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Highlights of the Western Balkans Small Group Dubrovnik to Belgrade

Duration
8 Days
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Explore the rich history of the ascendant Balkan nations on the Adriatic. Walk the ramparts of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, haggle for fine antiques in the Ottoman bazaar of Bascarsija in Sarajevo and stand atop the Kalemegdan Fortress in the “White City” of Belgrade.


On this Europe tour, small group means small group. With an average of 10 participants, and a maximum of 16 on each departure, you’ll feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller, discovering Europe with friends at your side.

Take an 8-day tour exploring the capitals of the Balkan nations of Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Begin in Dubrovnik, one of the world's best persevered medieval walled cities. Upon arriving, it’s immediately apparent why Dubrovnik remains one of the most popular destinations on the Mediterranean. The city exudes charm with its abundant sunshine, 500-year-old City Wall that encircles the entire town, and lively café culture. Walk the City Wall and feel like you’re in the fictional King’s Landing from the popular TV show Game of Thrones, which is filmed here. Visit the world’s oldest Arboretum and travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor in nearby Montenegro, which boasts architecture such as the Cathedral of St. Tryphon dating back to the eighth century.

In adjacent Bosnia & Herzegovina, wind through gorgeous valleys and visit the small town of Mostar, home of the iconic Ottoman bridge, Stari Most. In the nation’s capital, Sarajevo, you’ll witness the conflux of East and West, war-torn past and promising future. The city’s architectural mix of Ottoman, Yugoslav, and Austro-Hungarian styles makes it one of Europe’s most diverse and beautiful cities. Nothing embodies its diversity better than the old Turkish quarter of Bascarsija, where churches, mosques, and synagogues sit side by side. Visit the nearby Srebrenica and pay tribute to the country’s tragic past amid peaceful mountainous surroundings.

In Serbia’s “White City,” Belgrade, see the striking juxtaposition of Socialist architecture with art nouveau classicism, Ottoman minarets with Habsburg columns. Enter the Kalemegdan Fortress, which sits on the intersection of the Danube and Sava rivers. Visit the city’s many museums and learn about its long history of ethnic diversity. In nearby Novi Sad, the “Athens of Serbia,” relax alongside a peaceful river and soak in the city’s youthful energy. Visit the Petrovaradin Fortress or take in a concert at one of the city’s many venues. In the baroque village of Sremski Karlovci, enjoy the region’s distinct wine culture at its many wineries. These capitals of the Adriatic have emerged from the rubble of war to become some of the Balkans’ richest destinations.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Dubrovnik

Arrive in Dubrovnik, one of Croatia's most bewitching seaside cities. An airport arrival transfer is included in the price of the trip. Please advise your travel agent of your flight details at the time of booking. There are no activities planned for today, so you may arrive at any time. If you arrive early, perhaps take a stroll through the charming Old Town, or simply enjoy the city's lively outdoor cafe culture. This evening you will meet your trip leader and fellow travellers for an important welcome meeting. This is usually at 6 pm, but check the hotel reception for the exact time and place. After the meeting head out for a group dinner at a traditional restaurant.

There are no activities planned today, so you may arrive at any time.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Ivka

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    Hotel Ivka



    Hotel Ivka is a small family-owned hotel situated on Lapad peninsula, open during the whole year. It represents ideal choice for business people but also for the tourists who want to relax and enjoy in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Close to the hotel there ...

    Hotel Ivka is a small family-owned hotel situated on Lapad peninsula, open during the whole year. It represents ideal choice for business people but also for the tourists who want to relax and enjoy in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Close to the hotel there are a number of domestic restaurants and cafe bars. Beautiful promenade near the sea is just 10 min walking distance.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Bar
    • Car Hire
    • Currency Exchange
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Terrace

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Day 2

Dubrovnik - Kotor - Dubrovnik

Set out from Dubrovnik on a day excursion to the stunning country of Montenegro. Montenegro occupies a thin strip of the Adriatic coast and is a land of beautiful sandy and pebbled beaches, dramatic mountain peaks and delightful old villages. Your excursion will take you to Europe's most southerly fjord, Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor), one of the most beautiful bays of the region. On the way, pass through the small and picturesque towns of Risan and Perast, situated on the banks of the bay, before arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Kotor, where you will embark on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Visit the Cathedral of St. Tryphun, which dates back to the 8th century (according to the annals of Constantine Porfirogenet, the Byzantine czar), the South Gates of Kotor (the "Gurdich Gate"), and the square "Trg od oruzija" (The Armory Square). Return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Dubrovnik - Balagaj - Mostar - Sarajevo

Depart Dubrovnik this morning and travel to the peaceful town of Blagaj, our first stop in Bosnia. Blagaj is the location of the turquoise Buna River spring, where you'll visit a historical tekija (Dervish monastery). After lunch there is a short drive to Mostar, a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains of Herzegovina. Here you will explore the must-see Cejvan Cehaj Mosque, which was built in 1552. Thanks to the river Neretva, Mostar was able to develop as a city in the barren landscape of Herzegovina. Neretva's size turned Mostar into a trading centre of the region very early on. The most famous feature of the city is its bridge. Stari Most ('Old Bridge'), which was built by the Ottomans in 1565. It was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who had succeeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge. In the late afternoon you will drive to Bosnia's capital, Sarajevo, for a dinner in a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Bosnia Hotel

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    Bosnia Hotel



    The hotel is located in the very Centre of the Town, in the vicinity of the old part Bascarsija. It has 80 accommodation units, restaurant-saloon with 180 seats with additional area for breakfast, tavern, aperitif, banquet room, TV room, discotheque, calm and popular garden "Umbrella" ...

