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A Balkan Journey

11 Days - Escorted Tour

Zagreb - Bled - Ljubljana - Plitvice - Split - Dubrovnik - Sarajevo - Belgrade - Osijek - Zagreb

Inclusions: 4 and 5 star acommodation (best available in Plitvice) with breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 8 dinners, wine tasting in Ilok, arrival and departure transfers (first and last day only), guided tours of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Novi Sad and Osijek, Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fees, services of a multilingual guide, transportation by air-conditioned coach.

$$ EARLYBIRD OFFER 2020 $$
Receive AUD500 per couple Discover More Travel Voucher. Must book and pay in full by 31st January 2020.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
2019

May 15, 22, 29
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26
Jul 3
Aug 28
Sep 11, 18, 25
Oct 2, 9

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
2020
May 13, 20, 27
Jun 3, 10, 17, 24
Jul 1,8, 15, 22
Aug 12, 19, 26
Sep 9, 16, 23, 30
Oct 7

CLOSED DEPARTURES
2019

May 22, 29
Jul 3
Aug 28
Sep 11, 18
Oct 2, 9

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Tour Itinerary (please click here)

DAY 1 ZAGREB
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to Hotel Astoria (4 star). This evening, join your fellow tour members and guide at a welcome dinner. (D)

Stay at:
Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria (4 star) or similar

DAY 2 ZAGREB – BLED
A morning city tour of Zagreb takes you to the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical centre, where you will see the multi-coloured roof of St. Mark’s Church and the Croatian National Theatre. Afterwards depart for Bled, a small town in Slovenia’s Julian Alps which looks to be a setting from a classic fairy tale. Take the afternoon to explore around the lake followed by overnight in Bled. (B, D)

Stay at:
Kompas Hotel (4 star) or similar

DAY 3 BLED – LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE

Travel to Ljubljana where you will have a guided tour of its historic centre including the picturesque Central open-air Market and the Three Bridges, the Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain. Continue to Croatia to explore the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Plitvice Lakes, a natural beauty of 16 crystal-blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. (B, D)

Stay at:
Hotel Jezero (3 star) or similar

DAY 4 PLITVICE – ZADAR – SPLIT
Visit the coastal city of Zadar, a town rich in cultural and historical monuments. Here you will see the Roman Forum, dating back to the 1st century, the 9th century Church of St. Donatus and the unique Zadar Sea Organ. Afterwards travel south to Split for check in at your hotel. This afternoon your guide will uncover for you the secrets of the UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace and its hidden passageways and courtyards. (B, D)

Stay at:
Hotel Atrium (5 star)

DAY 5 SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
Travel south along the scenic highway to Dubrovnik, the “Jewel of the Adriatic”. On arrival, check in at Valamar Hotel Lacroma (4 star) followed by a city tour of the beautiful Old Town. Marvel at the city’s marble streets, baroque buildings, the intact medieval wall, Franciscan Monastery, Rector’s Palace and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic. (B, D)

Stay at:
Hotel Valamar (4 star) or similar

DAY 6 DUBROVNIK
Spend a full day at leisure in this magnificent spot in southern Croatia. Join an optional excursion to the island of Korcula or take a ferry to Lokrum Island which offers a unique view of the iconic Old Town. Or simply wander the Old Town and enjoy the atmosphere of one of the charming restaurants and bars affording a once-in-a-life-time view. (B, D)

DAY 7 DUBROVNIK – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO
Cross into the neighbouring country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to visit the picturesque city of Mostar. On an orientational walk of the city discover the city’s Turkish quarter and the World Heritage listed 16th century single arch stone ‘Old Bridge.’ Continue to Sarajevo, one of history’s most interesting cities in Europe. It is the place where the Western and Eastern Roman Empire split and where the people of the Orthodox East, the Ottoman South and the Roman Catholic West met. Your tour of this vibrant city will visit the bustling Turkish bazaar “Bas Carsija’ and 16th century Husref Bay’s Mosque and more. (B, D)

Stay at:
Hotel Colours Inn (4 star) or similar

DAY 8 SARAJEVO – BELGRADE
Your tour continues to Serbia and its intriguing capital, Belgrade. On your sightseeing tour you will see the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers, Republic Square and Mihajlova Street. Also see the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava and Tito’s Memorial, dedicated to Yugoslavia’s former leader. (B, D)

Stay at:
Zira Hotel (4 star) or similar

DAY 9 BELGRADE – NOVI SAD – OSIJEK/VUKOVAR
Travel to Novi Sad where your guide will introduce you to the city’s highlights which include the imposing fortress and the Old Town. Continue to Ilok, with an opportunity to taste the local Croatian wines from the famous wine cellars “Ilocki Podrumi” followed by a traditional Croatian lunch. Your final stop for today is Osijek for check in at your hotel. (B, L)

Stay at:
Hotel Osijek (4 star) or similar

DAY 10 OSIJEK/VUKOVAR – ZAGREB
Explore Osijek on a morning city tour where you will see the Cathedral and the Tvrdja (Old Fort). Following this, travel to the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela (meaning “Old Chapel”), which is the little forgotten village in the hills of Slavonia in north-eastern Croatia. Enjoy lunch and a wander through the historic village before your return to Zagreb. (B, L)

Stay at:
Hotel Astoria (4 star) or similar

DAY 11 ZAGREB
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. (B)

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