Discover the Balkans

From $4139
Product Number: LTGA8370

The Balkan Peninsula is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Journey along the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, discover the dramatic history of Sarajevo with a local war historian and soak in the serenity of Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor. Whether you’re travelling for the food, the history, the culture, or nature, this adventure has it all. On this fascinating small group tour, you can be assured that there will not be more than 16 people (typically 10).

11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Superior hotel accommodation
Guided tour
Traditional cuisine
Guaranteed rebooking policy

Departure Dates

Low Season $4139pp

JUL 18th
AUG 15th

Mid Season $4259pp

SEP 12th, 19th

Tour Map

Arrive at any time.

Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and has a very charming old city, complete with cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. Be sure to sample some of the delicious local food and drink. There are also a number of museums to explore focusing on art, history, and archaeology.

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO (Chief Enjoyment Officer) will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

After the meeting, opt to head out for a meal in a local restaurant to get to know your CEO and travelling companions.

Accommodation: Hotel Jadran (or similar)

Street musician – Zagreb

Enjoy an excursion to Plitviče Lakes National Park with a local guide and learn about the diverse wildlife and unique bird population.  Admiring the stunning karst rock formations and cascading waterfalls. Enjoy the fresh air and stunning views that make the park a must-see for visitors. This evening, enjoy a traditional peka (Dalmatia’s signature dish of baked vegetable and meat) dinner cooked on hot coals.

Entrance to the park is included and there are many opportunities for walking and relaxing in one of Croatia’s most famed wonders.

The evening offers free time to explore on your own or relax.

Accommodation: Big House Hotel Plitvička Jezera (or similar)

Continue on to Split with the convenience of a private vehicle.

Take a guided walk around Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins in Europe. It took over 10 years to construct and is built of white stone imported from the island of Brač. Visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site is a perfect way to learn more about the history of Split.

Accommodation: Hotel Corner (or similar)

Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.

Opt to visit the local market and gobble up some Croatian delicacies. For a little more activity, visit Marjan’s peak, with gorgeous views over the city, or hit up some of the hiking and biking trails in the area.

Accommodation: Hotel Corner (or similar)

Optional activities:

St Duje Cathedral Visit. Split (15-40HRK per person)

The Cathedral of St Duje is said to be the oldest cathedral in the world, built around 305 AD. Climb up the bell tower for excellent views of Split and the surrounding port area.

Archaeology Museum. Split 1h-2h (Free)
The Archaeological Museum is the oldest museum in Croatia, built in 1820. It showcases a wide range of artifacts, from prehistoric times through Greek colonization and the Roman, early Christian, and medieval ages.The collections include stone epitaphs from Salona, Greek Hellenistic ceramics, Roman glass, clay lamps, antique and medieval coins, and a variety of artifacts made of bone, metal, and gems.

Trogir Excursion. Trogir 4h-6h1 (5-41 EUR per person)
Take an excursion to the historic city of Trogir, where the Old City core is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Found in the centre of Dalmatia on the eastern coastline of Adriatic sea, this pretty seaside town is a great place to walk and explore.

Travel to Mostar. Walk in the ancient town, visiting the city’s symbol; a beautiful reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge. The bridge was constructed in the 1600s and was meticulously rebuilt after its destruction during the war. It’s a reminder of the tenacity of the Bosnians and is a gorgeous sight to behold. Wait at the bottom for daredevils to dive into the icy river below.

Accommodation: Bosnia Hotel Sarajevo (or similar)

Stari Bridge – Mostar

Learn about the Siege of Sarajevo from a local expert who lived through it. Visit the Tunnel of Hope and Trebević Mountain, and gain insight into how the people of this city moved beyond conflict. At nearly four years (1992-96) the Siege of Sarajevo is the longest siege of a capital city in modern warfare. Learn about this devastating period from a local expert who lived through the Bosnian War and is willing to share personal stories of this time. Visit the Tunnel of Hope and War Tunnel Museum, and gain perspective on what it was like to live in a 20th century city under siege. Then visit Trebević Mountain, the site of several battles, to view bunkers, minefields, and trenches. One of the most interesting parts about this experience is the opportunity it gives viewers to learn how a city and its people can move beyond serious conflict and once more find peace living together.

After, visit a market and enjoy a local lunch with your CEO.

