Trail of the Lipizzaners 2018
15 Days | Departs 28 Aug 2018
Tour Dates: 28 Aug – 11 Sep 2018

Overview

ON THE TRAIL OF THE LIPIZZANER STALLIONS 2018

A “must-do” tour for lovers of this beautiful breed of horses

Join us in this leisurely-paced small-group tour that travels through the beautiful scenery of Austria and Slovenia. We’ll visit the “birthplace” of the Lipizzaners in Lipica (Slovenia), including a guided tour of the stud, a performance in the indoor arena and a carriage ride through the estate.  En-route you will see wonderful scenery and visit the “Pearl of Slovenia’’, Lake Bled.

The current home of the Lipizzaner’s is the Federal Lipizzaner Stud in Piber, Austria. Here we have a private tour of the stables, riding arena, carriage museum and a carriage ride through the estate. In the afternoon we visit the mountain pastures where we see the young stallions that have been here throughout the summer.  The tour will culminate with VIP seats at a gala performance in the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, followed by a private tour of the stables.

Along the way you will enjoy guided city tours in Salzburg, Postojna, Lipica, Piber and Vienna. There will be time to explore and will enjoy local food at some of the best restaurants.

Places on the Trail of the Lipizzaner Stallions tour for 2018 are strictly limited due to tickets. If you would like to register your interest in joining this tour or would like further information please feel free to contact us via email to info@snaffletravel.com.au or call 03 5428-6061 or 0427 286061.

Tour Highlights

  • Arrival transfer from Munich Airport to Salzburg
  • 14 night’s accommodation in the hotels listed or similar
  • Buffet breakfast daily at all hotels
  • Evening meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary, including entrance fees where necessary
  • Travel in comfortable touring coach with English-speaking driver
  • English-speaking Tour Manager
  • Services of local city guides where necessary
  • All local Tourist and government taxes

Not included

  • International fights and Travel to Munich/from Vienna
  • Departure transfer in Vienna
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary, drinks with meals
  • Personal spending money
  • Room charges, bar bills, telephone/internet charges, laundry

Tour Price:   $5,895.00 per person twin or double share**

                            $6,880.00 per person single room occupancy**

**Conditions apply and prices are subject to currency fluctuation**

Itinerary

day1Tuesday 28 August 2018
(B,D) Arrive Munich/Salzburg

Arrival in Munich Airport. Shared transfers will be available based on your flight arrival time. Check-in at the Wyndham Hotel in Salzburg. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.  

(B,D) Thursday 30 August 2018
Salzburg – Smartno

This morning we meet our tour driver and coach for the journey to Smartno in Slovenia. This rural community lies just west of the Julian Alps. The village is sometimes referred to as the “eagles nest” because of its domination over the countryside. Tonight, enjoy a special meal in your hotel – the San Martin.

(B, D) Saturday 1st September 2018
Smartno – Postojna

We continue our journey through Slovenia to the township of Postojna where we check-in at the Hotel Jama. The hotel is located at the site of the famous Postojna Caves – one of the larger cave complexes in the world. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the surrounding area. This evening enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.

(B,D) Monday 3 September 2018
Postojna

Today the sightseeing is right on our doorstep. We will make a visit inside the mountain to see the wonders of this enormous cave formation. Our visit includes a train ride, walk of 2kms and a return train ride – all inside the mountain! After lunch we travel 10kms to visit Castle Cave and take a tour of this unique fortification. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.

(B,D) Wednesday 5 September 2018
Ljubljana – Bled – Ljubljana

It’s a 45kms drive to Lake Bled – the “Pearl of Slovenia”. After arrival we’ll take a pletna boat ride across the lake to the only island in Slovenia. Time here to visit the church before returning to the shore. Lunch can be taken in a local restaurant before an optional visit to nearby Vintgar Gorge where there is a 1.6km walk through amazing rock formations. Those not wanting to do this can stay in Bled to enjoy the local area. Late afternoon we return to Ljubljana for dinner.

(B) Friday 7 September 2018
Piber

Our day starts with a visit to the Federal Stud Piber. Here we have a private tour of the stables, riding arena, carriage museum and a carriage ride through the estate. This afternoon we visit the mountain pastures where we see the young stallions that have been here throughout the summer. Dinner is at your own leisure this evening.

Sunday 9 September 2018

(B) Vienna
The highlight of our tour takes place today in the Spanish Riding School arena of the Hofburg. We have front row seats in both the VIP Box and the Royal Box (make your selection at time of booking). Following this amazing event – we have a guided tour of the city and a tour through the Palace of Schonbrunn. You are at leisure for your evening meal.

Tuesday 11 September 2018

(B) Vienna
The tour finishes after breakfast at our hotel. We can assist with transfers to the airport or railway stations.

(B,D) Wednesday 29 August May 2018
Salzburg

After breakfast we have a guided walking tour of the Old Town. You then have plenty of time to explore the narrow streets and shopping arcades. This evening the group enjoys a dinner in the St. Peterskeller restaurant and afterwards a medley of Mozart operettas performed by musicians and singers from the Salzburg Mozarteum.

(B) Friday 31 August 2018
Smartno

A relaxing day today as we visit some wineries in the area. We’ll also visit the communities of Kobarid and Tolmin and visit a cheesemaking farm. The afternoon at leisure to enjoy the area around Smartno. Dinner at own expense this evening – and perhaps the group may like to eat in a restaurant in the old town.

(B) Sunday 2 September 2018
Postojna – Lipica – Postojna

Today our first connection to the Lipizzaners. We’ll travel to nearby Lipica home of the stud farm where the first Lipizzaners were bred. Our visit will include a guided tour of the stud, a performance in the indoor arena and a carriage ride through the estate. Late afternoon we return to our hotel. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

(B,D) Tuesday 4 September 2018
Postojna – Ljubljana (Slovenia)

After breakfast enjoy a short drive to the Slovenian capital where we will check-in to our hotel. The remainder of the day to enjoy sightseeing at leisure. You may want to visit the castle for a panoramic view over the city and surrounding area. Dinner at a local restaurant.

(B,D) Thursday 6 September 2018
Ljubljana – Piber

We now depart for our second Lipizzaner connection – the Federal stud in Piber. En-route we cross the Karawanken Alps into Austria – and make a stop in the lakeside township of Velden on the Worthersee. After a stop for lunch we continue to our destination and check-in at the Hotel Herold. Dinner is at our hotel this evening.

(B,D) Saturday 8 September 2018
Piber – Vienna

Today is the penultimate event of our tour. We drive just 3kms up the mountain from our hotel to the Gasthod Weindl. It’s here we’ll see the arrival of the young stallions where they are decorated for their procession down to the valley and blessing at the Church of Maria Lankowitz. Enjoy lunch before we depart for our final destination, the Austrian capital, and the Hotel de France. The evening meal will be taken in a local restaurant.

Monday 10 September 2018
Vienna

The highlight of our tour! A gala performance in the Spanish riding School!! We have secured front-row seats in the VIP Box and Royal Box in order to give you what we believe are the best views of the performance. Following the performance, we have a special guided tour of the stables, where you can meet some of the “stars” of the show. After time for lunch, we have a guided tour of Vienna and the beautiful palace of Schonbrunn. This evening at leisure to explore the historic centre of Vienna and eat at a local restaurant.

Welcome Home
End of Travel Arrangements

Enquiries: email info@snaffletravel.com.au or call us on 03 5428 6061 or 0427 286061

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