Croatia and the Balkans

Croatia and the Balkans

Start: Budapest Finish: Split

Visiting: Budapest, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Mostar, Kotor, Perast, Risan, Dubrovnik, Lopud, Hvar, Pakleni Otoci, Split, Trogir


Duration: 14 Nights

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour code: 22611

Tour operator: G Adventures

Group size: 12 - 16

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

The Balkans are just getting noticed as a great European travel destination — we can’t believe it took so long! Situated on the balmy shores of the Adriatic and home to some of the most wondrous landscapes, monuments, and villages you’ll ever see, this part of the world still feels like a well-kept secret. This adventure showcases the region’s compelling history and scenery while allowing time for outdoor pursuits like kayaking and hiking. You may not know much about Croatia and the Balkans now, but once you’ve been, you’ll be hard-pressed to stop talking about them.

Highlights

  • icon Enjoy beach time in Hvar.
  • iconExplore the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian on a guided tour.
  • icon Kayak to tiny islands in the crystal waters of the Bay of Kotor.

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Budapest

Location: Budapest

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Star Inn Hotel Budapest Centrum (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time. We recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city.

There are no planned activities until tonight's welcome meeting.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Budapest/Novi Sad

Location: Budapest, Novi Sad

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Putnik (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

After a full day's train journey, arrive in Novi Sad. Enjoy the first opportunity to try some Serbian cuisine.

Cross into Serbia and enjoy time in the second largest city. Spend an evening wandering this cultural hub.

TRANSPORT: Cross into Serbia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process.

FREE TIME: EVENING Head out and explore.

icon Day 3 : Novi Sad/Belgrade

Location: Novi Sad, Belgrade

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 88 Rooms Hotel Belgrade (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and, with time, check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade.

ACTIVITY: Construction on this fortress began in the late 1600s and today it remains an important landmark for the city. Visit the famous "reversed clock" and learn more about the varied history of this sight.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Opt to walk down the pedestrian street of Skadarlija or visit Republic Square.

icon Day 4 : Belgrade

Location: Belgrade

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 88 Rooms Hotel Belgrade (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Visit the Kalemegdan Fortress then spend a free day floating down the Danube or shopping in one of the many bustling markets.

Opt to visit the National Theater or National Museum. The city offers a wealth of churches and cathedrals as well as an interesting Ethnographic Museum. Learn more about Serbian culture, traditions, costumes, and tools used throughout history.

ACTIVITY: Kalemegdan Fortress, or Belgrade Fortress, consists of the old citadel and Kalemegdan Park. Located in the Old Town of Belgrade, the sight makes for one of the best lookouts in the city, staring down at the confluence of two rivers.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Spend the day exploring this capital city.

icon Day 5 : Belgrade/Sarajevo

Location: Belgrade, Sarajevo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Hecco (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Sarajevo, one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the region. Walk around the cobblestone streets, visit the famous Latin Bridge, and soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient place.

Walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town while taking in the architecture of its diverse places of worship.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Explore the enchanting capital of Bosnia.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 6 : Sarajevo

Location: Sarajevo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Hecco (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Take an included tour of the 'Tunnel of Life' to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Spend some free time exploring the Stari Grad section and looking for 'Sarajevo Roses'.

ACTIVITY: MORNING Visit the "Tunnel of Life," which played a crucial role in the survival of the people of Sarajevo during the fairly recent civil war. Visit the airport and the house of a brave Bosnian who allowed the smuggling of supplies. Hear firsthand accounts of the horrors of war and the resilience of the people of Sarajevo. Drive into the mountains and learn more about the sombre history.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Explore more of this gorgeous city.

icon Day 7 : Sarajevo/Mostar

Location: Sarajevo, Mostar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Bevanda (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel through beautiful countryside to reach charming Mostar. The city's symbol, a beautiful reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge, is a reminder of the tenacity of Bosnians in recent times. Wander the old city and visit the new, taking in the many reminders of what the people of this region have survived.

After visiting the bridge, wander through the small streets and opt to sit in a café, enjoying the laid-back atmosphere.

For a sobering look into the city's recent history, wander through town, passing buildings still riddled with bullet holes. Visit a bank that was completely destroyed during the war and past houses in shambles. While life continues and progress is made, these sights remain as reminders of the evils of war.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Explore this beautiful riverside town.

icon Day 8 : Mostar/Kotor

Location: Mostar, Kotor

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Marija (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Continue on to Montenegro and arrive to the Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage-listed region. There is free time here to relax or explore as desired.

Arrive in time to start exploring this gorgeous area.

If relaxing is more your style, the beach of Kotor offers a great escape.

TRANSPORT: Cross into Montenegro. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Explore this gorgeous seaside town.

icon Day 9 : Kotor

Location: Kotor, Perast, Risan, Kotor

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Marija (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a sea kayaking tour before free time to relax or explore. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor or relax on picturesque beaches.

