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Balkans Odyssey - 11 days map

COACH TOUR: From the Croatian capital of Zagreb, journey around the Balkans on this 11-day tour travelling through four countries including Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Take in the highlights of four Balkan capitals, historic towns and explore UNESCO World Heritage sites including the spectacular waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Old City of Dubrovnik known as the pearl of the Adriatic.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Zagreb - Take in the highlights of the Croatian capital on a guided tour, including the fortified Upper Town
Ljubljana - Discover the beautiful capital of Slovenia, including the Three Bridges, Robba's Fountain and the open-air market
Split - Explore the enchanting port city, including a visit to UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace
Belgrade - Uncover the numerous highlights of Serbia's capital on a walking tour of the city, which is nestled between two rivers
Bled - Visit the beautiful town in the Julien Alps, famous for the stunning thermal lake of the same name
Plitvice Lakes - Navigate some of the eerie underground passages in this karst cave system and admire some of the 92 cascading waterfalls
Dubrovnik - Enjoy plenty of free time in the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' and wander the narrow streets of the famous walled city
Sarajevo - Join a walking tour of the fascinating historic capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Included

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 8 dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 11
English speaking local guide
10 nights 3-4 star accommodation
Guided sightseeing in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Novi Sad and Osijek
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visas. Note: This tour travels through Bosnia and Hertzegovnia - please see day 5 of our Trip Notes for further details relating to visa requirements for this section of the trip
Tip for your tour leader. We recommend you allow EUR 3–5 per day, per traveller. Tipping is an entirely personal gesture
Entrance fees to sites other than those listed

Itinerary

Day 1

Zagreb

Wednesday. Welcome to Zagreb and the start of your holiday. Included transfer from the airport to your hotel in the city. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to head out and explore this beautiful city which marks the crossroad between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe.
Overnight: Zagreb  |  Dinner

Day 2

Bled

Zagreb - Bled - Ljubljana. We start the day with a sightseeing tour of the nation's capital. We will make our way to the fortified Upper Town (the city’s historical centre), passing St Mark’s Church with its stunning multi-coloured tiled roof, the Croatian National Theatre, University and Zagreb Cathedral, with its towering Gothic spires.

Departure to Bled, a small town in the Julian Alps that ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts. It’s like a setting for a classic fairy tale: immense natural beauty with mountains and forests surrounding an emerald glacial lake. Overnight in Ljubljana
Overnight: Ljubljana  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Ljubljana

Ljubljana - Plitvice. This morning we take a guided tour of Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital where we'll take in the significant sights of it's old centre. We'll see the Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, Robba’s Fountain and visit the colourful open-air central Market, selling beautifully smoked cheeses, meats and fresh fruit and vegetables.

After we continue our journey to Plitvice Lakes where we'll walk around and enjoy the magnificent views over the waters with its 16 clear blue lakes that cascade into 92 waterfalls. This 20-km long karst cave system with its web of underground passages, galleries and chambers is the largest karst cave open for visitation in all of Europe.
Overnight: Plitvice Lakes  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice - Zadar - Split. This morning we continue on to discover Zadar, we take a guided tour of the 1st century BC Roman Forum and see the 9th Century pre-Romanesque churches of St. Donatus and St Anastasia.

Later this afternoon arrival into Split where we explore the city including learning the secrets of the UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace. The narrow streets of Split are fascinating maze of history and stunning ancient architecture.
Overnight: Split  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Split & Dubrovnik

Split - Dubrovnik. After breakfast we leave for Split driving south along the Dalmatian coastline, crossing the Neum Corridor of Bosnia and Herzegovnia (see info related to border crossing procedures in our Trip Notes) to Dubrovnik - the Jewel in the nation's crown. This afternoon you'll enjoy a walking tour of this UNESCO protected old city which is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'.
Overnight: Dubrovnik  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Dubrovnik & Korcula

Today is yours to spend at leisure exploring the UNESCO listed old city of Dubrovnik with its towering fortress wall and the Dubrovnik Cathedral, built in Roman Baroque architectural style.

