Multi-Day Tour

Bosnia, Croatia & Slovenia - 11 Day (11 days)

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Thu: Arrive Sarajevo To Zagreb, Croatia

Bosnia, Croatia & Slovenia - 11 Day (11 days)

Day 1

Thu: Arrive Sarajevo

Day 2

Fri: Sarajevo Highlights

Day 3

Sat: Mostar & Dubrovnik

Day 4

Sun: Tour Dubrovnik

Day 5

Mon: Visit Split

Day 10

Sat: Discover Zagreb

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Thu: Arrive Sarajevo
None Dinner
Land in Sarajevo where you will be met at the airport. Transfer to your hotel, settle in and relax a little. You may like to do some exploring on your own for the remainder of the day. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2
Fri: Sarajevo Highlights
None Breakfast
Sarajevo, capital of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, reflects the influences of a number of cultures and civilizations. The city center contains a number of mosques and churches, reflecting the harmony in which religions flourished. Also see many influences of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in wide streets and elaborate buildings. You can also see some reminders of the recent 1992-95 siege of the city but most of the damage has been repaired. On your city tour, visit the picturesque and lively Bas Carsija bazaar, in the heart of the old Ottoman city. Tour the Husrefbey Mosque, one of the city’s most beautiful and dating from 1531. Also visit the Gavrilo Princip Museum and pass the Olympic Stadium built for the 1984 Winter Games. The afternoon is free for further exploring on your own. (B)
Day 3
Sat: Mostar & Dubrovnik
None None
Drive through the marvelous gorge of the Neretva River to Mostar. This city was famous for its Old Bridge, built of stone in 1557 by a Turkish architect, Hayrudin, employed by Suleiman the Magnificent. The bridge was destroyed in 1993 but has been rebuilt and faithfully replicated using original methods of building. Also walk through the old Turkish quarter that lies on either side of the bridge. Continue your journey through the dry countryside, where pomegranates and figs grow, to Dubrovnik, located on the Adriatic Coast. Enjoy dinner with your group this evening. (B, D)
Day 4
Sun: Tour Dubrovnik
None Breakfast
The old parts of Dubrovnik are completely encircled by the defensive walls that date from the 10th century. Take a walking tour to see the main points of interest in and around the Square of the Loggia. View Orlando’s Column, the Clock Tower and the Sponza Palace with its Renaissance loggia and Venetian Gothic windows above it. Visit the Rector’s Palace, which was the political and administrative center for centuries and also see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, dating back to 1317. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 5
Mon: Visit Split
None None
Travel north along the spectacular Adriatic Coast past traditional fishing villages and modern resorts to Split. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and one of the largest and best preserved from the Roman Empire. Diocletian became emperor in 284 A.D. and moved to his palace in 305. See the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Domnius, converted into a Christian church from Diocletian’s mausoleum. Also see the Peristyle, the interior courtyard of the Roman complex with slender pillars. Today you can see where the layers of centuries of building have piled one on top of the other. Spend some time on your own before joining your group for dinner. (B, D)
Day 6
Trogir, Croatia
None None
After breakfast head to Trogir, set on a small island and joined to the mainland by bridge. Since medieval times it has been a center of artistic activities, attracting craftsmen and scholars from around the world. Leave the Dalmatian Coast as you turn inland and travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder where 16 terraced lakes are surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. On arrival take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes and be sure to have your camera ready to capture the wonderful vistas. (B, D)
Day 7
Opatija, Croatia
None None
Return to the coast and travel along the beautiful Bay of Kvarner to its popular resort, Opatija. In the 19th century many of the Habsburgs favored the area, due to the charming scenery and mild climate and many elegant villas were built. After some free time journey north to visit Postojna Cave. This is the longest cave system in Slovenia and was created by the Pivka River. Even on a hot summer’s day, the caves maintains an evenly cool temperature. Tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train, which winds through fascinating limestone formations. Afterwards, continue to Bled, beautifully set amidst the rocky Julian Alps. (B, D)
Day 8
Bled, Slovenia
None Breakfast
The town of Bled is set in a charming location on a lake of the same name with a romantic island in the center. It is a great region for sports at all times of the year. Take a sightseeing tour of Bled to view the main features of the town and the lakeshore scenery. Visit the imposing Bled Castle, one of the oldest medieval fortresses in Slovenia. As the residence of the Bishops of Bixen, the fortress was noted in documents dating back to 1004. Ascend a steep path, cross a wooden drawbridge and pass through several fortified walls to the castle. From the terraces there are magnificent views over the entire area. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional activities, such as visiting the small island or walking around the lake shore. (B)
Day 9
Ljubljana, Slovenia
None None
Start your day with a walking tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Visit the most significant sights of the old city center including the picturesque open-air Central Market and the small but renowned Triple Bridge. The original 1842 bridge had two side bridges added in 1931 by Ljubljana’s famous architect, Joze Plecnik. Also see the Gothic Town Hall, built in 1718, and the Baroque Robba Fountain that stands in front of it. Then continue to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, set in the central part of the country. Dine in your hotel. (B, D)
Day 10
Sat: Discover Zagreb
None Breakfast
This morning enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, which is set in the hills and where religious, political and administrative power is located. Many of the buildings were restored following the devastating earthquake in 1880. Visit Zagreb Cathedral with its tall spires and elaborate decorations. View the ancient St. Mark’s Church with its brightly-colored tile roof and the Baroque St. Catherine’s Church, built on the site of an ancient Dominican church. Also see Ban’s Palace, named after a governor of Croatia and today houses the country’s presidency. Pass the Parliament Building, known as Sabor, which is the center of Croat politics today. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or to take an optional excursion with dinner into the surrounding countryside. (B)
Day 11
Zagreb, Croatia
None Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to Zagreb Airport for your flight back home. (B) B: Breakfast; D: Dinner >

