Croatia and the Balkans

From$1999USD
15 days,Budapest to Split
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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

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)
  • Train, public bus, boat, taxi, tram, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Hotels/pensions (14 nts).

Additions Available on This Tour

Itinerary

Day 1Budapest

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Budapest/Novi Sad(1B)

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

Day 3Novi Sad/Belgrade(1B)

Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and, with time, check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade.

Day 4Belgrade(1B)

Visit the Kalemegdan Fortress then spend a free day floating down the Danube or shopping in one of the many bustling markets.

Day 5Belgrade/Sarajevo(1B)

Travel to Sarajevo, one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the region. Walk around the cobblestone streets, visit the famous Latin Bridge, and soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient place.

Day 6Sarajevo(1B)

Take an included tour of the 'Tunnel of Life' to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Spend some free time exploring the Stari Grad section and looking for 'Sarajevo Roses'.

Day 7Sarajevo/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, taking in the many reminders of what the people of this region have survived.

Day 8Mostar/Kotor(1B)

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.

Day 9Kotor(1B)

Enjoy a sea kayaking tour before free time to relax or explore. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor, relax on picturesque beaches, or visit the local mud spas.

Day 10Kotor/Dubrovnik(1B)

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.

Day 11Dubrovnik(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.

Day 12Dubrovnik/Hvar(1B)

Head to the island of Hvar. Enjoy amazing beaches, nightlife, and water sports.

Day 13Hvar(1B)

Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.

Day 14Hvar/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.

Day 15Split(1B)

Depart at any time.

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