The Balkan Adventure

The Balkan Adventure

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The Balkan Adventure

15 Days

Visiting: Split , Sarajevo, Budva, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Belgrade , Osijek, Zagreb

Tour operator:

Travelsphere

Tour code:

FBOCR2

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

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$3449 (USD) including Flights from the UK The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$98
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Tour Overview

Discover the Balkans on this epic journey through six countries. Begin in the beautiful port city of Split on Croatia's Adriatic Coast with its distinctly Mediterranean feel. Then heading inland to Bosnia we'll discover iconic Mostar and the capital Sarajevo, known for its religious diversity, home to the Ottoman-style Emperor’s Mosque, the Catholic Sacred Heart Church and a Jewish synagogue. Visit the stunning Sutjeska National Park on the way to Budva in Montenegro, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’ and discover the Venetian-walled Old Town, before heading to Tirana, Albania’s capital. Here, you’ll discover the 5th century fortress perched atop a rocky outcrop, before heading to Lake Ohrid on the Macedonian border. Explore Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, home to the memorial house of Mother Theresa, before moving on Serbia for a city tour of Belgrade, with its quaint cobbled lanes of the Bohemian Quarter. Your penultimate destination is on the Balkan’s Peninsula in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, where there is plenty to discover on a city tour before returning to Split.

Highlights

  • Evening guided walk in Split's old town

  • Visit the iconic 'Old Bridge' in Mostar

  • Discover the capitals of Sarajevo, Belgrade, Tirana, Skopje and Zagreb 

  • Breathtakingly beautiful Kotor Bay

  • Sutjeska National Park, home to Mount Maglic

  • Orientation walk in Budva

  • The hill town of Kruje and the Skanderbeg and Ethnographic Museums 

  • Lake Ohrid and the Bay of Bones

  • The pretty town of Despotovac

  • Explore Novi Sad, on the banks of the Danube

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Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk - Split
Location: Split
Accommodation Name: Hotel Amphora
Meals Included: D

Today you will fly to Split, from where we will transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2 Split - Sarajevo
Location: Sarajevo
Accommodation Name: Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: B

After a leisurely breakfast we begin our journey inland, crossing the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina before reaching one of the Balkan's most iconic cities - Mostar. Situated at the Neretva River, this historic city is famed for its enchanting 'Old Bridge'. After a guided tour of the bridge and the old town there will be free time before our journey continues to the country's capital, Sarajevo where we'll settle into our hotel this evening.

Day 3 Sarajevo
Location: Sarajevo
Accommodation Name: Courtyard by Marriott
Meals Included: B

We're going to explore Sarajevo today, a city revered for its cultural and religious diversity. You'll see the Ottoman-style Emperor's Mosque in the same neighbourhood as the Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Orthodox Church of the Nativity and a Jewish synagogue. During your full-day tour you'll also be reminded of Torvill and Dean's 1984 Winter Olympics figure skating success at the quirky Olympic Museum.

Day 4 Sarajevo - Budva
Location: Budva
Accommodation Name: Hotel Slovenska Plaza
Meals Included: B, L, D

Sutjeska National Park is home to the highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglic Mountain. We'll see this today before an included lunch and an onward journey across the border into Montenegro. Here the picturesque coastal town of Budva is our new base.

Day 5 Kotor Bay & Becici
Location: Budva
Accommodation Name: Hotel Slovenska Plaza
Meals Included: B

You've the chance to admire more mountain scenery today on a drive to the fjord-like Kotor Bay. We'll take a stroll around the walled city of Kotor before we cruise to 'Our Lady of the Rocks' – a man-made islet housing a church and museum. Legend has it that the tiny island was formed by fishermen dropping a rock into the bay each time they returned from a successful voyage. This afternoon we'll spend some time in the neighbouring towns of Becici and Budva. At Becici, we'll find a lovely sandy beach, and in Budva a walking tour will reveal a picturesque Old Town enclosed by Venetian walls. Why not head back into the town this evening and find a restaurant in which to enjoy local delicacies.

Day 6 Budva - Tirana
Location: Tirana
Accommodation Name: Tirana International Hotel
Meals Included: B, D

Today's journey takes you to Albania's capital, Tirana, with a stop on the way at the hill town of Kruje. Here you'll see its 5th century fortress, dramatically located on top of a rocky outcrop. You'll also visit the Skanderbeg and Ethnographic Museums, where a preserved farmhouse gives a fascinating insight into traditional life.

Day 7 Tirana - Lake Ohrid
Location: Ohrid
Accommodation Name: Royal View
Meals Included: B

There's time for a walking tour of Tirana this morning before we head to the Macedonian border and on to Lake Ohrid. Your lakeside hotel offers lovely views, so simply relax and enjoy. This evening why not enjoy a walk around the lake's promenade, where you'll find a good selection of restaurants and cafés.

Day 8 Lake Ohrid
Location: Ohrid
Accommodation Name: Royal View
Meals Included: B, L

We're going to spend today discovering the beauty of Lake Ohrid. Our first stop is the Bay of Bones, a reconstruction of a prehistoric settlement that was built on the water between 1200 and 600 BC. After lunch, we'll enjoy the lake from a different perspective when we take to the water on a relaxing cruise. It promises to be a very serene and peaceful experience and is the perfect way to take in the magnificent beauty of the surrounding mountains and unspoilt landscapes. Later, there's time to explore the historic town of Ohrid too. Cobbled streets, ancient churches and lakeside cafés are all part of its allure and there are some lovely shops if you want to hunt for souvenirs.

Day 9 Lake Ohrid - Skopje
Location: Skopje
Accommodation Name: Solun Hotel & Spa
Meals Included: B, D

Next stop on your adventure is the Macedonian capital, Skopje, which is home to the memorial house of Mother Teresa. Come on a walk through the narrow, winding streets of the Old Bazaar and take in panoramic views from the Upper Town.

Day 10 Skopje - Belgrade
Location: Belgrade
Accommodation Name: Hotel Prag
Meals Included: B

Today we're going to cross the border into Serbia, where its capital Belgrade will be our home for the next two nights. We reach it via a visit to the imposing Manasija Monastery with its 11 towers and impressive fortified walls. We're also going to have some free time in nearby Despotovac, a pretty town named after Serbian prince Stefan Lazarevic, who was given the title Despot. There's lots to discover in Belgrade, and with a free evening you can head into the city for dinner at a restaurant of your choosing.

Day 11 Belgrade
Location: Belgrade
Accommodation Name: Hotel Prag
Meals Included: B

You'll see the highlights of Belgrade on a guided tour today. The former capital of Yugoslavia has plenty of sights to offer, starting with the quaint cobbled lanes of the Bohemian Quarter, often compared to Montmartre in Paris. You'll see the Residence of Princess Ljubica, now a museum, and the imposing Captain Miša's Mansion. Your tour also passes the old and new palaces, which now house the Belgrade City Assembly and the office of the President of the Republic of Serbia.

Day 12 Belgrade - Novi Sad
Location: Osijek
Accommodation Name: Hotel Zoo
Meals Included: B, D

Today we'll introduce you to Serbia's second-largest city, Novi Sad, for a tour and an overnight stay. Take in the sight of the imposing Petrovaradin Fortress, located on the right bank of the Danube, and the equally impressive Freedom Square.

Day 13 Novi Sad - Zagreb
Location: Zagreb
Accommodation Name: Hotel Academia
Meals Included: B, D

Your final destination on the Balkan Peninsula is Croatia, where we'll base ourselves in its capital Zagreb. En route we'll pay a visit to Osijek, situated where the Drava and Danube Rivers meet, and home to a fortified centre. A little later we'll find ourselves in Kutjevo, a town known for its wines, so of course, we'll head to a winery for a tasting. This evening we'll head to nearby taverna and enjoy a dinner of local specialities.

Day 14 Zagreb - Split
Location: Split
Accommodation Name: Hotel Amphora
Meals Included: B, D

After breakfast, your tour of Zagreb will introduce you to a city reminiscent of Prague, Budapest and Vienna, whose upper town is filled with churches and palaces. This afternoon we make the return journey to Split where we overnight.

Day 15 Split - Uk
Meals Included: B

After breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

What's Included

  • Return flights from London 

  • 14 nights in 4-star hotels 

  • 23 meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners and welcome drink 

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Check out our Q&As

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Travelsphere’s Flexibility Promise has been created to give you complete peace of mind and make you feel confident when booking your holiday with us. We have also been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Travelsphere has been operating escorted touring holidays for 60 years

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travelsphere, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive Holiday conformation upon booking, and then several documents detailing any adddiotnal information and the optional excursions that you can book before you travel. The final information covering your flights, hotels and itinerary will be sent to you around 14 days before your departure date.

