Croatia & Balkan States

Welcome to the Balkans – where East meets West and new merges almost seamlessly with old. Over the centuries people have travelled to this region of Eastern Europe for its fertile soil, natural resources, and healing waters. This enchanting land, which has remained virtually untouched by tourism, boasts rich tradition, vibrant culture, and mouth-watering cuisine.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrice per person
Escorted TourBalkan Delight12 Contact usFrom $3,250.00
Escorted TourCountry Roads of Croatia14 Contact usFrom $3,875.00

Balkan Delight

The astonishing natural beauty and charming medieval cities of the Balkans show few signs of the conflicts that have shaped this region. See the Saravejo War Tunnels, the historic inner city of Split and Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubronovik. Admire the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe and Plitvice’s crystal clear lakes, plunging waterfalls and emerald green landscapes.

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive ZagrebWelcome to Zagreb. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the city. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive including a stroll around Ban Jelačić Square. This will be the perfect introduction to this fascinating city.
Hotel: Westin, 2 nights
Day 2: Zagreb SightseeingZagreb is a traditional medieval European city with a wealth of historic monuments. Your Local Specialist shows you the highlights including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, St. Mark's Church and the Opera House. Spend free time exploring the winding streets of the Old Town or consider an excursion into the surrounding countryside.
Day 3: Zagreb – SarajevoTravel south from Croatia into Bosnia and Herzegovina before arriving in the fascinating capital city Sarajevo. Due to its rich religious and cultural history Sarajevo is often called the Jerusalem of Europe. The city contains synagogues, mosques, Orthodox as well as Catholic churches - all in one city. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the old town with your Local Specialist. This evening, join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.
Hotel: Radon Plaza, 2 nights
Day 4: Sarajevo Enjoy an insider tour of a Sarajevo war tunnel with a Local Specialist. During the siege of the city in the early 1990s, the tunnel was constructed by the Bosnian Army in order to link neighborhoods in the city of Sarajevo. This allowed food, war supplies and humanitarian aid to come into the city, and people to get out. Hear some of the incredible stories to come out of the city during this time with your Local Specialist. Later you will have free time to explore this fascinating city on your own.
Day 5: Sarajevo – Mostar – Dubrovnik This morning after breakfast travel towards the Dalmatian coast and the spectacular city of Dubrovnik. Stop en route to see the magnificent bridge at Mostar. This city grew up around a trade and bridging point over the Neretva river. Mostar is named after its Old Bridge, the 'Stari Most', built by Sinan the great Ottoman architect and one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognisable landmarks. Destroyed during the war, it has been rebuilt using the same methods as during the 16th century. After free time to explore the town, continue on towards Dubrovnik.
Hotel: Ariston, 3 nights
Day 6: Dubrovnik This morning experience the delights of this stunning medieval city. Enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the main sights with a Local Specialist. Admire the Rector's Palace, the city walls, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. A special Be My Guest experience awaits you at the village of Osojnik where you meet the Muhoberac family whose ancestors have lived in the village for over 500 years. Your hosts will prepare a delicious meal in the traditional way with fresh aromatic Mediterranean herbs accompanied by home-made beverages.
Day 7: Dubrovnik – Excursion to MontenegroTravel to the Republic of Montenegro where you will meet a Local Specialist and enjoy a scenic day. Head towards the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Explore the town of Kotor, a medieval city with charming streets and squares. Later travel to the coast for a short stop in the village of Budva before returning to Dubrovnik.
Day 8: Dubrovnik – Split Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and modern resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour with a Local Specialist featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. The evening is free for you to dine at the local restaurant of your choice or you might want to join an Optional Experience to explore some traditional Dalmatian flavours.
Hotel: President, 2 nights
Day 9: SplitSpend your free day as you wish. Consider a full day Optional Experience offered by your Travel Director to the beautiful island of Hvar or experience a taste of Dalmatian life strolling along the Riva seafront and exploring the narrow streets hiding a multitude of galleries, restaurants and cafes.
Day 10: Split – Trogir – PlitviceThis morning visit Trogir with a Local Specialist. A picturesque stone town on a small island that is connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. The old UNESCO World Heritage town is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings and Romanesque churches. Later, travel to the forested National Park of Plitvice where you dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Jezero
Day 11: Plitvice National Park – Zagreb Join your Local Specialist on a walking tour in Plitvice National Park. At this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site, see lakes of crystal clear water in many colourful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by waterfalls. Arrive later in Zagreb, where you join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a celebratory Farewell Dinner.
Hotel: Westin
Day 12: Depart ZagrebSay farewell to your companions as this memorable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply.
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 11 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Country Roads of Croatia

Discover the pristine landscapes, idyllic islands and sun-dappled seas of Croatia. Here you will see fortified towns of cobblestone and terracotta which echo a time when Venice ruled the waves.

