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A coveted pawn of ancient empires, this noble Croatian island could recount many a tale of skirmish and glory. There's a history shrouded within these proud city walls, told in Gothic castles and marble streets. From the medieval market square to the terracotta roofs of the houses, secrets have been whispered for centuries and cast out onto the winds of the Aegean, immortalised in salt.

  • Stay two nights at the landmark Four Seasons Budapest
  • Travel along the most intriguing European Balkan countries aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express
  • Visit Bran Castle in Brasov, known as Dracula’s Castle
  • Visit the Ottoman Baths in the Middle Age town of Plovdiv
  • Stay two nights at the Danieli hotel in Venice
  • Cruise across the hidden corners of the Dalmatian Coast aboard you own privately chartered MV Princess Eleganza. A brand new 36 passenger beauty
  • Cruise the Zrmanja Gorge to Obrovac aboard exciting motor launches and have lunch at a local restaurant
  • Explore the Krka National park and admire the multiple cascades of Skradinki Buk fall
  • Visit the Cathedral of St James and the fascinating traditonal buildings at Sibenik
  • Board small boats for a voyage along the emerald green valley of the River Cetina
  • Stop at one of the picturesque sandy beaches of the Dalmatian Coast before sailing to the Island of Hvar
  • Explore the UNESCO site of Dubrovnik
Bran Castle, Romania

Bran Castle

Such a high benchmark was set with Claudia and Jeremy as leaders, hotels, the ship and the shore visits that it will be a very hard act to follow. Believe me all my expectations and more were met.

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Depart Australia

Day 1: Wednesday 6 September

Bound for Europe's Far East and the Dalmatian Coast, we are Balkan bound on an Emirates flight via Dubai.

Arrive Budapest (Hungary)

Day 2: Thursday 7 September

The Four Seasons Gresham Palace awaits our early afternoon arrival. We set the scene with a Welcome Dinner at the hotel watching pretty lights over the Danube fade to evening.


Day 3: Friday 8 September

How will you unfold the mystery of the Hungarian capital today?

  • Reveal Budapest through the eyes of a local with our half day city tour, or meander further into history on our Danube Bend experience revealing a deeper insight into one of Europe's most famous rivers.

Tonight at Karpatia restaurant, an extravagance of local dining is illuminated with gypsy music performances.


Day 4: Saturday 9 September

Join Golden Eagle Danube Express

Our carriage awaits to take us to the Balkans this morning. We couldn't ask for better than the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

Settle in to your cabin as the train heads to Lajosmizse for a spectacular horse show. Back onboard, the train continues across the Great Hungarian Plain as we chug to Transylvania.

Danube Express
Danube Express

Golden Eagle Danube Express

Sighisoara – Brasov (Romania)

Day 5: Sunday 10 September

Our walking tour of Sighisoara reveals the sunny disposition of this medieval town.

We then uncover the dark secrets of Bran Castle in Brasov. Standing resplendent in a mystery of mountains, this fortress shrouds the legends of Dracula.

As the train climbs over the Carpathian Mountains bound for Bulgaria, dinner is served.

Bran Castle, Romania

Bran Castle, Romania

Veliko Tarnovo – Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

Day 6: Monday 11 September

Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo is a sight to behold. Nestled in a magnificent mountain setting, the stone houses balance precariously, one above the other, on the steep banks of the Yantra River. Every step you take seems to transport you further back in time – contemplating the preservation of Tsarevets Hill and castle you could even be in the ancient city itself.

We spend the afternoon in Plovdiv exploring the many sights in the charming Old Town including its ancient theatres, medieval walls and Ottoman baths.

Belgrade (Serbia)

Day 7: Tuesday 12 September

We disembark to see the many sides to Belgrade's story, unveiling layers of Celtic history, medieval tombs and Turkish baths. We'll contemplate Tito’s memorial, Republic Square and Knez Mihajlova Street, the Varos Gate and mighty Kalemegdan Fortress.

Kalmegdan Fortress - Belgrade, Serbia

Kalemegdan Fortress, Belgrade

Mostar – Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Day 8: Wednesday 13 September

We reach Mostar, crossroads of many civilisations, on the new dawn. Recently rebuilt after war, the town’s iconic bridge is a poignant reminder of a not so distant past.

Ornate mosques and minarets herald our arrival into Sarajevo, a city with a distinct East meets West aesthetic.

The city’s enduring history is told through a tour revealing the horrors of the Balkan War, as recounted by our local guide who experienced them first hand in the 1990s.

Mostar – Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Day 9: Thursday 14 September

Rolling into Zagreb we're ready for a teasing taste of Croatia. The capital is a pleasure to navigate on foot where you will pass impressive Austro Hungarian architecture on wide boulevards. But our fleeting encounter with Croatia is over for today as we're all aboard express to Slovenia over lunch.

You might have to ask a local to help you with the pronunciation of Slovenia's capital city. Ljubljana is a delight to discover, where ancient architecture melds in harmony with a burgeoning youthful culture. The afternoon introduces us to all the sights including Preseren Square, the Three Bridges, Dragon Bridge and Plecnik Market.

Trieste – Venice (Italy)

Day 10: Friday 15 September

Disembark Golden Eagle Danube Express

You may recognise the town of Trieste from Winston Churchill's most famous WWII speech. The view of Piazza Unita d’Italia square is surpassed only by the panoramic from the Church of San Giusto.

Chasing the contours of the Adriatic coast, towards Mestre, the train curves across the causeway over the Venice Lagoon into Santa Lucia station on the Grand Canal. We enjoy the kind of transfer you'd expect to the five-star Danieli hotel – by boat of course!

