The Balkans and Venice - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

13 days

from US$3195 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Oct 2015.
"I loved the Balkans and Venice"
Valerie , Jul 2014

The beauty of the Dalmatian coast and Lake Bled, and the stories of civil war in the cities of Sarajevo and Mostar – this is a trip of contrasts in the Balkans.

It's Insider moments like… hearing how volunteers built a tunnel with picks to create a lifeline for Sarajevo's trapped inhabitants during the Bosnian War in the 1990s, as our local friend tells stories of survival.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Welcome to Zagreb! Spend the afternoon relaxing or explore 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!


    Welcome Reception



  • 2.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.


    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! In 1914 the city was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which prompted the start of the First World War. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Radon Plaza

  • 4.


    Enjoy an insider tour of the Sarajevo war tunnels with a Local Specialist. During the siege of the city in the early 1990's, the tunnel was constructed by the Bosnian Army in order to link neighbourhoods in the city of Sarajevo, to allow 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 from your Local Specialist. Later you will have free time to explore this fascinating city on your own.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.


    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. Mostar is named after this Old Bridge, the 'Stari Most', built by Sinan the great Ottoman architect and one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable 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.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner



  • 6.


    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. For lunch a special Be My Guest experience awaits you at the village of Osojnik where you meet the Muhoberac family whose ancestors have lives 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.


    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 7.


    Travel to the Republic of Montenegro with a Local Specialist and enjoy a scenic and relaxing 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.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.


    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 Cultural 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.


    Buffet Breakfast



  • 9.


    This morning travel through the forested National Park of Plitvice. Admire the waterfalls and lakes of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site on your walking tour with your Local Specialist. See lakes of crystal clear water in many colourful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls. Arrive later at your hotel and enjoy dinner with your travel companions.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner



  • 10.


    Travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Here, view the Central open-air Market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba's Fountain, the Three Bridges and the Parliament during your orientation. After free time for lunch in Ljubljana, travel to Lake Bled, a beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps. Lake Bled is set amid forests and mountains and is one of the most picturesque destinations in Europe.


    Buffet Breakfast



  • 11.


    Travel to the romantic city of Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, why not consider a boat trip to the island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal.


    Buffet Breakfast


    NH Laguna Palace

  • 12.


    Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy or relax at a café on St. Mark's Square. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebration with your travel companions before returning to your  hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 13.


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


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Meet Anton and Marja along with their children when you visit the village of Osojnik. Your hosts will prepare a delicious meal in the traditional way with fresh aromatic Mediterranean herbs accompanied by home-made beverages.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Specialists

    in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Split, Plitvice and Ljubljana.
    Small Group Sightseeing in Dubrovnik, enjoy a guided walking tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests.
    Sarajevo war tunnel.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours of Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Montenegro and Split
  • Cruise the Canals of Venice
  • Orientation of Lake Bled and Venice
  • View the Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace in Zagreb, the Waterfalls of Plitvice National Park, the Opera House and Castle of Ljubljana and St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace in Venice
  • Visit the War Tunnels in Sarajevo, Jupiter's Temple, Diocletian's Palace in Split and Plitvice National Park


  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
    1 lunch (Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • 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

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Kumrovec And Lunch

    Adult Price: €54.00 A scenic drive out of Zagreb brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. You’ll explore his house, now a museum, and share a lunch of local specialities in a picturesque restaurant, with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.


  • Sarajevo Home Hosted Evening

    Adult Price: €55.00 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.


  • Traditional Konoba Dinner

    Adult Price: €50.00 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.
  • Trogir Escapade

    Adult Price: €35.00 Continuously inhabited for over 2,300 years, Trogir’s unique culture was shaped by Ancient Greeks, Romans and Venetians. A quick drive will take you along the coastline to the UNESCO-listed island, where your Local Specialist will reveal its Romanesque churches and stunning Renaissance and Baroque buildings.


  • Traditional Slovenian Village Experience

    Adult Price: €49.00 Come with us on a journey to Radovljica, a well-preserved medieval alpine village. After a walking tour of the charming old port, you’ll enjoy a meal at a traditional Slovenian Inn where you’ll be entertained by local musicians, and see the famous living gingerbread museum.


  • Discover The Magic Of Venice

    Adult Price: €69.00 Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
  • Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Food And Drinks

    Adult Price: €69.00 Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you’ll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You’ll enjoy lunch or dinner with drinks at the nearby ‘Island of the Fishermen’, Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.
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