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All of our quality escorted coach tours to Eastern Europe and Italy feature prepaid daily sightseeing, excellent hotels, full breakfasts, most dinners, including specialty dinners with entertainment.

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Knowledgeable efficient & friendly service

By: DRBSLP


Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2016

We were very pleased with our CIE tour. We were happy with the places that we visited & time allowed. The coach driver was an excellent driver, friendly & knowledgeable. One suggestion would be to provide a brief written page/summary of the days events & be sure everyone knows ahead of time of any adjustments in timing of events. Thanks overall great job! We would recommend CIE & go with them again ourselves.
Travel Advisor:  Tina Posila
Not Recommended

B&B may not be for everyone

By: HORSE COUNTRY PEOPLE


Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2016

we had booked the B&B and self-drive with CIE tour, the Hop on and off bus was included in Dublin for 2 days, but the CIE bus was on strike; we end up got tickets for the Red color bus. When we arrived at Dawn house at Waterford, om 09/11 @230pm, the owner were not at home, we had to drive around to find a place to eat and got back to the place late at night, and on Sunday all the shops at downtown Waterford were closed. We stayed 2 night at Beechwood house @ Blarney, for 2 night from 09/12-09/14, on the day we are about to check out @1030am, the male owner knock the door and ask us when are we leaving, while my husband taking a shower.... We arrived at Beechgrove Farmhouse at Clare on 09/16 @230pm, and nobody was home, and we had to drive around to go somewhere to eat,the owner said she would be back at 330pm. It seemed to me that when we were travelling and tried to be respective to their countries, but it seemed that we were not being treated the same way we were expected

Experts! Ran like clockwork

By: Tracey1


Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2016

Our driver and tour guide, Tom, was wonderful. He ran our trip seamlessly and was friendly and knowledgable. we could not have had a better experience. Our trip was busy but we still had down time and never felt rushed. I would absolutely travel with this company in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Schmitzer

Scotland

By: Karen


Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2017

This is the way to vacation when you prefer to see multiple sites and cities. Ian Walker was our tour guide and he was excellent. Very knowledgeable and tailored the visit to our group needs. We would never have been able to experience this very positive trip if my sister and I were trying to do this on our own.
Travel Advisor:  Heather Loss

Loved our driver/guide

By: katmcl


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

This was our first trip overseas, and we are so glad we went with a tour group. We didn't have to worry about anything once we got on the plane. Our driver/guide, Nigel, was so impressive in the way he was able to navigate through busy narrow streets. He knew alternative routes that would help us avoid the worst rush hour traffic. The best thing about Nigel, though, was the stories and history he told about the area. We would never get that just driving ourselves around. His love of Ireland and Dublin was infectious. He had the right touch of humor, personality, and properness. We were able to get right into all of the places we visited. Tickets were ready, no standing in line, and a guide ready to give us some background. Checking into hotels was also streamlined, no waiting. I would love to do another CIE Tour, and if I go back to Ireland, I would love to be on a trip with Nigel!
Travel Advisor:  Denise Larson

