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Best of the Balkans

10 Days 2 Countries 5 Cities

Explore Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during this in-depth journey.

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      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Admire the charming medieval cities and extraordinary natural beauty of the Balkans with sightseeing in the historic centres of Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split. You'll also see the vivid emerald green lakes and dramatic waterfalls in the beautiful Plitvice National Park.


      Trip type: CostSaver i

      Trip code: HCBH

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      13 Meals
      • 9 Buffet breakfasts

      • 4 Three-course dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Zagreb
          Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, St Mark's Church, and the Opera House

        • Sarajevo
          Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes the Old Town

        • Mostar
          See the historic bridge and visit the Bazaar with a Local Specialist

        • Dubrovnik
          Sightseeing tour with Local Specialist includes a visit of the Old City. See the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries

        • Split
          See the Diocletian's Palace with your Local Specialist

        • Plitvice National Park
          See the waterfalls and lakes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Specialist


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 Buffet breakfasts

        • 4 Three-course dinners


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      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • City orientation tours

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

        • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Best of the Balkans

      Your Itinerary

      1. Arrive Zagreb (2 Nights)

      Welcome to Zagreb. Spend the afternoon relaxing or take a stroll. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an included dinner.

      Meal(s)
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Panorama

      2. Zagreb Sightseeing and Free Time

      Zagreb is a traditional medieval European city with a wealth of historic monuments. Your Local Specialist shows you the highlights including the Upper and Lower town, vibrant marketplace, the majestic cathedral, St. Mark's Church and the Opera House. Spend free time exploring the winding streets of the Old Town or consider an Optional Experience into the surrounding countryside.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Kumrovec with Food and Drinks

      A scenic drive out of Zagreb with our Local Specialist brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. You’ll see his house, now a museum, and have time to explore the museum village. Later, share a meal of delicious regional specialities in a picturesque restaurant with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

      Adult Price: €62.00

      3. Zagreb – Sarajevo Sightseeing

      Travel south from Croatia into Bosnia-Herzegovina before arriving in the fascinating capital city Sarajevo. Due to its rich religious and cultural history, Sarajevo is often called the Jerusalem of Europe. The city contains synagogues, mosques, orthodox as well as Catholic churches - within a few square blocks. In 1914, the city was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which prompted the start of the First World War. Your Local Specialist will show you the important sights. Tonight, choose to dine with local Sarajevans.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Hollywood

      Optional Experiences

      Sarajevo Home Hosted Evening

      Enjoy a true insight into local culture as you’re invited into a Sarajevo local's home, to savour warm hospitality and tasty traditional cuisine. There’ll be no more than several guests with each family, ensuring a cosy and memorable evening. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.

      Adult Price: €56.00

      Traditional Bosnian Dinner with Entertainment

      Enjoy a typical Bosnian evening in an authentic restaurant, famous for its local cuisine, accompanied with lively entertainment, to ensure an unforgettable final evening in Sarajevo.

      Adult Price: €49.00

      4. Sarajevo – Medjugorje – Mostar

      Today, leave Sarajevo and travel through dramatic mountainous scenery to Medjugorje. Since 1981 it has become a popular site of religious pilgrimage due to reports of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local Catholics. Later, travel to Mostar where you'll meet your Local Specialist. This city is named after its Old Bridge, the 'Stari Most', built by Sinan the great Ottoman architect. It is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognisable landmarks. Destroyed during the war it has been rebuilt using the same methods as during the 16th century. You will also visit the Bazaar and see the Mosque.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      City Hotel

      Optional Experiences

      Mystical Blagaj

      Journey with your Local Specialist through the picturesque Old Tsar vineyards and magnificent valleys of fruit trees, to the town of Blagaj, famous for the natural spring of the Buna River, the largest karst spring in Europe and one of the most mystical cultural and historical monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We'll visit a well-preserved 17th-century Ottoman House, a living museum, where we can sample the famous Bosnian coffee and enjoy a guided tour of the surroundings.