This fine hotel is just a short stroll from St Mark’s Square, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

  •  Proscuitto, gelato, salad caprese – taste Venetian delights on tonight's dine-around.



Day 11: Saturday 16 September

Venice is a truly captivating city of romance; its unrivalled beauty takes away the breath of first time visitors and regulars alike.

  • You may like to explore at leisure. Or perhaps take a walk through the winding lanes beside the Grand Canal to St Mark’s Square, see St Mark’s Basilica and stroll through the Rialto Market.

Venice – Zadar (Croatia)

Day 12: Sunday 17 September

Join MV princess Eleganza

Leaving Venice, we reach the seaside resort of Opatija, where a tour is rewarded with lunch at Bevanda restaurant, where we can expect fine dining by award winning chef Andrei Barbieri with views over the Adriatic.

Then to Zadar, where our journey takes on a watery theme and our cruise begins after a walking tour. What a pleasure it will be to explore the hidden charms of Croatia aboard the MV Princess Eleganza. This intimate small ship is at our disposal, privately chartered for the next seven nights, where we hope to discover a different side to Croatia.

Princess Eleganza
Princess Eleganza

MV Princess Eleganza

Zadar – Zrmanja Gorge

Day 13: Monday 18 September

We're all ashore to explore Zrmanja Gorge. At the dramatic entrance to the gorge, we will board a motor launch for the one hour cruise to Obrovac, where a lunch of local specialities awaits. Tonight, enjoy dinner onboard and perhaps a walk back into town to explore the harbour of Zadar by night under a dazzle of stars.

Croatia Cruise

Picture perfect towns on the Adriatic

Krka National Park & Sibenik

Day 14: Tuesday 19 September

Breakfast is served as we set sail, cruising through scattered islands on our way to the waterfalls and wonders of the Kornati National Park. The roar and thunder of Krka precedes itself – here nature's power can be witnessed at first hand. Admiring the multiple cascades of Skradinki Buk falls you're experiencing a side to Croatia seen only by the locals.

Scudding along the water getting closer in smaller boats, our nature trail extends along wooden jetties and bridges to contemplate the falls from a different perspective, with plenty of time to stop and admire the unique flora and fauna.

  • Will you join your Tour Host Team on a dine-around evening in Sibenik, or stay on board for more fresh Mediterranean flavours prepared by the chef?
Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka National Park

Sibenik – Split

Day 15: Wednesday 20 September

After breakfast, enjoy a guided walk in the historic town of Sibenik. Visit the Cathedral of St James and see the fascinating old traditional buildings.

Split is on the horizon as lunch is served onboard. You might have heard of Croatia's second largest city, the toast of the Dalmatian coast, with a bright beauty and exuberance exemplified in its seafront promenade and plethora of chic bars and restaurants. But it's not all about the modern as a city tour of the Palace of Diocletian and the Old Town will confirm.

  • You'll be spoiled for choice on tonight's dine-around in one of the many restaurants on the Riva promenade.

River Cetina & Hvar

Day 16: Thursday 21 September

Docking in Omis, we transfer to small boats for a truly stunning voyage along the emerald green valley of the River Cetina.

On our return to the ship, we will stop at one of the picturesque sandy beaches that fringes the Dalmatian Coast before sailing to the island of Hvar. Enjoy dinner onboard tonight whilst moored at the picturesque harbour in Stari Grad.

Cetina, Croatia
Omis, Croatia

Hvar & Korcula

Day 17: Friday 22 September

A short drive this morning will take us to Hvar town where we will enjoy a walking tour of the old town starting in the largest piazza in Dalmatia.

Believed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, Korcula is our next port of call.

It's easy to lose yourself in a labyrinth of crooked medieval streets, leading to squares flanked with palaces of the old nobility.

  • No doubt you will have seen plenty of pavement cafes that caught your eye on your afternoon tour. Your Tour Hosts will help you find them on our dine-around evening.


Day 18: Saturday 23 September

Seduced by our final port of call, dramatist George Bernard Shaw said that 'all who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.' The Pearl of the Adriatic has earned its UNESCO World Heritage Site listing as you will see exploring sites like the Sponza Palace this afternoon.

We raise our glasses tonight at an onboard Farewell Dinner hosted by the Captain. It's sure to be a night to remember.

Depart Dubrovnik

Day 19: Sunday 24 September

Unwind over one last breakfast on the water, before we transfer to the airport for a flight home via Rome and Dubai.

Arrive Australia

Day 20: Monday 25 September

Back in Australia, we can proudly call ourselves experts in Eastern Europe when we arrive back home this evening.

All Inclusive Tours

Imagine a trip where you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about bringing your wallet.


Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

Accommodation Hotel Bell


We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.



Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.

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Tipping, Taxes, Transfers and Travel Insurance (subject to terms & conditions) are included. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip so you don't have to.

Tour Host Team

Tour Hosts & Doctor

Our high ratio of Tour Hosts to guests help take care of everything for you on tour. Not to mention a Tour Doctor on every tour for your safety and peace of mind.

Flights Included


We have included different flight options for your convenience. Should you wish to fly with a different airline to the group we can help you with those arrangements if you wish.

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

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Based on per person, twin share in a in Heritage Cabin aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express and a Category 1 Cabin on the MV Princess Eleganza – from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane flying with Emirates. Prices from other cities are available on request.

Cruise & Land Only (Join in Budapest for dinner on Day 2 and depart Dubrovnik after breakfast on Day 19).

Single suites at above prices are limited. For details of other suite upgrades, please contact one of our Tour Sales Consultants.

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