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Balkan Delight

12 Days 3 Countries 8 Cities

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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12 Days, 3 Countries, 8 Cities

Balkan Delight

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Zagreb, Croatia

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Zagreb, Croatia

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About this trip

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


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: BALK

11 Nights

accommodation

17 Meals
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Split and Trogir

    • Orientation of Mostar

    • View the Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace in Zagreb, the Rector's Palace and city walls in Dubrovnik and the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park

    • Visit the War Tunnels in Sarajevo, the charming towns of Kotor and Budva in Montenegro, Diocletian's Palace in Split and Plitvice National Park


What's Included

Dining

    • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 6 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Balkan Delight

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Day 1

Arrive Zagreb (2 Nights)

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Day 2

Zagreb Sightseeing

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Day 3

Zagreb – Sarajevo Sightseeing

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Day 4

Sarajevo Sightseeing

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day 5

Sarajevo – Mostar – Dubrovnik (3 Nights)

Franciscan Monastery, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day 6

Dubrovnik Sightseeing

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day 7

Dubrovnik – Excursion to Montenegro

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Day 8

Dubrovnik – Split (2 Nights)

Split, Croatia

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Split

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Split – Trogir – Plitvice

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

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Plitvice National Park Sightseeing – Zagreb

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Depart Zagreb

Day 1

Arrive Zagreb (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Zagreb (2 Nights)

Welcome 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

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Westin

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Zagreb Sightseeing Day 2 - Zagreb Sightseeing

Zagreb 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Kumrovec with Food and Drinks

A scenic drive out of Zagreb with our Local Specialist brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. You’ll see his house, now a museum, and have time to explore the museum village. Later, share a meal of delicious regional specialities in a picturesque restaurant with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

Adult Price: €55.00

Day 2

Day 3

Zagreb – Sarajevo Sightseeing Day 3 - Zagreb – Sarajevo Sightseeing

Travel 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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Radon Plaza

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 4

Sarajevo Sightseeing Day 4 - Sarajevo Sightseeing

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Sarajevo Home Hosted Evening

Enjoy a true insight into local culture as you’re invited into a Sarajevo local's home, to savour warm hospitality and tasty traditional cuisine. There’ll be no more than several guests with each family, ensuring a cosy and memorable evening.

Adult Price: €56.00

Traditional Bosnian Dinner with Entertainment

Enjoy a typical Bosnian evening in an authentic restaurant, famous for its local cuisine, accompanied with lively entertainment, to ensure an unforgettable final evening in Sarajevo.

Adult Price: €49.00

Olympic Sarajevo

The 1984 Winter Olympic Games was a landmark event for Sarajevo, the first communist country to host the event. Witness the former venues and enjoy the spectacular city panorama from Trebevic mountain. Local beverages and treat will be served as your Local Specialist brings to life stories of the Games and how they continue to impact the identity of the city.

Adult Price: €31.00

Day 4

Day 5

Sarajevo – Mostar – Dubrovnik (3 Nights) Day 5 - Sarajevo – Mostar – Dubrovnik (3 Nights)

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Ariston

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Sunset Cruise And Dinner

Our sunset cruise takes us along the spectacular Dalmatian coast to one of the secluded bays where we'll enjoy a delicious local dinner with drinks. To complete the evening, we'll cruise outside the old city walls and explore the beautiful illuminated city of Dubrovnik, before returning by coach to our hotel. (n.b. This optional is weather dependent and may not be available on all departures)

Adult Price: €57.00

Dinner with a Panoramic Dubrovnik View

From Old Dubrovnik port we'll sail to St. Jacobs beach, the most attractive and romantic beach with the best view over the famous Dubrovnik city walls. There we'll enjoy local traditional cuisine with drinks. Afterwards, we'll stroll through the illuminated Old Town of Dubrovnik before returning to our Hotel.

