Croatia and the Balkans

The Balkans are just getting noticed as a great European travel destination - we cant 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 youll ever see, this part of the world still feels like a well-kept secret. This adventure showcases the regions compelling history and scenery and allows time for outdoor pursuits like kayaking and hiking. You may not know much about Croatia and the Balkans now, but once youve been, youll be hard-pressed to stop talking about them.

Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Trekking, Beer Tasting Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 132439
Starts: Budapest, Hungary Finishes: Split, Croatia
You will visit
  • Budapest
  • Split



Day 1: Budapest

We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city.

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Budapest/Novi Sad (1B)

Cross into Serbia and enjoy time in the second largest city. Spend an evening wandering this cultural hub.

Cross into Serbia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process.
Train (5.00 hour(s))


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.

Included Activities:
Petrovaradin Fortress Visit

Train (1.50 hour(s))


Day 4: Belgrade (1B)

Opt to visit the National Theater or National Museum. The city offers a wealth of churches and cathedrals as well as an interesting Ethnographic Museum. Learn more about Serbian culture, traditions, costumes, and tools used throughout history.

Included Activities:
Kalemegdan Fortress Visit


Day 5: Belgrade/Sarajevo (1B)

Walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town while taking in the architecture of its diverse places of worship.

Train (5.00-6.00 hours)


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'.

Included Activities:
Tunnel of Life Tour


Day 7: Sarajevo/Mostar (1B)

After visiting the bridge, wander through the small streets and opt to sit in a café, enjoying the laid-back atmosphere.

For a sobering look into the city's recent history, wander through town, passing buildings still riddled with bullet holes. Visit a bank that was completely destroyed during the war and past houses in shambles. While life continues and progress is made, these sights remain as reminders of the evils of war.

Local bus (2.00-3.00 hours)


Day 8: Mostar/Kotor (1B)

Arrive in time to start exploring this gorgeous area.

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.

Cross into Montenegro. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process.
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)


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.

Included Activities:
Sea Kayaking


Day 10: Kotor/Dubrovnik (1B)

The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos and the seaside cafés serve up tasty seafood.

Cross into Croatia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process.
Local bus (4.00 hour(s))


Day 11: Dubrovnik (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.


Day 12: Dubrovnik/Hvar (1B)

Filled with sunshine, the beautiful island is known for its lavender fields and vineyards in the interior and detailed Venetian-inspired architecture in the towns.

Along the way cross the Bosnian border and back into Croatia.
Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
Ferry (1.00 hour(s))


Day 13: Hvar (1B)

Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.

Included Activities:
Pakleni Islands Boat Ride


Day 14: Hvar/Split (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Diocletian's Palace Guided Walk

Ferry (1.00 hour(s))


Day 15: Split (1B)

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

    • Petrovaradin Fortress visit (Novi Sad)
    • Kalemegdan Fortress visit (Belgrade)
    • 'Tunnel of Life' tour (Sarajevo)
    • Sea kayaking trip (Bay of Kotor)
    • Beach time in Hvar
    • Scenic boat ride around Pakleni islands
    • Diocletian's Palace guided tour (Split)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels/pensions (14 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 14 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
    • Train, public bus, boat, taxi, tram, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Kayak to tiny islands in the crystal waters of the Bay of Kotor
  • Enjoy beach time in Hvar
  • Explore the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian on a guided tour