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Hungary to Croatia - 15 days

Embark on a two week journey through Eastern Europe and discover the heart of the Balkans. Set out from vibrant Budapest through Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro to UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik exploring ancient lakes, cobbled streets and medieval cities along the way.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Budapest - capital of Hungary. The City of Spas, home to tasty Goulash and the most photographed Parliament building.
Belgrade - capital of Serbia. Straddling the Sava and Danube Rivers. Overlooked by the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel.
Skopje - capital of Macedonia. Ottoman and Byzantine architecture combined with modern kitschy buildings make it a very eclectic city!
Tirana - capital of Albania. A buzzing modern city transformed from its former very Grey and soviet past.
Dubrovnik - famous walled city of Croatia. Perched on the Adriatic coast.
Novi Sad - cultural centre of Serbia. Home to one of the largest art colonies in the world and international music festivals.
Pristina - capital of Kosovo and an energetic young city on the rise
Lake Ohrid - Macedonia/Albania border. Europe's oldest lake.
Kotor - picturesque walled town by the coast in Montenegro.
Devil's Town - a surreal natural phenomena in southern Serbia.

Included

14 nights in hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Transportation by public bus, private vehicle, train and minibus
Boat ride at Matka Canyon (Macedonia)
Dubrovnik City Wall walk (Croatia)
14 breakfasts
Escorted by a tour leader, English speaking local guide at included sites
Entry to Petrovaradin Tunnels (Serbia)
Visit to Berat (Albania)
Kalemegdan Citadel (Serbia)

Not Included

Items of a personal nature and additional meals
International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas

Itinerary

Day 1

Budapest

Welcome to Hungary and the start of your holiday. Upon arrival at Budapest Airport you will be met and transferred to your start hotel. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure exploring Hungary’s capital city at your own pace.
Overnight: Budapest

Day 2

Novi Sad

Budapest - Novi Sad. Bidding Hungary farewell this morning we hop on the train to Novi Sad in neighbouring Serbia. Novi Sad is overlooked by its most famous monument, the magnificent Petrovaradin Fortress, which dates back to the 18th century. This vibrant city is the cultural heart of the country, with annual music festivals and underground galleries as well as the International Street Musicians’ Festival in September when the streets come alive with jugglers, street shows and acrobatics.
Overnight: Novi Sad  |  Breakfast

Days 3-4

Belgrade

Novi Sad – Belgrade. Departing Novi Sad this morning we journey across the border to Serbia by bus Serbia and make our way to its capital city of Belgrade where we’ll spend the next two days.

Located at the crossing point of the Sava and Danube rivers, this Belgrade has had a tumultuous, yet fascinating, history. Our first stop here will be the well-preserved ruins of the looming Kalemegdan Citadel, which was built in stages from the 1st century BC and was finally finished in the 18th century. Here we can explore the military museum houses within its fortress, admire views over the city and even see graffiti made by bored medieval guardsmen. If time allows we’ll also pay a visit to St Sava Church, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the entire world.

Spend the rest of your time here continuing to explore the city at your own pace. checking out the excellent shopping opportunities on offer or relaxing on the beach at Ada Ciganlija, an island in the middle of the Sava River known as Belgrade’s own Hawaii.
Overnight: Belgrade  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 5-6

Pristina

Belgrade – Pristina. This morning we leave Serbia and enter into neighbouring Kosovo, stopping en route at Devil’s Town. Not quite as frightening as its name might suggest, Devil’s Town is actually a surreal natural phenomena in southern Serbia made up of a collection of unusual rock formations.

From Devil’s Town we continue on to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo and the youngest capital in Europe. While Pristina may have had a tumultuous history, the city has turned a new leaf and been reborn into a young, energetic city on the rise. While sightseeing opportunities may be few and far between, your two days here are the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax and witness first-hand a city that is changing and growing with each passing day. Coffee culture is big here, as is the restaurant scene and night life.
Overnight: Pristina  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 7-8

Skopje

Pristina – Skopje. Continuing our journey through Eastern Europe today we head to Skopje – the capital of Macedonia, for two nights. A fascinating confluence of east and west with a history spanning two thousand years, Skopje has many monuments worth visiting including the 6th century Kale Fortress and the Daud Pasa Amam, a 15th century bathroom that has since been converted into an art gallery. Other sights of interest include the Mustafa-pasha's Mosque, the 16th century Clock Tower and the Kamen Most Stone Bridge over the Vardar River.
Overnight: Skopje  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 9-10

Lake Ohrid

Skopje – Lake Ohrid. First thing this morning we venture out of the city centre for a boat ride in Matka Canyon, a spectacular gorge lined by a rugged towering rock wall. The area is also dotted with monasteries, churches and medieval buildings, and is one of the Macedonia’s most popular outdoor destinations.