ACTIVITY: MORNING Head out by sea kayak to fully appreciate this gorgeous area. Start just outside the Old Town walls and explore the coast. Stop at a beach bar for a break or a swim.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Get active or get lazy— the choice is yours.

icon Day 10 : Kotor/Dubrovnik

Location: Kotor, Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ivka (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Croatia and experience the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' in Dubrovnik. Visit the G Adventures-supported Deša project, a non profit dedicated to empowering and employing women in the community. Then, choose to relax in one of the many cafés, explore the old town fortifications, or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands.

The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos and the seaside cafés serve up tasty seafood.

TRANSPORT: Cross into Croatia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Explore this picturesque city.

ACTIVITY: DEŠA is a women's non-profit, founded during the homeland war in Dubrovnik. It is dedicated to empowering and employing women in the area. From their headquarters in Dubrovnik's Old Town, DEŠA runs victim support for survivors of domestic abuse through computer classes, language lessons, cultural preservation activities, and other inspiring programs. During your visit, you will learn about the powerful work undertaken by the women of DEŠA and their network across Croatia working to preserve traditional foods and handicrafts.

icon Day 11 : Dubrovnik

Location: Dubrovnik, Lopud, Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ivka (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With so much to see and do, get going.

icon Day 12 : Dubrovnik/Hvar

Location: Dubrovnik, Hvar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Pharos (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Head to the island of Hvar. Enjoy amazing beaches, nightlife, and water sports.

Filled with sunshine, the beautiful island is known for its lavender fields and vineyards in the interior and detailed Venetian-inspired architecture in the towns.

TRANSPORT: Hop on a ferry from Dubrovnik to beautiful Hvar.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Don't waste a minute—get exploring.

icon Day 13 : Hvar

Location: Hvar, Pakleni Otoci, Hvar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Pharos (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a scenic boat ride around the famous Pakleni Islands, offering a great escape for those wanting to spend a day relaxing on a quiet beach.

icon Day 14 : Hvar/Split

Location: Hvar, Split

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Pax (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Ferry back to the mainland and arrive to Split. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO site at Diocletian's Palace. Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.

Opt to visit the local market and gobble up some Croatian delicacies. For a little more activity, visit Marjan's peak with gorgeous views over the city or hit up some of the hiking and biking trails in the area.

TRANSPORT: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

ACTIVITY: Take a guided walk around Diocletian's Palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins in Europe. It took over 10 years to construct and is built of white stone imported from the island of Brač. Visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site is a perfect way to learn more about the history of Split.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Head out and explore.

icon Day 15 : Split

Location: Split, Trogir, Split

Meals: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

What's Included

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    'Tunnel of Life' tour (Sarajevo)

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    Scenic boat ride around Pakleni islands

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    Accommodation

    Hotels/pensions (14 nts).

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    Diocletian's Palace guided tour (Split)

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    Sea kayaking trip (Bay of Kotor)

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    Kalemegdan Fortress visit (Belgrade)

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    Meals

    14 breakfasts Allow USD445-580 for meals not included.

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    Beach time in Hvar

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    Petrovaradin Fortress visit (Novi Sad)

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group.

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

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    Your G for Good Moment: DES?A Women's Centre Visit, Dubrovnik

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Transport

Train, private vehicle, ferry, walking.

Meals Included

14 breakfasts

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Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

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Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

    What to Take

    We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.)

    Important Notes

    1. YOUR CEO It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places. 2. LUGGAGE In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times. We highly recommend travelling with a backpack or duffel bag over any wheeled luggage options. 3. RAMADAN Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan in Muslim areas, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time. 4. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.

    Tipping

    While conventions can vary from country to country, tipping is customary in Europe. A general rule is 10% of the bill for wait staff, and a smaller amount (€1 or €2) for other service providers. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program, and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day, depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. At the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is expected and appreciated. The precise amount is a personal preference, however €30-€40 per person, per week can be used as a guideline.

    Minimum Age

    You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

    Meals

    Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

    Accommodation

    Hotels/pensions (14 nts).

    Emergency Contact

    Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER G Adventures Berlin office: +4915203076785 If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below which will connect you directly with our Sales team who will happily assist you. Hours of operation by region can be found <a href='https://www.gadventures.com/contact-us/?ref=footer'>here</a>. Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from within UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from within Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from within Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from within New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

    What's Included

    Your G for Good Moment: DEŠA Women's Centre Visit, Dubrovnik Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Petrovaradin Fortress visit (Novi Sad). Kalemegdan Fortress visit (Belgrade). 'Tunnel of Life' tour (Sarajevo). Sea kayaking trip (Bay of Kotor). Beach time in Hvar. Scenic boat ride around Pakleni islands. Diocletian's Palace guided tour (Split). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

    Spending Money

    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

    Transport

    Train, private vehicle, ferry, walking.

