Journey into the Balkans tour is the perfect choice for clients who would like to explore Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Serbia. Tour starts in the stunning Dubrovnik from where you will join a daily excursion to the picturesque Montenegro, and then continues to Bosnia, where you will catch a glimpse of Mostar and Sarajevo. After experiencing the Bosnian towns abound with cobblestone alleyways and oriental bazaars the trip continues to Belgrade, cosmopolitan capital of Serbia and stops in Novi Sad - Serbia\'s second largest city located on the Danube river. From here journey takes you to Croatian towns of Osijek and Vukovar and concludes in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.
Summer 2020 Departures
The tour departs Saturday on the following dates - May: 16, 23, 30 • Jun: 06, 13, 20, 27 • Jul: 04, 11, 18, 25 • Aug: 15, 22, 29 • Sep: 12, 19, 26 • Oct: 03, 10
DAY 1 Saturday: Dubrovnik - Arrival
Arrive from UK and settle at your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area (Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* or similar).
DAY 2 Sunday: Dubrovnik
Let the guided city tour of Dubrovnik Old Town weave the story of its history and its present into the splendid fabric of fine architecture and magnificent city walls. Starting from Pile square on the eastern side of Dubrovnik Old Town, embark on a walking tour through the maze of narrow streets, lively piazzas, and stunning palaces like Sponza and churches like St. Blaise. Enjoy the moderate tempo of your walk as you stroll down the main thoroughfare of Stradun, all the way to the Cathedral and the Rector’s Palace, where you will discover a fine synergy between governance and faith which kept Dubrovnik afloat as the independent Republic of Ragusa for 450 years. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area (Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* or similar).
DAY 3 Monday: Dubrovnik - Excursion to Montenegro
From Dubrovnik, visit off-the-beaten-path Montenegro, a diminutive southeast European country that boasts big things: the UNESCO-World Heritage-listed Bay of Kotor, the walled seaside town of Budva, and the eye-pleasing city of Kotor, situated within Europe’s southernmost fjord. Have some free time to explore Kotor and Budva on your own and then enjoy a ferry ride across the Bay of Kotor on your way back to Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area (Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* or similar).
DAY 4 Tuesday: Dubrovnik - Mostar - Sarajevo
Morning departure to Mostar, city of bridges, where the traveller from the south gets the first glimpse of the continent beyond. Orientational walk with your tour leader in Mostar and free time for lunch. Departure to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is one of the historically most interesting cities in Europe. It is the place where the Western & the Eastern Roman Empire split and where the people of the Orthodox East, the Ottoman South and the Roman Catholic West met, both an example of the clash of civilizations and of historical turbulences and a beacon of hope for peace and tolerance, reached through multi-cultural integration. City tour of Sarajevo upon arrival. Dinner and overnight in Sarajevo/Sarajevo area (Hotel Colors 4* or similar).
DAY 5 Wednesday: Sarajevo - Belgrade
Morning departure to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Short break will be made in Zvornik, charming little town in the northeastern Bosnia on Drina river. Belgrade is situated at the place where the Sava joins the Danube River. There are spots in Belgrade you must definitely see and feel. Streets, squares, monuments, parks, fountains, archaeological sites. Many of them have been given the status of cultural assets. Upon arrival a guided tour of this beautiful city between two rivers famous by its sunsets. Dinner and overnight in Belgrade (Hotel Zira 4* or similar).
DAY 6 Thursday: Belgrade - Novi Sad - Osijek/Vukovar
Morning departure to Novi Sad (Serbia\'s second largest city), located on the Danube river. Novi Sad\'s position at one of the continent\'s true crossroads and history as a multinational commercial and transit centre has left it endowed with historical and cultural sights that even much larger cities have difficulty matching. Novi Sad has much to boast about, from the imposing fortress on the opposite bank to the churches representing numerous denominations throughout the old town\'s exceedingly pleasant pedestrian zone to several unheralded but noteworthy museums and art galleries. The local guide will show you all „must see“ locations. After the guided tour of Novi Sad we will continue towards Ilok. You will have the opportunity to taste wines in one of the famous Croatia wine cellars “Ilo?ki Podrumi” followed by traditional lunch. On our way to Osijek we will stop in Vukovar, which is the biggest Croatian river port located at the confluence of the Vuka River in Danube, a town also known as a symbol of the Croatian war for independence, as it arose from the ashes of the \'90s into the proud city that it is today. In the late afternoon hours we will end this day. Overnight in Osijek or Vukovar (Hotel Osijek 4* or similar).
DAY 7 Friday: Osijek/Vukovar - Zagreb
You will start you morning with the city tour of Osijek. Osijek Pancake - flat, rich in rivers, Slavonia has unique natural wonders and delicious regional cuisine that will take your breath away: endless plains, the intense yellow of its corn and sunflower fields, the flavours of its cuisine that will make all your senses travel.... Osijek, the largest city in eastern Croatia, beautifully settled on the banks of the Drava River. Osijek remains a popular tourist destination for its Baroque style, open spaces and lots of recreational opportunities. Located in one of the most fertile and most certainly the biggest agricultural areas of Croatia, the town is its semi-official gastronomic capital. City tour passes by the Cathedral and the Tvrdja (Old Fort). We are continuing our drive and the first thing you see when approaching Djakovo from either side is the brightness of the bricks of the two towers and cupolas of its Cathedral, beauty of which welcomes the visitors. After the visit, departure towards Zagreb followed by a visit to the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela for a lunch/no drinks included/ of the products of the Pannonia soil. Upon arrival sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatian capital city, gives you the opportunity to see the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical centre, St Mark’s church with its multi-coloured roof, the Cathedral, Croatian National Theatre and the University. Through the carved facades of buildings and baroque churches, you will see many green spaces and terraces of cafes where the locals like to gather. Overnight in Zagreb/Zagreb area (Hotel Astoria 4* or similar).
DAY 8 Saturday: Zagreb - Departure
Transfer to Zagreb Airport for your homeward journey.