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Balkan Adventure

Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
12
Avg user rating: 
5
Bosnia-Herzegovina , Croatia, Europe, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia | 15 days
Trip code: 
WMSK
What's included: 

Transport - Train, coach, local bus, private minibus, metro, tram, on foot

Accommodation - Hotels (6nts), pensions (3nts), hostel (2nts), monastery dormitory (1nt), guesthouse (2nts)

Meals - 5 breakfasts & 1 dinner

Trip Highlights: 
Cross the Chain Bridge from Buda to Pest
Kopacki Rit Nature Park
Historic Towns
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Itinerary

(Departures in 2012-13)
  • Day 1 - Fly to Budapest
  • Day 2 - Sightseeing in Budapest
  • Day 3 - Train to Osijek
  • Day 4 - Osijek
  • Day 5 - Novi Sad
  • Day 6 - Belgrade
  • Day 7 - Free day in Belgrade
  • Day 8 - Sarajevo
  • Day 9 - Free Day in Sarajevo
  • Day 10 - Mostar
  • Day 11 - Ostrog Monastery
  • Day 12 - Bus to Kotor
  • Day 13 - Kotor
  • Day 14 - Dubrovnik
  • Day 15 - Tour ends
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Day
1

Fly to Budapest

Fly to Budapest; transfer to your hotel for overnight stay Hotel - 2 nts.

Day
2

Sightseeing in Budapest

Today is free for you to explore Budapest. We recommend a sightseeing tour on bikes which gives you an insight into Hungary's capital.

Since the Communist system collapsed in Hungary, Budapest has experienced a renaissance. The grand architecture and boulevards are an outdoor monument to history while glamorous stores and glitzy restaurants make this one of the truly great cities of Europe. 

Known as the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest is the perfect city to enjoy from the water. From here, you can see the buildings that line the banks of the Danube River and the bridges linking Buda to Pest. Take one of the tourist boat trips to see the sights or cross the Chain Bridge for a spectacular view of the Parliament Building and the Castle District. Discover the castle district with its sweeping views over the Danube and Pest's skyline, climb St Stephen's Basilica, be immersed in Hungarian history in Hero's Square, take in a museum tour or soak in a thermal bath. 

If you have time, head out to Statue Park to see all the communist monuments that were removed from the city streets after the fall of the Iron Curtain. You could also take in some of the rich folk culture with a music and dance performance or some opera and ballet. Be sure, also, to head on down to the river after dark to enjoy the floodlit nightscape.

Day
3

Train to Osijek

Today you travel by train (approx. 6hrs) through the Hungarian Puszta to arrive at the Slavonian capital of Osijek. Explore this enchanting medieval citadel, as well as the nearby new town which is only a short walk away, along the banks of the Drava. Many cafes line the river and invite you to partake in the Croatian national pastime: people watching. Pension - 2 nts.

Day
4

Osijek

Day 4 is free to enjoy one of the many options on offer. Highly recommended is a day trip to Kopacki Rit Nature Reserve - Europe's largest wetlands area which is home to an abundance of birds as well as otters, beavers and other unique animal life. Exploring on foot or by canoe, learn about the fauna and flora in the education centre or even go wine tasting in a family owned winery.

Day
5

Novi Sad

This morning you travel by bus into Serbia and the historic town of Novi Sad - also known as the Serbian Athens. Novi Sad has been built, destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries and is an interesting mixture of old Serbian cultural heritage, Austro-Hungarian architecture and scenic beauty. The city is on the banks of the Danube River, surrounded by fertile farms and vineyards, framed with hills in the distance and rich in tradition. 

You will spend the afternoon visiting a local vineyard in Sremski Karlovci, which is a fantastic opportunity to see the workings of a family-run wine making business. Also attached is a unique honey museum of which we can sample the produce. Hotel - 1 nt

Day
6

Belgrade

The morning is free to explore more of Novi Sad before you travel by bus (approx. 3hrs) to Belgrade, also known as the White City, which was built on the confluence of two major rivers, the Sava and the Danube. Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and since ancient times is still an important intersection of Eastern and Western Europe. In the afternoon we take a guided walk to uncover some of the history of this fascinating city. 

