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 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


Prices From: $2291 $1947

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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.

Places You'll See

Croatia and the Balkans
Croatia and the Balkans
Croatia and the Balkans
Croatia and the Balkans
Budapest.
Budapest
Novi Sad
Sea Kayaking
Dubrovnik
Hvar
Pakleni Islands Boat Ride
Hvar

Itinerary

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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

Accommodation

Hotels/pensions (14 nts).

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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