    Visas and Entry Requirements

    Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements. All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area (see below), however they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period. For other nationalities, travelling in Europe has been simplified with the introduction of the Schengen visa. As a visitor to the Schengen area (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland) you will enjoy the many advantages of this unified visa system. Generally speaking with a Schengen visa, you may enter one Schengen country and travel freely throughout the Schengen region during the validity of your visa. There are limited border controls at Schengen borders, if any at all. Please note that the UK and Ireland are NOT part of the Schengen agreement. A Schengen visa is applied for at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country in which you will be spending the most nights on your trip to the Schengen space. If you are only visiting one country on your trip then you apply for your visa at the Consulate of this Schengen country.

    International Flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

    Joining Hotel

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

    Emergency Fund

    Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

    Packing List

    Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

    Planeterra Foundation - the non-profit partner of G Adventures

    Planeterra International Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to turning travel into impact by helping local communities earn an income from tourism. Planeterra connects underserved local communities to the benefits of tourism by developing and supporting small community-owned businesses. These businesses support Indigenous people, empower women, grant youth access to employment opportunities, and protect the environment. Planeterra also works to ensure these businesses have a thriving customer base by integrating their projects into G Adventures’ itineraries globally. G Adventures is Planeterra’s largest corporate donor, covering all operating costs, so 100% of your donation will bring opportunity to people in need. G Adventures Dollar-a-day Program - Make Every Day Count - Turn your travel into impact with <a href="https://www.planeterra.org">Planeterra Foundation</a>. Did you know? Most communities around the world do not benefit from tourism. Give back to the places you visit on your travels by creating opportunities for local people to earn an income, and protect the environment. Make every day count by donating $1/day for the length of your trip, and join us in empowering the communities you will visit when you travel. 100% of your donation goes directly to Planeterra projects.

    About Accommodation

    It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not built to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head. On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Note that most accommodation in Europe does not have air conditioning units in rooms. Air conditioning is not routinely installed in European homes and workplaces. However, nearly all hotels will provide a standing or desk fan for your room on hot nights. If you do not already have one in your room, please ask your CEO to organize one for you with reception.

    Arrival Complications

    We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.

    A Couple of Rules

    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

    Highlights

    Kayak to tiny islands in the crystal waters of the Bay of Kotor, enjoy beach time in Hvar, explore the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian on a guided tour.

    Money Exchange

    Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Visa cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work - Check with your bank. You should be aware when purchasing products or services on a credit card, that a fee usually applies. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of Euros and cards is best. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. Hungary uses the Forint (HUF), Serbia the Dinar (RSD), Bosnia and Herzegovina the Convertible Mark (BAM), Montenegro the Euro (EUR) and Croatia uses the Kuna (HRK).

    Optional Activities

    Novi Sad - Stari Grad Visit (Free) Sarajevo - Latin Bridge Visit (Free) - Gallery 11/07/95 (12-15BAM per person) - National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (10-30BAM per person) - Times of Misfortune Tour & Tunnel Museum (54BAM per person) - Svrzo's House (3BAM per person) Mostar - Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque & Minaret - Stari Most (Old Bridge) Visit (Free) - War Photo Exhibition (6BAM per person) Kotor - Sea Kayaking (20EUR per person) - Kotor City Exploration (Free) - Kotor Maritime Museum (4EUR per person) Perast - Perast Visit Risan - Risan town and Roman Mosaics Visit (10EUR per person) Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking (36EUR per person) - Rector's Palace (70HRK per person) - Museum of Croatian War of Independence (20HRK per person) - War Photography Museum (40HRK per person) - Dubrovnik City Wall Walk (150HRK per person) - Franciscan Monastery & Museum (30HRK per person) - Cable Car Ride (150HRK per person) Lopud - Lopud Island Visit Hvar - St. Stephen's Cathedral (10HRK per person) - Hvar Fortress Visit (40HRK per person) Split - Bacvice Beach Visit (Free) - Marjan's Peak Visit (30EUR per person) - St Duje Cathedral Visit (15-40HRK per person) - Mestrovic Gallery (30HRK per person) Trogir - Trogir Excursion (15-41EUR per person)

    Group Size Notes

    Max 16, avg 12.

    Safety and Security

    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. <a href="/travel-resources/safety/">Read more about travel safety</a> for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

    Solo Travellers

    We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

    Group Leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

    Joining Instructions

    Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day. GETTING TO THE STAR INN BUDAPEST CENTRUM: From the airport: At the airport, take bus NR 200 E to Kőbánya Kispest. From there, take the metro line NR 3 (blue line) to Arany János utca. That is the name of the metro stop. You can then walk to the hotel. When you take public transportation, you should buy single tickets. It costs 350 Ft at the moment. When you change, you must buy a new ticket. From the Western railway station: You can walk to the hotel. It is a 5 minute walk to the hotel. From East and South Railway Station: On the metro line, you can take M2 to Deák tér,. Then by metro line M3 go to Arany János utca. You can walk to the hotel from this point.

    Meals Included

    14 breakfasts

    Group Leader Description

    This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

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    Itinerary Notes

    Departures in April and October may run with with different transport times than noted on the itinerary due to seasonal ferry schedules.

    My Own Room

    Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops. Please be aware that single room accommodations in European hotels are often smaller, and may not be to the same service level as double-occupancy rooms.

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