Classic: Croatia and the Balkans (EJBT)
Countries Visited: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts
Accommodations: Hotels/pensions (14 nts).
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.
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|Day 1||Budapest||Day 1 Budapest|
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Novi Sad||Day 2 Budapest/Novi Sad (1B)|
Cross into Serbia and enjoy time in the second largest city. Spend an evening wandering this cultural hub. Transport: Cross into Serbia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process. Train (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Belgrade||Day 3 Novi 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. Included Activities: Petrovaradin Fortress Visit Transport: Train (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 4||Belgrade||Day 4 Belgrade (1B)|
Opt to visit the National Theater or National Museum. The city offers a wealth of churches and cathedrals as well as an interesting Ethnographic Museum. Learn more about Serbian culture, traditions, costumes, and tools used throughout history. Included Activities: Kalemegdan Fortress Visit
|Day 5||Sarajevo||Day 5 Belgrade/Sarajevo (1B)|
Walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town while taking in the architecture of its diverse places of worship. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 6||Sarajevo||Day 6 Sarajevo (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. Included Activities: Tunnel of Life Tour
|Day 7||Mostar||Day 7 Sarajevo/Mostar (1B)|
After visiting the bridge, wander through the small streets and opt to sit in a cafE, enjoying the laid-back atmosphere. For a sobering look into the citys recent history, wander through town, passing buildings still riddled with bullet holes. Visit a bank that was completely destroyed during the war and past houses in shambles. While life continues and progress is made, these sights remain as reminders of the evils of war. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)
|Day 8||Kotor||Day 8 Mostar/Kotor (1B)|
Arrive in time to start exploring this gorgeous area. If relaxing is more your style, the beaches of Herceg Novi offer a great escape. There are also local mud therapy spas nearby to test the natural healing properties of the areas sand. Transport: Cross into Montenegro. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process. Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 190km)
|Day 9||Kotor||Day 9 Kotor (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. Included Activities: Sea Kayaking
|Day 10||Dubrovnik||Day 10 Kotor/Dubrovnik (1B)|
The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos and the seaside caFes serve up tasty seafood. Transport: Cross into Croatia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process. Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 100km)
|Day 11||Dubrovnik||Day 11 Dubrovnik (1B)|
Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.
|Day 12||Hvar||Day 12 Dubrovnik/Hvar (1B)|
Filled with sunshine, the beautiful island is known for its lavender fields and vineyards in the interior and detailed Venetian-inspired architecture in the towns. Transport: Hop on a ferry from Dubrovnik to beautiful Hvar. Ferry (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 13||Hvar||Day 13 Hvar (1B)|
Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands. Included Activities: Pakleni Islands Boat Ride
|Day 14||Split||Day 14 Hvar/Split (1B)|
Opt to visit the local market and gobble up some Croatian delicacies. For a little more activity, visit Marjans peak with gorgeous views over the city or hit up some of the hiking and biking trails in the area. Included Activities: Diocletians Palace Guided Walk Transport: Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 15||Split||Day 15 Split (1B)|
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.