. He was extremely professional and made sure we were where we needed to be and was always pleasant. We felt very comfortable while being driven. Lucie, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable in all areas that we visited and made sure we got to see everything we were supposed to see and more. She worked things out while we were with her to ensure things went like clockwork and we were not disappointed. I can't say enough how using Exexter made our time in Prague a wonderful experience and I would not hesistate using them again.
Travel Advisor:  Ourisman Travel


By: Sharon

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2018

The quality of the tours and the guides was great. Some of the guides were exceptional. The tours were informative and we enjoyed them very much.
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Smith

russian guides

By: Toni

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2018

Exeter was all you could ask for. We were always met on time and the guides were terrific.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd