Days
8
Price from
€1,825EUR

Discover the best of Eastern Europe through Zagreb, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik

Croatia has been a hot travel destination for a while now, but Bosnia, Herzegovina and Montenegro are really beginning to emerge as exciting places to experience. This itinerary combines the best of them; a colourful tapestry of cultures, landscapes and traditions.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
From 1st January 2017 this trip will change. To constantly improve our itineraries we take on all feedback from our previous passengers and from our local team. This trip has been overhauled completely. The new itinerary looks as follows:
1. Dubrovnik
2. Day Trip to Kotor / Dubrovnik
3. Dubrovnik / Blagaj / Mostar / Sarajevo
4. Sarajevo
5. Sarajevo / Srebrenica / Belgrade
6. Belgrade
7. Novi Sad / Sremski Karlovci / Belgrade
8. Departure Day


Start
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Finish
Belgrade, Serbia
Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro
Style
Peregrine
Code
PEHC
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
2 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • As well as the newly-discovered Zagreb, you'll experience one of Europe's most interesting (and safe) cities of the moment – Sarajevo

  • Under the guidance of knowledgable locals, you'll visit some of the region's most beautiful cathedrals, monasteries, palaces, Ottoman mosques and UNESCO-protected townscapes

  • The smaller, lesser-known destinations on this trip are some of the best. The crystalline beauty of towns like Mostar, Blagaj and Slunj is the stuff of fairytales

  • Montenegro may be a tiny country, but its charms can hardly be overstated. Take a day trip to this land of pristine beaches, mountain peaks and old-world villages

  • The Tunnel Museum is an astounding illumination of Bosnia and Herzegovina's war history, displaying a piece of the very tunnel used during the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s

Is this trip right for you?

  • Summer temperatures can reach 40°C or higher in some areas, so it's important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. While this is a great opportunity to chat with like-minded travellers, you can purchase a single room supplement (where available) if you'd prefer not to share.