Adult Price: €57.00

Day 5

Day 6

Dubrovnik Sightseeing Day 6 - Dubrovnik Sightseeing

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Panoramic Cavtat

Journey along the coast for a relaxing trip to the picturesque village of Cavtat, arriving at the harbour on our own chartered boat. Enjoy a leisurely stroll with our Local Specialist in the medieval old town and take the opportunity to sample one of the many local seafood restaurants while admiring the yachts in the marina.

Adult Price: €31.00

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Day 7

Dubrovnik – Excursion to Montenegro Day 7 - Dubrovnik – Excursion to Montenegro

Travel 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 7

Day 8

Dubrovnik – Split (2 Nights) Day 8 - Dubrovnik – Split (2 Nights)

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

President

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Traditional Konoba Dinner

If you want to truly experience Dalmatian cuisine, a dinner in a traditional stone basement 'konoba' is the best choice. You’ll select from a variety of seafood or meats accompanied by all you can drink Dalmatian wines and typical live music, which will add a traditional touch to your last night on the Croatian Adriatic coastline.

Adult Price: €51.00

Day 8

Day 9

Split Day 9 - Split

Spend 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dalmatian Village Experience

A scenic journey with your Local Specialist along the coast from Split brings us to a picturesque Dalmatian village, set amidst the backdrop of a mountainous river canyon. Your hosts will introduce you to their family and you'll sample homemade local dishes and drinks in a traditional stone house Konoba. Later, try your hand at dancing, Dalmatian style, with a local folklore music group!

Adult Price: €54.00

Day 9

Day 10

Split – Trogir – Plitvice Day 10 - Split – Trogir – Plitvice

This 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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Jezero

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Jewel of the Adriatic

A memorable day trip to Hvar, one of the most beautiful islands in the Croatian archipelago. Embarking on a boat ride from Split harbour, we'll explore the historic Hvar Old Town on foot with our Local Specialist. You'll spend free time relaxing along one of the seafront restaurants or soaking up the stunning views from the Venetian hilltop fortress. At the end of the day, we'll sail back over the Adriatic on our return to Split.

Adult Price: €59.00

Day 10

Day 11

Plitvice National Park Sightseeing – Zagreb Day 11 - Plitvice National Park Sightseeing – 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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Westin

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Rastoke Village and Barać Caves

Journey with your Local Specialist through this picturesque region to the fairytale watermill village of Rastoke, with its cascading waterfalls and architectural heritage dating from the 17th century. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Caves of Barać with its spectacular karstic features and valuable paleontological history.

Adult Price: €36.00

Day 11

Day 12

Depart Zagreb Day 12 - Depart Zagreb

Say farewell to your companions as this memorable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 12

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

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

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Montenegro, Split, Trogir and Plitvice. Guided walking tour of Sarajevo War Tunnel

  • Small Group Sightseeing
    Enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic inner city of Dubrovnik with a group size of no more than 25 guests

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Split and Trogir

    • Orientation of Mostar

    • View the Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace in Zagreb, the Rector's Palace and city walls in Dubrovnik and the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park

    • Visit the War Tunnels in Sarajevo, the charming towns of Kotor and Budva in Montenegro, Diocletian's Palace in Split and Plitvice National Park


What's Included

Dining

    • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 6 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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    Too rushed,no free time to ourselves, heading off early & arriving too late into destination at night

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    Service rating : We enjoyed the experience and in particular our tour guide, Emma who ensured every one was enjoying the experience. Service is about people and resources, making sure everything runs smoothly and effortless.Product : The itinerary is chosen before departure so doing your

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    We were happy with the tour director, Emma mcmahon,she was very attentive to us, all our concerns, she did her best to address them. Peter,our coach driver was very careful with his driving! The tour group was awesome too!

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    Service rating : dit word hoogs profesioneel aangebied. die hotel is skitterend en goed gelee.Product : dit wat ek wou sien het ek gesien en die inligting wat verskaf is was baie goed.

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    Service rating : It was a wonderful trip and our guide was excellent.Product : Very interesting places- all of them.

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