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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
see full itinerary >>

Trip Highlights: 
Cross the Chain Bridge from Buda to Pest
Kopacki Rit Nature Park
Historic Towns
see full itinerary >>
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 Overview: 

Welcome to the Balkans - where East meets West and new merges almost seamlessly with old. Over the centuries people have been drawn to this region for its fertile soil, natural resources and healing waters. This enchanting land, which has remained virtually untouched by tourism, holds rich tradition and diverse culture. Embark on a memorable adventure to discover its natural beauty, mouth-watering cuisine, pulsating nightlife and hospitable people.

Itinerary: 
Day
1-2

Budapest

Fly to Budapest. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel

Szia! Welcome to Hungary.

Since the collapse of Communism, Budapest has experienced something of a renaissance. The grand architecture and boulevards evoke a time gone by, 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.

With so much to see and do, hire a bicycle for a great way to move between the city sights.

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.

One unmissable activity is a soak in the hot thermal baths. There are several around the city centre ranging from the sumptuous and elegant to simple outdoor types. There are pools of varying degrees - some with whirlpools, chess boards and seats where you can enjoy it all while recuperating in the therapeutic waters.

Optional Activities

  • Bike ride - HUF5000
  • Great Synagogue - HUF2250
  • Hammer & Sickle Tour - HUF7000
  • House of Terror - HUF2000
  • Hungarian National Museum - HUF1100
  • Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF2900
  • Museum of Fine Arts - HUF1200
  • Parliament tour - HUF2520
  • Thermal bath - HUF2500
  • Transport and entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
  • Danube boat trip - EUR12

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
3-4

Osijek

Travel by train through the Hungarian Puszta to the Slavonian capital of Osijek (approx 6 hrs).

Osijek offers an enchanting medieval citadel, as well as the nearby new town, which is only a short walk along the banks of the Drava. Many cafes line the river, inviting you to join the Croatian national pastime: people watching.

Those wishing to learn more about recent history can take an optional journey to nearby Vukovar. The town's ruined water tower now stands as a memorial of the ethnic war that raged in this region during the early 90's.

In free time choose to take a trip to the small provincial town of Dakovo (30km) The town is dominated by an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral. The Lipizzaner horses from here are famous, why not visit the Lipizzaner training stables and view a workout session?

Optional Activities

  • Vukovar day trip - HRK110
  • Dakovo and Lipizzaner Horse Farm - HRK180
  • Kopacki Rit National Park - EUR35

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nts)

 

Day
5

Novi Sad

Travel by bus into Serbia and the historic town of Novi Sad.

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. Sitting on the banks of the Danube River, the city is surrounded by fertile farms and vineyards, framed with hills in the distance.

Visit 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 where you can sample the produce.

Included Activities

  • Honey Museum

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
6-7

Belgrade

Travel by train or Bus to Belgrade (approx 2 hours)

Known as the White City, Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and is still an important intersection of Eastern and Western Europe, as it has been since ancient times.

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'll find inviting restaurants with authentic local food and lively entertainment.

Take a ninety minute cruise along the Kalemegdan Fortress, to Pancevo Bridge and the artists village of Zemun

The markets near the Hram Svetog Save (St Sava Church) and Pijaca Venac will keep you occupied for hours. 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.

Included Activities

  • Guided tour Belgrade

Optional Activities

  • Military Museum - RSD150
  • National Museum - RSD300
  • Ethnographic Museum - RSD150
  • River cruise - RSD350
  • Museum of Contemporary Art - RSD120

Accommodation

Hostel (2 nts)

 

Day
8-10

Sarajevo

Travel by bus through the beautiful countryside to Sarajevo (approx 7 hrs).

More than ten years after the end of a devastating war, Sarajevo is slowly asserting itself as one of Europe's most beautiful destinations.

Meet a local guide for a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina's small but vibrant capital, to gain an insight into the history and culture of this enchanting city.