  • Note that many hotels in Europe don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Arrive in Zagreb, Croatia's capital city. Please make your own way to the hotel. There are no activities planned for today, so you may arrive at any time. If you arrive early, perhaps visit some of the museums and galleries, or simply enjoy the city's lively outdoor cafe culture and pedestrian-friendly streets. This evening you will meet your trip leader and fellow travellers for an important welcome meeting. This is usually at 6 pm, but check the hotel reception for the exact time and place.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Dubrovnik or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast you will embark on a morning sightseeing tour of Zagreb. Take in the city's must-see sights, including the famous street of Ciril and Metod, St Mark's Square, City Hall, the Parliament building and the Stone Gate. You will also visit St Stephen's Cathedral, home of the tomb of cardinal Stepinac who was martyred for saving the Jews during World War II. Finally you will explore Ban Jelacic Square and see its famous statue of Croatia's beloved Viceroy Josip Jelacic on a horse. Then farewell Zagreb and drive to Plitvice. On the way you will stop and visit the town of Slunj, which is perfectly situated at the point where the blue-green waters of the Slunjčica river flow into the Korana river. The charming, old-world village is graced with restored 300-year-old wooden houses, a series of small waterfalls, and corn mills from the 18th century. Continue then to Plitvice Lakes National Park to do some outdoor exploring.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Jezero or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Zagreb Cathedral
  • Guided Walk around Zagreb
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast you will board your private vehicle and travel into Bosnia and Herzegovina. Your first stop is the town of Bihać. Here there is an impressive medieval fortress which you will explore when you arrive. Although it's one of the oldest historical landmarks of Bihać, the period in which it was built has never been known with any certainty; some historians believe it comes from the late Croatian and early Ottoman period. Take some free time afterwards to have lunch in Bihać before travelling on to the town of Jajce. Its former royal city and magnificent castle, where Bosnian Kings were once crowned, is like a living history museum. On a tour of Jajce you will see the impressive 20-metre-high waterfall that takes pride of place in the city centre. It also makes the layout of the town quite unique. In the late afternoon you will drive to Bosnia's capital, Sarajevo, and retire there for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Radon Plaza or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Explore Sarajevo this morning with a walking tour of the city. You will visit the famous Baščaršija, the old Turkish quarter, home to one of the most interesting market centres in the country. Sarajevo is one of the few cities in the world that features an Orthodox church, a Catholic church and a mosque (the famous Begova Džamija) all within close proximity. You will be visiting all three buildings on your tour. This city may well be one of the highlight of your trip. It has emerged from the brink of ruin in the 1990s to become one of the most interesting capital cities of Europe. After your exploration of the city, there will be free time for lunch before you depart for the Tunnel Museum in the suburb of Ilidža. The tunnel was dug underneath the airport runway and was used to smuggle provisions into the city during the siege.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Radon Plaza or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sarajevo Sightseeing with Local Guide
  • Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque
  • War Tunnel Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Sarajevo this morning and travel south to Mostar, a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains of Herzegovina. Here you will explore the must-see Cejvan Cehaj Mosque which was built in 1552. Thanks to the river Neretva, Mostar was able to develop as a city in the barren landscape of Herzegovina. Neretva's size turned Mostar into a trading centre of the region very early on. The most famous feature of the city is its bridge. Stari Most ('Old Bridge') was built by the Ottomans in 1565. (It was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who had succeeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge.) Continue your journey to a charming spot down by the river for lunch. Then it's a short drive to the peaceful town of Blagaj, the location of the turquoise Buna River spring, where you’ll visit a historical tekija (Dervish monastery). Late in the afternoon you will be transferred to Dubrovnik, on Croatia's famous Dalmatian Coast. This will be your base for the next three nights.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Petka or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mostar Orientation Walk
  • Blagaj Tekija (Dervish House)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Spend the day exploring Dubrovnik. With your local guide you'll discover the amazing Stari Grad area, Dubrovnik's compact old town. You may see why this walled part of the city is referred to as the 'pearl of the Adriatic' despite its tiny size. On your tour you will visit the Franciscan monastery, Rector's Palace, the Stradun Promenade and Onofrio's fountain. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to walk around at leisure, which is very easy to do here despite the multitude of things to do and see. After the damage of the 1991 conflicts, the city has been restored to its former glory, so it's lovely to wander around. Consider visiting War Photo Limited, an excellent gallery focussing on war photojournalism. Alternatively, take the short cable car ride over to Mt Srđ for beautiful views over town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Petka or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dubrovnik Sightseeing with Local Guide
  • Rector's Palace
  • Dominican Monastery
  • Franciscan Monastery
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Visit the small but stunning country of Montenegro on a day excursion from Dubrovnik. Montenegro occupies a thin strip of the Adriatic coast. Your excursion takes you to Europe's most southerly fjord, Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor), one of the most beautiful bays of the region. Pass through the quaint towns of Risan and Perast which sit on the banks of the bay, then arrive at the World Heritage-listed town of Kotor and enjoy a sightseeing tour there with a local guide. You'll see the Cathedral of St Tryphun, the South Gates of Kotor (the 'Gurdich Gate'), and the Armory Square (Trg od oruzija). After some free time for lunch in Kotor, you will depart for Budva, a pretty coastal town with a charming old quarter. Your time here is at leisure, and an optional visit to the town's medieval castle (aka the citadel) is recommended. From here you can take in great views of the coast. Return to Dubrovnik later in the afternoon. This evening, at typical Mediterranean dining time, you will enjoy a farewell dinner with your group in a seafood restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Petka or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • St Tryphon's Cathedral
  • Kotor Sightseeing with Local Guide
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning in Dubrovnik. If you'd like to extend your stay, you can arrange additional nights' accommodation at the time of booking. Otherwise, it's easy to take a bus or ferry from here to other Croatian cities, as well as some international destinations. There are also regular domestic flights to Zagreb to link up with international connections.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (7 nights)

Included Activities

  • Zagreb Cathedral
  • Guided Walk around Zagreb
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park Visit
  • Sarajevo Sightseeing with Local Guide
  • Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque
  • War Tunnel Museum
  • Mostar Orientation Walk
  • Blagaj Tekija (Dervish House)
  • Dubrovnik Sightseeing with Local Guide
  • Rector's Palace
  • Dominican Monastery
  • Franciscan Monastery
  • St Tryphon's Cathedral
  • Kotor Sightseeing with Local Guide

Reviews

Our Highlights of Croatia & the Balkans trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Highlights of Croatia & the Balkans, June 2016

Monika Grossenbacher

Highlights of Croatia & the Balkans, May 2016

shirley Battrick

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Important notes

This trip can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

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