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Balkan Explorer

Venture on a Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia travel adventure and discover the vibrancy of its cities and the serene nature on this Balkan trip.
Price
From: 2290€/person
Starting point
Zagreb
Finish point
Budva
Duration
11 nights / 12 days
Travel through the 4 Balkan countries, on a tour of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro, in 12 days
Explore the diverse nature of the Alps, the Adriatic coast with its numerous islands, and many National parks and UNESCO sites
Get a feel for the rich culture while strolling through ancient cities from the times of the Roman, Ottoman & Habsburg empires
Visit the top sights of the Balkan region

Included in price

English-speaking tour leader
Comfortable transportation
11 nights 3* accommodation with breakfast
All entrance fees and activities as specified in the itinerary

Itinerary

Day What we will do
DAY 1 Zagreb
DAY 2 Ljubljana
DAY 3 Bled - Bohinj
DAY 4 Postojna Cave
DAY 5 Plitvice Lakes
DAY 6 Šibenik - Trogir
DAY 7 Split
DAY 8 Hvar - Vis
DAY 9 Mostar
DAY 10 Ston - Dubrovnik
DAY 11 Kotor
DAY 12 Budva
Day 1 Start in the capital of Croatia

We will start our Balkan tour with Zagreb, and see some of its most famous attractions like the centuries-old Ban Jelačić Square which is the center of Zagreb’s downtown pedestrian zone. We will also stroll through Zagreb’s beautiful Old Town and take a look at the monumental gothic Zagreb Cathedral.

Accomodations

Overnight in Zagreb

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Walking tour of Zagreb

Highlights

Zagreb Old Town

Extra

Airport transfer

Day 2 The charming capital of Slovenia

The next day we’ll first drive to Slovenia’s capital that is just a couple of hours away from Zagreb. Ljubljana is a small city full of character and beautiful architecture. We will be able to compare the architectural and cultural influences of Ljubljana with those of Zagreb, as we walk around town and see some of Ljubljana’s most famous sights like the Prešeren Square and the Triple Bridge. We might even take a boat ride along the beautiful green Ljubljanica River that runs through the city.

Accomodations

Overnight in Ljubljana

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Walking tour of Ljubljana

Highlights

Ljubljana city center
Ljubljana’s central market
Ljubljana Castle
Ljubljanica River

Extra

Ljubljana Castle entrance fee
Boat ride on Ljubljanica River

Day 3 The Slovenian Alps

After three days of city tours, it’s time to take a break in nature. After waking up in Ljubljana we will commence on our picturesque drive to Bled, where we will first marvel at the famously romantic Bled Lake with its Bled Castle and Bled Island. Depending on your wishes, we can also cross the lake to visit the church on Bled Island. Afterward, we will head even deeper into the Julian Alps, first to the breathtakingly beautiful and breathtakingly cold Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park, the only national park in Slovenia, which is known for its crystal clear waters, bright green pastures, and monumental mountains. After getting our fair share of fresh air, we will return to Ljubljana to get a good night’s rest.

Accomodations

Overnight in Ljubljana

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Bled Castle entrance fee
Pletna boat ride to Bled island

Highlights

Lake Bled
Bled Castle
Traditional pletna boat
Triglav National Park
Lake Bohinj

Extra

Entrance fee to the church on Bled Island
Cable car ride to Mount Vogel

Day 4 The amazing underground of Slovenia

Our next adventure awaits underground. We will visit one of the most famous caves in the world, the Postojna Cave, and with a bit of luck, we’ll even see the “baby dragons” that rule these underground halls. We will also stop by the Predjama Castle, a medieval castle that was built into the rock face and holds the title of the biggest cave castle in the world. Then we will head back to Ljubljana, where you will be able to enjoy a free afternoon and take in all the amazing views from the day. 

