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Balkan Delight

12 Days 4 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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      • Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      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.


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      Trip code: BALK

      11 Nights

      accommodation

      17 Meals
      • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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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 town of Kotor in Montenegro, Diocletian's Palace in Split, 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

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Zagreb (2 Nights)

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      Zagreb Sightseeing

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      Zagreb – Sarajevo Sightseeing (2 Nights)

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      Sarajevo Sightseeing

      Dubrovnik, Croatia

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      Sarajevo – Mostar – Dubrovnik (3 Nights)

      Dubrovnik, Croatia

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      Dubrovnik Sightseeing

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      Day 7

      Dubrovnik – Excursion to Montenegro

      Split, Croatia

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      Dubrovnik – Split (2 Nights)

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      Day 9

      Split Free Day or Optional Excursion to the island of Hvar

      Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

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      Split – Trogir – Plitvice

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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)

      Embark on an off-the-beaten track 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, including a stroll around the 17th century Ban Jelačić Square.

      Hotel

      The Westin

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      The Westin

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Zagreb Sightseeing Day 2 - Zagreb Sightseeing

      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. Wander through the upper and lower town admiring the iconic sites that have captured the attention of visitors for centuries. See the majestic Cathedral on Kaptol, the Archbishop's Palace, St. Mark's Church, with its vividly coloured tiled roof, and the Opera House. Spend the afternoon at leisure - enjoy panoramic city views from Strossmatre, pay tribute to Zagreb's patron saint at the Stone Gate or meander through the Old Town, twirling your Šestine umbrella as you ramble along its labyrinthine lanes. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the lush surrounding countryside.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Zagreb – Sarajevo Sightseeing (2 Nights) Day 3 - Zagreb – Sarajevo Sightseeing (2 Nights)

      East meets west today as we travel south from Croatia into the dramatic landscapes of Bosnia and Herzegovina to its fascinating capital city, Sarajevo. Its rich religious and multicultural heritage that spans centuries has earned it the nickname, the Jerusalem of Europe, reflected in its beautiful synagogues, mosques, and Orthodox and Catholic Churches. 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 just a few decades ago. 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

      Burrowing into the depths below Sarajevo, we join a Local Specialist for an insider tour of a Bosnian war tunnel that, during the siege in the 1990s, linked neighbourhoods and 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 before spending the rest of the day exploring the city on your terms. Ramble along Copper Street seeking treasures or drink from the fountain of Sebilj to secure your return to Sarajevo.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

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

      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 to see the magnificent bridge at Mostar, named after the bridge keepers who in medieval times guarded the 'Stari Most' over the Neretva River. The 16th century bridge, built by Sinan the great Ottoman architect, was destroyed during the war and has been rebuilt using the same centuries-old traditions. Enjoy some free time to explore the town before continuing to the ancient city of Dubrovnik.

      Hotel

      Ariston

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Ariston

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Dubrovnik Sightseeing Day 6 - Dubrovnik Sightseeing

      Follow the solid city walls and meander through the marble streets of this stunning medieval city, joining an unforgettable 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 before travelling to Osojnik to meet the Muhoberac family for a special Be My Guest traditional meal in the village their ancestors have lived in for over 500 years.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Dubrovnik – Excursion to Montenegro Day 7 - Dubrovnik – 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, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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

      Meandering along the azure shores of the Adriatic, 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 the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Spend the evening at leisure, meandering along the elegant Riva, see how the Romans once lived in this ancient settlement or join an Optional Experience to indulge in traditional Dalmatian flavours.

      Hotel

      Corner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Corner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 9

      Split Free Day or Optional Excursion to the island of Hvar Day 9 - Split Free Day or Optional Excursion to the island of Hvar

      Delve into centuries of fascinating heritage on this day at leisure in Split. Consider a full-day Optional Experience to the beautiful island of Hvar, ascend the bell tower for magnificent views of the sprawling terracotta roofs and white marble façades that edge onto the Adriatic, or savour the city's delicious gastronomy at cafés tucked away in hidden lanes.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 10

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

      This morning we visit the picturesque walled island of Trogir with a Local Specialist. The charming stone town is connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges and is a veritable treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, and Romanesque churches. We leave the coast and journey to the forested National Park of Plitvice where we will dine tonight at our hotel.

      Hotel

      Jezero

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Jezero

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Plitvice National Park Sightseeing – Zagreb 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 along the wooden pathways suspended over the pristine natural landscapes, admiring the lush green vegetation and the abundant birdlife that find sanctuary in this UNESCO World Heritage. We return to Zagreb for a final Farewell Dinner together where we will reminisce over an enchanting Balkan exploration.

      Hotel

      The Westin

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      The Westin

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 12

      Depart Zagreb Day 12 - Depart Zagreb

      Our time together comes to and end this morning after breakfast. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      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

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      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 town of Kotor in Montenegro, Diocletian's Palace in Split, 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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      The Trafalgar Experience

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        Service rating : our travel director Lucien *personal information removed by Feefo* was brilliant so helpful great personality and people skills beyond anything - he went out of his way for everyone on the tour also our driver damir was amazing and I would trust him to drive me anywhere the

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        Service rating : I recently did two Trafalgar Tours. Great tour directors and drivers. Tour directors very knowledgeable and don't know how the drivers become so skillful with those big coaches. Hotels and food good too. I would thoroughly recommend Trafalgar to anyone and am about to

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        The tour was well planned - the Tour Director, Sasha made a couple of changes to the original itinerary which worked very well.Barring one, the hotels were very good.Our Tour Director was a fun person, sensitive and practical which showed up in everything he did - including choice of music played

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        Service rating : Trafalgar always meet if not exceed our expectations traveling to different destinations. So satified, I think its our 9th times traveling with Trafalgar.Product : The Balkan tour is a wonderfull surprise, especially if you love the "Games of Thrones" it will enhance your

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        Service rating : We have been on two Trafalgar tours now and I must say they have wonderful, experienced, dedicated and amazingly organized tour directors! As well the drivers are well-trained and courteous. The tours are well organized; the accommodations for the most part are very good and the

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