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Balkan Delight

12 Days 4 Countries 9 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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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.

Balkan Delight

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Zagreb (2 Nights)

Day 2

Zagreb Sightseeing

Day 3

Zagreb – Sarajevo (2 Nights)

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

Day 8

Dubrovnik – Split (2 Nights)

Split, Croatia

Day 9

Split

Day 10

Split – Trogir – Plitvice

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Day 11

Plitvice National Park Sightseeing – Zagreb

Day 12

Depart Zagreb

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

Day 1

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

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 explore his house, now a museum, and have time to explore the museum village. Later share a meal of local specialities in a picturesque restaurant, with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

Adult Price: €55.00

Day 2

Day 3

Zagreb – Sarajevo (2 Nights)

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.

Hotel

Radon Plaza

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 4

Sarajevo Sightseeing

Enjoy an insider tour of the Sarajevo war tunnels 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 and enjoy a guided walking tour of the old town with your Local Specialist. Later you will have free time to explore this fascinating city on your own.

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

Day 4

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. 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 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
  • Dinner

Day 5

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

Optional Experiences

Dubrovnik And Cavtat Panoramic Cruise

You’ll enjoy a cruise around Dubrovnik’s city walls and view its stunning churches, towers and 16th century skyline. Then journey onwards along the coast to the picturesque village of Cavtat, with its magnificent views of Dubrovnik and surrounding areas.

Adult Price: €31.00

Day 6

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

Day 7

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

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

Spend your free day as you wish. Consider a full day Optional Experience offered by your Travel Director. Or experience a taste of Dalmatian life as it's really lived by joining the locals to eat a traditional 'Marenda' brunch, strolling along the Riva seafront and exploring the narrow streets hiding a multitude of galleries, restaurants and cafes.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Trogir Escapade

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.

Adult Price: €36.00

Day 9

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

Optional Experiences

Lake Bled And Castle Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we’ll enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bled before entering the 1000-year-old castle to explore its ancient interior. Later we’ll take a traditional 'Pletna' boat for a short cruise to the only island in the lake, where you’ll visit the Church of St. Mary's with its wishing bell.

Adult Price: €48.00

Traditional Slovenian Village Experience

Come with us on a journey to Radovljica, a well-preserved medieval alpine village. After a walking tour with a Local Specialist, 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.

Adult Price: €50.00

Day 10

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

Day 11

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

Optional Experiences

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

Adult Price:

Day 12

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.


What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

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

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    Service rating : trip was great , Sasha was very helpful and kept us very busySome of our stops were better than expected and crowds were largerthan we anticipated.. Staying in a place more than 1 night is our preferenceand we experienced that on 4 occasions .Being a repeat customer we were

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