Ireland

By: Alba


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

We were very pleased with our tour throughout Ireland. We covered a lot of ground in 10 days, which was what we wanted. We wanted to see as much as possible. The choice of visited sights was a good mix to hit varied interest levels. Outside of some meals, most of the events were included in the tour price. The bus was clean and comfortable and our guide/driver was knowledgeable, personable, and humorous. We appreciated staying on schedule so we didn't miss out on any sight-seeing. I highly recommend CIE Tours for Ireland. It's a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Marje Henkel

CIE PUB TOUR

By: JG


Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the Pub Tour. Hotels were in a great central location. No extras or hidden costs. Would have preferred more time in Galway or Westport rather than Spanish Point, but do understand the time constraints. Only criticism is would have expected more meals in Pubs rather than Hotel. All in all, though, it was a great tour and will definitely go on another CIE tour in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

Trip of a Lifetime

By: The Queen


Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2017

This was our second CIE tour and we could'nt have been more pleased. Bob, our tour guide, gave us a thorough history of Ireland. He told personal stories of growing up in Ireland and delighted us with his tales. He were treated like royality and will certainly look forward to our next CIE tour.
Travel Advisor:  Stuart Stone

Bob

By: Debi


Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2017

Bob our guide was awesome. Highly recommend this tour. Loved his knowledge of Ireland and his sense of humor!!
Travel Advisor:  Stuart Stone

Ireland

By: Anne


Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

Excellent experience with CIE Tours
Travel Advisor:  Tina Posila

Our Irish Adventure

By: Karen Kennedy


Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2017

The CIE tour was very good. The Mystical Ireland itinerary was just where we wanted to go, and the hotels and food were good. If I had any issues it would be with our tour guide, Sean. He got a bit testy as the trip went on, and made me uncomfortable when he scolded us in front of the other travelers. He told me he's been doing CIE tours for 23 years and I think he's tired of answering the same questions over and over. Our driver, Brian, was excellent. The private driver who met us at Bunratty Castle Hotel, Raphael Mulally was beyond excellent. He was friendly, accommodating, funny and very interesting. He really knows Ireland! We will hire him again on our next visit.
Travel Advisor:  Trisha Iannazzi

Tim B

By: Tim B


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

I would recommend them for booking
Travel Advisor:  Jeannie Vogel

Tour Operation

By: Deni


Reviewed on: 26 Apr 2018

It was excellent. This tour was the Scottish Dream. Our Tour Director, Ian, was excellent and even wore his kilt two days of the tour. The hotels were actually better than the ones in Ireland. With the exception of Jury's Inn, Glasgow, we had 4-star accommodations and MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh, could be considered a 5-star. The food was not fancy but was very good at each hotel. We have traveled with Tauck Tours on several occasions and can say without reservation that this CIE tour was comparable to Tauck without the extra expense.

Ireland Hotels were Amazing - London was not

By: Travel Girl


Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

I did not book any tours through CIE, but our hotels were. Ireland hotels were beyond amazing, but our London hotel was beyond awful.
Travel Advisor:  Britt Pendergrast

2018 Scots Irish Tour

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2018

We had a very good trip with CIE tours. It was our first experience on that type tour and we were pleased with our choice. Would use their company again. The only issue we had was that a "Get Up and Go" booklet was not included with the documents that were sent from CIE. That booklet had information that would have been helpful to us prior to leaving for the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Palilonis

Great tour and Guide

By: Craftylady plus 1


Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2018

My husband and I recently toured Northern Ireland with CIE. We knew we would have a great trip since this was our third tour with CIE. Obviously we have high expectations for great service. CIE did not disappoint!! Our tour guide/bus driver (Mike) made the best out of a tough situation. We were there through an unusual heat wave. He had the air conditioner on the bus serviced one evening to make sure it was as efficient as possible and bought bottled water and kept it chilled on the bus for us. His in-depth knowledge of local life and history added so much to our trip. We also enjoyed his sense of humor!!!
Travel Advisor:  Kara Duncan

Satisfied Customer

By: "Shaf"


Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2018

CIE Tour was carefully planned and orchestrated. Tour Guides and Drivers were excellent. Highly recommend!
Travel Advisor:  Linda Winslow

Excellent

By: Mpc


Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2018

Just wished food was at least a bit tastier
Travel Advisor:  Christine Van Vorst

Di

By: msgorelik


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2018

She was extremely knowledgeable. Due to some physical limitations she was very solicitous to us. Her voice and accent did not hamper us. Her humor and personality made the trip a treat.
Travel Advisor:  Myra Fischel

We expected a lot but got more!

