Croatia and the Balkans

15 days,Budapest to Split

Kayak to tiny islands in the crystal waters of the Bay of Kotor, enjoy beach time in Hvar, explore the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian on a guided tour

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The Balkans are just getting noticed as a great European travel destination - we can’t believe it took so long! Situated on the balmy shores of the Adriatic and home to some of the most wondrous landscapes, monuments and villages you’ll ever see, this part of the world still feels like a well-kept secret. This adventure showcases the region’s compelling history and scenery and allows time for outdoor pursuits like kayaking and hiking. You may not know much about Croatia and the Balkans now, but once you’ve been, you’ll be hard-pressed to stop talking about them.

What's Included

  • Petrovaradin Fortress visit (Novi Sad). Kalemegdan Fortress visit (Belgrade). 'Tunnel of Life' tour (Sarajevo). Sea kayaking trip (Bay of Kotor). Beach time in Hvar. Scenic boat ride around Pakleni islands. Diocletian's Palace guided tour (Split). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 14 breakfasts. (Allow EUR335-440 for meals not included)
  • Hotels/pensions (14 nts).
  • Train, public bus, boat, taxi, tram, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
Day 1 Budapest

Arrive at any time. We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city. With many sightseeing options – like the the Royal Palace, St Matthias Church and Castle Hill with its old town – any extra time here will be well-used.

Day 2 Novi Sad (1B)

After a full day's train journey, arrive to Novi Sad. Enjoy the first opportunity for Serbian cuisine.

Days 3-4 Belgrade (2B)

Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and with time, visit the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade. Visit the Kalemegdan Fortress and opt to float down the Danube or shop in one of the many bustling markets.

Days 5-6 Sarajevo (2B)

Travel to Sarajevo, one of the most beautiful, diverse cities in the region. Take an included tour of the 'Tunnel of Life' to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Walk around the cobblestoned streets, visit the famous Latin Bridge and soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient place.

Day 7 Mostar (1B)

Travel through beautiful countryside to reach charming Mostar. The city's symbol, a beautiful reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge, is a reminder of the tenacity of Bosnians in recent times. Wander the old city and visit the new, with reminders all over of what the people of the region have survived.

Days 8-9 Herceg Novi (Bay of Kotor) (2B)

Continue on to Montenegro and arrive to the Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage-listed region. There is free time here to relax or explore as desired. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor, float through the lush landscape by sea kayak or visit the local mud spas to heal what ails you.

Days 10-11 Dubrovnik (2B)

Travel to Croatia and experience the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' in Dubrovnik. Choose to relax in one of the many cafés, explore the old town fortifications or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos and the seaside cafés serve up tasty seafood.

Days 12-13 Hvar (2B)

Enjoy amazing beaches, nightlife and water sports on this beautiful island. On Day 13, soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.

Day 14 Split (1B)

Ferry back to the mainland and arrive to Split. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO site at Diocletian's Palace. Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town, visit the local market and gobble up some Croatian delicacies. For a little more activity, visit Marjan's peak with gorgeous views over the city or hit up some of the hiking and biking trails in the area.

Day 15 Split (1B)

Depart at any time. We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

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