Accomodations

Overnight in Ljubljana

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Postojna Cave entrance fee

Highlights

Postojna Cave
Slovenian Karst
Predjama Castle

Extra

Predjama Castle entrance fee

Day 5 Plitvice Lakes

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is famous for its stunning terraced lakes and incredible waterfalls that link them. Its breathtaking views have even been recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage and added to their list of protected sites. A day in the serenity of this natural wonderland will recharge your batteries, and offer up views you won’t be able to stop thinking about for days to come. After our Plitvice adventure, we will continue our journey and head to Zadar, where you will have a free evening to unwind and explore this beautiful historic coastal city.

Accomodations

Overnight in Zadar

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fee

Highlights

Plitvice Lakes

Extra

Dubrovnik Walls entrance fee

Day 6 Down the Adriatic Coast

We continue our Balkan adventure with a double feature, as we will see not one but two incredible historic harbor cities in one day. We will first head from Zadar to Šibenik, famous for the Cathedral of St. James, a 15th century stone church decorated with 71 sculptured faces, as well as its 14th century Prince’s Palace.

Trogir’s old city center is known for its Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque architecture. You can also admire parts of the original medieval city wall. Trogir’s historic center is even protected as a UNESCO heritage site, because of its Venetian architecture. With our heads full of history and amazing architecture, we will head to Split, Croatia’s second-largest city to spend the night.

Accomodations

Overnight in Split

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Walking tour of Šibenik
Walking tour of Trogir

Highlights

Šibenik Old Town
Trogir Old Town

Extra

Airport transfer

Day 7 Roman heritage in the city of Split

Another day, another unforgettable historic city. On our Split tour, we will walk on the steps of history as we discover the Roman Diocletian’s Palace, the Riva promenade from Napoleon’s time, and Split’s Old Town which tells the story of a city that was under the rule of Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine, the Kingdom of Croatia, the Republic of Venice, the French Empire, the Austrian Empire, and Yugoslavia before it finally became part of independent Croatia. You will have the afternoon to yourself, to enjoy Split whichever way suits you best.

Accomodations

Overnight in Split

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Walking tour of Split

Highlights

Split and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Roman heritage of Split

Day 8 Sailing Croatian Islands

The eighth day of our Balkan exploration will be dedicated to Croatia’s crown jewels – its islands, scattered along its coast in the Adriatic Sea, offering perfect vacation spots to tourists from all over the world. We will embark on a sailing tour that will take us to the breathtakingly beautiful Blue Cave on Bisevo Island, the idyllic Vis island, and the postcard-worthy Blue Lagoon on Budikovac island, where we will explore the crystal clear waters more in-depth, by snorkeling in the lagoon. Our sailing tour will then take us to Hvar, one of the most popular islands in Croatia, where you will get some free time to discover the picturesque town. To finish off our trip we will sail around the Paklinski Islands, a group of around twenty small islands that are a true holiday paradise. After a day full of sunshine and adventures we will return to Split.

Accomodations

Overnight in Split

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Boat trip
Snorkeling gear

Highlights

Blue Cave – Biševo Island
Vis Island
Blue Lagoon
Hvar Island
Paklinski Islands

Day 9 Ottoman culture in Bosnia

The next day we will expand our horizons even further with Bosnia’s Turkish influences that are the result of the Ottoman invasions that started in the 14th century. We will start our day by driving through the incredibly scenic Neretva canyon and continue our way to Mostar. We will take a walk through Mostar’s Old Town, which is famous for its unique architecture, as the city is built around (and over) the Neretva River. It is not surprising that the Old Bridge which connects the two river banks is the central part of Mostar. We will end the day by driving to Sarajevo where we will spend the night.

Accomodations

Overnight in Mostar

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Walking tour of Mostar
Koski-Mehmet Pasha Mosque entrance fee
Franciscan Church Bell Tower entrance fee

Highlights

Catholic Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
Franciscan Church Bell Tower
Mostar Old Town
Stari Most (Old Bridge)
Koski-Mehmet Pasha Mosque

Day 10 The pearl of the Adriatic

The first order of business on day ten will be the city of Ston. With its ancient and incredibly preserved walls, Ston is a dream location for any medieval enthusiast or just anybody who loves the sight of centuries-old, stone-built structures that have witnessed countless different stories and events.