Alternatively, you can opt to join an optional excursion to the island of Korcula or Montenegro and it's Bay of Kotor.
Overnight: Dubrovnik  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Mostar & Sarajevo, Bosnia

Dubrovnik – Mostar – Sarajevo. This morning we drive to Mostar to see The Old Bridge. Commissioned by the sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557 and rebuilt in 2003, it 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 orientation walk of the city and free time for lunch we drive onward to Sarajevo. Arriving in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo is one of the historically most interesting cities in Europe and is a vibrant and cosmopolitan place to live. We will explore this capital city on a walking tour, taking in some of the highlights.
Overnight: Sarajevo  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Belgrade, Serbia

Sarajevo – Zvornik – Belgrade. This morning we depart towards Belgrade, where we enjoy a short stop enroute in the charming town of Zvornik in northeastern Bosnia. Once we arrive into Serbia’s capital we enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful city set between two rivers.
Overnight: Belgrade  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Novi Sad, Serbia

Belgrade - Novi Sad - Osijek/Vukovar. This morning we visit Serbia’s second largest city - Novi Sad located on the Danube River, with it's imposing fortress on one side and the churches of numerous denominations on the other it's an exciting city with cultural sights that many larger cities would be envious of. After a morning walking tour in Novi Sad, we cross the border back in to Croatia and continue for a stop at Ilok where you'll have the option to partake in a wine tasting experience in one of Croatia's most famous wine cellars 'Ilocki Podrumi'. We then enjoy a traditional lunch. Late this afternoon we continue into Osijek or Vukovar where we will spend the night.
Overnight: Osijek or Vukovar  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Djakovo & Star Kepela, Croatia

Osijek/Vukovar - Zagreb. Today we start with a walking tour of Osijek - the largest city in eastern Croatia. A popular destination known for its Baroque style and amazing cuisine - we visit the cathedral and the Tvrdja (Old Fort). Continuing on we drive to Djakovo - dominated by its magnificent red bricked cathedral. Before we reach our final destination of Zagreb we stop to visit the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela where we will enjoy lunch before continuing onto Zagreb.
Overnight: Zagreb  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Zagreb

Saturday. A leisurely day for you to further see the sights of this beautiful city, before included departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a cabin. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a cabin with or anyone wanting the privacy of their own cabin.

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Hotels

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.

Hotel Astoria, Zagreb

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

Jezero Hotel , Plitvice Lakes

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Jezero Hotel is the perfect base for any overnight stay in this stunning locale. The property offers a selection of guest rooms and suites, and while the hotel interior is modern in design, the building has been constructed to sit perfectly amongst the natural surroundings. A short walk away is Kozjak – the park’s largest lake. Hotel amenities include an in-house restaurant and lobby bar, a night club and complimentary spa facilities including a gym, whirpool massage and two Finnish saunas. There’s also a small gift shop on site, plus room service and free WiFi.

At a Glance

Range
Starts
Zagreb
Ends
Zagreb
Departs
Wednesday
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 8
Countries
Bosnia And Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
Sun shining through the cathedral in Zagreb
Boardwalk winding through the Plitvice National Park
Boardwalk winding through the Plitvice National Park
Aerial view of Dubrovnik, surrounded by water and filled with terracotta-roofed buildings
Aerial view of Dubrovnik, surrounded by water and filled with terracotta-roofed buildings
Arial view of the city of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Guide: What an exceptional man with a passion for his job and his country and with outstanding knowledge. Emotionally intelligent and always willing to assist with no problem to big to solve. Balanced view of the Balkan countries and its past. Willing to put both views forward.

Tour:A well thought out tour. The local guide in Lupjana was very good.

We particularly enjoyed the two local visits (wine tasting and eating in an old village).

Leoni (for Adriaan and Linda) Visser
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