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive ZagrebTransfers to your hotel depart from Zagreb Airport at 11:30 & 14:00. Relax and settle in or perhaps head for the romantic Chestnut-lined Stross Promenade for your first views over the city. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Hotel: Sheraton Hotel, 2 nights
Day 2: Zagreb(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert for sightseeing of the two-tiered capital of Croatia. Drive through the squares of the Lower Town to the cathedral. Then walk through the medieval Upper Town to see the Stone Gate, the colourful Church of St. Mark and Lotrščak Tower. The afternoon is at leisure, relax and enjoy your hotel's facilities or perhaps take an experience to the Zagorje region to learn about the local traditions and visit the house of Marshall Tito?
Day 3: Zagreb - OpatijaDetour into Slovenia to visit the world-famous caves of Postojna. Aboard the cave train, descend into a subterranean world of stunning stalactites, stalagmites, columns and curtains. Be dazzled by the five-metre tall ‘Brilliant' and come face-to-face with the eyeless, dragon-like human fish. Back in Croatia, your hotel is in the Belle Époque seaside resort of Opatija, nestled at the foot of Mount Učka. Take time to stroll by the luxurious villas along the tree-lined seafront promenade.
Hotel: Hotel Bristol, 2 nights
Day 4: OpatijaCross the heart-shaped peninsula to explore the jewels of Istria with a Local Expert. Start with a visit to the well-preserved first-century arena at Pula — scene of brutal gladiatorial battles in Roman times. The day's final highlight is a visit to the charming old town of Rovinj, rising directly from the sea. Wander through the cobbled streets lined with tempting shops, pastel-coloured bars and cafés.
Day 5: Opatija - Plitvice LakesEnjoy the scenery of the Adriatic coast in the morning - sparkling deep blue seas, studded with rocky islands, before heading inland to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. Zig-zagging timber footbridges will lead you through the crystal blue-green beauty of Plitvice National Park; a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. With a Local Expert, visit Korana Canyon to see the 70-meters-high falls and spectacular panoramic views.
Hotel: Jezero Hotel
Day 6: Plitvice Lakes - SplitThe green forests give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters. Witness a dramatic change in landscape, from lush green forests to Mediterranean olive groves on our way to Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Čipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1,700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the old town. A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's, (originally Diocletian's Mausoleum), the Temple of Jupiter (today, a baptistery) and the Golden Gate, before venturing underground. This evening, don't miss the opportunity of dinner in a traditional 'Konoba'.
Hotel: Hotel President
Day 7: Split - HverYour island hopping adventure begins here! Cross the azure waters of the Adriatic to spend two nights on Hvar - the island famed for being the sunniest in the country, which is dotted with aromatic fields of lavender, rosemary and heather.
Hotel: Hotel Amfora, 2 nights
Day 8: Hvar(Relaxed Start) While here, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the secluded beaches, old monasteries, tiny fish restaurants and lofty peaks from where there are magnificent views over the island and bejeweled seas.
Day 9: Hvar - KorculaJourney to Korčula, an island of exceptional grace, history and culture. Perhaps, explore Korčula town with its ramparts and well-known legends.
Hotel: Liburna Hotel, 2 nights
Day 10: Korcula(Relaxed Start) In the morning, your walking tour with a Local Expert takes you to the cathedral, the town museum and the Bishop's Palace. The locals also claim Marco Polo was born here and you will see his ruined house next. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces of this charming medieval town.
Hotel: Liburna Hotel
Day 11: Korcula - Dubrovnik(Relaxed Start) Journey to the beautiful southern slopes of the Pelješac peninsula. Stop amid the age-old vines to see how wine is produced and have a taste. Continue to the walled town of Dubrovnik - 'paradise on earth' according to George Bernard Shaw. During your exceptional three-night stay, join a Local Expert to explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the old town. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
Hotel: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, 3 nights
Day 12: Dubrovnik(Relaxed Start) There is an optional experience to Montenegro. Start with Kotor, situated on the only fjord on the Adriatic coast. Capture forever on film one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of this area. Then head to the picturesque town of Budva where lunch finds you. Return to Dubrovnik for an evening at leisure.
Day 13: Dubrovnik(Relaxed Start) Make the most of a day at leisure in this ‘Pearl of the Adriatic'. Relax by the pool, shop in the markets or perhaps take an optional experience to Cavtat - one of the most enchanting seaside resorts in Croatia? During the evening Celebration Dinner, loosened in spirit and bonded by magical miles, expect a hubbub of clinking glasses, laughter and conversation. The food will be fragrant and fresh, the setting out of this world, and the memories unforgettable.
Day 14: Depart DubrovnikYour tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 09:00 & 11:30.
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary