Tales of the Balkan Peninsula

Tales of the Balkan Peninsula

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Tales of the Balkan Peninsula

16 Days Starting in Northern France and ending in Belgium

Visiting: France, Italy, Croatia, Split, Mostar, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Budva, Skopje, Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Salzburg, Belgium

Tour operator:

Leger Holidays

Tour code:

rbp

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in the history of the wonderful Balkan Peninsula, a land of magnificent contrast. From pretty villages and a picturesque coastline, to historic cities and stunning mountain and lake scenery, this fantastic part of Europe certainly has a lot to offer. See towns steeped in history and tradition, and enjoy experiences you will never forget as we visit Croatia, neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the history of the wonderful Balkan Peninsula, a land of magnificent contrast

  • From pretty villages and a picturesque coastline, to historic cities and stunning mountain and lake scenery, this fantastic part of Europe certainly has a lot to offer

  • See towns steeped in history and tradition, and enjoy experiences you will never forget as we visit Croatia, neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Travel To Northern France

Location: France

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City-style hotels

Meals Included: No Meals

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an
overnight stay.

Day 2 : Continue To Northern Italy

Location: Italy

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue south through France and Italy to our hotel in northern Italy.

Day 3 : Travel To Croatia

Location: Croatia

Accommodation: Overnight Ferry

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We travel across Italy to the port of Ancona, where we board the overnight ferry for the crossing to Split in Croatia. Accommodation is in 2-berth cabins.

Day 4 : Split & Mostar

Location: Split, Mostar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We arrive in Split this morning and disembark the ferry. We include a guided tour of the city and a visit to Diocletian’s Palace, which lays claim to being one of the Roman Empire’s finest buildings.


We later commence our journey crossing the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina to later reach Mostar, situated on the Neretva River. During Turkish occupation a bridge (Stari Most) was built across the river, which became a symbol of the city. However the bridge was totally destroyed during the Croatia-Bosnia conflict in the early 1990s.


Since then, there has been a painstaking rebuilding of the bridge, which now represents a symbol of unity.


We include entrance to the Muslim Mosque and the 350-year-old Turkish House. We later head to Sarajevo, where we stay overnight.

Day 5 : Sarajevo

Location: Sarajevo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the morning in Sarajevo, one of the most historically interesting and varied cities in Europe. It has been both an example of historical turbulence and the clash of civilizations, as well as a beacon of hope for peace and tolerance through multi-cultural integration.



Today the city has physically recovered from the war damage caused by Yugoslav Wars of 1992-1995 and is now a cosmopolitan European capital with a unique Eastern twist. Sarajevo became the only city outside of the European Union to be nominated for the European Capital of culture in 2014. We include a guided city tour.



We continue into Croatia, to reach Dubrovnik for two nights.

Day 6 : Dubrovnik

Location: Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a day at leisure in our resort, described as ‘Paradise on Earth’, and a ‘Jewel in the Crown of the Adriatic’. Dubrovnik has been called the most perfectly preserved medieval town in the world and is a city, which for centuries rivalled Venice as a major sea trading port. It has now been fully restored to its former glory with the huge walls, built between the 11th and 17th centuries still intact.



Dubrovnik has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site and the beautiful old town is a joy to explore. Take a walk along the stone ramparts of the city for the best views, before venturing inside to experience the many treasures.



Our included guided city tour will show the main highlights including entrance to the Cathedral and Franciscan Monastery.

Day 7 : Montenegro

Location: Montenegro, Budva

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Dubrovnik and cross the border into neighbouring Montenegro, reaching the well-preserved city of Kotor. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO listed World Natural and Historical Heritage Site, and you can enjoy the sights on our included guided sightseeing tour.



The entire city is criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. Byron judged this part of the coast as 'the most beautiful encounter between land and sea'.



We continue to Budva, where we stay overnight.

Day 8 : Travel To Skopje

Location: Skopje

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We pass Lake Skadar and continue inland across the border into North Macedonia, to later reach Skopje, where we stay for two nights.

Day 9 : Skopje

Location: Skopje

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring the North Macedonian capital, a city with a 2000 year-old tradition. Skopje is now a modern capital and boasts a bustling quayside on the River Vardar.



Explore the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar, which is the largest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today. Our included city tour will show the main highlights and we include entrance to Kale Fortress.

Day 10 : Travel To Belgrade

Location: Belgrade

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Head north into Serbia and to the capital, Belgrade for two nights.

