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Discover the Balkans

On the crossroads between east and west, the Balkan Peninsula is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. These 12 rich days are the ideal introduction to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the dramatic history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the lush waterways of Montenegro. Plus, enjoy an exclusive experience walking through Sarajevo with a local war historian. Culture, food, nature, history, and people. This ones got it all.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: ECWNG/155206
  • Starts: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Finishes: Dubrovnik, Croatia
You will Visit
  • Zagreb
  • Dubrovnik

Itinerary

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Day 1: Zagreb

Arrive at any time.
Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and has a very charming old city, complete with cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. Be sure to sample some of the delicious local food and drink. There are also a number of museums to explore focusing on art, history, and archaeology.

After the meeting, opt to head out for a meal in a local restaurant to get to know your CEO and travelling companions.

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Day 2: Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes National Park

Enjoy an excursion to Plitvice Lakes National Park with a local guide and learn about the diverse wildlife and unique bird population. This evening, enjoy a traditional peka (baked vegetable and meat dish) dinner cooked on hot coals.
Entrance to the park is included and there are many opportunities for walking and relaxing in one of Croatia's most famed wonders.

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Day 3: Plitvice Lakes National Park/Split

Enjoy a morning walk in Plitvice before continuing on to Split. In the early evening, take a guided walk around the Diocletian Palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins in Europe.

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Day 4: Split

Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.
Opt to visit the local market and gobble up some Croatian delicacies. For a little more activity, visit Marjan's peak, with gorgeous views over the city, or hit up some of the hiking and biking trails in the area.

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Day 5: Split/Sarajevo

Travel to Mostar. Walk in the ancient town, visiting the famed Stari Most (Old Bridge), then continue to Sarajevo for the evening.

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Day 6: Sarajevo

Learn about the Siege of Sarajevo from a local expert who lived through it. Visit the Tunnel of Hope and Trebević Mountain, and gain insight into how the people of this city moved beyond conflict. After, visit a market and enjoy a local lunch with your CEO.

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Day 7: Sarajevo

Enjoy a free day to explore at your leisure.
Walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town (Stari Grad) while taking in the architecture of diverse places of worship. This is also a great place to shop and visit markets. The Latin Bridge is worth a visit as it played an important role in the history of this area. This is the sight where the Archduke of the Austro Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated, leading to the beginning of World War I.

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Day 8: Sarajevo/Kotor

Cross over to Montenegro for two days on the Bay of Kotor. Opt to visit the Roman mosaics in Risan, take a leisurely stroll in Perast and the islands, or go sea kayaking in the spectacular bay.
Continue to Montenegro and travel to the Bay of Kotor, a region that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Day 9: Kotor

Enjoy a free day to explore.
Opt to visit the Risan Roman mosaics and take a leisurely stroll in Perast and the islands, or go sea kayaking. If relaxing is more your style, the beaches of Herceg Novi offer a great escape. There are also local mud therapy spas nearby to test the natural healing properties of the area's sand.

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Day 10: Kotor/Dubrovnik

Visit a family-run agroturizam villa surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and sweeping views of the Adriatic. Meet our local host and then enjoy a traditional lunch of local hams, cheeses, and wine. Continue to Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," and walk the old city walls.
Cross into Croatia and travel to Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Set on the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik has been an important maritime town in the region for centuries. Surrounded by medieval walls, it is rich in history and is a beautiful city to explore, filled with stunning architecture, museums, and fountains.

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Day 11: Dubrovnik

Enjoy a free day to explore the old town fortifications or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos, and the seaside cafes serve up delicious seafood.

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Day 12: Dubrovnik

Depart at any time.
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Plitvice Lakes National Park walk
    • Traditional peka dinner
    • Split orientation walk around Diocletian's Palace
    • Excursion to Mostar visiting the Stari Most (Old Bridge)
    • Siege of Sarajevo Tour
    • Kotor orientation walk
    • Agroturizam visit and local lunch
    • Dubrovnik city wall walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (11 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private minivan, walking, bus, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Explore the ancient town of Mostar and the Stari Most (Old Bridge)
  • Take a tour of the "Tunnel of Life" in Sarajevo
  • Spend a couple days on the Bay of Kotor.