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Southern Europe is trending


Forward bookings on the rise indicate 2019 will be a massive year, says Europe Holidays’ Chip Popescu.

Europe Holidays predicts 2019 is going to be a bumper year for Australians travelling to Europe, with forward bookings 85% up on last year. Croatia, Italy and Spain are experiencing particularly high demand.

 

Europe Holidays MD Chip Popescu attributes the growth to greater awareness from popular culture, such as Game of Thrones, and an increasing number of Australians travelling generally. 

 

“We’re a more adventurous lot than ten, twenty years ago,” explains Popescu. “Better economic security helps, but over my 25 years in the travel industry, I’ve also noticed Australians are becoming more adventurous and happy to explore further afield.”

 

“Ten years ago around 15,000 Australians headed to Croatia. Last year there were almost 40,000 visits to the country.”

 

 

Popescu advises travellers who’d like to go to Croatia in 2019 to book their plans soon to avoid disappointment.

 

“2019 is going to be a massive year in terms of outbound visitors to Croatia and southern Europe. In fact many destinations are heavily booked, and are asking for 100% deposit up front, as the demand is so great.”

 

“For practically the first time ever, we’re already taking forward bookings for two years out, rather than next year, as people try to make sure they’re getting their first choice.”

 

Popescu’s advice for those who have not already made arrangements is to not despair.

 

“There are plenty of other great European experiences available, so if you’re not able to get the dates you want to Croatia, Italy or Spain, consider some of their nearest neighbours who are not as oversubscribed yet. Bosnia & Herzegovina is my personal pick as the ‘next big thing’. With its stunning mountain landscapes, its cosmopolitan centre, Sarajevo, and its bridging of East and West, Bosnia is an intriguing destination well worth exploring. Montenegro also shares many of the same spectacular qualities as Croatia.”

 

 

Europe Holidays still has limited availability on a number of its Croatian escorted tour itineraries for 2019 – two of which include a nine day / eight night Dalmatian Sunshine tour that includes Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna Cave, Bled, Ljubljana and Zagreb, and an eleven day/ten night Dubrovnik to Venice option that incorporates Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Ljubljana, Bled and Venice.

 

Dalmatian Sunshine

Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna Cave, Bled, Ljubljana and Zagreb

Highlights of this 9 day / 8 night journey, from $2,322 pp/twin share include:

  • A morning walking tour of old Dubrovnik to the splendours of the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column, Sponza Palace, the Dominican Monastery, and Franciscan Monastery 
  • Views of the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages, and city tour of Split including the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace
  • A visit to the artistic centre of Trogir
  • Touring one of the largest caves in Europe via miniature electric train, in Postojna
  • Sightseeing amid the Julian Alps, which features the imposing Bled Castle perched high on the clifftops above the lake. Join in a new option for 2019, with an excursion to the small island in the middle of the lake and a side trip to Bohinj
  • Taking in the sights of the old city centre, including the picturesque open-air Central Market, Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba's Fountain in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana
  • Time in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, to marvel at the renowned historic buildings and explore the winding streets of the old town

The escorted package tour includes:

  • First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • Service charges and hotel taxes
  • Breakfast daily and 5 dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional English speaking tour director
  • Luggage handling
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Service charges and hotel taxes

 

Dubrovnik to Venice

Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Ljubljana, Bled and Venice

Over the course of this 11 day / 10 night tour, which starts from $3,262 per person twin share, the journey includes:

  • An excursion to neighbouring Montenegro, with a visit to the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor (Southern Europe’s longest and deepest fjord), and a boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks, one of two islets set off the coast of the charming coastal town of Perast
  • A full day in Plitvice Lakes National Park, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains
  • Enjoying an orientation tour of the former Imperial resort city of Opatija
  • A drive through Southern Italy to the seaport of Trieste with a visit to the spectacular Miramare Castle perched overlooking the Adriatic, which was built by the Habsburg monarchy for Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximillian and his wife Charlotte of Belgium 
  • A walking tour of the major highlights of Venice, including t. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, Bell Tower, and Bridge of Sighs

This escorted tour includes:

  • First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • Service charges and hotel taxes
  • Breakfast daily and 6 dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional English speaking tour director
  • Luggage handling
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Service charges and hotel taxes

 


Published: 21 September 2018


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