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The Balkan Journey from Zagreb

Novi Sad, Serbia

Small Group Tour Details

Visit: Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Sremski Karlovci, Novi Sad, Sofia

Day 1: Zagreb

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Zagreb

This morning, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is free to explore the winding streets of the Old Town.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Zagreb - Plitvice - Split

Travel to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Then we continue our journey to Split.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Split

Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Finally, see the remnants of Split's Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Split - Korčula

In the afternoon we head to the island of Korčula. Upon arrival you'll have some free time to enjoy this beautiful island.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Korčula - Dubrovnik

The beautiful medieval town Korčula has streets arranged in the shape of a fish bone, which ensures the flow of fresh air and protects from strong winds. According to legend, the famous adventurer Marco Polo was born here. After the visit, head to Dubrovnik.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Dubrovnik

Start the day with a walking tour of Old Dubrovnik this morning. Visit the Rector's Palace and see the Bell Tower Clock, Orlando's Column and Sponza Palace. Next, see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, enjoy the picturesque setting, shop or simply relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Dubrovnik - Mostar

We continue our trip towards Mostar. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva in the medieval times. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Mostar - Sarajevo

Travel to Sarajevo, the capital of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city of Sarajevo has been influenced by several cultures and civilizations over its long history. On your city tour, visit the Turkish Bazaar Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, the Olympic Stadium, and Gavrilo Princip Museum.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Sarajevo - Belgrade

Today, we travel to Belgrade, Serbia.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Belgrade

With a history dating back more than 7,000 years, Belgrade is a fascinating city to visit. Your morning sightseeing tour includes the city's main attractions: the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically situated at the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers; Republic Square and Mihajlova Street; Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city; and Tito's Memorial. The afternoon is free for you to continue exploring on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Belgrade - Sremski Karlovci - Novi Sad - Belgrade

In the morning, departure to Sremski Karlovci, the museum city that was the centre of culture and religion in Serbia during the 18th and 19th centuries. After a short stop with a wine degustation included, we continue to Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina. It is the administrative, economic, cultural and university centre of the region, which also has the well-preserved Petrovaradin Fortress that faces the city from the other side of the Danube. Return to Belgrade.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Belgrade - Niš - Sofia

Today, we travel to Bulgaria. Our first stop is Niš, considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. Niš is a university center but also one of the most important industrial centers in Serbia. Continue to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Sofia

Today, we enjoy a complete tour of the city of Sofia. Among others, the most emblematic places are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral that dominates the city, the Church of Saint George, considered the best-preserved Byzantine Church, the Russian Church of Saint Nicholas, the Banya Bashi mosque and the ruins of the ancient Serdica. In the afternoon, travel to the Rila Mountains to visit one of the most famous places in Bulgaria, the Rila Monastery. This monastery is a sanctuary of Bulgarian literature and spiritual life. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by San Iván de Rila, it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and the language of the centuries. After visiting the monastery church with its impressive fresco paintings, we will return to Sofia.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Sofia

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Arport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes:

  • 14 nights' Accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Airport transfers
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Licensed local guides
  • Entrance fees included in the program: the Cathedral in Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Diocletian's Palace, Rector's Palace, Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, Gavrilo Princip Museum, Kalemegdan Fortress, Petrovaradin Fortress, Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Rila Monastery
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Service charges and hotel taxes

 

Sightseeing Tours Included:

  • Zagreb (Cathedral)
  • Plitvice (Plitvice National Park)
  • Split (Diocletian’s Palace)
  • Korčula
  • Dubrovnik (Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery)
  • Mostar
  • Sarajevo (Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, Gavrilo Princip Museum)
  • Belgrade (Kalemegdan)
  • Sremski Karlovci (wine degustation)
  • Novi Sad (Petrovaradin Fortress)
  • Sofia (Alexander Nevski Cathedral)
  • Rila (Rila Monastery)

 

Not Inlcuded:

  • Hotel extras /telephone, mini bar, etc
  • Additional meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa procurement

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Zagreb: Hotel Westin 5* / Sheraton 5* / Dubrovnik 4* or similar
  • Split: Hotel Briig 4* or similar
  • Korčula: Hotel Liburna 4* / Marko Polo 4* or similar
  • Dubrovnik: Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* / Argosy 4* or similar
  • Mostar: Hotel Mepas 5* / Eden 4* or similar
  • Sarajevo: Hotel Europe 5* / Radon Plaza 5* or similar
  • Belgrade: Hotel Moskva 5* / Hotel Prag 4* or similar
  • Sofia: Hotel Balkan 5* / BW Premier Collection City 4* or similar

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (km)

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