From Matka Canyon we journey to the border of Macedonia and eastern Albania for two nights by the beautiful lake side town of Ohrid. This picturesque setting has seen thousands of years of history and today its landscape is scattered with remnants from its past, from ancient churches and fortress walls, to bazaars and old quarters. Lake Ohrid itself was formed over three million years ago making it the oldest lake in Europe. Spend the next two days here wandering around the quaint town centre, hike up to the ancient walled fortress and explore its many churches, monasteries and basilicas.
Overnight: Lake Ohrid  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11

Lake Ohrid

Lake Ohrid – Tirana. Departing picturesque Ohrid, we continue on to the small town of Kruja in Albania. Nestled on a mountainside, here you can discover the pretty old town and explore Kruja Castle where you can visit the Skanderbeg Museum.

Our final destination today is Tirana, the largest city in Albania and its trendy capital. While the city has a long history, you can enjoy its modern outlook, with fashionable bars, and wander boulevards lined with relics of the city’s Ottoman, clubs and boutiques, Italian and communist past. Key sights of interest here include Tirana’s main square, which is bordered by the National History Museum, the Palace of Culture and Skanderbeg statue. A short bus ride out of the city centre is the Martyr’s Cemetery which offers wonderful panoramic views over the city.
Overnight: Tirana  |  Breakfast

Days 12-13

Kotor

Tirana – Kotor. After spending the morning exploring Tirana, our group will move onward to our next destination - the picturesque town of Kotor in Montenegro. It is a walled city nestled at the bottom of Europe’s deepest fjord. Experience Stari Grad, the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with it’s tricky labyrinth of cobbled alleys, squares and ancient churches, including St Tryphon's Cathedral built in 1166.

The steep mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to this beautiful town and you can admire them from the waterfront. You could spend the day drinking espresso in the shade of the medieval walls watching people go by, or if you are feeling more adventurous try climbing the walls of the ancient fort of Sveti Ivan which spans some 4.5 kilometres above the city on almost vertical cliffs. Your efforts will be rewarded by an excellent view of Kotor and the bay.
Overnight: Kotor  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 14

Dubrovnik

Kotor – Dubrovnik. Today we head to continue our journey onto Croatia to visit the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ where we can visit UNESCO World Heritage listed walled old town of Dubrovnik. This afternoon we enjoy a walk around the city walls, stretching almost two kilometres around the old town. Admire views over the rooftops and the Adriatic Sea.
Overnight: Dubrovnik  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Dubrovnik

Today your tour of Eastern Europe comes to an end. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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2017
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
11 Jun - 25 Jun 10% offG
USD $2,485
USD $2,237

USD $720
09 Jul - 23 Jul 10% off
USD $2,485
USD $2,237

USD $720
06 Aug - 20 Aug 10% off
USD $2,485
USD $2,237

USD $720
03 Sep - 17 Sep 10% off
USD $2,385
USD $2,147

USD $720
01 Oct - 15 Oct 10% off
USD $2,275
USD $2,048

USD $720
2018
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
15 Apr - 29 Apr 10% off
USD $2,275
USD $2,048

USD $720
13 May - 27 May 10% off
USD $2,275
USD $2,048

USD $720
10 Jun - 24 Jun 10% off
USD $2,595
USD $2,336

USD $720
08 Jul - 22 Jul 10% off
USD $2,595
USD $2,336

USD $720
05 Aug - 19 Aug 10% off
USD $2,595
USD $2,336

USD $720
02 Sep - 16 Sep 10% off
USD $2,485
USD $2,237

USD $720
30 Sep - 14 Oct 10% off
USD $2,385
USD $2,147

USD $720

Extra Prices

Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
Pre Accom Budapest
USD $75
USD $45
Post Accom Dubrovnik
USD $55
USD $20

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Budapest
Ends
Dubrovnik
Departs
April - October
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14
Visiting
Budapest, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Pristina, Skopje, Lake Ohrid, Tirana, Kotor, Dubrovnik
Countries
Albania, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia
Updated
1st March 2017