The Balkans are just getting noticed as a great European travel destination — we can’t believe it took so long! Situated on the balmy shores of the Adriatic and home to some of the most wondrous landscapes, monuments, and villages you’ll ever see, this part of the world still feels like a well-kept secret. This adventure showcases the region’s compelling history and scenery while allowing time for outdoor pursuits like kayaking and hiking. You may not know much about Croatia and the Balkans now, but once you’ve been, you’ll be hard-pressed to stop talking about them.
Day 1 Budapest
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Budapest/Novi Sad (1B)
After a full day’s train journey, arrive in Novi Sad. Enjoy the first opportunity to try some Serbian cuisine.
Day 3 Novi Sad/Belgrade (1B)
Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and, with time, check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade.
Day 4 Belgrade (1B)
Visit the Kalemegdan Fortress then spend a free day floating down the Danube or shopping in one of the many bustling markets.
Day 5 Belgrade/Sarajevo (1B)
Travel to Sarajevo, one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the region. Walk around the cobblestone streets, visit the famous Latin Bridge, and soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient place.
Day 6 Sarajevo (1B)
Take an included tour of the ’Tunnel of Life’ to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Spend some free time exploring the Stari Grad section and looking for ’Sarajevo Roses’.
Day 7 Sarajevo/Mostar (1B)
Travel through beautiful countryside to reach charming Mostar. The city’s symbol, a beautiful reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge, is a reminder of the tenacity of Bosnians in recent times. Wander the old city and visit the new, taking in the many reminders of what the people of this region have survived.
Day 8 Mostar/Kotor (1B)
Continue on to Montenegro and arrive to the Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage-listed region. There is free time here to relax or explore as desired.
Day 9 Kotor (1B)
Enjoy a sea kayaking tour before free time to relax or explore. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor, relax on picturesque beaches, or visit the local mud spas.
Day 10 Kotor/Dubrovnik (1B)
Travel to Croatia and experience the ’Pearl of the Adriatic’ in Dubrovnik. Choose to relax in one of the many cafÉs, explore the old town fortifications, or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands.
Day 11 Dubrovnik (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.
Day 12 Dubrovnik/Hvar (1B)
Head to the island of Hvar. Enjoy amazing beaches, nightlife, and water sports.
Day 13 Hvar (1B)
Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.
Day 14 Hvar/Split (1B)
Ferry back to the mainland and arrive to Split. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO site at Diocletian’s Palace. Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.
Day 15 Split (1B)
Depart at any time.
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