The highlights of Balkan

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  • 2 Weeks
  • Belgrade, Dubrovnik, Kumrovec, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Mostar, Opatija, Oplenac, Plitvice Lake, Postojna, Sarajevo, Split, Zadar, Zagreb, Zvornik

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Belgrade – the most vibrant city in this part of Europe
Zagreb – the capital of Croatia
Plitvice lakes – is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe
Bled – one of the finest Alpine resorts, lake of a stunning beauty
Ljubljana – the capital of Slovenia located between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea
Sarajevo – the city is famous for its traditional cultural and religious diversity
Beatiful pearls of Croatian coast – Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik
Postojna – a magnificent underground world of limestone caves (UNESCO World Heritage site)

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Price Includes

  • Travel by air conditioned coach
  • Airport transfers in Zagreb and Belgrade
  • The service of a licensed guide
  • Hotel accommodation in Zagreb, Opatija, Zadar, Dubrovnik in Croatia
  • Hotel accommodation in Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • Hotel accommodation in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Hotel accommodation in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Full day excursions and tickets as per program
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
  • Dining highlights: breakfast daily, 4 dinners at local restaurants, “Farewell Dinner” in Belgrade bohemian quarter Skadarlija.
  • Tickets to sites as per programme.

Day 1Zagreb


Upon your arrival to Zagreb you’ll be met at the Airport and taken to our Hotel. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the city before we all get together for our included Dinner.

Day 3Zagreb – Ljubljana – Lake Bled


A short drive this morning will bring us to Slovenia and its capital Ljubljana. Ljubljana’s geographical position has governed its colourful past, since it is situated on a natural passage leading from the Alps to the Mediterranean and towards the East. Its interesting history will be revealed during your walking sightseeing tour with a local guide who will also show you the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum and the Three Bridges Square. Later we continue to Bled and its picturesque glacial Lake Bled. Walk around its paved shore or take a traditional boat called Pletna to the island where you can ring the famous bell and make a wish inside the pilgrimage church.

Day 5Opatija – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar


Admire some beautiful landscapes today as we travel to the forested National Park of Plitvice. This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site will be shown to you on your walking tour with a Park Ranger. See lakes of crystal clear water in many colourful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls. Tonight we are back to the Adriatic coast as we stay in the historical city of Zadar. Recently voted 'European best destination in 2016', it is a city full of tradition and modernity, a city which opens to the Adriatic sea. Stroll along the waterfront and hear the amazing sound of the "sea organ" while watching "the most beautiful sunset in the world" Alfred Hitchcock.

Day 7Dubrovnik Sightseeing and time at leisure


Dubrovnik, dubbed “pearl of the Adriatic”, has one of the best preserved walls of any European medieval fortified city. With our local guide we walk through its narrow paved streets seeing the Onofrio’s fountain, church of St. Blaise , Rector’s Palace and visit the Franciscan Monastery where you can see one of the oldest functioning Pharmacies on the Continent. The rest of the day spend individually sightseeing, scaling the old city walls or simply relaxing by the pool or on the beach. This evening enjoy the sunset cruise followed by a delicious dinner at the sea-food restaurant with the most beautiful views over this incredible city.

Day 9Sarajevo – Zvornik – Belgrade


This morning we travel through dramatic landscapes of Bosnia and the settlements visibly still affected by the recent war fighting. In town of Zvornik we cross the river Drina and enter into Serbia. Tonight in Belgrade we dine at the Restaurant in the Bohemian quarter of the city with a live traditional Serbian music.

Day 11Depart Belgrade


Say goodbye to your fellow travellers this morning as your holiday comes to an end and we transfers you to the Airport.

Day 2Zagreb sightseeing – Kumrovec – Highlight Dinner


After breakfast we will explore the capital of Croatia with our local guide. The city grew out of two medieval communities, Kaptol and Gradec, each sited on a hill and divided by a river long since dried up. We visit the Cathedral and the Open Market called Dolac and see St Mark’s church before we are given some free time in the city’s main square Ban Jelacic for further exploration. Later in the afternoon a scenic drive out of Zagreb brings us to the village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito, where you’ll explore his house, now a museum. Then we have the opportunity to enjoy a “Highlight Regional Dinner” of local specialities in a picturesque restaurant, with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside before we return to Zagreb.

Day 4Lake Bled – Postojna – Opatija


Deep beneath the Slovenian Karst lies a magnificent underground world of limestone caves. Shaped by nature over millions of years, this UNESCO World Heritage site is visited by thousands every year. During your 90 minute guided tour, you’ll travel by electric mini-train through a maze of mysterious corridors before exploring the vast limestone caverns by foot. Then we return to Croatia and soon reach one of the most elegant resorts of the Istrian Peninsula, the town of Opatija. By the end of 19th century it became a fashionable destination for the Austrian imperial family and Austrian nobility. Due to its raised profile more luxury hotels and villas were built.

Day 6Zadar – Split – Dubrovnik


Our first stop this morning is in Split, the largest city in Dalmatia. Meet your local guide for a fascinating tour of the UNESCO World Heritage designated Diocletian's Palace. Visit the substructure, Cathedral and the Baptistery of Split, once the Temple of Jupiter. Then you can explore the open-air Market or stroll along the city’s promenade (Riva) before we continue our journey along the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik.

Day 8Dubrovnik – Mostar – Sarajevo


After leaving the coast we enter Bosnia and Herzegovina and proceed to the city of Mostar. We walk across the Old Mostar Bridge, a UNESCO listed monument and learn about the city’s turbulent history. Later travelling through spectacular scenery of Neretva river canyon and the Bosnian mountains and reach Sarajevo. This is the place where East meets West and where the very strong influence of Oriental Turkish culture and architecture could be seen during your walking tour through the Bascarsija, the Old Town. Here you will also enjoy a delicious grilled meat Dinner at one of the traditional Restaurants.

Day 10Belgrade sightseeing – Oplenac Monastery


Built on the confluence of two mighty rivers, Sava and Danube, Belgrade has seen many different rulers over its very long history about which we will learn from our local guide during a walking tour through the grounds of Belgrade Fortress at Kalemegdan park. Later we will visit the St Sava Temple, allegedly the largest Christian Orthodox church in the Balkans and see more of the city’s major sights like the City Hall, National Theatre and National Assembly. In the afternoon we travel to the very impressive Monastery of Oplenac (3500sqm of mosaics with nearly 40 million coloured pieces of glass) where all of the Serbian Royalty are buried. At the nearby famous Restaurant Aleksandar we celebrate our “Farewell Dinner” before returning to Belgrade.

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