Balkan Delight - Leisure Holidays

Balkan DelightCroatia

From RM11,165 / per person for 11 nights
The astonishing natural beauty and charming medieval cities of the Balkans show few signs of the conflicts that have shaped this region.

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Summary

See the Sarajevo War Tunnels, the historic inner city of Split and 'Pearl of the Adriatic', Dubrovnik. Admire the longest and deepest bay in southern Europe and Plitvice's landscapes.



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Itinerary

Transfer

On arrival at Zagreb Airport transfers will operate at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. 

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Zagreb Airport at 7 am and 11.30 am.

Accommodation

Day 1 & 2: Hotel Westin

Day 3 & 4: Hotel Radon Plaza

Day 5 - 7: Hotel Ariston

Day 8 & 9: Hotel Corner

Day 10: Hotel Jezero

Day 11: Hotel Westin

Day 12: Depart Zagreb

Sightseeing

Day 1 - Arrive Zagreb
Embark on an epic discovery of the Balkans. The capital city of Zagreb is your springboard to a fascinating journey through what was once a troubled region and is today a land of diverse cultures and traditions which you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy with newfound friends. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.


Day 2 - Zagreb Sightseeing and Free Time
The paved squares and steep alleyways of Zagreb are ours to explore this morning as we join a Local Specialist to delve into the city's rich medieval and religious history. See the majestic Cathedral on Kaptol and St. Mark's Church, with its vividly coloured tiled roof. Admire the Opera House, then take a stroll around the 17th-century Ban Jelačić Square. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own - enjoy panoramic city views from Strossmatre, pay tribute to Zagreb's patron saint at the Stone Gate or wander through the Old Town, twirling your Šestine umbrella as you ramble through its labyrinthine lanes. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to, Kumrovec, the birthplace of iconic leader Tito and enjoy a delicious meal of regional specialities with magnificent views of the Croatian Countryside.


Day 3 - Zagreb - Sarajevo Sightseeing
We journey to Sarajevo, whose rich religious and multicultural heritage has earned it the nickname, the Jerusalem of Europe. Its centuries-old religious history is reflected in its beautiful synagogues, mosques, and Orthodox and Catholic churches. Delving into the depths below Sarajevo, we join a Local Specialist for an insider tour of a Bosnian war tunnel which allowed food, war supplies and humanitarian aid to come into the city, and people to get out. Hear war-time tales of bravery and tragedy. This evening, join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.


Day 4 - Sarajevo Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour of the city's old town, past the largest mosque in the Balkans, the Eternal Flame and the Sarajevo Roses that are dotted across the city as a stark reminder of the turmoil Sarajevo endured decades ago. During your free time this afternoon perhaps ramble along Copper Street seeking treasures, or drink from the fountain of Sebilj to secure your return to Sarajevo.


Day 5 - Sarajevo - Mostar - Dubrovnik
We journey to the secluded coves and dramatic cliffs of the Dalmatian coast that for centuries have attracted famous artists, actors and aristocrats. En route to Dubrovnik, the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', we stop at the magnificent Mostar Bridge. Hear the tales of this impressive bridge over the Neretva River and the bridge keepers who watched over it in Medieval times - giving Mostar its name. The 16th-century bridge, built by Sinan the great Ottoman architect, was destroyed during the war and has been rebuilt using age-old traditions. Enjoy some free time to explore the town, before continuing to the ancient city of Dubrovnik. This evening, consider joining a private sunset cruise with dinner, enjoying the best views of this enchanting city from the water.


Day 6 - Dubrovnik Sightseeing and Free Time
Stroll through the marble streets of this stunning medieval city, joining a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the main sights of Dubrovnik with a Local Specialist. Admire the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Consider taking an afternoon boat ride to the seaside oasis of Cavtat. Travel to Osojnik and 'Connect With Locals', joining the Muhoberac family for a traditional Be My Guest meal in the village their ancestors have lived in for over 500 years.


Day 7 - Dubrivnik - Excursion to Montenegro
Dazzling natural surrounds are ours to enjoy today as we travel to the Republic of Montenegro, where we will meet a Local Specialist and head towards the mouth of the Bay of Kotor. Celebrate centuries of history in the charming town of Kotor, with its Venetian palaces and medieval churches. We return to Dubrovnik this evening and dine tonight at our hotel.


Day 8 - Dubrovnik - Split
We pass old fishing villages and modern resorts, arriving in the vibrant city of Split. Enjoy a city tour with a Local Specialist featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's 4th-century Palace. See Split's Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Spend the evening on your own, or join an Optional Experience to savour traditional Dalmatian flavours.


Day 9 - Split Free Day or Optional Excursion to the Island of Hvar
Indulge in a full free day to discover Split on your terms. Ascend the bell tower for magnificent views of the sprawling terracotta roofs that edge onto the Adriatic or consider a full-day Optional Experience to the beautiful island of Hvar.


Day 10 - Split - Trogir - Plitvice
This morning, we visit the walled island of Trogir with a Local Specialist. The stone town is a boon for lovers of art and Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque architecture churches. We leave the coast and journey to the forested National Park of Plitvice, where we will dine tonight at our hotel.


Day 11 - Plitvice National Park Sightseeing - Zagreb
The tranquil turquoise, emerald and grey waters of Plitvice's multitude of lakes and waterfalls are explored today on a walking tour with a Local Specialist. Amble past the scenic natural landscapes, admiring the lush green vegetation in this UNESCO World Heritage site. We return to Zagreb for a final Farewell Dinner together, reminiscing over an enchanting Balkan exploration.


Day 12 - Depart Zagreb
Our time together comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

Meals

Included 11 Hot Buffet Breakfasts and 6 Dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation

Connect with Locals

Experience life in rural Osojnik with the Muhoberac family who will show you how to prepare your Be My Guest meal on an open fire using only local ingredients and fresh aromatic Mediterranean herbs.

Local Specialists

Included sightseeing in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Montenegro, Split, Trogir and Plitvice. Guided walking tour of Sarajevo War Tunnel

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

Charges & Taxes

All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

Pre-pay Gratuites

Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver

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