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Budapest & Slovenia: Castles, Caves & Culinary Escapades

A Gorgeous Gay Budapest & Slovenia Getaway

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


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walking and bus tours of Budapest’s architecture
  • Wine and cheese cruise on the Danube River
  • Backstage tour of Budapest’s Opera House
  • Unwind at the a Turkish-style bath
  • 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

DATES AND PRICES

Jun. 26 - Jul. 3, 2020 (From $4,795.00 USD)
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $4,795.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,080.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit / Balance Due 90 Days before trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Gabor
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Budapest

Szia – welcome to Hungary and big gay Budapest. 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 lovely walk and 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.

Day 2 Budapest
Day 3 Budapest

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. We then cross the Danube to spend the afternoon exploring Buda where the Citadel, a saintly monument, and the views await. Our day ends at the recently reopened Royal Gardens Bazaar. Built between 1875 and 1888, the new cultural space brings back old glamour. The remainder of the evening is free, but for those interested we’ll enjoy an optional evening at a public bath, followed by dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 Budapest / Lake Bohinj / Lake Bled

Dobro jutro – that’s good morning in Slovenian! We have a 5-hour (ish) drive to a seriously glamorous campsite at Lake Bled. Bags dropped off, we’ll head on a traditional pletna boat ride to Bled Church, followed by dinner at Bled Castle. Returning to our campsite we’ll release our inner lumberjacks while enjoying our private wood-burning hot tubs, or perhaps a bonfire.

Day 5 Lake Bled

After a leisurely morning we’ll stop at Bohinj Church before taking a gondola ride up Vogel Mountain for a simple, but delicious lunch. We’ll head back to Bled for an easier-than-you’re-expecting stand up paddle excursion, followed by a totally free evening. For those interested, we’ll head into town for an optional dinner, followed by another night at camp.

Day 6 Postonja / Predjama / Ljubljana

Leave the camping behind – we’re off to the big city! En route we’ll stop in the Goriška Brda wine region where we’ll admire the Tuscan-like view from the lookout in Gonjače, visit the quaint village (and historic monument) Šmartno, and enjoy a private wine tasting and local lunch. Once in Ljubljana, we’ll check into one of our favourite boutique hotels before a walking tour of the old town followed by sparkling wine and canapés on a private river cruise. The remainder of the evening is free to wander the city.

Day 7 Ljubljana

This morning’s excursion takes us to 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. After a simple lunch we head back to the city for free time to explore this pedestrian-friendly capital on your own. Tonight, we reconvene for a funicular ride to Ljubljana Castle where we’ll enjoy a fabulous Farewell Dinner.

Day 8 Ljubljana

As the last day of our gay Budapest & Slovenia 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!


GUIDES AND HOSTS

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel
  • All activities mentioned in itinerary
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Expert local English-speaking guides
  • Private VIP transport with bottled water onboard

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International airfare
  • Other activities and meals not mentioned in the gay Budapest & Slovenia itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance – mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.

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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Budapest
Hotel Moments
Superior Room
Budapest
Hotel Moments
Superior Room, Bathroom
Lake Bled
Gozdne Vile Glamping
Glamping Hut
Lake Bled
Gozdne Vile Glamping
Personal Hot Tub
Lake Bled
Gozdne Vile Glamping
Interior
Lake Bled
Gozdne Vile Glamping
Personal Bathroom
Ljubljana
Hotel Cubo
Exterior
Ljubljana
Hotel Cubo
Double Room
Ljubljana
Hotel Cubo
Double Room



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While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.

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Accommodations

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

4-Star Hotels: Very comfortable and well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar, a fitness centre, and a pool/sauna. Customer service is very good, and there is usually a concierge.

Glamping: Expect a luxurious camping experience complete with a quality mattress, proper linens and unique extras such as a private wood fire hot tub. Bathrooms are sometimes private and usually feature hot water and a flushing toilet. Some Glamping sites even have common areas such as a cocktail bar or yoga studio.

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