Day 11 : Belgrade

Location: Belgrade

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Belgrade lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. It has a long history dating back to the 4th century BC when the area was first settled by Celtic tribes. Later it became the Roman city of Singidunum and relics of that era can still be seen in the city, particularly the Kalemegdan Fortress.



Join our included sightseeing tour of Belgrade’s main attractions including the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, Republic square, Saint Sava Temple and of course Tito’s Memorial.

Day 12 : Zagreb

Location: Zagreb, Ljubljana

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We continue our journey north and into Croatia. We make a short stop in the capital, Zagreb, a charming medieval city. See the majestic cathedral, St. Marks Church and the Opera House.


We continue into Slovenia to reach Ljubljana for two nights.

Day 13 : Ljubljana

Location: Ljubljana

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the morning in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.


Enjoy our included city tour taking in the sights of the city. This cosmopolitan city boasts a rich history and is situated along the River Ljubljanica, which is characterised by its architecture from the baroque period.

Why not sip a coffee by the riverbank, where your views will encompass the old city centre overlooked by the mighty castle.


This afternoon, we offer an optional excursion into the Slovenian Alps, to the picture-postcard resort of Bled on the bank of this glistening blue lake.

Day 14 : Head To Salzburg Area

Location: Salzburg

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We head into Austria to our overnight hotel in the Salzburg area.

Day 15 : Travel To Belgium

Location: Belgium

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City-style hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast

Head north through Germany and into Belgium to reach our overnight hotel.

Day 16 : Return Home

Location: Belgium

Meals Included: Breakfast

Return home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

    Travel from a wide range of convenient joining points across the UK is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement. Please contact us for our full list of joining points.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    This trip includes coach travel from/to a local UK joining point

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach

What's Not Included

Accommodation

You will stay overnight in northern Italy, followed by an overnight crossing into Split, Croatia. You will then stay for one night in the Sarajevo area, before travelling to Dubrovnik for a two night stay; you will then stay overnight in the Budva area, and then a further two nights in the Skopje area. You will then travel to Belgrade for a two night stay, followed by two nights in Ljubljana. Finally, you will stay for one night in the Salzburg area in Austria. Throughout the tour, you will stay in minimum 3-star hotels. All hotels will have a restaurant and bar.

Overnight stays in Belgium and northern France will be in city-style hotels. 

On your overnight ferry sailing, accommodation will be in en suite cabins.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Fully escorted by our experienced drivers/crews. And in most towns and cities we either include or offer optional sightseeing tours with expert local guides to help you get the most from your visits.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    On Leger Coach Holidays, your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full.

  • What type of coach will be used?

    You will travel on either our Luxuria Coach or our Silver Service Coach

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Some tours carry a supplement for solo travellers, please ask for details if the Single price is not shown

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Sole use of your own room on all Single Traveller holidays: means you still get your privacy and time out from the group.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Battlefield Tours - Will it be possible to visit a particular cemetery whilst on the tour?

    Please contact us and we will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

Reviews of this operator

Will (Google Reviewer)  

I went on the 4...

05-Jan-2024

I went on the 4 countries trip and swiss glacier express and overall it was a great trip. The coach I was on was silver service, it was tidy had nice seats and other accessories such as charging points and headsets which was very handy. The drivers Alex and Dave were fantastic, very kind, funny and respectful throughout the whole trip and a pleasure to talk to. The excursions were very pleasant and all ran very smoothly. The hotels were decent and offered a good service. I overall very much recommend leger holidays.

Sally Matson  

Excellent customer service

10-Jan-2023

Booked our ‘Christmas in Austria & Scenic Trains of the Tyrol’ through George on the customer Helpline. Nothing was too much trouble, everything clearly & patiently explained. He even had permission to log in on his day off to finalise the sale! A charming and helpful young person and a credit to the company.

Euan Donald (Google Reviewer)  

Been on two tours now...

10-Oct-2023

Been on two tours now the “D Day beaches” and “ All Quiet on the Western Front” tour of the Somme and Ypres. Both four days in total, two travelling and two on the site of the various battles. This is outstanding value for money, picked up from Carlisle , Cumbria and literally looked after all the way through the tours. The coaches are great and the accommodation spot on . The guides are very knowledgeable ( Mark Hope brilliant guy)and the bus drivers professional . Absolutely fantastic .

Sue Sinfield (Google Reviewer)  

Due to covid it was...

