Best of Croatia & Bosnia - 8 Days
COACH TOUR: A captivating journey through Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovnia, both steeped in medieval history, culture and natural beauty. See the bridge of Mostar, a new and vibrant Sarajevo, Zagreb and beautiful Plitvice Lakes before returning to Dubrovnik for a little R&R.
Sunday. Welcome to Dubrovnik and the start of your holiday. Included transfer the airport to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Dinner
Mostar & Sarajevo
Dubrovnik – Mostar – Sarajevo. This morning we drive to Mostar, named after the bridge keepers who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva River. The Old Bridge, commissioned by the sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557, rebuilt in 2003 is still one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture. After an orientational walk of the city and free time for lunch we drive onward to Sarajevo.
Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the historically most interesting cities in Europe. It is a place where the Western and Eastern Roman Empire split; where the people of the Roman Catholic west, Eastern Orthodox east and the Ottoman south, met, lived and warred. Throughout the ages it has been both an example of sectarianism and multi-cultural integration. Today, Sarajevo is very likable, vibrant and cosmopolitan place to live. City tour upon arrival.
Overnight: Sarajevo | Breakfast, Dinner
Osijek & Vuvovar
Sarajevo – Osijek – Vukovar. Morning departure to Osijek, a mid sized city beautifully nestled upon the banks of the river Drava. The fortified city centre (Tvrdja) daties back to the 18th century, and boasts the splendidly neo-Gothic Church of St Peter and St Paul and the grand Europska Avenija, along which can be seen some excellent examples of the Art Nouveau architecture popular in this part of the world in the late 19th century. Located in one of the most fertile and certainly the largest agricultural area of Croatia, the town is its semi-official gastronomic capital. We see the Cathedral and Tvrdja - city centre before travelling onward to the river port city of Vukovar settled on the meeting point of the Vuka and Danube rivers.
Overnight: Vukovar | Breakfast, Dinner
Vukovar – Zagreb. Passing through Djakovo we arrive the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela - a small rural community dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the village that dates back to 1275, before arriving to Zagreb, the nation's capital. On a sightseeing tour of Zagreb we'll have an 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. Tonight offers the opportunity for you to dine independently.
Overnight: Zagreb | Breakfast
Zagreb – Plitvice – Trogir – Split. This morning we depart for Plitvice National Park, a well known UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the 16 crystal blie lakes that cascade into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Walk on the wooden promenades with magnificent views on the waters where every turn leads to breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense woods, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty.
On the road to Split, a short stop is made at the UNESCO protected town of Trogir. St. Lawrence's Cathedral with its western facing entrance - a masterpiece of Radovan, represent the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia.
Overnight: Split | Breakfast, Dinner
Split - Dubrovnik. After breakfast, we take a city tour of Split to uncover the secrets of the UNESCO protected Diocletian's Palace with its charming little streets, the peristyle open collonade and court, Jupiter's Temple and the cathedral.
Leaving Split we drive south along the Dalmatian coastline, crossing the Neum Corridor of Bosnia and Herzigovnia (see info related to border crossing procedures and visa requirements in our Trip Notes) to Dubrovnik - the Jewel in the nation's crown. We tour the UNESCO listed old city with its towering fortress wall and enter the Dubrovnik Cathedral of Assumption, built in Roman Baroque architectural style. Day 7, offer free time for you to independently explore.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1
A leisurely day for you to further see the sights of this beautiful city, before included departure transfer to the airport.
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