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The Balkans and Venice

13 Days 5 Countries 7 Cities

Experience the beauty of the Dalmatian coast and the cities of Sarajevo and Mostar on this Regional Explorer trip.

"I loved the Balkans and Venice"

Valerie

About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy 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 i

Trip code: BALK

12 Nights

accommodation

18 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 6 dinners.

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The Balkans and Venice

Your Itinerary

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.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
The Westin

2. Zagreb Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Radon Plaza

4. Sarajevo Sightseeing and Free Time

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 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Ariston

6. Dubrovnik Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

7. Dubrovnik – Excursion to Montenegro

Travel to the Republic of Montenegro where you will meet 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

8. Dubrovnik – Split

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
President

9. Split – Plitvice

Spend the morning exploring more of Split or join an Optional Experience to nearby Trogir. Later travel to 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Jezero

10. Plitvice – Lake Bled

Today 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Park

11. Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Venice (2 Nights)

This morning visit Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Here you'll view the Central open-air Market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba's Fountain, the Three Bridges and the Parliament during your orientation. Later 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 meal.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Le Boulevard

12. Venice Orientation and Free Time

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

13. Depart Venice

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 38 Reviews

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    Service rating : Tour Director is informative, helpful & professional.Product : " Be My Guest " is an enjoyable and memorable experience which most other tour agency does not provide. Great time to experience the local family life & culture & great bonding session.

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    Service rating : The service met our expectations, and even went above them.Product : The itinerary was very well planned out, and we were able to see and do many things.

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    Service rating : Just such a well organised trip with nothing left undone. On arriving at Zagreb airport my husband & I thought we would be waiting an hour for our transfer to our hotel. Our tour director, Jasmina had waited a bit longer to be there to greet us as we arrived. To me that set the

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    Service rating : We enjoyed the Be My Guest experience in Sarajevo, our host family were lovely, we have travelled with Trafalgar on 9 trips and we cannot fault either the Tour Directors or the Be My Guest experience, each trip has come with its own surprises and this one was no exception, our

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    Service rating : Our primary guide, Jasmine, was genuinely kind and generous, with a special talent to engage with a variety of people. A very positive presence on the tour. Our local guides offered a nice variety of perspectives. The bus was comfortable, the driver excellent.Product : The

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    For included sightseeing in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Split, Plitvice and Montenegro.

  • Local Specialists
    Small Group Sightseeing in Dubrovnik, enjoy a guided walking tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests.

  • Local Specialists
    Guided walking tour of Sarajevo War Tunnel and Old Town.

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

  • Be My Guest
    Meet a local family in 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.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

    • Orientation of Mostar, Ljubljana, Lake Bled and Venice

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

    • View the Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace in Zagreb, the Rector's Palace and city walls in Dubrovnik, Jupiter's Temple in Split, the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park, the Opera House and Castle in Ljubljana and St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace in Venice

    • Cruise by private launch to the historic islands of Venice


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Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 6 dinners.


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Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

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