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

    No, we do not offer single share options

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, Im afraid not

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accomadate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - and make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Our Travelsphere Cares programmes, in partnership with the Planeterra Foundation, support local projects and social enterprises by helping them earn an income from tourism. We simply donate a portion of the funds from our tours, so it’s great to know that when you travel with us you are helping to change lives and turn travel into real impact.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like minded travellers

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

    All of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

Reviews of this Operator

Alison Packer (Google Reviewer)  

Great escorted holiday to Austria. Well...

05-Aug-2019

Great escorted holiday to Austria. Well looked after by Paul tour leader and Ollie coach driver and the staff at the hotel. Austria is beautiful the lakes are stunning met some great people Well lead tours interesting and not to long Great food and accommodation very Austrian lovely to see the traditional side of Austria good value holiday if you prefer a guide to all the attraction door to door.

Sue Williams  

enjoyable trip to Bulgaria

07-Jun-2021

We had a really enjoyable trip to Bulgaria , all the excursions and hotels were very good . Our Tour Director and Tour Guide were excellent and helped to make the holiday extra special. It is the first time that I have ever used Travelsphere but would not hesitate using them again in the future or to recommend them to friends or family .

Charles  

Best travel company I have ever booked with!

03-Aug-2021

As a previous traveller with Travelsphere,I know that customer care and excellent tours are their stock in trade.When the Covid 19 Vaccination scheme was announced in November 2020 I booked Discover New Zealand with a cook island add on,all my internet and telephone calls were top rate ,my questions answered and my monies safe.As the pandemic changed I had to cancel the cook Island add on,again all handled in a prompt,efficient and personable way.Now due to the Covid Restrictions in New Zealand,my your has been cancelled and a full refund given.Excellent customer service from a well established and careing company.Thank you to all at Travelsphere.I am now planning a double tour to Australia and New Zealand when circumstances allow and have the Travelsphere brochure on order !

Jennifer Zammit (Google Reviewer)  

Can't fault them always polite...

15-Dec-2019

Can't fault them always polite friendly and very helpful on phone. I booked Canada last year and they were first class from start to finish. Also went to Italy with them and already booked for next year Chicago to New Orleans. Keep up the good service and you'll always have my bookings and 5 star status .

Terry Hill  

Such enjoyable holidays

03-May-2022

I have been lucky enough to have travelled 13 times with Travelsphere with several more booked over the next 18 months. Every holiday has been fantastic with three main reasons. (1) The itineraries in many wonderful locations. (2) The excellent Tour Managers. (3) The fellow travellers who also enjoy such fantastic Touring holidays. Thoroughly recommend Travelsphere and cannot wait for our 14th holiday starting next week!

Jan  

Best Holiday ever!

23-Jun-2021

This was the first time we have been on a 'tour', we had always felt it wouldn't be our thing. We are total converts, the value of having a knowledgeable guide, plenty of time to explore on our own when we wanted to and extra tours available if we wanted easy access to some hard to get into places. I can't recommend Travelsphere enough, they were recommend to us by two sets of friends and we would happily recommend Travelsphere to others. (Packing tip :- We used clothes packs to separate everything into types.. made finding stuff so easy without packing and unpacking a whole case every few days.)

Christine McCormick  

Travel the world safely with Travelsphere!

17-Jun-2021

We have travelled to many countries with Travelsphere and every time it has been excellent for the following reasons. 1. Safe and well organised. 2. Excellent itinerary with great group leaders and tour managers. 3. Great groups of fellow travellers. 4. Excellent value for money. 5. Good pre trip advice and visa help. 6. Excellent taxi service from home to airport and on return.

Keith Taylor (Google Reviewer)  

Travel company providing tours. We...

18-Aug-2023

Travel company providing tours. We did top to toe Italy in 2008 and are travelling with them again on a tour around Turkey in 2024.

Pauline Jones (Google Reviewer)  

Toured Analucia, or should I...

29-Sep-2023

Toured Analucia, or should I say visited. Too much travelling time, not enough seeing anything, great rep, hotel good but evening buffet hit and miss. Maybe a different company next time

Julie Smith (Google Reviewer)  

I have been trying to...

08-Jan-2024

I have been trying to contact Travelsphere by email for several weeks now but not a single email ahs been answered. How can an enquiry go unanswered???

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  • Free Date Changes

    Travelsphere allows you to make 4 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 75 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Travelsphere allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform travelsphere, 75 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Travelsphere requires a minimum deposit of 21% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 84 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

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

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

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

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