By: A Parent Lee


Reviewed on: 03 Sep 2018

We took the taste of Scotland and Ireland tour. What beautiful countries! Our tour was very well planned out so as to maximize our experience. I will use CIE again in the future. Our guides Ross and Austin were fabulous. They were both very knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be with. Austin has nerves of steel while driving the bus. For anyone thinking of taking this tour, please don't hesitate. It is more than worth it! Slainte!
Travel Advisor:  Connie Smith

Rock'n Britian and Ireland

By: PAT


Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2018

Our Tour Directors and driver were the best. We got a detailed history of everywhere we went. We never felt lost or out of touch. The coach was very comfortable and our driver Garry more than accommodating.We only wish we could have stayed longer. All the hotels were lovely! The only disappointment was with the Marriot in Glasgow. We felt a little unwelcome and in addition they wanted to charge us 10 Pounds per day to use the internet. Ridiculous! After and lot of complaining, the manager got us on as a guest and didn't charge us. We will never stay at another Marriot unless nothing else is available.
Travel Advisor:  Kelli Carney

Taste of Wales

By: Babs


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2018

Having done 2 previous tours with CIE, this one was not up to par. It seems the whole trip we were rushed when visiting sites. The guide was not as informative as previous guides. We had a great driver-Michael Ware. He was always courteous and helped getting us out of the bus for those who needed a little more time.
Travel Advisor:  Wanda Pedersen

Trip to Scotland & Ireland

By: Zara


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2018

Wonderful! I have never enjoyed a tour more than the one our Irish tour guide , Colum Clarke led. Every day he gave us interesting history from 800 to the present day, told us Irish jokes, and played Irish music. He also was personally attentive to me as an older adult: helped across several streets, put my backpack on the bus, and helped me up some difficult stairs. Onya, our Scottish guide, was also very good. I greatly recommend both of these tour guides who make this a wonderful trip!
Travel Advisor:  September Holstad

CIE tours

By: Armida


Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2018

They were great, we chose the self-guided tour to Ireland! The hotels they selected were close to restaurants, pubs and other points of interest! When checking in to hotels and rental car desk, everything was prearranged and we did not encounter any issues as all of our reservations were waiting for us! The car included a GPS device; the navigation device was a lifesaver and it routed us to the most charming back-roads of south west Ireland. We were very pleased with CIE. We will surely use CIE for future trips. Btw, the backpacks, for each in our party of four, were very nice and filled with goodies such as an electrical converter and a rain poncho. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Janell Crookston

Colm Fitzgibbon CIE Tours

By: F and V and Co.


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

Our tour guide Colm was excellent! He was very knowledgeable about every place we traveled thru and to. He was also very personable and funny. We (all 10 of us!) had a great time on our tour of Ireland South.
Travel Advisor:  Bill Lynch

Scots Irish Tour

By: AMP


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2018

Tour was fantastic. ALL guides were fully knowledgeable about their particular area AND the United States as well and how Scotland and Ireland influenced the US. Walking tour guides were wonderful. Annika was REALLY good and NIGEL WAS WONDERFUL. He sang to us! The full day in Dublin (Monday) was pretty much a waste. We should have flown out on Monday. Bus didn't show up at hotel to take us to Hop On Hop Off. We stood waiting on the street for over an hour. Alot of people rented taxis. (Hotel said CIE should have arranged the bus that never came; however Nigel told us the hotel would take care of this.) We walked to St Stephens Green to catch Hop On Hop Off. All museums closed on Mondays. Very disappointed in the last hotel. No heat until November. Cold, high winds. They brought us a heater that had 3 (of 4) legs broken and THEY TRIED TO PROP A HEATER UP AGAINST THE DESK!!! We wouldn't allow them to do that. They also told us that this was their LAST heater. Don't use this hotel a
Travel Advisor:  Judy Miron

The Taste was Exceptional

By: JohnR


Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2018

The key factor for what made our tour through Scotland and Ireland to be fantastic was the exceptional and most professional was the performance of tour guide and bus driver - John Greene.
Travel Advisor:  Pam Anderson

Honeymoon in Ireland

By: KD


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2018

We had an enjoyable time on the CIE tour that we took. Our driver/tour guide was fantastic. Every detail was expertly taken care of and it was smooth sailing all the way. It was the first tour we had taken and it was a very pleasant experience and a great way to get to visit many sites and places in a short amount of time.
Travel Advisor:  Bea Clagg

Ireland

By: Josie


Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2018

Great trip! I only wish that when the boat ride was canceled due to weather that something was available... showing of the Quiet Man or a talk about the Ashford Castle
Travel Advisor:  George Balogh