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Treasures of Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia

Treasures of Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia

3 Countries | 7 Cities | 9 DAYS

Treasures of Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia

Availability
May 8th – Sept. 18th

Availability
May 8th – Sept. 18th

Roundtrip
from Zagreb

Roundtrip
from Zagreb

Pricing
from 1195,00€

Pricing
from 1195,00€

 

This roundtrip bus tour from Zagreb takes you around three countries, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, illustrating a wondrous case of diversity in the Balkan Peninsula. The country borders here are gateways to the worlds of different nationalities, different religions and different cultures, yet all connected by the common Slavic point of origin.

Languages: English & Spanish

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HIGHLIGHTS

As you travel between Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo and Belgrade, enjoy this fireworks of colors, flavors and landscapes.

7 cities in 9 days

Unravel the secrets of Balkan

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ITINERARY

ZAGREB – PLITVICE – TROGIR – SPLIT – DUBROVNIK – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO – BELGRADE - ZAGREB

ZAGREB

PLITVICE

TROGIR

SPLIT

DUBROVNIK

MOSTAR

SARAJEVO

BEOGRAD

DAY 1 | Zagreb arrival

Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport, transfer to the hotel where you will meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.

DAY 2 | Zagreb | Plitvice

Despite a million people living here, Zagreb somehow manages to retain the cosy feel about it and you will best experience this wandering around the historic, fortified Upper Town. The place of legends, rebellions and witches burnt at stake, the Upper town is home of the Cathedral, St. Mark’s church with the colourful roof and several present-day government buildings. Spread out at its feet, the Lower town oozes a more modern, but still very continental air about it, with many highlights such as the Croatian National Theatre and the University. In the afternoon, swap the city for nature and drive out to Plitvice Lakes area. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice region.

DAY 3 | Plitvice | Trogir | Split

Depart to the country’s most famous region – Dalmatia. The drive is a lovely showcase of Croatia’s diversity, as you will travel from the continental highlands over a mountain pass to find yourself suddenly blinded by the shimmering blue of the Adriatic Sea. Your first stop, the tiny and charming UNESCO-listed jewel of Trogir, introduces the bounty and splendor of heritage on the coast. Stop to admire the intricate 13th-century portal of its Cathedral of St. Lawrence before continuing to the largest city on the coast, Split. Its lively historic core was once a one man’s retirement palace. The man was the Roman Emperor Diocletian and his modest home is today inhabited by 3000 people. Your walking tour highlights the stunning landmarks like the theatrical open-air Peristyle, the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Dominus, the patron saint of Split.  Dinner and overnight in Split.

DAY 4 | Split | Dubrovnik

Travelling south from Split takes you along the ribbon of roads knit tightly along the edges of Croatia’s shorelines and through the beautiful landscapes of flat and fertile delta of Neretva River. Your final stop is Croatia’s Pearl of the Adriatic, the beautiful Dubrovnik. Enlisted as UNESCO World heritage for decades now, exploring Dubrovnik with a guide is an idyllic way to complete your Croatian Delights tour. Like a stroll through long-gone centuries, stop to admire the still-operating pharmacy from 1317 at the Franciscan Monastery, the seat of the former Republic government at the Rector’s Palace and the revered Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 5 | Dubrovnik

Sunday is a special day in local culture, and locals will spend it to relax with their families and loved ones. And when in Rome… You’ll have this whole day to yourself so explore the magnificent Dubrovnik, whether you head to its Old Town, a.k.a. the King’s Landing, venture out to the leafy island of Lokrum, or discover some other treasure, today is about leisure. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 6 | Dubrovnik | Mostar | Sarajevo

Travelling around the Balkans region, one is quickly stunned with the abundance of cultures, traditions and religions sustaining at such close distance. You’ll witness this today, as soon as you cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina and the landmarks soon change to Ottoman heritage. The town of Mostar, the first stop, is spread out on the banks of the river Neretva, its two sides – the Croatian and Muslim – joined by an old, UNESCO-listed Ottoman bridge. In Sarajevo, one finds a Cathedral, a mosque, a synagogue and an orthodox church all within the same block. The cultured capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina was always at a crossroads of cultures, yet still, its Bašćaršija center has a distinct Turkish feel to it. Dinner and overnight in Sarajevo.

DAY 7 | Sarajevo | Belgrade

After breakfast, drive northwest to visit another distinct country in the region, Serbia. Driving against the course of the river Drina, which forms the larger part of the border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, notice the subtle change of scenery as you step foot into the Orthodox area of the Balkans peninsula. Your destination is the present-day capital of Serbia, Belgrade, also the former capital of Yugoslavia. You’ll see this prolonged sense importance materialised in the grandeur of the city centre architecture and the new glitzy projects trying to infuse the city with fresh foreign investment, but despite its serious side, Belgrade is famous for offering a fantastic time out of the city, so don’t miss out. Dinner and overnight in Belgrade.

