Best of the Balkans

Best of the Balkans

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Best of the Balkans

9 Days Starting in Dubrovnik and ending in Split

Visiting: Dubrovnik, Kotor, Budva, Sarajevo, Mostar, Split

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Tour code:

HCBHZN20

Activities:

Walking

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Tour Overview

Journey from medieval ruins to ancient Roman sights on this 9 day exploration of the Best of the Balkans, featuring the historic town centers of Dubrovnik and Split. You'll wander through multicultural cities, hear moving stories of war, discover the stunning architecture, and watch as the vivid colors of the Plitvice lakes and waterfalls morph with the changing light. Centuries of history will be revealed through the eyes of Local Specialists who share their secrets of the Balkans.

Highlights

  • 8 Breakfast (B)

  • 4 Dinner (D)

  • : Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes the Old Town

  • : See the historic bridge and visit the Bazaar with a Local Specialist

  • : Sightseeing tour with Local Specialist includes a visit of the Old City. See the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries

  • : See Diocletian's Palace with your Local Specialist

  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • : Many meals and daily breakfasts included

  • : City orientation tours

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Day 1: Arrive Dubrovnik
Location: Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Hotel, Adria (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive in Dubrovnik where you'll get to see 'paradise on earth'- if George Bernard Shaw is to be believed. The famous playwright was a big fan of this medieval fortified city on Croatia's Dalmatian coast. Over the next day you'll uncover the city's unique appeal, but first meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an included dinner this evening and a glimpse into what lies ahead.

Day 2: Dubrovnik Sightseeing And Free Time
Location: Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Hotel Adria (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we join a Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour of the iconic highlights in Dubrovnik. Admire the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain and the city walls. Stroll through elegant courtyards and along limestone streets, admiring the remnants of Dubrovnik's Golden Age. Tonight, there's no better way to enjoy this shimmering coastline than embarking on an optional sunset dinner cruise to a secluded bay, with the illuminated city of Dubrovnik providing the perfect end to the evening.

Day 3: Dubrovnik - Kotor - Budva
Location: Dubrovnik, Kotor, Budva
Accommodation: Hotel, Monte Casa Spa & Wellness
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro to the Old Town of Kotor, known as Stari Grad. Located beside a beautiful bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen, it's no surprise it's a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your Travel Director will take you on an orientation around this historic town. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 4: Budva - Sarajevo
Location: Budva, Sarajevo
Accommodation: Ibis Styles
Meals Included: Breakfast

Small villages and broad plains line your route south into Bosnia-Herzegovina. Arrive later today in its capital Sarajevo, where a rich religious and multi-cultural heritage has earned it the nickname, the 'Jerusalem of Europe'. Warm Bosnian hospitality is on the menu tonight if you choose one of our two Optional Experiences. Join a local family in their home for tasty traditional cuisine or enjoy a lively encounter in a favorite local restaurant with dinner and entertainment.

Day 5: Sarajevo Sightseeing
Location: Sarajevo
Accommodation: Ibis Styles
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, centuries of religious history are reflected in Sarajevo's beautiful synagogues, mosques, and Orthodox and Catholic churches as you'll discover when you join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour. You'll also visit the Old Town, view the largest mosque in the Balkans, and see the Eternal Flame and the Sarajevo Roses that are dotted across the city, standing as a stark reminder of the turmoil Sarajevo endured decades ago.

Day 6: Sarajevo - Mostar
Location: Sarajevo, Mostar
Accommodation: Mostar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you’ll head to Mostar, joining a Local Specialist for an exploration of this historic multicultural city that witnessed an impressive resurrection after the Bosnian War. Part of its restoration can be seen in the traditional reconstruction of its medieval 'Stari Most', an Ottoman-style bridge. You'll delve into a tragic time not long ago when Catholic Croats, Muslim Bosniaks and Orthodox Serbs fought for supremacy amidst the colorful cobbled streets overlooking the Neretva River. You’ll have time to explore the city on your own or perhaps join a Local Specialist for a visit to Blagaj, famous for its natural spring and one of the most mystical cultural and historical villages in the country.

Day 7: Mostar - Split
Location: Mostar, Split
Accommodation: Mondo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sit back, relax and watch the stunning Adriatic coastline go by as you pass old fishing villages and modern resorts bound for Split, where modern façades reveal glimpses of an ancient Roman past. You'll have an evening to discover the Dalmatian capital on your terms or join an Optional Experience in a traditional stone basement konoba for a Dalmatian dinner and live music.

Day 8: Split Sightseeing
Location: Split
Accommodation: Mondo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today a Local Specialist takes you behind the city walls to this harbor town's heart, the 4th-century Roman Emperor Diocletian Palace, followed by a leisurely walking tour through the historic Old Town. See how Gothic, Roman and Renaissance structures merge seamlessly across the cityscape. Admire Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the 7th-century Cathedral of Saint Domnius as you explore its maze of narrow alleys. If you’re after more sightseeing on your Balkans value tour, you could choose to spend the rest of your day by joining an Optional Experience to one of the glittering Dalmatian islands. Or perhaps indulge in some of the local vintages which have justifiably earned the islands their reputation as a celebrated wine center for centuries.

Day 9: Depart Split
Location: Split
Meals Included: Breakfast

You've explored medieval monuments, witnessed the revival of war-torn cities and relaxed on the sun-kissed shores of the Adriatic. The allure of the Balkans will linger long after you've said goodbye to your travel companions.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included

  • City orientation tours

  • Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries

  • Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty and joy of taking a guided vacation with Costsaver is that you get to meet, travel and make friends with people from all over the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Costsaver is part of The Travel Corporation, which has been in business for over 100 years.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Costsaver is proud to be a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation started in 2008. To date the charity has donated over US$2 million to assist underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism initiatives around the globe.

Reviews of this Operator

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ONE OF MY BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES IN MY LIFE!

12-Jan-2023

Travel Director Alberto and Driver Victor were providing excellent services and amazing travel experiences. Since I came back I strongly recommended to all my contacts how impressed I am with your Professional Team.

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Definitely recommend

14-Dec-2022

Trip was planned well and the experience was great. Would definitely recommend and do another

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Best trip ever!

20-Jan-2023

Our trip was absolutely outstanding, organized and just plain fun. Agnes is a wonderful tour-guide, knowledgeable and we never had to worry about anything. And Frank, our bus driver, always had a smile and gave us the smoothest bus ride ever! And I've been on buses around the world... If we ever go again (hopefully), Costsaver would be my first and only choice and hopefully we will get "team" Agnes and Frank again.

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Best Travel Experience

05-Jan-2023

We have traveled to Europe many times but this time Spain was different. It was fantastic trip, our tour director was professional and informative.

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Jewels of Italy

05-Jan-2024

Compacted tour everything you needed was taken care of excellent tour director Giuseppe and coach driver Bruno! Looked after all the time! Last hotel really excellent , first 2 not so good…

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No hesitation recommending Costsaver

17-Jan-2023

I had the time of my life. It was an incredible experience.

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Why I chose Costsaver

15-Jan-2023

1. The visited places were interesting. 2. A real value for money. 3. Super knowledgeable and friendly tour director 4. Secure and safe. 5. Comfortable bus. 6. Efficient hotel check-in experience. 7. Highly experienced driver. 8. Excellent coordination with hotels.

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