$4595.00

FROM: $4595 USD

UPCOMING: July 12, 2019

Budapest & Slovenia: Castles, Caves & Culinary Escapades

A gorgeous gay getaway through Central Europe

DESCRIPTION

Budapest is often called the Paris of the East. Its grand boulevards, sumptuous architecture, and focus on food are not to be rushed, so we’ve devoted an extended weekend to Hungary’s capital. Then on to the Alpine sweetheart, Slovenia. Spend two nights in private wooden huts where we explore local lakes, the marvellous Alps and kilometres of caves. And finally, Ljubljana offers a little taste of the big city. Here we’ll enjoy top-notch cuisine, a lovely boat ride, and a day trip to the Goriška Brda wine region. From here, head home or join our flagship Croatian Southern Dalmatia Gay Cruise.

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Starts In: Budapest, Hungary
Group Size : Min 4, Max 16
Ends In: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Accommodation: 4+ Star Hotels (5 nights), Luxurious Camping Huts (2 nights)
Deposit: $750
Physical Rating: 2/5

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

July 12, 2019 to July 19, 2019 - 4595.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Walking and bus tours of Budapest's architecture
• Wine and cheese cruise on the Danube River
• Backstage tour of Budapest's Opera House with a private performance
• Unwind at the Kiraly Turkish baths
• See the magnificent ‘karstic’ formations of the Postojna Cave
• ‘Glamp’ in a private wooden hut in the Slovenian countryside
• Ride an authentic Slovenian ‘pletna’ boat across shimmering Lake Bled
• Stand up paddle on Lake Bohinj
• Note gay architect Jože Plečnik's bridges and buildings on a walking tour of Ljubljana
• Sip vino in the Goriška Brda wine region

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ITINERARY:

Szia – welcome to Hungary. Look for an Out Adventures rep in the airport arrivals area for your hotel transfer. Nothing is planned until our Group Meeting at 5PM, followed by a private wine and cheese cruise on the Danube. From here we head to a Welcome Dinner featuring freshly sourced Hungarian produce. Being Friday, we’ll be sure to kickoff the weekend – and our tour – in fashion.

A tour of Pest kicks off at St Stephen’s Basilica, which houses the mummified hand of its namesake saint. Then on to Vörösmarty Square and Váci Street. They're full of cafes, shopping, and landmarks, plus food and wine stops along the way. This is a great point to taste authentic Hungarian fare. At noon we come to Gustave Eiffel’s Central Market Hall. Check out Vajdahunyad Castle, the recently reopened Museum of Fine Arts and Parliament – the country’s largest building. We wrap it up with an optional visit to Kiraly, a Turkish bath, before we freshen up and head for dinner. En route to the restaurant, we’ll stop at the Opera House for a private, after-hours tour including a private duet performance!

Our day begins exploring the VII District’s Art Nouveau & Neo-Classical influence, the Design District and the Jewish Quarter. Once again, lunch will be a great opportunity to dig into authentic Hungarian dishes. Ease into the afternoon with a private concert in a local pianist’s apartment. We then cross historic Chain Bridge to Gellért Hill, where the Citadel, a saintly monument, and the views await. Our day ends at the recently reoponed Royal Gardens Bazaar. Built between 1875 and 1888, the new cultural space brings back old glamour. Enjoy dinner on your own, or join an optional group dinner at what has been helmed as one of the best restaurants in the city.

Dobro jutro – that’s good morning in Slovenian! We have a 5-hour drive to a seriously glamorous campsite at Lake Bled. Bags dropped off, we’ll head to Lake Bohinj, which you can explore by standup paddle-board or electric boat. Dinner will be served in town, then you can gather 'round the campfire before retiring to your haute hut.

Take a gondola ride up Vogel Mountain for lunch, then we’ll head to Lake Bled to visit its castle, and enjoy a traditional Pletna boat ride. We’ll head into town for an optional dinner, followed by another night at camp – why not give your private wood-burning hot tub a whirl before bed?

Leave the camping behind – we’re off to the big city! En route we’ll visit the Postojna Caves. With 5 kilometres of tunnels to explore, nothing but water has fused the ‘karstic' cavern formations. We also stop at Predjama – the largest cave castle in the world – built right into a cliff. Once in Ljubljana, we’ll check into one of our favourite boutique hotels before a walking tour of the old town, and a gourmet dinner at Ljubljana Castle in Archer's Tower. The restaurant has been internationally recognized for the awarded chef's high-end Slovenian fare.

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure, then take the morning to explore this pedestrian-friendly capital on your own. At noon we’re off to the Goriška Brda wine region. Our day includes views to admire from the lookout in Gonjače, a visit to the quaint village (and historic monument) Šmartno, and a private wine tasting with a boutique producer. Tonight, we’ll get an authentic taste of rural Slovenia with a Farm-to-Table Farewell Dinner before we head back to the city.

As the last day of our tour, there are no activities planned. Transfer details to the airport – or Zagreb if joining our Croatian cruise – will be provided. NOTE: While the airport transfer is covered in your trip fees, the Zagreb transfer is not. Safe travels!

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from accommodations booked through Out Adventures 
• All activities mentioned in itinerary
• Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 5 dinners


• Expert local English-speaking guides
• Private VIP transport with bottled water onboard
• Arrival and Farewell Dinners


• International airfare
• Other activities and meals not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for guides and drivers 

• Items of a personal nature
• Visa fees
• Travel insurance – mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.

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USEFUL LINKS

GAY CITY GUIDE: Budapest
GAY CITY GUIDE: Ljubljana
HOTEL GUIDE: Budapest & Slovenia
ETCETERA: 10 Reasons to Join Us in Budapest and Slovenia
PHOTOS FROM: Slovenia
IN LINO'S WORDS: Scenes from Slovenia

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