Our next stop is Dubrovnik. On our walking tour, we will explore the beautiful historic architecture and stone-paved streets of the Old Town, and pay a visit to the famous Dubrovnik City Walls. Dubrovnik is most famous for serving as one of the sets for Game of Thrones, so fans of the show are definitely in for a treat, but we are certain everyone will be enthralled by Dubrovnik, regardless of your TV preferences.

Accomodations

Overnight in Dubrovnik

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Walking tour of Ston
Ston Walls entrance fee
Walking tour of Dubrovnik

Highlights

Ston Old Town
Dubrovnik old town

Day 11 Incredible coast of Montenegro

The eleventh day of our Balkan tour will be dedicated to the wondrous Montenegro. We will start the day off by driving around the Bay of Kotor, and taking in the views in a sedentary position before we continue our exploration on foot. Kotor is an ancient city, and it’s even included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list as part of the Venetian works of defense. We will be able to trace the steps of the Venetians as we climb the Walls of Kotor, the shell of this fortified city. As this is quite a demanding tour, only those who feel up to it will tackle the walls, while the rest will have some time off. After getting to know Kotor we will head off to Budva where we will spend the evening either strolling Budva’s beaches and old town for a relaxed night.

Accomodations

Overnight stay in Budva

Meals

Breakfast

Included

Walking tour of Kotor

Highlights

Bay of Kotor
Kotor Old Town
Kotor Walls
Budva Old Town

Day 12 Budva

The last day of the tour will be spent in enjoyment and relaxation. Budva is a great town where anyone can find something to their tastes – whether you want to spend your last day before departure soaking up the sun and swimming in the Montenegrin sea, or strolling along the stone-paved streets of the old city center, Budva will give us the perfect setting to finish our Balkan tour on a high.

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This dozen-day Balkan trip gives you a little bit of everything, for a well-rounded exploration of the western Balkans. Our tour of Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, as well as Montentegro will take you on a Balkan travel experience full of beautiful cities, incredible nature, and heavenly beaches.

The first part of our tour will be a bit more landlocked, as we explore Zagreb, and Ljubljana, two historic capital cities with beautiful architecture, and a relaxed atmosphere. We will then dive into Slovenia’s natural wonders in the Julian Alps. Our destinations will be the world-famous Lake Bled with its picture-perfect scenery, and romantic island church, and its slightly less known but no less amazing neighbor, Lake Bohinj.

After our adventures in the mountains, we will head underground, into the majestic subterranean mazes of the Postojna Cave and the mesmerizing underground river that flows through it. Our travels through the Balkan peninsula will continue in Croatia’s Plitvice National Park, which will offer up even more amazing scenes of nature with its terraced lakes and connecting waterfalls.

From lush greenery to the Adriatic coast. The second part of our tour will see us strolling through the ancient cities on the coast of Croatia, and exploring the different Roman, Greek, and Venetian traces left here throughout history. We’ll visit the iconic sights in Šibenik, Trogir, and Split, enjoy a day at sea while sailing around Hvar, Croatia’s most popular island, and discover the unforgettable cities of Ston and Dubrovnik. Later on, Montenegro will give us another taste of Mediterranean magic when we go to the amazing vacation destinations Budva and Kotor.

Our tour will also include Mostar, the most beautiful city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, that is even listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its iconic stone bridge, and fascinating mixture of Ottoman and Balkan cultural influences.

Join us for twelve days full of adventure and unforgettable memories on this Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia tour!

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Jeanie Schubert
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Every day of this trip was simply spectacular! I always wanted to visit Plitvice Lakes in Croatia and this tour covered that and so much more! Slovenia was a real surprise, the country is so clean and neat, and the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro was a remarkable gem as well. We decided to finish the tour in Dubrovnik, since we had our flight out from there and they organized a transfer to the airport too.
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My husband and I were are very glad we found their website, because it was exactly what we needed. Our trip to the Balkans was a private one, so we had a private driver guide to take us everywhere and was really helpful, kind and knowledgeable. Their office staff was also great in replying to our emails, we even spoke to them on the phone a few times and they really put an effort into getting to know us and adjust everything to our wishes. 5 stars indeed!
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