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Balkans ToursAnd Our Best Croatia Group Tours

Introduction

Many of our travellers to Croatia do so on an island hopping cruise, taking in the sun, scenery and wine of Brac, Hvar, Korcula and more. These trips are the perfect way to relax and see the sights of one of Europe’s scenic gems. But there is another way to explore Croatia. Our range of Croatia group tours take in more of the mainland, including highlights such as the capital Zagreb and the beautiful Plitvice Lakes. Croatia also forms a part of the Balkans, a region of Eastern Europe named after the Balkan Mountains and comprising a number of historic post-Ottoman states including Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania. This lesser-visited corner of Europe can make for a memorable trip, and our Balkans tours get to the heart of the region. Find out more about our Balkans tours and Croatia group tour packages below.

Recommended Balkans Tours

Here are our popular Balkans tours, visiting countries including Slovenia, Bosnia and Montenegro as well as taking in the highlights of the Croatian mainland!

Countries of the Balkans

The loose term, ‘Balkans’ can be applied to a grouping of 12 Eastern European nations. We visit the majority of these countries on our Balkans tours, and here are some of the nations you can explore alongside Croatia on our trips!

Slovenia

In Slovenia, our tours take in the pretty Alpine town of Bled, and the majestic lake that it shares its name with. Explore Bled Castle, the oldest in the country, and spend some time in the charming capital of Ljubljana.

Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, we take in the charming capital of Sofia and the historic city of Plovdiv, home to a wealth of architectural wonders. We also explore the UNESCO-listed Rock Hewn Churches of Ivanovo and the former capital of Veliko Tarnovo.

Romania

Highlights of Romania include the capital, Bucharest with its nickname of 'Little Paris'. There's also the jaw-dropping castle that inspired Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', medieval Brasov and Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.

Albania

Located in the south of the Balkan region, our Albania trips also take in Greece and North Macedonia. The country's historic capital of Tirana is a popular destination, as is the ancient city of Shkoder, the third city of Elbasan and Lake Skadar, one of Europe's largest lakes.

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Highlights of our Balkans tours

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Bled

Nestled in the Julian Alps, Bled is famed for its picturesque lake with an island crowned by a church. History intertwines with its medieval castle, offering panoramic views. Visitors indulge in outdoor pursuits like hiking, rowing to the island, or sampling the local specialty, Bled cream cake.

Ljubljana

Ljubljana, Slovenia's enchanting capital, boasts a blend of Baroque, Art Nouveau, and modern architecture. Its history unfolds in the medieval Ljubljana Castle and charming Old Town. Attractions include the Triple Bridge, Ljubljanica River cruises, Tivoli Park, and lively outdoor cafes along the riverside.

Mostar, Bosnia
Mostar, Bosnia

Belgrade

Belgrade captivates with its iconic Belgrade Fortress, a centuries-old citadel overlooking the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. Its bohemian heart beats in Skadarlija, a cobblestone street adorned with charming cafes and restaurants, reminiscent of old-world Europe.

Mostar

Mostar enchants with its iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a symbol of reconciliation spanning the Neretva River. Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian influences converge in its architecture, markets, and cuisine. Visitors explore the historic Old Town, Turkish House, and enjoy traditional Bosnian coffee amid stunning scenery.

Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor, Montenegro

Sarajevo

Sarajevo, Bosnia's capital, is a tapestry of cultures blending Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Yugoslav influences. Its rich history is evident in the diverse architecture, from mosques to synagogues and Orthodox churches. Attractions include the historic Bascarsija bazaar, Latin Bridge, and poignant reminders of the 1990s siege.

Kotor

Kotor, a UNESCO-listed gem nestled in Montenegro's fjord-like Bay of Kotor, stuns with its medieval charm and natural beauty. Visitors are drawn to its well-preserved Old Town, flanked by fortifications and dotted with Venetian palaces and Romanesque churches. Hiking the city walls offers breathtaking views of the bay.

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Why You Should Book a Croatia Group Tour

A woman stands admiring the view over Dubrovnik in Croatia
Exploring Dubrovnik

We offer a number of different Croatia group tours. Some are larger group coach tours, with a maximum group size of 45. These tours take in numerous highlights each day, and provide a great overview of Croatia and the Balkans. Other tours feature smaller groups of 15 – 25, and travel at a bit of a slower pace, offering a more intimate and in-depth experience.

Whatever the type of Croatia group tour package you book with us, you will be escorted by an expert Croatian guide, will stay in a great mix of well-located 4-star hotels and enjoy a range of benefits including airport transfers, daily breakfast and other meals, and guided sightseeing in places such as Dubrovnik and Zagreb. And if you wish to take in more of the Balkans alongside Croatia, then our Balkans tours get you to the heart of destinations such as Serbia, Romania, Montenegro, Albania and Slovenia!

Highlights of our Croatia Group Tours

An birds eye view of the Plitvice Lakes waterfalls in Croatia
Plitvice Lakes

Zagreb

Nestled between the southern slopes of Medvednica Mountain and the Sava River, Zagreb is Croatia's vibrant capital. Its history dates back to Roman times, evident in its historic architecture. Attractions include St. Mark's Church, Tkalciceva Street's cafes, and the Museum of Broken Relationships.

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes National Park is a natural wonderland, renowned for its cascading lakes, waterfalls, and lush forests. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it offers scenic hiking trails, boat rides, and opportunities for wildlife spotting. The turquoise waters and captivating landscapes draw visitors year-round.

The Jesuit Staircase in Dubrovnik, which featured in Game of Thrones
Jesuit Staircase, Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," is a medieval marvel on Croatia's coastline. Enclosed by ancient walls, its Old Town is a UNESCO-listed treasure, featuring Baroque buildings, cobblestone streets, and the iconic Stradun main street. It was also one of the main filming locations for Game of Thrones!

Opatija

Opatija is a coastal resort town with a rich history as a favoured destination for European aristocracy. Its Belle Époque architecture, seaside promenade, and lush parks exude old-world charm. Attractions include the Croatian Walk of Fame, the Angiolina Park, and the historic Villa Angiolina, now a museum.

Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia
Diocletian's Palace, Split

Zadar

Zadar is an ancient city with a unique blend of historical and contemporary attractions. Its old town boasts Roman ruins, medieval churches, and the famous Sea Organ and Sun Salutation installations along the waterfront. Visitors also enjoy the vibrant markets, lively cafes, and nearby beaches.

Split

Split is Croatia’s second city, known for its Roman heritage and coastal views. At its heart lies Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former summer palace of a Roman emperor. The Riva promenade and Marjan Hill offer scenic vistas and recreational opportunities.

Conclusion

Whilst a chilled Croatia sailing holiday certainly has its perks, a Balkans group tour package is also a fantastic way get off the beaten path and explore the Balkans, an area less visited by travellers to Europe. From the captivating Croatian capital of Zagreb to gems including Lake Bled in Slovenia and the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. And don’t worry, coastal highlights including Split and Dubrovnik are also included on these itineraries, so you won’t miss any of the main attractions!

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