Enjoy a simple but delicious meal in Bascarsija where you can find the best bosanski cevapi (grilled minced meat, mixed with some mild spices).

Take a picturesque day trip to Ilidza where you find the source of the River Bosna (Vrelo Bosna), thermal springs and beautiful green parks.

Visit the Tunnel Museum near Ilidza for a behind-the-scenes look at the Yugoslav wars.

Head out to 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 on Unesco's World Heritage list.

Included Activities

  • Guided tour Sarajevo
  • Cooking class/dinner
  • Mostar day trip

Optional Activities

  • Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina - BAM5
  • Ilidza park and springs - BAM15
  • Jewish Museum - BAM2
  • National Museum - BAM5
  • Tunnel Museum - BAM5

Accommodation

Pension (3 nts)

 

Day
11

Ostrog Monastery

Drive south by bus to Montenegro and the stunning Ostrog Monastery (approx 7 hrs).

Built into the side of a rocky mountain in the 17th century, Ostrog Monastery 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.

Go on a hike to the Upper Monastery (approx 1 hr), 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).

Accommodation

Monastery (1 nt)

 

Day
12-13

Kotor

Travel by bus to Kotor (approx 3 hrs).

Set on a secluded bay, Kotor is listed as a World Heritage site, and its crooked alleyways give lots of opportunities to get lost and mingle with the locals.

After a short orientation walk you can climb the hills behind the city and visit the old rulers' ruined castles.

Take a cruise on the Kotor Fjord - the longest fjord south of Scandinavia - and visit grottos and an island with a church that is almost as big as the island itself!

Consider a day trip to nearby Budva, the Montenegrin Miami, which is just a 30 min bus ride.

Optional Activities

  • Cruise on Kotor Fjord - EUR25
  • Bus ride to Budva return - EUR6

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
14
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Depart Montenegro and travel north by bus to Dubrovnik on the beautiful southern coast of Croatia (approx 3 hrs).

The undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik is a beautiful white stone town surrounded entirely by city walls. Although it 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. With the sparkling water of the Adriatic in the background, Dubrovnik is picturesque, full of character and can easily be covered on foot.

Enjoy views of the ocean from the 2 km-long city walls surrounding the town.

Visit Big Onofrio's Fountain, a masterpiece built by famous European architect Onofrio della Cava. This 15th-century landmark was built to supply water to the city, flowing from the spigots into the collection trough surrounding it.

Be sure to check out the Franciscan monastery with one of the world's oldest, continuously functioning pharmacies, founded in the 13th century.

Don't miss the Sponza and Rectors Palace - the only two buildings from the Renaissance that survived the devastating earthquake and fire of 1667.

Included Activities

  • City walls walk

Optional Activities

  • Beach chair rental - HRK50
  • City sights entrance - HRK10
  • Fish picnic cruise - HRK200
  • Lokrum Island boat trip - HRK40
  • Lopud excursion - HRK60
  • War Photography Museum - HRK30
  • Franciscan Monastery - HRK20
  • Rector's Palace - HRK35

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
15

Tour ends

Your adventure ends today and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home to London.

 

Mostar

 You will get the opportunity to visit the town of Mostar where you can visit the newly reconstructed Old Bridge (Stari Most). This was destroyed during the Yugoslav Wars and has become an important symbol since its reconstruction.

Kopacki Rit

Visit one of the most important, largest and most attractive preserved wetlands in Europe. With over 260 species of bird and several mammal species inhabiting the park, Kopacki Rit offers an excellent opportunity for spotting unique wildlife.

Ostrog Monastery

Built into the side of a rocky mountain in the 17th century, Ostrog Monastery 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 on this impressive site.

Dubrovnik

The Venetian city of Dubrovnik is fast becoming one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. Wander the old walls and look out over the warm waters of the Adriatic, or enjoy a drink in one of the many cafes and watch the world go by.

Our Balkan Adventure trip is just one of our Europe tours. To find out more visit our Europe holidays page.