      Adult Price: €43.00

      5. Mostar – Dubrovnik Sightseeing (2 Nights)

      This morning, travel towards the Dalmatian coast and the spectacular medieval city of Dubrovnik. Enjoy a sightseeing walking tour of the main sights with a Local Specialist. Admire the Rector's Palace, the city walls, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Adria

      Optional Experiences

      Sunset Cruise And Dinner

      Our sunset cruise takes us along the spectacular Dalmatian coast to one of the secluded bays where we'll enjoy a delicious local dinner with drinks. To complete the evening, we'll cruise outside the old city walls and explore the beautiful illuminated city of Dubrovnik, before returning by coach to our hotel. (n.b. This optional is weather dependent and may not be available on all departures)

      Adult Price: €57.00

      6. Dubrovnik – Free Day or Optional Experience to Montenegro

      Enjoy a free day in Dubrovnik to explore at your own pace. Consider taking an Optional Experience to the Republic of Montenegro. Dine tonight at your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Montenegro Adventure

      We drive south along the Adriatic coast into the country of Montenegro. At the border we meet our Local Specialist, and embark on a panoramic boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks island, constructed by local sailors over six centuries in veneration of a holy relic discovery. Afterwards we sail across the Bay of Kotor, past spectacular fjord-like scenery, approaching the fortified town of Kotor, surrounded with steep mountains and protected by UNESCO. After a guided walking tour, we will have free time to enjoy delicious local cuisine and buy last Montenegrin souvenirs before returning to Dubrovnik. Please see the Visa Information section of this document.

      Adult Price: €61.00

      7. Dubrovnik – Split (2 Nights)

      Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour with a Local Specialist featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. See the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, the Peristyle and the cathedral.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Katarina

      Optional Experiences

      Traditional Konoba Dinner

      If you want to truly experience Dalmatian cuisine, a dinner in a traditional stone basement 'konoba' is the best choice. You’ll select from a variety of seafood or meats accompanied by Dalmatian wines and typical live music, which will add a traditional touch to the end of your journey on the Croatian Adriatic coastline.

      Adult Price: €51.00

      8. Split Free Day

      Enjoy exploring Split, take a stroll along the beaches or join an Optional Experience to one of the Dalmatian Islands.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Jewel of the Adriatic

      A memorable day trip to Hvar, one of the most beautiful islands in the Croatian archipelago. Embarking on a boat ride from Split harbour, we'll explore the historic Hvar Old Town on foot with our Local Specialist. You'll spend free time relaxing along one of the seafront restaurants or soaking up the stunning views from the Venetian hilltop fortress. At the end of the day, we'll sail back over the Adriatic on our return to Split. Note: during May or September, Hvar may be substituted for Brac.

      Adult Price: €71.00

      9. Split – Plitvice – Zagreb

      This morning travel to the forested National Park of Plitvice. Admire the breathtaking waterfalls and lakes of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site on your walking tour with a Local Specialist. See lakes of crystal-clear water in colourful shades of green, grey and blue, linked by spectacular waterfalls. This evening, arrive at your hotel in Zagreb, where you dine tonight.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Panorama

      10. Depart Zagreb

      Say farewell to your companions as this trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Available Departures

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Zagreb
          Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, St Mark's Church, and the Opera House

        • Sarajevo
          Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes the Old Town

        • Mostar
          See the historic bridge and visit the Bazaar with a Local Specialist

        • Dubrovnik
          Sightseeing tour with Local Specialist includes a visit of the Old City. See the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries

        • Split
          See the Diocletian's Palace with your Local Specialist

        • Plitvice National Park
          See the waterfalls and lakes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your Local Specialist


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 Buffet breakfasts

        • 4 Three-course dinners


      BestoftheBalkans DiningHighlight 627797700

      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • City orientation tours

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

        • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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