Balkan Explorer

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Balkan Explorer

from £1,395
Duration: 15 days
Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia
This breathtakingly stunning region that has for so long been blighted by turmoil has since re-emerged as the fascinating and exciting travel destination it once was.

Balkan Explorer

Join us as we tour the Balkans and rediscover the very best on offer; from historically charged capitals to the sun-soaked Dalmatian Coast and so much more in between. We’ll encounter tourist favourites such as picture-perfect Dubrovnik and romantic Budapest, as well as other less-known hideaways like timeless Mostar and incomparable Kotor. In a region where the landscapes we drive through are as spectacular as the destinations we visit, this tour of the Balkans is about experiencing a region whose rich culture and history is as varied and fascinating as its unforgettable scenery.


Day 1: Budapest

Welcome to the home of scrumptious goulash, quirky ruin bars and the fiendish Rubik’s cube. Start your trip like a king tonight at Hotel Gellért, a four-star art nouveau affair with hot-spring baths. Yep, not bad.

Day 2: Budapest

After seeing the best of Budapest from the great heights of Castle Hill, go on to explore her wide boulevards, gothic goodies and many museums. Then, after a prune-inducing your hotel's own thermal baths, you’ll be ready for mouth-watering goulash and the city’s rocking ruin bars.

Day 3: Belgrade

The word vampire is the only Serbian word adopted internationally. Find out more of the history of this war-torn city on a guided tour. The scars are still there, but Belgrade’s appetite for life makes it one of Eastern Europe’s most up-and-coming destinations.

Day 4: Belgrade

Check out the war-time tunnels or jump on a communist tour to find out more about life in Tito’s Yugoslavia.

Day 5: Sarajevo

Cross from Serbia to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Torn apart by war, Sarajevo is a beautiful city that is still heroically re-building itself from its recent tragic past.

Day 6: Sarajevo

A full day to explore one of Europe’s most underrated cities. Go underground in the war-time tunnels under the airfield or check out the city’s mosques, synagogues and churches.

Day 7: Dubrovnik

A quick stop at the medieval bridge in Mostar on our way to the Pearl of the Adriatic (and recently reincarnated as King's Landing. Watch the sun set over the city walls then dance like nobody’s watching.

Day 8: Dubrovnik

Free day in King’s Lan…sorry, Dubrovnik. Check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective. Then: a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. This is the good life.

Day 9: Budva

The Dalmatian coast is spotted with all sorts of wonders and today we make like Ned Stark and head off for Montenegro. Make sure you climp up the parapet in Kotor, the view will certainly take away whatever breath you have left!

Day 10: Budva

Part beach resort part walled medieval wonder-city, Budva should keep you pleasantly occupied today.

Day 11: Zadar

If you’re a history buff, you’d be happy to know this city’s been around since Caesar rocked his sandals. Prepare for cobblestoned streets and a fusion of Greek and Italian flavours.

Day 12: Plitvice Lakes

Check out the Roman ruins in the morning before we set course for the OMG-inducing Plitvice Lakes

Day 13: Plitvice Lakes

Spend the whole day in the World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. #jawdropping.

Day 14: Ljubljana

On to the capital of Slovenia. Think fairy tale castles, dragons and medieval vibes with a funky edge. Count all the statues today as we explore on foot.

Day 15: Budapest

Swap medieval castles for art nouveau as we hit up the hot spring capital of Europe. You'll have to check out the local hotspots and hunt down the best goulash on your own though, sadly we finish up here.

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Free entry to world-renowned Gellért Baths
Local guide Dubrovnik
Local guide Belgrade
Wine tasting in Croatia
Visit UNESCO Heritage listed Plitvace Lakes National Park
Stay at famous Hotel Gellért, Budapest
Welcome dinner in Budapest

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14 breakfasts, 7 dinners
14 nights hotel accommodation (twin or double)
Smaller group size
Modern air-conditioned coach
Sightseeing tours of all major cities
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