One Journey, four countries – Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovnia and touch on Serbia. A perfect blend of scenery, history and incredible discovery.
Caves, castles, lakes, local experiences, bridges and baroque architecture. This tour truly showcases the best that these four countries have to offer including UNESCO World Heritage cities and sites.
Zagreb – Ljubljana – Otočac – Split – Dubrovnik – Sarajevo – Belgrade – Vukovar – Zagreb
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Day 1, Saturday: Zagreb
Transfer on the day of the tour from Zagreb airport or another hotel in Zagreb to the tour hotel. (D)
Day 2, Sunday: Zagreb – Ljubljana
Morning sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatian capital city, during which you will have the opportunity to see the city’s historical centre – Upper Town, St Mark’s church with its multi-coloured roof, the Cathedral, Croatian National Theatre and the University. Afternoon departure to Ljubljana, Slovenian capital where you will have a guided tour of the most significant sights of its old centre: the picturesque Central open-air Market and the Three Bridges, the Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain. (B, D)
Day 3, Monday: Ljubljana – Postojna – Opatija – Otočac
Morning departure to Postojna, followed by a visit to Postojna Cave. This 20-km long karst cave system with its web of underground passages, galleries and chambers is the largest of the “classic karst” caves and the most visited in Europe. The journey continues towards Opatija, the jewel of the northern Adriatic where you will have time for a stroll down Opatija’s promenade. After, we continue to Otočac in the Plitvice Lakes area. (B, D)
Day 4, Tuesday: Otočac – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar – Split
Morning departure to Plitvice National Park, a well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour of the 16 crystal – blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Walk on the wooden promenades with magnificent views on the waters where every turn leads to a breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense woods, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Departure towards Zadar, where upon arrival we’ll be taking you for a guided walking tour through the Roman Forum from the 2nd century BC, passing by the 9th century pre-Romanesque church of St Donatus as well as St Anastasia church. Departure to Split for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 5, Wednesday: Split – Dubrovnik
After breakfast a guided tour of Split will uncover the secrets of the UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace with its charming little secrets, the Peristyle Jupiter’s Temple and Cathedral. Early afternoon departure to Dubrovnik driving along the newly built Dalmatina highway through the Dalmatian hinterland. Upon arrival, city tour of Dubrovnik, the UNESCO protected pearl of the Adriatic, with a visit to the Cathedral. (B, D)
Day 6, Thursday: Dubrovnik
Day at leisure in Dubrovnik, or take an optional excursion to Montenegro. Departure from the hotel driving through Konavle valley and around the bay of Kotor, arrival to Risan; tour of the Roman Mosaics cotinuing the drive to Perast and boat ride to the islet of Our Lady of the Rock, sightseeing of the Baroque church from the 17th century. After Perast we are going towards the town of Kotor – sightseeing tour with local guide (no entrance fees) free time in Kotor. Return via the Bay of Kotor to Dubrovnik and arrival back to the hotel. (B, D)
Optional Excursion: Montenegro €40 per person – to be paid direct
Day 7, Friday: Dubrovnik – Mostar – Sarajevo
Morning departure to Mostar, city of bridges. Orientational walk with your tour leader in Mostar and free time for lunch. Departure to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is one of the historically most interesting cities in Europe. It is the place where the Western & the Eastern Roman Empire split, and which has been an example of historical turbulences and clash of civilasiations, as well as a beacon of hope for peace and multicultural tolerance. City tour of Sarajevo upon arrival. (B, D)
Day 8, Saturday: Sarajevo – Belgrade
Morning departure to Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Short break will be made in Zvornik, charming little town in the northeastern Bosnia on Drina river. Belgrade is situated at the place where Sava joins the Danube river, one of the oldest cities in Europe; beside Athens, the greatest urban nucleus of the Balkan peninsula. Upon arrival a guided tour of this beautiful city between two rivers famous by its sunsets. As Ivo Andrić (Nobel prize laureate) once wrote: “And in every time of year frequently come the days when the flame of that sun setting in the plain, between the rivers beneath Belgrade, gets reflected way up in the high celestial dome, and it breaks there and pours down over the scattered town. Then, for a moment, the reddish tint of the sun paints even the remotest corners of Belgrade and reflects into the windows, even of those houses it otherwise poorly illuminates.” (B, D)
Day 9, Sunday: Belgrade – Novi Sad – Vukovar
Morning departure to Novi Sad (Serbia’s second largest city), located on Danube river.
Novi Sad’s position at one of the continent’s true crossroads and history as a multinational commercial and transit centre has left it endowed with historical and cultural sights that even much larger cities have difficulty matching. From the imposing fortress on the opposite bank to the churches representing numerous denominations throughout the old town’s exceedingly pleasant pedestrian zone to several unheralded but noteworthy museums and art galleries, Novi Sad has much to boast about. Our local guide will show us all “must see“ locations. After the guided tour of Novi Sad we will continue towards Vukovar. Vukovar is the biggest Croatian river port located at the confluence of Vuka river in Danube, a town also known as a symbol of the Croatian war for independence, as it arose from the ashes of the ‘90s into the proud city that it is today. (B, D)
Day 10, Monday: Vukovar – Ðakovo – Zagreb
Morning departure to Ðakovo. Pancake – flat, rich in rivers, Slavonia has unique natural wonders and delicious regional cuisine that will take your breath away: endless plains, the intense yellow of its corn and sunflower fields, the flavors of its cuisine that will make all your senses travel. The first thing you see when approaching Ðakovo from either side is the brightness of the bricks of the two towers and cupolas of its Cathedral, beauty of which welcomes the visitors. After the visit, departure towards Zagreb followed by a visit to the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela for a snack (no drinks included) of the products of the Panonian soil. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb. (B, D)
Day 11, Tuesday: Zagreb
Departure Transfer to the airport or hotels in Zagreb. (B)
from $2,568 per person
(B) Breakfast / (L) Lunch / (D) Dinner.
Rates are per person in NZD and are subject to change and availability until confirmed. Inclusive of 15% savings if booked on a 2017 departure date which is valid until further notice for new bookings only, made from 03 Jun 2016. Rate is a ‘from’ price and may vary depending on any adjustments you request to your services and departure seasonality for your chosen date of services. Rate may be subject to currency fluctuations and changes in air taxes until full payment is received. Based on twin share accommodation. Single supplement is in addition to applicable twin share rate. Hotels are indicative at time of publishing and similar alternative may be confirmed. Airfares are excluded from this package price. Visa fees additional and are the personal responsibility of the traveller. Personal expenses, tips, gratuities, travel insurance and beverages are excluded as are any other services not mentioned above. Full terms and conditions available on request.