Accommodation: Bosnia Hotel Sarajevo (or similar)

Enjoy a free day to explore at your leisure.

Walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town (Stari Grad) while taking in the architecture of diverse places of worship. This is also a great place to shop and visit markets. The Latin Bridge is worth a visit as it played an important role in the history of this area. This is the site where the Archduke of the Austro Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated, leading to the beginning of World War I.

Accommodation: Bosnia Hotel Sarajevo (or similar)

Cross over to Montenegro for two days on the Bay of Kotor. Opt to visit the Roman mosaics in Risan, take a leisurely stroll in Perast and the islands, or go sea kayaking in the spectacular bay. Continue to Montenegro and travel to the Bay of Kotor, a region that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Accommodation: Hotel Porto In (or similar)

Optional activities:

Kotor City Exploration Kotor 15m-30m (Free)

Take some time to explore this picturesque town surrounded by a walled fortress built by the Republic of Venice. Kotor has a Mediterranean feel to it and the bay offers a stunning backdrop for photographs.

Kotor Maritime Museum Kotor (4EUR per person)

At the Maritime Museum, explore the history, culture and living artifacts that connect modern Kotor with its centuries-old naval traditions. Learn about the Boka Marines, a fraternity of sailors and navigators who helped shipbuilding flourish in the Balkans.

Sveti Ivan Fortress Hike Kotor

Hike up the medieval steps to Sveti Ivan Fortress and be rewarded with an incredible panoramic view of the Old City, harbour and Bay of Boka Kotorsha. This hike takes about an hour and is moderately challenging, but a highlight when visiting the area. We recommend climbing up just before sunset.

Enjoy a free day to explore.

Opt to visit the Risan Roman mosaics and take a leisurely stroll in Perast and the islands, or go sea kayaking. If relaxing is more your style, the beaches of Herceg Novi offer a great escape. There are also local mud therapy spas nearby to test the natural healing properties of the area’s sand.

Accommodation: Hotel Porto In (or similar)

With its lush, scenic landscapes, Croatia’s Konavle Valley is a must for any visitor to the region. Visit a family-run agroturizam villa surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and sweeping views of the Adriatic Sea. Meet our local hosts (who’ll greet us with homemade liqueur) and walk through their beautiful property to learn about the history and culture of the valley. Explore the lush gardens and pick fresh fruits and vegetables before enjoying a baking demonstration. Then, sit down for a traditional lunch of local hams, cheeses, breads, and wines. Yum.

Meet our local host then enjoy a traditional lunch of local ham, cheeses, and wine. Continue to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and walk the old city walls. Also visit G Adventures supported DEŠA, a women’s non-profit, founded to empower women in the area. Learn about their work to preserve traditional foods, handicrafts and local business.

Cross into Croatia and travel to Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Set on the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik has been an important maritime town in the region for centuries. Surrounded by medieval walls, it is rich in history and is a beautiful city to explore, filled with stunning architecture, museums, and fountains.

Opt to take a walking tour or head out on your own to explore the city’s ancient walls. A trip to Dubrovnik isn’t complete without doing this 2km (1.1 mi) walk. See highlights along the way that include Fort Minceta, Fort St. John, Fort Lawrence, Fort Revelin, and St. Luke’s Tower. There are three main entrances to the city walls, the principal one located by the Inner Pile Gates.

DEŠA is a women’s non-profit, founded during the homeland war in Dubrovnik. It is dedicated to empowering and employing women in the area. From their headquarters in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, DEŠA runs victim support for survivors of domestic abuse through computer classes, language lessons, cultural preservation activities, and other inspiring programs. During your visit, you will learn about the powerful work undertaken by the women of DEŠA and their network across Croatia working to preserve traditional foods and handicrafts.

Accommodation: Hotel Adria Dubrovnik (or similar)

Enjoy a free day to explore the old town fortifications or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos, and the seaside cafés serve up delicious seafood.

Optional activity:

Lopud Island Visit – Lopud

Escape the city on a ferry ride to Lopud Island, part of the Elafiti Islands and home to one of Croatia’s most stunning beaches, Plaza Sunj

Accommodation: Hotel Adria Dubrovnik (or similar)

Depart at any time.

Consider staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

Inclusions

  • Escorted small group tour (maximum 16)
  • Selected meals, as per itinerary
  • Superior accommodation

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Meals not shown in itinerary
  • Gratuities

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