DAY 8 | Belgrade | Zagreb

Get to know the charm of Serbia’s capital hidden behind its stern facades. The guided walking tour of Belgrade first takes you to the city’s crown, the Kalemegdan Park, perched high on a cliff which overlooks the romantic encounter of the region’s largest rivers of Sava and Danube. Breathtaking views, historic landmarks and a momentous ambiance are a trademark of every Kalemegdan stroll but the atmosphere soon turns glitzy as you descend onto Knew Mihajlova Street and the busy Republic Square. Explore the orthodox religion at the town’s largest temple of St. Sava and get an insight on the Yugoslavian times in Tito’s Memorial. After the tour, complete your 3-countries-tour circle by driving back to Zagreb. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

DAY 9 | Zagreb departure

After breakfast, the tour ends with transfer to Zagreb Airport.

DAY 1 | ZAGREB ARRIVAL
MEET YOUR TOUR LEADER AND FELLOW TRAVELLERS
DAY TO CHILL OUT AND PREPARE FOR THE TOUR

Enjoy a tasty breakfast and a cup of coffee overlooking the beautiful Adriatic Sea and prepare yourself for a day of discovering magnificent UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik Old Town. After a short panoramic drive through Dubrovnik, a professional guide will take you on a walking tour, after which you will be given plenty of free time to discover The Pearl of Adriatic before your transfer back to the ship. We sail towards Šipan Island around 4 pm.

Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport, transfer to the hotel where you will meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb

DAY 2 | ZAGREB | PLITVICE
MORNING TOUR OF ZAGREB & AFTERNOON RELAXATION ON LAKES PLITIVCE
ZAGREB - DISCOVER CROATIA'S CAPITAL CITY

Despite a million people living here, Zagreb somehow manages to retain the cozy feel about it and you will best experience this wandering around the historic, fortified Upper Town. The place of legends, rebellions and witches burnt at stake, the Upper town is home of the Cathedral, St. Mark’s church with the colorful roof and several present-day government buildings. Spread out at its feet, the Lower town oozes a more modern, but still very continental air about it, with many highlights such as the Croatian National Theatre and the University.

PLITVICE - SPECTACULAR NATURAL WONDERS

In the afternoon, swap the city for nature and drive out to Plitvice Lakes area. Sixteen lakes melting into one another in a series of waterfalls are a sight to behold in every season – blossoming in the spring, lushly green in the summer, colourful in the fall and a fairy tale wonderland in the winter. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice Region.

DAY 3 | PLITVICE | TROGIR | SPLIT
BEAUTIFUL SMALL TOWN OF TROGIR & 1.700 YEARS OLD CITY OF SPLIT
TROGIR - TINY AND CHARMING UNESCO-LISTED JEWEL

Depart to the country’s most famous region – Dalmatia. The drive is a lovely showcase of Croatia’s diversity, as you will travel from the continental highlands over a mountain pass to find yourself suddenly blinded by the shimmering blue of the Adriatic Sea. Your first stop, the tiny and charming UNESCO-listed jewel of Trogir, introduces the bounty and splendor of heritage on the coast. Stop to admire the intricate 13th-century portal of its Cathedral of St. Lawrence before continuing to the largest city on the coast, Split.

SPLIT - GUIDED TOUR HISTORIC CORE, THE DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE

Its lively historic core was once a one man’s retirement palace. The man was the Roman Emperor Diocletian and his modest home is today inhabited by 3000 people. Your walking tour highlights the stunning landmarks like the theatrical open-air Peristyle, the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Dominus, the patron saint of Split. Dinner and overnight in Split.

DAY 4 | SPLIT | DUBROVNIK
TRAVELING DOWN THE DALMATIAN COAST ALL THE WAY TO DUBROVNIK
DUBROVNIK - THE PEARL OF THE ADRIATIC

Travelling south from Split takes you along the ribbon of roads knit tightly along the edges of Croatia’s shorelines and through the beautiful landscapes of flat and fertile delta of Neretva River.