21-Jul-2022

Due to covid it was 3rd time lucky for us to visit lake Garda, what a treat. One or two hiccups but no fault of Legers at all. Praise to Graham and Chris for their excellent driving and coffee service. Our visit to Verona, our guide was very informative but did walk at a pace sometimes had to hurry to keep up. A lovely holiday

Michael Stephen Shilleto   England

Four Countries New Year & the Swiss Glacier Express

07-Jan-2024

Firstly we must thank Alex and Dave our tour guide / drivers who entertained us through out . The tour was fantastic so was the hotel’s food and entertainment. The tour was through the new year holidays as expected lots of shops closed and hotels were understaffed which was lost on some travelers. We travelled back from stop 24 on a luxuria coach I would recommend paying the extra for the comfort alone

Roy Williams (Google Reviewer)  

Great company. We did the...

03-Apr-2024

Great company. We did the 4 day D Day Normandy Landing tour.We had 2 great driver's John and Ian.. Nothing was a problem for them. They kept us safe and entertained.Then we had Fred Greenhow as our guide And he was outstanding. He told us everything we wanted to know. Can't praise them enough Thank you all. We will do more tours with them......

aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

just returned from a solos...

25-Mar-2024

just returned from a solos break to valkenburg and rhine valley i enjoyed the break overall although both journeys were considerably longer than expected due to several picks ups. I could have done without the 3 countries meeting point excursion to be honest and the lunch on rhine cruise was very basic. The drivers/couriers were efficient and good humoured and provided free lunch vouchers on the ferry which were much appreciated. I probably would book another break with leger but to somewhere a lot closer to home.

Andy (Google Reviewer)  

Booked a surprise Birthday treat...

12-Jan-2024

Booked a surprise Birthday treat for my wife 40th to visit The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, All done via work,put all information in the B/card,so excited, one week before trip Cancelled!!! Due to not enough interest?? No Alternative! Never touch them again

Victoria Smith (Google Reviewer)  

I'd like to go lowerthan...

26-Dec-2023

I'd like to go lowerthan one star .my trip over to Italy nearly 36 hours in total.the driver and his wife gave thier mother a seat that was paid for and reserved at a price by another lady who was finally allowed to sit at the front with the drivers mother .( that was good of them considering the lady had paid for 2 holidays and one couldn't make it . I had the cheek to ask for coffee only the women driver to have conversation loud enough for my earshot to her husband then put over the tannoy that coffee will be when they are ready. ( i had bought 24 tickets for drinks on steves advice )but i quietly corrected them saying that they really shouldn't do that so I could hear.Then a barrage of abuse came from her for then her husband to face me off at my seat and a threats to get my case off and find my own way home his face red with rage pointing in my face with comments saying they don't have to take that from me.as they are fed up with people and they have to work 21 hours etc etc .they people were shouting STOP STOP STOP .he continued his rant and saying I would be dropped at the next service station. ( FRANCE) it was raining and I had no idea where I was going or had been.He the gave me a can of diet coke and said i could have it free but no oppology! 15 hours later in italy I wanted to leave and get a plane home .legers were no help but another coach arrived same sort of holiday shearings with nice drivers .No Rome visit and I could be with them for the remainder of time. I did go out on a couple of trips and the bus and drivers were amazing .I was told by legers eventually I can do the return journey with then but my holiday was ruined I cried and slept and am emotionally traumatised . On the plus side the coach i arrived on the doors kept opening in the wind the coach had to pull over and close the door so we could only use side door which was a fire hazzard ! Still no apology last day is today I'm spending in my room .I just want to return to England because I will be getting a solicitor for the abuse i suffered and the money I paid and for the wasted week over Christmas not to mention the anxiety I have suffered .the hotel and food was abysmal. The worse week ever and £1500 spent my nerves are in shreads .I can't wait to see the reviews and already I am flooded with statements from other passengers about how bad it is and my how I should fight for my injustice of it all .this time it must go to court so people are heard and intimidation like this is not allowed

TU  

Many thanks to Molly.

03-Jan-2023

I have recently booked a trip to Le Mans and had the good fortune to speak to Molly. She was very helpful and a pleasure to talk to. She was able to answer all but one of my queries with clarity and promised to ring me with the answer to the un-answered question as it required further investigation. This she duly did. An unusually pleasant experience when making a booking over the phone, if only it could be this easy every the time.

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    Leger Holidays requires a minimum deposit of 20% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of leger holidays charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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