GROUP TOUR: Start your Balkans adventure in Dubrovnik, where you'll experience the lively Dubrovnik Old Town and go off the beaten path in Montenegro, home to the UNESCO-listed Bay of Kotor. You'll visit the stunning city of bridges, Mostar, venture through the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, make unforgettable memories in the streets of Serbia's Belgrade, enjoy wine tasting in Ilok, and end the fun in the eclectic Zagreb.
Dubrovnik. Today begins at Pile Gate, on the eastern side of Dubrovnik Old Town. The main entrance to Old Town, Pile Gate was built in the 15th century and once had a wooden drawbridge attached. Each night, the drawbridge would be pulled up to prevent unwelcome visitors to the walled city.
From here, we will embark on a walking tour. Weaving through the maze-like narrow streets and lively piazzas, we will stop by the stunning Sponza Palace, a 16th century palace, that is now home to the Dubrovnik State Archive and holds documents dating back to the 12th century.
Next stop will be St Blaise's Church, aptly named after the patron saint of Dubrovnik, Then, we will visit Dubrovnik Cathedral - otherwise known as the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Dating back to the 12th century, it was built somewhere between the late 1600s and early 1700s on the site of previous cathedrals dating back to the 7th century.
Finally, we will visit Rector's Palace, a stunning palace that used to serve as the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa, between the 14th century and 1808. Combining intricate Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, the palace reminds visitors of the fine synergy between governance and faith that kept Dubrovnik afloat as a republic for 450 years.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Breakfast, Dinner
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Dubrovnik - Montenegro - Dubrovnik. Today will be spent exploring the picturesque Montenegro, a small European country that borders with Croatia. With breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea, we will visit the UNESCO-heritage listed Bay of Kotor and the city of Kotor.
Embraced by the Verige Strait that runs through, the Bay of Kotor was once a gateway that once provided medieval cities protection from invaders. Once inside, you'll be stunned by the winding bay, towering peaks and rocky coastline.
One of the medieval cities that lines the bay includes Kotor, which is situated in Europe's southernmost fjord. Known for its venetian waterfront fortifications, the old town is surrounded by city walls and built into a steep hillside. You will have free time to explore the stunning city on your own.
Afterwards, we will enjoy a ride across the stunning Bay of Kotor on our way back to Dubrovnik.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Breakfast, Dinner
Dubrovnik - Mostar - Sarajevo. The morning begins bright and early as we head to our first stop, Mostar. Known as the City of Bridges, Mostar is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most popular tourist destinations. Reminiscent of a fairytale, the city is made up of cobblestone paths, amazing stone buildings, and a breathtaking bridge that spans the Neretva River below.
We will have free time in Mostar, so be sure to take a walk across Old Bridge, check out the local markets, and enjoy lunch in Old Town.
After lunch, we will head to the capital city, Sarajevo. A melting pot of different cultures and religions, Sarajevo is known for its mix of architecture and countless mosques, churches and synagogues. You'll get to explore the city and its bustling bazaars with a guided city tour. Afterwards, we spend the night in Sarajevo.
Overnight: Sarajevo | Breakfast, Dinner
Sarajevo - Belgrade. Today we'll embark on a morning departure towards Sarbia's capital city, Belgrade. Along the way, we will make a short stop in Zvornik, a charming town located along northeastern Bosnia's Drina River.
After our stop, we will continue on to Belgrade, a beautiful city that sits between the Saba and Danube rivers. Famous for its sunsets, there are an abundance of sights to explore - from monuments and parks to fountains and even archeological sites. On arrival, we will enjoy a guided tour of the city before spending the night in Belgrade.
Overnight: Belgrade | Breakfast, Dinner
Novi Sad, Serbia
Belgrade - Novi Sad - Osijek or Vukovar. In the morning, we will make our way to Novi Sad, Serbia's second largest city. Located on the Danube River, Novi Sad has a colorful history and once served as an important trading, manufacturing and cultural center. After a guided tour of Novi Sad, we will head to the nearby city of Ilok.
In Ilok, you will have opportunity to taste wines in one of the famous Croatia wine cellars “Iločki Podrumi” followed by an included traditional lunch.
After lunch, we will stop in Vukovar, the biggest Croatian river port located at the confluence of Vuka River in Danube. Rebuilt after the War of Independance, the city of Vukovar serves as an important symbol of Croatian independence and resistance.
Tonight, we will stay in either Osijek or Vukovar.
Overnight: Osijek or Vukovar | Breakfast, Lunch
Osijek & Zagreb
Osijek or Vukovar - Zagreb. This morning kicks off with a city tour of Osjiek, the largest city in Eastern Croatia. Settled on the banks of the Drava River, the tour will take us past the neo-gothic style Co-cathedral and the Tvrdja (Old Fort).
We will begin our journey towards Zagreb, with a drive past the city of Djakovo, where we can admire its beautiful skyline. Djakovo is known for the two red-brick towers that make up St. Peter's Cathedral. Next stop will be the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela, where we will stop for an included meal, filled with local flavors.
In the afternoon, we will make it to Zagreb for a guided tour. Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, and there are an abundance of restaurants, bars, cafes, entertainment venues and shopping areas for you to enjoy!
We will spend the final night of the tour in Zagreb.
Overnight: Zagreb | Breakfast, Lunch
Saturday. Today marks the end of the tour. You will head to the airport for your onward flight with an included departure transfer.
Prices & Dates
'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik
The Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik is situated on the lush Babin Kuk Peninsula, just 6km away from Dubrovniks old city. Featuring air-conditioned modern and comfortable guest rooms with free Wi-Fi and equipped with private bathrooms. The hotel features an elegant outdoor swimming pool with views of the Elaphiti Islands as well as an indoor pool and array of wellness facilities. Why not sit back and relax with a cocktail in hand after exploring Dubrovnik's old city.
Hotel Colors Inn , Sarajevo
Colors Inn is located in the heart of Sarajevo and is a charming building dating from the Austro-Hungarian period. It's central location is ideal and is just a three-minute walk to the main pedestrian zone. Guest rooms provide a flat-screen cable TV, air-conditioning and a minibar, also featuring a private bathroom. Enjoy international and national cuisine in the restaurant also offering buffet breakfast daily.
Golden Tulip Zira Belgrade, Belgrade
The modern Golden Tulip Zira is located in the heart of Belgrade. Offering stylish guest rooms equipped with the most modern communication and entertainment technology. All guest rooms are non-smoking and have an LCD cable TV, a minibar and a private bathroom. Free International landline calls and free Wi-Fi access are also provided. The hotel also features a fitness centre and sauna.
Hotel Osijek, Osijek
Hotel Osijek is located next to the banks of the Drava River. It is in a stunning location, providing panoramic views and close proximity to the main city square, and surrounding parks. Each room is air-conditioned, offering spacious comfort with free WiFi, a cable TV, minibar and hairdryer. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, Zimska Luka, which overlooks the peaceful river. A buffet breakfast is available, as well as a la carte dishes during lunch and dinner. In addition to the on-site fitness center, there is a spa and beauty salon available that offers a wide range of hair, body and face treatments to guests.
Hotel Astoria, Zagreb
Part of Best Western's Premier range, the elegant Hotel Astoria offers a high level of comfort and style, fitting with the brand. Guests can choose from a variety of different sizes of room, each offering plush, attractive furniture and a range of modern amenities, including a minibar and satellite TV. The hotel's Ragusa restaurant has a great ambiance and serves a wonderful selection of local and international dishes. The accommodation is conveniently located just 300m from the train station and offers free parking for guests.