In the evening, head down to Skadarska street (Bohemian quarter) where you will find inviting restaurants with authentic local food and lively entertainment. Hotel - 2 nts (B)

Day
7

Free day in Belgrade

Today is free to explore more of Belgrade. The markets near the Hram Svetog Save (St Sava Church) and Pijaca Venac will keep you occupied for hours. Take a river cruise, enjoy a coffee or shop along Knez Mihajla, visit the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral or spend an evening at the opera or a concert. Throughout the summer months, Belgrade hosts a variety of musical and cultural events, so the city is always full of activities while the cafes overflow with people. (B)

Day
8

Sarajevo

This morning you take an early bus travelling through the beautiful countryside (approx. 7hrs) before arriving in Sarajevo, the small but vibrant capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina and your home for the next 3 nights. More than ten years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe's most beautiful destinations. After settling in, head out to enjoy a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija where you can find the best bosanski cevapi (grilled minced meat, mixed with some mild spices). We will meet a local guide for a tour of the city, to gain an insight into the history and culture of this enchanting city. Pension - 3 nts

Day
9

Free Day in Sarajevo

Day 9 is free for you to explore the city or head out into the hills. You may like to take a picturesque day trip to Ilidza where we find the source of the River Bosna (Vrelo Bosna) thermal springs and beautiful green parks. The Sarajevo Tunnel Museum is near Ilidza where you can have a behind-the-scenes look at the Yugoslav wars. 

Day
10

Mostar

Today you head to the town of Mostar to see the famous town and bridge that made headline news during the Yugoslav wars. The town has been rebuilt since with many countries contributing funds and is now UNESCO World Heritage listed.

Day
11

Ostrog Monastery

After driving south by bus to Montenegro (approx. 7hrs), you arrive at the stunning Ostrog Monastery, which was built into the side of a rocky mountain in the 17th century and has since been a destination for visiting Orthodox Christian pilgrims as well as those seeking a cure for their bodies and soul. Many miracles are believed to have taken place here. Later in the afternoon, we go on a hike to the Upper Monastery (approx. 1hr) where relics of the founder, St Vasilije, are kept.

Our accommodation for the night is a konak (simple night quarters) close to the Lower Monastery. This is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with other travellers and pilgrims. Men and women stay in separate rooms in the monastery. A more adventurous option is to stay in the konak near the Upper Monastery where you get to sleep on wooden benches (blankets are provided). Dormitory - 1 nt

Day
12

Bus to Kotor

We travel by bus (approx. 3hrs) to Kotor- the main city at the end of Kotor Bay, the largest southern European fjord. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site its crooked alleyways give lots of opportunities to get lost and mingle with the locals. After a short orientation walk we can climb the hills behind the city and visit the old rulers' ruined castles. Private rooms - 2 nts

Day
13

Kotor

Today is free to explore. Recommended is a cruise on the Kotor Fjord - the longest fjord south of Scandinavia - and visit grottos, islands with a church (that is almost as big as the island itself!) and the town of Herceg Novi. Or consider a day trip to nearby Budva, the Montenegrin Miami, which is just a 30min bus ride away.

Day
14
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Today you depart Montenegro and travel north by bus (approx. 3hrs) to the beautiful southern coast of Croatia and your final destination - Dubrovnik. 

Although Dubrovnik experienced devastation during the war in the early 1990s, the old town, with its tiled roofs and stone buildings, remains as charming as ever. Extensive restoration has taken place to return it to its original splendour, and even today repairs are still being undertaken.

The historic town is surrounded by 2km long city walls and forts, of which are a delight to take a walk upon and enjoy the views of the ocean. With the sparkling water of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is picturesque and full of character and can easily be covered on foot. 

During your time here consider some time to visit the Onofrio fountain- a masterpiece built by famous European architect Onofrio dela Cava. Be sure to check out the Franciscan monastery with a pharmacy founded in the 13th century - one of the oldest in the world and continuously functioning until the present day and don't miss the Sponza and Rectors palace - the only 2 buildings from the renaissance that survived the devastating earthquake and fire of 1667. Hotel - 1 nt

Day
15

Tour ends

The tour ends in Dubrovnik, where you transfer to the airport and fly home.