    The hotel is located in the very Centre of the Town, in the vicinity of the old part Bascarsija. It has 80 accommodation units, restaurant-saloon with 180 seats with additional area for breakfast, tavern, aperitif, banquet room, TV room, discotheque, calm and popular garden "Umbrella" with 200 seats.

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Day 4

Sarajevo

Explore Sarajevo this morning with a walking tour of the city. You will visit the famous Bascarsija, the old Turkish quarter, home to one of the most interesting market centres in the country. Sarajevo is one of the few cities in the world that features an Orthodox church, a Catholic church and a mosque (the famous Begova Dzamija) all within close proximity. You will be visiting all three buildings on your tour. This city may well be one of the highlights of your trip. It has emerged from the brink of ruin in the 1990s to become one of the most interesting capital cities of Europe. After your exploration of the city, there will be free time for lunch before you depart for the Tunnel Museum in the suburb of Ilidza. The tunnel was dug underneath the airport runway and was used to smuggle provisions into the city during the siege. The rest of the afternoon ids free for you to explore this exciting city.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Sarajevo - Srebrencia - Belgrade

After breakfast transfer from Sarajevo for Srebrenica, a journey taking approximately two hours. Explore the narrow streets and learn about the town's tragic past on a guided sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Srebrenica Memorial Center. The Centre honours the thousands who died in the infamous Srebrenica Genocide of 1995. The local guide who has lived through the horrors of war will answer any question you might have. Take time to reflect on the experience over lunch at a local restaurant before travelling to Beograd, the Serbian capital more commonly known as Belgrade. The 'White City' is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Sitting at the confluence of two major rivers, the Sava and the Danube, it's an important intersection between Eastern and Western Europe. Here you'll experience an energetic mix of progressive flamboyance and conservative customs.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Queen's Astoria Design Hotel

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    Queen's Astoria Design Hotel


    Situated directly in the very heart of Belgrade, uniquely designed Queen Astoria Design Hotel is decorated with historic-style furniture. It provides free Wi-Fi access, free international phone calls and free parking. The bright, air-conditioned rooms feature large beds, minibars and LCD TVs with satellite and ...

    Situated directly in the very heart of Belgrade, uniquely designed Queen Astoria Design Hotel is decorated with historic-style furniture. It provides free Wi-Fi access, free international phone calls and free parking. The bright, air-conditioned rooms feature large beds, minibars and LCD TVs with satellite and cable channels.

    The Queen Astoria has an elegant restaurant serving European cuisine as well as various local dishes, complemented by a worldwide wine assortment. The lively café offers fresh coffee and newspaper in the mornings and various cocktails in the evening. The Design Hotel Queen Astoria provides access to the gym and sauna facilities.

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Day 6

Belgrade

After breakfast take part in a guided sightseeing tour of Belgrade to give you some familiarity with the area and local amenities. Then you'll have the rest of the day free to explore the city. Perhaps begin with a wander around the city's wide boulevards and squares, and the historic and green heart of Kalemegdan Park. The park is home to Kalemegdan Fortress, which has overlooked the Danube River here for centuries. In the evening, head down to Skadarska Street in the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

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Day 7

Belgrade - Novi Sad - Sremski Karlovci - Belgrade

Embark on a day trip to Serbia's second-largest city, Novi Sad. Experience Novi Sad's fascinating blend of traditional culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture on a sightseeing tour. Visit the city's fortress of Petrovaradin, which sits right on the Danube and contains a museum of historic artefacts from the region. In the afternoon, head out of town to visit a local vineyard in Sremski Karlovci and see the workings of a family-run wine making business. Visit the Zivanovic family's honey museum and winery. Their old house has been converted into museum full of beekeeping memorabilia and the have had a wine cellar here for 300 years. You'll try Bermet dessert wine which is a speciality of the region. Reports suggest it was drunk at the emperor's court in Vienna and was even served on the Titanic. This family are said to have kept the original recipe. Return to Belgrade in the evening for a final dinner with your group.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Belgrade

Your trip ends after breakfast this morning in Belgrade. Those wanting to extend their stay can arrange additional nights' accommodation at the time of booking. If you have some spare time before departing, the markets near the Hram Svetog Save (St Sava Church) and Pijaca Venac will keep you occupied for hours.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: 21, 28 May; 11 Jun; 3, 10 Sep.
2018: 20, 27 May; 10, 24 Jun; 2 Sep.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Private vehicle transport
  • Activities as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional extras and activities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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