The road takes us to Croatia’s Pearl of the Adriatic, the beautiful Dubrovnik. Enlisted as UNESCO World heritage for decades now, exploring Dubrovnik with a guide is an idyllic way to complete your Croatian Delights tour. Like a stroll through long-gone centuries, stop to admire the still-operating pharmacy from 1317 at the Franciscan Monastery, the seat of the former Republic government at the Rector’s Palace and the revered Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 5 | DUBROVNIK
RELAX AND ENJOY DUBROVNIK'S CULTURE, SITES & STORIES
CROATIA’S MOST POPULAR UNESCO SITE

Sunday is a special day in the local culture, and locals will spend it to relax with their families and loved ones. And when in Rome… You’ll have this whole day to yourself so explore the magnificent Dubrovnik, whether you head to its Old Town, a.k.a. the King’s Landing, venture out to the leafy island of Lokrum, or discover some other treasure, today is about leisure. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 6 | DUBROVNIK | MOSTAR | SARAJEVO
DISCOVER BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA AND ITS TWO MOST IMPORTANT CITIES
MOSTAR - WHERE EAST AND WEST MEET

Travelling around the Balkans region, one is quickly stunned with the abundance of cultures, traditions and religions sustaining at such close distance. You’ll witness this today, as soon as you cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina and the landmarks soon change to Ottoman heritage. The town of Mostar, the first stop, is spread out on the banks of the river Neretva, its two sides – the Croatian and Muslim - joined by an old, UNESCO-listed Ottoman bridge.

SARAJEVO - THE CAPITAL OF BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

In Sarajevo, one finds a Cathedral, a mosque, a synagogue and an orthodox church all within the same block. The cultured capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina was always at a crossroads of cultures, yet still, its Bašćaršija center has a distinct Turkish feel to it. Dinner and overnight in Sarajevo.

DAY 7 | SARAJEVO | BELGRADE
MOVING TOWARDS THE OTHODOX AREA OF THE BALKAN PENINSULA
BELGRADE – DON'T MISS OUT FANTASTIC NIGHT LIFE

After breakfast, drive northwest to visit another distinct country in the region, Serbia. Driving against the course of the river Drina, which forms the larger part of the border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, notice the subtle change of scenery as you step foot into the Orthodox area of the Balkans peninsula.

Your destination is the present-day capital of Serbia, Belgrade, also the former capital of Yugoslavia. You’ll see this prolonged sense importance materialised in the grandeur of the city centre architecture and the new glitzy projects trying to infuse the city with fresh foreign investment, but despite its serious side, Belgrade is famous for offering a fantastic time out of the city, so don’t miss out. Dinner and overnight in Belgrade.

DAY 8 | BELGRADE | ZAGREB
GET TO KNOW THE CHARM OF SERBIA’S CAPITAL HIDDEN BEHIND ITS STERN FACADES.
BELGRADE - GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Get to know the charm of Serbia’s capital hidden behind its stern facades. The guided walking tour of Belgrade first takes you to the city’s crown, the Kalemegdan Park, perched high on a cliff which overlooks the romantic encounter of the region’s largest rivers of Sava and Danube. Breathtaking views, historic landmarks and a momentous ambiance are a trademark of every Kalemegdan stroll but the atmosphere soon turns glitzy as you descend onto Knew Mihajlova Street and the busy Republic Square. Explore the orthodox religion at the town’s largest temple of St. Sava and get an insight on the Yugoslavian times in Tito’s Memorial.

After the tour, drive to the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

DAY 9 | ZAGREB DEPARTURE
IT IS TIME TO SAY FAREWELL

Enjoy a tasty breakfast and a cup of coffee overlooking the beautiful Adriatic Sea and prepare yourself for a day of discovering magnificent UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik Old Town. After a short panoramic drive through Dubrovnik, a professional guide will take you on a walking tour, after which you will be given plenty of free time to discover The Pearl of Adriatic before your transfer back to the ship. We sail towards Šipan Island around 4 pm.

After breakfast, the tour ends with transfer to Zagreb Airport.

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INCLUSIONS

4 star hotels

  • Zagreb: International 4*
  • Plitvice: Park 4*
  • Split: President 4*
  • Dubrovnik: Adria 4*
  • Sarajevo: Radon Plaza 4 – 5 *
  • Belgrade: Majestic 4*

Great Hosts

  • Experienced tour manager will escort you through this land tour.
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours in Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo and Belgrade

Entrance fees

  • Entrance fees to Plitvice Lakes National Park; St. Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir; Diocletian’s Palace and Cathedral in Split; Franciscan Monastery and the Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; Turkish House and Mosque in Mostar; Gazi Husref Bey Mosque in Sarajevo; Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade

transfers

  • Arrival transfer from Zagreb Airport to hotel and from hotel to Zagreb airport on the first and the last day of the tour

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Rates are per person for double occupancy for 8 nights. Single Supplement: 310 euro net (on request)

Previosly listed hotels will be used on almost all departures. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those on this page.

 

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